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What's for Dinner #300! The Milestone Edition! [through May 22, 2014]

Hard to believe that this discussion has reache 300! That represents a lot of meals, and many interesting discussions. Thanks to everyone who keeps the discussion so interesting, inspiring, and hunger- inducing!

What's for dinner in your house?

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  1. I had a whopper from BK. Seriously. No ketchup, light on the mayo, add mustard, double onions, cut in half.

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    1. re: rudeboy

      I have to admit (~hangs head in shame~) I will occasionally eat a Whopper Jr - Xtra Pickles, tomatoes, cheese! So juicy and drippy and good. OK - flog me now - but it is one of my guilty pleasures.

      1. re: boyzoma

        The whopper Jr. is such a great snack!

        1. re: rudeboy

          I will admit to the occasional whopper Jr when running errands on weekends and suddenly realize I need to eat something NOW! pretty satisfying for a quick fix - I wish they were still a $ though

    2. Pretty warm weather here, so grilled cheeseburgers it was for dinner. My propane ran out about 1/4 way through cooking, but SO came to the rescue, we still have the tanks for our camper here at the house since we haven't taken the camper out of storage yet. Side was sunchips. Real difficult dinner.

      1. Kale chips followed by a plate of liver and onions was my solo dinner last night. A rare treat as nobody seems to like liver except me. No flavourings except S&P and a good splash of red wine vinegar.

        Tonight we're having soup. It's a river cafe recipe we make often - borlotti bean and cavolo nero. I'm feeling particularly smug about it tonight. The cavolo nero and the celery are from my little garden, it's such a thrill to step out of my front door and pick dinner ingredients.

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        1. re: Frizzle

          "it's such a thrill to step out of my front door and pick dinner ingredients."

          That's the best!

          1. re: Frizzle

            Oh my god I love liver. Must make soon.

            1. re: gini

              Attempted liver for the first time last week. Could stomach tasting it after the smell it had out of the package and while cooking.

              Husband tried several bites and gave up.

              I think I will stick to chicken livers and mousses/pates

              1. re: melpy

                Interesting. To me, fresh liver doesn't really smell like much, save for perhaps a little iron-y. But I'm a liver lover, so it's probly bias....

                1. re: melpy

                  I've tried liver 3 times now. I just can't do it, wish I could.

                  1. re: melpy

                    My mother always soaked it in milk for a while before cooking it. It definitely helps.

                    1. re: Berheenia

                      Not overcooking it is *the* most important thing. It should be med-rare.

                      1. re: linguafood

                        It's the texture, just can't get into it. Oh, and the metallic smell/taste. It reminds me too much of specimens I've had the pleasure to cut on a grossing table.

                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                          Ha! Yeah, I could see how that would spoil one's taste for any number of innards :-D

                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                            that's what the milk soak is for- gets rid of the urine taste. gross but it works

                            1. re: Berheenia

                              Urine taste in liver???? I've never even heard of that. Some people claim kidneys taste like urine (which would make a hell of a lot more sense), though I cannot say I have ever experienced that. Love both, with a pref for calf or lamb. And chicken/duck/goose (for liver).

                              1. re: linguafood

                                Oops- she said that about kidneys not liver! But she soaked them both in milk. Lamb kidneys on toast is a breakfast I've never been able to sell to any living family member. Too bad- they were good.

                                1. re: Berheenia

                                  I don't think I could manage kidneys on toast for breakfast, although it was relatively common in Victorian middle class households.

                                  That said, kidneys on toast, with a mustard cream sauce, make for a delicious dinner starter.

                        2. re: Berheenia

                          yes, always soak it in milk, and not overcooking. but some just never have a taste for it. my sister says it always tastes too "bloody" for her.

                        3. re: melpy

                          I much prefer chicken livers to beef as an adult. (I liked beef liver as a child. It was probably just the carnivore in me pleased to see meat ;)

                        4. re: gini

                          Another liver lover here. Pig's liver for terrines. Calves liver "alla Veneziana". Good old fashioned lamb's liver, with mashed potato and onion gravy.

                          1. re: Harters

                            I have loved calves liver since childhood. Onions, bacon, liver sauteed till almost past inner pink color but still noticeable, the way my mother cooked it.

                            1. re: Gio

                              Oh yes..calves liver, onions and bacon, and a spash of ketchup in the pan near the end of cooking...
                              Maybe some mashed potatoes along side...

                        5. re: Frizzle

                          Love the liver. Both meals sound great.

                          1. re: Frizzle

                            liver lover here too... now that my dad's gone, tho, no one to share with! wah.

                            1. re: Frizzle

                              Deep-fried chicken livers, yes please. Chicken livers at all, really.

                            2. My dinner was ok. Experimented with a parchment wrapped baked sea bass. Zucchini, sweet onion, green beans and thinly sliced lemon with the bass on top. Since the Gentleman's Relish is basically a compound butter I spread some over the fish and topped with more thinly sliced lemon.

                              I was conservative with the G.R. since it is so flavorful. Didn't really shine in this application - could be I just didn't use enough. Plus the bass had so many little scales (I washed it and couldn't feel or see them). Let's just say I was quite glad to be dining solo...

                              Fortunately there was cake!

                              1. Yesterday (Sunday), we worked in the garden for a couple hours and was going to get takeout but neither of us felt like going to pick it up. So it was leftovers. Dinner tonight for the DF was pan seared ham steak with a brown sugar glaze, parmesan egg noodles and peas (which seem to be his favorite veg these days).

                                1. Was still laid up on the couch today. Not able to get groceries, and the bf forgot. I told him to just relax, but he insisted on scrubbing the shower/tub for me. What a sweetie.

                                  So I threw dinner together for him with what we had on hand. A giant twice-baked potato seasoned and stuffed with sour cream, ham, and a cheese blend. Big salad on the side--greens, red and green peppers, carrots, tomatoes, and olives. I got all wild and added honey to the vinaigrette and he loved it.

                                  For reference, that is a 10" mixing bowl. That tater was HUGE.

                                  ETA: It's a 12" mixing bowl. Again, that tater was huge.

                                   
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                                  1. re: nothingswrong

                                    Oh man, I wish my better half liked baked potatoes. I would love one of these right now!

                                    1. re: gini

                                      They were really good! I had half of the other half late last night and it tasted like it was fried. A good oven roasting makes 'taters taste so good.

                                    2. re: nothingswrong

                                      Man, that is one big ass baker. I WISH I COULD FACE PLANT INTO THAT SALAD!!!!!! I love that I can still have spinach and that I braved it raw to discover a replacement for lettuce. And a big thumbs up for you making the sweet bathtub scrubber (how sweet) dinner when you still feel crappy.

                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                        Don't get me started on the salads. Ever since he's been on this diet, I make him at least one big salad a day. I thoroughly enjoy getting to sniff it while I'm chopping, though it oddly makes me very thirsty.

                                        The other day, I was brought to tears by the smell of (of all things) a KIWI! A very ripe and gorgeous smelling kiwi. I hadn't even touched one in like 5 or 6 years and it just killed me. I loved those suckers.

                                        1. re: nothingswrong

                                          I have been lucky that James has embraced the spinach salad that I can eat and I get a real treat. Hopefully spinach and I stay friends.
                                          I feel your frustration about prepping things the man can have and we can just smell. Why is it I can eat hot sauce but a beet brings me to my knees? GP sucks.

                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                            Isn't it funny? I put Cholula on everything. People find it really strange. But if you gave me a "real" sauce that was spicy (like enchilada sauce, or a curry), I'd be sick as a dog with a few bites.

                                            I can eat Cheetos but not sunflower seeds.

                                            I can eat (homemade) cookies, cakes, and pastries, but not a piece of chicken.

                                            I call this the anti-healthy diet. The more processed the food, the easier to stomach. It's a total 180 from how I ate before. Food as medicine does not apply here.

                                        1. re: nothingswrong

                                          Beautiful salad!

                                          Halved par-baked (is that a word?!) poblano stuffed with stewed chicken/onion/tomato/corn mixture, topped with jack.

                                        2. Meatball sandwiches on toasted buttered hamburger rolls and some tortilla crunchies leftover from the costco taco salad we got last week. Made my very first strawberry pie tonight because I wanted to use up some tjs frozen pie crust I had since the fall. Very yummy!

                                          1. Hallo aus Berlin! Just checking in briefly -- I've been trying to keep up with all of your delightful dinners when possible... but let's face it: I'm just not spending a lot of time online with the city at my feet, nor am I doing a helluvalot of cooking '-)

                                            My mom left yesterday after an extended weekend visit, during which we had most dinners out (the Japanese place I posted about, which was a-ok but nothing special), the German wine bar (fantastic -- the blood sausage in particular, but the tartare was mighty fine, too: must go back to that one!), and a surprisingly good Italian dinner followed by karaoke with a few friends. We also had our feet gnawed at by fish (www.fussfetifisch.com), and saw a fantastic show by these talented kids: www.lakestreetdive.com.

                                            The temps have FINALLY reached appropriate numbers, so the next few days will see me scootin' around on my sweet lil' Vespa, checking out vintage stores for stage outfits and other sundry things.

                                            My man is near Stockholm for the week to do research for his new book about the UFO phenomenon in the world's largest archive for this silliness, and spending too much money on beer, is my guess.

                                            I look forward to his return on Friday. It's not the same without him.

                                            Auf Wiedersehen for now!

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                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                It is. If it weren't for a slight summer cold (WTFF??!!), everything would be perfectomundo.

                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                  Ach. My son just caught that same cold, and is staying home from school today -- one day he didn't want to since it's his last week of high school. Rowing in cold weather and rain, and standing around for hours in wet clothing this past Friday couldn't have helped, as did staying out until 3AM on Saturday, and back crewing again yesterday. Fortunately, that's done.

                                              2. re: linguafood

                                                Fish feet! Did it tickle? LOL

                                                Enjoy the Vespa scooting.

                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                  Oh, hellz yeah did it tickle. But you kinda get used to it after a while, with the occasional more "intense" nibble.

                                                  When you close your eyes, it basically feels like your feet are in a whirlpool. It's odd, but fun, and I'll def try to convince a few of my GFs to come along with me next time!

                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                    That's my version of hell. I'm insanely phobic of fish touching me. If I were in a boat that sunk I wouldn't have to worry about drowning because I'd have a heart attack first.

                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                      I would LOVE to do that. I wonder if they have that here? will have to google.

                                                    2. re: LindaWhit

                                                      I've seen these fish thingies in Tenerife. Never fancied them - it's not as though you're putting your feet into fresh water and heaven knows who else has been in there.

                                                      1. re: Harters

                                                        Actually, it's replenished/refreshed all the time, since they're used to living in streaming waters. The fish also require a reset time of an hour after each 'feeding.'

                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                          But... what is it supposed to do for your feet? I mean... who benefits from this relaxation therapy? You or the fish?

                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                            It's a pedicure of sorts. The fish feed on your dead skin cells.

                                                            That's about as far as I will stray from the whole WFD idea..... unless some of the new posters are fish, of course '-D

                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                              Thanks. I think I'll refrain from responding to this, LF, if you don't mind. LOL...

                                                            2. re: linguafood

                                                              >rest time, not reset, tho I suppose that would work in the context.

                                                        2. re: linguafood

                                                          So glad the weather finally came around for you! Sounds like a most excellent time, happy eating and shopping :)

                                                          1. re: alliegator

                                                            No luck on any dresses, but a brilliant day to bop around stores. Now off to a beer garden for some..... sustenance '-)

                                                          2. re: linguafood

                                                            aw, you didn't want to join the man in Stockholm?

                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                              Nah. He's busy in the archive all day, and the booze is too expensive. Plus, we're spending little 'nuff time in Berlin to begin with.

                                                            2. re: linguafood

                                                              We have some of those feet fish tanks in the USA but most have been shutdown for health/sanitary reasons.

                                                              1. re: JanineL

                                                                As I said above, the water is refreshed constantly; they serve very few clients a day (who have to wash their feet before they get to put them in the tanks) by appointment only, so I'm not particularly worried.

                                                                I do realize that people in the US are particularly freaked out by sanitary/hygiene issues.

                                                              2. re: linguafood

                                                                We had the fishies here for a bit but I never got to partake before the health dept shut it down. I hope it was cool. Have fun jettin' on your Vespa.

                                                              3. Back in the days of WFD #somethingintheteens, I'd never have thought it would be so long lasting - over four years. I see I started #20 (or XX as we called it in them far off days of yore) on 31/1/10.

                                                                There's something of a co-incidence. We had braised pheasant that chilly night. And, tonight, it's pheasant again - a brown gloop casserole from the freezer that's been lurking there for months.

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                                                                1. re: Harters

                                                                  Back then, I was living in Egypt and was a lurker!

                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                    Yup, I can't recall when I joined these threads, but it was early on. Unfortunately, most of the very early ones are lost to the Internet ozone.

                                                                    I will say I'm really glad we switched from Roman numerals to regular numbers. :-)

                                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                      Oh, I dunno Linda. Don't you think there's a "something" about CCC, that 300 just doesnt have?

                                                                      Looking back, you were there at #20, along with a number of other folk who also continue to share their meals on thread - Lingua, Gio, Christina, JungMann, to name a few.

                                                                      1. re: Harters

                                                                        CCC makes me think of the Cold War, lol!

                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                          See, Harters - I wouldn't have even known that CCC was 300. :-)

                                                                          And I did see myself on WFD #20; I just wish the previous ones weren't gone.

                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                              WFD #19 or XIX is the earliest still there.

                                                                              Cibum amo!

                                                                            2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                              Me too I was a lurker for two years...

                                                                          1. After a late work call it was 7:40 when I made it into my kitchen but I decided to go for it with the fried rice. I loosely follow the Five-Treasure Fried Rice from Fine Cooking but instead of a cup of veggies per cup of rice (or any leftover grain, I have used quinoa, farro, coarse bulgur) I use 1.5 cups. Asparagus, romaine, scallions, peas, Canadian bacon, egg. And lots of ginger. And the remainder of Sunday's night's steak (also pictured).

                                                                             
                                                                             
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                                                                            1. re: GretchenS

                                                                              BOTH dinners look amazing! Love the grill on the asparagus in Pic #2.

                                                                              1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                YUM! You cooked that steak perfectly.

                                                                              2. Tonight will be a shrimp "scampi" of sorts. Some white wine, garlic, lemon juice will be cooked/reduced, and the shrimp tossed in towards the end.

                                                                                Over some leftover basmati rice (I think there's a small container in the fridge; otherwise, I'll make more), with sauteed Swiss chard on the side.

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                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                  Curious about your use of the word "scampi". It's another I'd thought of as exclusively British. Dublin Bay Prawns in breadcrumbs or batter and deep-fried. Is it the same prep on your side of the pond or a different beastie altogether?

                                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                                    On this side of the pond it's usually shrimp in a butter, white wine, lemon, herb sauce.

                                                                                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scampi

                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                        Exactly. I'm going to use some store-bought fresh thyme minced and sprinkled on top (along with some of the parsley I just repotted).

                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                          I think you missed the most important ingredient -- at least to my knowledge: garlic.

                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                              Indeed, apologize for that oversight!

                                                                                        2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                          That sounds good LW. I wish, wish, wish I had not become allergic to shellfish! I used to love shrimp, that's what I miss most. :(

                                                                                          1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                            Ugh, Gretchen. I don't eat seafood as often as I should, but just LOVE scallops and shrimp. Would not be happen without either. :-(

                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                              Me either, but I remedied that for the time being by joining the Cape Ann CSF. Though it's just me, I opted for the whole fish share, which will be 4-6# every other week for 2 months. So tonight was the 6th and final flounder from the first pick-up, skin-on, dredged in seasoned flour and pan-fried. TJ's Thai chili sauce drizzled on top, along with brown rice pilaf containing TJ's Cruciferous Crunch Collection. Hoping for hake or pollock this week!

