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What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition! [through Sept 3, 2014]

I had to work until 6 p.m. today so I left dinner in the man's lap. When we touched base this afternoon, he said he was fixing something I've never had before -- no clues allowed.

I arrived home to surf and turf of bison ribeye steaks, Carolina shrimp scampi, plus corn on the cob and leftover ratatouille. We loved the bison steaks, btw.

He does good work sometimes!

Amish Market in Germantown -- tips, favorites, strategy for going?

I agree with everyone above -- the butcher has great beef and pork. If you like things like scrapple, bacon, sausage, chipped beef -- this is the place to get it.

The produce isn't important -- it's like buying from a supermarket -- who in Amish country grows oranges and bananas?

The dairy counter has some good finds -- cottage cheese, cream cheese, buttermilk and some well priced sharp cheddar.

Don't bother with the little diner style place to eat a meal -- the food is mediocre. Your friends are right about the cooked ribs and chicken -- very good.

I'm in the mood for chicken drumsticks...

My mother did it similarly, though used melted butter instead of sour cream and mixed parmesan with the breadcrumbs. Loved them.

Aug 21, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

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

I've moved to the land of tomato sandwiches, so that's WFD tonight since the man is still out of town, and standing on my feet to cook after work today is just not going to happen. Duke's mayo, of course, with tomatoes from my dad's garden. I have leftover yellow squash and onions, and a margarita as my side dishes. Yea!

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

Hope the SO's boss picks up the tab for your meal -- it sounds delicious!

Aug 20, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition! [through August 23, 2014]

That is a keeper!!

Aug 20, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

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

Is there a recipe somewhere on CH for rjbh20's sauce, roxlet? I tried a search and didn't get anywhere. I'd love to try something that gets raves like that.

Aug 19, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

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

Have you ever tried to make it at home, Harters? It's pretty straightforward, from the recipes I've seen. Might be worth a try since you enjoy it so much.

Aug 19, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

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

We've been into the yellow South Carolina barbecue sauce this summer, too. Good stuff.

Aug 19, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

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

Summer has been very busy thus far, but it isn't going to wind down here in NC for a while. I'm thankful that I'll have an extended summer season for the farmers' market (I'm used to Maryland's season and this is my first in NC). My first sign of fall is that I joined a neighborhood fantasy football league, and now I have to shift into football mode!

Catching up briefly ~~ I got to go home to Maryland for my annual family gathering, where we eat crabs and some form of pig every year. Otherwise, I've been learning how to explore, eat and cook in Charlotte.

Tonight, it's leftovers because the man is out of town, but I wanted to share a few winners I've managed to fix in the last few weeks:

~tomato pie - something I did not grow up on but is heavenly. I did a traditional one from this area, but next time I'm going to try Vivian Howard's version because I can't just leave a recipe alone.

~pepper beef and leek stir fry - I got a $1 bag of small leeks (probably 1.5 lbs.) at the farmers' market and pulled the chuckeye steaks from the freezer. Sichuan and black peppercorns, fresno chiles, oyster sauce. It was so delicious.

~Slow roasted a 3 lb. piece of lamb shoulder that I rubbed with white and brown sugar, sichuan peppercorn, salt and 5 spice rub and cooked it low and slow. This was a bigger hit than I had even hoped, and the lamb shoulder is only $4/lb.

I'm not ready for summer to end!!

My Chowhound Wedding

Truly inspirational!!! Congratulations and have a lovely life!

Jul 28, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

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

I found that the one upscale Harris Teeter carries Neese's brand scrapple (THE sausage/bacon people down here) --a package is calling my name for breakfast on Sunday. My man is from the Hudson River Valley area originally and has never even tasted scrapple, so it will be interesting to see what he thinks.

Jul 24, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

What to do with unripe tomatoes (and skin is split)

My mother did something similar - a little grated cheese (she did cheddar) topped with seasoned breadcrumbs, under the broiler. Great idea!

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

I absolutely love scrapple and just moved to NC where scrapple isn't widely available. Your breakfast for dinner sounds like heaven!

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

Ok, I have to say that this was sinfully rich and pretty darn delicious. I added the cheese and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks for all your suggestions!!

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

I'm not a slave to "they" but I wondered if anyone here had some advice. I think I'll add a sprinkle....

Jul 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

Thanks JJ and I'll feel less guilty while I drink scotch and beer with ice cubes next time!

Jul 22, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

Recent advice on MoCo Farmers Markets

I shopped for years at the Rockville market and was really happy with the choices. I love that it's a Growers Only market, so the vendors must have grown their produce. Some are organic, so you might find what you are looking for.

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

I've gone a little OTT today for my dinner! The Harris Teeter had cooked lobsters on sale for $6.99/lb this week, so we concocted a plan to take advantage. I'd normally not buy cooked lobster, but the price made us say -- what the heck. My inspiration was an appetizer I had at a sadly gone restaurant (Kinkead"s in DC).

Picked the meat from 3 of them (got about 1-1/2 cups of meat) and made stock from the carcasses. I've made a sauce with shallots, white wine and sherry, a little fresh tomato, heavy cream and the stock and added a little fresh basil, mixed it with the lobster meat and cooked gnocchi. I'll bake it in a gratin dish until sizzling when it's time to eat.

I've used every pot in the kitchen and may not cook again for a few days, but I can't wait for this one! Question for you all -- I know the "no cheese with seafood" debate, but would you add a little grated parm to the top with some toasted breadcrumbs?

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

While my perfect summer place will always be at the beach, I'm afraid I don't get to visit as often as I'd like. So, I have been enjoying summer through the farmers' markets and eating and cooking with some great produce that you only get in summer.

