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STUFFED PASTA - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for March 2014

Wow! Those look incredible! I have to try that recipe and that technique, although I'm sure they take a lot of practice to master.

Don't every hesitate to post on an older DOTM thread. There may be more activity during the actual month of a dish, but people can come back and add to the threads at any time.

about 3 hours ago
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (May 2014) Nominations

I love the idea of GALETTE!
Do you have sweet or savory or both in mind?

about 15 hours ago
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (May 2014) Nominations

I think that asparagus is a great idea for a thread this time of year, but we need a bit more definition for "Dish" of the Month: An ingredient plus a method. Asparagus is an ingredient, it could be raw in a salad, wrapped in prosciutto, puréed in a soup, filling for a crepe, etc. (Mmmm, maybe you should indeed start an asparagus thread!)

about 15 hours ago
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month - Nominations Thread for April 2014

FYI the nomination thread is now up for the May DOTM:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/973006

1 day ago
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

STUFFED PASTA - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for March 2014

Thank you meatn3 and ncw! It was very good. Makes me want to keep duck ragù in the freezer all the time!

1 day ago
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

LEG OF LAMB - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for April 2014

The nomination thread for the May Dish of the Month is now up here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/973006

1 day ago
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (May 2014) Nominations

First of all, a big Thank You to Herby for carrying on the DOTM in my absence. Great job! Especially helpful is Herby's index all of the prior DOTM dishes, which can be viewed here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/929718
You can always go back and contribute to earlier threads.

Currently, and throughout the month of April, the Dish of the Month is Leg of Lamb. Such a springtime menu item! You can view and contribute to the thread here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/970848

Now it's time to begin nominations for the May 2014 Home Cooking Dish of the Month. Remember that a dish is loosely defined as an ingredient and a method of preparation.

Nominations will be open until April 25th at 10pm Pacific time (1 am on April 26th Eastern time, and 5 am April 26th GMT). Please nominate your dish using ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. (If you discuss the dish elsewhere in the thread, please type it in lower case. This makes it easier to count the dishes in caps, without counting extra nominations for one person.)

You may nominate more than one dish. And if someone else nominates a dish that you wish to support, just reply and type the name of the dish in all caps. The dishes with the most nominations will move on to the voting round, where each person only gets one vote. If you haven't joined us before, feel free to jump in!

1 day ago
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

STUFFED PASTA - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for March 2014

Well, that was weird. What have I missed? Trying again.

I probably wouldn't have considered lasagne as a stuffed pasta, but it's been mentioned here, and I just happened to have cooked it in the overwhelming post-honeymoon, catching up at work days. You know, those days that I'm still living in right now.
Some time ago, I had made a Duck Ragù and a wild mushroom sauce for a party. Unfortunately, sickness intervened, and two tubs of duck and mushrooms sat in the freezer. We thawed them out a few days ago, made some fresh pasta, layered duck with mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, and some grated parm/reg. Whoa. We did good! Even well made ingredients that have been frozen a bit too long, can make a great lasagne,

Apr 17, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking
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STUFFED PASTA - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for March 2014

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Apr 17, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #286 - Spring has Sprung, but the Grass Ain't Riz Edition [through 3/27/14]

Thanks for taking all these great pictures mariacarmen! We were so honored that you came so far to share the day with us. And don't minimize your contribution! You worked hard up to the last minute, and saved the day!

We had five chowhounds there, that I know of, and one who sadly had to decline at the last due to illness. So it was bound to be a food event!

No hangovers for us either, there must have been magic in the air.

Mar 27, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking
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Vote for the February 2014 Cookbook of the Month!

Hahaha. Dry wedding. Good one LulusMom!

March 22nd. Ceremony at 5pm, toasting directly thereafter.

Jan 28, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking
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Vote for the February 2014 Cookbook of the Month!

Thanks again to all of you! We will indeed be having a Chowhound wedding. I think there are at least a dozen people coming whom I've met via Chowhound, either hounds themselves, or the spouse or friend of a hound. I even met my maid of honor on Chowhound. Come to think of it, I met my officiant on Chowhound also! (What a great place this is!) Some of those hounds have volunteered to prepare dishes, as it will be all homemade food.

But best of all, Mr. Nightshade will actually and legally become Mr. Nightshade! And we'll go off together with our pasta machine, to live happily ever after.

Jan 28, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking
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Vote for the February 2014 Cookbook of the Month!

Aw, thank you all! What a great group this is!

Jan 19, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking
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Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

It's a funny system, and I understand why a restaurant would want to fill in a slow period. In the more urban areas I've lived it was what people did after work. The best happy hours could be found downtown/financial district where most people got off work at 5pm. Of course dinner is much later in those urban areas too.

Jan 19, 2014
L.Nightshade in Pacific Northwest

Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

I recently found this list of happy hours in Bellingham, a few of them say "daily." I don't have experience or recommendations however.
I'm a bit mystified by those few that offer happy hour ending at 5pm on weekdays; seems like they should start at 5pm!

http://www.bellinghamhappyhours.com/H...

Jan 19, 2014
L.Nightshade in Pacific Northwest

Vote for the February 2014 Cookbook of the Month!