                                                                                              1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                Yum, those CSF whole flounders are SO GOOD!!! My share partner won't do whole fish anymore -- can't blame her, 2 little kids and another one arriving any day now -- and the fillets are sure convenient, but I do so miss those whole little fishies!

                                                                                        3. Pulled some leftover sprial sliced ham from Easter out of the freezer and did a carbonara riff.

                                                                                          Pan fried ham with olive and butter until crisp, added sliced garlic at the end, then added the usual egg and fresh ground pepper suspects alogn with store bought ground Pecorino romano. And some peas (cooked in the boiling pasta water) since I needed some "veg" as Jamie Oliver would say. LOL.

                                                                                          Yummy as always. Irony or lack-there-of of serving "Italian" pasta in "Asian" themed bowl extra, well, ironic.
                                                                                          Ha.
                                                                                          :-)

                                                                                           
                                                                                          1. I am making moqueca since cod was on sale at the coop.
                                                                                            Will serve with black rice and an arugula/ avocado salad.

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                                                                                            1. I've got a little piece of skirt steak I need to use up, so I'm using it as a filling for stacked enchiladas tonight. Steak will be quick seared, sliced and then tossed with some sauteed onions and garlic. Placed between lightly fried blue corn tortillas along with some pepper jack cheese. Topped with a quick red chile sauce made from chicken stock, ground hot NM chile, garlic and onion. And of course more cheese. Rice on the side, with leftover chile sauce on top. It is a sad fact that there is no more sorbet, so I may have to make something chocolaty for dessert.

                                                                                              1. Last night I made a very simple soup.

                                                                                                Sautéed some garlic, onion, and celery in olive oil. Hit it with a splash of white wine and reduced. Added fresh garden favas, broth, and the rind from a pecorino wedge, and simmered. When the favas were almost done, I tossed in a torn up bunch of swiss chard and cooked until tender.

                                                                                                A chunk of crusty bread and nibbles of the softened pecorino rind with a glass of cool white wine to accompany.

                                                                                                1. My first time EVER contributing to one of these posts, but since this is a milestone thread I cannot resist.

                                                                                                  Last night it was Chicken-Pineapple-Cashew stir fry over white rice.

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                                                                                                    1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                      Welcome, jrvedivici - your levity will be a fun addition to WFD should you decide to stick with us.

                                                                                                      And I'm liking the stir fry by adding the pineapple!

                                                                                                    2. An appointment yesterday with my ophthalmologist left me with such dilated eyes I couldn't see to pick the left over lobster meat for the Fra Diabolo I'd planned. So last night we had G's weekly marinara with linguine.

                                                                                                      Tonight we're making spicy scrambled eggs with some Kefir whipped in, chopped cooked lobster meat, chopped habanero, minced basil, S & P; steamed asparagus; buttered grilled Italian bread slices.

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                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                        Chuckling because I hate that feeling. Sounds like you were able to make do quite well :)

                                                                                                        1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                          LOL Allie. For some reason I had many more eye drops for various tests yesterday and they were all yellow. I saw the world through lemon-yellow glasses on the way home and all night long. Good thing I don't get sea sick.

                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                            Oh man, I hate that. I had my eyes dilated once on a *super* bright winter day, and had forgotten my shades. I thought my eyes were gonna implode from all the insane brightness of everything.

                                                                                                            Ugh.

                                                                                                        2. re: Gio

                                                                                                          The dreaded dilated eyes. I can only schedule ophthalmologist appointments during the day so I have to go back to work afterwards. I'm not sure when I'll learn but it is nearly impossible to use a microscope with dilated eyes...yet I continue to try.

                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                            The one time I had that done stands that stands out in my mind reminds me of living in Charleston. I was not able to drive, so a girlfriend picked me up and we went to Hominy Grill. I couldn't see the menu, so I asked the server for a rec and I ended up with the most heavenly shrimp and grits. It haunts my dreams.

                                                                                                          2. re: Gio

                                                                                                            A few years ago I had my eyes dilated at the Dr.'s office. I had to drive an hour home on an incredibly bright and sunny day with no sunglasses and a terrible hangover. Painful.

                                                                                                            1. re: JanineL

                                                                                                              My doc won't let you leave the office without sunglasses

                                                                                                              1. re: JanineL

                                                                                                                Oh Janine! How in the world did you do it? I couldn't have done that yesterday. Thank Goodness I had DH to-ing & fro-ing for me.

                                                                                                            2. Yay, 300!
                                                                                                              I lurked for so long, glad I jumped in :)
                                                                                                              Since DWTS has taken over my evenings, last night was a cheese pie from my local NY style place and some other easy dish TBD will be had tonight.
                                                                                                              Happy 300, dinner friends!
                                                                                                              *clink*

                                                                                                              1. I am in the mood for Italian but I don't know why.

                                                                                                                Monday-Bucatini and meatballs (big pot of homemade sauce, we don't soak our balls but prefer them freshly fried)
                                                                                                                Tuesday- not sure, possibly leftovers from husbands luncheon or cubed steak with potato cauliflower puree. Going to high school improv show and don't have a lot of time.
                                                                                                                Wednesday/Thursday- not sure which on which day but risotto with sausage and bitter greens one day and sweet potato gnocchi with bacon, apple and balsamic the other.

                                                                                                                1. Game hens last night.
                                                                                                                  Stuffed with lemon halves, sprinkled with lemon juice, seasoned and dotted with butter. Made a glaze with the following when it came out

                                                                                                                  Garlic
                                                                                                                  Ginger
                                                                                                                  Sambal
                                                                                                                  Sherry
                                                                                                                  Soy
                                                                                                                  Lemon juice
                                                                                                                  Lemon zest
                                                                                                                  Honey
                                                                                                                  Star anise

                                                                                                                  1. hey kids! no cooking yet but had to jump in on the Milestone Edition!

                                                                                                                    stand-out of the week was the fancy-schmancy dinner for my sister's bday Sat. at Atelier Crenn. haven't posted my review but will link to it when I do. suffice to say, it was absolutely superb.

                                                                                                                    Sunday i braised a pot roast for most of the day in the slow cooker (after pan-searing of course), with some celery, canned tomatoes, chicken stock, tomato bouillon cubes, water, Worcestershire, tomato paste, onion, smashed garlic cloves and thyme. ended up helping the BF at his work all day so we came home beat and starving (now i know why he is always so eager to eat dinner early, poor guy!) so i didn't want to take time to prepare the rest of dinner. we went out for old school Mexican instead. margarita hit the spot.

                                                                                                                    tonight i'm potentially helping the BF again so he can finish up before our 7-day vacation that starts Thurs. (drive up to the southern Oregon coast, driving back, moseying, seeing pretty vistas, etc. can't wait), and so we may have the beef tonight or it may be we just pick up some pizza. not an ostentatious way to begin the Milestone, is it?

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                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                      Sounds a lovely trip, mc. My Virginian friend, Andy, is a big fan of that drive from SF northwards.

                                                                                                                      I do promise to try and visit the west coast sometime. Maybe a year or so as we're sort of planning a Florida trip, followed by a music trip (Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans & somewhere Cajun).

                                                                                                                      1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                        The music trip sounds great.

                                                                                                                        The ride up the Pacific Coast is stellar. Give it plenty of thought if/when you map it out because there's just too much to see and do on one trip. Not to worry though, you'll be back.

                                                                                                                        Edited to add: rent a convertible.

                                                                                                                      2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                        How far up are you going? I can help with good eats if you are going as far as Lincoln City.

                                                                                                                        1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                          not sure, i'll check with the BF tonight and email you later. thanks!

                                                                                                                          1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                            oopsy, I just looked at a map. No, we're not going that far north. this is not going to be a foodie trip, i'm afraid. we'll do some camping, some motel staying, but not a lot of restaurants (probably diners or whatever we find along the way, in addition to whatever I can fit into our cooler.(or course, the pork truffle butter DOES fit!)

