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What's for dinner #287: The adios to winter edition [Through March 30, 2014]

agreed on all fronts.

Mar 26, 2014
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What's for Dinner #286 - Spring has Sprung, but the Grass Ain't Riz Edition [through 3/27/14]

It actually got mixed into the meat before cooking. it loosened up the meat in a way that made the burgers less firm and more prone to falling apart. i cooked them fairly well just to get them to firm up to avoid falling apart. as such, not my favorite prep as i prefer a more medium burger, but my husband loved them.

Mar 26, 2014
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STUFFED PASTA - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for March 2014

I adore cannelloni, and only make it once a year or so as it is quite time consuming. A few days ago, I found myself with a block of time and all the ingredients on hand -- the stars aligned.

My version is also a veal/spinach (+ hot sausage) mixture, but is made with super delicate crespelle rather than pasta sheets. it's one of the more time consuming recipes in my rotation, but absolutely worth it.

the filling is made with veal and hot sausage, mirepoix and baby spinach all sautéed and mixed with a good blend of spices. processed until smooth-ish and then some ricotta is added to the mix to lighten it up a bit. The crespelle are made with a simple savory crepe batter.

After filling and rolling the crepes, the cannelloni are topped with a béchamel (seasoned with some nutmeg, parmesan and white pepper) and dotted with some marinara and baked.

I had the leftovers for lunch today and they were just awesome. the savory complexity of the filling is such a good foil for the delicate, light crespelle. If it wasn't such a PIA to make we'd have it more often for sure.

Mar 25, 2014
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What's for Dinner #286 - Spring has Sprung, but the Grass Ain't Riz Edition [through 3/27/14]

Tonight was burger night (my DH will never grow weary of burgers), but with a twist from our usual. Patties were seasoned with some J Burger caramelized onion mixture, garlic powder, and liberally salted and peppered before searing in cast iron and finishing in a hot oven. Burgers were topped with pepperjack and served on brioche buns smeared with spicy Stubb's spicy bbq sauce. Cajun baked beans and oven fries alongside.

Mar 25, 2014
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What's for Dinner #286 - Spring has Sprung, but the Grass Ain't Riz Edition [through 3/27/14]

Tonight was a redux of the veal/spinach cannelloni. I had extra crespelle and filling, so rolled them fresh and made more béchamel, this time lightened with a bit of chicken stock. filled cannelloni were topped with the altered béchamel and some splashes of marinara and parmesan and baked until bubbly. served with some garlic bread.

Mar 24, 2014
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What's for Dinner #286 - Spring has Sprung, but the Grass Ain't Riz Edition [through 3/27/14]

My spirits buoyed by my grilling burgers yesterday in the springlike weather, i planned to grill again tonight -- burger redux for DH and a steak for me. however, as I ran out to the store for a few things I realized that it was too cold today to grill comfortably.

So, change of plans. i repurposed some leftover braised barbacoa beef into enchiladas. along with the beef, i added in the brown rice and black beans that were originally served as a side. Easy enough and very tasty. Also roasted some BISO chicken breasts marinated in garlic, dijon and rosemary for lunches and such.

Mar 23, 2014
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What's for Dinner #286 - Spring has Sprung, but the Grass Ain't Riz Edition [through 3/27/14]

tonight i grilled for the first time this season. sipping a chilled glass of Falanghina by the grill -- watching over some burgers, grilled corn and asparagus -- made me exceptionally happy. it's been a long, long winter.

Burgers were topped with pepperjack and served on whole wheat challah rolls. TJ's oven fries with the asparagus and corn rounded things out. S'mores for dessert. [incidentally TJ's milk chocolate makes the perfect s'more. worlds better than Hershey's]

Happy Spring, everyone!

Mar 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #285 - Harbingers of Spring Edition! [Through March 22, 2014]

yesterday i made veal/spinach stuffed cannelloni made with delicate crespelle rather than pasta sheets. it's one of the more time consuming recipes in my rotation, but absolutely worth it.

the filling is made with veal and hot sausage, mirepoix and baby spinach all sautéed and mixed with a good blend of spices. processed until smooth-ish and then some ricotta is added to the mix to lighten it up a bit. The crespelle are made with a simple savory crepe batter.

