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What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

Wonderful JoanN! Another Gardot fan.

Jul 25, 2015
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"Bresse" style chicken in Chicago

I am not actually looking for a Bresse chicken as one must be in Europe to find one. It's like the Champagne/Cava/Prosecco issue: it isn't Breese if it's not from that area.

Perhaps I need to look for a Poussin/Spring chicken?

Just craving a smaller, tasty, flavorful chicken simply prepared. So any restaurant reccies or Poultry sales are appreciated. Thank you.

I guess I can try Harrisons, D'Artangan by mail or one of the live poultry places in town.

I think David Wilson may be my guy.

Jul 24, 2015
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"Bresse" style chicken in Chicago

I recently had a simple Bresse chicken in a European restaurant. It was superb. Is there anything comparable sold here in Chicago or in America?

I would be happy with a raw product or a prepared one as served in a restaurant.

Jul 23, 2015
twodales in Chicago Area

Hoffman Estates

Doesn't Chef David Burke have a newish place in Schaumburg? That might be worth a try.

Jul 23, 2015
twodales in Chicago Area

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

Perfect Summer meal! I love the mixing of wax and green beans. I do that too.

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

Woah! That duck looks absolutely drool-worthy.

How do you keep the veg in the pan from burning? Do you toss them in a bit later or does the duck sort of shelter the veg?

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

What a lovely combination and beautifully presented too.

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

Gio have you tried Ottolenghi's Mejadra? Very yummy.

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

This is very typical in England in the Summer too. A. bit of ham, pork pie etc. served with salady bits and condiments... I like chutney. Bread cheese and biscuits (crackers) on the side. It makes for a nice lunch and tidies up the fridge a bit.

Jul 23, 2015
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What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

No problem!

I've just returned from a month in Europe and am now looking for things to keep me from complete boredom.

I had some great meals so am now inspired to continue eating well.

No Mac race this year. Weather not cooperating even for a decent sail.

Hope all is well with you.

Jul 19, 2015
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Family reunion food ideas on a very tight budget.

Mac and Cheese or a tortelloni salad

Jul 16, 2015
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What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

Steve H. Just letting you know that Melody Gardot will be returning to Town Hall in the fall. Tickets are on sale soon.

Jul 16, 2015
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What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

Yum! That looks so tasty!

Apr 03, 2015
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Charleston restaurant recommendations

I'm afraid I don't know that. They will be moving from Chicago to Charleston

Mar 15, 2015
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Charleston restaurant recommendations

Hi Folks! I have a friend that will be moving to Charleston in a few months time. I was hoping you could help me collect some restaurant recommendations so I can give her family a little help getting settled in. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Mar 15, 2015
twodales in Southeast

Before I complain to the grocery store about the chicken...

I only buy Air-Chilled chicken now like Bell and Evans or the one from Whole Foods. Worth a few extra dollars.

Feb 25, 2015
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Any ideas for leftover top sirloin roast?

Thanks for the input. We just had a Bourguignon and also stew so going to crock pot it in an already open cider and some beer. Remove it and shred it. Add some honey, BBQ sauce and hot sauce if needed. We will see how it goes.

Jan 26, 2015
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Any ideas for leftover top sirloin roast?

To be honest, I don't usually make this cut of meat and neither my dh nor yt were too impressed. It was a little tough and had a gamey flavor to it.
It won't be good for sandwiches, as I had planned, so do I pass it on to a hungry pooch or remake it somehow? I don't like wasting food.

Should I crock pot it with BBQ sauce? Any thoughts?

Jan 26, 2015
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What's for Dinner #342- The Return of the Polar Vortex Edition! [through Jan. 10, 2015]

Eye of round browned and then crock-potted with carrots, celery and onions. Beef broth added. Other seasonings. The meat was removed and the sauce cooked down a bit. I then added red wine and A-1 steak sauce per the recipe. Quite hearty for our frigid temps.

