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What's for Dinner #256. We Started This Turkey Day Thing Too Early edition. [through Nov. 18, 2013]

WFD tonight: I sauteed up some cabbage leftovers, added garlic, soy sauce, tobasco, and a little apple cider vinegar. Then craccked two eggs to poach. Cooked bacon, which I crumbled over the top. My only complaint is the eggs cooked too long...

Nov 17, 2013
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Santeria Tacos - SW Ankeny & Broadway

Will check out Robo Taco fot sure!

Dec 06, 2012
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Santeria Tacos - SW Ankeny & Broadway

Interesting. I never realized Baileys had no food. I have not yet been there.

Dec 06, 2012
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Best beer store!

Thanks for the great suggestions, everyone! Meat Ball sandwich sounds delicious...I will let yoi know what I pick! Gift certificate also came to mind.

Dec 06, 2012
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Best beer store!

I have to get a Secret Santa gift for a co-worker. On his list of suggestions was beer. Not sure what style he likes, so I will just pick something I would like--perhaps a winter seasonal of sorts. I think the selection at Fred Meyer and New Seasons are some of the best for getting beer from a grocery store, but I thought this would be a fun excuse to go to check out a store devoted to beer. I haven't been to Beer Mongers in quite some time, but wasn't super excited about their selection the last time. I think that might be the only "beer store" I've been to, with the exception of that large liqour store in the Pearl. So maybe I should check out Belmont Station or something. What do you all suggerst? Recomendations of stores and beers to buy would be great! I love darker beers, and hops - so porters, ambers, IPAs. I wouldn't be opposed to buying something lighter, though it seems wierd to do so in the winter. haha

Dec 05, 2012
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Santeria Tacos - SW Ankeny & Broadway

Hi fellow foodies,

Last night I was craving Mexican food at midnight, so I googled until I came across Santeria Tacos. It got a mixed bag of reviews it seems, but I decided to believe the good ones and try it out. I really wanted a fish burito, which they did not have the fish for; instead, I opted for carne asada. I guess I should have added sour cream, because it was quite dry, though the ginormus portion was cool. The salsa was delicious. Perhaps I will give them another try. I had never been to such a tiny place before...it was interesting.

Anyone been there before?

I usually go to Maya Tacqueria, which is very near my apartment.

Dec 05, 2012
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What's for Dinner #143 [OLD]

Teriaky chicken stirfry with red bell pepper and onnion. The only thing that could imrpove this is if I wouldn't have bought cheap rice...

May 09, 2012
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What's for Dinner? #127 [old]

Supper this evening was baked sweet potato, roasted mushrooms with garlic, and baked salmon seasoned with chili powder and italian seasoning, topped with a lemon-garlic-butter sauce.

Firday (tomorrow) I'm leaving for DC for a conference and retruning Wednesday. I'm looking forward to the conference, but I will miss cooking for myself.

Feb 10, 2012
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What's for Dinner? #127 [old]

Yesterday: Collard greens braised in soy sauce, siracha, and apple cider vinegar, topped with a poached egg

Tonight: Roasted mushroom/green beans on top of broken up toast and covered in sauage gravy

Feb 06, 2012
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What's For Dinner? #125 [Old]

I made fried rice the other day, should have fried an egg to put on top...

Tonight is left over stew...carrots, onion, yellow pepper, and left over london broil. Cooked in beef bullion, seasoned with garlic, balsamic, and soy sauce...then thickened with flour. :)

Jan 30, 2012
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What's for Dinner #124 [old]

Started out with a salad of romaine, carrot, cucumber and bleu chese dressing. Braised some chicken breast in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic, and roastted some zuchini with garlic. Delicious! I think I'll give the chicken time to marinate before braising next time. It has a nice flavor, though not very prominent.

Jan 25, 2012
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What's For Dinner? #123 [old]

Stir fried purple cabbage with garlic, tossed in left over Lond Broil, and stirred in ketchup, vinegar, and brown sugar to aproximate BBQ sauce. Served over rice. I also made a few deviled eggs...

Jan 17, 2012
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What's For Dinner? #123 [old]

Had a weekend filled with good cooking...

Friday I baked some pork chops I had marinated in siracha sauce, plum sauce, and OJ. They were delicious and tender. I just wish they would have browned a little. I might try browning the next ones, then baking for a short time. I think these have been the best pork chops yet. I just mixed up some more siracha-plum-oj for my last pork chop...whic I'll cook tomorrow or Wednesday.

