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What's for Dinner #293 - the "little, leafing, and growing green" Edition! [through Apr 26, 2014]

roxlet Apr 21, 2014 06:39 PM

The above quote from poet Delmore Schwartz is, to me, the most perfect description of the current state of things here in the northeast. The trees are all leafing out, every little green thing is showing its stuff, and spring is truly here!

As an antidote to yesterday's rich Easter dinner, tonight was a simple seared salmon, a little pesto pasta, and a green salad.

What's on your table as spring makes its way to your part of the world?

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  1. mariacarmen RE: roxlet Apr 21, 2014 07:49 PM

    The salade lyonnase with TJ's pork belly was everything i wanted it to be. Light, yet rich in flavor. i made a sort of green goddess dressing for it with odds and ends - dijon, olive oil, lemon juice, s&p, scallions, leeks, parsley, oregano & thyme - all whizzed in the food processor. meanwhile, the BF diced and fried our potato "croutons" and seared the pork belly. in split second timing, i poached the eggs and we plated. a swell collaboration. my kinda meal. i fear that the BF will be dipping into what's left of the cannelloni, however, as dinner may have been a little light for him. believe it or not, the potatoes were just about three small (little bigger than an apricot, maybe) potatoes total between the two dishes. but after last night's pasta, butter & cheese fest, i needed to go a little light.

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      ChristinaMason RE: mariacarmen Apr 21, 2014 08:07 PM

      Looks...and sounds...great.

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        fldhkybnva RE: mariacarmen Apr 22, 2014 04:04 AM

        Wow!! I think I know what I'm doing with some of my TJs pork belly. Do you slice and then crisp in a pan? Any more tidbits on that dressing?

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          mariacarmen RE: fldhkybnva Apr 22, 2014 09:49 AM

          no, you sear the whole thing in a very hot pan, all over, about 10 minutes total (or as brown as you like it), then slice it. sometimes I've put a glaze on it, too, after the searing and before the slicing, and stuck it under the broiler for a few minutes, and then sliced it. with the dressing this didn't need a glaze.

          the dressing is pretty much as above - as for measurements, I winged it - maybe a tbs of Dijon, juice of 2-3 lemons, some zest, 3-4 scallions, a tiny bit of sliced leeks, remnants of fresh herbs that were drying on our counter... just using things up. a little bit of salt, and then oil drizzled in while the whole thing was in the food processor. i'm having the leftover dressing for lunch today as a dipping sauce for sliced zucchini!*

          *and by "lunch* I mean, "all gone"!

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            fldhkybnva RE: mariacarmen Apr 22, 2014 10:31 AM

            How do the leftovers work then in terms of reheating?

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              mariacarmen RE: fldhkybnva Apr 22, 2014 12:14 PM

              hah - you're asking the wrong people. we have never had leftovers of this. if we don't finish it at dinner, the BF demolishes it late night. we once had TWO of them for dinner, and by the time I woke up, it was all gone! he's very efficient, my little goat boy!

              I would think it would be like any other meat, tho, heat it slowly in the oven, maybe put it under the broiler again for a minute to re-crisp. or only sear one half of it, put the other half in the fridge for another day. it's fully cooked so i'm sure it would keep for a few days.

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          tcamp RE: mariacarmen Apr 22, 2014 06:38 AM

          That is spectacular. It is 9:30 AM and I'm already hungry.

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            JTPhilly RE: mariacarmen Apr 22, 2014 07:03 AM

            dressing sounds fantastic salad looks great

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              mcsheridan RE: mariacarmen Apr 22, 2014 03:34 PM

              Beautiful plating, and it sounds purely delectable.

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                mariacarmen RE: mcsheridan Apr 22, 2014 05:15 PM

                why thank you!

                thanks to all!

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                GretchenS RE: mariacarmen Apr 23, 2014 01:55 PM

                Pure heaven on a plate mc. I had no idea TJ's had pork belly, must investigate...

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                  LindaWhit RE: GretchenS Apr 23, 2014 02:01 PM

                  I noticed it the last time I was there, Gretchen. I suspect I'll be making a TJs & Wegman's run this weekend.

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                    fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Apr 23, 2014 02:34 PM

                    I can't stand seeing it every time I open the fridge, it's WFD tomorrow. Not sure I can give it the quality treatment that mc did, but I'll try my best.

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                sedimental RE: roxlet Apr 21, 2014 07:56 PM

                Tonight was a marinated pork tenderloin, Spanish rice, and sautéed zuc, onion and peppers. Weirdly served with a vintage 1985 chateauneuf du pape. I know, freakish...but it worked. I am hittin' the cellar right now, trying to weed out vintages for sale at auction vs just drinking it :)

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                  mariacarmen RE: sedimental Apr 21, 2014 08:03 PM

                  what's the pork marinated in, sedi? looks really good!
                  mmmmm... chateauneuf du pape...although i've never had vintage. nice dinner!

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                    sedimental RE: mariacarmen Apr 21, 2014 08:13 PM

                    Ha! I marinated it in something from the dollar store. Seriously, two Hispanic women were fighting over this marinade....so I grabbed some too. I had no idea.

                    It is called chef merito. It was really good! I might go back for more. I marinated it, then when cooking it, I added a bit of honey to coat. Very nice. Spicy hot with a bit of sweetness.

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                      mariacarmen RE: sedimental Apr 21, 2014 08:16 PM

                      is it one of these?

                      i'm bummed that more and more of our dollar stores are closing in the neighborhood. gentrification happens, and god knows i love living in the best area for food in the City, but it's still sad...

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                        sedimental RE: mariacarmen Apr 21, 2014 08:20 PM

                        Yes, exactly..... the Adobo Costillas Nortenas. It is really good!

                2. ChristinaMason RE: roxlet Apr 21, 2014 08:05 PM

                  Tonight we had jumbo shrimp in a sauce of butter, white vermouth, garlic, shallot, Worcestershire, and hot pepper flake over aged Gouda and chive grits. Crispy maple Brussels sprouts on the side. I made the shrimp and the rest was left up to the man. All was tasty.

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                    linguafood RE: ChristinaMason Apr 21, 2014 10:47 PM


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                      eight_inch_pestle RE: ChristinaMason Apr 22, 2014 01:02 AM


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                        ChristinaMason RE: eight_inch_pestle Apr 22, 2014 10:26 AM

                        Cheesy grits are such a rare indulgence...mmmm....

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                          ludmilasdaughter RE: ChristinaMason Apr 22, 2014 12:50 PM

                          And perfect with jumbo shrimp!

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                            steve h. RE: ludmilasdaughter Apr 22, 2014 04:50 PM

                            Oh yeah.

                    2. ChrisOfStumptown RE: roxlet Apr 21, 2014 09:49 PM

                      Went to the local fishmonger who encouraged me to some very nice wild salmon. Prepared en papillote with shallots, tomatoes and parsley. Very succulent despite finishing at more medium done than I prefer. Leeks in mustard vinaigrette and potato chips alongside.

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                        mariacarmen RE: ChrisOfStumptown Apr 21, 2014 10:10 PM

                        those leeks look marvelous....

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                          ChrisOfStumptown RE: mariacarmen Apr 21, 2014 10:18 PM

                          Nice and easy, poach until tender, shock, and toss with mustardy vinaigrette. I did seconds on those.

                          Edit: forgot to mention, gently squeeze leeks to extract water

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                            ChrisOfStumptown RE: mariacarmen Apr 22, 2014 10:48 AM

                            Recipe FYI


                        2. eight_inch_pestle RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 12:58 AM

                          Been super simple around here lately.

                          Saturday was Loki salmon croquettes. Corn meal, buttermilk, shallots, mixed herbs, cayenne, and minced spinach in the patties. Not quite the classic soul food combo I grew up on, but I was just working with what we had in the fridge and pantry. Served on top of lightly dressed arugula and underneath a poached egg that in one case spent about 30 seconds too long poaching.

                          Sunday was spinach and cheese pizza with TJ's dough. Made a quick garlic oil for brushing the dough and tossing with spinach, and sprinkled the crunchy garlic over the top at the end.

                          Tonight was buckwheat pancakes made with cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, and frozen blueberries. Butter, plain yogurt, and some local wildflower honey for topping. An Aidell's chicken and sweet potato breakfast sausage to go with.

                          That's all I got.

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                            Cherylptw RE: eight_inch_pestle Apr 23, 2014 03:58 PM

                            Allergy season is HORRIBLE in these parts...headache, swollen & itchy eyes, throat feels like its closing up, even in my sleep and either a complete runny nose or at least one nostril clogged. I can relate...

                          2. LindaWhit RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 06:34 AM

                            I would have called this thread "The start to allergy season" edition. I've already got it BAD this year. :-(

                            And if I'm feeling up to the chopping when I get home from work tonight, I'll make lamb barley veg soup tonight to use up the leg of lamb. If I don't feel like it, probably BJ's Mandarin Orange Chicken, as I have some basmati rice to use up. Steamed carrots alongside if I go with the chicken.

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                              roxlet RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2014 06:36 AM

                              Aw. Sorry to hear about it. Luckily, I don't suffer from allergies, but my husband does, but only oak tree pollen it seems. Looks to be a bad year for people with allergies. I hope you have some good meds.

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                                LindaWhit RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 06:41 AM

                                I'm going to stick it out as long as I can. Itchy eyes can be helped with Visine A-C, and should the sneezing and stuffiness get bad, perhaps some OTC Claritin. We'll see how it goes.

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                                tcamp RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2014 07:41 AM

                                I am right there with you, Linda. Pollen is out in full force in DC area. When my windshield is dusted yellow-green, I know I will need a Bayer or two to make it through the day without a headache.

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                                  ludmilasdaughter RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2014 01:09 PM

                                  I never had allergies up until a few years ago. So far this spring they have been killer. I read somewhere that they actually might be worse due to the long and strong winter that we had.

                                  Both dinner options sound yum.

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                                    LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2014 01:51 PM

                                    I think I'm going with the Mandarin Chicken (I'll oomph up the sauce with some hoisin, some sriracha, and maybe some OJ, if I remember to stop and get some at the stupidmarket).

                                    Tomorrow it's supposed to be rainy, so it'll be more soupish weather.

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                                      Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Apr 23, 2014 07:51 AM

                                      Second that Linda. Thought I was getting a cold but it's just that itchy sneezey short of breath thing, especially at the gym. A good excuse to stay home! Will freezer dive for the rest of the lentil soup for lunch.

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                                        foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Apr 23, 2014 04:27 PM

                                        I just got back from the eye dr and not only do I have chronic dry eye syndrome but the allergies are impacting my eyes so badly I have add prescription allergy eye drops. I just want my contacts back!!! <sad face>

                                        Dinner tonigh was my ad hoc shepards pie. Delicious.

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                                          LindaWhit RE: foodieX2 Apr 23, 2014 04:50 PM

                                          Oh, UGH, foodie! Sorry to hear about the CDE syndrome. :-(

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                                            Gio RE: foodieX2 Apr 23, 2014 06:30 PM

                                            Yes, t'is the season I guess. I also have chronic dry eye syndrome. So have added Thera Tears (OTC) per the Ophthalmologist's recommendations to the list of stuff to help.

                                            The antibiotic medication he prescribed has been used and is over with. So now it remains to be seen if this is really an allergy or something else. [sniffle sniffle, drizzle drizzle]

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                                              foodieX2 RE: Gio Apr 23, 2014 06:50 PM

                                              Ugh!! It's awful,isn't it? I am on restasis, a generic prescription allergy drop and OTC artificial tears. The cost of restasis alone is mind boggling.... It's eating into to my "eating out/high end ingredient" budget line!

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                                                grayelf RE: foodieX2 Apr 23, 2014 08:50 PM

                                                Bummer. I do Pataday drops plus taking Aerius (the generic Kirkland version from Costco which is 1/3 the cost ) prophylactically from March to September. Works very well for me.

                                                WFD tonight was the lentil and barley soup I made last night, which was lucky as I didn't get home from work till 8. I added zucchini, carrot and kale to it so am feeling quite virtuous, though I overdid it a tad with the dried thyme. Dang, that stuff is strong.

                                                Five tubbies more of it went into the freezer for emergency dinners.

                                        2. tcamp RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 06:40 AM

                                          Last night was turkey drumsticks in the slow cooker, along with mushrooms, onions and carrots. I strained the veggies out, dressed with butter and soy sauce (I'm hooked) and served alongside cheese tortellini and spring greens lightly tossed with olive oil and lemon.

                                          Tonight, tom yum soup and some sort of stir fry involving thinly sliced ribeye and the fresh green garlic I got on Sunday.

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                                            fldhkybnva RE: tcamp Apr 22, 2014 06:51 AM

                                            I'm also hooked on butter and soy sauce. I tried it for the first time on Sunday and while I'd like to try something new tonight I'm not sure I can resist so likely what's for dinner.

                                          2. fldhkybnva RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 06:55 AM

                                            It's been a few days of very simple, but tasty meals.

                                            For Easter, I had planned lamb but alas the leg I bought from TJs had a hole in the packaging so it was returned and instead I picked up dinner from the Farmer's Market and had the opportunity to try goat for the first time. I couldn't decide among the various cuts so decided to just go with the ground goat. Easter dinner was a ground goat stroganoff with Labne instead of sour cream.

                                            Last night's dinner was a super simple skillet meal of grass fed ground beef, broccoli and TJs bacon cheddar.

