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Aug 30, 2014 01:10 PM

What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition! [through Sept 3, 2014]

Monday is Labor Day, and the forecast for rain here seems like it will be defeating the usual end of summer cook out. What are your plans as we herald the traditional end of summer (though not according to the calendar or the coming week's forecast for hot weather!) and the beginning of the fall season?

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  1. Today I got to help out at a free lunch in an urban church. They let me cook the burgers on the enormous grill. I had a blast!
    The best time I had as a college freshman was working the grill in the cafeteria. Maybe I should unretire and get a job. MickeyDs?

    WFD is grilled chicken and rice and probably carrots again. At least there's wine.

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    1. re: Berheenia

      I don't think McD's even has a grill? They have microwave type contraptions, I know that.

      I say In'N'Out sounds right up your alley ;)

    2. Let's take a moment and remember the many workers in the labor movement whom we have to thank for this long weekend (or rather *weekends*, period).

      Mmmkay. Off my sandbox now '-)

      We went to the local shelter today to check out the kitty situation. It has been a month exactly since we had to say good-bye to our boy, and we know that there are so many out there looking for a home. It was less traumatic than I had feared, and we actually filled out an application for adoption.... just in case.

      Dinner tonight will be early and simple: BLTs to honor National Bacon Day.

      Also, the winery at which my band's playing tonight apparently only has cheese & crackers on their "menu", so I need to make sure to have something slightly more substantial.

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      1. re: linguafood

        Stay on that sandbox. It is also the anniversary weekend of women getting the vote in the USA. We need to remember.

        1. re: linguafood

          You'll find the right furster - or should I say she or he will find YOU! - when then time is right.

          Enjoy your baconfest. And have a good performance.

          (My thanks go out to our local Market Basket workers, who stuck by their principles, and made change happen.)

          1. re: linguafood

            Once a kitty mama always a kitty mama. :)

            I had a major bacon fail. I bought a pound yesterday and failed to put it in the fridge. It was bagged with paper goods (?!!?) and I didn't check the bag until this morning. It got tossed this morning.

              1. re: LindaWhit

                Since I'm not a big bacon lover I'm not as sad as if it were shellfish or beef but I do feel stupid for wasting six bucks like that.

                The butchers wrap in brown paper.. the same color as a paper bag.... never noticed.

              2. re: weezieduzzit

                Well, let's bear in mind that making bacon, which is cured, was a way of preserving meat. It probably would have been fine...

                1. re: roxlet

                  In an 75-80 degree kitchen for almost 24 hours? Not a chance I'm willing to take. My doctor just told me I'm in excellent health and I'm aiming to keep it that way! :)

                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                    i probably would have kept it too, but i totally get you're not willing to risk your new bill of good health!

                  2. re: weezieduzzit

                    That is truly tragic, weezie. Three Hail Bacons (at least) for penance!

                    1. re: weezieduzzit

                      Uh, maybe it's just me, but since bacon is shrink wrapped, couldn't you have put it in the fridge and let it "solid" up? Unless it was sitting in 90 degree temps all nite, I would think it'd still be good. I have a tendency to risk things sometimes, and this would be one of those.


                      1. re: caiatransplant

                        Uh,the bacon was from the butcher counter, they use the butchers paper as I previously mentioned, it was not shrink wrapped. As I mentioned, the kitchen is 75-80 degrees. That's actually the coolest it is since the air conditioning is generally set at 78. If we don't have the AC on it can be even warmer since the days are hovering around 98 right now.

                        No food item is worth even one day lost- a day I will never get back- that could have been spent doing something much better than throwing up or sitting on the toilet, not to mention the possibility of so much worse. This board alone has two regular posters with severe GI issues caused by a bout of food poisoning.

                        And on that note, I'm done taking about something that has been in the garbage since yesterday.

                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                          ...but why don't you dig it out? Surely it's still safe ;)

                          No one should be able to argue with "when in doubt, throw it out." That's why that saying came about!

                          (unintentional rhyme there at the end.)

                      2. re: weezieduzzit

                        Similar thing happened to me back in the spring, I left the bacon in the trunk after taking everything else out (don't know how that happened!) and it sat out all night. Temp outside was in the 70's so the trunk had to have been higher. Early next morning I realized it was missing so went to the car and got it. Then debated. Then put it in fridge. Then cooked it a few days later. That said, it was vac sealed and I am a risk taker.

                      3. re: linguafood

                        Hope you find the perfect new kitty!

                          1. re: linguafood

                            What a cutie! Hope the adoption works out.

                                1. re: linguafood

                                  Adorable, Lingua, but I can't help thinking... Uh oh,The Masked Bandit.

                                  1. re: Gio

                                    The thought has certainly crossed our minds '-D

                                    1. re: Gio

                                      Yep, gotta name him Lone Ranger or Bandit with a mask like that.

                                      What a cutie!

                                    2. re: linguafood

                                      So cute! And slightly cross-eyed. "That Darn Cat." ;-)

                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                        It looks like it, but he isn't. Maybe sometimes. The Siamese heritage I guess. Bluest eyes ever <3

                                        1. re: Harters

                                          It might come as no surprise to you that this has been suggested by several people (and we've considered it as well).

