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What's for Dinner #295 - The Crazy Weather Edition [through May 4, 2014]

Rain/snow mix here. Looking forward to some warmer weather and actual sunshine.

Today I made black bean enchiladas with a side of Mexican rice. Nothing fancy, but still very tasty.

Apr 29, 2014
chobette in Home Cooking
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Cooking advice for make ahead meals

He does, but it's hard to find fresh fish here in the North. :-/

Apr 29, 2014
chobette in Home Cooking

Cooking advice for make ahead meals

I have a question...

If I make him beef stroganoff with egg noodles, will the egg noodles reheat? I usually use ground beef since he has a hard time with steak.

Apr 29, 2014
chobette in Home Cooking

Cooking advice for make ahead meals

I think when you get accustomed to eating a certain way, other foods become more noticeable in either a good way or a bad way.

I'm only 24, but I can't eat very much salt myself. In the past few years, especially now having a toddler myself, I've learned to make the processed foods (minus hotdogs) from scratch.

My father doesn't want to because it's easier (and cheaper) for him to buy a package of hotdogs and a box of macaroni and that'll stretch him for 3-4 days easily.

My MIL was the same when she lived on her own, but she would buy a lot of TV dinners, but because she was disabled and barely had income, she had to. So I can see why some have to or choose to. Which is why I like to make him from scratch meals so he can have something a little different (and healthier) to break up his normal routine.

Apr 29, 2014
chobette in Home Cooking
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Cooking advice for make ahead meals

He'll be turning 60. Not sure of his weight, but I know he's doing just fine in terms of weight. I don't mind him eating crap per say, I just think he should have more variety in conjunction to the "crap" foods like hotdogs and boxed mac and cheese. I'd rather give him homemade mac and cheese or sausages and peppers for instance.

Apr 29, 2014
chobette in Home Cooking

Cooking advice for make ahead meals

Thank you! I bet he'd love swiss steak and some fish. I wonder though how fish reheats if I cook it first?

Apr 28, 2014
chobette in Home Cooking

Cooking advice for make ahead meals

Awesome, I'll check out the recommendations on that link as well!

Apr 28, 2014
chobette in Home Cooking

Cooking advice for make ahead meals

Once or twice a month I batch cook meals for my father. He lives 90 miles one way, so I batch cook for this reason. He's disabled, but knows how to cook basic things and obviously reheat. He lives by himself and often makes crap like hotdogs, mac and cheese, or ground beef with rice and tomato sauce.

I like to make him food he wouldn't normally make for himself because it requires more than one person to eat it.

That being said, I could use some food ideas that I personally can cook myself and freeze at my house that will reheat perfectly fine in a microwave or in the oven. I'd like something I can divide and portion out into individual portions easily for him to pop in and reheat.

Things I have done in the past and some of his favorites:
Stuffed peppers
Chicken noodle soup
Chili
Stuffed Cabbage

I'd love to incorporate other meats into his diet, like chicken and even pork, but I have no clue how to prepare them so they freeze and reheat well. Also what about noodles like spaghetti noodles, do they freeze and reheat well at all?

I'd like to add that he has trouble chewing, so whatever I make him has to be relatively easy on the jaw, so steak and what not is probably out of the question.

Apr 28, 2014
chobette in Home Cooking

Visiting this spring, need good food!!

I keep forgetting about Erte. We were meaning to head there on our last visit, but got caught up with other places. Thanks for the recs!

Dec 27, 2013
chobette in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Visiting this spring, need good food!!

I just did a random search for Mexican joints and that popped up. We'll be mainly in the St.Paul and Minneapolis area. Thanks for the heads up

Dec 27, 2013
chobette in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Visiting this spring, need good food!!

Yes, meltdown mode is quite common at this age. Thanks for the suggestions!

Dec 26, 2013
chobette in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Visiting this spring, need good food!!

amazing food to be honest, my son is picky about what he eats in that he doesn't like to eat a lot of run of the mill processed foods, but he loves what we eat. I can deal with less kid friendly places.

