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What's for Dinner #274 - the Winter Olympics Edition [through Feb 12, 2014]

That sounds wonderful, tcamp! I love the Asian flair - Would you be willing to share Mom's recipe?

Feb 10, 2014
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What's for Dinner #274 - the Winter Olympics Edition [through Feb 12, 2014]

It is so good to be back reading up on all of these wonderful sounding meals! When we got back from our vacation in mid-December, I was plunged into work insanity - 7 days a week, 12-16 hr days. We still haven't had Christmas! It also feels good to get back in the kitchen - even if I'm doing easy, no-brainer stuff for now!

Tonight is chicken poblano burritos and a green salad with cukes and avocado. And wine. So what if it's only Monday!

Feb 10, 2014
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What's for Dinner #259 - the I'm Sick of Turkey By Now Edition [through December 7, 2013]

Mmmmmmm. Fries. And lamb.

Dec 03, 2013
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What's for Dinner #259 - the I'm Sick of Turkey By Now Edition [through December 7, 2013]

EJ left for his solo part of our Caribbean vacation on Saturday, so best friend and I made a cooking date! We picked a time-consuming but delicious sounding recipe that neither of us had ever made, along with an app and a salad. I got to his house at around 1:30 and we started in! We made Braised Lamb Shank Shepherd's Pie from the epicurious site - it has the lamb, a really rich gravy, carrots and creamed spinach, then topped with mashed potatoes. It was SO good. We had brussels sprouts au gratin for an app, kale salad as the side. I made a chocolate pound cake (thanks again for that recipe, Candy!) and we drank wine. Lots of wine. Excuse the sloppy plate, but it does show off the gravy!!

Dec 02, 2013
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What's for Dinner #258 - Into the Freezer edition. [Through Dec 1, 2013]

We are heading to the Chicago burbs tonight to spend tomorrow with my MIL, SIL and her family. So that means that tonight is .... Chicago pizza! At Pizano's where they are super friendly and accomodating. We have both SD's home (yay!) so will be splurging on a deep dish sausage, a deep dish tomato basil and garlic, and a thin crust sausage. And there will be wine! I'm so happy - it almost makes up for the dinner tomorrow. ;)

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday (or weekend!) of lots of wonderful food and happy families. Or at least some good stories!

Nov 27, 2013
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What's for Dinner #258 - Into the Freezer edition. [Through Dec 1, 2013]

It's cold and snowy here today - made my normally 40 minute commute into an hour and 20 minutes. Not the way I want to start my week! But - it IS a short week, and my Caribbean vacation is a mere eleven (5 for EJ!) days away.

So tonight I'm going to try to get a workout in (hot barre class - the perfect antidote to the cold!) then meet EJ and SD at the library to stock up for vacation - we'll grab a soup and salad dinner at the the great deli/grocery store across the street. I'm hoping for butternut squash or veggie/barley!

Nov 25, 2013
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What's for Dinner #258 - Into the Freezer edition. [Through Dec 1, 2013]

Congrats on the engagement!! And I love that you're having ribs for Thanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2013
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What's for Dinner #257 - Chugging towards Thanksgiving Edition (Choo-Choo!) [Through Nov. 24, 2013]

Wow - that looks delicious! I hope it does the trick for your unhappy tummy!!

Nov 25, 2013
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What's for Dinner #257 - Chugging towards Thanksgiving Edition (Choo-Choo!) [Through Nov. 24, 2013]

Thanks, everyone! Anniversary dinner was a hit - creamy, cheesy decadent alfredo sauce (with a tiny bit of a kick) alongside chicken rubbed with a spice mix including creole mustard, cayenne, white pepper, garlic powder, thyme, paprika, basil and, rubbed sage, soaked in an egg and parmesan mixture, then dredged in breadcrumbs that had some of the spice mix added and fried. Whew - great flavor on that chicken. SD hoovered the leftovers when she got home and gave it her seal of approval too! Green beans simmered in a little garlic and veg broth to reach the softness EJ prefers. Green salad on the side, and mini-cheesecakes (raspberry and pumpkin) for dessert.

Nov 25, 2013
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What's for Dinner #257 - Chugging towards Thanksgiving Edition (Choo-Choo!) [Through Nov. 24, 2013]

I'm trying to talk EJ into holding out at the game so that we can go to our fave dive bar after for nachos. I need comfort food, and that, plus an adult beverage, should just fit the bill!

