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What's for Dinner #384 - The Isn't it Labor Day Yet? Edition

Check out her blog and books. I use her as a work resource all the time, and now we like her recipes at home a lot. Seems like such a nice person, too.

2 days ago
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #384 - The Isn't it Labor Day Yet? Edition

I almost made this tonight, too. We went out at the last minute, but it's on my list. Sounds so good, and I love everything Heidi Swanson.
We went to Bel Campo for dinner in Larkspur, which always fits the bill with our toddler and they do a great burger.
It's our once a week must-have until we leave town.

What's for Dinner #384 - The Isn't it Labor Day Yet? Edition


2 days ago
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Thank you, grayelf
Ha! I'm not sure how I'll do in the winter either! I've been in California or Washington state for nearly all 42 of my winters. Should be interesting.

Aug 27, 2015
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Thank you so much, LW!
Your words just warmed my heart and dried my tears about leaving, for at least the rest of today ;)

Some good friends of ours recommended Newburyport because of the great commute into Boston. Our friend took a bus everyday, and was able to work both ways.
My husband will be in Seaport, so this would probably be ideal.

We love the idea of Portsmouth, but I've enjoyed the small amount of time we've spent in Newburyport, too. Seems like a great town for families, as well. And we've had good food there for sure!

I hadn't even CONSIDERED the leaf-peeping opportunities! Excellent point!

Hi mods!

Ps. I will definitely be emailing you with questions. Thank you for the generous offer.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Hard to believe summer will be considered over soon, it went by in a flash this year.
We've been spoiling ourselves with King salmon whenever possible since we got back to California, usually with sautéed summer squash and fresh tomatoes from the garden.
Last night (and tonight) we had roasted chicken breasts, roasted on high heat for 35 minutes at work so our kitchen stayed cool at home.
Zipped it home and sliced it up with pan fried orange cauliflower and pasta. Simple, but very satisfying.
Tonight we are heading to an outdoor jazz concert in Ross. The chicken will get repurposed into a picnic, with a quinoa, feta, roasted pepper salad.
Flo Braker's Chocolate cake squares for dessert -no icing, easy to pack and another leftover I was able to bring home from my work kitchen.

The move is a Go!
My husband took a job in Boston, starts mid October.
With a small lump in our throats, we are looking for a winter rental to take the edge off of house hunting.
we will rejoin the search when we get situated and can make a good decision re; neighborhoods/towns.
We are leaning towards Portsmouth, as its close to my in-laws and we have good friends there (we need all of the support we can get for this move!), but the commute for my husband doesn't sound ideal.
Maybe Newburyport?
Decisions, decisions.
I can tell you, I'm looking forward to driving into Boston for meals at Neptune (I know it's not universally loved, but it has a special place in our hearts) and seeing the North End during the holidays will be such a treat this year.
I think we move in about one month exactly. I better go pack something.

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

Love your ketchup ramekin. So pretty!

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

I would like that right now, please.
And every night for the rest of the week.

Aug 18, 2015
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

We fell in love with Pearls this summer. Have a great trip!

Jul 25, 2015
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

Thank you, herby!
We plan to make a list of everything we need to take advantage of while we are living on the east coast.
For instance:
Easy train rides to Manhattan
Better oysters
Shorter trips to Europe
The Cape in June
Black raspberries

The list is growing, so that's a good thing :)

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

Oh, mc, your posts are sure to make me wistful. I'm already thinking about Lucca and all that glorious meat at 4505.

I'm hoping we can stay through March or April, so I have a lot of rejoicing to do when we get back. In the form of eating, drinking and breathing all things home.

Jul 08, 2015
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

Thank you, Gio! I only wish we had a home to sell in California. We've been looking for a while now, so we could guarantee a re-entry plan (we've seen this move coming), but nothing's come to pass. We are looking to buy out east now, rather than continue renting.
The idea of what you can get for your money here is definitely appealing. Especially after looking at 2/1 tear downs in Larkspur for a million bucks.

Between the real estate and the seafood, life should still stay sweet.

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

It's funny, the snow doesn't really scare me (and yes, I've heard A LOT about last winter). I still think it's beautiful and an excuse to cook hearty food. I know I sound silly, but it may be my last chance to be the naive Californian.

And, I agree about Massachusetts. We are leaning towards Maine, but haven't ruled out Massachusetts or New Hampshire.

Jul 08, 2015
rabaja in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

Thank you, nw! Your words made me tear up. Of course, I'm tearing up a lot these days. Moving away from family, friends and home is tough. You have the right attitude though. It could possibly be the best thing we've ever done.
At least I know it's the right thing.

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

Thank you, LW. I think of the delicious meals you and so may New Englander's post about here and have faith that we will find our way.
I just wish there was a welcoming committee/insider's guide to show me the best places for meat, cheese, veg, fruit, etc. We are learning as we go, but it seems you have to drive to all different places (in every direction) for each specific thing.
Not a big deal for our home pantry, but I cook for a living!

Hoping to pick blueberries next week before we go, which we couldn't do at home. Also, we ate in Portsmouth tonight and listened to the outdoor concert in Prescott Park. It was a beautiful night with great warm breezes. Made me feel all will be ok.

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

Nice to see so many delicious meals noted here, and the welcoming of summer. Finally! I've been lurking late at night, and loving the camaraderie.

We are still in New England, going on 38 days now I believe. No, I'm not really counting, but it will be nice to get home next week. I miss our cats!

Speaking of home, it looks like the time has come. We are moving east.
We can't deny that my husband's parents need more help, more often, and it just doesn't feel right to be so far away.

I run the gammet of emotions, from heartbroken to excited. I'm starting to feel a little schizophrenic.
Often heartbroken, but I'm staying positive people! It's our new adventure, and it's going to be great! right?

I have to say we've had some amazing food while we've been here, mostly from our own hand. The local fish/shellfish has been wonderful -tuna, swordfish, steamers oysters and rock shrimp! and we were lucky to find a great butcher in Kittery, who has amazing dry aged beef. and the farm stands just keep getting better and better.
I have a sneaking suspicion we are leaving New England just as their summer fruit and veg gets kicked into high gear. I found corn yesterday, but it was just ok (too corny) and I think the blueberries are just about here
Guess we will see this next year though! Ha! sob

So much change, but what else do we learn from. I plan to eat the shit out of my northern california until we pack up that moving van.
Meeting with a realtor Thursday. Wish us luck.

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