Based on a Berghof Family Cookbook (Restaurant based in Chicago) recipe. Tons of sauce leftover for future use. I might make beef barley soup out of the leftovers and sauce.

Sauce needed with leftover chicken dish

Monvano, that sounds perfect! Thanks!

Jan 02, 2015
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Sauce needed with leftover chicken dish

I made chicken Wellington which is chicken wrapped in puffed pastry. It was coated inside the pastry with Dijon, cream cheese, onion, thyme and mushrooms. We had leftovers due to the sizes of the chicken breasts. (I halved them.)

I am afraid they might be a little dry if we reheat them. Can anyone suggest a sauce... perhaps more cream cheese melted with Dijon and broth or another nice sauce that would compliment the flavors. Thanks in advance.

Jan 02, 2015
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We are going to dinner at a Jain believing household

Thank you everyone for the suggestions. It seems trickier than I has even anticipated. I have learned quite a bit here too.

Being gracious people I don't think they would be upset even if we 'put our all of our feet in it' and brought the wrong gift.

I did see beautiful orchids at Trader Joe's so I think I will go that route.

Sep 13, 2014
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We are going to dinner at a Jain believing household

I could use some help and advice here folks.

I would like to bring a gift to our friends as they have invited us for a vegetarian dinner. I am not sure what is appropriate. I thought about a jar of honey but after reading up on Jainism, I discovered that is a no-no. Violence against bees evidently.

I am thinking about a nice candle, especially since Diwali is coming up next month. I think they celebrate Diwali...not sure. Would flowers also be a bad idea? (Cut flowers might be considered "killed" flowers?) Perhaps a flowering plant would be more suitable?

How about chocolates?

So, I am considering candles, chocolates, a flowering plant (or flowers)at the moment. I am open to any other suggestions.

I'd appreciate any helpful input. Thanks all.

Sep 08, 2014
twodales in Not About Food

bacon, avocados and cheese---oh my

Maybe melt the cheese on either mini pita bread or cut the pita into wedges after cooking (broiled). Sprinkle with cooked bacon and top with avocado.

Jul 03, 2014
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Ideas for canned chicken...

Instead of tuna nicoise why not make chicken nicoise. A perfect Summer meal...if it ever gets hot!

Yes...we are having fog, cool temps and lots of rain here in Chicago...or are we in San Francisco???

Jun 26, 2014
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Dressel Cakes

May 26, 2014
twodales in Chicago Area

What's for Dinner #290 - April Showers/April Flowers Edition! [through April 12, 2014]

I sadly don't have much time to cook the way I once did. All work these days.

I was able to make a tasty and quick meal today however, thanks to a little marinating started this morning. Mongolian lamb chops grilled on a grill pan in a very hot oven, with sautéed bok choy and lovely, plump green beans. Completely hit the spot and even the hubs...who is not overly fond of lamb...was quite content.

Graduation Dinner in May for a vegetarian

We are in the burbs and the grad attends a college in the downtown area. We have no problem with driving anywhere. Happy to get out of the 'burbs, to be perfectly honest.

Just had a nice dinner at Anteprima a few days ago. I have heard quite nice things about Piccolo Sogno so perhaps that is an idea. Also, Ricardos Trattoria was mentioned by someone.

Thanks for your suggestions.

Apr 08, 2014
twodales in Chicago Area

Graduation Dinner in May for a vegetarian

We are pretty open regarding ethnicity. The graduate likes Indian, Italian & Thai and others. Since this is a momentous occasion it would be nice to have a fitting environment. There are so many new places in the city that we are not familiar with. I guess the question is: Where would you take a new graduate to celebrate?

Mar 31, 2014
twodales in Chicago Area

What's for dinner #287: The adios to winter edition [Through March 30, 2014]

Tonight I tried the rather weird Chicken with crème fraiche and crushed ginger biscuits. Interesting but not really my cup of tea. Served it with rosti, tiny choux de bruxelles and squash. Filled the cake hole.

Mar 31, 2014
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