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What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition

well the BF beat me to it. i bought the buns and called home to see if we had scallions and he told me he was already in the middle of prepping dinner. he did a fine job of it - glazed the TJ's pork belly with a mixture of bbq & katsu sauces, ketchup, a Japanese citrus marinade, 5-spice and black pepper. the dressing on his salad was unfortunately way too sweet for me - i actually couldn't finish it - but there was plenty of crispy/fatty pork belly and jasmine rice.

last goodbye happy hour is tomorrow night. much tamer (work) crowd this time. phew.

Typical American breakfast foods you don't enjoy at breakfast?

i grew up in so. cal. and tho i'm not a donut eater anymore (maybe once every other year), i grew up eating them as bfast, about once a week, and so did others i knew. donut shops are open very early in the morning (as well as late at night) and they're full of people eating them as - guess what - bfast! for me, now, they're too sweet to eat them more than once in a blue moon.

about 13 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition

it's another not-big-cooking day - defrosted a TJ's pork belly, and i'm contemplating making little pork belly buns, Chinese style, with some 5 spice rub and hoisin, Asian cukes...

then again, I actually bought some garam masala a couple weeks ago (I made my own once, but I doubt I have everything to do that right now) and I was also thinking maybe a garam masala rub on the belly and then serving that over basmati rice.... decisions, decisions...

about 16 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition

TJ's Spanish sausage trio - Wooot!

about 16 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition

bummer!

about 17 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition

mmm, that menu looks scrumptious!

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition

sweet thing. you might want to get one of these if she's going to have to wear that for awhile.... http://www.amazon.com/Comfy-Cone-E-Co...

there are probably cheaper ones around, too, just google soft collar for dogs....

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition

ACK! no like! hope it feels mo bettah soon!

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition

that all sounds really, really good, Torina!
and if i've missed seeing you here before, welcome!

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition

feel better cheryl.

too much tummy stuff going on around here! wish i could wave a magic wand and whisk all the ailing bellies away!

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition

it's unfortunate it falls over the holiday weekend, but hoping for the best outcome of your procedure!

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition

hooray!! that's great news!

and you can get really cute readers nowadays... believe me, "I" know...

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition

blurggghhhh. had me a lingua night last night.* a big group of friends took me out for a going away happy hourS, and i have no idea how much i had, as we had open bottles of sauv blanc at all times for almost 5 hours, and my glass was never not full. and very little food. i don't remember getting home (not to worry - i was cabbed home, with friends) and i am sure i would have failed a breathalizer test this morning. thank god i don't drive to work, either. someone needs to remind me i'm not 23 anymore. or hell, 43!

(*a night after which one swears they will never, ever, EVER drink again.)

unlike our lingua, i can and must eat. got up this morning and made a fried egg sandwich and had a yogurt, had mexican for lunch, and now, dinner. which was pan-sauteed kielbasa, my new favorite endive/shallots/sweet english peas salad (made a lot this time), and the bf's potato salad in a chimichurri-like dressing with capers & cherry toms. simples. it all hit the spot and i'm ready for a big old nap.

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition

fun! I think we're going to stop in Toulouse on our upcoming trip. will look to you for a recommendation!

1 day ago
mariacarmen in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition

um, please come visit me.

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

YUM! that looks wonderful!

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

that is loverly.

1 day ago
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New California law allows dogs to dine out

disagree strongly with leaving your dog in a 70 degree car for any amount of time. I really hope you won't do it any more.

I have no problem with people bringing their dogs into retail establishments, but I do recognize some dogs aren't as well-behaved as others, and there's always a chance of a doggie "accident".

2 days ago
mariacarmen in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

that's the ticket! tonic water makes me think i'm drinking gin tonics even without the gin (though, ahem, that never actually happens...)

Aug 26, 2014
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What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

poor girl! hope she's ok soon! she looks so sweet....

Aug 26, 2014
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What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

sorry for the chronic pain, Gio. and the loss of the booze. but really hope the patch helps.

Aug 26, 2014
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What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

whoa... you must have really felt it! glad you were all ok - and made it to dinner!

(and yes, i'm going to Europe for 6 weeks, and other travels after that!)

Aug 25, 2014
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What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

we had a shake-shake-shake weekend, but luckily for us in the City there was no damage and no injuries. poor Napa-ians fared worse - a lot of damage and some people hurt... and lots of wine lost - tragic! we had our house guest from Italy, and she woke to her first ever earthquake, then promptly, like the BF and I, went back to sleep. she's got bragging rights now.

la italiana didn't eat any of the snacky things i bought from TJs except for the brownie pieces, which she loved ("buoni, buoni!"), so we have a lot in the house. so, tonight's dinner was a thrown-together affair consisting of, firstly, a salad of sliced endive, fresh sweet english peas, minced scallions, with a sour cream/mayo-based dressing heavy on the dill and granulated garlic, lightened with a little milk. delish! i wish i'd made more. also, two kinds of chips, truffled brie, pub cheese, Spanish charcuterie, toasted sourdough bread, crackers, and leftover baba ganoush from our lunch out with the guest Saturday (she hated it!).

out tomorrow for one of my last two happy hours in the States for a while... tick tick tick... i really still have a hard time believing it.

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

gorgeous. that skin wouldn't last a minute with me in the room.

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

yiiikes, weezie! don't suppose you'll have any news about what's going on very soon...? i'm always amazed how long it still takes to get results of any tests nowadays. i hope they find what ails you and fix it quick!

Aug 25, 2014
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What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

the salades sound scrumptious....

Aug 25, 2014
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What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition! [through August 23, 2014]

will do, steve, but i haven't published it yet. you all will be among the first to know!

Aug 24, 2014
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What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

good for you! i work with lawyers, have for 30+ years, and i truly don't know many that love their jobs. and the debt... good decision, i think, if you weren't sure. so many attorneys i know went to law school because they didn't know what else to do.

not saying there aren't those that love their jobs and who are damned good at it, but it's not for everyone and congrats on realizing it early on! you'll be fine, smart cookie like yourself.

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

drooooooollll!

Aug 24, 2014
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What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

loved that MofaC episode. it all sounds scrumptious!

Aug 24, 2014
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