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What's for Dinner #302 -- The Slide Towards Summer Edition! [through May 30, 2014]

roxlet May 27, 2014 11:06 AM

Memorial Day usually marks the beginning of summer despite what the calendar says, and I can feel a bit of that summer vibe today -- it's kind of humid, and my dog is panting after the smallest exertion. I kind of feel that way too, though I don't pant, as far as I know.

Tonight it will be just me and the visiting Egyptian since rjbh20 will be off playing squash, and my son will be at CitiField watching a game courtesy of a member of the opposing team who used to be a student at my son's school. Pro athletes rarely come from his school! Given that it's just the two of us, my plan is to make burgers -- house ground very rich beef burgers for him, and a lighter turkey burger for me. With that will be a salad.

What's on your table as we slide towards summer?

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  1. LindaWhit RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 11:14 AM

    :::bookmarking thread with this post:::: Leftovers for the next few nights, at least. :-)

    1. Fowler RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 11:29 AM

      My SO is taking me to our favorite Italian restaurant for dinner to celebrate my one year anniversary of quitting smoking. I feel terrible that I was so mean to nice people here during the process but (and I am not making excuses) quitting smoking is unbelievably hard and brings out the worst in people.

      I apologize to everyone I was mean to this last year while going through the withdrawal. Trust me, it was not fun.

      55 Replies
      1. re: Fowler
        fldhkybnva RE: Fowler May 27, 2014 11:33 AM

        Woohoo, that's a great milestone! Congratulations to you! I've never smoked but I've read that quitting is harder than heroin. Be proud, you did a great thing for yourself :)

        1. re: fldhkybnva
          Fowler RE: fldhkybnva May 27, 2014 12:01 PM

          Thank you fldhkybnva.You are such a nice and supportive person. My Doctor told me the same thing and agrees quitting smoking is even tougher than quitting heroin and people get very unpleasant during the withdrawal process.

          It will be interesting to see how many people here accept my apology. Probably none, but that would speak more about their character than mine.

          1. re: Fowler
            meatn3 RE: Fowler May 27, 2014 01:27 PM

            1 year! Congratulations!

            Speaking only for myself, if someone's behavior seems out of character I just assume they have something stressful going on in "real life" and don't give it another thought.

            In my years posting on CH there have only been 3 people who were truly nasty in a very personal way to me. And you are not one of them!

            1. re: meatn3
              Fowler RE: meatn3 May 27, 2014 01:56 PM

              Thanks meatn3. I agree and also conclude that if someone is sort of nasty on the board maybe they just lost their job or are going through a divorce or going through any of the many difficulties people experience in life. I just forgive anything they may have said and move on rather than continuing to hold a grudge.

              1. re: Fowler
                jjjrfoodie RE: Fowler May 28, 2014 08:12 AM

                Hang in there Fowler!!!.

                I smoked breifly as a teen and while in college but never took it up. I do now keep a humidor with cigars that seldom see use except during the summer months.

                At $5-6+ a pack, cigarettes get mega expensive mega fast.
                There's a LOT of good foodie food and cooking that can be done with that money. Keep on keepin'-on. <thumbsup>

                1. re: jjjrfoodie
                  Fowler RE: jjjrfoodie May 28, 2014 08:44 AM

                  Thank you very much for the great comment jjjrfoodie. I definitely know how expensive it was and something that got me through the ordeal was every Friday I would jot down on a slip of paper how much money I saved that week by not smoking. I put each slip in a box and now I am going to use that money I saved to buy gifts for the people that had to put up with me for the past year.

                  1. re: Fowler
                    biondanonima RE: Fowler May 28, 2014 09:03 AM

                    And just imagine if you lived in NYC, where cigarettes are almost $15 a pack! Congratulations on your achievement!

                    1. re: Fowler
                      nothingswrong RE: Fowler May 28, 2014 10:10 AM

                      My mother is a head and neck surgeon with lots of very sick patients who smoke. She tells them to put that $5-$10 a week into a big jar in the kitchen that they're no longer spending on cigarettes. Then at the end of the year, take a nice vacation!

            2. re: fldhkybnva
              GretchenS RE: fldhkybnva May 27, 2014 01:07 PM

              You were never mean to me so no apology neccessary in my direction. Big congratulations on your one year anniversary! As Field Hawk notes, I have always heard that it is worse than heroin, so hat is off to you for sure. Thank heavens my parents' cigarettes grossed me out so much as a kid that I never picked up the habit, as who knows if I would be strong enough to quit. Enjoy your celebratory meal!

              1. re: GretchenS
                Fowler RE: GretchenS May 27, 2014 01:40 PM

                Thank you, GretchenS and I really appreciate your kind comment.

            3. re: Fowler
              Berheenia RE: Fowler May 27, 2014 01:58 PM

              Hmmm... very interesting. and my answer is "yes".

              1. re: Fowler
                nothingswrong RE: Fowler May 27, 2014 02:05 PM

                Congrats, and enjoy dinner!

                1. re: Fowler
                  JTPhilly RE: Fowler May 27, 2014 02:10 PM

                  Fowler - Congrats you should be proud and I am sure feel much better - at the end of this summer it will be 2 years for me - OMG I was MEAN when I quit(not on CH only because I was not here LOL) Have a good dinner and enjoy your freedom from that horrible habit.

                  1. re: JTPhilly
                    Fowler RE: JTPhilly May 27, 2014 02:27 PM

                    JTPhilly, I am so glad you quit and keep up your commitment to not smoking. You are right and I do feel much better and food tastes more fantastic as well.

                  2. re: Fowler
                    alliegator RE: Fowler May 27, 2014 02:30 PM

                    I noticed not a hint of anything weird and would like to offer my sincere congrats on your milestone. I've watched my best girlfriend and my own mother struggle and fail to quit but you DID it. That's huge.
                    I hope dinner is fantabulous. It is well deserved.

                    1. re: Fowler
                      Gio RE: Fowler May 27, 2014 03:31 PM

                      While I've not experienced your "meanness" I have noticed it directed toward others. In spite if this I will offer my Congratulations on your One Year Anniversary. Well done. It's a tough struggle for many. For myself, I quit almost 30 years ago. Cold Turkey. I guess once I made up my mind to stop it was a "fait complete" and I never looked back. I thought I would the last person on the planet to be smoking and now I can smell second hand smoke a mile away. Ugh, and Ewwww.

                      1. re: Fowler
                        suzigirl RE: Fowler May 27, 2014 04:00 PM

                        Fowler, I started smoking at 8 years old. Older family members insisted so I couldn't tell on them. I quit a few times and revisited it now and then but have been smoke free since I was 38 (5 years). I have to agree, it's a bitch and a half. Now if only I could get James on board. A thousand congratulations on quitting for a year. What a nice way to commemorate such a milestone. Have a great time.

                        1. re: suzigirl
                          Fowler RE: suzigirl May 27, 2014 07:54 PM

                          suzigirl, I totally know what you are going through. Like James, my SO smokes and it is VERY difficult to remain smoke free and also sit next to a loved one who is smoking because then I want to smoke and also am the "bad person" that begs my SO to not smoke because I do not want them to die of lung cancer.

                          1. re: suzigirl
                            linguafood RE: suzigirl May 28, 2014 03:56 AM

                            Wow, you started at only 8 years old! And here I thought I began early: around the tender age of 12, although my dad would let me 'start' his cigs as young as 7 -- the 70s were.... a different time, I guess.

                            I quit many times over the years, but thankfully never had to deal with the (supposed/alleged) "withdrawals" so many people mention, i.e. no migraines for me, no irritability, etc. pp., but perhaps one already has to have a bitchy side for it to come out in these situations '-D

                            I did gain a ridiculous amount of weight the first time around, tho (approx. 20 lbs. within 2 months!!!), which is why I ended up starting up again after 2 years. Naturally, the weight dropped almost immediately. Fer shame!

                            But we all react differently to things, amirite? I've been tobacco-free now since my birthday in September and haven't looked back.

                            Smoking cigarettes is a nasty habit, not to mention one of *the* most unhealthy things one can do to one's body.

                            Here's to healthy minds in healthy bodies!

                            1. re: linguafood
                              LindaWhit RE: linguafood May 28, 2014 07:41 AM

                              I quit way way way back in 1979 (on a dare from my youngest stepbrother - who still owes me the $50 bet [plus a LOT of interest!], and while I didn't lash out at people, I definitely had the weight gain as you did, lingua. Then again, that weight gain has continued to my 55th year as I continued to learn more about cooking and enjoying the eating of said cooking, so I think that's just me. :D

                              Quitting smoking is tough, but when I realized that food tasted so much better, it was a done deal that I would "stay quit" of cigarettes.

                              1. re: linguafood
                                suzigirl RE: linguafood May 28, 2014 02:18 PM

                                The seventies were definitely a different time. I only had cravings from hell. Luckily no weight gain or bitchyness. But I started being able to smell cigarettes from long distances. I could get out of my car in a parking lot and smell a cigarette from a smoker in front of the store or at a traffic light with my windows closed. Crazy.

                                1. re: suzigirl
                                  nothingswrong RE: suzigirl May 28, 2014 03:02 PM

                                  I find it interesting how many 'hounds smoke or did smoke. Is there some correlation between foodies and cigarette smoking?? Or is it the booze and the smoking that go hand in hand?

                                  I'm a current smoker. Started at 12, quickly was a pack a day or more, and stayed that way. Quit once for a year and a half and I craved them every single day, then finally gave in and started again. So I guess I didn't quit.

                                  Recently the bf hounded me to quit again so I said sure, no prob, it's time. Didn't stress about it, we set a quit date. I loaded up on patches to get me through that awful first week (which I've had to do many times while in the hospital). D-day came and I woke up and went about my day, but the boyfriend came home around 11 AM and had already chainsmoked half a pack. He's no good at quitting things.

                                  Good to see all of you who have been able to quit and stay that way. I'm hoping to before 30, which is fast approaching.

                                  1. re: nothingswrong
                                    alliegator RE: nothingswrong May 28, 2014 03:16 PM

                                    It is interesting, isn't it?
                                    I don't smoke and only have had a puff or two a small handful of times in my life. But, I do love me some fine food and beverage. I guess everyone in just hardwired in a certain way.
                                    Being around smokers doesn't bother me for whatever reason, but caring for my grandmother as she died from lung cancer did. A lot.
                                    Best to those who are staying quit and to those making the effort to stop.
                                    And who am I to judge if you do smoke? I drink. We're all just human.

                                    1. re: alliegator
                                      steve h. RE: alliegator May 28, 2014 03:21 PM

                                      Smoking is a nasty habit. I always had high-stress jobs and relied on caffeine and nicotine. I quit smoking almost 20 years ago. I still have anxiety dreams.

                                    2. re: nothingswrong
                                      suzigirl RE: nothingswrong May 28, 2014 03:25 PM

                                      I was peer pressured into smoking. But I made the decision to start inhaling and continue to smoke. I can say for myself it became a booze/smoking thing once I started drinking.

                                      Just a thought. Some people aren't the cold turkey kind, me being one of them. It took me about a month to quit by giving up alcohol entirely for a while and restricting my smoking little by little. Today I can't have my first morning cigarette anymore. Next I can't smoke until noon. No more smoking after meals. No more smoking until evening time. eventually I cut down to one cigarette a day and then I quit. You might be more suited to this approach. And stick it out even if bf doesn't. I have for 5 years except a drag here and there when I drink which I ALWAYS regret because it just tastes like shit now.

                                      1. re: suzigirl
                                        nothingswrong RE: suzigirl May 28, 2014 03:50 PM

                                        When I was in my early 20s, I used to try and quit all the time just because I knew I was supposed to. It was like every couple months, I'd get all huffy about it and make a big stink to ex hubby (who smoked like a chimney). He'd just roll his eyes, sit back, and watch the chaos ensue. I could do 4 or 5 days each time, but I'd have to not drink any coffee. Coffee = nicotine cravings like nobody's business. So day 5 I'd wake up and get an espresso and as if in a blackout, I'd be standing in front of 7-11 ripping open a pack of smokes in no time.

                                        So I just stopped trying to quit all the time and it's been maybe 5 years since I've even considered it seriously. My dad the cardiologist tells me to quit by 40 and I'll have little risk of heart disease repercussions. I lost my grandmother to emphysema and my other grandmother is currently losing her battle to lung cancer (both smoked for many years, as was the fashion, but quit before I was born). My mother the head and neck surgeon has been trying to get me to quit from the moment she discovered my habit. She loathes cigarettes and alcohol and has never taken part in either. She once got members of my family to each offer up $1,000 for me to quit on the spot. I was 18 and would've made like $7,000 but I said no way. Lol.

                                        It's funny as you get older, you really start to feel like a smoker. It's strikingly unattractive now and I get winded too easily. My doctors have told me it's quite good for slow gastric motility though !!

                                        I'm sure I will quit the way you did Suzi. You don't hear people doing that often, but knowing me, that'll be the way to go. An abrupt change is too much to handle. With a patch and an e-cig I find I don't need to smoke any real cigarettes at all. I'm hoping to "taper" off to that, and then remove the patch and e-cig eventually too.

                                        1. re: nothingswrong
                                          suzigirl RE: nothingswrong May 28, 2014 04:53 PM

                                          My ex hubs insisted I quit and said he would follow suit and two years went by without him quitting. When we divorced I fell right back in the habit with my roommate. I can relate to the hubs smoking in front of you.

                                          Girl, I would have taken the money and ran. But I am sure I would have been a sneak and just not smoked around them until the money was gone.

                                          I hope you quit. It is a little easier if you wean yourself. It doesn't seem like you are losing a friend all at once. James tried the e-cigs and it just didn't last. The smokes crept back in slowly.I hope your grandmothers history will help you make the decision easier.

                                          1. re: nothingswrong
                                            kitchengardengal RE: nothingswrong May 28, 2014 08:56 PM

                                            When I quit smoking in 2006, I had to play a little mind-game with myself. I had one pack of cigarettes left, and I put it in the glove box of my car. The deal I made with myself was that if I got a craving, I'd wait five minutes and go out to the car and get a cigarette if I still wanted one after the five minutes. I never went out and got one. It wasn't easy, but knowing it was right there was a lot easier than craving a smoke and going crazy thinking I'd have to go to the store if I wanted one.

