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

She's just gorgeous! Congrats!

about 10 hours ago
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!

about 10 hours ago
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.

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]

Chile verde tonight, made with pork shoulder. It clouded up today and even rained this morning, and hasn't gotten warmer than 74, so it seemed like a good day to leave the oven on at 225f for five hours.

The one year old has a cold so we've been pretty housebound all week (aka, stir crazy) and wanted to use up what produce I could. The romaine I'd intended to serve it over was wilted beyond belief so I made a mess sautéing summer squash and warming canned beans. It wasn't the prettiest chile verde, or at all authentic, but it worked. Avocado and green onion and cilantro helped. Just realized I forgot the tomato. Along with the posole I never soaked last night.
We tried out jello on our young patient tonight. You would have thought we were trying to poison him. Although, I have to say that stuff tastes very chemically to me now, as an adult. Another product not like it was in the old days? I may have to make my own, which just makes my head hurt.

Jul 22, 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'm gettin in my car as I type.

Jul 22, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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Blueberry Buckle

I love that bar cookie. It's just the perfect summer treat.
Her berry bundt cake is also a great way to use blueberries.

Jul 21, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

That's such a sweet sentiment!

Jul 18, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

My Summer Place was the back of an Itasca motor home, sandwiched between two older sissters that were alternatively grudgingly tolerant or gleefully harassing and pinching me.
Every summer we loaded up the camper and took off for 4-6 weeks. It was my fathers dream to hit all 50 states. We almost made it, but the final trip through the south was just my dad and my oldest sister. Vacationing like this year after year can take it's toll on a marriage, lol.
Remarkably, they are still married.

I'd love to pick a vacation spot to return to year after year with our son. I think that kind of tradition can provide such strong, supportive childhood memories. As opposed to say, getting the shit kicked out of you all night while your parents are driving up front just trying to get through Nevada.
I joke about getting a camper now with my husband. A rental. For small, weekend getaways.

Last night wfd was Dunlops mapo dofu. Always a lifesaver.

Jul 18, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Laura Scudder potato chips! I can picture the bag. <3

Jul 17, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

thank you! Will be trying that very soon, as will our little squirt.

Jul 17, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

I've been meaning to ask, when do you add the cubed cream cheese?
After the eggs are in the pan, or after mixing into the bowl?
These eggs always sound so good, but I'm never sure how they are supposed to come together.

Jul 16, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #311 - the Relax, Kick Back, and Enjoy Summer Edition [through July 11, 2014]

Here's to a continued strong heart and good health all around!

Jul 11, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #311 - the Relax, Kick Back, and Enjoy Summer Edition [through July 11, 2014]

Im not even sure when we tried steak. It must have been fairly recently. He recognized it tonight and got very excited as I was cutting it up for him
We've really struggled to find proteins that he will eat reliably. Sometimes he will eat eggs, chicken and fish with gusto. Then he will refuse it all the next day.
He does have eight teeth now, so that must be helping make the rib eye go down!

Jul 06, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #311 - the Relax, Kick Back, and Enjoy Summer Edition [through July 11, 2014]

Great minds, lady. Wish we had some potatoes!
Your coming adventure sounds amazing. What a way to seize life.

Jul 06, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #311 - the Relax, Kick Back, and Enjoy Summer Edition [through July 11, 2014]

Home again after a great 'start to summer' vacation back east. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Cape, in Northern NH and finally, relaxing in Freeport. I'm a little teary eyed that it's all over, but I know summer has just begun and we have lots of good memory making days ahead of us, too.
Friday we took the one year old to his first 4th of July parade in Larkspur. It was cute and old-fashioned (although the bands kept marching by without playing! What's up with that!?)and we went home to relax with cheeseburgers and tomato and corn salad. I almost fell asleep in my plate and definitely didn't make it to fireworks.
Last night we went all out with a real adult meal. Fresh scallops from the farmers market were served over pasta and a veggie stir fry that included zukes, chives and padrone peppers from our own garden. The first of the summer. It was delicious, although the baby wasn't interested in any of it.
Tonight we are grilling rib eyes. We've had them drying on a rack since Friday, and I'm really looking forward to this meal. More corn, more tomatoes and more zucchini. Easy summer meals are hopefully here to stay a while.
One thing the one year always eats happily is rib eye. My husband even suggested we get three, as if he would need his own. There goes my shoe allowance.
Happy summer everyone. It's shaping up nicely around here, all of your meals and adventures sound lovely!

