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Smoked Oysters -- yummy ways to eat?

heavenly little morsels of smoky, sensuous deliciousness!

I used to eat them with whipped cream cheese and bbq potato chips. great combo. been way too long.

about 6 hours ago
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Attention Chefs: Can we all agree that bacon is over?

um, because it is the height of deliciousness and freshness? so we're all faking it? with all due respect, the emperor is certainly not naked just because you don't happen to like it!

about 8 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition

WOW....

about 10 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition

domestic sluttery! love it! I thought I'd been engaged in that for many years now...

about 13 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition

that stuffing is swoon-able!

about 13 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition

owwwwwwww!

guys! the bf sawed off the top of his thumb once and never went to a dr. comes from a mom who had four children and a root canal (separate occasions, of course) with no drugs.

give me the drugs.

about 21 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition

i'm a Sly gal as well.

about 21 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition

well, you did Montreal right! i only had the poutine there, not the foie gras...

about 21 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition

where you been, JM?
hope your employment issues are clearing up for you.
missing your food!

1 day ago
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

awww she's a doll!

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition

maybe she's thinking "Hot in the City" - Billy Idol!

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition

Billy? aren't we talking about Neil??

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition

wow, nw, you've been put through the ringer, for sure. amazing how you always rally. love the pics, especially that cute pup! hope it's mostly smooth sailing for you and your little mauled boy from here on out....

1 day ago
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

I love steak and pesto pasta together...

1 day ago
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

congrats - 8 pounder - wheee! good thing she was a little early! and thanks goodness healthy. congrats to you all.

i'd heard about the new batch of Polar Vortex weather.... I wonder if anyone else is feeling it back east?

1 day ago
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

bee-u-tee-ful!

2 days ago
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

thought i was meeting a friend out for dinner tonight, but it got moved to tomorrow. so, take-out pizza it was. doctored up, and the BF made a salad.

after dinner, i made him dinner for tomorrow night - beef stroganoff. it's one of those types of dishes he loves - gravy-ish, pasta, beef - which i hardly ever make. the cut of beef i used, unfortunately, turned out a little tough, even though i cut it up fairly thin. i'm hoping he can cook it a little longer tomorrow in the hopes it'll soften up a bit.

then i'm out for happy hour friday, and at a GNO Sat. no more cooking for me until Sunday! i'll be keeping my eye on alla youse, of course, until then.

2 days ago
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

another of the BF's something-out-of-nothing meals, cleaning up the leftovers: Saturday's roast chicken went into a salad with his homemade blue cheese dressing and hard boiled eggs, Sunday's pernil was food processed with its own fat and a teeny bit of mayo, salt & pepper for a rillettes of sorts, with toasted ciabatta, topped with salt-packed capers. he made a new batch of fries, plucked some oldish green bean pickles, and used the last of the toms from the last week's farmers market and some arugula. all very tasty and appreciated as i wasn't up to cooking again. doing much better, though, and back to work i go tomorrow.

Jul 29, 2014
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god i love pap.

Jul 29, 2014
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

i love filling in hearts.

Jul 29, 2014
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i love the heart! much better than the "recommend."

and yes, you must do the pernil. it's time.

Jul 29, 2014
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sounds very refreshing!

and good for you two for helping the bird! hope we hear of a happy ending.

Jul 28, 2014
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

aaand the cubano! BF made fries too, and a big green salad, and a nice bowl of fresh watermelon. the cubanos were excellent! you could really taste the garlicky pork through the richness of the swiss cheese and honey ham. delish. i saved a quarter of mine for lunch tomorrow.

Jul 28, 2014
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My Chowhound Wedding

it was an honor, and so much delicious fun!

Linda, this is a great use of this new CH feature! makes me want to play around with it too.... Thanks for posting this!

Jul 28, 2014
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

alright i give. sick like dog. had taken the day off to tend to a lot of things that i haven't been able to and instead have spent another day in bed. actually using my sick day for sickness.

however, that will not deter us from cubanos tonight. the BF will put them together, however - i've sent him links and notes to peruse; this is serious stuff, people. and of course, him being the artistic one, they'll probably be much prettier.

Jul 28, 2014
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sending you and the dude big appetites! xoxo

Jul 28, 2014
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Pernil success! in the past, i've used a recipe that called for a marinade of white vinegar, garlic, oregano and salt. the one i used this time - this one - http://www.elboricua.com/pernil.html - doesn't use the vinegar, and the flavor was so much better. i didn't have a big pork shoulder, with the fat cap and skin on, but i marinated it overnight in the mash (made with my mortar and pestle) of garlic, salt, and fresh oregano. i made slits all over and pushed the mash into the slits. the flavor was superb! i cooked it, covered in foil, for i think 3.5 hours, tops, at 275 degrees, and at that point a knife went thru it like it was butter. i pulled it out and stuck it under the broiler to get those crispy browned bits.

on the side i had a hankering for a "rice-a-roni" type dish, and i had the teeny Mexicana brand vermicelli. i made it with tomato/chicken bouillon cubes, sauteed diced onion and a crushed garlic clove. but i think i used too much noodles-to-rice, and it turned out a tad mushy. but still tasty.

and then i couldn't find our tortillas, and i'd already sliced up red cabbage, cilantro, scallions, jalapenos, and crumbled cotija for tacos. so at first the meal felt incomplete, until the BF turned his eagle eyes to the fridge and found the tortillas! much better.

not perfect, except for that pork. look at that pinky inside!

(i set aside some before i reheated for our cubano sandwiches tomorrow.)

Jul 27, 2014
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

yum! i've only made panzanella once, and it was for the BF as i was going out for dinner, and it turned our really good! must try this again.

Jul 27, 2014
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy. [through July 31, 2014]

so wait, were you disappointed in the look of it or the taste? it sounds like you liked it - "tastes great and is wonderful tender" - but it also sounds like you didn't love it. was it the glaze? i have to tell you, that glaze you riffed on was my least favorite glaze of all the glazes i've done since then. sorry about that!

i do hope you like it better next time... maybe try something really assertive next time - like brown sugar and makers mark. mmmm.... brown sugar in a pan, add MM, heat until syrupy, glaze... i usually add a dried chili to it when it's still liquidy so it infuses with a little heat...

Jul 27, 2014
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perfect, thanks!

Jul 27, 2014
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