                                            The unopened pack stayed in the car for several months - until DH decided to quit, too. He succumbed to his cravings, went out to MY car a few times and smoked stale Virginia Slims Menthol Lights. Bleah. They were nasty enough that just a couple of those did the trick. We have both been smoke free since.

                                          2. re: suzigirl
                                            linguafood RE: suzigirl May 28, 2014 04:02 PM

                                            Word on your last 2 sentences. On two occasions I had a drag of a bud's cig, and it truly tasted like crap. I don't even miss the nicotine anymore.

                                            1. re: suzigirl
                                              JTPhilly RE: suzigirl May 28, 2014 06:21 PM

                                              after several failed attempts and a few long quits blown ultimately only cold turkey worked for me, but it really was not a choice - i waited until it actually just hurt too much to smoke after recurring bronchitis had met with a bad cold and left me hacking so much my throat was bruised - i just had to stop and after a week decided to make it for real this time, i was just too young to be taking little steps and gasping for breath at 36 - a internet support board was a critical help. My Dad is currently undergoing treatment for throat cancer - he quit 10 years ago - his treatment has gone well so far - thankfully he does not have to deal with quitting smoking AND surgery/chemo/radiation at the same time. After 20+ months I do not want to smoke - but I still have a sweet tooth - and what i can only call hypoglycemia - i get dizzy and confused if I don.t eat - and must eat breakfast/cant skip meals, where as a smoker i rarely ate breakfast and could run around all day on a weekend without eating - just puffing away. Only downside mosquitos bite me now and the dogs need front-line as they don't live in a toxic cloud of pesticide all day. I won't dare take a drag - i know where that goes for me.

                                              1. re: JTPhilly
                                                nothingswrong RE: JTPhilly May 28, 2014 07:01 PM

                                                Are you saying you think that quitting smoking and the hypoglycemia are related?

                                                1. re: nothingswrong
                                                  JTPhilly RE: nothingswrong May 28, 2014 07:16 PM

                                                  chicken? egg? sugar addiction? IDK - smoking nicotine triggers release of fats and sugars - simulating a "snack" to your brain - much of the brain fog and confusion experienced when quitting smoking is due to hypoglycemia (this is my understanding and it makes sense but I am no Doctor) - did smoking cause it? am I just addicted to sugar? or was it pre-existing? who know but apparently I was always in poor temper as a kid if I was hungry. I just know that now I "hit a wall" and *need* sugar - nothing crazy - just eating breakfast and a piece of fruit in the afternoon keeps me level- right when I quit i devoured sugar candy that I had not eaten since I was a kid though.

                                                  1. re: JTPhilly
                                                    nothingswrong RE: JTPhilly May 29, 2014 10:21 AM

                                                    I didn't know that JT. Interesting. I've had hypoglycemia since I was a little kid. Mom had to safety pin notes to my clothes saying "Please allow NW to snack often or she will faint." All the other kids were jealous because mom would send me off with a bag of sweets from our corner European bakery every morning.

                                                    I guess that also partially explains why smokers eat so much when they quit, and consequently tend to gain so much weight. I've noticed a lot of people quit by sucking on hard candy or repeatedly eating Snickers bars.

                                              2. re: suzigirl
                                                linguafood RE: suzigirl May 29, 2014 03:20 AM

                                                I hardly drank any booze when I first quit, as that was (and continued to be) my biggest trigger.

                                                Even when I had become a very occasional, 'social' smoker, I would only feel like a smoke when I was drinking.

                                                Once they banned it in NYC, there was *no fucking way* I would stand out there in the cold, SANS drink (the idiotic open container laws) and freeze my butt off while sucking on that nasty, nasty stuff.

                                                So glad to be done with it :-)

                                              3. re: nothingswrong
                                                Fowler RE: nothingswrong May 28, 2014 06:42 PM

                                                " Or is it the booze and the smoking that go hand in hand?"

                                                That was part of the issue with me. I traveled Monday through Friday for business and there often was not much better to do after work than sit at the hotel bar smoking and drinking. Oddly after college and grad school I never smoked during the day, but as soon as I sat down at the hotel bar and had a drink or went out on the weekends with friends the smokes came out.

                                                One of the key things for me being able to quit smoking was that for the first 3 months I literally did not have a drop to drink because I just knew that was a trigger. Also, and as crazy as it sounds when I committed to quit I purchased a pack of cigarettes. I still have it and know that if I ever open it I will not be able to have just one and will smoke off the entire pack and just be addicted again and have to go through the misery of quitting once again. No thanks.

                                                1. re: Fowler
                                                  nothingswrong RE: Fowler May 28, 2014 07:06 PM

                                                  Yeah I know quite a few people who smoke when they drink. They'll lecture me up and down about how filthy and disgusting it is, but get a few drinks in 'em and they're begging me for one.

                                                  I used to have a boss who'd pour a couple drinks every Friday night and have one cigarette. She'd been doing this for like 20+ years and never smoked or drank at other times. I was like 22 and in awe at her "restraint."

                                                  As a still active smoker, I understand the traveling and afterwork drink/smoke thing. I no longer drink alcohol but when I'm bored and waiting, nothing seems to kill time better than something to drink (coffee, soda, whatever) and a smoke. And don't get me started on sitting in traffic. I think if I'm going to quit, I'll have to move out of L.A. for a while.

                                                  1. re: Fowler
                                                    Frizzle RE: Fowler May 28, 2014 07:20 PM

                                                    Congrats on the year Fowler. It's a tough thing to do and I think the first year is the hardest.

                                                    I had to avoid alcohol to give up smoking too. After several failed attempts I eventually spent a year as a social recluse and devoted myself to stripping wallpaper and painting my house rather than sitting in bars with workmates after work.

                                                    Ten years on I still have moments where I feel like a cigarette but like you pointed out, there's no way I want to put myself through the misery of quitting again. Well done to you!

                                          3. re: Fowler
                                            gini RE: Fowler May 27, 2014 04:02 PM

                                            Congrats on one year and good on you for the apology. It's hard to both quit smoking AND apologize and you've managed to do both.

                                            I quit about 10 years ago and it was brutal. I decided the only thing that could keep me from smoking was either running or taking a shower as I couldn't imagine smoking during either of those activities. Suffice it to say I spent a lot of time in the shower for about 3 months.

                                            I hope all your taste buds have renewed themselves and that you have a great dinner.

                                            1. re: gini
                                              Fowler RE: gini May 27, 2014 08:07 PM

                                              What a nice reply and thanks so much, gini. You are right that quitting is brutal. I spent most of my career on the road and at times there really was not much to do at night other than sit at the hotel bar drinking, smoking and talking with other business travelers. It became a habit and a very hard one to break.

                                              I am glad to hear you quit as well.

                                            2. re: Fowler
                                              Harters RE: Fowler May 28, 2014 02:50 AM

                                              I think it's great when someone achieves what they want to achieve in life. Giving up drugs, like nicotine and alcohol, is a tough decision and one that I still battle with daily, nearly 15 years after stopping.

                                              As for apologies to users of an internet discussion board - these are never needed. We are who we are. We choose what we write and, unlike in spoken conversation, we have the ability to consider what we're writing before we hit "send" (and can quickly edit if we want). We form views about folk, who we will never know, based on what they write - it may be their true persona, it may be a character they assume for a board. To me, it is as pointless worrying about whether I have been unpleasant to someone, or they have been unpleasant to me, as whether I worry that it gets dark at night.

                                              And, hey, Fowler - in writing my considered post, does that make me one of the people who, as you said upthread, if they don't accept your apology then it says more about their character than it does yours? Just asking.

                                              1. re: Harters
                                                Fowler RE: Harters May 28, 2014 07:20 AM

                                                Harters, Considering your explanation, my answer to your question is definitely no.

                                                I certainly appreciate your well thought out reply. I have at times during the last year been sharp with you and that is one of the reasons why I extended the apology.

                                                And good for you Harters for 15 years without nicotine!

                                                1. re: Fowler
                                                  Harters RE: Fowler May 28, 2014 07:44 AM

                                                  Can't recall any particular undue sharpness towards me - possibly with the time difference between continents, the board moderators had deleted the worst excesses of your comments before I saw them.

                                                  I know that you have offended quite a number of folk who contribute to this and other threads by what I'm sure you would now regard as, erm, unfortunate remarks that you've made with some regularity. No doubt, they will appreciate your apology and, as I'm sure we all will, look forward to a "snide free Fowler".

                                                  On the nicotine free front, the first five years are the worst :-) My best wishes for continued abstinence.

                                                  1. re: Harters
                                                    Fowler RE: Harters May 28, 2014 08:08 AM

                                                    >>>I know that you have offended quite a number of folk who contribute to this and other threads by what I'm sure you would now regard as, erm, unfortunate remarks that you've made with some regularity.<<<

                                                    The thing you left out, Harters, is that there are some people within this and other threads that I have never offended but go out of their way to try and offend or insult me. And it is not my imagination because posters I keep in touch with in person or via e-mail have mentioned that fact.

                                                    Regardless, I appreciate that you took the time to share your feelings. Thanks.

                                                    1. re: Fowler
                                                      Harters RE: Fowler May 28, 2014 08:31 AM

                                                      Yes, I've read several of your posts when you've expressed this feeling of being persecuted by other board users.

                                                      I'm told that you expressed that about me on one thread but your comments had been deleted by the time I was able to try and read the thread. Perhaps for the best.

                                                      Anyway, let me repeat my wish that the past period of your life is now over and all can be "sweetness and light" on the WFD threads.

                                              2. re: Fowler
                                                Berheenia RE: Fowler May 28, 2014 08:25 AM

                                                Yesterday as we checked out our new membership at the "Wholesale Club" we almost fainted when we saw that a carton of Marlboro's was 80 bucks! Back in to 90's we were a two carton a week couple.

                                                1. re: Berheenia
                                                  Harters RE: Berheenia May 28, 2014 08:39 AM

                                                  Carton (10 pcks x 20) would set you back around £85 in the UK. Around $142.

                                                  1. re: Berheenia
                                                    LindaWhit RE: Berheenia May 28, 2014 08:42 AM

                                                    I quit smoking @ 60 cents a pack. Paying $8.00 a pack or whatever they are now is insane!

                                                    1. re: LindaWhit
                                                      linguafood RE: LindaWhit May 28, 2014 09:11 AM

                                                      In one of those weaker moments of years past, late at night somewhere in the Village, I had a drunken craving for a cigarette. One. Just one. Went to the next deli and thought, what the hell -- I'll buy a pack and give it to my smoking friends. Whatever the dude at the register said didn't make a goddamn bit of sense, so I asked him to repeat: "That'll be 14.37, ma'm". I told him to forget about it.

                                                      Like most ex-smokers, I cannot fathom living with a smoker or spending more time than absolutely necessary in a smoker's home. Ick.

                                                      1. re: linguafood
                                                        suzigirl RE: linguafood May 28, 2014 02:42 PM

                                                        I am the exception to the rule. Cigarette smoke doesn't bother me. Watching James smoke bothers me but he is a grown man so I deal.

                                                        1. re: suzigirl
                                                          linguafood RE: suzigirl May 29, 2014 09:58 AM

                                                          Love conquers much, suzi. Even smoke.

                                                          1. re: linguafood
                                                            suzigirl RE: linguafood May 29, 2014 11:55 AM

                                                            You said it !! Love him and his bad habits.

                                                  2. re: Fowler
                                                    foodieX2 RE: Fowler May 28, 2014 02:18 PM

                                                    Congrats on the milestone!

                                                    I quit smoking what seems like a 100 years ago. I am cheap and vain so once they hit a $1.00 a pack I quit, plus I hated the way they made my hair smell. Not even "Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific" or "Body on Tap" could really get rid of the smell.

                                                    And remember not to rest on your laurels. I know many an addict that thought they could just have the occasional XYZ once enough time had past. Addiction is very insidious.

                                                    Lastly- I may be in the minority but I rarely remember rude/nasty posters unless their postings are consistently that way. So while you may have been mean to me it didn't stick with me. When people lash out at me I try to let it roll off my back-some days I am better at it than others.

                                                    There is only one poster I can think of off the top of my head that I identify as so negative, mean and nasty that I try to stay out of the fray when they post. Sometimes I am successful but on the times when I am not I ended up kicking myself. I often wonder what their real life must be like for them to be so negative and argumentative on daily basis, especially when this really is just a message board about food. It makes me pity them.

                                                    1. re: foodieX2
                                                      nothingswrong RE: foodieX2 May 28, 2014 03:05 PM

                                                      Maybe they come to the internetz since people in real life run from them?

                                                      That is so funny to read about cigarettes hitting the outrageous price of $1.00 a pack.

                                                    2. re: Fowler
                                                      ltsering RE: Fowler May 29, 2014 09:57 AM


                                                      1. re: Fowler
                                                        boyzoma RE: Fowler May 29, 2014 12:49 PM

                                                        Congratulations, Fowler. I know EXACTLY what you have gone through. I smoked for 40 years and have been "clean" now for over 6 years. And it is very hard, indeed. I am so happy now. I used Chantix and it made me throw up every day for 3 months (kind of like morning sickness). I swore if I got through that I would never pick up a cigarette again. So, that said, I am really PROUD for you. Keep up the good work. Sending many happy thoughts your way. And food does taste so much better!

                                                        And to all others who have quit, Congratulations to you too. To those who have not, keep trying. You'll be glad you did.

                                                      2. Njchicaa RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 11:37 AM

                                                        Some kind of chicken.... Ugh. I hate chicken. I have 3 BSCB that I need to do something with. I was thinking of grilling but we are supposed to have heavy thunderstorms between 4pm and midnight so I need a new plan. I'll probably do rice and steamed green beans to go with.

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                                                          roxlet RE: Njchicaa May 27, 2014 11:43 AM

                                                          How about something with a mustard sauce? Quick and flavorful, even with SBCB

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                                                            LindaWhit RE: Njchicaa May 27, 2014 12:12 PM

                                                            What about a stir-fry, Njchicaa? You could still use the green beans - just add some garlic, ginger, soy sauce, dry sherry, carrot pennies, and a cornstarch or flour slurry and serve it over that same rice. Oh - and top it with peanuts and/or cashews if you're not allergic. :-)

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                                                              MidwesternerTT RE: Njchicaa May 27, 2014 02:21 PM

                                                              Maybe something from (or inspired by) COTM? Chicken with apricots or Chicken with Cashew gravy both got good reviews.

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                                                                ltsering RE: Njchicaa May 29, 2014 09:58 AM

                                                                I hate chicken too, unless it's butterflied and sauteed with capers.

