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What's for Dinner #332 - The Wee Ghosties and Goblins Edition! [through Nov. 1, 2014]

That stinks. I'm actually dreading going into the city tomorrow.
Hope you get some peace soon.

Oct 30, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #332 - The Wee Ghosties and Goblins Edition! [through Nov. 1, 2014]

Oh my gosh, I should introduce you to my sister. She's in Russian Hill and has basically said every word you just wrote.
Nothing about the Giants win makes up for her annoyance of the drunken, disorderly fans, in her mind. Not my parents happiness, nor my increased workload/paycheck (my client LOVES to throw game day parties), absolutely nothing!

It will soon be over, MC!

What's for Dinner #332 - The Wee Ghosties and Goblins Edition! [through Nov. 1, 2014]

I wasn't away anywhere romantic or glamorous. Just trying to grow a toddler and occasionally winning at it.

I miss cooking and I miss these threads. Sooo excited for cooler weather, too.

What's for Dinner #332 - The Wee Ghosties and Goblins Edition! [through Nov. 1, 2014]

Meatloaf with roasted veggies (sweet potato and cheddar cauliflower) is wfd tonight and thank goodness the prep is done. Our small person in the family has decided the hours between 3 and 6 am are not to be missed, which makes a long day for parents that can't nap.
In case the leftover meatloaf isn't enough, I'm defrosting two boudin blanc a friend gave me. The fat, rich and creamy sausage will hopefully soothe our feathers.

Homemade brownies for dessert.

Missed you guys these last months!

Does anyone ever order hot water with lemon?

I really don't get the association of this drink with trying to be thrifty.
I order this because it's comforting and what I need at the time.
It's usually part of a large order for three people, but even when it's just me ordering a small breakfast and hot water, it seems well received.
Congratulations on being a cancer survivor.

Sep 07, 2014
rabaja in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition [through August 30th, 2014]

She looks so sweet, poor baby. Hope she mends very quickly. Bet she's happy to be next to you.

Aug 27, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition [through August 30th, 2014]

That all sounds lovely! One of my favorite meals and it sounds like you did it up right!

Aug 27, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

I think we are the only people within a 40 mile radius that slept through it.

Eta: we are tired. really, really tired.

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

Oh Gio, I hope the pain is eased and you don't even miss the booze.
I promise to have some gin in your honor.

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

Hi Fowler,
I'm fine, as is husband and baby. Thanks so much for asking!
I try to read these threads when I get the odd moment here and there (and often heart things, cause I'm a fan of the heart), but I can't always compose posts worthy of wfd. In my head yes, but from head to keypad, not so much.

Can you believe we slept right through the earthquake? The baby and two cats did as well, not a peep from anyone. And we're not even big drinkers anymore :)
Well, sometimes....

I always say, we need the occasional earthquake to get the rents down, or house prices lower. That's awful, I know. My native Californian humor.

What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition! [through August 23, 2014]

Oh my gosh, that's awful! I too am tearing up over your story.
I get upset leaving my son for the odd day I go to work, much less shipping him off to the Navy!
I know it's a ways off, but I can see how it doesn't get any easier from two years old to eighteen.

Aug 23, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition! [through August 23, 2014]

Really? We can't. I'm so jealous. I love roasting skin on thighs, but boneless since we are sitting around with one hand assisting a toddler to eat. I always have to bone them out myself, something I never really have time for these days. Do you ask the butcher to do this, or are they just available in the case?

Aug 21, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Thank you everyone, for the well wishes and commiserating. It has been a good trip for the husband. I think his mom is just so relieved to have someone to talk to, ie vent. I'm sure she appreciated having her son to herself again, even though we actually genuinely like one another.
It's been an interesting week. Gone far better than I thought it would. The boy has been a trooper and he keeps me laughing, so the days go by fast. Who knew, but I am so thankful.
Meals have been rather boring. Poorly pieced together salads, a ho-hum banh mi (my fault, bad bun) and a couple of not great restaurant meals (except for the company, of course).

My favorite dinner was last Friday. A co-worker gave me a leftover pork banh mi sandwich from a staff meal to take home. I put the baby down, had a glass of wine and ate it in front of the tv. Moonstruck had started ten minutes earlier. Super score and reminded me of my singleton days.

We plan to go east again as a family in September. Those of you that are close to your elders will understand when we say we think of moving closer all of the time. Now to explain that to my parents. Lol.