Saturday I was wiht my friend, and he had some cod. So I put it in a packet of foil with lime juice, olive oil, and chili powder. It came out delicous, and the juice was great over rice. Roasted carrots on the side. My friend was quite impressed, as was I!

Tonight I rubbed some round steak in cumin, oregeno, and chili flakes and broiled it. This has been the first time I've used my broiler for meat, so it came out a little dryer than I would love. I deglazed the pan with lime juice and stirred in some garlic. I sliced the leftovers up and poured the remaining lime juice sauce over them, so hopefully it will soak up some moisture. I've made a mental note to keep a closer eye on the next one I do (I have one more piece).

Jan 16, 2012
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What's For Dinner? #122 [Old]

Pork tacos.Sliced and Marinated the pork in oregano, cumin, jabanero pepper and vinegar, and lime juice. Also sliced up some carrots and onions and put them in some vinegar and chili powder for a while. Then I cooked the pork, which ended up being very tender. I threw in the veggies near the end, and let them cook a little with some of the chili powder/vinegar mixture. Topped tacos with cabbage, chedar chese, and sauce of mayo, lime juice, and a tiny bit of brown sugar.

Jan 11, 2012
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What's For Dinner? #122 [Old]

Hi Maria - I thought about adding at least some oil, and perhaps vinegar, to thin it out. But I wasn't sure if it would be a wierd texture, or if the vinegar would clash with the mustard. As the mustard made some a great starting point, I will try it again with some variations--and definently try vinegar and/or oil. I have some ginger-berry balsamic would probbaly be delicious. I typically use mayo as a base for dressings which I make, so I'm pleased I branched out can now use mustard, too!

Jan 11, 2012
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What's For Dinner? #122 [Old]

I made a HUGE salad of purple cabbage, onion, and cucumber a dressing of sweet/spicy mustard with some milk to thin it out, some cinamon, and some cayene. I roasted a pork chop in the oven with some olive oil and rosemary, which I cut up and mixed in the salad.

Jan 10, 2012
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What's For Dinner? #122 [Old]

Tonight I made brocoli beef. Marinated meat in soy sauce, siracha, seaseme oil, and garlic prior to cooking. Stir fried brocoli and mushroom...Pretty tastey! :)

Jan 09, 2012
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What's For Dinner? #122 [Old]

I just used up the rest of my blah chicken broth in a curry, so it tastes much better with coconut milk and grated ginger! I added some carrots, potatoes, and pork marinated in soy sauce, garlic, and seaseme oil. Mmm...

Jan 07, 2012
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What's For Dinner? #122 [Old]

Linda - I had really good sucesss with the crockpot last time! :)

Jan 07, 2012
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What's For Dinner? #122 [Old]

Harters - There is a farmer's market going on near you still? I'm so jealous...they've all closed here (Portland, OR) for the season. Unless I just don't know where to look...I'll have to do some Googling.

Jan 07, 2012
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What's For Dinner? #122 [Old]

Hey Linda,

It simmered while I was cleaning up the kitchen, organizing stuff, etc...so perhaps and hour and a litttle extra. I can't remembered if I roasted the bones this time. Maybe I didn't, and that is what's missing! I didn't do any mirepoix this time...though I've done it often without veggies and still gotten good results. I will check out the links - thanks!

Jan 07, 2012
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What's For Dinner? #122 [Old]

Mariacarmen - They were perhapsa little dry. I will be pulling them out much sooner next time. I should clarify I didn't brown them too much. I got them from a Safeway...This was my first time cooking Porkchops, so I don't have any secrets yet! ;-) Hopefully the next batch will turn out better. I'll let you know if I come up with any earth-shattering ideas to keep them moist.

Jan 07, 2012
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What's For Dinner? #122 [Old]

Barbra - Good luck getting your kitty to eat.

I am out of town tonight (Friday) and tomorrow for a class, so I ate a chicken salad from Denny's this evening for supper. It was pretty good.

Last night (Thursday) I made amazing pork chops, though I should have pulled them out of the oven a little before they reached 140 degrees (which seems to be the new acceptable temperature for pork now..). I let them marinate a few hours in a mixture of fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, a little lemon juice, and some jabanero pepper, and ginger. Browned on both sides, then into a 350 degree oven for probably a little less then an hour. I poured the remaining marinade over the top before baking. I also mashed some left over potatoes. I baked some left over apples to make an apple sauce with which to top the chops. After they come out of the oven, I reduced the little bit of marinade that remained into a sauce, which I spooned on before the apple sauce. Lastly, I roasted some brussel sprouts, coated in garlic and olive oil. I wasn't overly impressed by them; not sure if they cooked long enough or what.

