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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

I can vouch that Monkey 47 is indeed delicious. My husband discovered it for me, and now he buys it when he finds a good price.
I think he paid around $40 at a place in the North End in Boston yesterday.

He doesn't even drink gin. I think he mostly likes the cute bottle.
More for me.

Stock + Spice, Portsmouth, NH

We stopped into this shop today, in the midst of the Market Square craziness. It was a nice escape from the crowds and I was impressed with the vibrant spice mixes.
I picked up a spice blend called tabil, specifically for some lamb we plan on getting from Maine Meat.
These two businesses alone, new to me on this trip to see family, are in the bonus/plus column when we think about relocating to the area.
I also grabbed a bag of white and red quinoa. Shop person couldn't have been nicer.

Jun 13, 2015
rabaja in Northern New England

What's For Dinner #366: It's summertime! [through May 29, 2015]

Divey and casual sounds great, thank you!

May 26, 2015
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's For Dinner #366: It's summertime! [through May 29, 2015]

Of course, Gio, thank you. Serves me right for trying to get a post in quickly. I always peruse the Northern New England board before we head there. Never meant to lump everything and Boston all together!
Silly me :)

May 26, 2015
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's For Dinner #366: It's summertime! [through May 29, 2015]

Happy Summer indeed, even if it is 27 days away. Although it sure ain't summertime here yet. Blustery and cold at 62F, for days now, with only glimpses of blue skies in the late afternoon.

I tried to catch up and read through everyones current table offerings, but you all have been so busy. Hardly enough time to get through the posts when my Chowhound addiction has become restricted to those few moments one gets in a powder room (eww, yes, I said that) or the wide awake hours that still hit me in the middle of the night.

Still, it's nice to see everyone's still around, and eating well and often!

We've been eating as much King salmon as we can afford, mostly sautéed in the cast iron on the grill outside (no mess!) and really loving it. I got a side last weekend at the Farmers market for $19.99 a pound and we ate it until it was gone, over four days. It was so fresh it had no fishiness whatsoever, even on it's last day, which I found amazing when I sautéed it inside on the stove.

We are headed east next week, for 6 weeks this time!
We lucked out on a friends house in Hampton, so we are taking advantage and testing the waters for any future move.

I'm very excited to "live" on the other coast for a bit, without being a houseguest and we are going to just try to immerse ourselves in the community. Check out the markets, farm stands and farmers markets as much as we can. Any suggestions would be most welcome, and yes, this is a shameless plug for help and guidance.

I have to say, one thing I'm especially excited for is a trip to Wegman's before we head to Stratham (where we will stay a few days with family) after the airport. I've never been, and it always sounds so amAzing! We are going to do a pit stop and hopefully treat ourselves to some vacation goodies.

Wegman's, Portsmouth, Maine shrimp, lobster and oysters! Can't wait.

Tonight we are having a fresh picnic ham, slow roasted, with roasted beets, carrots and fennel.
I rubbed on a fennel, cumin, brown sugar, chile spice mix last night, with a good amount of salt, and it should be perfect for the cold nights we've been having. One more thing out of the freezer before we go=bonus.

Also, we head to the Cape, to Eastham, for a week the day before the real start of summer, to celebrate our son's second birthday. He's a summer solstice kid, so we try to celebrate appropriately ;)
This house looks like a cooks dream, so lots of fun cooking to do there. looks like I better check out the Boston board, huh?

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

The two of you inspire me to complain less and count my blessings. Wishing you both speedy recoveries.

What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

Tonight we are grilling boneless leg of lamb which I marinated yesterday in a mixture of olive oil, fig balsamic, marjoram, Persian mint, red onion and salt and pepper.
Along side I'm planning on asparagus and Smitten Kitchens avocado-cucumber salad. Sweet potatoes and broccoli for the boy who will not yet touch aspargus.
I figure if I give it to him every night(which is about how often we've been eating it)for the whole season he will eventually eat a piece. He picks it up now, at least, so that's progress.
Dessert is more of Bouchon's oatmeal raisin cookies. I'm addicted to this recipe, though I do add chocolate chips.
Gearing up for a weekend away, a couple of nights in Vegas sans child. It makes my eyes well up to think about leaving the toddler for two and a half days, but the Four Seasons will surely wipe away my tears if I ask them nicely. Happy Birthday to me and Happy 3rd Anniversary blowout. We even got tickets to see Seinfeld.
I promised our son lots of steak while we are gone, so grilled filet is upcoming.

What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

I'm always so impressed that you can put the kids to bed, and then cook a dinner for two. I can't imagine being able to do that. We'd be eating at 10!
Good call on the overtired 18 month old. Sometimes you have to abort and save yourselves.

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

Wishing you feel better very soon, nw!
I hope the tide turns and you are back on track to feeling good.

Apr 05, 2015
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

Enjoy your wine, mc. Hugs too!

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

Hello and Happy Spring!

I've been a terrible lurker, but haven't had the inspiration to actually post in a while.
It's been mostly steak, chicken, asparagus and repeat in these parts. Not too exciting, but no complaints either.
The hubs comes home tonight from another week in Austin, which left me solo parenting for the third time in three months. I think I'm getting the hang of it! -truthfully, my increased work schedule has kept me sane. You parents out there that do this gig full time, all the time, get serious props. Having a couple days away makes it so much more enjoyable to come home to.

We are laying low and enjoying the holiday weekend. I do have to work a small memorial service Saturday, but then it's back home for local relaxation, some good food and hopefully some chill time with my boys.
I purchased and seasoned a two pound tri tip the other day, that will get grilled tomorrow with asparagus and sweet potatoes. (See? Boring, I know, but it works for us).
On Sunday I'd like to stay home and do a nice rack of lamb. This is one of maybe three total Easters Ive ever missed at my parents. Just dont want to do it this year! Especially after working Saturday.

