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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

To me, Summer in the City by the Lovin' Spoonfuls is one of the most evocative summer songs ever. And it would be, since I am a NYC girl, and this song encapsulates that experience.

"Hot town, summer in the city,
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty.
Been down, isn't it a pity?
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city.
All around, people looking half dead,
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head."

What's for dinner in your hot city?

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    For a first attempt, the gratin came out quite well. I think it would've benefitted from cooking a bit longer, as some of the squash/zukes were a tad al dente, and I also blanked on the fact that they wouldn't soak up the sauce (heavy cream / cayenne / salt / onion powder) as much as potatoes or pasta would.

    I might use flour or egg next time to thicken the sauce, and use less of it.

    The topping was delicious, but how could you possibly go wrong with two kinds of grated cheese, panko and melted butter? :-)

     
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        1. re: linguafood

          Oh that Does look good. I'll probably do the same thing with FM vegetables tomorrow.

          1. re: linguafood

            Wow, that looks yummy. I have a recipe that I do for potatoes in a disposable pan on the BBQ and I think I might try it with the squash/zukes! Great idea.

          2. Now, there's a song that will stick in my head :)
            What has been to eat has been uninspired rotisserie chicken type things like tacos, etc. Or we've been going out as the summer heat grows old. But, it rained last night, so I started on something I want to use for a burger contest. What I have in the pic is a graprow pork burger. Chopped bird chili, garlic and shallot with torn holy basil and a bit of fish and soy sauces are in the patty. Topping is a Thai style crispy fried egg, regular basil and chili mayo. I ate it without bread to get a taste for it--it's good, but needs some work.
            Tonight, I do believe there will be a quick veggie and soba noodle stir fry. My new obsession, limoncello gelato will be had for desert. And freezer vodka, natch.

             
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            1. re: alliegator

              I have been thinking about Thai food all morning! This looks so good!

                1. re: alliegator

                  holy cow does that look good!
                  please, can we have more details on the thai-style egg?

                  1. re: mariacarmen

                    Thanks and sure :) It's just a standard issue fried egg done in about 3/4 of hot veg oil. That way, it sort of floats and crisps. And once it's safe to take off the splatter screen, you spoon the hot oil over the yolk to set it, but keep it soft inside. Drain it on paper towels 'cause the little beast is greasy, then put it on any sandwich or rice dish.

                      1. re: alliegator

                        thanks, allie! so, dumb question, would you start with the oil heated up or put the egg in the pan in the room-temp oil and let it come up to temp?

                  2. re: alliegator

                    Is that the Haagen Dasz limoncello gelato? Because I had some last weekend and it was GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD. Way better than I was expecting. Dangerous.

                    1. re: biondanonima

                      It's a local brand, and dangerous for sure.

                  3. You forgot the awesome part:

                    "But at night it's a different world
                    Go out and find a girl
                    Come on, come on and dance all night
                    Despite the heat, it'll be alright"

                    We used to do that tune in the 90s. Time fries, man. Time fries.

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                    1. re: linguafood

                      I'm embarrassed to admit that my first exposure to this song came via doing a Richard Simmons exercise video whilst in military school. In the winters, we'd get snowed into our unit and that was the extent of our physical activity. I still remember the "dance" moves to this song... and it will be stuck in my head aaaaall day. Thanks rox.

                        1. re: nothingswrong

                          I am not sure what would have been more unpleasant for me...being in military school or having to dance along with Richard Simmons exercise videos. You must be a strong person to have tolerated both at the same time.

                          1. re: Fowler

                            Ohh you should've seen me the first time they corralled us together and tried to get me to do one of those videos. I was 16, total L.A. private school chick with my black eyeliner and ripped jeans, chronic eye-rolling. They put my butt in check VERY QUICKLY.

                            I grew to love the Richard Simmons videos. They were a much better time than running til we puked out in the snow.

                            Ahh, memories...

                            1. re: tcamp

                              Aww, thank you tcamp! I just "liked" his FB page and am going to follow his posts. Just the site of outfits like that cheers me up. I know a lot of other Angelenos who will see him walking around town but I have yet to run into him. If I ever do, I am going to bust into dance, complete with the "sparkle fingers" move he does in his videos.

                              1. re: tcamp

                                dammit, tcamp. now I have to "like" Richard Simmons' page.

                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                  But that get up was a hoot, wasn't it? Good for him, I say.

                                  1. re: Gio

                                    Slightly reminiscent of how Drew Barrymore dressed up E.T.....

                                  2. re: tcamp

                                    I am having a wonderful time seeing Richard Simmons' antics on my FB feed every day. Thanks again for showing me that.

                              2. Grilled Colorado lamb chops with a gorgonzola cheese, shallot and vintage port wine sauce. A side of orzo and a cherry, blackberry and honeydew fruit salad.

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                                1. It's pouring rain and definitely NOT hot out today! So WFD is comfort food (plus more Mom meals) - my mac & ham & cheese with Panko-garlic-herb topping. Not quite Prince Spaghetti Day, but it's still pasta. :-)

                                  A small salad alongside. And definitely wine. Tomorrow is my Friday, as I'm taking a couple of days off - two four-day weeks in a row - woot, woot!!!

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                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                    Definitely going with pasta here too. Guess who insists. He is defrosting Italian sausage and there are grilled vegetables from a cookout so WFD is looking good. Wine. Olive bread.

                                    Woot for your early Friday!