                                                                                                                            but thanks!

                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                              so glad to hear that the pork truffle butter fits, one should never travel without it!

                                                                                                                          2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                            That sounds like something DH and I used to do from North of Boston to Bar Harbor ME (AKA: Bah Hahbah). Have a fun and safe trip!

                                                                                                                          3. Tonight is going to be super easy black bean tacos on the screened in porch after I get home from hot yoga. Black bean burgers crumbled and heated through with some onions and peppers, chopped iceberg, tomatoes, colby-jack, avocado and Greek yogurt in white corn hard shells. Hot sauce on the side. Beer (Negro Modelo Amber) to drink. It's our first REALLY NICE day, so looking forward to some porch sitting!

                                                                                                                            1. My in-laws are coming over for dinner. It is going to be German-Italian fusion, lol.

                                                                                                                              Grilled brats with german brown mustard and sauerkraut, fettuccine alfredo and a honeydew, cantaloupe, kiwi salad. Weiss beers with lemon slices for the adults and raspberry lemonaide for the kiddies.

                                                                                                                              It is supposed to be a gorgeous evening so after dinner I will suggest a long walk. That will also signal to my in-laws that it is time for them to go home. :-)

                                                                                                                              1. Wow, a milestone indeed! it's a gorgeous day here in NYC, which unfortunately means that my apartment will be hot as hell by the time I get home. I'll be cranking the AC and trying to stay cool - I've got everything I need for a lovely fennel/orange/blue cheese salad over romaine, so I anticipate eating a big pile of that with some protein. A grilled sausage or two, perhaps. That's about as much heating of the kitchen as I'm willing to do!

                                                                                                                                1. I had unexpected company join me to catch up on the shows we missed this weekend. With Long Island City, Hudson River Park and Central Park all freshly green and buzzing with the verve of urban spring, I could not bring myself to break away for my usual Sunday routine, which left me not only ignorant of Don Draper's latest offenses, but a bit empty in the larder as well.

                                                                                                                                  From the refrigerator I prematurely requisitioned a long-ferment pizza dough I had going for my guests’ supper. While the pizza stone heated, I used the oven to roast cauliflower to be dipped in a warm arnabiyeh sauce of tahini loosened with lamb stock and livened with a spray of Seville orange. The pizza went into the oven minimally adorned with mozzarella, tomato sauce and wilted ramps. Meanwhile a baguette I had spread with sobrassada went into the broiler to toast and imbue the bread with the sausages’ lusty red liquor. To finish the crisp breads, I drizzled the sobrassada toasts with honey and toasted almonds to amplify the crisp with a bit more crunch. Thick snowcaps of yogurt peaked with pickled eggplant and a dusting of sumac, olives and pickled black radish extended us into the second hour of the night. Some shredded phyllo nests I had filled with candied cashews and Jordan almonds and perfumed with orange blossom water were rescued from their Tupperware in the cupboard for dessert, along with a bottle of bubbly kept in the fridge to toast/drown life’s unexpected surprises.

                                                                                                                                  Tonight I am to have dinner at a gastropub which seems rather prophetic given the star turn steak and kidney pie took in Game of Thrones this week. Who am I to argue with fate? Pie and an ale it will be.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                    man do you ever know how to improvise JM!

                                                                                                                                    1. thinking a light dinner tonight some grilled asparagus and some fish (I think there is haddock in the freezer)

                                                                                                                                      need to get some work done in the yard after work so a quick dinner is needed.

                                                                                                                                      1. Well, vacation is off to an interesting start. Today was a good day though I might have to admit to myself that I don't have enough brain cells to write a book :(

                                                                                                                                        I decided to keep dinner simple and utilize the slow cooker in an effort to force myself to sit still and write. WFD is another go round with goat Adobo. I used Liquid Aminos instead of soy sauce, the slow cooker instead of a stove top braise and didn't sear the meat before cooking so we'll see which version I like better.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                          Ah, you don't need too many brain cells. But you do need a love for whatever you're writing about. With enthusiasm, the words will come. Write a chapter or two, then let someone else read it. Someone you trust to be honest - definitely not someone who is going to say you're wonderful whatever.

                                                                                                                                          I speak as someone who has now got a third book in the pipeline and I am very short of brain cells, which is why I never had much a job.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                            Second that.

                                                                                                                                            Think of writing as a muscle that needs to be exercised every day. Over time, it gets stronger. There is no "quickie nirvana" so just keep at it.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                              So true! In college, writing was literally the worst thing imaginable. Now, it's not as bad but still pretty torturous. With time, perhaps I'll learn to enjoy it.

                                                                                                                                              One of my challenges is learning to write via computer. For some reason, I still haven't caught up to the 21st century despite being born less than 30 years ago. I can barely read articles on the computer let alone write. I wrote my entire college thesis by hand and then typed it. If I pick up a pen and paper, the words flow much easier...

                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                Composing a story using paper and pencil always worked for me. Composing on a typewriter was a whole different skill. The trick for me was to never touch a key until I had a lede. Things seemed to flow after that.

                                                                                                                                                Composing a story on a computer came pretty easy since you have the ability to self-edit, cut-and-paste and so on.

                                                                                                                                                Work those muscles.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                  I am a writer and I almost always write on paper.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                Unfortunately this book relies on facts as in the incidence, signs/symptoms, diagnosis, histology of a very looonnngg list of GI pathology diagnoses. i wouldn't wish reading that on my worst enemy :) I tend to get overwhelmed with big projects because I get uncomfortable when I can't check anything off of my list. I think I need to take the approach of focusing on each diagnosis as it comes and ignoring the total number as you recommend. Also, I'm co-writing it with someone with decades more experience than me which is intimidating but perhaps I should get over that and realize that if I put effort into it and just write that it will be fine.

                                                                                                                                                I am so impressed. I detest writing. I don't cry much, but it's one thing that can bring me to tears in an instant.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                  Best of luck as you work on this!
                                                                                                                                                  Hell, If I can pull of a decent postcard, I feel quite clever :D

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                    Ooh postcards...I think I should pick someone and send them a card. I always loved getting postcards :)

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                    Fact-based stuff practically writes itself, it's all about the research so there's no need to embellish. Ignore the co-author. Please yourself and it will all work out. Let the editor(s) smooth things out. That's why they get paid.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                      True, I think it's learning about the process. It doesn't have to be perfect when it goes to the editor. From the tone of her beckoning emails, she just seems to want something :)

                                                                                                                                                  3. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks to all for the advice! I've put away the books for tonight, but I feel super motivated to get started again early tomorrow morning.

                                                                                                                                                  4. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                    “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice, practice, practice”. Good advice then, Good advice now.

                                                                                                                                                  5. Spaghetti Carbonara is on the menu tonight, although I haven't even put the water on to boil yet!

                                                                                                                                                    Pedestrian-style, just bacon, no guanciale; Pecorino Romano rather than Parmigiano-Reggiano. But cream ain't in it, nor peas. No adulteration, just substitutions.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mcsheridan

                                                                                                                                                      Honestly, any iteration of any kind of macaroni sauce is fine. That's what makes Italian cooking so wonderful. This is not to belittle the Classic sauces, but rather to emphasize how versatile pasta really is.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                        Versatile, indeed. I finally got cookin'.

                                                                                                                                                        There's a fair ampunt of difference between just throwing together a "carbonara" dish, the way I used to do when I was working, and taking your time with it, as I have the opportunity to do these days. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                    2. I made a "Beef Wellington" with rutabaga and potato/parsnip/purple potato purees with a balsamic horseradish gastrique.

                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                      1. Woot to 300 and welcome to all the folks jumping in!!!

                                                                                                                                                        Head and belly are all better-seems to have been 24 hour thing. Dinner tonight is Hazan's sauce, spinach and ricotta ravioli, garlic bread and salad. I might even risk some red wine!

                                                                                                                                                        1. Gardein chipotle lime chicken tacos with lettuce, cilantro, avocado and a chipotle lime crema.

                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gemvt

                                                                                                                                                              Gorgeous! Gardein "chicken" is so perfect for tacos

                                                                                                                                                            2. Yippee for #300! I can find my posts back to WFD XIX in 2010 but I posted previously on WFD as ginnyhw before an evil manager tried to nail me for internet activity at the office. I changed my name. Linda and MC were the first people I remember connecting with but the whole group was welcoming and continues to brighten my day!
                                                                                                                                                              Tonight we're having leftover spinach meatloaf, local potatoes (mashed) and TJ's petite peas (frozen). There is wine as we are recovering from a wonderful but exhausting visit by the toddler and his father the saint.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                "...his father the saint."

                                                                                                                                                                LOL. They get too little recognition, don't they?

                                                                                                                                                              2. 300 times approximately 330=almost 99,000 responses!!! plus or minus....

                                                                                                                                                                1. Ooh! I'm also a newcomer to these threads, but I must post on such a momentous occasion! WFD was leftover galette--I had a slice of each, one beet, goat cheese, and onion, the other zucchini and ricotta, and a broccoli slaw side--really just lightly sauteed with sausage and mushrooms.

                                                                                                                                                                  I did go out for lunch today--it was a fundraiser for MDA. They'd promised us a posh lunch at a local steakhouse. Fancy right? Well the options were one of two half sandwhiches with a small side salad or small soup, or a small lunch salad. It was free, so no complaints, but it was a bit on the let down side. I almost wished I'd brought my leftover galette to eat--it would have tasted better!

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SarahCW

                                                                                                                                                                    Wow! Sounds great, and welcome!

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Hamburger steak with onion gravy, garlic mashed potatoes and mixed green beans & yellow wax beans from the freezer (last year's garden stash). This evening, I finished planting the last of what I'd been planning to put out there, save for a couple of squash plants, unless I have to do a re-plant. Now the waiting begins....

                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                        Goodness you know how to feed the soul! Your beans look great a year later! Do they maintain their snap in the freezer? How do you fix them?

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                                          Unfortunately, they don't stay crisp like raw but this year, I have a food saver so I'm going to see how well my new batch freezes using that...but that's at least a few months away. This year, we've decided not to plant green beans now, but wait till fall. Instead, we've planted the Chinese long beans again since we loved them last year and had a BUMPER crop (still have some of those in the freezer left). Hopefully, they'll do as well; last year was our first time growing them and we had no idea we would have so many, which is why we grew the other beans.

                                                                                                                                                                          When I cooked these, I put part of a smoked turkey wing in the slow cooker for 10 hours to make stock first, then poured the stock in a pot on the stove top; added the beans, sliced onion, chopped garlic, crushed red pepper, salt free seasoning blend and a little seasoning salt. Simmered an hour. So good, I ended up only eating the beans and that's all. DF wanted to know why I didn't toss some potatoes in the pot with the beans...they were very good!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, those look yummy. Sounds like a great dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                        3. I had polenta. Made with a double strength chicken broth. Is polenta out of style now? It was so delicious I had seconds. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: joycebre

                                                                                                                                                                              Polenta is always delicious! It should be trendy since its gluten free and all....
                                                                                                                                                                              My favorite is searing the chilled leftover slices to have with maple syrup for breakfast..!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                I ate the rest of my polenta for breakfast and lunch. So I had to have fishsticks for dinner. :( While watching Anthony Bourdain in Lyons. )

                                                                                                                                                                            2. It's been such a mixed up week. The bloke is on a shoot so his hours are crazy for a few days and the three year old is miserable with a cold.

                                                                                                                                                                              My ability to prepare dinner will depend on whether the three year old lets me stop cuddling her long enough to prepare something. Our quickest options are: the leftover soup from last night, noodles or as a last resort, delivery pizza. I had planned to make pasta dough today and make chestnut and mascarpone ravioli with a rocket salad but that's just not going to happen.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. I was able to get in several hours of gardening! The mosquito's have returned unfortunately. By the time all was tidied, including me, I was hungry and tired. Ran out for a burger to balance out all of the recent seafood.

                                                                                                                                                                                I lay it on rudeboy's shoulders!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. worked with some samples from Newman's Own Organics. i gotta say, we had doubts about how this going to turn out but it went well. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                  Chocolate Coffee Braised Beef

                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: simplelife

                                                                                                                                                                                    Did you use coffee grinds as spice, or did you use actual coffee as the braising liquid? I'm curious as to your method.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Upcoming.....a Jason Atherton recipe for pork chops.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Simple prep for the chops - simply rubbed with olive oil, seasoning and pimenton and then cooked under the grill.

                                                                                                                                                                                    To accompany, there's what Atherton calls a "dressing" but that's bound to be because he's a Michelin starred chef. You & I will call it the accompaniment/side/vegetables.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Red onion, green and red pepper and smoked bacon lardons get a fry. Chard is added, then rosemary sprigs, oregano, more oil and sherry vinegar. This lot cooks for a bit and then a tin of butter beans is added and warms through. Dinner's ready - there'll be some of herself's homemade bread as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I got a reasonable offer on my ol' hoopty and have 5 days to sell. After last week's vet bills I'm ready to part with the car. It's a mad rush to pick up the new car, get the title for the old car and find time for my dad to come sell the car since he owns it. So WFD fortunately is leftovers. Goat adobo! I probably won't get home until 10ish and it's supposed to be a rainy night so I'm thinking I'll repurpose it into a hearty soup with coconut milk and mushrooms.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Last night was, well, unusual.

                                                                                                                                                                                        At about 6PM our power went out, followed quickly by rjbh20 running into the house saying for me to call 911 since the the tree on the corner of our property had caught fire from an electrical line. Within minutes, the street was filled with firemen, who could do nothing but watch the fire and sparks since the lines were live. Finally, ConEd showed up and turned off the power to the lines while they repaired the connections. Fortunately, the fire has already burned out, but not before showering sparks that looked like 4th of July fireworks.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I was the first to eat, rummaging in the kitchen for some of the left-over hot smoked salmon with some Green Goddess sauce. My son had the idea to make smoked salmon sushi, so he boiled up some sushi rice. I didn't see the result of that experiment, but he said it was good. And finally, rjbh20 moseyed into the kitchen and had some of the delicious salmon too. By 10:30PM, our lights went back on.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight is the crew team triathlon, for which we are providing BBQ. The pork butts were made on Sunday, and today rjbh20 will make ribs, chicken and salmon to bring to the team season finale. Only a crew team would have a triathlon as a celebratory event. Hopefully, the weather will hold, and we will be able to have the event at the boathouse where they row, but otherwise, it will be moved to the school and be held in the gym as it was last year. Somehow, the weather for this event is never very good...

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, glad to hear everyone is ok. Enjoy the triathlon rain or shine :)

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                            How freaky! Better last night than tonight. Fingers crossed on the weather.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                              That is wild, rox! Hope it is balanced out by a fun and mellow event tonight, weather included.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                Looks kind of grey now, but the forecast says no rain until late...and then rain for the next 4 days! Ugh!

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                What a story!

                                                                                                                                                                                                As my mother, mistress of the intentional malaprop, liked to say, "You lead a charming life."

