HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >

Discussion

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

Are fish jumping? Is the cotton high? Do you have a rich daddy and a good-looking momma?

Even if none of these apply to you, you're still cookin' something, right? Share your summer bounty with the rest of us cats!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. As for myself - my band's playing a 50th birfday party tonight, and despite the hostess' generous offer to have tamales and 'other things' before the show, I may just have some tomato salad w/red onions & feta at home beforehand with a lovely mix of heirloom tomatoes I got at the farmers market yesterday. We also still have a bit of the smoked pork shoulder leftover. I'm just not much of a tamales fan.

    It's a relatively early gig, so we may grab a nightcap / late night snack at our local cocktail purveyor - after all, it's been at least 12 hours since we were last there :-)

    13 Replies
    1. re: linguafood

      I know it is off topic but how is the dude doing? I have been worried about him.

      1. re: suzigirl

        Thank you for asking, suzi! I've not wanted to hijack the WFD thread, plus it's difficult to really say at the moment. He has good days and bad - today he ate more than in the last few days, and yesterday he got up on the couch to lie on his favorite blanket (after days spent pretty much in the same spot under our coffee table, barely sniffing at food).... so that's an improvement. I really hope we get him well again. We're now down to FF appetizers and.... baby food (grain-free meat).

        1. re: linguafood

          At least he is eating a little something. I hope he keeps improving. Poor little baby.

          1. re: linguafood

            Fingers crossed for little kitty :) *hugs* to kitty's mama

            1. re: linguafood

              Glad he's eating a bit more today. Enjoy the nightcap tonight.

              1. re: linguafood

                I'd been wondering too. Hope he keeps improving.

                1. re: linguafood

                  :-( I hope things keep improving. I have one I'm worried about, too.

                  For appetite, two things have been very helpful with two of my cats when very ill: Wellness Healthy Indulgence pouches and a sprinkling of feline Forti Flora probiotic. Forti Flora must have some incredible flavor or aroma enhancement, it was the only sure way to get my late cat to eat at the end last year. The pouches helped with a lot of other sick cats with no appetites according to reports from others online, too.

                  Fingers crossed things keep going the right way.

                  1. re: mcf

                    I will try to find those at the local pet store. Are they a common item, or do they need to be ordered online? A day could make a difference, unfortunately.

                    1. re: linguafood

                      I have seen them at my local holistic pet store where I get the "kids" their pet food. I am pulling for your little man.

                      1. re: linguafood

                        The vet carries Forti Flora but it's less than half the price from amazon.com.

                        Petco carries the pouches, but much cheaper ordered with auto ship at chewy.com.

                        1. re: mcf

                          I can't wait for any shipping at this point, but thank you. I will look at Petco and Wiscoy and hope to find it.

                          1. re: linguafood

                            I hope it works as well for you, fingers, toes and eyes crossed.

                            1. re: linguafood

                              Some health food stores carry it too.

                2. We have bounty from the Farmers Market to grill. Getting out the gas version for the first time this summer. It's been a chilly rainy July. Thinking jerk veggies and barbeque chicken. There is olive bread too, and wine.

                  3 Replies
                  1. re: Berheenia

                    A good day for grilling, Berheenia. Enjoy it all.

                    1. re: Berheenia

                      what are jerk veggies?
                      just veggies in jerk seasoning (i guess that's obvious answer but wanted to check).

                      1. re: pie22

                        http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/sp...

                        is my goto recipe for the spices although I usually hold back on the hot pepper

                    2. I'm not sure. My husband said yesterday he was in the mood for Mexican but I had a friend over so our dinner wound up being mango margaritas. That counts as Mexican, right?

                      I have ground beef in the fridge so I can make burritos if he still wants Mexican. If not, then I may just do burgers in the cast iron skillet and grab a bag of onion rings from the freezer. Oh and there will be some form of zucchini. . . again.

                      1. Porterhouse steaks, spinach and buttered new potatoes. The classic steak dinner. James insists.

                        5 Replies
                            1. re: suzigirl

                              I'm pretty sure I wouldn't argue with James' insistence.

                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                When he's right, he's right. No argument from me. Just a fork and a knife.

                            2. I didn't have much on the grocery list this week so that means I browse, lose all self control and just grab random items I don't need. I will accept this as a blessing since I'm really in a cooking and appetite rut that needs to end. In this week's random grab bag is speck so it will be the inspiration for dinner. The collard green overload continues so braised collards with speck and ground veal finished with Trader Joe's garlic mustard aioli.

                              3 Replies
                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                Check out the beef Bolognese ravioli at TJ's. They're amazing with a simple tomato sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan.

                                1. re: Berheenia

                                  Great, more random grabs :) Good thing I don't eat pasta or else they'd hop right into the cart. I imagine they will and I'll save them for a pasta-lover who happens to walk into my door.

                                  1. re: Berheenia

                                    Oooh, good to know. I was picturing mystery meat filling for some reason. If you like them, I'll give 'em a go.