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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

That may be but I cheated, er... I mean Googled.

about 14 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

Diolch yn fawr!

about 14 hours ago
Gio in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

WFD: Our Good Friday evening meal will be a simple affair: tuna salad on pita. Canned Italian tuna in olive oil, cannellini beans, diced cucumber, chopped tomato, diced celery, chopped sweet onion, capers, minced parsley, with a lemony aioli dressing. The salad will be served on a combination of shredded escarole and arugula, with pita to either stuff or eat plain. Chianti Classico will be poured.

about 15 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

This is wonderful. Thanks very much John. "Gingerette Pudding". I have my mother's Blue Willow pudding basin and will lay in a supply of suet and treacle very soon. I'm guessing this would have been served in the cooler months? I think I better do a bit of research.

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

Hurrah for You!! Well done and Bravo. Will it be published in the US or is that too much to ask at this early date?

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Happy Birthday BananaBirk!!

1 day ago
Gio in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

WFD: Two recipes from "Bill's Food" by Bill Granger an Australian relocated to London chef restaurant owner. Stir-fried tofu with a sesame dressing, steamed baby bok choy with a sweet tamari/mirin sauce, and steamed brown rice. If I promise to prep a heap of shallots and G agrees to baby sit the wok crispy shallots will be sprinkled over the bok choy.

I like the recipes from this book. Granger's take on Asian cooking seems to be spot on and so far everything we've cooked was quick, easy, and delicious. Three of my favorite words lately.

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

Just thought I'd pop back in here to say that the "Skillet Chicken Burgers with Ginger, Scallions, and Sriracha Mayonnaise" from Serious Eats was out of this world. The burgers combined with the Sriracha mayo, chopped and whole cilantro, and Romaine leaves had so much flavor it was difficult to stop eating. One was more than enough for me, didn't even bother eating the naan. I don't recall ever using ground/minced chicken for burgers. It's usually ground dark meat turkey or bison, but these were exceptional. Here's the recipe if anyone is interested:

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

Apr 16, 2014
Gio in Home Cooking
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Budapest - Borkonyha Wine Kitchen

That really does sound and look delicious. Good for you!

Apr 16, 2014
Gio in Europe

What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Welcome home! Spring really hasn't quite Sprung yet.

Apr 16, 2014
Gio in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Yes, Linda. The native Massachusetts wild flowers that people love to grow in private gardens can be purchased at the New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road • Framingham. It's a beautiful place to visit. I've been able to buy Trillium and several other otherwise untouchable plants, Of course one can always start from seeds indoors than transfer to the garden.
http://www.newfs.org/visit/Garden-in-...

Apr 16, 2014
Gio in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

In my area there's quite a hefty fine, but some states do allow it. I know that in a few of the SW states people do take plants from up in the hills.

Apr 16, 2014
Gio in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Hah!! Was I surprised! It's mostly gone now but there's still snow on the ground around a few maple trees that are in the shade. We've had snow on the ground here till early June in the past. It really makes me feel like going back to some Winter recipes.

Apr 16, 2014
Gio in Home Cooking

Cooking from Diana Henry's Books

RPF= Red Pepper Flakes. AKA peperoncino. Yes... Hot!

Apr 16, 2014
Gio in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

WFD: Chicken burgers (cilantro/ginger/garlic/scallions/S & P) on warm naan with Sriracha mayo and lettuce, Stir-fried bean sprouts, Steamed green beans. Since we have some tomato/cucumber/onion salad left from last night we'll finish it tonight. I like a bit of salad at the end of a meal.

Our evening meals are slowly getting more and more uncomplicated, for which my husband is eternally grateful. So am I, as a matter of fact. There are quite robust flavors in the dishes which helps to fully satisfy.

We woke to an ever so beautiful 2 inch overnight snow fall, and now the temperature is a balmy 33F so there's ice on the walkways and outdoor stairs. It just may get up to 41F later.
"Oh joy, oh rapture unforeseen,
The clouded sky is now serene,
The god of day — the orb of love,
Has hung his ensign high above,
The sky is all ablaze."
(HMS Pinafore, Gilbert and Sullivan)

Apr 16, 2014
Gio in Home Cooking
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Vote for May Cookbook of the Month

Here we go again. Good luck everyone. Nice presentation, Delys. Thank You!

Apr 16, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

This is Nam Phrik and can be used as an ingredient in stir-fries, fried rice, flavoring spice, etc.

Apr 15, 2014
Gio in Chains

What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

WFD: Les delicieaux petit restes. AKA left-overs. After reheating Sunday's remaining Santa Fe chicken will be served on warm soft pitas pretending they're tacos. That will be garnished with a bit of fresh tomato sauce, chopped cilantro, minced scallion, and chevre. There will be a side salad of grape tomatoes, sliced sweet onion, cucumber, Romaine, with an apple cider vinaigrette. Chopped fresh pineapple, and tangelo wedges will follow.

Apr 15, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

It's perfectly acceptable to put avocados in the fridge to extend their life. It has worked very well for me. Wait till they just begin to ripen then put them in.

Apr 14, 2014
Gio in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

The label on the package of blueberries in the freezer says, "Trader Joe's No Preservatives, Fresh Frozen". They are the large berries. My husband bought them and he probably didn't look for any other package. Guess we'll have to look for Wild Boreal. Thanks!!

Apr 13, 2014
Gio in Chains

What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Of course, CO! She hasn't arrived yet. I add 1 scant teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes. G adds 1 chopped yellow onion. Right now the aroma coming from the kitchen is intoxicating.

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2009/02/cr...

Apr 13, 2014
Gio in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

WFD: Sante Fe Chicken is in the slow-cooker as I type. I plan to serve it over white basmati rice with a choice of toppings: chopped scallions, chopped cilantro, yogurt, and shaved cheddar. Taco chips on the side. Steamed green beans will also be served. Our daughter is coming to visit so we'll be able to spend all our time with her instead of having to prep and cook dinner, etc.

Apr 13, 2014
Gio in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

<..."diced Romaine hearts sauteed with olive oil, a minced anchovy and garlic.">

That is the classic way to cook any green leafy. Delicious to the Nth. I add a 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, peperoncino.

Apr 13, 2014
Gio in Home Cooking
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What is your oldest cookbook?

How serendipitous! I once bought a century old kitchen table at a Vermont flea market and later found in the draw a diary that dated back to the day the table was purchased. It contained itemized lists of household and farm items with the date when they were bought and the quantities. Alas, no recipes. I keep it in the same draw. It's about 130 y/o now.

Apr 13, 2014
Gio in Not About Food
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

Yay: Fresh pineapple spears, bagged tangelos, green seedless grapes. All sweeter than sweet and luscious!

Nay: As much as I've been trying to love them I just can't love the frozen blueberries. This morning a few were part of my breakfast fruit salad. After thawing they remained a soggy watery messy soup. Also, I thought I detected an after taste that was off-putting. Still one half bag to go. We'll throw them in some batter and bake "the easiest cake in the world".

Apr 13, 2014
Gio in Chains

Food Network Magazine. Misspelled Item on Cover---Really?

While I, on the other hand, would and could eat my fill with almondy/coconutty, sticky/gooey macaroons; but wouldn't consider noshing on a macaron. Vive la difference!

Apr 12, 2014
Gio in Food Media & News
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What is your oldest cookbook?

Several cookbooks came to me when my mother died:
"My Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook", dated 1936. A three-ring binder, it's falling apart but has Mum's handwritten notes and several of her own recipes, with clippings of recipes inserted here and there;
"The Good Housekeeping Cook Book", dated 1937. My daughter has both these books now for nostalgia only.

In my personal library I have:
"The Art of Italian Cooking" by Maria Lo Pinto and Milo Miloradovich, 1948;
"The All Italian Cookbook", Wilma Reiva La Sasso, 1955. This an interesting cookbook in that there are menus for all the feast days and other important dates an Italian family might celebrate. Although it was published in the '50s Ms La Sasso includes some very old recipes.
Both these books are now used for reference only, although I have cooked from both in the past.

Apr 12, 2014
Gio in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #290 - April Showers/April Flowers Edition! [through April 12, 2014]

You're reaping every benefit there is from your leisurely sojourn in Napoli. I enjoy reading your daily diary, as it were, since these days I'm just an armchair traveler because of, you know, condizioni mediche.

Apr 12, 2014
Gio in Home Cooking
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

I agree! The Sweet Chili Sauce is a Yay for us too. My husband bought it last week and we used it as a djpping sauce right out of the bottle for TJ's cabbage/chicken goyoza. To be safe I also made a spicy lime/ginger dipping sauce but the TJ's SWC won by a landslide. I've also mixed it with TJ's organic mayo to use as a spicy spread for sandwiches and it was delicious..

Apr 12, 2014
Gio in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

<ED Smith jam is **not** some weird brand that TJ found at the Dollar Store.>

I believe you mis-read Querencia's first sentence.

Apr 12, 2014
Gio in Chains