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Cooking from Yotam Ottolenghi's PLENTY MORE

These pics look great! I had some leftover cooked white rice in my fridge and although I don't have a copy of Plenty More, I remembered this thread and used the description of this salad as inspiration (adapted liberally). Leftover cooked white rice, lots of chopped cilantro and parsley, caramelized onions, garlic, toasted pine nuts, dried cranberries, and olive oil, lemon juice and zest. It was delicious even with this approximated version. I'm looking forward to making it again, next time hopefully with the "real" ingredients.

May 11, 2015
calmossimo in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #363 - The Merrie Month of May Edition [through May 12, 2015]

Right now in the oven is a pot of wild rice, boneless skinless chicken thighs, last week's cherry tomatoes, onion, garlic, and chicken broth simmering away. Oh, and a couple strips of bacon laid over for good measure. And lots of roughly chopped parsley so I could get rid of the wilted bunch and move on to the fresh one for the rest of this week's meals. I was just winging it, so we'll see how it turns out. I think the bacon will help.

What's for Dinner #363 - The Merrie Month of May Edition [through May 12, 2015]

It's Himalayan salt with truffles. Pretty good! Comes in a little tin. I think it might have been seasonal? I haven't been back to TJ's in a while so I'm not sure if it's regularly available.

May 11, 2015
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What's for Dinner #363 - The Merrie Month of May Edition [through May 12, 2015]

Risotto cakes with leftover mushroom risotto. Sprinkled with some Trader Joe's truffle salt, more parm grated over, and I'm good to go!

What's for Dinner #363 - The Merrie Month of May Edition [through May 12, 2015]

Ha! That's where I got the inspiration. I read that thread a while back and then found myself with a pack of country ribs so I basically did that. S&P on the ribs about an hour before I used them, browned them all in a Dutch oven, then quickly washed and cut up a bunch of Swiss chard, chopped some garlic and shallots, and tossed it all into the pot. I had a small bit of broth in the fridge, so splashed some of that and a bit of red wine vinegar on top. Stuck it in the oven at around 275 for a couple of hours. It was probably done earlier, but I forgot about it during the movie :)

Help me fix some loose rice crispy treats....

Ha. I heard that NPR segment too!

May 07, 2015
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What's for Dinner #363 - The Merrie Month of May Edition [through May 12, 2015]

Tonight will be cilantro lime rice with braised greens and country style pork ribs. The rice is leftover and I did the greens/ribs last night in a Dutch oven while we were watching TV, so it'll be a simple heat and eat tonight! Will probably slice up a mango for dessert.

What's for Dinner #363 - The Merrie Month of May Edition [through May 12, 2015]

I haven't posted WFD in a while, and I'm still not sure for tonight. Last night was a hodgepodge pasta dish. Spaghetti, shrimp, crumbled bacon, cherry tomatoes, and chopped capers and kalamata olives with a sauce of white wine/butter/lemon. It was pretty good, albeit a tad salty.

WFD tonight, might be leftovers. Or a sandwich with turkey, bacon, cucumber, tomatoes, dijon mustard, cheese, and, uh, whatever else is in the fridge.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015 [OLD]

I would say a yay for this too. My TJ's (Denver) was sampling the pecan kringle, warmed up and sliced into teeny pieces and I really liked it - the first kringle I've ever had! I think it was going for $7.99. I didn't buy one as I don't have any room in the freezer and I didn't want to tempt myself by leaving the whole thing out on the counter.

Apr 07, 2015
calmossimo in Chains

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

Last night was capellini with lightly steamed asparagus in a white wine lemon butter sauce with scallions, toasted pine nuts, and lots of parm. It looked like a bit of a mess on the plate, but tasted quite good. I had seconds and my partner ate thirds!

Tonight will be ribeye steaks simply seasoned with salt and pepper, cooked in a cast iron skillet and topped with a pat of miso butter. On the side, the rest of the asparagus, roasted and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. I may also turn some leftover bread soup into pan-fried patties.

So glad to check this thread for inspiration to get cooking. Sometimes I feel like I'm all out of motivation to do anything in the kitchen and then I see everyone else's lovely creations and they spark new ideas for my own meals.

What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

It's linked in the post above: http://www.mynewroots.org/site/2014/0...

Mar 24, 2015
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What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

Yum! I also saved the link to the Lao Gan Ma chili crisp sauce to keep an eye out next time I am at the Asian market.

Authentic Cajun Cookbook

Ha, I bought one for $0.01 too! (Plus the 3.99 shipping)

Mar 19, 2015
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What's for Dinner #354: The Green(ing) Edition [through March 20, 2015

Aw, hope you feel better. I am so impressed you can handle making these incredible meals when you are not feeling well! That menu would be beyond my capacity even at my peak.

