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What's for Dinner #352: the pre-Daylight Savings Time 2015 Edition

What's on the plasma? ;-)

1 day ago
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #352: the pre-Daylight Savings Time 2015 Edition

I have 3 BSCB thawed and no inspiration to do anything with them. I don't love BSCB to begin with and I'm just so bored with them. I'm also trying to lose some weight so my usual method of turning them into saltimboca or Parm (read: smothering in sauce and cheese) are out.

I may make Chicken Francaise and just skip the rice that I usually serve with it. I have plenty of frozen steamable veggies on hand so we will have one or two of them on the side.

Stone Fire Grille, Beachwood NJ

My husband and I had lunch at Stone Fire today. He had the French Onion Soup and Brats on Fire. He loved the soup as much as I did. He also enjoyed the Brats on Fire but said it should have just been called "Hot Chili Cheese Dog". There was some kind of Ghost Pepper cheese or something on it and he said it was pretty hot. He also said he would order it again.

I ordered the SFG Cheese Steak which used short ribs as the meat. It was AMAZING! I couldn't get over how good it was. I'm trying to lose weight so I only ate half of it and brought the other half home to have tomorrow. I could have easily eaten the whole thing and, believe me, it was so good that I wanted to!

We still can't figure out how the bartenders ring in the drinks. I had 3 mojitos and my husband had 3 Harpoon pints. Our bill had 1 Harpoon, 2 Mojitos, and 1 $5 sangria special. The bills have never been right when it comes to how the drinks are rung in.

Mar 01, 2015
Njchicaa in New Jersey

What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition [through Mar 2, 2015]

I'm in the mood for Italian-American comfort food. I think I'm going to make a red sauce from the Extra Virgin cookbook that has whole garlic cloves in it and pair that with homemade fettuccine. Yum.

What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition [through Mar 2, 2015]

Okay I tried it again this morning and it isn't as delish the second time around. Non-Chowhounds would probably be very happy with it both in flavor and convenience. (and my husband is definitely not a chowhound) I think I'll stick to my version. =)

What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition [through Mar 2, 2015]

It was, as expected, a bit salty but my husband and I gobbled it up. So easy and I didn't have to worry about cooking onions and garlic and then letting them cool. I think I may have a new meatloaf recipe!

Feb 27, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

do you return items to Trader Joe's?

No because I live 30 minutes to over an hour away from the TJ locations in New Jersey. Not worth it for $5 or $10.

Feb 27, 2015
Njchicaa in Chains

What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition [through Mar 2, 2015]

I'm with you on the olive oil/olive thing. I hope you enjoy your dinner and that March is much better!

Feb 27, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition [through Mar 2, 2015]

I could eat that onion soup mix dip every single day! So good!!!!

What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition [through Mar 2, 2015]

My husband is away tonight so I'm using the opportunity to try a horrible recipe I saw on FB: stuffing meatloaf. Yes, you read that correctly. Stuffing in meatloaf. The recipe calls for ground beef, a box of StoveTop stuffing, eggs, and French Onion Soup mix. That's it. Mix and bake. Much like a wreck where one cannot look away, I cannot NOT make this. I'm concerned about all of the salt due to the stuffing AND soup mix but I figure I'll just use less than the whole packet of soup mix. Oh, who am I kidding? I'm concerned about the whole damn recipe but I just have to try it. If it is as awful as I expect, my husband won't be here to laugh at me and it will be my little secret. Okay fine. OUR little secret!

Jewish meal

Ina Garten did a show with a traditional Jewish meal for her husband. Chicken livers on toast for an appetizer, brisket for dinner, and rugelach (sp?) for dessert.

Feb 26, 2015
Njchicaa in General Topics

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

I feel you. My husband always questions why I go through all of the effort to make Lasagna Bolognese when I could "just go buy a Stouffer's lasagna".

On Christmas I was livid when my BIL's family turned their nose up at my perfectly cooked $80 prime rib roast because it wasn't well done. NEVER AGAIN.

