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What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Steak night at Steve's Roadhouse. A club steak will be seared in a cast iron pan and finished in the oven. Sides will include creamed spinach and baked potato. Salad will be tomato from the garden.

Lights will be dimmed in the dining room, Ella Fitzgerald on the box. The wine will be red. Dessert will be a film classic - To Have and Have Not. Bogart and Bacall.

"You do know how to whistle, don't you..."

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

The well-traveled young man appears to be an athlete, a scholar and a bit of a musician.

about 4 hours ago
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

There's always room for one more at our table.

about 7 hours ago
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Are you sure you're from Jersey?

about 23 hours ago
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

The chicken was moist, the skin crispy. Both the potatoes and the green beans passed muster. The wine, a Medoc, was the right call for this dish. I subbed out Clapton for Sly and the Family Stone. It was a good meal.

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

It's killer.

Search WFD. Half a sandwich and a cup of homemade tomato soup is meal enough for a normal Patriot's fan. Go for it down the road.

1 day ago
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Not very spontaneous...

1 day ago
steve h. in Home Cooking

b.o.s. (Beef. Offal. Sustainable.), a review

Great photos, great story.

Thanks for sharing.

1 day ago
steve h. in Los Angeles Area

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Mercy. Major head slap here. Modest question though, can you right coast denizens score a decent avocado?

Dim sum is a weekly requirement when Deb and I are on the left coast.

1 day ago
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Grilled cheese sandwiches made with the fall-off-the-bone short rib meat is killer. Pair it with homemade tomato soup and take the rest of the week off.

When does curling season begin?

1 day ago
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Dim sum, to me, is a celebration. Carts simply put the experience over the top.

What's a BLAT?

1 day ago
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

And wine!

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Short ribs always trump pot roast in my house.

Your meal sounds great. Is it football season? I didn't notice. ;-(

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Comfort food tonight. A medium-sized chicken has been salted/seasoned and has been air-drying in the fridge for over 24 hours. Deb trussed the bird a bit ago, buttered it and will roast it in a method similar to the instructions found in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume One.

Sides will be simple: mashed potatoes and green beans. Pan sauce will form the basis of the gravy. This will be a sit-down meal in the dining room, a decent Medoc will wash things down. Maybe some vintage Clapton on the box.

Quiche: Anything Close To Amandine?

I've had good success at the Beverly Hills outpost. I'm a bit of a quiche bigot. They do a decent job. Maybe give them a chance, day or night, if you're in the neighborhood.

Edited to add: Quiche always tastes best when fresh from the oven. The barkeeps at Bar Bouchon usually tip me off. It makes a difference.

1 day ago
steve h. in Los Angeles Area

Quiche: Anything Close To Amandine?

Bouchon gets my vote. I prefer sitting at the ground-level bar.

Penance is $13.50 but that includes some simple greens on the side.

1 day ago
steve h. in Los Angeles Area

Trip Report in Photos: Barcelona

Nice. I'm a big fan of stumbling into places.

2 days ago
steve h. in Spain/Portugal

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Thanks. I'm still doing the dishes.

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Thanks.

Sep 13, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Very kind. I love this kind of food and Deb does such a great job.

Sep 13, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Tasty. Deb put a lot of time into the meal. The tart was a home run.

Looking forward to the leftovers.

Sep 13, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

It was a good meal. Wine was a pinot noir from Monterey. Very untraditional but it worked well with the meal. Deb nailed it, including (especially) the sauce.

Tomatoes and basil from the garden were dressed with extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkling of Maldon salt.

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Thank you.

Fall/autumn is a special time of year. Roasts and braises and root vegetables and stews call. I have yet to find a local .goto baker. I need to resolve that issue

Sep 13, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Pantin aux epinards, Simone Beck. Simca's spinach tart with ham, mushrooms and cheese in a puff pastry.

Deb has been working on this all afternoon. The recipe comes from Julia Child's Kitchen. Prep is long and involved. It's been cold and rainy all day so perhaps this is a fitting dish for later tonight. The kitchen has an earthy smell, hints of good things to come.

Wine will be paroled from the jail, salad will come from the garden. Topping will be a sauce soubise au Gruyere.

Bon Appetit!

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

The staged kitchen photo is ridiculously funny. The takeaway is the woman should neither be allowed to cook nor to breed.

It's a pity that the silly photo diminished a debate-worthy topic.

Sep 13, 2014
steve h. in Food Media & News

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

You, your food and your house continue to impress.

Sep 13, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition

Pasta with favas, tomatoes and sausage.

an overnight in celebration of 50th wedding anniversary

Homestead Inn in Greenwich, CT.

Thomas Henkelmann's restaurant may be the best in all of Fairfield County.

My wife and I recently celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary there. We also celebrated our 39th there, too. Go for lunch, go for supper, spend the night if you like.

Sep 12, 2014
steve h. in Southern New England

Cubed Duck Breast? Ideas

Very cool. Remember, duck fat is your friend.

Sep 12, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

Cubed Duck Breast? Ideas

Duck is the dish that keeps on giving. I usually get two meals after roasting one. Field stripping the carcass by hand generally yields enough meat for a classic hash on Sunday. I'd have no problem executing a killer Sunday hash, with all the fixings and libations for friends and family, using cubed duck. I may modify the cubes a bit but that's a minor detail.

Sep 12, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking