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What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

Yeah, what a gyp.

about 21 hours ago
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

That's a pretty cool mashup. Untraditional but cool nonetheless.

I hear you. I'm running out of patience with New England winters.

about 21 hours ago
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

Evil.

Nice meal, though.

about 22 hours ago
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

Contractors have left for the day, Deb and I clinked beer/wine glasses immediately thereafter. Welcome to the weekend!

The remaining Porkette has been retrieved from the coolerator, diced and will find its way into "Simca's Spinach Turnover With Ham And Mushrooms (Pantin aux epinards, Simone Beck)." The recipe is courtesy of From Julia Child's Kitchen. It's a bit of a pain to make but the end result is worth the modest effort. A sauce soubise au Gruyere is the topper. Everything is rich, rich, rich. We've made this before.

Temperatures climbed above freezing today but will drop down to high single digits tonight. I'm very happy that I shoveled the driveway after last night's/this morning's snow. We'll be in the deep freeze for the next five days or so with more snow coming. Whatever, weather happens.

I'll parole a decent red from the wine jail, it's Deb's turn to select a movie from the archives. Stay warm.

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

Nice. Duck is the dish that keeps on giving. Inexpensive, easy to prepare, nothing goes to waste. So many recipes for leftovers, including the carcass.

Everyone should have three in the freezer.

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

The duck was a moist and tasty success. The veg, cooked in the same roasting pan, benefited from all the duck fat.

It was a tasty meal. We washed it all down with a quality Chianti Classico.

Winter does have some redeeming qualities.

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

Nice.

Jan 28, 2015
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

I'm no longer fond of winter here in New England but there is one splendid saving grace that frigid weather encourages: hearty meals. Roast duck is up tonight. Sides will be chunked potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic cooked in the duck fat. A nice red will be paroled from the wine jail.

Stay warm, read your seed catalogs.

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

The gift that keeps on giving. Nothing goes to waste.

Jan 27, 2015
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

Only for some. I'll be roasting a duck tomorrow. Potatoes, carrots and onions will take a warm bath in duck fat, a decent red will be on the counter.

Connecticut Yankees don't get mad, we get busy. ;-)

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

Winter in New England means you always have some braised meat and maybe a ham of some sort, other stuff, in the coolerator. A well-stocked wine jail and beer locker goes without saying.

I'll be heating up some short ribs and Gorgonzola polenta tonight. Deb will add some chive carrots. House red will be on the counter. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the BBC version with Alec Guinness, continues on the plasma. Acorn Media repurposed the original broadcast tapes to a digital format. It's a three-disc set I bought way back when. I highly recommend it.

I shoveled the driveway this afternoon and got rid of eight inches of global warming. It seems this is the snowiest decade since the 1960s. I thought it all looked familiar.

Contractors will be back to torment me tomorrow but at least I now have my bedroom and bath back.

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

Thanks. I stocked up on plenty of liquid back medicine when word broke of this pending storm. New Englanders take this winter stuff in stride. ;-)

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

Looks tasty. Good call on the wine.

Jan 26, 2015
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

I'll reheat some Porkette (smoked pork butt), warm up some mac & cheese and then dinner will be served. Beer and wine will be on the counter. To Catch a Thief (Cary Grant/French Riviera/Grace Kelly/Alfred Hitchcock) is a strong contender for plasma time. We'll see.

Snow is coming down right steady now, my back is already complaining in advance of serious snow shoveling tomorrow. I'll deal. My main concern is wind. Very high winds are forecast late tonight and that tells me old trees and power lines are vulnerable.

Dinner for 9 for under $1500 [San Francisco]

Perbacco is a good choice. I like La Folie and believe it might be the best fit.

An alternative in the Marina District is A16. Very good food, excellent wines. Try to reserve the Atrium Room (minimum of 10 but they may cut you some slack since you'll be dining a la carte). Easy cab ride from your hotel.

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

Nice. Your meal would translate perfectly to New England. Well done.

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

I'll remind you of your climate provocation come August when Deb and I will be in Monterey for Car Week, enjoying 70-degree temperatures, hanging out in Pebble Beach for the Concours, swilling wine and chowing down on foie gras at Andres Bouchee while you steam in your own skin. :-)

Only kidding, of course. You and your guy are tops in my book.

Jan 25, 2015
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

Short ribs on polenta never fail to impress.

Sometimes a simple dish hits it on all cylinders. This is one of those dishes. Polenta, Gorgonzola and cream were meant for each other. Leftovers should be special.

Tinker Tailor is on the plasma. A good call.

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

Oh yeah.

Jan 25, 2015
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

and poetry.

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

Wow.

Jan 25, 2015
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

Short ribs braised in red wine will sit on top of Gorgonzola polenta tonight. Chive carrots will be the side, red wine will be at the ready.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the classic BBC version with Alec Guinness and not the 2011 movie, will be plucked from the archive and shown on the plasma.

Cheese and port for afters.

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

You're killing me, weezie.

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

Nice photo. The meal sounds perfect for the weather.

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

Nice.

Jan 25, 2015
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

All over again.

Jan 23, 2015
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

Skirt steak will be grilled on one of those cast iron griddles that span two stovetop burners, beans and rice will be the side. Beer and wine will be on the counter. I'm glad it's Friday.

Dinner Rush will be on the plasma. Deb plucked it from the archives. It's a low-key movie that is pure Manhattan. There are good guys, bad guys and some of the best restaurant kitchen scenes ever filmed. Roxlet would get a feeling of déjà vu.

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

Comfort food is up tonight - homemade mac & cheese with ham. Deb's mac & cheese is ridiculously rich, a heart attack on a plate, actually but oh so tasty. The ham is a smoked pork butt that will be warmed up in the oven, spinach on the side. Beer and wine on the counter, NCIS on the plasma (Deb insists).

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

Nice.

Now you have me thinking about homemade soup and alternative grilled cheese.

To be continued...

Jan 21, 2015
steve h. in Home Cooking
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Retire where?

Keep us posted.

Jan 20, 2015
steve h. in Not About Food