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May 30, 2014 03:45 PM

What's for Dinner #303 - School's Out for Summer! Edition [through June 3, 2014]

:::Cue Alice Cooper::: :-)

Depending on the area of the U.S. you are, some kids have been out of school for several weeks, some are just getting out, and here in the Northeast, some won't be out until much later in June as they make up snow days! But it's happening.

Vacations, kid camps, and cookouts. - it's the thing for many families. So - what's cooking on your grills, on your stoves, or in your ovens? (for those in the rainy climes where summer seems far away or those in the southern hemisphere and summer is a thing of the past!)

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  1. Got my post in on the last thread just under the wire, and reposting here to bookmark:

    Last night was another concert---amazing soulful singer-songwriter, Justin Jones:

    We had semi-crappy bar food at the venue: a quatro formaggio pizza with way too much fresh rosemary(!?!) and an OK double-stack burger and chips. Meh.

    Took the day off to chill with the fam and cooked brunch and a late lunch after a trip to the zoo. Brunch was scrambled eggs with goat cheese and chives, fruit salad, bacon, and cinnamon rolls griddled in the waffle iron (LOL...I blame Pinterest). Strong coffee. Lunch was a quickie veg. lasagna with chopped up leftover kale from the last dinner party. I made a salad of grape tomatoes, Persian cukes, and avocado cubes with balsamic vinaigrette to go along with.

    WFD? Well, we're hitting another show tonight (Human Country Jukebox again--a house party debuting their new album!), and pork bbq has been promised. I think it will be a mostly liquid dinner though.

    19 Replies
    1. re: ChristinaMason

      It's Friday. Liquid dinners work (provided there's a designated driver! LOL)

      1. re: LindaWhit

        One of the perks of living in the car needed. :)

        1. re: ChristinaMason

          Ahhh, yes. Little ol' me in the 'burbs who has to drive to everywhere forgets that. :-D

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Since it is after 5 pm here, raising a glass to Veggo. Might have to raise several.

            1. re: boyzoma

              Veggo would expect nothing less, boyzoma. :-)

          2. re: ChristinaMason

            Mmmm, cinnamon buns in the waffle iron could be attributed to Kenji from Serious Eats (his pizza in a waffle iron post made me add one to my Amazon wish list).

            BBQ and a liquid dinner sound great!

            Today was Mom's 67th birthday so prime rib and baked potatoes with sour cream were WFD. Flintstonian prime ribs were pan-seared in olive oil and butter until medium-rare and served with salt-crusted baked potatoes and a bottle of Barolo. Thought about other vegetables but the plates were already full....

              1. re: FlyerFan

                The cinnamon swirl made a big mess in my waffle iron (despite spraying with cooking spray). Never again.

                1. re: ChristinaMason

                  Sort of like the satay sauce did on my skewers I cooked on the grill pan last weekend. I fear my non-stick grill pan is a goner. I've been able to soak (using boiling water) most of it off, but there's still a lot on there. I'm going to try boiling water in the shallow pan tonight to see if it'll boil off the encrusted gunk. Otherwise, it's a goner and I'll be shopping this weekend for a new one.

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    LW try soaking in a solution of hot water and dishwasher detergent. Something they put in dishwasher detergent magically dissolves burnt-on goo.

                    1. re: GretchenS

                      Unfortunately, I use the Finish All-In-Dishwasher Tabs, so that won't work. *Unless* I crush up one of the blocks in a ziploc bag and sprinkle it into the grill pan before pouring on the boiling water. Will try that tonight - thanks!

                      1. re: GretchenS

                        I think dishwasher detergent has TSP (trisodium phosphate) in it, something we can no longer buy here in NY.

                        1. re: roxlet

                          Except you can buy it online and add it to dishwashers and washing machines.

                            1. re: roxlet

                              I wouldn't have thought to do so either, except Amazon was the first thing that came up when I Googled "trisodium phosphate" to see what it was. :-)

                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                It's also in wet scallops, wring a lb and an oz or so might come out :)

                    2. re: ChristinaMason

                      Bummer! I wondered about that happening when I've seen similar recipes.

