What's For Dinner - #330

wizardnmMarch 13, 2013

I am so bad, I have been very lax about taking pictures for this thread, let alone posting them. But don't worry, we have been eating very well. Probably too well!

I had a birthday and my birthday dinner was supposed to be on Sat, March 7, it didn't happen. Instead we took off that day for Ohio. Kim's uncle died and her cousin needed some help. He didn't have a clue about ordering flowers and a few other things that needed taking care of. The funeral was last week on Wednesday and we got back home on Thursday after a quick visit with my mom and a stop at our favorite Asia market in Ann Arbor. We are now restocked for Asian cooking. So my B-Day dinner was on Sat....just a week late.

I took a couple of pics, of my favorite dinner, Coconut Shrimp, baked potato and tossed salad. For some reason when Kim asks me what I want, I say the same thing year after year. I didn't want a cake, we ate out a few times in Ohio and I didn't want the extra calories. Been trying to lose.

So here is my dinner...

I should add, Kim had to make more batter and get out more coconut, she didn't look at the bag and made 2 lbs of shrimp. Some went in the freezer, no way could the two of us eat that many!

I just read the last thread when looking for it, my-oh-my, some good looking food. It was also nice to see some of the old gang posting again....Hi!

I promise to quit being so lazy, I really have made some great food, partially inspired by Pinterest.


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Nancy sorry about Kim's Uncle.

I'm glad that you were still able to celebrate your birthday with that wonderful dinner.

It is nice to see more people posting to that WFD thread.


    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 3:02PM
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Nancy, I am so sorry to hear about Kim's uncle, please give her a hug from Elery and I.

I've been eating less well, Elery is trying to lose weight and so I'm "along for the ride". (grin) I do have some pictures that I have to get on the computer and post, so a bit later in this thread!


    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 3:59PM
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Annie, I hope Elery eases up soon on the diet. I miss your WFD posts.

Moe wasn't thrilled when he heard I was making a corned beef.

I'm not that keen on a corned beef boiled dinner either. So I found some instructions on line that turned a corned beef into an "almost" pastrami. Since my meat was already seasoned, I just added a lot, and I mean a lot of coarse ground black pepper. Wrapped in foil and baked in a 250° F oven for about 6 hours.
This was the best Corned brisket that I've ever made. Moe is still talking about it. I will never boil a corned beef again.

Served with a baked dish of cabbage, leeks and mashed potatoes.

Dinner last night - Ginger Chicken.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 10:09PM
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Spring is here and I'm starting to cook a little more. This was dinner for a friend last night. Chicken breasts pounded and seasoned with an salt free herb/spice blend I make up in a large batch and keep on hand. It has carrots, onions, cumin, coriander, pepper, garlic, lemon peel and other things. I sauteed and sliced them and placed them atop a salad of spinach, avocado, snap peas, bean sprouts, carrots dressed rice vinegar and sesame oil. On top of the chicken I piled mango salsa. Mango, red pepper, green onion, cilantro, rice vinegar, and chipotle powder.

The weather here turned suddenly quite warm so a salad for dinner was just right.


    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 8:47AM
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I also made a loaf of sweet potato walnut bread. I accidentally bought more sweet potatoes than I needed so I cooked a few and mashed them and used the them in place of pumpkin puree in my usual pumpkin bread recipe. I may never use pumpkin again.


    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 8:59AM
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Everything looks yummy as usual.

nancy, Sorry to hear about Kim's uncle.

Ann I do corned beef in the smoker and it comes out almost like pastrami.......I much prefer it to boiled...by a lot.

We do eat I just don't take pics not sure why not. I should get back in the habit becasue it is fun.

Last night was prime rib and all the fixin's. Night before that was spaghetti and meat sauce with homemade Italian garlic bread and a Caesar salad. Night before that was sole meurnierre (sp? and too lazy to check)

Tonight......hot roast beef sandwiches , I think.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 9:17AM
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Hi Sol, Ruthana, and Ann_T; thanks for the re-welcome!

Forgot to take pics though Andy is having the leftovers tonight so I get a second chance.

Made grilled beef gyros accompanied by my recipe for Tzi Tziki sauce. I got the recipe from MomAdvice blog, though I amped up the herbs a bit.

Served with wedged tomatoes, sliced red onion, shredded lettuce. We used Greek pitas to wrap up the yumminess.

I have to say that is was a very satisfying dinner.

Here is a link that might be useful: Grilled Beef Gyro Recipe

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 1:49PM
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Hey Ann_T, can you pass along more details on the oven method for corned beef.

I've been told I make the best corned beef around, but I think I'd like to try the oven method for one of two I'm making this weekend.


    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 1:55PM
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Ok, now I want coconut shrimp AND that ginger chicken. Eileen's salad looks good too and I don't even LIKE salad!

Elery also puts corned beef in the smoker and makes kind of a fake but passable pastrami, my family likes it better than boiled corned beef and it still makes darned good hash with the leftovers, so I'm happy with that.

Time to catch up, I suppose. In spite of Elery's diet, I made a loaf of Crescia, an Italian Easter cheese bread. Lots of asiago, egg yolks, butter, how could it be bad? Unfortunately I didn't care for it, the texture was at the same time dry and dense, I don't know how to explain it. Elery loved it, though, and made croutons of the leftovers. It was pretty.....

One day we went to my Mother's and took frog legs and toffee shortbread. In the spirit of dieting, I left ALL the cookies at Mother's, darn it. She was happy though...

I made some chicken piccata from Cooking light and served it with broccoli and mashed rutabaga. The rutabaga was my favorite part of the meal, unfortunately it was the last of the fall's rutabaga crop.

One day I made baked pork chops with home canned beets and kale with turnips:

Finally, one day we had turkey breast stuffed with apples and cranberries, some roasted cauliflower and one of Elery's favorite new recipes, a roasted poblano stuffed with fat free cream cheese, shrimp, jalepenos and baked in a sauce made of fire roasted tomatoes and roasted red peppers.

Other meals with no pictures included chicken chili, some Moroccan stew, lamb chops with sprouted green wheat pilaf and glazed carrots (that was picture worthy, but I forgot) and various soups.


    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 11:03PM
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I agree, Nancy’s coconut shrimps are mouth-watering.

Ann_t, I know about pastrami. I used to live a couple of blocks from the Katz Deli, the king of pastrami. Your "almost" pastrami can make you the queen of pastrami.

Eileen, that’s a well-balanced beautiful salad.

Annie, have you gotten a new camera? Those are beautiful pictures of delicious dishes.

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A couple of simple dishes.

Sous vided chicken drumsticks, butterflied.

And sous vided duck drumsticks, butterflied.


    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 11:33PM
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dcarch, I'm very fond of duck, since the year I raised so many. I'm leaning toward doing that again, since duck is so expensive in the stores here.

Nope, same old camera. I must have just gotten really lucky with my camera shots!


    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 12:21AM
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Frogs Legs!!!!! YUM

I haven't them in a million years. Not true I did have some fabulous ones while in France Last year. Those look delicious Annie!.

Tonight will be spareribs , smoked in the smoker, and finished on the BBQ. Chinese food. Sweet and Sour Pork, Shrimp lo Mein, chicken fried rice, pot stickers and a vegetable stir fry.

