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What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

roxlet Jun 30, 2014 11:21 AM

Growing up, the 4th of July truly was the real start of summer vacation for us city kids who attended school all the way to the end of June. Back in those prehistoric days, before video recorders, cable, or DVDs, we had something in NY called Million Dollar Movie, which played on a local station. Each week's Million Dollar Movie played 4 times a day for the entire week. And during the week of the 4th of July, the movie was Yankee Doodle Dandy starring James Cagney. It was a movie we knew by heart as year after year, we'd wait for Yankee Doodle Dandy to start playing. So, along with burgers, dogs, corn, watermelon and other indicators of Summer, Yankee Doodle Dandy signals the start of summer for me.

I'll be watching Yankee Doodle Dandy, but what traditions make it feel like the 4th to you?

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    KateBChi RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2014 11:50 AM

    Potato salad, corn on the cob and watermelon are things I associate with the fourth. This year I am making a roasted potato salad with garlic aioli, roasted red peppers and capers. For corn the Serious Eats version of Elote but cut off the cob for easier eating. Watermelon with feta and mint rounds out my contributions to a BBQ 4th party.

    1. Gio RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2014 12:40 PM

      My husband's birthday is The Fourth of July and our traditional celebratory meal is salmon, peas, corn on the cob, potato salad, a shortcake with whipped cream/strawberries/blueberries in the shape of a flag but not arranged as such. That's his favorite dessert.

      WFD: Finally I decided to make a concocted Lo Mein with green beans, fresh peas that need to be shelled, a baby bok choy, garlic scapes, scallion, and jullienned carrots. The noodles will be angel hair tossed with oyster sauce, light soy sauce, a bit of fish sauce, and dark sesame oil. The vegetables will be stir-fried with peanut oil, the scapes, ginger, and chili garlic sauce. More cucumber, radish, onion salad.

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        steve h. RE: Gio Jun 30, 2014 04:41 PM

        Lucky guy.

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          Berheenia RE: Gio Jul 1, 2014 05:45 AM

          What a nice day for a birthday- parades and fireworks every year!
          And of course a day off from work too!

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            Gio RE: Berheenia Jul 1, 2014 06:15 AM

            He says that when he was a little boy he thought the fireworks were for him.

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              rabaja RE: Gio Jul 1, 2014 07:09 AM

              We thought our son might be born on the fourth and it struck me as a wonderful day to be born. So festive and fun and casual.
              My son turned out to be a summer solstice baby instead, but I like the idea of celebrating bdays on the fourth with fireworks. And, I'm sure they were meant for your husband!

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                roxlet RE: Gio Jul 1, 2014 09:43 AM

                Lol! That's what James Cagney says in his narration as George M. Cohan.

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                  suzigirl RE: Gio Jul 1, 2014 11:39 AM

                  My sister also thought the fireworks were for her birthday. They had her celebration at the park and of course random strangers would see her in her birthday hat and wish her a happy birthday. She just thought it was a big party for her. So cute.

            2. iowagirl RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2014 01:31 PM

              Tonight we are digging into our leftovers from this weekend. Will take the potatoes and the grilled spring onion and chop up to saute in a little olive oil. Gently re-heat the ribeye, fry a couple of over easy eggs and enjoy with the rest of the house made bread, goat cheese butter and tomato conserva. A gourmet BFD!

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                rmarisco RE: iowagirl Jul 4, 2014 06:04 PM

                wow! look at the time! if i get started now, i can probably make it to Iowa by monday... think you can hold supper for me? CAUSE MAN THAT SOUNDS GOOD!!!

              2. mcsheridan RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2014 03:00 PM

                Got to see "1776" with William Daniels, Howard DaSilva, Ken Howard, John Cullum, and Blythe Danner. It's been a ritual for me since it first hit HBO ages ago. I was lucky enough to see the original musical on B'way all those decades ago.

                TCM is airing both "1776" AND "Yankee Doodle Dandy" on the 4th, and I'll be watching.

                Now, unlike one of Founding Fathers, I can and did tell a lie, right here on Chow. On the Trader Joe's Yay/Nay thread, I talked about buying shaved steak and how it would make three sandwiches, so I couldn't complain about the price; instead, it made two sandwiches and then tonight, I made beef and broccoli in Hoisin sauce. I used the same 3–2-1 mixture of hoisin, soy sauce, and rice vinegar that I used on pork a couple of months back and talked about on this very thread.

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                  Gio RE: mcsheridan Jul 1, 2014 10:49 AM

                  That means you get 3 lashes with a wet noodle.

                2. steve h. RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2014 03:34 PM

                  It was a stunning day on the Sou'west Shore. Maybe a top 10 day.

                  My bride finished work very early so we drove up High Ridge Road to the Inn at Pound Ridge. It's a pleasant roadside place, the latest outpost of Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

                  The room is both rustic (wide board floors, exposed beams, reclaimed wood) and modern (high ceilings, neutral colors, sharp angles).

                  A glass of Billecart Salmon for starters as we settled in. Deb and I shared an app of "crackling calamari" that had a lovely/frothy yuzu dipping sauce. It was tasty. Quality sea salt was thoughtfully provided and gave the calamari that tiny push that it needed.

                  Deb opted for a ricotta ravioli for her main, I went with the grilled hanger steak sandwich. I ordered a decent Barbaresco to wash it all down.

                  Deb liked her house-made ravioli and declared the sauce as good as her own: high praise. My sandwich was an assemblage of perfectly-cooked steak, goat cheese, thick-cut tomato slices, horseradish sauce, all cosseted in house-made flat bread. It could have fed two but I didn't want to share. I ignored the fries, not because they were bad but because I simply didn't need them.

                  Deb and I talked for hours about old stuff and stuff on the horizon. At the end of the day, a successful meal should put you in a wonderful frame of mind. Both food and service in this pleasant roadhouse did just that.

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                    roxlet RE: steve h. Jun 30, 2014 04:23 PM

                    The continuing anniversary celebration!

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                      steve h. RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2014 04:27 PM

                      Hi rox,

                      You read me like a book.

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                        boyzoma RE: steve h. Jun 30, 2014 05:08 PM

                        How blessed is Deb! MY DH and I met 29 years ago in August. Got married 1 year from that date. He has brought me flowers on EVERY 17th of every month since the day we met. Even if I traveled, he would send them to me. Like Deb, my DH is a keeper just like you!

                        PS: When are you coming to Oregon and moving next door?

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                          roxlet RE: boyzoma Jul 1, 2014 05:31 AM

                          Boyzoma, that is really special that your husband does that. What a lovely, romantic gesture!

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                            MAH RE: boyzoma Jul 2, 2014 06:46 AM

                            how very lovely.

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                            LindaWhit RE: steve h. Jun 30, 2014 05:17 PM

                            Lucky man; lucky woman.

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                              steve h. RE: LindaWhit Jun 30, 2014 05:24 PM

                              Is that a Chinese curse (only kidding)?

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                                LindaWhit RE: steve h. Jun 30, 2014 06:11 PM

                                I'm mostly Irish, so no - it's not a Chinese curse. :-P

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                                  steve h. RE: LindaWhit Jun 30, 2014 07:08 PM

                                  Me too. Norwegian on my mother's side.

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                                    LindaWhit RE: steve h. Jul 1, 2014 05:06 AM

                                    My grandmother was Norwegian as well. Otherwise, I'm an amalgamation of Irish, Polish, German, and English. In other words, a mutt American. :-)

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                          ChristinaMason RE: steve h. Jun 30, 2014 05:08 PM

                          Sounds great!

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                            mariacarmen RE: steve h. Jun 30, 2014 10:04 PM

                            you two make it look easy. i know it isn't always, but it's nice to see how wonderful you two are with each other.

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                              Berheenia RE: steve h. Jul 1, 2014 05:48 AM

                              And nothing beats finding a sauce 'as good as her own' IMHO :)

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                                iowagirl RE: steve h. Jul 1, 2014 08:49 AM

                                What a delightful day! Love to read about the wonderful meals and fun adventures that you and Deb have together! You're an inspiration!

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                                rjbh20 RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2014 04:06 PM

                                "Swordfish bruschetta": grilled swordfish paillard with tomato, red onion & basil insalata.

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                                  linguafood RE: rjbh20 Jul 1, 2014 04:01 AM

                                  Pretty *and* healthy!

                                2. foodieX2 RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2014 04:33 PM

                                  Another hot and sticky day so after work me, the boy and the pom all took a refreshing dip in the pool before dinner. The lab was jealous but he does not swim well with others. He'll get his swim before bed tonight.

                                  WFD was one of our favorites-lamb burgers! First I mix the meat with S&P and then gently fold in fresh mint and feta. These were grilled and served on some homemade roll that were in the freezer. Watermelon was the only side. Ah, summer!

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                                    steve h. RE: foodieX2 Jun 30, 2014 04:43 PM

                                    Labs are special dogs.

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                                      boyzoma RE: foodieX2 Jun 30, 2014 05:12 PM

                                      OMG - ROTFL. I was reading your post (but I do have cataracts) and I read "the boy and the porn" all took a refreshing dip. Thank God I am having my first cataract removed next week. This could have been disastrous.

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                                        GretchenS RE: boyzoma Jun 30, 2014 06:20 PM

                                        too funny! how is the big toe?

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                                          boyzoma RE: GretchenS Jul 1, 2014 08:38 AM

                                          Very, very purple. It's getting better, but it's going to be a while. I look at it this way - no shoes for a while!

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                                            meatn3 RE: boyzoma Jul 2, 2014 08:32 PM

                                            At least it's summer! No shoes in winter could be a problem.

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                                        ChristinaMason RE: foodieX2 Jun 30, 2014 07:02 PM

                                        Those burgers sound delish! And more successful than my recent attempt with chicken.

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                                          foodieX2 RE: ChristinaMason Jul 1, 2014 07:10 AM

                                          The burgers are so good! I do find that the feta needs to be really cold before mixing it in other wise the end up a mess.

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                                          Berheenia RE: foodieX2 Jul 1, 2014 05:57 AM

                                          Is this the same lab who is afraid of mice?

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                                            foodieX2 RE: Berheenia Jul 1, 2014 07:09 AM

                                            My Pom hunts mice but the Lab is indifferent to most animals except cats and squirrels. However , he is deathly afraid of the big snappers we occasionally get in our yard, lol! I don't blame him.

                                        3. suzigirl RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2014 04:52 PM

                                          I have been marinating chicken breasts in some teriyaki sauce from TJ's all afternoon and James will be grilling them up tonight for sandwiches. His will get bacon and melted cheddar, mine will get swiss and a grilled slice of pineapple and be served on sesame Kaiser rolls. Tater tots and sliced tomatoes for the side. I am mixing sambal oelek with ketchup for dipping the tots and just a simple sprinkling of s&p for the tomatoes.

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                                            boyzoma RE: suzigirl Jun 30, 2014 05:17 PM

                                            Those sandwiches sound soooooo good. I have not tried the TJ's teriyaki yet, but I'm going to have to make a trip. I've seen several items from there to try. My sandwich would probably have xtra tomato and provolone, though.

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                                              suzigirl RE: boyzoma Jun 30, 2014 05:36 PM

                                              Thank you. The teriyaki is called Island Soyaki and is quite tasty. Thick and not overly sweet. I wish I could tell you the price but I forget. I would prefer provolone but I had swiss on hand from a sliced cheese tray that I bought for roast beef sandwiches last week.

                                          2. ChristinaMason RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2014 05:13 PM

                                            The chicken adobo is simmering and smelling heavenly. I actually forgot it was supposed to pre-marinate but forged ahead anyway. I follow this recipe but use a whole can of Chakoh coconut milk and swap sugar cane vinegar for the rice vinegar. And I keep the skin crispy with a nice broil and no dunk at the end. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/mag...

                                            Ultimately I went with jasmine rice boiled with some Sazon for color. Leftover daikon slaw on the side for vegetal goodness.

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                                              ChristinaMason RE: ChristinaMason Jun 30, 2014 07:00 PM

                                              Turned out really nice. Happy discovery -- avocado goes *great* with adobo!

                                              Top left is the g&t I made myself in protest of the Hobby Lobby stupidity.

                                            2. LindaWhit RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2014 05:14 PM

                                              I haven't celebrated Independence Day with family or a large group of friends for some time, but my tradition is now making picnic-type foods for my dinner. So I'm beginning to think of what to make. Besides, the cats will freak over the Independence Day fireworks in my town, so I'd like to be here for them.

                                              Today was a long, long day. Taking Mom to a doctor's appt., a few errands, and then a tour of an assisted living facility for her. She's being proactive in looking before she really needs to move. It was a nice place, we got to talk to a resident's son (and see her room, as these rooms without furniture are hard to picture), and we had a (surprisingly good!) lunch in their dining room - pork roast with peppery gravy, roasted potatoes, corn and a slice of (overly sweet) banana cream pie. The pork roast was perfectly cooked, although the corn was way overcooked and mushy. (Can't believe I'm "reviewing" an assisted living facility! LOL)

                                              So tonight was just leftovers for me - sirloin tips, half a baked potato, and sauteed Swiss chard. I *did* make a Vodka and Lemonade, so that's my "cooking" for today.

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                                                foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Jun 30, 2014 05:29 PM

                                                My mom spent time at Susan Bailis assisted living place in Boston and we were pleasantly surprised at the food. I remember thinking I should post about it for anyone else in the same situation, lol. Hope you find a nice place!

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                                                  GretchenS RE: LindaWhit Jun 30, 2014 06:25 PM

                                                  It is so great if you can get your elder to look before s/he needs to move! That is what I did with my aunt and she was so happy once she decided it was time to move. Wish it could have been that way with my father....

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                                                    Berheenia RE: GretchenS Jul 1, 2014 05:53 AM

                                                    What Gretchen said! My mother waited until she was bedridden and made a hasty and bad mistake in her choice of nursing homes. She was her own woman and there was no consulting with me or her primary care physician. You and your Mom have always sounded so compatible.

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                                                      LindaWhit RE: Berheenia Jul 1, 2014 04:23 PM

                                                      Ugh. How touch, Berheenia. I'm very thankful that Mom is so good with all of this. In fact, she prompted the visits, so this is all on her. I'm just her chauffeur. But it does make it much easier. I've heard some stories from coworkers whose family members wouldn't move into a nursing home when it was 2, 3, 4 years past time. It causes so much strain on the caretaker family members, so Mom's been an absolute gem for me.

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                                                    mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Jun 30, 2014 10:08 PM

                                                    i'm glad it felt better than you might have thought it would. so hard, so sad. hopefully each place you look at is better than the next!

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                                                      boyzoma RE: LindaWhit Jul 1, 2014 08:46 AM

                                                      Wow, Linda. I'm glad you had a nice visit. Some of them are just not so good. And the food aspect is a really important one. It's so good that she can assist in finding something she will be comfortable with. And your leftovers sound just fine. Especially the V&L.

                                                    2. MidwesternerTT RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2014 05:15 PM

                                                      Tonight's WFD was Paella Salad with Shrimp from Salad for Dinner cookbook by Jeanne Kelley. If I'd known before that smoked paprika tastes like bacon-flavoring, this spice would have been added to my cupboard years ago!

                                                      Prep was fast and easy. Orzo pasta toasted in olive oil, then some minced garlic added followed by broth. Cook until broth is absorbed. Meanwhile cut shrimp into 1/2 inch pieces, dice red bell pepper, halve cherry tomatoes, slice green onions, dice dried chorizo. Dump the pasta into a dish, add peas. Chill (I didn't, just allowed to cool countertop while I cooked the shrimp). Heat olive oil, add shrimp, sprinkle with paprika, cook a couple minutes, until shrimp is done. Combine all with the pasta, add veggies and some fresh parsely, stir. Season with sherry vinegar, black pepper and a bit more olive oil (which I omitted).

                                                      I served on fresh spinach - recipe suggests romaine or arugula or none.
                                                      Ingredients list is at this site - note that the 1/2 cup diced chorizo is the Spanish dry-cured variety. I wasn't willing to spend 10 dollars for chorizo, and substituted pepperoni.

                                                      1. juliejulez RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2014 06:29 PM

                                                        Back in town, cousin's wedding was a very nice affair with lots of beer and wine. Neither SO or I had to drive, which is unusual, so we got pleasantly schmammered. The food was also good, she had a BBQ company out.

                                                        Back at it today for a 10 hour day and it's warm out, so dinner is a turkey burger w/ my homemade taco seasoning, topped with some pepper jack, and a small helping of macaroni salad. I suppose I should have a vegetable especially since I bought some at the store but... meh.

                                                        1. GretchenS RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2014 06:32 PM

                                                          I had occasion to go to the posh deli over the weekend, plus my fridge had been cleaned out for my long CA business trip and never really restocked since I knew I was leaving again this Wednesday for vacation in Maine. So I bought some of the posh deli's ridiculously good chicken liver mousse and that was WFD tonight, along with some goat cheese, crackers and DOTM pickles and cherry tomatoes. Very good.

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                                                            Berheenia RE: GretchenS Jul 1, 2014 05:54 AM

                                                            "Posh Deli"? I need one of those.

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                                                              GretchenS RE: Berheenia Jul 1, 2014 05:36 PM

                                                              You would have to move back and you don't want to! (Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge)

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                                                                Gio RE: GretchenS Jul 2, 2014 06:30 AM

                                                                Love that place... I need to go back there! Soon.

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                                                                  Berheenia RE: GretchenS Jul 3, 2014 05:13 AM

                                                                  lol- I love hearing any sacred cow of Cambridge called a deli! I always got palpitations there or at the sister one in the South End- astronomical prices but probably the best mac and cheese I ever paid ten bucks a pound for. I was more of a Baker's Best person for my posh deli needs but they closed.

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                                                              Aussieshepsx2 RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2014 08:14 PM

                                                              Indian tonight. Made some jasmine jeweled rice. Started with shallot, sautéed with turmeric, cumin, dried cherries, and some sliced almonds. Added the partially cooked rice, some saffron threads bloomed in hot water, covered and let the whole thing cook until the rice was crispy on the bottom. Sautéed some chicken and zucchini in a bottle of tiki masala sauce. Not bad for a Monday night.

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                                                                nothingswrong RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2014 09:56 PM

                                                                The 4th of July always makes me sad. It was my paupau's (grandpa's) birthday and we spent every summer staying with him and my yiayia in the beautiful suburbs of Chicago from the time I was born until he passed away several years back. I remember distinctly the sticky, humid heat up there. Chasing fireflies at night. Walks after dinner to a Dairy Queen that stood alone on the side of the road. Going to play video games with all of the cousins in tow. And laying around in the freezing air conditioning at paupau's feet while we watched the Tonight Show before bed.

                                                                This holiday seems so empty since he's been gone, and I find it hard to even go out and look at fireworks.

                                                                But anyway! The man stopped today for lunch at Jack in the Box or something and had this monstrosity of a ham bacon cheese thing that left him curled in a ball on the couch all night. He also brought home 4 bags of goodies from Whole Foods that I will need to cook before they go bad. So I'm going to do something I've never done and write out a meal plan for the rest of the week.

                                                                As for me, I sautéed up some veggies until they caramelized, then tossed in a handful of breadcrumbs, herbs, and seasonings, and added that to some pasta with grated cheese. I never think to add breadcrumbs to my pasta unless following a recipe which calls for it, and I need to remember to do it more often.

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                                                                  LindaWhit RE: nothingswrong Jul 1, 2014 05:10 AM

                                                                  Perhaps watch the fireworks, raise a glass in honor of your paupau, and talk to him while he watches them right alongside you. Remember the fun times, nw.

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                                                                  Harters RE: roxlet Jul 1, 2014 06:05 AM

                                                                  There's a magazine cut-out recipe tonight at Casa Harters.

                                                                  A paste is made from a red chilli, tomato puree, olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme and garlic which is then rubbed into chicken thighs and new potatoes. The mix goes in a roasting tin and it gets 30 minutes at 180C. Cubes of pancetta get added and there's another 15 minutes cooking. Baby plum tomatoes go in and it all cooks for a few minutes more till the toms have softened and the chicken is cooked.

                                                                  Recipe suggests a leaf salad and crusty bread - both for mopping up the juices.

                                                                  1. Berheenia RE: roxlet Jul 1, 2014 06:14 AM

                                                                    We're on the tail end of vacation at Lake George our chow has not been very Chowish but I still managed to eat like a horse- the lake air gives me a great appetite. Sunday dinner at a biker bar with terrific live music,cold beer and wine in a plastic cup. The burgers and reubens were not bad and we had a blast. Last night we snagged the best balcony overlooking the lake at our motel so after several cold drinks we ordered pizza and salad delivered to the deck. Couldn't bear to leave the million dollar view and head indoors to the Italian restaurant as planned. They make you wear shoes! We are stopping at a famous old restaurant in Bolton Landing for lunch wearing suitable attire and then we head home. We will arrive just in time to watch round 3 soccer so WFD may be takeout Chinese or the Barefoot Contessa frozen Chinese that is lurking in the freezer. My Trader Joe's wine stash is still healthy so go team USA!
                                                                    Tomorrow is back to the Weight Watchers thread for me.

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                                                                      foodieX2 RE: Berheenia Jul 1, 2014 07:13 AM

                                                                      You had great weather! Sounds like a nice trip.

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                                                                        LindaWhit RE: Berheenia Jul 1, 2014 04:30 PM

                                                                        Sounds fun - and pizza and salad delivered to the deck is a perfect last night of vacation!

                                                                      2. linguafood RE: roxlet Jul 1, 2014 08:10 AM

                                                                        My memories of July 4th celebrations (yes, I experienced them even though I grew up in Germany -- but the US embassy of course put together quite the festivities) involve playing softball during the day or joining in all kinds of activities for kids like sack races, etc. & fireworks at night. I'm a total sucker for fireworks, so that was generally the highlight.

                                                                        I am expecting no such festivities to happen this coming Friday here in Berlin, and I have made no plans involving celebrating the day, either.

                                                                        We are likely to indulge in one more fried chicken dinner, which seems 'murrcan enough for the purpose :-D

                                                                        Last night was a bit of a wash -- the pool hall was running on summer schedule, so we arrived at closed doors.

                                                                        Went to one of the restos I almost always recommend on the Europe board, which serves modern German food with an Alsatian influence.

                                                                        We shared the "spicy" (not at all) boudin Antillaise with white beans and a summer salad with nectarines, tomatoes, red onions and capers. The nectarines made the salad a bit too sweet for me, but overall it was very nice and refreshing. The blood sausage was good, too, spicy or not. Not shown is the tarte flambée we shared but couldn't finish.

                                                                        A planned nightcap at a cocktail bar near the restaurant was rained on, so we went home early and watched the rest of the Germany game, hoping for Algeria to win :-D

                                                                        Tonight, beer garden and USA USA USA. My tummy's been acting up since this morning, so I don't really care WFD. Meh.

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                                                                          suzigirl RE: linguafood Jul 1, 2014 11:32 AM

                                                                          Hopefully your tummy is cooperating by dinnertime. Mine has been acting up in the daytime lately but seems to right itself by afternoon. I hope yours does the same. I hate bitchy belly days.

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                                                                            linguafood RE: suzigirl Jul 2, 2014 02:28 AM

                                                                            Thanks, suzi. I know my issues don't even compare to yours (not to mention nw!), but you know how frustrating it can be. Even more so with this being our last week here and all, during which we were hoping to stuff ourselves with all the things we can't get back home. Wah.

                                                                            I ended up having a tomato soup with feta & splitting a brat with my man. Boring, but it fed me & didn't make things worse.

                                                                        2. Gio RE: roxlet Jul 1, 2014 11:19 AM

                                                                          WFD: Chili-Lime Chicken Sauteed with Zucchini. Actually it's sauteed with zucchini, yellow squash, onions, garlic, bell peppers, tomatoes, scallions, cilantro. The chili is a goodly amount of Chili en Adobo. Chicken strips are marinated during the vegetable prep in lime juice and the chipotle chili then sauteed till no longer pink and set aside. The vegetables are sauteed till crisp tender, chicken is returned to cook for a bit then Bob's your uncle!

                                                                          This can be served with tortillas, sour cream and lime wedges, or over hot rice but I suspect we won't want hot rice tonight if the HHH continues. We'll probably ladle it over a grilled half roll, plop a dollop of fresh local mozzarella and a salad on the side. I do think a G & T (Fever Tree) is in order though.

                                                                          The recipe comes from "Serving Up the Harvest" by Andrea Chesman, a Vermont author with a truck load of books to her credit. During the Winter we cooked from her "Recipes from the Root Cellar", a cookbook I highly recommend, and loved everything.

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                                                                            Berheenia RE: Gio Jul 1, 2014 01:15 PM

                                                                            Sounds like a great recipe. Maybe tomorrow- I have all the ingredients.

                                                                          2. boyzoma RE: roxlet Jul 1, 2014 02:03 PM

                                                                            Well, since we are going to be in the high 90's today, I'm swapping out my menu. We were supposed to have stir fry today, but I don't feel like such a hot meal tonight. And it's going to be cooler on Thursday. So swap the two it is. Tonight will be a nice dinner-sized Caesar Salad with sliced chicken breasts on top. (DH will pick up cooked chicken from the store on the way home). Dinner is no cooking needed!

                                                                            1. roxlet RE: roxlet Jul 1, 2014 02:54 PM

                                                                              WFD will be left-over rotisserie chicken with a vegetable/pasta salad. It's mostly vegetable with a little pasta, and I plan on tossing my portion with some arugula as well. Too damn hot to cook.

                                                                              1. Berheenia RE: roxlet Jul 1, 2014 03:20 PM

                                                                                Why do I watch soccer- the World Cup is making me crazy! Deep cleansing breath, another glass of wine and something from the freezer for dinner. Goal!

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                                                                                  boyzoma RE: Berheenia Jul 1, 2014 03:28 PM

                                                                                  Well, the US scored, so time for more wine! Cheers!

                                                                                2. gini RE: roxlet Jul 1, 2014 03:37 PM

                                                                                  I've been a delinquent poster. Here's dinner from Monday: grilled sockeye salmon; rough salsa of mango, tomato, bell pepper, red onion, cilantro, lime; grilled zucchini planks with balsamic glaze.

                                                                                  We're spending the 4th in town - the first time in as long as I can remember. We just picked up a cheap wooden tandem kayak that leaks like a sieve. We hope to fiberglass it up so we can watch the fireworks from the river while afloat.

                                                                                  1. foodieX2 RE: roxlet Jul 1, 2014 03:39 PM

                                                                                    Very hot and humid here today but that didn't stop me from making steak and cheese subs!

                                                                                    This year we asked the butcher to turn some of the roasts into shaved steaks-a brilliant idea from the head farmer where we get our cows.

                                                                                    First I sautéed a vidalia onion that had been thinly sliced in a CI pan. I cooked them until soft then turned up the heat to get some good color on them. I seasoned the steak with a heavy dose of Jane's Crazy Mixed Up Salt and added that to the hot onions. It cooked in no time. I then turned off the heat and layered the steak and onion with slices of provolone and let it melt. While the cheese was melting I toasted some sub rolls under the broiler. Dinner was done but my kitchen was way too hot so we took the subs outside and ate them with ice cold lemonade for the boy and ice cold grownup lemonade for us. Completely forget about the pickles on the side but they were not missed.

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                                                                                      gaffk RE: foodieX2 Jul 1, 2014 03:51 PM

                                                                                      That's funny. It's hot & humid here as well and I made cheesesteaks. I live in cheesesteak country, so it's easy to find frozen shaved sirloin at the local grocery. I too sauteed up a vidalia. But I used the white American cheese favored in these parts. I didn't toast the rolls either. Served with frozen fries to keep it trashy.

                                                                                      Sandwiches were enjoyed in the cool of the A/C . . . If I had stepped on to the patio I would have lost all interest in food . . . way too HHH out there.

                                                                                    2. suzigirl RE: roxlet Jul 1, 2014 03:56 PM

                                                                                      Tonight is a big old pot of mild Italian sausage meatball spaghetti sauce with lots of fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic, basil, oregano, Italian seasonings and three Cajun peppers for some kick. My first three cukes from the garden were made into an oregano vinaigrette salad and sesame Kaiser rolls from last night are going to turn into garlic bread. I wish Allie would perfect that food shooter so I could shoot you all a shot of what my house smells like. I haven't let the sauce cook long enough to taste it fully married or I would shoot you a taste of that, too.

                                                                                      1. LindaWhit RE: roxlet Jul 1, 2014 04:53 PM

                                                                                        A doctor's appt. for me today, then headed down to IKEA to pick up another 3-drawer file cabinet. Got caught in "just before rush hour" traffic coming home, because I decided to come through the city. BAD decision. But I made it home.

                                                                                        It's hot and humid days like today that I'm thankful for my convection toaster oven. A Frankenchicken breast was dried off and seasoned with salt and pepper, and went in to roast. During the last 15 minutes or so, it got a glaze of a mixture of apricot preserves, champagne vinegar, dry sherry, prepared horseradish, and grated ginger.

                                                                                        Sides will be leftover basmati rice, and steamed green beans. There's V&L as well.

                                                                                        And because I'm eating at the coffee table, I have a friend who awaits anything that *might* be dropped. The boy has no shame.

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                                                                                          foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Jul 1, 2014 05:32 PM

                                                                                          the epitome of a cool cat!

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                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: foodieX2 Jul 1, 2014 05:46 PM

                                                                                            Cool? Not so much. Just a shameless beggar. :-)

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                                                                                              steve h. RE: foodieX2 Jul 1, 2014 06:02 PM

                                                                                              Not a care (or a predator) in the world.

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                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: steve h. Jul 1, 2014 06:25 PM

                                                                                                The only exercise is the "after dinner chase" with Buster. Otherwise, he's a textbook "I sleep 16-18 hours a day" cat. :-)

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                                                                                                  gaffk RE: LindaWhit Jul 1, 2014 06:32 PM

                                                                                                  Can Buster teach Mole that sleeping trick? Mole is an annoying puppy cat from the moment I walk in the door. Fortunately Malgato is a real cat who ignores me unless the food dish is empty.

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                                                                                              suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Jul 1, 2014 05:39 PM

                                                                                              That sauce almost sounds like a jezebel sauce. Yes, please.

                                                                                              I can't tell by the centerfold shot... is that Alfie or Buster? Either way, awfully cute photo op.

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                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: suzigirl Jul 1, 2014 05:45 PM

                                                                                                Alfie is the white and black cow cat, Buster is the gray one. And I've not heard of a jezebel sauce, but I like the sound of it!


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                                                                                                GretchenS RE: LindaWhit Jul 1, 2014 05:42 PM

                                                                                                that picture made me LOL, too funny!

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                                                                                                  boyzoma RE: LindaWhit Jul 1, 2014 06:14 PM

                                                                                                  Oh, that poor under-fed baby! I should report you :-) So precious! I eat at the coffee table all the time (but I do have a lift-top coffee table). Works wonders.

                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit
                                                                                                    Harters RE: LindaWhit Jul 2, 2014 02:02 AM

                                                                                                    That looks like a very well fed and contented pussy to me.

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                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: Harters Jul 2, 2014 05:39 AM

                                                                                                      ::::biting my tongue:::: ;-)

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                                                                                                        Harters RE: LindaWhit Jul 2, 2014 06:24 AM

                                                                                                        Pussies should always be contented.

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                                                                                                          Gio RE: Harters Jul 2, 2014 06:36 AM

                                                                                                          He does look like he's "being served", doesn't she. Mrs. Slocombe would be proud.