                                                              2. JTPhilly RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 12:15 PM

                                                                it is getting to that time of year when I just don't want to heat up the house when I get home from work

                                                                put some chicken legs and thighs on a rack over beer in the slow cooker over night - have some nice roasted chicken and a tasty looking jus in the fridge- and some homemade mayo that I am wanting to use up + too many buns from the cookout - I am thinking dippable sammies

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                                                                  Njchicaa RE: JTPhilly May 27, 2014 02:09 PM

                                                                  It's already 89 in my kitchen so I figure turning on the oven really isn't going to make a difference in my comfort level at this point.

                                                                2. ChristinaMason RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 12:26 PM

                                                                  I've got some strip steaks defrosting. I think we'll sear those and serve with some stir-fried pea shoots and maybe a fennel-orange salad. I liked what I saw in the link to a carrot salad posted in the last thread.

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                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: ChristinaMason May 27, 2014 09:15 PM

                                                                    Yeah, steaks were definitely not thawed by dinnertime. Luckily, there was a flat iron in the back of the fridge that was ready, together with leftover braised green beans and some baby peas. It worked.

                                                                  2. helen_m RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 12:59 PM

                                                                    Tonight it's Donna Hay's little salmon cakes made with lime, wasabi and ginger and soy based dipping sauce. Sides will be some kind of cucumber salad and steamed rice.

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                                                                      GretchenS RE: helen_m May 27, 2014 01:08 PM

                                                                      mmmm, never met a salmon cake I didn't like, would love to hear more about these if you think them worth repeating

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                                                                        helen_m RE: GretchenS May 28, 2014 06:46 AM

                                                                        These are old favourites, I've been making them since I bought the book (Flavours) in 2001! Really easy, quick and healthy. It's just salmon chopped into small cubes flavoured with wasabi, grated ginger, lime zest (the original recipe calls for shredded kaffir lime leaves but it's hard to find fresh ones) and bound with egg white and cornflour. The dipping sauce is equal quantities of soy and lime juice sweetened with a little brown sugar.

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                                                                          Gio RE: helen_m May 28, 2014 07:41 AM

                                                                          I Love Donna Hay's recipes! I have several of her cookbooks, and Flavors is one of them! Thanks for mentioning the recipe.

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                                                                      cgarner RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 12:59 PM

                                                                      I have boneless skinless chicken thighs marinating in balsamic, dark soy, dry sherry, honey and garlic
                                                                      I'm going to light up the grill and serve with a side of brown rice and some stir fired veggies
                                                                      (that is as long as the weather cooperates!)

                                                                      1. GretchenS RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 01:11 PM

                                                                        Last night I made a pasta with the rest of what was on hand -- not as much fun or as tasty as my little tapas but at least I have a clean slate now and I did not have to go to the store. I have been craving fish "tacos" (the lettuce kind) for about a week now so will swing by the store on the way home and hope there is some nice fish available for them.

                                                                        1. JungMann RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 01:56 PM

                                                                          Spicy dry-rubbed ribs
                                                                          Collard greens with smoked ham hocks
                                                                          Tangy coleslaw with celery seed and avocado oil

                                                                          Thank goodness I made big batches for Memorial Day because it has been summer for all of one day and it's already too hot to cook in my tiny tinderbox of an apartment. I have a hankering for a side of cold potato salad for my hot dinner, but instead I think I'll have some of the gaily dressed herring under a fur coat that I picked up at a Russian deli over the weekend. Nothing like a brightly colored salad to liven up an otherwise drab and brown plate.

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                                                                            linguafood RE: JungMann May 28, 2014 03:47 AM

                                                                            Ummm..... 'herring under a fur coat'? Please elaborate.

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                                                                              JungMann RE: linguafood May 28, 2014 06:54 AM

                                                                              That's the literal translation for the layered salad called selyodka pod shuboy in Russian. Typically it is made of salt-cured herring, potatoes, beets and sieved eggs in a creamy dill dressing. I first encountered it at an office potluck where the composed salad was a stunner next to all our microwaved beigeness. The dressing had turned a vibrant fuchsia from the diced beets while the herring itself wore a shaggy fur coat of shredded potatoes polka dotted with egg yolks. It sounds like an odd jumble, but it's a perfect combination. The shredded potatoes have the nostalgic texture of McDonald's hashbrowns, but quickly dissolve into creaminess while the combination of beets and eggs give the dressing earthiness and funk. The Boston Globe picture attached gives a good idea of what the salad generally looks like at the deli case, though Google Images shows some more flamboyant examples of herring styled in Santa outfits with potato trim or, even better, donning babushkas of tomato skin.

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                                                                                Berheenia RE: JungMann May 28, 2014 08:32 AM

                                                                                I had the same experience at an office pot luck but all us ugly Americans thought it was one of those pink jello things and we thoroughly insulted the woman who made it- no one touched it. She was a colleague of mine so I learned near the end of the party what we had been missing and had a large helping- delicious. She was from the Dominican Republic and called it a Ensalada rusa or Russian Salad in English.

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                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: Berheenia May 28, 2014 10:05 AM

                                                                                  This makes an appearance at our office potlucks, too.

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                                                                                    JungMann RE: ChristinaMason May 28, 2014 11:24 AM

                                                                                    I had no idea how popular Russian salad was throughout the Spanish-speaking world. A bit of Googling turns up that potato salad is called "ensalada rusa" in Spanish (a reference to the Russian "salad olivye") with regional variations popping up in nearly every Latin American country.

                                                                                    When I was a kid, my mother made something similar with beets, potatoes, pineapples and shredded chicken. I don't remember what we called it, but I assumed it was American in origin (neither beets nor Miracle Whip being native to the Philippines). It'd be a fascinating turn of events if that salad was actually copied from the Spanish who were in turn copying the Russians a century and a half ago.

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                                                                                      Harters RE: JungMann May 28, 2014 11:33 AM

                                                                                      Ensaladilla is certainly very popular in Spain. Not really as a restaurant dish but certainly a domestic one.

                                                                          2. Berheenia RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 01:56 PM

                                                                            Today we signed up at B.J.'s - the lesser Costco IMHO but the only show in town. We had a coupon for a 60 day free trial but boy did the guy at the membership counter push us to join, that is pay a membership fee. Sorry buster- no way. We bought a rotisserie chicken and its WFD. Gotta see how it stacks up to Costco's bird. Mashed potatoes (local) and spinach for the sides.

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                                                                              LindaWhit RE: Berheenia May 27, 2014 02:14 PM

                                                                              Their rotis chicky isn't bad, Berheenia. I actually think they pretty much all taste the same, whether it's Market Basket, BJ's, or Boston Market, so don't go by me. :-)

                                                                              I more than make back my membership fee in that I buy toilet tissue, paper towels, and Kleenex tissue in bulk, along with some of their snack mix, ground beef (non-pink slime beef from awhile back - I checked!). And I like that they have a wine section at my two local BJ's (those great MA laws that allow franchise to only have 3 stores with liquor licenses).

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                                                                                Berheenia RE: LindaWhit May 27, 2014 05:37 PM

                                                                                If they only had the wine,, sung to the tune of the tin man song

                                                                            2. alliegator RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 02:27 PM

                                                                              Omg! A girl goes away for a few days and a entire thread is finito.
                                                                              I'll do more detail with pics later. Came back from LA yesterday AM so pap would not holiday alone. We just did big ol' juicy cheeseborgers on the grill with iceberg and 'mater salad.
                                                                              Tonight is my fave: penne arrabbiata.
                                                                              Then: the diet. I tried to gain back all my weight I lost with the gallbladder operation and I overshot that mark a bit. Yikes. But such is life.
                                                                              Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend :)

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                                                                                roxlet RE: alliegator May 27, 2014 02:53 PM

                                                                                Well, it must have been fun!!

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                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: alliegator May 27, 2014 03:36 PM

                                                                                  Sounds like a good weekend, allie!

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                                                                                    suzigirl RE: alliegator May 27, 2014 04:14 PM

                                                                                    I hear you girl. I have not gained back all my weight from GP but definitely more than I planned. That's okay, it is an insurance policy for when I am sick again. Hope you had a ball in LA.

                                                                                  2. suzigirl RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 03:47 PM

                                                                                    What's on my dinner table as I slide towards summer is stuffed pepper patties and a nice English cucumber salad with a sour cream vinaigrette that reminds me of my grandma's from my youth. It makes me very happy. I had a sour cream cucumber salad in the school cafeteria as a child and asked my grandma to make it for me. She was also a lunch lady in another school and just made a phone call. She made it into a family sized recipe and history was made(kidding).

                                                                                    Some pre oven shots:

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                                                                                      roxlet RE: suzigirl May 27, 2014 03:55 PM

                                                                                      I love the sound of that cucumber salad!

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                                                                                        suzigirl RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 04:26 PM

                                                                                        Thanks, rox.

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                                                                                          Gio RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 04:28 PM

                                                                                          And I love the look of those stuffed peppers. Pared down like that they are something quite special. I love my Mother's stuffing and can imagine how it would taste, so may use it when I try to make yours. That's a simple tomato sauce you used to cook the peppers?

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                                                                                            suzigirl RE: Gio May 27, 2014 05:57 PM

                                                                                            The stuffed pepper patties are delicious when they get a nice sear and have a bit more umph than a regular stuffed pepper. I have no recipe and just make the recipe by feel so I would not only say yes to your mom's recipe but would be happy to have the recipe. The tomato sauce was Prego. I will have tomatoes from the garden soon to make fresh.

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                                                                                              alliegator RE: suzigirl May 27, 2014 06:27 PM

                                                                                              Suzi's stuffed pepper patties are the bomb. I believe I first stole the idea a few years ago and have never gone back to the standard stuffed pepper since.

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                                                                                                suzigirl RE: alliegator May 28, 2014 08:32 AM

                                                                                                Aww. Thanks allie.

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                                                                                                  alliegator RE: suzigirl May 28, 2014 03:30 PM

                                                                                                  Thank YOU. That's a big classic go-to for me now :)

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                                                                                                Gio RE: suzigirl May 28, 2014 08:12 AM


                                                                                                1/2 cup plain bread crumbs, preferably home made
                                                                                                2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
                                                                                                1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried
                                                                                                1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
                                                                                                3 heaping tablespoons of grated Parmigiano Reggiano
                                                                                                3 tablespoons of olive oil plus more to drizzle after stuffing
                                                                                                1 teaspoon black pepper

                                                                                                You might have to double or even triple the recipe to accommodate whatever it is you're stuffing. I use this for calamari, clams, artichokes, and peppers.

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                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: Gio May 28, 2014 08:42 AM

                                                                                                  Thanks Gio.

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                                                                                                    helen_m RE: Gio May 28, 2014 08:43 AM

                                                                                                    That sounds delicious. I have loads of oregano growing.

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                                                                                              Berheenia RE: suzigirl May 27, 2014 05:38 PM

                                                                                              very classy plate

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                                                                                                linguafood RE: suzigirl May 28, 2014 03:44 AM

                                                                                                I've already outed myself as a cuke salad lover..... so I'm swooning over this one :-)

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                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: linguafood May 28, 2014 02:19 PM

                                                                                                  It was really delicious. All that dressing, dill and parsley. I had two helpings.

                                                                                              2. weezieduzzit RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 05:05 PM

                                                                                                The man won't be very happy about it but we're not having chili relleno tonight, I still have too much to do for a dinner that time consuming. Tomorrow, hopefully. It'll be the first batch of chili relleno from garden chilis this season.

                                                                                                I think it's going to be turkey juicy lucys with some aged cheddar and jalapenos picked from a plant I relocated today. The last of the flying saucer squash as a side- I evicted the plants for not earning their keep- the yield is too low for the amount of room they take up. They were fun, they taste good but I'm trying to have what I grow be a large portion of what we eat and not just a hobby. We still have other squashes. At least one more color is required on the plate... perhaps orange and red pepper strips left raw so they're nice and crispy.

                                                                                                In the interest of not heating the kitchen or creating a lot of dirty dishes, both the burgers and squash may be cooked in the Foreman grill.

                                                                                                1. kitchengardengal RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 06:09 PM

                                                                                                  I had some leftover roast chicken, a package of wonton skins that needed to be used and some homemade chicken broth in the fridge. So I threw the chicken, some water chestnuts, garlic, scallions, oyster sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil in the food processor. Shaped the little stuffed wontons like tortellini and boiled them in the chicken broth. Served the broth on the side with a couple of dipping sauces for the wontons. We both ate more than our share.

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                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: kitchengardengal May 27, 2014 06:18 PM

                                                                                                    Sounds delicious.

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                                                                                                      JTPhilly RE: kitchengardengal May 27, 2014 08:26 PM

                                                                                                      sounds good - like a chopped episode - creative use of ingredients!

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                                                                                                        kitchengardengal RE: JTPhilly May 28, 2014 08:43 PM

                                                                                                        They were delicious! I need to write it down in my recipe file before I forget how I made them.

                                                                                                    2. BananaBirkLarsen RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 07:20 PM

                                                                                                      Tonight was a nice, quick breakfast for dinner. Scrambled egg and sausage English muffin sandwiches and a potato and mushroom hash. The eggs were infused with herbed cream cheese (which tasted great, but they turned out a little soft for a sandwich) and the muffins were dressed with mayo, spicy mustard and tomato slices.

                                                                                                      Dessert will be a mixed fruit crisp -- mostly unripe pears with an apple and a handful of raspberries thrown in for good measure. Almond Dream vanilla "ice cream" (a freebie from work, but it actually tastes pretty good) on top.

                                                                                                      1. JTPhilly RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 08:23 PM

                                                                                                        tonight was the kind of dinner for when nobody's looking - pulled chicken (slow cooker on the rack over beer bath) and kimchee on hamburger buns slathered in homemade mayo and dipped in the cooking jus - sour cream and onion chips as a side. It wasn't pretty but it was pretty good.

                                                                                                        also my first encounter with a pressure cooker trying to make dog food - i have no clue how to use this thing!

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                                                                                                          nothingswrong RE: JTPhilly May 28, 2014 12:58 AM

                                                                                                          What are you putting in the dog food?

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                                                                                                            JTPhilly RE: nothingswrong May 28, 2014 06:29 AM

                                                                                                            Turkey necks (meat managers special) sweet potato, rice and flax seed. I was trying to get the turkey neck bones soft but to no avail. I removed the meat and put the necks in my bone bag where I collect and freeze bones to make "dog stock" next time I will try to make the stock so the bones soften - usually I use the slow cooker and just discard the bones but I wanted to try the pressure cooker to see if u could make them soft enough to eat.

