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Sad to report the passing of Veggo

I am so sorry for your loss. Never once did I see his name here and not stop to read with a little smile. He had much to offer, and all of it was appreciated.

May 27, 2014
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Sad News About FoodFuser

So sad to hear this. He was a clever and kind man.

Dec 23, 2012
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What's for Dinner #151 [OLD]

I had planned a make-ahead ratatouille for last week, but wound up making something else after my kitchen proved to be a bit too hot to remain upright in after I'd finished making a batch of enchiladas (spinach, poblano, and cheese, with green sauce--they were delicious). But the temperature here has dropped quite a bit, and baked ratatouille is back on the menu for tonight. Onions, peppers, garlic, and tomatoes will be cooked down into a sauce to line the pan, and then I'll layer in the eggplant, zucchini, spinach, basil, breadcrumbs, and . . . a little fontina (the boyfriend won't eat eggplant without some type of breadcrumb and cheese treatment, and I love having him as an excuse to do it). A loaf of ciabatta will be baked with a smear of pesto to go with. For dessert, I think I might whip up that box of Dr. Oetker chocolate mousse that I bought on a whim a few weeks ago. I've never had it before.

I'm working through the weekend, so a bowl of pasta salad (the usual: artichoke hearts, olives, sundried tomatoes, tuna, pasta, with a balsamic/mayo dressing, and whatever is left of the pesto), will be whipped up and tucked into the fridge for his after-work meals while I'm out.

Today's weather is just perfect.

Jun 22, 2012
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What's for Dinner #151 [OLD]

Love cacciatore! And how lucky you are to live with someone who makes it for you while you plot an adventure together. How exciting, BBL! I love that when the plan you all had proved to be too much of a frustration, you two decided to take your lives in a whole other direction. I just love that. It's inspiring.

Jun 22, 2012
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Dinner suggestions for a hot day for hungry, outdoor-working husband

Mamachef beat me to the tacos. One of my boyfriend's favorite summer meals are fish tacos, with a cilantro and lime slaw, a spinach salad, and corn soup. Chorizo and eggs is also another easy, and filling, option for tortillas.

Another one that he's always appreciative of is just a cold pasta salad. His favorite is balsamic vinegar, mayo, celery seed, s&p, pasta, tuna, olives, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, chickpeas, and spinach. Black bean soup with quesadillas are something else that makes a frequent appearance here, as do red beans and rice (served with a good bread), and sausage rolls with peppers and onions. Tonight, I'm making ratatouille: he'll eat his over pasta, with bread.

Last week's coolness has fled, and we've got a few hot ones to endure this week, Mojave. Good luck!

Jun 18, 2012
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What's for Dinner? #149 [old]

Ha, I love ya. And I *might* be able to help. The boyfriend is from Ohio. Is it Cleveland you're going to (or just through)? He might know of a few spots . . . though, given the friend of his that actually lives there, his memory might be a bit hazy. Just a bit. But it doesn't hurt to ask. And Linda's right that the Great Lakes board is worth looking into, though it covers a LOT of area. The easiest way to search it is to put 'Cleveland Chowhound 2012' into google, and you'll see some decent rec's, but it looks a little light in content. It might be worthwhile to start your own thread.

Here's two threads that might help:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/841137
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/829665

I'll let you know if BF can think of anything that stands out.

Jun 11, 2012
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What's for Dinner? #149 [old]

I had to look that rocoto up, MC. Are you making your own, or is there a brand you like? I'll have to see if I can find some around here.

Jun 11, 2012
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What's for dinner? #148 [old]

Thanks, ladies! We really liked the meal (both meals--thanks, GS). But the wraps really did need gorgeous handfuls of cilantro. There are days when being barefoot and borderline lazy in the heat is all I need to go to bed happy. Even if, with every other bite, I was tempted to question my choice.

And I love me some Doc's.