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                                                                                                            Harters RE: Gio Jul 2, 2014 08:02 AM

                                                                                                            A classic of British TV comedy, Gio. The style goes all the way back to music hall and comedy farce in the theatre. If you liked that, suggest you see if you can find any episodes of "Allo, 'allo" - I gather BBC Worldwide did sell DVDs on the western side of The Pond - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/'All...!

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                                                                                                              mcsheridan RE: Harters Jul 2, 2014 11:11 AM

                                                                                                              Love, "'Allo, 'allo"! It's been too long since I've seen that show.

                                                                                                    2. re: LindaWhit
                                                                                                      rabaja RE: LindaWhit Jul 2, 2014 06:40 AM

                                                                                                      What a cutie! You grew him big and strong LW!

                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit
                                                                                                        iowagirl RE: LindaWhit Jul 2, 2014 09:26 AM

                                                                                                        Love that pic!! And the "don't mind me, just hanging out here in case ..." look on his face!

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                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: iowagirl Jul 2, 2014 11:46 AM

                                                                                                          That's EXACTLY the look, iowagirl! LOL

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                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Jul 2, 2014 10:39 AM

                                                                                                          I LOVE FAT KITTIES!!! what a love!

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                                                                                                            biondanonima RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 06:00 PM

                                                                                                            Right? That FLUFFY TUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: biondanonima Jul 3, 2014 06:17 AM

                                                                                                              Fluffy, but also jiggly like vanilla pudding. :D

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                                                                                                            meatn3 RE: LindaWhit Jul 2, 2014 08:39 PM

                                                                                                            That photo is just way too cute.

                                                                                                          3. juliejulez RE: roxlet Jul 1, 2014 05:15 PM

                                                                                                            When I was single in Chicago (and working like a mad-woman), my 4th of July tradition was to take advantage of one of the few days a year I didn't have to work, and would put the History Channel's Revolutionary War documentary on, close all the blinds, crank the AC, and nap all day. I know, I've always been a party animal.

                                                                                                            Nowadays, we don't really have a tradition. SO flies in Friday morning and he hasn't been home for almost 2 weeks, so we may just spend the day vegging out. The neighborhood where we are renting right now is ummm rather festive at holidays, so we're not sure how the puppy will handle all the strange noises. I'll come up with something delicious to do on the grill.

                                                                                                            Tonight, it is actually not too hot out so I'm taking advantage and cooking inside. I'll just be doing a pork stir fry with a hoisin based sauce. I think for veggies I'll do carrots and maybe slice up some of those mini peppers and throw them in. Haven't decided if I want noodles with it, or rice.

                                                                                                            1. steve h. RE: roxlet Jul 1, 2014 05:58 PM

                                                                                                              We had veal parm and pesto pasta tonight. Deb prepped the veal over the weekend, made the sauce and stashed it all in the coolerator.

                                                                                                              My modest take is that the acid in the tomato sauce tenderizes the meat beyond the pounding/dredging/coating/browning steps. The longer in the fridge, the more tender the meat. This is merely an observation and should not be confused with fact.

                                                                                                              The meal was tasty. We washed it all down with the house red. NCIS was on the plasma - Deb insists.

                                                                                                              Pity about USA today. My positive spin is that they were outmanned throughout the entire match but hung in there and did themselves proud.

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                                                                                                                boyzoma RE: steve h. Jul 1, 2014 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                I keep asking - when are you moving to Oregon. I'm sure I can "force" my neighbors to move asap. I didn't watch per-se, but I did follow along via internet. Saw they were down 2-0 but did at least come back with a score. Sad. Guess I'll just go eat my Caesar Salad w/Chicken now. But I would totally be up for your dinner.

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                                                                                                                  steve h. RE: boyzoma Jul 1, 2014 06:38 PM

                                                                                                                  Dinner was good.

                                                                                                                  I need to spend some serious quality time in the Pacific Northwest. My son is a frequent visitor and loves it there, my sailing buddies rave about it.

                                                                                                                  I'll give it some thought.

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                                                                                                                  Harters RE: steve h. Jul 2, 2014 02:05 AM

                                                                                                                  Only saw the highlights of the match, Steve - but would agree with your assessment. Which is more than I could say for England's dismal performance - we really have to address the state of our national game.

                                                                                                                  As for dinner - a trip into the city to a new place doing BBQ. It should be interesting - there isnt much American style BBQ in the UK and, in my experience, we don't do it very well. Like the others I've been to, it's probably going to try an emulate an American chain place, rather than the "rough n ready" sort of places we looked out for on our last trip to the States.

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                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: steve h. Jul 2, 2014 02:25 AM

                                                                                                                    Timmmmmmmmmmmy! He saved the day. Well, for the most part. I just read that someone changed the wiki entry for the US defense secretary to Tim Howard :-)

                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                      Gio RE: linguafood Jul 2, 2014 07:03 AM

                                                                                                                      Wasn't Mr. Howard wonderful? 16 saves... According to the Washington Post he is now " the greatest goalkeeper in national history". I'm sorry the US lost. They did very well for themselves throughout, in spite of the Portugal game.

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                                                                                                                        Harters RE: Gio Jul 2, 2014 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                        Mrs H & I were a bit divided. Howard used to play for Manchester United, the team she supports, while Belgian defender Vincent Kompany captains my team, Manchester City.

                                                                                                                  2. ChristinaMason RE: roxlet Jul 1, 2014 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                    Simple dinner tonight, as I was volunteering per usual and DH had a haircut. We had TJ's mahi mahi burgers with homemade dilly tartar sauce, sauteed red pepper strips and baby zukes, and salad. ETA: the mahi burgers were fine, but I prefer mahi fillets. I can see how they would be useful if you put them on a bun though.

                                                                                                                    The salad was a bit of a fridge dump with arugula, cubed feta, apple, scallions, and grape tomatoes. I made a dressing of lime juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, fresh jalapeno, ground ancho chili, a little Mrs. Dash, a splash of soy, and some good olive oil. It turned out surprisingly delicious.

                                                                                                                    It was so hot today, all I can think about is ice cream.

                                                                                                                    1. letsindulge RE: roxlet Jul 1, 2014 08:52 PM

                                                                                                                      Tako poke was perfect for this hot day. No limu in the pantry so used rehydrated ogo. Ono Seasoning includes ginger, and garlic along with dried chiles to stand in for the lack of chili pepper water. Ono grinds!

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                                                                                                                        DowntownJosie RE: letsindulge Jul 2, 2014 04:37 AM

                                                                                                                        That looks delicious. Can you describe a little more how it is made? Thank you.

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                                                                                                                          gini RE: letsindulge Jul 2, 2014 05:36 AM


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                                                                                                                          Aussieshepsx2 RE: roxlet Jul 1, 2014 08:55 PM

                                                                                                                          No cook taco Tuesday at our place. So, we picked up tacos. I had carnitas soft tacos and DH had chicken hard shell tacos.

                                                                                                                          1. mariacarmen RE: roxlet Jul 1, 2014 10:21 PM

                                                                                                                            a rather meh dinner tonight. pulled out some steak last night, not realizing it was a cut that needed a slow braise (can't remember what now). so this morning before work i hurriedly threw it in the slow cooker with a half bottle of quite old California Pepper Sauce (think steak sauce/mild hot sauce), sliced bit of onion and carrot, crushed garlic cloves and chopped cilantro, some water, salt and pepper. it turned out tender enough with decent flavor. just not a WOW. I made rice - sauteed with a clove of garlic, then simmered with tomato/chicken bouillon and leftover chopped sauteed leeks - pretty tasty, actually. and a simple salad of romaine, shallots and radishes in an oregano vinaigrette. more homey than anything. the BF said he liked homey, and went back for seconds.

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                                                                                                                              jjjrfoodie RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 04:46 AM

                                                                                                                              A coupld of strip sirlions on the baby gas grill and a side of fresh basil pesto and pasta for me and the gf with A1 on the side.

                                                                                                                              Wanted medium rare , which I thought 3-1/2 minutes a side would yield, but they were a litle closer to medium, but still yummy.

                                                                                                                              Everytime I think I got steak cooking masterd to the minute, I get whapped up-side the head. LOLZ.

                                                                                                                              Sounds like I need to do a "do-over." Ha.

                                                                                                                              1. gini RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 05:38 AM

                                                                                                                                A sort of grazing dinner: figs, blue cheese, salami.

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                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: gini Jul 2, 2014 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                  my kinda meal!

                                                                                                                                2. ChristinaMason RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                                  I think I want to make French dips in the slow cooker today. DH is crazy about them. On the side probably buttered broccoli and a cucumber-tomato salad with dill vinaigrette.

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                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: ChristinaMason Jul 2, 2014 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                    screw broccoli---it's corn on the cob time!!!

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                                                                                                                                    MAH RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                                    Monday night was another stab at the Szechuan cumin lamb stir fry I keep working to get just right. a dry spice mix of cumin, szechuan peppercorn, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and a pinch of sugar is whizzed up in the spice grinder. Strips of lamb leg cutlet are coated with the spice mixture and some corn starch and left to let the flavors mingle. Although not autentic, i add some red pepper and zucchini strips, and a bit of firm baked tofu (TJs) to the stir fry and finish with some scallions. very tasty, but still not like the restaurant version (putting aside my additions). I think the main difference is that i'm not getting the delectable crust because I refuse to use the amount of oil necessary to produce it. to compensate, i used an enameled cast iron skillet and did the lamb in batches so as not to crowd and reduce crispiness. i left the meat alone to develop some real hard sear on the outside before moving it -- that helped.

                                                                                                                                    Tuesday night was enchiladas suizas made with a filling of shredded rotisserie chicken, onions, black beans and kale. comforting and yum.

                                                                                                                                    Tonight we are dining out.

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                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: MAH Jul 2, 2014 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                      I'm excited for you to perfect this, because I want to make it at home and don't have your patience!

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                                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: MAH Jul 2, 2014 09:07 AM

                                                                                                                                        I love Sichuan cumin anything, but b/c we eat it almost weekly back home for our jour fixe, I just haven't bothered trying to recreate any of their dishes. They would all pale in comparison.

                                                                                                                                        Your version sounds fab, tho!

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                                                                                                                                          Gio RE: MAH Jul 2, 2014 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                          Fuchsia Dunlop's recipe for Szechuan Cumin Lamb from her "Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook":

                                                                                                                                          The recipe correction here:

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                                                                                                                                            JoanN RE: Gio Jul 2, 2014 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                            Fyi, Gio, the "correction" I posted referred to a different link--one that was for Cumin Beef from RCC: http://peskypeppercorn.wordpress.com/...

                                                                                                                                            The link that you posted here has changed the beef to lamb, but is otherwise the same as the Beef with Cumin recipe in the book. No corrections required (unless there are slight variations in amounts of ingredients since the blogger has changed the measurements to metric; I didn't bother to do the math). Although the blogger calls it Xinjiang Lamb with Cumin and Red Onion and the recipe has no red onion in it. Huh?

                                                                                                                                            Anyway, I've made the recipe from RCC innumerable times. It's one of my favorites. I've tried making it with lamb because I adore lamb, but for some reason I prefer this particular recipe with beef. Dunlop has another cumin beef recipe in EGoR, but I prefer the one in RCC.

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                                                                                                                                              Gio RE: JoanN Jul 2, 2014 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                              Oh Dear! Well. thank you for your correction of my correction. It got a little confusing with all the replies and responses. I think probably MAH wants to make it on her own without a recipe. I just thought I'd give her reference.

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                                                                                                                                                MAH RE: Gio Jul 2, 2014 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                Thanks, Gio and JoanN. Interesting that the comments on that FD related thread mention the copious amounts of oil called for -- that must be the secret to the crust on the meat. also interesting suggestions there re the half ground cumin/ half whole cumin seeds.

                                                                                                                                                I'll keep these in mind for my next attempt...

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                                                                                                                                                  JoanN RE: MAH Jul 2, 2014 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                  The first few times I made the Beef with Cumin from RCC, I used much less oil and tried to sear the meat a bit against the sides of the wok. One night, for some reason, I used the full amount of oil and discovered I much preferred the texture of the meat cooked that way. But it's not at all crispy or crusty, though; more velvety, I would say. I excuse the use of all that oil since I pour it all out of the wok before continuing and let the meat drain before adding it back to the pan.

                                                                                                                                                  I know the texture you're talking about. There's a restaurant in Flushing that serves a cumin lamb that has that crust to it and I've never been able to replicate it. They use either ground or finely minced lamb, and I always thought the secret of the crispiness might lie there, but I still couldn't achieve it, even with ground lamb. Gave up trying once I got the RCC recipe to the point where I don't even think about it with lamb any more. But I will if you figure it out and let us know.

                                                                                                                                        2. JungMann RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                          The fried chicken picnic dinner turned out perfectly. Thanks to mariacarmen I had a new technique to try out, substituting some pastry flour for AP which was supposed to lighten the batter. I didn't notice a difference, but the skin came out crisp at any rate. I made remoulade and honey mustard sauces for dipping and a duo of stuffed cucumber kimchi and radish pickles to balance out the heaviness of the fried chicken. We rounded out the meal with tortellini salad, deviled eggs, potato salad with pimento cheese and an incredible dish of stir fried noodles with crab fat, pork and vegetables.

                                                                                                                                          Last night I took a break from the leftovers with a lightish BLAT sandwich -- my first ever. Tonight is dinner out, my first-ever taste of Memphis fried chicken. Not quite sure what to expect since Nashville outshines its neighbors when it comes to fried chicken, but given the city's talent for dry seasonings, I have high hopes.

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                                                                                                                                            linguafood RE: JungMann Jul 2, 2014 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                            O.M.G. I am SO happy we decided on one more fried chicken dinner in Berlin.

                                                                                                                                            That looks mouth-watering, JM. Wow.

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                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: JungMann Jul 2, 2014 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                              that looks and sounds marvelous - especially with the sauces and pickles.

                                                                                                                                              what the hell is crab fat?? I must know!!

                                                                                                                                              so how'd you like the BLAT?

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                                                                                                                                                Harters RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                Google suggests that "crab fat" must be what, in the UK, we simply call the "brown meat". Softer texture and far more tasty than the white.

                                                                                                                                                If I buy a cooked crab "dressed", it's presented on the shell with the white meat in two portions, divided by a strip of the brown- as this - http://www.fishfanatics.co.uk/recipe-...

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                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: Harters Jul 2, 2014 11:03 AM


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                                                                                                                                                    Gio RE: Harters Jul 2, 2014 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Double Oooh!

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                                                                                                                                                    JungMann RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                    The BLAT was okay but I think I prefer a BLT with mayo or cheese. My sandwich was just a little dry and avocado is a somewhat finicky ingredient. Unless it is at its peak, it can get a slightly bitter aftertaste as was the case with mine.

                                                                                                                                                    Crab fat is the literal translation of the ingredient called taba ng talangka in Tagalog. According to the link below, it is made by salting shorecrabs and squeezing the deliciousness out of them. The resulting product combines the sea-fresh flavor of good caviar with the sweetness of crab.

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                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: JungMann Jul 2, 2014 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                      that sounds heavenly!

                                                                                                                                                      did you not have mayo in addition with your avocado? I wouldn't omit the mayo.

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                                                                                                                                                        JungMann RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I thought the avocado was supposed to be the "fat" in the sandwich. Somehow I convinced myself that a sandwich of mostly lettuce and tomato would be "healthy" if I used avocado instead of mayo (and ignored the 3 strips of bacon). But then I've also convinced myself that eating a whole bag of pork rinds is "healthy" compared to a whole bag of chips so I shouldn't be entirely surprised.

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                                                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: JungMann Jul 2, 2014 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                          What, a whole bag of pork rinds is not healthy? Damn. Those rinds from the Thai park were delicious. And so healthy tasting.