                                                                                                            the little guy struggles with kibble and the good quality soft food gets $$$ I am convinced I can replicate for much cheaper than $2.50 a can for "blues stew" with my own

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                                                                                                              BananaBirkLarsen RE: JTPhilly May 28, 2014 08:37 AM

                                                                                                              I make my own dog food too and it is much cheaper than the good quality stuff (and a good way to use up veggies you won't eat in time)! Definitely let us know if you find a way to soften those bones. I make mine as sort of a meatloaf, with mixed ground meats, steamed vegetables and sometimes either rice or the mixed grain flakes from TJ's. I've been using the dust I get when I clean out the bone saw at work for calcium, but I've heard of roasting and grinding egg shells as well. And apparently Whole Foods will put a whole bone-in chicken through the grinder (although I'd be worried about little rock-like fragments, so I don't know...). But somehow softening the bones would be a much more efficient way to get all those good bone things in there.

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                                                                                                                nothingswrong RE: JTPhilly May 28, 2014 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                Sounds ambitious! My little one has a hard time with kibble too, but I just pour over some broth and nuke it in the microwave. Let it sit a few minutes and it's like mush.

                                                                                                                Potatoes/yams, rice, eggs, oatmeal, veggies get tossed in fresh each night.

                                                                                                                Lucky little pups you have, with a dad who'll brave the pressure cooker for them.

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                                                                                                                  JTPhilly RE: nothingswrong May 28, 2014 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                  haha the PC has the benefit of scaring them right to bed too so it is a good dog riddance device.

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                                                                                                                    nothingswrong RE: JTPhilly May 28, 2014 01:14 PM

                                                                                                                    Stick some lemons in it and you'll never see your dog again.

                                                                                                          2. letsindulge RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 10:06 PM

                                                                                                            Nicoise-esque salad with cold-smoked salmon, and asparagus. Mine was topped with a poached egg.

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                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: letsindulge May 28, 2014 02:24 PM


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                                                                                                              Frizzle RE: roxlet May 27, 2014 11:25 PM

                                                                                                              It's freezing here at the moment. We even experienced a frost this morning. A novelty for the three year old and for once she was happy to wear shoes and socks all day.

                                                                                                              Another night of chicken leftovers are what's for dinner. Tonight it's the leftover meat. I'll shred it into freekah salad of sorts. Capsicum will be added and maybe some zucchini.

                                                                                                              Green beans with mustard - a recipe from a River Cafe book will be served with the freekah and chicken.

                                                                                                              Dinner TV viewing will be either Broadchurch or True Detective. We're alternate bingeing on both of these shows.

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                                                                                                                helen_m RE: Frizzle May 28, 2014 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                The UK version of Broadchurch? It's excellent!

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                                                                                                                  Harters RE: helen_m May 28, 2014 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                  Apparently a second series is due to start filming around now. Storyline is a big secret with everyone having to sign "no disclosure" contracts.

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                                                                                                                    Frizzle RE: helen_m May 28, 2014 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                    Yes, the UK version. It's fantastic viewing.

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                                                                                                                      grayelf RE: Frizzle May 28, 2014 10:49 PM

                                                                                                                      I'm going to watch the US version just to see David Tennant recreate his character as an American. And of course looking forward to season two of the UK one.

                                                                                                                      WFD last night was noteworthy because I used up all the rest of my chive flowers on the top of a version of spaghetti carbonara. Korean red chili flakes added a nice bit of zip, and the thinly sliced fresh asparagus went down a treat as well.

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                                                                                                                        helen_m RE: grayelf May 29, 2014 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                        I will probably watch the US version but I hope the story is a bit different. I'm a bit annoyed at David Tennant making it across the pond and not Olivia Colman. She's a fantastic actress!

                                                                                                                        In a similar vein, I've been enjoying BBC's Hinterland. Quite Broadchurch/scandi noir but set in Wales.

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                                                                                                                          Frizzle RE: helen_m May 29, 2014 11:40 PM

                                                                                                                          I'll check Hinterland out, thanks for the recommendation.

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                                                                                                                      Harters RE: helen_m May 29, 2014 01:41 AM

                                                                                                                      I kept thinking "why's Dr Who now a cop"

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                                                                                                                    nothingswrong RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 12:46 AM

                                                                                                                    Serious scrounging meal.

                                                                                                                    Spaghetti with butter, pepper, and parmesan.

                                                                                                                    Kale sautéed in EVOO, garlic, red pepper flakes, then tossed with some RW vinegar.

                                                                                                                    Broiled heirloom tomato slices on top of homemade baguette slices from the freezer, and a little shaving of romano + basil from the garden.

                                                                                                                    Boyfriend stopped to help someone with a flat tire so his noodles got cold and kind of congealed by the time it was plated :/

                                                                                                                    Slice of apple galette for dessert.

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                                                                                                                      gini RE: nothingswrong May 28, 2014 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                      Your scrounging looks pretty good!

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                                                                                                                        Gio RE: nothingswrong May 28, 2014 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                        My favorite spaghetti dish, Cacio e Pepe. That's not scrounging at all. It's Great!

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                                                                                                                          nothingswrong RE: Gio May 28, 2014 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                          It's one of my favorites too, and was the bf's request for dinner. I guess it felt like scrounging when the fridge was totally empty and dinner prep took all of 10 minutes.

                                                                                                                          Tonight will be serious scrounging... the kale, tomato, and apples were the last of the fresh produce in the house...

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                                                                                                                        Harters RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 02:27 AM

                                                                                                                        Dinner out tonight - nearby veggie restuarant owned by celeb chef, Simon Rimmer.

                                                                                                                        1. ChristinaMason RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                          My coworker and her hubby are coming for dinner tonight (mostly so we can drink excessively on a weeknight and rant about the lack of growth opportunity at work). Our lucky, lucky husbands.

                                                                                                                          The menu is about all I can muster energy for on a weeknight:

                                                                                                                          -TJ's burrata with lemony homemade pesto, FM tomatoes (hopefully, assuming I can get some on my lunch hour today), and Sardinian parchment crackers

                                                                                                                          -mixed olives roasted with lemon peel, garlic, hot chili, and rosemary

                                                                                                                          -lasagna bolognese (traditional with bechamel and Parm. Regg.)

                                                                                                                          -garlicky sauteed Tuscan kale

                                                                                                                          -semifreddo and chocolate mini biscotti

                                                                                                                          -my new favorite gin, Punt e Mes, Campari, and Aranciata cocktail, and lots of wine

                                                                                                                          We should play a game where you see how many Trader Joe's products you can spot above ;)

                                                                                                                          The plan is to head out to a Human Country Jukebox show after dinner. If I can get some nice zucchini at the FM today, I might also make zucchini carpaccio with lemon, mint, and Parm. Regg.

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                                                                                                                            helen_m RE: ChristinaMason May 28, 2014 06:24 AM

                                                                                                                            Sounds delicious and not low effort at all! Really jealous of your colleague, especially of the delicious sounding cocktail ;) Lasagne on a week-night is super-organised!

                                                                                                                            I really like TJ's burrata. Is the Sardinian music paper a TJ's product? Please say yes, I love that stuff!

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                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: helen_m May 28, 2014 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                              The semifreddo is left over from a recent dinner party, well wrapped and tucked away in the freezer--shh, don't tell.

                                                                                                                              And the lasagna was made with the last of the bolognese from the freezer, too. :)

                                                                                                                              I haven't tried the burrata yet, but I'm glad you (and linguafood) give it the thumbs up. The Sardinian is indeed from TJs!

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                                                                                                                                biondanonima RE: ChristinaMason May 28, 2014 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                I'm a newly minted fan of the TJ's burrata too. It's not as good as the imported stuff, of course, but it's half the price and much easier to source. I hope you enjoy it!

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                                                                                                                              Gio RE: ChristinaMason May 28, 2014 06:47 AM

                                                                                                                              Oh dear, your poor friends, That's All you can muster energy for? Shaking my head. (How low she's sunk.)

                                                                                                                              I Love Punt e Mes over ice with just a small twist of lemon. A perfect aperitivo.

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                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason RE: Gio May 28, 2014 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                                LOL. I know, the shame!

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                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: ChristinaMason May 28, 2014 07:01 AM

                                                                                                                                Wow, all sounds delicious! A ranting night among friends is always a good time.

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                                                                                                                                  JungMann RE: ChristinaMason May 28, 2014 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                  That sounds like everything I want. Including the work-related ranting! What's the new gin you've been drinking lately?

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                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: JungMann May 28, 2014 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                    Just Beefeater! But we tried a nice one from High Wire distilling in Charleston, SC recently. And Green Hat is another cardamom-heavy local fave.

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                                                                                                                                      JungMann RE: ChristinaMason May 28, 2014 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                      That's a perfect London dry for your cocktail. I've been drinking Broker's lately, which is a little disappointing in my favorite Campari cocktails. But that said, it was pretty good in last night's lighter combination of tequila, lime juice, Thai basil syrup, black peppercorns and Angostura.

                                                                                                                                      I'll have to see if I can find a bottle of Green Hat next time I'm down your way. The packaging is superbly designed.

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                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: JungMann May 28, 2014 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                        Oh my, that cocktail sounds delicious! You must make me one next time you visit.

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                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: ChristinaMason May 28, 2014 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                    Wait - that is "all you can muster"? Lord, CM - that's a freakin' dinner party extravaganza, TJ's items or not! Enjoy the dinner, drinks, and the Jukebox show. :-)

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                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: LindaWhit May 28, 2014 08:00 AM

                                                                                                                                      I am one of those "more is more" people. What was it Coco Chanel said about self-editing?

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                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 RE: ChristinaMason May 28, 2014 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                      First of all I'll come for that low energy mustering any time!

                                                                                                                                      Second of all how come I have never seen burrata at TJ's?? Off to call the manager at my local one to see if they can get it.

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                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: foodieX2 May 29, 2014 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                        Sadly, I was a little disappointed by the burrata. While it was a little softer in the center, it had none of that creamy liquid I was expecting. Basically it was just a soft mozza. Bummer.

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                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 RE: ChristinaMason May 29, 2014 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                                          Oh that's too bad! I buy burrata at a speciality market and it is $$$. Was hoping for a cheaper yet comparable alternative.

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                                                                                                                                            biondanonima RE: foodieX2 May 29, 2014 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                            Interesting - I just had a ball of TJ's burrata that was almost too liquid in the center. I haven't eaten the second ball in the container yet but I wonder if it has to do with the age of the product?

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                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: biondanonima May 29, 2014 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                              I wondered that, too! What a shame.

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                                                                                                                                                steve h. RE: biondanonima May 29, 2014 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                I'm a big fan of burrata. Gioia Cheese Company in the Los Angeles area makes the best burrata here in the states. They ship overnight - freshness is key. They have a website.

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                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 RE: steve h. May 29, 2014 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I buy local from two different cheese shops. Both are wonderful.

                                                                                                                                                  Via amazon the Gioia burrata cost $13lb plus $9.50 shipping. Somehow I can't imagine it's $23 good!

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                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 RE: biondanonima May 29, 2014 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Maybe. The manager of my local TJ hasnt called back so I'll try stop on over the weekend. If they have it I'll buy some and report back.

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                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: ChristinaMason May 29, 2014 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                            The farmer's market was a bit of a fail, so I just ended up using sweet little grape tomatoes from, you guessed it, TJ's. And no zucchini, either. I added dried tart cherries and orange zest to the kale and topped it with a drizzle of syrupy aged balsamic. It was a nice counterpoint to the rich lasagna.

                                                                                                                                            The Sardinian parchment crackers were crispy, delicious, and oh-so-addictive.

                                                                                                                                            Dinner was a lot of fun, as was the show afterward. Maybe a little bit too much, based on how my head is feeling today.

                                                                                                                                            Here are a couple crappy cell phone pics:

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                                                                                                                                              alliegator RE: ChristinaMason May 29, 2014 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                              Very purty!

                                                                                                                                          3. Gio RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                            WFD: Stir-fried BLSL chicken thighs sliced into bite sized pieces, aggressively seasoned with a simple masala mix; sugar snap peas seasoned with the same spicy mix and cooked in ghee; another tossed salad. If anyone is interested in the ingredients for the simple masala mix it's just 1 Tbsp cayenne, 1 Tbsp turmeric, 1 Tbsp fine sea salt per 1 pound of fish, but in this case we're using it with the chicken.

                                                                                                                                            1. fldhkybnva RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 07:05 AM

                                                                                                                                              It's pork belly night! TJs pork belly crisped up and tossed wilted Romaine and sauteed Portobello mushrooms. I really really want to add bacon to the mix but who does that? Pork belly with pork belly...My smarter half is telling me that it adds a different flavor to the dish and is a must. I hope that half wins.

                                                                                                                                              Fingers crossed, Take's back!! I guess I'm the typical physician who is not only the worst patient but the worst patient's mother. The vet really wanted to do an ultrasound and I was just going to do it but when I got home and my kid was gallivanting around I decided not to bother torturing him. He can always get it later but for now he's happy and healthy and I can spare him the trauma of another vet visit and my wallet the trauma of another random test. Have I mentioned, it's hard being a parent. So many decisions especially for someone like me who can barely order at a restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                Gio RE: fldhkybnva May 28, 2014 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                Take is a very lucky feline to have a parent like you, fldhky.

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                                                                                                                                                  Fowler RE: fldhkybnva May 28, 2014 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Hi fldhkybnva, that dinner sounds great and I am happy to hear that 'Take is getting better. Do you think maybe he might improve further if there was a Mrs. 'Take for him to spend some time with? He is a male ya know, and males have needs and that might really put a spark in his life. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: Fowler May 28, 2014 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Before this whole sickness incident I had decided to get another cat but now...I'll have to think some more. Unfortunately for him he's neutered so he's basically an it :)

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                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: fldhkybnva May 28, 2014 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                    :::paw bump to Take!:::

                                                                                                                                                    Atta boy. I knew you'd stop worrying Mom. I mean, I know you're a cat, and I know it's just part of what you do, but there's a point at which you need to stop scaring her like that! :::Shaking a Mom finger at Take::::


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                                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 RE: fldhkybnva May 28, 2014 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Dinner sounds wonderful and will taste even better knowing Take is on the mend!

