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What's for Dinner? #379 - The dog days of August

Chef's Salad is always good but especially this time of year with farm-fresh produce.

What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition [through August 3, 2015]

that is my experience, they sog out if defrosted

about 18 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition [through August 3, 2015]

Wicked HHH day here and I guess tomorrow will be too. Made a batch of rox's awesome green goddess dressing this morning. Chef's salad tonight will use up more of the ham (that was one humungous ham steak, I've already had two meals from it and at least half left), a hb egg and a bunch of stuff from the veggie drawer. Can't wait! Icy cold rosé to toast the fact that the bane of our department's existence gave her notice today -- woo hoo!!! And I don't even feel bad saying it so there. :-)

What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition [through August 3, 2015]

Re: the potato-baccala croquettes, sauté them frozen in a bit of oil and they'll be great. If they are as brown as you want them but not hot through just throw them in the toaster oven for another 5 to 7 minutes depending on thickness.

about 19 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition [through August 3, 2015]

Sounds like a truly fab dinner -- love the Armadillo Potatoes, much better name -- and thanks for typing out the sauce recipe!

Now: Good lunch in Back Bay?

Just outside of Back Bay -- Eastern Standard (but not if the Red Sox are playing in town).

Jul 31, 2015
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What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition [through August 3, 2015]

Turkish food last night was copious and excellent and it was fun to catch up. Big Greek salad for lunch today (we have a place near work that makes EXCELLENT ones, lucky us) so think I hear cheeseburger calling my name tonight. Will go on the small side and fill out the plate with buttermilk coleslaw and some pickles. And there WILL be wine of course! Happy weekend everyone!

What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition [through August 3, 2015]

Bummah >:(

Jul 31, 2015
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What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition [through August 3, 2015]

Sorry to hear about the ratshit. Have a wonderful Big Birthday Event!

Jul 31, 2015
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What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition [through August 3, 2015]

Gorgeous as always ghg! And progress from veg to fish all the way to chicken! Spicy fresh apricot salsa sounds killer with it.

Jul 31, 2015
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What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition [through August 3, 2015]

We New England folk similarly believe that we "pay for" any good weather we get, it really is funny. Those Pilgrims and Lutherans left long legacies.... Garden eating rocks!

Jul 31, 2015
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VEGGIE SLAWS/COLESLAWS! Home Cooking Dish Of The Month (July 2015)

Yes indeed it will! I prefer a vinegar-based slaw with ribs: 1 C apple cider vinegar, 1/4 C + 1 T ketchup, 2 T (packed) brown sugar, 2 t salt, 2 t red pepper flakes, 1/2 t black pepper, 1/2 t white pepper, 2/3 C water. Mix it all up in a jar, then use as needed for coleslaw (mix in morning for use that evening). I like to keep a jar in the fridge to use as needed and obviously you can tweak to taste. I am sure I will be making this with the remainder of my red and green cabbages!

Jul 31, 2015
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VEGGIE SLAWS/COLESLAWS! Home Cooking Dish Of The Month (July 2015)

A bit late to this party but better late than never! I made this buttermilk slaw yesterday and it is still mighty tasty. Red and green cabbage, shredded carrot, bias-sliced celery, thin-sliced radish, scallions. Salted the cabbages and left to drain to 2 separate piles in the colander for a little over an hour then rinsed and blotted off and mixed with the rest of the veggies and the dressing. No bleeding from the red cabbage. Dressing = equal parts buttermilk and mayo, just a bit of (milk) kefir, a bit of Dijon and a bit of apple cider vinegar. Yum. And thanks for all of the great inspiration up-thread!

What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition [through August 3, 2015]

Had planned a reprise of ham and buttermilk coleslaw for tonight (v tasty last night and plenty left) but got a call from a former client who is in town so dinner tonight will be out. Not sure where, he likes to share so somewhere with sharable things, maybe Turkish I'm thinking???

Trendy restaurant for vegetarian

Just recently took a vegetarian to Erbaluce and she loved it!