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                                                                                                                                                            Harters RE: linguafood Jul 2, 2014 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                            lingua - JM is just plain wrong on the pork rinds (or pork scratchings as we call them here). They are an extemely healthy food, assuming only one bag (of indeterminate size) is consumed at a session.

                                                                                                                                                            It is a well known fact that eating this quantity of rind contributes to overall well being and, as such, is contributing to the body's health more significantly than, say, a lettuce & tomato salad, with Lo-Cal dressing - which generally does fuck all for well being.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Harters
                                                                                                                                                              JungMann RE: Harters Jul 2, 2014 09:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I wish my father shared your philosophy. There were quite a few times in my youth when my father would catch me eating something haraam like chicharron and give me what I believe is translated from the Arabic as "a good smacking." Did little for my well-being, but never did stop me from eating pork rinds, or more controversially, skin-on baked ham. That salty pink temptress really knew how to get me in trouble.

                                                                                                                                                              Between my love of pork scratchings and pork pies, I think I must have northern blood running in my veins!

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                                                                                                                                                    nothingswrong RE: JungMann Jul 2, 2014 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Did you end up serving the chicken hot, room temp, or cold? Just curious.

                                                                                                                                                    Looks super crispy and delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                      JungMann RE: nothingswrong Jul 2, 2014 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I made the chicken a few hours before we got to the picnic location, per weezieduzit's Dad, so we ate it at room temperature. I thought the skin would've gone soft by then and needed some sauce to compensate, but they held up fairly well. A little crisp, a little bready.

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                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: JungMann Jul 2, 2014 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Would that I had come to NYC a week earlier!!

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                                                                                                                                                        GretchenS RE: JungMann Jul 5, 2014 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                        That chicken looks completely amazing JM!

                                                                                                                                                      2. iowagirl RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                        We met up with some friends yesterday to watch the World Cup at a local bar so had an early dinner of their Chicago Style deep dish pizza. Disappointing game (except for Howard!) and even more disappointing pizza. EJ is from Chicago and is pretty picky about his deep dish pizza - I don't understand why someone would call pizza "Chicago style" if it clearly isn't - it gets is hopes up every time. Very minimal and flavorless tomato sauce (and under the cheese), very finely ground sausage, and a cheese filled puffy crust. Bleah. At least the beer was good!

                                                                                                                                                        Tonight I'm going to try to make kebabs out of the TJ's tempeh that EJ bought last month and has been hanging out in my fridge since. Using a recipe from Cooking Light, I'll marinate the tempeh in soy sauce and olive oil, add some bbq sauce (it sounds weird to me too!) then skewer it with red and yellow pepper, red onion and mushrooms and grill. Cucumber, tomato and mozzarella salad on the side.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Pata_Negra RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Mine is pathetic compared with all of yours... Chinese roast pork ('char xiu'?) on baguette. But I could eat the 'master sauce' with anything though just because it's so good. A big salad, washed down with a Chilean carménère (from Colchagua valley where I have been to!).

                                                                                                                                                          I look forward to bbq'ing tomorrow!

                                                                                                                                                          The sun always comes out after dinner (pics). Some of my old braising pots became flower pots...

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                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: Pata_Negra Jul 2, 2014 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                            that all sounds great to me!

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                                                                                                                                                              JungMann RE: Pata_Negra Jul 2, 2014 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Did you make char siu or red-cooked pork? I was under the impression that char siu is made with a wet marinade, whereas the latter is made with a master stock that is terrific with pretty much anything. Both sound great on a baguette!

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                                                                                                                                                                Pata_Negra RE: JungMann Jul 2, 2014 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I got the Char Siu from a Chinese restaurant in a town 2 hours away and this terrific sauce is always part of it. Maybe it's not 'master sauce'... I think it's a glaze that's used to baste the roasting meat with?

                                                                                                                                                                That master sauce sounds great, too. I should give me a go. My char siu looks like this: http://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/re...

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                                                                                                                                                                mcsheridan RE: Pata_Negra Jul 2, 2014 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Char siu on baguette is definitely *not* pathetic. I'd eat that at any time, including breakfast! :)

                                                                                                                                                              3. Njchicaa RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Tonight is a continuation of this week's "clear out the freezers" cooking. Grilled, marinated fish for me and grilled sausages for my husband. I'm bored with rice as a side. I'm thinking of maybe potatoes au gratin on the side to go with a bag of frozen steamed green beans. It's nothing to get excited about but it also didn't require shelling out any money at the grocery store over the weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                1. Gio RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  WFD: Bombay Turkey Sliders with Curry Sauce, and Salad of blanched green beans, radishes, cucumber, tomatoes, leaf lettuce, and fresh mozzarella because I totally forgot we had a tub in the fridge till I read Iowagirl's WFD.

                                                                                                                                                                  The sliders will become burgers, as usual, on a roll for DH and beside the salad for me. The salad is more or less almost everything in the fridge since tomorrow is FM day. House dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. mariacarmen RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    another jarred sauce night? horrors! but, a workmate gifted me a bottle of chipotle bacon bbq sauce, and a finger in the jar determined it was GOOD. so, this morning I did a quick rub (had some left over from a long ago roast - lingua's blend, I believe) on pork shoulder boneless "ribs", dumped them into the slow cooker, then gluck-gluck-glucked most of the bottle over them. on the way to work I bought some more of those not-too-sweet Honey French Rolls for pulled pork sliders. alongside will be carrot-top pesto potato salad, some pan-grilled nectarine slices, and a red cabbage slaw, most likely of the vinegar sort. i'm hungry just thinking about it now.

                                                                                                                                                                    and, I may as well tell all you dear folk my news: i'm planning a life change: going to do some travel in the next few months. Yurp with my seester, possibly cross-country with the BF, then South America, land of my parents, with my sister again and then the BF. who knows if it will all come to pass as expected - one never knows about anything, does one? i'm at once excited and scared shite-less. not leaving until early September, and then I hope to blog about food adventures. we'll see!

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                                                                                                                                                                      Njchicaa RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      How exciting! I can't wait to hear about your adventures!

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                                                                                                                                                                        Pata_Negra RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 12:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Exciting. Where in S.America? Don't be scared.

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                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: Pata_Negra Jul 2, 2014 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Bolivia is where my parents were from (taking my dad's ashes there), and we're going to check out Uruguay too.


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                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Great trip! So this means quitting the job, and getting rid of the apartment? Very brave!

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                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              thanks! gave notice yesterday, but not giving up the apartment! noooo waaaaay... the BF will stay here for part of my travels, and we'll try to airbnb it for some of the other portions when he's with me. and i'll be back in between and probably (have to) work.

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                                                                                                                                                                                roxlet RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                So exciting! I'm sure it will be the trip of a lifetime!

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                                                                                                                                                                              nothingswrong RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 08:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              My dad was raised in Bolivia until the age of 13 or so.

                                                                                                                                                                              This is very exciting, mc. I hope you have oodles of fun. Don't be anxious or scared--it's an adventure!

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                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: nothingswrong Jul 2, 2014 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                wow, really? i hardly ever meet anyone who even knows where Bolivia is! was he like a missionary or something? i mean, his parents? not to get too personal....

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                                                                                                                                                                                  nothingswrong RE: mariacarmen Jul 3, 2014 12:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, his father was Indian and was an engineer. Dad was born while they were in Pakistan for work (briefly, like for 2 weeks, poor pregnant grandma!) and then his job with British Petroleum sent him to New York, Africa, then Bolivia for over a decade. My dad rarely talks about his childhood, but I've heard him reminisce a few times after a couple drinks. They drove around in a government-issued Land Rover and lived in the forest. He and my uncle grew their hair long and got into TONS of trouble.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Grandpa took a job in Chicago when dad was maybe 13, and they were thrown into the public schools on the South side. I'm sure "culture shock" doesn't even begin to describe it.

                                                                                                                                                                                  What's funny is they moved to the suburbs for high school, and my dad and mom went to the same school for 4 years and lived less than a mile from one another but never met. They each went to different colleges, then to the same med school, where they met and fell in love. I'm sure it was bizarre to discover they'd lived right down the road from one another that whole time.

                                                                                                                                                                                  More info than you asked for... "not to get too personal," ha!

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                                                                                                                                                                                Pata_Negra RE: mariacarmen Jul 3, 2014 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Uruguay for the steaks, and Bolivia for the salteñas!

                                                                                                                                                                                I visited Peru and Bolivia very briefly (4 weeks) in 2003. Looking at the photos after I returned it occurred to me I should have taken more photos of the food. The rest is history :)

                                                                                                                                                                                You know it's a fantastic holiday when you look at the photos 10 years later and you feel a big lump in your throat! Both Peru and Bolivia are incredible but for me personally the people make it special.

                                                                                                                                                                                (pics: saltenas in La Paz, everywhere in the country. On second day at Salar de Uyuni, the spot where one gets dropped off if continue on to Chile.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen RE: Pata_Negra Jul 3, 2014 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Hah! Yes! I've talked about saltenas many times on these threads, as we'd always buy them for my dad. AND - Uruguay is the other country the BF and I will check out!

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                                                                                                                                                                              iowagirl RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Good for you, MC! That sounds like a very exciting life change! And some great places for chow!

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                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                WOW! Very cool about the travel! I was wondering what you were talking about on the other playground. :D Can't wait to read all about it!

                                                                                                                                                                                (And if you make it "cross country" to the New England area, you know there are several of us who would love to meet up!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Jul 2, 2014 02:00 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                  and thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Gio RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  What an inedible journey you have to look forward to. Great you're doing it now when you can. You'll have great adventures, great chow, and great memories. I can't wait to read all about it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: Gio Jul 2, 2014 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    haha - I hope it's edible!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                    thanks Gio! exactly my point - i'm never going to be this healthy again, this "young" again, I don't want to wait until retirement...I have no children...it's now or maybe never!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      You do right, Maria.

                                                                                                                                                                                      You never know what's round the corner. Putting off your dreams until the "right time" can mean you never get to realise them. Have a mega-exciting time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: Harters Jul 2, 2014 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        you know it, Mr. H. People like you and steve h. are some of my shining examples of how to live.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Gio RE: Gio Jul 2, 2014 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      HAHAH>>> you know I meant incredible. Damnable spell check.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Mariacarmen: Traveling

                                                                                                                                                                                      Excellent! Set up a blog, keep us posted. Be sure to share every excruciating detail.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Fair winds and following seas, mc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: steve h. Jul 2, 2014 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        aye, aye!


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                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        What an amazing life change and wonderful way to honor your father. I am incredibly jealous and giddy for you at the same time. Have an amazing adventure now while you can really enjoy it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: suzigirl Jul 2, 2014 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          grazie, suzigirl!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          boyzoma RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Traveling - WOW. Great way to go. Enjoy it while you can. It's a marvelous experience. I've traveled a lot and don't regret a single minute of it. I hope to read some of your posts while you are traveling. We will miss you. But can't wait to read of your food travels. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: boyzoma Jul 2, 2014 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            aw, thanks BZ. you'll not have a chance to miss me for awhile, and then maybe not at all as i'm sure to pester you all from abroad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Gio RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Well... this I do look forward to. I cannot travel any longer so I will live my travels through your blog.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Berheenia RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow! Just wow!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              meatn3 RE: mariacarmen Jul 2, 2014 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              If you make it to NC in the Triangle we can have a chow-meetup for you! Just e-mail.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds like a wonderful adventure!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                weezieduzzit RE: mariacarmen Jul 3, 2014 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                How exciting, MC! I look forward to reading of your adventures!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  GretchenS RE: mariacarmen Jul 5, 2014 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yay mc! I do hope you blog about it, starting soon with the planning/prep stage of the adventure. Just to maximize the fun for those of us who will be living it vicariously through you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. alliegator RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hi all. Got off track yesterday with dinner, my 16.5 year old pug, Sam, needed to cross the rainbow bridge. He was faithful and loyal to the end.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  So, dinner was a very stiff cocktail and a granola bar. Off to Prague tomorrow, so a good dinner is definitely needed. I'm going to do filet mignon with mushroom cream sauce and steamed baby carrots.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    iowagirl RE: alliegator Jul 2, 2014 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh Allie, so so sorry about Sam. Knowing the decision and timing was right does not make it any easier (we lost our golden - the one in my avatar a year ago). Enjoy your filet tonight and have a wonderful, healing trip to Prague with Pap!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood RE: alliegator Jul 2, 2014 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, allie. Sorry about Sam.... it's a good age for a dog, but sad nonetheless :-(

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hope the trip will be a good distraction both thought and distance-wise. Your dinner sounds like perfect comfort food. ((Hugs))

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: alliegator Jul 2, 2014 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ohhh, Allie. I'm so sorry about Sam. {{{{Hugs to you}}}} I'm glad you were at least with him in the end to say goodbye to each other.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Your dinner tonight sounds wonderful - chin up, and have a WONDERFUL time in Prague. Hopefully you can check in here on occasion during your travels.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gio RE: LindaWhit Jul 2, 2014 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          So sorry about your faithful friend, Allie. Golden memories though, yes?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet RE: alliegator Jul 2, 2014 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sam lived to a ripe old age -- about 115 in dog years -- so he knows that he was loved. Sad, nonetheless, to to lose a faithful and true companion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: alliegator Jul 2, 2014 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            ohhhh pup.... i'm sorry allie. so hard. they leave such a hole in our lives. i'm glad you're off on your big adventure tomorrow with Pap. it will help ease the pain a bit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            and yes, as LW says, please drop a line now and then (with pics!) of you two eating marvelous things!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. RE: alliegator Jul 2, 2014 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sorry for your loss, Allie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm excited about your upcoming adventure. Share your impressions with us if you get the chance.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                alliegator RE: alliegator Jul 2, 2014 02:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you all for the kind words. Since this is a fairly long trip, and we'll be in an apartment with good wifi, I intend to remain seated at the table :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                First thing to eat? Whatever fried cheese sandwich I can put my hands on!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: alliegator Jul 2, 2014 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am so sorry that you lost Sam. It is so hard to lose a friend but you took VERY good care of him. Pugs don't usually make it to their teens. Better to have lost him now rather than while you are gone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I hope that you have a wonderful time with Pap in Prague. Eat well and keep us posted.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    boyzoma RE: alliegator Jul 2, 2014 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, Allie - I'm so sad for you. My 16 yr. old cocker Rusty crossed that same rainbow bridge Jan. 6. So know Rusty is is waiting on the other side for Sam I'm sure with a big welcome and a "lick lick". Did you do the rainbow candle ceremony for him? It helps. What a great organization. I feel your pain. I'll toast one to Sam and one to you for your excellent dinner. Travel safe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez RE: alliegator Jul 2, 2014 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sorry to hear about Sam allie :( Hopefully your trip will provide you with some much needed R&R