After filling and rolling the crepes, the cannelloni are topped with a béchamel and dotted with some marinara and baked.
We paired them with a delicious Brunello.

Tonight we went out for a truly mediocre Italian meal at a local place. not my pick. oh well. the company was good. now back home and the kiddos are in bed, and thank goodness there's wine.

tomorrow the weather forecast looks awesome. i'm looking forward to grilling some burgers. woo hoo!

Mar 21, 2014
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What's for Dinner #285 - Harbingers of Spring Edition! [Through March 22, 2014]

cheers.

Mar 19, 2014
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What's for Dinner #284 - the "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day" Edition [through March 19, 2014]

tonight i made a beef pot roast in a Rick Bayless inspired barbacoa type of sauce. i bought the wrong cut of beef so it wasn't suitable for shredding into proper barbacoa. So i improvised and braised it low and slow in the oven for a couple of hours, then sliced it and put it back into the sauce to simmer. it didn't get shreddy as i originally envisioned the barbacoa, but it was yummy anyway as tender slices of pot roast simmered in the very flavorful braise. Alongside, i put together a casserole of sorts with brown rice, black beans, tuscan kale (cooked first in some chicken stock and some of the beef braising liquid), a bit of gruyere on top.

Mar 18, 2014
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What's for Dinner #284 - the "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day" Edition [through March 19, 2014]

sounds like a delicious meal for one. enjoy.

Mar 18, 2014
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What's for Dinner #284 - the "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day" Edition [through March 19, 2014]

in my experience, patty melts are made with a thin patty, topped with sautéed onions and served on bread, typically rye. The patty and onions are topped with cheese and griddled like a grilled cheese sandwich.

Mar 18, 2014
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What's for Dinner #284 - the "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day" Edition [through March 19, 2014]

Tonight i tried a version of Szechuan cumin lamb, inspired by versions i've had at a few restaurant versions. I found recipes online at serious eats and food and wine.

lamb shoulder steak and leg cutlets were sliced thinly and combined with minced garlic and a spice mix made from toasted cumin seeds and szechuan peppercorns (ground together after toasting). stir fried with onion, celery, scallions and some thinly sliced red pepper, as well as a ton of dried red chili peppers.

I liked the dish, but it didn't have the same deliciously addicting crust on the lamb as the restaurant versions i was trying to emulate. nevertheless, it was pretty good.

Mar 17, 2014
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What's for Dinner #282 - Spring Daylight Savings Time Edition [through March 13, 2014]

Tonight was Prudhomme's cajun meatloaf, steamed broccoli and roasted butternut squash alongside. I'm excited for a sandwich with the leftovers tomorrow for lunch.

Mar 12, 2014
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What's for Dinner #282 - Spring Daylight Savings Time Edition [through March 13, 2014]

Cheering him on and cheers to you! congrats.

Mar 12, 2014
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What's for Dinner #282 - Spring Daylight Savings Time Edition [through March 13, 2014]

I'm days behind -- Sunday was a hodge podge dinner. leftover Chinese chicken and broccoli for the little one; whole wheat burritos with refried black beans and spicy ground turkey for hubby. For me, chicken pot pie made with leftover rotisserie chicken, onion, carrots, potatoes and peas in a sherry infused light sauce, topped with a pastry dough with some dried thyme mixed in. really yummy. glad i have another one waiting for me to devour later in the week when hubby is away.

last night was shrimp and grits. the grits were started on the stove, mixed with a bit of shredded cheddar and several huge handfuls of baby spinach before baking to finish. The shrimp were prepared in the usual manner, except that I didn't have andouille so used some diced pancetta instead. i also used some Woodford reserve bourbon to deglaze before adding the chicken stock. I held the sauce for a few hours and added the shrimp just before planning to sit down to dinner. I really enjoy the subtle notes the bourbon adds to the dish.

Tonight: Indian spiced lamb burgers on whole wheat challah buns (topped with harissa laced raita and some chopped scallions), tater tots on the side. maybe some roasted asparagus, maybe not.

Mar 11, 2014
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What's for Dinner #282 - Spring Daylight Savings Time Edition [through March 13, 2014]

Love jungle curry! especially with some bamboo shoots, mushrooms and eggplant -- they soak up the fiery brothy flavors so nicely. enjoy!

