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What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

Last night hubby was out of town so dinner was just for me. I made chicken pot pie with a rotisserie chicken. made a slightly creamy sauce with onions, carrots, mushrooms, peas, fresh thyme and a healthy sploosh of marsala. topped with TJ's puff pastry (which I believe is all butter) until bubbly and beautifully browned. it was delightful. for reasons I can't understand, hubby's not a fan of even the homemade version of pot pie. oh well, more for me. I've got a nice bit of leftover filling that I will stash in the freezer for next time.

Tonight I'm not sure WFD. it's been a long and tiring week. Something with ground turkey is a possibility, but so is takeout. with wine, for sure.

Happy Friday, all.

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

i'm inspired by your paratha adventures. i haven't yet been brave enough to attempt paratha. my mom's weren't super flaky, not so laminated, actually. more like stuffed chapati. i almost never make any flatbreads from scratch so i'm a bit intimidated, for no good reason, really. keep posting re your method and results, please.

Sep 30, 2014
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What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

looks like a few of us had steak on the menu tonight. here it was tri tip seared in cast iron; roasted butternut squash, roasted brussel sprouts w/coarse sea salt; and TJ's spinach kale bites

Sep 29, 2014
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What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

I took advantage of the summery weather to grill both last night and tonight. last night I grilled some burgers and tri tip. made some baked beans, green beans and grilled asparagus. tonight i was thinking lamb kebabs but hubby was still feeling like burgers so I made Indian masala spiced lamb burgers topped with garlicky yogurt sauce spiked with a healthy dose of harissa and chopped scallions on top. all piled onto wheat challah buns. sides were largely a repeat of last night and some leftover spinach rice from our Greek takeout joint.

dinner has been cleaned up. lunches packed, now menu planning for the next few days...

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

damn, that sounds amazing. roasted habanero sauce. yummmm.

Sep 28, 2014
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Recipe ideas for picky husband?

some ideas that i was able to make early in my DH's food journey:

turkey meatloaf -- make a few veggie sides. potatoes au gratin if you know he likes that, steamed carrots and some steamed broccoli. that way the success rate is higher and he may feel more comfortable trying the broccoli just a few bites. also try mashed cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes. I steam cauliflower, add a bit of butter, garlic, salt and pepper and then bake topped with a bit of parmesan cheese, sometimes some breadcrumbs on top too.

Someone suggested chicken parmesan cutlets. you could also try chicken or turkey cutlets topped with some pesto and mozzarella, or a bit of prosciutto and mozzarella (you can add some fresh sage like saltimbocca). veggies could be something simple like sautéed spinach or raw baby spinach salad with some toasted nuts, strawberries, etc.

Turkey chili -- i make mine with a ton of diced veggies that get lost in the sauce. i dice up zucchini, yellow squash, even eggplant, red pepper, onion. dice them up really really tiny and all perfectly even. the texture blends in with the ground meat so they aren't even detectable. I add black beans to my chili, but you might not be able to get away with that just yet. I use really good quality chili powder (penzey's), some chipotle and a bottle of beer. it's delicious and chock full of nearly hidden veggies. serve topped with some shredded cheddar and maybe crushed tortilla chips? or cornbread on the side?

Risotto: I'm not sure how this would go over because you say he doesn't like rice. if it's a texture thing, risotto might be distinct enough that he would try it? I make a number of different kinds -- tonight i might make one with spicy sausage and baby spinach leaves tossed in at the end to wilt. another popular one with my DH is a jambalaya style risotto. andouille sausage, shrimp, onions, red and green peppers. whatever combination of flavors he will accept. if rice/risotto is a no go, you could try it over pasta.

Lasagna -- if he likes Italian red sauce type of flavors maybe lasagna will work? you can try to lighten things up a bit by making it with ground turkey and add some frozen spinach into the ricotta layer. no need to boil the noodles just assemble, cover with foil and bake. As with the turkey chili you can dice up some other veggies really tiny and they will meld into the sauce in a way that may let them slip by. I don't like to "hide" things as a general rule, preferring to have my family accept the ingredients as they are, but sometimes you need to start somewhere to get some footing.

