"What's for dinner?"

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Koolkat » Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:35 pm

heddylamar wrote:We're still eating cabbage from CSA, so I made this tonight. I did modify it a bit -- when don't I? No sage, so I used thyme and ended up adding a bit of smoked paprika too.


Well you inspired me (us - there was a lot of slicing and dicing!) to start here. Definitely a comfort food type of meal and given that it was a day of wind and heavy rain and in the 40s, excellent timing. I just followed the recipe more or less, used green cabbage and made it like a casserole (no cabbage leaf layering). I used 1/2 pound of cremini and 1/4 pound each shitake and chanterelles. We also added croutons and chopped walnuts to the top. I'm looking forward to see how the flavor develops after sitting overnight. We had it with an rustic artisan bread.
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ETA: Next day leftovers did not disappoint! Earthy/shroomy flavors much richer and more developed - yum!

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Rockabilly » Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:29 pm

Tonight will be a Broccoli Cheddar Quiche with my homemade crust along with a salad. I made Lemon Bars yesterday and let me tell you about these lemon bars. They are not ordinary. The recipe is from Cook's Illustrated and they are exquisite. They are a bit more work, but very worth it.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Canyon » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:01 pm

Rockabilly - I don't think it's fair to leave us hanging like that! Recipe please for your lemon bars?

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby silk » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:52 pm

I thought google would help but Cook's Illustrated has more than one option:

https://www.cooksillustrated.com/articl ... lemon-bars
https://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipe ... lemon-bars

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Rockabilly » Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:16 pm

silk wrote:I thought google would help but Cook's Illustrated has more than one option:

https://www.cooksillustrated.com/articl ... lemon-bars
https://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipe ... lemon-bars



Yes, that is the recipe and well worth making.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby silk » Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:33 am

Rockabilly wrote:
silk wrote:I thought google would help but Cook's Illustrated has more than one option:

https://www.cooksillustrated.com/articl ... lemon-bars
https://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipe ... lemon-bars



Yes, that is the recipe and well worth making.


Which one!!!!! There are two :lol:

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Rockabilly » Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:24 pm

:D The second one.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby heddylamar » Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:25 pm

In a nod to the cold, I'm trying my hand at vegan pho tonight. I've cobbled together a vegan recipe from Kenji's recipes at Serious Eats, a vegan one from Food52, and Alton Brown's redo of his old Good Eats episode.
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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby StraightForward » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:33 pm

I'm making Chile Verde in the Instant Pot tonight. I grew so many green chiles last summer! On the side, black beans and sauteed veggies.
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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Rockabilly » Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:08 am

Shrimp Tacos with lettuce, avocado, tomatoes & Jalapenos on white corn tortillas.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Koolkat » Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:55 pm

After we finish the cheese enchiladas tonight, it's off the veg wagon for a couple of days with the Braised Cabbage and Chicken. I included the link. Heddy L has us on a cabbage craze!

https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/02 ... athy-gunst

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Kelo » Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:52 pm

So I have a bunch of frozen slow cooker dump-meals in my freezer. You just put the frozen block into your slow cooker, set it for 8 hours and voila. I thought this was the ultimate in Lazy Cooking (my specialty).

But NO! I CAN BE EVEN LAZIER! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Last night I decided to experiment -- grabbed the pork chops in sauce because pork's usually my least favorite so no big deal if I ruined it -- and put the frozen block in my Instant Pot. Set it for 15 min and.....voila!

Took about 40 minutes total accounting for the pressure build/release.....but no actual fore-planning, no prep work, no supervision of the cooking process, and only one cooking dish to wash (the IP inner pot).

THIS IS THE ULTIMATE IN LAZINESS AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. :mrgreen:

The pork chops themselves were pretty boring. I have yet to make pork that I have actually liked, but I'm still trying. (I have had pork other people have cooked that was good, so I know it's possible.)

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby silk » Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:25 pm

I've been eating a lot (a lot) of zucchini, as that's coming out of the garden prolifically (a lot). Also tomatoes, although not so prolific, but delicious. Lots of ratatouille, "zoodles" with meat (and maybe pasta and most likely tomatoes).

This week I didn't go to the supermarket. At all.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby silk » Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:28 pm

Kelo wrote:So I have a bunch of frozen slow cooker dump-meals in my freezer. You just put the frozen block into your slow cooker, set it for 8 hours and voila. I thought this was the ultimate in Lazy Cooking (my specialty).

But NO! I CAN BE EVEN LAZIER! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Last night I decided to experiment -- grabbed the pork chops in sauce because pork's usually my least favorite so no big deal if I ruined it -- and put the frozen block in my Instant Pot. Set it for 15 min and.....voila!