Mar 11, 2014
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What's for Dinner #282 - Spring Daylight Savings Time Edition [through March 13, 2014]

this looks just incredible!

Mar 10, 2014
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What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

ooooh. the raspberry danish look great. care to share a recipe? thanks.

Mar 09, 2014
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What's for Dinner #281 - The March Towards Spring Edition [Through March 9,2014]

damn. y'all are not playing around.

Mar 09, 2014
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What's for Dinner #281 - The March Towards Spring Edition [Through March 9,2014]

Palm Island, as in the tiny resort island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines? we vacationed there once. really beautiful.

I was wishing for burgers today, but the grill still wasn't quite accessible for the remaining ice and snow. beautiful day though.

Mar 09, 2014
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What's for Dinner #281 - The March Towards Spring Edition [Through March 9,2014]

oh no. so very sorry to hear this sad news. i've always enjoyed reading your posts about the loving care you and your sister have taken of your beloved Oldster. Your recounting of many happy memories and meals shared with him has really warmed my heart on many occasions. I hope you and your sister can find comfort in these trying times and celebrate the wonderful life he lived.

Mar 09, 2014
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What's for Dinner #278 - It's Not Over Yet Edition! [through Feb 27, 2014]

tonight i'm working through things on hand and came up with a tamarind curry with diced chicken, chickpeas and tuscan kale. have some leftover rice from the halal cart chicken and some leftover roasted tandoori cauliflower. done.

Feb 25, 2014
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What's for Dinner #277 - the Sun Will Come Out...Eventually Edition [through February 24, 2014]

love the tot idea and am jealous of the de-snowed grill. ours is still largely inaccessible. it's peeking out teasingly, but still not ready for use.

Feb 24, 2014
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What's for Dinner #277 - the Sun Will Come Out...Eventually Edition [through February 24, 2014]

that looks absolutely delicious!

Feb 24, 2014
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What do you serve with steak?

what constitutes a nuclear tater tot?

Feb 23, 2014
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What's for Dinner #276 - After the Loving Edition [Through February 20, 2014]

lamb burgers have gone into regular rotation for us. Fairway has really gorgeous and fresh ground lamb, so i buy it almost weekly now. sometimes it becomes kofte kebabs, sometimes lamb burgers. sometimes the burgers have crumbled feta mixed in with the grated onions and spices, sometimes not. Fairway's whole wheat challah buns are the (in the words of steve h.) "delivery mechanism" of choice.

Feb 20, 2014
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What's for Dinner #276 - After the Loving Edition [Through February 20, 2014]

sometimes that's all you can do -- continue to eat well and hope it passes soon. thankfully no real stomach troubles for either of us. just coughing, aching, wheezing unhappiness.

Feb 20, 2014
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What's for Dinner #276 - After the Loving Edition [Through February 20, 2014]

Playing catch up -- for Valentine's Day we stayed in and I made a risotto with spicy sausage and baby spinach. i could barely enjoy it as I was coming down with the flu.

Sunday I made Ina's Indonesian swordfish, which is just delicious.

Monday we went out for an anniversary dinner, which hubby could barely enjoy, as he contracted the family flu. sad.

Tuesday i made some spicy lamb burgers with harissa yogurt as a topping and some chopped green onions and diced olives. tatertots along side.

After being pretty disappointed with my steak out on Monday, last night i made steak frites sprinkled with truffle salt. TJ's oven fries are perfect for this. also some spicy roasted cauliflower alongside. Hubby had a leftover lamb burger from the night before.

Tonight, I think i'm making the halal cart chicken….or it'll be takeout. we'll see.

HOpefully we will all be free of this pesky flu soon!

Feb 20, 2014
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What's for Dinner #275 - The Four Letter Word Edition [to 2/16/2014] - old

We are getting bombarded with about another 10" of snow, so are hunkering down, staying in and making the best of things. The bigger little one and I are making valentine's cookies today using a citrus sugar cookie recipe. some will be stained glass cookies with hearts cut out. some will be decorated with red icing.

Might make some pizzas with TJ's wheat pizza dough for lunch.

WFD may be chicken enchiladas with black beans and baby spinach. possibly made into a layered casserole if i'm feeling lazy by then.

Feb 13, 2014
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