                                            For tonight, I need to use up the rest of the ground beef. Dinner will likely be another skillet meal with Bearnaise butter and soy sauce.

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                                              tcamp RE: fldhkybnva Apr 22, 2014 07:43 AM

                                              Goat at your farmers market? And pierogies nearby?? I need a field trip to charm city, stat!

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                                                fldhkybnva RE: tcamp Apr 22, 2014 07:47 AM

                                                The duck egg lady conveniently sells goat meat...it was a nice surprise. I haven't tried the pierogies but I'm tempted to. They can only be delicious when sold from a church that is smack dab in the middle of a bunch of row houses.

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                                                  Ttrockwood RE: fldhkybnva Apr 22, 2014 06:42 PM

                                                  Pierogies sold at a church??? If that isn't a sign then i don't know what is! Mushroom for me please :)

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                                                    suzigirl RE: Ttrockwood Apr 22, 2014 07:05 PM

                                                    Cheese and potato or kraut please. I have a local polish deli that I need to go to.

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                                                fldhkybnva RE: fldhkybnva Apr 22, 2014 04:02 PM

                                                Change plans - I decided on a carbonara-inspired dish instead. Ground beef and pepperoni tossed with green beans and finished with a duck egg, handful of Parm and tons of black pepper.

                                              3. JTPhilly RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 07:08 AM

                                                We have just been eating the fridge with leftovers from Easter and the preceding "Thanksgiving in April" grilled turkey event - I refuse to cook anything new until the fridge is empty.

                                                I will probably just make a frittata of all the bits tonight

                                                1. MidwesternerTT RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 07:12 AM

                                                  Tonight's plan: Chives - first of the year from the garden - atop sliced potatoes. Along side skillet Cod in lemon-pepper butter. A spinach/tomato salad for color on the otherwise all-white plate.

                                                  We'll have the last of Easter ham steak for lunch today. With the last tasty and beautiful pink beet-pickled egg - photo and recipe comment over on The New Midwesternern Table thread. Link http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/921430

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                                                    MidwesternerTT RE: MidwesternerTT Apr 22, 2014 12:40 PM

                                                    Direct photo link

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                                                    rjbh20 RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 07:37 AM

                                                    Pan seared salmon, pasta with pesto. 15 minutes end to end.

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                                                      linguafood RE: rjbh20 Apr 22, 2014 10:17 AM

                                                      Nothing like putting a quick dinner on the table, eh?

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                                                        rjbh20 RE: linguafood Apr 22, 2014 01:38 PM

                                                        Bearnaise would have been nice but I'm out of tarragon.

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                                                        ludmilasdaughter RE: rjbh20 Apr 22, 2014 01:19 PM

                                                        With a good cut of quality salmon, I feel guilty doing anything else with it.

                                                      3. biondanonima RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 07:45 AM

                                                        Tonight will be an uninspired but always welcome standby: chicken fajitas! I always use thigh meat so they end up very succulent. DH will probably eat tortillas with his, I'll do mine over a salad.

                                                        Last night was the Paul Prudhomme Cajun meatloaf, tweaked to made it low-carb. Fabulous. One of the best meatloaves I've ever had!

                                                        1. tiffeecanoe RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 07:48 AM

                                                          Well, tonight we'll have split pea soup and homemade dutch oven bread. Last of the ham to use up. Last night I threw together a red potato, sweet potato,cauliflower gratin with ham. Cheesy and bubbly wtih gouda and havarti on top. Delicious! Would make again. Pretty sure I didn't need a 4 lb ham for 3 adults and 2.5-year-old on Easter!

                                                          I look forward to a non-ham dinner tomorrow.

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                                                            NancyChin RE: tiffeecanoe Apr 22, 2014 08:58 PM

                                                            I've still got some ham to use up too! We ended up buying a 7lb ham for two people because it was on sale. Needless to say, I had my hands full with leftover ham recipes. My next recipe will be split pea soup.

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                                                              roxlet RE: NancyChin Apr 23, 2014 05:32 AM

                                                              I'm sure you know Dorothy Parker's famous quote that the definition of eternity is two people and a ham.

                                                              Sliced ham freezes very well.

                                                          2. gini RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 08:55 AM

                                                            Leftovers part trois:
                                                            grilled burgers (which the man overcooked slightly. It was sad.)
                                                            spaghetti squash gratin
                                                            sauteed spinach with onions, garlic, ginger

                                                            And now...I mostly have nothing to eat. To the grocer!

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                                                              bustlingswan RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 10:25 AM

                                                              I need a bit of a detox after Easter weekend! Last night I made a really yummy salad with shredded cabbage, kale, and brussels sprouts in a lemon-olive oil dressing so I will have that again, probably with a poached egg on top! Maybe some diced, roasted potatoes mixed in too. Yummy and makes me feel better about all the heavy food and copious amounts of booze I've been having lately :)

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                                                                JTPhilly RE: bustlingswan Apr 22, 2014 10:28 AM

                                                                I hear ya on this! Detox much needed.

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                                                                  mariacarmen RE: bustlingswan Apr 22, 2014 12:16 PM

                                                                  welcome, bustling!
                                                                  your detox dinner echos mine, down to the diced potatoes, above, although yours had much more good healthy roughage. sounds great.

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                                                                    gemvt RE: bustlingswan Apr 22, 2014 03:46 PM

                                                                    Yup, I really strapped on the feedbag last week - I'm currently tapering ;). I should be off butter completely by the weekend.

                                                                  2. Gio RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 12:27 PM

                                                                    WFD: Sliced baked ham on Kaiser rolls, and tossed salad. The rolls will be slathered with wasabi mayo on one side and whole grain mustard on t'other. In between there will be sliced cheddar, ham, tomato, sweet onion, half sour pickle slices. G's favorite TJ's Hawaiian BBQ potato chips will probably make an appearance. They are awfully tasty I must admit.

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                                                                      steve h. RE: Gio Apr 22, 2014 04:46 PM

                                                                      I can taste that.

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                                                                      ludmilasdaughter RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 12:31 PM

                                                                      Yesterday was such a nice day here in CNY that we decided to fire up the grill for the fist time since fall. I made some lamb burgers that had various Greek themed spices and feta cheese in them, grilled asparagus, and roasted potatoes. Very satisfying.

                                                                      It's chili and dreary today, so I'm thinking Italian wedding soup with some kale mixed into it. Maybe I'll pull some rolls from the freezer and warm them up.

                                                                      1. prima RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 02:23 PM

                                                                        cilantro/cumin/oregano roast pork, roast beets/sweet potatoes/parsnips and instant polenta.

                                                                        1. mcsheridan RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 03:31 PM

                                                                          Pork in Hoisin Sauce

                                                                          Second iteration on the leftover roast pork from Sunday; onions, cubed pork, green beans. Sauce made from a 3-2-1 mix of hoisin, light soy sauce, seasoned rice vinegar, plus a bit of sesame oil.

                                                                          All over white rice.

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                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: mcsheridan Apr 22, 2014 06:53 PM

                                                                            very appealing. did you thicken the sauce?

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                                                                              mcsheridan RE: ChristinaMason Apr 23, 2014 05:31 AM

                                                                              No, just the mixture as described. I poured the sauce over the pork and veggies, stirred it all up and brought the sauce to heat.

                                                                              It was thick enough on its own; Lum Kum Kee sauce is pretty thick to start with, and it was the 3 in the 3-2-1.

                                                                              FTR, I'm making this again. Best stir-fry sauce I've come up with to date.

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                                                                            gemvt RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 03:40 PM

                                                                            Tonight it's linguine tossed with white wine, garlic, spinach, butter, olive oil, crushed red pepper, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. Romano cheese. Could have used some fresh parsley but I was too hungry to go to the store.

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                                                                              ludmilasdaughter RE: gemvt Apr 23, 2014 06:22 AM

                                                                              Wowza. Looks wonderful.

                                                                            2. juliejulez RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 03:45 PM

                                                                              Had the first meeting with the builder of our new home today. Found out I can't paint my house grey cause the stupid neighbors are already doing it. I already hate them :-P Just kidding.

                                                                              Tonight's dinner is turkey burgers on the grill. I think I'll do cheddar and bacon and BBQ sauce as well. Sides will just be chips and a salad with ranch (because that's all I have in the fridge!).

                                                                              ETA, forgot to say I'm super excited though... builder told me he can put in a walk-in pantry!! I was really sad to lose the one I have but they already had a plan for it from another house they built. So yay!

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                                                                                steve h. RE: juliejulez Apr 22, 2014 04:06 PM

                                                                                Two big thumbs up on the pantry.

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                                                                                  suzigirl RE: juliejulez Apr 22, 2014 04:11 PM

                                                                                  Good for you about the pantry. I love the one James built me. God love him, he was using one cupboard when I first moved in. I can appreciate the value of a nice pantry.

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                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: juliejulez Apr 22, 2014 05:24 PM

                                                                                    MAJOR thumbs up on the walk-in pantry!

                                                                                    And maybe you can go with a pale green-gray or a blue-gray for the house?

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                                                                                      juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2014 05:45 PM

                                                                                      Yeah I like stuff in the blue tones, SO doesn't as much. We might go for a darker brown with cream or white trim and black shutters. There will be some stone detail too so I have to pick that as well.

                                                                                  2. steve h. RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 04:02 PM

                                                                                    Winter vortex has given way to pollen vortex. Bummer

                                                                                    The plan tonight was to reprise Sunday's meal but retrieving a Chicago deep dish pizza from the freezer made a lot more sense. A Lou Malnati's sausage pie is WFD. Wine and beer will be on the counter, Sawx and Yanks on the plasma.

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                                                                                      Gio RE: steve h. Apr 22, 2014 05:13 PM

                                                                                      Some nights ya just wanna a pizza and beer. Or wine. ! totally get that. The Sox & Yanks. I'm almost afraid to watch.

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                                                                                        steve h. RE: Gio Apr 22, 2014 05:29 PM

                                                                                        it's not a rivalry without gut-wrenching emotion.

                                                                                        ...just saying

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                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: steve h. Apr 22, 2014 05:41 PM

                                                                                          I hope Ellsbury got a good reception upon his introduction. The Red Sox fans can boo his at bats, but I really hope they gave him the welcome back he deserved after helping get two World Series titles for Boston.

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                                                                                            steve h. RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2014 06:15 PM

                                                                                            He got some boos first at bat but that's only fair. Later, he also got some RBIs. The guy is good. A class act.

                                                                                    2. Njchicaa RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 04:34 PM

                                                                                      tonight is grilled chicken breasts marinated in Goya Mojo marinade to go with leftover mashed potatoes and stuffing. I may or may not make roasted broccoli to go with.

                                                                                      1. foodieX2 RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 04:40 PM

                                                                                        Carrot/fennel/ginger soup with warmed up leftover Easter rolls was WFD. Simple and filling.

                                                                                        Alas the nice stretch of weather appears to be ending tomorrow so the last of the lamb will become an ersatz shepards pie as I won't mind turning on the oven.

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                                                                                          mcsheridan RE: foodieX2 Apr 22, 2014 06:45 PM

                                                                                          Just curious - what is going to be ersatz about your Shepherd's Pie? You're off to the right start with leftover lamb.

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                                                                                            foodieX2 RE: mcsheridan Apr 23, 2014 03:13 PM

                                                                                            It's ersatz because Ill do it with whatever is on hand. This version is being topped with leftover delmonico potatoes. I minced up the lamb in the FP and then sautéed some onions and garlic in bacon grease in my CI pan, added some chopped tomatoes, a few glugs of red wine, the leftover ginger carrots, some herbs, S&P and a couple hits of hot sauce and Worcestershire and let it simmer down and reduce. I then added the lamb, stirred and topped the whole thing with the leftover 'taters and popped it the oven. It's been in there about 20 minutes or so. In a little bit I'll turn on broiler to get the top all golden brown.

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                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: foodieX2 Apr 22, 2014 06:54 PM

                                                                                            Interested in how you adapted the meatloaf---almond meal?

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                                                                                              foodieX2 RE: ChristinaMason Apr 23, 2014 03:00 PM

                                                                                              Was this meant for me?

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                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: ChristinaMason Apr 23, 2014 03:44 PM

                                                                                                I'm thinking it was for biondanonima above. If so, she used pork rinds instead of breadcrumbs.

                                                                                            2. suzigirl RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 05:03 PM

                                                                                              Pork chop puttanesca, corkscrew pasta and belize coleslaw. Nothing fancy going on here. I am making an extra thick white sauce to make ham croquettes some time this week before I make the ham go nite nite in the freezer. Pea soup plans for the rest of the ham on the bone. MMMM.

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                                                                                                ludmilasdaughter RE: suzigirl Apr 23, 2014 08:29 AM

                                                                                                Can you please elaborate on the belize coleslaw? I'm always looking for different ways to make it.

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                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: ludmilasdaughter Apr 23, 2014 11:26 AM

                                                                                                  I don't measure but it is:

                                                                                                  half a bag of shredded cabbage or a quarter of a head
                                                                                                  one Kirby cucumber diced
                                                                                                  two roma tomatoes or one tomato, chopped
                                                                                                  Lawry's seasoned salt to taste
                                                                                                  neutral oil
                                                                                                  white vinegar

                                                                                                  you can sub out the oil and vinegar if you wish. I learned it from a missionary friend who learned it in a small village in Belize that had no refrigeration so it is served room temperature but you can chill it if you prefer. It is very simple.

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                                                                                                    ludmilasdaughter RE: suzigirl Apr 24, 2014 08:49 AM

                                                                                                    Thank you so much! This will be on my dinner menu soon.

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                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: ludmilasdaughter Apr 24, 2014 12:40 PM

                                                                                                      You're welcome. It is really simple and refreshing.

                                                                                              2. mariacarmen RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 05:19 PM

                                                                                                heading over to my sister's house for the evening, and we'll nosh on some seared foie she defrosted on Sunday but did not get to - i'm sure it'll be ok as it is shrink-wrapped. we'll make a little gastrique to go with... not sure what else, but there shall be foie. yum.

                                                                                                1. linguafood RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 05:55 PM

                                                                                                  Pork souvlaki with tzatziki and choriatiki on the side. It was ok. Didn't rock our world. The tzatziki was quite good, tho.

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                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: linguafood Apr 22, 2014 06:18 PM

                                                                                                    Looks freakin' fantastic to me. I am asking James about making kabobs this weekend.

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                                                                                                      linguafood RE: suzigirl Apr 22, 2014 06:23 PM

                                                                                                      A lot of the pieces were cooked unevenly. I left it to my man to string up the skewers, since I had done everything else for dinner, and we think he just packed them too tightly....

                                                                                                      Oh well, the flavors were good and I'm stuffed to the gills.

                                                                                                      Plus leftovers: lunch for señor lingua.

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                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: linguafood Apr 22, 2014 06:48 PM

                                                                                                        I have a nod to kabobs for this weekend. I have a ton of fresh oregano and parsley in the garden and I can't wait to get the goodies like Campari tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, onions and sizzler steak and chicken per James request.

                                                                                                  2. JTPhilly RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 06:10 PM

                                                                                                    The guests took a road trip for a day or two gave me a minute after work to straighten up and just enough time to whip myself up a kimchee turkey melt before heading to the bar for flyers playoffs and dollar pints

                                                                                                    1. ChristinaMason RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 06:52 PM

                                                                                                      So many delicious dinners here. I see the winter blahs have passed and you all have caught the cooking bug again. Nice.

                                                                                                      I played sous chef again tonight. We had a romaine salad topped with grilled pineapple and orange bell pepper strips, Thai red curry-marinated chicken tenders, chopped peanuts, alfalfa sprouts, champagne mango, and a basil-yogurt-fenugreek dressing. Tasty and eclectic.

                                                                                                      1. Ttrockwood RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 07:01 PM

                                                                                                        There was some kind of crazy going on today..... Worked late and we ordered dinner in. Moroccan carrots, israeli salad, and hummus with pita from nish nush. I just nibbled while i worked and once home tossed the rest of carrots and israeli sald with greens for a big salad i drizzled with the awesome hummus.
                                                                                                        Glass of reisling a la carte.

                                                                                                        1. Novelli RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 07:52 PM

                                                                                                          Tonite I made a small salad of lettuce and arugula greens from the garden, lightly dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, s&p, and just a touch of honey for sweetness, and topped with a healthy portion of burrata.

                                                                                                          Then I made homemade malloreddus with a sausage ragu, dusted with Fiore Sardo.

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                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: Novelli Apr 22, 2014 08:34 PM

                                                                                                            That pasta photo made my mouth water even before I got to the description!

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                                                                                                              linguafood RE: ChristinaMason Apr 22, 2014 08:39 PM

                                                                                                              Agree! Pasta envy here...

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                                                                                                              NancyChin RE: Novelli Apr 22, 2014 09:02 PM

                                                                                                              Your arugula looks lovely! I have garden envy because my home grown arugula always looks sad and weed-like.

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                                                                                                                roxlet RE: Novelli Apr 23, 2014 05:33 AM

                                                                                                                That's so fabulous looking!

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                                                                                                                  Novelli RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                  Thanks All! It was pretty spicy, but good. Not bad for an hour's worth of work.

                                                                                                                  I have to say though, I like my GFs phone pic (burrata) better than the camera pic I took of the pasta.

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                                                                                                                Aussieshepsx2 RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 08:17 PM

                                                                                                                Watching the Kings game. Oh boy, loosing again. This has been a terrible match up with the Sharks. So, there is a bottle of wine! Managed to reheat last nights homemade cauliflower soup and made quesadillas.

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                                                                                                                  NancyChin RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 08:55 PM

                                                                                                                  I made Marcella Hazan's simple tomato sauce for the first time last night. Ridiculously easy and still yummy. Tonight, we will probably eat up some leftovers that are taking over my fridge.


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                                                                                                                    gini RE: NancyChin Apr 23, 2014 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                    nice photo!

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                                                                                                                      NancyChin RE: gini Apr 24, 2014 12:02 AM

                                                                                                                      Thanks, gini! I'm practicing still. It can be frustrating when I'm trying to hold my camera steady and get the right angle, but I just want to eat my dinner while it's warm, lol.

                                                                                                                  2. ChrisOfStumptown RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 09:49 PM

                                                                                                                    Starters was a pair of shrimp polpettina with pepper cress and a bit of Pernod on the rocks.

                                                                                                                    The first basil crop arrived so pesto was an easy call. I've been waiting half a year! Local crop asparagus an poached egg rounded it out.

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                                                                                                                      JTPhilly RE: ChrisOfStumptown Apr 23, 2014 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                      Pesto looks great - I cannot wait for fresh garden basil

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                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: ChrisOfStumptown Apr 23, 2014 03:07 PM


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                                                                                                                        sweetpotater RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 10:10 PM

                                                                                                                        Leafing and growing green indeed: Last fall's chard surprised me by popping up again, so I made a frittata from that, sausage, and feta, and another with prosciutto, mascarpone, parmesan, and the parsley that's gone mad (Seattle doesn't really get much of a frost). We ate a bit and tucked away the rest to get us through the next couple of weeks as I get busy with work.

                                                                                                                        1. grayelf RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2014 11:19 PM

                                                                                                                          So much good food over the past few days in the Bay Area -- will post a link when I get the report done. WFD last night was delicious leftover Easter strata courtesy of the SIL. Tonight I'm baching it with pan fried sole and steamed broccoli while making a lentil and barley soup for tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                            Harters RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 01:30 AM

                                                                                                                            So, there's a lamb dinner proposed Chez Harters. We've got a recipe for using lamb mince but there's sfrom Sunday roast, so I'll finely dice that up instead.

                                                                                                                            Onions are caramelised. Chopped garlic and red chilli go in and get a bit of a fry. Bulghar wheat is softened in hot water. A sauce is made of tahini, lemon juice, garlic, yoghurt, salt, pepper.

                                                                                                                            Cumin seeds and crushed coriander go into a pan with some oil along with the diced lamb and it's fried until it's gone a bit crispy. The onion mix is then added and everything's heated up.

                                                                                                                            Cherry tomatoes, spring onions, parsley and lemon juice are added to the bulghar mix and this is then spread out on a serving platter. Lamb mix goes on top, followed by a drizzle of the yoghurty sauce.

                                                                                                                            I think it'll need some lavash bread as well - not least as we've a tub of houmous that needs using.

                                                                                                                            It's going to be quick to prepare which is just as well as, for a retired person, I've got a busy day - visit to the garden centre to buy plants for a border I'm redeveloping and the book manuscript is back from the editor at the publisher with lots of alterations needed - mainly changes to conform with their house style of punctuation and the like, rather than any major re-writes. So, a slow tedious job just wading through it all.

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                                                                                                                              roxlet RE: Harters Apr 23, 2014 05:34 AM

                                                                                                                              Nice work if you can get it!

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                                                                                                                                rabaja RE: Harters Apr 23, 2014 06:09 AM

                                                                                                                                That lamb dinner sounds so good. I love the idea of mincing a leftover roast instead of using ground.
                                                                                                                                Where is the recipe from? This sounds like something we would enjoy, especially with the bulgur.

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                                                                                                                                  Harters RE: rabaja Apr 23, 2014 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                  Recipe was a magazine cut-out that's been in our "to try" file for ages. No idea about origin but, very probably, BBC Good Food magazine (font and style look likely)

                                                                                                                                  Process is pretty much as my original post but folks here would easily conjure up their own verison. Ingredients for 2 are:

                                                                                                                                  Olive oil
                                                                                                                                  2 onions, halved and thinly sliced
                                                                                                                                  3 garlic cloves, crushed
                                                                                                                                  1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
                                                                                                                                  100g bulghar wheat
                                                                                                                                  1 tbsp tahini
                                                                                                                                  juice 1 lemon
                                                                                                                                  2 tbsp yoghurt
                                                                                                                                  2 tsp each cumin & ground coriander
                                                                                                                                  200g lamb
                                                                                                                                  100g cherry tomatoes, quartered
                                                                                                                                  2 spring onions, finely sliced
                                                                                                                                  Small bunch parsley, chopped.

                                                                                                                                  Needless to say, we had a pub lunch after the garden centre that has left me doing me famous impression of a sloth - so no book revision. Nor do I feel at all hungry so dinner will be late.

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                                                                                                                                  biondanonima RE: Harters Apr 23, 2014 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                  Lamb is on the menu chez moi tonight as well - Herbed Lamb Meatballs from Food & Wine: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/he... I may or may not make the tomato sauce, but there will be ricotta to go on top!

                                                                                                                                3. TorontoJo RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 06:26 AM

                                                                                                                                  Hi, WFD peeps! I just wanted to drop in with a quick note to say how kind and welcoming you all are and how much I enjoyed posting here for the short while that I participated in WFD. I've been cutting back more and more on my chowhound time, which is why you haven't seen me here. But I thought you all deserved a happy wave from Canada. Happy eating to all of you!

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                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: TorontoJo Apr 23, 2014 07:06 AM

                                                                                                                                    I was wondering where you scurried off to :)

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                                                                                                                                      TorontoJo RE: fldhkybnva Apr 23, 2014 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                      I've been posting on CH for so long that sometimes I think of it like a big extended family (including those annoying uncles that piss everyone off). And when someone I like suddenly disappears, I'm always left wondering what happened and if everything is ok. So I thought y'all deserved a note. :0)

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                                                                                                                                        Harters RE: TorontoJo Apr 23, 2014 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                        Thanks, TJ. Wave returned from north west England.

                                                                                                                                        Similar problem on another board I use. In fact, even worse, as it allows messaging. So, you suddenly realise that someone has "gone missing" and you PM them with no response. Always makes me think the worst has happened.

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                                                                                                                                          ludmilasdaughter RE: TorontoJo Apr 23, 2014 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                          I feel the same way. Don't be a stranger!

                                                                                                                                    2. Berheenia RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                      I love your title but we are stuck in cold and grey and rainy here today. So it looks like we'll freezer dive for dinner - there's some low fat beef chili in there somewhere. Waiting for the buds to pop- maybe next week we'll see some 'little leafing growing green'.....

                                                                                                                                      1. gini RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                                        3 strips of bacon, two fried eggs cooked in bacon fat & covered in very, very sharp cheddar. A glass of grapefruit juice alongside. Breakfast for dinner! I only get to do that when the man doesn't require feeding.

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                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: gini Apr 23, 2014 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                          Bacon and eggs. Can't get much better than that!

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                                                                                                                                            gini RE: gini Apr 23, 2014 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                            Just checking if my new phone uploads well. Nothing to see here.

                                                                                                                                          2. BananaBirkLarsen RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                                            Trying to remember what I've had to eat this week... We road tripped to the Great Sand Dunes National Park on Friday and had an amazing burger for lunch along the way. So amazing, that we weren't hungry for dinner and just snacked on some fruit and a bag of cheetos we had in the car.

                                                                                                                                            Saturday was steak sandwiches (good, but not good enough to describe in great detail).

                                                                                                                                            Sunday was homemade sloppy joes on seeded rolls, with half-mashed chive-sour cream potatoes and a little salad on the side. I guess we're not really Easter people.

                                                                                                                                            Monday was... frozen pizza?

                                                                                                                                            Last night we broke out the grill for the first time this season and made fajitas. Skirt steak rubbed with ground NM chile, salt, pepper, garlic powder, a bit of amchur powder (I wanted a bit of sour, but also wanted to keep the rub dry) and Mexican oregano. Grilled to a perfect medium rare, sliced thing and served with yellow peppers and onions which were started on the grill and then finished with butter on the stove. I also made a little salsa from some smokey grilled tomatillos, canned green chiles (yeah, I know, but they were $0.50/can), and a spoonful of the ground NM chile for heat. There were flour tortillas. There was Full Sail IPA. There was a sunset watched from the porch. There was a soundboard recording of a 3-hour-long Neil Young concert from last year (at almost 70, the guy is still amazing). There were also, inexplicably, baked potatoes with sour cream. I think the BF had a craving.

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                                                                                                                                              sedimental RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 09:37 AM

                                                                                                                                              Last night I roasted a Cornish hen, dusted with chicken stock powder ...and butter :/ 400 convection oven for very tasty, crispy chickeny, buttery skin! ....then we made a few huge batches of pesto for the freezer. I used some of it to mix with tortellini, tomato, prosciutto and smoked mozzarella as a side to my hen.

                                                                                                                                              Tonight I am going out to the famous Willows inn on Lummi island for a private dinner and to hear author Jamie Ford talk about his new book. Loved the Book Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (for any of you book worms out there.) Should be fun..and I know the food is fabulous!

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                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: sedimental Apr 23, 2014 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                "dusted with chicken stock powder"! you mean like, bouillon? I've never heard of doing that, but it sounds brilliant!

