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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014

I use chips on mine and they melt perfectly well. I sprinkle them on as soon as I take the tray out of the oven, leave for five minutes, and then use a spatula or spreader to smooth out the chips and let set for a bit before adding flaky salt or slivered almonds or cocoa nibs. I agree with you that it always goes fast and cheap and easy to make tons for parties.

Dec 17, 2014
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Liven up my cheese straws please!

Smitten Kitchen has a recipe for cheese straws that I thought looked good and easy enough, although I've never made them (her version or any other): http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/0...

Dec 17, 2014
calmossimo in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

Probably a quick mapo tofu-type dish with steamed rice and veggies on the side - I'm not sure what type I picked up, but probably gai lan or yu choy or something similar. I think I will lightly steam them then a drizzle of sesame oil and/or oyster sauce.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

This weekend was mostly spent prepping items for Christmas packages that will be mailed out today and tomorrow - oatmeal, chocolate chip, pecan cookies, gingersnaps, chocolate caramel saltine crack, candied peanuts, and spiced mixed nuts. Not much in the way of real cooking, so went out for Vietnamese food last night and had com dac biet - easy, cheap, and filling - and I got to do a quick grocery run while waiting for the to-go order.

Tonight will be simple stuffed peppers with leftover spaghetti squash (I feel as though this single spaghetti squash will have leftovers until the end of time).

What's For Dinner #338 - Winter Wonderland Edition [through 12/14/14]

That's so gorgeous. What a lovely and thoughtful gift and way to provide a legacy of all those family recipes!

Super Easy Few Ingredient Holiday Cookies and Candy

I'm making all of these, along with a few other things (gingersnaps, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, TKOs, etc), but these are the ones with the fewest ingredients and the fastest prep.

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2008/01/...
http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/1...
http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2008/04/...
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ni...

Dec 13, 2014
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What's For Dinner #338 - Winter Wonderland Edition [through 12/14/14]

I made French Onion Soup last night before going to sleep so that will be dinner. I have some sliced baguette stashed in the freezer that I'll rub with garlic and pile on some shredded cheddar and mozz - it'll go under the broiler and get served alongside the soup. No gruyere, unfortunately, and no oven-proof soup bowls to do the real deal.

Leftover roasted spaghetti squash - I added some browned butter and sage and a light sprinkling of truffle salt.

I actually don't have much of an appetite right now because I had some dental work done this morning, but it does smell delicious and I'm pretty sure my partner will love it. Hopefully by tomorrow I'll be able to truly enjoy the leftovers.

First Married Christmas

Smitten Kitchen's red wine chocolate cake for dessert!

Dec 09, 2014
calmossimo in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014

Yes, this is what I was going to say - the original Puffins remind me of the Quaker Corn Bran cereal. I love both! I enjoy the PB puffins both dry and with milk. I am a cereal addict, though.

Dec 06, 2014
calmossimo in Chains

Cumin

Whole or ground?

Madhur Jaffrey's lentils with garlic and onion calls for some whole cumin seeds:
http://www.recipeslib.com/ethnic/indi...

And this chickpea salad with cumin and garlic was tasty: http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-spicy...

Ground, I use in a lot of soups and stews - chili, like others have said. In anything that calls for curry powder or needs a smokiness or warmth. In a black bean and corn salad.

Dec 06, 2014
calmossimo in Home Cooking
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What is your favorite stovetop meal?

I'm planning to do a couple stovetop recipes this week.

Italian sausages with peppers and onions.

Crepes with whatever fillings I have on hand. Caramelized onions, cheese, spinach are usually around (that's what will be in mine this week). Crumbled bacon, diced ham, or shredded leftover chicken, if I have it. Bacon, corn, and cheddar are great together.

Curried red lentil soup.

Chicken adobo with chicken thighs and/or legs, black pepper, onions, bay leaf, soy sauce and vinegar. Maybe some garlic. Served over steamed rice. Use leftover rice to make fried rice the next day or the day after.

Ground pork, seasoned, broken up in a non-stick or well-seasoned cast iron skillet in some oil until browned. Crack some eggs into a bowl, lightly beat with a fork, sprinkle some fish sauce and black pepper. Add eggs to skillet and make a stovetop frittata-type of thing. Eat over rice.

I often make stir fries when I have odds and ends to use up. Simple and fast stovetop meal.

Pasta skillet meals are fairly simple too.

Dec 06, 2014
calmossimo in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition! [through 2 December 2014]

I ate most of the salumi and cheese then went to the laundry to move clothes into the dryer. When I got back, my pup was licking her chops and my plate was empty except she left the only grape on the plate (which is good since grapes are toxic to dogs). She did NOT look apologetic for eating my dinner.

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition! [through 2 December 2014]

I was in Seattle over the weekend for a wonderful wedding. Back in Denver now.

Tonight's dinner will be simple: some crusty bread, three types of salumi from Salumi, and a few types of cheese - whatever's in the fridge. Leftover pastries from Bakery Nouveau - half each of a twice-baked almond croissant and a chocolate one, a few bites left of a kouign amann.

I'm leaving on Wednesday for Thanksgiving so no desire to cook much before then!

Thanksgiving for one - What would you make?

Possibly a box of Kraft mac n cheese. Or a box of Stovetop stuffing, eaten with some gravy from a jar/can. Brown butter salted rice krispy treats for afters.

Nov 21, 2014
calmossimo in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving for one - What would you make?

I would love this!

Nov 21, 2014
calmossimo in Home Cooking

Hi From Marssy, Chowhound CM

Welcome Marssy!

Nov 20, 2014
calmossimo in Site Talk
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What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

I had a work event that involved a catered early Thanksgiving lunch with lots of leftovers, so I had roasted turkey with all the fixings for dinner. I am thankful for a night off from cooking! I probably won't be cooking tomorrow night either, as I'll be doing some last minute packing then catching a flight to Seattle for a long weekend - going to a wedding of two dear friends.

What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

Spicy Italian sausages with peppers and onions, alongside cheese tortellini with a tomato sauce - really, a can of crushed tomatoes heated up with some dried oregano and rosemary and a dollop of honey. And Trader Joe's burratta.

What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

My partner had bought some pre-marinated boneless skinless chicken breast, so I stuck it in the oven along with a pan of thinly sliced potatoes dressed with some olive oil and S+P. Kale salad with olive oil, garlic, lemon, grated parm. Also a chickpea salad with toasted cumin seeds, sundried tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, mint, and lots of garlic and olive oil - recipe from The Kitchn.

And then dessert was... uh... too many handfuls of the Chicago popcorn mix from Costco.

What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

yum, tom kha gai! you've inspired me to add this to my menu for next week, assuming i can get to the store for some lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and galangal.

Nov 14, 2014
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What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

It was the chili! It turned out okay... not my finest, but serviceable. Cheese biscuits were pretty tasty.

Tonight might be those roasted chicken breasts, or it might be a Friday night out.

Nov 14, 2014
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What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

For three days, have been eating soup - Italian sausage, onion, celery, carrot, potato, spinach, and cheese tortellini. Has been delicious and warming for these -5 degree nights. Finally had the last of it for lunch today.

Tonight's WFD will likely be a quick chili made with ground beef and lots of canned stuff (pinto and kidney beans, crushed tomatoes) and will hopefully be on the table at a reasonable hour. Perhaps homemade cheese biscuits or cornbread on the side.

If I don't get home in time or have enough energy to manage the chili, it may be roasted chicken breasts with a quick lemon sauce and some crispy sliced potatoes on the side.

Paseo Closed

The latest I've seen on it:
http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2...

Nov 13, 2014
calmossimo in Greater Seattle

Paseo Closed

http://blogs.seattletimes.com/allyouc...

(I don't even live in Seattle anymore but this came up on my Facebook newsfeed and had to check this board to see if this had already come up. I'm sad. I'm visiting Seattle in two weeks and Paseo was going to be one of my first food stops so I could have a chicken breast sandwich.)

Nov 11, 2014
calmossimo in Greater Seattle

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

I haven't seen it in SoCal, but I saw it last week at a Costco here in Colorado.

Nov 11, 2014
calmossimo in Chains

Parents of Adult Children: When should kids start picking up the check?

Interesting question. I'm not a parent, but I'm an adult child of two well-off parents who I see once or twice a year. I usually offer to pick up the check, but my dad almost always beats me to the punch. My brothers and I will occasionally pick up the tab for an activity during our annual family vacation (tickets to Cirque du Soleil, for example). I'm stable, but my parents are much more financially secure than me and usually insist on paying for meals and more. I am grateful they are able and happy to pay, but would love to treat them if they allowed it more often.

Nov 10, 2014
calmossimo in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #333 - The end of Daylight Savings Time Edition [through Nov. 10, 2014]

WFD: I picked up some spicy Italian sausage over the weekend, so it'll be sausage, kale, and potato soup with plenty of parm. Come to think of it, I'm not sure I have kale at the house so I'll need to run to the store after work. Will eat with leftover Costco demi-baguettes, possibly split/sliced, rubbed with garlic, and warmed in the oven. I'm all about making more than enough, so hopefully this soup will be lunch tomorrow, plus a stash to have in the freezer for later. It's supposed to snow here in Denver tonight!

What's for Dinner #333 - The end of Daylight Savings Time Edition [through Nov. 10, 2014]

Welcome! I'm also a recent transplant to Denver (well, six months ago). Nothing wrong with tuna sandwiches!

Nov 10, 2014
calmossimo in Home Cooking

What side dish to serve with Smitten Kitchen's Lamb Meatballs?

eggplant fries drizzled with honey!

Oct 24, 2014
calmossimo in Home Cooking

Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

I am laughing quietly to myself at my desk right now. Too good!

Oct 24, 2014
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