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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

Jul 19, 2014
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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.

Jul 19, 2014
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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

Jul 19, 2014
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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.

Jul 17, 2014
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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.

Jul 17, 2014
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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.

Jul 17, 2014
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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.

Jul 17, 2014
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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.

Jul 16, 2014
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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.

Jul 15, 2014
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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 ;)

Jul 12, 2014
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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.

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

I am settled in Alabama! So nice to have my own kitchen and all my stuff back...

In honor of being very tired after unpacking, tonight is slow cooker chicken chili! B/s thighs, cannellini beans, tomatillos, corn, onion, cumin, chipotle powder, cayenne. With cornbread and a dollop of sour cream. Maybe some salad. And a cucumber-mint G&T.

Jul 10, 2014
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What's for Dinner #309 - the Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Edition [through June 30, 2014]

Pasta e ceci!

Home for a bit in north FL with the fam before heading up to AL for move in next week. Dinners while here have included fried chicken with black eyed peas and turnip greens, a Whataburger chicken strip sandwich, and steak with a wedge salad, yeast rolls, and grill-pan'd zucchini/squash.

Jun 30, 2014
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What's as easy as pulled pork but *not* pulled pork?

Never bland as long as you season the boil correctly. With fresh Gulf shrimp, almost no seasoning is needed - they're sweet and tasty on their own. :)

Jun 23, 2014
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What's for Dinner #308 - A Midsummer's Night's Dream Dinner Edition! [through June 25, 2014]

Tonight was one last pizza outing with the college friends at the local "slice the size of your forearm for $5" joint. Red sauce, ham, caramelized onions, capers, banana peppers. Ahh, so many drunken memories were made there.

Big move on Wednesday, so pack pack packing away I go...

Jun 23, 2014
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What's for Dinner #307 - the Sum-Sum-Summertime! Edition [through June 22, 2014]

Leftovers from lunch, which was from a cafeteria-style Latin place.

Mr. Speak had the stewed chicken with yellow rice, red beans, and maduros. I had sopa de mariscos with yellow rice and a salad. Both delicious.

I'm really going to miss these kinds of restaurants after the move to Alabama...

Jun 21, 2014
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Favorite dessert by nationality?

Thank you!! That looks like it. :)

Jun 21, 2014
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Favorite dessert by nationality?

I googled sago and it looks closer to tako, but you didn't eat it with a spoon, it came in a solid block that you took bites out of. And it was wrapped 100% in the banana leaf, so you unwrapped it like a Christmas present.

Jun 18, 2014
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Favorite dessert by nationality?

American - Banana pudding
Italian - Tiramisu
French - Chocolate gateau
Indian - Gulab jamun
German - Black Forest cake
Spanish - Flan
Mexican - Mexican hot chocolate
Polish - Walnut cake

Thai - No idea what the name is, but it was some sort of smooth, gelatinous rice-based (?) custard, with heavy coconut flavoring, wrapped in a banana leaf. I ate myself sick on those at a Thai neighbor's Chinese New Year party around age 12 and have never seen it since. I also love mango sticky rice.

Jun 17, 2014
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What's for Dinner #306 - The Friday the 13th- Full Moon Edition! [through June 17, 2014]

Spargel! My stepdad lived in Germany for several years with the Army. One of his favorite things to make us is spargel soup.

Jun 17, 2014
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What's as easy as pulled pork but *not* pulled pork?

For our big family gatherings in summer, we usually do shrimp boils with corn on the cob, new potatoes and chunks of smoked sausage. Easy in the sense that it only requires lemon wedges, melted butter, Old Bay seasoning and a big pot of boiling water (we use a propane tank) but it is a little time-sensitive with regard to when to add each ingredient to the pot, etc. Summery sides like coleslaw and potato salad go along just fine.

Also peel-and-eat/messiness might be an issue with kids but we do ours outside. We do head-on shrimp but you could buy them already peeled too (they just have less flavor).

For those with seafood allergies and/or pickiness we just do a few bratwurst on the grill.

Note that we live in Florida so access to fresh quality inexpensive seafood is a little easier, LOL.

Jun 13, 2014
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What's for Dinner #306 - The Friday the 13th- Full Moon Edition! [through June 17, 2014]

It's a use-things-up day here, so leftover rice and peas with butter, salt and nutritional yeast was lunch. Ham sandwich for dinner.

And a big red Gatorade, because tonight is a friend's 21st! I'll probably stop for a cheeseburger and fries en route - or get Mr. Speak to take me by on the way home depending on residual intoxication, LOL. McDonald's is still such a (very occasional) guilty pleasure for me. I know it isn't even food, but sometimes it's still so tasty...

Jun 13, 2014
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What's for Dinner #305 - Hot Fun in the Summertime Edition! (through June 12, 2014)

Starter: Steamed artichoke #2, with lemon butter.

Salad: Baby kale, spinach, radishes, tomato. Dressing of cider vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, salt.

Main: Last of the cannellini beans baked with salt pork and thyme.

Drink: Elderflower Angry Orchard.

Dessert: Fruit salad with strawberry, apricot, ataulfo mango tossed with a tiny bit of honey and lemon juice.

Jun 10, 2014
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What's for Dinner #304 -- The Celebration Edition! [through June 8, 2014]

Had a stroke of inspiration last night around 12:30am and ended up making the following:

3 cans cannellini beans, drained, with half a chopped white onion, 1/4 tsp white pepper, ~1/3 tsp dried thyme, 1 bay leaf. All this in my big cast iron skillet with water halfway up the sides. And then I laid a pack of salt pork over the top of the beans and baked them for 1.5 hours with the skillet covered, another 15 minutes at the end to allow the pork to crisp up a bit.

mmm... pork and beans. :)

Jun 06, 2014
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What's for Dinner #304 -- The Celebration Edition! [through June 8, 2014]

Leftover salisbury steak, rice and peas was lunch. Dinner is a steamed artichoke with lemon butter for dipping, champignon cheese and genoa salami nibbles, and a glass of Naked mango smoothie.

Jun 05, 2014
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