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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

I'm thinking duck banh mi for dinner tonight, if I can find some appropriate bread ('cause it's still waaaay too hot to attempt baking any). Asian grocers are scarce around these parts, but I should be able to find some bolillo rolls at one of the Mexican markets. Duck breast will be marinated in my lemongrass marinade, then seared to a perfect medium (the BF doesn't like pink in poultry, so I have to get it perfect so it doesn't dry out). This will be sliced and go onto the bolillo rolls (fingers crossed), along with sriracha mayo, pickled carrots, daikon and jalapenos, thin cut onions (soaked in water and pulled apart), cucumbers and a combination of sweet basil and lime basil from the garden. I might pick up some cilantro for mine, as well, although the BF isn't a fan. More ice cream -- chocolate and strawberry -- for dessert.

I'm thinking of doing a pad thai tomorrow with the leftover lemongrass duck.

about 4 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

It actually got a bit stormy and cooled down a great deal, so that was good. Also, I added beer to the menu.

about 4 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

It's hot today. Really, really hot. I'm going to walk to the nearest Walgreens and buy a fan, then come home and cook up some green chile cheeseburgers, using the rest of last night's green chile sauce. Banana splits for dessert with chocolate and strawberry ice cream and dulce de leche drizzled over the top.

about 24 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

Lamb rib chops! Motorcycling through Spain! All of this sounds wonderful.

about 24 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

Love the sound of that marinade!

about 24 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

The green chile sauce turned out so em-effing good! If this is a sign of things to come from my garden, it is going to be a very good chile season indeed.

about 24 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Cool! Thanks!

2 days ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

We picked our first bowl full of green chiles today! Several New Mexican varieties, a couple habaneros and a few others in there as well. They have been roasted and turned into a green chile sauce to be served atop pork shoulder steaks (dusted with red chile and cooked in a skillet until crispy). Red chile baked beans, corn on the cob and flour tortillas on the side. A mushy papaya that didn't make it home in one piece for dessert.

2 days ago
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Tonight is a bit of a fridge clean-out (didn't there used to be a word for this?). I sauteed some onion, fennel, garlic, clamshell mushrooms, green and orange peppers and the first zephyr squash from the garden (and a couple sliced blossoms for good measure). Threw in some tomato-basil chicken sausage. Added some "Italian Seasoning," a sploosh of balsamic, a touch of half and half and a (large) handful of crumbled feta. This will be served over mushroom ravioli. Buttered baguette on the side, and some Full Sail Amber Ale.

Jul 20, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

I did! I did! And another for lunch today!

Jul 20, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

I solve the sweet problem by juicing an entire lime into each drink. And adding extra gin. ;)

Jul 20, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Tonight is my late work night -- I'm usually home around 9:45 -- so quick and easy is on the menu. Hopefully, it will be hot reuben sandwiches with homemade sauerkraut and thousand island dressing. There's a chance, however, that the corned beef has turned and in that case, I will thaw some of my turkey-apple sausage and make patties for the sandwiches instead. Oven onion rings on the side.

Jul 19, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Damn, Vietnamese really is in the air this week! I've never tried this one, but it looks delicious and I may have to give it a shot some day soon.

Jul 19, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

This looks delicious, mc! And happy countdown for your big trip!

Jul 19, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Not sure about Vietnamese week -- I just had some tofu and ground beef/turkey to use up. Although I did also have duck banh mi planned for later this week, so maybe it's there's something subliminal going around...

This sounds like a wonderful dish to eat squatting on the pavement in Ho Chi Minh city! I've never had the chance to travel anywhere in Southeast Asia, but have friends who tell me that Vietnam and Thailand are both just beautiful. Always wanted to go.

Jul 19, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Tonight will be Dao Hu Nhoi Thit (Vietnamese stuffed tofu in tomato sauce), but I'm using beef and turkey instead of the pork. Green beans stir fried in sesame oil, steamed rice and pickled carrots and daikon on the side. Perhaps a dulce de leche Vietnamese coffee for dessert.

Jul 18, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

I usually go for the Hansen's, which is reasonably priced at Trader Joe's. This was a freebie from work, however. To make it worse, it was free because it was expired (although does tonic really expire?) Fever Tree is next on my list to try. I've also thought about making my own, but haven't started looking into the details.

Jul 18, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Last night's proposed wine turned into gin and tonics (heavy on the gin and lime to overpower the taste of crap tonic), so hangover food was in order today. We had a late lunch out of hangover-fighting tamales and posole (for the BF) and red chile tamale pie (for me). And since it was a very late lunch, we're just doing salad for dinner tonight. Romaine hearts, avocado, tomato, hard boiled egg, the rest of the pancetta, see what else is in the fridge. Chipotle thousand island on top.

As a side note, I'm making a melding of this roscon de arequipe (http://www.mycolombianrecipes.com/ros... ) and yeasted banana bread to have for breakfast this week (and also to use up both the blackened bananas that were living in the fridge and the massive amount of dulce de leche I made yesterday). We may sample some for dessert, along with a few episodes of Broad City and some mango-lemongrass iced tea.

