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

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

Which pastry mat do you have?

Mar 10, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

In what area did you find this truffle butter? I'd love to try it!

Mar 03, 2015
calmossimo in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

I was looking for this Arbequina EVOO at my Costco (Denver metro area) but they didn't carry it. I ended up with the Kirkland Signature Tuscan EVOO you also mentioned. I haven't opened it yet, as I'm still using up the last dregs of a bottle of Trader Joe's EVOO.

Mar 03, 2015
calmossimo in Chains

What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition [through Mar 2, 2015]

Welp, I did wake up early to take the pork out of the oven and I did make empanada dough, but left the house and did not end up making any empanadas.

Since I have the pork ready, I'll be eating that for dinner. Possibly some veggies on the side if I can scrounge them up; I must have some in the freezer that need eating.

I think I'll have time to make one batch of the beef empanadas after dinner, then start another batch of the dough so I can make more tomorrow; I'm much more inclined to make them if I can break it up into steps. I'd like to stash a variety in the freezer for delicious and homemade versions of hot pockets!

Mar 02, 2015
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Is this a mortar and pestle?

It's rough.

Mar 01, 2015
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Is this a mortar and pestle?

Yes, kaleokahu also mentioned the resemblance to a poi pounder. When I googled, I saw this pestle does have a similar profile but mine is smooth marble, not basalt as it looks like poi pounders are.

I'm still having trouble turning up results on google, though admittedly I'm not sure what search terms to use. I am so curious to know the history of this piece - the culture it's from, what it's used to pound/grind, etc. It is quite beautiful and looks very old in fantastic vintage condition, so either way I'm happy to display it on my counter and use it to smash things!

Mar 01, 2015
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What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition [through Mar 2, 2015]

I would likely freeze some for later, as LindaWhit said, maybe some in sliced form and some in cubes. I am not always very good at repurposing/transforming leftovers into new and exciting preparations. With leftover ham, I would probably make a couple of ham sandwiches (including a monte cristo), a ham and cheese quiche, some hash, and soup. If I were into salads, I'd chunk up pieces and add to a lunch salad for some extra protein and flavor. Oh and ham fried rice.

Mar 01, 2015
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What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition [through Mar 2, 2015]

I spent the evening prepping food for the future, so what I actually ate for dinner was a bowl of cereal and milk, with a side of Snyder's honey mustard and onion pretzels. It kinda hit the spot and was nice to not worry about having dinner on the table, since the bf was out at a work dinner.

But, I feel accomplished because I was able to prep the fillings for some empanadas I'm planning to make tomorrow - so far, beef/egg/olive/raisin, corn/cheese/caramelized onion, ham and cheese. I also have a pork shoulder roasting in the oven overnight so a chunk of that will probably be turned into a filling as well. I'll be up early to take the pork out of the oven and start on the empanada dough!

Is this a mortar and pestle?

Haha, I think it must be! I don't want the vessel with the pestle but the chalice from the palace!

Feb 28, 2015
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