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What's for dinner #255 The countdown to Turkey Day edition. [Through November 14, 2013]

Last night we made burgers with roasted fingerling potatoes. Tonight I'm making chile colorado with local pork. Also rice and refried flor de mayo beans (also local). I was thinking I might want margaritas tonight, but turns out I'm out of grand marnier. Oh well, beer it is.

Nov 10, 2013
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Homemade Coffee Liqueur

Just finished putting this together. I used the Kraken rum. Can't wait to try it in two weeks!

**Update: 2 weeks later. I am enjoying my first drink with it. It's super good. Quite different than the Kahlua that I'm used to. Much more coffee-y and much less sweet. I love it.

Nov 08, 2013
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What's for Dinner #237 - In the Summertime Edition (through August 5)

There are such things as cevicherias?? Wonderful! Have a happy birthday with all your bday dinners!

Aug 05, 2013
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GOOD-BYE COOKBOOKS: It’s not you…it’s me. The unopened, un-loved, under-used books in my collection and how I plan on getting rid of them!

I actually have this obsession with getting rid of things. I have and have always had a pretty small living space to work with and I've always had this thing about getting rid of things I don't use (especially if it's something I can sell or get credit for - I get this from my hock-happy father). I am constantly buying useless books, but also constantly selling other useless books to my local used bookstore - thank god for them.

I try to keep my cookbook collection at a decent size in conjunction with my bookshelf - it rotates - with the staple exceptions. I pretty much always have about $40 credit at that used book store (and I've gotten SO many great "staple" books for free on that credit) I love my style, actually.

Aug 05, 2013
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What's for Dinner #237 - In the Summertime Edition (through August 5)

Just spent the weekend out of town at a friend's wedding. Super fun. The food on my trip was great/okay/ick. I was able to visit my mother and sister for a night and my mother (never the greatest cook I've ever known) made ground chicken and lowry's taco seasoning packet tacos. She's all excited about this ground chicken thing - it was a first for me. Sorry to all the fans, but - ick. Of course I told her it was wonderful, but we're Mexican for God sakes. Where's the carne asada, mom??

I was lucky enough to get to eat at Canter's in Hollywood for lunch (well it was a pastrami reuben at 10:30 am). Always a TREAT. The wedding dinner was pretty standard beef wedding dish. I was super hungry again my the end of the night. Ended up having to eat husband's Pringles, tipsy in the hotel room.

Tonight, finally back at home (13 hours away by car) I made mac and cheese with jack, fontina and chevre. With roasted broccoli, tomatoes, bacon and garlic. A garden salad and bread. Yum. Tired...

Aug 05, 2013
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Please help me schedule these chickens!

What's also nice about the Zuni method is that all the prep work is done the day before, so on the day you roast them all you do is pull them out of the fridge.

Jul 30, 2013
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The side-car thread to the absolute worst cookbook you own -- What is your most obscure, weird or oddball cookbook.

I've never been that impressed with the recipe section of any of the books, but it's definitely always been the first, photographic, part of the books that I looked at and read over and over again.

Jul 28, 2013
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The side-car thread to the absolute worst cookbook you own -- What is your most obscure, weird or oddball cookbook.

My mother in law constantly sends us thrift store books that she thinks we'll like. Most of the time they're horrible. The latest cookbook she sent me was Loretta Lynn's Cookbook, "You're Cookin' it Country." Also, while I know it isn't that obscure I don't know how many other people have spent years collecting the entire Time Life Good Cook series. Love them. LOVE them.

Jul 27, 2013
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Sandwich Inspiration - what was your last "sammy"?

Today for lunch DH and I went to this new italian shop that opened up here. It's pretty neat, they make pasta, sauces and sides in house. And they have a deli counter where they sell meats and cheeses plus they sell a bunch of imported food. Also, they make sandwiches. I had the Chino, which was salami, ham, prosciutto, mozzarella, tomato, arugula, lettuce and vinaigrette in a local bakery's baguette. And he had a panini with peaches, prosciutto, mozzarella and I think like a balsamic vinegar reduction. It was fantastic.

Jul 27, 2013
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What's for Dinner #235 - The Hot Fun in the Summertime Edition - [Through July 28]

And I am reading this with my nice icy vodka tonic with lemons. Your dinner sound wonderful. Crusted new potatoes? Yum!

Jul 26, 2013
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What's for Dinner #235 - The Hot Fun in the Summertime Edition - [Through July 28]

That sounds amazing. All you have to do to make me really happy is give me lobster over fresh pasta.

Jul 26, 2013
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What's for Dinner #235 - The Hot Fun in the Summertime Edition - [Through July 28]

Tonight will be pan fried pork chops with risotto. Last night was frozen pizza and tater tots. I'm thinking tomorrow will be grilled pork ribs and corn on the cob. Oddly enough I don't think I have, in my adult life, ever grilled corn on the cob. DH doesn't like fresh corn, so I guess I have steered clear of it. I always see it at the FM though, so tomorrow's the day I think. He didn't eat turkey either until he met me and my roast turkeys, so maybe I'll get him an ear too.

