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What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition

That sounds amazing, the whole thing!

about 1 hour ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition

Wow thank you all for the love and support. I am floored and so appreciative.

Surgery went okay. I am in a ton of pain and have been so highly sedated for the last 9 hours. One clot gone, 2 remain in subclavean. Had a Hickman catheter surgically placed.

WFD just now was (drumroll please) a plain bagel with cream cheese! Woo! First real food in days. Mom brought me a chocolate covered graham cracker for dessert. And it was good :)

I love all of you strangers and this community. I'm on drugs, pardon my sentimentality. Thank you so much for lifting my spirits tonight. I literallt can't wait to get back in the kitchen soon. Drooling over all your meals!

about 1 hour ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition

Looks delicious!

What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition

Yum. Love scacciata!

What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition

That's what I was going to say.

Send one over hannaone!

What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition

Drooling over here!

What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition

Well I'm joining the troops and have been in the hospital since Saturday. I have 3 huge DVTs (blood clots) in my chest and heart area. I am going stir crazy and being pumped full of chemicals. Surgery in the morning.

My mother and bf have been bringing a steady supply of crackers, espresso, and cookies. The hospital slop is abysmal. They do have plain bagels with fat free cream cheese which I've ordered 3 times but haven't had the stomach for yet. Hopefully 4th time's the charm. Photo attached for the thoughtful plating.

JTPhilly would like it here. They serve a variety of grilled sandwiches with interesting sauces and condiments.

Ice cream pairing

Yes almond sounds good. Or plain old vanilla bean. Or coconut to reinforce the macaroon shell. A good smooth full-flavored coconut or vanilla ice cream is hard to beat.

Mar 29, 2015
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Rudest grocery checker remark

But the comment is what's offensive, not that they can't find a specific pack of smokes from the 30+ choices on the shelf.

Mar 28, 2015
nothingswrong in Not About Food

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

You are the king of food porn. I literally want to lick your beef off the screen.

ROAST CHICKEN! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (March 2015)

No problem. I coat the chicken with olive oil, half a lemon's juice, and liberal amounts of minced garlic and oregano, and of course salt and pepper. I also rub some under the skin. Then just let it sit in a baking dish (I use my Le Creuset bakers) while the potatoes start. Toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper (and sometimes a few red pepper flakes) then into a 375 oven for 10-15 minutes.

Crank the heat to 415 or so and add the potatoes around the chicken in the pan. Back into the oven until the chicken is just done (I cook to 165, this took about 35 mins). I baste the chicken with the juices in the pan every 15 minutes or so, and squeeze on a little extra lemon at the end.

The potatoes also should get flipped once during roasting so they crisp on both sides. They are delicious after cooking in the lemon juice, oil, and fat in the bottom of the pan. They're always everyone's favorite part.

Very simple dish really, with few ingredients. But full of flavor, and the chicken is very juicy.

Rudest grocery checker remark

As a smoker, I understand where Camana is coming from. Some checkout people are very smug about their commentary. That said, even when buying cigarettes at liquor stores or 7-11, sometimes they need me to point to exactly which cigarettes I want. They don't make the comment though: "I don't smoke." I think it's unnecessary. And you can just tell when someone's saying it in a condescending manner. I'm sure that's what Camana is referring to.

Cinnamon roll icing

For Easter, it can be used for hot cross buns!

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

Doesn't matter, you'll always be more comfortable at home.

Just a thought, but maybe you should ask for a special diet. They give me one called "low residue" in the hospital and it's usually more benign and easy-to-stomach foods.

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

Yum, how were they?

Mar 28, 2015
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

Okay. They really are delicious. They've made my mother famous for many years, and just last night the bf and I were talking--we think mine are even better with the homemade caramel.

I forgot to mention the batter is also made with margarine. I know this all seems really gross--I always use butter normally--but you just have to trust the process :)

This is not health food.

KILLER BROWNIES

For the caramel:
1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

For the brownies:
1 box German chocolate cake mix
1 5 oz. can of evaporated milk
3/4 cup melted margarine (butter will make it very greasy!)
1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
1-2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Make the caramel: Combine cream, butter, sugar, and corn syrup in a high sided saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Don't stir anymore, and bring to ~244 degrees F. This should take 10-20 mins, just depends on the size of your pan, so keep an eye. Remove from heat when done and stir in salt and vanilla quickly. Set aside.