Also, my summer place will always be the campground we went to every year with my best friend's family. Lots of great memories of eating chips and watermelon on the beach, swimming in the lake, making obstacle courses on the playground (even when we were way too old for the playground...) and scouting out cute boys we were inevitably too shy to talk to.

Jul 17, 2014
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What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

I'm sorry for the boy and his gerbil, too (it's always painful losing a pet), but this reminds me of an amusing incident from when I was in high school...

My hamster died when I was18, the day after my kitten had died suddenly of what they think was feline leukemia. I was too upset over the kitten to even deal with the hamster, so my dad said he'd bury it for me. Several months later, I was digging through the chest freezer with some friends and we found some packages wrapped in butcher paper that we thought looked like a dismembered body (of course they were beef). We made a joke to my dad about "the body in the freezer" and he looked suddenly very serious and guilty and started apologizing over and over. Our fear that my dad had murdered someone and was storing their body in the chest freezer, however, was short lived. Turned out he'd never got around to burying the hamster and thought that his was the body we'd found.

Jul 16, 2014
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Macaroni and Cheese in a Restaurant

Can you give us an overview of the recipe? I do mine on the stovetop and then finish in the oven. If I was serving it at a restaurant, I'd probably cook the pasta and sauce in advance, then combine and bake in individual ramekins (with toppings etc.) to order. I think the key is to have sauce hit pasta at the last possible minute, so the pasta doesn't absorb too much and lose its texture.

Jul 16, 2014
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What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Uhh, so the condensed milk got a little overcooked. To revise, tonight's dessert may be something that includes dulce de leche (which is generally better, I know, but doesn't do much for the Vietnamese coffee I've been craving... I guess I'll make do with tastes of the milk in various stages interspersed with sips of this morning's coffee).

Jul 16, 2014
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What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Let's see... I haven't posted in a while. Last night was avocado BLT's and salt and pepper Kettle Chips, with chocolate-peanut butter milkshakes for dessert (and popcorn for a late-night movie-watching snack).

The night before was lamb meatballs cooked with kale and mushrooms, mashed potatoes with garlic and sour cream and a honeydew-cantaloup-feta-jalapeno-bell pepper salad with a squeeze of lime juice.

The night before that was lots of pork. Pulled pork carne adovada, smoky pinto beans with the shredded meat from a ham hock, rice, fluffy flour tortillas (I always feel I have to specify the "fluffy" because the flour tortillas in New Mexico are different from the flour tortillas I've had anywhere else).

Tonight we'll probably get a couple bottles of wine to drink out on the porch. Hopefully there will be another lightning storm to watch (there have been storms every evening all week). Cheese, crackers, salami, panchetta, apple slices and marinated green beans to accompany.

Also, I'm in the process of making my own sweetened condensed milk, so perhaps there will be something for dessert that includes that.

Jul 16, 2014
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ice cream making at high altitude

Yep, I'm in Santa Fe at 7200 feet and have never had any problems with my ice cream. Water boils at a lower temperature than at sea level (royally screwing up candy and jam making), but it freezes at the same temperature.

My current machine is a motorized salt-and-ice model, but I used to have the insert kind as well. Although it froze solid in 24 hours in a good freezer, my iced up old freezer required a good 3 days freeze if I wanted to be sure of freezing the ice cream. Perhaps try de-icing or turning your freezer down (or borrow someone else's if yours is an old model).

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

Cucumber-mint G&T! Now there's something I need to have more often!

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

Sounds great! Thanks for the link.

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 cleaned out the freezer yesterday and, even though it doesn't really look much cleaner, I did find a bunch of goodies lurking at the back. A container of tonkotsu ramen broth and a chunk of plain smoked pork belly were pulled and will be turned into tonkotsu ramen with smoky chashu pork for dinner tonight.

The broth will be seasoned with white miso and sesame oil. The noodles will come from instant ramen with the flavour packets thrown out. Other toppings will include poached eggs, spring onions (whites and greens), and stir fried mushrooms and bean sprouts. There will also be a take on Chow's schichimi togarashi recipe, using what I can find in the cupboard, to sprinkle while easting.

I'm thinking maybe a fresh mint custard for dessert, although I'll have to do some looking around for a recipe.

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've found the same thing with chicken thighs. As long as the marinade isn't straight acid, they hold up pretty well without going mushy.

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

Perhaps a recipe for that Belize coleslaw? I've also never heard of it (although I've never been to Belize).

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

Congrats on the new oven! Cheapo is better than out of service! We had problems with the ignition in our oven that lasted for months last year. The gas would go on, but the spark plug would only spark half the time. We'd have to crawl into the broiler drawer head first with a match to light it by hand, hoping the whole thing didn't explode on us. It was such a relief when the landlord finally had it fixed!

Jul 10, 2014
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I always forget how much I like duck. I need to eat it more often!

Jul 10, 2014
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