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What's for Dinner #297 - The Mother's Day Edition [through May 12, 2014]

Supposed to be a gorgeous weekend in New England for the annual Hallmark holiday to celebrate Moms. I personally think Moms should be celebrated EVERY day, don't you? ;-)

So - are you one to brave the insanity of the busiest restaurant day of the year? Or will you cook Mom dinner at home? (Or are you the Mom who will be making dinner for yourself?)

Let us know what's cooking this May weekend. And HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the Moms out there - whether the kids are human or cat or dog. :-)

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  1. As for myself, Mom and I have had a long-standing agreement that we don't go out on Mother's Day. She also dislikes the feeling of being rushed and the noise that tends to come in uber-busy restaurants, so we'll wait until next weekend when I'm going to take her shopping for clothes again. I sent flowers for her to enjoy, and I'll take her out to lunch next Saturday after shopping. My brother, who lives in CA, sent her a GC for a local supermarket so she can buy herself some "good food", as well as some type of Scottish cakes/muffins (can't recall their name) that they get at their local farmer's market. My sister and BIL are supposed to be taking her out to dinner tonight, so she'll be gettin' the food love spread out over several weeks. :-)

    I'm not sure what's for dinner tonight. There's a company lunch today, and I thought I might be going out to dinner, but not sure that's in the cards. So if I'm home, it just might be a boigah. We'll see how hungry I am. So stay tuned to this Bat channel for scintillating updates, ya hear? ;-)

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      I'm with your mom! I avoid resteraunts and just plain going out on Mothers Day, NYE, Valentines etc.

      I am heading to my sisters on Sunday. She recently broke her wrist so the plan it head to her house and I'll make brunch. The plan is a frittata, country bacon, and something sweet. Then I'll help her with laundry, errands etc.

      I'll head home mid afternoon and that plan is my husband and son will make dinner and we will all relax on the porch. Not sure what they will make, it's supposed to be a surprise. :)

      1. re: LindaWhit

        I always go to "ethnic" restaurants for holidays. Easier to get into a Pakistani restaurant, for example, than into the Cheesecake Factory. Agree that cooking is the best, though, but when you cook every day, going out is refreshing.

        1. re: rudeboy

          We usually go the weekend before or after. At least around here even the ethnic places are packed! We tried to go out for DimSum a few times and also to the Vietnamese hole in the wall places when our son was younger. Just as much of a crowd as our local "better" restaurants. I have never tried to go to a mall place like CKF. I can only imagine!

          1. re: foodieX2

            Yeah, I think that the "ethnic alternative" is out of the bag now! Dim sum is impossible on Mother's Day here.

        2. re: LindaWhit

          I was thinking of letting Mr. Berheenia take me out for a martini even though "I'm not his mother", a phrase I have beaten to death over the years. Agree about not going out to eat but I can sit at the bar and enjoy the pandemonium. I'd rather eat at home. Maybe a nice steak on the Barbie. The kids will call or we'll skype.

          1. re: Berheenia

            Did you say you're grilling a Barbie? Keep the kids away from the burning at the stake. It may be too much trauma for them.

          2. re: LindaWhit

            We always just go to our club, which has a very nice Mother's Day buffet from about 12:30 until 5:30. We usually go earlier rather than later -- this year at 1PM. I'm looking forward to the raw bar, the sushi and the smoked salmon, which are pretty basic, but always a treat. And I have to have a Bloody Mary, extra spicy.

              1. re: rudeboy

                I'd actually love to go to a Pakistani restaurant, but traditions are traditions!

                1. re: rudeboy

                  Me neither! I don't have a local bar, either, but I've always wanted one.

                  1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                    Fortunately, and unfortunately, I have a local bar. Ginny's Little Longhorn in Austin TX. Having such a place within walking distance is dangerous!

                    1. re: rudeboy

                      I cant imagine not having a "local" - the one down the block is a real "old head" Philly bar but comes in handy - thankfully my neighborhood has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to watering holes - when I was in QNS it was a great Irish Pub and in TX an Icehouse - I miss Ice Houses

                      No "Clubs" around here - not that kind anyway - -just the kind that need bouncers but my grandparents always took us to theirs when we visit them in the country - pool - golf - dining I miss that too I wish I could have bought that house but I was is HS when they sold it.

                      1. re: rudeboy

                        Do they still do chicken shit bingo there? I love Austin and its wonderful ways.

                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                          its been years but that was the best Q I have ever had - I love Austin and TX in general.

                          1. re: weezieduzzit

                            Yes, every Sunday. Dale Watson (awesome country singer) bought it from Ginny and redid the place a bit. Bingo is outside now, and the stage for the band was moved to where the pool table was. My wife won it once and cleared $140.

                            My daughter and I, on our walks, always visit the chicken coop out back. (an aside, I'm in an urban-ish neighborhood, but plenty of people have coops. Chickens sometimes get loose and run the streets....people post to the neighborhood listserv regarding errant chickens found or lost. There's a yearly thing called the "Funky Coop Chicken Tour" or something, where you can go and visit people's setup. Lot's of free eggs or for sale cheap).

                            Anyhow, I am positive that Ginny's will have a Mother's Day celebration on Sunday. Grab yout mothers or their spirits and buy the plane tickets!

                            1. re: rudeboy

                              urban chickens are the thing apparently, they keep popping up lost on my local discussion board too - I am tempted to get some but not sure I'm up for the coop cleaning.

                              1. re: JTPhilly

                                JTPhilly, I guess we're allowed to have 3 chickens- and some neighbors do- but we also have racoons and coyotes right here in the middle of the city that like to eat chickens and it's a horrible bloody sight when they do.

                                1. re: weezieduzzit

                                  they are technically illegal here - but like open containers, parking on the sidewalk. and weed nobody cares. We have possum, feral cats and apparently raccoons I am also concerned about my own pets - although I think the Mastiff would never hurt them and the Chihuahua would probably hump them and they would likely scare my cat to death.

                                  1. re: JTPhilly

                                    "I think the Mastiff would never hurt them and the Chihuahua would probably hump them"

                                    Lol JT

                                    1. re: nothingswrong

                                      As a person that has been humped by many a chihuahua, I understand.

                                      1. re: rudeboy

                                        Funny, 'cause my little Chihuahua mix has never humped me once in her 10 years til last night. I climbed into the doggie pen (I put it up at night) to say hello and she latched onto my bare leg with both claws and started humping. It took me completely off guard and I actually screamed. Bf came running in and just started cracking up. Don't know what got into her. He says it was the sight of my rarely-bare legs :/

                                      2. re: nothingswrong

                                        oh, he has a "relationship" with my cat and a thing for buxom women. There is no stopping l'l dude

                                    2. re: JTPhilly

                                      Urban chickens were voted a "no" in my city recently. I don't really feel one way or the other about it, but a friend of mine has several and says the cleaning is a pain.

                                    3. re: rudeboy

                                      I've been a big Dale Watson fan for years. :) We talk about moving to Austin now and then (Good food, music and hotrod and custom culture like the Lone Star RoundUp.) If I could get the man to spend more time there I know I could convince him.....

                                      That's really cool that enough people have yard birds to do a tour. Only in Austin.

                                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                                        Just don't bring him here in the summer. It is intolerable. I'm working on finding a way to leave in mid July through early Sept and go north. We were looking at Landsdale PA and environs, because that's where my Philly girl is from. Need more money.

                                        JTPhilly, I had a coon in my kitchen once. Heard sounds in the middle of the night, so I got up to investigate. The range light was on. I swung open the galley door, and he was eating my dog's food, then looked up at me with a look in it's eye like "don't F with me." I gently closed the door and let him finish. I had a dog door that he came through. Guess it could have been a girl coon.

                                        What is this thread about? Oh, yeah, my wife's a mother. Thinking of doing prime tenderloin with a derivation of hollandaise. I know that sounds rich, but I know that she will love it.

                                  2. re: rudeboy

                                    I've always had a local but never one named after me. Maybe I shoulda retired to Austin
                                    :)
                                    Ginny

                                1. re: rjbh20

                                  Right. He's got to shine that piece up!

                                  1. re: rjbh20

                                    *At* the club or a private serenade at home?

                                    1. re: linguafood

                                      At the club. When he was little, there was a pianist who played at the event, which they no longer have. My son would sidle over to him asking if the pianist would mind if he'd have a go, and he'd play his latest Bach or whatever he was learning at the time. It just became something he'd do on Mother's Day.

                                      1. re: roxlet

                                        That's cool. The band at the American Embassy Club let me practice my drum skills when I was around 12 or 13 briefly, but they weren't satisfactory. This was before I'd realized I could sing.

                                2. re: LindaWhit

                                  Cheeboigah, Cheeboigah! No Coke - wine!

                                  Yup, going with this morning's craving. Whole Foods had their "Buck a Burger" sale today, so I picked up several packages.

                                  Caramelized, crispy shallots and Manchego cheese very thinly sliced so it began to melt top the medium-rare burger, which went on a "burger size" toasted and lightly buttered English muffin (ketchup on the bottom half).

                                  Tater chips and wine are the sides, and something from OnDemand on the tube. No idea what, however.

                                  Happy Friday evening, all!

                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                    And a Happy Friday to you Linda! That dinner sounds really good. Are you eating alone or enjoying the meal with others?

                                    It should be interesting to see who the Pats take tonight in the NFL draft.

                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                      Rats I love the buck a burger sale at WF. Maybe a ride to Hadley is in order ..... chin chin!

                                      1. re: Berheenia

                                        I was pleasantly surprised, Berheenia. Quarter pound each, 85/15 grind, and they cooked up very nicely.

                                        I *think* this was a one-day sale, however. But if you go and they're not available, it can't hurt to ask the manager if s/he could make an exception for you, since you have to drive a distance to shop there.

                                  2. For Mother's Day my brother and I will take Mom out to dinner - a rare occurrence because she usually prefers to cook - it is a year and a week since my Grandmother passed so for the first time we don't have an extended family obligation I will meet them in Manhattan saving a leg of the trip for me - we are going for BBQ (Hill Country) which is not very Mothers Day fare but its something we all can enjoy not easy because lil bro has some real limitations in his food preferences otherwise mom and I would be going for Korean or sushi or something

                                    at home for myself I have another one of my low effort cheap cut braise attempts - lamb neck and shoulder - seasoned and browned - deglazed with RW and stock and added to SC with roasted tomato shallots and garlic - super easy only a few bucks (cheaper than a pizza) and over rice will make a savory ready to eat meal when I get home tonight whenever that may be.

                                     
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                                      1. re: steve h.

                                        I tasted some when it came out of the crock this AM - it was very tasty. I love the combo of Lamb, tomatoes and wine - basic & comforting - it must be the Abruzzese in me LOL

                                        1. re: steve h.

                                          ended up breaking it down into a "risotto" type dish made with Orzo Perlato i brought back from Siena aka pearled barley - it sounded much fancier in Italian - with some room to experiment It worked well - earthy and chewy complimented the flavors well. It was sort of a backfire because the weather changed so suddenly to warm and humid a braised dish was a hard sell.

                                           
                                        2. re: JTPhilly

                                          JTPhilly - what is "SC?" And do you mean TX hill country? I'm adjacent to that.

                                          1. re: rudeboy

                                            oh "slow cooker" I am a terrible abbreviator

                                            no, not the real Hill Country - its the name of a Manhattan BBQ joint that has a TX theme :(

                                            I do love the real Hill Country though - tubing on the Guadalupe, bad wineries, good German pastries and real Q I wish we were going there!

                                            oh now I want Salt Lick

                                            1. re: JTPhilly

                                              If you ever make it back this way, then we can go together and I will treat. I know how to order there, too. The wineries have (slowly) gotten better. I feel for them, and I use to have 20 vines in my backyard. After numerous droughts, they all died. I just mowed over the last one last year.

                                              That's another good Mother's Day idea - a wine tour and portable charcuterie and cheese in a cooler.

                                              1. re: rudeboy

                                                thanks for the offer - return to TX is on my bucket list for sure - I have a cheesesteak for ya in Philly in return.

                                                wine tours are fun even if the wine is awful but drive mom around and get her tipsy sounds good!

                                                I have one sad concord vine that I keep threatening to chop down - I don't mean to throw stones - have you ever tasted PA wine? Don't.

                                              2. re: JTPhilly

                                                Hill country (in nyc) is near madison square eats, which is just outside of eataly by madison sqare park. You may want to wander thru for snacks for later or check out the awesome eataly wine shop next door on w23rd. Eataly itself will be a zoo but the gelato counter is close enough to the door to do a hit and run....

                                                1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                  I did not know about Madison Square Eats - that looks cool - one of my favorite spots in the city I used to take my lunch there often, I love how it has been revitalized. Eataly will be a zoo for sure - Me and Mom have done that before - both for little bro are like an episode of fear factor though. Good tip on the Gelato counter!

                                          2. Final Menu thanks to help from this board. Asparagus soup with parmesan flan, lamb shoulder roast with artichokes, lemon and anchovy oil, caponata cous cous and strawberry rhubarb crisp for dessert. I hope my mom loves it!

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                                            1. re: KateBChi

                                              How could Mom NOT love such a wonderful meal, Kate? Enjoy.

                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                Lovely meal with one or two hiccups. The Asparagus Soup and particularly the Parmesan Flan were massive hits. The soup ended up so tasty I didn't add cream at the end. I used the flan recipe from epicurious (but NOT their asparagus soup) and it was wonderful. I wasn't thrilled with the only baby artichokes I found but cooked them anyway. Tasted one and threw the rest away. Fortunately I decided to throw in some halved small Yukon potatoes to the roasting pan and cooking in the braising liguid and tomatoes made them really, really good especially when topped with the herbed anchovy oil which I modified significantly. Couldn't find a bone in lamb shoulder roast so went with a bone in leg and reduced cooking time. Lovely lamb but bone in was a bit** to carve. My caponata was too substantial to mix with cous cous so served a plain side of it. Very nice side for the herby, garlicy lamb. Dessert was strawberry rhubarb crumble with whipped cream. Happy sighs all around.

                                                    1. I was crazy lazy last night: jalapeño cheddar chicken burger with avocado and sharp cheddar. Gosh this photo is ugly.

                                                       
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                                                      1. re: gini

                                                        Its not about the picture, it's about the taste and that sounds like a mighty tasty combo.

                                                        1. re: gini

                                                          Are you kidding - I could eat my screen. mmmmm

                                                          1. re: gini

                                                            You are so sweet, folks, thanks!

                                                            1. re: gini

                                                              Yeah, the photo is fine. I'm a poor shutterbug, which is why I don't post photos. If I could produce a damn pic as good as that, I'd be happy. I could eat the screen as well because that looks damn good. Is that chicken breast meat?

                                                              1. re: rudeboy

                                                                It's a premade chicken patty I buy at the grocery store. I suppose it's some sort of ground chicken (hopefully!). Looks like pleanty of ground chicken patty recipes out there though!

                                                          2. My mom is 1600 miles away, so Mother's Day will be celebrated with a card and a phone call. My parents are coming to visit at the end of June, though, so proper celebrations of both Mother's and Father's Days will happen in the near future.

                                                            As for dinner, tonight is sort of a fridge clean-out inspired by a post (by who, I can't remember) about a Bittman recipe where you roast a bunch of things in the oven. I will be roasting chicken drumsticks with cubed eggplant and mushrooms and olive oil, seasoned with fresh thyme and nutmeg. It will be served over pasta with a popped burrata mozzarella. I'm hoping the cream from the burrata will make a bit of a sauce.

                                                            1. It's my first Mother's Day and Shiitake's birthday so dinner will be his favorite...beef! I'll be having a chuck eye steak with some sort of compound butter. The little guy will likely be pouncing on his new gigantic play tower as soon as I assemble it and enjoying a few slivers of beef and sardines.

                                                              For tonight, dinner is thanks to a work colleague who brought back Armenian sausage from his trip home last week. Ironically, this is the same coworker who gives me crap daily for my low carb preferences, so apparently he does understand and brought me an appropriately low carb present. Dinner tonight will be scrambled eggs with Soujouk.

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                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                I must thank my colleague who I usually find quite annoying :) The Soujouk was great. Scrambled eggs was a perfect dinner for an unexpectedly long day like today.

                                                                The little guy hasn't been feeling well but I thought he was just working on a hairball. When he started hacking up red liquid, I started to get a little concerned. So Take and I spent the day at the vet and after an xray, fluids and a shot of anti-nausea medicine, the poor little guy is resting more comfortably. I am quite impressed with the vet who cleverly finished the history and exam with an odd question "does he have any access to crickets or cockroaches?" Well now that you mention it, the kid is obsessed with the cricket spiders that wander into my 19th century old house and waits in the bathroom all night in case they arrive. And so, now we battle the cricket-transmitted parasites and intestinal irritation from cricket parts...whaaatt!! Great way to kick off our first Mother's Day/Birthday weekend together :)

                                                                Tonight was a dessert night - more Soujouk and TJs Toscano cheese with black pepper.

                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                  Cricket-transmitted parasites! That's positively horrific. Thankfully, my pup is terrified of crickets and the noises they make. It sounds like your guy is lucky, though, and you and your vet have it covered.

                                                                  Sounds like you're lucky to have that Soujouk too...

                                                                  1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                    Seriously. Who knew? She asked independently. I said nothing of crickets. Now I have to get him to eat. The vet sent us home with "crack food" as she called it to entice him to eat but he's not interested.

                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                      Does it have to be gentle on his stomach or can it be anything? I've had both cats and dogs that loved the craziest stuff. A cat who went nuts over tortilla chips. A dog who would dig up the neighbour's carrots. My current pup would eat pork adobo and bacon no matter how sick she felt. If you're just trying to get some energy into him, I'd start experimenting.

                                                                      1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                        Well, they wanted him to eat the specific prescription diet GI food for a few days before trying anything else. Though, they said if he doesn't eat by Monday to call back. I know food that he always goes for but it's raw food which likely isn't good for his tummy right now.

                                                                        1. re: Fowler

                                                                          He actually doesn't like tuna but goes gaga for sardines. I'd love to give him some except the vet told me to stick to the prescription food. This kid is not interested in that stuff even after his morning anti-nausea meds. I might have to go against doctor's orders soon...as if I don't do that all the time for myself :)

                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                            Maybe drizzle the sardine oil over the Rx food....?

                                                                        2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                          I ate tons of crickets in Oaxaca and I'm still alive.

                                                                      2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                        Your poor baby!! I hope he gets better quickly and stops snacking on bugs...

                                                                        1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                          I have been trying to figure out how to keep him from pawing under the doors and cracks to get to them but it's pretty much impossible. The vet confirmed that there's no real way to squash that hunter instinct. Although, I did spot one two days ago and showed him since he usually will pounce but he completely ignored it. Another sign he wasn't feeling well. I'll be home all day for belly rubs and hope he's feeling better for his birthday tomorrow.

                                                                        2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                          Your poor baby. Glad you have an alert vet that got it figured out quickly. Hope he is back on his paws to enjoy his big day tomorrow. Hugs.

                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                            Thanks. He's a trooper so hopefully after some rest he'll be back to normal. I just assembled and installed his new kitty window seat so maybe he can soak up some sunshine and watch passerbys while resting up today.

                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                              Aw, man. It sucks when our "babies" get sick, eh? Here's to Take feeling like his young self again soon!!

                                                                          2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                            Poor guy... Glad he's feeling a little better though.

                                                                            I had no idea crickets were bad for animals... My garage is full of them and they occasionally wander into the house through the washer/dryer vents. My little dog loves to chase them around and eat them. I'll have to put a stop to that I guess.

                                                                            OT I know, but I'll shut up after this: the most horrific insect-related incident with my pups was years ago when my little one was stung on her lady parts by a wasp. She had an allergic reaction and a certain part of her anatomy swelled up quadruple its size. I took her to the vet, who apologetically just burst into laughter. It took some 3 weeks for the swelling to go down. Poor little babe!

                                                                            1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                              That would suck. Poor puppy. Your doggy doppelganger was in my yard this week(the pit bull). Handsome and happy boy.

                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                There's nothing like a happy pit bull! They have the greatest dog grins ever :D

                                                                                1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                  His pet parent is my next door neighbor. He was in jail that day for animal abuse. Luckily his pit is still a sweetie.

                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                    Ick, nothing bothers me more in this life than mistreating dogs. Glad the pup is a sweetheart though!

                                                                              2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                It's a lot of critters apparently, crickets, cockroaches, mice, etc. I asked the vet about the cricket obsession because for weeks I've been trying to keep him out of the bathroom...he spends ALL night in there just waiting and pawing. Basically she told me there was nothing that I could do and it's good that he has a hunter instinct.

                                                                                Oh no, poor pup!! The feline and canine kids really do keep us on our toes.

                                                                                I don't have children but I think I caught a glimpse of what it must be like yesterday. I couldn't help but worry and freak out. It was awful, especially when they took him away and sent me to the waiting room. I only realized this morning that I basically poured my wallet into the vet's cash register yesterday.

                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                  Vet bills can ruin you if you let them... My parents' terrier was poisoned years ago by a psycho neighbor in their upscale 'hood. He poisoned 4 dogs total. My mom couldn't stand the thought of putting the dog down and spent some $30,000 keeping her alive on IVs. Dad just stayed out of it, lol. The poor dog lasted another month or so before she passed. I can't imagine being in that situation, emotionally or financially.

                                                                                  It's good to know about the insect thing. It really never occurred to me. Like someone else said, people eat insects in other parts of the world so you'd think they'd be okay, but I guess dogs/cats can't eat garlic, onion, raisins, etc. which are fine for us humans, so I guess bugs are on the "no" list. I'll start keeping a better eye on them... I usually think it's cute when my little one chases bugs around and I egg her on. Will put a stop to that ASAP!

                                                                                  P.S. Don't know about cats, but dogs with upset tummies do well with rice, chicken, chicken broth, and (a tip from Martha Stewart) mashed sweet potatoes/yams. The latter are supposed to soothe the stomach. I've tried it with my dogs with success, might be worth a try.

                                                                            2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                              Who is Shiitake, a dog or a cat? Happy birthday to him from Renzo, my 18-year-old black cat.

                                                                              1. re: lagatta

                                                                                Shiitake is a kitty. He says "thanks!" to Renzo. I had a family cat who lived to 16, I'm quite impressed Renzo :)

                                                                            3. Tonight's dinner is a phone-it-in special, literally. My friend's plane gets here at 7 so, we'll get home at 8 or so. I'm just going to call for a pizza at my local NY style place. I'm thinking the pesto and fresh tomato pie.
                                                                              She also like to cook Thai food, so I believe it will be Gai Yang (similar to this:http://www.eatingthaifood.com/2014/03...) tomorrow and something at the sports bar for Sunday.
                                                                              Happy Mother's Day to all the moms here! I really hope everyone has a special Sunday and great weekend.

                                                                              1. wah, no mom. missing her as always. we used to fly her up here for a long weekend every mother's day as it also coincided with my sister's bday, and we'd feed ourselves silly!

                                                                                out tonight, no cooking until Sunday evening most likely.

                                                                                All you moms, enjoy your day, you are loved and missed!

                                                                                And all you sons/daughters - make sure and call mom - she's thinking about you!

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                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                  This thread just reminded me that this is the first Mother's Day without my grandmother. Hopefully she'll be celebrating in style up above.

                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                    I think of my grandmother every Mother's Day. I'm sure all the grandmothers will enjoy a wonderful day on the other side <3

                                                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                                                      And just imagine all of the gossip they're enjoying about their Chowhound grandchildren!