Ack! I'd love to participate in cooking from either of these books, but it will have to be at a later date. I'm pretty much off COTM these days, as I'm getting married in March and any spare time I have is going toward preparations. But I look forward to reading along as much as I can.

I can't believe your six months is already coming to a close BigSal. You've done a brilliant job!

Jan 19, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking
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Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

Well. It's too bad. Some of us in the working class would like to indulge in the occasional event dinner also.

Jan 19, 2014
L.Nightshade in Pacific Northwest

Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

I've been running into events like this lately. Things that we might be interested in attending, but scheduled on weeknights. Monday night? I usually work a 10 hour day on Mondays, and have to get up and do it again on Tuesday. For whom are these events tailored? I don't think they're practical for most working people.

Jan 18, 2014
L.Nightshade in Pacific Northwest

Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

I think change of staff is probably right on target.

We have only been to Giuseppe's once, and it was right after we returned from cooking school in Italy, so the bar was set pretty high. I have to say, we were pleasantly surprised. I don't particularly like the environment, it's quite a big, theme-decor type place, but both the food and the service were quite good.

Jan 11, 2014
L.Nightshade in Pacific Northwest

Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

We used to eat at D'Anna's nearly every week, and liked it quite a bit. The last 4-5 times we've been (we don't give up easily) it has gone downhill, critically downhill. Everything has been very greasy, and not very well cooked or seasoned. And I don't just think it's me being critical, as our fellow diners have held the same opinion.

Jan 11, 2014
L.Nightshade in Pacific Northwest

Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

We've eaten there several times. It's always packed when there's a show at Mount Baker theater, because, once again, the options are nearly nonexistent. I would say meh. Their pasta dishes can be OK, but we are with pasta like you are with pizza: we make our own routinely, and why order it when you can do it better? Beyond pasta dishes, they're just not up to it. But if you want to go out for pasta, it's worth a try.

Jan 11, 2014
L.Nightshade in Pacific Northwest

Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

That sounds pretty sad. I actually didn't even know they served "dinners," I thought it was all small plate offerings. One thing I will say about our experiences there, is that it can be uneven. We went one night when the chef/owner wasn't there cooking and we felt the food suffered. Also, from what I've heard, lunch is their best meal.

I have to say, we end up there because, well, where else? The Copper Hog has gone downhill. And we totally disagree on Bobs B&B, which we've given many, many chances because we end up right near them, but I think their food is awful.

Jan 11, 2014
L.Nightshade in Pacific Northwest

Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

Curious to hear if you had lunch somewhere here, whether good or bad!

Jan 07, 2014
L.Nightshade in Pacific Northwest

Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

Have you tried The Local? They're open Sundays until 1pm. Their facebook page indicated kids are OK, if that is a concern. That's probably where I would go. I'm still curious to try La La Eatery, right next to TJ's but you're coming from Van, with far superior Vietnamese lunches, I'm certain.
Cafe Rumba is also open on Sundays. I've never eaten there, just because I don't do lunch. But I've taken salsa lessons from the owner; he's very nice, and I've heard it's good.

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/TheLocalPublicHouseBellingham

http://caferumbabham.com/

Jan 04, 2014
L.Nightshade in Pacific Northwest

Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

You don't happen to be looking for a new business venture, do you? We could sure use a great pizza!

Jan 04, 2014
L.Nightshade in Pacific Northwest

Cassoulet is closing

I hope she gets a nice space in town. The current location is pretty odd.

Jan 04, 2014
L.Nightshade in Pacific Northwest

Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

Ha! I could see tiring of them if you have them regularly! They're such a rare treat for us.

Jan 01, 2014
L.Nightshade in Pacific Northwest

Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

Speaking of hot dogs, and somewhat off-topic, have you ever had a Japadog? We always make a point of having one when we're in Vancouver, and have even tried to do something similar at home. i'd love to see (or maybe even have!!) a Japadog franchise in Bham.

The problem I have with Kulshan, which is the same problem I have with The Local, is that I don't drink beer. Kulshan has absolutely nothing to offer the non-beer drinker, except water. The Local has wines, but very bad wines.

Dec 31, 2013
L.Nightshade in Pacific Northwest

Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

Oh, I never said anything about Bham being an Olive Garden town, and I don't think it is. We have different opinions about places; you've mentioned some that I put in the negative category, but you've also mentioned a few that I haven't tried, and will. I never go out to lunch, which makes a difference. It just doesn't work with my schedule. I love OWD (and Chris and Anna), but I see it as a place to shop and go to wine tastings; I never actually eat there. We just look for places to go to dinner. Dinner means bringing friends and conversing, and places like Man Pies, are not the right environment, although we do enjoy the pies. And like Neecies said somewhere, we'd like to have places that cook something better or different than we can cook at home. Very much miss Tivoli, and even Prospect. We do enjoy Soy House for dinner. And in a pinch, when we are really too exhausted to cook anything, I will even go for a schnitzel burger at Black Forest!

Dec 29, 2013
L.Nightshade in Pacific Northwest

New Cooking / Supper Club, Bellingham and Environs

I've sent you an email LotusRapper; the supper club is still going strong!

Dec 27, 2013
L.Nightshade in Pacific Northwest