Jul 30, 2015
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Food to go -- as in to the airport

my mistake, thanks addiez!

Jul 29, 2015
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Food to go -- as in to the airport

J. Pace was my immediate thought too but they no longer have a North End location, just Saugus, South Boston and MGH. :(

Jul 29, 2015
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What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Cold ham and buttermilk coleslaw (barely in under the wire on the DOTM; will report there once I taste the slaw which may have a bit too much cider vinegar). Crisp and cold Provençal rosé. A crusty sourdough roll if I feel like it but bet my appetite will be zapped once I leave my perfectly-chilled office -- it is a brutal HHH day out there and humidity is supposed to rise throughout the night tonight. :(

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

man, that is so not fair about hurting your good leg! a super-spicy curry sounds like just the thing for your stuffy head...

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

I had very similar last night, lettuce leaves instead of tortillas, no zukes and sliced homemade pickled radishes. Mmm...

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

My cousin the fireman in Tucson AZ says they *never* turn down baked goodies but he said not to bring main dish food because they have that covered themselves. Certainly when I turned up with brownies once to thank the EMTs who scraped me off the floor of the express aisle where I had fainted they had no hesitation although I was arguably not a stranger at that point. :)

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Best wishes to the kitty and you do need to take care of yourself too. Agree that the meatball leakage may be from not searing first.

Jul 28, 2015
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What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

So sad for your neighbors and their lost dog, poor thing...

Jul 28, 2015
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What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

That is awesome, My mother had a similar one but I couldn't find it after she was gone, she must have given it away when they moved after she retired.

Jul 27, 2015
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ISO inspiration for "Bowls" meals

There was an interesting article about this in the NYT not last fall, referencing Japanese donburi and Korean bibimbap. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/08/din...

Jul 27, 2015
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Good Saturday lunch in Duxbury or Marshfield?

Well, the expedition was postponed but thank you all for your responses. It is amazing the Chow deserts that exist here and there...

Jul 27, 2015
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Maine Meat (aka MEat) in Kittery, Maine

Thanks to this post I stopped in on my way up to Mid-Coast Maine for vacation and then was so blown away I had to stop in again on my way back. On the first visit I got a flat-iron steak, a couple of pork chops, a merguez sausage and some house-made corned beef, all of which were superlative, as were some cubes of the most amazing marinated feta. The deal on sausages is that they have 4 or 5 regular ones and then 3 or 4 special ones which change. The merguez was one of the latter and sadly they were not featured on my return visit. Second time I was confident enough to get some of the splurgier stuff -- 45 day dry aged bone-in NY strip, another beautiful steak in a cut I was unfamiliar with and more pork chops, all of which they happily vacuum-sealed for the freezer. I got a couple of sausages for immediate use and they were really good although I can't recall which ones I got. Also more marinated feta which did not last long. Both visits they had run out of the ground beef/bacon so call ahead for that if you really want it.

This is a gem of a place and run by really lovely people. Thanks so much for posting about it beetlebug!

Good Saturday lunch in Duxbury or Marshfield?

My father (who lives in Cohasset) has asked me to take him to My Little Bakery in Duxbury tomorrow and I am looking for a nice place for lunch on the way back. He will not eat Asian food and requires a glass of decent wine with lunch so those are my parameters. Any suggestions much appreciated!

http://mylittlebakery.co/

Jul 24, 2015
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Make the Bread, Buy the Butter

I loved this book too and also read her blog although I haven't checked in for a good while, thanks for this reminder.

Jul 22, 2015
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What's for Dinner #376 - The HHH Edition --Horrid, Hideous, Hellacious! [through July 23, 2015]

Back from a long vacation in Mid-Coast Maine, which is truly a food-lover's paradise. Missing the cool ocean breezes something fierce! Tonight will likely be FM cheese I brought back along with a big salad of FM salad greens, sugar snaps (they were still in season up there), radishes, spring turnips and kohlrabi. The only appliance that will be turned on tonight will be the AC!