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                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva May 28, 2014 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I hear you about it being tough to be a pet parent. I would have gone grey years ago if I had children. Bless all you parents for being able to cope.

                                                                                                                                                        I am happy for you and Take that whatever was wrong seems to have passed and he is a happy camper again. Whew.

                                                                                                                                                      2. Fowler RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Copper River Salmon has arrived in town so I will grill that topped with a ginger/lime/roasted garlic/cilantro gremolata. Sides are sugar snap peas and wild black rice. My SO wants Häagen-Dazs ice cream bars for dessert and no one has to twist my arm to eat those!

                                                                                                                                                        1. LindaWhit RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I'm in a hashy mood tonight. I was going to use the leftover sirloin tips over a salad, but with today's rainy, gloomy-Gus kind of a Wednesday, it calls for something comforting.

                                                                                                                                                          Half a baked potato is going to be chopped up (I hope it'll keep together!) and quick-fried (I hope it'll keep together!) with a mince of the remaining sirloin tip and whatever speecy-spices I choose to add - maybe some Aleppo pepper.

                                                                                                                                                          I'm thinking a cup of peas can be added to the fry, and perhaps a fried egg on top.

                                                                                                                                                          We'll see how I do. My last hash was a complete wreck, so it can't be any worse than that, right?

                                                                                                                                                          RIGHT??????? ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: LindaWhit May 28, 2014 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                            If the potato is cold, it might hold together better?

                                                                                                                                                            And hot oil! Don't crowd the pan--crisp, not steam!

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                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: ChristinaMason May 28, 2014 08:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I'll use my large fry pan and heat it up until the oil is shimmering. It's only a half potato that has been wrapped in foil in the fridge, so it'll be cold.

                                                                                                                                                              Jeez, hash shouldn't be so hard! LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason RE: LindaWhit May 28, 2014 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Potatoes can be surprisingly temperamental.

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                                                                                                                                                                  nothingswrong RE: LindaWhit May 28, 2014 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I made the most incredibly delicious potato rosti a while back with cold leftover baked potato. Half of one would probably work well in a small skillet if you have one. Can't remember where I found the recipe, but it specifically called for cold baked potatoes. Maybe Saveur?

                                                                                                                                                                  You just peel and grate the cold tater, toss with a little butter/olive oil and a generous sprinkling of salt in a bowl. Then add some more butter/oil to the pan over medium and really squish the potato mixture in with a spatula (to help it stick together). Cook slowly til dark golden brown and crispy on the first side, then flip with the help of a plate and repeat on the other side.

                                                                                                                                                                  Slice into wedges, and serve topped with sour cream or what have you.

                                                                                                                                                                  I know I have a photo somewhere but can't find it. One of the best potato preparations I've ever had, albeit a little time consuming.

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                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: nothingswrong May 28, 2014 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    nothingswrong, "grating" a cooked potato - doesn't it just fall apart, since it was already cooked?

                                                                                                                                                                    I'm all for fried potatoes. As for small skillets - I have 3 - two nonstick and 1 stainless. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                      nothingswrong RE: LindaWhit May 28, 2014 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, I recall it falling apart quite a bit. You're supposed to make sure the potato is very cold, and I ended up sticking the second one in the freezer for a bit (I made the rosti with 2 large russets).

                                                                                                                                                                      I used maybe a 10" nonstick for the cooking and it was a bit thinner than I would have liked, but seriously delicious. The hardest part was letting the rosti brown long enough--for a good 10 minutes on each side, adjusting heat as necessary. The boyfriend and I ate it for dinner with nothing else, and it was like the best French fry you've ever had but not so greasy. I used olive oil and it worked fine.

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                                                                                                                                                                Frizzle RE: LindaWhit May 28, 2014 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                You've got me craving hash and rosti now.

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                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit May 28, 2014 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Woo hoo! I'm not a hash failure! :-) Tonight's dinner was pretty damn good, if I do say so myself. It might not have been perfect, but it was way way way way WAY better than the last soggy hash I made. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                  And it was a Dinner Of Ones.

                                                                                                                                                                  One large sirloin tip - chopped up.
                                                                                                                                                                  One half baked potato, with skin - chopped up.
                                                                                                                                                                  One cup of peas - nuked and drained.
                                                                                                                                                                  One Tbsp. of minced onion.
                                                                                                                                                                  One quarter tsp. of Aleppo pepper.
                                                                                                                                                                  One fried egg.

                                                                                                                                                                  Some oil was heated until shimmering in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Added the potatoes and onions and let the potatoes brown, flipping them around to try and brown it all.

                                                                                                                                                                  Added the chopped sirloin tip and continued cooking to brown up the beef. Added the peas and Aleppo pepper towards the end to warm up.

                                                                                                                                                                  Meanwhile, the fried egg was made in a small skillet. The hash was plated, the egg on top, so when I cut into the yolk, it seeped into the potatoes and beef.

                                                                                                                                                                  YUM! Oh yeah - it's Hump Day Wednesday - so there was wine. Not that I need a reason.

                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks to Christina Mason for giving me simple tips that worked.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Gio RE: LindaWhit May 28, 2014 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Well that just sounds too delicious. I've never, ever had hash. When we were first married I asked G what his favorite meal was. His answer? "Hash". I almost died. An Italian doesn't know from hash. In all our blippity blippity years together I have never cooked hash. Yours might just turn me around. Maybe for our %%th anniversary next year.

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                                                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit May 28, 2014 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Nice! Sounds wonderful!

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                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: LindaWhit May 28, 2014 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Yummy. Sounds like a winner.

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                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. RE: LindaWhit May 28, 2014 06:18 PM


                                                                                                                                                                          With this success under your belt, there must be duck hash in your future.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. jmckee RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I grilled twice last weekend. Saturday: Deconstructed pineapple chicken kebabs (or "lazy man's kebabs" as I called them). Boneless chicken chunks, pineapple chunks, red and yellow bell pepper, onion, all tossed with pineapple preserves, soy sauce, brown sugar, and hot pepper flakes then sealed in oiled foil and grilled.

                                                                                                                                                                        Sunday, I got out my grill stir-fry pan and made a stir fry of red bell pepper, onion, asparagus, and sliced flatiron steak, finishing with a little black bean garlic sauce, a little hoisin sauce, and a splash of rice vinegar.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Berheenia RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I've been told that Americans are the only people who regularly discuss their next meal while eating the current one and last night as we were eating dinner my husband pipes up with "tomorrow is Prince Spaghetti Night right?" That is code for penne and sausages with a red sauce so it's WFD tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                            Harters RE: Berheenia May 28, 2014 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Mrs H and I must have American genes in our DNA then.

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                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. RE: Harters May 28, 2014 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Americans in your jeans?

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                                                                                                                                                                                boyzoma RE: steve h. May 29, 2014 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, my. I almost choked just now. Gotta give it to you. Love your sense of humor!

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                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: Berheenia May 28, 2014 10:29 AM


                                                                                                                                                                            3. BananaBirkLarsen RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              I'm thinking I might go with a classic tonight and do sweet and sour meatballs. Beef and turkey for the meatballs, with a tomato paste-red wine vinegar-lime juice sauce. Green pepper and pineapple chunks mixed in. Meatballs browned and then baked with sauce in the oven. Served over rice. Probably a salad of some sort on the side.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. biondanonima RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                I've got red peppers and cilantro to use up so I think tonight will be a quick Thai larb-esque salad - ground pork, finely chopped peppers and onions, all sauteed together with curry paste and lots of lime, garnished with tons of cilantro. The spicier the better!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Aussieshepsx2 RE: biondanonima May 28, 2014 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  That's timely. Last night I had some defrosted ground turkey, and not feeling like a burger, decided to make larb. I've never made it before, so I looked up a few recipes and cobbled together what I could. Lime, lemon, fish sauce, and honey for the "dressing." Sauteed some shallot, red onion, turkey, mint, and chili oil (since I did not have any Thai peppers on hand). Served it over rice with some lettuce leaves on the side. We both thought it was delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    alliegator RE: biondanonima May 28, 2014 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds great. And I love the word larb-esque. A new addition to my vocab ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. roxlet RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Just returned from my son's school for class day in which they give awards in academics, citizenship, and athletics, and was happy to see our son standing quite a few times. It was a very long ceremony, so neither of us feels like cooking or planning, so we will go out to dinner tonight trying to use up some of our club minimum, and call it a celebration.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Very cool. Happy anniversary.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: steve h. May 28, 2014 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks. The anniversary was last week, but the celebration is on Friday. We like to keep the honeymoon going. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. linguafood RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Italian down the street last night. Sadly, the owner passed away while we were stateside, so it's not quite the same....

                                                                                                                                                                                      The food, OTOH, delivered on all counts. The three of us had a bunch of appetizers -- we shared a very generous plate of antipasti with mozzarella, grilled veggies, carpaccio of salmon and beef, a tuna & bean salad, roasted beets, a few slices of vitello tonnato; I had a wonderful salad of shaved fennel, asparagus and mâche in a lime dressing, my man (more) vitello tonnato -- one of his favorites.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Our friend was mighty hungry, so besides a *very* good squid ink pasta with octopus & cherry tomatoes with a bit of a kick, he also ordered a steak. We shared some of it with him & also had a pasta dish of fusilli with duck, ginger & orange ragout.

                                                                                                                                                                                      As for tonight, we're staying in. It's positively ratty outside and we got soaked picking up my vespa from the shop this PM. Ugh.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Fish sticks, red wine spinach & mixed salad with vinaigrette is on the menu; we also need to catch up on 'murrcan teevee. Hope the weather is better wherever y'all are :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: linguafood May 28, 2014 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Whoops. Almost forgot the most important part: da meat!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason RE: linguafood May 28, 2014 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Which restaurant is this, lingua?

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                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood RE: ChristinaMason May 28, 2014 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            It's called Bonfini. Home to a few local celebrities like actor Ben Becker (whom we actually saw in front of the place a week ago & I almost told my mom, but was worried she'd do/say something embarrassing, so didn't).

                                                                                                                                                                                            Very reasonable prices, really good cooking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: linguafood May 28, 2014 12:29 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters RE: linguafood May 28, 2014 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Over here in another bit of northern Europe, weather is ratty.

                                                                                                                                                                                            There are few foods that I actively dislike but vitello tonnato is one of them. Even Brussels sprouts are nicer!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: Harters May 28, 2014 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              OK, stop the world. Did Harters just say something was worse that the farty veg he detests so much????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: Harters May 28, 2014 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                You crazy, crazy man.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gio RE: Harters May 28, 2014 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  While I, on the other hand, Love Tonnato, except I make it with pork instead of veal. A la Signora Hazan. Brusssels sprouts are a perfect side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm south of LW and it's positively dismal here. Cold, dark, showery. In fact I'm wearing a winter fleece pullover today. (Summer does not start with Memorial Day. Get over it!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet RE: linguafood May 28, 2014 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The weather is ratty here too! Cold and blustery, even though it was hot and sticky yesterday. Summer starts on Memorial Day. Right.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    alliegator RE: linguafood May 28, 2014 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's just Whoa!
                                                                                                                                                                                                    All shades of jelly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. meatn3 RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    All the weekend reports of grilling got me in the mood. But then it rained. So WFD last night was a bit of a fridge clean out. Heated leftover yellow rice and creole sauce and then stirred in some pickled shrimp. The pickled shrimp actually went well in this!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hoping to grill tonight!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. foodieX2 RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      What heck is with this weather today? Cold, damp and dreary. Feels more like early March than late May.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dinner tonight is fusion/asian. Ive got to take the boy out for a hair cut in a little bit and have other errand to run too so we will pop into the Chinese/Japanese/Thai/Sushi place. I might even have a Suffering Bastard!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        nothingswrong RE: foodieX2 May 28, 2014 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I read that as "Ive got to take the bok choy out for a hair cut" and thought it was some new technique for chopping veggies...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 RE: nothingswrong May 28, 2014 03:36 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: nothingswrong May 28, 2014 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I read the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. steve h. RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Deb and I are back from Amelia Island. Burgers are on the menu tonight. Beer and wine will be on the counter. We'll hoist a few in memory of Veggo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          What the heck is up with the crummy, cold weather here in southern New England? Global warming is a distant memory.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            rabaja RE: steve h. May 28, 2014 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm guessing Veggo passed away. I'm sorry to hear that, I will miss his contributions to this place.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is something on chow hound about his passing? I searched but couldn't find anything.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Welcome back from vacation, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. RE: rabaja May 28, 2014 03:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, very sad.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit RE: steve h. May 28, 2014 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              We'll be raising a glass tonight, too, with a Mexican food dinner. Seemed like the right thing to do.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. RE: weezieduzzit May 28, 2014 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nice. It wasn't the age that got him. I'd like to believe it was the mileage. He will be missed. Good call on the Mexican food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gio RE: steve h. May 28, 2014 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Think Climate Change. It helps one get through this roller coaster weather.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                RIP Veggo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: steve h. May 28, 2014 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow. I can't believe Veggo is gone. So sad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On a lighter note, welcome back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: steve h. May 28, 2014 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I toasted Veggo with my glass of wine tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      biondanonima RE: steve h. May 28, 2014 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm so sorry to hear this - I enjoyed his posts tremendously.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gio RE: biondanonima May 28, 2014 06:44 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Panko and parmesan crusted pork chops, red skinned mashed potatoes and a chopped salad with red pepper tops and bottoms from last night, more English cucumber, carrot coins, celery, a tomato and parsley from the garden. Dressing to be decided.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nothingswrong RE: suzigirl May 28, 2014 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Suzi, do you have a trick for keeping cut cucumbers fresh? I notice you eat them almost daily and assume you don't eat an entire one in one sitting? Even when I don't cut them, I find the extras I buy shriveling up in the fridge in no time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: nothingswrong May 28, 2014 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I generally buy Kirby cucumbers and I use them up pretty quickly. Last night I got two English cukes for 3 dollars so I had to bite. One was used up last night in the salad but cut ones just end up I a zip bag. I wish I had some magic tip but I don't. Sorry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nothingswrong RE: suzigirl May 28, 2014 07:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            K thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. alliegator RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yesterday and today have been a little murky here in the valley of the sun, and it's been nice to soak up the shade:) Well, today I set out to start losing 3-5 lbs. It went well until noon when pap decided whoppers jr. and slurpies would be the perfect lunch.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight is going to be Thai red curry with chicken and lots of veg. I'm just using Saffron Road simmer sauce.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's totally the lazy way out, but I'm feeling a little droopy, like a summer cold may be coming on.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But most importantly, I'll raise my beer to our departed friend, Veggo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. weezieduzzit RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chili relleno, restaurant style "mexican rice," guacamole, salsa, lime wedges, various raw sweet peppers, cocktail cucumbers, etc. and a toast to Veggo. May his passing remind us that our time on this planet is short and should be lived fully.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frizzle RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm not totally sure what tonight's dinner will end up like. There are garlic chives in the fridge that need to be used to get rid of their distinctive smell. I have a hankering for potato after LW's post about hash. There's soft tofu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm thinking a garlic chives stir fry with chicken livers (the bloke can put the livers on my plate). A second stir fry of potato slivers with chilli and szechuan pepper and a sour and hot tofu dish to give us something not fried. I'm not 100% convinced it's a good menu but it does use what's in the fridge.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GretchenS RE: Frizzle May 29, 2014 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sure sounds good to me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: Frizzle May 29, 2014 10:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                those potatoes sound good. are they modeled after the not-quite-all-the-way-cooked ones in szechuan restos? love them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Frizzle RE: mariacarmen May 29, 2014 11:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think it must be the same thing. They were wonderful. Welcome back from holiday!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. juliejulez RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well hello. The move is completed... well, we're here anyway. Still boxes everywhere. When you move from almost 2300 sq ft to 1300 sq ft, you end up living amongst boxes, especially when you know you'll have to move them again in less than a year. I'll get them organized at some point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Saturday, move day, was also my birthday, so SO obliged and went to the store and bought fried chicken and mac and cheese from the deli and those deliciously gross sugary cupcakes from the bakery at the store. I love them and only have on my birthday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sunday, went to a BBQ at a friend's