Jul 26, 2013
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What's for Dinner #235 - The Hot Fun in the Summertime Edition - [Through July 28]

Spent all evening after work looking at houses with a realtor since we got pre-approved for a loan last week (!!!) We were super hungry when we were done so we went and ate at our favorite mexican hole in the wall, Rico's Tacos Taqueria. I got the ricos burrito (carnitas, beans, potatoes, peppers, onions, salsa verde and cheese) and Mr. RB got tacos. Also they sell bottles of microbrew for $1.50. Bless them. We both had Anchor Steams. So full. Also, Sly really IS the man.

Jul 24, 2013
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Troubleshoot My Egg Dish

I make a similar breakfast dish, and I add my (untoasted) tortillas just after the sauteed onions. This fries them a little. Then add your eggs and spinach, which should be quick. Add the tomatoes at the very end and fold them in. I agree with the don't cook the avocado suggestions. Put it on top on your plate along with the green onions.

Jul 24, 2013
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What to do with too much (of the wrong) stuff ?

How about sweet potato fries to go with some barbeque. And for the cabbage I would second the sauerkraut idea. It's easy to make, uses a LOT of cabbage and it is nice to eat in the hot weather.

Jul 24, 2013
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Adding Crunch to Sautéed Spinach

I think I would put bread crumbs with almonds and parm on top and then broil it.

Jul 24, 2013
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What's for Dinner #234 -- The Dog Days of Summer Edition #4 thru Jul 24, 2013

More pesto! With pasta, peas from the backyard, chevre, ham and croutons. Last night was grilled prawn tacos and grilled potato tacos with black beans and a grilled tomatillo salsa I put together. Tonight my appetizer was a vodka tonic and my dessert is bourbon. That's right. I'm crazy.

Jul 23, 2013
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What's for Dinner #233 -- The Dog Days of Summer Edition #3 [Thru Jul 21, 2013]

I've got some local black beans from the farmers market in the pot right now. Will probably eat them with last night's leftover ratatouille. Is that gonna be weird? Whatever, we'll see. Mr. RB will probably make nachos with the black beans. He's a nacho fiend.

Jul 21, 2013
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Cookbook suggestion?

I got The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters down from my shelf a few weeks ago because I was feeling kind of rut-ish too. I've been sort of cooking through it and have been really mixing up my cooking. It isn't that creative or exotic, you know, it really just covers a lot of basic stuff, but it really has been a lot of fun for me.

Jul 21, 2013
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What's for Dinner #233 -- The Dog Days of Summer Edition #3 [Thru Jul 21, 2013]

Last night we grilled. Tri tip, grilled ratatouille, potatoes and bread. Oysters served raw with mignonette sauce was our appetizer. It was super fun. And delicious.

Jul 21, 2013
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What's for Dinner #233 -- The Dog Days of Summer Edition #3 [Thru Jul 21, 2013]

That sounds wonderful. I've had my mind on trying to find fresh sardines around here. You're lunch and dinner sound great!

Jul 21, 2013
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What's for Dinner #232-The Dog Days of Summer Edition #2 (Through Jul 18, 2013)

Tonight was linguine with summer squash, garlic and lots of herbs (garlic and herbs from the garden). Also a caprese salad and toast. Nice and light with lots of white wine.

Jul 17, 2013
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What's for Dinner #232-The Dog Days of Summer Edition #2 (Through Jul 18, 2013)

Limoncello. Fantastic.

Jul 17, 2013
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What's for Dinner #232-The Dog Days of Summer Edition #2 (Through Jul 18, 2013)

Last night was a big pot of refried beans with rice and tomatillo salsa made into burritos. Tonight was leftovers made in to burritos. Tomorrow? Maybe nachos.

Jul 15, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? July, 2013 edition (through July 31, 2013)

I sure will. Can't wait to get it.

Jul 15, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? July, 2013 edition (through July 31, 2013)

Yes, that is the book I mean. The heirloom bean cookbook. I like the style of the recipes they have posted on their website, so I think this book might be really neat.

Jul 15, 2013
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What's for Dinner #231 - the Dog Days of Summer (#1) Edition [Through Jul 15, 2013]

I've had ceviche on my mind lately too. Soon, I keep saying. Soon.

Jul 14, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? July, 2013 edition (through July 31, 2013)

Just placed an order for: Stir and Smoke & Pickles - because you all seem to be buying them and I was jealous, the Rancho Gordo cookbook - because I've always wanted it, and Count Zero - which isn't a cookbook, but a science fiction novel. I'm almost done with Neuromancer, so you know.

Jul 12, 2013
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What's for Dinner #231 - the Dog Days of Summer (#1) Edition [Through Jul 15, 2013]

Tonight will be my first night cooking anything in a few weeks, since I've been honeymooning in Italy and just got home. For about a week while traveling I ate pesto and anchovies every single day. I miss it so much that tonight I'm making pesto with pasta and peas - and mushroom and tomato bruschetta. Also because when we got home the basil and peas had taken over the garden. I sure do wish I could get some fresh anchovies though.

Jul 11, 2013
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What's for Dinner #206 - Inching towards a Warm Spring edition [OLD]

The squealer makes the *best* meatloaf. By the way - this was probably the 2nd spiciest chili I think I ever made. Those ghost peppers are dangerous! Super good though.

Apr 06, 2013
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