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                                                                                                                                                  sedimental RE: mariacarmen Apr 23, 2014 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Yeah! I have a variety of them because I cook a lot of Latin and Asian foods. Maggi and Knorr make them as powders, so you can use them like salt. The writing is not in English but both have a chicken on the front. Definitely not a health food but full of Chickeny goodness :)

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                                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: sedimental Apr 23, 2014 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I've seen that chicken powder at the condiment/sauce bar at our local hot pot.... wonder what the application there is supposed to be, other than add it to one's sauce concoction....

                                                                                                                                              2. Gio RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                WFD: Roast chicken with quartered lemons, and garlic cloves in the cavity; and S & P, garlic powder, ground cumin sprinkled on the skin. In the roasting pan with the chicken will be onions, potatoes, fennel bulb, oranges. These will be quartered and seasoned with the same mix as the chicken but including EVOO. I'll probably pour in a half glass of white wine as well. Asparagus will be roasted separately.

                                                                                                                                                Many people don't like a sweet with meats or poultry but G and I do. My mother used to make her version of canned peaches using the fruit from the trees in her garden and her secret spice mix. So each winter we would have roasts accompanied by these luscious, juicy, sweet peaches. They're especially delicious with roast lamb and turkey. This and Concord grape jam from our vines were the only things she canned. The apples and pears would be eaten out of hand or used in baking.

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                                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: Gio Apr 23, 2014 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Yah, you lost me at the peaches preserve :-), but the chicken sounds mighty tasty!

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                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: Gio Apr 23, 2014 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                    i'm totally with you on fruits and meat - love the pairing.

                                                                                                                                                    last night my sister seared up some foie we had frozen, and made a little gastrique of - of all things - stupidmarket strawberry jam, balsamic and red wine vinegars. perfect combo - sweet, salty, fatty, yum. eaten over bread fried in the melted fat from the foie.

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                                                                                                                                                      linguafood RE: mariacarmen Apr 23, 2014 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Foie is a whole other story.

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                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Apr 23, 2014 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Ditto the sweet with meat fandom. I love apricot preserves with chicken, plum ketchup with meatloaf or pork, mint jelly with lamb. :-D

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                                                                                                                                                          BananaBirkLarsen RE: LindaWhit Apr 24, 2014 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Yup, sign me up for the sweet meat fan club too! The roast chicken I made with figs, onions, garlic and rosemary two years ago is still the best roast chicken I've ever made.

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                                                                                                                                                          Gio RE: mariacarmen Apr 23, 2014 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                          That just sounds fabulous! (My dirty little pseudo-gastric secret is: preserves and Worcestershire. Shhh, don't tell anyone)

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                                                                                                                                                          ChrisOfStumptown RE: Gio Apr 23, 2014 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                          People *say* they don't like meat & sweet flavors but will eat meat with sweet barbecue sauce, hamburgers and hot dogs with catsup, and shovel away General Tso's chicken like it's going out of style.

                                                                                                                                                          I recently made Ottolenghi's chicken with clementines and arak. It's got fennel as well. Very similar to your roast chicken. Great combination.

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                                                                                                                                                            linguafood RE: ChrisOfStumptown Apr 23, 2014 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Well, being part of "people" in general, I can safely say that I absolutely, positively HATE sweet bbq sauce. Hot dogs are basically salt in casing, so a little ketchup helps that sodium bomb go down. But that's not really considered food, is it?

                                                                                                                                                            Fine, there are a few exceptions -- the aforementioned foie, which simply needs some acidity (and *maybe* sugar) to cut through the richness, e.g. kumquats; venison and maybe duck breast can be alright with berries or sour cherries.

                                                                                                                                                            But, as you'll note -- neither of these are necessary on the sweet side as far as fruit goes.

                                                                                                                                                            People say and like all kinds of crazy things, btw '-)

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                                                                                                                                                              ChrisOfStumptown RE: linguafood Apr 23, 2014 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I say this on behalf of all Chicagoans, current and former: ketchup has no place on a hot dog.

                                                                                                                                                              I agree with the point you are making though. It's all about balance. Bring in sweet, you need sour or bitter. If you have spicy heat, you can add sweet. Etc.

                                                                                                                                                              But a lot of people in the big wide world love sugar-salt-fat bombs.

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                                                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: ChrisOfStumptown Apr 23, 2014 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Ha. As someone who hasn't had a hot dog in probably 2.5 decades, I don't really have a horse in that particular race.

                                                                                                                                                                For me, it's usually about balance. But for the most part, I could do without embellishing dishes with raisins and other overly sweet things.

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                                                                                                                                                                  biondanonima RE: linguafood Apr 23, 2014 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Agreed. For instance, why are dried cranberries in EVERYTHING? I ordered an edamame salad the other day, and it had cranberries in it. WTF?

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                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: biondanonima Apr 23, 2014 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    I hate fruit in salads, save for the notable exception of grapefruit supremes in shaved fennel salad with blue cheese & toasted walnuts in a very zesty walnut vinaigrette.

                                                                                                                                                                    What can I say, I'm pretty specific about my food :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                  JTPhilly RE: ChrisOfStumptown Apr 23, 2014 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  "But a lot of people in the big wide world love sugar-salt-fat bombs.

                                                                                                                                                                  Isn't this the premise of most if not all chain dining?

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                                                                                                                                                                    ChrisOfStumptown RE: JTPhilly Apr 23, 2014 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Looks that way to me!

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                                                                                                                                                                Gio RE: ChrisOfStumptown Apr 23, 2014 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I know, Chris. Curiously, I really don't like sweet foods, but the fruit/meat combo seems different to me.

                                                                                                                                                                That Ottolenghi recipe is absolutely wonderful, isn't it.

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                                                                                                                                                                  ChrisOfStumptown RE: Gio Apr 23, 2014 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  It's a very deft balance of flavors. He seems to like orange, chicken and fennel. There's another combination in that book with saffron and herbs that's also good.

                                                                                                                                                            2. linguafood RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Oy. Too much cooking two days in a row '-D

                                                                                                                                                              Time to go out for some clean eats: beef tartare and martinis. Poyfect Wednesday meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                rabaja RE: linguafood Apr 23, 2014 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I love a good gin cleanse.

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                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: rabaja Apr 23, 2014 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  It's da best.

                                                                                                                                                              2. Njchicaa RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                After spending money on first class flights, the condo, delicious meals, tequila, pottery, and a gorgeous lamp last week in Mexico, we are on a tighter budget for the rest of the month which is fine with me.

                                                                                                                                                                I pulled a dish of frozen stuffed shells from the basement freezer. I'm defrosting a container of what looks like just homemade sauce but I'm hoping there are meatballs hidden in there somewhere b/c my husband always wants some kind of meat with his meal. I'm going to make a green salad to go with. No bread as we both need to lose a few pounds after our gluttonous eating last week.

                                                                                                                                                                If the sauce is just sauce, then I will use it tomorrow to make pasta pomodoro from the Carmine's cookbook. We shall see!

                                                                                                                                                                1. mariacarmen RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks GS! I've made it a few times now - but I know you've been MIA. so good to see you here again!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. mariacarmen RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    whaddaya mean, nothing to see! bacon eggs and melty cheese!

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                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Apr 23, 2014 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      What's going on with you, girl? You're posting all willy-nilly out of order! LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Apr 23, 2014 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        My tablet did that last week. I got pissed and didn't post for a while and it resolved itself.

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                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Apr 24, 2014 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I don't know! Kept trying to move them, then gave up.

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                                                                                                                                                                        gemvt RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        In the previous WFD thread, prima linked to a cauliflower couscous recipe:


                                                                                                                                                                        I bought everything required for the recipe and planned on making it tonight. Two things; this is not a recipe to make on a night where things have gone crazy at work, you're exhausted and grumpy, you need to clean because someone is coming to inspect the place tomorrow, and you're going to trivia night in 2 hours. You'd think finely dicing the cauliflower would be relaxing, but no.

                                                                                                                                                                        And: it is *absolutely delicious*. Totally worth it. I ate half the damn pan.

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                                                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 RE: gemvt Apr 23, 2014 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          So good to hear another great review. I booked mark it to make this weekend. It sounds so good!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. LindaWhit RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I was going to make the lamb barley & vegetable soup tonight, but decided instead to just go with a few slices warmed up with some gravy. I steamed some baby creamer potatoes and green beans for sides. Mint jelly, of course.

                                                                                                                                                                          And a glass of wine. It is, after all, Hump Daaaaaayyyy!!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Cherylptw RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            We've been eating Sunday's ham dinner leftovers for the past couple of days. Today's dinner for the DF is going to be braised stew beef (onions, bells, carrots, celery seed) with gravy over beef flavored (stock) rice and a side off buttered peas. I made myself a spinach salad with smoked hard boiled egg, cherry tomatoes and peas with Vidalia onion vinaigrette.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Aussieshepsx2 RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Well, had some grass feed ground beef from the farmer's market defrosting, but that will wait until tomorrow night. Just spent some time talking with my sister and she had one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days (i.e. police at 8:30 in the morning etc.). So I'm going to help her relax at her favorite bar. There will be Manhattans, artichokes, fries, brussel sprouts, and whatever else she wants. It's the least I can do as her big sister.

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                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: Aussieshepsx2 Apr 23, 2014 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                My goodness! Glad you're close enough to be able to console her in person.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  ludmilasdaughter RE: Aussieshepsx2 Apr 24, 2014 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  You are a really great big sister. Makes me wish I had one.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. steve h. RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Pasta tonight. Tagliatelle in a cream, butter and cheese sauce (Hazan's recipe). Crispy prosciutto bits will be added for that piggy/salty goodness. Beer and wine will be on the counter. Baseball (Sawx and Yanks) plus NCIS: LA will vie for screen time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: steve h. Apr 23, 2014 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    For a split second I thought you said prosciutto BLT's not bits and my heart leapt with joy. Dinner still sounds fabulous. All hail the pig.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. RE: suzigirl Apr 23, 2014 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Very cool. Deb makes a grilled cheese sandwich with prosciutto and gruyere that always gets my attention.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        ChrisOfStumptown RE: suzigirl Apr 23, 2014 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Prosciutto BLTs sound pretty damn good actually. Although not in tagliatelle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. RE: steve h. Apr 23, 2014 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Tagliatelle with Hazan's Alfredo sauce topped by crispy prosciutto bits.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: steve h. Apr 23, 2014 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Damn, man.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. RE: LindaWhit Apr 23, 2014 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Tasty stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet RE: steve h. Apr 24, 2014 03:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Mmmm-mmm. Mother's milk.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. suzigirl RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Sloppy Suzi Joe's with a beef broth and onion gravy. James hates the canned stuff. The yummy Heinz baked beans from the UK in the teal can with bacon, ketchup, onions and a squeeze of mustard to doctor it up. Leftover belize coleslaw also.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. JTPhilly RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 05:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            have the last of easter leftovers - Mom's eggplant parm - gonna make a sandwich

                                                                                                                                                                                            rest of the last of Easter leftovers - zucchini casserole made by relative with dubious cred - along with colcannon and the rest of the turkey went into a fritatta last night for lunches

                                                                                                                                                                                            have a lentil strew on the stove simmering made from produce remainders - celery, carrot, onion, turnip, parsley, cilantro - a can of san marzano and the stock from the grilled turkey carcass

                                                                                                                                                                                            by end of the week fridge will be cleared and new efforts can resume with return of house-guests expected to be their final week before heading west

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. juliejulez RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              House hits the market tomorrow morning, and of course I come down with a cold... like I didn't have a hard enough time sleeping before!