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        meatn3 RE: alliegator Jul 2, 2014 08:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm so sorry about Sam. As much as I love my fur friends I hate that they have such short lives...I wish we had more time together.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GretchenS RE: alliegator Jul 5, 2014 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So sorry to hear about Sam! But what a life he had with you. Enjoy Prague and glad to hear you will be staying at the table.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            foodieX2 RE: alliegator Jul 5, 2014 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am so so sorry Allie. May he rest in peace. <hug>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. suzigirl RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Today seems like a bittersweet day. Mariacarmen with her wonderful news and Allie with the passing of her beloved Sam. Life is just a big old crapshoot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight is a pretzel and ranch powder crusted chicken breast baked in a nice hot oven til done through. Finely crushed pretzels that just weren't salty enough were sacrificed. Scalloped potatoes and smothered green beans with the delicious Amish bacon for the sides. Fingers crossed... I have never tried pretzel crust but I spotted in in a shake and bake flavor at the store and thought what the hell, I can do that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jjjrfoodie RE: suzigirl Jul 2, 2014 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Scalloped potatoes and smothered green beans with the delicious Amish bacon..."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl, what is your rendition of smothered green beans?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Smothered to me usually mean smotherd in grilled onions, smothered in cheese or a cream base sauce, which heads towards green bean caserole (which I have no qualms with) or a roux based sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i b curious? :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                JungMann RE: jjjrfoodie Jul 2, 2014 09:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cherylptw had a technique for smothered green beans that I bookmarked a couple threads back. Smothered to me usually means sautéed with bacon grease and onions until your greens are toothsome, but I think she had a twist.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: jjjrfoodie Jul 3, 2014 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Isaute a couple of slices of thick cut bacon and half a medium diced onion and add a pound of fresh green beans and cover them with chicken stock and simmer them for about a half hour. It is very southern.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. roxlet RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight we're really being so lazy -- we're having crab cakes for dinner. That's it. Crab cakes. Neither one of us was inspired to come up with something to go with them, though there was tentative talk of corn cakes along side. I used my favorite recipe from The Best Recipe that uses minimal filler. Almost done!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gio RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, they look good. What did you think? I love crab cakes but have never made them myself. I'd love a really great recipe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JoanN RE: Gio Jul 2, 2014 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Take a look at the recipe in Fish Without a Doubt. May be more effort than you want to expend, but I thought they were just extraordinary.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet RE: Gio Jul 2, 2014 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is a great recipe that ends up tasting of nothing but crab, which is what you want! Take a pound of crab meat and pick it over. Finely chop about a half a cup of scallions. Chop some parsley (about 2 tablespoons chopped), 11/2 tsps Old Bay, 3-4 tablespoons of plain breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, and about 1/4 cup of mayo. Gently mix this all together, and then add one beaten egg. Mix again. Form into 4 large balls of crab, flatten slightly onto a sheet pan covered with parchment, and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour. When you're ready to cook them, put about 1/4 cup of flour on a plate, and heat a non-stick skillet with about 1/4 cup of neutral oil. When the oil is hot, dip each of the crab cakes into the flour, flouring both sides, and place into the pan. Cook until brown on one side, and then turn to continue cooking. I made a simple tartar sauce with mayo, chopped scallion, cornichon, and capers, plus a little of the cornichon juice. Simple, and very crabby.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gio RE: roxlet Jul 3, 2014 04:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Many thanks Roxlet. That sounds terrific. I've copied and saved it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. juliejulez RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Work has just been a nightmare lately, I get home and have what feels like zero brain cells left. But yet, I'm mustering up dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight I've got a chicken breast that I cut in half to be thinner, and it's marinating in some dijon, lemon juice, rosemary and s&p. After putting it all together I realized I was supposed to add olive oil too, but oh well. I put the same marinade on some zucchini strips, and both will be grilled up here in a couple hours. I've got a bit of rice left over from last night so that will go on the side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4th of July can't get here fast enough... ready to just relax for a few days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. mcsheridan RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My appetite goes off in the heat, even when I'm in a thankfully air-conditioned room. And it was a scorcher here in NNJ, so "dinner" today was a two-course affair, separated by a four-hour break between. A cheeseburger on bun at 1:00, followed by a green salad at 5:00, with pickled beets, red bell pepper, English cucumber, a little sprinkle of shredded cheese, and some homemade TI dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. BananaBirkLarsen RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The first 4th I was in the US, I was shocked at how low key it was. No people painting their whole (sometimes naked) bodies with the colours of the flag. No out-of-control drunken street parties. Not at all like the Canada Days I had celebrated back home. I asked a friend and she told me everyone just went to the beach and ate hot dogs. So perhaps I'll cook up some hot dogs for the 4th and top them with some more of my homemade sauerkraut.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight, however, will be sage and garlic pork chops (with the first sage from the garden!), cauliflower with goat cheese sauce and rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tomorrow, I'm debating between saag paneer and homemade sweet potato-ricotta ravioli with brown butter. The loser may beat out those hot dogs on Friday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: BananaBirkLarsen Jul 2, 2014 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BBL, I think it depends on the town/city you live in or near. I can't recall where you are in the States, but Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, San Diego and many large cities always have a huge celebration with fireworks. Boston's gathering on the Esplanade can be upwards of 500,000 - both residents, locals-to-Boston, and tourists who come from many states and countries just for the event. You can't beat fireworks set to the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky with live cannons being shot off during the appropriate time in the music. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So yeah - maybe it's sometimes the beach and cookouts, and maybe a few drunken street parties scattered throughout the country, but it isn't always low-key. Although I myself will be doing so. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Jul 3, 2014 05:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For the 30 odd years we lived in greater Boston I always found an outside grill for a few hotdogs and a picnic table for a cheesy plastic red white and blue tablecloth. We lived close enough to the fireworks to hear them but seldom saw them- the hordes of people got worse every year- better on TV in the AC.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: Berheenia Jul 3, 2014 06:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TRUTH about watching on TV. :-) I've seen them live once - a "semi-date" with the cousin of a co-worker, who knew someone having a party in a 3rd or 4th floor condo overlooking the river directly opposite the barge. Best viewing site ever on the balcony. Close enough to hear the music from the Esplanade as well, although it was "off" by two beats from what we could hear on the big screen TV inside the condo. Wish I had had a camera to take pics.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BananaBirkLarsen RE: LindaWhit Jul 3, 2014 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was actually in Manhattan when the initial shock occurred. A friend who was also from BC told me, "everyone just goes to the Hamptons and eats hotdogs". The following year, I got a wonderful view of the fireworks from my rooftop in Brooklyn, but it still seemed rather low key compared to what I was used to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For reference, this is what I was used to: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Hamilton recalled one recent Canada Day when Victoria's four-lane main street, Douglas Street, was down to a single lane while crowds of intoxicated people tossed bottles at each other over top of police cruisers."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That said, this year in Santa Fe should be more interesting than the last two, since it's rained and I don't think there is the usual fireworks ban. I'll probably spend the evening trying to coax the pup out from behind the washing machine. She is terrified of fireworks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: BananaBirkLarsen Jul 4, 2014 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yikes. I think I prefer our more tame celebration for the American Independence Day. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BananaBirkLarsen RE: LindaWhit Jul 3, 2014 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Decided to go for the homemade ravioli tonight. Filling is made of sweet potato, ricotta, parmesan, bacon, sage, onion and garlic. I'll sear and steam them, the same way I do potstickers, and top with brown butter and more parmesan. Tomato salad and rosemary baguette on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                lvnvflyer RE: BananaBirkLarsen Jul 2, 2014 07:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tonight's dinner is salmon with creme fraiche mustard chive topping, and barley salad, and corn on the cob....kind of an all american precursor to the 4th. Still trying to figure out my fourth menu, but it will include WF Tuna Poke, which my SO loves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's 112 in NV so we don't venture outside until well after the sun is down; makes grilling a tough proposition.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen RE: lvnvflyer Jul 2, 2014 08:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  welcome lvnvflyer - or have you been here at WFD before? i can't keep track of all the new people at the table! welcome anyway. that topping sounds great for the salmon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: BananaBirkLarsen Jul 3, 2014 03:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nudity, even if disguised in the star-spangled banner, is frowned upon in the US. Blame the puritans.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gaffk RE: linguafood Jul 3, 2014 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Have you ever seen the crowd at the Philly July 4 celebrations? Not many I'd like to see paint or no paint. It's not Puritanism, it's self-defense for our eyes ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. mariacarmen RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and here are pics of the pulled pork with bottled chipotle bacon bbq sauce. really, really tasty. the meat sat in the crock-pot for 11 hours! very tender. and i ended up just dicing up some nectarine into the cabbage/pickled turnip/scallion vinegary slaw. pesto taters balanced out the sweet/sour flavors.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nothingswrong RE: mariacarmen Jul 3, 2014 12:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ugh, I want. Looks delicious as usual mc!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gio RE: mariacarmen Jul 3, 2014 05:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's sensational! Your blog will be a feast for the eyes for sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters RE: roxlet Jul 3, 2014 03:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm doing a Japanese-y thing with tuna that I've been doing for years. The cookbook (The Best of Oriental Cooking, Caxton Press, 1989) names it kinome jaki

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fish gets a marinade in light soy sauce, mirin, grated ginger and a touch of sugar (or I may just open a bottle of Teriyaki sauce). It gets cooked under the grill - I'm not a fan of current fashion for briefly searing, leaving the inside raw, so it'll get 3 or 4 minutes each side to cook "properly".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It'll be served up on noodles that get a quick stir-fry with spring onion and are finished off with the fish marinade. Alongside, thinly sliced cucumber in a dressing of rice wine vinegar, sugar, dark soy sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'd no time for a trip into Chinatown, just to buy sushi ginger (which goes extremely well with it) so had to get the extortionately priced small packet that the supermarket sells. I begrudge paying the £2.95 that's going to only be enough for one meal, when a jar from the Chinese supermarket only costs a quid and will do us for a couple of years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Berheenia RE: roxlet Jul 3, 2014 05:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yesterday I had plans for a healthy meal with a ratatouille as the main event when Crash Bang at 4:00 down came a huge part of a tree and out went the transformer. After the tree was cleared out of the road Intrepid Hubby figured out how to open the garage door manually (hey, he's a city boy) and made a run to the gas station for batteries and ice so we had a nice happy hour with cold drinks and music on the old boom box. I was about to put together a chef's salad when the lights came back- yippee! So we had Trader Joe's Eggplant Stacks Parmesan (8 minutes in the microwave and one of their better frozen meals IMHO) with a salad and HOT whole grain rolls, with a salad on the side, peeled eggs and cold cuts will be lunch.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        More storms coming plus I had an email that the Boston Symphony is streaming tonight's Fourth Concert Rehearsal as they anticipate that tomorrow's concert is going to be cancelled. I hope we can watch it on TV not stream on an old radio. I think I'll make that ratatouille early this afternoon, just in case.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: Berheenia Jul 3, 2014 06:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          YIKES! I was wondering how you fared out there, Berheenia! A friend who lives in Littleton, NH, said their downtown got hit by a microburst - she didn't lose power, but lots of huge trees down throughout town. Glad you're OK.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And Boston's fireworks and Boston Pops show is happening tonight due to impending weather from Hurricane Arthur (Fiedler!) :-) - there's no dress rehearsal. The musical guests' schedules prevent it from being postponed until Saturday. And there's still a chance of it being cancelled tonight, depending on thunderstorms that might come through. If that happens, the fireworks will still go off on Saturday, but no music portion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gaffk RE: Berheenia Jul 3, 2014 02:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I learned how to override the garage door opener this past winter when it was day 3 of no power. Put 85-y-o mom in the heated car, toured the damage in the neighborhood. McD's drive-thru coffee followed by drive-thru Wendy's never tasted so good. (Day 3 of no power also meant day 3 of no shower, so drive thru was it.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Back on-topic. Yesterday's dinner was chicken picccata over angel hair pasta with side salad with a lemon vinaigrette (to keep the lemon theme going). Not sure what's on tap this evening--I was going to stop at the local meat market on the way home, but it was really pouring here at the time, so I didn't feel like stopping. Guess I'll see what's in the pantry and fridge and go from there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Back off topic: The Philly Pops concert tonight got moved indoors. Will be interesting to see how they handle the Jam concert and fireworks, which they say will take place rain or shine. I have reached the age where I now watch it on TV from my suburban home ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. iowagirl RE: roxlet Jul 3, 2014 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, the tempeh kebabs just didn't happen last night. I went home and mowed, then EJ and i went to the store to get some things we need for our bbq tomorrow. We saw the Hebrew National hot dogs, and all thoughts of tempeh flew away! So it was grilled hot dogs, with onion, yellow mustard and jalapenos. Macaroni salad, Cheetos (the white cheddar "healthy ones") and beer - really hit the spot!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not sure about tonight - it's Jazz Fest downtown this weekend, so we may go listen and find something at "culinary row."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tomorrow we are going fairly traditional 4th - smoking ribs and sausage, baked beans, slaw (i am using a recipe from the 4th of July salads thread here) and potato salad. A lemon blueberry cake for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Since we were in Italy this time last year, and the friend that went with us will be celebrating with us tomorrow, I'm doing an Italian inspired antipasta plate for nibbles while we wait. Popone and prosciutto, roasted pepper, marinated artichokes and mozzarella balls and a selection of meats and cheese. Should be a fun way to "remember where we were last year at this time!?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Happy fourth to everyone!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gaffk RE: iowagirl Jul 3, 2014 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cheetos (the white cheddar "healthy ones")

