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What's for Dinner #293 - the "little, leafing, and growing green" Edition!

Trying to remember what I've had to eat this week... We road tripped to the Great Sand Dunes National Park on Friday and had an amazing burger for lunch along the way. So amazing, that we weren't hungry for dinner and just snacked on some fruit and a bag of cheetos we had in the car.

Saturday was steak sandwiches (good, but not good enough to describe in great detail).

Sunday was homemade sloppy joes on seeded rolls, with half-mashed chive-sour cream potatoes and a little salad on the side. I guess we're not really Easter people.

Monday was... frozen pizza?

Last night we broke out the grill for the first time this season and made fajitas. Skirt steak rubbed with ground NM chile, salt, pepper, garlic powder, a bit of amchur powder (I wanted a bit of sour, but also wanted to keep the rub dry) and Mexican oregano. Grilled to a perfect medium rare, sliced thing and served with yellow peppers and onions which were started on the grill and then finished with butter on the stove. I also made a little salsa from some smokey grilled tomatillos, canned green chiles (yeah, I know, but they were $0.50/can), and a spoonful of the ground NM chile for heat. There were flour tortillas. There was Full Sail IPA. There was a sunset watched from the porch. There was a soundboard recording of a 3-hour-long Neil Young concert from last year (at almost 70, the guy is still amazing). There were also, inexplicably, baked potatoes with sour cream. I think the BF had a craving.

about 15 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

And you too!

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

And to you too!

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

Thanks to you too!

Apr 16, 2014
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I fully expect for things to just get better and better every year for the rest of my life. I'll be very disappointed if this isn't true. ;P

Apr 16, 2014
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Thanks.

Apr 16, 2014
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Thanks!

Apr 16, 2014
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Thanks roxlet. I'm actually really excited about my thirties.

Apr 16, 2014
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Thanks! We had our picnic at the lake and then found a few cacti we liked, and then almost got the truck stuck in a hole, but with a bit of digging, we got it out. And it's the carbonara-ish after all!

Apr 16, 2014
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I'm in New Mexico, where it seems that everyone forages their plants, legal or not. We almost got caught digging up wild raspberry bushes last year, but fortunately the car that came around the corner was an old hippie who asked if we were gardening and then flashed us a peace sign.

The raspberries survived the winter and are thriving along the side of our house.

Apr 16, 2014
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This. But also it depends where you take them and if you have a permit (which is only $10 per plant). We tend to dig up cacti and flowering weeds from the side of the road, which, as far as I know, is legal as long as it isn't in a state park or national forest or on tribal land or private property.

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

I've taken a couple extra days off this week in honour of my birthday tomorrow (the big three-oh!) so we're driving up into the hills today to search for wildflowers we can transplant to our garden and to have a picnic lunch. I'm keeping it really simple: cheese, crackers, salami and a couple kiwis. We were going to pick up a bottle of vinho verde, but after last night's beer fest I'll probably just make some iced tea.

I still have to run it by the BF, but I'm thinking of doing a play on pasta carbonara for dinner tonight, using stuff I have around the kitchen (yeah, I've been suckered in by all the recent posts). Rigatoni, bacon, home-grown dandelion greens (we've been cleaning out the garden and we saved the good stuff), some Lithuanian parmesan and a couple eggs stirred in at the end for good measure. A cherry tomato-cucmber salad with balsamic to cut through all that rich egg and cheese and bacon.

Apr 16, 2014
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Some of my best kitcheny things have come from thrift stores!

Apr 16, 2014
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Doing kind of a Thai freezer-cleanout thing tonight. Drumsticks and a thigh are being marinated in something sweet and salty I had labeled as "satay marinade", then baked in the oven and basted with the leftover sauce. Green papaya salad ( with shredded carrots replacing the green beans) on the side. Rice. And a selection of beers (I'm most excited about trying the local barley wine ale!) After a rather stressful few days, the beer is particularly welcome.

Apr 15, 2014
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Burger night tonight! Bison burgers stuffed with goat cheese (and a dab of chipotle BBQ), topped with lettuce, tomato, horseradish mustard, another dab of the same BBQ and some onions fried up in the burger grease, all in a seedy whole wheat bun. Homemade onion rings on the side (they turned out a little more crispy and less puffy than normal, but had a wonderful caramelized onion flavour). Bread pudding for dessert -- challah bread soaked in an orange zest-apricot jam-infused custard, dusted with cinnamon.

