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What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations

Going to try to sneak in a cheap and meatless meal tonight. Going to make baked ziti with homemade marinara sauce from the freezer and leftover homemade ricotta from last week's manicotti. I also have a couple of slices of Marinated Smoked Mozzarella from a Verdura recipe that I think I might melt over the top of the ziti. Maybe the smoke flavor will distract my husband from the fact that there is no meat?

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations

We are having surf and turf for the last dinner of the holiday weekend. Filet mignon, shrimp, and corn on the cob will be grilled. Cucumbers and onion in balsamic vinegar will go on the side.

Is it okay to ask guests at a suprise party to pay to attend?

No it isn't okay. Very tacky. I wouldn't go.

Jul 04, 2015
Njchicaa in Not About Food
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Smoking a 6-7 pound chuck roast

Thank you! This thing doesn't look like it has much internal fat but there is a thin layer on top.

Smoking a 6-7 pound chuck roast

I got punked at the grocery store yesterday. I could have sworn that I was buying brisket but tonight, upon closer inspection, I see that it is a 6.57 pound "Texas Style" chuck roast.

Any suggestions for smoking this thing? We had success with 1 brisket but, other than that, whole cuts of beef have been a disaster. We are planning to smoke it tomorrow or overnight tonight into tomorrow if necessary.

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations

I bought sea scallops for my husband and a piece of salmon for myself at the grocery store yesterday. Didn't get around to making them last night so that's WFD tonight. I also bought corn on the cob in a fit of 4th of July fervor so I guess we'll be having that as well. Not sure on the other side. Something green and steamed I imagine.

VEGGIE SLAWS/COLESLAWS! Home Cooking Dish Of The Month (July 2015)

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bo... This is my go-to cole slaw recipe. I don't like fennel so I omit it.

Jul 03, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

PB2 Powder Smoothie with NO Bananas

You can use it plain with skim milk or coconut milk and it will be fine. Same with the chocolate version. I sometimes add half of a banana just to make the flavor a bit different but the PB2 powder is absolutely fine without it.

Jul 01, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

I have 2 half-full bottles of white wine in the fridge that I need to use up. I have leftover marinara sauce from last night's manicotti so I'm going to use it to make pomodoro sauce for linguine tonight. The recipe I use (Carmine's) calls for white wine so hopefully I'll get close to killing one of the bottles.

Cooked Flour Frosting - I'm scared

I'm not a great baker and my flour frosting was perfect the first time around. Same with Swiss meringue buttercream. Do it!

LBI, Manahawkin, Stafford, Forked River Area

Mud City Crab is a great spot for seafood. Right by LBI

Jun 30, 2015
Njchicaa in New Jersey

Your Absolute Favorite Weeknight Recipe

My favorite weeknight meal is Carmine's Pasta Pomodoro over linguine. Easy to make, flavorful, ingredients are all things I already have in the house, and so satisfying.

Jun 29, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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Picky eater

Bruschetta, quesadillas, nachos, tacos, mini-meatballs, hummus, roasted shrimp, shrimp cocktail, clams casino, etc.

Jun 29, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

This is the recipe I used: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in... Super easy and absolutely delicious! A farmer friend says that she uses the leftover liquid after making goat cheese to make ricotta. I'm sure Ina's method isn't the cheap "peasant" use-it-all-up way, but it sure is good.

Wedding Cake Ideas involving Passion Fruit?

Not that it is suitable for a big group, but I know that the Momofuku Milk Bar Chocolate Chip Cake contains passion fruit curd. The recipe is found in the original Milk Bar cookbook but it can also be found online. It looks like a giant PITA to make but I will make it one of these days.

Jun 29, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

June 2015 COTM: VERDURA - storecupboard recipes, antipasti, salads - pp 27-106

SMOKED MOZZARELLA MARINATED IN HERBS AND OLIVE OIL (p. 37) "Mozzarella Arrumicata alle Erbe"

I'm a fan of marinated mozzarella so this was a no-brainer for me. Basically you layer thin slices of smoked fresh mozz with extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil, fresh parsley, dried oregano, red pepper flakes, kosher salt, and ground black pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and let it marinate for several hours or up to a day.

I assembled everything yesterday afternoon and tried it today. Absolute perfection. The same lovely salty, herby, creamy flavor that I love with the hit of smoke. If I had some crusty bread on hand, I'd make a panini with it! I will definitely make this recipe again as an appetizer on crostini for guests.

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

I had smoked stuff leftover for breakfast and lunch so I need something different for dinner. I thawed some turkey breast cutlets and have them marinating in Rick Bayless' Roasted Garlic Adobo. (One of the 4 Fridge Staples that he has in More Mexican Everyday) I'm going to nuke a bag of Trader Joe's Multigrain Blend to go with for me and bake some extra crispy tater tots for my husband. Nothing impressive at all.

I'm thinking about Carmine's Manicotti with homemade ricotta and marinara tomorrow but we shall see on that one. I'm going to the beach in the morning so I may not have the energy to so anything complicated in the afternoon.

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

Smoked meatloaf, smoked stuffed peppers, macaroni and cheese, and BBQ cole slaw is WFD around here tonight. There is plenty so we will have leftovers for dinner tomorrow.

Lasagna?

Absolutely

Jun 28, 2015
Njchicaa in General Topics

What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

I actually don't have a recipe for them. I was planning to just wing it. I never got around to them last night so that's what I'm going to work on tonight.

Jun 27, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Tonight's dinner is not really going to be an actual meal, per se. Sometimes we eat and sometimes we don't on Fridays. I bought my husband a package of hot dogs and some buns. He will be thrilled beyond all belief to have the option of grilled hot dogs for dinner. I also picked up some ground chicken on last day half-off sale today. I'm going to experiment and try to make buffalo chicken meatballs. They may be edible or they may not. We shall see!

What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Linguine with white clam sauce is WFD tonight. 50 tiny littlenecks cost me $20 but I have really been in the mood for them lately so I just paid the price.

big big, fat, over-stuffed fridge/freezer!?!

Full freezers were a good thing around here until that bitch Sandy came through. My sister was without power for 14 days and claims that she will never put anything other than beer in her basement fridge/freezer.

Jun 22, 2015
Njchicaa in General Topics

What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Tonight we are having grilled filet mignon, twice-baked potatoes, creamed spinach, and sauteed mushrooms.

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

That looks revolting. Glad we have pizza shops and delis all over the place here in Jersey that make REAL subs.

big big, fat, over-stuffed fridge/freezer!?!

I do as well. Sometimes it is a fun game and sometimes it is a necessity but I always view it as a challenge. Plus it helps to clear out the cabinets and freezer/fridge.

big big, fat, over-stuffed fridge/freezer!?!

I do this every few weeks. The freezer/fridge/cabinet situation ebbs and flows. Sometimes everything is bursting at the seams and other times things are bare. Skipping the store (except for things like half and half and salad greens) helps to keep the load manageable and it also is kind to the bank account.

Jun 20, 2015
Njchicaa in General Topics
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Toms River area

That's what I thought of too though I wouldn't expect much from the food. Stone Fire Grille is about a minute away from Water Street but no water view. The food is excellent though. http://stonefiregrille.com/

Jun 20, 2015
Njchicaa in New Jersey

What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

mine too

Jun 19, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

Today was the last day of work so I am officially on summer vacation. I started it with a nice long nap in the air conditioning instead of going grocery shopping. Tonight's dinner will be either pizza or chinese delivery.