Tomorrow is our anniversary, and he has requested a Chef Paul dish that is basically fettucini alfredo with fried chicken, all with a cajun twist. Very decadent, very filling, very yum! I'll serve it with just a green salad, cuz after all that cream, butter and parm, what else do ya need?! Champagne to drink and maybe a little blueberry pie (his fave) for dessert.

Nov 22, 2013
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What's for Dinner #257 - Chugging towards Thanksgiving Edition (Choo-Choo!) [Through Nov. 24, 2013]

Work is crazy, college SD is coming home this weekend b/c they have all next week off, we're trying to get ready to travel for Thanksgiving (only to the inlaws, but still!) and then for our annual Caribbean vacation. Too stressed to think much about cooking AND trying to clean out the fridge a bit.

Tonight will be black bean and brown rice (leftover from the tofu stirfry yesterday) patties with a cucumber, tomato, avocado salad and sweet potato fries. Tomorrow we have a basketball game at 6:00 (UGH so early) so we'll either eat arena food or try to hold out for something after the game.

Nov 21, 2013
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What's for Dinner #257 - Chugging towards Thanksgiving Edition (Choo-Choo!) [Through Nov. 24, 2013]

I ended up working late last night, so instead of cooking we ran vacation errands and ate pizza. At the Pizza Ranch buffet. Hangs head. But it did hit the spot - and they will make you a pizza to order.

Tonight will be the tofu stir-fry in black bean sauce, along with those Costco spring rolls after i get home from hot barre class.

Nov 20, 2013
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What's for Dinner #257 - Chugging towards Thanksgiving Edition (Choo-Choo!) [Through Nov. 24, 2013]

What an inspired repurpose of the gougeres - I love cottage pie and that topping sounds great!

Nov 19, 2013
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What's for Dinner #257 - Chugging towards Thanksgiving Edition (Choo-Choo!) [Through Nov. 24, 2013]

So it was weekend of heavy eating - I went to KC to visit my family and we had Thanksgiving while I was there. Love that my mom and sis don't care about the actual day so I could enjoy my family's meal. We always do T'giving with my inlaws, and it's just not the same.

So last night was leftover turkey that we threw in with some sauteed peppers and onions, garlic chive cream cheese and colby jack on top of openface toasted rye for faux turkey cheese steaks. It was actually pretty good!!

Tonight is a little lighter! Tofu, red and green peppers and cabbage stir fried with black bean sauce over brown rice. More of those Costco spring rolls on the side!

Nov 19, 2013
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What's for Dinner #256. We Started This Turkey Day Thing Too Early edition. [through Nov. 18, 2013]

Ugh - I hate when work gets in the way of life! Hang in there and enjoy the menu planning! Oh, and roasted acorn squash is actually one of my comfort foods!!

Nov 19, 2013
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What's for Dinner #256. We Started This Turkey Day Thing Too Early edition. [through Nov. 18, 2013]

That doesn't sound at all good! Give in to your cravings (within reason of course!), lots of soup and liquids and really - take care of yourself! Your life sounds awfully frenetic - take some time for you!

Nov 19, 2013
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What's for Dinner #256. We Started This Turkey Day Thing Too Early edition. [through Nov. 18, 2013]

Love that Rott face - and that personality. So sorry for you and your son and DIL.

Nov 18, 2013
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What's for Dinner #256. We Started This Turkey Day Thing Too Early edition. [through Nov. 18, 2013]

Oh crap - hope the vet gives you good news today!!!! Poor little guys's tummy is clearly not happy!

Nov 15, 2013
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What's for Dinner #256. We Started This Turkey Day Thing Too Early edition. [through Nov. 18, 2013]

I love the idea of grabbing a container of something yummy out of the freezer to take for lunch! A delicious surprise every day!

Nov 15, 2013
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What's for Dinner #256. We Started This Turkey Day Thing Too Early edition. [through Nov. 18, 2013]

Oh no, poor kitty and poor kitty mama. Sending good, healing thoughts to you and Take! Did the sardines or tuna inspire him at all? Wakes our guy out of a sound sleep!

Nov 15, 2013
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What's for Dinner #256. We Started This Turkey Day Thing Too Early edition. [through Nov. 18, 2013]

Wow Roxlet and rjbh20 - really impressive. All that, and he loves good food! You guys did it right - happy, happy, celebration!

Nov 14, 2013
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What's for dinner #255 The countdown to Turkey Day edition. [Through November 14, 2013]

The stir fry with spicy peanut sauce last night was meh. I've made it before and really liked it, so I'm sure it was the execution and not the recipe. Needed more spice and I think I overcooked my soba noodles so they were pretty mushy. The veggies were good though, and a little sriracha helped some.

We are going to a basketball game at 6:00 tonight (so early!) so dinner will either be sub sandwiches on the way home after the game if we can wait or a hotdog or other lovely stadium food if not.

Nov 14, 2013
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Kitchen staples you have now....that you didn't grow up with

Fresh garlic, curry paste, sriracha, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, rice wine vinegar, fresh ginger - I always have these on hand and certainly never saw them in my mom's kitchen! It's funny to me that even these "staples" have evolved in my kitchen as my cooking has evolved

Nov 14, 2013
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What's for dinner #255 The countdown to Turkey Day edition. [Through November 14, 2013]

Super lazy dinner for me last night - EJ had the rest of the butternut squash soup (all except for the 4 tablespoons he PUT BACK IN THE FRIDGE - ugh) before he went to the birthday party. After working out, throwing a load of laundry in, feeding the dogs, dealing with the lunch tupperware, unloading the diswasher and making a big salad for lunches the rest of the week, I was done. Sauteed a couple of little red and orange peppers with some green onions, added a handful or two of baby kale to wilt when the peppers and ontions softened, poured some beaten eggs over that, scrambled it around til almost cooked and added some feta cheese. Sesame toast on the side, along with that last glass of red.

Tonight, Mark Bittman's Veggie Stir-Fry with Spicy Peanut Noodles. And storebought spring rolls from Costco, cuz EJ loves them.

Nov 13, 2013
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What's for dinner #255 The countdown to Turkey Day edition. [Through November 14, 2013]

Thanks for that thread MWTT! Some great ideas there. I actually did sort of use AmyH's method for the neck, but still had trouble with the bulb. It was worth it though!!

Nov 12, 2013
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What's for dinner #255 The countdown to Turkey Day edition. [Through November 14, 2013]

The Thai butternut soup was a resounding success. EJ has asked that I buy at least one more squash so I can make it again. And it was super easy - save for the peeling and dicing of the squash. I still can't figure out how to do that without giving myself a blister.

EJ has a bday party to go to tonight, so I'm on my own for dinner. If I feel like stopping at the Co-op after working out, I may grab some chicken or a pork chop to build dinner around, but I'm leaning toward something quick and easy and not requiring another stop. Frittata! I've got baby kale, red and yellow peppers, feta and kalamatas. Oh, and sesame semolina bread for toast. With butter. And one last lonely glass of wine in the bottle.

Nov 12, 2013
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Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish?

The one that I never get anymore, because we always do Thanksgiving with my in-laws. My Mom's mashed potatoes and turkey gravy.

Nov 11, 2013
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What's for dinner #255 The countdown to Turkey Day edition. [Through November 14, 2013]

Last night while EJ was at poker, I spent some quality time in the kitchen! Made this thai butternut soup from the cooking light website, but used full fat coconut milk and veggie stock instead of chicken because that was what I had. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/thai-...
Since it is cold, windy and snowing here today, that will hit the spot after hot Pilates. I have a head of broccoli that needs using, so will try to think of something that will sort of complement the soup!

I also made a big spinach/romaine salad for lunches this week and some homemade cherry date bars for snacks. By this time I was tired and hungry, so made myself the last quesadilla from the leftover chicken, pepper onion mix, poured a glass of wine and tried to catch up on Top Chef!

Nov 11, 2013
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What's for Dinner #254 - The Leaves are Almost Gone Edition [through Nov 9, 2013]

So I orignally told EJ that I didn't want to cook tonight, but for the life of me can't think of what I want to go out and eat. Hmpf. And it's the perfect night to go out, since we have season tickets for the college bball games and tonight's game isn't until 8:30. So I'm thinking maybe sushi, but it's cold out, so that is less appealing than normal.

I may just end up stopping at the Co-op on the way home for some of the sockeye salmon they have on special (they also have grass fed local sirloin on special that I might buy for when EJ is gone next month!) and blacken it with some roasted sweet potatoes on the side. At least there will be wine!

Nov 08, 2013
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What's for Dinner #254 - The Leaves are Almost Gone Edition [through Nov 9, 2013]

Mmmmm. Steak. Blue cheese. Red wine. Mmmmm.

Nov 08, 2013
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