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The irony of the whole thing is that yesterday morning, a tree guy who works for ConEd told us that he thought the tree should come down. Guess he was right!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Glad it's all ok! Fah-reaky! Sending "dry" vibes your way :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Well the fates were against me last night - I spent time watering the little tomatoes and other garden plants because I was afraid they would dry out before storms expected late today with plans to make a quick dinner on the grill well of course the minute I finished in the garden and got dinner prepped it started to rain ARGH - Clearly the weather app on my phone needs to be replaced!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Went ahead with plans for the grill anyway -

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Haddock in a foil packet - just some slices of garlic, evoo, paprika, white wine, S&P.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  + Asparagus marinated in soy, oil and siriacha
                                                                                                                                                                                                  + Jasmine rice and kimchee.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  + Naturally brewed soy sauce & lemon as condiment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Result a tasty and quick - fairly cheap - dinner for two people no real clean up - no heating up the house and pretty healthful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  glass of pinot grigio on the side to round it out and some fresh pineapple for dessert

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                                                                    That looks pretty darn healthy too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                      yeah no guilt on that one - but with the kimchee and the garlic I probably should not go on any first dates or attend important meetings today LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, wow. I could so eat that. Looks delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mmmmm, looks like a wonderful dinner!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I swear being a weatherman is the only job where you don't get fired for being wrong most of the time..!! That asparagus marinade sounds really good and the kimchee is a nice combo there

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. pot roast still sitting in the fridge. had to work late last night, so we did pizza. I did put a bit of my kimchi on my pizza. surprisingly yum. and I made chicken salad out of the rest of the roast chicken from last week. which i'm munching on now, and which will come along on our road trip tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          do other people use all parts for their chicken salad? I mean, obviously those that aren't to dark meat, but I'm talking about skin, some of the gelled chicken juices, fat... I did. aside from being a tad saltier than I wanted, I think it tastes more chickeny. delish. food processed the chicken meat, light and dark, skin, fat, gel, added some mayo, a little mustard, then added in diced celery and minced shallot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          working late again tonight, but planning on getting to the pot roast tonight. also have a lot of zucchini that needs to be used, and if I get home early enough, I think i'll make fritters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                            No, I only use the meat for chicken salad (white and dark), as I like a chunky chicken salad - and cold chicken skin wouldn't be at all tasty in that form, IMO.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Never heard of running it through a food processor.... is it more like a minced or paste type of salad?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've only had chicken salads where the pieces of meat were cut up or discernible as chunks o' chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                it ends up being a little like tuna salad. maybe a little more pate-ish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Interesting! Hope you post some pics here or on Fb :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    already ate it a lunch... and the rest is going on our trip, so prolly not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  once it's processed it's all mixed in and you can't tell one from the other. except for extra deliciousness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So is it like a version of laarb? Still trying to understand...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Last night was ground turkey soft tacos for DH and a taco salad for me. We have a great poultry vendor at our Saturday farmer's market and I discovered that they have really delicious fresh ground turkey. It tastes nothing like the stuff in styrofoam packs at the market.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight will be take out post tennis. We will also be watching the Kings game delayed. Must avoid spoilers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. It's another gorgeous day in Börlin. Last night was rather late: a friend of mine from AZ is in town, and we had some serious catching up to do -- at my favorite beer garden and later at our pad where she crashed. Never really had any dinner, so we raided the fridge at 1 AM.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Of course, I slept too long today and didn't get my ass in gear in time to grab grilled fish at the market for lunch, which was the original plan. Had soft-boiled egg and trout caviar on toast at home instead. I have only myself to blame '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scooted over to another couple of vintage stores, but found nothing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  All my friends are busy tonight, and I'm not much for going out by myself, so it looks like tonight might be yet another cheap eve where WFD is the German standard: Abendbrot. Already had a lovely stone oven roll with what I like to call the "crack" of spreads: 'Landrahm' or country cream. A local deli chain makes it with (I think) cream cheese, probably some butter, maybe some crème fraîche, and scallions. It is crazy addictive (thus the name) and also ridiculously expensive considering the ingredients. Then again, all the shit they sell is very expensive, with 100g prices of things up to 4-5 €. Nuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anywhos. Likely a mixed salad on the side. Then longingly staring out the window wishing I had company this beautiful eve '-(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Aww. Missing your man, but everything else sounds swell. Take yourself out for some gelato or something later if you don't want to go solo for a whole meal. Seems a shame to miss the nice evening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Missing my man, but also wish we had our hometown friends here :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My darling suggested I just take something to read and head to the beer garden, but it's pretty impossible for me to focus on reading while surrounded by hundreds of people chatting merrily away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh well. Tomorrow's another scorcher, and another chance for beer garden merriment with friends...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Magazines! I could never focus on a book at a beergarden, but flipping through glossy goodness is a cakewalk.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sorry you miss you man and pals, but sounds like a good sojurn so far :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          aw! I would definitely join you if I could! who are these friends not available to you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I know, right???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Only two more days till muh man gits back, tho. Party time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Tonight will be pizza with lots of veggies - mushrooms, tomato, yellow pepper, red onion and olives with goat cheese for me and tomato, yellow pepper, red onion and blue cheese for EJ. To be eaten in front of the Blackhawks game.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm also going to make a black eyed pea salad with cukes, tomato, pepper, red onion and jalapeno with red wine vinaigrette for lunches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Well, the televized dancing cheesey-ness is over at Casita Al. So, tonight, we will partake of the deliciousness that AZ restaurant week offers. A place called Brat Haus has a fixed menu with a shared app, brats w/ fries, and dessert menu for 30 skins for 2 people!! Beer not included. Sounds great for me and pap.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And tomorrow--The Feast commences. I'm going to LA for the weekend to stay with a girlfriend who is also a hearty eater. Number on one my list is the legendary Jitlada: http://www.jitladala.com/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And whatever else my pal has cooked up for me. Pap has declined this trip, but can easily eat any of the nukeable meals I left, and join the neighbors for the little block party happening Friday night.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Looking so forward to seeing the ocean, breathing in that humidity, and stuffing my gut!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds like a great trip, allie! Have fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds like a great dinner and a much needed getaway! Enjoy the spoils of Southern California!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Have fun! Hopefully the weather stays decent for you. It's cold and overcast right now but is supposed to be back up in the 90s by the weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                have a great time and tell us all about it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, ladies. Even if the weather turns, I don't care. I'm moisture starved. Looking forward to the visit and taking some dinner pics :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Last night was Pad Thai again. Can't stop craving the stuff! Turned out great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. WFD: Pan-seared black-back flounder that was frozen from last week's CFS, stir-fried bok choy with prosciutto subbing for pancetta in a Grace Young recipe (What? We always have pancetta in the fridge!!); a revisit to Diana Henry's delicious Cucumber Relish with sliced radishes and scallions added, and a little more heat; rice. That should do it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Wednesday is Prince spaghetti day!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Barilla thick spaghetti will be properly boiled in salty water, house sauce and house meatballs will be paroled from the freezer. We're cleaning out the coolerator. House red to wash things down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Deb and I are off to Amelia Island first thing in the morning for a long weekend. Shrimp and grits are in our future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Memorial Day symbolizes so much. Go hug a vet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Prince Spaghetti Day. I have two connections with that commercial. The mother who calls "Anthony" is an aunt of 5 of my cousins, so naturally I grew up calling her Aunt Mary as well. Mary Fiumara.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The husband of one of our family's close friends represented the Prince Spaghetti Man in commercials and appearances throughout the Commonwealth. In a costume that looked like a medieval prince and in the company's colors. Tights and all. He had a wonderful tenor voice and sang all the old Neapolitan songs. Buon appetito!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's a great story. I can hear your Aunt Mary shouting, "Anthony" clear as a bell in my mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            re: Naples. I'm closing in on securing our rental flat for the month of April next year. Wish me luck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Grazie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There's something about Napoli that I find difficult to describe. She's a tough nut to crack but with time and patience there are ample rewards. Living on the economy, shopping every day, knowing your merchants is part of the code. Naples, even more than Rome, is all about relationships.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I suppose I told you or Chow in general that my mother studied voice at The Naples Conservatory of Music, what was then called The Royal Conservatory. I'll spare you all the stories, though. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's so cool. My Naple's landlord, an educated and worldly woman, insists I attend opera next season. I value her opinions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's now on the stack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I found a place that makes sausage gravy and biscuits for breakfast. Hot damn!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. In the fridge at home I have another small steak (short rib), some lovely lamb chunks, and a big batch of Turkish-style braised green beans I made Sunday, adding some small potatoes at the suggestion of CM and Gastronomos. I am hoping to grill some protein and enjoy the veggies although last night I was so tired (will this month never end???) it was crackers and hummus. No time to marinate the lamb in yogurt this morning as the "fun" started early. And what do you all think is the ideal marination time for lamb chunks in yogurt? I have always felt that the ideal is 2 hours but I have no idea where I got that from. Steve Raichlen suggests overnight but I worry it would make the lamb too mushy. And not sure 30 minutes is enough. What do you think????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (OK, how crazy is work right now? I forgot to drop the dog off at daycare on the way to work. Luckily I saw him in the back when I got to work so no harm done, he is safely barricaded in my office. A lot of people have dropped by today for some reason -- he is better than a pork chop around my neck!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I *LOVE* when coworkers bring their dogs into work. I have some pork jerky treats for them - and they know it! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As for marinating times using yogurt, I like the 1 to 4 hour time frame.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, how cute. I miss my 4-legged baby so much so I'm glad you had some extra time with your best pal today. And an adorable one s/he is. Dinner? Not sure since I have not cooked lamb in a while. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh I so wish we could bring dogs to work! Not that I could bring my two wildebeests, LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My brother used to love to take our last pom with him anywhere. He said he was a "complete chick magnet"!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That said I am sure you will get some benefit to even a 30 minute soak in the yogurt will good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But see, he is a GUIDE DOG -- heh. Office full of dog lovers, I actually borrowed the barricade (complete with sign) from a colleague.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the advice, we'll see what a 30 minute yogurt soak does.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I did that once--though I realized before I got on the freeway and went back and dropped them off. We do not allow dogs at work, and my dogs would not be the ones to break that rule, as they would be very distracting. Cute puppy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WHAT A SWEET BOY!! so fun to have an animal at work. i get excited just seeing dogs on the street in the Financial District.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i would think lamb could take a much longer soak than chicken... and i marinated pork in yogurt a week or so ago overnight with no ill effects at all. but i'm sure any amount of time you do will make a difference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Change of plans. Take is back at it again, the vet wants him admitted for surgery. WFD will start with a bowl of macadamia nuts and finish with a bag of macadamia nuts and likely a plate of cheese and salami.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh no, surgery?? What does he think is going on with your baby?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's been two weeks that he's been sick! I was so relieved when he seemed back to normal this weekend but this week was lethargic again and refused to eat. He managed to eat last night and then I discovered his dinner under the bed and he's been vomiting much of the day and really out of it. So either he ate something that's stuck, or IBD or pancreatitis, or who knows...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, sending healing vibes! Poor Take....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, Poor Take. Hope the Vet can make sense of all the two of you have been through.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  poor baby. i'm so sorry. he could have some kind of blockage...? i hope they find out the cause soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Poor little thing. Hopefully now they'll run more thorough tests to get a look inside that belly. Hope they figure it out soon and get him back to good health.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Awww, poor punkin! I hope they can figure it out quickly so he heals very soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Don't be discouraged! Things will look up!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Awww, poor Take. I'm so sorry you both are going through this. My sincere prayers for Take. I can say been there-done that, and our "Sunny" came out on the better side and lived to chow down another 10 years. So here's to Take. May he live to eat many more loving meals prepared by you. ~hugs~