Dishwasher Detergent, is There an All in One that works?

I just bought the same or a similar KitchenAid last month and I'm in love with it. I use the Cascade Platinum pacs.

Feb 25, 2015
Njchicaa in Cookware

Lasagna with fresh pasta

I do it the same way.

Feb 24, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

It is 3 degrees at the Jersey Shore. I object.

Dinner will be Alton Brown's Mushroom Stroganoff served over buttered egg noodles with last night's leftover Buttered Milk Peas on the side.

What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

Just wanted to report back. The pork chops were very good (and I hate pork chops in general) but the Buttered Milk Peas were a real star in my opinion. Totally not what I was expecting but delicious with a white sauce, garlic, and lemon zest. Yum!

Cooking for a Very Hungry, Slightly Picky Crowd

I would do a lot of meatballs and sauce and one of sausage and peppers a and serve with rolls to make sandwiches. You can serve with a big antipasto platter and voila you are done.

What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

I'm cooking from The New Midwestern Table this evening. I'm going to try the Breaded Stuffed Pork Chops with Ham and Gruyere and the Buttered Milk Peas. I'll probably cook some jasmine rice to go with.

dinner host responsibilities

I would have ordered a drink if I wanted one but I wouldn't have ordered 3. I don't know why you are so bothered about it.

Good Eats in Cozumel

Went to Buccano's last week and had an amazing meal there. The place is a beach club near the airport during the day, but they do dinner there on Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations are a must. The menu: http://buccanos.com/menu.htm

I had the goat cheese, shrimp, and green apple quesadilla as an appetizer and a special (Fettuccine Alfredo with shrimp and mushrooms) for dinner. The food was outstanding.

Feb 22, 2015
Njchicaa in Mexico

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Valentine's Day 2015 edition! [OLD]

I'm having a hard time stopping myself from pre-ordering Milk Bar Life. I really think it is the kind of book that I need to borrow from the library first, though.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Valentine's Day 2015 edition! [OLD]

I think I paid 99 cents for a used hardcover copy from Amazon.

Feb 18, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

Are you a food hoarder ?

Same here. After watching family, friends, and neighbors having to throw away refrigerators and freezers and backup freezers worth of food, I try not to jam pack them during the summer and fall.

Feb 17, 2015
Njchicaa in General Topics

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

I love the idea of adding porcinis! The recipe I used didn't call for them but I will definitely add them the next time around.

Feb 17, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

They can be scary as hell, right? I'm currently out of work for a month due to my off-the-charts anxiety and blood pressure. It really feels like you are dying.

I hope you are feeling much better soon!

Feb 17, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Wow! I've never seen or heard of such a recipe before but I have to say that I'm intrigued! That may be WFD one day this week!

Feb 17, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

I just used Granny Smith apples as the book described them as "tart". I also didn't have cloves so I skipped them. What else? Oh I just used boneless pork chops, bacon, and hot dogs. That being said, we both really enjoyed it and it was a great way for me to get some sauerkraut into my life since I don't eat hot dogs.

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

It is still snowing here at the Jersey Shore. I have to report for jury duty at 1pm which just makes me even crankier.

Dinner tonight is filet mignon, homemade creamed spinach, baked potatoes, and a green salad. Why not on a cold Tuesday night?

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

I made the "Butcher's Kraut" from New Midwestern Table last night but it wasn't finished until late so I saved it for tonight. It seems like the kind of meal that gets better as it sits. I'll serve with boiled baby potatoes (as she suggests) and some steamed green beans.

USDA SELECT Prime Rib $80 worth for party tomorrow...will it be awful?

I follow Anne Burrell's cooking instructions for Standing Rib Roast (minus the vegs in bottom of roasting pan) and pull it from the oven when it reaches 110 F. That method has never let me down and it is usually for a rib roast that cost me $5.99 per pound.

Feb 13, 2015
Njchicaa in Home Cooking