Jun 09, 2012
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What's for dinner? #148 [old]

Exactly, GS. I find, as I read, my brain is willing to make the jump to the known pronunciation of certain combinations of letters without my being really aware that I've neglected to mark the language from which it was plucked.

Chip-ot-ll was just pure jackassery though. It's become a joke we unearth every once in a while.

Jun 09, 2012
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What's for dinner? #148 [old]

We just finished a very delicious pan of enchiladas: ancho-seasoned black beans, chopped green chiles, and sharp cheddar, and a cilantro jalapeno salsa. I'm still in the mood for tortillas. Tonight, I'll take the remaining enchilada sauce (I always make a double batch), and thin it out a bit with a little broth, add some pasillas and guajillos, a tad more cocoa, and use that to bake some tofu to use in wraps, along with shredded cabbage and roasted tomatillo sauce. A spicy corn soup will be on offer as well. I would love to say that I have cilantro on hand for this meal (it's demanding it), but I don't, and I am not in the mood to wear shoes today, so comfortably home I stay.

Jun 08, 2012
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What's for dinner? #148 [old]

Hehe. I've come to understand that I'm the last person to raise an eyebrow with these things. It was just four months ago that I actually read the side of my Fage carton, with that helpful pronunciation cue, and said, "Oh, seriously?" I felt like a jerk. My time trawling the D's Greek town taught me not as much as I thought.

Jun 07, 2012
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What's for dinner? #148 [old]

That sounds so good to me! And you just reminded me that I saw that sauce at World Market, and keep forgetting to pick a bottle up. We first had a roasted raspberry chipotle sauce ten years ago (a gift from some NM relatives), when the average person was still saying, "Chip-ot-ll. Hmm." Or maybe that was just us. ;) We really liked that stuff though.

Jun 07, 2012
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What's for dinner? #148 [old]

I'm so sorry, Phreddy. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Jun 06, 2012
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What's for Dinner #147 [OLD]

((hugs))

Those skirts and jeans will come crawling back to you soon enough. You enjoy those potatoes. And that corn!

May 31, 2012
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What's for Dinner #147 [OLD]

I've been using the Field Roast Italian Sausage. It's sold in links, but crumbles fairly well (I add extra ground fennel after I've crumbled it). You have to watch it though, it can go from almost-there to burnt in the blink of an eye. It holds its shape in a sauce much better than anything else I've tried, owing to the fact that it is made with vital wheat gluten, instead of soy.

May 30, 2012
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What's for Dinner #147 [OLD]

Haha, I know. And that cassoulet sounds good! I've been trying to get a few last wintery dishes in before it becomes too hot to even glance at the oven.

May 30, 2012
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What's for Dinner #147 [OLD]

Summer sausage is a cured meat, Klary. It's fully cooked, and doesn't require refrigeration (though I stick it in the fridge after it's been opened), and it can vary quite a bit from brand to brand, as to what types of meats and cuts are included. I usually get the Klemet's brand, as they sell it next to where I work. It smells beefy to me. Many people just eat summer sausage with crackers and cheese, but you can cook with it as well.

http://www.worldmarket.com/product/in...

May 30, 2012
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My Yogurt Dilemma

And as I was looking up Thew's oven-baked polenta for tonight, I stumbled across this at the bottom of the thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4546...

May 29, 2012
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My Yogurt Dilemma

As Tzurriz said, honey works wonders. I usually have Fage with honey, crushed walnuts, and sliced banana for breakfast. I do have to use a fair amount with the 0% Fage product, much less than I do when I buy the stuff that's made on site from a local market. I do think that the 2% Fage is a little better in taste and texture, if the increase in fat isn't a concern for you.

May 29, 2012
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What's for Dinner #147 [OLD]

Oops. I'm reposting from the old thread. Thanks, MC.

I've been cooking only a little, and lurking a lot. All of you make me laugh, and drool, every day. Which sounds as if we're wardmates, but I mean this in good way.