Last night on our own tomorrow. I'll try to do it up right.

Eta: my dining companion.

What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Wait a second, did I miss the period when the DF became the DH? Congratulations!
I bet your wedding feast was fantastic.
Many happy years to you both.

Aug 13, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

That looks so fabulous!
I'm tempted to look up the Momofuku recipe, but really I'd just like someone to serve me a bowl, please.

Maybe it's time I got out to the Ramen Shop in the East Bay.

What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Dropping my husband at the airport today for his first of likely many solo trips to Boston. The time had come to checkin on his parents more than a handful of times per year, and it's just not realistic for us all to go each time.
I will be on my own with the baby for one whole week, and you know, I'm sure it will be fine. I'm not worried one bit about handling the feedings, meals, wake ups and diapers all on my own. Sob.

The upside is I get to indulge in spicy all week, as long as the kid is good with it.

Tonight we are grabbing dinner in SF, but tomorrow it's whatever I want it to be! For some reason chicken taco salad is speaking to me. I just need to remember to kiss, lest I overwhelm myself!

How I Wrote an Entire Book on Banh Mi

Right?! That shot made my mouth water and wish it were in a town near me.

Aug 13, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #318 -- There Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues Edition! [through August 13, 2014]

I loved that thread. As soon as it gets chilly here, I'm making it.
Today's actually chilly for august, but you know what I mean.

What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

I make a broccoli/sweet potato patty with egg and cheese for our almost toddling boy. They freeze very well and keep him, shall we say, regular. At least I'm convinced they do. Sometimes I swap out the broccoli for spinach.

Lots of muffins are a favorite around here as well.

Aug 06, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

Happy Birthday, mc!
Wishing you lots of joy in your new year!

Aug 06, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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Who's got the best food for takeout from San Rafael down to Corte Madera?

We ent there last year, for our night before thanksgiving ritual. My husband seemed to think it was good in the past (he was living in larkspur when we met), but it was awful. Like "into the bin", bad.

People do love it though and it was packed.

Aug 05, 2014
rabaja in San Francisco Bay Area

The view from the kitchen window

This is our current view from our kitchen window, the deck area anyway. Behind our happy lemon tree is a mum that will just not die. We put it in for fall color last year and apparently it's here to stay.
The play structure and colored pads are our new reality, much to Henry the Cat's dismay.

What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

So sorry for your loss, lingua. It's so hard to say goodbye to our fur relatives. My heart hurts for you.

Aug 05, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

She's just gorgeous! Congrats!

Jul 31, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking

Who's got the best food for takeout from San Rafael down to Corte Madera?

I'm glad you found good take out out this way. I struggle with choices when we don't want to cook, but Sol Food has been a savior. Especially their whole chickens. With a salad and tostones, it's a great dinner.

Our other option is West Brooklyn for pizza. It's better when you pick it up, but it's good old school pizza.

I'm hoping people will continue to post recs here. The takeout/delivery options here are few and far between, IMHO.

I miss my Sonoma taco truck!

Jul 31, 2014
rabaja in San Francisco Bay Area

Does anyone ever order hot water with lemon?

I've been doing this since i had a baby last year. I need to stay hydrated for nursing so I gave up the coffee/tea/chai I was ordering out, choosing to just have caffeine at home first. - I couldn't get out of the house without one cup of caffeine since the baby, but I do try to limit myself.
Sometimes I add an herbal "nursing" tea bag. Never have added honey. I am happy to pay for the service, but I'm not going to go into it every place I order. Go ahead and charge me. This is never the only thing I order, btw. Usually it's one of three or four items.

A note to all you boo-hooer's. It's a healthy beverage. Chill the fuck out.

Jul 29, 2014
rabaja in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

My book should arrive tomorrow and I'm making the carrot/daikon pickle today in anticipation! It's perfect weather here for this kind of food.

Jul 25, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

I did, a few weeks ago. That's why I keep meaning to buy the book. I love all of her posts.
I saw you on the page, and wanted to introduce myself, but wasn't sure if that would be overstepping the chow/FB boundaries.
(Or maybe it was on Wok Wednesday)

Jul 23, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

Oh you should! I keep thinking if ordering that book, and two more for friends. She is just such a great, personable writer.

Jul 23, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

I'll be looking for that today, thanks so much!

Congrats on the new upcoming grandchild! Very exciting.