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May 12, 2014 01:01 PM

What's for Dinner #298 - Spring Fever Edition [through May 15, 2014]

There's something about the spring. For me, spring fever means that all the pollen in the air makes it hard for me to stay awake in the afternoon. I know it has a different meaning for other people.

Our visiting Egyptian is going to be out tonight, so that means getting the delicious cheese sausage from Arthur Avenue out of the freezer and onto the grill for dinner. With that will be peppers and onions, natch!

What does spring fever mean to you?

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  1. Spring Fever =

    1. Baseball. :-)

    2. Throwing open the windows in the house and airing out all of the stale winter air. And, of course, letting in the pollen.

    3. Cats sitting in window sills. :-)

    Tonight I'll be going out - but just for a drink at the company thingie. There is leftover chicken and steak at home, so one of those will probably be my dinner whenever I hobble home.

    5 Replies
    1. re: LindaWhit

      Cats in the window sills says it all.

      Edited to add: purging winter is a good thing.

      1. re: LindaWhit

        OK, the Thermacare wrap, a small handful of Advil in the afternoon and a rather large glass of wine out on their deck at Jaime's Restaurant this evening seems to have helped. A LOT.

        I'm moving much more easily. The strain to just get out of a chair is much easier. So another Thermacare will be worn overnight, and more Advil (instead of Aleve) and I'm hoping I'll be close to normal. As normal as I can be.

        It was a beautiful evening out on the deck. They have some wonderful homemade potato chips with a chipotle mayo dip, so I had that and a half a stuffed potato. (Lots of potatoes tonight!). Glad I went.

        1. re: LindaWhit

          Glad your back is feeling better. I have compression fractures from a car accident and I wish I had some advice other than time and anti-inflammatories.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Good to hear it has improved. Sore anything just sucks. But, good ol' Advil rarely lets a person down. Hope a good night's sleep helps even more :)

          2. Spring fever in our house is generally characterized by an increase in both mental and physical activity.

            Unlike the bleak months when we run from the nasties, spring is something Deb and I run toward: Resuscitating the garden, fixing up the house, picking up on projects we abandoned are the simple things we embrace.

            Linda's mention of cats on the window sills works for me.

            Buffalo wings tonight, baseball on the plasma. Plenty of beer, plenty of wine.

            4 Replies
            1. re: steve h.

              Change of plans.

              Deb's tummy is grumbling a bit so Buffalo Wings have been ditched for some modest steak sandwiches. Hanger steak is the leftover protein of choice so it's all good. Arnold Country White Bread will be lightly toasted and buttered (sweet butter). Tomato and onion slices will be on the side, chips, too.

              1. re: steve h.

                a steak sandwich sounds really yummy right now....

            2. Spring fever means getting into the garden, the smell of leaf humus, flip flops and chipmunk hunting.

              Dinner tonight will be some sort of tofu, ginger, soba noodle mix up. After last night's thoroughly wretched affair, it can't be any worse!

              1. Linda's number 2 is a big one for me, that and eating alfresco.

                Tonight's dinner is nibbles at SIL. We are doing a taste test of elderberry liqueur. St Germaine vs St Elder. I posted about it in the linked thread and will report the findings. At $16 a bottle vs St Germaine's $37 it would great if we love it!

                10 Replies
                1. re: foodieX2

                  Can't wait to hear your results. I love St. Germain but it is $$$$$$$$$$$$.

                    1. re: mariacarmen

                      I updated the other thread with report but overall St Elder wins!

                      1. re: foodieX2

                        oh good to know, thanks! i'll go check it out.

                        1. re: foodieX2

                          oh, but sad - it's not distributed nationwide? I googled and didn't find it here...

                          1. re: mariacarmen

                            Oh, I don't know! Want me to mail you a bottle? :)

                            1. re: foodieX2

                              aw, you're so sweet! no that's ok. all you right-coasters go out and buy a bunch, so maybe eventually they'll start selling here too! thanks for the kind offer tho...

                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                Can't hurt to ask at your local alki store to see if they'd order it for you. :-)

                          2. re: foodieX2

                            Great to know. I'll have to see if I can get my hands on some!

                      2. Ooh, the cheese sausage sounds divine. Spring fever to me is a little different. First, it's Benadryl. But that's easy enough. Then, it's time to slam shut those windows and doors to turn on the AC. I do my airing out in the fall or sometimes at night to get rid the smell of sun baked dog dwelling. I like the sound of cats on the sill. Much more idyllic :)
                        I found a recipe for tonight's jambalaya to use:
                        I've never made it before, and it seems, hmmm, easy? I feel like it should be harder than that somehow. Anyone who's made it, please give it a peek and let me know what you think!

                        6 Replies
                        1. re: alliegator

                          "Sun-baked dog dwelling". :D

                          And allie, it's Brennans. Can't go wrong there.

                          1. re: alliegator

                            Sounds very much like a recipe I make from an old restaurant here. Sometimes I add a pound of shrimp to it also. It will be delicious!

                            1. re: alliegator

                              Recipe looks pretty good. Maybe a tad more seasoning?
                              Here are some I have saved:



                              The Worcestershire sauce seems like a must. And me? I'd add shrimp.

                              1. re: ChristinaMason

                                I had planned to toss in some shrimpies. More spice will probably be good. About to start in a few minutes and dish this puppy up for the out west time start of DWTS ;)

                              2. re: alliegator

                                It was quite good. The pic I took was through a smeared phone lens, so I'll skip that. I went heavier on the cayenne and black pepper, but otherwise stayed on recipe. It's a keeper!

                                1. re: alliegator

                                  I love Jambalaya. How did that recipe turn out?