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh sweetie, I am so sorry. It is so hard to have a sick baby that can't just say " it hurts here'. Beat wishes to Take.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh no! Best wishes for a speedy recovery for the cute little guy! And take care of yourself too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh no!! Your poor baby!! I hope everything turns out ok for your baby...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Good you've been on vacation this week and able to monitor him. Hope all goes well and your kitty rebounds quickly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh no! Sending good healing thoughts for poor Take - and for you too!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Defrosted a megaboo Frankenchicken b/s breast and cut it in half lengthwise. I've realized I've got way too many herb/spice blends, so I have to start using them up. Took some Penzey's dried Country French Vinaigrette (sugar, mustard, salt, garlic, black pepper, lemon peel, onion, tarragon, chives, white pepper, thyme and rosemary) and added some additional dried lemon peel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mixed both with some olive oil and spread it over the two halves of the chicken, and popped it into the convection oven to bake/roast - it smells good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sides will be leftover Israeli couscous and steamed asparagus. Some Pepperwood Grove Chardonnay is also on the side. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Dinner tonight was easy peasy! Grilled chicken sausage, spaetzle and steamed broccoli. Gorgeous day and gorgeous evening so we ate on the porch. A nice Pinot Noir rosé to wash it all down. Hoping to finally catch up with Sundays Mad Men later...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Today was a little nuts. I woke up to the sound of metal clinking on metal that sounded like a very familiar sound from my 20's... horseshoes. My neighbor had her son move in recently and he has turned out to be a real treat. He has been arrested several times since he moved in. Once for animal cruelty which puts him in my dislike category. Today he and several friends and a neighbor( a very nice but misunderstood man with some brain damage) were drinking beer and playing horseshoes all day. Around four both my cats ran to the front window and posted up in the window. I went over expecting to see a cat and found three men beating the shit out of my mentally challenged neighbor in my front yard. The next door neighbor leading the ass kicking. Like I said, he is a real treat. I had to do the right thing and called the cops. I hope there are no repercussions from him but I had to run the risk. Lester refused to bring charges even though they beat him from the neighbors yard half way down the street. Twenty bucks says they are drinking buddies again by the weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On to a relevant subject...WFD. Polish sausages from the butcher(first time trying these) pan fried, baked potatoes( thanks nothingswrong for that honking tater pick that brought on my jones) and a spinach salad with cukes, celery, carrot coins, mushrooms for James, blue cheese crumbles and my first tomato that the birds didn't get. Blue cheese dressing for me and an apple cider and mustard vinaigrette for James.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JFC! Those are crazy neighbors alright.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not necessarily- it's the son that moved back in that's the problem. Sounds like he's the one that needs to go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A few blocks away a woman let her loser son move back in a few years back. One night the whole neighborhood was locked down with literally hundreds of police officers, helicopters, etc. Turns out the son and an old friend were in the garage getting high and the son slit his friends throat and went running through the neighborhood. No major problems before that or after that. This is a good, desirable neighborhood- it was just poor judgement on the part of one neighbor to allow her trouble making drug addict adult son to stay with her while he was out on bond awaiting his court date for some other offense. That can happen anywhere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I wish the mother wouldn't have moved him in. He has turned a quiet street into a total nightmare. He and his loud friends just sit in the garage and smoke pot and drink all day. Personally I don't usually give a crap but they are loud and his huge pit bull poops in my yard and we have found it the hard way more than once, if ya know what I mean. Not cool. Glad he hasn't slashed any throats but I am concerned about my tires.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jeebus Krist! That's nuts! Sounds like you need to invest in a paintball gun to tag these freaks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I really hope something happens that makes the shit stop. Home is your sanctuary, you shouldn't have a human freak show next door.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dinner sounds very tasty, classic comfort foods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow! How awful!! Dinner sounds great though!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow. That's horrid. Glad you called the cops!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks guys. He is a total tool AKA dick. I never thought I would be the uncool neighbor to call the cops but this hump has done nothing but bring the cops around and cause chaos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm glad you did call the police, but please stay safe yourself. (I like what steve h. posted to you)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Suzi! Why do we have such random things in common? The nice old man that lived next door passed away a few months back and his grandkids moved in. A brother/sister duo high on methamphetamine, causing chaos and ruckus at all hours of the night. They've singlehandedly turned this very quiet street into cop cars at 2 AM, yelling and screaming 'round the clock, and they taunt my dogs CONSTANTLY through the fence, so now my pups bark incessantly when they're in the yard (they never did before).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's like a 24/7 freak show over here. They rented a U-Haul the other day and drive it around at night, in circles, around the block. Then they get out and stand in front of the house smoking cigarettes and YELLING. They are always yelling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The bf bought 2 cases of stink bombs online (I don't know, it's a guy thing I think) and he has been stealthily launching them over the fence to force the neighbors back into their home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyway. Your neighbor sounds equally douchey. They should all move on a block together and just irritate each other, leaving the rest of us alone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Your dinner sounds delicious. I'm excited that you're eating your spinach!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's a crazy coincidence alright :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No question this guy is equally as douchey. And his mom doesn't help. He doesn't work and there is no traffic suggesting drug sales. Where else would he get beer but mom. And he can't handle his drink. He screams at her constantly when he has tied one on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have the opposite problem with the dog. He never brings it in or walks it so he is bored and barks at everything. Maddening!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Holy Moly - that sounds awful, Suzi! Crazy neighbors are the worst! Hoping the problem child decides to move out soon! But dinner sounds good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. My sweetie of a neighbor is having a tough time with R.A. which has now moved to her right arm & hand. I stopped by to check on her. I prepped her pills for the next few days. I could barely get the darn things out of the blister pack - no idea how they expect a person with fingers swollen like a catcher's mitt to do it! Noticed all the food people had brought over required using utensils.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I had some leftover ham and decided a finely chopped ham salad would be easy to just scoop onto a celery stick or a cracker. Made it and delivered it and chatted a while.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So WFD ended up being a ham salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato. Carrot sticks on the side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just got word that CSF share tomorrow will be soft shell crabs and clams!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I could use a neighbor like you meatn3. I cannot believe the variety of seafood you get in your CSF. I have never cooked soft shell crabs but I've had them in various restaurants. How will you prepare them? And, if others don't mind, may I ask how you clean them for cooking?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NC has a fantastic variety of seafood. The gulf stream comes quite close to the Outer Banks before it veers eastward. The Labrador Current makes it southern dip around the same area. It all results in great fishing with many species available. The CSF really takes advantage of varieties which seldom make it to markets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If the soft shells are like the ones the CSF has sent before for "add on's" they will already be cleaned. Cleaning is easy but not for those easily freaked out about eyes and innards. You snip away the face, remove the shell, clean out a little yucky stuff...full details here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://gardenandgun.com/article/here-...