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prep ahead dinner for 8 help!

When I was in the city with not much time, money or space to spare - a great standby was to roast a few chickens (olive oil, garlic, rosemary, oregano) roasted potatoes (olive oil, garlic, rosemary) and green beans that I steamed in the microwave at the last minute and tossed with a little garlic, soy sauce and sesame seeds - carrots are also wonderful roasted in the oven with a little butter, salt and pepper - a simple salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette and crumbled goat cheese on top - my vegan friends usually got large roasted portabella mushrooms to replace meat - guests brought the dessert(s) -

Oct 14, 2010
castironconnie in Home Cooking

What food find still haunts you - that you had once and haven't found since?

Real honest -to-goodness hand tossed caesar salad at a little Italian place in the village (NYC) that has since closed. My whole family still talks about that salad...

Oct 14, 2010
castironconnie in General Topics

Best beef cuts (and ratios) for grind your own hamburgers

Shortribs and sirloin ground together for us!

Oct 14, 2010
castironconnie in Home Cooking

Smoked Barbecue Baby Back Ribs

I like to add just a pinch of ginger powder to my dry rub, for some reason it really counterbalances the usual BBQ flavors and adds a dimension - for me BBQ is about the layers of flavor, the meat itself, the rub, the wood, the sauce all lending their unique qualities to the final product.

Jul 06, 2010
castironconnie in Recipes