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What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition [through August 30th, 2014]

And Zooooom!!! Last week of summer vacation for some kids around the U.S.; school supplies shopping is in full swing (tucked in amongst the Halloween and Christmas decorations going up in certain stores!), and some people saying "Hey! Where the hell did the time go? I'm not done with summer yet!" :-)

Lots of locally grown produce and fruit available in farm stands - anyone try anything new while you're making your dinners?

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  1. Wow! That went fast. I haven't even caught up on the last thread!

    Things are finally getting back to normal for me. Canned some Italian prune plum butter today. Tomorrow is trash/recycling so did a big fridge clean out. My cooking has been rather pedestrian. Been spending a lot of time in the studio. Which has made me realize that I only have a certain amount of creative energy.

    Times when I haven't had a studio focus have been very creative in cooking. Now, not so much. I cook and I eat but I am not as experimental in the kitchen. Made potato leek soup today to use up some spuds. Made a couscous salad with feta, tomatoes and scallions for later in the week.

    Cooking every few days and nibbling on leftovers, soups, salads and sandwiches seems to be working for me lately. But I'm eating now! So I'll stick with whats working at this point in time.

    As always, this series of posts helps motivate and inspire me.

    1. The bf wanted something nice and light. I happened to have a bunch of kale on hand, so I sliced it up thin and massaged it with a dressing of EVOO, lemon juice, RW vinegar, garlic, a bunch of grated pecorino, and some chopped herbs. Also added some leftover grilled peppers, black olives, cherry tomatoes from the garden, and a grilled chicken breast. He ate it with some garlic bread.

      So, nothing new around here. But I did find these two buggers hiding in the garden. Zucchini bread is in my future.

      The bf leaves for 5 days tomorrow, so there will be no cooking over here til next week, except for the pooch once she's home from the doggie ICU.

       
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        1. re: nothingswrong

          Forget the boyfriend...how is the pooch? ;)

          1. re: gourmanda

            The pooch is doing well! She had her surgery yesterday morning/afternoon and they said she's recovering well so far. Her infection was much worse than they originally thought. She is such a trooper. I wanted to go see her but they said it would probably be best to not get her riled up since she was so weak. She was transferred back to the doggie ER in the evening to be monitored overnight and administered more IVs, antibiotics, and pain meds.

            I'm awaiting a phone call this morning to see if she can come home today, or if they'll need to keep her another night. Thanks for asking about my babe! We sure appreciate all the kind thoughts and wishes from everyone here.

              1. re: nothingswrong

                That is tough because on the one hand I can understand why they asked you to not visit so she does not get riled up, but on the other hand I bet she would feel somewhat better at home being close to you.

                Hopefully she can go home soon.

                  1. re: nothingswrong

                    Glad that your baby is improving. I hope she can come home soon and rest with her pals.

                    1. re: suzigirl

                      Thanks suzi.

                      The vet called and said my girl is ready to be picked up but still has refused to eat. I asked if she should probably stay another night until she's eating on her own and the vet said that's fine but she'll have to be moved back to the 24 hour ER so she can be monitored closely and stay on IVs all night.

                      Doesn't make much sense to me to bring her home then, if she still needs the IVs and 24 hour monitoring?!

                      Gosh this is so stressful. Can't imagine what it's like having a human child in this situation.

                      1. re: nothingswrong

                        Ugh! I do hope the overnight helps and she gets hungry overnight and is able to come home tomorrow!

                        1. re: nothingswrong

                          Oh girl, I hear you loud and clear! If I was a mama my kids would have been wrapped in bubble wrap until they were 12 at least!

                          I wouldn't be comfortable taking her home until she is eating. Don't stress, she will be home soon. You'll be better off with her on all four paws since you are alone. Bless your heart sweetie!

                          1. re: nothingswrong

                            Oh, I'm so sorry. I would want my baby to be in tip-top shape before they sent her home. Best to you and your little one. Many prayers (since I lost my beloved pawed baby in January - Still have trouble with that).

                            1. re: boyzoma

                              Thanks for the prayers and kind words. I'm so sorry to hear about your babe passing away. Whenever a four-legged companion moves on, they leave an irreplaceable void, but hopefully also lots of smiles and laughs recounting all the love they gave so freely. My grandma has always said "I would rather be in the company of animals than any humans I know."

                    2. re: nothingswrong

                      Those zukes are big uns - my zuchinni/pumpkin plants have gone Jurassic after some die back the stronger are taking over - but still refuse to procreate despite tons of flowers and bee activity ARGH.

                      1. re: JTPhilly

                        My old veggie garden was overrun by squash beetles. They annihilated all of my nightshades but I was able to salvage a few pumpkins.

                        I replanted in a new spot less than 2 months ago and these plants are going CRAZY. I didn't think they'd "take," as the first 2 weeks everything was just shriveling up despite lots of watering and bees and flowers around. Then it rained for half a day and the plants took off. They literally seem to grow another 6" every night. I can't control them. The entire floor of the raised bed is now covered with flowers (to repel the beetles) and carrots and zucchini. The tomato plant is already 3 feet tall. Green beans are growing the entire length of the chicken wire. And I have my first pepper plant that's ever produced fruit... I have tried probably a dozen times and they always shrivel up and die.

                        1. re: nothingswrong

                          my tomatoes are adjacent and doing well - the squash IDK - there were definitely some squash beetles and some other pests & powdery mildew but the plants have grown and grown but the baby squash on the female flowers never develop despite plenty of bees - I give up on squash next year something else in its place - maybe melons :)

                          1. re: JTPhilly

                            Well that's interesting about the squash never producing fruit... I can't get mine over here to stop. My boyfriend wishes they would, as he HATES zucchini in all its preparations.

                            Melons would be fun! Would be cool to do a few different ones, I've seen some interesting looking hybrids and varieties at my local gardening center.

                            1. re: nothingswrong

                              yeah IDK I got a total of one scrawny pumkin from a 8x16 bed - it does not get the best sun but corn, sunchokes, potatoes, and even tomatoes have produced SOMETHING there I thought it was variety last year when I got ZIP but this year I planted run of the mill standards - live and learn

                              1. re: JTPhilly

                                Hmm... Well, I've been planting in pretty much full sun and things are thriving despite the crazy heat and lack of humidity. I sometimes wonder if veggies need more sun than you'd think they'll need. My pumpkins in particular seem to do well in total sun. If I recall, your yard is kind of shaded right?

                                That is nuts to get one little one in that large of a bed. My entire veg garden is about 3' x 8' and I just cram everything in there. I plant Martha Stewart pumpkin seeds (Home Depot) and they are amazing. For the last 3 years, every seed I've planted has sprouted and flourished and I get 4-5 large pumpkins off each vine.

                      2. re: nothingswrong

                        unrelated, but: cool tats!

                        hope the baby is better!

                        1. re: ChristinaMason

                          Thanks Christina. That was the result of being 17 and gifted a tattoo machine. I promptly tatted up my entire left forearm with reckless abandon.

                          The baby seems to be 100% today. Yaaay!

                      3. After a lengthy phone conversation with daughter who recently relocated to Las Vegas, dinner had to come together quickly in order for the hubby to eat before heading back to the office for a conference call.

                        Earlier the beautifully marbled Berkshire pork kiriotoshi seduced it's way into my shopping basket, and within 15 minutes prep/cooking time became gyudon but with pork. Simply steamed Romano beans from Sunday's farmers market lent color, and crunch atop TJ's microwaveable brown jasmine rice. Wish I had an additional onion, minced scallions, and pickled gari but it was savory/sweet deliciousness albeit brown.

                         
                         
                         
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                          1. re: mcsheridan

                            The fat on the thinly-sliced Berkshire pork had a pleasant "crunch" and slightly congealed the sauce so that it blanketed the rice, and veggies. Was very pleased with the 15 minute meal.

                        1. Italian sausages, peppers & onions.

                          A meal that always transports us back to New York City on a very wet day during the San Gennaro festival, when we first ate it in the rain. I remember the food but I remember more how drenched I got trying to get a cab.

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                          1. re: Harters

                            Trying to get a cab in the rain in NYC is a fine art that requires subtle time/space calculations.

                          2. Last night I enjoyed a thinly sliced, bloody rare, London broil off the grill accompanied by an even more thinly sliced beefsteak tomato from the garden (the first ripe mortgage lifter)and some grilled zucchini, home made vinaigrette - late summer yum

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                              1. After last night's debacle I think we are just going out for pizza and wings. Well unless I can find a unicorn or Lassie or something else similar to make for dinner.

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                                1. re: Fowler

                                  Your little niece was probably so upset because she actually enjoyed the Rudolph :)

                                  1. re: Fowler

                                    Bunnies are good. The baby ones or the Easter Bunny!

                                    1. re: Berheenia

                                      Bunny burgers would be a great way to get any little tyke sobbing its heart out

                                  2. We were out of town last weekend and we're leaving again on Thursday night, so cooking has been somewhat limited. However, I did manage a tasty picadillo two nights ago and a yellow curry with pork and red cabbage last night, the leftovers of which will be eaten tonight.

                                    I am mainly focusing on preparing stuff for our trip - we're visiting a friend's house at Lake George, and I like to bring treats! I made some chicken liver pâté this morning, and browned some butter for a cardamom and dried cherry coffee cake I'll be baking tonight. I am also making an apple spice cake with maple frosting, peanut sauce for an Asian noodle salad, a white bean and grilled vegetable salad and starting some levain bread dough, which will be turned into either bread or pizza or both upon arrival. I have a braised pork belly in the freezer that I'll take and add a maple-sriracha glaze during the crisping process. Lots of good stuff!

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                                      1. re: biondanonima

                                        Love the idea of the maple-sriracha glaze for the pork belly! Lots of great food being brought to Lake George!

                                        1. re: biondanonima

                                          That's quite a fabulous list of treats for your hosts. How wonderful!

                                            1. re: biondanonima

                                              <cardamom and dried cherry coffee cake >

                                              Be still my heart---is there a recipe you can point me toward?

                                              1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                Yes, but it wasn't entirely successful: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                                                I replaced the ground ginger with cardamom and the candied ginger with cherries, and those subs worked brilliantly. However, the streusel completely disintegrated, due to the brown butter, and the center of the cake is oily and a bit leaden. It still tastes good, though, and I think some simple tweaks will solve the problem. It's still getting eaten so I guess it can't be that bad!

                                            2. Early flight to Toulouse tomorrow, so something quick and simple. Mushroom omelette and chips. Picked up some mushroom ketchup on a whim the other day so will add some when I'm frying the mushrooms. The chips are frozen oven chips but they have been cooked in beef dripping so should be better than the bog standard ones.

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                                                1. re: Paprikaboy

                                                  fun! I think we're going to stop in Toulouse on our upcoming trip. will look to you for a recommendation!

                                                  1. re: Paprikaboy

                                                    PB

                                                    What brand of frozen oven chips get fried in dripping, please? Hopefully one I can get "oop north".

                                                    1. re: Harters

                                                      You should be able to get them H. They were McCains believe it or not. Called gorgeous chips and they were alright. Not the best tasting beef dripping chip I've had but nice and fluffy inside and crisped up quite well. Certainly a lot better than most frozen chips.

                                                      1. re: Paprikaboy

                                                        I'll have a nosy next time I'm at Sainsbury.

                                                        Let me tell my McCains story. Other than eating, my passion is military history, particularly the Great War (the book on food during the war is due out February - he said, by way of self-promotion). Means we visit the battlefields in Belgium & France quite often. So, there I am, in the bar of this small hotel near the town of Albert, right in the heart of the Somme battlefield. There's me, Mrs H and this other Brit - to whom we getting of course. No. he's not another war tourist but a quality controller for McCains and he was over to supervise the potato harvest that they had contracted to buy. I don't know exactly how much of the local crop they buy but there's miles upon miles of potato fields over there with veritable hills of the stuff when just harvested. Fascinating conversation of which the main upshot was that demand for frozen oven chips is such that we can't grow enough of the right product in the UK.

                                                  2. Packing up most of the kitchen hasn't done much for WFD -- mostly I've been cooking from the freezer and using the green chiles, zephyr squash and occasional tomatoes and tomatillos coming out of the garden. I made a roasted tomatillo-pinapple salsa over the weekend (to go with chicken mole made from a bottle). And I made an enormous batch of manicotti on Monday, stuffed with ricotta, basil and sweet italian sausage, with enough leftovers to last us for several lunches. Last night was green chile BLT's and red chile pan fries. Tonight will be rice bowls, meant to use up most of the random produce left in the fridge. Tomorrow, we might be going out to dinner with some neighbours. Friday is the burning of Zozobra, so dinner will be off the Burger King dollar menu, and dessert will be half cups of Sprite topped up with gin (to be drunk on the walk to Fort Marcy Park and tossed before we have to go through security). Not too much gin, though, because Saturday is moving day with an early morning, followed by a late night at work.

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                                                    1. My cooking efforts have been hampered by a few "omg, can you watch my kid/dog?" requests and a water main issue. But last night, I finally spent some time in the kitchen!
                                                      Thin sliced ham quickly pan fried in some steakhouse seasonings and wooshy sauce. On a pretzel roll with gouda, edam, onions and mayo. Kind pulled that outta nowhere, but I was quite pleased (and the ranch is pap's).
                                                      Tonight will be a traditional style yakisoba with pork and veggies will be the usual suspects.

                                                       
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                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                        That looks so good!

                                                        And yum to yakisoba. One of my favorites.

                                                        1. re: nothingswrong

                                                          Thank you! For the pork for yakisoba, I did the easiest way of cooking a loin. Rub it with salt, pepper and chili flakes. Wrap loosely in doubled foil and 350 for an hour. Not bad.

                                                           
                                                        2. re: alliegator

                                                          I'll take a sandwich for lunch, please....

                                                        3. So the pork tenderloin (grilled whole) came out fine - I guess it's difficult to get the entire piece to a med/med-rare, given that it's not a uniformly thick cut.

                                                          In the end, it was between med/med-well, which was fine with me: still juicy and quite flavorful from the stuff I brushed on it.

                                                          The corn & scallion "hash" also hit the spot, though my man thought I had gone perhaps a little overboard with the cayenne. As if!

                                                          Today looks like another couple of hours at the nearby lake, *maybe* followed by k-boxing. I am still ridiculously sore thanks to 3 months of doing squat (instead of doing squatS), so I don't know if I can take it again :-D

                                                          Tonight we'll have the casa lingua favorite, TCC. Haven't quite figured out the sides yet, but confident I will by the time dinner rolls around.

                                                           
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                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                              I love pork tenderloin, yet we rarely have it. This looks so good, I am going to have to fix that!

                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                I make it way too rarely myself. Shame.

                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                  I have a hard time finding any that haven't been adulterated to death with lots of broth and artificial flavoring/overdone seasoning. And why are tenderloins so overpriced in the US? They were one of the cheapest cuts available in Germany...

                                                                  1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                    Hmm. They're not crazy expensive at the local Wegmans (factory meat, of course - don't actually know if they have organic tenderloins; I do know that they carry other organic cuts).

                                                                    There is a tendency to sell them marinated in ghastly stuff, yes, but I have had no problem finding naked ones.

                                                              2. re: linguafood

                                                                It's something we either pan fry in medallions or, if roasting whole, usually split lengthways and open like a book, adding something flavourful and then we'd tie it back up into shape. In the latter case, it means you can cut off the thin ends, finely chop and add to the "stuffing". Means you don't waste any but are cooking something of an even diameter.

                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                    Suggested fillings:

                                                                    Sage & proscuitto
                                                                    Prune and garlic
                                                                    Dried apricot slivers

                                                                    I'm quite partial to wrapping it in proscuitto instead of using tying it with string with any of these fillings. The ham goes nice and crisp and the fat helps to keep the pork moist. And, of course, when I say proscuitto, I mean any of the air dried hams - I buy whatever is on supermarket offer which may be proscuitto, jamon, speck, jambon de bayonne, whatever.

                                                                    1. re: Harters

                                                                      More ideas for stuffings:

                                                                      apples and mushrooms
                                                                      apples and leeks (both good with a cider sauce)
                                                                      spinach and prosciutto (excellent with a mustard-wine sauce)
                                                                      chorizo, spinach and cheese
                                                                      porcini, garlic and herbs

                                                                  2. re: linguafood

                                                                    If I may humbly suggest this easy version. We started buying these again as the new meat place sells them individually, not in a two pack with marinade, and (drum roll) the silver skin has been removed! nice with a rosemary plant outside the kitchen door.
                                                                    http://www.thekitchn.com/quick-recipe...

                                                                    1. re: Berheenia

                                                                      That's nice. I hate having to deal with the silver skin, tho a sharp knife usually takes care of it well.

                                                                      The recipe sounds nice, but the pork looks way overdone to my taste. Nothing that can't be fixed, of course :-)

                                                                    2. re: linguafood

                                                                      Sous vide then sear and it all comes out evenly done to whatever degree you want.

                                                                      1. re: rjbh20

                                                                        For those lucky folks with the appropriate equipment. I am not one of them, nor do I plan on joining that crowd any time soon.

                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                          There's a promo on for the Anova circulator -- expand your horizons

                                                                          1. re: rjbh20

                                                                            Let's just say that this sort of kitchen equipment is not a priority for us at the moment, good deal or not.

                                                                            I'm also generally quite happy with how our meats come to the plate - steaks med-rare, pork tenderloin *usually* medium, etc. etc. 

                                                                            I really don't see the need for it.

                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                              You can do a sous-vide hack in a styrofoam cooler with hot water, keeping an eye on the temp and adding more boiling water as needed every so often. We've done this with steaks w/ great results.

                                                                      2. re: linguafood

                                                                        Looks good. Love PT. I've got this on my list to do in the next week. And the leftovers!!! A good cuban sandwich sounds good right about now as well.

                                                                      3. WFD: Leftovers. Period. The roasted ratatouille in the form of a ciambotta from Puglia was exceptionally delicious. Fifteen minutes before the roasting was finished we added a coup and a half of passata seasoned with turmeric, cumin, and garlic powder. The vegetables became a bed on which pan roasted pollock was placed then a zesty flavorful pan sauce was ladled over the fish. There's enough left for tonight and I don't think we'll have to reheat it. Just bring it to room temp. I think G wants to grill some Italian bread but I don't think I'll have any. Häagen-Dazs double chocolate something or other is in the freezer and I think a scoop of that with sliced ripe peaches over will be tasty for afters.

                                                                        OT: Fever Tree over ice with a fat lime garnish made quite a refreshing drink before dinner... And, my nervousness about the patch was for naught. I made it through the night but can't feel the positive effects, if any, this early. Thanks for all your concern!

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                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                          I think patches take a day or so to start to kick in. It's about building up the level in your body. At least that's what I reckoned when I tried a nicotine one years back.

                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                            Thank you John. I expected that to be the case, but now I'm anxious to see a few results. Patience is Not one of my many virtues... hahaha.

                                                                          2. re: Gio

                                                                            Hopefully the patch works out for you. Fingers crossed.

                                                                            1. WFD plans for the next 5 days suck as there is a pre minor procedure prep that takes all weekend with nothing very good to eat- they call it "low fiber", I call it white stuff and canned fruits and vegetables. Wine is considered okay for the first four days so I'll stop complaining. Tonight was planned as the last blast and WFD was supposed to be a spicy cookout with lots of veggies but it turns out that spinach lasagna, planned as an acceptable 'low fiber' meal, is not. So with sl already thawed the nurse said "eat it Wednesday". I guess it is kinda Prince Spaghetti night fare. I have eggplant and zucchini for a side but I'm afraid the corn and ditalini salad inspired by Boyzama will not get finished. It was very good. Mr. Berheenia has no problems with a white bread and american cheese diet as long as there is lettuce and tomato for sandwiches.

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                                                                              1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                Lol, welcome to the no-fiber club! It is indeed beige and boring. I've been on it for several years now and there is really no way of making it tasty.

                                                                                Good luck with your procedure! Hang in there and eat some roughage for me when you get the ok to do so.

                                                                                1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                  NW I feel like a jerk complaining when I think of the long row you have ahead of you and yet you are so cheerful!
                                                                                  Actually I have learned that following the stupid diet pays off a prep time. I used to cheat and it was dumb. We are lucky to have wonderful screening tools available and will hopefully live to eat for many more years because of it.

                                                                                  1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                    No, no, don't feel like a jerk! Just agreeing that the no fiber diet sucks. I also am not allowed to eat fat, and I find the latter surprisingly much easier.

                                                                                    Agree it's best not to cheat on the prep diets. BTDT as well, lol. But hopefully you get the thumbs up and are back to normal in no time!

                                                                                2. re: Berheenia

                                                                                  Oy, that sucks, B. Fret not, as for after the procedure you'll hopefully be able to get back to deliciousness, yes?

                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                    Will be having a late breakfast at my favorite greasy spoon soon after I'm done. Bringing a large TJ's chocolate chip granola bar in my backpack. :)

                                                                                  2. re: Berheenia

                                                                                    Fingers crossed that the pre-prep to the procedure goes by quickly, and you're back to tasty form soon enough.

                                                                                    1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                      Could you have fancy grilled cheese sandwiches? At least good bread and good cheese would feel less restricted.

                                                                                      Tell yourself "Its just a few days, it's just a few days...."

                                                                                      1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                        Oh, Berheenia, I'm so sorry. But as you said, at least you can have some wine for a few days. The best thing is to look forward to when the procedure is done. It gives you an "end date" at least. I wish you the best and hope everything works out the best for you. Hang in there and I know we all will be hanging in there for you. ~hugs~

                                                                                        1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                          Wishing you all the very best, Berheenia, now and with the procedure. You're wise to stick to "Doctor's orders" for the diet. It surely will help enormously.

                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                            Also wishing you the best and strongly agree with Gio. It took several months after a gallbladder removal for me to return to tastyland, but the patience pays off and you should be fully restored.

                                                                                            1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                              I hope everything turns out ok, Berheenia. Sometimes when you have to go without for a while it is better when you can finally have it again.

                                                                                              I'm not talking about sex, I'm talking about food by the way. :-)

                                                                                              Here is to hoping you can return to eating anything you want soon.

                                                                                              1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                it's unfortunate it falls over the holiday weekend, but hoping for the best outcome of your procedure!

