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What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

i would look for "chapati flour" at a south asian store or one that carries South Asian groceries. It is more finely ground than western whole wheat flour and will yield a different texture in the finished breads.

my mom made wonderful puris when i was growing up, but i have an aversion to frying. but that doesn't explain my never making chapati, does it? guess I should just admit i'm too lazy to put forth the effort.

Repurposing leftovers

thanks. I take the repurposing mission as a challenge and kind of a fun game. thanks for the ideas everyone.

It's always nice to hear from others just to spark the creative juices going. I like the stuffed squash idea. that will work well. Hubby doesn't love squash, but I think I can make it work.

I also try to freeze things to reinvent later or present for round 2 sometime later, but i'm not as on top of the freezer inventory as I used to be. so things tend to go in, but never come out. come to think of it, I have some braised short ribs in a coffee ancho chili sauce that I'd like to turn into a short rib ragu to serve over ricotta gnocchi. Just need to make the gnocchi and defrost. that will figure into the rotation this week, i think.

Aug 23, 2015
MAH in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

Tonight I made Pad Kee Mao (drunken noodles) with ground turkey, red pepper, broccoli, tofu, baby spinach and plenty of basil. I'm looking forward to the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

Welcome, RB! Glad to have you. Dinner sounds awesome! I'd be happy to get details on your creamed baby spinach. I've tried making it a few times and haven't been blown away yet.

Aug 16, 2015
MAH in Home Cooking

Repurposing leftovers

My husband is not a fan of leftovers. The reasons date back a long way and are not worth examining or arguing, really. So, i generally make only enough for our dinner and either some leftover for the kiddos to eat or for my lunch. If I happen to make more than those uses dictate, I will reinvent the dish (protein, usually) into something unrecognizable. Tonight i"m taking stock of the very full fridge and trying to come up with a plan for the week, including repurposing some leftovers.

The leftover shrimp and andouille (previously served with cheddar spinach grits) will be repurposed into empanada filling.

The asian braised boneless pork ribs are going to be turned into fusion-y pork and black bean flautas. I'll retaste and see if the asian flavors are as subtle as I remember, if so, they can be traditionally type flautas. if more of a teriyaki flavor is evident then i may do more fusion and add some diced pineapple.

What are your favorite ideas for repurposing leftovers?

Aug 16, 2015
MAH in Home Cooking

Cannoli Cake in Northern NJ

i've had the cannoli from Rispoli's Emerson location. they are fantastic.

Aug 16, 2015
MAH in New Jersey

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

Tonight more grilling -- rib eyes seared beautifully and accompanied by chimichurri with a little sriracha kick; also roasted cauliflower and butternut squash. kids had some COTC leftover from yesterday and the little man had a lamb burger slider with the chimichurri as a dipping sauce.

What's for Dinner #381- The Summer Doldrums Edition! [through August 16, 2015]

Before baking them i seasoned them with a good amount of granulated garlic, dried oregano and a bit of fresh squeezed lemon juice. I added another squeeze of lemon when they came out.

I often season tots with Old Bay (which I adore), but this Greek inspired version is a keeper too.

What's for Dinner #381- The Summer Doldrums Edition! [through August 16, 2015]

tonight I grilled lamb burgers seasoned with plenty of chopped onion, garam masala, garlic, ras el hanout and feta, served on wheat challah buns with TJ's tater tots seasoned with garlic, oregano and lemon. grilled COTC and asparagus also alongside.

we grill burgers often in the summer (DH is a big fan), and these will go into regular rotation. very tasty.

What's for Dinner #381- The Summer Doldrums Edition! [through August 16, 2015]

sending all good wishes your way for strength during this difficult time. hope the menu planning for the visiting BF will be a good distraction.

What's for Dinner #381- The Summer Doldrums Edition! [through August 16, 2015]

love the star fruit cocktails with okra munchies. well done.

Aug 11, 2015
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What's for Dinner? #379 - The dog days of August [through Aug. 7, 2015]

NW- along with many others here, I'm sending you healing hugs and good thoughts. I simply can't imagine how you do all you do given your medical challenges -- particularly as you lovingly produce amazing meal after amazing meal for your very lucky BF and you are not able to enjoy much if any food at all. You are a source of tremendous inspiration around here and your good humor brightens my CH surfing for sure.

