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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

The BF was at the helm tonight and decided to make a repeat dinner from last week, because he lurrrvves pasta soooo much: spaghetti with sausage & mushroom sauce. it was just as good as last time. my garlic bread, his salad lettuce, olives, slivered carrots, watermelon radish, shallots, sliced french radish, feta, minced garlic..... all very garlicky indeed. good thing we're only kissing on each other.

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

and i'm betting i asked you about it last time! not enough days in the year to cook everything i'd like... thanks Mr. H.

about 20 hours ago
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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

oooh, i've still not been! let me know what you think of it, would you? my sister lives right near there and we've been wanting to go.

about 20 hours ago
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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

thanks JL!

about 21 hours ago
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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

we were going to do takeout sichuan tomorrow, and i know it would have cost us like $80 because we always overorder (it's just 3 of us at my sister's). but they're closed! i'm bummed for us, happy for the employees.

guess we're going to have to hit Whole Paycheck for pricey nibbles and bits. though i did already nab some fresh salmon and tuna to make sashimi, and littleneck clams. and a bunch of our fave italian cold cuts for the BF who is staying home, as usual.

about 21 hours ago
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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

good to have you back! that pork belly dish sounds wonderful. do you have a recipe, by chance?

1 day ago
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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

I ate spoonfuls of condensed milk right out of the can as a kid too. still do.

1 day ago
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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

gracias!

2 days ago
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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

got a call from my sister at about 3, asking me to help her out with something at her house tonight. called the BF and told him i'd not be home for dinner after all - we were going to make tacos out of the leftover peru-cuban pork from last night. about an hour later she calls and says thanks, but you don't need to come. i immediately call the BF to tell him i WILL be home for dinner, please don't finish all the pork. TOOOOO LAAAATE! he musta jumped up and ran to the fridge as soon as he heard i wasn't coming home! little bastard, i'd been craving that pork all day.

ah well, it gave me a chance to make myself something i usually can't when he's around - fish! fish tacos, to be exact. stopped at the fishmongers' on the way home, bought a filet of tilapia. cut into pieces, dipped into a beaten egg, dredged in seasoned flour, then quickly sauteed and placed atop charred corn tortillas. topped each taco with thinly sliced red cabbage, jalapenos & scallions, chopped cilantro, mexican crema, red habanero sauce, sliced radishes on the side, and a lime wedge. YUM. nice and spicy, hit the spot.

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

nw, so very sorry to hear. your outlook is so inspiring, and I can only hope i'd have a tenth of it if I were faced with such hard truths. it sounds like you're making each hour and day count. strenghth to you, and here's hoping we see your posts here for a really, really long time.

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

perfect! must try my hand at one of these again (not the TJs pre-cooked kind tho!) although, i will make those again too...

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

thanks, foodie.

Nov 24, 2014
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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

yeah i always thought it was a shoulder or a butt, not both. it's definitely a good slow-cooking cut, either way. we eat a lot of it here (whatever it's called!)

Nov 24, 2014
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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

i have, i love Trillin, thanks!
not cooking at all will be a treat with so many four-footed beasts lurking about....

Nov 24, 2014
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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

the cubanish/peruvian pork turned out pretty great. i made a mojo of fresh orange and lemon juices, one really mushy persimmon, the aji amarillo paste, and crushed garlic. plunked the pork shoulder/butt in that, covered the whole thing in foil and into a 285 degree oven for 4 hours, until shreddable. the BF requested black beans this a.m., so i bought a can on the way home from work and doctored them up with minced garlic and jalapeno; we had leftover coconut rice, and i made a simple salad of pickled red onions and avocado. The pork was juicy and citrusy, and you could really taste the persimmon; not too much of the aji, tho, but it was all still very good. the BF declared dinner "scrumptious!"

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

a smallish pork shoulder butt (that's what the label says) was rubbed this a.m. with ground coriander, smoked paprika, salt, cinnamon, and brown sugar. in a few hours i'll give it a mojo of aji amarillo (still working on that idea) - re-inspired by C. Mason - and low-and-slow roasted for 4-6 hours. it'll be served over the leftover coconut rice, and some kind of salad will accompany.

no cooking plans for thxgiving - it's our first thxgiving without both our parents, the first without me cooking any part of a turkey in over 35 years! i'll go over to my sister's (the bf is not a holiday celebrator, thankfully) to help her with the dogs (she boards) and we'll stuff ourselves silly with delicious take-out sichuan instead, eaten standing at the counter, out of paws' and snout's reach.

First food thought this morning

"need to go put that rub on the pork."

that's what she said.

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

so... no cabbage, no fish sauce or dried shrimp or anything funky like that? interesting...

i do love the funk, though, and garlic, in all its forms.

Nov 23, 2014
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What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

mmm.. your eggs are my favorite on that list. high time to make a new batch of kimchi.

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

they look great!

Nov 23, 2014
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What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

dammit - i just ate and i want that dinner now.

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

congrats on your performance!

Nov 23, 2014
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What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

aji de gallina is one of my favorite peruvian dishes. I think i made another peruvian chicken that was listed here, quite a while back - just use it as part of a marinade for grilled chicken. mostly i think i've used it in making Papa a la Huancaina - another one of my absolute favorite peruvian dishes. here's a pretty good interpretation of it. it's a dish served cold, like a salad.

http://www.food.com/recipe/papas-a-la...

Nov 23, 2014
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What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

i wasn't sure what was going to be for dinner tonight... i had a couple of slices of bacon with goat cheese and a drizzle of wild flower honey for bfast (well, brunch; it was 1 p.m., after all). thought about a riff on that with pork tenderloin, but PTs never excite me. then i thought about paella, since i arborio and some Spanish chorizo, with a nice poached egg on top... but then the BF whisked me away for a long walk through our beautiful city on a gorgeous clear crisp fall day, and we ended up having an early dinner out at a "new Korean American" hipster place we'd tried once before. best thing then and now were their shitake dumplings in a wonderfully flavorful dashi, and tonight we also tried their spicy chicken wings, a kimchi beef taco, and a less than stellar chicken and noodle soup. mostly very good, tho, with a nice dry rosé. back in la cocina mañana.

pic of my breakfast, because you know i can't resist...

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

happy early bday! sounds like your partner knows how to treat you right!

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

fantastic celebratory dinner! i'm a sour cream fanatic myself - i can literally eat it by the spoonful out of the tub.

did you say previously - is Gilda pre-owned? just noticed the dings on her side... and not that there's anything wrong with that - I myself have not owned a new car since i was in my early 20s (and even that was a floor model). and we're still living in the Stone Age with our 2006 Subaru... so enjoy the modernity!

Nov 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

oooh that looks wonderful... do you have a favorite recipe for the poulet mistral? i googled and came up with chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, but wondering how/if yours differs. here's one i found:

http://twoyolks.org/2008/05/18/poulet...

Nov 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

i just had bruschetta with ricotta and honey the other night at a wine bar, and i believe the bread had been rubbed with garlic first - delicious! it was a great contrast in flavors. sounds like a great bday dinner.

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

browned up some chicken thighs, covered them in leftover peanut satay and into the oven they went, with a quick pass-through under the broiler. Made coconut milk rice, and a salad of lettuce, carrots, scallions, watermelon radish, mint, red cabbage, cilantro with a nuoc cham dressing.

this followed lunch at my sister's, where we heated up 2 cooked Dungeness crabs from Costco, made melted sriracha-lemon butter, and ate them standing at the kitchen counter with some Prosecco. good eats!

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

mmm is right! welcome, Reed!

Nov 21, 2014
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