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What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition

Finally got our sketti and meatballs after last nights debacle. Wonderful!

Enjoying the last of the red wine while watching stupid television.

about 3 hours ago
foodieX2 in Home Cooking
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OMG, Williams Sonoma

A close friend works for WS and it is due to her that I will NEVER get a job at that company if I want to pay the bills. All her money goes right back to the company….

1 day ago
foodieX2 in Cookware

What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition

It's not Wednesday but I've decided it's still spaghetti and meatball night. I'll have mine over spaghetti squash. There will be some garlic bread and red wine too. Pure comfort.

What turns you off about restaurant restrooms?

Morimoto's in NYC has amazing toilets. Heated seats, colors, bidet option and more! Maybe try that before heading to Japan? <grin>

1 day ago
foodieX2 in Not About Food

Beast: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

saw that on FB earlier today. Very funny!

What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition

Alas no Thai Beef stew today. Neither places I went had fresh lemon grass, just dried and I was NOT paying that price for 6 measly sprigs! I guess I should have specified when I called. Next plan is to hit the asian market weekend, we have one a few towns over next to my favorite vietnamese place. I see bun in my future too!

Instead I made farm share leftover soup that came out quite good. I roasted onions, carrots, garlic and a big ass butternut squash and added that to chicken stock along with two ginger gold apples. I seasoned it with fresh ginger, red pepper flakes and ras el hanout. S&P too. Let that simmer in my crock pot while a friend and I went on a really long walk in the neighboring state park. Came back starving and we each had a mug full. Had more for dinner along with baked potato. Weird combo, yes, but very satisfying.

I love fall!

What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition

agreed!!

Oct 19, 2014
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition

I was really surprised that Stop and Shop didn't have either star anise or lemon grass! Neither did the Hannafords.

I called my HFS store and they have both, yeah! So depending on which way my errands bring me I'll either go there or Whole Foods.

thanks Gio!

Oct 19, 2014
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

What turns you off about restaurant restrooms?

Clean and well stocked is all that matters to me. When my son was small I loved a place with a working changing table in both the mens and the ladies.

Oct 19, 2014
foodieX2 in Not About Food
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Veal . Your thoughts ?

LOL, I don't think they will ever put that wording on a mainstream menu! Too many people skeeved out by the thought that their entree's were once alive. Saying "grass fed" creates a much more palatable vision then "uncrated".

However there are more and more farms that are raising all their animals humanely and more and more boutique/"farm to table" restaurants buying it.

Oct 19, 2014
foodieX2 in General Topics

What's for Dinner #330 -- The Glorious Month Edition! [through Oct 18, 2014]

I love this! So glad it was wonderful evening.

OXO good grip warranty

Don't know their warranty but where did you buy it? Home Goods, WS, Sur La Table and most dept stores all have very liberal return policies. However if it's really old I would just spring for a new one.

Oct 18, 2014
foodieX2 in Cookware

Doing the North Shore drive with wife and kids tomorrow. Best clam shack !!!

me three!!

Oct 18, 2014
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition

Tonights dinner is a vodka and soda. Volunteered at my son's school Fall Fair and my dogs are barking! What is it about standing for hours at time that is so exhausting?

Tomorrow I hope to finally make the thai beef stew I learned in cooking class. Who knew that finding star anise and lemon grass would be this difficult? Next stop my local HFS/market that carries lots of great spices and if not there then Whole Paycheck.

Veal . Your thoughts ?

<<Yes, it is cruel <-- the way they are raised in US.>>

Pretty broad statement for a very large country. There are many farms/farmers that don't crate/tether their animals here is in the US.

Oct 18, 2014
foodieX2 in General Topics

Veal . Your thoughts ?

My husband and I were just talking about how we rarely see veal in the grocery store anymore. My local Stop and Shop rarely has it on the shelves. Whole Foods does carry it but you usually have to ask the butcher.

I am not a huge veal fan, never have been, but both my husband and son love it. I probably make veal parm or milanese once or twice a year. I usually buy Azuluna frozen veal cutlets (http://www.azulunabrands.com/index.html) and have no guilt doing so.

Now Foie Gras I do love but its one of those things I don't make at home. I probably order it a couple of times of year when dining out. I so wanted to go to this dinner but alas I am traveling. Partridge and foie gras? Whats not to love? http://www.craigieonmain.com/?page_id...

Oct 18, 2014
foodieX2 in General Topics

What's for Dinner #330 -- The Glorious Month Edition! [through Oct 18, 2014]

Happy happy Deb!

Oct 18, 2014
foodieX2 in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #330 -- The Glorious Month Edition! [through Oct 18, 2014]

Our regular Friday night pizza night has not started yet so it was casual, make what you want night. The boy decided on nachos and I have to say we are both loving the new Breville toaster oven-nachos in a snap! I had a spinach, onion and feta omelette.