                                                                                              2. Well, thank goodness we don't have any kiddos to buy clothes/school supplies/etc. for these days. Although I do miss those days. But, there is something said to being Oma & Opa!

                                                                                                Anyway, last night was such a beautiful evening. We ate on the deck. On the menu was a recipe I found in one of my Penzey's catalogs. Wasabi Steak and Noodles. I've made it before, but it was even better this time. DH grilled a nice bone-in strip steak. I used no-yolk noodles. All the spicing was good, however I used a little more wasabi than the recipe called for, for our tastes. And a small side salad. Oh, of course there was wine. We had a great dinner!

                                                                                                If you don't buy Penzey's, at least sign up for the catalog. They have some recipes that are really good. The recipe we had can be found here: http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzey...

                                                                                                On another up-note - had my checkup and both eyes from my cataract surgery are now 20/20! I only need readers (which I plan to find the smallest pair I can find). I am now doing my jig dance (well, if only in my mind).

                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                  That news deserves an actual jig. Congrats on your awesome eye progress!

                                                                                                      1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                        That is a beautiful looking dinner and setting. I am glad you are able to see it.

                                                                                                        1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                          Woooot on the great checkup news, bz!!!

                                                                                                          Without my contact lenses I'm about as blind as a bat, but with them I'm at 20/20 as well. People with naturally great eyesight don't know how good they have it :-)

                                                                                                            1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                              hooray!! that's great news!

                                                                                                              and you can get really cute readers nowadays... believe me, "I" know...

                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                Thanks to you and all who have been so supportive. It's nice to know I have friends that care (and/or have been in the same place). My cheers to you all!

                                                                                                            2. I am making a roast cornish hen with aji amarillo paste and lime chile-
                                                                                                              sides will be cucumber salad and rice with a glass or 2 of cabernet sauvignon

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                                                                                                              1. I've been suffering from digestive issues for a while now and today, I'm feeling a little ill so I don't feel like cooking anything. I had a bowl of Cherrios w/almond milk so I can take some medicine. The DF will be having some of last night's baked chicken & sides. We'll see what tomorrow brings...

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                                                                                                                  Awwww - Cherylptw - I certainly hope you feel better soon. I'll be thinking of you and hoping you feel better soon. Maybe a little chicken broth might help? Glad DH can take care of the leftovers. Just rest and get better. ~hugs~

                                                                                                                  1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                    feel better-
                                                                                                                    try some Jewish medicine-Chicken soup

                                                                                                                    tea with honey and ginger might also help

                                                                                                                      1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                        Blurgh. That can really put a damper on things. I am almost always dealing with one issue or another (not anywhere near what suzigirl and nw are going through, thankfully), so I just try to roll with the punches.

                                                                                                                        Taking a cooking break should be good. Feel better tomorrow.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                            :-( I hope the tummy issues subside soon!

                                                                                                                            1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                              feel better cheryl.

                                                                                                                              too much tummy stuff going on around here! wish i could wave a magic wand and whisk all the ailing bellies away!

                                                                                                                              1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                feel better! there are some good recipes in "Fast Tract Digestion" by Norm Robillard for when you're feeling under the weather.

                                                                                                                              2. Pastured chickens were on sale last week and I couldn't resist. Tonight will be Zuni chicken featuring the long legged, small breasted, bug-eating, sun-bathing chicken served atop braised kale and collard greens.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                    yum! i love the way you described those :)

                                                                                                                                  2. Skirt steak cooked on the cast iron griddle (covers two burners on the stovetop) is tonight's featured attraction. Sautéed corn and red peppers will be on the side. Beer and wine will be available. Gangster movies (White Heat, others) will be on the plasma. "Ma! Top of the world!" BOOM!!

                                                                                                                                    Big time contractor meeting on Thursday (all the trades). I'm hoping this group passes muster. We'll see.

                                                                                                                                    Friday is seafood. I'll pick up some lobsters from my local fishmonger, source some corn and have at it. Sunday is a two-hour drive up to Lime Rock Park, one of America's great race tracks, for the fall vintage car show. It's a tradition. Lobster rolls when we get home.

                                                                                                                                    Enjoy the long weekend.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                      Guess you have returned to the right coast. Welcome back!

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                        Thanks! August in Northern California is pretty special (moving?), rivaled only by September/October in New England.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                          I'm headed to Mendocino in about two weeks---can't wait!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                              That's a beautiful part of the country. The drive up 1 is fantastic. You'll have a great time.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                Any threads here you can point me to for good wineries/sights?

                                                                                                                                        2. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                          Hot a BBQ gig this Friday & work to do I the M3 or I'd join you at Lime Rock. Still a pain in the ass they don't allow racing on Sundays.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                            Amen, brother.

                                                                                                                                            What year is the M3? Do you club race at Lime Rock? Son has a 2015 RS5 on order. Maybe we should compare notes.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                              1995. One owner -- me. No racing - yet - but I got on the track a Lime Rock a few years ago in a follow the leader BMW parade.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                That's a hot car. You need to club race.

                                                                                                                                                To be continued...

                                                                                                                                                1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                  Indeed it is -- nice and light. Stay tuned

                                                                                                                                        3. Since Hatch Green Chiles were being roasted at a local store, we made a beautiful chile verde/posole with country pork ribs and Ranch Gordo hominy (unfortunately, I didn't soak the hominy quite long enough and it didn't bloom, but it still tasted good). Served with corn tortillas, crema, cotija (I don't think this is the "correct" cheese to use, but we like it), cilantro ... all the Cs. Delicious. Next time I'd use an even higher ratio of chiles.

                                                                                                                                          Meanwhile, a few pounds of the chiles are in the freezer, waiting for a winter's night that deserves them.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Torina

                                                                                                                                            that all sounds really, really good, Torina!
                                                                                                                                            and if i've missed seeing you here before, welcome!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                              Thanks, mariacarmen! You may have seen me on the SF board, I am newer to the Home Cooking board, but I love the warm & supportive vibe in here (plus all the great ideas and recipes!).

                                                                                                                                            2. re: Torina

                                                                                                                                              That all sounds lovely! One of my favorite meals and it sounds like you did it up right!

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Torina

                                                                                                                                                "Meanwhile, a few pounds of the chiles are in the freezer, waiting for a winter's night that deserves them."

                                                                                                                                                I bought a few pounds last night (like I'm not growing enough peppers of my own.....) to char and freeze, too. Chile Relleno can really lift your spirits on a cold January night. :)

                                                                                                                                                1. Feh. Lake was infested with gnats. They are *everywhere* these days.

                                                                                                                                                  HATE THEM.

                                                                                                                                                  I lasted maybe 10 minutes before some asshole insect bit me - then I packed up & left, harrumphing all the way home. Wah.

                                                                                                                                                  It also got increasingly cloudy and is about to rain, so the Trini-Chinese chicken will be roasted in the oven instead of being grilled. I am a-ok with that, as I find the skin crisps up much more finished under the broiler than it ever does on the grill.

                                                                                                                                                  Side will be the two remaining ears of corn, for lack of an alternative I never purchased.

                                                                                                                                                  I hafta say, I may be reaching the point of corn saturation soon. Means I did something right '-P

                                                                                                                                                  After dinner we're meeting a buddy of ours at either the cocktail purveyor down the road or @casa lingua.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                    You did, indeed, do something right. "Corn saturation" is still a ways off for us. I skipped a week.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                      While you may have reached your corn saturation point I don't think G has yet. Today is our FM day and I'll wager he comes home with another 7 ears. The farmer sells 7 for a fixed price. It's been very flavorful and we wait for fresh corn every Summer so we may just as well indulge. Too bad the no-see-ums chased you from the lake. I hate them too.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                        Our FM sells them for $0.75/each, or $3.50 for 1/2 dozen, $6 for a dozen.

                                                                                                                                                        I am now struggling even getting through half a dozen, but I'm sure there will be a few more ears. Cuz you're right - we hafta wait for it so long once the season's over!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                          "we hafta wait for it so long once the season's over!" Which is why there are 24 ears in the freezer, purchased for 33 cents per :) Corn chowder in February, anyone?

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: gourmanda

                                                                                                                                                            If we had a bigger freezer, that would be an option. Now that our buddy brought over a monstrous cauliflower (that we won't be able to enjoy any time soon) and it's been stored in there, there's hardly any space for anything else.

                                                                                                                                                            Bummer.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                              We are lucky to have a giant refrig./freezer...but now I have to find room for the tomato paste. Cauliflower sounds soooooo good right now!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: gourmanda

                                                                                                                                                                I really didn't want to freeze the whole damn head, but I didn't pay attention when my man was hacking it up, so... yeah, all of it is in the freezer now. I am guessing it will get too water-logged in there to be able to roast it at some point (which kinda was my plan for at least *some* of it), so it'll likely be turned into fauxtato mash.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gourmanda

                                                                                                                                                                    That's a good idea, too. Maybe drizzle with some pumpkin seed oil, or do you have a favorite recipe for cauli soup?

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                      This starts out roasted but gets boiled and buzzed in the end. I love this one.
                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.delish.com/food/family-mea...

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                        I use cauliflower as the base for pretty much any creamy soup that normally calls for potatoes - potato leek, clam chowder, etc. Once you puree it and add tons of bacon and dairy, you really can't tell it's not potato!

                                                                                                                                                      2. A lovely piece of tuna came out of the freezer this morning along with a nice piece of swordfish. As the day wore on, the tuna was calling out to me, saying "Make tartar, make tartar." rjbh20 heard the siren song, and made tartare for me. Instead of cooking the swordfish tonight, he decided to eat the leftover rotisserie chicken from Monday. Both were excellent, and very little clean up was necessary allowing for an early look at the US Open for me, and the Yankees for rjbh20.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Tonight I have a pork loin roast that I marinated in parsley, basil, rosemary, oregano, onion powder, badia, olive oil, lemon juice and badia that I will roast in the oven. Sides are Stove Top stuffing(extra sage,sometimes ya just gotta go back to mama's cooking) and sweet peas in butter.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. Been spending the day "clearing the decks" for the painter coming tomorrow morning. He'll be here through Saturday.
                                                                                                                                                            So, not too much going on for dinner; I threw together a quick Sloppy Joe on an oven-toasted baguette. I livened up the meat with a little chili powder, Worcestershire sauce and Smoked Spanish Paprika.

                                                                                                                                                            1. I apologize in advance for any typos over the next few weeks. The Great Knife Incident of the Summer of 2014 occurred while chopping a CSA Cubanelle pepper for dinner tonight.

                                                                                                                                                              Two sweet Italian sausages were browned, and a small Cubanelle pepper, some CSA kale, and about a cup and a half of halved CSA cherry tomatoes were added, along with a half cup of chicken stock, a glug of white wine, and some Aleppo pepper. Simmered that to reduce the liquid and added some heavy cream towards the end.

                                                                                                                                                              Tossed the sausage and veggie sauce mix with some cooked penne, served it with some grated Parm-Reg on top. A glass of wine alongside; some Advil as a chaser.

                                                                                                                                                              The latest fashion accessory that everyone is going to want is pictured. :-)

                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                  That's quite a bandage! I hope you didn't need stitches...

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                    Nope - just cut off about 1/3 of my fingernail. The metal finger guard is strictly to protect me from banging the finger against something.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                      "just cut off about 1/3 of my fingernail"

                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, that makes me cringe. Hope it heals soon Linda!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                        This isn't the first time you have had a little knife accident is it? I took a tip from Lingua and now we have this glove and have gifted one to our son. Check it out :)
                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-Cutl...

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                          Nope, it's the third. Two times with the left forefinger; 1x with the left middle finger. Not *quite* an annual event. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                          And I probably should get one of those gloves, huh? :-/

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                            Also handy when using a box grater, mandatory for the mandoline in our kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the reminder and link to "the glove" Beerhenia -- I just added it to my greed list :-). Sorry that the reminder was triggered by LindaWhit's Chopped episode!

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                            So sorry to see your owie! That sucks. Hope you heal up soon.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                              ACK! no like! hope it feels mo bettah soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                  OK, that's the best-timed Dug the Dog "SQUIRREL!" comment, weezie. :D

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                    Take care of that finger Linda....

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, Ouch LW. That might as well be me! I thought that was a pix of my finger. But alas, I am not alone. Hope you recover soon. I'll be thinking of you.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh Lord... so very sorry. Sounds very painful.
                                                                                                                                                                                        No bangah da fingah!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                          Sorry to see that. But do you now get to giggle as you unroll a finger cot to cover it while cooking?

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                                                                                                                                                            Hah! No finger cots; just a large square nonstick bandage that I wrap around the nail and finger.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                            You could probably bedazzle that thing. Hmmm...
                                                                                                                                                                                            Hope it heals well and with a minimum of annoyance.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks all. It's doing quite well. This was a smaller cut than the one @ Thanksgiving 2011, so it should heal up more quickly than that one did. The finger guard remains off while at work; just for driving and sleeping to avoid smacking it against something.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Lingua's and Berheenia's knife glove is looking better and better. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                Only if you like steel shreds in yer food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Though you might prefer them over finger shreds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I always use the hand guard when using my mandoline, so perhaps just when I'm chopping would I use the glove.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. blurggghhhh. had me a lingua night last night.* a big group of friends took me out for a going away happy hourS, and i have no idea how much i had, as we had open bottles of sauv blanc at all times for almost 5 hours, and my glass was never not full. and very little food. i don't remember getting home (not to worry - i was cabbed home, with friends) and i am sure i would have failed a breathalizer test this morning. thank god i don't drive to work, either. someone needs to remind me i'm not 23 anymore. or hell, 43!

                                                                                                                                                                                                (*a night after which one swears they will never, ever, EVER drink again.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                unlike our lingua, i can and must eat. got up this morning and made a fried egg sandwich and had a yogurt, had mexican for lunch, and now, dinner. which was pan-sauteed kielbasa, my new favorite endive/shallots/sweet english peas salad (made a lot this time), and the bf's potato salad in a chimichurri-like dressing with capers & cherry toms. simples. it all hit the spot and i'm ready for a big old nap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                  You got lingua'd!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Food looks delicious, as always. Especially that tater salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                    You're clearly made of stronger stuff than I.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fried egg sandwich on top of hangover?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Are we related somehow?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Tennis lesson got pushed to tomorrow so I had no plan for dinner. We turned rned on the US Open and decided to scrounge at home. Heated up some spanakopita, pan fried some new potatoes and made a yogurt sauce for dippin. DH added a hot dog to his meal. Washed it down with a Justin cab that was opened last night. Can't say it was fancy but it all tasted good. Nice to see Venus win tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Aussieshepsx2

                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's my kind of dinner, sans hot dog. Spanakopita + potatoes. Drool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Working with boneless chicken breast so WFD was a slice (Buffalo chicken tender), a dollop (sour cream potato salad), a portion (steamed Romano beans), and a wedge (Maytag blue cheese). Very calorie laden but deelicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. MY PUP IS HOME!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            They wanted $625 to keep her an extra night so I said "thanks but no thanks." The vet seemed to think she'd be better at home anyway, even though she wouldn't eat there. She was clearly anxious and unable to get some much-needed sleep. We will be finding a new vet moving forward.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            She can barely walk on her own, and is clearly in pain, but I'm armed to the teeth with meds and blankets and kisses for her. She just wanted to lay in her doggie pen so I moved her bed back and she's been sleeping heavily for hours. I woke her up with 1/2 a cup of poached chicken breast and white rice and she had her first meal in days! It wasn't much, but it's progress.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight I had dinner for the first time in a while too. Just a quesadilla. Paying for it now, but misery loves company, and I will be sleeping next to her on the couch tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for all your kind thoughts and good wishes for the pup!

                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Welcome home to the pup! I hope the recovery is speedy and complete. She looks very dear even in her cone. I'm sad that you aren't feeling well to boot. Don't forget to take care of yourself while you are tending to Young Ms. Doggles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              WWFD here was spaghetti and meat sauce, in honour of the little niece. This followed a sleepover (woohoo!) and a pancake and bacon breaky, then a trip to Grouse to see grizzly bears, a timber wolf, a horned owl, a bald eagle, a turkey vulture, several hawks and a chipmunk, which may have been the highlight. All that on top of a gondola and a chairlift and a twenty-storey high wind turbine's viewing tower. Whoa!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Here's one of the grizzlies lolling, and the view from the peak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the puppy love! Doing my best to keep us both healthy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow to the grizzly and gondola pics! It's amazing to me that you can go see wildlife like that nearby. That bear looks supremely relaxed. I'll take one of whatever he's having, please.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                She looks so sweet, poor baby. Hope she mends very quickly. Bet she's happy to be next to you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you rabaja! She can just manage to wag her tail every time I lean over to pet her. If I could take on her pain right now, I would, poor thing shouldn't suffer. Just glad to have her back here with me and her sister. They usually will only sleep all snuggled up but I have to keep them separate til she's healed a bit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, NW - she looks so sweet. My heart goes out to both of you. Lots of cuddles and hand feed treats may just do the trick. Such a sweetheart. ~hugs~ to you both.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sweet thing. you might want to get one of these if she's going to have to wear that for awhile.... http://www.amazon.com/Comfy-Cone-E-Co...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    there are probably cheaper ones around, too, just google soft collar for dogs....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You are a lifesaver! She can't lift her head enough to avoid getting it stuck on or banging into everything. It was totally disorienting her so I took it off an hour ago but now I have to watch like a hawk to make sure she doesn't mess with her huge surgical wound and stitches.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We are camped out on the floor of the living room tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I just ordered one of those, hurray for Amazon Prime! Thanks for the link mc!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm so happy your puppy is home. Sometimes Home is the best medicine of all. I hope the recuperation is uneventful and moves along swiftly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hooray for both of you! Meals, home, rest, love.... Best wishes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Awww poor baby - she is so cute - doggies do better at home the vet is stressful place to recover - best thoughts for your girl it is so hard to watch them hurt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cone dog!!! But at home dog!! Glad she's back with you in a familiar setting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What a sweetie pie! Wishing you and her the best as she recovers :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nothing like having your mom look after & feed you. Glad she is home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  YAY!!! for Pupster being home! She'll heal quickly being home with Momma. :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So glad she is resting at home! I recall you said the now fired vet was in Sherman Oaks. We have always used the same vet in Trazana for our aussies and having only good things to say about her for 15 plus years. Let me know if you want a referral.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Aussieshepsx2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Would love one. I used to bring her to a big name vet in Burbank but costs were insane! $50+ booster vaccines. My email is spoilsofyouth (at) gmail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks Aussieshepsx2!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Email sent. Let me know if you don't receive it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks everyone for your good wishes for my monkey. I believe in the power of positive thinking and she is damn near her old self this morning! Cone is off and she hasn't touched her wound once. She had poached chicken, boiled potatoes, and filet mignon for breakfast (freezer diving). Lucky girl. She's eating all 5 of her meds except the pain killers--somehow she picks them out of everything I've tried sticking them in, and spits them out in a goopy mess. They must taste awful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      She keeps peeing wherever she's standing, but aside from that she is acting like her old waggy-tailed self, albeit a little tired.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As for me, I was up sick all night. Like face-down on the bathroom floor til 7 AM this morning. Me + food = not cool right now obviously. So I won't be posting to WFD for the next week or so til the bf returns, but will be lurking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just wanted to say thanks again. Me being here alone, I really appreciate some internet stranger support through the last couple days!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UGH! NW, so sorry you're doing so poorly! You and your baby girl need to get better together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          oh no! feel better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For your little girl, try smoked salmon. It's smelly enough to disguise almost anything. I have a coonhound with a crazy good nose (he's even named "Remy" after the gourmand rat in Ratatouille because of his nose), and smoked salmon does the trick for us. Or pill pockets carved entirely out of blocks of 3 year old aged cheddar :P but you don't have to use quite as much salmon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Torina

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have some aged cheddar in the fridge and will give this a go today. Last night I squished some chicken and baked potato together around the pills and she scarfed them down. Everything but the painkillers--she absolutely won't eat them--which I guess is okay since she doesn't seem to be in a lot of pain. But we got down the 3 antibiotics.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NW, if you need to without putting too much stress on her, try prying her mouth open a bit and toss in a painkiller towards the back of her throat. Clamp her mouth shut and stroke her throat until she swallows the pill. I can do that with my cats (the prying open is the hardest part) and it does work 90% of the time. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I can do that with my little dog, but the big girl is a pitbull and they have these "locking" jaws. When they don't want that thing to open, it does NOT open. I tried prying it yesterday and she just stared at me like "Not gonna happen." Lol.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It seems to be going well with baked potato. She likes to catch food in the air so I've been launching pill-filled potato pieces at her and she swallows them whole!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah, I figured the jaws on the pittie might not be amenable to what you wanted to do. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And PERFECT with pill-filled potatoes. Hah! Momma always wins. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Damn! I wish I had thought of that when I had my red nose. When he was small I was frying chicken on the side burner on the grill and my husband opened the back door to check on me and Radar was so excited to come out and greet his mama that he jumped up and put his paws on the grill and sloshed hot oil down his back. Poor boy ran screaming. Needless to say he had to have a section of his back resegmented and needed pain killers. Give a pit pills, my ass! Their jaws are freakin' Fort Knox!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh my, that's awful! Poor little Radar (cute name btw!). I'm convinced the pain pills must taste horrid... the vet says they don't, but she is finding them buried in pieces of steak. They're tiny, and the antibiotics are huge horse pills but she takes those no prob. Hope Radar healed okay. They are tough dogs. Haven't heard mine wince or cry once since we got home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      She learns quickly but my bf has a pitty who is a total dunce. He repeatedly runs into walls, rolls clear off the patio or sofa when he wants his belly rubbed, and climbs up the chainlink gate and then gets stuck on top of it. He is entertaining at least.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am so glad that your pup is doing better! Radar was okay after that but had a nasty scar. They are almost immune to pain. Tough little boogers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hate to say it but Radar was like your boyfriend's dog. Sweet boy, but a total hambone!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Me and Radar... we were both young....oh my, so young.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh! I spy a pitbull puppy belly! They have the absolute cutest little bald bellies when they're babies. Always a little bit of a potbelly, no matter how tiny they are. Even my fearful mother can't resist baby pits. They are by and far the dopiest, funniest, sweetest, and kissiest dogs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is Slayer when she was a wee pup still. She was the ex-husband's dog, hence the name. I like Radar much more. Very cute.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Slayer is a cute name too. And she was a cutie. Best thing you got out of the divorce? JK.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lol! The *only* thing I got out of it. She is named after the heavy metal band; it's intended to be ironic because she's the sweetest thing ever. But it always makes people take pause when they meet her.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So glad to see your girl home. Now you have to get better to be able to take care of her. Sorry that your stomach is acting up again. I wish you both were doing better. I'll be thinking about you both.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The internet strangers want to hear from you too! Please keep posting about the pooch and hope you are feeling better today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks Berheenia! We are both doing well this morning. I got my first full night's sleep in 4 or 5 days, but still not able to stomach anything. Only woke once around 5 AM which was good because the pooch was standing in the bedroom doorway staring at me with those "Let me out right now or I'll pee on the carpet" eyes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      She had more chicken, steak, and potatoes last night with a bit of dry food mixed in finally. She's also able to climb up on the sectional by herself. Normally the dogs aren't allowed on furniture, but it is a free-for-all right now. I'm just so happy to see her feeling better. The vet predicted a somewhat long, slow, painful recovery, but she seems about 50% back to normal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Can't wait til her stitches come out and I can give her a proper belly rub. She keeps rolling over for one, but the stitches cover more than half her abdomen. She doesn't even seem to notice they're there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We need you both to be back to your waggy-tailed selves. Sending good thoughts your way. (Our pooch takes his daily pills simply dragged through butter, maybe try that?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gourmanda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Don't think my pups have ever had butter! Can't imagine they won't like that, thanks for the suggestion!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've heard liverwurst works well for doggy pill taking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I give my dogs their heartworm pills covered in peanut butter. One of them licks her chops as soon as she sees the jar of peanut butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Normally she goes crazy for peanut butter but won't touch it the last few days. Maybe as her tummy feels better, she'll give it a try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I know I've seen a dogie treat recipe on this board somewhere. You can put a pill in the "pocket" and it seems to work very well. I will look for it, but you can also search for "doggie pocket treats" or something similar. Wishing you well and your baby.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ETA: I found one, but I'll keep looking - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8073...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I recall reading it too, just last week! I was *this* close to bookmarking it but thought to myself "I won't be needing that any time soon." D'oh!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the link. I will read through it now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Sketti and Meatballs in Sunday Gravy tonite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Plum ketchup 4 tomorrow. I'll take pics of the process.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reluctantly. LOLZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jjjrfoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The pasta & meatballs look delicious.. but.. I love the flower-rimmed plate on the flower strewn tablecloth. Lovely combination.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hahahahahahaha.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks Gio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The bowl is Mikasa's Garden Harvest pattern.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I;ve had the entire collection in 8 place settings for more than a decade and have still have not warmed to it at times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thus why you see me using many other plates or bowls I have on hand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But thanks for the kind words. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jjjrfoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You're welcome, it's quite sophisticated. Pattern on pattern is tres chic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. We're out for dinner at a local restaurant tonight: http://themapleroom.co.nz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I haven't eaten here for several years so it will be interesting to see what it's like now. I notice that all the reviews on the site are from 2005 so I'm hoping it's still at a similar level.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We're out and about for the next few nights - Saturday is the annual meatball cooking competition. We're judges this year so not much cooking going on. I've made some gravalax for pre-meatball nibbles for everyone; hopefully it's edible!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It was only average unfortunately and overpriced for the quality of the food. Oh well!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How does one become a meatball judge? That sounds like an awesome job or extracurricular activity...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We were winners last year so we're judging this year. It's a comp we started in 2006 and now it's a yearly fixture. Loads of fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. We should rename this thread "the medical edition". So many reports of our virtual friends having a difficult time of it lately. Get well soon everyone, whether your issues are big or small.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As for dinner - fried chicken, saute spuds, succotash.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm pretty well-versed in the many variations on fried chicken stateside, but have no idea how it's done in England. Is it just a simple flour and fry job?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yep. British fried chicken is often just chicken fried. Which is what's happening at Casa Harters tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Of course, cooking something in a frying pan can be more sophisticated and, indeed, draw on other cultures/national cuisines. The most common variation at Casa Harters, is an Italianesque recipe from Valentina Harris. It sees the chicken breasts browned, splash of white wine vinegar added, then chopped garlic, rosemary, S & P. Then a glass of white wine. Lid goes on until it's cooked through. The sauce, such as it is, is usually reduced to little more than smear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Fast and easy Smokey Apricot Chicken, served with steamed green beans and a (marked down 90%) boxed organic rice/grains with mushrooms mix.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chicken recipe, from Robin Miller's Quick Fix Meals link http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ro...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'd made the chicken once before, and noted that when quantity was reduced to 2 large / cut into 4 pieces bone-in chicken breast this recipe could cook in an 8x8 in the countertop oven - an important note since it was hot-hot-hot in the house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Leftovers will be WFD today, perhaps remade into the Chicken curry with chickpeas and tomatoes recipe recommended in her cookbook.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I bet this would be good with either smoked paprika or some chipotle adobo sauce subbing for the liquid smoke!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Tonight is teen's choice so we are having a dinner of chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and peas. Not the most exciting meal, but I never grow tired of it and it reminds me of my grandmother's cooking. Bonus: I know they'll actually eat it. Will be following that up with some college football watching. It's the one thing that makes the close of summer stomachable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I forgot to bring my lunch with me when I rushed out the door so I guess that's what I'll be having when I get back home. But rather than the plain turkey sandwich I packed, I think I'll prepare a mornay sauce and grill the sandwich to make a Hot Brown. Puntarelle salad with anchovy and garlic dressing for greenery. Fermented coconut cream coladas for dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've never seen puntarelle at our local farmers market, JM. Where do you get them?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My local farmers market. :) Pretty much anytime you see me post something interesting like squash blossoms, lambsquarters or vegetables with Hans Christian Andersen-like names, I scored it at the Union Square Greenmarket.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, so you're back in the big city. I'm not surprised then.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. last night was a "kitchen sink" masala - onions, potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli and kale with garam masala and coconut milk used the last tomatoes and veggies to clear the fridge for today's harvest and CSA bomb. Late summer is great for the bounty but it can be hard to keep up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nice! I've been using a lot of pau bhaji masala with that type of combo, mashing and serving on hot dog bun garlic bread (soft dinner rolls are hard to find outside of thanksgiving time!). Makes a great, hearty and healthy veg dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Salad of mixed baby greens, red pepper, black soybeans, red onion, evoo lime vinaigrette with garlic, and sliced steak on top; shell for him, ribeye for moi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also been loving a huge batch of roasted ratatouille I made early in the week. Having it in omelettes, as a side dish, with cheese in low carb wraps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Been picking fresh tomatoes from a solitary plant I have potted up, eating with fresh mozzarella, and basil I'm growing outside, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. The plan was langostino tails with crimini mushrooms and goat cheese but I went shopping and proliferated the options so WFD will feature Brie instead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. WFD: Simples tonight... Turkey burgers with hurry-curry sauce, AKA Bombay Sliders. Potato and roasted beet salad. COTC.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The burger mix is a mixture of cilantro, scallions, cumin, hot chili powder, salt, and ginger mixed into 1 pound of turkey mince. The hurry-curry sauce is a mixture of: mayo, curry powder, ketchup, plain yogurt, and garlic. We're not making sliders, however. The regular size burgers will be set on top of a mixed green leaf salad. The sauce will be drizzled over all. For the salad, the beets were roasted last night, the potatoes will be steamed later today. Each will be quartered then tossed with EVOO and cider vinegar. They are dressed with a mixture of sour cream, dill, scallions, horseradish. The COTC was inevitable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am discovering the wonders of turkey mince late in life and will therefore be stealing your recipe forthwith, Gio (thanks!). I never thought of putting cilantro directly in a patty before, duh, should be awesome. I would think full-sized patties would be best to avoid dryness with the super lean turkey, no? Ground turkey was on sale today so could be WFD on Sunday...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I can't post what I had for dinner last night as I would be instantly banished not just from this thread but from all of CH :-). Tonight will be a mini-batch of red snapper fish tacos just for me as the SO is away again till tomorrow afternoon (double grr on the biz trip that eats into weekend time).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well now we need to know what was for dinner yesterday?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Okay, I'll give it up, since I just noticed Truman's post below. It involved sea creature shaped KD and my 6 year old niece. I'll leave you to decide whether only the niece indulged in the KD ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nothing wrong with some neon mac'n'cheese. I've been known to indulge myself on occasion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My sister pointed out to me last year that the shaped pasta tastes better than the original elbows. I've conducted "experiments" and believe she is correct.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was thinking the same thing! I'd never had shaped KD before, and it's prolly been a decade since I had it at all, so was assuming it was a figment of my imagination. Thanks for the validation! And BTW we adults added bits of chopped ham and ate it with lovely ripe sliced tomatoes and corn on the cob so it was practically gourmet ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I will never forget this... I eloped with my ex husband when I was almost 21 years old. Afterward, we drove to his estranged mother's house (she was a total nut and his only surviving parent). She met me and five minutes later was in the kitchen fixing us our "wedding supper" as she called it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            KD with cut up hot dogs and a can of beans all mixed together on the stove. Blech.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's funny, I had mentioned to my sister that KD didn't taste like it used to. She was in her first year of dorm living at college and said "What shape are you buying?" The elbows, of course, because I'm an adult. She looked at me like I was the biggest idiot. She swears the SpongeBob Squarepants ones taste the best. Apparently this is common college kid knowledge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Back ribs with a chili powder dry rub, potato salad with lots of fresh basil and green beans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Tonight is leftovers tonight: babyback ribs (sans sauce) and Kraft Mac & Cheese (Ninja Turtles shapes) for the 4yo, a turkey burger (sans bun since we don't have any left) and this awesome salt and vinegar potato salad for me: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Interestingly, I printed that recipe out in June 2006, when it was published. This week was the first time I'd made it - why oh why did I wait so long???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. It was another gorgeous day in HV, so my man took care of the lawn & I spent a couple of hours at the pool (NO GNATS! WOOT!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight, a bunch of us are heading to see the local minor league team play one of their last games this season before the play-offs, and there will be FIREWORKS AFTERWARDS! DOUBLE-WOOOOOOT!!!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The stadium has great views from pretty much any seat (it's fairly small, duh), and thankfully they have local beer on tap & very decent burgers, so it is likely that ballpark food will be WFD :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My guess is a few of our friends will stop in over to @casa lingua after the fireworks, so we stocked up on wine & got the TJ's Spanish sausage trio and the supreme triple cream cheese for snacklets.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I just enjoyed the Supreme too...my first taste!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Meatball subs are sounding very good today so I got the fixings for those and some fries. Pickled jalapenos and thick cut mozzarella will top them. No frills.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. it's another not-big-cooking day - defrosted a TJ's pork belly, and i'm contemplating making little pork belly buns, Chinese style, with some 5 spice rub and hoisin, Asian cukes...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              then again, I actually bought some garam masala a couple weeks ago (I made my own once, but I doubt I have everything to do that right now) and I was also thinking maybe a garam masala rub on the belly and then serving that over basmati rice.... decisions, decisions...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Hmmm, unable to post a pic today :/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pork yakisoba last night turned out great! Since I made and pulled a whole loin yesterday, the leftover pork tonight will be turned into humble street style tacos with slaw, red salsa, cilantro and lime :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Bay-smoked new potatoes, served beside Chicken thighs with rosemary and two paprikas. Both recipes from last month's COTM - Radically Simple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It was only 68 degrees out today, so I was happy to have the oven on for about 1 hour at 400 degrees. The potatoes were especially wonderful and easy, placed in a small roaster in rolled in olive oil & a tsp of kosher salt, topped with dry bay leaves, and baked, covered, for 55 minutes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That sounds delicious. I've baked potatoes with bay bit tucked into slits which was very good. Your recipe sounds even better!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    After following that months COTM I eventually got the book from my library. After noting the recipes of interest there were so many I ordered the book! I need to move it to the top of the pile and start cooking from it. The simplicity of the recipes mesh well with where I'm at with cooking these days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Another midweek dinner out of the freezer/icebox. Grilled swordfish on a tomato & red onion compote with sautéed broccoli. Sort of a tribute to the Italian flag.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Last night I made Russian salmon (making room in the freezer for my CSF starting up soon), rice, steamed asparagus with lemon zest/juice and leftover roasted tomatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A recorded book I had requested arrived at the library. Aldi's and a nice Hispanic market are near by so I added them to the errand list. There were two new-to-me tamale ladies in the parking lot of the grocery. Being hungry I couldn't resist...got a nice chicken (hot? Si!) tamale with a medium spicy green salsa in it. The best bargain in town for $1.50! This lady had a huge variety of condiments tucked to one side of the back of her suv. I tried inquiring but her English and my Spanish are both at a very basic level and she was becoming flustered so I dropped it. On the weekend the ladies often have tweens with them who are very good translators. I guess word has spread that I appreciate their wares - at one time they wouldn't make eye contact with me. But now I'm greeted with a shy smile. I'm still stuffed...so probably a small snack of cheese and crackers later tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I wish I had more aptitude for language. There were a number of seasonal herbs and fruit at the market I was unfamiliar with and their signage is fairly random. I tried asking a woman (I had retrieved an item she dropped and she thanked me in English) but she became very embarrassed since she didn't have the English words. I should have photographed the produce to research later...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What makes the salmon Russian salmon?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I found the recipe in Saveur - in the original magazine article they called it Russian Salmon. I use low sodium soy sauce. I particularly like the recipe when using frozen fish since it can be a little dryer in texture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maybe there's an app for that? I have a Spanish/English dictionary and translator Iphone app for going to such markets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. well the BF beat me to it. i bought the buns and called home to see if we had scallions and he told me he was already in the middle of prepping dinner. he did a fine job of it - glazed the TJ's pork belly with a mixture of bbq & katsu sauces, ketchup, a Japanese citrus marinade, 5-spice and black pepper. the dressing on his salad was unfortunately way too sweet for me - i actually couldn't finish it - but there was plenty of crispy/fatty pork belly and jasmine rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          last goodbye happy hour is tomorrow night. much tamer (work) crowd this time. phew.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I may have missed it in prior posts but when does your journey begin? Where will you go first?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm looking forward to traveling vicariously through your adventures!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              meatn3, my trip begins 9/9 - 11 days from today!! yikes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am going to post in the next week or so a link to my blog on my profile page and I will let everyone know (those who care!) when I do. thanks for your interest!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MC,you got my brain a goin'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I do Musubi with Spam at times (and I have an actual musubi press-LOL), but TJ pork belly instead of Spam. Yowsa.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BRILLIANT!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That first pic inspired the idea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For the unknowing:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spam_musubi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Win-win yum.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now I gotta make it work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nom nom nom.