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

Well, since it is Easter, in our house, that means Ham. So I will heat up a spiral sliced ham with glaze, mashed potatoes with roasted garlic, butter and some softened cream cheese mixed with 1/2 & 1/2 (hey, it's a holiday - splurge, baby, splurge). Also some glazed baby carrots and some fresh hot rolls. The kitchen is already smelling good.

Happy Easter, everyone.

about 8 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

That looks fantastic LW. Lucky you. I'd eat that in a heartbeat! And good luck with the plants. I have a black thumb and I swear I could probably kill an air fern!

about 14 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

My Orange Marmalade dipping sauce had a little rice wine vinegar added, some red pepper flakes for the punch and a little s&p. Was great. Also had a little dish of sweet chili sauce so there was a choice. Both were great and the shrimp turned out wonderful. I used peanut oil.

about 14 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

Tonight will be deep fried coconut shrimp with a spicy orange marmalade dipping sauce. To go with will be some rice in the rice cooker and I'll also steam some mixed veggies in the cooker as well.

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

Sorry about the tummy. Hope you get better soon. Oh, and save me the skin from that roti chicken! That is just 7th heaven for me! DH has now said he needs to buy 2 just so he can have some skin (which is also fine with me because I can think of so many things to make with the chicken).

Apr 15, 2014
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Help with reheating rice - no microwave

It depends on what you have on hand. Steaming is the most recommended as you can see by the responses. But if all you have is a wide-hole steamer. use a coffee filter on the bottom before rice is added. I use them all the time and most people have them on hand. If not, buy some as they are so versatile for many other kitchen needs.

Apr 15, 2014
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Tonight is Salisbury Meatballs simmered in sliced mushroom gravy. Mac & cheese with green beans on the side. Simple and very yummy.

Apr 15, 2014
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Last night was baked salmon with shallots and butter. To go with it was some really creamy risotto milanese (love that I had that saffron in the cupboard) and some spaghetti squash from my freezer. (Sorry - this plate of food is for eating - not looking pretty) :)

Apr 14, 2014
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What's for Dinner #290 - April Showers/April Flowers Edition! [through April 12, 2014]

Somehow I knew you would like this one! Doh - it's shrooms!!!!

Apr 10, 2014
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What's for Dinner #290 - April Showers/April Flowers Edition! [through April 12, 2014]

Not really. It's a combination of a couple of recipes. I'm taking what I like from each one and adapting it.
http://fitfool.livejournal.com/253543.html
http://damndelicious.net/2011/07/03/h...

I am going to cook the chicken breast and then shred it into the soup. Can't wait.

Apr 10, 2014
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What's for Dinner #290 - April Showers/April Flowers Edition! [through April 12, 2014]

I agree with the others. You need to get checked. We need you healthy. Please go soon!

Apr 10, 2014
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What's for Dinner #290 - April Showers/April Flowers Edition! [through April 12, 2014]

Tonight will be Hungarian Chicken & Mushroom Soup. It will have tons of sliced buttons and crimini mushrooms. Usually it's a no meat dish, but DH wants chicken. So I'm happy to accommodate.

Apr 10, 2014
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What's for Dinner #290 - April Showers/April Flowers Edition! [through April 12, 2014]

Thanks. They were. I got the idea from Sunny Anderson several years ago. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/su...

Made for a nice change.

Apr 10, 2014
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Non-tomato based pasta dishes that can be made ahead of time

I do a RIF on several asian salads I've found on the internet combined. Might be a work-around for you. We love it. You can do most of the ingredients ahead of time. I have done the pasta, tossed with a little asian salad dressing in the bottom of the bowl (to coat so they don't stick together), then just layer the other ingredients (except the crispy chow mein noodles) on. Toss, add chow mein noodles and you are ready to eat. Great summer time dish.

Ingredients

8 oz. spaghetti
1 tbs. sesame oil
1 chicken breast
1 bag cole slaw cabbage
4 green onions
2 stalks thin sliced celery
1 sm. bag mung bean sprouts
1 sm. Jar pimentos or 1 julienned red pepper
1 can chow mein noodles
Chopped peanuts (Optional)
1 jar Asian salad dressing

Instructions

Salt and pepper chicken, then saute chicken breast in olive oil and let rest 5 minutes before slicing thinly.

Cook spaghetti to al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, toss noodles with sesame oil. Slice Green onions on a bias – both white and greens and add to bowl.

Next, add in cabbage, bean sprouts and drained pimentos (or red pepper strips). Toss well.

Add salad dressing to taste. Sprinkle on chow mein noodles for crunch and enjoy.

There is also chicken spaghetti (which I make in double batches and freeze half to be made later and is still delicious). I use a Pioneer Woman recipe with a lot of changes :)

Linguini with Roasted Red Pepper sauce.

Almost any pasta can be made ahead of time, then dropped in a quick hot water bath and the sauce added at that time.

I also have a "killer" Confetti Pasta Salad if you are interested.

Apr 09, 2014
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What's for Dinner #290 - April Showers/April Flowers Edition! [through April 12, 2014]

Well, last night was breakfast for dinner. I made Eggs in a basket, maple flavored sausage patties and english muffins with honey. Used hash browns with butter to line muffin cups. Baked until golden. Added an egg to each and baked again. Then coated with cheese and some crispy fried pancetta. Yokes were still runny and delicious. Yummy. Tonight will be clean out the fridge night. There are lots of goodies there still.

Oh, and speaking of April Showers - My tulip tree is in full bloom and so many blossom petals have fallen it looks like my lawn has snow! Of course, the tree is huge. It's over 50 years old!

Apr 09, 2014
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Corned Beef hash...from a can. Preferred brands?

I hear you. I'm saying RIP to my mom who made those wonderful breakfast meals (the hash and eggs; Milquetoast; warm rice with butter, brown sugar and warm milk; oatmeal; etc.) and she did it every day on school days as long as I can remember and she worked too!

Apr 08, 2014
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What's for dinner #289 - Spring Poems Edition! [Through April 7, 2014]

I can't remember where I got this, but it was on the internet somewhere. I had it stored in my Pepperplate file.

Chicken & Vegetable Pad Thai

Ingredients

1/2 pound chicken breast cut into strips
8 ounces dried wide, flat rice noodles
1/4 cup fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving (3 limes)
3 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp chili sauce, such as Sriracha
1 tbsp packed dark-brown sugar
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced
1 cup bean sprouts
salt
2 tbsp roasted salted peanuts, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions

Soak noodles according to package instructions; drain. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, soy sauce, chili sauce, and brown sugar.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1/2 tsp oil over medium-high tilting to coat pan. Add eggs, swirl to coat bottom and cook until just set, about 1 minute. Transfer eggs to a cutting board, loosely tool up, and cut crosswise into thin strips. Add 4 teaspoons oil to skillet and heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown on both sides and cooked through. Transfer to cutting board.

Add 1 1/2 tsp oil, carrots, garlic, and scallion whites to skillet and cook until softened, 5 minutes. Add lime-juice mixture and bring to a simmer. Add noodles and bean sprouts and cook, stirring frequently, 1 minute. Add eggs and chicken and gently toss to combine. Season with salt to taste. Serve and top with peanuts, cilantro, and scallion greens. Serve with lime wedges.

Apr 08, 2014
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What's for dinner #289 - Spring Poems Edition! [Through April 7, 2014]

Saturday night was pork tenderloin (melt in your mouth kind), creamy mashed potatoes with butter and cream cheese whipped in and steamed peas & carrots.

Sunday night I made some yummy Chicken & Vegetable Pad Thai, with sticky rice on the side. I had to have 2nd's of that! DH was thrilled with dinner both nights.

Apr 07, 2014
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Corned Beef hash...from a can. Preferred brands?

My mom did this for us in a fry pan more than 50 years ago. Loved it.

Apr 05, 2014
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Pepperplate menu planning app

Well, now my pix's are not showing up AGAIN. I'm getting seriously pi**ed.

Apr 05, 2014
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Home made butter anyone?

When my kids were little, we had a farm and milked cows. I would put fresh cream in a jar. The kids would sit on the floor and roll it back and forth till it became butter. Fun for them, and great for me!

Apr 04, 2014
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LEG OF LAMB - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for April 2014

DH and I don't eat Lamb, so won't be participating in this month's DOTM. :)

Apr 04, 2014
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Would this rub you the wrong way? (House Guests selectively picking up the tab) and questions on house guest expectations

I agree with the majority on here. It was unthoughtful and rude not to do something. But it would also give me pause to have them as house guests again. Still get together with them next time, just don't have them stay with you - i.e. let them get that hotel room, or stay with "other" friends.

Apr 04, 2014
boyzoma in Not About Food

Using up Cream Cheese

We use a block of softened cream cheese, cover with cocktail sauce and then rinsed and drained baby shrimps. I usually put a cocktail knife on the plate. Eat with Triscuits or other cracker of your choice.

Apr 01, 2014
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NATIONAL TURKEY NECK SOUP DAY - March 30th

Well, this is a new one. I hadn't heard about this holiday. But apparently it is a National one. Anyone else heard of it? Are you making Turkey Neck Soup? Seems there is a "National" food item for every day. Personally, I can't wait for April 3 - National Chocolate Mousse Day!

http://www.checkiday.com/03/30/2014

Mar 30, 2014
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What's for dinner #287: The adios to winter edition [Through March 30, 2014]

So many thanks to all of you. He's doing as well as can be expected. Besides his COPD, he also has lung cancer, so that makes things worse - and he refuses to get that treated because he doesn't want to feel worse. But, he is doing better than they thought he would. He's done good considering he is 86 today. Will just take one day at a time. Thanks to all for your well wishes.

Mar 29, 2014
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What's for dinner #287: The adios to winter edition [Through March 30, 2014]

Well, sadly, plans for dinner changed for tonight. We were supposed to take my Dad out for his birthday tonight. However, he ended up in the ER instead. He has COPD and a few other problems so it has happened before. But he is back home now, and we'll just reschedule.

So tonight, we will pull one of the famous DH's spaghetti sauce packets out of the freezer and mix up a nice comforting batch of spaghetti. Will have a little garlic bread to go with and a nice glass of Chianti (or two). Saturdays are usually the day we shop for the week, but DH is a little under the weather too. So maybe shopping will happen tomorrow. Oh well.

Mar 29, 2014
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What's for dinner #287: The adios to winter edition [Through March 30, 2014]

Well, I have to admit - Most CH's have not steered me wrong yet. I've tried many recipes posted and loved them. Most recent was steve h's chicken fricassee. But have enjoyed so many others. Thank heavens I found this site. So include me with his GF's!

Mar 28, 2014
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What's for dinner #287: The adios to winter edition [Through March 30, 2014]

Been a little under the weather, and a little lurking, but I'm back. :) And yes, I now keep a tub of whipped cream cheese in the fridge at all times (besides the fact I love it on my bagels).

Mar 28, 2014
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What's for dinner #287: The adios to winter edition [Through March 30, 2014]

I haven't had a good chili cheese dog in ages. Now I have a craving. Thanks for the suggestion!

Mar 28, 2014
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