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Monday, after a day of cleaning the old house, we ordered pizza. There's a real good NY style pizza place near the rental.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tuesday, leftover pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight - I COOKED! First time in my new miniscule kitchen. On the menu was chicken parm, spaghett, and salad. Not a bad little meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hopefully SO will procure a propane tank tomorrow so I can cook outside... the main floor of this place is very hot, we actually sleep down in the lower level where it's freezing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: juliejulez May 28, 2014 08:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Congratulations and happy belated birthday!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fowler RE: fldhkybnva May 28, 2014 08:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva, I have gotta ask what are you doing up so late? I thought you go to bed around 8:30 or so. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: Fowler May 29, 2014 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yup, good catch. Funny, you're the third person to ask me that today since I also sent a few emails at the same time. I was on call last night. It was a good night but I was aroused at 1030ish to save a few lives :) I was definitely in bed by 8 and fast asleep by 845.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet RE: juliejulez May 29, 2014 04:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Happy birthday, and enjoy the new move, even though it means living from boxes! One year, we wound up moving 3 times, and that was no fun at all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: juliejulez May 29, 2014 06:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Congrats on the (temporary) move being done, julie! The next year should fly by.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: juliejulez May 29, 2014 06:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Happy belated birfday, julie! Moving sucks big doodah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Glad you can take a year's break in between :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 RE: juliejulez May 29, 2014 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Happy happy!! And congrats on the move.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alliegator RE: juliejulez May 29, 2014 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Happy belated and congrats on getting the move done. What a relief that feeling is!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: juliejulez May 29, 2014 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Happy belated birthday, Julie. Glad to hear the moving is done for now. Hope your not to cramped in your new digs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                GretchenS RE: juliejulez May 29, 2014 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Happy Birthday and congratulations!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  boyzoma RE: juliejulez May 29, 2014 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Happy belated birthday and glad the move is done. Just take your time unpacking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: juliejulez May 29, 2014 10:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    happy belated, julie! hope that year flies by for you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. meatn3 RE: roxlet May 28, 2014 10:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was too buggy to grill. I think I'll need to try grilling for lunch otherwise I'm just providing a very rare dinner for the mosquitoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Read the news about Veggo...left me feeling sad. We had exchanged a handful of e-mails about specific subjects - never got to a chatting point. But he always struck me as an interesting fellow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So dinner was of the liquid variety with a little cheese and crackers thrown in so I could report with less embarrassment. Here's to you Veggo! May you continue to inspire us to live large, eat well and enjoy the moment.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: meatn3 May 29, 2014 10:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh! Veggo died? is there a link to that?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sad to come back to this news. i found him entertaining, for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      never mind, read above. i'm all out of order since i'm playing catch-up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 01:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There's a brown gloop vegetable soup defrosting. And an equally brown and gloopy jambalaya (which we have no recollection of making)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: Harters May 29, 2014 04:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You have a magical kitchen, Harters. Maybe it apparated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gini RE: roxlet Jun 1, 2014 07:06 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. LindaWhit RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 06:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lamb burger tonight. Caramelized onions and feta on top. I probably need a "sauce" of some kind, but I don't have any cucumbers. Any ideas?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think I'll make a quick pasta salad to go alongside - have some sugar snap peas to use up, and a bag of roasted corn in the freezer that only has about a cup of corn in it, to be tossed with some homemade ranch dressing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: LindaWhit May 29, 2014 06:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You could just use a little yogurt with dill & a teeny bit of garlic?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lamb burgers.... mmmmmmm. Almost as good as marshmallows topped with Hamm '-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: linguafood May 29, 2014 07:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Marshmallows topped with Hamm would be a wunderbar dessert, doncha think? Or should that be Hamm topped with marshmallows? ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ::::fanning self::::: Phew. Did it just get hawt in here?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JungMann RE: LindaWhit May 29, 2014 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yogurt with garlic, lemon and a dusting of Aleppo pepper? A bit of za'atar or dried mint would be nice as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: JungMann May 29, 2014 07:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, BAZINGA! That's perfect, JM - thanks! I have all of those ingredients, so I'll play a bit when I get home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: JungMann May 29, 2014 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OK, lamb burger with caramelized onions, feta, and JungMann's sauce (with yogurt, garlic, lemon, Aleppo and za'atar) worked out VERY nicely!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A sweetness from the onions, some tang from the feta, smooth coolness from the yogurt, then some tang from the lemon and garlic, then a smidge of heat from the Aleppo, and a bit of an herby taste from the za'atar. It seems like a lot of flavors (and it is/was!) but it oddly worked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks, JM!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JungMann RE: LindaWhit May 30, 2014 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Glad it worked out for you! I usually make a stiffer dipping version of that sauce by using whipped feta, yogurt and whatever herbs I have on hand. Figured if it works for lamb riblets, it would work with lamb burgers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                JTPhilly RE: LindaWhit May 29, 2014 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                yum lambugers! - just a light yoghurt sauce will do - season with what you have on hand it will be fine

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit May 29, 2014 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How about yogurt, mint, garlic and a little lemon?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    biondanonima RE: LindaWhit May 29, 2014 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Any roasted red peppers lying about? You could buzz a couple in the blender with some yogurt, or make a romesco-esque sauce with almonds.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: biondanonima May 29, 2014 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I always have several jars in my pantry and usual some fresh ones that I've frozen. Yet another good idea!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MAH RE: LindaWhit May 30, 2014 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love lamb burgers. I season mine with Indian spices usually, and top with a sauce made from yogurt mixed with a healthy squirt/dollop of harissa and chopped scallions. Served on onion brioche with tater tots on the side -- this is one of my current favorite comfort food meals.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: MAH May 30, 2014 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Another Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now if only I could get rjbh20 to make me a nuclear tater tot..... :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet RE: LindaWhit May 30, 2014 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You just have to be a little closer...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kitchengardengal RE: LindaWhit May 29, 2014 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do you have any tahini? That's my favorite sauce on lamburgers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: kitchengardengal May 29, 2014 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I do - but I think the yogurt one with Aleppo, garlic, lemon and mint is the way I'm leaning. I will be bookmarking this part of the thread to remember for future lamb burgers!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harters RE: LindaWhit May 29, 2014 10:46 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you can find date syrup, it's fantastic mixed 50/50 with tahini. Good as a dip with bread but also works very well with a lamb burger.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: Harters May 29, 2014 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks, Harters! And you gotta love the Interwebs and sites like Amazon:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm sure I could find this at various stores in nearby towns as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And THIS is why I love this thread and CH. Ask a question; get 7 answers in a few hours. :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gio RE: LindaWhit May 29, 2014 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The current COTM has a great tasting Onion Riata that I made this past Memorial Day tp serve with turkey burgers, but lamb (which I love) is an alternative. While it is very oniony it did wonders for the already heavily Parsiburger we made. Here's an excerpt of my report... what I used is in parenthesis:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "The onion, either sweet red or white (red) is salted for 30 minutes to take out the "bite" then chopped or sliced (finely chopped). Several chilies either green or red (green) are chopped, as is about a half cup of cilantro including leaves and stems. All this is added to a bowl of whisked yogurt."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: Gio May 29, 2014 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You said a bad word (for me!), Gio. The dreaded cilantro. :-/ I'd have to go with parsley. (Which I hope survived the chill temps last night!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gio RE: LindaWhit May 29, 2014 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh shoot, LW, sorry. We love cilantro so don't consider an alternative.. Parsley would be a suitable stand-in for you, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. linguafood RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 06:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's another one of those whacky religious holidays in Germany: ascension day, aka "Himmelfahrt". Go ahead, say it out loud and crack yourself and your friends up, like any good anglophone would.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It is also father's day, which means there are hordes of men roaming around town, usually dragging handcarts along that are packed with beer. Getting shit-faced by early afternoon & being overall obnoxious. Quite an interesting way to celebrate fatherhood, huh?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thus, theoretically a very good day to stay in (stores are closed, of course, good christian nation that we are hahaha) ---- if it weren't for plant-watering duties for a friend who's gone for 2 weeks, and lack of cash-ola that is sorely needed. Dinner will likely be out somewhere, as we never bought any provisions for today beyond a lovely breakfast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JTPhilly RE: linguafood May 29, 2014 07:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love that rendition of father's day - a equivalent mother's day would be mani-pedis and margaritas

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: linguafood May 29, 2014 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Getting shit-faced by early afternoon & being overall obnoxious. Quite an interesting way to celebrate fatherhood, huh?"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Could that be the way that some became fathers in the first place? ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And if stores are closed, how did these men all acquire handcarts packed with beer? Unless they had the forethought to acquire said beer yesterday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Enjoy your dinner out!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: LindaWhit May 29, 2014 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There is the phenomenon of the "Späti" or "Spätkauf" (literally 'late buy'), which is pretty much exclusive to Berlin: a small shop where one can get staples -- i.e. the much needed beer as well as chips, drinks, soda, cigarettes, rolling papers and other sundry items --that is usually open past midnight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Given the popularity of father's day, I do believe the guys plan ahead. However, and perhaps to the gloomy weather out there today, we saw exactly one (1) group of men out there today. I don't know if that's good or sad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dinner still undetermined....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters RE: linguafood May 29, 2014 07:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Like any good anglophone, of a certain age, I'm a big fan of Kraftwerk's "Autobahn". Lots of fahrting in that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                biondanonima RE: linguafood May 29, 2014 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Christihimmelfahrt is my FAVORITE holiday, entirely due to the name. And yes, I am a 12 year old boy. It irritated me today, though - I didn't realize it was happening but when I went out to move the car, I found out that alternate side parking had been suspended. Unfortunately for me, my car is in a Friday and I couldn't do my trick of moving it to the empty Thursday side!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: biondanonima May 29, 2014 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This is in the city or are you back in the fatherland these days?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    biondanonima RE: linguafood May 29, 2014 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No, I'm in NYC right now. Christihimmelfahrt is still good for a snicker, though! ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alliegator RE: linguafood May 29, 2014 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Getting shit faced and saying anything-fahrt sounds pretty good to me! Hope you find a tasty dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet RE: alliegator May 29, 2014 09:54 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. JTPhilly RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  last night was a new low-effort crock pot experiment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 pork shoulder "steaks" laid on a bed of sliced onions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 bag of dried pinto beans (brought to boil then soaked)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cover in BBQ sauce (red wine molasses etc)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  slow cook on low all day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  come home and mix in some canned pineapple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Hawaiian" pork and beans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  added some brown rice and fried plantains on the side

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  its a keeper - low effort for a tasty yield and a lot of food from a few cheap cuts of meat and a sac of beans

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tonight I have some lamb chops and asparagus I will do on the grill quickly