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'll have to remember that next time I stroll down the chips aisle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. linguafood RE: roxlet Jul 3, 2014 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yesterday, we were in the mood to try something new in the 'hood. We had read about this French place located in the gallery district, where most places are fairly expensive or tourist-oriented.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This place is owned and, pretty much, single-handedly run by an older French dude who offers 3 different 3-course meals every night (no switching, no substitutions) for 7.50€. Yes, you read correctly: SEVEN EURO FIFTY!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We had to, ya know? The owner greeted us at the door and, once we were seated, gave us a run-down of the food on offer. We chose menu 2 and 3, respectively. My man went for the meat menu: rustic country paté with a shit ton of baguette on the side, veal steak with chanterelle sauce & boiled potatoes, cherry cake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The paté was delish and a hearty portion at that, the chanterelle sauce was so good we mopped up every last bit of it, the cherry cake was kinda meh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I went for the fish menu, which consisted of a seafood terrine with a mustard & dill sauce, red mullet over leaf spinach with basil sauce (perhaps the weakest dish but still quite tasty), and a small cheese plate with a slice each of brie, chaumes and munster.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I could complain about the spinach leaking into the sauce a bit.... but I really, really can't justify it at that price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No, haute cuisine it is not, not by any measure, but our total bill came to roughly 34 Euro including a small bottle of water, 4 glasses of white wine, and tip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: linguafood Jul 3, 2014 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                on my list! you know we land in BERLIN!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: mariacarmen Jul 3, 2014 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Honestly -- since you're there only briefly, I'd go to Les Valseuses for your French meal instead. Higher prices, of course (but still a steal) -- much better food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: linguafood Jul 3, 2014 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ya know, i'm going to be in France for frenchy meals for at least a week if not longer. i'd rather try something german-ish - which I get the place you went to was not. but we'll see... once we get there, all common sense/budgetary concerns may go right out the window.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harters RE: linguafood Jul 3, 2014 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  €7.50 is amazing value. You no longer see "menus del dia" that cheap in Spain's tourist hotspots, although they often come in at not much more.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet RE: linguafood Jul 3, 2014 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gotta tell my son about this one!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pata_Negra RE: linguafood Jul 3, 2014 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Purer Wahnsinn!!! Sheer madness!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I thought that price was for the lovely coarse Pâté alone...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Enjoy your final days 'home'! (hopefully the weather will hold)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. meatn3 RE: roxlet Jul 3, 2014 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I arrived home the other day to a big welcome by velcro kitties. I was able to slip out the door (during their nap) to pickup groceries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It is beastly hot and humid with bugs that bite. The heat directed a few meals. Made a nice lemony tuna fish salad for my late arrival dinner. Had leeks in the fridge so a big batch of vichyssoise was prepared.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I picked up several varieties of bratwurst at a St. Louis butcher shop. Used the plain brats with extra chicken stock from the soup, red potatoes and cabbage for a homey dinner last night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm craving vegetables after a week of travel. WFD tonight will probably be a big salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I met some wonderful people at the reunion and at my AirBnB lodgings. Great conversations, new ideas and the start of a few nice friendships. Arrived home feeling sunny and motivated, And hungry!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Looking forward to your posts to continue inspiring me in my quest to regain my cooking mojo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Have a great 4th!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Berheenia RE: meatn3 Jul 3, 2014 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Heard great things about AirBnB - gonna try it next time we have to go to Brooklyn.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          meatn3 RE: Berheenia Jul 3, 2014 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This was my 4th and 5th stay using them. The hosts have been delightful and quite interesting which adds an extra plus to the visit. They take their cue from you so privacy is not an issue. It's my favorite way to travel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Many of the hosts seem to be gardeners. Fresh picked berries for breakfast - can't beat that! And I've received terrific tips about restaurants, farmer's markets and local specialties in each area.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: meatn3 Jul 3, 2014 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've never heard of AirBnB - sounds great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Jul 3, 2014 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm using Airbnb for our upcoming journeys. I've only used them locally so far (Napa). I booked our first apt. in Berlin today! whooooo!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Gio RE: roxlet Jul 3, 2014 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WFD: Tonight it's probably the most simple yet of this HHH Summer. L/O Vegetable Lo Mein from a few nights ago, and Buttery Braised Zucchini and Summer Squash. There is a ton of the lo mein so it was given we'd have it another night as well. The two squashes will be medium diced and given a short ten minute braise in half butter and half EVOO, a tablespoon of each. Seasoning is only S & P so I think I'll add some chopped garlic scapes and herbs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For the big guy's birthday tomorrow we'll be having a home lunch of crab cakes, fish & chips, tuna burger and lobster roll, with cole slaw, fries, onion rings, and rice. All catered by our local long-established seafood restaurant (Turner's for the locals). Dessert will be strawberry shortcake provided by Darling Daughter who voted for the restaurant this year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A Very Hearty Happy Fourth of July To All!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet RE: Gio Jul 3, 2014 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds like a veritable birthday feast, and the perfect summer birthday meal! The happiest of birthdays to your husband!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gio RE: roxlet Jul 3, 2014 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you very much Roxlet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MAH RE: Gio Jul 3, 2014 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Happy Birthday to your guy! the celebration sounds wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: Gio Jul 3, 2014 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GREAT seafood from Turners - enjoy! And happy birthday to the Big Guy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gio RE: LindaWhit Jul 3, 2014 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Many thanks LW !!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: Gio Jul 3, 2014 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Happy birthday to your big guy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foodieX2 RE: Gio Jul 3, 2014 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Enjoy the Turner feast!!! And happy happy to your big guy. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JoanN RE: Gio Jul 3, 2014 04:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, man! Does that sound like a perfect 4th of July/birthday dinner. Happy, happy day to G. And happy 4th to you all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gio RE: JoanN Jul 3, 2014 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Many thanks Joan. He's the least celebratory fella but he settled for a family celebration for his 80th birthday. Whatta guy. Still going strong!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JoanN RE: Gio Jul 3, 2014 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh my goodness, it's G's 80th tomorrow? So very happy to hear he's still going strong. Bless him, now, tomorrow, and for many years to come.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: Gio Jul 3, 2014 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sounds like a fantastic birthday spread! enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GretchenS RE: Gio Jul 5, 2014 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Belated Happy 80th to your man, Gio, and best wishes for many more!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. LindaWhit RE: roxlet Jul 3, 2014 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      'Tis the day of dining out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Had lunch with a friend up in Newburyport at Not Your Average Joe's. Got to meet her absolutely adorable 7mo son. And he was a very good boy and she and I had a very good chat. My lunch was a take on a Waldorf Salad - halved red grapes, candied pecans, dried cranberries, pulled chicken, smoked mozzarella and diced apples mixed in with romaine lettuce and a creamy sherry vinaigrette. Pretty good. My friend had their Cobb salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight, it's off to Dali - a tradition of mine for the past 10 years or so. Going there the day before Independence Day is usually a good bet, as most people head out of town for the long holiday weekend. However, since Boston has changed up their fireworks and Boston Pops show at the Esplanade from tomorrow to tonight (the usual night for dress rehearsal) to avoid any issues with Hurricane Fiedler (a.k.a. Arthur - who was the first conductor of the Boston Pops, so I've renamed the hurricane in his honor...well, I didn't rename it - I stole the name from another friend who said it earlier today on Facebook), so traffic going in might be sketchy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There will be sangria.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There will be mango martinis.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There will be a few tapas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There will be smiles all around. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've got a 4 lb. Boston butt pork roast in the crockpot going for pulled pork for my Independence Day meal. I'll shred it tonight when I get home and fire it back up again tomorrow with some sauce. Deets then....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Jul 3, 2014 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good luck with the traffic LW! Hopefully Somerville won't be too bad. My in town friends said it's not as bad as they thought.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: foodieX2 Jul 3, 2014 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Good to know. The friend I'm meeting said Medford Square traffic was bumper to bumper. Thankfully, the hard downpour/thunder/lightning just went through - took all of about 5 minutes. Lightning strikes seemed VERY close to my house - thunder crack/immediate lightning. Now we have bright sunshine and the road outside my house is no longer flooded.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gio RE: LindaWhit Jul 3, 2014 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OMG we've been dry as a bone here. Just a couple of miles away. That's amazing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Jul 3, 2014 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Crazy! I was watching the news and they were warning about tornados!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: foodieX2 Jul 4, 2014 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My way home through Somerville was blocked by police, as there must have been fireworks in a soccer field near Mystic Ave., so I couldn't go down McGrath Highway. So I cut back through Union Square.......and the skies opened up again as I was trying to get to Davis Square. It was NOT fun driving through - flooded roads under commuter rail overpasses near Tufts University. Wasn't sure the GOG was going to make it through - water up to the undercarriage of the car. More flooding on Mystic Ave, and lots on 93 North. Not a fun drive home last night - took me double the time. If I hadn't been concentrating on driving, however, I would have loved the lightning show going on overhead - it seemed nonstop with forks of lightning going across the sky.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think I'd rather drive through that other four letter word that starts with an "s" vs. rain so hard you can't see through your windshield.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Jul 3, 2014 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            enjoy, LW! hard to see how you wouldn't...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Jul 4, 2014 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Replying to my own post once I re-read it. Of course Arthur Fiedler wasn't the first conductor of the Boston Pops. He *is*, however, the first that I remember. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. RE: LindaWhit Jul 4, 2014 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                He put the Pops on the nation's map by making his music smart, fun and accessible. He was a good man. He Lived for the 4th.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Pata_Negra RE: roxlet Jul 3, 2014 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The weather did change for the better and I had a barbie today as planned.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It looks something like this as I usually have 'surf and turf' on the Weber, as well as vegs. (FYI, some typical things I throw on the barbie: http://tinyurl.com/p5emkn5)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. RE: Pata_Negra Jul 3, 2014 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It looks mighty pretty but it's not your meal tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Shoot us a current photo if you get the chance.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pata_Negra RE: steve h. Jul 3, 2014 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I did say 'it looks something like this' because it mostly is seafood and beef/lamb (and a link to 'typical things I put on the grill'). Today it was prawns and steaks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. RE: Pata_Negra Jul 3, 2014 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No worries. Shoot us a current shot. Prawns and steak are a natural.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JungMann RE: Pata_Negra Jul 3, 2014 09:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If I move back to the Midwest this year, coastal dinners like this are what I'll miss most!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: JungMann Jul 4, 2014 03:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wha'? You're leaving the city?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JungMann RE: linguafood Jul 4, 2014 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It depends on where I find a new job. It's not a done deal but it's an option. You'll know I've made the move if I start posting casseroles and deep dish. Well, more than I already do considering Lou Malnati's is likely what's for dinner tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. steve h. RE: roxlet Jul 3, 2014 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Deb has begun work on some Cajun Meat Loaf, Paul Prudhomme's gift to mankind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I ground a good-sized batch of chuck and beef short rib two days ago for burgers. The patties made their way to the freezer. Deb commandeered a portion of the twice-ground meat for herself. She was clear that I had no say in her piracy. Sometimes it's sound not to repel borders.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm sure there will be mushroom gravy, ridiculously rich mashed potatoes and either asparagus or corn on the cob as sides. Beer and wine will be on the counter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm a big fan of the U.S. Perdition to her enemies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gio RE: steve h. Jul 3, 2014 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That Cajun meatloaf is the very best. Spicy and delicious. He autographed that book and two others I have after a cooking demo in my neck of the kingdom several years ago. This was before he lost a considerable amount of weight and had to propel himself around the store in a auto scooter. What a sweet sweet fella he is!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. RE: Gio Jul 3, 2014 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Deb and I went to K-Paul's when they first opened. We had a great meal. When we walked down the stairs, K put a gold star on my head (I finished my meal) and planted a kiss on my cheek.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New Orleans and I go way back. Perhaps it's time to renew that relationship.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: steve h. Jul 3, 2014 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We went to K-Paul's when he had a pop-up in NYC. Long time ago.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. RE: roxlet Jul 3, 2014 03:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Was that a pop-up or an attempt to establish a Manhattan beachhead? I remember the place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JoanN RE: steve h. Jul 3, 2014 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No, it was always meant to be a pop-up. He got a deal on the space for a limited time. A dear friend of mine was his editor, and the first night of the pop-up was sort of a friends-and-family for those of us who worked at the publishing company to celebrate publication of his book. Very special evening. But he didn't really like NYC. Had no desire to spend any more time here than he did.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gio RE: steve h. Jul 3, 2014 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh how wonderful that must have been! He was astonished that the books I had were all first editions. Would that I could have enjoyed the experience of eating at his restaurant. (does it count that Dizzy Gillespie kissed me on my cheek? I think not here.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. RE: Gio Jul 3, 2014 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes. And yes it does. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: steve h. Jul 3, 2014 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              well then does it count that Dean Martin kissed me as a baby? I think I still remember the booziness....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. RE: mariacarmen Jul 3, 2014 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm sure it does.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MAH RE: Gio Jul 3, 2014 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i LOVE Prudhomme's cajun meatloaf. it is in our regular file but because of our work schedules and the few extra steps in terms of prep, it gets overlooked often. so yummy. enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. foodieX2 RE: roxlet Jul 3, 2014 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Another blazing hot day today and I have decided NOT to cook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's also farm share day which looks great. I split it with my BFF so our tradition is to meet, have a glass of wine and catch up. So tonight it will be drinks and nibbles by the pool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Earlier today I whipped a a batch of lemon hummus w/ lots of garlic and some gram masala. Once my BFF arrives I'll make a batch of guacamole. Along side with olives and nuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Perfect evening!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. weezieduzzit RE: roxlet Jul 3, 2014 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lots of good eats lately, I guess I just haven't felt like writing about them and tonight will me much more straight forward and simple- half pound bunless burgers with super beefy grass fed beef (85/15 so some Kerrygold will be kneaded into the mix,) topped with sharp cheddar and anaheim chilis from the garden (roasted, split, seeded and then gently draped over the entire thing.) I toyed with the idea of cream of jalapeno or poblano soup on the side but its too hot to make soup and stuffed jalapenos are currently in the oven for a snack with cocktails when the man gets home. Probably zucchini noodles on the side and of course- beautiful ripe garden tomatoes. We have both San Diego and Black From Tula to choose from tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I picked another 5 gallon bucket full of peppers and chilis this morning so I'll probably do some more pickling/ canning/ dehydrating/ freezing and fermenting tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gio RE: weezieduzzit Jul 3, 2014 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "stuffed jalapenos" immediately caught my eye. Wink, wink, Nudge, nudge.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit RE: Gio Jul 3, 2014 04:28 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gio RE: weezieduzzit Jul 3, 2014 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                <...."stuffed jalapenos are currently in the oven">

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen RE: Gio Jul 3, 2014 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  are you saying weezie's with child???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    weezieduzzit RE: mariacarmen Jul 3, 2014 07:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No. No one is saying that. Ever. No no no no no no no...... fingers in ears...... la la la la la la la.......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: weezieduzzit Jul 3, 2014 10:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      believe me, i'm right there with you. thank god my eggs are powdered.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nothingswrong RE: roxlet Jul 3, 2014 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Life over here is a bummer. It's Bummerfest 2014. I'm enjoying reading all your festive plans though!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was on the couch unable to even sit up for like 40 hours. I laughed, I cried, I dry heaved.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I also watched a fantastic episode of ~1990s Julia Child making decorative French breads with some dude with long gray hair. She is the bee's knees.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Today I made calzones for the man to grab from the freezer (his request). They are... RUSTIC looking. Stuffed with mozzarella, a parm/asiago blend, sliced pepperoni, black olives, spinach, and red bell peppers (the little one is just cheese, for me, if I ever feel better). Also some garlic and herbs made their way in there. I'm going to freeze individual containers of homemade tomato sauce alongside for dunking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last weekend was stock-the-freezer time and I've got individual-sized chicken pot pies, Irish beef-and-potato hand pies, and sweet potato/black bean burritos frozen for quick dinners too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No dinner for me again tonight. I will be inhaling (through the nose) with a fury while he breaks into these calzones though. They smell fantastic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: nothingswrong Jul 3, 2014 10:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that is just awful. i don't know how you cook with that terrible condition!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              although.. i just heard today on NPR an interview of Roger Ebert's wife, and she said for the last few years he could not eat food, yet he wrote a cookbook, because he wanted to share something he'd loved doing so much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i really hope you get better. all better. reall soon. forever.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Jul 4, 2014 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have to agree with mariacarmen on this one. I am stunned and impressed that you can cook and also enjoy the smell of food. I can't do either. I am able to muster a roll from one side to flat on my back and cooking is off the plans in the house, including for James. He is kind enough to eat cold sandwiches and cold leftovers(he's a real trooper) and smoke outside. Yesterday was one of those days for me as well. He ate a Jersey Mike's sub and potato salad from the store and I had an extra large helping of air and some blue Gatorade. I hope you take a turn today and can get that beautiful calzone in your belly without too much distress and feeling like you ate a bus loaded with cement. Coming from someone who knows, I am pulling for you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                rjbh20 RE: roxlet Jul 3, 2014 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pan-seared sousvide tri-tip on arugula with Swabian kartoffelsalat. A shift on the fly when the thunderstorms made grilling less than advisable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Egyptian-friendly to boot, particularly since this one isn't terrified of rare beef.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet RE: rjbh20 Jul 4, 2014 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And he eats bacon, bacon, bacon. Bacon, eggs and cheese on a bagel for breakfast!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 10:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    a man after my own heart!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: rjbh20 Jul 4, 2014 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My tummy just rumbled. That looks GOOD!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. mariacarmen RE: roxlet Jul 3, 2014 10:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dinner was simples but tasty. last of the carrot-top pesto was mixed into sour cream and blended into pappardelle noodles with a little butter. over that went seared slices of kielbasa. on the side i sauteed sliced cabbage in butter, a teensy bit of fresh dill, and a big sploosh of dry sherry. also, uber-fresh-from-the-ground red leaf lettuce from the Farmers' Mkt on the way home tonight, dressed very simply with my favorite Unio Spanish extra virgin olive oil, a splash of sherry vinegar, s&p. i could seriously eat that cabbage every day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i also bought two lovely boneless duck breasts from 4505 Meats at the FM. those will be dinner on Sat. Tomorrow for the 4th, nothing planned, probably take-out sichuan at my seester's place. she's got a houseful of dogs (like, 20) so we'll be staying put.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 01:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight, Harters & Hartess do French beef daube (sort of )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There'll be beef, onions, peppers, olives and stuff like thyme, orange peel, rosemary, tomatoes, red wine. It'll be fab.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Plain pasta as the carb. Maybe a little cheese for afters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Pata_Negra RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 05:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Am considering a tub of ice cream for dindin today.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It went from lousy to boiling hot in 2 days time. My BBQ plan is falling through.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: Pata_Negra Jul 4, 2014 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hot hot hot here, too. A day spent at the Pimmelsee (well, it really is called the Teufelssee, but I'm sure you can figure out why I gave it this nickname).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Off to the beer garden one final time (waaaaaah!) to watch the game, then have our last fried chicken dinner in Berlin. Double-wah!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gini RE: Pata_Negra Jul 6, 2014 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I fully support that idea.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Londonlinda RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 05:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Happy 4th July to all those who celebrate it!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just made first gazpacho of the year (at last the tomatoes have enough flavour ). The hand blender really comes into it's own this time of year. Tonight is hot so as well as the soup, we'll be having snacky, salady things like pork pie, leafy salads, and fruit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 06:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Happy Independence Day to folk on the western side of the pond.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I may have told this story before but It's always worth repeating. My brother in law lived in upstate New York for a few years. With a completely deadpan face, he used to tell his colleagues that we Brits celebrate 4 July for the same reason as Americans do - only we call it Thanksgiving. I recall him saying some did believe him.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: Harters Jul 4, 2014 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  meatn3 RE: Harters Jul 4, 2014 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's priceless. Thanks for starting my day with a big laugh!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. MidwesternerTT RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 06:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sweet corn on the cob is WFD. A beautiful weekend forecast for the Midwest (sorry East-coasters), with near-perfect weather for all outdoor activities from grilling to hiking/biking to fireworks viewing. The meat to accompany the sweet corn is to be determined - pork chops, bratwurst, burgers, chicken, steak, salmon - an abundance of choices in the freezer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dessert will be the COTM honeydew-kiwi sorbet on watermelon slices, if my little Donvier hand-turn ice cream maker works as intended -- I haven't used it for several years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MidwesternerTT RE: MidwesternerTT Jul 4, 2014 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The honeydew-kiwi sorbet was a success. Report over on COTM desserts thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. LindaWhit RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My dinner is started - well, technically, it was started yesterday. On Wednesday, I rubbed a 4+ lb. Boston butt pork roast with a dry rub and let it sit in the downstairs fridge. The rub consisted of:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2-1/2 Tbsp. sweet paprika
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 Tbsp. garlic powder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 Tbsp. turbinado sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 tsp. ground ginger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 tsp. kosher salt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The roast had to be cut in half to fit into the slow cooker yesterday. Added 1 rough-chopped onion, and let it cook while I was out all day after pouring a can of Gosling's ginger beer over top. Shredded it last night before bed (and strained the "pork stock" into a fat separator to cool overnight in the fridge).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It all went back into the crockpot a few minutes ago with a full bottle of Stubb's original BBQ sauce (since Bullseye started using HFCS in theirs, I've had to switch), to which I added 1/2 cup of the pork stock, several tsp. of ground ginger and several Tbsp. of dark molasses. That'll cook until I'm ready for dinner, to be served on top of Martin's whole wheat potato slider rolls.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll make a coleslaw to top the pulled pork sliders, using some sesame oil, rice wine vinegar and honey mixed in with the mayo for a slightly Asian turn (I'm hoping it'll go well with the gingery pulled pork), and some deviled eggs to go alongside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dessert will be a Lemon posset with blueberries and raspberries and mint. I think it was Harters who posted about a posset dessert a few weeks ago, and I thought it would be a nice light finish to today's dinner. I'm going to try this recipe (found some superfine sugar at the stupidmarket a few days ago):


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not sure whether it'll be wine or V&Ls for the libation. We'll see what strikes my fancy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's raining now, still humid, although temps are much lower than yesterday, Alfie is staring out the slider window at the humongous crows on the lawn opposite my deck, and I'm just glad to be inside and not going to a wet and rainy BBQ. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Jul 4, 2014 04:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dinner and dessert. You can't see much of the pulled pork, but it's under the coleslaw, and it was nicely spicy. Everything was very good - and the lemon posset was a light ending to dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. RE: LindaWhit Jul 4, 2014 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Love the food, love the photos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Red, white and blue for the lemon posset? It doesn't get more patriotic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Your kitties should be scratching you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: steve h. Jul 4, 2014 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was going to make a berry galette with strawberries and blueberries, but then thought I wanted something slightly lemony, and the posset worked out nicely for my patriotic dessert. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Jul 4, 2014 10:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          beautiful! those eggs look scrumptious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. meatn3 RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yikes! Last nights post was still spinning about. Let's see if it will go through this time...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I caved. I had decided to make a Cobb salad for dinner. But the bacon got me. Turned into a bacon, avocado, tomato sandwich with Dukes mayo. Really good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Getting a bit of rain from Arthur. I'm far enough inland where the winds have been mild. Hopefully the storm will die out swiftly and not leave much damage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Njchicaa RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It is raining here at the Jersey Shore. Luckily we didn't plan our usual huge BBQ bash because we wouldn't be able to fit everyone in the house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Our very good friends from up the block are coming down with their baby. I have lobsters, shrimp, clams, london broil, corn, and a salad ready to go. I'm making shrimp cocktail and clams casino with half of the clams for appetizers. Everything else will be for dinner. No plans for dessert as I expect we will all be too stuffed to even think about it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood RE: Njchicaa Jul 5, 2014 03:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What a feast!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Pata_Negra RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Too hot for a BBQ today. Ate dinner with the curtain drawn and the fan on full blast. Simple linguine with prawns and uncooked cherry tomatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (I have no idea how to 'style' noodles)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: Pata_Negra Jul 4, 2014 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Your plate looks very good, Pata_Negra. No need to "style" them for a photo. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Berheenia RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It just keeps coming down although it's not pouring anymore, just raining. Sad for all those marching in parades and hosting cookouts. We are going to an outdoor concert tonight (we have inside seats thank the Lord) so WFL was Whole Foods sliders cooked inside and nestled in the cute little whole wheat slider buns they sell. I forgot how much I like their burger. Going to stock up at the next sale- these sliders were on sale but the new WF is Albany is still chaotic with an clueless meat dept. It was the loss leader on the flyer but they only had a few made up so we bought all 8 of the ones they had, 4 plain, 4 with some additions of mushroom and/or onion. The guy at the meat counter was having trouble grasping the service concept. He just was able to wrap it and shove it over the counter.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It annoys me more now than it did at the time because they are so good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. roxlet RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, here we are in Mattituck, on the North Fork of LI. It's my son's favorite place in all the world, but today he is in Monaco. Tough life. It is raining pretty steadily here, and we were dismayed to discover that post renovation, "our" cottage is missing quite a few essential items -- a large pot and a grill among them. We rented this place for about 13 years, and this year, one of our friends is renting it, and asked on Wednesday if we'd like to spend the weekend since there is no one here. We stopped at a few farm stands on the way out (thanks, coll, for telling us where the first local corn could be found), and rjbh20 just went out to fill in the sparse larder that we brought from home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also he will buy the makings for fish soup, since the weather is pretty chilly (yes! chilly!) here. So that's what for dinner. We also bought some fava beans, and he is in search of some pecorino to serve as an hors d'oeuvre with cocktails, which will be the traditional strawberry daiquiri since we were able to snag some of the last strawberries of the season. It's lovely to be out here again, but I really miss my boy. I have a mental image of him skipping down the lawn to the bay. Who knows where the time goes?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Two smoothies on the loose on the North Fork sans children?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Go with it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MAH RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    what a sweet memory. you raised a fine young man. I'm sure he's enjoying his adventures abroad and missing you and rjbh20 as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 11:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sorry it's bittersweet, rox. but i do hope you can enjoy. xoxo

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: mariacarmen Jul 5, 2014 05:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Definitely enjoying being here!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Berheenia RE: roxlet Jul 5, 2014 06:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Empty nesters have more fun (in my experience!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet RE: Berheenia Jul 5, 2014 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I will have one more month when my son gets back, and then the start of the empty nest begins in earnest when he goes to college at the end of August. Mealtime will change dramatically....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Aussieshepsx2 RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Busy week trying to fit five days of work into four! The week was devoid of cooking so tonight we will remedy that. With two dogs, we almost always stay home on the 4th to help them avoid firework stress. I am defrosting some grass fed beef from the farmers market for burgers. Sweet potatoe oven fries, slaw, and watermelon will be the sides. If it cools down a bit we will take some wine and our food to the patio. We are lucky that we can see the local park fireworks (at least the higher ones) from the upstairs balcony.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jjjrfoodie RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'll begin to fire up the grill post the late World Cup game. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        80/20 burgers on the grill with boursin or gruyere and a basalmic mushroom reduction and grilled onions for the adventerous, std. american cheese and butcher made frankfurters and bierwursts for the timid.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        More condiments than states in the Union will be available. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Monemade mac salad, sweet FL corn that is now soaking, jazzed up pork and beans, tomatoes and fresh basil from the garden and cold seasame noodle salad with waterchestnuts, blanched baby bok choy, peas and Thai style fried shallots for crunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Neighbor broughtt over some of the homemade chow chow she cans all summer so food will not be in short supply.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        KISS: Keep it simple stupid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Summer cookout at its base core for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. boyzoma RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Last night was Chicken Stir Fry with mushrooms, onions, bean sprouts, yakasoba noodles, diced chicken, celery and various colored bell peppers. Was delish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Today for the 4th celebration (since we still have no deck - Grrrrrrr), I've made a simple pasta salad of tri-color rotini, cheddar and swiss cubes, diced tomato, slice olives, onion and italian dressing. To go with will be hamburger sliders with onion, tomatoes, pickles, lettuce and ground sirloin patties. Also doing some corn on the cob as well. Think I'll make some more honey butter. It tasted so good before. There will also be wine. DH is still going to BBQ, but I am going to hand him stuff through the sliding doors and he will just stay in the back yard till everything's done. It's about a 6-foot drop. Staying in this 4th (like I could walk anywhere anyway).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hope you all are having an enjoyable and safe holiday wherever you are.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. steve h. RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We're ripping a page out of Gio's playbook today: crab cakes, corn on the cob, beer and wine at the ready.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's been wet and windy for most of the day but I'm not complaining. Germany defeated France, Deb has been binging on NCIS. Tomorrow should be sunny so the 5th will be the new 4th.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Modest garden note: the hydrangeas I bought last season from White Flower Farm are in full bloom. The hybrid is called Incrediball and is an improvement (stronger stems, bigger blossoms) over the tried-and-true Annabelle. Two green thumbs up on Incrediball.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MAH RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Today it is rainy and dreary, so no outside grilling for us. I have boneless country style ribs slowly cooking in the oven (rubbed with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder). Baked beans with molasses and bacon are simmering away in the slow cooker. they smell amazing. Blackberry cobbler is prepped and ready to go in the oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. weezieduzzit RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I picked up some gorgeous rib eyes today- very thick and really nicely marbled. We'll grill and split one tonight and send the other two to the freezer once vac sealed. I also got 2 enormous globe artichokes- those will not be shared, we get one each. I've picked so many peppers and zucchini and eggplants and bouquets of herbs and I feel like I need to do something with everything but the truth is the steak and 'chokes will be plenty. *Maybe* I can do something simple with some baby eggplants- I'm just in love with the Rosa Bianca eggplants, they are so creamy and delicate and sooooo pretty!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I also picked up a couple bottles of Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin, my new fave cheap red. It's only $6.99 at Trader Joe's right now, must pick up a case or two.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We are close to where they set off fireworks so we usually sit out front with friends and neighbors and watch with cocktails- no one wants to go out on a rookie night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. juliejulez RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's just me and SO tonight, staying home to monitor Winnie. It's her first Fourth of July so we're not quite sure how she'll handle the fireworks. Our old guy doesn't care at all so hopefully she'll be the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So, I'm trying out chicken wings at home for the first time ever. I've got them sitting in a sauce I found online... BBQ sauce, honey, dijon, and hot sauce. Once SO wakes up from a nap (yes a nap at 7:30pm, poor guy had to get up at 330am to catch his flight home) I'll grill them up and add a glaze of butter, honey, dijon and honey. I tasted the sauce and it tastes pretty similar to the sauce we like on our wings at the bar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'll cut up some carrots and celery and serve that w/ blue cheese dressing, and also will grill up some ears of corn. The really good Colorado Olathe corn isn't out yet so hopefully the store's pickings will be OK.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Cherylptw RE: roxlet Jul 4, 2014 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No real traditions for the 4th but if there is a BBQ being had, all the usual suspects make an appearance...potato salad (tho, I make it year round), watermelon, ribs, pork shoulder, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Too much of Arthur's leftovers prevented a "cook-out" today so tonight's dinner consisted of hamburger steak w/grilled onions & bell peppers and onion gravy, beef seasoned rice pilaf and collard greens w/smoked turkey meat was it. Tomorrow is my no cooking day so maybe sammiches or might even go out...it's up in the air so far...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters RE: roxlet Jul 5, 2014 02:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There's lamb for dinner - a loin roasting joint. Roast spuds alongside, of course. And gravy.Cavolo nero and courgettes helping towards the "five a day".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There's some salad lurking in the fridge that'll turn into a starter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There's cheese to follow. With celery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And Mrs H is going to weave some of her culinary witchery for a dessert. She has produced three Tupperwares from the freezer. One containing choux buns. Another mascarone. A third has chocolate sauce. Can't wait!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And I'm going to have one of my rare indulgences with a de-alcoholised Merlot. Not something I do at all regularly - just in case I get to like it too much.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gaffk RE: Harters Jul 5, 2014 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It all sounds good, but I really want that dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harters RE: gaffk Jul 6, 2014 03:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Herself's witchery with dessert really just turned them into big profitroles. Lovely, although the pastry had gone a bit crispy. Maybe that's how they were first time around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A simpler dinner tonight. Supermarket bought breaded plaice goujons (posh fish fingers, if you will), peas, new potatoes, tartare sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gaffk RE: Harters Jul 6, 2014 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Glad you translated plaice goujons . . . saved me a trip to Google.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And in my eyes, there is never anything wrong with a nice profiterole to end a meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gio RE: Harters Jul 6, 2014 05:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Roast lamb, potatoes, Cavolo nero, courgettes, with profiteroles for dessert. What a great sumptuous dinner!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Londonlinda RE: roxlet Jul 5, 2014 06:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight, as it has cooled down a lot, it will be carbonnade of beef (beef casseroled in beer) to my mothers's recipe. Ten minutes prep followed by 3 hours in the oven = minimum time spent away from the Tour de France on TV. Continuing the French theme, our local shop has amazing French apricots, some of which will be poached and served with strawberry sauce and ice cream. Allez, Froome!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rabaja RE: Londonlinda Jul 5, 2014 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Would you mind sharing that beef recipe? I could use a ten minute prep idea next time it cools down. Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters RE: rabaja Jul 5, 2014 07:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lots of recipes out there for carbonnade (or Vlaamsche Stoofvlees, as I better know it from Flanders - the Dutch speaking part of Belgium). Here's one that seems pretty much on the mark for what I've eaten there - http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/mai... . Be interesting to see how Linda's recipe differs - like any stew, it's very much a moveable feast. I've had examples where there's a fruity/sweet element but, more often than not, it's really just beef & beer, with some seasonings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There's always a large serving of fries to go with it. And mayo, of course.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Londonlinda RE: rabaja Jul 5, 2014 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The proportions are pretty much as in the recipe Harters shows below (or above, depending on how your screen sorts the entries on this thread), but the recipe I grew up with has some additions. Firstly, a good slug of mushroom ketchup. I have no idea if that's available outside the UK, but Worcester sauce would work too. I wouldn't put mustard in the stew. But then, 20 minutes before the end of cooking, take one slice per person of bread (French baguette works best) and spread with Dijon mustard. Float on the top of the stew, and return the pot to the oven, uncovered for 20 minutes. The bread soaks up some of the juice and flavours the stew. And that's it, serve with a green vegetable. No fries for us, I am afraid, I grew up in a deep fat fryer free household!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And to decrease the prep time, I fry off the onions in one pan while browning the meat in the pot that the stew will be cooked in. Then I just add all the ingredients to the meat, add the onions, cover and cook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Paprikaboy RE: roxlet Jul 5, 2014 06:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't usually cook recipes from cookbooks and apart from a few favourites don't often repeat dishes so it's got to be a good un for me to be repeating a recipe from a book.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Making mussel rice from Tessa Kiros' Food from many Greek Kitchens. First cooking the mussels with some white wine, garlic and tarragon (recipe states parsley) Fry off some grated tomatoes and onion add a splash of Pernod (a sub for Ouzo). Then add the cooking liquor from the mussels and top up with water and use this to cook the rice. Add in the mussel meat and some fresh dill to serve.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Plum frangipane tart bought from the market with custard for dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Harters RE: Paprikaboy Jul 5, 2014 06:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yep, I'm blagging that one, PB.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If the tarragon is a first time try-out, let me know how it works. Love tarragon, just not sure with mussels.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Paprikaboy RE: Harters Jul 5, 2014 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The tarragon was a first time thing. Saw the mussels in the market and they looked really good. I was certain about the dill as one of the herbs but couldn't remember the other one. Plumped for tarragon in Sainsburys as I didn't have the recipe to hand. What with the Pernod and tarragon the aniseed flavour was a bit too dominant and it needed the freshness of the parsley that was in the original recipe. Will go back to parsley in future.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mixed feelings today -- our last day in Berlin. With a smiling and a crying eye, we'll be getting together with some of our friends tonight for a relatively early dinner @Les Valseuses, because our flight leaves bitchin' early tomorrow. Gah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Today will mostly be spent packing, after having foregone the prospect of one last hurrah at our favorite market for spicy Thai dumplings, and instead having cleared out the fridge for our last proper German breakfast: rolls, soft-boiled eggs, liverwurst with chives, Chaumes, brie, and the last of the trout caviar on toast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just before dinner, we'll drop off my beloved Vespa scooter with friends, where my baby will hopefully get a lot more exercise than it had the chance to over this 'summer' (and I save some money not having to store it for a change).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I predict sashimi & cocktails for our first meal back home. And I cannot wait to pet his dudeness again :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: linguafood Jul 5, 2014 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  His Dudeness will either be very glad to see you.....OR give you that look of "How DARE you leave me for so long?" and ignore you. At least until you put his dinner on the floor. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: LindaWhit Jul 6, 2014 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hope he will be just a little happy to see us, but it's doubtful. Might have to bribe him with some freeze-dried chicken breast (his absolute favorite) :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: linguafood Jul 6, 2014 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I haven't gotten that chicken breast in forever. It was my cats go to until I brought home duck jerky. Cashmere can climb me like a stripper pole for that stuff. Hopefully the Dude is in a forgiving spirit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: suzigirl Jul 6, 2014 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's not even that he is insulted.... it's more like "oh yah, I remember those people. Please to feed me and rub my belly now."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: linguafood Jul 7, 2014 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just got a very fitting shirt from my pet supply store. It is a cat with the heading "Feed me. Pet me. Now leave me alone." Cute.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight's dinner will be low-key after last night's surf and turf extravaganza. Grilled chicken breasts, homemade macaroni and cheese (pulled from the freezer), and leftover green salad from yesterday. If I am feeling ambitious, I might make cheese-garlic buttermilk drop biscuits to go with everything.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Greetings from Owls Head, Maine! I got up here Wednesday night. Thursday morning in nearby Rockland was the weekly Farmers Market, where I did well. Friends arrived Thursday afternoon to stay for the long weekend. We grilled cornish hens (marinated in lemon juice, garlic, rosemary, mustard, EVOO) and had a salad of gigantes beans (cooked from dry awhile back, stashed in the freezer and brought along), grape tomatoes, and FM arugula and scallions. No picture,we were too hungry. Yesterday we had a wonderful lunch on the deck overlooking Rockport Harbor at a place called Salt Water Farm. Soft-poached duck egg in hen of the woods broth and arugula salad with white sardines for me. Last night for our 4th we had grilled rare tuna steaks, fingerling potato salad with a very mustardy vinaigrette, scallions and capers, and a wonderful salad of FM lettuces, simply dressed with lemon juice, EVOO and sea salt. Tonight we have reservations at Primo, which is a local CH favorite and has won lots of awards -- very excited! http://www.primorestaurant.com/ (Gratuitous sunrise picture included and yes, I went right back to sleep.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 RE: GretchenS Jul 5, 2014 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nice spread and nice sunrise. It's shaping up to be a gorgeous day today all across New England. Arrivederci Arturo!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: GretchenS Jul 5, 2014 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sounds like a great time, gorgeous sunrise, and enjoy your dinner @ Primo tonight - looks like an amazing menu!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: GretchenS Jul 5, 2014 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow GS, it all looks/sounds wonderful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. juliejulez RE: roxlet Jul 5, 2014 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Today we are going over to a friend's to meet their new week old baby. I'm cooking dinner, and she requested something with pasta, so I'm making a baked pasta with penne, a pesto cream sauce, and cheese. Oh and some marinara in there too. I figured it'd be good for reheating and will still please the husband's "meat and potatoes" palate. Also going to make Ina Garten's garlic herb bread, and a big salad with a homemade vinaigrette, ingredients TBD.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We broke out the grill after all last night and cooked up some piri piri chicken legs. Corn on the cob, smoky green beans with lime juice and sliced garlic, and barely-mashed potatoes with dill and goat cheese were the sides. And a six pack of IPA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Today is an early morning (to watch a rather one-sided Wimbledon women's final) followed by a late work night, followed by another early morning (to watch a hopefully less one-sided Wimbledon men's final), so something fairly light and easy is in order for dinner tonight. I'm thinking a repeat of a dinner from a few weeks ago: saag paneer and Madhur Jaffrey's peach salad with rice. Which means I should get started on that paneer so it has time to drain while I'm at work today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. foodieX2 RE: roxlet Jul 5, 2014 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Despite the rain we had a wonderful 4th. The day started with a traditional parade, albeit much shorter than usual as many participants decided to not to come due to weather

