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What's for Dinner #330 -- The Glorious Month Edition! [through Oct 18, 2014]

Wow! Awesome information, Cristina! Thank you SOOO much! I'd read about Mintwood Place, Roses Luxury and DGS and they are on my list. Adding Passenger and Etto for sure! Is Barcelona better than Jaleo for tapas?

Again, many thanks!

What's for Dinner #330 -- The Glorious Month Edition! [through Oct 18, 2014]

Thanks, jjjrfoodie! I do really like Wildfire - they have a really nice cedar plank salmon, done in their wood fired ovens that's always tasty! And my MIL can always find something to eat, and since it IS her birthday ... :)

Oct 10, 2014
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What's for Dinner #330 -- The Glorious Month Edition! [through Oct 18, 2014]

No home cooking for me for a while - heading to Chicago this weekend for my MIL's 80th birthday celebration, which will be at a decent chain called Wildfire, which has enough "safe" stuff for her to eat. But tonight is Pizano's for Chicago style pizza (sausage patty? yes, thank you!). Then I found out yesterday that I need to fly out to Seattle for work, take the redeye back on Wednesday night in order to make the 1:30 pm Thursday flight to DC to visit my stepdaughter. A trip we have had planned for months. And that I have researched food options for - we're trying Mike Isabella's newish place Kapnos, EJ's favorite Old Ebbitt's, and Jaleo for tapas - just need to find a place for great crabcakes! So LOTS of eating out for me the next 12 days. Hopefully I will come home inspired and not just exhausted!

What's for Dinner #330 -- The Glorious Month Edition! [through Oct 18, 2014]

Oh that sounds SO good (except the ketchup)! Hope it satisfied that craving!

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Had a very fun but hectic weekend with my three nieces (7,5 and 2) - highlight was having the 5 yr old help my mom and I make egg casserole for breakfast yesterday. Taught her how to break and beat eggs - she had the hang of it by the end of the dozen! Not much other cooking, but plenty of eating. So tonight will be tofu stir fry - tofu, red and green pepper, red onion and mushrooms with a mix black bean sauce, chili garlic sauce and chicken broth for the sauce. TJ's egg rolls on the side.

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

I had three little eggplants from the CSA, a handful of mixed cherry tomatoes and some and mozzarella that needed using. So last night was my first try at eggplant parmesan! I breaded the eggplant slices with panko, parm and fresh oregano then broiled on each side til tender. Side was orzo with cherry tomatoes, garlic and fresh basil. I was pleased with how it came out and EJ loved it - so a win all around!

What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

After a weekend of inconsistent eats (not so good festival/bar food Friday night very good roasted veggie lasagna on Saturday and popcorn at the movie last night) I'm looking forward to a simple dinner of blackened salmon, roasted CSA potatoes and roasted CSA green beans. The last of the cucumbers will get the sugar/vinegar treatment and there will be wine. It's Monday after all and since work caused me to cancel my Disney trip with my family (including my sweet nieces!) I deserve wine!

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition [September 18, 2014]

Now that work has FINALLY slowed down a bit (I spent most of July and August traveling) I'm happily back in the kitchen. Last night was shakshuka with CSA tomatoes, peppers, onion, garlic and eggs. Perfect late summer food!

Tonight will be roasted portobellos, garlicky kale and roasted potatoes with herbs and feta. Trying to finish up some of the CSA veggies before the weekend haul!

What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

So, so sorry Lingua! There's just nothing easy about losing a part of your family. Take care of yourselves!

Aug 05, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

Moving this post from the previous thread.

After another meat and white carb heavy weekend (lox and bagels is still such a treat and makes such a great breakfast) in Chicago - pizza, hot dogs, a surprisingly decent and reasonably priced lunch at the American Girl store, and a chain dinner with the family at the Claim Company (where my 6 yo niece devoured an entire medium rare sirloin with homemade chips - I'm so proud) - we need veggies tonight.

Going to grill peppers, squash, onions, mushrooms and eggplant, toss it in some chili garlic paste and serve over brown rice. Scattered with some of the Thai basil from the pot on the deck. I may be able to convince EJ that a G&T is also good "cleanse" food.

What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

After another meat and white carb heavy weekend (lox and bagels is still such a treat and makes such a great breakfast) in Chicago - pizza, hot dogs, a surprisingly decent and reasonably priced lunch at the American Girl store, and a chain dinner with the family at the Claim Company (where my 6 yo niece devoured an entire medium rare sirloin with homemade chips - I'm so proud) - we need veggies tonight.

Going to grill peppers, squash, onions, mushrooms and eggplant, toss it in some chili garlic paste and serve over brown rice. I may convince EJ that a G&T is also good "cleanse" food.

Jul 21, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Happy anniversary!!! Good luck with Wegmans and finding something delicious for the celebration!

Jul 21, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

My summer place is the town I grew up in - long lazy days at the community pool (and then when we were older, in our backyard pool), family bike rides to Kone Korner for their homemade softserve of the day (peach and lemon were my faves!), softball practice and games with treats at the Tastee Freeze after, my Dad's BBQ chicken, mom's potato salad ... ahhhhhh summer!

We are taking my 6 yo niece into Chicago this weekend to the American Girl store for the show and lunch. We'll also let her pick one of the other museums to see - she's leaning toward the planetarium. Also plan to introduce her to Chicago pizza, hot dogs, corned beef and Walker Brother's Original Pancake House! So excited!! And hungry!

What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Last night's grilled veggie quesadillas were tasty, but poor EJ lost his train of thought for a second and grabbed the grill pan with is bare hand. Poor guy - I promptly pressed a fres G&T in his hand - the cool glass would help the sting, right?!

Tonight will be grilled TJ's chicken pesto sausages with grilled peppers and onions on a bun with some provolone. We have one CSA tomato left, so I'll cut it up with the rest of the cucumber and dress it with basil, olive oil, salt and pepper. Easy summer dinner - even if it is unseasonably cool here this week!! I miss my heat and humidity!!!

What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

That sounds like the perfect dinner and the perfect evening!!

What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Corn on the cob! :)

What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

I know! Other than my BBQ chicken dinner, he ate MUCH better than me this weekend. We are taking my oldest niece (6) into Chicago this weekend, so I'll do my own pizza and meat tour!

What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Weekend visiting my family in KC and Mom and Dad made my favorite summer dinner Saturday night. My Dad's BBQ chicken (nothing tastes like his!) Mom's garlic bread, potato salad and cukes and onions. Sun tea with lots of lemon. Her strawberry pie for dessert. Delicious nostalgia and perfect company! I ate the leftovers last night when I got home.

EJ spent the weekend in Chicago eating gyros, Walker Brothers, Gino's East, and Italian beef and a polish at the ball game. He says he's still full. So tonight we're doing grilled veggie and black bean quesadillas with homemade guac. A little lighter and no meat!

What's for Dinner #311 - the Relax, Kick Back, and Enjoy Summer Edition [through July 11, 2014]

After a very meat heavy long weekend (cured meats, smoked ribs and sausages on the 4th and burgers last night) we're doing veggies tonight. Picked up some baby zucchini and summer squash at the farmer's market this weekend so will chunk that up with some bell peppers, mushrooms and onion. Into the grill pan and onto the grill. When done, I'll throw in a few dollops of chili garlic sauce and some Thai basil from the pot on the porch. Served on top of brown rice. The rest of the bag of cherries for dessert.

What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

Well, the tempeh kebabs just didn't happen last night. I went home and mowed, then EJ and i went to the store to get some things we need for our bbq tomorrow. We saw the Hebrew National hot dogs, and all thoughts of tempeh flew away! So it was grilled hot dogs, with onion, yellow mustard and jalapenos. Macaroni salad, Cheetos (the white cheddar "healthy ones") and beer - really hit the spot!

Not sure about tonight - it's Jazz Fest downtown this weekend, so we may go listen and find something at "culinary row."

Tomorrow we are going fairly traditional 4th - smoking ribs and sausage, baked beans, slaw (i am using a recipe from the 4th of July salads thread here) and potato salad. A lemon blueberry cake for dessert.

Since we were in Italy this time last year, and the friend that went with us will be celebrating with us tomorrow, I'm doing an Italian inspired antipasta plate for nibbles while we wait. Popone and prosciutto, roasted pepper, marinated artichokes and mozzarella balls and a selection of meats and cheese. Should be a fun way to "remember where we were last year at this time!?"

Happy fourth to everyone!!!

What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

Oh Allie, so so sorry about Sam. Knowing the decision and timing was right does not make it any easier (we lost our golden - the one in my avatar a year ago). Enjoy your filet tonight and have a wonderful, healing trip to Prague with Pap!!

What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

Good for you, MC! That sounds like a very exciting life change! And some great places for chow!

Jul 02, 2014
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What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

We met up with some friends yesterday to watch the World Cup at a local bar so had an early dinner of their Chicago Style deep dish pizza. Disappointing game (except for Howard!) and even more disappointing pizza. EJ is from Chicago and is pretty picky about his deep dish pizza - I don't understand why someone would call pizza "Chicago style" if it clearly isn't - it gets is hopes up every time. Very minimal and flavorless tomato sauce (and under the cheese), very finely ground sausage, and a cheese filled puffy crust. Bleah. At least the beer was good!

Tonight I'm going to try to make kebabs out of the TJ's tempeh that EJ bought last month and has been hanging out in my fridge since. Using a recipe from Cooking Light, I'll marinate the tempeh in soy sauce and olive oil, add some bbq sauce (it sounds weird to me too!) then skewer it with red and yellow pepper, red onion and mushrooms and grill. Cucumber, tomato and mozzarella salad on the side.

Jul 02, 2014
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What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

Love that pic!! And the "don't mind me, just hanging out here in case ..." look on his face!

Jul 02, 2014
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What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

What a delightful day! Love to read about the wonderful meals and fun adventures that you and Deb have together! You're an inspiration!

Jul 01, 2014
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What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

Tonight we are digging into our leftovers from this weekend. Will take the potatoes and the grilled spring onion and chop up to saute in a little olive oil. Gently re-heat the ribeye, fry a couple of over easy eggs and enjoy with the rest of the house made bread, goat cheese butter and tomato conserva. A gourmet BFD!

What's for Dinner #309 - the Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Edition [through June 30, 2014]

Nope - they were perfectly ripe little red local strawberries (you can see them in the pic of the app). They were still a little sweet, a little puckery and a great match for the rich foie!!

Jun 30, 2014
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What's for Dinner #309 - the Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Edition [through June 30, 2014]

A few more pics of the evening!

Jun 30, 2014
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What's for Dinner #309 - the Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Edition [through June 30, 2014]

So our dinner with the chef on Saturday was truly sublime. Amazing, amazing food (and he was SO patient about us hovering, oogling and asking a million questions! It was cool to see him adapt things on the fly as he assessed the host's cooking facilities (gorgeous kitchen!), herb garden and grill. So the final menu was:

App - Seared Hudson Valley foie gras on house made brioche with pistachio puree, pickled local strawberries, black pepper candied pistachios and tarragon from the hosts' herb garden. Truly decadent and delicious. It was a perfect play of flavors and textures. And it was NOT a small portion!

Main - Seared Wagyu ribeye, grilled spring onions with fresh mint, parmesan reggiano new potatoes with spring onion, tomato ginger conserva (which we took to calling tomato candy - SO good), pickled onions and house made bread with goat cheese butter. The meat was seared to perfection - very rare, very rich and very delicious. The grilled spring onions were a revelation - who knew! And the bread, with a shmear of the goat cheese butter and a bit of the conserva was a mouthgasm!

Dessert - warm dark chocolate crepes, kirsch soaked cherries, mint chocolate gelato and fresh mint.

The wine, company, and beautiful setting made this truly a night to remember!! The pic below of my plate is not pretty (entree course was served family style) but shows the beauty of the meat! Oh! And we all got take home bags of leftovers!!!!

What's for Dinner #309 - the Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Edition [through June 30, 2014]

Mmmmm - what a perfect start to your staycation! And bacon fat makes most things better!

Jun 27, 2014
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