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What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

Sending good wishes to you NIW.
Got to cuddle a six week old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel at my friend's house today. Got a kiss from that tiny pink tongue. She is still not weaned so I got a whiff of that sweet slightly sour milk puppy breath. /swoon. Also saw where the mated pair of doves hang out in late afternoon. Right outside my bathroom window on the fence.
Hoagies for lunch. Still no local tomatoes so I sliced and marinated a supermarket one in a little salt, sugar and balsmatic vinegar. Potato chips are my weakness, it was hard to put the brakes on. Decided to make creamed chicken and mushrooms over toast with the leftover chicken I had from earlier in the week. Chicken rice soup for tomorrow is cooling before I pop it in the fridge.
An almond cookie for a late late snack.

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

Thanks NIW and Christina Mason. I still have a box of chicken rice a roni to cook. Maybe tonight. I have leftover chicken and thick broth from the chicken and dumplings so if I do make it, that rice a roni will be very chickeny.
So many possibilites though, especially if I hoof it to the store. Chicken pot pie, chicken ala king, chicken stew. I also made noodle roni last week. Hey the roni stuff was on sale for a dollar a box and light to carry. I just added grated swiss and cheddar to the noodle roni.
Check finally came today so I am off to the bank soon to deposit it. My friends are suggesting craig's list for a used car but not sure how to get to the sellers. My main ride is leaving for vacation this weekend so it is a race to see if the check clears before he clears out of town. Maybe it is for the best that I not be on the road for the Fourth anyway. Please be careful out there hounds.

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

Been carless in the suburbs since my car got totalled on memorial day weekend. Lucky for me that I can work from home and have been bumming rides.
My neck of the woods is not designed for safe walking, lots of places with no sidewalks and suvs and huge trucks everywhere. Been risking it anyway and getting lots of exercise.
Eventually the insurance check will show up and I'll get a used car I hope. I miss shopping at Trader Joe's and Costco. I'm really lucky that I had a full supply of bird seed and kitty litter before someone ran a red light and smashed my car good.
It has been relaxing staying at home more. And this past friday I went on a crazy adventure to a long card tournament at a place I never would have tried if I had been driving.
Doctored up beef rice a roni for dinner. I had some leftover ribeye steak scraps and I rendered some of the fat to fry the beef rice a roni in, and added the steak scraps. I made some rich beef broth from a big steak bone and used that instead of the water, but still used the little seasoning pack. Was very beefy. I did wish I had some browned mushrooms to toss in.

What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

I hope you feel much better very very soon NIW. That is amazing news, I was not optimistic beforehand. Found out about it on facebook.
Made chicken and dumplings two days ago and then made them again tonight. I just left the rest of the chicken and carrots in the big pot with the rich broth. I love how the gravy thickens a lot after the second time because of the dumplings partly melting into the broth. I don't usually make this dish in late June but it is cool and rainy with wind here in Penna.
I still have leftovers. Might be creamed chicken on toast in my future. Snacking now on what might be the last of my black raspberries, some store bought huge blueberries and two flavors of haagen daz ice cream. Hey, they were on sale.

Jun 27, 2015
givemecarbs in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

The nice thing about making smoothies with strawberries is that you can use the tops as the greens. Had a watermelon, water and strawberry tops smoothie earlier. I saved the tops from dessert.

Jun 24, 2015
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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

You back from the dentist yet NIW? Hot and muggy here with rain predicted later. Picking black raspberries while I can. It's been a good year so far for them but oh my gosh I keep thinking it is already the fourth of july because for years and years the raspberries came in about then. Stupid spring creep.
Been making smoothies with some of the almost overipe berries and of course popping many into my mouth. Had strawberry black raspberry dessert last night with a quick bread mix. Tried crushing some into some ice cream but the raspberries overpowered my butter pecan ice cream. Need to come up with some more ideas. Sorbet would be nice but not sure if I have the energy. Maybe later.

Jun 23, 2015
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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Good luck at the dentist NIW. Fried up some minute steaks in my cast iron pan. I had rendered some fat from a ribeye steak last week but I still added butter. Toasted Italian rolls, sauteed mushrooms and american, swiss and a bit of cheddar grated on top of the steaks in the pan at the last minute. I added some raw onions to mine before eating. Potato chips and iced tea.
WB Lingua. When are you returning to the US of A?

What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

No crust. The theory I guess is the noodles take the place of the crust. My friend can only eat a little of the huge Costco chicken pot pie they sell in the colder months but he loves the "homemade" ones I do. I like the TJs pie crust when I can get it although some say it is too sweet for a savory pie.
I make a beef pot pie too sometimes. Once I added a small amount of diced cooked turnip to a pot pie and was surprised that it didn't bully the other ingredients. I've had frozen pot pies with broccoli but have never tried broccoli in my own pies because I think it would take over the pie and overwhelm the potatoes and carrots and celery.

