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What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

I'm still trying to cook my way through the Cook's Country cookbook I received for Christmas. Since the hubs and I have the day off, I'm making their Atlanta Brisket - brisket cooked low and slow with lots of onions and a sauce of thyme, ketchup and coke(!). I've never tried it, but it certainly looks good.

I bought parsnips to make as a side, but I'm still debating what to do with them. I REALLY want a heaping pile of mashed potatoes, but potatoes = evil carbs right now. I'm just not inspired lol.

What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

Yup! I love it too. I would rather eat them this way..forget fried!

Jan 19, 2015
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What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

Looks great!!

Jan 19, 2015
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What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

Football is mandatory today and if these Seahawks keep playing like this, the Pats may have a chance when they beat the Colts later this evening.

Football food is on the menu - wings to be exact. I love Alton Brown's method. Just a big pile o' wings and maybe a green salad. Oh, and I have one bottle of my favorite hefeweizen left.

What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

That sounds like a fantastic addition, though I'm biased ;)

Arepas, papusas, gorditas, sopes, huraches, panuchos....

I apologize for hijacking the thread, but I read Jamaican beef patty and my heart skipped a beat. Do you have a recipe you could share?

Jan 15, 2015
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What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

I never liked split pea soup until I was an adult and made it from scratch. I'm still waiting for a spiral ham to be on sale so I can make this as one of my leftover meals lol

Jan 14, 2015
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What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

I'm at the gym 4 nights a week these days trying to make this body a little less...voluptuous. Therefore, if my husband wants to eat, he has to cook it himself. I know he's growing tired of playing dinner cook, but I still love him.

I took out 2 boneless chicken breast for dinner and told him to "figure it out." I've just been informed via text (after a rummage through the cabinets I'm sure) that he's making "skinny" chicken parm. I guess he intends to not coat and fry the chicken in breadcrumbs. Either way, I'm sure it will be delicious because I'm starving and this post-it note is starting to look appetizing.

What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

Sorry to hear that Harters. It has definitely been going around in my neck of the woods - especially at work. I'm trying not to breathe as I type with Lysol wipes secured to my hands with rubber bands...

Jan 14, 2015
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Meatless Meals

The only meatless meal my husband will eat is mac and cheese with broccoli. I mix the broccoli together with the pasta and cheese before baking so it gets all crusty on top.

My mom used to make lentil stew. It was leftover tomato sauce thinned out with about the same amount of water and seasoned heavily. She would then add green lentils and rice, and let them cook together until it was very thick...thick enough for a spoon to stand up. She would serve it with a healthy dose of parm and a nice slice of bread. When we were good, she would fry up some mini meatballs and throw them in there as well.

Jan 14, 2015
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Bolognese sauce

Jan 14, 2015
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What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

Tuesday, by default, is always Turkey Taco Tuesday. God forbid I try and make something else for dinner on Tuesday! ::rolling eyes::

A few weeks ago my husband deviated from his tradition (GASP) by creating what he called a "turkey taco pie". In a casserole dish he layered the seasoned ground turkey in between layers of crushed hard taco shells, he topped with a few more taco shells, cheese and baked. When it came out, he let it cool a touch and then spread guacamole over the top and sprinkled on some sliced green onions and tomatoes. It was DELISH. We both devoured the whole thing.

Needless to say, I've asked him to recreate it. Hopefully it will be just as good!

The view from the kitchen window

I'm with you - wish I had seen this thread sooner! Everyone has such unique and beautiful views!

Asheville - Valentine's Day

Well I kinda had my heart set on Ambrozia, but it's a no-go. Their doing a $75 a person prix fixe for Valentine's Day. I may have to think in terms of a more casual restaurant for Saturday night and maybe go "fancy" on Sunday.

Thoughts?

Jan 13, 2015
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What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

Don't you just love stir fried string beans?! I could eat pounds of them. Crisp tender and a little seared on the edges. I love it. Now that I have a new wok to play around with, those will definitely be next on the list!

Wings for Superbowl

I second this recipe. It makes a fantastic wing - so crispy! I'm not so sure about the sous vide method for wings. To me, the simpler, the better for something as traditional as a chicken wing.

What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

Oh YUM!!!! That looks so delicious.