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: JTPhilly May 29, 2014 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I will have to try that. We don't eat many beans, because of heartburn issues, but that sounds good enough to make a rare exception.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. foodieX2 RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So my sons descent into stereotypical kids feeding patterns continues. The boy who routinely ate chicken feet, mala lamb and sushi when we went out for Asian food ordered sweet and sour chicken last night. Complete with sticky not from nature red sauce and lots if canned pineapple and maraschino cherries. Deep fried overly sweet nastiness. And he ate half the dish and finished the rest for breakfast, lol. Someday I'll get my adventurous eater back!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LW-great minds think alike! I too plan on lamb burgers for dinner. Mine will be mixed with feta and mint and served with tzatzki. Steak fries and some gorgeous purple asparagus on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: foodieX2 May 29, 2014 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Now *I* want lamb burgers. Yesterday was national burger day--I'm surprised they didn't make more appearances on our WFD menus!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: ChristinaMason May 29, 2014 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I didn't hear about it being national burger day until too late! So my celebration burger shall be one day late. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WFD: Tonight will be Macaroni Thursday since we missed it on Monday due to the crazy Memorial Day menu we had. A tomato sauce with pancetta, peperoncino, oregano, and lots of grated Romano over linguine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, would believe DH actually SAVED a dressed salad? Well, he did. He said there was a ton left. Actually it's more like sliced radishes, cucumbers, celery, onion, tomato. So in my little pea brain I'm thinking it's practically pickled at this point. We'll serve it and see if it's edible. If not, well.... If it is... I have some sugar snap peas that should be used before shopping day. I'll blanch some and they will provide some crunch along with freshly sliced radishes. I'll call it my pseudo-gardiniera.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. alliegator RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oddly cloudy again here today. But it matches my mood. Summer cold in full effect. So, it'll be a lazy day. I'll make doctored ramen for lunch and just pick up a pizza for dinner. My goal is to avoid passing this to pap. A cold at 38 is a lot different than one at 92.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I really hope I'm better tomorrow. It'll be my birthday, and I'd planned to go see the movie "Chef" and catch up with some pals for drinks. We shall see :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: alliegator May 29, 2014 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ick on the summer cold. Hot chicken soup! ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And early happy birthday, and enjoy the movie - I'm *hoping* to see it this weekend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alliegator RE: LindaWhit May 29, 2014 10:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Actually a proper chicken and rice soup sounds much better than doctored ramen and will have better healing powers. I believe I shall fahrt over to the store for supplies. And I'm pretty sure that's not the right conjugation ;)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ETA: Hope you get to see the movie, LW. I'd love to compare notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood RE: alliegator May 29, 2014 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Here's hoping for a super-speedy recovery in time for your birfday celebrations!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              roxlet RE: alliegator May 29, 2014 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Happy birthday, a day early in order to extend the celebration!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foodieX2 RE: alliegator May 29, 2014 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Happy happy Allie! Hope you feel better and enjoy your special day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  nothingswrong RE: alliegator May 29, 2014 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Happy almost bday! Rest up for tomorrow!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: alliegator May 29, 2014 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Happy early birthday, Allie. If you drink enough tomorrow you will be saying "Cold? What cold?"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      boyzoma RE: alliegator May 29, 2014 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So sorry about the cold. But wishing you a Happy Birthday. Hope you feel better and have a great day tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alliegator RE: alliegator May 29, 2014 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks everyone for the kind wishes! The good thing about birthdays, is that they can be moved around, unlike Christmas, etc :D
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chicken rice soup was tasty, and if I have to do my stuff on Sunday, then so be it :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          weezieduzzit RE: alliegator May 29, 2014 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's the Birthday Season. Enjoy it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: alliegator May 29, 2014 09:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            happy happy!! hope you feel all better.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i've got the very slightest tinge of a sore throat and i'm fighting it tooth and nail.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GretchenS RE: alliegator May 29, 2014 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Get better fast so you can celebrate tomorrow! Happy birthday!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ltsering RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mushroom & spinach enchiladas, served with black beans & avocado and some chips. A small cucumber salad on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GretchenS RE: ltsering May 29, 2014 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Welcome to WFD! Sounds really tasty!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: ltsering May 29, 2014 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Welcome to the table.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  weezieduzzit RE: ltsering May 29, 2014 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds good. Do you do a white sauce with those?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JanineL RE: ltsering Jun 2, 2014 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Welcome! My kids would love something like that. What kind of mushrooms are best to use?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. BananaBirkLarsen RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Another day spent on garden prep, this time tracking down all the things we need for the soil -- sand, rice hulls, wire mesh to make a sifter -- and lugging buckets of dirt. The plants we bought last week should all be put in the ground over the next few days (thankfully the BF's job and not mine). We've gone somewhat over budget, so WFD over the next two weeks will have to be thrifty. Dinner tonight, however, will be a well earned meal of mini mushroom-pepperoni pizzas and steamed artichokes with a lemon-garlic-olive oil dipping sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. fldhkybnva RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've had chicken cordon bleu on the mind. The plan was a casserole for next week's lunches but I can't stop thinking about it so it's WFD. Before SO went away on business, it was the Saturday night special. It's been too long and I miss it. I don't feel like stuffing a chicken breast so it'll be a spin on the classic - diced chicken sauteed with ham and butter and finished with a cheese sauce featuring TJs Cheddar-Gruyere and cream cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva May 29, 2014 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Damn. That sounds good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl May 29, 2014 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've been looking forward to it all week. I forgot to eat lunch so I might just need to add some extra cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Aussieshepsx2 RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Last night was supposed to be TJ's carnitas, but DH came home with BBQ pulled pork instead. :) Close. So we shifted gears and whipped up a quick nectarine and cabbage spicy slaw and served the pork on baguette. We ate while watching a heartbreaking Kings' loss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Right now I have two chicken breasts defrosting so I need a plan. Maybe cook slice up the chicken, sauté, and make a sauce with the last of the farmer's market tomatoes from the weekend. Toss with some roasted cauliflower and pasta? Might work.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gini RE: Aussieshepsx2 Jun 1, 2014 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That slaw sounds great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Paprikaboy RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          One of the simplest but to my mind the best dinners. Cheese on toast using good strong cheddar. Making it slightly more of a dish with spring onions and splashes of Tobasco.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NancyChin RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I thought I'd save money, so a couple days ago, I bought a giant pack of ground beef on sale. I made an enormous amount of Marcella Hazan spaghetti bolognese and sloppy joes, beef burritios and beef nachos. Needless to say, we are starting to get sick of ground beef. Next, I'm thinking of buying a giant pack of chicken drumsticks, so we can become sick of that too. :)


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              foodieX2 RE: NancyChin May 29, 2014 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I often take advantage of those family packs. However I have learned from experience not cook the whole thing, even in various iterations. instead I spend the time to break it down and freeze it in smaller portions. If I dont have the time I freeze smaller portions of the finished product.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Berheenia RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Another beautiful cool day. Turning on the oven tonight for CI vegetable pot pies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. boyzoma RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight is BBQ Beef Nacho's. Paper thin roast beef heated in a skillet and topped with BBQ sauce. Making a cheese sauce and pouring over Tortilla rounds, adding the bbq beef, topping with french fried onions, sliced cherry peppers and a horseradish sour cream & honey dijon mustard sauce. Saw this last week on FN and with a few changes, thought we'd give it a try.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 RE: boyzoma May 29, 2014 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh my, my family would be all over that. I have shaved steak in the freezer. Adding this to next weeks rotation. Which FN show so I can look up the recipe?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    boyzoma RE: foodieX2 May 29, 2014 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was The Kitchen, Jeff Mauro made it. You can find the recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/je...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The only thing I'm doing different is making a cheese sauce instead of just sprinkling on the cheese and hoping the beef will melt it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 RE: boyzoma May 29, 2014 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      thank you!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jjjrfoodie RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Too much grilled "everything" this week. LOLZ.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Too many parties.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Too many well...I'll shuddup now. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tuesday was Stuffed green peppers and garlic mashed potatoes just as a break.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I STILL can't understand why anyone would buy Bob Evans nuke and serve mashed potatoes when they are so easy to make from scratch. C'mon? Srsly?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last night was the remnants of bierwust and weisswurst madness from my local butcher on the grill . The rest went in the freezer , til', well, I dunno. 4th of July is a good bet. . Ha.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Too much of a good thing, is too much of a good thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I did break out "Trusty Rusty" the Chrabroil baby grill for LindaWhit to show her what she is missing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pic attached.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But dang that thing can cook. Sorry for your HOA and the rules.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Long cook sunday gravy from the freezer for tonite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Tube steaks" and burgers. Man, I need some time off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And I;m a dude.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: jjjrfoodie May 29, 2014 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Now that's just mean of you, jjjr! But I hope you enjoyed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. GretchenS RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The plan is TJ's pre-cooked pork belly crisped up over some gorgeous gigantes beans I cooked over the weekend, which I will warm with sauteed garlic, thyme and sage from my herb pots, and some baby spinach. But now all I want is a lamb burger, WAH! Will probably have to wait till the weekend for that though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Brutal week, not just because of work but also we found out that one of my father's caregivers has been systematically ripping him off -- and of course it was his (and our) favorite one. We are all devastated. We will get the money back (at least most of it, whatever we can identify and she left a pretty clear trail) but that is the least of it. Ugh. I feel just terrible for him, he pined for her when she was out sick for two months last winter and now she is gone forever. :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: GretchenS May 29, 2014 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That is a bummer re: the caregiver. We've been through something similar in my family, but unfortunately, she's not gone. It's maddening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Enjoy your dinner! I'm with you on wanting lamb.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alliegator RE: GretchenS May 29, 2014 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So sorry about the caregiver :(
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Eat whatever you want and enjoy that meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 RE: GretchenS May 29, 2014 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am so sorry Gretchen. We have been thru that with a long time family employee who we considered a friend. You feel so violated and yet feel such a loss at the same time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: GretchenS May 29, 2014 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What a horrible thing to do to a client. I have been a housekeeper for 22 years and I would never do that. That takes alot of nerve.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rabaja RE: GretchenS May 29, 2014 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, that really stinks. I'm so sorry you're dealing with that, and hugs to your father.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fowler RE: GretchenS May 29, 2014 03:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That is despicable for a caregiver to take advantage of your Dad like that. :-(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: GretchenS May 29, 2014 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm so sorry to hear about the caregiver, but very glad she was found out. Hope you do get the majority or all of the money back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And your pork belly over the beans and spinach sounds VERY good. I do need to make a trip to TJ's this weekend and try this stuff out. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gio RE: GretchenS May 29, 2014 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OMGoodness Gretchen. How terrible for your family and most especially, your Father. It is devastating when someone you trust betrays you., but it's far better to have her gone. Here's hoping you find someone more trustworthy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: GretchenS May 29, 2014 09:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      so late to these postings as i'm just back from vacay - and to hear this sad news! i'm so sorry for you guys, and most of all for your daddy. our oldsters are so vulnerable. it makes me really sad for them. i'm so sorry that happened to you guys. i hope he and you recover in spirit as much as possible. xoxo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Frizzle RE: GretchenS May 29, 2014 11:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How awful about the caregiver. It must feel like such a betrayal of trust. I hope you find a new more trustworthy caregiver quickly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dinner sounds delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harters RE: GretchenS May 30, 2014 02:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's terrible, Gretchen. Your father and other family members must feel terribly let down. I suppose it'll be some small comfort that you'll be able to get soem of the money back - seems in most cases I hear about the money is long spent. Such a difficult matter deciding about folk to let into your home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Berheenia RE: GretchenS May 30, 2014 03:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            it was his (and our) favorite one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That must really hurt. My mother's caregivers brightened her day (and mine).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GretchenS RE: GretchenS May 30, 2014 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thank you all so much for your kind and supportive words and thoughts, it means a lot, it really does. The hardest part for me, by far, is knowing that he will miss her so much, so that is just one more loss for him, another person he used to enjoy who is gone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Never got to the beans and pork belly last night because I didn't get into my kitchen till about 8, so it was a smoked salmon and avocado open-faced sandwich on toasted crunchy Iggy's sourdough and a stiff G&T (Beefeaters and Fever Tree) with which I toasted Veggo and thought how much he brought to this board and I am very sure to the lives of all who knew him. Tonight I am thinking fishy tapas. Tomorrow morning features a trip to the cop shop in my oldster's town as they did not want to take a report over the phone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                roxlet RE: GretchenS May 30, 2014 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This must be all very difficult to deal with. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. steve h. RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Steak is on the menu tonight. I found a rib cut that roughly followed the contours of Brazil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Deb will start by searing the steak on both sides in a cast iron skillet and will finish off the cooking in the oven. Spring asparagus and roasted potatoes will be the sides. A decent red will be sprung from the wine jail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This should be a sit-down meal in the dining room so I'll have to dig out some decent music to play on the box.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                helen_m RE: steve h. May 29, 2014 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Beautiful marbling on that meat Steve.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. RE: helen_m May 29, 2014 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks. The cap meat is all mine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: steve h. May 29, 2014 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I just found a new local butcher who actually gets the whole steer in house and is willing to cut me a spinalis steak! I can't wait.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    boyzoma RE: steve h. May 29, 2014 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That looks like a bee-u-tiful piece of beef! What time is dinner? Hope it is a late one 'cause it takes a while to get from Oregon to your place!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. RE: boyzoma May 29, 2014 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      8 p.m. sharp. I'll post a picture or two after the fact. Nothing wrong with a virtual meal. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: steve h. May 29, 2014 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, there's one. You can't (yet) taste virtual meals.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. RE: LindaWhit May 29, 2014 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          True. On the plus side, it saves you from my egregious blunders.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Still noodling the music. I'm thinking some vintage Memphis blues. We'll see.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: steve h. May 29, 2014 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Steve, Steve, Steve. "Egregious blunders" don't exist. I will only believe that, should there be a blunder in the making, both you and Deb are there to save the other, resulting in an ah-MAYZING meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. RE: LindaWhit May 29, 2014 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You are way too kind. I'm rather fond of my more lambent failures.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                meatn3 RE: steve h. May 29, 2014 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love how every meal you and Deb share seems romantic!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. RE: meatn3 May 29, 2014 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. RE: LindaWhit May 29, 2014 08:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love the Abby Sciuto voice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: steve h. May 30, 2014 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  :::fist bump::: That's what I was going for. Although she'd have said it "SteveSteveSteve!" ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. RE: steve h. May 29, 2014 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It was a nice meal. Deb has a way with steak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The wine was a decent Cotes du Rhone. Music was a mix of Motown, Beatles and Beach Boys. Goofy for sure, but somehow it all worked.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet RE: steve h. May 30, 2014 04:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Perfectly done.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. RE: roxlet May 30, 2014 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks, it was mighty tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PHREDDY RE: steve h. May 30, 2014 04:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The steak; on the outside grill or on the stove?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              roxlet RE: PHREDDY May 30, 2014 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think he has the method up thread -- pan seared, and finished in the oven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              boyzoma RE: steve h. May 30, 2014 06:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, my. That does look yummy-licious. Even the music sounds right up my alley. ~sigh~

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Frizzle RE: steve h. May 29, 2014 11:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm still stuck on the Brazil resemblance. Too funny.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: steve h. May 29, 2014 11:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Want. meat. now. And it's not even 9 AM here! Why am I up?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. helen_m RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I got a split chicken breast out of the freezer to make some kind of satay to go with a quite worthy sounding kohlrabi, carrot, coriander and mint slaw (veg box delivery day!) But the chiken's still icy in the middle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So I have some peanuts roasting in the oven, rice noodles soaking and tofu pressing. Mmm pad thai! Kohlrabi using up will just have to wait until tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. suzigirl RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sautéed chicken breast smothered with salsa and cheddar, black beans with a ton of latin spices and jasmine rice. Strawberries for dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    speakhandsforme RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight is another salad. Arugula, roasted beet chunks, chevre, toasted walnuts, and a vinaigrette of balsamic, walnut oil, honey, salt and white pepper. Various cheese on crackers alongside - Kerrygold's Sweet Cheddar (new to me), last bit of a mimolette, last bit of Cypress Grove truffled chevre. Gosh, that stuff is good. Also toasted Italian bread with butter. It's an all-nighter for me so I'll probably end up making a tuna sandwich at 3am.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tomorrow is the local German restaurant with friends. Das booooooooooooooooooooot. And the polka band! Holsteiner schnitzel, you will be mine...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. mariacarmen RE: roxlet May 29, 2014 09:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sadly, back from our trip. it was spectacularly beautiful, relaxing, romantic, and fun. we certainly do have a stunning coastline, and southern Oregon's was amazing too. cooking was limited to a TJ's pork belly one night and some blackened zucchinis - which by the way, was a very good meal. those bellies are perfect for a campfire - since they're fully cooked all you're doing is crisping them up. the rest of the time we made sandwiches, or had dinner out (we camped 3 nights, stayed in motels 3 nights). we had some kielbasa, too, that served as a late night munchy snack and as breakfast. cheeses, hard-boiled eggs, crackers, fruit. chips and nuts. and plenty of good red wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tonight i still had a craving for meat but wanted something a bit lighter. rib eye steak salad it was. with sauteed king trumpet mushrooms, shallots, tomatoes, homemade buttermilk blue cheese dressing. recreated (somewhat, without the delicious campfire smoke) the zukes by grill-panning them until they were nice and caramelized, and tossed with olive oil and some dried-from-fresh mint.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nothingswrong RE: mariacarmen May 29, 2014 11:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Looks great. I've got a dozen baby zucchini that will get the blackening treatment tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Welcome back, glad you enjoyed your trip!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gio RE: mariacarmen May 30, 2014 04:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds like the perfect holiday, MC. And, your welcome home dinner looks scrumptious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            boyzoma RE: mariacarmen May 30, 2014 06:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Welcome home. Dinner sounds great. Glad you enjoyed our southern coast. You'll have to come farther north next time. Love our central Oregon and north Oregon coasts as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: boyzoma May 30, 2014 10:19 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i'm sure the farther north we'd gone the more gorgeous it would have gotten! we just had time constraints. i'd love to go to Portland too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: boyzoma May 30, 2014 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                oh that reminds me, I discovered my favorite new yogurt there! Yami - so incredibly creamy! love the stuff, and stocked up before we left. as, sadly, they only sell in the Pacific Northwest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i'm not even a huge yogurt aficionado, but they had it as part of the continental bfast at a place we stayed at in Bandon, OR. loved it!


