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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
MAH in Cookware

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.

What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition [through August 4, 2014]

Tonight I made a sea bass dish that will go into the regular rotation. Sea bass fillets were marinated in olive oil, crushed garlic and pimenton for a couple of hours. In a Le Creuset braiser I sautéed a diced onion in some olive oil, tossed in some diced chorizo, 3/4t - 1 t pimenton, a huge mess of halved cherry/grape tomatoes and a good bunch of crushed garlic. Also some sprigs of fresh thyme. when the onions were getting soft, I added some white wine and chicken stock. As things began to simmer I added in a drained can of white beans and a huge bunch of baby spinach leaves. I added the sea bass fillets on top of the "stew," seasoned well with salt and freshly ground black pepper and baked the whole pan, uncovered, at 400 for about 15-20 mins. Served with roasted asparagus on the side.

Aug 04, 2014
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What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition [through August 4, 2014]

this sounds totally amazing! the care you put into planning and executing this week of fabulous meals is evident. I'm sure they felt very well taken care of and thoroughly enjoyed their week of feasting.

Aug 04, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

everything about that sounds great (except the too hot part).

Jul 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

Another rendition of the Szechuan cumin lamb I'm still trying to get down. It's getting closer to the addictive crust I am striving to achieve.

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

i make a similar prep that my daughter has recently decided is her favorite. I mix apricot preserves, a bit of dijon and soy sauce as well as some fresh garlic and ginger. Roast at 400 for 30 mins. Often I add some five spice and sesame oil as well. although I've made it without the sesame and it's still very yummy.

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

Duck Banh Mi? Be still my heart.

Jul 20, 2014
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Wha do you put in your brown baggie?

I generally have leftovers from dinner as my lunch the next day -- often brown rice with a curry (turkey kofta w/kale and chickpeas in tamarind curry, is today). I pack my lunch as i'm clearing away dinner so that it's already done for the morning. I also add some fresh baby spinach leaves on top so that when i heat it up they steam and wilt and get folded into the dish for some more extra greens.

Other days this week i've had some leftover spinach/brown rice casserole and oven baked boneless pork "ribs"; jambalaya style risotto with shrimp and andouille with red peppers (this got the same heaping of baby spinach leaves on top to get steamed upon reheating).

If i've got some leftover protein from dinner sometimes I will turn it into a burrito bowl with some leftover brown rice, which I always seem to have, canned black beans, salsa, cheese, chopped up chicken, beef, ground turkey taco meat, etc. more baby spinach leaves and any other veggies I want to add. sometimes I bring some sour cream to dollop on top.

I also pack some fruit/veggies for snacking during the day -- banana mid morning, apple or pear cut into wedges for afternoon snack. sometimes carrot sticks or sugar snap peas.

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

i'm sure it would pair well with beef.

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

Tonight I made a quick curry using Maya Kaimal's Tamarind Curry simmer sauce, ground turkey meatballs simmered in the sauce, chickpeas and copious amounts of baby spinach. served with brown basmati rice.

After dinner, i'm roasting some chicken legs marinated in a combo of TJ's Soyaki, five spice, sesame oil and apricot preserves. My 5 year old will love these, both for the flavor profile and because she's recently decided that eating chicken on the bone (at least drums) is fun.

I'm also contemplating putting together the dough for Bittman's ricotta gnocchi, to be made tomorrow after a long day at work, but am running out of steam tonight and (given my schedule tomorrow) should probably plan for something a lot more streamlined.

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

Last night I was dining solo, so I just reprised the cheesesteaks from Fri night. Half a lovely, fresh TJs demi baguette was spread with some hot cherry pepper relish, piled generously with leftover shaved steak filling with carmelized onions and red peppers, topped with pepperjack and baked until toasty and melty. it was spectacular with a generous glass of wine watching some DVRed stuff my DH can't stand.