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At the end of my rope -- please help

Good point. But they also bake any little bits of food that haven't somehow been rinsed off onto the dishes.

But the main point remains the same: I like doing it.

about 8 hours ago
LulusMom in Home Cooking

At the end of my rope -- please help

I (as you probably guessed by my name) have a child. Still like the sort of zen moment of looking out our back window over our sink with my hands in warm soapy water. And yes, I probably do have some of the OCD issues mentioned above. Hand-washed dishes are always cleaner than what comes out of our (fancy-pants) d/w. But I'd hand-wash them anyway ... I just enjoy it. Crazy me.

eta: No, wait ... no problem with dirty dishes sitting in the d/w - my husband puts whatever he can get away with in there and I'm fine with that. But I do think I do a better job with my hands.

about 18 hours ago
LulusMom in Home Cooking

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Pasta, Fish

Pasta Rustica with Sole (Flounder), Greek Olives and White Wine (p. 127)

Another delicious dish, and one that has your protein, carb and vegetables all in one. She calls for 8 oz penne but I used the full pound with only minor adjustments to the sauce and we were happy (with only enough for my husband's lunch left over). Cook your pasta; while cooking cut up 3 plum tomatoes and 2 yellow tomatoes. Add garlic to a hot pan (a wide one - you'll be adding the pasta after), then add the tomatoes, white wine (I used vermouth), parsley, basil, lemon zest and salt. Cook for about 3 minutes, then add strips of fish and pitted kalamata olives. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce and garnish with parsley. This is also a very pretty dish - the yellow and red tomatoes, the green from the basil and parsley, the black of the olives. I drizzled a bit of olive oil on each serving (not called for but delicious). I've had this one on my list for the longest time, and am so glad I finally got around to it.

1 day ago
LulusMom in Home Cooking

At the end of my rope -- please help

Weird confession: I like hand-washing dishes.

1 day ago
LulusMom in Home Cooking

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

I'm hearting you all. Feeling *extremely* young at heart while doing it.

Jul 27, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

Thanks to you and Goblin we had an amazing dinner tonight. Made the Chicken with (TJs soy) chorizo, peppadews (bottled roasted red peppers w/ some hot sauce added) & (cheap, dry) Sherry. And man, did we *love* this meal. Seriously, this was something I wouldn't have looked at twice, but now that we've had it, we really want to have it again. We loved the sort of sweet and sour aspect of this - so much flavor.

As planned I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs and TJs soy chorizo. I cooked the chorizo first, with a bit of added olive oil. Then added in the roasted peppers w/ hot sauce, lemon zest, bottled and well chopped sun dried tomatoes, capers, brown sugar, salt - I really do appreciate all the tips you both gave on those components. Then added the chicken with the garlic rubbed in, put in the segmented lemon bits and roasted at about 450 for 30 minutes. Took out of the oven, removed the chicken and kept warm while boiling the liquid (unlike BlytheS, I had a fair amount which sort of surprised me) and then added the extra garlic, dry sherry (I probably doubled the amount called for), cumin (ditto) and boiled that a bit more. Added the chicken thighs back to the sauce and plated with some torn basil on top. Happy happy happy family. Thank you both again for the great tips.

Jul 26, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

I can't tell you how much SHE loved that she was in cooking camp! Back in two weeks. My girl rocks, I'm so proud of her (sorry - proud mama typing). She made puff pastry from scratch!

Jul 26, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

Aha! I'm just happy to hear it isn't because of any health related issues. Thanks for clueing me in, meatn3.

Jul 26, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

First things first - I'm worried about the avatar. Hope all is ok (or is today some sort of "National Worried M&M day"?

I started looking at my Diana Henry books today. I'm very excited, but I have to say, there are still plenty of dishes in RS that I'm wanting to make. After a long time of not participating much (for various reasons) I feel like this month and next month I'll be fighting to get in the kitchen.

Jul 26, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition!

It didn't take me long - I ordered both Plenty and Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons by Diana Henry last night. Glad I finally had an excuse to do so.

Jul 26, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition!

Now that we have a Diana Henry month coming up for COTM, I think I will finally cave and buy Plenty (at the very least).

Jul 25, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - 10 Minute Salads, Vegetables and Side Dishes

Thank you so much for your review and tips/change ideas. I have this on my maybe list, but kept thinking it didn't sound totally right. Sounds like maybe with your changes it would be worth it.

Jul 24, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Lunch in Durham

We had dinner at Mateo a couple of weeks ago and it was fantastic. Pretty much everything we put in our mouths was great.

Jul 24, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast
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Dried Mushrooms, OMG!!

I've ground them and added to butter - makes for a really wonderful compound butter.

Jul 24, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Vegetarian lunch near Durham/Chapel Hill

This is totally what I was thinking. As someone who doesn't eat pork the smell of it can really put me off (I know, pork-lovers, I will expect your hate mail soon and I understand).

Jul 23, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast

Vegetarian lunch near Durham/Chapel Hill

If you like Indian food, both Cholanad and Vimala's (sp?) have great vegetarian offerings. Sandwhich is a good lunch spot too. All of these are on Franklin St. in Chapel Hill, very close to Carrboro.

Jul 23, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

Heck, I'm still reticent about certain things. I get it, but we're all buds here. And not to worry, the enameled cookware will get clean enough soon, I'm sure.

Jul 22, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

I wish I'd reread your report before making it. I also have a gas oven (a viking - and I don't think anyone really wants/needs to hear me complain about it again). The taste of the chicken was really nice, but it was the driest chicken thigh I think I've ever cooked. But again, I can't really blame the recipe. And yes yes yes on the enameled cast iron. Mine spent all of last night and most of today soaking (and even though it is now 'clean' I sort of think I should boil some cheap wine or sherry in it just to get it the way I like it).

Delys, cooking camp is *awesome.* She had homework today - make us one of the things she's made in camp. She made a tomato-bread soup and it was wonderful and she was so proud. In two weeks she'll be doing a week of food from Provence (forgive me if I've already mentioned this - I'm so giddy about the whole thing myself).

Jul 22, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - 10 Minute Salads, Vegetables and Side Dishes

Do it just before you dress the salad. Not a problem.

Jul 22, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Lunch in Durham

Is this a drive-by or are you actually coming into town? In town Toast is a fun lunch place with the most decadent grilled cheese sandwich I've ever had. Otherwise, yeah, I'd go with carolinadawg's suggestion.

Jul 22, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - 10 Minute Salads, Vegetables and Side Dishes

We had this salad last night. The recipe calls for Boston, and the only ones they had in the store were small as tennis balls, so I went with butter, which was the softest seeming thing I could find. I think any fairly soft (so no iceberg or romaine) greens would be fine.

Jul 22, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

"Almost Confit" chicken with melted garlic (p. 192)

We enjoyed this, although it came out a bit tough. I blame that totally on 1) my oven and the fact that it has no broiler so I had to improvise, and 2) user error. The skin really does come out a lot like it does with a good duck confit (one of my favorite foods). This is easy as can be, although it takes a while, and wasn't the best choice given that I had to pick L up from camp only 2 hours before we normally have dinner. But putting it together is a synch (sp?) and the flavors are good. Served with a baguette and the Salade Normande (also from this book) that L and I love. And, because she'd been at a cooking camp (oh man, it is SO cool - this week focuses on Northern Italian food; I'm totally jealous) she insisted on cutting the herbs for the salad and putting together the salad dressing herself. Finally got the sous chef I've been asking for?

Jul 22, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Ha! And I looked it up and found a Legasse book on amazon, which is the one I thought she meant. The book seems to have disappeared this morning.

Jul 22, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Oh holy cow, I'm having nightmares about that Japanese month. That was a dog's breakfast to set up (and to look at!).

Seem to remember that Melissa Clark month we just went with a book per thread ... or did we do one for In the Kitchen with Good Appetite and then 4 (one per season) for Cook This Now? Either way, agree that the best way with DH would be by book.

Jul 22, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking
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lunch in Raleigh 3 days next week

I have to let you in on my evil secret. Before Lulu was in school full-time I would sometimes need a "mom's night" away. I usually went to North Hills and would take a good book, eat at Coquette (a 3 minute walk away from the hotel), then back to the room with a bottle of wine and an in-room movie. Great way for a stay at home mother to relax, and trust me, Coquette was plenty good enough for those nights, but I get what you're saying.

Jul 21, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast

lunch in Raleigh 3 days next week

Speaking of kids and the events at North Hills, I seem to remember a cooking school for kids there. A little far for us to go, but it sounded like it would be a fun thing for a kid to do for a morning or afternoon and give uneed2eat a few hours of free time.

Jul 21, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast

richmond vs charlottesville, va

Hi JNWall, I'm glad you were able to enjoy those places. Bella's had the best bread in town (a seriously weird problem), and when I asked them about it they said it was because they "imported it from New Jersey" (this still makes me giggle a little, sorry).

Jul 21, 2014
LulusMom in Mid-Atlantic

Vacation Spot in October

Portland OR has an amazing food scene.

Jul 21, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

Thank you both so much for the input. I'm thinking I could add a little white wine or broth to make it soupier.

I think my family basically doesn't like dealing with bones. We do have bone-in thighs sometimes (especially when there is a recipe that makes nice crispy skin) but given that my broiler doesn't work I think on this occasion it would be fine without. And yes, I will keep in mind about the saltiness. Again, thanks to you both.

Jul 20, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

richmond vs charlottesville, va

As I said, for me it has been a while since I was in Charlottesville, so others will have much better, more recent info. But the only place I'd really recommend there is C&O http://www.candorestaurant.com/

Jul 20, 2014
LulusMom in Mid-Atlantic