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What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition

Dinner came out very tasty (if not very pretty!) Not sure what's on the agenda for tonight - I bought myself Ottolenghi's Plenty as an early bday present so I may start exploring that!

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition

After a week of mostly thrown together dinners, tonight I'm making this recipe from Epicurious http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo.... Ut's one of EJ's faves and with the fresh herbs and crunchy bread crumbs - and the creamy sauce - it's got good emotional satisfaction too! I'll probably roast some green beans and small potatoes with more of the herbs for the sides. And wine.

What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

After I got home from yoga and peered into the fridge to determine what leftovers looked best, I decided to bake a potato instead. I did saute some of the kale blend with garlic, hot pepper flakes and a sploosh of soy sauce to put on top of the tater. Over the butter and sour cream of course. Then, EJ decided he was hungry after tai chi and stopped at a newish Philly Cheese Steak shop and got us one to split. Which we enjoyed with a Guinness. Two dinners! As a result, tonight is a big green salad. A couple of hard boiled eggs on top for protein.

What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

Tonight is yoga (me) and tai chi (him) so it's also leftover night! Choices are the stirfry from last night or the black bean and sausage soup from this weekend. If none of that appeals, there are eggs and sesame semolina bread for toast. I may try to make some raspberry muffins when I get home to have for breakfasts this week.

What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

After a weekend of mostly munching (we went to a basketball game and to a play off party) tonight we are trying for a bit of healthy. I'm going to stirfry tofu, peppers and snap peas in a black pepper stir fry sauce and serve it over brown rice. I have some mushrooms that need to be used, so will probably throw those in as well. Spring rolls from Costco on the side, as EJ likes a bit of "something" with his stir fry!

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition

I know this is kind of a late reply, but EJ and I did the Whole Living three week cleanse in January of 2014. Per the cleanse, no meat, dairy, refined sugar, gluten, alcohol, caffeine. The first week was only veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, oils and spices. The second week we added whole grains and fish (not shellfish), and the third week we added soy and eggs. Our experience was mostly positive -

Pros
- the menu is totally laid out for you - so no trying to figure out what to make when
- with the layered approach, you really can try to pinpoint, what (if anything) you react to. For instance, we both discovered that dairy is something that causes issues for both of us, but not gluten
- decent recipes - including snacks - that were easy and mostly tasty, enough so that we've incorporated several into our regular routine
- we both really noticed a different in how we felt. More energy, less tired, less irritable, no headaches - we just felt better. We both also lost weight

Cons
- it is a LOT of work to do all of the prep and cooking - especially if you are the primary cook in your home. Many weekends and evenings were spent preparing for the next week or day
- we love "splurge" foods - especially cheese and alcohol - too much to make this a new life habit
- by the end of the three weeks, all we could think about was pizza :)

Jan 16, 2015
iowagirl in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

Youngest SD is heading back to the dorms tomorrow after living with us since mid-October due to a badly broken ankle. So as a send-off (even thought we live in the town where she goes to college) I'm making her favorite meal. Steak with blue cheese, baked potatoes, roasted green beans and a green salad with homemade garlic croutons. A good bordeaux for her Dad and I. A mixed celebration/gonna miss her meal.

What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

Me too!!!!!!

Jan 12, 2015
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What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Tonight I'm using up the rest of the spinach ricotta calzone filling by making ... more calzones! EJ loved them on Saturday and SD tasted the filling and loved it so why mess with a good thing. I'll go home, make the dough and walk the dogs while it rises. Should be about perfect timing. Lettuce, cuke, carrot salad on the side and the rest of that Chianti to keep me warm.

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Personally, I think feta and olives go with most anything! But I do agree that the salty/pickled/briny theme works!

Nov 18, 2014
iowagirl in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

I hate that it's so darn cold so darn early this year. But at least I'll be in Jamaica in two weeks!

To help fend off the chill tonight, I'm doing an easy penne with red sauce and TJ's turkey meatballs. Caesar salad on the side and I might even open that bottle of Chianti. Just for warming purposes of course!

What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

That sounds soooo good. I love to read about all the wonderful produce you have and the delicious things you do with it!!

Nov 18, 2014
iowagirl in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

I tried a Katzen/Moosewood calzone recipe this weekend to take to a friends house for dinner and was very pleased by the result! Made two fillings - one spinach and ricotta and one tomato mozzarella basil garlic. Constructed them at home and baked them when we got there. Caesar salad to go with. Friend made a chocolate brownie cake from the Mark Bittman Food Matters book, so I brought some rum-spiked whipped cream to guild that lily. There was much wine! I have quite a bit of the spinach ricotta filling left, so I'll either do another round of calzones, or try a lasagna with it.

Tonight is our second basket ball game of the college season - so no clue what we'll try to fit in before we go.

What's for Dinner #333 - The end of Daylight Savings Time Edition [through Nov. 10, 2014]

Since we canceled our trip to Chicago this weekend to see the Blackhawks, we're going to make Chicago style Italian beef sandwiches to eat while we watch the game from our inner sanctum. Roast beef gently re-heated in beef broth seasoned with garlic, basil, oregano and black pepper. Piled on rolls with sauteed peppers and onions, and pickled jalapenos to stand in for the giardiniera. Chips and french onion dip on the side. Beer to drink. SD is craving mac and cheese, so I think I'll make her some with broccoli and bacon (trying to get healing, nutritious veggies in her!) so she can eat it throughout the weekend. More pumpkin bars!

What's for Dinner #333 - The end of Daylight Savings Time Edition [through Nov. 10, 2014]

Been a crazy month around here - between my work travel and youngest SD completely dislocating her foot off of her ankle bone in a fall - so not much cooking. Glad to be home and back in my kitchen and looking forward to making comforting, healing food! Tonight it's teriyaki grilled chicken breasts with veggie fried rice to use up the rice I made for gumbo this weekend. I lazily bought a pre-shredded mix of cabbage, carrots and broccoli, will slice up some onions and celery and saute that with garlic, broth and a bit of sesame oil. Pumpkin bars for dessert - cuz they are SD's fave and she deserves it!

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
iowagirl in Home Cooking

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
iowagirl in Home Cooking

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
iowagirl in Home Cooking

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!!