Here's to hoping things get easier soon and that you can avoid a hospital stay.

Wishing you all good things.

What's for Dinner? #379 - The dog days of August [through Aug. 7, 2015]

belated Happy Bday to you!

Aug 10, 2015
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What's for Dinner? #379 - The dog days of August [through Aug. 7, 2015]

this sounds awesome. thanks for the tip. I'm going to keep an eye out for this the next time I make it to the Asian supermarket near me.

Aug 10, 2015
MAH in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #380 - Insert weather-related title here [through August 11, 2015]

I've been mostly absent for a long while. work and life have gotten in the way of regular posting, and my cooking adventures have been mostly quick, functional meals. i've been falling back on quick favorites for weeknight meals.

Friday night I came home from work a wee bit earlier than usual and decided to make a pad kee mao (drunken noodles) with ground turkey. I used thinner rice noodles (like pad thai) instead of the wide flat noodles I would normally use. i made i slightly untraditional in that I added red pepper strips, baked tofu, and broccoli florets in addition to thinly sliced onion. plenty of fresh basil was tossed in at the end. this was delicious. i like it almost better than the version with ground pork. i am so looking forward to the leftovers for lunch.

tonight after a late afternoon swim we grilled burgers, steaks, corn and the usual accompaniments. After dinner was cleaned up, my 6 year old and I made some banana oatmeal raisin muffins to take to a brunch get-together tomorrow. after both kids were in bed i made some muffin-sized frittatas to take as well. the filling is made with sautéed finely diced potato, spinach, onion, garlic, roasted red peppers and feta, with some thyme and oregano. they smell awesome.

What's for Dinner? #380 - Insert weather-related title here [through August 11, 2015]

triple yum.

Aug 08, 2015
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What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

i've been absent for a bit and not cooking much worth of posting, it seems. I've been in a quick cooking, life is too hectic, kind of groove. work has been pretty crushing, so i've been throwing together easy stuff during the week. for the long weekend, I've been keeping it totally traditional -- we've grilled burgers, steaks, hot dogs, chicken breast, lots of corn, lots of watermelon, pineapple and mango on the side, along with some salads, baked beans, green beans and broccoli. today the 6 year old and I made red, white and blue layered rice crispy treats in honor of the holiday.

tomorrow i might make some coffee ancho chili braised short ribs wit some baked cheddar/spinach polenta. not seasonally fitting, but i'm in the mood for it and want to turn the leftovers into a short rib ragu to serve with ricotta gnocchi. i've got some ricotta to use up and that's what i've been envisioning. so in the chess game that is using up the fresh ingredients and planning leftovers for other meals and lunches, i've arrived at that seasonally anomalous plan.

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

omg. i'm loving the sound of those!

Jul 04, 2015
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What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

that looks and sounds amazing.

Jul 04, 2015
MAH in Home Cooking

What's For Dinner #366: It's summertime! [through May 29, 2015]

spent the weekend enjoying some excellent dry roses. love the start of summer.

May 25, 2015
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What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad [Through May 23, 2015]

yummy. would you mind sharing details on the tiramisu cupcakes? that sounds particularly delicious to me right now.

May 20, 2015
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What's for Dinner #364 - the It's Time for Thundaboomahs! Edition [through May 17, 2015]

Last night was a ridiculously beautiful, succulent porterhouse prepared stovetop on enameled cast iron. that beauty was accompanied by roasted brussel sprouts with course sea salt and butternut squash.

today I slow cooked a boneless pork loin in the slow cooker -- seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic and curry powder, accompanied by an onion roughly quartered. no added liquid. it was succulent and tasty, from the nibble that i tasted, but I decided to manage my inventory in the fridge and put the cooked pork away to make enchiladas or have in its natural state tomorrow. In its place i made a stray burger that needed to be cooked. I bought a couple of burgers from the butcher on Sunday, but they were so huge (2 were 1.5 lbs total), i had to divide them into 3 generous 1/2 lb burgers. grilled 2 the other day and this one was the stray. it was well seasoned and seared to a beautiful crust on cast iron. then nestled in an onion roll, topped with white American. it was perfectly (for me) done medium. no accompaniments other than a glass of wine because I just can't be bothered. really delicious. I love preparing all manner of diverse, complicated (or not), interesting meals, but I have to say, i adore a good cheeseburger.

