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What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition! [through Sept 3, 2014]

Leftover pork noodle soup with pickled cabbage from the local (relatively authentic) Chinese place.

Cold. Because I've sold all my pots, pans and dishes! Florida tomorrow and Wednesday to see the family one last time, back up to Birmingham Thursday and Friday, and then it's off to Denver on Saturday.

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition [through August 30th, 2014]

Attempting to pack up and/or sell all of my belongings for the second time in three months... whee.

Using freezer things, so field peas with bacon in a last hurrah for the south before I escape from its clutches at the last minute yet again (muahaha!).

Also, roasted chickpeas, with garlic powder, tossed in a tiny bit of olive oil afterward and some nutritional yeast.

ETA: Whoops, sorry. Not field peas, purple hulls. You would think I'd have got it right the first time considering I shelled them myself.

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

Uhhhh. Well, y'all, I had a quarter-life crisis, and decided not to go to law school after all. The prospect of $80K+ of debt for a career I'm not REALLY, REALLY SURE I want just seemed unnecessary at this point. I turned 22 last week and have zero undergrad debt due to a full merit scholarship to college, so I just decided to sell everything that won't fit into my car and move to Denver. Yes, I already have employment and housing lined up out there as well as lots of friends, so wish me luck!

That's happening next week, though. Tonight's dinner is a crockpot of green chicken chili. I roasted a chicken this week and used the white meat for chicken salad, so this pot got the dark meat, plus two breasts, a whole bunch of chopped tomatillos, a white onion, a jar of green salsa, a bunch of cumin and a few other spices, and two cans of pintos. While cooking it up I forgot I'd already sold my microwave I'd intended to heat the leftovers in... oh well.

Recipes for tomatoes NOT as the star ingredient?

Sun dried? They taste like a whole nother veggie that way. Plus then you can put them into all sorts of things.

I like them in this: http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-brais...

That recipe would also work really well with fresh tomatoes.

Aug 23, 2014
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What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition [through August 4, 2014]

Indeed. Chili in July, Thanksgiving in August, beef stew in May. A/C is a magical thing. It can be any season you want.

Aug 02, 2014
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What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition [through August 4, 2014]

Got invited out to the local craft brewery by a future classmate to socialize.

Three drinks - two porters and one IPA. Their porter tastes like coffee. At 9% ABV, nothing to mess around with, so I ended up mopping the floor for the bartender/friend to bide my time before driving home.

Dinner was a bowl of lentil salad. Surprisingly tasty post-drunk.

Goodnight!

What are the best hard ciders to purchase?

Of the supermarket brands, Angry Orchard's probably the best I've tried. Elderflower seasonal is good, but their Cinnamon Apple seasonal is outstanding - I was able to find it at Total Wine year-round. Green apple a little too tart for me.

If you can find it, Woodchuck's pear flavor is also really nice.

Source: I'm a 2014 college grad with lots of cider-loving hipster friends who also need to buy cheaply.

Aug 01, 2014
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Processing/Butchering Wild Boar.

Pinto beans. Add bacon if you need fat.

Aug 01, 2014
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

Mmm, A/C...

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

Back from Loozyanna this evening, and traveling friend and I were completely beat, then had the delightful experience of walking into an apartment that had evidently flooded over the weekend due to a faulty fridge line. By the time we got there, the fridge had been fixed, excess water mopped up, and industrial fans were a'blazin' on the soaked carpet areas, which were fortunately limited to the hallway, bathroom, and a small portion of the living room, so nothing really got water-damaged, hooray(?)! They're scheduling the carpet cleaners for tomorrow, apparently. Poor Boots the cat is completely traumatized.

So after all that, WFD turned out to be a chili cheese hot dog from Sonic. I even forgot to ask for mustard and onions to make it more palatable... oh well.

At least the weather is lovely. Humidity up here seems to be remarkably less than in Florida, so I walk outside, think "How hot is it?" and then am continually shocked to see it's actually 90 or above. Louisiana, though, was a brief return to the sauna. It's good to be back.

ETA: Forgot to mention that car food was a trip to Cracker Barrel. Chicken livers, fried okra and turnip greens. And biscuits.

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

Parmesan cheese - the green can kind. :)

Jul 27, 2014
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

Visiting the BFF in Baton Rouge, so WFD is my leftover muffaletta half from Central Grocery :)

Skipped Cafe du Monde due to the ridiculous line, July heat and post-rainshower humidity, but headed to a local BR cafe for beignets that were just as good. Tomorrow will likely be BR sightseeing and some shrimp gumbo. Or crawfish if I can find them in a form where I don't have to shell them myself. Seems I only ever find them peel and eat (too much work) or in dishes where they're treated with too much complexity so you can't really taste their freshness. I'm picky when it comes to fresh seafood - the simpler the better, usually, for me.

Hope y'all are having a great weekend!

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

The flat dumplings are Amish-style? Interesting. I've never seen them anywhere except at my family events and Cracker Barrel and we're Southern as it gets, no trace of Amish. Yet usually when I go to Southern food establishments I'm disappointed with the drop style.

Jul 26, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

Beef stroganoff, with "ground" beef made from stew meat in the food processor, onion and fresh sliced baby bellas. On egg noodles.

Then a friend is coming over, and with the assistance of some Yellowtail Riesling, Yuengling Black & Tan, and a Mississippi brewery's "Southern Pecan Ale," we're attempting this: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2012/0...

Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

I always insisted as a child it should be called sheet cake, but was firmly corrected by my grandmother, who said it was definitely sheath cake... It's much fudgier and richer than what I'd think of as a sheet cake anyway.

I googled it. I guess it comes from Texas. That explains it

What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

The pork chops... well, they happened. We won't speak of them again.

