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Whoops! Are my cannellini beans safe to eat?

Personally I would not hesitate to eat them but probably would not serve them to others out of an abundance of caution.

1 day ago
GretchenS in Home Cooking

Seafood boil for 50. How much seafood?

Don't eat shellfish so can't help there but I would sure get an ear of corn per person.

Portable Christmas Dinner

Haven't made one but there are a lot of recipes out there if you search "slow cooker turkey pot pie". You have plenty of time to do a practice run on one or two to see which you like.

Aug 26, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking

Sushi

What a knockout and a bargain too! So glad you posted this because it is a great idea for entertaining.

Aug 26, 2015
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

Slow cooker ideas?

We have a family tradition of minestrone after a long flight. Always better made a day or two (or 3) ahead and reheated (doesn't take long). Crusty bread and you are done.

Aug 19, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking
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Vacation Dining in Camden, ME and surrounding coast

Yes, Shepherds Pie and Salt Water Café in Rockland were both great when I was there in July.

cooking for a crowd over a weekend

sounds like a success to me!

Aug 18, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking

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

but he has so many compensating virtues! :)

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

Last night's salad. As I ate it it occurred to me how wonderful and decadent it would be with that tonnato sauce in place of vinaigrette... But it was very tasty as is. Think tonight will be a repeat of the pork tonnato, for sure there will be no cooking in this yucky weather.
ETA: this time the neon pink is pickled red onions (Moosewood recipe)

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

Wow, late congratulations and happy thoughts your way. Hope all goes in the best possible way!

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

pickled radish recipe: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2012/04/...
I only use 1/2 tsp sugar, and I use regular radishes (cut in half if they are big) and a fresh Serrano chili. They are so good and so easy I try to always have some in the fridge. They do get funky in a good way.

Aug 17, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking

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

Last night I tried to replicate the tasty meal I had out two weeks ago (duty dinner with distant in-laws): pork tonnato. It was exceedingly tasty but (a) the pork (from Wegman's deli), while moist and tasty, had some seasonings that conflicted with the tonnato sauce, and (b) I really should have fried the capers till crisp as the restaurant did. The tomato was the best yet of the summer. Accompanied by an Aperol Spritz (which I first had at that restaurant dinner and promptly bought the fixings for -- incredibly light and refreshing drink)!

GS tonnato sauce (cobbled together from various recipes) (2 servings)
80 g (just under 3 oz) can of imported tuna in olive oil, mostly drained; 2 anchovies; 1 T olive oil; 1 T lemon juice; 1 1/2 tsp capers; 1 small to medium clove garlic, squished; 3 to 4 T mayo. Put everything but the mayo into mini FP and process till smooth, scraping a couple of times. Add the mayo and pulse till blended. Chill slightly and then pour over cool or room temp protein of choice (chicken, turkey, pork, veal). Garnish with crispy fried capers.

Tonight will be Salade Niçoise which will only require assembly as everything is prepped, accompanied appropriately enough by a cool crisp glass of Provençal rosé. Currently 89° here.

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

Great idea! Stealing it....

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

Tough to post right after ghg's gorgeous photo but someone's gotta do it, right? :)

Greek salad won out because I already had everything and it really hit the spot. The feta was amazing, my pickled radishes (those neon pink spots) really worked and the freshly-made garlic croutons took it over the top.

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

Yes and apparently coming to the PEM.

Aug 14, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking

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

Well. WFD was going to be a big Greek salad with veggies from the farm stand and some nice feta I have. But. LW's cheeseburger from last night sure looks good. Hmmmm....
If you need another way to fritter away time on the interwebz I can only suggest that you google the words "strandbeest youtube".
Happy weekend everyone!

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

looks soooo good!

Aug 14, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking

Daughters 20th Birthday Gala......

Wow, great-looking spread!

Aug 14, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking

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

Wow your anniversary dinner sounds divine!! That write-up had me drooling.

Aug 13, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking

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

yum, I loved that place when we went there, might need a return visit sometime...

Aug 13, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #381- The Summer Doldrums Edition! [through August 16, 2015]

Starting to sound like a party!

Work killed the FM idea. Leftover mal-formed pork and celery dumplings steamed, dumped in a bowl, and doused with FD chilli oil, soy sauce and black vinegar = Mighty Tasty. Two-day-old smacked cucumbers Not Tasty. Moral: finish the cukes and save another dumpling or two. Hope I remember....

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

Hoping that a stop by the FM on my way to pick up the dog will yield something easy for dinner. Public service announcement/reminder that the Perseids meteor shower is supposed to be fabulous tonight with almost no moon to interfere. Everybody meet out back at 3:00 a.m., OK?

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

Happy Anniversary to you both! Dinner menu looks wonderful....

Aug 12, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking

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

late to this but very sorry to hear about your sibs -- healing thoughts to all of you!

ETA: and fabulous stress fish!

Aug 12, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking

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

You keep surpassing your own self ghg, just gorgeous!

Aug 11, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking

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

So sorry to hear your news, take good care of yourself.

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

They are pork and celery dumplings that I get from a little place near doggie daycare. About 10% of the time they fall apart and sadly last night was one of those times. When they are properly made there are none better in the Greater Boston area by general (though not universal) CH consensus. And yes I did have more than 3. :)

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

Add me to the smacked cucumbers fan club! Holy cow are those good! I wasn't sure if I was supposed to use the sediment in the oil for this but I did and loved it. I will use more vinegar next time -- probably really soon!

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

Thanks Gio, will definitely check it out as I surely do have a lot of that chilli oil. :)

Aug 10, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking

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

Hate when that happens and going tried and true the next night is always a good idea!

Aug 10, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking