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What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

Looks great! I'm in the "kielbasa ALWAYS goes" camp.

about 9 hours ago
gemvt in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

WFD: quesadilla with extra sharp cheddar, roasted mushrooms, artichokes, sauteed spinach & onions, and baaaacoooonnn.

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

So sorry, mariacarmen.

1 day ago
gemvt in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

I'm still laughing at the job/strip club analogy. Thanks jjjrfoodie!

1 day ago
gemvt in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition!

I'm so hangry tonight!! Long day, sick of winter, and feeling the need to change jobs which causes me great agita. Therefore, dinner has been: the leftover celery & ranch that I forgot to eat at lunch because I had back to back to back meetings; a couple cashews, a couple more cashews, and then...more cashews; Tofurky kielbasa, which is as bad as you'd think and was therefore drenched in enough dijon to burn the roof of my mouth; steamed broccoli, and buttermilk mashed baby yukons. Both sides got a little butter, then a little more butter, then...more butter. I think I need to send myself to bed early so I don't drive to the store for a cupcake or something.

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

We didn't get hit too bad in northern Vermont, perhaps 4 inches when all is said and done. It's very light and fluffy, which is good - one of the few times I wish I wasn't single is when I need to shovel lots of wet, heavy snow. This I can handle!

WFD: a veggie burger on a farm roll with lettuce, red onion, sauteed mushrooms, and sauerkraut. Sauteed spinach on the side. Work was rough, so I'm dying for a cocktail, but I shall keep my promise to go dry until March.

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

A Juno drinking game while watching the Weather Channel would likely prove fatal.

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

Happy Birthday!

Jan 26, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

I'm ending two weeks of a fairly messy bingefest (both food and drink-wise) with my favorite, a meatball sub (but on a round roll), with some greens topped with ranch. Seems I've finally cracked ranch dressing: sour cream, mayo, buttermilk, white wine vinegar, garlic, s & p, chives, parsley, Worcestershire sauce and a tiny bit of chili garlic sauce. NAILED IT.

Roasted lots of vegetables to have for lunches this week. Sigh.

Butch & Babe's in Burlington, VT

Just got back from an AMAZING experience at this new place on North Winooski Avenue. The theme, from their menu: "B+B blends Midwestern comfort food with Thai flavors on a traditional pub menu". We had the corn cakes with ginger slaw and Korean chili mayo; Barrio Foccacia Burger; thai-style chicken breast with dumplings and greens; and Switchback battered dayboat haddock fish & chips. We also had several glasses of wine, beers, and a couple of cocktails, and the bill came to just over $100(without tip). The flavors were delectable and the service was warm and inviting. Get there!

Jan 23, 2015
gemvt in Northern New England

What's for Dinner - #345 - the Winter Doldrums Already? Edition [through January 28, 2015]

I'm with you Linda...I'm very over winter. And yet we still have at least two months to go here in the extreme north. Blah.

Tonight I threw in the towel and ordered a to-go burger: local ground beef, Vermont cheddar, arugula, charred onions and steak fries. Couldn't take a photo because I absolutely wolfed it down.

Starting this weekend I'm back to eating healthy, but eff that burger was delicious.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

YAY to the Chicago Style Popcorn. Caramel and Cheddar popcorn in the same bag, very nice mix, and so delicious that I can't buy it ever again (pretty much killed the entire bag over two sittings).

Jan 22, 2015
gemvt in Chains
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What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

Now crusty bread, cheese and cured meats/sausage I could do for a long stretch of time.

I love black beans but really don't care for rice or bananas/plantains. While I did have them for the first six meals, I burnt out quickly.

In other news, now I want Cap'n Crunch coated french toast!

Jan 20, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

Back from a week in Nicaragua - what a beautiful country! I completely fell in love with it. I did very quickly tire of rice, beans, and plantains, however.
Otherwise the food was quite good. Lots of steak, chicken and of course fresh fruit. And beer. And rum.

Now back to the US food and northeast cold. Tonight it's a naan pizza with roasted butternut squash, mushrooms, shallots, pesto, Gorgonzola and Parmesan.

What's for Dinner #342- The Return of the Polar Vortex Edition! [through Jan. 10, 2015]

Holy eff it's cold...currently holding at 0 degrees with a RealFeel® of -23. I need to move closer to Gio.

I didn't want to cook so I swung by the yuppie market at got a large classic chicken noodle soup. Once home I squirted a crapton of sriracha in there and went to town. I'm not feeling sick, but everyone around me is, so I'm fighting the good fight.

Stay warm, WFDers!

What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

WFD is breakfast for dinner: scramble with ham, mushrooms, spinach, onions, and pepper jack; home fries; roasted tomatoes.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

YAY: Prewashed butter lettuce is back. I had been purchasing the bag that had butter lettuce and radicchio and picking out the radicchio, because ew.

