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What's For Dinner #366: It's summertime!

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
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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
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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.

What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

tonight i made BLSL chicken breast topped with a mixture of spinach/artichoke and a bit of garlic and parmesan. baked for a bit and then topped with a smidge of fresh mozzarella. sides were steamed broccoli and roasted asparagus.

What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

we do eat late, but also go to bed late, so it all works out.

Apr 13, 2015
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What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

last night we started to head out to dinner with the kiddos, but realized as we got to the end of our street that our 18 month old who didn't nap in the afternoon was going to be a complete and utter terror. We cut our losses, turned around and came back home. I quickly put together a quick dinner for the kiddos and hubby and I had some light nibbles. After the kids were in bed i made some moroccoan-inspired chicken thighs, seasoned with garlic, curry powder, ras al hanout and garam masala and braised with tuscan kale and chickpeas in some wine and chicken stock. I served it with some roasted cauliflower (seasoned similarly to the chicken) and some butternut squash. We enjoyed the chicken quite a bit and toasted our good judgment for bailing on what was destined to be a terrible dining experience out for us and everyone around us.

Tonight we will enjoy the (finally) legitimately springy weather and grill some burgers and steak. i am immensely looking forward to my cheeseburger and grilling in the gorgeous weather. yippee!!!

What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

tonight was a thai red curry paste stir fry with a splash of coconut milk to temper it a bit -- boneless pork loin chops sliced thinly, along with string beans, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, red onion, orange pepper, zucchini and basil. Keeping with the current low carb plan, we enjoyed it without rice. I've found that i don't miss the rice (or other carb with other dishes) if i really amp up the veggies -- in terms of volume, color, texture.

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

i ended up doing a chicken fajita burrito bowl concoction over braised kale and refried black beans. topped with sauteed chicken breast onions, peppers and (gasp) eggplant, which i added for some bulk, all seasoned with some fajita marinade I had in the fridge. topped with some salsa and shredded cheddar. this was surprisingly tasty and satisfying. I didn't even miss the wheat tortilla that would normally be the delivery mechanism.

Apr 08, 2015
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What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

Tonight was ground turkey kofta curry with kale and chickpeas, without the brown rice that would normally accompany the curry.

i'm feeling rather uninspired for tomorrow...

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

For Easter dinner we had apricot/dijon/rosemary glazed ham, scalloped potatoes, cauliflower gratin, steamed cauliflower and broccoli, corn, roasted asparagus and some french rolls. Easter sugar cookies (decorated by the kindergartner) for dessert. Everyone was pleased, including the toddler. Dishes are done, leftovers stowed, lunches packed. now feet are up with a glass of wine.

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

we enjoyed a gorgeous day playing outside this afternoon. tonight we grilled burgers and steaks, accompanied by some green beans and salad. my burger was topped with white american cheese on an onion roll. hubby's was topped with pepperjack. good stuff. ready for spring.

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

that pho is beautiful.

Apr 04, 2015
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What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition [Through April 2, 2015]

Catching up on the last few days....Monday was ground lamb seekh kebabs with palak paneer and channa masala. Last night was a pork tenderloin with a cranberry dijon glaze, accompanied by acorn squash and braised kale with pancetta and white beans.

Tonight I made boneless chicken breasts slathered with pesto and topped with fresh mozzarella. Roasted butternut squash and brussel sprouts on the side. We are still doing the relatively low carb thing and it's working out pretty well. I'm just trying to keep the menus interesting and with enough variety, and also planning for lunches...

What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition [Through April 2, 2015]

Love Tedeschi. what a great voice.

What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition [Through April 2, 2015]

Wishing you all the best for a very speedy recovery. thoughts are with you.

Mar 31, 2015
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RitzChef's 2015 Easter Menu for home

sounds delightful. are you cooking for a few or a big group? regardless, i'm sure they will enjoy the feasts.

Mar 29, 2015
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What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

After a pan Asian lunch in Soho with relatives, we returned home to grill some burgers and ribeye. standing out by the grill in the early evening sunshine with a glass of crisp Sancerre in hand, it actually felt like spring might appear soon. We can only hope. Burgers for us, ribeye for the kiddos (by request of the 6 year old. the 18 month old happily obliged). My burger was topped with white American cheese on an onion roll, hubby's was topped with pepperjack on a wheat kaiser roll. Broccoli and corn alongside for all.

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

Tonight was BLSL chicken breast tender seasoned with pimento, garlic, s/p, and then slathered with Romesco. Sides were roasted cauliflower and broccoli and some oven roasted chorizo. Side of vino was Orin Swift's E (for Espana) -- a lovely match.

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

very well done, JM.

Mar 28, 2015
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What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

ditto. i came out of the grocery store this morning to find it snowing big, fat, smug, winter ain't going nowhere flakes, and started cursing.

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

Tonight i made some carne asada with sautéed onions, red pepper, zucchini and black beans alongside. the veggies were seasoned with some of the same seasoning as the beef, just less aggressively.

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

Tonight I made a thai red curry with chicken, string beans, eggplant, red pepper, broccoli, sugar snap peas, and butternut squash. we skipped the rice on our current low carb plan. I don't really miss the rice at all, especially with the abundance of veggies -- which presented a wide variety of tastes, colors, and textures.