                                                                                                                                                                                              Anyway dinner tonight is some store bought gumbo I got at the grocery store earlier in the week since I anticipated needing a quick meal tonight. I have some rolls to go with it, but I might end up doing a baked tater in the microwave instead.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: juliejulez Apr 23, 2014 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh yuck on the cold. :-( Good luck with the listing!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: juliejulez Apr 23, 2014 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  What bad timing for a cold. Feel better soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    juliejulez RE: suzigirl Apr 23, 2014 08:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah I'm real good at getting sick right when I have a lot going on. I was deathly ill with one of the worst colds of my life when I moved cross-country from Chicago to CA.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      ludmilasdaughter RE: juliejulez Apr 24, 2014 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm convinced it's the stress. Whenever I have a lot going on I also wind up getting sick. Feel better! Feed your cold!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 RE: juliejulez Apr 23, 2014 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good luck on the housing front!! Hope it go fasts and high.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez RE: foodieX2 Apr 23, 2014 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Me too! Mama wants some granite countertops in the new house! haha!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: juliejulez Apr 24, 2014 03:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Feel better! Congrats on officially putting it on the market and on the brand spankin new house in the works.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Ttrockwood RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 08:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight was a big salad of mandolined veggies; farmers market carrots, fennel, celery, and napa cabbage. Cilantro, baked marinated tempeh cubes, pumpkin seeds and a mustardy vinegrette added in. Reisling on the side.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      I discovered half a Mast Bros fancy dk chocolate bar in the back of the fridge, so a chunk of that with gingery tea for late night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: Ttrockwood Apr 24, 2014 09:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Riesling is my favorite wine of them all. As a German I am required to feel this way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          rjbh20 RE: linguafood Apr 24, 2014 10:50 AM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood RE: rjbh20 Apr 24, 2014 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's dessert wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            (For which I actually prefer Eiswein or Sauternes).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              rjbh20 RE: linguafood Apr 24, 2014 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I know. I hear it's very popular with folks who work for rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: rjbh20 Apr 24, 2014 02:16 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                That said, a good quality Trockenbeerenauslese can be quite wonderful with a cheese plate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet RE: linguafood Apr 24, 2014 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You guys crack me up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ttrockwood RE: linguafood Apr 24, 2014 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've loved Alsacian wines since I had my first taste of one!
                                                                                                                                                                                                            The longer the name the more i like it :))
                                                                                                                                                                                                            JJ Prum is my go-to. I've been "branching out" with moscatos, lambrusco, and sometimes txakoli when i find it....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: Ttrockwood Apr 25, 2014 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tons of fantastic German Rieslings out there. Better than Alsatian in my book :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Terrie H. RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It has been a while since I had a chance to get back to following the WFD threads, and it's nice to catch up and get so many great ideas. I moved a few states away to be with my guy, and now have someone to cook for every day, so your ideas will really help!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight I made a slightly crazy main course salad inspired by his recent cilantro binge -- I topped a mixed veggie salad (with lots of cilantro leaves) with grilled boneless chicken thighs coated in a paste of cilantro, green onion, serrano chile, garlic, lemongrass, and fish sauce. I also added some pan fried/steamed veggie dumplings (from TJ's) and made a dressing with sweet chile sauce, rice vinegar, lemongrass and a dash of sesame oil and soy sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It was way easier than all those ingredients seem to suggest and it was really tasty. A keeper, for sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            ludmilasdaughter RE: Terrie H. Apr 24, 2014 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Welcome back. It sure is nice to have someone to cook for, at least for me. And your dinners sounds fabulous!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. ChrisOfStumptown RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2014 11:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I worked several cooking projects tonight. Some came together but some did not. High up on the to do list was use the basil, as it's showing signs of oxidation. That meant marinara for storage, which came together nicely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Second thing is prepare some goat cheese for an upcoming tart. I want a basil flavor but since it does not cook well I used a cream whipper to infuse the basil into the cheese. I finished this and the cheese has a very nice flavor, and different from cooked basil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            The dinner tonight was going to be some leftover ham made more interesting with the Zuni cafe panade. Unfortunately it has a 2 hour oven time plus prep work and I did not even crack the book open until 8 pm. So I abandoned that idea for another day and just ate pasta marinara instead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            If anyone wants to read about using the whipper as a pressure infuser, theres more @ http://blog.ideasinfood.com/ideas_in_...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              NancyChin RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 12:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight we had a lightly dressed arugula salad. A sliced steak was placed on top with a large smear of parmesan butter. (I'm really loving flavored butters on my steaks lately.) And a balsamic glaze drizzled over everything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Obviously, the parmesan butter and balsamic glaze were the highlights.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Berheenia RE: NancyChin Apr 24, 2014 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Your pics are gorgeous. Your food is gorgeous!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                I need to get a new phone with a camera soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JTPhilly RE: NancyChin Apr 24, 2014 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  love the steak on salad with balsamic - a favorite dinner of mine

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet RE: NancyChin Apr 24, 2014 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We usually do a lemony vinegrette on arugula with sliced charcoal grilled steak on top. No butter, and no glaze, but it's still one of the best summer meals ever, particularly with the farm stand arugula, which beats the pants off any that you can get in the supermarket..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      One of my favorite (now defunct) Italian restos in my hometown served a salad with arugula tossed in lemon oil, some fresh cracked pepper and parmesan, topped with tiny North Sea shrimp. Pretty awesome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love making that in the summer, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Summer", she writes while freezing her GD ass off here '-(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gio RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm surprised you don't have a little bitty garden. Arugula is so easy to grow. As are most herbs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet RE: Gio Apr 24, 2014 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          we do have a garden, but find that lettuce-y things tend to bolt really quickly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 01:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I did a double take at that post but then realised where I was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Different "pissed" in British English. To "get pissed" is to get drunk. To "get pissed off" is to be annoyed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BananaBirkLarsen RE: Harters Apr 24, 2014 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sometimes they go hand in hand...


                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. tcamp RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 05:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And it is Thursday. Last night an apple and banana were WFD for me. Dropped kid off at Subway to fend for himself on my way to chorus. Tonight, I'll try to be a better mom, foodwise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thinking about fettuccini with a sun-dried tomato cream sauce. I have a huge bag of fresh farmers market spinach so a big salad with scallions, mushrooms, and bacon dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Berheenia RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 07:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's freezing here- cold wind and sunny and there is a fire weather warning for our end of the state plus all of Connecticut and eastern New York. It appears things are so dry they are really concerned so no cookout tonight. haha
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm dieting successfully but having read everyone's dinner plans and 'liked' them all I am going to make something decent for dinner. The pricey grocery store is having a customer appreciation day with 10% off everything so a "good" chicken will be bought and roasted with a lemon and some garlic. I have a Trader Joe's freezer item that is really healthy per the nutritional fact box- a melange of potatoes, haricot vert and mushrooms. I'll have to check with fieldhawk and the Trader Joe's mavens about it. I have red potatoes and broccoli for a fallback. Mr. B is hinting he wants gravy. Hard to say no as he is not dieting but is eating what I eat and having a large ice cream every day to compensate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ttrockwood RE: Berheenia Apr 24, 2014 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I haven't tried that mix from TJs but the edamame "soycuttash" is a favorite.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Make gravy! This mushroom one is great, keeps well, and is low cal:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Berheenia RE: Ttrockwood Apr 25, 2014 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It does look really good- I'll try it. Thanks!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              However I was locked into a traditional pan gravy last night and it proved too rich for my newly spoiled digestive tract. I have learned that fat was a big factor in my late night gastric distress. I sleep better if I avoid rich/fatty food. Sigh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: Berheenia Apr 25, 2014 03:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I hope you post about the mix on the TJs thread, sounds tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Berheenia RE: fldhkybnva Apr 25, 2014 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Disappointing is not a rating but I did post.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. BananaBirkLarsen RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yesterday was spent walking circles around the mall complex trying to find lenscrafters and then trying to kill time and then trying to get my new pair of glasses ready to go on my face. Took most of the day. I was too tired to really cook anything when I got home, and so was the BF as he'd been gardening all day, so doctored mac and cheese from a box it was. The label said it was "cheesy taco" flavour (why did I even have this in my house??), so I ran with it and fried up some of the house-seasoned ground beef I have in the fridge that I usually keep for old school taco cravings. I also stirred in the last of the tomatillo salsa from the night before. Not bad, all things considered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I happen to have b/s thighs defrosting in the fridge, some fresh oregano and lemons hanging around, and a tub of super thick "Icelandic-style" yogurt that needs to be used because I bought it on closeout, so we're takin' a ride on the halal cart tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm also throwing together a lasagne for the BF to pop into the oven tomorrow evening while I'm working late. It will be fairly basic, with hot Italian sausage and lots of fresh basil and oregano.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm thinking beef and broccoli in black bean sauce for Saturday, but now I'm getting ahead of myself.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tcamp RE: BananaBirkLarsen Apr 24, 2014 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nothing like a mall to suck your soul. Cheesy taco mac and cheese sounds like a perfectly reasonable antidote.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BananaBirkLarsen RE: BananaBirkLarsen Apr 24, 2014 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  An update on tonight's dinner. It will indeed be halal cart chicken with extra spices in the chicken and rice. I'm more of a yogurt sauce kinda girl (rather than a mayo sauce one) so I'm changing the ratio in the white sauce to 3/4c yogurt and only 1/4c mayo. Also added extra lemon and some chile flakes. The plain lettuce and tomato will be replaced by a little tomato and cucumber salad with lemon-olive oil dressing. Homemade fluffy pitas on the side. Strawberry-rhubarb crisp for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The lasagne for tomorrow is also a go, with a ricotta layer with lemon zest, nutmeg, fresh basil and oregano, and a spicy tomato layer with mushrooms and hot Italian sausage. I'm making too much sauce so I can do little pizzas with the leftover pitas for lunch tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gourmanda RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 08:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The side dish is snow pea and radish salad with sour cream horseradish dressing. The vegetarian main dish is................... Need some 'hounds to the rescue!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: gourmanda Apr 24, 2014 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Black bean burritos or enchiladas?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Portobello mushroom burgers?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Quiche? (not sure if eggs are on the "OK list")

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gourmanda RE: LindaWhit Apr 24, 2014 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks! I like the burrito/enchilada idea!! Eggs are on the ok list, I'm just kind of quiched-out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ttrockwood RE: gourmanda Apr 24, 2014 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -Stuffed zucchini or eggplant (wild rice blend, lentils, almonds, veggies)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - white beans stewed in marinara over polenta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - crumbled sauteed tempeh tostadas or tacos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - meatless balls over pasta or zucchini noodles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - napoleon stack of grilled portobello, sliced temeph, grilled veg, and a mushroomy sauce

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gourmanda RE: gourmanda Apr 25, 2014 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I "let" my DH talk me into tacos from the taco joint last night. So WFD tonight is the pea & radish salad and the Pan Bagnat from Food52 that c oliver posted some time ago. It's being smooshed in the refrigerator as we speak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here's hoping to a non-soggy weekend!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Harters RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Another week. Another comedy gig. Same venue as last week, different funny man. Different early dinner - instead of last weeks piss poor chain French restaurant, this week we do chain pizza (usually reliable).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WFD: Fried rice with chopped ham, scallions, eggs, and peas, plus all the usual stir-fry seasonings and condiments. I'll garnish this with sliced radishes. Tonight that ham and its bone will be frozen, separately, and I hope the next time I see either one will be sometime in the distant future, i.e. Eternity. Although I do like split pea soup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A saute of TJ's frozen vegetable combo of green beans, corn, peas, and one other I can't remember. It's half a bag that's taking up valuable real estate in the freezer. The veggies will be drizzled with a bit of toasted sesame oil. Asian sweet chili sauce will be on the side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. simplelife RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            breakfast for dinner usually comes about in our home when the fridge is practically empty. Bacon Potato Hash with Egg.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NancyChin RE: simplelife Apr 24, 2014 09:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yum, that looks so good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. mariacarmen RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              do you like the dry better than the sweet? I do. I used to drink this really cheapo Piesporter Michelsberg like it was water. haven't seen it in ages. I wonder if my "adult" palate would like it now....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: mariacarmen Apr 24, 2014 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have a hunch this was meant as a reply to someone and not the OP.... :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  weezieduzzit RE: linguafood Apr 24, 2014 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm guessing it's about the pic with an egg on top! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: weezieduzzit Apr 24, 2014 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well, there's now 3 replies on the top that clearly relate to specific posts.... maybe CH's being buggy again (?).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      weezieduzzit RE: linguafood Apr 24, 2014 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The mobile version is constantly buggy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: weezieduzzit Apr 24, 2014 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Funny, not for me. While I *still* cannot reply twice in the same thread on my laptop, my phone's phine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tekkmollogy. Whatcha gonna do.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          weezieduzzit RE: linguafood Apr 24, 2014 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I occasionally read it on my mobile but never bother to even sign in because it's bug city.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood RE: weezieduzzit Apr 24, 2014 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No such issues at all. Guess I'm lucky...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. mariacarmen RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                yum! I want that NOW!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. mariacarmen RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last night was "pub" food at happy hours - potato nachos, cheese fries, and the like. and more cocktails than I care (or am able) to remember.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the BF took chicken out today, I hope he's making something light tonight, as we have our firm's Admin Day lunch at a nice restaurant today....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. JTPhilly RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Board (bored) meeting tonight - so catered sandwiches (: probably a nite cap to unwind when I get in

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. fldhkybnva RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PORK BELLY! I'm excited to finally give it a try. I haven't decided what to do with it yet. The options include stir fry with kimchi, a soup inspired by kimchi jigae or just over a bed of Romaine with a ginger miso dressing. We shall see, I'm hoping to like it and I'm sure I will.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: fldhkybnva Apr 24, 2014 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Love!! I decided to saute the kimchi in coconut oil, mixed in a handful of shirataki noodle and finished with a good pour of the ginger miso dressing and seared pork belly. Now I need to plan another meal with pork belly so I don't just end up eating it straight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 RE: fldhkybnva Apr 24, 2014 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nice rendition!! Glad you enjoyed it. I am dying to make it again!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ludmilasdaughter RE: fldhkybnva Apr 25, 2014 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I know you don't do carbs often, but maybe a deconstructed bha mi might be interesting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: ludmilasdaughter Apr 25, 2014 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like that idea!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. linguafood RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sichuan night in HV. 11 folks have signed up, so we're bound to have a feast. Woot!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Novelli RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Eating dinner out tonite. Got a res at a Italian place that puts on these regional dinners once a month, celebrating recipes from Slow Food Osterie within the region.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonite is Calabria.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Should be good! I've got my bottle of Ippolito 1845 Calabrise 2011 locked and loaded!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gio RE: Novelli Apr 24, 2014 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, Buon appetito! Be sure to report back, please. I'm so interested in this. Grazie in anticipo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Novelli RE: Gio Apr 25, 2014 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, we had a nice evening out. The restaurant ended up having a special wine pairing with the food, so I held on to my bottle and saved the corkage. It was a nice gathering of people (most from Italy). They had name cards set out on the tables for the people who reserved, and had everyone seated pretty much side-by-side. We were all strangers in the beginning, but by the end of the night, we were all friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Things started out with the owner coming out, greeting everyone, and then went on and spoke about Calabria and it’s foods and wines. Then another rep from Calabria spoke about Calabria’s culture and history.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Moving on to the meal, we started with crostino con la N’duja (imported from Calabria). Thick crispy slices of bread with a big heaping bowl of gooey N’duja. Salty, peppery, with just enough ‘tang’.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Next we had appetizers of swordfish involtini stuffed with capers, oregano, and roasted cherry tomato, and fried polpette of eggplant and mozzarella. This was paired with Statti Mantonico 2011 IGP.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                From there we went into the fish course which was a wine-braised amberjack with roasted potatoes and capers, also paired with the Statti Mantonico 2011 IGP.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Next up was the pasta course, which consisted of handmade cavatelli in a young goat ragu. This was paired with Terre di Balbia Magliocco Balbium Rosso 2011.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lastly, was a dessert of dark chocolate mousse with Rhum and dried Belmonte figs, paired with a sweet and herbal Cantine Viola Passito Moscato 2009 IGP.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For the most part it was very enjoyable. It was missing a little bit of the pepperoncino kick I expect from this region, but the wine was flowing freely and we were stuffed by the time we left 2 1/2 hours later.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gio RE: Novelli Apr 25, 2014 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What a Lovely menu!! Many thanks for reporting , Novelli. I have never had N’duja even though I had some opportunities. The crostino would be a perfect start, I think. Was the bread oiled and rubbed w garlic, do you think? I'm particularly drawn to the "wine-braised amberjack with roasted potatoes and capers." That sounds like something I've made in the past, many times with olives, not with amberjack but with cod loin. Goat ragu is calling my name also. I'm not terribly interested in desserts, I'd rather see some great Calabrian cheeses. For example, Caciocavallo Silano , Caprino d’Aspromonte, or Pecorino Crotonese. Thanks for listing the wines too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Novelli RE: Gio Apr 25, 2014 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, the bread was oiled and garlic rubbed with a nice cracking of black pepper. The N'duja was angelic. Creamy, spicy, with nice orange porky oils. I'd say it was the Italian equivalent to chorizo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The amberjack was very tasty. A little fatty, and because of the braise it was sticky and juicy. The Calabresi rep said this type of fish is highly respected in Southern Italy (called 'Ricciola'). Capers added a nice salty/tangy pop to the potatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The goat ragu was lovely. Not gamey at all. I'm thinking it was a very young goat barely weened from the teet. The funny this is that their handmade cavatelli was very much like the malloreddus (Sarde) I had made earlier in the week (actually, I think I liked mine better LOL).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm awaiting the next email from them letting me know the next regional dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gio RE: Novelli Apr 25, 2014 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's great about your malloreddus, well done! I love goat. I've braised it several times, that's a short step away from a ragu I think. Easy to find a recipe among my numerous Italian cookbooks. The N'duja will be tracked down and crostini made. Many thanks, Novelli. I hope your next Cultural Italian dinner will be as nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. roxlet RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dinners have been simple this week for the most part, but today I felt like something more. Despite the spring flowers, the temperatures have been on the chilly side, so beef bourguignon really appealed to me. Since we have an Egyptian staying with us, I didn't use any bacon to sauté with the mushrooms, but it came out really well. (This is the non-pork eating kind of Egyptian, not the non-drinking kind so the wine is ok with this.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ludmilasdaughter RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hehe. We all have to pick our vices. I don't know which I'd have a harder time giving up, pork or wine!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet RE: ludmilasdaughter Apr 25, 2014 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fortunately, we don't have to give up either!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. LindaWhit RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 04:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OK, I finally went choppity-chop-chop-chop for dinner tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The lamb from Sunday's dinner was cut into small bite-size pieces, as well as some Yukon Gold potatoes, carrots, and an onion. Sauteed the onion and carrots, added the lamb, then added about 6 cups of homemade chicken stock. In went the potatoes and 2/3 cup of pearled barley, 1 bay leaf, some dried thyme, salt, and freshly ground pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Simmer-simmer-simmer goes the soup on the stove top. I'll also heat up some Boudin's sourdough in the oven and butter a thick slice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A small salad and some wine alongside.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. RE: LindaWhit Apr 24, 2014 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  softly chuckling to self.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We're reprising Sunday's lamb and scalloped potatoes tonight. It's a straightforward repeat with zero creativity on my part. I should have read your post earlier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Yankees screwed the pooch last night. While I bleed pinstripe, I can't tolerate cheating.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: steve h. Apr 24, 2014 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not good for any team, including the Sox. I just wish the Commish would come down harder on any pitcher who used it. A 10 game suspension isn't enough, IMO - be it Pineda, Lester, Buchholz, or whoever uses it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And my soup was good. Three containers for the freezer; one for work lunch tomorrow. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. foodieX2 RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight's dinner is pizza, got a love bread machine with a timer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ours is mushroom, spinach and bacon ends pie. The bacon ends are a new discovery from the pig farm. Basically less expensive lardons. Salty, fatty deliciousness!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The boy wanted plain cheese. I think his appetite was ruined by his new favorite snack-cheese doodles dipped in truffle honey. Sounds weird but it's really good. Nice with cocktail too! But then again this is the same kid who will only eat cheddar goldfish with truffle salt.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: foodieX2 Apr 24, 2014 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BACON ENDS. Oh myyyyy......(said in my best George Takei voice)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Apr 24, 2014 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LMAO! That is just how I read it!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. suzigirl RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight I am trying nothingswrong's favorite Sweet Baby Ray's bbq sauce for chicken thighs. I am sad to say I haven't tried this one before but I got it very cheap at Sav A Lot so we are giving it a whirl. Also making a cuke, tomato and yellow pepper salad with an oregano and parsley vinaigrette and roasted cauliflower to go with. I am also having a first go at roasted cauliflower(yeah, I know) so I am going very simple with salt, pepper and olive oil. I have high hopes since I love cauliflower.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Apr 25, 2014 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How did you like the Sweet Baby Ray's? I know some people don't like sweet BBQ sauces, but SBR's is so good, not thick and goopy and cloyingly sweet like the stuff I grew up on. Definitely my fave from the supermarket. It's got a bit of heat too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, how was the roasted cauli? Can't believe you've never had it! You and fieldhawk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Roasted cauli with some garlic and rosemary=heaven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Apr 25, 2014 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I loved it but James wasn't as big of a fan. He likes the sauces that aren't so sweet. He mixed A1 and yellow mustard in his. :-) I also love, love, loved the roasted cauliflower. How did I wait 43 years to try this? I will try it with rosemary next time. I have a ton in the garden.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: suzigirl Apr 25, 2014 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sweet Baby Ray's now has HFCS, which is probably partly why it's so sweet. I switched to Stubb's last year, and I like it better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Apr 25, 2014 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            When i weed though the SBR's I will try Stubb's. I use homemade more often.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Apr 25, 2014 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, I could see it being too sweet for some, but I think it's the best of its type of sauce. For a more vinegary or acidic, thinner sauce, I prefer to make my own.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Roasted cauliflower is truly a revelation! If you're ever in the mood for a plate of beige, it is fantastic tossed with pasta, cheese, crumbs, and some balsamic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Apr 25, 2014 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like it over Kraft but selling it to James over my own was a no go.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ludmilasdaughter RE: suzigirl Apr 25, 2014 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's one of my hubby's favorite BBQ sauces. He eats BBQ sauce with practically everything. Used to bug the shite out of me, but I've learned to get over it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: ludmilasdaughter Apr 25, 2014 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I had a SIL that ate ketchup on EVERYTHING. I even saw her put ketchup and maple syrup on a breakfast sausage sandwich. Eek.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ludmilasdaughter RE: suzigirl Apr 26, 2014 06:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Apparently ketchup was the gateway sauce for my hubby. That's what he used to put on everything as a kid, but he's moved on to the heavier stuff now. And yes, he puts maple syrup and bbq sauce on his breakfast sausage sandwiches too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                nothingswrong RE: ludmilasdaughter Apr 26, 2014 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What's the "heavier stuff?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have a friend with such a severe aversion to ketchup that he can't be in a room with it. I've heard of this, it's an actual phobia in the psychological sense.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. gini RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chicarrones y platanos. YES.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: gini Apr 24, 2014 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mouth watering.MMMM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Ttrockwood RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 07:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was a crazy hungry person today- but by dinner time i had enough snacks i wasn't very interested.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I met a friend for drinks and enjoyed a glass of cava. We split spiced olives, some pan con tomate, blistered padrones peppers, and i had a glass of white sangria.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ChrisOfStumptown RE: Ttrockwood Apr 24, 2014 07:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I buy padrones by the pound in Autumn, and that is one of the glories of the season.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                weezieduzzit RE: ChrisOfStumptown Apr 25, 2014 06:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have 2 pimientos de padrón plants this year, I'm really looking forward to them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  grayelf RE: weezieduzzit Apr 25, 2014 09:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I haven't found padrones to buy fresh yet in Vancouver, but I did bag a couple of trays of shisitos today at my favourite Japanese store, so they'll be WFD sometime this weekend. I'll prolly panfry 'em simple-like but will do some googling and of course would love any suggestions y'all might have.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WFD tonight was not about the food but the company. My 5 3/4 year old niece was my DC, and the fish sticks and green peas with butter tasted like ambrosia to us both :-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gini RE: grayelf Apr 26, 2014 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Those shisitos are soooo good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. mcsheridan RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight's dinner was Crawfish & Shrimp Etouffee. I'm at my sister's in the Finger Lakes, and at her suggestion we set out to make this. It couldn't have happened at a better time, 'cause I've been jonesin' for crawfish and been really, really wanting to cook some Cajun food!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              She had a pound of Louisiana crawfish tails packed in their own fat, 3/4 pound of raw shrimp, and all the veggies and spices we needed. The deal was goin' down!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              She played sous-chef for me, and thank goodness for Crawfish Fat! I'd made Shrimp Etouffee before, but none ever came out like this one. My sister, her husband and I enjoyed it thoroughly, although BIL had to add Cajun Gold hot sauce, as he really likes to lay on the heat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sorry I can't post a pic, but if this thread is still alive when I get home this weekend, I will.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ludmilasdaughter RE: mcsheridan Apr 25, 2014 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh man, that sounds amazing. Crawfish tails packed in their own fat? Goodness!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mcsheridan RE: ludmilasdaughter Apr 25, 2014 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They're a little pricey to have them shipped from LA, (personally, I think if you can afford to, they're worth every penny) but we were in the Cajun Country last year, and she brought back a load of Cajun provisions in her RV. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. rabaja RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 09:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tuna noodle casserole.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I know. Sexy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It used up odds and ends, there are practically no dishes to do after eating and I made a healthy version. I'm winning!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ludmilasdaughter RE: rabaja Apr 25, 2014 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hey, nothing wrong with tuna noodle casserole. It's one of my ultimate comfort foods and I've learned to slim it down as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. ChrisOfStumptown RE: roxlet Apr 24, 2014 09:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WFD was puff pastry tart with basil infused chèvre, thyme, olives, and shaved golden beet. Last night's mini project of infusing basil into the cheese was paid off with a very aromatic herbal tart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Paired up with a salad of pepper cress, tomato raisins, avocado, fried egg, the latter with a broken yolk. Very saddening, the yolk. Topped with my rendition of ipsedexit's roasted chicken skin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My timing with the skin needs improvement. It ended up being overdone but I ate nearly a chicken's worth anyway. I'll do better next time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet RE: ChrisOfStumptown Apr 25, 2014 04:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That looks awesome!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tcamp RE: ChrisOfStumptown Apr 25, 2014 06:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ChrisOfStumptown RE: tcamp Apr 25, 2014 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Almost is the operative word. It didn't last long.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          grayelf RE: ChrisOfStumptown Apr 25, 2014 09:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I want to live at your house, Chris.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChrisOfStumptown RE: grayelf Apr 25, 2014 11:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This sounds like a solid plan to me. Let me know your moving date and I'll get the tarts ready.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 01:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Last night, I mixed up a marinade of yoghurt and Sharwoods tandoori paste. That got slathered thickly over a couple of chicken breasts that I'd skinned and deeply scored a few times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They'll get baked this evening and be scoffed along with rice, leaf salad and a dollop of the homemade nectarine chutney (2013 vintage).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: Harters Apr 25, 2014 06:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Love the idea of the nectarine chutney with the tandoori/yogurt marinade on the chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Do you have a recipe for the chutney?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ctfoodie RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 03:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ok. I made this Lamb dish last night with my leftover Easter lamb. This was awesome! Really the only change I made was I added a few tsp of Garam masala. Served it with cauliflower couscous. http://leitesculinaria.com/7276/recip...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This will be repeated again and agin in our house. Thank you for the idea Harters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: ctfoodie Apr 25, 2014 06:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OMG, that basil-lemon sauce sounds fantastic! As does the cauliflower couscous. I just might try cauliflower again. :::Printing:::