What's for Dinner #354: The Green(ing) Edition [through March 20, 2015

I was eating alone tonight, so it was an impromptu easy sandwich. A Vietnamese style baguette, sliced in half and toasted in the oven with lots of butter, then sliced mozzarella cheese layered on one half. Sauteed swiss chard and garlic with olive oil stuck between the baguette halves. It was inspired by a description of a sandwich from An Everlasting Meal, where Tamar Adler says she had the best sandwich with "oily, garlicky cooked spinach" - that phrase was in my head for weeks after I read it and I finally had an easy opportunity to mimic the meal tonight. It was delicious!

What's for Dinner #353: the post-Daylight Saving Time Edition [Through March 15, 2015]

Last night we ate two types of empanadas from the freezer - ground beef and ham 'n cheese. Brushed with an egg wash and they baked up quite nicely. Ate them while watching the last episode of House of Cards.

Tonight is a ladies' night with bunco, wine, and enchiladas.

What's for Dinner #353: the post-Daylight Saving Time Edition [Through March 15, 2015]

Are you in Burlington? I lived there for several years but was on a sad grad student budget and never went to A Single Pebble, although I always wanted to! I will have to go next time I visit.

Mar 14, 2015
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Curried Cauliflower, Chickpeas, and Tofu

Mar 10, 2015
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Curried Cauliflower, Chickpeas, and Tofu

Mar 10, 2015
calmossimo in Recipes

Kitchen gadgets you used a couple times and thought , do I need this ?

Oh, and another item I thought I'd be using all the time - a clay La Chamba pot. It's gorgeous and I used it once to make lentils and once to make beans. Haven't touched it since then... I just go for the enameled cast iron Dutch oven every time because the capacity is bigger. I'm also more likely to use canned beans rather than dried these days, only because dried means I have to use/store a huge batch of beans and cans are such a convenient size for my household of one! Maybe I'll try out the bean pot again and have a cooking revelation...

Mar 10, 2015
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Kitchen gadgets you used a couple times and thought , do I need this ?

Thanks!

Mar 10, 2015
calmossimo in Cookware

Kitchen gadgets you used a couple times and thought , do I need this ?

Which pastry mat do you have?

Mar 10, 2015
calmossimo in Cookware

Kitchen gadgets you used a couple times and thought , do I need this ?

I still use my microplane and silicone baking mats regularly. I just bought a salad spinner that I thought I could use "all the time! every day!" but it's still in the packaging - maybe I'd use it if I had more space in my kitchen, but at this point I'll probably return it. Hopefully I still have the receipt stashed somewhere.

I think I've used my springform pans once for a pineapple upside down cake, four years ago. I just donated my pastry blender because I always use my hands to blend butter into flour - much faster, easier, and harder to overwork. I am a fanatic about leaving enough chunks of butter to create those pockets of steam.

Mar 10, 2015
calmossimo in Cookware

What's for Dinner #353: the post-Daylight Saving Time Edition [Through March 15, 2015]

I've had low cooking (and kitchen cleaning) motivation lately and ate out for every meal over the weekend, so tonight's dinner was not planned in advance. I needed to use up two bunches of lacinato kale and decided a kale salad was the way to go. Thinly sliced kale ribbons, a miso/tahini/lemon dressing, lots of grated parm, quinoa, toasted pine nuts, and dried cranberries. I love it because I didn't even have to go to the store and this barely qualifies as cooking but it's a tasty and filling dinner with leftovers that will be great for tomorrow's lunch.

Empty Nesters: What do your kids/grandkids request when they visit?

As an adult child who sees her parents 1-2 times per year, my meal requests are along the same lines when I want my mom to cook for me - the Tuesday night dinner dishes rather than any special occasion food. I can make most of the dishes on my own, sure, but they don't taste the same as Mom's home cooking!

Mar 09, 2015
calmossimo in General Topics
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Quick and Easy Baking Ideas

Wow, thanks! I'm glad you posted this recipe! I will try it out next time I'm itching to bake something almond-y! (And then I'll try it with those coconut substitutes as well).

Mar 04, 2015
calmossimo in Home Cooking

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

Yes, I'll report back! I like both the Kalamata and the California Estate EVOO from TJ's and usually have one of them on hand. Right now, I'm using up a bottle of Sprouts store brand EVOO until I can get to the KS Tuscan.

Mar 04, 2015
calmossimo in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

Ah, gotcha. Thanks both for the info!

Mar 04, 2015
calmossimo in Chains

What's for Dinner #352: the pre-Daylight Savings Time 2015 Edition [through Mar 8, 2015]

The beef empanadas got a thumbs up from both me and my partner. Here's an awful iphone pic of one. I have a new batch of dough in the fridge right now waiting for the ham/cheese/caramelized onion filling. I'll make those tomorrow and freeze for another time. I love stocking up the freezer with new items, especially other than just soup!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

Yum, like Milanos? I will have to look for these next time!

Mar 03, 2015
calmossimo in Chains