Sunday I am going skiing, so I made some gravy from chicken stock for the left over potatoes, and packed the remaining pork chop and apple sauce for lunch. After I get back Saturday night, I have to leave again to meet up with my stepmom to get to the mountain...so busy weekend.

I have a question about my chicken stock. I made it a few days ago, and I scooped it into tupperware to cool before refridgerating.So maybe I did not adequately skim off the fat. But the whole stock is more like a jelly. It seems okay after it heats up, but I'd of like it to be a little more flavorful. What might have happened - any ideas? What, if anything, can I do to "salvage" it? Could I re-heat, cool, and skim it?

Jan 06, 2012
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What's for dinner, the Holiday Edition! #120 [old]

That looks delicous...

I made tacos. Heated up left over chicken with some water, bullion, orgeano, and cumin. Simmered until the liquid was mostly gone, and chicken falling apart tender. Stirred in garlic and hot pepper flakes while heating up tortillas. Chopped up red cabbage, cilantro, radish and avacado. Topped with a sauce of mayo, lime juice, brown sugar, and a squeeze of grape fruit...

It was so good, I decided to take my first ever picture to post on CH.

Dec 27, 2011
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Kale Preparation

I have not cooked kale, but I frequently braise collard greens in chicken broth if I have any (otherwise, water) with garlic, pepper, soy sauce, etc. Whatever sounds good at the moment. I cut them in strips.

Dec 27, 2011
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What's for dinner, the Holiday Edition! #120 [old]

Stuffy, runny, nose this evening...so I threw together some soup: chubed up some chicken I cooked the other day, along with potatoes and carrots (also already cooked), and a quarter head of purple cabbage. When everything was warm, I put in a generous splash of soy sauce...then I thought it may be interesting to put in some grape fruit. A little grape fruit aparently goes a long ways--I only used a quarter of it. I think lime would have been better, but I would try grape fruit again (just less next time). Lastly, I put in a little cinamon to take the edge off the bitterness. I am pleased with the results...

Dec 26, 2011
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'Twas the evening after Christmas 2011 and we have leftovers...dinner will be creative!

This sounds delicous...I've been craving shrimp lately...

Dec 26, 2011
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What's for dinner, the Holiday Edition! #120 [old]

Just got home (1:30 am PDT), after eating many magnificent things today--started off at a brunch with my sister and fam, where the high light was a honey baked ham. Followed by snacks / elk loin roast / salmon at my dad's. Lastly we went to a family friend's, where I consumed some sweets and drank some more wine.

Now, thankfully, I'm home--and hungry again! So I'm eating left overs to make room for food that was sent home with me. I just jazzed up the remaining stuffed pepper (stuffed with chicken and other things that were in a chicken-based soup--carrot, potato). I had some left over collard greens which I had pureed with lemon juice and garlic. I spread them on top the pepper, spread some minced garlic, added chese and broiled. Should be delicious...just coming out of the microwave now; the filling didn't heat well in the broiler.

Dec 26, 2011
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What's for dinner, the Holiday Edition! #120 [old]

I'm going out to some sort of Jewish dinner with my parents, so I'll post what I had for lunch. The other day, I had did a kitchen with potatoes and carrots in my dutch oven. It was not overly impressive, and seemed to be lacking in flavor--even though I rubbed it down with chili powder, brown sugar, soy sauce, and OJ before cooking. For lunch, I cut up some chicken breast, carrots, and potatoes, and put them under the broiler to reheat. I made a sauce out some of juices--adding some apple cider vinegar, some rassberry-ginger balamsic, some garlic, and some green tobasco. I left everything cool, then put it over a bed of red cabbage, and added some extra sauce! Delicous.

I also had some collard greens left over, so I pureed them with some more garlic and lemon juice, and added some pepper jack chese to make a quesidilla...

Dec 23, 2011
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What's for dinner? #119 [OLD]

Today I roasted a whole chicken in my dutch over with carrots and potatos. This is my first time doing a whole chicken in the DO. I have only had the DO for about a month, and previously only braised chicken thighs. I rubbed it with a paste of chili powder, brown sugar, soy, and a little orange juice. The first time I pulled it out, it was quite done (cooking at around 420). I have asked for a meat thermometer for Christmas to avoid some occurences in the future!

Dec 21, 2011
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