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What's for Dinner #384 - The Isn't it Labor Day Yet? Edition

Thanks, Linda!! EJ, the pups and the kitty will all be happier - I hope! :) Or at least better fed!

about 14 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #384 - The Isn't it Labor Day Yet? Edition

So after an absolutely insane August - I was on business travel three of the four weeks, and personal travel three of the four weekends! - I think I'll be able to start cooking again. Although I did just start a new job yesterday, so the jury is still out on how crazy my hours wil be.

Last night we made spinach and mozzarella raviolis with a gorgonzola cream sauce and an Italian "salsa" of tomatoes, basil and oregano from the garden, plus some red bell pepper, a bit of chopped onion, a minced garlic clove and some olive oil. The salsa cut the richness of the sauce really well and it was a good comfort food dinner - especially with the toasted sesame bread slathered in butter on the side. I was going to make a salad, but EJ said that we didn't need a veggie since there was spinach in the ravioli!

Tonight I'm going out for a meet and greet with my boss and some international colleagues in town for an executive meeting. He picked a place that is not my favorite local restaurant, but is not bad and is only a few minutes from home.

Tomorrow night we plan to grill up the cheddarwurst we bought this weekend on our Wisconsin trip - some satueed onions and spicy mustard for toppings and roasted potatoes on the side. And a tomato salad. We have to use up those babies!

Loved reading about all of the cooking done last month - it helped keep me sane!

What's for Dinner? #380 - Insert weather-related title here [through August 11, 2015]

Ahhh yes, kvelling naches - such a perfect phrase for a beautiful sentiment!

Aug 11, 2015
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What's for Dinner #374-The Summer Swamp Edition! [through July 14, 2015]

A really nice, relaxed weekend with lots of good eats! Saturday we made garlic tomato cheese bread as an app with some drinks, then I did a homemade pesto pizza with yellow tomato, red pepper and garlic. Yesterday we went canoeing on the lake, and stopped at the local brewery for refreshments, including the house-smoked pastrami sandwich. Then home to make spicy chicken skewers which we served as an app for our Sunday Back Porch Beverages ritual. Had those with guac and mango salsa. Then grilled poblanos stuffed with pinto beans, fresh corn and cheese - spicy red cabbage slaw on the side. Many beers to wash it down. Vanilla ice cream with raspberries from the back yard for dessert.

Tonight is grilled summer squashes, peppers and onions with marinated baked tofu over rice. With enough leftovers that EJ will eat well and with no hassle (pizza, stuffed peppers and the grilled veggies/tofu) while I'm traveling this week.

What's for Dinner #374-The Summer Swamp Edition! [through July 14, 2015]

UGH, NIW - you are SO due for a break! Hope you feel better soon - sending healing happy vibes westward for you! Oh - and I love maque choux!

Jul 13, 2015
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What's for Dinner #374-The Summer Swamp Edition! [through July 14, 2015]

Tonight is our head downtown, sit at our favorite watering hole and decide what we want to eat for dinner night. I love Fridays in the summer! I'm craving sushi and there is a new place not too far from the bar so that's what I'm lobbying for.

I just found out that I need to travel back to Seattle next week for work, which means that I will need to take a redeye flight back on Thursday to be back in time for my interview on Friday. Starts at 10:00 am and goes to 3:30. Caffeine will be my best friend that day! I'll grab a lox and bagel to eat when I land (fish is brain food, right?) but leave off the red onion!

Happy Weekend, everyone!

What's for Dinner #374-The Summer Swamp Edition! [through July 14, 2015]

Thanks so much for sharing this! You are a very talented artist - all that and you can cook and bake!

Jul 10, 2015
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What's for Dinner #374-The Summer Swamp Edition! [through July 14, 2015]

So EJ shot down the shrimp and pesto pasta idea I had for last night because he had his youngest daughter over for lunch and between that and the movie they watched (with snacks), he wasn't hungry. So it was a bits and bobs night - we both had green salad. I made mac and cheese (Annie's peace noodels, from the box!) and added 1/2 of a brat leftover from the weekend and some pickled jalapenos. He made a few nuggets of popcorn chicken to add to his salad. It sufficed.

Tonight he will finish up the chicken fried rice I made on Tuesday before he goes to tai chi. I'm coming home to mow and weed the garden, and will probably do another fridge dive for dinner. It's unseasonably cool here this week, so I'm thinking a baked potato with some black beans, cheese, and salsa may just fit the bill. I have a job interview next week and need to sit down and organize some thoughts, so will do that with a big G&T - it helps creative thinking, ya know - while the potato bakes.

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

Hi Grayelf - I'll try to work on a trip report in the next few days - the one perk of business travel is that we do get to eat pretty well. We are often in Bothell, not Seattle proper, but do make it down to the water to eat - especially enjoying this summer weather!

Jul 09, 2015
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What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

His recipe was super simple - and it was sooo good. We finished the rest of it with black bean quinoa tortilla chips last night! One ripe mango, diced. Half of a sweet red pepper, diced. Two green onions, sliced. One jalapeno (to taste) minced. Juice of one lime. Perfection and healthy - no added fat at all!

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

Oh no, Gio! So sorry to hear you and G are both feeling poorly! At least there is decent WF's rotisserie in your future. Sending healing thoughts your way!

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

After several weeks of work travel to Seattle (which is generally grueling, but for the great fish/seafood, wine, coffee and beer) it's nice to be home and back in the kitchen!

And EJ's new schedule is also very nice! Last night I came home to crab cakes with mango salsa over a green salad for dinner. The salsa was delicious and he was SO proud of himself. A new market opened up near our house and they have good, ripe mangos for 89 cents - which is unheard of here in Iowa!

That same market had shrimp for $5.99/lb, so I had EJ pick some up for dinner tonight. Thinking of giving it a quick marinade in lemon, garlic and olive oil, sauteeing and tossing with linguine and pesto. More salad on the side.

Loving all of the wonderful sounding summer celebration meals!

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.