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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

The sweet potato fries were the best part of dinner. These meatballs sucked, and the rest of the frozen ones got thrown out.

The wine helped.

39 minutes ago
LindaWhit in Home Cooking
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Bartender Cracking/Breaking Ice in Palm

Ummm....since you're in Playa del Rey (West Coast), and pinehurst is in New England (East Coast).....Yes, you definitely go to different bars.

I've only seen a bartender use a palm ice cracker when I was young and living in NJ. But that was at a higher end restaurant that my parents took me took in the mid to late 1970s. Since then? No, I've not seen it either.

about 2 hours ago
LindaWhit in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

Oh heavens, the stupidmarket was insane when I got to it around 5:30 after work. Luckily, I only needed a few things for dinner on Sunday (cooking at Mom's).

I thought I had some shaved steak in the freezer, but I was wrong. So even though I was craving a cheese steak sandwich, I went for a meatball sub - some frozen turkey meatballs were simmered in some tomato sauce that I doctored up with some dried basil, oregano, garlic powder, a pinch of sugar, and some minced onion. That simmered until the meatballs were done, then the meatballs were tucked into a small sub roll topped with a slice of provolone. Into a hot toaster oven to melt the cheese.

Some Alexia sweet potato fries alongside. Ketchup as the condiment, and wine as the libation.

about 2 hours ago
LindaWhit in Home Cooking
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How to spot bad BBQ

Interesting - the article you linked notes that one of the ways to spot bad BBQ is:

THEY PROUDLY ADVERTISE RIBS THAT "FALL OFF THE BONE"
If eating the barbecue doesn't require your central and lateral incisors (and the meat could be sucked, with just a little effort, through a straw), the restaurant is boiling and/or steaming the meat first and grilling or broiling it to finish, which gives brisket, ribs, and pulled pork the appearance of being cooked over flames. Properly cooked ribs may pull or tear clean off the bone, but they should never slide off.


And yet on a related article for "Best BBQ Joints in America"

http://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/t...

The first place listed, Fat Matt's Rib Shack in Atlanta, GA, is noted for their "fall-off-the-bone ribs and moist BBQ chicken."

Ummm......

about 10 hours ago
LindaWhit in Food Media & News

10 best Supermarkets

Market Basket doesn't either, but they usually have many many checkout aisles open. If there are 12 checkouts and 4 Express, all 4 Express and at least 8 checkouts will be open on a Saturday - or Sunday before football starts. :-)

about 11 hours ago
LindaWhit in Chains

What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

Love the idea of shaving the asparagus and doing a quick sauté! :::filing away for future use:::

about 11 hours ago
LindaWhit in Home Cooking
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If you could have only 1 knife...?

Agree with 8" chef's/santoku knife and a 4" parer. I could *probably* get by without a serrated knife.

Henckel's Professional "S" or Shun Classic are what I'd recommend to the OP. But go "try" the knives out in your own hand. What fits right in one person's hand may not in another.

about 12 hours ago
LindaWhit in Cookware

What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

Very good - chicken could easily be added to the sauté. I would have enjoyed it even more with the OJ, I think, but the wine and sherry worked just fine.

1 day ago
LindaWhit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

Why, I have NO idea what you're talking about, mc. :-P

1 day ago
LindaWhit in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

Gingered sauteed veggies and cashews on rice is dinner.

3 small carrots - peeled and sliced.
One baby bok choy - chopped up, with leaves julienned separately.
A handful green beans - snipped and cut into 1" pieces.
A quarter of an onion, cut into 1" pieces.
A large handful of sugar snap peas - stemmed and halved.
Half a red bell pepper, cut into 1" pieces.
Basmati rice, cooked.

In a large skillet, some grapeseed oil AND blood orange olive oil were heated (I would have used OJ later in the cooking if I had had it) and a minced garlic clove was added with the carrots, bok choy stems, green beans and red bell pepper. Sauteed that all on relatively high heat, adding the sugar snap peas and onion towards the end.

A half cup of white wine was added (this is where I would have used OJ), along with the bok choy leaves, and I let that reduce by half.

Then a combination of dry sherry (maybe a half cup or more?), 1-2 tsp. grated ginger root, and a tsp. of cornstarch which had been shaken together was added. Stir, stir, stir stir until it sauced up. A sprinkle of salt and a grind of pepper, tossed in a large handful of whole cashews, did another stir stir stir stir, and it was served over the basmati rice.

Wine alongside. Dinner. And work lunch tomorrow.

1 day ago
LindaWhit in Home Cooking
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10 best Supermarkets

Don't know. I moved from northern NJ to central PA (farm country) in 1984. :-)

1 day ago
LindaWhit in Chains

10 best Supermarkets

I shop (moderately) at Wegmans, TJs and Whole Foods.

Frequently at Market Basket and Hannafords. (Don't know if they made the list).