We will have an egg hunt and make our son an Easter basket, but otherwise, it's "do what you want" day.

Tonight I'm headed to Cavollo Point to greet the man from his flight for a late dinner and a much deserved drink. Thank goodness tomorrow's Friday!

Ps any tips on tri tip? Haven't done one in forever. So far it's just been salt and peppered. Thinking to grill it, quickly for med-rare.

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

Our toddler prefers ribeye to burgers, too. I was hoping he'd grow out of it!

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

That really stinks, Gio.
Be kind to yourself, I hope you and the mister are having a better day today.

Feb 18, 2015
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Feel better, Gio! Breathe through the funk.

Feb 17, 2015
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

Our simple valentine celebratory meal turned into pizza delivery last night after our little one spiked a fever of 103F.
It was off to the emergency room for us, where we waited like your average fear stricken, first time parents for his temp to go down.

A double dose of meds did the trick and luckily, it's a typical virus and not the awful influenza that's been going around.
Scrambled eggs and delivery pizza were a great substitution for the sauteed shrimp and bucatini we'd planned on. We were just happy to have a chipper baby again.
Laying low the next few days. Probably lots of couch time and I guess I need to figure out how to make chemical-free jello.
We may go for the pasta dish tonight, if we aren't too wiped.
Luckily, Vday is a minor holiday for us. Just a good reason to hang out together and count our blessings. Hope you all had a good one.

Oh, and welcome back Harters! So glad you and yours are safe and sound.

What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

Thanks, mc.
That's really upsetting. I was hoping for better news.
Fingers still crossed.

What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

Has anyone had word from Harters?

Feb 09, 2015
rabaja in Home Cooking

Brunch/Breakfast Cookbook?

I hope you enjoy it! It's one of those books I like to just peruse on a rainy day.
I should pull it down this week, I need some new breakfast ideas.

Feb 08, 2015
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition! [through Feb 3, 2015]

Hoping for the best news.

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition! [through Feb 3, 2015]

I had the exact same question. A roast beef sounds perfect for the weekend, but I never know which cut to get.

Thus sounds great, thanks foodie.

What's for Dinner #342- The Return of the Polar Vortex Edition! [through Jan. 10, 2015]

My posts just never showed at all, but I was using my phone to post at random moments.
The biggest problem was attaching photos, i believe. It only took when I made a post without attaching photos.

I used to post from my phone, with photos, with no problem. Maybe its my phone, or maybe I need to reboot everything.

Jan 06, 2015
rabaja in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition [Old]

I'm here, finally tracking today for real, and hopeful this isn't just an anomaly.

The holidays were festive and wonderful and full of food and drink. Even with a pulled broken molar mid-month, which had me on a fairly restrictive diet, and really left me not wanting to eat, I powered through and drank my calories.

Back to reality, and hopefully back to my old wardrobe.
I re-joined my old fitness group (it used to be Jazzercise, but they went modern on me and now it's Zumba. Someday Ill get the moves down. For now I'm happy to break a sweat again) and Ive been mindful all day today about what I've put in my mouth.

I mindfully ate a bag of chips to console myself when I left my nap-striking toddler alone to work it out. I did track those chips however, which I'm hoping makes the difference between this month and last.

Looking forward to finding some meal suggestions here. I need to dig into the recesses of my brain to remember what I ate so much of in 2011 to lose all that weight. Hopefully it'll come back to me.

Oh, and I am measuring my nightly glass(es) of wine, which is a huge deal for me.

Happy New Year!

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition [Old]

What did you have for lunch that was only 2 points?

I would like three of those, please.

Jan 06, 2015
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

I think it's the photos I keep trying to attach. Even with this post, I wasn't successful until I posted without pictures.
Serves me right for trying to show off my 1 1/2 year old monkey!

Jan 03, 2015
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

Happy New Year, lovely Chowhounder's!

Every post I've made the last three or so months has failed to appear, but you've been on my mind and I do check in and read about all of your delicious meals, here and there.

We've had a great holiday season. After a trip east for thanksgiving and a busy work month right up until xmas, we've enjoyed almost nonstop food, drinks and quality family time. My jeans feel the pinch, but I wouldn't trade a minute if it.

Rack of lamb helped us ring in 2015, and even the 18 month old enjoyed it. Looks like we are turning into a two rack family, with this kid around.

Hope to join you all more often in the future. Great posts, I love seeing this community grow and flourish.

Are food allergies really hereditary, or is my SIL overly cautious?

Breast feeding, pumping, breast milk supply can all have so very many variables, and with those, many challenges.
Don't be so cavalier about which you do not know.

Maybe she should have brought an alternative dish for herself and been discreet about it, but I can totally understand why she wouldn't risk the reaction the baby may have had.

Jan 02, 2015
rabaja in Not About Food

What's For Dinner #338 - Winter Wonderland Edition [through 12/14/14]

Congratulations! Enjoy the new baby girl and the previously forbidden foods!

Dec 13, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking

How long can I hold zabaglione?

I do this too, and it definitely keeps, though I have to re-whip it sometimes to make a nice dollop.

Take your cooked zabaglione, pour it into a bowl over an ice bath and whisk until cool. Fold in fairly stiff (but not over whipped) beaten cream. Then you can whisk the two together until you get the consistency you want.

Between the sugar and booze, it keeps, and its light and delicious.

Dec 04, 2014
rabaja in Home Cooking

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

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!