Slow roasted pork -- i do mine in the slow cooker. I season a pork roast liberally with garlic and some salt and pepper. slow cook for 6+ hours or so depending on the size, i add some quartered onions. you can use this for many things. either on its own sort of like carnitas. can be made into tacos or burritos (does he eat those?), or made into enchiladas (I do that with the leftovers). can be bbq pulled pork either on rolls or plain with whatever sides you can get away with -- mac n cheese (homemade vs. boxed), greens? corn?

These are all things that I think of making when my husband's family comes to visit. Good luck!

Sep 28, 2014
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Recipe ideas for picky husband?

I suspect this is part of the problem. When I met my husband 15 years ago he ate almost no vegetables or fruit, had an abysmal diet of mostly prepared and unhealthy fast foods. Remarkable change has happened, but it took time. His exposure to healthy foods and properly prepared vegetables was (ahem) very limited growing up so he thought he hated things that he had just never experienced in their best form. I introduced him to things little by little encouraging him to try a few bites of roasted asparagus along with the steak that i know he likes, etc. I wasn't a dictator about it but i made clear i wasn't going to allow him to influence our kids' eating habits negatively (this was years before we had kids, by the way). now some of his favorite veggies are -- steamed broccoli, roasted or mashed cauliflower, roasted butternut squash, garlic sautéed spinach, roasted fresh brussel sprouts with sea salt.

keep introducing things a little at a time. make something familiar and then some things that push the envelope. nothing too out there, but well prepared fresh vegetables are probably very different than what he grew up with.

15 years later there are only some things that my hubby still won't tolerate and they are easy to work around -- mushrooms are still avoided. i make creative healthy meals with adventurous flavors -- drawing on many different cultures. he's a great eater now.

there is hope. just take it slow and keep trying.

Sep 28, 2014
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What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

nice. tonight i was dining solo - i reprised the philly cheesesteak filling (shaved steak, onions, red peppers, mushrooms). heaped upon a section of TJ's demi baguette which was slathered with hot pepper relish and topped with pepperjack. Oven fries alongside + wine. dinner hit the spot with a nice glass or so of wine while watching some back episodes of Suits.

Sep 23, 2014
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What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

well done!

Sep 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

I'm playing catch up. This past week featured:
- pimenton rubbed sea bass on top of kale/white bean and chorizo stew
- chicken curry w/chickpeas and kale made with Maya Kaimal's vindaloo sauce
- philly cheesesteaks w/onions, peppers, mushrooms and pepperjack w/oven fries
- chicken enchiladas suizas kicked up with kale and black beans in the filling
- lamb biryani and palak paneer (the latter from TJ's frozen section. a totally respectable version for an easy "cheat" side dish)

Your Family's Top 10 Favorite Meals

1. Grilled burgers on whole wheat challah buns, corn on the cob, grilled asparagus and grilled pineapple

2. My version of Trini Chinese Chicken with BLSL breasts, doctored up TJ's thai fried rice with tofu and veggies

3. Chicken vindaloo curry with kale, chickpeas and brown rice

4. Philly cheesesteak sandwiches with pepperjack on baguette spread with hot pepper relish, oven fries

5. Paul Prudhomme's cajun meatloaf with roasted sweet potatoes and asparagus (or roasted cubed butternut squash and roasted brussel sprouts w/course sea salt)

6. Paella (usually with scallops, clams, shrimp, topped with sea bass marinated in pimento, garlic and evoo)

7. Shrimp and grits with andouille; Grits are made into a baked casserole with cheddar and baby spinach

8. Ground lamb sheekh kebabs, curried couscous with golden raisins, palak paneer and channa masala

9. Chicken suizas stacked enchiladas with spinach and black beans

10. Tacos with seasoned ground turkey and a multitude of toppings; whole wheat quesadillas with refried black beans, seasoned ground turkey and cheddar.

and for good measure....

11. Szechuan cumin lamb or beef stir fry with baked tofu, red pepper, onion and scallions with brown rice

These are all in my most frequent rotation...

Sep 11, 2014
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jambalaya---what to serve with it?

agreed. jambalaya and cornbread just doesn't work for me at all. when I make jambalaya I serve a green salad along side or nothing, letting the dish shine on its own. (and this coming from someone who often serves protein + 2-3 veggies for dinner).

Sep 11, 2014
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What's for dinner #325 - The Transition to Autumn Edition [through September 12, 2014]

yes, a very slippery slope with that devilishly good pudding. i've also used it as a shortcut filling for homemade eclairs. really tasty and very thick and rich.

Sep 11, 2014
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What's for dinner #325 - The Transition to Autumn Edition [through September 12, 2014]

this sounds spectacular!!! love the flavor profiles. filing this one away.

Sep 11, 2014
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What's for Dinner #324 - School's Back in Session Edition [through September 7, 2014]

thanks!

Sep 05, 2014
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What's for Dinner #324 - School's Back in Session Edition [through September 7, 2014]

would you share a recipe or guidance on the zucchini cheddar bread?

thanks much.

Sep 04, 2014
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Menu suggestions for shrimp and grits?

omg that sounds divine.

Sep 03, 2014
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What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition! [through August 23, 2014]

I'm playing catch up after enjoying a stunning weekend of gorgeous weather. Saturday I made Philly cheesesteak sandwiches with pepperjack, onions and diced orange pepper. I made TJ's zucchini fries (baked from frozen) alongside.

Sun night i made Chilean sea bass with garlic and pimento atop a braise of Tuscan kale, chorizo, white beans and chicken stock/white wine.

Last night I made my version of Trini Chinese chicken (made with BLSL breasts) with doctored up TJ's thai style fried rice on the side. I add onions, garlic, diced baked tofu, some diced korean chicken sausage, finely chopped tuscan kale and some leftover steamed veggies. Leftovers today for lunch were great.

Tonight -- takeout thai.

Chowhound Cake Day 2014!

I made a recipe like this long ago when I was in high school and wanted to impress a long ago boyfriend, i think. it was a recipe for "Baumkuchen" in some cookbook I can't recall. Half of the batter was chocolate, the other unflavored (or vanilla). each layer was spread in the pan and then broiled before another layer added. i think there were about 15-20 all told. topped with a chocolate ganache, whipped cream and strawberries. the cross section of the finished product with all of the pinstriped thin layers was very impressive indeed. the taste was good, but not wow. Please let me know what you think of your recipe after you've digested.

thanks!

Aug 17, 2014
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What's for Dinner #318 -- There Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues Edition! [through August 13, 2014]

nothingswrong-
I am continually awestruck by your fortitude and resilience in the face of your ailments. I can't imagine how difficult it is for a food lover to be plagued by illness that prevents you from experiencing (by tasting) that which we on this board love so much. I know we don't "know" each other, but i read your posts with great delight and find ideas in your meals for the BF and inspiration in your unflagging spirit.

I am sending you oodles of support from cyberspace and hoping that you find relief in the near future - and in the interim continue to find enjoyment in the preparation and discussion of food related things.

This board is truly wonderful for many things -- inspiration, local resources, and connecting people from afar on a personal level, even with folks we've never met in person.

thank you to all who contribute regularly (or sporadically, for that matter). i am not alway a regular in the mix, but i value the discussion found here more than i can tell you.

Help me build a great cookware set!

i have built my cookware collection slowly over the years. Mostly, i've been using the pieces of Le Creuset i've acquired piece by piece along the way. of the Le Creuset, I own:
- a 7 quart oval French oven
- a 5 quart oval French oven
- 5 quart round French oven
- 5 quart braiser
- 2 LC skillets (black interior) 9 " and 11.75"
These are my staples. After many years of contemplating and researching, I just recently replaced the rest of my cookware with some Cuisinart pieces -- the multi clad French Classic stainless (10 piece set from Amazon) and some cuisinart nonstick -- 7 inch skillet, 1.5 quart and 3 quart nonstick saucepans.

I feel like my collection is now quite complete. It might be overkill for some, but I do cook quite a bit. I've not yet adequately field tested the Cuisinart French Classic multi clad, but after researching, i decided it was a fair substitute for All Clad at a fraction of the price. Note: i specifically chose the French Classic multi clad vs the other multi clad lines from Cuisinart. apparently the quality of the French-made piece is better than the other lines, which are now made in China.

Aug 10, 2014
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What's for Dinner #318 -- There Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues Edition! [through August 13, 2014]

tonight I grilled some burgers and a Nieman Ranch dog for the (bigger) little one. sides were grilled pineapple, steamed green beans and some fresh figs. My burger was perfectly juicy and medium, topped with american cheese rather than my usual pepperjack. on whole wheat challah. absolutely hit the spot. I'm sad that summer is drawing to a close... I need to make a list of "must dos" before the summer is really done. perfect weather this weekend.

What's for Dinner #318 -- There Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues Edition! [through August 13, 2014]

that looks absolutely delicious!

Aug 10, 2014
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What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

thanks. the leak appears to have been fixed by the emergency plumbers who came out last night. now we just need to fix the walls and floors. ugh.

Aug 07, 2014
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What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

Tonight I had thoughts of making chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese/fresh figs/thyme, wrapped with prosciutto. However, I came home to discover a troubling plumbing leak that required immediate attention. Grrrrrrr. after dealing with that and getting the kiddos to bet all I could muster was quesadillas (with TJs handmade whole wheat tortillas) with refried black beans and some leftover ground turkey taco meat. topped w/guacamole and salsa. Very quick and infinitely more appealing to me tonight than takeout.

Aug 06, 2014
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What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

I am also cooking for baby these days. we are transitioning him from purees to chunkier real foods. this weekend for baby I made some whole wheat pancakes with pureed beets in the batter (they are a lovely deep pink); some spinach/kale bites that are a copy of the TJs frozen ones (sort of); some pureed mango/spinach/broccoli and roasted carrots/cauliflower. i also have designs of making some broccoli/potato/cheese patties, but haven't gotten to that yet.

other 1 pan dinner ideas?

Sautee a diced onion with some diced chorizo or kielbasa and a pint or more of halved cherry tomatoes. Add a drained can of cannelini beans, a sploosh of white wine and some chicken stock. Add several handfuls of baby spinach and incorporate. On top of this "stew," place fillets of firm white fish (I used sea bass most recently). You can marinate the fish in advance with soem crushed garlic, evoo and smoked paprika. season with salt and pepper. After placing the fish on top of the white bean mixture, bake at 425 for 15-20 mins.

Aug 06, 2014
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What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

The chorizo was spanish cured chorizo -- Palacios brand, I believe. but i've made something similar with D'artangnan brand as well, which is plumper and has a less dry texture. anything in that ballpark would work well. Wine was a nothing special pinot grigio. any dry white would be suitable.

Aug 06, 2014
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What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

Happy, happy birthday! the meal sounds excellent.

"Life's too short for half measures." well said.

Aug 06, 2014
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What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

Monday night I made Chilean sea bass with chorizo, white beans, baby spinach and cherry tomatoes. The beautifully thick fish fillets were marinated in evoo, garlic and pimenton and then baked on top of the "stew," which was also flavored with onions, garlic, pimenton, saffron, white wine and a bit of cayenne. Roasted asparagus on the side.

Last night I made ground lamb kebabs, spiced with plenty of finely diced onion, garlic and my favorite Shan masala. Sides were roasted cauliflower spiced with some rasam powder; TJs palak paneer; and curry flavored couscous doctored up with chickpeas and golden raisins. Looking forward to leftovers for lunch today.

Not sure WFD tonight.