Jan 11, 2015
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What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

Tonight's dinner is already cooking. In the oven, a boneless pork butt that was rubbed down last night with garlic, oregano, olive oil and s&p. In the crock pot cooking low and slow, dried black beans, sofrito, onion, garlic, diced tomatoes and water...it smells divine. Since I have a Latin theme going on, I also have a couple of yellow plantains that I'll brown up at the last minute along with a perfectly ripe avocado that I'll slice and drizzle with oil, lime juice and s&p.

What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

That looks great!

Jan 10, 2015
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What's for Dinner #343 - the 2015 NFL Playoff Edition! [OLD. 1/15/15]

My husband is such a Patriots fan that he cannot watch them play without having a heart attack. Therefore we're re-watching Inglorious Basterds lol.

Earlier this week I received an unexpected gift from my step mom - a Cuisinart 14" "stir fry" pan along with the Everyday Wok cookbook. I decided on the chicken chow mein recipe in the book and it was delicious. The pan was (surprisingly) superb as well! I used thinly sliced chicken thighs, shiitake mushrooms, snow peas, bok choy, carrots and scallions. The noodles were some unbelievably delicious fresh lo mein noodles from my local Asian market.

Low(er) Carb Slow Cooker Recipes

Do you have a favorite chicken tortilla soup recipe?

Jan 09, 2015
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Low(er) Carb Slow Cooker Recipes

Great links - thanks! I love rutabaga too, so any excuse to use it more often is a good with me!

Jan 08, 2015
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Low(er) Carb Slow Cooker Recipes

My husband and I have finally got back around to our normal eating habits which include low(er) carb, lean meats and lots of veggies. I'm going full throttle with my exercise this year which means I'm not home to make dinner 4 nights a week. While my husband doesn't mind cooking (and he's actually really good at it), he's quickly getting sick of the task. I think a good slow cooker meal once or twice a week will help him deal LOL

Slow cooker recipes for me are pretty much the same few things - chili, beef stew, bbq and pot roast. While I don't object to any of these, I need some new ideas...even if they are new takes on my staples.

Jan 07, 2015
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Party sides and nibbles--hot and bored!

I do like the broccoli slaw and corn and black bean salad ideas.

To add to that, how about homemade hummus? Serve it with some vegetables and pita for dipping. Almost all of my summer parties have a roasted vegetable pasta salad. I just roast whatever vegetable I have in the house and toss it together with some pasta and a nice vinaigrette.

For dessert, try making some ice cream sandwiches ahead of time. You could even buy nice store-bought cookies and fill them with different ice cream flavors. Just wrap them tight in plastic wrap and let people choose! I did this for one party I had and it was a huge hit. I was so happy I didn't waste my time with some labor intensive dessert.

Asheville - Valentine's Day

Thanks so much for these recommendations. As I said on my original post, I hate eating out on Valentine's day and the boring prix fixe menus that come along with it. It seems like there are some great options here. Ambrozia has piqued my interest and looks delicious. I will look into the others as well. Thanks again and I'll be sure to post where we went :)

Jan 06, 2015
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What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

Exactly my sentiments. I walked down the cereal aisle at the store today and nearly gagged. I'm so sick of my usual breakfast foods..hence the muffins!

Jan 04, 2015
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What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

About 12-15 minutes at 400 degrees until the centers are just set. I used 10 eggs and a heavy splash of milk to make 12 muffins.

What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

With all of the rich eating over the holidays, it's time to get back to our "normal" habits - lots of veg, lean protein and low carb.

So far this morning I've made egg muffins for a quick breakfast this week. They are full of green onions, peppers, a little bacon and a pinch of cheese. Also for this week, roasted chickpeas with rosemary. The dog and I can't stop eating them....not sure how long they'll last lol. For dinner I'm looking at the chicken divan recipe from the Cooks Country cookbook (a very nice secret Santa gift).

What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

Sounds fantastic! We're back on our low carb routine too and it stinks. I want chocolate cake :)

Asheville - Valentine's Day

First off, this is our first time going to Asheville and (unfortunately) we booked our weekend getaway on Valentine's weekend. I've just begun my search for restaurants, and I'm overwhelmed to say the least!

I hate dining out on Valentine's Day because I feel that it's an excuse for restaurants to jack up their prices with some prix fixe menu that's kinda half-ass. Well, we will arrive in Asheville on Valentine's Day and will need someplace to eat. Has anyone had any experience with V-Day in Asheville? Any recs would be welcome as I'm looking to make a reservation ASAP.

Jan 03, 2015
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