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

To the max!!

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

Oh nothingswrong, so sorry you have to go through this and sending you all the best.

about 23 hours ago
gemvt in Home Cooking
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What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition

Tonight I had a sort of deconstructed colcannon - mashed potatoes, sauteed savoy cabbage and onions, english peas and green onions. Delicious and couldn't finish it all. Served alongside a fairly grody quinoa veggie burger.

Easter Brunch Burlington VT

For some reason I can't edit my original post, so I wanted to add that Guild Tavern is having brunch on Easter, and it looks great:

http://www.guildtavern.com/specials/

Mar 29, 2015
gemvt in Northern New England

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

Sadly I was unable to restrain myself from hoovering it down before documenting the deliciousness. It was a thing of beauty, that's for sure!

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

Lunch was disappointing and barely eaten (leftover sesame noodles and tofu), so I am putting on the feedbag for dinner. The remains of mushroom leek soup alongside a fancy grilled cheese: sourdough, Cremont (an aged goat/cows milk cheese), Grafton cheddar and Jasper Hill Farm Alpha Tolman (an Appenzeller-type cheese), layered with roasted asparagus spears. My love for cheese is epic and all-consuming.

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

Happy birthday!!

Mar 24, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking

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

Sending you all the best.

Mar 24, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

Having an early dinner because I need to go to bed early. Looking forward to a smooth week - or at least a well-rested me so I can deal with all the bumps and drama that will inevitably come up :).

Made a simple soup with leeks, mushrooms, garlic, white wine, veg broth and s/p. Very tasty. Served with sourdough toast with melted Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk cheese. As a Vermont girl who is very loyal to the local and amazing cheeses we have here, I must say this is a mighty funky, tasty cheese!

It's sunday, so that means dessert. I have a big slab of Texas Sheet Cake with my name on it.

Easter Brunch Burlington VT

We usually go to Leunig's, have some drinks and soak up the atmosphere. They don't take reservations for brunch.

Another option is Pauline's, though that's in Shelburne. They do accept reservations:

http://paulinescafe.com/easter-brunch...

Mar 22, 2015
gemvt in Northern New England

What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

So this looks like a hot mess but is my favorite dinner this week. I picked up some sweet potato black bean tortilla pie from the hot bar of our local Whole Foods-type yuppie market. Then I made nachos with blue corn chips, grated Grafton cheddar, green onions, pickled jalapenos, pico and sour cream. All washed down with a very tasty Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It's not often I need alcohol for medicinal purposes, but damn, this week sucked.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

Yayish on the Avocado Salsa. I like the taste all right, but the texture is somewhat off-putting to me. I'll have to think on this one.

I also bought the Grecian Eggplant and the Baconesque Popcorn, which I will report on later. It always seems like the more new products I buy the more chatter I get from the cashier, haha. I actually thought about the "...Please, just ring up my groceries" thread from here as I was being rung up.

Mar 19, 2015
gemvt in Chains
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What's for Dinner #354: The Green(ing) Edition [through March 20, 2015

A bit behind so I'm including a shot of Tuesday's Corned Beef and Cabbage, which was had at a local gastropubby place. Very good.

Tonight was another kale attempt. This time I used regular ol' curly green kale instead of tuscan/dinosaur/lacinato style. Took chopped white onion and cooked it for about 10 minutes, then added chopped garlic and sundried tomatoes. Mixed dijon, Worcestershire sauce and a big glug of red wine and then added the torn kale. After about 15 minutes, it was finished. And it was glorious!! Next time I'll add some crushed red pepper as well.

What's for Dinner #354: The Green(ing) Edition [through March 20, 2015

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Sound of Music I started with a bit of Von Trapp Farmstead Mount Alice cheese, a "bloomy rind Camembert-style". It was delish.

Dinner was roasted cauliflower with garlic, olive oil, smoked paprika, lemon, and parmesan served alongside a chicken breast in a sort of dijon-y sauce. Man do I loves me some roast cauliflower.

What's for Dinner #353: the post-Daylight Saving Time Edition [Through March 15, 2015]

I am! The lunch tasting menu is quite a deal, only $16 per person.

Mar 14, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #353: the post-Daylight Saving Time Edition [Through March 15, 2015]

Honestly I'm thinking of moving back to California solely for the In N Out access.

Mar 14, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #353: the post-Daylight Saving Time Edition [Through March 15, 2015]

Can I tell you what was for lunch? It's not home cooked either, double violation. But it was so delicious...

A woman is moving to another department, so we took her to A Single Pebble, which is a fantastic family-style Chinese restaurant. We opted for the tasting menu, and the food just kept coming:

- Hot and Sour Soup
- Grand Marnier Panko Shrimp
- Daikon Radish Cakes
- Water Beef (poached sliced beef on a bed of greens in a garlic chili broth)
- Double Garlic Eggplant
- Scallion Pancakes
- Coconut Curry Shrimp with Rice Noodles
- Coconut Tarts with gelato

I'm pretty sure the food would have kept coming if we hadn't asked how much more to expect. It was all so tasty, I could eat that garlic chili broth every damn day.

Hope everyone has a delightful weekend!

What's for Dinner #353: the post-Daylight Saving Time Edition [Through March 15, 2015]

Kale period. There's just something about it I dislike. If I'm joining a CSA this summer (still on the fence, but it's a possibility), I'll need to be able to deal with it, so I'm practicing :)

What's for Dinner #353: the post-Daylight Saving Time Edition [Through March 15, 2015]

Have been out to eat or had a late lunch most days this week. Last night was a highlight at a BBQ place - Pulled Pork Poutine and Double Burger.

Tonight I continued on my quest to not hate kale by making the Pioneer Woman's Citrus Kale Salad. I used tuscan kale and added sliced red onion and sunflower seeds to the other ingredients (sliced jalapeno, orange slices, goat cheese). The dressing was a wee bit creamsicle-ey, which was a little weird, but...it was OK! It's the most kale I've eaten, ever.

I had some garlic parmesan baguette on the side, because I wouldn't want to go over the top healthy, or anything.

What's for Dinner #352: the pre-Daylight Savings Time 2015 Edition [through Mar 8, 2015]

It's happening - I drove through a puddle today. AN ACTUAL PUDDLE. And tonight we spring forward. Before I know it I'll be on my bike, enjoying the sunshine. Which will be great, because this winter weight is verging on Mr. Creosote from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.

To celebrate I made some arugula pesto - baby arugula,olive oil, garlic, s & p and toasted pine nuts. Since I was making a small amount, I used my new Cuisinart Smart Stick, but it didn't work very well. Also, I never use enough olive oil. It always seems like so much - but it affects the processing.

It still tasted great, though, tossed with garden peas and penne. I may even prefer arugula to basil. Ask me a week from now :D

What's for Dinner #352: the pre-Daylight Savings Time 2015 Edition [through Mar 8, 2015]

My favorite type of meal: grocery antipasti, kale from the grocery hot bar, backward raclette potatoes (the cheese is "raclette style" from Spring Brook Farm here in Vermont, so it totally works, right?), gherkins, some pepperoni and a cheddar jalapeno roll. A groaning plate of salty goodness. Oh, and a beer - Ommegang Rare Vos.

What's for Dinner #352: the pre-Daylight Savings Time 2015 Edition [through Mar 8, 2015]

We had pizza at work today, so dinner was a fairly pedestrian salad with romaine, shredded carrot, cucumbers, tomatoes, pepperoncini and avocado. I doctored up a vinaigrette with dijon, honey, crushed garlic, a little turmeric, smoked paprika, s & p, red wine vinegar and olive oil, and that was pretty darn good if I do say so!

I need to buy some sunflower seeds to have on hand for salads, something I tried earlier this week at the deli salad bar and have totally fallen in love with. Great texture and taste addition.

What's for Dinner #352: the pre-Daylight Savings Time 2015 Edition [through Mar 8, 2015]

Sending all good wishes to you, Gio.

Mar 04, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

YAY for the new-to-me Green Curry Simmer Sauce. Tastes really fresh and has a nice mix of Thai flavors - with some fresh cilantro or basil mixed in and a squeeze of lime, it's almost like being at my local Thai place.

YAY to the Trimmed Leeks. I've been buying these for months, but wanted to put a rave out there. It's the only TJ's produce that I've never had a spoilage problem with.

NAY to the Grilled Eggplant Wrap. Dry and flavorless and since I didn't like the tahini dipping sauce that came alongside, I couldn't correct it.

What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition [through Mar 2, 2015]

Still icky here in Vermont but starting to look up. It was in the 20s today! Blah.

WFD is a naan-za: garlic naan spread with goat cheese, topped with sliced roasted beets and melted leeks. Once out of the oven I topped it with arugula and drizzles of honey, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition [through Mar 2, 2015]

I have seen these at Trader Joe's as "Kale Sprouts". As a kale hater, I've yet to try them.

Mar 02, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking

Sub. maple syrup in Cinnamon-sugared Almonds

I made this recipe multiple times over the holidays to rave reviews:

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...

You could omit the cayenne if you don't want any heat.

Mar 01, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking

Vermont Creamery Maple Sea Salt Butter, Stonewall Farm Maple Bacon Onion Jam

Gesine used to have a bakery in Montpelier, Vermont, that was absolutely amazing. Her blog and instagram and real favorites of mine.

Feb 28, 2015
gemvt in General Topics

What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

Everyone in our city has to run a pencil-wide stream of water out of one faucet at all times to try and avoid frozen pipes. The frost line has reached 6 feet, which is where most of the pipes are located, evidently. Not only am I wasting a precious resource, which tees me off, but it also makes me have to pee pretty much all night. If only I was in a larger place where all faucets weren't within hearing distance.

I'm really trying to clean up my mess of eating habits, which have veered a bit too sharply into junk as of late. You know, eating my feelings and all that. Tonight I'm having a green curry with tofu, peppers, broccoli and bok choy.

What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

Harter groupie checking in to say I'm happy to feel foolish for worrying, just as mariacarmen predicted, and to welcome you back from your holiday.