                2. As for me? I thought I had some b/s chicken breasts in my downstairs freezer, but I may not - WHAT? How is that possible? So I took out a half pork tenderloin last night to defrost. I'm going to slice it in 1" slices and press them down with the heel of my hand. They'll be dusted and seasoned with flour, salt, pepper, dried thyme, and cooked until done in some olive oil, and then removed and kept warm.

                  A sauce - there's gotta be a pan sauce. Some minced garlic and ginger will be sauteed in a bit of olive oil, then adding some orange juice, and reducing it. A 1/2 cup of small-diced Ataulfo mango will be added towards the end.

                  Steamed broccoli and leftover basmati rice alongside. The wine was poured when I got home - before the cats were fed. :D

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                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    <he wine was poured when I got home - before the cats were fed. :D>

                    at least your priorities are in the right place ;) secure your own mask before attempting to help others... ;)

                    1. re: ChristinaMason

                      HAH! I'd bet that Alfie and Buster would very much disagree with that sentiment! :D

                    2. re: LindaWhit

                      Dinner sounds good, LW. And love your pan sauce! Cheers!

                    3. dinner out tonight, and tomorrow night. but Sunday i'm thinking Trini Chinese chicken. Or maybe gringo tacos with fried shells - they just came up on an old thread of DOTM and they looked amazing. but I do have chicken in the fridge... we'll see.

                      *sob*. I wish I was still camping....

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                      1. re: mariacarmen

                        TWO nights out for dinner? You're still on vacation, mc!

                        1. re: LindaWhit

                          my charmed life, and all....

                          dinner with sis tonight as I haven't seen her in over a week now. tomorrow I get to go see baby goats!! their goat cheese is divine, but the real draw for me is petting goats.

                          and then dinner with friends AND a show after with sister. yep, i'm booked.

                          1. re: mariacarmen

                            AHHHHHHH! I LOVE BABY GOATS! I also love goat cheese. :) Sounds like a good weekend- have fun!

                            1. re: weezieduzzit

                              Love the "Call if you get lost" exhortation on their website.

                              WFD ended up simples: oven-grilled snausages (Merguez for the man, Russian chubby wieneresque for me), half a monster baked spud and some zesty tri-colour slaw (green and red cabbage plus carrost) with a made up lime based dressing, some cilantro (sorry Linda) and the very last of my chive flowers.

                      2. Grilled bluefish, grilled sweet potatoes, arugula and avocado salad.

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                        1. re: magiesmom

                          what a great mix of flavors and colors

                          1. re: magiesmom

                            I do find I am the most satisfied when I eat a range of colors.

                          2. I did the Serious Eats butter paneer last night, but I was too lazy to make paneer and subbed in firm tofu. Damned if it wasn't tasty as all get out! I cut down on the amount of fresh ginger (not the SO's fave) and the amount of honey (by a third) and it was still too sweet, so needs a bit of tweaking but deffo going into the rotation. I'll used frozen spinach next time too for ease and speed.

                            Tonight is up in the air still and I need to get it together since the SO has hockey at 9:30 so no late meal (like swimming, you need to eat at least an hour before playing hockey, if you are over 40!).

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                            1. re: grayelf

                              I've done that with subbing tofu, too! It's great. They make the same sometimes in my office cafeteria.

                              Here's a recipe for palak/saag paneer that I love, in case you want to try it with the tofu swap:


                              1. re: ChristinaMason

                                That looks good and I may try it but without the dhana jeera. Chow confession time: I really don't like cumin. I know, I know, but I've tried, and we just don't get along.

                                WFD tomorrow will be delivery from a former fave Chinese resto that jumped the shark a bit after a visit from DDD. Hoping it will be okay.

                                I got a tub of sour tamarind soup base in Portland from a Thai market. It says it's also good for drinks (hello cocktails) but I'm wondering if anyone else has made use of it. Pretty much no instructions...