                                                                                2. Mother's Day is on a different date here in the fatherland, and we've never celebrated it. My mom was always of the opinion that she should be treated wonderfully every day of the year.

                                                                                  That said, it looks like we'll be eating out again somewhere tonight. Where depends on how unstable the weather continues to be (rain, sun, rain, sun, rain, sun wash-rinse-repeat...) and how ambitious we are. Plans for a grilled fish lunch were -- you guessed it: rained out.

                                                                                  Earlier plans for a happy hour beer garden visit: washed away in a gush o' water. >sigh<

                                                                                  Nearby options include Syrian, Asian-fusion (the good kind), several Italian places and a French place. Decisions, decisions.

                                                                                  Oh, right. Last night's dinner at the streetfood Thursday event (which was a bloody zoo, btw. Hipsters apparently have no concept of how to behave in a market hall with small aisles -- e.g., don't fucking stand in the middle of said aisle in a group of 4 to have a conversation; don't check out the food available *from the middle of the aisle*, trust me, it won't jump out and EAT YOU! #rantover) consisted of open-faced sandwiches with cidre-marinated (24 hours) and then 11 hours sous-vided beef steak on top of caramelized onions that also cooked down for 30 hours or some such craziness. Topped with braised mustard seeds and chives. Looks better than it tasted, which was just ok for me.

                                                                                  The Bavarian backschwein with kraut, OTOH, was fabo! Really, really good.

                                                                                  We also had a fabulous cheese plate for dessert: Stichelton from England, Adrahan from Ireland and Isle of Mull cheddar from Schottland. The Stichelton and Adrahan were fantastic -- I wonder if our buddy Harters knows these. No pics, sadly.

                                                                                   
                                                                                   
                                                                                   
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                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                    Brilliant rant, BTW. ;-)

                                                                                    And the food *looks* wonderful!

                                                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                      Oh, ranting is my passion. I've gotten quite good at it over the years. My man just tunes it out :-D

                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                        Omg, the food looks brilliant!
                                                                                        Sorry about the funky weather and annoying hipsters, though.

                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                          I certainly know Stichelton. The joke here is that if you say it quickly it sounds a bit like Stilton. Which is the point. Stilton has protected status within the European Union basically saying it must be made from pasteurised milk and only in a designated three counties. Stichelton uses unpasteurised milk so cannot be called Stilton. It's a bloody fine cheese!

                                                                                          I'm pretty sure I've had Ardrahan. Like a number of cheeses made around Cork, in Ireland, it's a semi-soft one very much in the French style. Lovely. Gubbeen is another very similar one that I can get more easily.

                                                                                        2. So here I am again after a power outage 14 days ago (that happens all too frequently in our town.) Of course my 9 y/o computer was on so every thing was zapped even though it was on a power strip. Thanks to my talented computer consultant who managed to retrieve everything I now have a sleek and streamlined Dell w Windows 8.

                                                                                          We didn't starve during my enforced hiatus. Menus included Slater's turkey burgers w Gorgonzola from EAT; pan-seared chicken legs w vegetables; cauliflower and chicken curry; a great baked scallop dish from Lidia's Italian Table; a savory braised chicken from this month's COTM; lamb burger from EAT; turkey meatball Sloppy Joes; various sandwiches and salads;and piece de resistance: a whole chicken cooked in a slow cooker. It was terrific w vegetables, loads of herbs and spices and a cup of white wine. One would think that after 8 hours on Low the whole thing would be mush. But not so. Basically a white coq au vin it was quite tasty, moist, and we liked it. ( we did a freezer inventory and discovered we had way too much poultry in there, but we like chicken & turkey so it was all good)

                                                                                          WFD tonight? baked frittata w scallions, asparagus, snap peas. L's I T; braised peppers w anchovies, L's I T; napa, bean sprouts, Persian cucumber salad. As for Mother's Day, I'm not planning any meals. Just sayin'. I do miss my own Mother, though. Alta's been gone for 24 years.

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                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                            Damn, now I'm hoping for a power outage!

                                                                                            1. re: rudeboy

                                                                                              Hah ! It' was great ! After I had my usual melt-down I managed to clean out drawers, purge hard copy files, recycle a ton, read 3 books. Oh and yes, the meals were quite good, IIDSS.

                                                                                          2. So my out of town friend is arriving tonight, not tomorrow. It was going to be leftover night but instead we will throw burgers on the grille. I just started the dough for rolls. There will also be steak fries and salad.

                                                                                            We tend to binge on burgers when we first get our cow shipment. I think tonight they will be topped with extra sharp cheddar, bacon and avocado. Moo!!

                                                                                            Oh yes, Linda, there will be wine!

                                                                                            1. WFD is clean out the fridge strata. It is my first strata, but I had a huge chunk of homemade sourdough that had gone stale to use and some other leftovers that needed a new life. So it is sourdough bread with the remains of my ground beef stuffed zucchini attempt and bits and bobs of cheese and asparagus. I've never even eaten strata, so this is an adventure in food preparation for me!

                                                                                              It has been a rainy week here, and I seized on a forecasted sunny moment to go out on a walk. Of course on my way back the sky opened up and let loose all the water it had been holding back. So something warm sounds about right!

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                                                                                              1. re: SarahCW

                                                                                                now you know why Harters calls it brown glop!!!

                                                                                                1. re: SarahCW

                                                                                                  "homemade sourdough that had gone stale ...."
                                                                                                  Does not compute.
                                                                                                  How could homemade bread ever go uneaten long enough to get stale?!

                                                                                                  The strata sounds like a good plan for it

                                                                                                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                    Well, I live alone and made two huge loaves of bread with it, and my freezer is full of bread and stuff, so it didn't get eaten so fast. The strata is delish, and I will be making it a lot more--maybe clear out some bread from the freezer too!

                                                                                                2. The garden says we're having zucchini tonight so I will seed and stuff it with caramelized onions and garlic, grass fed ground beef, bits and pieces of various veggies diced and sauteed and topped with a generous grating of parmesan before being put in the oven. A tomato, cucumber and herb salad on the side for some cool crunchy contrast.

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                                                                                                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                    Oh, I also have to make a vat of sangria for dinner with friends this weekend.... you know how important it is to taste as you mix..... hic!

                                                                                                  2. Country style ribs, baked beans, fried apples and sliced ugly tomatoes. Vodka and La Croix berry to sip.

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                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                        I had a crazy craving for baked beans a few days ago. Everything sounds delicious!

                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                          Last night I dreamed about cowboy beans. Need to find an event that I can bring some to as I always make a ton.

                                                                                                      2. Bistro Friday at Chez h.

                                                                                                        Hanger steak, steak frites and spring asparagus will be on the plate. Sauce will be a red wine reduction. Both beer and red wine will be on the counter. The NFL draft will be on the plasma.

                                                                                                        Bon appetit.

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                                                                                                        1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                          I love the draft, probably the most boring few days in NFL all year, but I find it quite entertaining. SO is probably happy he's not home this weekend because I like to torture him and insist on watching until the very last round.

                                                                                                          Hanger-always a great choice!

                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                            Nothing boring about draft day. This is what dreams are made of.

                                                                                                            Yep, hanger is maybe my favorite piece of beef.

                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                              fldhkybnva, I like the draft days as well but wish they would make two changes:

                                                                                                              1). Speed it up
                                                                                                              2). Stop all of the long Roger Goodell/player hugging!

                                                                                                              I hope your team picked up some good draft picks.

                                                                                                              1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                Oh yes, part of the reason I insist on watching to the end is because it gets so awfully borrriiiinnnggg. It's more the comic relief of SO shaking his head at me :)

                                                                                                            2. re: steve h.

                                                                                                              Steve, Frites like Metz Frites..or like in "chez" Steve & Deb?

                                                                                                              1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                A photo:

                                                                                                                Fleur de sel on the frites.

                                                                                                                I procured, Deb cooked, I'm on KP.