The kids are coming tomorrow I'm doing spareribs , smoked in the smoker, and finished on the BBQ, sweet potatoe fries and cole slaw.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 8:01AM
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Eileen, I agree with DCarch. That is a beautiful salad. Great photo.

DCarch, the drumsticks look delicious. Both kinds.

Annie, I can't remember the last time I had frog legs. They look great. So does the toffee shortbreads.

Sharon, I need to get a smoker. I love smoked ribs.


    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 10:22PM
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Ann T, I agree, you need to get a smoker. The things you do with a grill, you'd be darned near dangerous with a smoker, every neighbor within 5 mile would be hanging out about dinner time!


    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 10:35PM
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Annie, I had one when we lived in the Sault. I used it mainly for smoking baby back ribs and whole turkey breasts. It got left behind in one of our moves. I really do need to replace it.


    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 11:53PM
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Happy St Patricks Day! Everyone is Irish today....but if your lucky enough to be Irish, then you are lucky enough :)

Eating early as my husband has to go to work but having some craic first.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 1:05PM
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Forgot the craic....lol

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 1:08PM
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I posted this on Facebook, or tried to anyway! Otherwise known as "Clean out the fridge Sunday soup."

Is the sweetest thing this side of heaven Mama made for me,
For breakfast, lunch or dinner, any day of any week,
It makes you healthy, wealthy, wise; unless I sound too meek,
It's made me what I am and I'll continually speak
For B-O-R-S-C-H-T.
(Peter Ostroushko)

Plus home made oatmeal bread. Perfect antidote for a cold grey day. Good for what ails ya. Bubbe's secret weapon!

Eileen I too am dealing with pumpkin overkill. I could only find a HUGE can of it at the holiday time and I froze half of it but now am trying to clean out the freezer. Made some good pumpkin cheesecake "muffins" (read: cupcakes). But I still have some pumpkin left! I think it is spreading/growing in the fridge when the door is closed! The orange "thing" from inside the fridge that ate Lpinkmountain's house!

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 2:35PM
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Wow, everyone's meals look and sound so good! I'd be happy with any one of them.

Nancy, sorry about Kim's uncle!
Coconut shrimp is a big hit around hear. Yours looks reallly good!

Ann T, I don't like pastrami or corned beef, but I'm pretty sure I would like your version. Especially with all that black pepper, which I absolutely love! Your Ginger chicken looks really good too!

Barnmom, your chicken looks wonderful with that mango salsa on top!

Cookingrvc, I have copy and pasted the grilled beef gyro recipe. Sounds like something my family would love.

Annie1992, Your meals all look good, especially the veggie sides! Love kale,cauliflower, beets, turnips and rutabaga's, so I'd be happy eating your side dishes every night of the week. I love chicken piccatta too, and yours looks pretty darn good!

dcarch, your food photos always look amazing, but that duck looks especially delicious!

Maggie2094, Happy St. Patty's day! Was going to ask what Craic was :) Love the bread in the background!

lpinkmountain, I love borscht, but unfortunately the only one in my family who does, so I only get it when I order at a restaurant.

I haven't been cooking much, as hubs has been in and out of town, more than I would like. We did try Lebanese food for the first time on the weekend and we are both totally hooked! Went to a restaurant in Vancouver and have to say the food was amazing. Hubs really enjoyed the Turkish coffee flavored with cardamon and rosewater (also known as Middle Eastern Coffee) as well,, so I have picked up the necessary ingredients to recreate when he is back in town.

Ann T, If you are thinking of getting a smoker, I have to say I absolutely love my Traeger Pellet smoker. Easiest thing to use ever!

Unfortunately I won't have any great food posts to report for the next while as hubs if off to Japan, and son is rarely here, so cooking for one is not so much fun.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 3:28PM
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A friend of mine mentioned that she likes Basa fish fillets. I've never heard of Basa, but it turns out that it was on sale this week, so I bought a package. I liked the looks of them, so we bought 2 more bags today.

I seasoned the fillets with my spice mix with some extra cayenne thrown in, and sauteed it. Rice and stir-fries alongside. We loved it. I'm sure glad we bought more.

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    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 5:43PM
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Maggie, how did I know you'd be having soda bread, cabbage and corned beef? (grin) I was also going to ask you where the craic was.

I didn't have corned beef, although I like it and I really like the hash from the leftovers. Elery and I did have some colcannon, though, with dinner, I've got to have my potatoes or my Irish ancestors would disown me. I also had Irish steelcut oats for breakfast...

ssomerville, I've met very few vegetables that I don't like, so I'm happy with lots and lots of them.

lpink, I happen to love borscht. Not Irish, but potatoes and cabbage and beets, love 'em all!


    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 7:52PM
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Edited to remove duplicate post.


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    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 7:53PM
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Another duplicate post!


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    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 7:54PM
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Bought 4 corned beefs. Slow cooked two in the oven with pastrami seasonings (Ann_T gave me the idea) and boiled (simmered) two. Gave one of the pastrami to a friend and the rest were enhaled by my guests. Six guests, three large corned beefs gone!!

Everyone loved both, though I prefer the boiled.


Here is a link that might be useful: Corned beef Pastrami Recipe

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 12:58AM
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Ssommersville, great that you are going to make the Turkish coffee at home. Does it require a special press? I love borscht...it's the bohemian in me.

Craic just means fun :) Gotta have the spuds, Annie! I have another corned beef and m going to try the baked with it. I wonder if it has less shrinkage that way...oh and so happy to see the Basi... I have seen it and didn't know anything about it. I will try.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 8:45AM
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Sharon, believe it or not, I found a sale on frog legs! I hardly ever seen them at all and suddenly, they're on sale, I couldn't resist, my Mother loves the things.

Yes, Mag, I've got to have the spuds, we used to have them three times a day, sometimes, when I was a kid.

Basa? I've never seen it or heard of it, I'm off to Google.


    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 7:57PM
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Annie,it is difficult enough to find frog legs around here, I can't imagine ever finding them on sale. Now I want frog legs.

Penne with Sausage and black olives

Fajitas with Grilled New York Strips and grilled onion and peppers. Homemade Tortillas.

Leftovers for breakfast - Quesadilla with black beans.

Apple Pie with Yogurt and a Streusel topping.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 12:28PM
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Some of what we have had to eat this week.

Charbroiled Oysters Based on Drago's Restaurant in New Orleans.

Shucked and then

Grilled. Lots of garlic butter, parsley and parmesan cheese.

Roasted a small chicken and made Hot Chicken Sandwiches.with oven fries.

Green Chicken Curry

Halibut for dinner and again

for Moe's breakfast - Halibut fish cakes made from leftover cooked halibut topped with poached eggs and homemade hollandaise sauce.

Shelled some more walnuts and made mini Walnut Lemon Loaves

And last night I grilled this little prime rib.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 9:33AM
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Ann, I love seeing your WFD photos. The nut breads look so tempting.

Annie, the best frogs legs I ever ate were at the Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival in Florida. It's an annual event and not too far from our house down there.

I've been having fun slow-baking different combinations in my bean pot, although the results taste much better than they look. This one was Roman beans with leeks, carrots and rutabagas baked with a few bone-in pork short ribs and a sauce with molasses and horseradish.

DH and I both like steaks rare to med. rare but had these 3/8" ones for what we call Steak on Toast. Lots of flavor for 4oz. of meat.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 10:31AM
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Oh sheesh, everything looks delicious. As Ann T knows, halibut is one of my favorite fishes, but I seldom find it here. The fish cakes look wonderful, what a great idea, I'm stealing.....um.....borrowing that idea, if you don't mind.

Ruthanna, your beans look delicious to me, I love baked beans and rutabaga is one of my favorite vegetables, so I think I'd like that a lot.

Frog leg festival? Wow, I've never heard of that. Frog Legs are a relatively common thing here, even the local Eagles club has a Friday night fish fry with one Friday per month being designated as "Frog Leg Friday". My Mother always tries to go that day, she can get her frog leg dinner for $8.00 with a baked potato and salad. I always tell her to order two, one for there and one "to go" so she can snack on it later.

Here we haven't been cooking a lot, although I do have some pictures to upload. We've been drywalling and painting the kitchen. I chose a paint that looked kind of like very light coffee with cream. However, on the wall it looks like cream, no coffee. Figures, I'm so bad at colors. (sigh)

It's still better than barnwood and wallpaper with daisies!


    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 10:14PM
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Ruthanna, you tempt me to cook beans more often.

Annie, the first halibut of the season reached the stores today. I couldn't resist.

Served with a Tomato and Kalamata Olive salsa and Parisienne Potatoes.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 12:51AM
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Ann, I wish your halibut meal could jump off the page for my breakfast this morning. Our fish market rarely has it for sale.

Last night we had a sauteed ham steak, roasted asparagus and a salad with peppercream dressing. As part of my research for the Mad Men dinner, I came across a copy of the Marriott Hot Shoppes Cookbook with recipes from their restaurants. I used to frequent one in my college years and used to get a chef salad with that dressing. It was the old style that started out with a raw egg, lots of cracked black pepper and Parmesan cheese and we certainly enjoyed it.

I am looking forward to making an unusual pasta sauce from my "to try" file this weekend. Dried porcinis, Italian sausage, ground veal and chicken livers are the main ingredients. We'll see how they come together.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 11:56AM
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Ruthanna, that does sound like an unusual pasta sauce, and if the halibut is jumping in your direction I'm going to stand right next to you!

OK, what's for dinner? I took some sirloin tip out of the freezer and made beef stew, which we had with a mixture of mashed potatoes and celery root. I have learned that I really like celeriac, and so I have a couple dozen growing in my kitchen, I'm going to try it in the garden this summer.

Beans, cabbage and cornbread one evening, I've never met a bean I didn't like:

Some chocolate cookies from Cook's Illustrated for Elery's grandkids, we took them along last week when we went to visit. I think I may have baked them a touch too long, they were crunchy instead of chewy, but still good enough to make again:

They went well with a cup of Columbian coffee roasted in Elery's new toy:

Yeah, just what I needed, another gadget, LOL, but the popcorn popper wasn't going to hold out forever and Elery found that he can drink the Columbian coffee I roast and make with the Chemex without upsetting his stomach.

A venison and broccoli stirfry with brown rice was good one night:

And, for breakfast one morning I made "microwave bread pudding". I wasn't optimistic but it was actually good, a bit like French Toast. You just cut a slice of bread, or a slice and a half if it's small, into cubes. Put into a microwave safe container, beat up one egg, 1/3 cup milk, 1 tablespoon sugar, some vanilla. Pour over the bread and squish it down with a fork until the bread is all soaked/submerged. Cook in the microwave for one minute, check to see if the middle is done. If not, cook for 30 second increments until it's done. I found that my microwave takes 1 1/2 minutes, then I turn the stuff out onto a plate, with the bottom side up, and cook another 30 seconds. This one had some pear slices on it, but it's good with maple syrup too.

After that it was time to plan and cook for Easter which is a whole 'nother thread, so that's what's for dinner.


    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 8:49PM
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Ruthanna, I have to admit that I have actually made halibut for breakfast.

I like the idea of the peppercream dressing.

Annie, I never think to serve mashed potatoes with stew. What a great idea.
I like Elery's new toy.
A cup of coffee made from your fresh roasted beans and a chocolate cookie would be perfect for breakfast.

Homemade Cream Filled Easter Eggs dipped in Callebaut Milk Chocolate.

Top Sirloin Roast with a broccoli gratin.

French Dip Sandwiches

Chicken Fried Rice

Linguine with my favourite meatballs - Pork, Garlic and Basil. Mini size.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 11:42AM
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I'm way out of my league on a WFD thread but the HG suggested that I post my meatloaf success. This after years of him eating my meatloaf with a spoon because I couldn't get it to hold it's shape. It always tasted good but it wasn't a "loaf".

I have Nancy/Wizard to thank for this as she helped me several years ago. It has a balsamic glaze but other than that it's basically Nancy's recipe and the illusive secret -- stale bread (I used Italian that I had on hand) soaked in milk (I used buttermilk).

Sides were Grandma DiCicco's cauliflower and kale salad.

So Nancy, Raymond wanted me to thank you.

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    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 8:37PM
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Looking good Cathy!!!

I've been tempted to get one of those meatloaf pans but meatloaf never falls apart so I'm trying to think of another excuse.....got any? LOL

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 7:37AM
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Sharon, My meatloaf fell apart even when I used a meatloaf pan so the pan wasn't the answer for me. This is a new pan, I like it because the insert isn't four sided.

Reason to get a meatloaf pan: How about this...it's easy to lift out of the loaf pan; you can lift it out midway and put it on a flat pan to brown the sides; grease drips away from the loaf. Just trying to help out.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 8:19AM
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Cathy, your meatloaf looks perfect. Doesn't it feel good to conquer a food that you couldn't get just the way you wanted it to be?

The fish market finally had halibut this week but it was $25.95 a pound so I will wait until next week and see if the price is any less. We attended a number of Lenten fish dinners at various churches this year and some had baked fish instead of or in addition to the usual fried. The next couple of weeks will be packed with fund raising ham and dandelion dinners and then will come the shad dinners.

The pasta sauce turned out great. I'll have to start an April new recipe thread and post it.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 9:43AM
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Last night, I used the last 1/2 cup of the special native wild rice that Teresa sent a couple months ago. Other than lasagna I've never been one to make hotdish. Grainlady gave me a fun list a few weeks back of examples and I decided to make a simple chicken/rice. Not something I've ever done before and it was really good. No recipe - just briefly seared SBCB and combined with a homemade cheese sauce (1/4 butter, 1/4 flour, 2 cups chicken broth, 1-1/2 cups Cabot cheddar, lots of black pepper), and some pre-sautéed veggies (onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, celery, and sliced button mushrooms) and 2 cups precooked rice (1 cup basmati and 1 cup of Teresa's wonderful wild rice). Sprinkled a bit of cheddar over the top and baked for about 1/2 hour.

Other things we made with the wild rice have been beef barley soup with wild rice, sweet potatoes, celery, onion, garlic, and mushrooms; a simple pilaf with broken vermicelli, pine nuts, onions, and garlic cooked in chicken broth; and we tried Teresa's suggestion of having the rice as a breakfast cereal with milk and a touch of cinnamon. Very fun to experiment with a relatively new ingredient for me. Thanks again Teresa!


    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 6:34PM
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Tricia, you must be so happy to be back to cooking in your kitchen. Now that you've conquered the wild rice, looks like you're off to a good start on the casseroles.

I've been in the process of packing up a childhood collection so every inch of the table is covered but still was able to put together a quick dinner of baked haddock, yellow rice and cold broccoli salad.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 10:05PM
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That picture reminds me why haddock is my favorite fish.

The footed compote the brocolli is in. Is that from the 40-50's? It looks like something my mom had.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 10:45PM
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Ruthanna, Elery has "fish plates" that look just like that, packed away in the barn somewhere, waiting for us to sort through "his" stuff and "my" stuff and decide what stays to become "our" stuff.

Cathy, good for you for conquering your meatloaf challenge!

Ann T, that beef looks perfect, I wish that was What's for Dinner here. It wasn't.

I took my Mother, Amanda and Ashley, Madison and Makayla to the ballet on Wednesday, it was a special version for kids, Maddie loved it. Carnival of the Animals, when the girls dressed as swans danced out Maddie stood up and shouted "bawk, bawk!!" Well, she was close, they weren't chickens but they were birds, LOL.

Since Ashley was "the pregnant one" we had lunch at her choice of restaurants. We're in Grand Rapids and there are hundreds of restaurants so where do we go? Buffalo Wild Wings. Ahem. Mother had popcorn shrimp, I had chips and salsa, Makayla had macaroni and cheese, Maddie had corndogs, Ashley and Amanda both had some chicken flatbread sandwich. None of us had wings. I was not impressed, it was my first and last trip to a BWW. Of course, I don't eat chicken skin so wings are not my first choice, LOL, but there was not one single item on the menu that even sounded good. Makayla wanted to go to Golden Corral, that would have been better. Ah well.

Thursday I made some chicken and mushrooms, it was OK but not a recipe I'll repeat. Tonight I picked Maddie up from day care so dinner was leftovers.

All in all, a very unspectacular week for dinner here.


    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 11:12PM
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Ruthanna, $25.95 a pound is really high. It is my favourite fish and I wouldn't pay that much for it. Your Haddock looks very good.

Annie,I'm surprised you let Ashley pick. If my memory is right, Ashley is not your "foodie" daughter. Speaking of pregnant, when is the new baby due?

Dinner tonight was a simple grilled steak and Moe's favourite, a baked potato.


    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 12:27AM
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Yum, Ann T, your beef always is done just how I like it.

No, Ashley is not the "foodie" daughter, we deferred to her because she is due in August and just getting past the "morning sickness" stage so we figured we'd be safe and let her choose.

So, she didn't get sick, but I can't say anything about the rest of us, LOL.

I kept Maddie for a couple of hours tonight and we had popcorn, does that count?


    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 1:24AM
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Theresa, yes, that's one of hundreds of pieces of Imperial Candlewick glass dinnerware my mom collected and used for entertaining the 40s and 50s. I sold most of it to collectors but kept a few pieces. Perhaps I have genetic imprinting for liking glass dishes. LOL

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 9:03AM
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That's it - Candlewick. I kept thinking Columbia when I was looking at it.

I'm heading out to pick up some haddock today. I don't even want to think what it will cost.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 10:28AM
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Mexican tonight

Carnitas (Pork) with homemade corn tortillas


Oven roasted Pork Chops

and oven roasted potato slices.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 9:56PM
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Hope you found your haddock, Theresa. When I got mine, it was $7.99/lb. for the thin end and $8.99 for the thick end of the same big fillets. I don't know what they'd charge if you bought the whole piece.

I chilled the duck fat from Easter dinner and froze it in 1 Tbs. blobs, like I do with tomato paste. So last night, we had thinly sliced potatoes fried in a duck fat blob, pepper cabbage, and baked beans made from what was supposedly Horn & Hardart automat's recipe. Nothing special.

We did have our retro dinner on Sunday night. I posted pix on the Mad Men dinner thread.

It's warm here so hoping to uncover the grill tomorrow and make some chicken.

(Edited because I changed tonight to last night.)

This post was edited by ruthanna on Wed, Apr 10, 13 at 16:46

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 12:55AM
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Ruthanna - I called Coastal Seafoods which has the best seafood here in Minneapolis. Alaskan haddock is $21.99 a pound.

I've been kind of under the weather and nothing sounds good at the moment. I might wait till the weekend and if I feel better I might get some. I'll have to wait and see.

I enjoyed your pics on the Mad Men dinner thread.


    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 3:20PM
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Ruthanna, next time I do duck, I'm going to save the fat the same way. Great tip.

Teresa, are you sure that the $21.99 a pound isn't for Alaskan Halibut? I'm not even sure there is actually an Alaskan Haddock. I think Haddock is from the Atlantic ocean. I use to see it in the fish markets in Ontario, but it isn't something you see out here on the west coast.


    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 3:48PM
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Yes I am mistaken Ann! Either way I won't be leaving my house to get any fish anytime soon.


    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 3:53PM
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I just got back from Chicago today and posted the food pictures on that new thread, but there are a few "What's For Dinner" items.

One night I pan fried pork chops and served them with sweet potatoes and green beans

I made chicken with mushroom sauce, it was, frankly, underwhelming but the sautéed cabbage and mashed potatoes made up for it.

I had some company over and she wanted to use Elery's new toy and roast some coffee beans:

We made some molasses cookies to go with the coffee, there were 14 cookies left in the freezer that I hadn't baked for Christmas so we had to use them up.

Her chickens have been laying regularly, so we had to freeze some eggs. She's never done it before, so I showed her how to crack two eggs into a muffin tin, add 1/8 tsp. of salt, stir just enough to break the yolks but not beat in any air. We did 4 dozen.

Those will be scrambled eggs or used for baking this winter, when the "girls" are taking a break!


    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 1:22AM
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I cooked a lot this week but no pix until I remember to get camera batteries. One dinner was a pork and ham meatloaf, another was spaghetti squash with shrimp sauce, and we shared a porterhouse steak on Thursday. The grill is now uncovered and in action, although we seem to be losing our desire for steaks since we modified our diet a few years ago.

Last night we had a tearoom lunch menu for dinner. Gingered carrot soup, cranberry orange scones, four kinds of tea sandwiches and a a couple of cookies from the bakery later in the evening. I also cooked barley in beef broth to make a pilaf for tonight.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 10:01AM
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I've gotten into the habit, on my ride home, of stopping at a fruit and veg market that is owned by a local farm. I'll pick up whatever looks interesting, bring it home, and guess how to cook it. Turnips, radishes, rutabaga, stuff that is unfamiliar to me.

As you know, I'm not a vegetable person, so my repertoire of ideas is limited. My default method to cook a root vegetable was to roast it, so for awhile I was eating lots of veg roasted with duck fat or olive oil. That became monotonous so I started cubing or slicing then boiling, or sometimes the other way around, then marinating in vinegar - rice wine vinegar, balsamic, or red wine vinegar - or sake, or mirin. With cucumber and similar, I skip the boiling. Another approach has been to treat veggies like meat. Slice, oil and salt, then pan sear or broil.

Lately I've been combining different veg and cooking methods to make what I call veggie "medleys", which I suppose are just salads of cooked veg without lettuce. The goal is to get multiple different colors, textures and tastes in a single bowl if not a single bite.

A typical medley might be
- Mushrooms sliced and browned in butter and olive oil until crusty and dark.
- Beets, boiled then cubed and marinated in red wine vinegar.
- Cucumber, sliced, soaked in rice wine vinegar.
- Apples, wedges marinated in mirin
- Walnuts, pan toasted, coated in melted sugar
- Pine nuts, pan toasted then tossed in olive oil and lots of salt and pepper
- Radishes, halved, roasted with duck fat and salted
- Turnips, ditto
- Quinoa or couscous or wild rice, slightly undercooked
- Bacon, crumbled (I'm not turning vegetarian)

These turn out to be quite time-consuming, but as I get better at it, presumably I'll learn to simplify - just one representative of "sweet", one "crunchy", one "salty", etc, rather than multiple. Anyway I bring leftovers to work so the effort yields more than one meal.

I'm planning to introduce more stuff to my medleys. Fish and shellfish. Meat. More fruit, berries, melons. Other grains and nuts, in small amounts as their purpose is texture but they are calorie-dense.

The family sort of likes these, surprisingly. I haven't gotten too many complaints, except for the mushrooms. Daughter-san hates mushrooms. But she will pick out all the candied walnuts if not sternly admonished.

Turns out I don't have a photo of a recent one, but here is an early effort - predates the Candied Walnut era.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 10:29AM
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Yum, John, that sounds good to me. I don't care for lettuce but I like all the vegetables.

I was very surprised that I liked the golden beet carpaccio with arugula and candied walnuts that I had in Chicago, I do not normally enjoy green salads, unfortunately. I do love Mustangs/Cathy's salad with prosciutto and parmesan and figs, I need to make that soon too, I keep trying to actually like salad.

Ruthanna, it must be the week for carrot-ginger soup, that's what I had in Chicago Thursday night and I'm working on a batch today, I enjoyed it very much. Scones would be a very nice addition for lunch.


    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 11:43AM
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Annie, I didn't like beets until a couple years ago. After becoming a convert, I gradually found an interest in vegetables.

Tonight I had nothing to do, so I cooked vegetables. (Boy my Saturday nights do sound pathetic.)

Top left is golden beets, cubed, baked in oil and mirin, finally heated in the pan, trying to glaze the mirin - eh, need to work on that. Bottom left is red beets, boiled then soaked in rice wine vinegar - the old standard. Middle is radishes, boiled in a concentrated pork bouillon (or pork-flavored anyway, I used boullion cubes) - interesting, looks and feels like radish, but tastes like pork, this has promise. Bottom center is sliced pears tossed in sugar - would be better to pour melted sugar over them, I think. Right is rutabagas, tossed in duck fat and fancy salt, roasted - pretty good, I think I like this vegetable. Top center is eggplant, pan fried in butter and oil - okay, kind of boring, need a spice or something.

Anyway, I try various things - planning next week to try liqueurs and deep frying - and see what works and which combine with which. At the moment, vegetables are more interesting than meat, which is something I've never actually said before.

I wasn't hungry, so none of this got eaten, but most of it keeps okay in the refrigerator.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 12:18AM
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John, it's funny you post that picture, I just bought fresh beets at the store this evening, I've always loved beets but seldom eat them raw. I do have several jars of pickled beets canned in the basement, I need to find more ways to use those.

Rutabaga is one of my favorite vegetables. I like it roasted, but I've never roasted in duck fat, that sounds amazing. I roast with olive oil or I boil and mash them, mostly. I also add them to my Cornish Pasties.

The radishes, though, that's really intriguing me, I'm going to have to try something similar. Hmmmm....

So, What's for Dinner? I forgot to take pictures but we had beef and bean burritos with the green tomatillo sauce recipe from Ann T's stacked enchiladas and some brown rice baked in the oven with a quart of white tomatoes, some red pepper, an onion and copious amounts of Penzey's "Arizona Dreaming". It was pretty good.


    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 12:25AM
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John Love the colours in that photo. I'm big on beets.

Ruthanna, I like the idea of your Tearoom lunch for dinner.

Annie, Makayla looks like she is taking coffee roasting seriously.

What we have been eating this week.

Used leftover corn tortillas to make Moe breakfast tacos. Filled with fried potatoes with onions, garlic and serrano peppers and topped with scrambled eggs and salsa.

Bistecca alla Fiorentina with roasted potatoes and rapini.

Stuffed Baby Back Ribs


Pizza crust made from dough given a three day fermentation.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 12:35AM
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Eggcellent tip on freezing eggs - I had no idea...and perfect Margarita. The beet salad or medley is luscious looking. I have been experimenting with fermented salads for the probiotics and beets work well in them.

Just finished the Dr. Oz 3 day cleanse/detox which is 4 shakes a day..here is breakfast and lunch.

Made the fam Shepherds Pie (inspired by Pkguy on another thread) and I had 10 pounds of potatoes my husband had bought that need to start being used. Sorry bad pics.

I starting "retoxing" lol with this lovely wine from a small vineyard in Cali with my fave musician as a partner and my imaginary husband, Dave Matthews. Dreaming tree wine...

Speaking of eggs...the kids got these souvenir wooden eggs, made in Maine at the White House Easter Egg Roll. The presidents dog Bo signed them. Considering my kids never had Halloween and were displaced for Christmas due to Sandy, this was a special day, indeed :)

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 11:39AM
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Maggie, nice looking Shepherds Pie.

I wonder if that wine is available here. I'll have to look for it.

How cute are those eggs.


    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 12:01PM
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Tell me more about the Dr Oz thing?

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 12:46PM
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Yum! Drooling over everyone's amazing pictures and food!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 1:52PM
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Double post

This post was edited by maggie2094 on Sun, Apr 14, 13 at 17:25

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 2:21PM
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Thx, Ann. Here it is, John...for the snack shake you repeat your favorite which was the breakfast one for me. I think the detox bath is important, don't skip. I really looked forward to it. I felt good, not hungry...did have a brutal caffeine withdrawal headache so just added another cup of green detox tea. I plan to do this twice a year. I did loose 6 pounds and the puffiness around eyes disappeared. My main goal though is to optimize health.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 2:24PM
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Annie 1992

Tell more about you freezing eggs for a later day.
You freeze them in muffin cups and then you take care of them how? They will keep for how long?

I have not heard of this. If this has been discussed here before I must have been napping. I will pay attention this time. Thanks Shirl36

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 6:16PM
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Shirl, I'll start a new thread. Growing up on a farm we froze a lot of eggs in the summer and used them for Christmas baking.

Maggie, I'm so happy to see you here again. Your kids got to go to the White House Easter Egg Roll? That IS special, good for them.


    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 7:19PM
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Some truly remarkable kitchen creations, everyone!

Maggie, Shepherds Pie has been on my to-make list last year. Yours will encourage me to do it soon.

Ann_t, as always, every dish you put together are magazine quality.

John, it beat me why you didn’t like beets before. That is a very attractive typical vegetable medley.

Annie, there you go again. I really enjoy looking at all your cooking, very impressionistic.

Ruthanna, a picture is worth a thousand words. Perfect haddock.

Tricia, Glad to see that you are cooking in a real kitchen. That is a very dramatic magazine quality photo you posted there.

Jasdip, What is happening here? You all can make such good fish dishes. Your basa looks magnificent.

Smoked and grilled chicken

Anything goes pizza (Naan bread dough, corned beef and Forsyth blossom toppings)


    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 11:31PM
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Now that is a very colourful pizza. Looks like a painting. Beautiful roast (grilled smoked) chicken.

We had chicken last night too. Boneless chicken breasts in a mushroom sauce with noodles and rapini on the side.
edited to fix typo

This post was edited by ann_t on Mon, Apr 15, 13 at 11:22

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 10:46AM
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John, looks like you're speeding along on the vegetable train with good results.

It's interesting to see two pizzas of different styles and I'd like a slice of each, please. They both look so appetizing.

Maggie, what changes in your diet come after the detox?

Brad's picnic post nudged me to make a rack of back ribs for dinner, along with a mushroom-barley pilaf and pepper cabbage.

I posted a photo of a recipe I described on John's bike shop thread. We had the sausages baked in potatoes and poached eggs with vegetable sauce for Sunday brunch. Repeating here if you didn't see it on his thread.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 8:45PM
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I just read that beets reduce blood pressure. They are high in nitrate, which is metabolized to nitrites and then nitric oxide which dilates blood vessels and lowers blood pressure as well as improving exercise performance e.g. cycling. Other vegetables that contain nitrate would likely do the same, and there are many - e.g. leafy greens.

The experiments on this topic have people drinking 12 oz and up of beet juice per day, which is quite a lot. I think - not confirmed - that one or two whole beets would be equivalent.

This is interesting, as I (1) cycle, (2) have a history of high blood pressure, and (3) like beets and beet juice.


Here is a link that might be useful: Today's Dietitian

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 9:27PM
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That pizza looks gorgeous! Ann, chicken and mushrooms is my fave.

Ruthanna, I am head over heals with ur piggy potatoes! I am just wanting to eat as clean as possible. Doing a glowing green smoothie every morning and I just feel so much more energetic.

John, don't know if I could do that one...but great info.

Made Kale, tomato, and white bean soup this morning for tonight. It was a NY Times recipe and excellent. One kid actually ate it (the other had Mac and cheese from the box and not even blue lol). I bought Swai (Basa). I think someone here mentioned it. Noticed when I got no e it is from Vietnam...not sure that means farmed so didn't make :(

My sister went to Isreal and brought me home these spices that came just as you see them, they are beautiful and smell divine but for some reason haven't used yet.

I made an iced lemon yogurt loaf with olive oil. Never made an olive oil cake and I am finding it too overpowering and rich. Would prefer canola.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 10:10PM
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You all are amazing!

I POOFed dinner tonight so nothing fancy.
Leftover baked ham to make 15 bean soup; using pressure cooker
Thai pork wraps

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 7:20PM
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Ruthanna, I've never seen a sausage cooked in a potato. What a neat idea.

Maggie, that soup looks wonderful. So does your lemon loaf. I have not been happy with baked goods using olive oil. I find the olive oil flavour over powering. But your loaf looks so good I might have to give olive oil another try.

Cathy, nice to see you posting to the WFD. I love lettuce cups.

Grilled Hot Dogs in Baguette Buns

Lamb Ragout with Winter Vegetables Served over Couscous.
This is a favourite lamb recipe. One I have been making for over 30 years. Not sure why the recipe is titled "winter vegetables" though.

Lamb Ragout with Winter Vegetables
I sometimes Substitute Lamb Shanks in this recipe for the Boneless Lamb.

Wine Magazine 1980's

3 medium garlic cloves
1 large onion
3 pounds Boneless Lamb, cut into 1 1 1/2 inch cubes
3 tablespoons Olive Oil
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2-1/2 cups Beef Broth
1-1/2 cups Red Wine
1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
2 Japanese Eggplants, cut Crosswise into 1/4 inch slices
12 large Mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/2 Red, Green and Yellow Peppers Julienned
3 tablespoons Olive Oil
3 tablespoons Butter
12 Dried Apricots, Cut into Slivers
1/2 cup White Raisins (I omit these)
2 tablespoons Fresh Basil, Coarsely Chopped
Salt and Pepper to Taste
. Peel garlic and onion, coarsely chop and saute in 1 T each of oil and butter until softened and golden. Transfer to a large pot. Saute lamb in batches in 1 T. oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, turning~ as it browns adding oil and butter as necessary.
Transfer to pot already containing garlic and onion. Use stock and wine to deglaze the skillet, bring to a boil, then add this to the meat mixture. Simmer lamb for one hour until almost tender. Add tomato sauce, simmer an additional 20 minutes.

Meanwhile saute separately eggplant, mushrooms and peppers and apricots, using oil and butter as necessary. Combined and serve on top of of the lamb. Very colourful. Serve with Couscous or rice, topped with basil.

I still had enough dough left to use as a starter in another batch of baguette dough and to make another pizza.

Pizza was baked on a stone in a 550°F.

Pizza Margherita topped with Buffalo Mozzarella.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 11:13AM
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The pork cups look awesome and best looking hot dog ever. Ann, I agree about olive oil in cakes.

Well tonight, this...

Cost more than this...

The first is 2 red wines in sippy cups (I know!) they let you bring to your seat at the theater. The second is awesome cheddar sliders, fries, and a ladies Guiness at Playrights Irish pub on 49th street.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 12:12AM
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Maggie, I was trying to figure out what the heck that first picture was!

Why am I not surprised that two sippy cups of wine cost more than your meal?


    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 12:17AM
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$36 and I already had the cups so supposed to be discounted! The person with me bought...I would have never and told her not to..,thankfully they were free work tix but seriously they are robbing preps!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 12:24AM
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Mmm, Ann, that is my type of stew. I like figs in lamb stew too.

Cathy, your soup looks delicious.

I hope you post the results from using those intriguing spice mixtures, Maggie. I tried a Martha Stewart orange cake made with olive oil with the same results as you and Ann. I like the flavor of olive oil in savory dishes but it was just too prominent in the cake.

I recycled our leftover Sunday's squash into a pasta sauce to top spaghetti squash, served with baked salmon.

Lunch was the most exciting meal yesterday because I joined CF member dedtired for some good food and hours of non-stop chatting. Without any prior discussion, we both ordered exactly the same items - pea soup with barley and a grilled peach salad. Great afternoon with a lovely lady!

Dinner was beef vegetable soup from the freezer and some purchased shrimp spring rolls.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 5:06PM
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Ruthanna, how nice that you and Pam were able to get together.

Salmon looks good. I like how the lime adds a splash of colour.

Thursday's dinner. New York Strips. Individual Corn Custards.

I work Friday, Sat and Sunday and get home about 5:30 so dinners on those nights are usually something that doesn't take longer to prepare than an hour start to finish.

Saturday night - Top Sirloin roast. Presalted and roasted at 500°F.

Sunday night - Grilled boneless chicken breasts with grilled sides - potatoes, peppers and green beans.

Last night's dinner was all cooked on the grill.

I think tonight we will have beef dip sandwiches using the leftover Sirloin roast.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 12:23PM
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I've got to pull myself together and get some pictures posted.

Ruthanna, it's fun to get together with forum friends, isn't it? It's funny that you both ordered the same lunch, LOL.

Ann T., that beef looks perfect. tonight Elery is not here, he's at his house overseeing the destruction of the old barn. The assessor says the loan can't go through until it's gone, so if we want to sell the place, it's got to come down. I went the other way, to the farm, and pruned grape vines and started on apple trees. As a result I had avocado on toast when I got home.

I do have some pictures of past suppers, I just have to get them on the computer.


    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 8:46PM
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Ann, looks like you're into the swing of grilling season. The grilled vegetables look great.

Here's a couple of weekend meals.
Grilled veal chops, roasted potatoes, yellow beets and Brussels sprout leaves. The stars were Roquefort butter, which we also use on baked potatoes.

Curried lamb burgers ended up as grilled little meat loaves with cucumber-onion salad and we split a purchased swirl of phyllo stuffed with spinach and feta.

My friend and I are leaving this week on one of our bus trip adventures so I won't be cooking for a while. It's not a food-themed one like our Chesapeake crab trip so no idea what we'll be having for dinner.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 8:12AM
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Ruthanna, it must be the season for lamb, Elery and I had lamb last night, marinated in lemon and oregano and served with sautéed cabbage and baked sweet potato:

tonight we had an odd assortment of poblano peppers stuffed with seasoned quinoa and baked in a sauce made with those white tomatoes I grew last year. Sides were mashed potato with celeriac and mayacoba beans. Yes, that's mine with the liberal grinding of black pepper, I started eating before I remembered to take a picture...

I baked some muffins with steel cut oats. Elery bought oats, I bought oats and neither of us realized that we already had a new bag, LOL. I found lots of recipes that used them cooked but used one that just called for pouring boiling water over the oats and letting them sit. I should have cooked them, the muffins had an odd texture from the pieces of oats but the flavor was nice, cinnamon and shredded apple. I added raisins. Maddie is coming tomorrow, so she'll have a muffin and a glass of milk. I'll have a muffin and coffee, we'll both be happy!

I got some fresh beans from Burman's so I just roasted Costa Rican coffee, that'll be good with my muffin in the morning. A coffee warehouse in Wisconsin, who'd a thunk?

It was cold last weekend, so I made split pea soup:

Fresh hot buttermilk biscuits with homemade strawberry jam went with the soup:

I made baked cod with a parmesan bread crumb crust, kind of a knock off of Ruthanna's Parmesan Crusted fish but without the tomato basil butter. We had beets and a cauliflower/potato mixture called aloo ghobi. From "Grit" magazine, remember them? They used to be a newspaper type format, now they're a magazine, but mostly small farm kind of stuff. I was surprised to find recipes.

I made some sweet potato chips in the microwave for a snack a couple of nights ago, they were actually pretty good. I like sweet potatoes, so I shouldn't have been surprised.

Finally, because Elery's been eating egg white omelettes for breakfast, leaving me with a lot of egg yolks, I made pasta using the Cook's Illustrated recipe. 2 whole eggs and 6 egg yolks. The dough was sticky and hard to work with, nothing like the dough shown in the test kitchen, of course. I needed a lot more flour to roll out the noodles but eventually got it rolled and cut. I used half to make this, kind of primavera, the other half is in the freezer for another time.

There, I think I'm caught up, I should know better than to get so far behind!


    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 11:43PM
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I'm new and I forgot to take pictures, but, I think some of you may enjoy hearing about our dinner yesterday.

I live in the Big Bend area of Florida not too far from the northeast coast of the Gulf of Mexico. On Friday, a friend/neighbor and I stopped at a local fish market on our way home from taking her dog to a public "dog beach" nearby.

Forty-five minutes before we stopped by; the market received a delivery of fresh black grouper. I bought a beautiful filet.

Last night I baked it at 375 degrees for about 15 -20 minutes. I check the internal temperature often toward the fifteen minute mark so that it does not over cook. I look for a temp in the thickest part of the filet to be about 135 to 140 degrees. When it gets there, I remove it from the oven, tent it with foil, and let it rest for a few minutes.

The topping is very simple and delicious. I use fresh lemon juice, then a little salt and pepper, add a sprinkling of Cavendar's Greek seasoning, a sprinkled pinch of paprika and a drizzle of fresh olive oil (about one teaspon) over the entire top of the filet.


With the grouper I served organic, locally grown grits that were made from white corn grown on a farm in southwest Georgia, the corn was treated, then dried and sort of "medium" ground by the family who owns the farm. They also raise olive trees and along with a group of other farmers in the area, they harvest their olives and press them to produce extra virgin olive oil that is organic. Yes, this is in Georgia. I know, I was surprised too.

The grits are boiled with water and a little salt to bring out the flavor. After they were done I added sour cream and mozzarella cheese to notch up the creaminess of the dish.

This was served with organic baby greens, carrots slivered, heirloom "chocolate" tomatoes, a little shredded cabbage, and a few Greek olives. A simple oil and vinegar dressing let the flavors of the fresh baby greens shine through.

I had a sparkling rose (champagne method) with dinner.

Everything was so good it made me hum with pleasure through out the entire meal.

Words never do a meal the justice that one or two good photographs can do, but, this will give you an idea of how I love to eat and prepare food with both love and care!

Within a day or two I hope to begin making some easy recipe bread from a new cookbook "My Bread" The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method by Jim Lahey, with Rick Flaste.

Wish me luck.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 12:17PM
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Womansheart, Your dinner sounds wonderful. Grouper is one of the few fish, besides Halibut that I actually like. I've only had it though in Florida. Not common in my neck of the woods.

I love your simple presentation. A beautiful fish like that doesn't need much to make it perfect.

Look forward to seeing your bread.

Ruthanna, love the idea of the veal chop with the Roquefort Butter

Annie, Moe has been having egg white omelets recently. Now I know what I will do with the leftover egg yolks. (I hate to admit it but I have just been tossing them).

This was one of my favourite meals this week. Easy and so full of flavour.
I plan to make the sauce again soon and serve it with halibut.

Chinese White Cut Chicken with Ginger and Scallion Sauce.

Burgers with grilled fries.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 1:03PM
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Homemade Italian Sausage grilled and served with Penne.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 12:53PM
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I need to get some pictures loaded, but I've been having some computer problems and I think they are finally resolved. I think. Elery and I spent the day pruning apple trees and then went to Bud's school musical: "The Three Little Pigs; An Operetta". LOL Supper was toast with mashed avocado for me, leftovers for Elery and Cooper.

Ann T, I'm still struggling with egg yolks, I can't stand to toss them out and they do make a darned good noodle.

Your halibut looks delicious, as does the burger. I've been hungry for a burger, I need to make some the next couple of days.

Womansheart, that fish sounds delicious. I've never had black grouper that I'm ware of, but I love nearly any kind of fish or seafood I've ever tried, I'm sure I'd like it.


    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 10:41PM
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Last night's dinner was a spicier version of Ginger Chicken.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 1:10PM
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Ann, my mouth is watering over that Ginger Chicken. Please share recipe?

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 1:59PM
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I forgot to take pictures too :-( but last night's dinner was fun.

It happened because my neighbors have a friend who received a mess of oysters from her coast-dwelling relative. Friend doesn't eat oysters, so she pawned them off on my neighbors, who called me. "We don't know what to do with these". Ah ha. "I can help you with that". When it comes to free food, I am always helpful.

So C___ and B___ came over with a cooler full over fresh local oysters, about fifty mediums. I showed them how to use an oyster knife, and they got to work. Free labor with the free food!

We had most of the oysters on the half shell with cocktail sauce (SWMBO whips it up from ketchup and horseradish and whatever) and a couple types of mignonette (the traditional shallot-based, but also a garlic and a chive). The rest were grilled with shallots, garlic, butter, panko crumbs, and grated cheese, sort of a quick and dirty Oysters Rockfeller.

I literally ate oysters until I couldn't eat any more. Now that's not something you do every day.

The rest of the dinner was
- a whole chicken, deboned and grilled with a spice rub and rosemary branches (because the kids would rather eat their own faces than touch an oyster)
- asparagus that we grilled and heaped with asparagus pesto (make it from the ends of the spears, with olive oil, toasted nuts, garlic, salt, and a little cayenne pepper, takes 5 minutes and a food processor)
- spaghetti with conventional pesto (for the kids)
- mashed sweet potato, and roasted regular potatoes
- part of a steelhead trout that I bought yesterday, cut into bite-sized pieces, coated in a spicy panko mixture, and deep fried for just 30 seconds (raw and cool inside, warm and salty and crunchy outside) because I needed treats to keep the oyster shuckers working
- a simple salad
- some local IPA and a local stout
- strawberries and cream

This all got thrown together in about two hours. It was pretty much impromptu. We made C___ and B____ take home all the leftovers. I don't need to eat like that every day . . .

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 6:53PM
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Womansheart, your dinner sounds wonderful. We have a house in FL and always look forward to the fish and citrus fruits when we get down there.

John, it must have been great to have such a bountiful oyster feast!

We're back from our bus trip vacation and had some interesting food and drinks but I only took one food pic - a berry shortcake we had on a boat trip in Wash. D.C. Another day, our lunch dessert was a delicious pound cake topped with blackberries marinated in limoncello. I'll have to remember that idea.

I forgot that our neighbor's daughter had been at our house working on a jigsaw puzzle when I went to take a photo of that night's dinner. I know spring is really here when I switch from pea soup made with dried split peas to ones with frozen or fresh green peas. This one also contained leeks, celery and fresh mint and parsley. We usually have pea soup chilled in summer but served it hot last week.

Had a cookout one night with grilled pork chops, baked Lima beans with bacon and French potato salad.

Derby party last night so no cooking for dinner. Tonight was a baked ham end, scalloped potatoes and lettuce and tomato salad.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 7:15PM
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Ruthanna, You are the only one here that seems to cook a ham occasionally and when you do I get a craving for ham and scalloped potatoes. If it stays cool here this week, ham will be on the menu.

Roasted Italian sausage with potatoes, onions, peppers, olives, salt, pepper and fresh rosemary drizzled with olive oil.

Grilled Top Sirloin Cap with grilled vegetables.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 10:01PM
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Ann, except for holiday time, the butchers sell a large quantity of ham steaks - about 3/4" thick with a small round piece of bone and cut from the center of the ham. After all the steaks are cut, the two ham ends left over average about 2 1/2 to 4 lbs. each and those make it easy and economical to cook ham for everyday meals.

You grilled vegetables look so good. I haven't made any yet this season but will have to do so soon. I did take some WFD pix but haven't had a chance to resize them yet. We finally finished our jigsaw puzzle on the table so will be back to photos shot with a bit more light.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 6:29PM
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Happy Mothers Day!

My husband worked so my sisrer wife (in law) came over (hers worked too).

We had such a nice day. The kids had sparkling pink lemonade and SIL and I had Rubinos. I saw Rachel Rays husband John make them. It is Prosecco, Lillet, and raspberry purée. The Lillet is very interesting.

I made a flatbread appetizer using Naan bread and it was awesome. SIL brought Lobster Bake in a bucket which had 2 lobsters 1 1/4, mussels, clams, potatoes, and corn. You just add water and steam and you keep the bucket. It was $20 pp which I think is very good and worth it!

We let them play first with our friend Shirley first...

SIL and DN made cupcakes.

My daughter had a secret...this ice cream cake in the freezer from Carvel.

I also made a tray of baked ziti for the kids. It was a great day!

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 10:16PM
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Maggie, sounds like a wonderful day. And what a deal for that lobster dinner. You really celebrated Mother's Day in style.


    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 11:28PM
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Maggie, I'd have snapped that lobster meal up in an instant for that price, and it sounds delicious. Plus cake, how could it be better?

WFD here? Elery and I have been moving furniture out of his house and into a storage unit, supposedly the sale is "secure" but the loan people are 23 days behind. Not 21 days or a month, exactly 23 days, LOL. We'll see.

Anyway, dinner was a baked potato in the microwave and chili from Wendy's.

Our 5th anniversary was Friday, I was staying with Bud and The Princess and Elery was packing stuff up at his house, so we were three hours apart. Not much celebrating going on right now, he says when we get this house moving done, we'll celebrate our anniversary, Mother's Day, my birthday and hopefully the house sale, all at once!


    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 11:43PM
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That looks like a super Mother's Day dinner, Maggie. That's an easy way to make a lobster dinner!

Happy anniversary to you and Elery, Annie. I hope all works out OK with the house sale.

We started off Mother's Day with a great breakfast at a local fire company and then to an outdoor farmers' market we like for our first visit this year.

Dinner was pork roasted on a bed of onion and orange slices, flavored with garlic and fennel seeds.

I posted a recipe I hadn't thought of for years on GWlolo's ice cream thread so made chocolate marshmallow "ice cream" for our tea time treat tonight.

Couple of other dinners this week were:
Chicken thighs baked in white wine, chive & saffron couscous, beets

Asian-style Salisbury steaks, brown arborio rice, sauteed spinach and watercress

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 12:17AM
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Thanks, Ann. There is a lobster 'farm" in my area All maine lobsters...need to do it more often!

Happy Annie, Annie and Elery! Wow 5 years! You need to celebrate soon! We are married 18 year today. What a long, strange trip it's been ;)

Ruthanna, I love your tea time! I had planned on making strawberry and cream scones yesterday but never got to it. How do you do the Asian Salaibury steak? Love it!

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 6:13AM
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Maggie, here's a link to when I first posted the recipe. As noted, I cut the amount of red pepper, scallions and chopped ginger in half on the subsequent times I made it. I also added a dash of soy sauce to the greens, which was the spinach and watercress mix.

Here is a link that might be useful: Asian Salisbury Steaks

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 8:54AM
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Thank you! Totally making that.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 9:47AM
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Maggie, I think Elery would tell you that being married to be has been a strange trip so far too, LOL.

He puts up with my bad farming habit and my odd family members and my dog, so I think I'll keep him!


    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 9:06PM
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Edited to remove duplicate post.

This post was edited by annie1992 on Tue, May 14, 13 at 0:20

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 9:08PM
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