1 day ago
LindaWhit in Chains

10 best Supermarkets

Always did like stocking up at the ShopRite Can-Can Sale when I lived in northern NJ. :-)

1 day ago
LindaWhit in Chains

Is Anyone Food "Couponing"Anymore?

The Sunday Boston Globe costs about $46.00 for 16 weeks delivery in my area. :-/

1 day ago
LindaWhit in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

Congrats, Harters! And I love the title!

1 day ago
LindaWhit in Home Cooking

how do you store your glasses/stemware?

That would do it for me! LOL

1 day ago
LindaWhit in Cookware

Is Anyone Food "Couponing"Anymore?

I do know that, foodie. Of course, when I go there, I always forget to see if I have coupons for what I need. I usually don't.

I'm going to go the viperlush route - let my Sunday paper subscription lapse and then "subscribe" to the free inserts. Hopefully they'll arrive on the doorstep in a timely manner.

1 day ago
LindaWhit in Not About Food

"Just eat it, you'll like it"

I am food-venturous and I try to help others be that way, too.
I am also concerned about people-- I enjoy listening to people explain why they can't/don't

Here's how you would convince me -- have a consistinet response. BE consistent in what you don't eat. Don't prosthelytize me; I won't harangue you.
.
But if you've Never had it... I might be pretty insistient.
For you to taste.
~~~~~~~~~~~

And my consistent and insistent response to you would be "Because." There is no other reason that is required of me to give you.

"BECAUSE." Plain. Simple. Extremely easy to understand.

And your role is to respect that reason. Not to continue to insist that someone try something. If they don't want something, they don't want something. You don't need ANY other reason but that one.

1 day ago
LindaWhit in Not About Food
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how do you store your glasses/stemware?

Dust and grease from the air can still get in there, kggal. I'm single, so I don't use all of my wineglasses on a regular basis, which means they're not always used and then washed clean on a regular basis.

Those that are in the back of the cabinet that get used infrequently can get a bit dusty/slightly tacky on the outside of the bowl. Which means that can happen on the inside of the bowl as well. If you use all of your glasses on a regular basis, this isn't a problem.

1 day ago
LindaWhit in Cookware

What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

WalMart AND pizza place straddling. What a helluva way to end your day, julie! Bonus on the $5.00 pizza. :D

1 day ago
LindaWhit in Home Cooking

how do you store your glasses/stemware?

So dust doesn't get inside the bowl of the glass.

Apr 16, 2014
LindaWhit in Cookware

What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

Yeah, the idea was better than the execution. Not enough ginger, not enough garlic. Oh well. It cleared out the leftover containers.

I think the carrot-ginger pasta sauce would be fine, with some of my oomphing. I also like the thought I had midway through cooking the carrots - roasting them with the garlic. Would give a nice roasty-toasty flavor to the sauce.

At least the pieces of ribs had some heat from the sriracha used in the glaze.

Apr 16, 2014
LindaWhit in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

And now for something completely different - a clean-out-the-fridge meal. I have some fettuccine, and some of the country-style ribs. The ribs have been chopped up and will be heated up and *might* be tossed with the pasta and sauce, and I'm making a carrot-ginger sauce to toss with the fettuccine.

Fashioned after this recipe - carrots are being boiled with a garlic clove, and will then be whirred together with some ground ginger, half-and-half and a bit of the cooking water if I need it using a stick blender.

Peas alongside. Or on top. Or mixed in. A jumbly meal.

http://weelicious.com/2012/03/14/carr...

Apr 16, 2014
LindaWhit in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Oh, pretty! I might have to make a trip one weekend - when it gets a LOT warmer. :-) Thanks for the info.

Apr 16, 2014
LindaWhit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

THAT I do know, Veggo. A lady slipper grew in a small bit of woods next to my childhood house, and I watched it grow and open. Loved it. Hoped for more; never saw any.

Apr 16, 2014
LindaWhit in Home Cooking
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Suggestions for using Middle Eastern spice blends

Za'atar is great sprinkled on pita pieces brushed with olive oil and baked until crisp. Dip into a hummus. I also love it as a rub for chicken (skin on) roasted in the oven.

Apr 16, 2014
LindaWhit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Welcome home.
Dinner: good.
NCIS & L.A.: both good.

Apr 16, 2014
LindaWhit in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Well, there's something I didn't know, Gio. So if someone took several plants of wild tiger lilies and replanted them in their yard, they could be fined in MA?

Apr 16, 2014
LindaWhit in Home Cooking
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Is Anyone Food "Couponing"Anymore?

Ahhh, one of those type of freebies. Got it.

Apr 16, 2014
LindaWhit in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Have a wonderful pre-birthday wildflower search, BBL. And enjoy whatever dinner you choose to make for your pre-birthday dinner!

Apr 16, 2014
LindaWhit in Home Cooking