                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                            3. Last night I made an incredibly dumbed down version of mapo tofu in the hopes the almost -toddler would eat it. He didn't.
                                                                                                              I managed a serving for my own dinner,but I can't get behind more than that. Into the trash it went. (Think very few chiles and water instead of stock. -I was too late to defrost my stock stash and have to keep it low sodium, so bouillon was out).

                                                                                                              Tonight it's take out from a pretty decent cafe in town. Japanese style breaded chicken cutlets, grilled asparagus and a cucumber salad. Blt salad for the man who dislikes cukes.

                                                                                                              In other news, my oven just went on the fritz and no one can come look at it until next Wednesday. That's a lot of days without an oven.
                                                                                                              I defrosted some Osso buco cuts yesterday, but I guess they'll he getting the stove treatment tonight, for tomorrow. This makes me a little nervous.
                                                                                                              The rest of our meals will have to be made on the grill, which I really can't complain about.
                                                                                                              I can complain about the lack of cookies in our lives this weekend, though. I have fresh oatmeal raisin-chocolate chip cookie dough and no way to bake it. Grumble, grumble.

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                                                                                                              1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                Bummer on the stove, rabaja. Good luck with the stove top osso buco - if you have a flame tamer, that might help with a stove top version.

                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                  I braised it this morning, playing with "low" and "very low" :)
                                                                                                                  I wish I'd had a flame tamer to put on the range. Luckily Osso buco is a fairly quick braise so I have my fingers crossed that nothing got tough.
                                                                                                                  A little bay and harissa, some carrots and onions, the melty marrow...we should be good. Time will tell. It's dinner this Monday.

                                                                                                                2. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                  Which cafe? Is that in Fairfax?

                                                                                                                    1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                      Ah, one of my favorite places for breakfast outside.

                                                                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                        This is a good excuse to by a rice cooker, aka Japanese oven.

                                                                                                                        1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                          My oven went belly up last year. I feel your pain.

                                                                                                                        2. Well, dinner tonight didn't turn out to be my Friday fish day after all; the fiance pulled out four giant t-bone steaks from the freezer to go on the grill...uh, why do we need FOUR? There's only the two of us and I can't eat a whole one. But they were seasoned up with a Memphis rub and went on the grill while we planted a couple more veggies in the garden. It was my intention to make a nice garden salad and a skillet of potatoes cooked in bacon grease with onions but he only wanted the potatoes so I didn't bother with the salad. I did, however, give him the very last of the peas & carrots from earlier in the week; I had leftover broccoli.

                                                                                                                          This will be the first year that all of my kiddies are moved away; the oldest moved to Phoenix to stay with his sis in Feb and my middle child is still in Seattle so, I'll probably be getting phone calls from the boys on Sunday. I received a package of Fairytale Brownies & Cookies from my daughter & soon to be son in law today and there should be a card lurking in the mailbox. I immediately stuck the whole box in the freezer to keep myself from going overboard in my midnight walk to the kitchen, chocoholic that I am....

                                                                                                                          Tomorrow, DF & I am going on our semi monthly trip to VA; I have an eye dr. appt for those glasses that I don't want but need. His parents are going with us and we'll be eating out; not sure where yet. Then he tells me that he's taking me out again on Sunday and again, don't know where. I had taken a small pork loin out of the freezer for Sunday but now it won't be cooked until sometime next week.

                                                                                                                          Happy Mother's Day to All!

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                            If there is going to be indulgence let it be red meat- rare red meat. I need to fire up the grill soon. The oven sets off the smoke alarm so it has been a steakless winter.
                                                                                                                            Happy Mothers Day

                                                                                                                          2. Well, thanks to some very helpful tips on this board I made my first batch of really good not sticky or clumpy spiced nuts today as a housewarming gift!
                                                                                                                            One batch smoked paprika, cinnamon, salt, and black pepper. The other a slightly sweet toasted sesame seed, salt, chia seed, and black pepper mix.
                                                                                                                            Due to my "quality control" sampling this afternoon i wasn't hungry for much of a dinner- had snap peas and carrots with a boring hummus i brought back to life with a gob of olive tapenade, a few slices of baked tempeh, a handful of cornichons and a friday sized glass of moscato on the side.

                                                                                                                            Mom is on the other side of the country, so sunday will be a phone call and when she visits in a few weeks i made reservations at Kefi for brunching.

                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                            1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                              Love!!!! I wish I was your houseguest :)

                                                                                                                              1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                Those spiced nuts sound great. You might also like the famous Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts. Very easy to make and addictive. I believe I have posted the recipe here in the past.

                                                                                                                                1. Delightful dinner company this evening. Young athlete and resident Egyptian both AWOL, so just us geezers.

                                                                                                                                  Rainy day freezer scrounge, but with a nice Pomerol to liven things up. Duck, duck liver & bacon ravioli with a cognac porcini cream sauce followed by rack of lamb Dijonaisse with Cotes du Rhone demi & a nuclear tater tot stuffed with fontina. Dessert ( not out of the freezer) was a tour de force courtesy of Roxlet -- almond tuile with caramel mousse & caramel drizzle.

                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                  1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                    Long live the nuclear tot!

                                                                                                                                    And I already told her elsewhere, but nice job on dessert roxlet!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                      Got a few extra tots that will make a return appearance tonite for the athlete & Egyptian since they missed them last nite

                                                                                                                                      1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                        To say nothing of the dessert!

                                                                                                                                    2. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                      Why do i think your freezer doesn't have as many batteries and half used knobs of ginger as mine does.......?

                                                                                                                                    3. I froze a big batch of smoked jalapeño last weekend so decided to use one tonight as inspiration. I made a spicy soup of mayacoba beans, smoked jalapeño, carrot and onions in a tomato chicken broth, finished with a tablespoon of angostura bitters...BAM! Plated ("bowled") with a dollop of cream, shaved parm and big garlic croutons. I gotta say....the sweet carrot, savory broth and herby bitters was phenomenal. I *need* to use more bitters in my cooking. Seriously.

                                                                                                                                      Drinks were beergaritas, natch :)

                                                                                                                                      1. Tonight was my not quite pad Thai with tofu. Flavor, good, but the shelf stable silken tofu browned up very nicely, but didn't have the meaty structure Mr Autumn wanted. Sesame seeds just aren't crushed peanuts flavor wise, and I don't know of a safer, nut free sub. Darn you allergies!

                                                                                                                                        Tomorrow hopefully will be slow grilled/smoked chicken, and a request for grilled burgers is also in the q.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: autumm

                                                                                                                                          WFD tonight was ham steak, broccoli and yellow mashers. Simples, for the little niecey thing.

                                                                                                                                          WFD tomorrow should be interesting. We're taking the 'rents to a local fine dining establishment that's been around for ages but that we've never tried. This will be Mum's Day forward but should be tasty to boot.

                                                                                                                                        2. My 8 yr old daughter will be cooking under supervision of my husband. She can handle a knife well, and knows how to use a stove since we cook together nightly. Trying to think of something easy for her to make me. Any thoughts? She keeps asking for requests.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: mama2ama

                                                                                                                                            Some sort of pasta dish would be fun. She could dice garlic and onions and the dish could involve multiple components including sauce making and pasta boiling. Perhaps she'd enjoy making and dressing a salad for the side.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: mama2ama

                                                                                                                                              My son likes to make meatballs. I think it the hands on aspect. He also likes to kneed bread for the same reasons.

                                                                                                                                              agree with Fldhky too. Pasta is fun and easy. Home made mac n cheese, lasagna, bolognese.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: mama2ama

                                                                                                                                                A salad of some sort? Maybe a chef's salad with hard boiled eggs, meats and cheeses?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: mama2ama

                                                                                                                                                  I used to make meatballs with my kids- we baked them so the thrill was in the rolling. Either porcupines or Italian with sauce and pasta.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mama2ama

                                                                                                                                                    mama, i'd push it now and challenge her with a fricassee or this chicken provencal (actually pretty easy):

                                                                                                                                                    https://www.inkling.com/read/professi...

                                                                                                                                                    I think an 8 year old can handle it.

