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What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

Thanks! I'll definitely check them out next season. Some fine tomato porn indeed!

Aug 05, 2014
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What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

Wow, that's a pretty awesome endorsement. I'm in L.A. too...do you happen to remember the farmer you got them from? TIA!

Aug 05, 2014
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Picnic - Appetizers - Ideas Please

Yum! Saving this one.

Aug 05, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

TDQ,
Did you edit your earlier post? For what it's worth, it sounded to me like you made the best choices in a lot of difficult situations. You are trying to track and stay on plan as best you can. And you didn't let yourself think about one disappointing day -- you got up and made even better choices today. That's what it's all about!

Aug 05, 2014
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kitchen warming dinner

Having been eyeing menus for a dinner later this week for friends as well, my first thought was Flexitarian Table's Grilled Shrimp in Harissa, Fresh Corn Polenta (mixture of polenta and fresh corn with satueed cherry tomatoes), and Grilled Zucchini with Mint Oil. Summery, seasonal, not too complicated.

Of course, then I saw the shrimp restriction for your omnivore. But maybe you could adapt a second protein with the same harissa seasoning...chicken?

Flexitarian Table was COTM a few years ago and this menu had lots of positive feedback. Check out the reviews if you're interested.

Regardless, congratulations on the new kitchen! Enjoy!

Aug 05, 2014
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Salad combinations for everyday...

This corn-peach-mint-radish salad from BHG is delicious and so fresh and seasonal -- and takes very little time. You could also easily add greens to it if you wanted. I wouldn't add cheese, because I think it would mask the refreshing quality of it.
http://www.bhg.com/recipe/corn-peach-...

Jul 15, 2014
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What's for Dinner #299 - The One Before the 300th! [Through May 19,2014]

I used to live around the corner from that bar 20 years ago and they had t-shirts then. First thing I thought of when I saw foodiex's descrip of her FIL's tattoo :)

May 18, 2014
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HELP! In need of easy, tasty, VEGAN finger food for TONIGHT!

Yes, I do know. Just wanted to back up your point that vegan food can be really delicious and that it was my failure of imagination, not my guest's demands, that prompted the thread.

And, yes, a super time was had -- ended up being a bigger party than expected and a great mix of people. Fantastic way to "cool" my current home before moving on.

Currently packing my cookbooks...

Apr 26, 2014
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HELP! In need of easy, tasty, VEGAN finger food for TONIGHT!

I'm with you, c oliver. I love, love, love my meat and cheese. But I also love great vegan food (which I have had lots of). It was the finger food thing that threw me. How do you bind something without meat, cheese or eggs or time-consuming vegan workarounds? Well, you guys showed me :)

Apr 26, 2014
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HELP! In need of easy, tasty, VEGAN finger food for TONIGHT!

Thanks, everyone. It was a very fun party (a little too fun, ouch!). I had plans to try out the artichoke-olive crostini Berheenia recommended, but ran completely out of time, so went with antipasti, as recommended by many.

My very gracious vegan friend brought some vegan-friendly food (and her pet python, who was the hit of the party!) and did not make a big deal of it at all.

I will definitely use many of these ideas for the housewarming in my new place and many parties to come, so thank you all so much!

Apr 26, 2014
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HELP! In need of easy, tasty, VEGAN finger food for TONIGHT!

As I said, she's gracious and would never make a big deal of it -- and she didn't in any way. I simply wanted to offer my guest an option or two she could enjoy as well as my other guests. And this thread pointed out to me that my failure to wrap my head around vegan finger food was simply that...my failure to imagine the possibilities.

Apr 26, 2014
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HELP! In need of easy, tasty, VEGAN finger food for TONIGHT!

Thanks everyone for the great ideas -- I knew the 'Hounds would come through for me! You've given me an abundance of options to choose from. Now if you could all just tell me a miraculous way to get that packing done :)

Apr 25, 2014
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HELP! In need of easy, tasty, VEGAN finger food for TONIGHT!

I should have thought of Asian -- great idea.

Apr 25, 2014
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HELP! In need of easy, tasty, VEGAN finger food for TONIGHT!

Ooh, both of those pickles sound good -- and like something nice to cut all the richness of the rest of the food.

Apr 25, 2014
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HELP! In need of easy, tasty, VEGAN finger food for TONIGHT!

Great ideas -- thank you! And thanks for your kind words. She doesn't drink either (in recovery), so about the only reason she's coming is to celebrate with me, so it seemed in order to be considerate to her as well.

Apr 25, 2014
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HELP! In need of easy, tasty, VEGAN finger food for TONIGHT!

Oooh, those looks delicious! And I love that the blog post accompanying it is all about packing personalities -- very appropos. And I'm serving gougeres as well, which she also mentions, haha.

Apr 25, 2014
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HELP! In need of easy, tasty, VEGAN finger food for TONIGHT!

Hi 'Hounds!
I'm moving on Monday and decided to throw a last-minute "house cooling" at my current home this evening. Very casual, just wine and a few nibbles (post-dinner). Expecting 10-20 people. Keeping it very simple -- plastic glasses and paper napkins, so finger food only.

I just found out that a new friend of mine is coming. The trick is that she is vegan and I can't seem to wrap my head around vegan finger food. There will be olives and spiced nuts, but that doesn't seem sufficient. Crudite, sure, but what to dip it in. Hummus? She's a gracious person and would never make a big deal of it, but I want there to be at least one option available for her, but which is also delicious for others.

Also, as you can imagine with moving on Monday and nowhere near done with packing, quick and easy are of the essence. I'm in L.A., so have access to lots of ingredients, but no time to be running around to lots of different stores or whipping up cashew creams. I have a Trader Joe's near me, as well as a high-end supermarket (Gelson's) and a regular supermarket (Ralphs) and I'm open to suggestions for good-quality made-ahead items.

Thanks in advance for your ideas!

Apr 25, 2014
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COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes So Good You've Made Them at Least Three Times: Quick and Easy/Weeknight Edition

Not LLM obviously, but yes that's the one -- a huge favorite around here as well.

What's for Dinner #268 - Not the Big Game Edition [through 20 Jan, 2014]

Oh my, MC, it all looks insanely delicious!

Jan 15, 2014
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What's for Dinner #259 - the I'm Sick of Turkey By Now Edition [through December 7, 2013]

Love your advent calendar treats! And we're huge Lego advent calendar fans -- but we have to get both the regular and Star Wars versions (card-carrying geeks).

Dec 01, 2013
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First date/First home cooked meal

As a single mom who has two kids 9 and 12 and is actively dating, I would definitely concur. It would be uncomfortable for everyone involved. Best to keep those moments totally separate from the kids if and when they do happen.

I think the pizza idea sounds great, as well as having a movie for them to watch. Enjoy!

Oct 23, 2013
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The time to get serious edition -- September 2013 [OLD]

Mine was the refrigerated sauce -- I haven't seen a shelf-stable sauce from her. Went back and bought a couple more tubs of it to stock up since it was on sale. So happy my kids liked it too -- it was their first Indian food (even though my daughter's name is India!) and they're totally sold.

I have only made one thing from the Nancy Silverton book (pappardelle with bagna cauda, radicchio and a fried egg on top, which was delicious, but kind of a cheat as I made my bagna cauda instead of using jarred). But dkennedy did a review of the book on one of the Cookbook of the Week Challenge threads:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8673...

Sep 17, 2013
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The time to get serious edition -- September 2013 [OLD]

Thanks, roxlet, for the reminder about the Maya Kamali simmer sauce, which I've been meaning to try ever since Nancy Silverton recommended it in her book Twist of the Wrist (the book focused on using packaged foods to create great, chef-worthy weeknight meals). Saw it on sale this week at my local upscale grocery (Gelson's in L.A.). I got the tikka misala version and went with cubes of chicken breast vs. the meatballs, but it was delicious and my kids lapped it up, so a double win!

Sep 16, 2013
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September 2013 Cookbook of the Month, SMOKE AND PICKLES: Pickles & Matrimony and Veggies & Charity

Yes, agreed. I've used the TJ's kimchi before and it is FAR better than the jarred stuff I previously got at my local high-end supermarket. I kept having to refill my mise en place because I kept picking off bits of the kimchi with my fingers while cooking :) But given that I live in L.A., which I believe has the largest Korean population outside of Korea and a thriving Koreatown, it seems silly not to avail myself of some of the varieties there.

That said, I wouldn't hesitate to make exactly the same way again because it was great as is.

Sep 12, 2013
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September 2013 Cookbook of the Month, SMOKE AND PICKLES: Pickles & Matrimony and Veggies & Charity

My turn on this one...I don't have the book, so got the recipe online here:
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_2351682...

This was Edward Lee meets TJs. I used a bag of TJ's southern greens blend (mustard, turnip, collards and spinach), diced pancetta and TJ's kimchi a la Gio, and boxed chicken stock. I bet it would be even better with a spicier kimchi from Koreatown and great stock, but even with my shortcuts it was delicious! Served it with some grilled baguette to sop up the extra juices, as well as a simple grilled chicken breast with BBQ sauce.

Leftovers will likely find their way into a frittata with some extra kimchi.

Sep 12, 2013
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Good kids cookbooks?

I agree with TDQ -- my kids loved those in preschool, but it sounds like Will's granddaughter already has skills beyond those books.

Sep 10, 2013
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October 2013 Cookbook of the Month Nomination Thread

All sound great -- thanks!

Sep 10, 2013
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October 2013 Cookbook of the Month Nomination Thread

Mel, what have you made from Tasty? I have it, but haven't cooked from it yet.

Sep 10, 2013
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September 2013 Cookbook of the Month: SMOKE AND PICKLES by Edward Lee

I will say I was really rooting for him that season, so your crush might emerge unscathed. And these are the instances where I download onto my laptop and haul it around the house pretending to clean and fold laundry while watching. OK, now done enabling :)

Sep 07, 2013
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September 2013 Cookbook of the Month: SMOKE AND PICKLES by Edward Lee

Joan, Amazon Instant Video is your friend...binge away!
http://www.amazon.com/Everythings-Big...

Sep 07, 2013
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