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What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy.

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.

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
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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
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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
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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.