Make the brownies: Preheat to 350 F. Combine cake mix, evaporated milk, and melted margarine in a bowl. Spread 2/3 of the batter into a greased 9"x13" pan (I use glass Pyrex). Bake 8-10 minutes, or until puffy and shiny on top and mostly set.

Remove from oven. Pour caramel evenly over batter. Scatter with nuts and liberally with chocolate chips (batter is not very sweet on its own). Dollop teaspoons of remaining batter evenly over the top (they will melt together as it bakes).

Return to oven for 20-25 more minutes, or until mostly set. They will feel a bit gooey in the middle but shouldn't seem raw inside. Let brownies cool in pan for an hour or so before slicing.

Create Spinach Marathon

Thanks for the heads up!

Mar 28, 2015
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Cinnamon roll icing

I use icing on all kinds of rolls, sweet yeast breads, pastries, donuts, coffee cake, hand pies (mini fruit pies), pound cake, and certain kinds of cookies (sugar, lemon, etc.).

You might also be able to freeze it for longer storage. Maybe portion it out into smaller containers first so it's easier to thaw just a bit at a time.

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

I had places to be tonight, so luckily the man got hungry around 5:30.

I gently reheated some chicken breast from last night, tossed in a sauce made with chili powder, paprika, onion, bouillon, and some other stuff I don't remember. It got piled into charred tortillas with cheese, garden radishes, guac, and pico.

I scurried off to a dear friend's book reading. Also ran into a friend from high school (!!!) who tells me I gave him his first joint in French class. I don't remember this at all, but he thanked me profusely. Go me.

Snacking on a midnight sammich and soon will have a killer brownie (caramel, nuts, chocolate). Happy weekend everyone.

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

I'm loving your jury duty meals T. What ever are you going to do once you're no longer needed over there?? Fabulous produce you're getting.

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

Looks great, as usual!

Mar 28, 2015
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

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

You can borrow mine to eat fish with.

tryingtobakebread....

Yes, 10 minutes is perfect. Recipes suggest letting it proof 5-10 minutes. Once it looks foamy and "alive" you are good to go.

A pinch of sugar is exactly what it needs to get going.

It's all a learning curve. I'm sure you're doing great. Just keep making bread and you'll get more comfortable with everything as you go!

Mar 28, 2015
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

time to make the donuts

No, I think you're correct. I find the "recovery" time in cast iron can be quite horrendous, especially when frying things like meat. I've never deep fried in stainless, but have shallow fried and it seems to be much quicker.

Mar 28, 2015
nothingswrong in Cookware

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

I have shared it. It's made with cake mix though, fair warning to you. From scratch batter just doesn't bake up or taste right.

Mom always makes it with store-bought caramel but I make it with homemade.

Are you still interested? I can share it again if you are.

time to make the donuts

Thanks rasputina. They were really tasty. Finally found a recipe we love!

Yes I think if OP is specifically looking to make donuts a lot, it's not worth buying a deep fryer. They cook so quickly in a few inches of oil in a pot that I can't imagine needing a deep fryer.

Mar 27, 2015
nothingswrong in Cookware

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

What an adorable cake!! Your dinner sounds fab too LW.

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

Mom's Killer Brownies again, with homemade caramel.

For a friend who's having a book signing tonight. These are his favorite, and he mentions them to me every time we talk.

The man and I have already done some sampling, just to make sure they're not poisonous.

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

Sorry to arouse hate. I thought it was warming up everywhere?!

Believe me, I'd send you guys some sunshine if I could.

Mar 27, 2015
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

time to make the donuts

I use an enameled cast iron Dutch oven when I make donuts. I have a smallish one that fits 3 donuts perfectly at a time, or more donut holes, and doesn't take a ton of oil to fill. I clip on a candy thermometer to regulate the oil temp. It's not that hard to keep oil at a certain temp with something like donuts, but can be irritating when doing something like fried chicken. I always just use tongs or something similar.

I can't justify keeping a whole separate appliance for deep frying. But then again, I don't do it that much.

For us (and guests I've served this food to), everything turns out perfectly when fried this way.

Mar 27, 2015
nothingswrong in Cookware