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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

wow, that's ambitious - well, most dessert/baking endeavors sound ambitious to me!

looks marvelous tho... even to a non-sweets person.

good luck! i'm sure the libations will help.

about 12 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

what a great welcome home dinner.

and of course your boy "got it" - how could he not. he's gotten his culinary and cultural chops down good. good for him.

about 12 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

lemony oregano chicken turned out really well. with nice crispy bits, even without skin. i also made a cheater Realtor’s dressing (no buttermilk - used mayo, sour cream, a little milk) with fresh oregano, some parsley we had drying, granulated garlic, and finely minced scallion, for a salad of butter lettuce, cuke ribbons, and shallots. pearl barley salad had marinated for a couple days and was nice and flavorful, albeit a tad mushier than i’d like. the one site i looked at for cooking time had me use 5 c water to 1 c barley, and that’s just too much.

after dinner i dredged some short ribs in seasoned flour, seared in bacon fat, removed from pan, sauteed chopped onions in the fat, added smashed garlic, fresh thyme, s&p, Hungarian paprika, and then poured all that into the slow cooker, added a can of squished-up plum tomatoes and their juice, 2 cans water, tbs. of beef BTB, 2 cups Russian River pinot noir, 2 chopped carrots and some chopped parsley. added the short ribs, made sure they were covered, and turned it on low. they’ll cook all night. and voila - tomorrow night’s dinner, she is a-ready. i’m hoping to get a head of cauli for faux mashed potatoes.

about 12 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

hi there, sbp, welcome to WFD.
adding more Szechuan peppercorns - sounds like my kinda prep.

about 15 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

I had it at Southpaw, on Mission btw 17th and 18th. again, BBQ was blah, but that drink was perfect. except I wish they wouldn't serve them in the cutesy mason jars.

about 15 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

BL/SL chicken thighs were forked and have been marinating since last night in fresh lemon juice, granulated garlic, and fresh minced oregano. they'll be drained, pan fried, then into the oven to finish/under the broiler to char. yum.

Sunday I made a greek-ish pearl barley salad which will go on the side, plus a regular green salad.

I am hoping my cell phone has dried and recovered from its most recent unfortunate contretemps (don't ask) so I can take pics. I'm jonesing.

about 16 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

welcome AmandaBean! it sounds like a total comfort dinner.

about 16 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

that sounds DIVINE.
I totally would add a little cheese.

about 16 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

welcome, bustling!

about 16 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

i'm the same.
Plus, I've had the Zuni version, at Zuni, and it's not my favorite. it was good, but Range's, in the Mission, is better, in my humble opinion.

about 16 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

just had to chime in here, since it made the rounds here on WFD. not WFD for me, but WFL - here in SF, in the financial district, I just saw for the first time a Halal cart! Chicken over rice! Lamb over rice! Combo over rice!
Hot sauce - REALLY hot! White sauce! I got the combo and ran back to my office. Gulped down a quarter of it and then decided to put the brakes on and leave some for the BF (he can eat around the lamb). my cell phone is out of use so no pic, but this seems like the real deal. my eyes are watering and mouth is on fire. i meant to ask them if they were from NY.... soooooo good....

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/foodie/2013...

ok, so ex-pat NYers don't love it. but I did:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/919128

about 20 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

remember the fish-hating BF?

about 20 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

Keller's is my favorite.

about 20 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

those are gorgeous.

about 20 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

love it. i'm assuming you stuck your tongue out at all of us too.

about 20 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

YUUU-UUUM!!!

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

like it!

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

dayuuuum.... i want catfish now...

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

so glad you'll have your boy back with you for a while, i can't imagine how happy a home-coming that will be. enjoy! and we'd love to hear how he enjoyed his culinary adventures!

1 day ago
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[Venice] Alle Testiere

thanks very much - lunch is a good idea.

2 days ago
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

you know, I didn't even think about that...

2 days ago
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

congrats you two! enjoy the hell out of it.
and great about his Dudeness!

2 days ago
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[Venice] Alle Testiere

Harters - bumping this because i'm heading to Venice in September, and i've been hearing a lot about this place. their website doesn't give much info - links didn't work to menus, or reservations.... i plan to be a seafood eating machine on this trip!

but anyway, it's good to hear a good word from someone i "know" and respect....

Jul 20, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

i actually love the idea of goat cheese with the sausage - really piqued my interest.

glad you had a fun weekend, LW!

Jul 20, 2014
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thanks!

Jul 20, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

bbq place was mediocre. no sign/smell/taste of smoke in the meat - guess i should have researched that before we went. it wasn't bad, just meh. had a LOVELY cocktail, tho - Mishi’s Regret No.2: mezcal, cassis, lemon, habanero tincture - slightly spicy, smoky, tangy..... everything i love in a cocktail. ok, i had two. i'd go back just for that.

Jul 20, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

thanks CM, but fortunately, i really only wasted the night's sleep a bit!

Jul 20, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

loved that song.

Jul 20, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

little bout of food poisoning (mild but yet not) started yesterday afternoon, but over this morning. not sure at all what caused it, but it definitely was no bug. anyway, with a respite in the evening, i had dinner out - bar with good food, going away party for a friend - amazing truffle-salted fries, oysters, moroccan meatballs, etc. 4 cocktails later - zzzzzzz as soon as i got home at 9:30 (and i didn't drive - public trans, in case anyone's worried).

dinner out tonight with the BF - local BBQ joint for brisket and other things.

cooking up some sides for the week. multi-colored carrots that needed to be eaten are roasting after being tossed in olive oil with plenty of salt and fresh thyme leaves. pearl barley is being boiled in BTB chicken stock, for a greek-ish barley salad, using up a lot of the cilantro i have. tomatoes and cukes will go into that too, and some goat cheese feta i have to get rid of.

also defrosting short ribs for one night this week...

aww... the weekend's almost over!

Jul 20, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

so sorry about your boy!
has your vet told you about this high-caloric spread stuff that comes in a tube? most animals will eat it when they won't eat anything else - it smells really good to them. it comes out like meaty gel (like toothpaste) and they lick it off your finger. my kitty who had kitty leukemia ate it up when he wouldn't eat anything else.

i hope he gets his appetite back to you can get yours...

Jul 20, 2014
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