Apr 14, 2014
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The taxman cometh indeed. Between filling out forms, I managed to throw together some piri piri drumsticks, a green salad and steamed artichokes with lemon-lime-garlic butter for dipping. Brown butter caramel blondies for dessert... and now back to my forms.

Apr 13, 2014
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What's for Dinner #290 - April Showers/April Flowers Edition! [through April 12, 2014]

Tonight is old school enchiladas, using what I've got on hand. Either ground beef or turkey (I'll see what I dig out of the freezer) with ground chile, onion and garlic inside rolled tortillas, baked with El Pato red enchilada sauce (which I've never used before, so I'll probably doctor it up), topped with a really bland mozzarella. The last of the homemade pintos from the freezer and some rice. Nice and simple.

Apr 12, 2014
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It was really good! I fried the potatoes in the last of my Christmas duck fat (along with some garlic and green bell pepper) and dusted the asparagus (roast) with some piri piri and sliced some avocado on the side and it was just perfect.

Apr 12, 2014
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I'm thinking breakfast for dinner tonight. Scrambled eggs with green onions (one of my favourite combos), asparagus (again), sausage links, pan fried potatoes, tortillas.

Apr 11, 2014
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My dog has always enjoyed doing this. Especially when we forget to take her for a walk.

Apr 11, 2014
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It was! Thanks for the inspiration.

Apr 10, 2014
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I'm stealing mariacarmen's idea and making stir fried chicken and asparagus with black bean sauce. I've got 2 whole legs in the freezer, so I'll bone and skin those, and may even do the silking thing for a few hours (not sure if I have time to do it properly, but dark meat chicken shouldn't dry out anyway, so it's really just an added precaution). Sauce will consist of black beans (soaked and mashed in my mortar and pestle), garlic, ginger, rice wine, chicken stock, soy and whatever else it tastes like it needs. All served over rice.

Apr 10, 2014
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Green curry is one of my very favourite foods in the world.

Apr 09, 2014
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An update: cheeses will be TJ's cheddar with caramelized onions and a local dill chevre. Sliced apple will definitely make an appearance. The wine will be TJ's petite reserve rose (all 3 roses at the store were within $0.50 of each other and all looked about the same -- this had a good 2% more alcohol than either of the others).

Afternoon snack is a tall glass of sweet yogurt lassi, made with homemade yogurt and lots of cardamom. I just had to add this 'cause it's so frickin' good, especially on a warm spring day.

Apr 09, 2014
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Exactly! Antipasto for dinner is one of my favourites -- almost as good as breakfast for dinner.

Apr 09, 2014
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It's a beautiful spring day today, and my Saturday no less, so I'm planning sort of a not-charcuterie charcuterie plate, if you will. I'm trying homemade crackers for the first time (Ottolenghi olive oil crackers) and serving them with lime-cumin-caraway marinated asparagus, red wine vinegar-olive oil-fresh oregano marinated beef tongue and an as-yet-to-be-determined cheese. Possibly some apple slices as well. And a bottle of rose (or possibly red) to celebrate the BF's first ebay sale.

Apr 09, 2014
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This is what I thought! It's just that he once (long before I was cooking for him) got food poisoning from chicken and dumplings and is still squeamish about that entire family of chicken dishes. Also, he tried to claim that it would be too similar to last week's tourtiere (which it wasn't). But when he ran out of arguments, he agreed and was still raving about it yesterday. So, like you said, what's not to love? ;D

Apr 09, 2014
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If lobster and artichokes is winter, I'd be happy if it snowed all year long!

Apr 08, 2014
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That asparagus sounds great (actually, so do the short ribs, but I just used up all my short ribs and I have a crisper drawer overflowing with asparagus...) I may have to steal your idea and do an asparagus and chicken black bean concoction later this week.

Apr 08, 2014
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I got only a tentative go ahead from the BF last night for my chicken pot pie, but he actually really liked it. It was fairly basic: chicken, potatoes, celery, mushrooms, collard greens, onion in a thick chicken stock gravy, baked in the oven with some homemade rough puff pastry on top. I made the mistake of cutting a vent hole in the top of the pastry, which allowed the gravy to bubble through and sog up the middle, but it was otherwise pretty damn good. A really simple salad on the side.

Tonight we're doing "grilled" (broiled) brats in pretzel rolls. I'll probably reheat the rest of the spicy baked beans for a side, and maybe make a small potato salad. The celery in the potato salad counts as a vegetable, right? Whatever. It's my Friday.

Apr 08, 2014
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