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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

That sounds sooo good! Enjoy it.

about 22 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

a huge and very tasty one!

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Oops forgot to attach the picture

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

We went to The Lobster House here in Cozumel last night. I had a ginormous lobster tail with clarified butter. It came with garlic rice (just like the Gulf Coast Style White Rice from Mexican Everyday) and sauteed vegetables but I didn't touch either of those things because I was too busy working on the lobster. Soooooo delicious.

1 day ago
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First time smoking and making a brisket

I wouldn't even attempt to smoke something that small. Braise it and enjoy it as a pot roast.

I pick up 5-8 pound "Texas-style briskets" in the local grocery store and they are great in a smoker. They'd probably also be great on a very very low grill for a long period of time.

Low and slow is the key to a nice smoked brisket.

Apr 14, 2014
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Here I am on Cozumel, Mexico. Last night was shrimp ceviche and grilled garlic fish with rice. It was sooooo good!

We were headed out to a waterfront bar and I was looking forward to more shrimp ceviche but one of the group has a major headache so I think we may wind up staying here in the condo and just ordering pizza from next door. I know it sounds strange but the pizza there is actually outstanding. My favorite is the Che pizza: tomato sauce, cheese, gorgonzola chunks, and loads of oregano.

Apr 13, 2014
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Easter dinner, special/fun side dish suggestions?

Chopped salad or iceberg wedge salad (with bacon and blue cheese) instead of the green beans or asparagus? Mashed or roasted potatoes instead of the sweet potatoes and butternut squash which are more fall flavors. I've never heard of cranberry sauce for Easter before. Maybe a fruit salad or bowl of spring strawberries instead?

Apr 10, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? April 2014 edition!

Won't get to look at it until after next week but I will be in Mexican and street food mode after our week on Cozumel so I'm sure I will dive right into it when I get back.

Apr 10, 2014
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Nominations for May 2014 Cookbook of the Month (COTM)

I'll also throw PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE into the ring as I am sure I will be wanting to cook lots of Mexican after our trip to Cozumel next week. I really love this cookbook.

Apr 10, 2014
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Have you ever lost your cooking Mojo?

I haven't been having major cooking issues in the actual execution but I haven't been particularly interested in cooking/baking anything for about a month now.

I think part of it is the stress in my personal/professional life and part of it is the fact that it has been a very long, cold, and snowy winter here in the Northeast. We are headed to Mexico on Satuday for a week so I hope to return home relaxed, refreshed, and in the mood to make Mexican food at least!

Apr 10, 2014
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Nominations for May 2014 Cookbook of the Month (COTM)

It's been a year since I last was able to participate in COTM as none of the selections since then have interested me. I've seen some interest in this one before, so I'll nominate:

SMITTEN KITCHEN COOKBOOK

Apr 10, 2014
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What's for Dinner #290 - April Showers/April Flowers Edition! [through April 12, 2014]

Smitten Kitchen's Meatloaf recipe (in one big loaf), my husband's family recipe for what I call Heart Attack Mashed Potatoes (5 pounds potatoes, 1 stick butter, 2 blocks cream cheese, and some milk/heavy cream as well as salt and pepper mashed and then whipped until super-smooth and creamy). We are having some apparently tomorrow for dinner since it is so late here and things are still are in the oven.

The rest of it is going to be left here for our house/pet sitter for next week. That and a pan of my famous mac and cheese courtesy of Paula Deen.

Apr 09, 2014
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What else can I do with kale and swiss chard?

I like to make this recipe (without the eggs) when I get kale from the organic produce delivery. It's like a healthier version of creamed spinach. Even my kale-hating husband loves it.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ka...

Apr 08, 2014
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What's for Dinner #290 - April Showers/April Flowers Edition! [through April 12, 2014]

Trying to clear out the fridge as we will be in Mexico all next week. I have some ground beef thawed that I'll turn into a simple red meat sauce for pasta and I'll make a salad to go with and use up the green leaf lettuce, carrots, celery, and some of the onions.

Apr 08, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? April 2014 edition!

I won a copy of Susan Feniger's Street Food on her Facebook. I haven't had a chance to flip through it yet though.

Apr 08, 2014
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What's for dinner #289 - Spring Poems Edition! [Through April 7, 2014]

I absolutely 100% refuse to cook anything tonight. I was up late night entertaining coworkers and this morning I made 3 huge platters of chopped salad, 8 cups of barbecue ranch dressing, a pan of macaroni and cheese, gallons of homemade red sauce, a huge pot of meatballs, and 4 pans of baked ziti for my friends' daughter's first birthday party. She couldn't believe that the ingredients for all of that only cost $180. Someone came up to me to ask me for the name of my catering business and my business card. I thought that was funny. I was like "um, no, I'm not a professional".

I am exhausted and refuse to cook one more thing. I think I'm going to order a pizza!

Apr 05, 2014
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What's for Dinner #288 - April Fool Edition! [Through April 3, 2014]

I had some for lunch today and it was much better than I expected it to be. I'm not a big fan of red peppers and was afraid that the half pepper would ruin the flavor but it didn't. I enjoyed it. The beer flavor wasn't overwhelming, the cheese was there but not too much.... next time I might use a smidge less red pepper but it really was very good. I think my husband will like it as well.

Mar 31, 2014
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COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes So Good You've Made Them at Least Three Times: Quick and Easy/Weeknight Edition

We love the Cowboy Beans too!

Mar 31, 2014
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What's for Dinner #288 - April Fool Edition! [Through April 3, 2014]

Leftovers from the weekend are WFD tonight: kielbasa with sauerkraut and apples for my husband, and Amy Thielen's Beer-Cheese Soup, a green salad, and hot crusty bread for both of us.

Mar 31, 2014
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Using up Cream Cheese

I put it into my mashed potatoes because clearly half and half and butter are not enough.

Mar 30, 2014
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The Cooking Channel

I watched it during the first year and liked it. I enjoyed Jamie Oliver at Home, David Rocco at Home, Nigella Cooks, and even the Exotic Ingredient guy. It was great for the first year and a half until I had seen every episode repeated like 5 times. I don't think I've tuned to Cooking Channel since.

Mar 28, 2014
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COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes So Good You've Made Them at Least Three Times: Quick and Easy/Weeknight Edition

I liked everything I made from Ad Hoc but those recipes require some major planning as they are very time and labor-intensive. I still am happy to have the book, though.

Mar 27, 2014
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What's for dinner #287: The adios to winter edition [Through March 30, 2014]

Roasted chicken breasts sprinkled with herbes de provence, stuffing straight out of a box, real mashed potatoes, gravy, and roasted broccoli.

Mar 27, 2014
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Delmonico Steak House

The 3 of us had a great meal there but I can't speak to the steak as I had the BBQ salmon.

I will tell you to watch the bill at the end of the night. The one they presented us with and the one we were supposed to sign at the end of the night had like a $40 discrepancy that was removed when we pointed it out but never explained by management or the waiter.

Mar 26, 2014
Njchicaa in Las Vegas

Where to buy food for home cooking

We went to the LV Trader Joe's to get food for one dinner that we cooked in the condo. It was just as well-stocked as the ones here on the East Coast but waaaaaaaaaaaay less crowded!

Mar 25, 2014
Njchicaa in Las Vegas

Home Cooking Dish of the Month - Nominations Thread for April 2014

SPAGHETTI

Mar 25, 2014
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Mike Minor is leaving Border Grill to open Truck U food truck.

Just saw this on Chef Mike Minor's new Truck U Barbecue Twiter: TruckUBarbeque ‏@TruckUBarbeque Mar 24

Mark your calendars! April 5th @SaturdayNightTruckStop @TommyRockers the truck will be revealed!!!

Mar 25, 2014
Njchicaa in Las Vegas

COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes So Good You've Made Them at Least Three Times: Quick and Easy/Weeknight Edition

Tomatillo-sauced spinach and mushroom enchiladas from Mexican Everyday. I usually use Swiss Chard and I adore them!

Also the Ad Hoc at Home Brownies. AMAZING!

Mar 25, 2014
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What's for Dinner #286 - Spring has Sprung, but the Grass Ain't Riz Edition [through 3/27/14]

I am still totally uninspired to cook. I took out some ground beef from the freezer last night. I was toying with making Alex Guarnaschelli's Double Cheeseburgers with Roasted Mirepoix but I can't even be bothered to make and cook the mirepoix. It is pathetic. Then I thought about making a simple meat sauce for pasta but that didn't do it for me.

So tonight is going to be cheeseburgers made in the cast iron skillet with a mayo-sriracha-relish dressing. I have some frozen french fries in the freezer and a bit of lemony cole slaw left.

I'm actually embarrassed at how pathetic our dinner is going to be but its either that or Chinese delivery. I've got to get out of this rut.

Mar 25, 2014
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What's for Dinner #286 - Spring has Sprung, but the Grass Ain't Riz Edition [through 3/27/14]

That sounds perfect to me!

Mar 23, 2014
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