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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Pasta, Fish

Sounds delicious. Here's a link for those who would like to see the recipe and don't have the book: http://books.google.com/books?id=oRzo...

about 17 hours ago
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Pasta, Fish

p. 147 in the googlebooks link :), or: http://books.google.com/books?id=oRzo...

about 18 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

You're right. The peppers would be fine in soup, but the eggplant gave me pause.

about 18 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

Alternate idea -- you could thin the curry into a brothy soup.

about 18 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

The potatoes are a good idea. How about the coconut cream from the top of another can of coconut milk, too?

about 18 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

Early dinner/late lunch of frozen cheese ravioli and marinara sauce. It was about as exciting as it sounds. This was a taste-memory craving I am all too happy to have scratched and put behind me.

about 18 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

I had the same problem with potatoes. I suspect older slow cookers don't get hot enough on the low setting to cook root veg/tubers through.

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

Oh heck, yes!!!

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

...and a raspberry vodka lemonade for Linda.

These were really good. My hubby stirred sour cream into his chimichurri, which made a delicious, if fattening, dipping sauce. I went to town on an avocado that needed using instead.

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

Do it; it's so good!

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

Yes, they work very well, speaking from experience!

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

LMAO!

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

mmm, sounds great!

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

yipes, hope things get better!

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

That gnocchi with lobster sounds amazing.

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

I'm gonna copy that, Gio. We have prosciutto languishing in the fridge and some mahi mahi fillets that could use umph.

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

I'm more excited than I have any right to be for a dinner based on leftovers. I took the last of the Cuban fricase de pollo sauce (olives, raisins, tomato, potato, etc.) and made a picadillo with a lb. of seasoned green beef, more raisins, Chili 3000 powder, Worcestershire sauce, and a smidge more tomato sauce.

The picadillo went into empanada pastry from Goya and will be baked off until insanely crispy and served with leftover chimichurri sauce and a quick curtido. Can't wait!

1 day ago
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

Hmm, listeria is not something to mess with. In your shoes, I'd probably toss the cobbler---just to be safe. I've been sick from listeria from poorly handled sushi, and that is an experience I hope never to repeat.

Jul 22, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

I'm pretty sure the purple rind on the Syrah cheese is actually wine-soaked cheese. But agreed---delicious stuff!

Jul 22, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

When I returned the cod pieces and told the manager, "These tasted gross and I hope you stop carrying them," he expressed surprise and said they were one of their biggest sellers. I suggested it was because of the cheap price (less than $5 for a big package), but I wonder how many repeat customers they really get. This is a new store.

Jul 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

durrr...site is being glitchy. I posted this in reply to the OP.

Jul 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

I volunteer tonight, so tonight's plan is easy: London Broil, seasoned, seared, and sliced thinly, served with chimichurri including basil, mint, and parsley. Sides will be leftover Mexican-corn cole slaw and green beans and probably some chopped Romaine in a basic vinaigrette.

Jul 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

moved.

Jul 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

Absolutely!

I didn't take measurements, just kinda winged this: The dressing was about 1/3 c. mayo, 2 Tbsp. sour cream, a splash of milk, juice and zest of 1/2 lime, about 1/2 tsp. sugar, one scallion thinly sliced, Penzey's Forward! (sub your favorite seasoned salt or mixed seasoning), a little bit of Mrs. Dash table grind, a pinch of celery salt, and ancho chili powder, cayenne chili powder, and S&P to taste. I sliced the niblets off two raw ears of white corn (yellow would have made a nicer contrast) and folded them in along with half a bag of pre-shredded cole slaw mix and approx. 1/2 c. of grated cotija cheese. Chilled about 15 min. and served. Pretty simple.

Jul 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

Borrowed a little inspiration from ya, Cheryl!

Jul 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

Do eeeet. It's so good when the flesh is fresh and sweet.

Jul 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

WFD? Cornmeal-crusted catfish, Southern braised green beans, and Mexican street-corn style coleslaw. The coleslaw was a nice showcase of summer corn and will be a repeat.

Jul 21, 2014
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Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

I was at a party where someone brought Martha Stewart's Rocky Ledge bars. They were super delicious; I'd bring those!

http://www.marthastewart.com/315279/r...

Jul 21, 2014
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Help! Intimate Rooftop Dinner Party Featuring Grilled Chicken?

So---what did you end up making? Don't leave us hanging :)

Jul 21, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

My plan for tonight is catfish, lightly dredged in seasoned cornmeal and pan-fried, country-style green beans, and I'm thinking maybe an elote-style cole slaw with shredded cabbage-carrot mix, raw fresh corn, mayo, crumbled cotija, lime juice, and ground chili. We also have Persian cucumbers (my fave) if another side is needed.

Jul 21, 2014
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