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Afterwards a gang came back to our house where we proceeded to cook, eat and drink the day away. While the crashing rain never stopped, the porch was dry, we had stacks of magazines and newspaper to read and good music to listen to along with the sounds of the rain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Some the highlights of the meal were the bacon "flags", the potato bombs and the fresh keilbasa from a local farm. Along with we also had homemade corn salsa w/ chips, assorted cheeses, homemade lemon hummus, traditional cole slaw, our own burgers, cape cod chips. For dessert we had a one of the mixed berry pies and the fudge we brought back from the Vineyard. We managed to go thru an entire large bottle of Mount Gay and 1/2 a bottle of Goslings. The mixers were seltzer, ginger simple syrup and lots of fresh squeezed lime juice. There was also plenty of non alcohol choices so surprisingly everyone still feels good this AM, except maybe my husband.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The bacon flags (photo attached) were delicious and cute, The bacon made the stripes and the gorgonzola made the stars.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The potato bombs were an inspired heart attack, lol, photo also attached. Not attractive but to-die-for. You use an apple corer to create a tube in the potato. You then stuff the tube with what ever you want-we did assorted cheeses, meats and veggies like onions and scallions. You then use the potato your cored out as plugs for either end. Wrap the whole potato with bacon, wrap in foil and then pop on the grill for about an hour. In hindsight we wished we had done a double core to get more yummy stuff inside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Today there are leftovers galore, the sun is shining and its back to summer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: foodieX2 Jul 5, 2014 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh my, those potato bombs sound artery-killing but definitely sound good - they could be a meal in itself. (Wonder how they would do in the oven? No, don't wonder, Linda. You don't need those suckers! LOL)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Jul 6, 2014 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They do work in oven but make sure you put on a jelly roll pan. Some of the bacon fat leaks out which would create a smoky mess.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I turned the leftovers into home fries. Oh.my.gawd.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen RE: foodieX2 Jul 5, 2014 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Potato bombs!!! Lob one at me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet RE: foodieX2 Jul 5, 2014 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Those flags are so cute! Martha Stewart ain't got nothin' on you, foodie! And those potato bombs sound like da bomb!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MidwesternerTT RE: foodieX2 Jul 5, 2014 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cute idea with the potatoes. For another event, I wonder if you could make potato hedgehogs with that concept, replacing half-core slices on the bottom for stability and stuffing multiple cores on the top.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: MidwesternerTT Jul 5, 2014 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Another Martha! ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 RE: MidwesternerTT Jul 6, 2014 07:14 AM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gaffk RE: foodieX2 Jul 5, 2014 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, those potato bombs would be the entire meal for me. Like LW, I am *not* going to wonder if they work in the oven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MidwesternerTT RE: gaffk Jul 7, 2014 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For a single potato, minus the bacon wrap, it does work in a microwave.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gaffk RE: MidwesternerTT Jul 7, 2014 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well what fun is it without the bacon wrap ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SarahCW RE: roxlet Jul 5, 2014 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WFD Orzo salad with roasted veggies, leftover from last night. So, funny story, I was looking for a veggie dish to bring to a bbq yesterday and someone suggested Ina Garten's orzo salad with roasted veggies. It sounded delish and so I made it, with just a few changes. Well it turns out my sister has been making it for years and considers it her signature dish. I don't have any memories of eating it before, but she says it is the same thing. So everyone liked it and gave my sister props for a great salad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WFD: Stir-fry Chicken with Vegetables, and Steamed Jasmine Rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We're using BL/SL chicken thighs that will be cubed into bite sized pieces, then marinated in a soy sauce/oyster sauce/bourbon/sugar/dark sesame oil/broth/cornstarch mixture while the VGs are prepped. The vegetables are: chopped red & green cabbages, carrots, broccoli, jicama, bell peppers, radishes, celery, shredded Chinese cabbage/garlic/chili. Plain steamed Jasmine is all we'll need
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            with this big baby of a stir-fry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Big G thanks all for his many greetings and blessings and hopes all the same for you in the future.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters RE: Gio Jul 5, 2014 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds lovely, Gio. Just my sort of stirfry. Had to Google jicama though as I'd never heard of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gio RE: Harters Jul 5, 2014 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you John. While I'm not in love with jicama I do recognize it's many health qualities. It adds a bit of heft to a stir-fry if not a ton of flavor. .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gaffk RE: Gio Jul 5, 2014 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I remember years ago mom had a recipe that called for jicama and, after much searching, Whole Foods was the only place to get it in our area (Philadelphia). Now, it's everywhere. Like you, I'm not in love with it, but it's inoffensive and adds great texture to stir fries and salads.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: Gio Jul 5, 2014 08:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jicama was something i ate growing up, at a nicaraguan friend's house, or on visits to Tijuana - peeled, lime juice squeezed on it, and sprinkled with chili powder. very refreshing!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kattyeyes RE: mariacarmen Jul 5, 2014 08:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love the crunch!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. mariacarmen RE: roxlet Jul 5, 2014 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i'm thinking... salmorejo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                that is all for now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gio RE: mariacarmen Jul 5, 2014 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's not a bad think, MC. Can't wait you to think What's Next, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Jul 5, 2014 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Making some of us go to The Google. :-) Sounds good! Hey - it's got garlic; can't be bad, right? ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet RE: LindaWhit Jul 5, 2014 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      All I have to do is saute some garlic, and my son says, "Oh, that smells so good," lol.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: roxlet Jul 5, 2014 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, he's certainly not wrong! LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: roxlet Jul 6, 2014 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I used to frequent a restaurant that the chef would saute up some garlic and walk the pan around the restaurant right before service to perfume the restaurant. I thought it was very smart. And for me it is onions. Every time I saute onions James says it smells good. It's the simple things...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood RE: suzigirl Jul 6, 2014 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Totally -- sautéed onions in butter and/or bacon fat are a phenomenal smell!! Immediate hunger trigger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. LindaWhit RE: roxlet Jul 5, 2014 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A decidedly non-summer-type meal, but it's what I wanted. And when a gal wants what she wants, there is no denying her, right? ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Made my dad's satay sauce, will cook up some udon noodles, will sauté some chicken, carrot pennies, red bell pepper strips, and some chunks of onion, and then mix the whole lot with the peanut sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Voilá - dinner! Yes, there's wine. And there will be some more lemon posset for dessert. And I'll see what movies are on OnDemand.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It was a very low-key 4th due to the dicey weather here. So we had the all-American meal: homemade ravioli with fresh mozz, parm-regg, basil from the garden and a fresh tomato sauce courtesy of the neighbors with a veggie garden (they give us veggies, we give them herbs). Accompanied by a simple salad of greens, strawberries and sliced almonds with a strawberry balsamic and a baguette we dipped in garlic olive oil. Cocktail du jour was electric lemonade (vodka, blue curacao and fresh-made lemonade). Hey, America's a melting pot, right?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The day after the fourth, I met some friends in a little town nearby and engaged in the American pastime of shopping (after Arthur, the weather was a spectacular low 80s, low humidity, full sunshine). We had a late lunch at a restaurant with a nice courtyard. I had a very spicy Cajun chicken sandwich accompanied by a salad of greens, cherry tomatoes and feta dressed in a very tasty balsamic. All four of us were happy--turns out the breads used were from a local bakery and the balsamic was from our favorite olive oil/balsamic store.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ETA: For dessert we wandered back up the main street to the chocolate/gelato shop. Oddly we all opted for the lemon sorbet. I showed remarkable restraint in buying only 1/4 lb of chocolate sea salt caramels.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Proprietor talked us into sampling chocolate covered gummy bears. Um, no.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Got home and had vodka & cran for the cocktail du jour (blue yesterday, red today . . . white tomorrow?) while waiting for the chair to be delivered. Yeah, I wasn't going to buy anything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Now that the chair has been delivered, I see an evening snack of the local sharp cheddar and French chevre I got today with some grapes, nuts and crackers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          givemecarbs RE: gaffk Jul 5, 2014 08:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gaffk, it really was a perfect day in our neck of the woods today. I think tomorrow will be a sequel. Picked a bunch of black raspberries for breakfast, it's been a really good year for them. Did some gardening and then a family member had a craving for the best bagels around these parts so we ended up at Pumperniks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We really just came for the bagels but somehow I found myself in the dining room enjoying a chocolate egg creme and a rare roast beef special. While we were there the place filled up with early dinner customers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We quested on to TJs for some organic strawberries and are having strawberry smoothies and bagels with creme cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What little town did you end up at? I'm intrigued.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gaffk RE: givemecarbs Jul 6, 2014 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We went to Skippack (lunch was at the Back Porch Cafe, which apparently has new ownership). And of course the Back Door is just across the street from the Grand Fromage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And yes, the weather was perfect again today. We had a kind of heavy breakfast of waffles and sausage (and learned Malgato is just as happy eating sausage as she is chicken). Then after running errands, off to Merrymead Farm for ice cream at the picnic tables. (I got a new flavor, Butterfinger, which I wasn't really thrilled with. But on a beautiful day it's hard to argue with eating ice cream where the cows live.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So now I'm foreseeing another evening nibble of cheeses, grapes, nuts and crackers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ETA: It's the weekend, so the cocktail du jour was citron & tonic with a fresh lemon wedge. Ok, shoot me . . . I had two.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I always forget about Pumperniks when craving a good bagel and lox.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              givemecarbs RE: gaffk Jul 6, 2014 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Heh gaffk I went to Skippack and Merrymead today! Skippack is a lovely town to walk around. And the Italian Deli has Kenny the cat but we grabbed some take out from the black dog and stopped on the way home for corn and some on sale bedding plants, but of course we looked at the animals first. Corn was tasty.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The corn was the first of the season for us and I served it with charcoal grilled hamburgers. I'm slow grilling some zucchini and tomatoes on the dying coals for later in the week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gaffk RE: givemecarbs Jul 6, 2014 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, we got the first local corn today, but were too full to cook it. Can't wait until tomorrow: I see steak, asparagus and corn in my future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. kattyeyes RE: roxlet Jul 5, 2014 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Keeping it simple with a sandwich that came to mind and really hit the spot: thinly sliced prosciutto, fresh mozz, basil from the porch, grape tomatoes, a drizzle of lemon olive oil, S&P on sourdough.

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