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

I confirmed that was it.

about 6 hours ago
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

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

Ran out of time to make dinner between the pool and yoga yesterday, so I just put together a quick chopped salad of kale, raisins, tomatoes, chevre, roasted almonds and maple balsamic vinaigrette. We supplemented with leftover Chinese.

Tonight: the stuffed peppers and eggplant

about 6 hours ago
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - 10 Minute Salads, Vegetables and Side Dishes

This will be my lunch -- SOON!

about 23 hours ago
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

Ultra-fresh scallops...sear, or specialize?

my favorite prep is to season with s&p anf sear in butter, then set aside lightly covered. in the same pan with more butter saute thinly sliced leeks, deglaze with white vermouth or wine and a little cream until meltingly soft. you can add a squeeze of lemon or not. serve the scallops in a pool of the sauce.

about 24 hours ago
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

I have ground beef picadillo from last week that I froze. I'm going to mix it with a bit of leftover steamed rice and stuff into poblano peppers, cover in a homemade enchilada sauce, bake, and sprinkle with cotija. Done.

Oh, OK, maybe a salad with some jicama and tomatoes on the side.

1 day ago
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

Oh my, that panzanella looks incredible! Steak is not shabby, either. I'm copying this. What kind of bread do you prefer?

2 days ago
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

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

Reverting to more familiar flavors tonight, I'm planning a quick 'n dirty "lasagna" that is really frozen cheese ravioli layered with marinara and some chopped spinach I'll cook with some minced shallot and garlic and cream. I'll microplane some Parm. Regg. over top and bake until bubbly. On the side, a Romaine salad with LindaWhit's maple balsamic dressing. It's been a while since we've had it. I also thawed some spicy chicken Italian sausages, so we'll probably have a couple seared on the side.

2 days ago
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

That all sounds really good!

2 days ago
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

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

Nice of you to bring the fam food--I'm sure they'll appreciate!

2 days ago
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

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

I'll have to ask DH when he returns home tonight. I'm pretty sure it was just shredded carrot, cabbage, and scallion(?) with white vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, and Thai chili-garlic sauce. We scattered black sesame seeds over before serving. I'll check and let you know.

2 days ago
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

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

Here's Dunlop's recipe in my own words:

3 Tbsp oil (DH reduced this slightly, as he felt it was too oily last time)
2 Tbsp. Sichuan chili bean paste (AKA "hot bean paste" or "fermented bean paste")
1 tsp. minced ginger (I would guess he may have increased the ginger and garlic a little)
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. fermented black beans, rinsed, drained, and minced/mashed into a paste
1/2 tsp. sugar
1.25 lb. butternut squash or pumpkin
2 spring onions, green parts only, finely sliced

Heat the oil in a wok or small non-stick skillet on high and stir-fry the chili bean paste, garlic, and ginger until fragrant, then stir in the sugar. Set aside.

Peel the squash, discarding pulp and seeds. Cut evenly into slices about 1/8 in. thick. Lay the slices neatly in a china or cook-safe bowl that will fit inside a large pot or steamer. Spoon the spicy sauce over the squash in the bowl and place in a large pot or steamer that has simmering water in the bottom. Cover and steam 15 min. or until the squash is tender (if you use thicker prepared squash chunks, increase time). Scatter with the spring onions and serve, tossing at the table to distribute the flavors.

ETA: No microwave here, but I imagine it would work very well in this recipe.

2 days ago
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

Thanks. These are the chopsticks: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BQ22T50/r...

2 days ago
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

Yep, that's the one. We use the easy way out and get the pre-peeled, pre-sliced buttnernut squash chunks from TJ's or our local grocery. You have to increase the steaming time, but that's about it.

It is so. good. I had some today for breakfast heated up in a small skillet with a little rice and served with two eggs, over easy, drizzled with extra hot chili oil. I nearly cried.

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

Thanks!

I try to keep a box of cookies on hand for "emergencies" like this. Unfortunately the emergency more often is "I need something sweet!!!!!" after a plain ol' dinner for two. ;-)

Jul 27, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

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

Thank you!

Jul 27, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

Meh - edamame nuggets. I know they have a lot of fans, but to me, they were just OK. The puffy texture is kind of weird (DH agreed), and I find them rather flavorless.

Yay - almond butter thins. Not unique to TJ's, but they sure are tasty.

Jul 27, 2014
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

Wow!

Jul 27, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

That all sounds wonderful. So can you share your tips for a great tomato aspic?

Jul 27, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

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

Wow, Linda, the fish looks so good! Can you give more details on the gremolata? Added before or after cooking?

Jul 27, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

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

Alton Brown's marinade recipe for skirt should also be good for flank. I don't blend, just mince the garlic and chop the scallions: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...

Jul 27, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

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

I have an amish cookbook with LOTS of renditions of that dish, if you need a recipe(s)?

Jul 27, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

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

Sounds great, welcome to WFD! I would love to hear how the crumble turned out.

Jul 27, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

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

Looks SCRUMPTIOUS!

Jul 27, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

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

Oooh, good to know. I was picturing mystery meat filling for some reason. If you like them, I'll give 'em a go.

Jul 27, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

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

And a smile.

Jul 27, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

Dinner to use up produce turned into an impromptu dinner party. We had TJ's chicken-cilantro wontons and edamamae nuggets with homemade dipping sauce to start, then mapo tofu, smacked cucumber, oyster mushrooms, asparagus, and bok choy in ginger-garlic sauce, and a sweet-sour carrot-cabbage sesame slaw (idea borrowed from a Korean-Uighur restaurant we recently visited in NYC). Steamed rice, natch. ETA: We also made, and completely forgot, butternut squash in spicy black bean sauce. It was warming in the oven and someone who had a few glasses of wine <whistles innocently> forgot to put it out.

It was a lot of fun. Forgot to plan dessert (there was time poolside to be had yesterday), so I just put out a plate of candied ginger, dark chocolate pieces, and almond butter thin cookies. There was coffee liqueur and cream for those who still had room.

Jul 27, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

We think it's a super-tasty combination!

Jul 27, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

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

I went a little overboard grocery shopping earlier this week, so it's time to use up some things before they go bad. Tonight I'm hoping to make several things from Dunlop's "Every Grain of Rice," including smacked cucumber, butternut squash in spicy black bean sauce, and I may borrow a vegetable prep for asparagus and oyster mushrooms (she has a recipe for bok choy that should do).

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

So jealous :)

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

That sounds really, really good! Hope the weather holds. It's overcast here, too. So much for my pool plans.

Jul 26, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking