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What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition

Love Tedeschi. what a great voice.

What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition

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

about 22 hours ago
MAH in Home Cooking
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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
MAH in Home Cooking

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
MAH in Home Cooking

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.

How much do you spend on groceries each month?

We are a family of 4 -- including 1 six year old and one 18 month old. We eat out as a family for approximately 2 lunches and 1 dinner a week. My husband and I usually do a date night out each week. I'm EXCLUDING the meals out and most household paper/cleaning products, as well as alcohol. We spend about $900 - $1000 a month on just groceries.

I don't really shop sales, but rather buy whatever fits with our meal plans at the time. I do have a second fridge/freezer, so if something i want is on special i might buy a bit extra, or if i don't use something i'll freeze it, but I tend to shop each week and use the items purchased. I cook real meals most nights of the week and enjoy meal planning and searching the world for new and interesting ideas. We moved out to the suburbs a few years ago and my takeout/delivery/restaurant options are now much more limited. as a consolation, my kitchen is awesome and I am often more satisfied by our homemade creations than many of the restaurant options nearby. [Note: i've learned where to branch out geographically to get better options and that has made a difference.]

Mar 22, 2015
MAH in General Topics

What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

although the temperature still hasn't quite climbed out of the 30s, the sun makes it definitely feel more like spring. i'll take it. while shopping today, i picked up some lovely tulips and daffodils, as well as some "grillables," as we say.

tonight will be burgers and steak, grilled asparagus, green beans and salads. am looking forward to my crisp glass of Albarino while I grill, pretending that it's 25 degrees warmer. oh well. not complaining at all.

What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

After a taxing day at work and then driving home in miserable snowstorm conditions, i am totally done with this week, this winter, all of it. after the kiddos were in bed i threw together a quick chicken curry with a Maya Kaimal fresh simmering sauce i had stashed in the fridge -- into the sauce went some boneless, skinless chicken thighs, frozen kale and chickpeas. amped it up with some of my own masala, added a bit of liquid for simmering and poured a generous glass of wine.

What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

me too. and you win WFD. this looks totally awesome.

Mar 20, 2015
MAH in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #354: The Green(ing) Edition [through March 20, 2015

tonight I made a Thai jungle curry/stir fry with pork, string beans, shredded carrot, eggplant and broccoli. it was super spicy and delicious. The red curry paste i used as the flavor base is the Mae Ploy brand, if i remember correctly, and is excellent. we are doing lower carb meals for a period and so we had this as just a stir fry sans rice. because I had planned to serve it as a stand alone dish i made it less of a curry and more of a stir fry. i added just enough stock to moisten everything and create a bit of light sauce.

What's for Dinner #354: The Green(ing) Edition [through March 20, 2015

Last night was a lovely dinner out at the most charming little tapas spot that I just discovered. [Alain's wine and tapas in Nyack, NY, fyi] We shared some cod croquetas; beautiful seared scallops on a celeriac puree; grilled octopus on a frisee salad with pickled drop peppers (just discovered these adorable little gems packed with flavor); filet mignon tidbit with a gorgonzola sauce; garlicky spinach sauteed with pears and golden raisins; a side of Andalusian bean stew flavored with chorizo and a little creme brulee to finish. Excellent wines by the glass. Will definitely be going back.

Tonight, I thought I was cooking for one, but hubby's travel plans changed. I think i'm revising my plan to include a thai prik king kind of stir fry. we'll see if that plan holds up and materializes this evening.

What's for Dinner #354: The Green(ing) Edition [through March 20, 2015

Tonight is Prudhomme's cajun meatloaf, roasted cauliflower and kabocha squash. The meatloaf is a favorite of my hubby's but tonight I tweaked it slightly by substituting red peppers for the green bell peppers normally called for, and adding a bit of hot italian sausage into the meat mixture with the beef/pork/veal combo.

while the meatloaf and veggies are finishing i'm prepping for the kids' early dinner tomorrow (marinating a bone in chicken breast in fresh garlic and fresh herbs), and assembling my lunch for tomorrow -- a big salad topped with leftover falafel crusted chicken, crumbled baked falafel, roasted asparagus and some other random veggies i've got hanging around the fridge. maybe i'll add some crumbled feta as well. greens will be a mix of baby spinach and baby kale.

What's for Dinner #354: The Green(ing) Edition [through March 20, 2015

Last night I put together big taco salads. Heavily seasoned ground turkey sauteed with onions and black beans topped an enormous bowl of mixed greens. I also threw in some roasted red peppers and some other random roasted veggies I had laying around (asparagus, a bit of butternut squash, etc.), also some shredded cheddar and salsa.

it was delicious and will be in our rotation for when we are feeling like doing the low carb thing for a bit.

What's for Dinner #354: The Green(ing) Edition [through March 20, 2015

flavors sound awesome. welcome back.

Mar 16, 2015
MAH in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #354: The Green(ing) Edition [through March 20, 2015

Last night I shoveled a path to my grill and braved the fierce winds to grill up some burgers for us and a steak, as requested by my daughter. old bay tater tots and spinach/strawberry/goat cheese salads to go with. I am ever hopeful that spring is finally on its way.

What's for Dinner #353: the post-Daylight Saving Time Edition [Through March 15, 2015]

to cap off a long and stressful week, falafel crusted breast, baked falafel (to use up the rest of the mix), roasted asparagus and spinach salad with strawberries, goat cheese and candied pecans. a bit of a mish mosh of flavors, but it was tasty and satisfying.

What's for Dinner #353: the post-Daylight Saving Time Edition [Through March 15, 2015]

Ricotta gnocchi with short rib ragu made from the leftover ancho chili short ribs I have in the fridge. It was delicious. the batch of gnocchi i made the other day made 4 good size servings. i had planned to make them last night, but got stuck late in the office. so tonight I just pulled them out of the garage fridge, gave them a nice boil and slathered them with the short rib ragu that was divine. light sprinkling of parmesan on top.

Hooray for a glimpse of spring today!!!!

Tell me your favorite Paramus/Westwood/Hackensack area (or close by) BYO

slightly outside of the area you mentioned, but I live near Westwood, and my favorite BYOs in the area are in Ridgewood -- Cafe 37 and Village Green.

Mar 10, 2015
MAH in New Jersey

What's for Dinner #353: the post-Daylight Saving Time Edition [Through March 15, 2015]

tonight was thick cod fillets roasted and accompanied by romesco sauce. curried couscous with dates as well as roasted cauliflower were alongside. we liked the flavors, but i came to the conclusion (again) that I don't love cod. despite marinating the filets for 24 hours in a heady mix of fresh garlic, olive oil and good pimenton, the fish was pretty bland. however, slathered in romesco it was a good vehicle for the tasty sauce, which is a new favorite. that was a tasty combo, but it's just a tasteless fish otherwise.

What's for Dinner #353: the post-Daylight Saving Time Edition [Through March 15, 2015]

everything looks amazing, and sounds like it was a smashing success!!! congrats. i hope you are now relaxing with your feet up. well done.

Mar 08, 2015
MAH in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #353: the post-Daylight Saving Time Edition [Through March 15, 2015]

Today's balmy temps in the high 40s melted a bunch of snow, but not enough to make my grill accessible without more shoveling than I cared to undertake, so cheeseburgers were done stovetop in cast iron, hubby's finished in the oven with the Old Bay tater tots. My burger was topped with white american on an onion roll. His was topped with pepperjack on a wheat kaiser. there was wine. We've been exploring and enjoying the Orin Swift location wines. Tonight was the "I" for Italy. Lovely end to a nice weekend.

What's for Dinner #352: the pre-Daylight Savings Time 2015 Edition [through Mar 8, 2015]

Tonight we planned to open a sort of celebratory bottle of wine, so I figured I should make something fitting as a good pairing. I made a quick run into the butcher (with no plan, looking for inspiration), and came out with beautiful boneless short ribs. they were braised in a coffee ancho chili bath. Served with oven baked polenta with baby spinach and a bit of cheddar cheese. Totally delicious and a good match for the powerhouse wine we opened tonight. Happy Weekend and hopefully the end of winter!

What's for Dinner #352: the pre-Daylight Savings Time 2015 Edition [through Mar 8, 2015]

No problem. i don't think it's quite been perfected, but here's my current method: for 1 - 1.5 lbs of meat, i make a spice mix of:

2 t cumin seeds
1.5 t ground cumin
2-3 t Szechuan peppercorns
1/2 t garlic powder
1/4 t cayenne
3/4 t salt
1 t sugar
1 t corn starch

Whiz that up in a spice grinder or mini food processor. Coat the strips of beef/lamb with the spice mixture and set aside. I don't quite stir fry the meat, i sear it so that it develops a nice crust and then flip it over. i add veggies to the dish wish don't appear in the traditional restaurant version, so do as you like. My current version uses matchsticks of red pepper, zucchini and celery. I often add in strips of TJ's baked tofu as well.

As you can see, not at all a recreation of the restaurant dish, but inspired by it...

Mar 05, 2015
MAH in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #352: the pre-Daylight Savings Time 2015 Edition [through Mar 8, 2015]

this AWS has definitely worn out its welcome. i'm with you. Coneys sound awesome. may have to work that into the plan this week.

What's for Dinner #352: the pre-Daylight Savings Time 2015 Edition [through Mar 8, 2015]

Last night was a fabulous wine tasting dinner featuring Orin Swift wines. the food was outstanding and the wines were terrific as well. Today we've gotten another mountain of snow (enough already!).

I've got some white bean soup in the slow cooker with plenty of onions, celery, carrots, and some chicken thighs. also made some baked polenta with some cheddar cheese and baby spinach folded in.

for the grownups, tonight i'm making szechuan cumin crusted beef and some brown rice. i normally do it with lamb, but had some blade steaks that needed a purpose.

trying to enjoy the snow day but the kiddos and I are getting restless. if the little one naps at all this afternoon, my kindergartener and I are going to make another batch of vanilla pudding.

What's for Dinner #352: the pre-Daylight Savings Time 2015 Edition [through Mar 8, 2015]

Last night, slogging home in the ice storm took a good 2 hours, as opposed to my normal commute of about half that...I arrived home in no mood to prepare anything elaborate.

I settled on quick fish tacos with TJ's frozen fish, corn tortillas, salsa, guac, sour cream and some baby spinach with a squeeze of lime. I had shredded cauliflower to use as a more traditional topping, but I wasn't feeling it. it looked so colorless, bland and blah. vibrant green baby spinach was just fine, if not as crunchy.

Tonight is dinner out. hopefully the impending snow storm won't lead to the cancellation of what looks to be a fabulous wine tasting dinner.