                                                                                                                                                  2. I'm trying a Serious Eats method for pork belly tonight - sous vide for 8 hours, then broil to crisp. I just rubbed the belly with a mixture of Sriracha, maple syrup, cider vinegar and soy sauce, and put it in the water bath at 178 degrees. I'll be serving it alongside cold sesame-peanut noodles - not sure yet if I want to stick with my regular recipe or try out the David Lebovitz one with black tea that was getting a lot of love on a previous WFD thread. Either way, YUM!!!!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                      That sounds incredible. Not to mention very, very edible.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                        It really, really was. The pork came out incredibly tender and the fat (which can sometimes be a little much for me) has a great texture once it's crisped. Here's a pic!

                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                          Oh, and btw, the David Lebovitz peanut sauce is EXCELLENT. http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/01/... I made half the recipe, with a couple of changes - I subbed 7oz of peanut butter for the peanuts and left out the peanut oil entirely, left out the Sichuan peppercorns and used two small jalapenos for the "chile" component. Oh, and lime juice, not lemon (he calls for either). I also ended up adding quite a bit of water to the finished product, because it was too thick once the noodles cooled off (I served the dish cold but the sauce would have been fine as written if served hot).

                                                                                                                                                          Lebovitz states that the full recipe is enough for a pound of noodles but I found that half the recipe was more than enough for a pound of noodles and a fair amount of vegetables (I threw in a shredded carrot, a julienned red pepper, a handful of chopped scallions and lots of cilantro). The black tea and the fish sauce added lots of complexity. I think it may replace my standard peanut-sesame sauce (a riff on one from the NY Times), even though it's a little more work. SO GOOD!

                                                                                                                                                      2. Thursday we had skewers of pork shoulder chunks, whole mushrooms, and zucchini chunks marinated overnight in a Korean soy bean paste marinade and stovetop grilled: http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/maekjeok

                                                                                                                                                        I ate mine with gochujang. The recipe was delicious but needed a smidge of salt. My DH made everything and used scallions instead of onions in the marinade. Quite tasty.

                                                                                                                                                        Last night was dinner out. Tonight we're hosting our neighbors for dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                          Whatcha makin' for your lucky neighbors?

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                            "Springy Italian" is the theme...sorta:

                                                                                                                                                            We'll have a cocktail to start (gin, Campari, Punt e Mes bitter vermouth, and Aranciata soda with an orange round)

                                                                                                                                                            Then prosecco, prosciutto and melon, and two kinds of crostini (fava-pea-walnut topped with shaved Parm. Regg. and homemade ricotta with baby zuke rounds and Meyer lemon olive oil, flaky salt)

                                                                                                                                                            For the main, papardelle bolognese and grilled asparagus and baby zukes (I think I'll marinate them in lemon and garlic). A bottle of Valpolicella to go with.

                                                                                                                                                            Dessert is this strawberry-pistachio semifreddo from Martha Stewart: http://www.marthastewart.com/978987/s...

                                                                                                                                                            Bolognese isn't super springy, but I have so much leftover from my last batch in the freezer, so we're going with it.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                              Ooh! We are on the same astral-plane! I am making bolognese today for the freezer stash...and was trying to think up a good cocktail using Aranciata soda!

                                                                                                                                                              Can you give me some ratio's for your cocktail? It sounds great :)

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sedimental

                                                                                                                                                                Sure!

                                                                                                                                                                1 oz. gin (I have Beefeater)
                                                                                                                                                                1 oz. sweet red vermouth (Preferably Punt e Mes, which is bitter)
                                                                                                                                                                1 oz. Campari

                                                                                                                                                                In a rocks glass with a few good chunks of ice, stir the gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari until chilled. Top up with Aranciata (Italian orange) soda and garnish with an orange wheel. Enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                                If that sounds too strong, you can reduce each liquor to 3/4 oz. instead.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                  Too strong? What's that ? Lol

                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks. I am making them right now...in the spirit of....it's 5 o' clock somewhere.... tradition!

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                  Good thing you've got the Aranciata to sweeten things up! Have you tried the blood orange aranciata? Also great!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                      Oh. MY. That entire meal sounds heavenly, Christina!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                        Slightly hungover this morning, but it was worth it. A very nice dinner in the end. Our friends brought a lovely platter of lomo iberico, pan con tomate, and Marcona almonds, which went nicely with the other food.

                                                                                                                                                                        Sorry for the photo overload, but I actually remembered to take them this time.

                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                          1. The temperature is not too bad today, but it's insanely humid and I'm in the mood for salad. Tonight will be a cobb salad with chicken breast, bacon, eggs and roxlet's Green Goddess dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                            btw roxlet, any idea how long it would last in the fridge? I probably asked this before but I was thinking of making a big batch for the week.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                              Is that home made green goddess, or the original? I've been buying the original lately. It seems more available lately and the kids like it.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rudeboy

                                                                                                                                                                                Ooh what's the the original? I'm not too familiar with it, it's homemade based on this recipe from roxlet http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7207.... I also have TJs bottled version with Tahini which I think is similar to Annie's bottle version.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                  Your's sounds much better, Here's the original Kraft ingredients. I think I need a home made version after reading this (Soylent Green?):

                                                                                                                                                                                  Soybean Oil, Water, Vinegar, Sugar, Dried Sour Cream (Cream, Cultured Skim Milk, Culture), Salt, Contains Less Than 2% Of Garlic, Xanthan Gum, Natural Flavor, Onion Juice, Spice, Polysorbate 60, Sorbic Acid And Calcium Disodium EDTA As Preservatives, Mustard Flour, Yellow 5, Blue 1

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rudeboy

                                                                                                                                                                                    I highly recommend roxlet's recipe...it's soooo good without any of that other stuff...

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: rudeboy

                                                                                                                                                                                      Annie's organics is the best store bought i've tried-and no weird ingredients

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                  I've eaten it up to a week after it was made. It will separate a bit, but just stir it around. Keep it in the back of the fridge where it's super cold.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                    Just a note that this delicious dressing gets a tad "fishier" and more pungent with the garlic as it ages. It's still good, but I prefer freshly made.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                      I've never really noticed that, but since we no longer really use a recipe, maybe we're using less garlic. You could try that...

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Happy Mother's Day to all of the Moms here. You have the most important job in the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                    My SO's Mom is out of town on vacation and my Mom lives on the other side of the country so unfortunately we will not be able to spend the day with them. I will call my Mom and I sent her a Birds of Paradise flower arrangement and a gift certificate to her favorite day spa.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dinner is Julia Child's Beef Bourguignon. If we make it to the bakery in time, we will pick up some cannoli for dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                      Delicious. I've never made Beef Bourguignon, need to remedy that soon! Enjoy dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                        Definitely try it. It is very easy to make and I think if you excluded the flour it might meet your criteria for being low carb. And it has mushrooms. I know you like your mushrooms.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                          Indeed, it always seemed like the perfect meal. I have a few lower carb flour substitutes for thickening which would probably work well.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                            You can also reduce down the sauce quite a bit to thicken it, and add cold cubes of butter at the end.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you Fowler. I do not think my job of being a Mom is "the most important job in the world". It is not like I am doing brain surgery or something to save lives. It is a tough job though and in my case the pay really, really stinks. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                        I love Beef Bourguignon. Good choice. And nice gifts for your Mom.

                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Hi all... busy busy week here. Let's see...

                                                                                                                                                                                        Wednesday night I actually cooked a real meal... tried out Pioneer Woman's "salisbury steak" meatballs (http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/20... )... I figured it would be right up SO's alley and I was right. I thought the meatballs were a bit too mustardy, and I love mustard.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Thursday night was a take and bake pizza from Costco... our appraisal was Friday so I had to get the house all clean again, no time to cook.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Last night we were celebrating SO's bonus at work, so off to the bar we went haha (any excuse to go to the bar, eh?). Since he was paying, I had TWO cocktails instead of one. Gettin' wild and crazy.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight we're headed to a BBQ at a friend's house, my contribution is pasta/macaroni salad...pretty traditional one with smoked kielbasa and red bell pepper diced up, sauce made from mayo, red wine vinegar etc, and mixing it up by adding in some BBQ sauce. Hopefully it's good!