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  grayelf RE: mariacarmen May 30, 2014 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yay Yami! Haven't had it since I was a kidlet. Thanks for the reminder. My fave yogurt was one we tried in Wales. I think it was made with full cream. Sigh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Glad your trip was good. Portland will come.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen May 30, 2014 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dinner last night looks great, and sounds like a wonderful vacation - both the eats and the views!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. RE: mariacarmen May 30, 2014 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nothing beats the Pacific Northwest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Welcome back. Your meal looks great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GretchenS RE: mariacarmen May 30, 2014 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gorgeous salad mc, I want it right this very minute. Glad your trip was so terrific, that stretch of coast is really stunning!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: mariacarmen May 30, 2014 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Glad you're back and that you had a good time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters RE: roxlet May 30, 2014 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      'Tis another dinner of brown gloop from the freezer. Two smallish portions of sausage & bean casserole surfaced. They're still defrosting but they look like different recipes. We'll mix them together. Some of herself's foccacia alongside.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My man's cousin is in town for a few days, so we're taking him to.... you guessed it: our favorite beer garden. The Floods and cold of the last 2 days have given way to some reasonably sunny & warm-ish weather again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WFD is TBD, which also appears to be a 'theme' these days :-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Have a great weekend everyone!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. rabaja RE: roxlet May 30, 2014 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We finally managed to get at the rack of lamb we purchased for our anniversary dinner last month. After buying this indulgent piece of meat, we all got a mild stomach flu, so into the freezer it went. So sad.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I seasoned and wrapped it carefully in the hopes that it'd be ok.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This past weekend seemed like the perfect opportunity to grill it up -three day weekend and all. Monday morning my husband woke, sick as can be, another stomach flu. (This from a household that rarely sees even your basic cold), is it the germ reciprocator (baby) or food poisoning...? Idk, but after three days on the sofa (and in the WC) I finally got the ok to grill the lamb.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It was beautiful and I added a secondary spice rub from the current COTM, with chiles, Pom molasses and cumin. We are still eating the leftovers, it's the biggest rack I've ever purchased.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Unfortunately, I underestimated the cooking time so it was very rare after resting. Into the oven it went and we had our veggies (first zucchini tian of the summer!) with the baby. Once he was tucked into bed we had ourselves a plate of lamb chops, which was fun, messy heaven, eaten on the sofa.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters RE: rabaja May 30, 2014 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Undercooked lamb is not a thing of joy. It's chewy and the fat is pretty much inedible. In steak terms, "medium rare" is really as much as you want to go - in the UK, we don't use that term for lamb (or duck) but describe it as "pink".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That rack looks lovely, although we never French trim the chops.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rabaja RE: Harters May 30, 2014 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'd never seen a rack so severely frenched before, myself. It looked lovely in the case (from a new to us butcher, Bel Campo), but I missed knawing all the tasty bits off of the bone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think we will stick with our Marin Sun Farm lamb. It's a better bargain (as much as racks can be) and I get to fry up the trim and have a cooks snack.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              roxlet RE: rabaja May 30, 2014 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stunning! and Happy Anniversary!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: rabaja May 30, 2014 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                it's gorgeous! love the sound of that secondary rub. glad you finally got to enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                we had a friend years ago whose first baby we referred to as "Vasili-petri" (her name was Vasiliki) during her first year of being exposed to all the other little petri dishes out there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rabaja RE: mariacarmen May 30, 2014 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah, this is what we have to look forward to, I'm afraid.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We were scratching our heads, wondering how he could have the second flu in a months time when it suddenly dawned on me. I think I even pointed at the baby and hissed, "it's him!".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Welcome back from your trip! You were missed!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fowler RE: rabaja May 30, 2014 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Happy belated anniversary and I am glad to hear your family is on the mend. Dinner looks great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GretchenS RE: rabaja May 30, 2014 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Food porn at its finest, rabaja! So glad you got a chance (finally) to enjoy it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: rabaja May 30, 2014 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Happy belated anniversary. That lamb looks wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: rabaja May 31, 2014 02:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That rack o' lamb looks heavenly indeed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. BananaBirkLarsen RE: roxlet May 30, 2014 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm taking our current bout of poverty as a chance to clear out our packed-to-the-gills freezer and I've pulled out a package of BISO chicken thighs and a baggie of homemade red curry paste for tonight. Thighs will be browned in a pan and then the curry paste will be fried briefly in the rendered chicken fat. Fresh squeezed coconut milk will be added (it's a PITA to make, but I've been finding that it's generally cheaper, less fatty and more flavourful than the canned stuff). Flavours will be balanced with fish sauce, lime and sugar. Veggies will be cubed butternut squash and halved mushrooms. Chicken will be pulled out and shredded once the skin and bones have added their thing to the sauce, then added back in. Served with rice and sriracha. Dessert will be the rest of the Almond Dream with cantaloup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tomorrow will probably be stuffed eggplant, using leftover meatball mix from 2 nights ago. The day after will probably be saag paneer, since I made my first paneer last night in order to save a jug of expired milk.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          weezieduzzit RE: BananaBirkLarsen May 30, 2014 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've always admired your resourcefulness. You are very talented at making something great from "nothing."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GretchenS RE: weezieduzzit May 30, 2014 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            exactly what weezie said! you never make do, you make great! very inspiring, BBL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BananaBirkLarsen RE: GretchenS May 30, 2014 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Aww, thanks you guys. You know, I think half the reason I love to cook is because it gives me the ability to improve my quality of life with very little money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. simplelife RE: roxlet May 30, 2014 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          long time no see, folks! hope everyone is well. out of towners have come and gone so it's time to have a decent home cooked meal. (decent...not healthy HA)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Honey Chili Fried Chicken and Mushroom

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            letsindulge RE: simplelife May 30, 2014 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, that's right up my alley! Is the honey incorporated into the glaze?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              simplelife RE: letsindulge May 30, 2014 10:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              yes just mixed the sauce together and flash fried in the wok. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last night I made one of my favorite quick and light weeknight dinners. I mix ground turkey with lots of chopped cilantro and green onion, and I drop small meatballs directly into Maia Kaimail's Vindaloo simmer sauce. I served that with basmati rice and a green salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Today is my son's prom -- ladeedah ladeedah! It's black tie at the grand ballroom of The Pierre, but first is a pre-prom party to which all the parents are also invited. The kids are all chipping in $30 each to arrive at The Pierre in grand style by taking limos, so then rjbh20 and I will bid a fond farewell to the revelers, head downtown, and finally get to our belated anniversary celebration at Perry Street restaurant. It's no more than 30 yards from our former co-op, so dinner tonight will be served with a large helping of nostalgia.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: roxlet May 30, 2014 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              happy anniversary celebration! hope it's half as special as anything you both have made!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. RE: roxlet May 30, 2014 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Black tie at The Pierre - classy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dinner at Perry Street sounds wonderful. I've been to several of JG's outposts but never here. The pictures on the website look spectacular.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Co-op in the West Village? Outstanding.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gio RE: roxlet May 30, 2014 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds like a posh celebratory evening for all of you. I hope your son has a grand time, and you and rjb have a Great Celebration.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rabaja RE: roxlet May 30, 2014 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That sound lovely, all of it. Enjoy your celebration(s)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I really need to pick up that sauce for an easy dinner next week. Costco, yes?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet RE: rabaja May 30, 2014 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Whole Foods and Fairway is where we get it. Our Costco doesn't carry it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GretchenS RE: roxlet May 30, 2014 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      have a wonderful time roxlet, and belated happy anniversary to you both!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: roxlet May 30, 2014 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hope it is a special night and the meal is lovely. Happy belated anniversary.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: roxlet May 31, 2014 02:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Happy prom and anniversary celebrations!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My body rebelled from all the seafood and insisted on something fatty and rich and meaty. The rebellion occurred during the wee hours so choices were limited.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A big thank you to those who had sung the praises of TJ's precooked pork belly! I rinsed a can of white beans, added chopped white onion, opened my last jar of chicken stock, seasoned with thyme, s/p and placed that pork on top. Brought it to a bubble in the oven and then finished crisping the pork under the broiler.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Very, very satisfying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now I'm ready to go back to seafood. One woman didn't want shrimp so I traded my fish with her. So 2 lbs. of good sized shrimp. Then another woman wasn't into her fish and just left it. So I ended up with 1 lb. of sea bass too. The CSF usually doesn't have repeats of species but between odd weather and bans on certain fish there has been less variety.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Raining today so grilling remains delayed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            biondanonima RE: meatn3 May 30, 2014 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I really need to get into your CSF. Who leaves behind pounds of gorgeous seafood?????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              meatn3 RE: biondanonima May 30, 2014 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's mind boggling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've thought about it a bit and think it is similar to people who join a gym but never go... I suspect some of the shareholders join to support the idea of local/sustainable without being equally as interested in cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've seen the same thing to a lesser degree with produce CSA's. I worked at a shop which served as a self-serve pickup point for a weekly CSA. Invariably there would be several shares that were never picked up. We had no way to store them so the bounty was divided up between the employees at closing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              speakhandsforme RE: meatn3 May 30, 2014 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah, I read CSF as cerebrospinal fluid first, so I was really confused. But now I know that community-supported fisheries exist, hooray!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Gio RE: roxlet May 30, 2014 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              >Scrambled eggs w turmeric, cayenne, FGBpepper, minced parsley.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              >Short braised sugar snap peas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              >Chopped salad of: tomato, cucumber, radish, sweet onion, celery, grated carrot.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              >Salad dressing: Garlic, Lemon, Kefir aioli.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              >Bruschetta for G, not for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                nothingswrong RE: roxlet May 30, 2014 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Last night I ate another half of a twice-baked potato around 11 PM with my hands, standing in the kitchen reading cereal boxes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The boyfriend had the other half potato and fixed himself a real fancy sandwich: everything bagel toasted with some grilled chicken I stuck in the fridge, and approximately 10 ounces of various cheeses. It was gloopy to say the least.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I just got home from having a new picc line inserted. It was a disaster and took several completely un-anesthetized attempts and they still couldn't thread the catheter up into my chest. So I am in a whole lot of pain with bandages up and down both arms. My left arm is virtually unusable at the moment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WFD tonight will probably be plain noodles if I can get out of bed, or cheese and crackers if not. The bf will have to fend for himself. I had the (pessimistic?) foresight to grill up a few chicken breasts last night, and to massage a bunch of kale with a simple RW vinegar/lemon/garlic vinaigrette. Into the kale went some grilled corn, slow roasted tomatoes, olives, and other goodies. There is also some gorgeously fragrant fruit chopped up and waiting to be eaten.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: nothingswrong May 30, 2014 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sorry to hear about the picc line. I hope they can retry again soon. I hope that you are feeling well enough tonight to cook noodles. If not, it sounds like you have the bf covered.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GretchenS RE: nothingswrong May 30, 2014 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That is a dreadful tale nw, so sorry to hear it. :( Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Lucky bf that you so thoughtfully planned ahead.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      rabaja RE: nothingswrong May 30, 2014 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hope you feel better soon, that sounds awful. You get a lot done for someone who bears such a burden.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Everything you prepped sounds delicious. May I suggest you let the bf dote on you for a bit? Sounds like you deserve it and more importantly, need it right now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: nothingswrong May 30, 2014 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Feel better. *hugs*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. MidwesternerTT RE: roxlet May 30, 2014 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pork chops rubbed with a mixture of dried basil/brown sugar/ chili powder then cooked in the skillet using a small amount of oil. Side will be microwaved sweet potato and a green salad w/ tomatoes & cucumber.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MidwesternerTT RE: MidwesternerTT May 30, 2014 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          recipe link - these were still/again great

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. zeldaz51 RE: roxlet May 30, 2014 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Grilled salmon steaks with sun-dried tomato, chipotle, and cilantro pesto; roasted French fingerling potatoes; and a big salad of romaine from the garden (we're in the 90s and 100s and it's going to bolt).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I can't decide. The hubs made me freeze some thick cut pork chops when his stomach was acting up and now I'm uninspired with wfd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last night was grilled chicken with potato salad and grilled zucchini. Ho hum. Good, but not particularly exciting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Roasted salmon maybe? I'd really like to dive into some take out Vietnamese, but that's a hard sell.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It may be pizza. Won't make the pants looser.