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The season is quite short so I only eat them 2 -3 times a year. The first time I tend to pan fry in butter after lightly coating with seasoned flour. Serve with lemon and the flavor really shines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think that lime sauce you had with lobster would be nice with a simply grilled soft shell. I'm leaning towards trying that combo for the second meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've collected a number of recipes in preparation if you have interest:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.pinterest.com/whirlybee/fo...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'll be over the moon if there are unclaimed shares this week! It just is mind boggling how many people simply don't show up...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mmm.. we had softshell crabs meuniere twice in the last week at Hayes Street Grill (Patricia Unterman's restaurant), pre-shows. they were divine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A million thanks for those links, MN3! The Pinterest link is perfect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. The short yogurt soak was tasty but yielded kebabs that were not as juicy and tender as the longer marinade. In the interests of science I reserved half the marinade and will stick some cubed lamb in before leaving for work tomorrow to see what an all-day-in-the-fridge soak does.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They do look good, but I'm more interested in the side dish... Are those the Turkish green bean/potatoes? I could face-plant into them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Can't recall if you linked me to your recipe before, but is it a braise in onion/garlic/tomato? Herbs?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, nw, turkish-style green beans or Zeytinyağlı Taze Fasulye. There are a million recipes on the web but here is my quick easy version: sauté a minced onion (or 2) in a lot of olive oil in a Dutch oven, add 2 minced cloves garlic (and some anchovies if you have some and feel like it), add small can diced tomatoes with juice, add 2 lbs frozen Romano (or green) beans, maras or aleppo pepper, a bit of salt, a teeny bit of water, bring to simmer and cook covered in 300 oven for a couple of hours, stirring every 30 minutes and adding a bit more water if needed. [This time I used the slow cooker and far less liquid evaporated, they are kind of soupy.] Serve at room temp with big squeeze of lemon. A dollop of yogurt is also nice. Even better the next day brought up to room temp. Makes 6 servings. I added the small potatoes this time based on suggestions from last time I posted this and LOVED the addition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fasulye? How cool. I always get a kick out of recognizing food names from other languages.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Great, thanks. I was making a similar green bean dish based off a recipe on Saveur a few months back. It was done in a Dutch oven for about 1 hour. Olive oil, garlic, sometimes an onion, then add the beans with a pinch of sugar and salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes and some water, cover, and simmer very low, adding water if necessary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love the addition of baby potatoes, Aleppo, lemon, and the oven. Will try your way out next time I get my hands on some beans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The whole plate looks marvelous but I really love those Romano beans. I've made similar recipes in the past but the Romanos really belong there INMSHO.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Just got home from work (argh!) and am having whole wheat penne with cherry tomatoes, broccoli and pesto. That was supposed to be my lunch, but it ended up being brought in. It's not too great, tbh :). It needs garlic toast but it's far too late to get into all that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Trader Joe's just opened here and it's complete bedlam. Ten years ago I lived quite near a TJs and was excited to revisit all of my old favorites. It's weird, although I spent a crapton of money, I realized that most of what I got was not really conducive to how I eat nowadays - very processed, not organic (although some organic), produce trucked in from heaven knows where. I know TJs is not a terrible place but...eh, I've kind of turned into a Portlandia localvore, and I'm OK with that. Also all of the frozen junk I bought is making it tough for me to find my vodka on a night such as tonight, when I need it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. While wandering a new to me neighborhood i popped into a bodega for a cold bottle of water and discovered a busy lunch counter with dominican food and what looked like a legit grandma in an apron dishing it out. Glad i hablo espanol- her english was nonexistant. Not many vegetarian options though...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But I was thrilled they had a vegetarian mofongo! So dinner was the mofongo with some great pickled marinated onion thing she insisted i have with it, and some saucy spiced black beans, salad i made to get my veggies in.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I still have a ton of mofongo left from my super huge $3 serving!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I became obsessed with mofongo when I lived in Puerto Rico. So good and just a fun word to say!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Is the Dominican preparation similar to the P.R.?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A day like you had rates as a great day in my world!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. The move approacheth in Tminus 3 days. Last night's dinner was to use up a few things... half a bag of pasta and some asparagus... made a quick white garlicky white sauce with some pesto, tossed in the pasta and asparagus and some (cooked) chicken breast chunks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SO went to go play hockey tonight (I wasn't too happy about it but he hasn't gotten to play in a long time) so I'm on my own for dinner. WFD? A bag of Trader Joe's poutine. Don't judge. I'm cleaning out the freezer to prep for the move. Yeah... umm...that's why I'm eating it... the move... yeah.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. The plan was to go out for dinner tonight, but then we went to the local nursery and blew our restaurant budget on plants for the garden, so we're staying in and having back bacon BLT's and TJ's garlic fries. I'm making some trail mix cookies for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I've found myself in a bit of a predicament. I haven't been cooking much for the past two months, so I haven't been buying a lot in the way of produce. All of the sudden, I'm kind of overloaded and my meal planning gear seems to have jammed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I need meals for Thursday through Sunday, feeding two people who eat pretty normal amounts. I don't really want much in the way of leftovers, except for the Sunday meal. Thursday needs to use 1 lb of boneless skinless chicken thighs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Produce:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3 bunches of asparagus (I don't even know)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4 zucchini (supposed to be a pound, but I think it's more)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 huge heads of red romaine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3 smallish spring onions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 bunch broccoli
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (There might be a tomato in my truck? Don't ask)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  celery, carrots, onions, garlic, ginger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Protein:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  boneless skinless chicken thighs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pork chops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steaks (pretty much every kind)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  whole chickens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  beef roasts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pork roasts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ground beef
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ground pork

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just don't even know how to use 3 lbs of asparagus in a week to feed two people. And each head of lettuce is big enough to make us both two salads a piece, at least. I never thought food would overwhelm me like this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You can use a bit of the asparagus in a quiche. The grinds bring to mind meatloaf or meatballs. Roast the zucchini, garlic, onion & carrots with a chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Totally get how it can feel overwhelming...Some weeks the pressure to use up my seafood allotment has dictated my weekend to the exclusion of anything else!