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What's for Dinner #361 - April Showers Edition

Turned out well. Served with harissa mayo, chermoula, and spicy-sweet glazed carrots.

about 10 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #361 - April Showers Edition

I'm trying Williams-Sonoma's harissa marinade on b/s chicken thighs. Sides TBD. We have mushrooms, (frozen) okra, grape tomatoes, a tiny bit of fennel...any ideas?

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/m/reci...

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

I agree. I don't enjoy an egg on a burger. It's too messy and makes it unpleasant to handle. Also, I don't think it enhances anything texturally or flavorwise. It's just more more.

However, I love a pizza baked with an egg on top -- it actually adds to the whole package. It's delicious on spinach mushroom pizza, for example.

LIGHT sides with ribs

LIGHT sides with ribs

Also, zucchini carpaccio (thinly sliced and scattered with chives, mint, lemon juice, and crumbled goat cheese). Or Cucumbers and tomatoes in vinegar dressing with dill.

What's for Dinner #361 - April Showers Edition

thanks!

What's for Dinner #361 - April Showers Edition

Both (but I meant the pattern)!

LIGHT sides with ribs

Succotash, Ed Lee's salad with bourbon vinaigrette, braised green beans, red wine vinegar cole slaw.

What's for Dinner #361 - April Showers Edition

Caprese-esque salad with chimichurri that I transformed into pesto with parm regg, basil, and more olive oil. Delish.

Herb roasted boneless turkey breast and crispy cauli (again). That's pesto mayo for dipping. I am obsessed with green tangy herb sauces, evidently. I *might* have dipped white cheddar in my leftover pesto.

Gin n things for libations.

What's for Dinner #361 - April Showers Edition

Yum. I like your plates.

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

That sounds SO good! Some thick-cut bacon on the side would take it over the edge.

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

<I could eat cauliflower every day.>

We come pretty darn close!

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

No photo?!

Apr 22, 2015
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What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

I need to make this again soon. You know what would be really decadent? Pork belly cubes in place of chicken.

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Coffee and chili-rubbed steak, cauli crisped to an inch of its life, salad with apricot-balsamic dressing, and chimichurri sauce.

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Tonight's plan is small seared ribeyes, roasted cauliflower, and probably salad. Heading to a show by one of my favorite Cajun folk-rock bands (Hurray for the Riff Raff) shortly after dinner. Can't wait.

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Ooh, please report back on the chicken!

Apr 20, 2015
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What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Good one.

Apr 20, 2015
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What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

The meatball marinara bake turned out great. I added roasted eggplant and mushrooms and dollops of the last dregs of a container of cottage cheese mashed with parsley and garlic. We split leftovers from yesterday's lunch salad to start. Leftover limas and braised green beans from the freezer as sides.

Nice to eat down some of the lingerers.

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Thanks for sharing; I will definitely try this. I bet mushrooms would also be nice.

Apr 20, 2015
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What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Tonight I'm planning to use up some leftovers and languishing produce. The remaining meatballs will be sliced and layered with the leftover marinara, broiled zucchini planks, and quattro formaggio cheese. Bake til bubbly and serve with a salad. Easy.

Freezing ravioli casserole

I would just put the uncooked ravioli in the casserole, especially if they are cheese/non meat. You should cover it well in foil, ideally thaw before baking, and cook completely through (sauce bubbling, noodle tender and filling completely heated through). I just did this with a Pierogi casserole that turned out well.

Apr 19, 2015
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Key Lime Pie filling

Good answer!

Apr 19, 2015
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What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Expletives were designed for just such occasions. ;)

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Impromptu (anything less than 12 hrs.' notice counts as "impromptu" in my book) dinner party tonight. Our friends couldn't make it out earlier for gallivanting in the park, so we invited them over for dinner instead. I made Chinese (Szechuan) served family style.

However, the starter was not particularly Chinese, so I guess this was a pan-Asian meal: salted cashews and steamed edamame with flake salt and togarashi.

For the main meal: mapo tofu, smacked cucumbers, bok choy and shitake in a light garlic-ginger sauce, steamed asparagus with sweet soy-black vinegar butter sauce, and steamed white rice.

Dessert was back to Japanese, some green tea mochi bought mostly for novelty, which none of us liked. Orange and apple slices and various liqueurs as well.

My camera refused to focus in the low light, so pardon the crap photo. To make it up to you all, here are some of the charming violets from today's outdoor excursion:

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Soy sauce on your feet! LOL. Crap.

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

What a nightmare. Sorry :(

Apr 19, 2015
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What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Not to discourage you, but the canned red enchilada sauce I got from Safeway was terrible. Make sure you taste it before using (she says w/ 20/20 hindsight).

Apr 19, 2015
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What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Thank you :)

They are good in their own right but not really a sub for pasta ;)

Apr 19, 2015
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What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Sorry I butchered your SN with my crappy phone typing, Berheenia! My bad.