Took about 40 minutes total accounting for the pressure build/release.....but no actual fore-planning, no prep work, no supervision of the cooking process, and only one cooking dish to wash (the IP inner pot).

THIS IS THE ULTIMATE IN LAZINESS AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. :mrgreen:

The pork chops themselves were pretty boring. I have yet to make pork that I have actually liked, but I'm still trying. (I have had pork other people have cooked that was good, so I know it's possible.)


I have no idea how this would work with an IP, but, if you season your pork chops with salt, pepper AND paprika before frying (depending on thickness, probably about medium-high to high heat for 4-5 minutes each side, or, 2 min each side then finished in the oven to cook through)... delicious! if you like spice a light sprinkle of chilli is a good addition to the paprika.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby StraightForward » Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:01 am

Air-fried Brussels sprouts, dill parsnip mash, and Salisbury steak-ish (burger patties with sauteed onions and mushrooms, not whatever's in the real deal)
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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Rockabilly » Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:38 pm

I made apricot walnut Rugelach today and I'm going to make strawberry banana smoothies so that will be our dinner.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby silk » Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:58 pm

Tonight: zuchinni with zuchinni on the side.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Kelo » Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:57 pm

silk wrote:I have no idea how this would work with an IP, but, if you season your pork chops with salt, pepper AND paprika before frying (depending on thickness, probably about medium-high to high heat for 4-5 minutes each side, or, 2 min each side then finished in the oven to cook through)... delicious! if you like spice a light sprinkle of chilli is a good addition to the paprika.


The best ones I've had were cooked using sous vide - made them very tender and flavorful. But I don't have a sous vide and don't plan in investing the money. I'll try your description and see if it works. Do you prefer thin or thick chops, bone in or boneless?

I have gathered a couple more recipes too, just to experiment and see if I can find something I like!

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby silk » Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:32 pm

Kelo wrote:
silk wrote:I have no idea how this would work with an IP, but, if you season your pork chops with salt, pepper AND paprika before frying (depending on thickness, probably about medium-high to high heat for 4-5 minutes each side, or, 2 min each side then finished in the oven to cook through)... delicious! if you like spice a light sprinkle of chilli is a good addition to the paprika.


The best ones I've had were cooked using sous vide - made them very tender and flavorful. But I don't have a sous vide and don't plan in investing the money. I'll try your description and see if it works. Do you prefer thin or thick chops, bone in or boneless?

I have gathered a couple more recipes too, just to experiment and see if I can find something I like!


To me, chops have bone, or they're not chops ;)
Bone-in chops shouldn't be too thick. Maybe 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch, ie not as much as an inch thick. Roughly. If they are thicker, you'll need to finish them in the oven to cook through, if thinner, you can get away with just frying them. The key will be to 'just' cook them, ie, not overcook them and make them dry.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby StraightForward » Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:28 am

I'm in Las Cruces, NM and had fresh tortillas and salsa with pork adovada, beans, rice and Chile relleno. So yum. I hope my travel companions will be up forore Mexican food before we head home Friday.
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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Rockabilly » Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:10 pm

We're having wild rice and chicken soup along with a salad. It's a chilly rainy day here. I did make a lemon cheesecake with lemon curd on top and I meant for it to last 3 days; however in this house it did not.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Canyon » Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:49 pm

Night before last, I made hot and sour soup that was really good. I am enjoying the leftovers!

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby silk » Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:19 pm

Last night I made a large batch of Thai Massaman curry.

Pumpkin, sweet potato, potato, capsicum, onion, Kaffir lime zest, lemongrass, garlic, Sambal olek for extra spice, and some slow-cooked lamb roughly chopped at the end and warmed through. Not sure the lamb was the best idea (it was delicious, but the flavour didn't quite 'go' with the curry). I'm away on a training course this weekend so the curry is destined for lunches.

Tonight is bolognese, made with the very very very last of our home-grown tomatoes. The weather has finally cooled a little (still quite warm, but a decided chill to the air overnight) so I'm craving comfort food.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Canyon » Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:35 pm

silk, your curry sounds wonderful!

I am now trying my hand at making spring rolls; they are slowly looking less like an art project gone bad and more like actual roll. Fortunately any version tastes good!

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby silk » Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:39 am

I've done (large) spring rolls - very successfully. They are just time consuming to layer/wrap so you ideally need a production line ;)

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby Rockabilly » Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:22 pm

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could share our food? I would love to try yours, silk.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby silk » Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:15 pm

I would soon be 400 pounds if I got anywhere near your cooking, Rockabilly - haha!! I love food, especially good, tasty food.

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Re: "What's for dinner?"

Postby StraightForward » Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:25 pm

Yesterday I realized I could put green chile in my homemade sourdough bread. Next step is to partially dehydrate a batch so I can add more without making the dough soggy.

Big pot of chili to go with it. Yum.
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