What's for Dinner #363 - The Merrie Month of May Edition [through May 12, 2015]

this sounds amazing.

May 10, 2015
MAH in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #363 - The Merrie Month of May Edition [through May 12, 2015]

really sweet. enjoy the time with him home.

May 10, 2015
MAH in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #363 - The Merrie Month of May Edition [through May 12, 2015]

for Cinco de Mayo we had turkey taco salads. Atop a bed of kale and baby spinach, I tossed whatever leftover veggies I had around, plus some chopped red bell pepper. Also topping the greens was a mix of ground turkey, onions and black beans. I enjoyed a reprise of the same salad for lunch. topped with salsa and a mix of shredded pepperjack and cheddar.

Tonight we are having a quick and easy chicken curry using Maya Kaimal's excellent prepared Vindaloo sauce (the refrigerated one). To that I add cubed BLSL chicken breast, kale and chickpeas. Simmer and done. perfect for a busy weeknight.

What's for Dinner #362 - The May Day Edition [through May 5, 2015]

after a week away, we came back yesterday and are settling in at home. I did laundry at the rental house just before we returned, so un packing was a breeze. last night upon your return, we went out for excellent thin crust pizza. tonight we went out for Cajun for lunch in Nyack, and then had dinner at home to elaborate DH's birthday. At DH's request I made a version of what would have been paella but for our recent low carb ways. I marinated some sea bass fillets in fresh crushed garlic, smoked paprika and evoo. I tossed in some bay scallops to the marinade/spice paste as well. To a sautee pan i added a half to two thirds chopped onion. Then added a few links of sliced spanish chorizo. I deglazed with white wine and then added chicken stock. then added a whole bunch of chopped tuscan kale and some chickpeas. That sautéed and the kale got tender. to the pan I added the seasoned sea bass fillets and scallops to the pan and then a dozen or so cockles. then popped the whole thing into the oven at 400 for 20 mins. everything was nicely cooked and incredibly flavorful. i was thrilled that my toddler loved the fish and chickpeas. the kale and clams are a tougher texture for him at this point. at least he's loving the flavors.

while it was awesome to be away for a week, it is great to be back at home.

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Tonight we had slow cooked pork, sautéed garlicky kale and roasted cauliflower. The pork was a bone in shoulder roast about 3 lbs from which i removed the skin and left only a thin layer of fat. it was seasoned liberally with fresh garlic, oregano, salt, pepper and a bit of curry powder. the pork was browned and then tossed with some hefty chunks of onion into the slow cooker (no added liquid). it cooked on low for 8 hours. it was moist, tender and falling off the bone, which separated easily. I served it with a choice of sauce on the side spicy Stubb's bbq sauce for hubby, a korean gochujang sauce for me. I normally only make tuscan kale, but tonight i had curly kale to sautee and then braise in a bit of chicken stock until tender. it was quite satisfying. cauliflower was seasoned simply with garlic, salt and pepper. roasted until slightly browned on the edges. yum. I could eat cauliflower every day.

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

inspiring, amazing and more. what a fabulous spread. perfection.

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

it was positively glorious and sunny today. I decided that grilling was the only way to go. while I'd love to mix things up a bit and grill some creative kebabs and the like, my family is fairly wedded to our traditional burgers and steaks plan. can't complain, it was awesome. steamed green beans and broccoli on the side. some had raspberry sorbet for dessert.

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

I'm catching up on a few days. Wednesday was such a gorgeous springy day, I grilled cheeseburgers in the dark after the kiddos were in bed. i didn't mind the late hour, the burger totaly hit the spot. tater tots seasoned with Old Bay as the side.

Last night we went out for a lovely dinner. I started with housemade ricotta and beets, topped with local honey, pistacios and some lightly dressed arugula. Main was panko crusted cod with rock shrimp with a luscious shrimp/lobster sauce on the plate. I wish i could recreate that sauce. man it was good.

Tonight is up in the air. I had planned to get either some beef or a pork roast in the slow cooker, but I woke up late this morning and it didn't happen. so...TBD. whatever it is, there will be wine. what a week.