Dec 26, 2013
chobette in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Visiting this spring, need good food!!

I'm sure this has been brought up several times, but I've looked through and want some more up to date suggestions.

I've visited M/St Paul several times, each time going to a place a friend suggests, and each time finding myself disappointed. We've tried Daminco and Sons, Kramarczuk, Edina's Diner, and some off the wall Mexican restaurant. Each one disappointing to us.

I'm looking for a few suggestions, preferably nothing outrageously expensive.

I've found a few suggestions online, including Ward 6 and Rancho Grande. If anyone has tried them, how are they, are they kid friendly?

New suggestions:
Something Mexican, like the stick to your ribs Mexican, queso or Chihuahua cheese, not cheddar. Actual salsa and not canned sauce or pureed liquid.
Sandwiches - hearty paninis, ruebens, pastrama, NY jewish deli style.
Steakhouse - Anything good, but not $50 a plate type of thing.
BBQ - Please tell me good barbecue exists north of Kansas City? Definitely none up this way!
Insert your own suggestion, except Chinese. My husband is an odd fellow, he does not like most Asian flavors, including sesame oil, soy sauce, teriyaki, etc.

Background. I'm traveling from North Dakota, we go 2x a year, sometimes more, to pick up my mother-in-law. I have a 2 year old son, he's not picky, but he won't eat crap hamburgers or chicken strips. He likes fish, homemade dinners, etc. So no applebees or TGIF's.
We're staying for a day or two, so we'll need several places to eat.

We're not visiting until April, so I have some time. I just want to make sure we have good experiences for the first time in over 2 years. I'm not a food snob, but I do expect something to be damn good.

Thank you so much in advance!!

Dec 26, 2013
chobette in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Ways to cook tilapia or other mild fish?

I like to cook tilapia under the broiler or lightly sear it in a frying pan with a lemon butter sauce. I'll sometimes add chopped garlic as well.
Tilapia also works really well with fish tacos as well

Jun 06, 2013
chobette in Home Cooking

Need recipes for make-ahead/heat-em-up dinners for 2 very hungry boys home from college...ideas?

Lasagna is our go to meal when we're out for the day, you can make a huge batch of it at a time. Freeze it and then bake it at a later time. I also like making something called King Ranch casserole
http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/kin...

Pulled pork is also a simple thing to make that goes a long way

Jun 06, 2013
chobette in Home Cooking

Frugal, Tasty Recipes for Families on Public Assistance

Everyone has some good ideas all ready, not much more I can add. We've been on a limited budget for quite some time. I usually look over the weekly ads. Wal-Mart will comp competition ads. A lot of stores offer online coupons to their stores, if they have a card, usually it'll load onto the card and you just scan it at the checkout and it applies to your order. Shop early in the mornings for meat discounts and you can ask the bakery if they have any day old bread, some places with sell it at half the cost. I haven't attempted to make my own bread, but like anything, usually home made is the cheapest way to go. I get 3x the groceries if I avoid processed pre-made foods, you can buy a box of dry pasta and get 2 meals out of it, where as a pre-package of mac and cheese will only spread you for one meal. A lot of it is common sense and figuring out what you need and not want. I usually buy a bunch of veggies, carrots in bulk versus the pre-cut carrots, and buy in season as others stressed, it'll save you money. Some farms will offer shares and you can pay x amount monthly and get boxes of produce delivered to you. Some farmer's markets will take snap benefits as well.

Jun 06, 2013
chobette in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? June 2013 edition (thru June 26th)

I whipped up some lemon cupcakes for my husband's work. I added lemon cream cheese frosting and a raspberry filling. Then I made zucchini bread loaves for my family when I went to visit. It hasn't been to hot up North, so baking isn't so bad. Might as well get it all done before the heat kicks in.

Jun 06, 2013
chobette in Home Cooking