Our schedules have not been kind lately, but I've made two meals that I've been asked to repeat (they are a bit similar, as we've been unable to get to the market). The first was a baked sandwich: a sauteed mix of *lots* of baby bellas, kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes, peppers, and onions with feta and mozzarella. Stupidly simple, but the boyfriend keeps bringing it up, so I think I'll make them again soon. The other was a just-for-him pasta: tri-colored campanelle with chopped and sauteed summer sausage, olives, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, and a mushroom ragu, with a little parmesan. I sprinkled a little ground fennel and cayenne into the sauce. He really enjoyed it. He proclaimed it to be salty, smoky, and delicious.

Tonight tests my pantry. I think I've settled a cheesy polenta, with white beans, spinach, sundried tomatoes, garlic . . . and maybe a little fennel-up fake sausage. There's a new-to-me brand I've been playing with, and the texture is *almost* perfect when crumbled in a skillet. There will be bread involved. And tomorrow we'll get to the produce market--the real one, not the damn big-box.

May 29, 2012
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What's for Dinner? #146 - Memorial Day Edition [old]

I've been cooking only a little, and lurking a lot. All of you make me laugh, and drool, every day. Which sounds as if we're wardmates, but I mean this in good way.

Our schedules have not been kind lately, but I've made two meals that I've been asked to repeat (they are a bit similar, as we've been unable to get to the market). The first was a baked sandwich: a sauteed mix of *lots* of baby bellas, kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes, peppers, and onions with feta and mozzarella. Stupidly simple, but the boyfriend keeps bringing it up, so I think I'll make them again soon. The other was a just-for-him pasta: tri-colored campanelle with chopped and sauteed summer sausage, olives, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, and a mushroom ragu, with a little parmesan. I sprinkled a little ground fennel and cayenne into the sauce. He really enjoyed it. He proclaimed it to be salty, smoky, and delicious.

Tonight tests my pantry. I think I've settled a cheesy polenta, with white beans, spinach, sundried tomatoes, garlic . . . and maybe a little fennel-up fake sausage. There's a new-to-me brand I've been playing with, and the texture is *almost* perfect when crumbled in a skillet. There will be bread involved. And tomorrow we'll get to the produce market--the real one, not the damn big-box.

May 29, 2012
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Problems clicking on a thread

Same here, with FF and Windows 7, for a week now. When I click on a thread title the color of the type changes to the lighter gray color that indicates processing, but then nothing happens, and then when I click it again, every response is expanded. And like another poster said, it's totally random when it will happen.

May 27, 2012
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What's for Dinner? #146 - Memorial Day Edition [old]

I am so glad you are back on WFD, woman. And that meal sounds perfect.

May 27, 2012
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What's for dinner #145 [old]

All of this sounds lovely, even more so after reading your comments below. And I lived on the Maryland shore for a few years (still, hands down, the best home I ever had), in a tiny enclave on the bay just a small drive up from Solomons Island, and still enjoy hearing of the life there. You enjoy that crab feast, Stelmaria.

May 21, 2012
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What's for Dinner #143 [OLD]

I am so proud of you right now. From Taco Bell to lamb. That's my kind of woman.

May 09, 2012
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What's for Dinner #143 [OLD]

Ha, don't you whimper. With an eight and a half hour turnaround between clocking out and clocking back in, I'm about to whip up a bowl of mac and cheese. Blue box. I'm going to drizzle with hot sauce, but that's about it. At least you sauteed some stuff.

May 09, 2012
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What's for Dinner #143 [OLD]

That is just a beautiful sounding dish, eip. And an impressive basin of greens, I must say.

May 09, 2012
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What's for Dinner #143 [OLD]

I usually make croquettes with leftover potatoes, but this recipe looks great. Thanks, BBL.

May 09, 2012
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What's for Dinner #143 [OLD]

I grew up eating smelt. Love them. They look delicious, gingershelley.

May 09, 2012
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What's for Dinner #142 [old]

What a nice gift. And a very nice use of it, Linda. I've never had pickled plums.

May 06, 2012
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