                                                                                                                                                                                        I need to get crackin' on packing (or packin'?)... we are moving in 2 weeks and I've packed exactly 4 boxes.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh and mom lives out of state so no big Mother's Day plans... card went out in the mail earlier in the week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the link Julie. Those meatballs look delicious. And the pasta salad sounds good. I am going to try the bbq sauce trick sometime. Maybe tonight to go with some chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                            Everything sounds wonderful. I've thought about trying PW's version because it is a meatball, but I just love Thibeault's Salisbury Steak recipe. http://www.thibeaultstable.com/2009/0... I'm thinking of trying this recipe as a meatball.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                              Throw out what you can throw out, juliejulez. Now's the time. Believe me. BTDT just barely 3 years ago. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                              Enjoy the BBQ tonight!

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. My just got home a while ago after shopping at the local farmers' market. She bought 4 racks of the BBQ baby back ribs. We will have a very small family gathering.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Back bacon BLT's tonight, possibly with avocado or other goodies (to make up for the fact that I only have half a tomato). Nothing fancy, but one of my favourite working-late dinners, since it's fast, easy, tasty and not too heavy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Love, love, love some BLAT[s. Gotta get those on my menu!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've used roasted red peppers when I was low on tomatoes or they were just bad. A different twist

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Spent all day yesterday building frames in the garage for the large-scale paintings I've been doing. Cut the wood, sanded, painted, and screwed them together. They look fantastic--like I bought them from a high end store--and they're sturdy as hell and I saved a ton of $$ DIYing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dinner was the ultimate in laziness and hedonism. Ate Kraft mac'n'cheese out of the blue box with some green beans tossed in towards the end of boiling the water. Had a slice of garlic bread on the side. Saved 1/2 for the bf in case he wanted to partake in this gourmet offering, and ended up eating the rest of it (which was fine because he was working late and snuck off to eat McDonald's anyway--yes, he tries to hide it from me).

                                                                                                                                                                                                      WFD tonight will be a vegetarian galette for the DOTM thread. I have a pint of organic and perfectly ripe teardrop tomatoes on the counter and some other veggies in the fridge. Will be trying the Martha Rose Shulman yeasted pie dough recipe Caitlin shared with me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I also have 3498348 apples on the counter which need to be used, so perhaps I'll get a theme going and do an apple galette for dessert. Pie crust overload, anyone?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Here in the UK, Mother's Day was back in March and Father's Day isnt till next month. And there's no Uncles's Day so I'm not expecting anyone to be taking me out anytime soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dinner at Harters Hall is a prime example of the modern day hunter/gatherer in action. By which I mean, we've been away for a couple of nights (gardening show, followed by Shakespeare play at Stratford upon Avon) and, with a couple of exceptions, have bought the various aspects of dinner from farm shops that we came across.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        So, to start - asparagus, melted butter, Halen Mon sea salt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        To follow - lamb leg steaks, Jersey Royal spuds (tossed in mint), carrots, peas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        To continue: Cotwold Blue cheese

                                                                                                                                                                                                        To finish - strawberries (first of the English we've seen - must be grown under glass) & ice cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lord help me - lamb, potatoes, peas, asparagus, and strawberries. My Favorite Things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters, are you familiar with Stichelton and Adrahan cheeses? I had the pleasure of trying these for the first time a couple days ago (there was also a cheddar from Scotland, but it wasn't as memorable).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'd only just posted so you hadnt missed it :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And apologies for perhaps seeming a tad tetchy. Final day of the football season and my team is currently top of the league. The winner is between us and Liverpool. If we win or draw our match today, we win the league. if we lose and Liverpool win their match, they win. If we both lose today, we win the league. 'Tis tense stuff - edge of seat and nail biting stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      With 40 minutes left to play, we lead West Ham by two goals. 'Tis fingers crossed time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That WHU team does not look very aggressive or even talented. Do they always look like that or are they just off their game today?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          John, Is "West Ham by two" a different kind of pork, that we do not know about over here? (of course keeping a food theme)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ahhh, I was talking with a British ex-pat employee (now an American citizen) at our company lunch on Friday about this very thing, Harters, and about how the overall points crown the winner. (I was telling her about a friend who's daughter plays for a soccer team called Manchester United (Manchester, NH). She was Nooooo! It's Man City all the way! LOL)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So far, so good! Fingers crossed for your team.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We win!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Final score of the league puts Man City on 86 points and Liverpool on 84.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Time to celebrate! Congratulations!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The score did not seem to reflect how bad that WHU team looked and how good your team played. Congrats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yay for you!! Congratulations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Woo Hoo!!! Congrats on the win for your team, Harters!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So, now that's the football over with for a few months, I can start thinking about the cricket. Now that is a game that's difficult to explain to foreigners.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You're telling me. When I was growing up in Chicago, my father made us play cricket instead of baseball. But since there were no cricket bats in the Midwest at that time, we had the awkward pleasure of trying to explain to the neighbor children what we were doing with shoeboxes tied to broomsticks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Maybe start here? http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Silly midoff was always my favourite position and googly my favourite bowl. Helps to have an ex-pat Brit as an SO.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cricket is a civilising influence on the world. There's something about an international match that goes on for four days and still ends in a draw. And one that stops for lunch and afternoon tea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Perhaps one of the rare successes from our time of empire.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Especially given how popular it is in many of the former colonies. The huge countries of India and Pakistan, but also British West Indian nations, some very tiny, such as Grenada.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Tonight is Swedish meatballs and potato salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Currently doing chowhound research on my new town, Tuscaloosa. No Whole Foods or Fresh Market, have to drive an hour to Birmingham to get that. Good farmers' markets, though, it appears, and of course the standard grocery store is Publix. All is not lost.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: speakhandsforme

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lot of good cooks in Alabama. Best cook I ever met is my friend from Montgomery :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Serendipity today. While helping out at the local Food Pantry this morning I met a woman who was making her family recipes for a meatball and spaghetti dinner at the church tonight and they do take out! She was also doing something with 3 pounds of butter for garlic bread. The cook is of Italian American heritage - we were trying not to drool over her sauce - and she reassured me there would be beef and sausage meatballs- no turkey. Plus the dinner benefits a teen trip to a Holocaust site in Europe this summer. Winner winner meatball dinner!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A+ for helping out at the food pantry. Enjoy the meatball dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Last night we were out picking up a few things for Mother's Day gifts and ended up near one of our favorite bars. Surprising. ;) We went in for a drink and happy hour snacks and stayed for dinner. I had a new cocktail, Delusion of Grandeur (gin, lillet blanc, coriander simple syrup, bitters) and it was delicious. DH had a Pliny. We shared and order of pulled pork dumplings. Dinner was another Pliny, a manhattan, a pulled chicken sandwich/fries for me and a pulled chicken quesadilla for DH.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight will be some carnitas tacos and the Kings game! GKG!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. For tonight's dinner, we are having baked salmon with shallots and melted butter. To go with that will be orzo with peas and pimentos and a side of green beans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For Mother's day, DH is getting out the BBQ for the first time since last fall. He is making me beer can chicken, bbq roasted baby red potatoes and grilled corn-on-the cob. I'll be in heaven. I just didn't want to fight the crowds at the restaurants, even though he tried to get me to go.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds like a wonderful Mother's Day dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Errands today. And the GOG (the Good Ol' Girl) hit a milestone on my second round of errands after 15 years, 19 days of us becoming a team. She's stuck by me through thick and thin, bumps and bruises, dings and dents, crumples and crunches. She takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Thanks, GOG. :::pat, pat, pat on the steering wheel:::

