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What's for Dinner #364 - the It's Time for Thundaboomahs! Edition [through May 17, 2015]

Mmmmmm. Baked potatoes are my favorite solo dinner. Lots of butter, salt, pepper, sour cream and chives. Big glass of red on the side. Heaven!

What's for Dinner #364 - the It's Time for Thundaboomahs! Edition [through May 17, 2015]

We love the Walkerswood paste - and I love nutmeg so will be sure to give this a try. Thanks GretchenS!!

May 13, 2015
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What's for Dinner #364 - the It's Time for Thundaboomahs! Edition [through May 17, 2015]

Ha - rolls in EJ's parlance DOES actually mean bagels for me. But it also means bialys and onion rolls. We get them from either Kaufman's (my MIL's fave) or Max and Benny's (EJ LOVES the garlic bialys). And I agree - Chicago pizza is it's very own animal and I love it for what it is. We actually go to Pizano's - one of the Malnati brothers' splintered off of Lou Malnati's - and get both a thin crust sausage and a Chicago style tomato, basil and garlic. Can't wait!

What's for Dinner #364 - the It's Time for Thundaboomahs! Edition [through May 17, 2015]

Successful clean out the fridge night last night - just in time for our weekend trip to Chicago. Although we will get pizza in on Friday night, the rest of the weekend is full of nephew baseball games and niece dance recitals, so not much hounding. We will have good lox and fresh rolls for breakfast though!

For tonight, I started marinating some tofu in the Soy Vey marinade from Costco last night, which I will then bake tonight - I love that chewy texture! We'll throw some yellow squash, zucchini, mushrooms, onion and green pepper onto the grill pan and toss with the baked tofu and a little more marinade. Served over brown rice with some veggie spring rolls on the side. We've been on a rum kick this week - EJ's first week at the new job requires evening libations - so will likely continue that trend!

What's for Dinner #363 - The Merrie Month of May Edition [through May 12, 2015]

Tusday means yoga night for me and tai chi for EJ. Which means an easy dinner we can eat separately - bits and bobs from the fridge. We have a few of BIL's smoked ribs and my Mom's potato salad from this weekend. Some leftover ravioli's and marinara. A bit of green salad. And if all else fails? We always have eggs and bagels!

We ended up blackening the salmon on the grill last night and it came out really well. EJ bought UK farm raised (?) and I was a bit nervous, but it held up well to the high heat and aggressive seasoning. Nice springy meal, even if it was on the low 50's!

What's for Dinner #363 - The Merrie Month of May Edition [through May 12, 2015]

We were in KC visiting my family this weekend, and my BIL smoked ribs for dinner Saturday night that were sooooo good! A pile of those, some salad and beer were WFD!

We needed a quick, easy and preferably meet free dinner last night, so it was spinach ricotta ravioli's with TJ's marinara. Garlic bread and a green salad with goddess dressing. Tasty comfort food!

Tonight EJ is going to grill some salmon while I reheat the stuffed peppers from last week to use as a side. There may be wine. It's been a heckuva Monday!

What's for Dinner #363 - The Merrie Month of May Edition [through May 12, 2015]

So so sorry for you and your family, MC. Prayers and peace to you all. And crispy chicken skin makes everything just a little bit better. Sending good thoughts for that dream job!!

May 11, 2015
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What's for Dinner #363 - The Merrie Month of May Edition [through May 12, 2015]

Been a very busy couple of weeks for us - lots of business travel for me and new job angst and learning curve for EJ equals not much cooking! But I was home this past weekend and this week, so have been making up for it. Monday we made our own version of a Mexican restaurant fave of EJ's - choripollo. Which is a combination of chicken, chorizo and cheese. We used our own seasoning and soyrizo and came up with a pretty good approximation! Stuffed into tortillas with some avocado and chopped tomato.

Last night I had four big peppers from Costco to use up, so stuffed peppers it was. We wanted to go veggie, so I cut the peppers in half, seeded and broiled them about 3 minutes per side. Sauteed an onion and garlic, added the spinach that needed to be used, until wilted. Then added lemon juice, a can of white beans, a ball of fresh mozzarella that I cubed and some grated parm. Mixed all that through then spread some marinara in a baking dish, added the peppers and divided the stuffing mixture between them. Back into the oven for about 6 minutes to melt the cheese. It was really pretty darn good! Green salad. And wine.

What's for Dinner #363 - The Merrie Month of May Edition [through May 12, 2015]

I love a resourceful guy!! Looks like a very comforting plate of food! And good luck with that interview! Sending good vibes west!

May 07, 2015
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What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Had a nice relaxing weekend, with a tiny bit of cooking, prior to my heading out last night for my business trip to Seattle. Friday was an absolutely gorgeous day, so we did a quick dinner of mushroom burgers and salad, then headed to our fave outdoor watering hole for beverages and people watching - our Friday night nice weather tradition!

Saturday was yardwork and housework - so we did an easy dinner of BLSL chicken breasts marinated in SoyVey marinade, then skewered and grilled. Grilled veggie skewers of summer squach, zucchini, mushrooms, pepper and onion all over brown rice. Boodles and tonic with lots of lime. So good and summery! And pretty health - which justified the nachos we made for movie watching!

Not sure WFD, but I'm hoping to suss out some good seafood - it's the only redeeming thing about this business trip! Oh, and the wine!

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Ohhhhhh - that is just lovely! Both the view and the nibbles. So enjoying living vicariously through your pics and words. Glad Deb is feeling better!

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Gosh that looks good and SO emotionally satsifying!

Apr 16, 2015
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What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Ugh - I hate those coughing fits, LW!! Feels like you can't breathe and a constant irritation/tickle back there. Hope today is better - tea and honey if not!!

Apr 16, 2015
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What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

April has been and continues to be a hectic month for us - EJ's new job, crazy stuff with my job, travel for work and fun ... not much time for cooking, so it's been lots of freezer and pantry meals. Tonight we are going for EJ's fave comfort food - breaded chicken breasts and pasta with creamy pesto. Green salad on the side, halved cherry tomatoes for me to add to my pasta and sauce. Wine and the first Blackhawks vs. Predators hockey game.

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

What a perfect way to celebrate ANY holiday!!

Apr 03, 2015
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What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

We are heading into Chicago to celebrate Passover with my MIL. That means matzoh ball soup, turkey and brisket, kishke, matzoh farfalle and very overcooked asparagus. It's always the same meal. At least she now lets me pick up Kosher for Passover wine at Trader Joe's so that we do not have to drink the white zin she usually buys! My favorite part is dessert - MIL is not the most adventurous cook, but she is a fablulous baker and I absolutely LOVE her macaroons!!! And this holiday is really all about celebrating with family - it's my fave Jewish holiday!

What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition [Through April 2, 2015]

My goodness! Miss a few days and you miss everything! Ntw - so sorry to hear about your health scare, JT - sounds like you are on the slow road to recovery, but you HAVE to do something about that scary stuff they call food!

Despite the stress of the last few days (issue still not resolved, but at least it seems to be moving in the right direction) EJ and I have been eating well! Saturday night we made a sublime dinner of flank steak with red wine shallot sauce from the Food & Wine issue this month. It came out really, really well. Garlic mashed and steamed peas (per EJ's request) on the side. And we gilded the lily a bit by adding some blue cheese crumbles to the steak. A lovely French red on the side.

Tonight we'll be having the leftover chicken and peppers (with olives, red wine and herbes de Provence) from last night, while I get ready for my parents' visit next weekend. Why am I doing that now, you might ask? Well, we are heading into Chicago to spend Passover with my MIL this weekend, then I leave for a business trip on Monday, back on Thursday which is when my parents arrive. Soooo - not much time in between.

Stay healthy and eating well, everyone!

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

So after an incredibly stressful day yesterday, jerk chicken quesadillas did not sound emotionally satisfying enough. So they turned into nachos instead. Chips spread out on a baking sheet, topped with cheese, then the chicken, onion, pepper mix and broiled until melty. Avocado, salsa and sour cream on top. A very large rum and diet Coke alongside.

Tonight will be turkey burgers with feta, kalamatas and oregano mixed in with the ground turkey. Topped with roasted red peppers and green onions. Fries and EJ has requested steamed peas. So that's WFD - more rum for sure. Hopefully a less stressful weekend, although I'm still waiting on a resolution to the very shocking discovery I made yesterday. Fingers crossed for the "right" outcome.

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

Had a nice visit with the SD last night - got to hear all about her spring break trip to Florida. Well, maybe not ALL about it. :) And she inhaled the ma po tofu and I sent her home with some frozen stuff - which makes us both happy!

After she went back to the dorm, I sauteed up some peppers and onions which I added to the (chopped) leftover jerk chicken. That will be stuffed into tortillas with some cheese for jerk chicken quesadillas. Fusion dinner! Will serve them with avocado, sour cream and salsa. Easy dinner for after tai chi and yoga and while watching basketball!

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

SD texted yesterday and is sick of dorm food - so she's coming for dinner tonight. She requested ma po tofu and eggrolls. So that's WFD. I bought a bunch of fresh strawberries, so thinking I'll do shortcake for dessert. Easy and quick so she can get back to the dorm and study! :)

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

Mazel Tov on your birthday, jpr! And good luck with the soup and fish!

Mar 24, 2015
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What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

Last nights jerk chicken was really good - and the potatoes and green beans were the perfect complement. One of our favorite simple dinners! I made a rum cream fudge cake for dessert (in staying with the Jamaica theme!).

Tonight is tai chi (EJ) and yoga (me) so it's an easy dinner of frozen spinach and ricotta ravioli's, tossed with pesto. Green salad on the side. And wine.

What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

Oh no! Not a good way to usher in spring! Hope you're back at it again soon!!

Mar 24, 2015
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What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

Nice save!!! Looks wonderful!

Mar 24, 2015
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What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

After a fun weekend of celebrating EJ's new job with friends (last night we were treated to New Orleans style BBQ shrimp with lots of good bread, a wonderful salad of oranges, cucumber and fennel and a fresh fruit tart), we woke up to about 1/4 inch of snow, sleet and icy stuff. Did someone forget to tell Mother Nature that it's officially spring?

So in an effort to thumb our noses at winter's last gasp, we're doing jerk chicken, roasted new potatoes and sauteed green beans with garlic and lemon tonight. So there.

What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

Oh no, Tcamp! Hope you are well on the road to recovery!

Mar 23, 2015
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What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

Looks delicious and pretty! Good vibes on the job prospect!!

Mar 23, 2015
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What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

Happy, Happy to the man - and have a great weekend of celebrating!

Mar 20, 2015
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What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

Last night was takeout pizza as EJ and I tried to watch March Madness and instead stressed over his job interview this morning. Tonight - we celebrate because he got the job!!! Not sure what that entails, but I've thrown out a couple of his faves as possibilities: Steak and blue cheese, Paul Prudhomme's smoked gouda chicken, our riff on choripollo (cheesy chorizo and chicken wrapped in tortillas). Huh, looking at that list, it's apparent that his favorite food is cheese! There will be libations! Happy Weekend to all!

What's for Dinner #354: The Green(ing) Edition [through March 20, 2015

Tonight we're going to use up the rest of yesterday's fresh bread to make the Tuscan white bean and tuna sandwiches from epicurious. One of our fave sandwiches - EJ loves it even though there's no mayo, which is sacrilege in his mind when it comes to tuna! I think I'll do some roasted sweet potato wedges on the side - something warm sounds better than just chips! Guinness to drink, Blackhawks on the tube.