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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

Sounds and looks amazing, fX2!!

about 8 hours ago
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

great idea, thanks!!

about 8 hours ago
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

the curry sounds wonderful!!

about 8 hours ago
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

I used a ficelle from Iggy's, a local bakery. A ficelle is like a very skinny baguette: high crust to crumb ratio. I sliced it on a diagonal, sliced each slice in half, sprayed it with oil, toasted it till crispy in the toaster oven, and rubbed each piece with a cut clove of raw garlic. Not, I think, an authentic panzanella move but the bread held up really well (kept its crunch even) even while it absorbed all the salad juices. Total yum.

about 8 hours ago
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

The weather cooperated: I had my grilled steak with garlic-parsley butter and panzanella (with fresh-picked thyme and marjoram instead of basil for reasons of personal preference) and holy cow was it good. My first but not my last panzanella -- at least until I do my jeans a big favor and cut back on the carbs. (Excuse crappy photo.)

ETA: the dog has requested that I serve on separate plates next time as the vinegar in the panzanella was not to his liking. (You should see the half-licked plate: very funny.)

about 9 hours ago
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Corner Stop in Cohasset? Other South Shore ideas?

That is good to know swanton. Last time we went (maybe 5 years ago) it was awful. But willing to give it another try.

about 12 hours ago
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

It shouldn't be this hard to participate. . .

Breadcrumbs, I agree with all that you have said. Plus the ridiculously juvenile heart is not easy to use (even if you can bring yourself to do so): it is very easy to hit the profile of someone else who has already clicked on it, which flips you over to their profile page, which then bounces around awhile before you can go back to where you were, but then of course that thread is collapsed as though you had already read it all. Grrrrr.

about 12 hours ago
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

Hate the new format. Love what you all have been cooking. The plan for tonight is grilled steak and panzanella, but lots of t-storms around so we'll see....

about 12 hours ago
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

My summer rolls are the same BBL!

about 12 hours ago
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

gorgeous, mc, I want it all right now!

about 13 hours ago
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

Those look so good!

about 13 hours ago
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2014) Nominations

Makes sense to me, wondered what you were going to do given the lop-sided nominations. ;) I bet we'll get great participation!

about 13 hours ago
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What happened to the threads that used to be "saved" at the top of the Home Cooking Board?

I HAVE looked and cannot find. Can you share the secret?

about 16 hours ago
GretchenS in Site Talk

Corner Stop in Cohasset? Other South Shore ideas?

No, we've not tried Quarry but since my father will soon (I hope) move into Linden Ponds we no doubt will and I will report. I am very interested in your report on Alma Nove. We go there far more often than I personally would choose to, but I have never been less than quite happy with both food and service -- I'd just always choose Jake's (when open) for its more casual vibe (which is why my father perfers Alma Nove: he'll go for the white tablecloths every time). And the last 2 times we went to Square Cafe (a former favorite) it was actively bad: burger bun completely black on the inside (not nicely charred but really carbonized), barely a trace of pink in a burger ordered MR -- my father had no more than a bite or two, the waitress asked if he wanted it packed and I showed her why he didn't. No comment, nothing off the check. I felt as though they get enough business and simply don't care anymore. Glad to hear that must not be entirely true.

ETA: we have always loved Tosca and wish it were open for lunch and we do need to try Beerworks. We did try that fish place across from Alma Nove and I liked it a lot but my father has not been interested in going back.

about 18 hours ago
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

*July 2009 COTM* SPICE: Favorite Chilies (Aleppo, Urfa, and Paprika)

Glad to read this report, I must try making it sometime. I would freeze it flattened in a zip lock so you can easily break off pieces when you want them.

about 21 hours ago
GretchenS in Home Cooking

Corner Stop in Cohasset? Other South Shore ideas?

We went to Corner Stop yesterday with the intention of having lunch. Cute dining room but empty at 1:15 on a Saturday and we didn't want to eat alone so we left. I thought the menu looked so-so, one of those "if they really execute this could be great" kind of menus. FWIW, we most often go to Alma Nove (my father's favorite) and although the room feels a bit corporate we truly have never had anything less than a very good meal and it often is excellent. It is roughly 1000 times better than Square Cafe, at least at lunch. (IMO of course :), I just feel that Square Cafe quit trying quite awhile ago.)

about 21 hours ago
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

Last night was a chopped "antipasto" salad: romaine, radish, cuke, tomato, cubes of summer sausages and cheeses, lots of chopped giardineira (pickled cauli, carrot, celery red peppers), with a dressing made with some giardineira juice and olive oil. It was really crunchy and tasty for a hot summer night, and made a little bit of protein go a very long way.
Tonight out with my former neighbor who is in town for business -- omakase at that great sushi place we found, cannot wait!

Jul 23, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

that is a thing of beauty, it truly is...

Jul 23, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

always a good addition!!

Jul 23, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

gorgeous rolls!!

Jul 23, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

looks gorgeous!

Jul 23, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

That sounds great, I'm going to try that soon. There is a Jamie Oliver recipe with pork tenderloin and rhubarb that I love, which is similarly savory. Link: http://www.glenwoodguesthouse.com/mai...

Jul 23, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

sounds delish!

Jul 23, 2014
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Boston/Cambridge Trip report

Great report, very interesting reading. Thanks for taking the time. Glad you had a good trip!

Jul 22, 2014
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

Salad Dressing: Home Cooking Dish of the Month for July 2014

I made a batch of realtors garlic-buttermilk dressing yesterday. http://www.food.com/recipe/the-realto... It is very tasty even if one is too lazy to go out into the heat and pick the herbs; even better with herbs of course. For some reason this batch tasted too vinegary so I added a couple of spoonfuls of yogurt and then it was great. Had it on a chef's salad last night. It is also great on BLT or BLAT salads. I think you could add crumbled blue cheese to great effect although I never have.

Jul 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

We are in a stretch of HHH* weather here so another salad looms tonight. I may repeat last night's chef's salad but adding herbs to the leftover garlic-buttermilk dressing, or I may do a chopped antipasto-type salad, but one thing is for sure: no heat source will be turned on.

* hazy, hot and humid

Jul 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

sounds tasty if improper. so there.

Jul 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

purty as a picture!!!

Jul 21, 2014
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Swordfish recipes

I love it grilled with just a bit of oil, then topped with homemade tapenade. I use this Silver Palate recipe, using a few more anchovies instead of the tuna. http://www.food.com/recipe/tapenade-f...

Jul 21, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

I decided to cut down on screen time partway into my vacation so I have missed two WFD threads. :( I will say again, Mid-Coast Maine is a CH paradise for vacation, between the farmers markets and the restaurants. Put it on your list (scenery and things to do also top-notch).
Tonight was a lovely chef's salad, with romaine, radishes, cukes and tomatoes, dressed with the realtor's buttermilk-garlic dressing, and topped with bits and pieces of cured meats and cheeses from various FM forays during vacation.

Jul 21, 2014
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