Jun 21, 2015
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What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

Mmm. What kind of cookies? I've always loved chicken pot pie. Around these parts, near pennsylvannia dutch country, if you order chicken pot pie at a diner or something you are likely to get chicken and noodles in chicken broth instead of a crust. If you are really lucky the noodles will be fresh and homemade. /swoon.
I used to always have a coupla frozen chicken pot pies in the freezer for emergencies you know. But now that I make my own I have never looked back. And I use store bought frozen pie crusts. Yours must be amazing.
So many of my favorite dishes were originally designed to use up leftovers.

Jun 21, 2015
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What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

Whats on the menu for Father's Day NIW? Made the easy brownies recipe on chow with the melted chocoate chips and unsalted butter last night. I made the mistake of licking the stirring spoon. Oh my gosh I'm lucky I didn't eat the whole nuked bowl of butter and chocolate.
I'm trying to get more walks in with my daschund so dinner was subs and chips or hoagies as we call them in these parts. Mayo for my friend and oil for me. Wish the local tomatoes were in. Watermelon for dessert. Considering some late night ice cream but trying to talk myself out of the haagen daz butter pecan whispering from my freezer.

Jun 20, 2015
givemecarbs in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

What about some chicken noodle soup NIW? That is what I would do. But I am crazy woman about leftover chicken bones. I even save the bones from the wings at the barbecue place. I get weird looks sometimes at restaurants when all that is left is the bones and I want a to go box.
Besides the free chicken broth I do have another reason though. I have flying squirrels running amok at my place and they need the calcium from the little bit of bones I put out for them.
Still no car but we had friends over for cards early so I just made a quick breakfast for dinner of eggs over easy, toast, bacon and home fries. The home fries could have been a bit browner and crispier but I was hungry and rushed them. I have rarely met a potato I didn't like though so I inhaled them.
Nibbled on the black raspberries from my patch all evening long and now there are none left for a late night snack. I refuse to go out there with a flashlight and besides I might disturb the flyers.

Jun 18, 2015
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What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

That looks lovely NIW. Sorry you fainted tonight. It was a perfect day here in the NE USA. It usually is Nice around father's day. Bugs have not really moved in yet and the day lilies are starting to march along. My yard is shady but they are already taking over the hood.
Late night snack was a blueberry muffin mix made into a quick bread but I threw in a nice handful of fresh black raspberries. Blueberries will be along directly but the birds seem to beat me to those mostly.

Cooking for your dogs! Share your favorite recipes please.

That is amazing NIW. Works for people sometimes too.

Jun 16, 2015
givemecarbs in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

My friend John won't usually eat chicken with the bone still in and prefers nuggets or chicken fingers but one time I got take out from the best korean fried chicken wing place in the area and gave him just one wing. As I continued to enjoy my amazing korean wings I never saw such puppy dog eyes.
The wind was just picking up today as I was trying to light my mini weber. Despite a really short rain shower I managed to prevail and grill burgers for dinner with asparagus as the side. I froze the patties so they were super easy to flip and got a nice charcoal flavor. Served on hamburger buns toasted with butter, cheddar and swiss. Then some lovely watermelon as we waited for the fireflies.

What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

Gratz on the gig NIW! I managed to cook a ribeye on the charcoal grill last night despite the rain pouring down after I had the fire all ready. I love my smoky joe weber, just right for a small meal.
I fully expected the ribeye to be overcooked but it was rare just like I wanted. And the rain must have put the fire out just after I snagged the steak because there is charcoal left over for another meal, once it dries out. Asparagus and baked potatoes as sides.
Today was a grilled swiss and cheddar sandwich and some potato salad for me and a pair of tacos for my friend. Later he got hungry again so I made kind of a hamburger gravy with not much hamburger, some bacon bits and mushrooms in a creamy sauce over toast. Turned out pretty tasty but I only had a bite of it. I'm eyeing a big slice of watermelon but I think it would be a bad idea before bed. Breakfast!

Cooking for your dogs! Share your favorite recipes please.

Sorry for not checking back sooner. My cat and my dog both get raw drumsticks whole and sometimes thighs. I don't give them wings because I don't like the meat to bone ratio.
They also sometimes get raw hamburger and one Christmas I was feeling very festive and sprung for organic ground bison served raw that I found at Costco. No problems yet and my older dog's teeth are in great shape.

What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Thanks Gio. Maybe I will try that. The smell of honeysuckle is so heady. Gives a sense of time and place. June means honeysuckle to me. I did see two fireflies this evening as well.

Jun 13, 2015
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What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Sorry about your ordeal NIW. For super secret tech on the homefries add corn and/or sweet peppers.

What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

I miss lingua too! Have you seen Little Shop of Horrors and Marathon Man NIW? Once upon a time I had the most awesome dentist in the whole entire world. He moved to CA though. I asked him once if he had seen marathon man and he responded "where do you think I learned my technique?" To be fair I started it by whimpering after one session "I don't Know where the treasure is buried."
Car insurance payment is in limbo, the person who ran a red light to total my car is disputing the claim so it will have to go to subjugation or something. Waiting for a ride to the store. Strawberries and watermelon are on the list.
My back up plan is charcoal grilled burgers and potato salad for me and home fries with onions requested by my friend.
Been taking neighborhood walks and getting drunk on the smell of honeysuckle. I found an area with drifts of honeysuckle like snow. The honeysuckle vines climbing on the trees are so lovely that they look photo shopped. Who knew the outside graphics were so life like? He he he. And soon very soon fireflies, day lillies and black raspberries. /swoon

Mongolian Grill in Trooper, PA

Not That is just not true CP. Remember the yaki bon hut at Assi plaza? :)

Jun 13, 2015
givemecarbs in Philadelphia

What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Looks scrumptious NIW. What freezer meals didya make? It is hot here in the philly area and some late night cooking and freezing sounds like a plan.
I had ranch style eggs and my friend had bean and beef tacos. The beans were rich with bacon fat. We had some very chickeny rice as a side. I used a rich chicken and vegetable stock and little bits of leftover chicken and the rice turned out better than expected.
Oatmeal cookies from a mix for dessert and probably breakfast tomorrow too if they last that long.

Jun 11, 2015
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Cooking for your dogs! Share your favorite recipes please.

Great topic NIW. I feed my dog and cat raw chicken drumsticks. My dog's teeth look great. But I am looking for a back up plan for when I can't get to the store. I do keep a bag of kibble around for that purpose but am trying to do better by my pets.
I could eat some of that zucchini myself about now.

Jun 11, 2015
givemecarbs in Not About Food

What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Meatballs make the best lasagna. Yummy. Lots of physical activity today so had a nice leftover dinner. My friend does not care for potato salad so more for me. We had leftover hot dogs that had been on the charcoal grill. I always make up the whole pack. Toasted hot dog rolls with melted cheddar on mine. Pulled more frozen pinto beans out of the chest freezer from a big batch made a coupla months ago and added some crumbled bacon and salsa. I had salsa on my dog as well but my friend used hot and spicy mustard from TJs. Ben and Jerrys for dessert for me.

What's for Dinner #368 - The "I Have No Title for This Thread" Edition [Old--through 6/9/15]

If a late night monte cristo sandwich is kind then I'm taking your advice NIW. The swiss was all melty over the ham. I made french toast slices, added the filling and then dipped the sandwich in more egg and milk and fried it a bit more. I made a mess with the powdered sugar.

What's for Dinner #368 - The "I Have No Title for This Thread" Edition [Old--through 6/9/15]

Thank you. Getting a ride to the store tomorrow so I'm looking forward to snagging a watermelon. Not the kind of thing that is easy to lug home when on foot.

What's for Dinner #368 - The "I Have No Title for This Thread" Edition [Old--through 6/9/15]

Thanks! There was a frosted glazed donut for breakfast as well. And a nice walk down by the lake.

What's for Dinner #368 - The "I Have No Title for This Thread" Edition [Old--through 6/9/15]

Early dinner for once of creamed chicken with mushrooms over toast. My usual tech of a dash of nutmeg stirred in at the last second.
My car got totaled over memorial day weekend and still no word on a rental car or money. Someone ran a red light and slammed into me. No one was hurt. The other driver has Geico. Bumming rides is getting old. Some hagen-daz chocolate chocolate mint right out of the container is soothing my stress right now and reminding me to be thankful.

What's for Dinner #367 - June's Summer Song Begins [through June 3, 2015]

I decided to go with the fried chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans. Hardest part was not eating all the bacon slices. Somehow managed to only eat half a slice.
I made gravy with some of the oil, butter and bacon fat I used to fry the chicken. I had some chicken stock in the fridge needing to be used up anyway. Too stuffed for the chocolate chocolate chip hagen-daz ice cream I have stashed.

What's for Dinner #367 - June's Summer Song Begins [through June 3, 2015]

Fried tomatoes was the only food I remember overeating to the point of having to lay down and hold my belly as a child. When the tomatoes ran out I would have the gravy on bread as my third helping.
I have been trying to save the cooking water from boiled veggies for soup stock. It sounds easy in theory.

What's for Dinner #367 - June's Summer Song Begins [through June 3, 2015]

Here in Penna I had a large metal drum that had been used as a kiddie pool ages ago to collect rain water. But poor critters would drown in it and I had to add thick sticks and such so that they could climb out.
Then later in the summer it became a breeding ground for mosquitoes. I miss it because it was nice for hand watering.