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What's for Dinner #307 - the Sum-Sum-Summertime! Edition [through June 22, 2014]

Well, since I've been put on a permanent team at work, I've been working late most nights; add to this the BF started his new job this week, so he's no longer available to slave over a hot stove. So on Sunday we cooked up some meals ahead of time, so tonight and tomorrow will be leftovers of mushroom-spinach lasagna and/or bacon-wrapped meatloaf with a brown sugar and ketchup glaze. Plus we have odds and ends - vegetables, pilaf, garlic bread, salad. Pretty casual. :)

Would you risk it?

Cool, thanks. :)

Nov 21, 2013
BabsW in General Topics

Would you risk it?

Thanks! I'd hate to toss it, but I'd hate even more to make someone sick.

Nov 21, 2013
BabsW in General Topics

Would you risk it?

Oh, good. I know that some pathogens are hardy buggers. I usually do this in the crock pot. I guess I'll do it on high.

And thank you - yes it was one of the worst illnesses I've had, and I've had food poisoning on several different continents. lol Swine flu or food poisoning, it was awful.

Nov 21, 2013
BabsW in General Topics

Would you risk it?

So imagine you went out to eat for lunch and ate, and all was well and tasty. Then you went home and started to prep the pork butt for the pulled pork you want to make the next day. You made the rub, coated the meat, covered it in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge. As you did this, you washed your hands diligently and thoroughly as needed.

Later that night, you woke with horrific cramps which moved on to full-on symptoms of food poisoning which lingered throughout the next day. Not able to make the pulled pork that day, you wrap it securely and put it in the freezer.

Later on you find out that one of the cooks at that restaurant had the swine flu, which sometimes adds a lovely component of "GI symptoms" to the usual respiratory complaints, and later that month, you are thoroughly knocked out for a solid week in bed with the flu so you're never certain if you had garden variety food poisoning or a turbo-charged swine flu.

Regardless, the seasoned pork butt is still in the freezer: Do you attempt to thaw it make make pulled pork or do you toss it out, with the assumption that it is contaminated, even though when you touched it, it was before you had symptom one of anything and washed your hands frequently as you always do.

Nov 21, 2013
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Wegmans - Marco Polo Breads

I just discovered the Marco Polo bagels, which have now ruined me for any other bagel out there. INSANE.

Sep 13, 2013
BabsW in Chains

Your Best Texas Chili Recipe, please?

I guess no one has strong feelings about Texas chili.

Feb 17, 2013
BabsW in Home Cooking

Your Best Texas Chili Recipe, please?

Hi all, I've been absent from the site these past 5 months because I'm full-time in nursing school. I've really missed this place and I've really-really missed leisurely cooking days whenever I want.

At any rate, I have a request: I'm hosing our study group tomorrow, and I'm trying to use these opportunities to cook something yummy for the group. Last week, I made Grace Parisi's spice-roasted ribs with apricot glaze from Food and Wine: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/sp...

WOW. That recipe is a keeper, although I wanted to note that although the recipe calls for 7 lb or 3 racks of baby back ribs, I used just over 5 lb of ribs (2 racks) and there was just enough spice rub and glaze for them. But it's a wonderful recipe. The people I fed fell all over them, so you KNOW it's good.

Tomorrow, it's chili, but since one of my study partners can't stand beans, I thought I'd try Texas chili (sans beans). I have only ever made chili with beans and a tomato base, so I'd love some suggestions for those of you out there who are well-adept with the beanless kind.

I've read that a base made from dried, soaked chilies instead of tomato is pretty standard. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

Edit: I'm wondering if this recipe rings true to those of you who are knowledgeable:

http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/200...

Feb 16, 2013
BabsW in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #162 - OLD

Ok, that's it. I'm going to try it too!

Aug 27, 2012
BabsW in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #162 - OLD

Thanks! It was a nice combo of flavors. :)

Aug 27, 2012
BabsW in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #162 - OLD

That sounds delicious. :)

Aug 27, 2012
BabsW in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #162 - OLD

I just ate the last slices for breakfast! lol

Aug 27, 2012
BabsW in Home Cooking

Define "Grinder"

Yep. Hot or cold, Italian or club, it's a grinder.

Also, as someone mentioned above, we had chocolate shots on our cones, occasionally we'd call them jimmies, but really anytime I heard "shots," I knew it was a CT person.

Aug 27, 2012
BabsW in General Topics

Do Americans Go Out for Pizza Anymore?

I loved the Russian pumpernickel rye from that bakery.

Aug 26, 2012
BabsW in General Topics

Funniest Thing a Server Said to You

When the ex and I were dating, we took frequent trips to Cape Cod, Provincetown being a favorite. We always had lunch at Fat Jack's (I think it has since closed, though). This one time, there was a crotchety older woman at the bar who got into it with the bartender about the Provincetown "Gay Mafia" not allowing her into the inner art circle, and that she was a talented artist who should not be discriminated against just because she happened not to be a lesbian. Finally the bartender told her to keep her voice down or leave. She really ratcheted it up then, and grabbed her bags and left, grouching all the way. Once the door had closed, our waiter, who had been standing near us, said, "Well aren't you kids lucky. Dinner AND a show." The place totally erupted into laughter.

Aug 26, 2012
BabsW in Not About Food

Voting for the September Home Cooking Dish of the Month

MEATBALLS, for sure!

Aug 26, 2012
BabsW in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #162 - OLD

Last night's dinner was a take on a BLT pizza. I made my usual garlic pizza that uses an herb and garlic infused olive oil instead of tomato sauce, and topped with bacon and diced speck and slices of heirloom tomatoes and used my usual blend of cheeses (mostly mozz, followed by some seriously sharp cheddar and av little bit of fontina, asiago, provolone and a dusting of fresh romano and parm).

Then I baked it and topped it with fresh arugula and a little bi of shredded grana padano.

Aug 26, 2012
BabsW in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #162 - OLD

That looks and sounds absolutely amazing, MC! Which recipe for chicken was it? Also, did you buy the preserved lemon or make it? I've been dying to try it, but can not find it anywhere, so I may end up making my own.

Aug 26, 2012
BabsW in Home Cooking

Do Americans Go Out for Pizza Anymore?

I don't see a problem, except perhaps with your spelling of my favorite team. ;-)

Growing up pre-cable, we had no NY television stations at all, just the ones from Hartford, RI and Boston. Even channel 8 in New Haven didn't always come in all that clear where I was up on the Mass border. We had that huge aerial antenna on the roof that we had to position every time we changed channels.

Aug 25, 2012
BabsW in General Topics

Do Americans Go Out for Pizza Anymore?

I've never had a bad pizza there.

Aug 25, 2012
BabsW in General Topics

Do Americans Go Out for Pizza Anymore?

:) My friends and I used to joke that the River/91 also served as the dividing line between Red Sox and Yankees fans.

Aug 25, 2012
BabsW in General Topics

Do Americans Go Out for Pizza Anymore?

I'd agree with that: I-91, or just say the River. I've always lived East of the River in CT.

Aug 25, 2012
BabsW in General Topics

Do Americans Go Out for Pizza Anymore?

Of course! Willington Pizza is a favorite. :) Red potato pizza, mmmmm :9

Aug 25, 2012
BabsW in General Topics

Do Americans Go Out for Pizza Anymore?

Just the other evening, when I was back in CT visiting the folks, I went out for pizza with a fellow Hound. :) I grew up in CT, but further north in the Greek-style "House of Pizza" belt.

Other than that, here in Central NY, I rarely go out for pizza, mostly because I hardly ever go out to eat in restaurants at all. It's partly to save money and also, frankly, because I don't want to go out and shell out money for something that I can make just as well, and in some cases, better, at home.

As far as pizza goes, I haven't found a really good sit-down pizza place yet. There are some small, non-chain places that make some pretty good pizzas for delivery or takeout, but really if I'm going to spend money on food I don't make myself, it had better be spectacular. Still haven't found that here. I would go out in a second if I found good CT Greek pizza, though. I haven't been able to find it like I remember it since I moved from CT.

We don't get delivery or take out anymore, because by now, I've got my kids well trained, and they prefer our homemade pizzas and love making their own personal pizzas to suit their tastes. No more bickering about one kid's yucky toppings touching the other's, plus we have fun with our at-home pizza parties, and the kids are really developing an interest in learning how to cook, so it's a win-win situation no matter how you look at it. Their little BFFs enjoy our make-your-own pizza parties, too.

Aug 25, 2012
BabsW in General Topics

The odd cravings and dislikes of a pregnant woman [Moved from General Topics board]

That's actually a disorder called pica, which can be potentially dangerous because of the chances of ingesting toxins.

Aug 06, 2012
BabsW in Not About Food

Your favorite additions to egg salad, please

I like dill pickle relish in a lot of creamy salads - egg salad, tuna salad, potato salad, the "faux-tato" salad made with butter beans. The extended family loves deviled eggs and I usually make a batch with dill relish and fresh dill, and another batch that's spicy for the heat-seekers.

I also like celery seed with the dill. Nice combo.

Aug 05, 2012
BabsW in Home Cooking

What did you have for lunch today Part 3

Spicy catfish nuggets.

Aug 03, 2012
BabsW in General Topics

Your Best Michigan Sauce Recipe

We do call them coneys in Syracuse, though.

Aug 02, 2012
BabsW in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? August 2012 [old]

:) I may have to make some very soon. These recipes look amazing:

http://www.tasteofbeirut.com/2011/08/...

http://www.tasteofbeirut.com/2012/03/...

Aug 02, 2012
BabsW in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #158? [old]

It was a nice indulgence, for sure. :-)

Aug 02, 2012
BabsW in Home Cooking