MEH: Parmesan crisps. They just don't have much flavor to me.

As an FYI, I saw a big display of the Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Seeds in my store today, so they're back in stock. Didn't purchase them as I'm trying to cut back on sweets, but they were a big YAY when I did try them back in the fall.

Jan 03, 2015
gemvt in Chains

What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

We're getting a storm here so I'm hunkered down for the night. Evidently I'm having a weekend of subs - tonight it's a meatball sub with steamed asparagus. This thing oughta make me settle in for a long winter's night by about 8PM.

What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

Rapini/broccoli rabe on a garlic toasted baguette with melted provolone and hot sweet peppers. So much garlicky goodness!

What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

Happy New Year WFDers! Thank you for being a source of inspiration and pleasure during 2014, and I wish you all the 2015 of your dreams.

What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

In my quest to try new things, I cooked and ate rapini for the first time, with olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, lemon zest and parm. I expected bitterness but it was a pleasant bitterness. Good stuff.
Served with meatballs and a few roasted tomatoes, on a salad plate to try and fool myself into thinking its a lot of food. That never works, does it?

What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

Not really a big NYE celebrant (I also have an early bedtime, so it's hard for me to make it until midnight), but I'm ready for 2015. Bring it on.

Black bean tacos with peppers, onions, green onion, cheddar, sour cream, lettuce and pico de gallo were WFD.

What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition [through December 29, 2014]

Utterly exhausted. Went to spin class this morning and came home and fell back to sleep for most of the day. I'm going to blame the typhoid vaccine I started today.

This weekend was spent purging - I won't bake again until next December, so all the lovely baking supplies went to my cousin, who will use them sooner. I cleaned out the fridge and brought the garbage and recycling to the dump, which is always a relief. Took the leftover Stilton and made a soup with broccoli and leeks, which promptly went into the freezer - can't see me wanting Stilton again for a good month or so!

WFD: burger! Local beef, Cabot cheddar (which is local for me!), sautéed onions & mushrooms, sliced tomatoes, and gherkins. Served alongside TJs broccoli slaw tossed in a sour cream/mayo/Dijon/cider vinegar/lemon melange. Dessert will be the remaining Christmas Crack. Good riddance to that amazingness!

New Years Day dinner in Burlington VT

All of Morganna's suggestions are great. I'd also recommend Juniper at Hotel Vermont:

http://hotelvt.com/dining-drinking

And a place I haven't been, but looks interesting, The Gryphon:

http://www.thegryphonvt.com/

Dec 27, 2014
gemvt in Northern New England

What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition [through December 29, 2014]

Everyone around me is sick or getting sick, so I'm hibernating this Christmas Eve. WFD? Spaghetti & meatballs. I also taste tested the artichoke dip I'm bringing to dinner tomorrow by heating it in a little ramekin. That recipe is kind of gross yet I could probably eat the whole thing. Dang is that tasty.

I'm also bringing spinach & endive salad, dauphinoise potatoes and some mini chocolate cupcakes. I've tried to avoid too mych indulgence but the next two days are off the books.

Wishing everyone a beautiful, happy and healthy holiday!

What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition [through December 29, 2014]

You are all my heroes, making so much delicious food so close to Christmas. I've had quite a few dinners out lately but tonight I had some nibbles - blue cheese stuffed olives, cashews and pretzels and then I made a little french bread pizza with mushrooms. Because many of these dinners out have been impromptu, I just tossed a bunch of food that's gone bad - I hate, hate, HATE to do that. I'm not grocery shopping again until Saturday.

Now to make a batch of peanut butter blossoms for work tomorrow, then on the the celebrations!

Dec 23, 2014
gemvt in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition [through December 29, 2014]

So sorry, boyzoma. Thinking of you and your family.

Dec 23, 2014
gemvt in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

It really is! The bacon came with a crock of Stilton, a petite boneless ham, cheddar, toffee peanuts, cranberry relish, split pea soup mix, honey mustard, chocolates...she's extremely generous.

Dec 17, 2014
gemvt in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Feeling the usual overwhelmed week before Christmas. There's just crap strewn everywhere. I need a maid. I did come home to some serious bacon (a gift from my dear auntie), so I got that going for me. Which is nice.

Not sure what to call this: quick marinated mushrooms, marinated beets with horseradish,salami, cornichons, ham, and baby yukons with melted sharp cheddar.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

It feels like the 25th has creeped up on me - but that's typical of most years. Have three or four more gifts to purchase.

This time of year I tend to cook a big batch soup on Sundays to be able to grab throughout the week. This week's variety is chunky vegetable, and a big bowl of that and half a grilled cheese on wheat are WFD.