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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

I'm going to look for it IRL to see how different it is from Jerusalem.

Feb 26, 2015
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What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition

I visited my vegetable garden last night and it is a sad affair. Fence is partially down, compost bins deperately need stirring and the bottom dug out, etc. Garden clean out day scheduled for mid March and I'm having trouble believing it will be thawed.

Feb 26, 2015
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Dinner Tonight: Gourmet Hotdogs!

What about making corn dogs? I stumbled across this last night after reading the Piglet challenge:

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/11/...

If you're thinking of using regular dogs, maybe lively up the corn meal with spicy flavors? Chile? Minced garlic?

Just occurred to me that this might be a bit low-brow for "gourmet".....

Feb 26, 2015
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

I read the post too. Having almost zero knowledge of Mimi and her blog (think I've followed links there a few times), I have real opinion of her lifestyle, whether or not she thinks she is better than the rest of us, etc. I will note that she is hardly the first/only blogger to promote their lifestyle, include lovely and drool-worthy photos, etc.

Feb 26, 2015
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

Crap, I was hoping Olives, Lemons & Za'atar would lose. Not sure I can resist it now.

Feb 26, 2015
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What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition

Enjoy the snow! And breakfast.

Feb 26, 2015
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What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition

I think out of the last 5 days, I've actually cooked once - chicken & edamame curry. Work crunch, boss back in the hospital, meetings, you name it has interfered.

Tonight I'm going to rally and make veggie fried rice, chicken thighs in a spicy black bean sauce, and corn on the cob. Can you detect a fridge clean out theme? Tomorrow, hopping on a bus to NYC to meet up with my sister for a few days. Boys are on their own. Probably lots of frozen pizza.

What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition

Please report back either way. I have a box of STS and the meatloaf sounds like something my kids would love.

Feb 26, 2015
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Breakfast Potatoes: Home Fries versus Hash Browns | Epicurious.com

Most hash browns are not crispy enough for me. If I'm making them, I prefer a latkeish hash brown: Raw potato, shredded, lots of fat in a hot CI skillet, fill the bottom with a not too thick layer of shreds, cook until crispy. Maybe some onions added to the mixture.

Home fries are my standard potato AM dish. Usually I chop into 1/2 inch pieces, microwave for about 4 minutes, then fry in lots of fat. Typically, I'll add diced hot pepper and onion, then top with crema and cilantro.

But most potatoes are good potatoes, in my book.

Feb 25, 2015
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

I made those crackers for holiday gifts. They were wonderful and I'm due for a repeat.

Feb 24, 2015
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Is it necessary to clean the inside of new salt and pepper shakers before using them?

LOL, ditto. I used to work for a guy who washed EVERY item of clothing he purchased before wearing it, including packaged socks, undies, coats, etc. I was dumbfounded.

Feb 24, 2015
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Classy, expensive restaurant in PG County?

Depending on the size of your party, Brabo might offer the most space and privacy for your group. The others can get very crowded and noisy, if that matters.

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

I love those plates.

Feb 20, 2015
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The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

If that is what you and your date prefer, then yes.

Me, I'd be put off by a first date set up that is essentially a pass/fail test.

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Last night was out with friends - grouper and matchstick fries. Plus two really fizzy ales that have left me with a mild headache (and I can handle my liquor).

Tonight, not sure. Maybe a pan roasted chicken thing, inspired by some of the lovely pics here. It is just me and #2 son, the others are going on a college visit.

Why aren't we eating more geese?

Apparently, there are some legal ways to eradicate the ones who've decided to spend the summer here, if you are an airport or an agricultural producer anyway.

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife...

Feb 19, 2015
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What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Welcome back, we missed you.

Feb 19, 2015
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Why aren't we eating more geese?

My thought is that if I had just one percent of the dozens of year round resident Canada geese I see each day, I'd be in goose eatin' heaven.

I think some jurisdictions trap and euthanize them. Waste.

Feb 19, 2015
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What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Many falafel mixes are gluten free. My GF SIL loves them, buys them, and leaves them in my cupboards.

Feb 19, 2015
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Deep sea aquaculture on this week's "Earth - A New Wild"

Sounds very interesting. I'll look for it.

Feb 19, 2015
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What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Yep, good call on the abandonment.

You might enjoy this piece from my local rag on Boston versus DC snow.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/o...

Feb 18, 2015
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What's your favorite cake?

Both. For the latter, I use a cooking light recipe for Cinnamon Apple cake. For the former, I have a recipe from my paternal grandmother, a german apple cake w/o spices.

Feb 17, 2015
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What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Beautiful blue skies, chilly temps, and roads in pretty good shape after 5-6 inches of snow. Even though my office is officially closed, I needed to finish some things so I'm here enjoying the solitude. Pork loin chops are brining and will be seared on the stovetop in CI, then finished in the oven. Green salad too. I may get on the pancake bandwagon...maybe blueberry crepes?

Please help a new mom cook healthier! I need some inspiration

Congratulations! Though my babies are now teens, I remember those early days well. And not terribly fondly. My advice is to pretty much write off the end of the day for much in the way of dinner prep. Do a little planning over the weekend and shop either w/o baby or at a time of day when he is least likely to be hungry/tired/out of sorts. Prep a couple of dinners in advance - soup, spaghetti sauce, cut up veggies and protein for stir fry, make a casserole, quiche, etc. If possible, use baby's nap time or happy time to prepare simple meals. The junk, well, you're just going to have to rid the house of it but make sure you have plenty of easy to grab healthy bites on hand. Egg, ham and cheese muffins; carrot sticks and hummus; HB eggs, etc.

Feb 17, 2015
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What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Nice!

Haddock chowder is calling to me right now.

What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

When i got up this morning it was so cold in the kitchen that I turned on the oven at the same time that I put water on for coffee. I ended up making apple, cinnamon, and granola muffins.

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Brrrr, very cold here and it appears that we will actually get snow in the DMV this time. WFD last night was a spicy turkey tortilla soup loosely based on a Bayliss recipe. Tonight I was planning something with pork loin chops but there are rumblings about hamburgers from the fam. So, TBD.

What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

Not much of a weekend to reenter the outside world. Get healthy, whatever you do.

Feb 13, 2015
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What's your favorite cake?

Apple cake

Feb 13, 2015
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Tyranny of the chicken finger: How we created a generation of unsophisticated, picky eaters — and why the cycle must stop

Since there are plenty of "unsophisticated, picky eater" adults out there, no huge surprise that there are similar kids. Add that to the fact that kids' taste buds are often more sensitive than adults' and I think that some pickyness is normal for some kids. We never served chicken fingers to our kids when they were younger although they certainly had exposure at restaurants. Neither one eats them now so I tend to think of those fingers as a gateway drug to more interesting types of chicken.

I guess I don't really view this chicken finger tyranny as one of the world's most pressing problems. Plus, when the article stated that we need to be more like the French...buzz kill. That said, I do applaud restaurants that offer reduced portions of their regular dishes and I guess my presence here at CH means that I myself enjoy food so of course I want my kids to be open minded to new flavors.

Feb 13, 2015
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