                                          Not a great name to call out (cats like i & e sounds and sibilants), but then it's not like Duuuuuuuuuuuuude lent itself to cat-calling, either :-)

                                          There's a few contenders for names, but I think we need to get to know him a bit before we can make a decision.

                                              1. re: Gio

                                                Ha. Brilliant minds, etc.

                                                Rocky (Raccoon),
                                                Rocky (Balboa - for a small scar on his nose)
                                                Monkey Boy (for the way he holds his tail and the coloring)
                                                Bandit (meh)
                                                Caramel or Caramello(w) - tho that might be b/c we just added the Suzanne Vega tune to our repertory

                                                My man's not a fan of the last two. Poophead.

                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                  Hahahha... now there's a great name, Poophead. Not.

                                            1. re: linguafood

                                              Siamese are talkers! Could name him after the blue eyed crooner - Frank.

                                              1. re: meatn3

                                                That's another one that crossed my mind - Frankie.

                                                He's actually a snowshoe, not a siamese (tho the breed comes from siamese).

                                                And thankfully, he's got a fairly soft and pleasant voice :-)

                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                OMG, so cute!
                                                Hope you get to have Panda boy soon!

                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                  This guy has the air of trouble about him, especially with his mask and eyes.

                                                  I'd name him either Mao or Fidel.

                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                      It works.

                                                      An aside: My parents had a friend with a log cabin on a lake. Lenny had a Siamese named Mao who would sit on top of the partially opened kitchen door and ambush me every time I came in. Guerrilla warfare.

                                                        1. re: tcamp

                                                          But I bet he sounds like "mao".

                                                          Plausible deniability goes a long way when explaining stuff to the neighbors.

                                                            1. re: Harters


                                                              Siamese, and their cousins, are vociferous.

                                                        2. re: linguafood

                                                          Mao (not the same character as in the Great Helmsman's name) means cat in Chinese.

                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                            Mao is also a fairly popular female Japanese name. I had to look up the meaning, and got real, true and center for meaning.
                                                            It's also the name of one of my favorite figure skaters. She's very light on her feet and ridiculously elegant. Could apply to this handsome guy.

                                                        3. re: linguafood

                                                          Aw, sweet! Hope you get him.
                                                          And our WFD were delicious BLTs. I dread the end
                                                          of mater season!

                                                          ETA: Great name recommendations. I’ll nominate Amazefurballs. <jk>
                                                          The Lone Ranger look makes me think of Zane or Zaney, but then I’m into naming my furries after authors and characters. My last kitty was Rotten Ralph, after a favorite picture book.

                                                    2. Reheated skirt steak, fresh corn on the cob tonight. Maybe some house red to wash things down. Temps have been dropping lately and the sun insists on going down before I'm ready. Bummer. No rain on the horizon.

                                                      Sunday up at Lime Rock Park is my traditional end-of-summer treat. Lots of good cars to see, lots of good people to meet. Leftover lobster parts from Friday will find their way into rolls come Sunday night.

                                                      ETA: How to Marry a Millionaire (TCM) will be on the plasma.

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                                                      1. re: steve h.

                                                        What's your preferred method to reheat steak?

                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                          This is skirt steak so it's thin and not equipped to deal with high heat (no fat to render).

                                                          I place the meat in an oblong, ceramic container, cover with foil and put it in the toaster oven at 300 degrees. I'll check it after 10 minutes. I'm not looking to cook it. Rather, I want to heat it to my satisfaction. I'll peek after ten and make adjustments as necessary.

                                                      2. We're having grilled spatchcocked chicken with grilled apricots and peaches with a balsamic and cider syrup glaze as well as a bean salad.

                                                        Tomorrow will be Ottolenghi's lemony leek meatballs , baba ganouj and green couscous.

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                                                        1. One of these things is not like the other...

                                                          These were part of the eggs I got from the farmers market today. Same egg box. There's a chicken out there that's slacking. ;-) Which is OK, because I used it as part of tonight's dinner.

                                                          I'm definitely not in summer mode, as I was craving meat loaf. Three hamburgers and a 1/2 lb. of ground pork were mixed with the small egg, a half-cup of Panko crumbs, 2 Tbsp. of chopped roasted red pepper, 1 Tbsp. of roasted garlic, and some salt and pepper. (Do you know how hard it is to form a meatloaf with one hand? LOL) Flopped into a round baking dish, schmeared with a bit of roasted garlic, and then into a 350°F. oven for an hour and fifteen or so, pouring off the fat as needed. The temp was kicked up to 400° for the last 5 minutes or so to help "crust" the meatloaf.

                                                          I usually do mashed potatoes with meatloaf, but went with roasted Yukon Gold instead - simply seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper. A combination of peas and CSA corn cut off the cob as the veggie. And there's wine. And Outlander on the TV, with the author making a small cameo appearance in tonight's episode.

                                                          I also had two separate purchases of local plum tomatoes that I made into a fresh tomato sauce for later use. It came out amazing, and I think it'll be put to good use when I get around to making braciole when it cools down even more in New England.

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                                                            1. re: steve h.

                                                              Ulterior motive: meat loaf sandwiches, of course.

                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                I saw that coming from a mile away.

                                                            2. re: LindaWhit

                                                              Ah, you must look on the positive side of things, Linda.

                                                              That's not a chicken that's been slacking. That's two chickens going the extra mile for you.