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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (May 2014) Nominations

Just a reminder that nominations will close tomorrow night, 4/15, at 10pm Pacific time.

I'm wowed by the great ideas here; can't wait to see what we'll be cooking in May!

36 minutes ago
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

Anything new in Bellingham these days ?

We went back to the Local last night, pretty early actually; it seemed like it should have been happy hour. Their menu is different, without the variety of small plates they used to offer, just dinner dishes. No specials last night. I had the calamari in romesco over risotto, topped with spicy microgreens. Mr. NS had the pork belly with red cabbage and a polenta cake. We shared, of course, and he liked both dishes. I thought mine was lacking, but I'm a romesco snob. Also a risotto snob. His was pretty good; the cabbage was somewhat sweet, almost mapley. And the pork belly was tasty and not excessively salty. The dishes were actually about the size of some of the former dishes they called small plates, but satisfying and reasonably priced. It's still a beer drinker's spot. Wine is meh, and the one I chose I thought was pretty overpriced.

Apr 22, 2014
L.Nightshade in Pacific Northwest

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

I completely understand that. I've always thought ravioli or pierogi stuffed with potato were very weird. But something about this really appeals to me. Maybe it's just the cute packaging. Maybe they'd be nice as a carb side to a small piece of protein? I don't know, but I'd like to work them in somehow!

Apr 22, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (May 2014) Nominations

You can just make another post with carbonara in all caps and ask me to ignore the first one. We're easy going around here.

Apr 22, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (May 2014) Nominations

Do you want to change your nomination to pasta carbonara, in all its guises? Just type it in all caps if you do.

Apr 22, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (May 2014) Nominations

Carbonara could be great! I've only made it once, and I'd love to try variations. This dish is pretty specific, it might not leave enough to the imagination of creative cooks who want to try a few versions of a dish during the month. What do you think, LotudRapper? Do you think we might have more luck with naming a dish that is a bit broader, like Pasta Carbonara? Then let people take off with variations? (Including one with a fried egg and basil!)

Apr 21, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

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

Thanks! I've bookmarked the post and the link. Now all I need is the time!

Apr 21, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking
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STUFFED PASTA - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for March 2014

Mmmm! Those look and sound spectacular! Do you have a link to a recipe, or did you just make it up? I've not made cannelloni, but I'd like to take a stab at it.

BTW, never worry about posting too late; you can post any time to these DOTM threads.

Apr 21, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (May 2014) Nominations

VEGETABLE SUSHI
This is another idea I love! We'd be working with much of the same ingredients, but there are so many possibilities! Plus it's challenging, something I don't do all the time. I'd love to try to advance to those fancy, geometric futomaki rolls by the end of the month!

Apr 21, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (May 2014) Nominations

No worries Linda! It's sometimes a narrow line we walk, and it takes a little getting used to. Please don't give up on nominating, or jumping on the bandwagon with someone else's nomination!

Apr 21, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (May 2014) Nominations

I wonder if we could expand this to make it a bit more appealing to more people. Not everyone wants a month of pickled okra, some of us aren't even able to buy it! What do you think of pickled seasonal vegetables? That would give us a lot of choices, but still keep us to a pretty specific dish.

Apr 21, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking
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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.

Apr 20, 2014
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?

Apr 20, 2014
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!)

Apr 20, 2014
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

Apr 20, 2014
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!

Apr 20, 2014
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

Apr 20, 2014
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!

Apr 20, 2014
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