The lentil salad is almost gone. It's THAT good. I wake up thinking about it. I ate some before I even made my iced coffee today.

Probably a tuna sandwich for dinner unless I end up running to the store for more lentil salad ingredients.

There's wine. And Cherry Garcia. And a book. I mean... it's Saturday, and I DO like to live it up.

Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

Probably just going to be a repeat of alkapal but here goes, northern FL Panhandle/SE Alabama/general southern US:

Banana pudding
Fried okra
Fresh raw oysters
Gulf shrimp and fish
Fried green tomatoes
Mullet (the fish)
Field peas with snaps
Hog meat with pinto beans (you know you're country when)
Blueberries and huckleberries straight off the bush
Georgia/Alabama peaches
Locally grown strawberries
Deer in any form
Chicken and dumplings
Mustard/turnip greens (not a huge collard person)
Non-sweet cornbread. Sweet stuff = abomination
Chocolate sheath cake

What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Just eat the mullet as a snack.

Mmm, smoked mullet... I'm jealous.

Jul 18, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

I lied. My kitchen is already filthy from the huge batches of caramelized onions and cold-brewed coffee I made this afternoon. Those pork chops can wait, I'm going to the bar.

What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

I was born in 1992 but wasn't allowed video games at home except on weekends. Too many neighborhood kids to all crowd into one person's living room for TV unless it was raining... we got kicked outside.

Jul 17, 2014
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What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

It does seem a bit busy, but I think the spices in the vinaigrette are really what makes the dish. Lentils are great but they can be a bit bland, especially served cold. If it was a hot lentil dish I don't think nearly as much of the stuff would be needed.

What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Ah, easy. My summer place is any of the creeks of northern Florida, along the state line with Alabama. Cool, crystal-clear water, shallow white-sand bottoms that make the water sparkle yellow. Where my mom taught me to fish for bream and bluegill - if we were lucky maybe a bass - and to swim with my cousins. Many many days spent floating down the creek in my hometown, which had a boardwalk alongside so that you could get out at the bottom before it flowed into the bayou, run back up the boardwalk and do it all over again. You just had to be careful of the snakes.

Dinner tonight is, I think, stuffed pork chops three ways.

#1: Duxelles, blue cheese, panko
#2: Smoked gouda on the inside, with green apple slices on top, wrapped in bacon.
#3: Peach chunks tossed in a bit of Coleman's mustard, perhaps with a bit of the crockpot caramelized onions I made on top.

All under the broiler in my cast-iron skillet. Any suggestions for tweaking greatly welcomed.

What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

God I've been so apathetic re: food lately. Apartment unpacking/setting up makes me a serious grump.

But I did manage to do something with the lentils. I don't cook with them much but I knew I wanted a salad, so I just googled "best lentil salad" and it came up with this: http://www.mynewroots.org/site/2010/0...

It's the only one I've had, so I don't know if I can attest to it being the best EVER, but it's honestly quite good.

Didn't have turmeric and cardamom, though. Or raisins, although I wouldn't have liked their sweetness here, I don't think. I would cut the salt down maybe 1/2 tsp and take out the cayenne entirely, but that's just my taste. Oh, and I used green lentils because they're what I had. Probably the DePuy would give it more of a fancy-schmancy feel.

With crumbled chevre, shredded carrots and walnut pieces it'll be lunch and a dinner side for the foreseeable future. I made the whole recipe even though I live alone cause I'm a dummy... maybe Boots the cat will eat some.

What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

I was actually going to be the contrarian and vote for the mashed refried w/bruschetta.

Second to gruel, of course.

What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Honestly, I have no idea. I have some extra-thick boneless pork chops defrosting in the cast iron skillet. Probably I'll stuff them with... something. Maybe make a peach salsa with my leftover peaches. I have lots of green lentils to use, so some sort of grain salad, maybe.

What is certain is that there will be gin and juice.

What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

I know, I immediately thought of rbjh20... swordfish here I come!

Jul 12, 2014
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What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Uh. I just woke up, so "breakfast" was a diced farmers' market peach with granola and milk, toast with blackberry jam, and a nice cup of Colombian. Dinner will likely be leftover chicken chili yet again. Or maybe a turkey sandwich. There are three (!) continuously functioning farmers' markets around here and I missed the big one, which was this morning, but next Saturday it'll likely be perused.

The artist formerly known as Mr. Speak and I decided to part ways when I moved here for school, so last night was pizza with a new contender... so over a few slices of mushroom and pesto he mentions he's just ordered a new sous vide machine thanks to the advice of Kenji from Serious Eats... I'm thinking keeper ;)

What's for Dinner #311 - the Relax, Kick Back, and Enjoy Summer Edition [through July 11, 2014]

Shh. If you don't mention that the homework's due, the teacher will forget.

Jul 10, 2014
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What's for Dinner #311 - the Relax, Kick Back, and Enjoy Summer Edition [through July 11, 2014]

I'm FL born and raised, plus five generations of ancestry, so I had to get out or I'd lose it. Not much of a ocean/bay person either, I prefer the creek or the lake, and Alabama is actually better for that :)

Pic attached of my farmers' market haul from this afternoon. Blackberries, five enormous Chilton County peaches, a lemon bar, and three pounds of purple hull peas for the freezer. Or my mouth during shelling. Whichever comes first. I would have gotten cheese (saw smoked mozzarella!) but I ran out of tokens. There was a butcher too. I'll do more investigating next week.

What's for Dinner #311 - the Relax, Kick Back, and Enjoy Summer Edition [through July 11, 2014]

Quick thought: Why not put the roasted tomatoes in the marinara instead of the salad? But it all sounds great!

Jul 10, 2014
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