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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Yucatan's been gnawing at me, too. I keep telling myself that with the hot summer we've had, I haven't been cooking from my books enough. But I do get so much pleasure from reading them. I give myself until Labor Day on this one...

about 16 hours ago
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What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition!

I did something this weekend that I wasn't certain I'd ever do. I bought a slow cooker. Why I have resisted owning one for so long, I have no idea. So, it'll be slow cooker French dip sandwiches with provolone and simple green bean salad with bacon and red wine vinegar here.

about 18 hours ago
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Yesterday I ordered Dunlop's Land of Plenty and her memoir: Shark's Fin and Sichuan Peppercorns. As an add on to get free shipping, I got a tin of Sichuan peppercorns, haha! You see the theme...

about 22 hours ago
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Food comments heard on the street

Heard a few days ago at Super Target from tired looking mom to teenage son who was selecting a frozen pizza: "put that shit back, we'll order real pizza".

1 day ago
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What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition!

The fork burger sounds perfect :) And I've been pleasantly surprised by the occasional lunch at Applebee's. They have a pretty passable tomato bisque.

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Ok, understood! I'll take that Fabio dude from top chef, then ;)

1 day ago
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Ravioli filling ideas please

I know mushroom isn't the protein you're looking for, but I love a good mushroom and pancetta ravioli with red sauce. Maybe that has some appeal?

1 day ago
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What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition!

Wow, am I ready for this summer to end. It's just been a hot one with very few of the monsoon rains we normally enjoy. Ick.
Dinner tonight is at pap's request. It'll be rigatoni with a creamy tomato sauce and mild Italian sausage. Just a simple green salad on the side. Pasta seems to be a comfort food for him, so I'll be working it in more as the weather cools off a bit.

1 day ago
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What do you eat when you don't know what you want?

Grapes. I somehow always seem to want them, and they don't fill me up too much for later. When I do decide what I want.

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Eh, it was just too humid to completely jerk-ify the jerky. Shawarma take out tonight. A local place does a masterful job of the chicken variety and pap and I will pass the time in front of Shark Week.
Jerky tomorrow and since the Beer Olympics indoor beer tasting event will be had this weekend, we shall cab it, meet up with a couple of girlfriends, and enjoy!

Aug 15, 2014
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

From your keyboard to Eric Ripert's brain. Shit, that one's taken :/ So it goes :)

Aug 15, 2014
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Thank all, for the well wishes on the trip an thumbs up for pap's physical. He came to visit me during my tenure there, and loved it.
Lingua, I hope you can get the man to change his tune. Thailand shaped the way I cooked in so many ways. It's like I learned backwards. Add some fish sauce to a Bolognese that's lacking? Sure. Make you a classic mac n cheese? Not so much. I consider myself really lucky to have a home base on the other side of the world, and I will bring home all of the cooking knowledge that'll fit in me wittle brain :D

Aug 15, 2014
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

The ex and I needed to live on Phuket for 9 months long ago, and Thailand has just stuck with me ever since--it's the reason I started cooking.
I hope you get to go back! Maybe we can organize the 'hounds in Thailand tour. That would be a laugh riot :D

Aug 15, 2014
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Dec 23-Jan 14. Pap and I will be in Bangkok, Ratchaburi (residential town, home to my former exchange daughter), the beach town of Hua Hin, and Phuket.
I'm going to try to get into some classes at the Blue Elephant cooking school in BKK.
Pap was just in for another physical, and he's got the thumbs up to travel---unreal, that dude.

Aug 15, 2014
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

It worked so well, I bought a trip to Thailand. Just because. Wheeee!!!
Oh, the things I will eat...

Aug 15, 2014
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Great news, boyzoma! Congrats :)

Aug 15, 2014
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Happy birthday :D

Aug 15, 2014
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

I've got the beef box fired up making me some jerky today! But, it's a little more humid than usual, so it may not be ready for tonight. So, over the next two nights there will be Thai beef jerky with sticky rice and cucumber salad and shawarma take out. I'm just not sure in what order. And we will definitely catch The 100 Yard Journey at the local AMC too many theatres to count. I've been so excited for it to come out, and I've somehow gone a whole week without seeing it. It looks quite enjoyable.

Aug 15, 2014
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

That delay is a let down, for sure. But I promise you, I've seen new knees do amazing things for people. Hope these weeks pass quickly.

Aug 15, 2014
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Christmas Season in Europe

I find Prague to be a little less packed full of tourists at Christmas time than in the summer. It's all very crowded, but not unbearable. Karlovy Vary also has beautiful markets. I've never checked out Brno's Christmas scene, need to put that on my list.

Aug 14, 2014
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

I love those clean out meals! You get tasty eats and a sense of accomplishment. Enjoy!

Aug 14, 2014
alliegator in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Thank you for your kindness, Harters. I'll take congrats on the end of a lengthy process. American courts like to drag these things out. Good food is called for on every day, and I shall enjoy tonight's dinner immensely.

Aug 14, 2014
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Thanks--and so you're saying I should buy some stuff? Got that covered ;) A few new cookbooks on the way.

Aug 14, 2014
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Regional. At least in my Pheonix casita. I think border proximity has a huge effect on the way we shop and how we "jazz something up".

Aug 14, 2014
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Last night I did veggie and noodles stir fry (nothing remarkable there) and finished off my burger contest Bangkok Burger. I like it, but who knows if anyone else will.
Today, I became single, in the legal sense. It's been going on for so long, that it's kind of a non event. But I do feel the need for something comfy and familiar, so that will be chicken marsala tonight. The temperatures have been very kind the last day or two, so I may back dinner up until about 9, turn on the misters and try to dine al fresco :)

Aug 14, 2014
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

It's a local brand, and dangerous for sure.

Aug 14, 2014
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Start at deep fry hot, like 350 or so.

Aug 14, 2014
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

3/4 inch--bleepety bleed skiping cursor.

Aug 13, 2014
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Lookin' damned tasty!

Aug 13, 2014
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What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Thanks and sure :) It's just a standard issue fried egg done in about 3/4 of hot veg oil. That way, it sort of floats and crisps. And once it's safe to take off the splatter screen, you spoon the hot oil over the yolk to set it, but keep it soft inside. Drain it on paper towels 'cause the little beast is greasy, then put it on any sandwich or rice dish.

Aug 13, 2014
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