Jul 06, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

Would you mind sharing that beef recipe? I could use a ten minute prep idea next time it cools down. Thanks.

Jul 05, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking

Where to buy great fresh fish in Boothbay Harbor?

The fish market wasn't very impressive yesterday. We walked away empty handed after stopping in at the Wharf counter and another place called Provisions...a lonely Jonah crab, a horseshoe crab and a few flounder in a tank at the Wharf shop didn't compel us to buy. Nor did the bowl of scallops sitting in liquid next to two pint containers of picked crab. No one was around to service the place either.
No good fresh fish options out here? How could that be true?
We gave up and had leftover ribeye for dinner.
Tonight we can fill up on lobster in Freeport.

Jul 02, 2014
rabaja in Northern New England

What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

What a cutie! You grew him big and strong LW!

Jul 02, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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Where to buy great fresh fish in Boothbay Harbor?

Hi Gretchen!
We are here in Boothbay Harbor today looking for fresh fish. Did you have any luck at the BB Lobster Wharf?
Thinking of lunch next door at the Lobster Dock based on other rec's on this board.
Anyone's help here is greatly appreciated.

Jul 01, 2014
rabaja in Northern New England

What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

We thought our son might be born on the fourth and it struck me as a wonderful day to be born. So festive and fun and casual.
My son turned out to be a summer solstice baby instead, but I like the idea of celebrating bdays on the fourth with fireworks. And, I'm sure they were meant for your husband!

Jul 01, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #309 - the Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Edition [through June 30, 2014]

Thanks,everyone!
We are enjoying more down time in Maine now, just past Portland in Yarmouth. It's humid, but I love it.
Off to find fish to cook at home tonight.

Jul 01, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #309 - the Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Edition [through June 30, 2014]

I try to order the local fish when I'm out this way and it's almost always fresh and delicious. The Wentworth's cod was surprisingly fishy, but JJ's seems to have it down. Simple and good.

Jul 01, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking
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Why no deep fried mussels?

They were on the menu at Eventide yesterday. Now I wish I'd ordered them!

Jul 01, 2014
rabaja in Northern New England

Portland, Maine - My Long Weekend Food Itinerary - Thoughts Welcome!

Went great. Nice lunch outside, they were welcoming and accommodating. They even doted on our son.
Lots of oysters, a lobster roll, grilled squid(not my fave prep)and a chicken bun. All pretty good. Hot on the sidewalk after 2, but very enjoyable.

Jun 30, 2014
rabaja in Northern New England

Portland, Maine - My Long Weekend Food Itinerary - Thoughts Welcome!

We are headed to Eventide with our one year old as I type this. We went last December when he was six months and they couldn't have been more welcoming. -it was super slow then, but they were happy to have us.
I'll let you know how it goes today. Hoping we can sit outside this time. Last time the bar in the window worked out perfectly.

Jun 30, 2014
rabaja in Northern New England

What's for Dinner #309 - the Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Edition [through June 30, 2014]

So sorry for all of you dealing with family health issues. We are facing so e of our own concerning my husbands father -part if the reason we are in New England right now. So hard to contemplate this crazy, unchartered territory.

We took a break tonight to meet up with friends in Portsmouth. Gorgeous weather and friendly conversation buoyed us onto dinner out with the one year old. Jumpin' Jay's did the trick. Delicious local flounder over salad, after some oysters and much needed wine.
We have lucked out with the weather the last few days. Gorgeous evening.

Jun 29, 2014
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