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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

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

about 3 hours ago
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

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

about 4 hours ago
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.

about 4 hours ago
Terrie H. in Washington DC & Baltimore

What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

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?

about 5 hours ago
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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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!

Jul 17, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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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.

Jun 26, 2014
Terrie H. in Washington DC & Baltimore

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
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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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
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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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....

May 13, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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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!!

May 11, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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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

Apr 29, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #294 - April Weekend Edition [Through April 29, 2014]

Christina, since I don't want this version of pork shoulder with a broth, I don't add any liquid. I've learned over time that anything you cook in the slow cooker exudes a lot of liquid and makes a wetter outcome. I even ball up a couple of pieces of foil to keep the pork off the floor of the pot so it doesn't braise/stew in the juice, and use those slow cooker liners so it is easier to clean up. The blast in the oven helps mimic a bit of the "bark" texture on the outside that is my favorite part of a properly barbecued pork shoulder. Smoked paprika and brown sugar in the rub help, too.

Apr 29, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #294 - April Weekend Edition [Through April 29, 2014]

I can't wait to try that recipe -- it sounds out-of-this-world.

Apr 29, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

Calling All American CHs Not Raised in CA!: Did You Grow Up Eating Artichokes?

My DC-born mother loved the "exotic" jarred marinated artichokes, but fresh artichokes were completely foreign in our part of the world.

Apr 29, 2014
Terrie H. in General Topics

Looking for local North Carolina food gifts to send for Mother's & Father's Day

Thank you, Lynn!

Apr 29, 2014
Terrie H. in Southeast
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Looking for local North Carolina food gifts to send for Mother's & Father's Day

Yea! Thanks for posting this. I just moved from Maryland and celebrated my May b'day every year with softshelled crabs and was hoping to find a place here to continue the tradition. This is just what I was looking for.

Apr 29, 2014
Terrie H. in Southeast

What's for Dinner #294 - April Weekend Edition [Through April 29, 2014]

Thank you for posting that link. That sounds absolutely amazing and my cabbage-loving man will be in heaven!

Apr 29, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #294 - April Weekend Edition [Through April 29, 2014]

Thank you for the asparagus salad idea -- I've been trying to serve a salad with most every dinner, and I'm getting burned out on the same old thing.

Apr 29, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #294 - April Weekend Edition [Through April 29, 2014]

I've done a couple of crockpot meals in the last week. I end up using it more when the weather is hot so I don't heat up the kitchen. We are already past Spring here in Charlotte, sadly!

First dish was boneless, skinless chicken thighs with minced onion, garlic, ginger, kecap mainis, and a lot of lemon juice and zest. The sauce was really delicious over rice.

A few days later, I took advantage of a sale on a pork shoulder and coated it with my rub, put it in the slow cooker for 9 hours on low, then blasted it in the oven to get a crust on it. We've been enjoying the leftovers.

Apr 28, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #293 - the "little, leafing, and growing green" Edition! [through Apr 26, 2014]

It has been a while since I had a chance to get back to following the WFD threads, and it's nice to catch up and get so many great ideas. I moved a few states away to be with my guy, and now have someone to cook for every day, so your ideas will really help!

Tonight I made a slightly crazy main course salad inspired by his recent cilantro binge -- I topped a mixed veggie salad (with lots of cilantro leaves) with grilled boneless chicken thighs coated in a paste of cilantro, green onion, serrano chile, garlic, lemongrass, and fish sauce. I also added some pan fried/steamed veggie dumplings (from TJ's) and made a dressing with sweet chile sauce, rice vinegar, lemongrass and a dash of sesame oil and soy sauce.

It was way easier than all those ingredients seem to suggest and it was really tasty. A keeper, for sure.

Apr 23, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking
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Charlotte area question: Are there any growers-only type farmers' markets in the area?

Thank you so much -- this is exactly what I needed to find out.

Apr 06, 2014
Terrie H. in Southeast

What to feed DH when he's working midday-2am for a week?

Crustless quiche is a great idea. I've been trying to find a solution to give a high protein but low calorie breakfast for my guy, who has cholesterol and diabetes considerations.

I do a 9 x 13 pan with one 16 oz. carton of "egg beaters" plus 2 whole eggs, a 16 oz. carton of 2% cottage cheese, spinach (either a 10 oz. package of frozen chopped or an 11 oz. package of baby spinach briefly cooked in the microwave), 4 oz. feta cheese, 1/3 cup flour, sliced green onions and a little dill and lemon zest. Bake until set at 350F. It makes 12 squares that I freeze so he can pull one out and microwave to reheat, and he really likes it, to my surprise.

Apr 05, 2014
Terrie H. in Home Cooking

Charlotte area question: Are there any growers-only type farmers' markets in the area?

I'm new to the area, and have found that the two markets I've visited aren't thie growers-only type I was hoping to find. Any suggestions?

Apr 05, 2014
Terrie H. in Southeast

Bagels

I'm very surprised. I've had Goldberg's numerous times and their bages have never been huge, soft or fluffy.

Mar 12, 2014
Terrie H. in Washington DC & Baltimore

PBS show "A Chef's Life"

The show's website has some of the recipes: http://www.achefslifeseries.com/recipes/

Jan 20, 2014
Terrie H. in Food Media & News

PBS show "A Chef's Life"

I was rather tickled that she answered one of my questions for that Q&A.

Jan 06, 2014
Terrie H. in Food Media & News