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DInner tonight is a couple of chicken thighs. I blended some Wegmans (free) olive oil and herb baste that I got last weekend, and added some additional dried thyme, rosemary, along with some minced garlic, Aleppo pepper, and lemon zest. it was poured over the chicken and into the convection oven to roast, basting on occasion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sides will be steamed broccoli and some leftover basmati rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There's wine. After all, I must toast the GOG on her accomplishment, right?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cheers to the Good Ol' Girl. That is quite an accomplishment. Mine has 70k to go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Congrats to you and the GOG! My car is closing on 15 years and almost 100,000 miles. I'll never know exactly because my odometer belongs to another car so the mileage couldn't be changed. There's a nice sticker on my door with the conversion to calculate my actual miles...livin' it up ghetto style in Baltimore, it's only appropriate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Free herb paste? I managed to get something free at Wegmans this week too. Perhaps they have a new business model.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mine turned 20 this year and has 130,000 on her. I have the old lady on the block.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fieldhawk, the free herb basting oil was one of two things they gave to me on my first visit after signing up for their store shopper's club membership card. Also got a free Wegmans Menu Magazine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My freebie was cheese paper which was sort of a steal. For some reason it didn't have a UPC on it so the manager just told the cashier to give it to me. They really promote that basting oil. I should try it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It was OK, fieldhawk. More of the oil comes out of the bottle, while I wanted more of the herbs, even after shaking up the bottle, the herbs settled back to the bottom of the bottle as I poured it out. So that's why I augmented with more dried herbs. To be honest, it could be "herbier" for my tastes. But since it was free, I won't complain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My other freebie was a Wegmans reusable bag. I already had two of their purple grape bags from several years ago (a friend had sent them to me); this one is much more colorful - a wooden box of Wegmans veggies. It was that or a Wegmans sushi bag. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your review is similar to the reviews I read online last night regarding the herbs settling at the bottom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My GOG just broke down for her first time ever. Got her back yesterday, thank goodness. I was having separation anxiety in my rental car. Yours is ahead of mine though, here's to many more!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Your dinner sounds lovely btw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Late lunch, early dinner. Call it what you will.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I let the second-floor renovation plans go dormant for over a year. The first-floor stuff took several years and the results are quite nice. However, my tolerance for day-to-day disruption was exceeded and I dragged my feet. Enough of that bullshit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Deb and I spent the better part of the afternoon going over designs, discussing particulars with a pro and, generally, resuscitating the project.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Late lunch was at Tarry Lodge, a Batali/Bastianich restaurant in Port Chester, New York. Michael was manning the bar and built me a classic Bellini. Deb and I shared prosciutto San Daniele. A pizza Margherita was next up. Beer for me (Moretti draft) and a Pinot Grigio for Deb. It's always a pleasure to see Michael running the show.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We'll be noodling plans with the designer next weekend so late lunch at Tarry is in our future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Happy Mothers' Day!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We'll have to meet you at Tarry one of these days!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There was a gentleman from Calabria sitting next to us at the white marble bar. He also lived in Napoli. We chatted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tarry has its moments.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. James is at the grill again. Love when he cooks and I put my feet up (mostly) and enjoy a nice cocktail. Grilled chicken thighs with a secret concoction that James does. Who cares what it is, it's good. Just hope he never dumps me or stops making it. I am in charge of salt crusted potatoes and a pasta salad inspired by juliejulez w/ bbq sauce in the dressing along with red pepper, shredded carrot, celery, sugar snap peas and a bit of mayo, sour cream and ranch seasoning mix. Pretty good and very simple. Now on to that cocktail... La Croix and vodka are calling my name.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last night was just one of those nights. James burned the hell out of the chicken skin(my guess is too many beers) and my salt crusted potatoes were a miss. Not enough salt in the water resulted in not a thick salt crust. And to boot, my drying rack is MIA since James started on the laundry room(not finished, don't ask) so I had to dry the potatoes on my bamboo steamer. It worked but it wasn't the crust I wanted and I just ended up with a salty stove from the spatter. Bummer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Razzem-frazzem. Hate when that happens. Well, thanks to humans being hungry on a regular basis, you get to try again tonight, suzigirl. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I pulled my DOTM galette from the oven. I tried the yeasted dough as mentioned, don't know if I let it proof too long or what but it looks more like a pizza crust than a pie dough.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No matter, it's delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    First a layer of shredded white cheeses and julienned basil. Thinly sliced zucchini were "marinated" in olive oil, garlic, pepper, and RW vinegar. Those perfect tomatoes were slow roasted for 2 hours with EVOO, salt, a pinch of sugar, and some herbs. The dough was risen, stretched, and spread with the fillings, then topped with some grated parm and cracked pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Smells like pizza. Looks like pizza. Tastes like pizza. So I guess WFD was pizza.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, that looks beautiful and has my favorite flavors in it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, nice job! And great to see that you seem to be able to eat quite a variety of things these days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Thanks LW. I'm celebrating Mother's Day by sending the three year old and the bloke out for the day and luxuriating in peace and quiet. I decided to avoid the madness of a brunch out and we had last night's cold (home made) pizza for breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To carry on with the theme of having meals in the wrong order today, dinner will be Ful medames. It's an Egyptian fava bean dish normally eaten for breakfast. It's warm, gloopy and hearty with lots of lemon juice and ground cumin to liven it up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I was busy in the kitchen, cooking "for the freezer" today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dinner was ham and cheese strata (some orange and yellow peppers in there too), chopped salad and green goddess dressing (thanks for the inspiration, hounds).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Drinks were elderflower syrup and seltzer with gin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Caesar salad followed by sous vide swordfish with an olive, lemon & caper compote & a nuclear tater tot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. quiet rainy night and a chance to work on some artichokes - I have eaten these things my whole life but only tried to make them (not from a jar) once before - I remain mystified. This may require its own "help" thread when I have my thoughts together - right now they are stuffed with a sardine, romano and olive mix and smell wonderful in the oven but I really made a mess of them, thankfully it was a "practice round"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well that was alot of work and they did not come out looking like the perfect crumb crusted flowers shown in recipes but they tasted pretty good. Now i know why stuffed chokes are special occasion food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. late lunch/early dinner was at my sister's, one of our standards - sashimi! we buy the fish fresh in small block form, some uni, too, other accoutrements, and then my sister makes steamed rice and slices up the fish - she's the one with the knife skills. a nice bottle of sake was chilled and cracked, too. light yet very satisfying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Damn that plate of shiffies (as my little niece used to call fish) looks fine, mc, even though I am stuffed from our Mum-celebratin' dinner tonight. Just banged out a quick writeup if anyone is interested: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9730... Really wish we hadn't waited so long to try this place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      thanks grayelf! and nice write-up! glad you mom was well-feted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Cheese & onion pie (farmers market purchase, sleeping peacefully in the freezer since then).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cabbage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Carrots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Now, if only I find something for dessert beginning with "C", I'll be on track.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cookies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cheesecake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cannoli
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chocolate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Or all of the above...!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The dessert involved "C" for cream. As in icecream (Green & Black's organic vanilla). It went very nicely with some roasted rhubarb.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Happy Mother's Day to all!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's Take's 1st Birthday and he's ready to party...or at least I am!! He's wandering around a little more and is loving his new window seat (now he doesn't have to curl up on the window sill to fit, it didn't look too comfortable). And, I woke up to a dead cricket in the bathroom....I guess he gave up on eating them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A giant chuck eye steak is enjoying a nice dry brine in the fridge and will be seared in ghee, finished with Truffle butter, and served alongside paprika-lemon-herb shrimp and creamed spinach. Go big or go home!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Glad to hear Take's doing better. As good a mother's day gift as any :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That hat is too funny! Happy Birthday Take and Happy Mother's Day Field Hockey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks. He haaateess that hat! After a quick photo op, I decided not to torture him with it anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                All pets need to wear pointy hats on their birthdays! Happy Birthday, Take, and Happy Mother's Day!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Love the picture of Take with his birthday hat on! A very happy birthday to him, and Happy Kitty Mom's Day to you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Awww. He looks so cute. Happy Mother's Day and happy birthday to Take. Now if you wake up to a hairball in your favorite shoes I want you to refer back to this picture to remind you of why. ;-)