Hoping I can get around to making Thai beef stew later this weekend.

TGIF everyone!

What's for Dinner #330 -- The Glorious Month Edition! [through Oct 18, 2014]

I have been living off soup most of the week, crazy work, school and homework schedule!

Tonight I picked up our last farm share until the winter share kicks in. Dinner was built around that. First I marinated some chicken breasts in lemon, olive oil and assorted spices. After that some onions were sautéed, then I added shredded kale. Once softened I use one of those spiral things to make zucchini noodles and added those to pan along with some red pepper flakes and Janes crazy mixed up salt. Cooked that until all heated thru. Served the chicken on a bed of the veggies. Along side a big ole glass of wine!

What's with the irrelevant photos in the "recommended" section?

Weird- I checked site talk before posting and never saw that thread. Thanks! Glad they re working on it because it really is sloppy and gives the sites zero credibility and I know the goal is to attract new users. I would have left after the more than few bad clicks.

Oct 13, 2014
foodieX2 in Site Talk

What's with the irrelevant photos in the "recommended" section?

And it keeps getting worse. There is a photo of dried chilies with the "What is Castor sugar" discussion and what looks like crepes with the "tooth extraction" discussion. Just plain sloppy.

Oct 13, 2014
foodieX2 in Site Talk

What's with the irrelevant photos in the "recommended" section?

To the right of my screen while I am posting this there are two articles-one for baby back ribs with a photo of them and one for oven roasted chick peas, again with an accurate photo.

However below that are links to 3 discussions. One is for private messages features with a photo of cashews, the second is for about the quality of posts with the same photo and the last is FAQ: Chowhound posting etiquette discussion with a photo of pecans.

Earlier today I was reading a spaghetti squash recipe and the 3 discussions on the right were all for spaghetti squash but the photos were fish tacos, what looked like mac and cheese and the last was what looked like naan.

One the main community page right know there is a photo of chicken soup attached to discussion on "how to doctor up jarred spaghetti sauce".

A food site that has photos of the wrong food would really lose credibility for anyone new to the site…

Oct 13, 2014
foodieX2 in Site Talk

Does anybody else miss chicken skin?

Still plenty to find in my neck of the woods. One example-my favorite local place makes an amazing chicken under brick, the skin is perfection.

Oct 13, 2014
foodieX2 in General Topics

Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Not sure if you will ever came back to this site or are just a drive by but spaghetti squash is zero point

Oct 13, 2014
foodieX2 in Recipes

What's for Dinner #330 -- The Glorious Month Edition! [through Oct 18, 2014]

I made another huge batch of the roasted carrot and fennel soup, it was that good. That was for lunch and the rest is packed up and frozen in 2 cup servings. It will make easy grab/go lunches for work.

Diner was piecemeal. The guys finished off the second chicken potpie while I had the leftover spaghetti squash with meat sauce. I was debating a glass or two of wine but tomorrow is my "Monday" so that means crazy day at the office. Ill need a clear heading recapping the Columbus Day weekend results. Wah!

Prices for Butter?

No Costco close to me but I think BJ's has similar prices. We have been talking about rejoining.

Oct 13, 2014
foodieX2 in General Topics

Prices for Butter?

Same here, usually between $2.99-$3.29 However I read sometime back in Sept that butter prices were expected to rise due to demand so knowing that the holidays were coming I have been stocking up whenever I see a sale or a good price. I have about 6 lbs in the basement freezer and another 1 1/2 lb in the upstairs fridge.

found one of the articles…

http://www.timesunion.com/business/ar...

and this too:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08...

Oct 13, 2014
foodieX2 in General Topics

new some new soupspiration...

The gal I got this recipe from said she makes it vegetable broth for her veggie friends. Omitting or subbing out the butter would make it vegan. I made 2 batches of it this weekend and it is so good. My vegetarian niece is coming for Thanksgiving so I plan to make this for our soup course.

Roasted Carrot and Fennel bisque
8-10 carrots cut into chunks
2 heads of fennel, center core removed and cut into quarters
2 onions, peeled and quartered
2 celery stalks, cut into quarters
48 oz container of low sodium chicken broth/stock
1 heaping TBS of freshly grated ginger
red pepper flakes to taste
4 TBS butter
Juice of one lemon

Oct 13, 2014
foodieX2 in Vegetarian & Vegan

the knack- Orleans Ma

Yes they just opened last week, IIRC

Oct 13, 2014
foodieX2 in Southern New England

What's for Dinner #330 -- The Glorious Month Edition! [through Oct 18, 2014]

Nice!! And I have to say once again you get the blue ribbon for best daughter award!