I'm just getting back to cooking more due to a bit of an illness that makes standing on my feet difficult, so we've been doing a lot of very basic dishes for a while.

Tonight, in honor of company (and a day off to fix it), I made Cajun stuffed turkey wings that I saw on a Bourdain show. Took a bit (LOT) longer to fix than I thought due to all the prep, but it turned out great. Ground up red, green and hot peppers, onions, celery, stuffed into slits, nooks and crannies of turkey wings and roasted. Google NuNu's turkey wings to get the idea. This is just so good!

Served with the requested potato salad and yellow squash and onions, and deviled eggs.

I'm embracing this Southern thing, now that I'm here!

Maryland style blue crabs in the Charlotte area?

Thank you, littlegirltree, I will check them out!

Jun 28, 2014
Terrie H. in Southeast

best crab cakes in maryland - any suggestions?

What part of Maryland will you be visiting? That might help narrow down your search.

Maryland style blue crabs in the Charlotte area?

Thanks for the information, Dawg. I will check them out.

Jun 22, 2014
Terrie H. in Southeast

Maryland style blue crabs in the Charlotte area?

Are there any restaurants or carry out seafood markets that have blue crabs in the Maryland style (steamed, coated in Old Bay style seasoning)? I've found a couple of markets where the crabs can be ordered live to cook at home, but I'd love to find a place that has them cooked.

Any such sightings? Thank you!

Jun 21, 2014
Terrie H. in Southeast

What's for Dinner #301 - The Memorial Day Edition! [through May 27, 2014]

I stashed a well-priced piece of corned beef in the freezer at St. Patty's Day, and have been wondering when to do it now that the temps are in the 80's. Thanks for reminding me of my crock pot!

May 23, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #298 - Spring Fever Edition [through May 15, 2014]

Blushing and thanks for the best laugh of my day!

May 13, 2014
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What's for Dinner #298 - Spring Fever Edition [through May 15, 2014]

Thank you, and I promise that I usually try and celebrate as much as possible, but a Tuesday b'day doesn't generally work quite as well for that. I've been told that I have "Bang Bang" Wednesday to look forward to tomorrow. I'll take it!

May 13, 2014
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What's for Dinner #298 - Spring Fever Edition [through May 15, 2014]

Wow - you miss one day of WFD and you have 178 posts to catch up on!

Wanted to share my roast chicken success from yesterday -- the man is a big cilantro fan so I made a chunky paste with a whole lot of it plus lemon zest/juice, garlic, jalapeno and rubbed it under and over the skin and roasted it. It turned out rather well, despite the fact that I would have normally done it on the grill (hoping to get one soon). Served with roasted asparagus and brown basmati rice.

Tonight we were both beat from work so we ordered Chinese delivery. Tomorrow, we will go out for a bite to celebrate my b'day (since we were too lazy to do it tonight on the real day).

This weekend, I plan on making gumbo because the neighbors ordered a huge amount of crawfish and we stashed some of the copious leftovers in the freezer. Really looking forward to that!

Now, to catch up on 178 posts....

What's for Dinner #297 - The Mother's Day Edition [through May 12, 2014]

First year ever that I am not with my mother on Mother's Day. Moving away isn't easy, even after 55 years. So, I'm just cooking for me and the man, with an eye to leftovers later this week when I won't have time to cook.

I decided on using a piece of beef chuck from the freezer, a bag of onions that were on sale, and some good beer that our kind beer-rep neighbor gave us, and have a carbonnade in the oven. Mashed potatoes and broccoli are the sides, and a $1.25 box of strawberries will top a $3 angel food cake for a treat for dessert.

Can you tell I'm on a budget?!

Happy Mother's Day to you all!!

Cooking advice for make ahead meals

Soups freeze really well and are great for both lunch and dinner. Minestrone, ham and bean, leek and potato, black bean, tomato basil, etc.

There are a variety of chili recipes that you might like using chicken and pork – look at white or green chili recipes to see if he’d like them.

Other ideas: Pork, chicken, and/or mushrooms in stroganoff/paprikash; Gumbo with chicken/shrimp/sausauge (I use turkey keilbasa); Chicken a la king/chicken and dumplings/chicken pot pie; chicken divan or tetrazini.

Stuffing a chicken breast or pork chop makes a nice change and they freeze well. I found an easy stuffed chicken breast online years ago that combines spinach, feta, a little mayo for the stuffing, and then is wrapped in bacon. There are a million stuffed chicken breast and stuffed pork chop recipes online that might work for you.

I’ve also been buying quantities of ground beef when it’s at a good price and making some of it into meatloaf and some into meatballs. I bake the meatballs on high heat to get a bit of crust on them, then freeze them so he can pull out what he wants and simmer them in sauce to put on pasta.

A lot of what you cook at home will probably do pretty well as frozen leftovers for the short term. Although it’s expensive, one of those food saver vacuum systems might help you out in the long run since it will help keep food better over a longer period.

Also consider stocking his freezer with the microwave-in-the-bag veggies, and even some of the individually portioned rice. Things like this would help him make a complete meal when needed.

In case you are looking for ideas other than dinner:

My mother cooks bacon in quantity and it freezes well for my dad to pull out a couple of pieces when he wants it. She also does a batch of french toast that he can pop in the toaster to reheat. Sausage and pancakes work, too.

I make a sort of crustless quiche that freezes really well and we pull out a piece at a time. I make it in a 9 x 13 pan with a 16 oz. carton of egg beaters plus a couple of eggs, with 16 oz. cottage cheese, 10 oz. frozen spinach and 4 oz. feta, plus ¼ cup of biscuit/pancake mix or flour, but a version with other meats, veggies and cheese would be grea