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ctfoodie RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          oops...I should amend this to say that I made Harters above referenced Lamb recipe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 07:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love Padron peppers. Unfortunately, they're rarely available in supermarkets here but I pretty much always order them when I see them on a menu in Spain. It used to be the case that you'd get the occasional hot pepper in the batch but I havnt come across one of them for years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. JTPhilly RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              well the houseguests returned from their road trip - sort of unexpectedly - day late - dead phone - car problems - with an extra friend and dog in tow (not entirely unexpectedly) walked into a full house after my late meeting and given the scene of whiskey and revelry I knew people would be hungry later - had I been warned I would have prepared food ahead or ordered pizza or at least taken the leftover sandwiches from the meeting but alas I committed an act of culinary blasphemy and made "Chicken Florentine" from a Kraft Recipe Makers box - which I bought at the dollar store a while back for no good reason other than it cost a dollar- its basically 2 packets of sauce one red the other a cheese - you need to add chicken, spinach (I had kale) cheese and pasta in a two step process - then combine and bake- I resisted the urge to doctor it much aside from adding some sliced fresh tomato to the top layer and baking it in a deep oval French oven rather than a shallow casserole.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              End result it was surprisingly edible - the red "simmer sauce" packet was actually an ok thick marinara - the cheese sauce was more objectionable but hey - sometimes cutting corners is necessary- and I did add some very good sharp provelone to boost it - in the end it wasn't too bad and while not necessarily that much less work than putting together a casserole from scratch it required much less thinking which was a good thing right then - but I hate falling victim to convenience foods.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Berheenia RE: JTPhilly Apr 25, 2014 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think it sounds good! Some of my favorite fall back recipes come from the back of the box. Near East Rice dishes have graced many a potluck or new parent casserole drop off and are always popular.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JTPhilly RE: Berheenia Apr 25, 2014 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  it wasn't bad and while I could have replicated it fairly easily with a Mornay and a quick marinara It was not a bad alternative in a pinch and the ingredient list was not bad - anyway it fed 5 people with little effort and nothing was left... I may buy it again 2 packs of sauce for .50 each could have a few uses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I spend so much effort to avoid processed and prepared foods but sometimes they do come in handy and are good to have at hand in a pinch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Harters RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A really old recipe (as it not in metric quantities) and was written for apricots - I've done it with them over the years and also substituted peaches or nectarines:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 pound nectarine (stoned)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1.5 pound onion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                0.5 pound raisin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 pint white malt vinegar (5 - 6% acidity)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1.5 tsp salt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 tbles mustard seed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 level tsp chilli powder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                0.5 tsp cinnamon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 tsp turmeric
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 pound soft brown sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                zest & juice of 1 orange & 1 lemon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Finely chop the nectarine & onion (processor os easier). Put in pan (not aluminium) with the raisins, half the vinegar, salt & spices. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add everything else. Simmer, uncovered, until gloopy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Leave it to mature for at least three months. Doesnt need to be in the fridge, even after opening (at least in our climate) and lasts pretty much forever.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tcamp RE: Harters Apr 25, 2014 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have several types of homemade chutney in the fridge but there is always room for more! Not sure I've ever noticed white malt vinegar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: Harters Apr 25, 2014 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks so much, Harters!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm curious - did you post this as a new post in the WFD thread, or was it in response to my query for the recipe? I've been seeing a LOT of posts that seem to be responses but end up as standalone posts, and I'm wondering if CH has yet another buggie in their software.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harters RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 09:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I thought I'd posted it in response to your query. Clearly hadnt. Sorry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: Harters Apr 25, 2014 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LOL, I'm thinking it's a buggie. I think mariacarmen has had the same issue recently (I think she uses the mobile version).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Apr 26, 2014 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nope the weird posting has all been on a regular computer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ttrockwood RE: LindaWhit Apr 26, 2014 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I use the mobile version almost exclusively- LOTS of bugs!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Harters RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think it must be, Linda.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Because I know - absolutely for certain - that my post saying the I'd posted the even earlier post in response to yours had been posted in reply to yours. But it's showing as a stand alone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (EDIT. Feck, it's done it again!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (FURTHER EDIT: I've now reported it to the mods)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: Harters Apr 25, 2014 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LOL! I just started a thread on Site Talk using a few of your responses posting as unthreaded on this thread as examples.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Aussieshepsx2 RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Last night I made a quick tomato sauce after blitzing up what was left of the farmer's market tomatoes. Cooked the maters with basil, a hunk of butter, and some red pepper flakes. At the last minute stirred in some broccoli rabe and dumped the whole thing over orecchiette. Garlic bread and wine were the sides. AND, the Kings actually won a game! GKG.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight will be roasted fingerling potatoes with garlic and rosemary alongside grilled burgers (minus the buns because I don't think we have any). TGIF.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. mariacarmen RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dammit! this was on my laptop!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the response re Piesporter was to lingua, re Riesling-love....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            wonder where this will end up....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. mariacarmen RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              so our Admin Day lunch yesterday left me too full to have dinner last night - though I did have a piece of crispy chicken skin that the BF saved for me as a post cocktail, late night snack. ♥♥♥

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              leaving work at 1:00 today, heading to Gold Country (Calaveras County) for a girls weekend of wine tasting. can't wait! not sure about how good the eats are up there, so we may cook (have a free house with a full kitchen).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              have a good weekend, all!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: mariacarmen Apr 25, 2014 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Enjoy, sounds fun!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: mariacarmen Apr 25, 2014 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Woot! GF weekend and wine! What's not to love.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. RE: mariacarmen Apr 25, 2014 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Road trip!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    stay out of trouble, don't go kissing any frogs. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: steve h. Apr 25, 2014 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hope she won't kiss any frogs, she has the prince. Well, besides mine. ;-0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: mariacarmen Apr 25, 2014 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Have a ball this weekend Mariacarmen(just in case my post goes amiss) Sounds like great fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      P.S. Great BF. All that chicken goodness. What a guy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: suzigirl Apr 25, 2014 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Engineering posted on my thread on Site Talk they *think* they have fixed the issues with IE users' replies not staying threaded. And it seems they have done so!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Gio RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WFD: Dinner salad: Boston lettuce, Escarole hearts,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      celery, sliced cucumber, shaved carrot, red bell pepper strips,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      chopped tomato, tangelo segments, gorgonzola, parsley, dressed with an apple cider vinaigrette, topped with cubed cooked roast chicken and peanuts dressed with a bit of wasabi & regular mayos, toasted pita to push it along. Tomorrow is Shopping Day!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      With the ingredients strung out like that it sounds and looks like a lot but it's just bits and pieces. Boun Week-end, amici.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. weezieduzzit RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Since I've hardly eaten anything since Friday (sick as a dog with the first cold I've had in years and it was a real a$$ kicker. Its hard to eat when you can't swallow or breathe, lost 7 pounds,) I will cautiously start making up for that tonight with lots of little food (various apps from Trader Joes probably,) while we finish prepping for taking part in the neighborhood yard sale tomorrow (Its a huge deal here 'cause we live in a cool neighborhood and it's usually over 200 houses participating- people come from all over the place for it.) I'm way behind since I thought I would have the week to keep working on it but you know how it is once you get rolling... the idea of money in and stuff out is motivating!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: weezieduzzit Apr 25, 2014 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Feel better, sounds awful. I love yard sales, I was always in charge of making the signs which was always a fun job.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            weezieduzzit RE: fldhkybnva Apr 25, 2014 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks, fld. I was SO GLAD to have a big stash of chicken stock in the frige/ freezer. I'm down to the last precious pint, which I will have to remedy a.s.a.p.!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: weezieduzzit Apr 25, 2014 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Feel better, weezie! (Your CH name sounds like it was the issue with your breathing problems this past week!). Good luck at the Monster Yard Sale. Sounds like lots of fun! I do wonder how much stuff is moved from one house in the neighborhood to another vs. actually *out* of the neighborhood. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit RE: LindaWhit Apr 25, 2014 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks, LW.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As long as it's moved out of my house I don't care where it goes. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: weezieduzzit Apr 25, 2014 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Aí carámba, weezie. Hope you kick this shit soon & feel better :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: weezieduzzit Apr 25, 2014 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Feel better, sweetie. 7 pounds is alot to lose in one week. Try not to push it with the yard sale.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. biondanonima RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've got a friend coming over for dinner tonight, almost directly after work, so not a ton of time to cook if I want to socialize too! Therefore, I did some prep last night - made a rich tomato sauce with anchovies and mixed up some herby lamb meatballs (a Food and Wine recipe that I meant to make earlier in the week). I'll stick the meatballs in the oven as soon as I get home and put together an endive and fennel salad, saute some shredded Brussels sprouts and call it good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Plenty of wine in the house (Rosé, of course - my favorite wine for spring) and some nice cocktail makings. Should be a lovely evening!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  biondanonima RE: biondanonima Apr 26, 2014 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Meatballs were a big win. I followed the recipe exactly except that I ground my almonds finely and added just a little parmesan cheese to the mix. http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/he... Nice texture. The ricotta REALLY made the dish. The tomato sauce was good but I think these would be nice in another type of sauce as well, even just a simple wine reduction/pan sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight we'll keep it simple with steak and eggs - I may pull out the Sansaire and experiment with a little sous vide egg cookery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. mariacarmen RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  this is to Novelli (since my posts are lately ending up in the most odd places!) - that whole dinner sounds amazing! love n'duja.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gio RE: mariacarmen Apr 25, 2014 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Think of it as WFD's version of Where's Waldo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Apr 25, 2014 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mc, I started a thread on the Site Talk board, and it seems to be an IE problem. They're aware of the non-threading replies and are working on it. Hopefully it's fixed soon!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: LindaWhit Apr 25, 2014 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yah, my replies are going where they're supposta... (Chrome).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Apr 26, 2014 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I use mozilla...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Apr 26, 2014 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hopefully it's fixed by now, maria.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        weezie - sorry you were feeling so poorly, good that you're on the mend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. chartreauxx RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          it's lunch not dinner, but i made a fried rice with easter leftovers (green beans with almonds and bacon, roast leg of lamb). i also put in garlic, onion, carrot, egg, soy sauce, hoisin and chili garlic paste. pretty tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ludmilasdaughter RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last night was a surprisingly easy and tasty throw together. I was craving Philly cheese steaks. So, sauteed some mushrooms with s&p. Took those out of the pan (hubby doesn't like button mushrooms) and added in a red bell pepper and onions, s&p. Took that out and threw in some thinly sliced sirloin which I had sprinkled some steak seasoning on, added in some Worstershire. Just a few minutes in the pan for a perfect medium rare, tossed the onions and peppers back in. Halved a few steak rolls, sprayed with olive oil, sprinkled with garlic powder, under the broiler. Then added provolone cheese to both sides of the sliced rolls, back in the toaster until all melty, and then added the pepper/onion/steak/mushrooms (for me only). Frozen all natural french fries for a side. Shamefully, no veggie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What surprised me was how good this tasted despite such little seasonings. Hubby loved it. Guess I have to remind myself that sometimes less is better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight is takeout Middle Eastern. Probably either chawarma or kibbe for me. Going out to my watering hole before hand for some beers, whiskey, and laughter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tomorrow might be dinner out, but I have the halal chicken planned for some time this weekend. I guess I'll find out if I'm joining the halal chicken bandwagon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Have a great Friday everyone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              chartreauxx RE: ludmilasdaughter Apr 25, 2014 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              no shame - there were peppers and onions on the sammies! ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. linguafood RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just got home from a good practice for our last gig before my summer hiatus -- 2 new songs for tomorrow! Woot!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As for WFD tonight -- it's another pokah night @casa lingua with the usual suspects. The lady who's been taking all of our money is celebrating her birthday today, so we may not hold it against her if she continues to do so, but it would be nice to make a little cash for ourselves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This generally means delivery/take-out, with a few options depending on the majority decision. Indian, Thai, Sushi, Pizza, Sichuan.... something will be et tonight, for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Happy weekend, everyone! Stay healthy and hungry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                JanineL RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My In-Laws are coming over so it is a "meat and potatos" type of dinner. Standing rib roast, sauteed zucchini, roasted fingerling potatos drizzled with Spanish olive oil and shaved Manchego cheese. Homemade vanilla and honey ice cream for dessert. Hopefully a bottle of Camus Special Selection wine but that is up to my hubs to determine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  weezieduzzit RE: JanineL Apr 25, 2014 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That sounds delicious, I'd love some of that ice cream for my sore throat right now!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fowler RE: JanineL Apr 26, 2014 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you ended up having the Camus SS, how was it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. fldhkybnva RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    All of the energy left my body at about 11am so not sure WFD. The original plan was curry but on second thought I probably should avoid that sodium onslaught and I don't really have the motivation for it. I'm in the mood for something warm and creamy so instead WFD will be chicken thighs seasoned with Aleppo pepper and Italian seasoning, sauteed in butter and finished with a splash of heavy cream and sprinkle of Toscano Syrah soaked cheese. I guess I'll throw some broccoli in for the sake of vital nutrients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. thymetobake RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight we're having a version of carbonnade flamande over mashed potatoes with boiled carrots and green beans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. LindaWhit RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A couple of biso Frankenchicken breasts were air-dried in the fridge and again with paper towels when I got home from work. Seasoned with salt, pepper, and Herbs de Provence, and into a 425° oven to roast until the skin is crispy and the chicken is done. (Most of the chicken will be used for sandwiches during the weekend or early next week at work.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Side dish will be steamed broccoli with a drizzle of balsamic and some crispy shallots sprinkled on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yup - there's wine. It's Friday Friday Friday Friiiiiiidaaaaayyyyyyyyyy!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          nothingswrong RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Early dinner for me tonight. Might partake later in some roasted baby white potatoes, fresh from the market!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WFD was roasted and grilled veggies with cheese, pressed in between slices of homemade French bread, drizzled LIBERALLY with 2 types of balsamic (I have a "collection").

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Spent all day yesterday cleaning and getting rid of stuff. Moved this old chair out of storage today onto the screened-in patio for the pups and they are very happy about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Then the bf came home with a gigantic bag of apples and handed them to me. I said "What are all those for?", he replied: "In case you want to make an apple pie." He is nice and subtle. Just pulled a galette out of the oven and it smells divine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: nothingswrong Apr 25, 2014 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Those are two VERY HAPPY pups! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And the galette looks good. I like the BF's subtlety. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BananaBirkLarsen RE: nothingswrong Apr 26, 2014 09:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh the puppies! And the galette! And homemade French bread! All of it looks wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                nothingswrong RE: BananaBirkLarsen Apr 26, 2014 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NancyChin RE: nothingswrong Apr 26, 2014 10:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The dogs are adorable together in that chair! And I love the photo of the galette!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  nothingswrong RE: NancyChin Apr 26, 2014 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks Nancy :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. suzigirl RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nope, not fixed. I am responding to nothingswrong.... The sandwich and gallette look tasty but the puppies look like a slice of sweet heaven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: suzigirl Apr 25, 2014 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl, perhaps let them know over on this thread:


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Apr 26, 2014 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I will if the problem continues. Thanks Linda.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Apr 25, 2014 06:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love my babes! The little one is officially a geriatric, according to the vet (can't believe I've had her almost 10 years!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They eat all the leftover veggies, and go wild for carrot scraps.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Apr 26, 2014 09:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Is that the escaped crusader that had you running the neighborhood topless? I would have run after her cute butt too. My sleeping beauties( yes, that is my old tablet under his fluffiness)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mine barely eat people food. But open a jar of green olives and it's on!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Apr 26, 2014 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, that's the little mutt! I love her to death. Just got her a little leather collar with spikes because she's such a badass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love how your cats are sleeping. Same pose, not touching. Do they actually eat olives?? I find that so bizarre.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We've run experiments on my dogs with bacon/beef/chicken/turkey/salmon and carrots. We'll hold the meat on one side of the room, and a carrot on the other and see which they go after first. It's about 50/50. I've trained them well!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Apr 26, 2014 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, they actually eat olives. I know it is bizarre. The lettuce is even more bizarre. I guess they eat it for me since I can't. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Apr 26, 2014 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Love it! I've never offered my pups olives or lettuce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They'll do potatoes, sweet potatoes/yams, carrots, green beans, broccoli, frozen peas. Oatmeal, eggs, meat, and rice. The big one is very allergic to corn, which is in a lot of commercial dog food, so I cook for them often. I make a starchy base "slop" of rice, oats, potatoes, yams cooked in chicken broth, then add in tons of veggies and stir in some eggs, chicken/turkey breast if I have it. Drizzled with olive oil. They are so so spoiled, but the vet says it's the best thing you can do for dogs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Apr 26, 2014 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The lettuce and olives were accidental discoveries. I dropped the lettuce and Romo ate it before I could pick it up. I offered a bit to Cashmere and she liked it too. The olives came from me eating some and Romo smelling it on my hands and rubbing his face on my hands until i thought he'd wear out his fur, so i gave him a tiny bit. Now he knows the sound of the jar opening.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Apr 26, 2014 11:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Geez, animals love the strangest things. I wonder if olives are okay for dogs, I've never looked into it. I know olive oil is great for their coats, and my dogs love the taste. Will look into it; am picking up olives tomorrow for the bf's lunch salads.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: nothingswrong Apr 27, 2014 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In this house "animals love everything." I caught little Take eating arugula last week. TJs bacon cheddar cheese is his new favorite, I have to remind myself to put it in the cabinet if it's out and I have to leave the kitchen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Apr 27, 2014 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It is funny what they will eat. When we got these cats they ate just about any protein that you put in front of them and then wham, nothing but roast beef. I can't even get them to eat bacon let alone bacon cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BananaBirkLarsen RE: nothingswrong Apr 26, 2014 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When I was a teenager, we had a dog that absolutely loved carrots. She learned how to dig them out of our garden by watching my dad. Then she cleaned out the neighbour's garden too...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          nothingswrong RE: BananaBirkLarsen Apr 26, 2014 10:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, my big dog would love that! I finally had to put chicken wire up all around my raised beds because she likes to jump in them and just sniff around, paw at the dirt, etc. I planted my carrot seeds a few weeks ago and they're just sprouting and I was worried she'd get into them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          She loves carrots like no other dog I've ever seen. My friends all get a kick out of it. I keep baby carrots on hand just for her to snack on, though it's cuter to give her a whole giant carrot and watch her chew on it for a while. She'd happily eat a pound or two a day if I let her.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      rjbh20 RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 06:36 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rjbh20 RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        More playing with my new toys. Prime strip steak sous vide to 125F then seared at max IR temp; sous vide asparagus. Both spot on.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet RE: rjbh20 Apr 26, 2014 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Very good texture on both! Yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SarahCW RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 07:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I actually cooked tonight! I've been eating leftovers all week, but today I finally made the fish dish I've been wanting to make. Snapper Veracruz, though I used hake loins I had in the freezer from Costco. The recipe I had didn't say what to serve it with, so I got creative and tossed a bag of broccoli slaw in the sauce and ate the whole thing with toasted tortilla chips. It was very good--and easy! I love it when I find easy recipes to throw together!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. juliejulez RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 08:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh hi. My house is sold (well under contract really). Listed it yesterday morning at 7am, had a showing at 10:30, had an offer by noon, and it was signed off by 8pm. It went for over asking price too, so I get my granite :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Once the shock of that wore off, I realized "oh shit, we are homeless" since it'll be 6-9 months before the new house is ready, but then that figured itself out today, one of the owners of my company has a cute little rental coming available, it's a freestanding little house with a tiny yard. It's in our price range for rent, real close to my work (goodbye long ass commute, at least til the new house is done), and it's large enough that we won't have to rent a storage unit. Oh yeah, he said we can stay as long as we want, so if the new house gets delayed, it's not a problem. No lease or even a security deposit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So yeah, lots happened! Tonight we tried out a new restaurant in our current 'hood. It originally was a deli and grocery but when the big grocery opened up across the street he started the process of converting to a restaurant. Took awhile, but it just opened up not too long ago. It wasn't great, unfortunately, but nice to have a non-fast food restaurant in the neighborhood. We each had their chicken parm special, which was 9.99 each. The chicken itself was good, the pasta was a bit lukewarm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I plan on vegging out this weekend...I need it! We will be going to an Avalanche game Saturday night. i'm enjoying playoff hockey.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              grayelf RE: juliejulez Apr 25, 2014 09:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Congrats on all the house-related stuff coming together, what a relief!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Berheenia RE: juliejulez Apr 26, 2014 04:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What greyelf said!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: juliejulez Apr 26, 2014 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow, impressive!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet RE: juliejulez Apr 26, 2014 07:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow. Talk about fast! Did you stage your house?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez RE: roxlet Apr 26, 2014 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I staged it myself... I used to be a home stager :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nothingswrong RE: juliejulez Apr 26, 2014 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Did you end up baking chocolate chip cookies?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          juliejulez RE: nothingswrong Apr 26, 2014 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Haha no... but I did mop all my floors at 530am that day so the house had a nice "clean" smell to it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NancyChin RE: juliejulez Apr 26, 2014 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Congratulations on selling the house. Do you usually mop other houses you stage for clients? I imagine that'd be a lot of work.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez RE: NancyChin Apr 26, 2014 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well I'm not a stager anymore, but when I did, any additional daily cleaning beyond what we'd do initially was up to them :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fowler RE: juliejulez Apr 26, 2014 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez, you always have the most incredibly good luck*. I would join you on a trip to Monte Carlo any day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Have fun at the hockey match tonight. Hopefully you will be able to have a Summer Shandy or 3 to celebrate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *If you could tell me the name of the horse that will win the Kentucky Derby and where the S&P 500 will close on December 31st I will split all profits with you 50/50. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        juliejulez RE: Fowler Apr 26, 2014 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ha... you know the first time I ever gambled, I won $800? Maybe I am extra lucky.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: juliejulez Apr 26, 2014 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What fantastic news. I can't believe it sold that fast. I have a client right on the beach who can't sell his house and it has been over a year. I bet he would love you to stage his home.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I can't believe you fell into such a perfect rental. Good for you. What a great streak you are having.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: juliejulez Apr 26, 2014 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Woot! Congrats on the sale, julie!!!! Excellent news!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: juliejulez Apr 26, 2014 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WHOA! That's wonderful news, julie - congratulations! And great news on the rental coming available - everything was in the cards for you - you must be smiling up a storm! I know I am for you! :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Apr 26, 2014 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks Linda, and everyone else! I do feel very relieved. I'll feel extra relieved once we're actually moved though. I was looking through my kitchen cabinets today when emptying the dishwasher and was like, "Oh my I have a lot of shit to pack".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. gini RE: roxlet Apr 25, 2014 08:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Corn and barley salad, zucchini pie, grilled ny strips, chocolate soufflés with homemade gelato for dessert. Oh! And challah!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A Campari and soda to start while nibbling on pate and artichoke spread over wasa. A nice red to go along with. Scotch in front of the fire after.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not a bad night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              grayelf RE: gini Apr 25, 2014 09:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Any chance you could post the recipes (or links) for the zuke pie and the barley salad, gini?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gini RE: grayelf Apr 26, 2014 08:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pie is a riff on this: http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/ital...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sub in Dijon, a half a cup of fresh parsley, minced garlic, a few basil leaves, and a little dried oregano.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I can't find the barley salad online, but I think it's from moosewood. It has corn, tomatoes, jalapeño, scallions, and bell pepper on a cumin dressing. Oh! And cilantro. I will try and dig for the recipe today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm not being very seasonal, but sometimes you just need some summer sunshine on your plate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters RE: roxlet Apr 26, 2014 02:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rump steak (organic Aberdeen Angus), green beans, saute spuds. Cheese/bread/celery for afters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. ChrisOfStumptown RE: roxlet Apr 26, 2014 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Last night: Zuni cafe panade and eggs. This was a way to use up some stale bread and a chicken carcass. It had a looong time in the oven so I ate salami, an avocado's worth of guacamole and fried tortillas while I impatiently waited.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gini RE: ChrisOfStumptown Apr 26, 2014 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That egg looks perfect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. fldhkybnva RE: roxlet Apr 26, 2014 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stupid simple NY strip steak seared in a bath of ghee served with mushrooms sauteed in bearnaise butter and finished with a splash of sherry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gini RE: fldhkybnva Apr 26, 2014 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Were your ny strips on sale this week too??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: gini Apr 26, 2014 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No, unfortunately. The bone in ribeye was on sale, but for some reason I have been in the mood for a strip steak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Njchicaa RE: roxlet Apr 26, 2014 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I thought I posted last night but I don't see it... oh well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yesterday was our 6th wedding anniversary. My husband doesn't get home until 7-8pm and it was Friday after a long work week so I planned to just make a nice dinner instead. We had grilled ribeye steaks, wedge salad, and steamed broccoli/cheese/pasta (frozen mixture). That was about all I was up for making.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Today I am taking my nephew to the movies at noon and then my husband is going to meet us around 2pm for a late lunch. If I have the motivation after that, I'm planning to make a big pot of meatballs to stock the freezer so that will be WFD tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: Njchicaa Apr 26, 2014 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Happy Anniversary! Your dinner sounds just perfect!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: Njchicaa Apr 26, 2014 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hope you had a great Anniversary. Best wishes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet RE: Njchicaa Apr 26, 2014 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Why, you're newlyweds! Have a wonderful anniversary!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: Njchicaa Apr 26, 2014 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A very happy anniversary to you, chicaa!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rabaja RE: Njchicaa Apr 26, 2014 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Happy Anniversary!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That steak dinner sounds perfect.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Njchicaa RE: rabaja Apr 26, 2014 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks everyone! It was a lovely evening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. BananaBirkLarsen RE: roxlet Apr 26, 2014 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last night's lasagne turned out great, in spite of the fact that we had to skip the planned side salad because the BF failed to make it to the store for lettuce (he was working hard all day making our yard beautiful, though, so I forgive him). I've started soaking my noodles in boiling water instead of cooking them like other pasta, and it's made a huge improvement to the consistency of the lasagne. Perfect al dente instead of loose and watery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight will be Smitten Kitchen's rendition of Madhur Jaffrey's chana masala (assuming more yard work doesn't overtake the buying of onions and ginger...). Plain old long grain rice on the side. A dollop of that super thick Icelandic yogurt on top. Sweet yogurt lassi with cardamom, if we feel the need for dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                nothingswrong RE: BananaBirkLarsen Apr 26, 2014 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've always wondered about the noodle-soaking!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NancyChin RE: roxlet Apr 26, 2014 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight the family is taking us out for dinner at a Chinese restaurant. I was perusing the take out menu and noticed this is the second Chinese restaurant I've seen that sells "Satan Pork Chops".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                At first I thought it was a typo for "satay", but with two restaurants doing it, I'm not so sure anymore. I tried to google it and only came up with a guess that it's a misspelling of "seitan", which is a Japanese wheat gluten.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Maybe I should order it and find out. But it sounds so demonic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If anyone has seen this before, let me know!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: NancyChin Apr 26, 2014 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I bet it will be devilishly delish '-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BananaBirkLarsen RE: NancyChin Apr 26, 2014 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Even if it is seitan, wtf is a seitan pork chop?! :0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rjbh20 RE: roxlet Apr 26, 2014 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Warm sun, green grass, cold PBR. And another fabulous Whole Hog Production is underway!!!

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