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Old 01-16-2009, 11:00 AM   #11
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left over chicken and rice casserole served with corn and peas, creamed kale, and fruit salad.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:08 AM   #12
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Chicken and asparagus stir fry, yellow rice and a watercress and blood orange salad.
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Old 01-16-2009, 04:02 PM   #13
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Pasta in a Cashew Sauce with snow peas, carrots and Italian 'Sausage'
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Old 01-16-2009, 04:27 PM   #14
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I pulled some homemade lasagna out of the freezer for tonight.
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Old 01-16-2009, 04:43 PM   #15
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When I left home this morning it was a very tropical 18 degrees compared to the 6 it was by the time I got to work. Lou and I had been chatting on the phone, pining away for the French Quarter. There is a place called Cajun Kate's not too far from where he lives, run by a couple who lived in New Orleans for 7 years before coming back this way. Every now and then Lou will pick up some gumbo, jambalaya and bread pudding and traipse it even further north.
I got a text message several hours ago that said "gumbo, tomato parmesan soup, bread pudding". I don't know if that's what he's in the mood for, or if that is what he picked up at Cajun Kate's. I hope it's the latter. If not I have a few things here I can toss together to create a wintery night cocktail hour.
But, I gotta admit, gumbo, tomato parmesan soup and bread pudding is gonna be real hard to beat.

I plan to have bourbon tonight.

Cajun Kate's. Mmm Mmm.
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:47 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the great ideas. I got inspired by a variety of posts.. now I'm not sure what you'd call this but here's what I did (am doing):

Cooked 4 slices of chopped bacon in my Dutch oven ( enameled CI) to render out the fat. Removed it with a slotted spoon.

Added a pound of stew beef cubed and cooked it in the bacon fat till browned. Removed that with a slotted spoon.

Added 2 tbsp EVOO and then cooked for 5 minutes the following -
1 onion quartered and sliced
2 rib celery sliced @ 1/2" thick
3 large carrots sliced @ 1/2" thick
3 cloved chopped garlic
salt and pepper

Then I added some beef stock to deglaze the pot, added back in the beef and bacon and added enough stock to be level with the veg and meat and stirred all. Then added

2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp Kitchen Bouquet

Sirred and brought to a boil. Added 3 bay leaves, covered and put in a 325 degree oven. [It is cooking now]

I'm going to add 8 oz sliced mushroom after an hour and let cook for another 30 minutes. Thicken if it needs it and then stir in some cooked rigatoni and let it heat through.
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Old 01-16-2009, 06:01 PM   #17
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Sounds like what I called potroast the other night. Instead of paste though, I added small diced tomatoes.
I thickened the juice and served over smashed pots.
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:41 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the great ideas. I got inspired by a variety of posts.. now I'm not sure what you'd call this but here's what I did (am doing):

Cooked 4 slices of chopped bacon in my Dutch oven ( enameled CI) to render out the fat. Removed it with a slotted spoon.

Added a pound of stew beef cubed and cooked it in the bacon fat till browned. Removed that with a slotted spoon.

Added 2 tbsp EVOO and then cooked for 5 minutes the following -
1 onion quartered and sliced
2 rib celery sliced @ 1/2" thick
3 large carrots sliced @ 1/2" thick
3 cloved chopped garlic
salt and pepper

Then I added some beef stock to deglaze the pot, added back in the beef and bacon and added enough stock to be level with the veg and meat and stirred all. Then added

2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp Kitchen Bouquet

Stirred and brought to a boil. Added 3 bay leaves, covered and put in a 325 degree oven. [It is cooking now]

[Edited] