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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Congrats, Gio!!! Sounds like a perfect way to celebrate!!

Jun 26, 2015
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What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

Tonight is yoga night for me, mando lesson for EJ - so an easy dinner of black bean tacos when we both get home is on the agenda. We have a farmer's market tomato that needs to be used, an avocado that is (hopefully) just right - add some shredded cheese and lettuce, top with salsa and sour cream. Dinner! Beer on the porch before and during - cantaloupe for dessert.

What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

Yes to both! And EJ loves it so it's an easy way for me to get him to eat tofu!

Jun 17, 2015
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What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

Last night was a simple cold dinner - big green salad, with that wonderful farmer's market lettuce - and tuna salad sandwiches on toast. Blackhawks took the Cup - at home even - so it was beer and chips after the game whilst we gloried in the celebration!

Tonight is mowing and weeding night for me, so another easy dinner. I marinated some tofu in Soy Vey and baked it Sunday. We'll grill some zucchini, summer squash, onions and peppers, throw in the tofu and serve over brown rice. Bottle of rose on the side and since it's FINALLY sunny today, dinner on the screened in porch!

What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

My goodness, but that is the most beautiful vibrant salad I've seen since, well ... the last salad pic you posted! And I love that flavor profile!!

What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

Yay for the new job, NIW!! Hope that eases the pain of sitting out in the heat for 2 hours! You never seem to get a break from cooking duty - even when it's not your party! Hope today is a better appetite day - although a toasted bagel with butter is one of my fave comfort foods!

What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

MC - it was ridiculously easy. I had a bottle of TJ's Cilantro (sorry, LW!) Dressing and some leftover lentils. Chopped up some red peppers, green onion and tomato. Added that to the lentils, plopped in about 1/3 of the bottle of dressing and stuck it in the fridge for a few hours. It was kinda like a lentily salsa - we ate it with TJ's corn chips, and some multigrain tortilla chips.

Jun 16, 2015
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What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Friday night was bar snacks while listening to a friend's new band at our fave place for live music. Fun night!

Saturday night we made turkey burgers - sauteed some chopped mushrooms, onion and garlic and added that to the ground turkey with some fresh basil. Mozz and a ripe tomato on top, with a few basil leaves and a drizzle of balsamic. COTC and wonderful farmer's market lettuce salad on the side. Hoppy ale for me - EJ waited until AFTER the Blackhawks win to imbibe!

Yesterday EJ made us a wonderful brunch of what he calls "shipwrecks". Hashbrowns with sauteed onions, peppers and mushrooms mixed with sausage and topped with cheese. Two over easy farmer's market eggs on top to mix in - fresh squeezed oj and french press coffee. Heaven. Didn't really need to eat again after that but we had Back Porch Beverages last night with our good friend - I made a lentil dip with corn chips, homemade ranch dressing with veggies, and he brought a hard salami and blue cheese stuffed olives. And we ate most of it! Was perfect with pomegranate limeade and vodka!

Tonight is more of that farmer's market lettuce topped with some marinated baked tofu and lots of veggies. Wine for me! Hoping the Blackhawks bring home the Cup in Chicago for the first time since 1938!

What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

So happy to see another Appleton fan! Our "house" rum is the Appleton Special - I like it with Ting, so will have to try it with Fresca. Hmmm - that and a baked potato (thanks for that inspiration too) sounds like a pretty decent dinner for tonight!

Jun 11, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Sumer is icumen in, June 2015 edition! [Old]

Oh NW - you are one of the most inspiring cooks/bakers I've ever come across! Be as kind and gentle to yourself as you are to everyone else in your life. So sorry about your crappy week - hope things take a turn for the better NOW!

What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Thanks, everyone for your good wishes and great suggestions for my ailing pup! The good news is that his bloodwork came back fine, so it is just a bacterial thing. Bad news is he's still pretty miserable. I made a big batch of rice with chicken broth last night and have been feeding him bites at a time. Vet says to just give it some time. But I'm impatient!

Last night's fritatta met all the required criteria - very easy, reasonably quick and very comforting. Sauteed some garlic, roasted red and yellow peppers and spinach and kalamatas, beat eggs with some heavy cream and added some chunked feta and fresh chives to pour over the veggies. Into to the oven to set. Buttered toast and rose on the side.

Tonight is as yet unknown. EJ has tai chi, I have Pilates ... may just be fridge scrounge night. Or a tuna sandwich.

What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Oh that is SO on my menu the next time EJ is gone - which just happens to be the end of this month! He's not a fan of lemon anything, but I love it! Thanks, Snorkelvik and Breadcrumbs and Gretchen for the link!

Jun 11, 2015
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What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Dinner last night was an Appleton and Diet. I was crabby and worried about my 14 yo Australian Shepherd who can't seem to keep anything in his tummy. After several clean ups, I just wasn't hungry. Vet today, where he got lots of meds (anti-nausea, antibiotic, etc) and complete bloodwork. Vet is hoping this is just a bacterial infection and not "secondary to something else." Ugh.

Tonight I'm making a spinach, roasted pepper and feta frittata. With toast. Lots of buttered toast. Comfort food ya know. And I'm thinking about opening that bottle of rose to go with.

What's for Dinner #368 - The "I Have No Title for This Thread" Edition [Old--through 6/9/15]

Last night was our second Beverages on the Back Porch Sunday - and we did quite a number on our stash of gin. It was a beautiful steamy night, so G&T with lots of lime went down way too easy! We munched on egg rolls, spring rolls and steamed wontons with spicy mustard and a ginger orange sauce that our friend brought. I made these brownies http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-bitte... for a work thing today, so we sampled them as well. Thumbs up all around, although I think my butter for the frosting was a little soft, so it didn't whip up as light and fluffy as the photo in the recipe. Tasted good though!

Tonight we're grilling some Aidell's roasted garlic and gruyere sausages and I made a creamy macaroni salad yesterday to go with (that was supposed to be yesterday's WFD, but we got sidetracked by the gin and munchies). Game three of the Stanley Cup tonight - Hawks are home in Chicago!

What's for Dinner #368 - The "I Have No Title for This Thread" Edition [Old--through 6/9/15]

The Tuscan tuna and bean sandwiches were ... fine. Maybe I was just crabby after a bad day at work, but they just tasted flat to me. And I usually really like this combo. Even the salad tasted bitter - or was that just me? Ha! The Blackhawks won, so there is that!

Tonight EJ is playing poker, so we're each on our own for dinner. I'm going to be making those jerk chicken nachos! Left over jerk chicken, sturdy tortilla chips, a mix of shredded cheeses and red pepper - broiled in the oven til melty then topped with chopped tomato, green onion, avocado and sour cream. Hoppy ale on the side. I deserve it!

What's for Dinner #368 - The "I Have No Title for This Thread" Edition [Old--through 6/9/15]

Congrats on the new work situation! And I love your cold dinners - tabbouleh is one of my faves (as is lemony hummus) but not so much for EJ.

What's for Dinner #368 - The "I Have No Title for This Thread" Edition [Old--through 6/9/15]

That looks both beautiful and delicious. Although I'd never say no to mashed potatoes either!!

Jun 04, 2015
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What's for Dinner #367 - June's Summer Song Begins [through June 3, 2015]

With EJ's new work schedule (one week on, four weeks off!) he has been taking over most of the grocery buying and food prep. Most evenings he waits til I get home and we cook together, which I love! But last night he even cooked for me! It was soooo nice to get home and only have to pour the wine and dress the salad. Jerk chicken - we loved the new to us marinade, which was quite fiery - roasted potatoes and green salad.

Tonight I'll make Tuscan white bean and tuna sandwiches. Paired with another big green salad and sauteed asparagus and mushrooms (both need using up so ...). Game 1 of the Stanley Cup will provide the entertainment - go Blackhawks!! And there may be left over jerk chicken nachos as a mid-game snack. One needs sustenance for these kinds of things.

What's for Dinner #367 - June's Summer Song Begins [through June 3, 2015]

Blackened salmon, roasted potatoes with chives from the patio pots and grilled asparagus. Sitting on the screened in porch with a bottle of wine. I love this time of year!!

Tonight will be jerk chicken on the grill - a friend brought me a bottle of his favorite jerk marinade, so will try that in place of our usual Walkerswood. EJ want roasted potatoes again - they are his fave - and we'll do a big green salad for the veggie side. Partially thawed frozen mango chunks for dessert

What's for Dinner #367 - June's Summer Song Begins [through June 3, 2015]

After what I hope to be a new Sunday evening tradition for the summer - Back Porch Beers with a great friend - we repurposed the last bit of our Memorial Day smoked pork project. We bought the country style ribs from Costco, made our own rub with paprika, salt, pepper cayenne and garlic powder and smoked them in our charcoal smoker for several hours. Sooo tender and delicious. We had one good sized rib left so we decided to make our own riff on tortas. We sliced the pork thin, wrapped in foil and then heated very gently in the oven. Toasted some crusty rolls, layered the pork, some pickled jalapenos, chihuahua cheese, and avocado on top and added a thin shmear of mayo on the top bun. It was incredibly tasty! French fries on the side and a hoppy ale to accompany.

Tonight is blackened sockeye salmon (I really wanted the Copper River salmon, but at $19.99/lb, just couldn't pull the trigger. Good thing I'm headed back to Seattle for work next week!), grilled asparagus and roasted red potatoes. Bottle of white Bordeaux. All on the screened in porch to get the most out of the absolutely beautiful weather!

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!