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What's for Dinner #352: the pre-Daylight Savings Time 2015 Edition

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

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

Sending all good wishes to you, Gio.

1 day ago
gemvt in Home Cooking
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

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.

Mar 02, 2015
gemvt in Chains
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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.

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

Tonight I made a sort of half-assed enchilada casserole: black beans were simmered in beer, onions, garlic, and spices, then I added corn, spinach, roasted butternut squash and red peppers. Put half a packet of Rick Bayless' Red Enchilada Sauce in the bottom of a pan, covered that with 3 corn tortillas sliced into strips, and then layered the bean mixture and shredded pepper jack. Topped with 3 more sliced corn tortillas, the remainder of the enchilada sauce and more pepper jack - and a little sharp cheddar. It's pretty good, if I do say so myself.

This was to be served alongside some butter lettuce from TJ's dressed with o & v, but it was completely slimy and gross with three days left on the "best used by" date. Eff TJ's produce.

Thinking of my southern NE neighbors - stay strong through the stormapalooza! Also, hoping to hear from Harters soon. I miss reading his posts and what's being served for afters at Harters Hall.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

It does state on the back of the TJ's package: "It's said that 1 in 10 peppers has a hot kick!"

I also heat them till blistered in a little olive oil then sprinkle with kosher salt.

Feb 09, 2015
gemvt in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

YAY for Shishito Peppers in the produce section! I got addicted to these things last summer at the local farmers market.

Feb 08, 2015
gemvt in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

They have unpetit-ed them!

http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-fl...

Feb 08, 2015
gemvt in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Nay for Quinoa and Kale overload. I've tried both, multiple times, and finally accepted that I just don't like them. It seems like everything new at TJs nowadays has kale and/or quinoa in it. I was particularly affronted by the Quinoa Pesto, as I was in the market for a jarred pesto to have on hand for the inevitable pesto emergency. Their other jarred pesto lists potato as an ingredient, which sounded weirder still!

Feb 07, 2015
gemvt in Chains
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What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition! [through Feb 3, 2015]

Been thinking about Mr. H as well - hope he checks in very soon.

Feb 02, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition! [through Feb 3, 2015]

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

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition! [through Feb 3, 2015]

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

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition! [through Feb 3, 2015]

So sorry, mariacarmen.

Jan 29, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition! [through Feb 3, 2015]

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

Jan 29, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition! [through Feb 3, 2015]

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 [Old]

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.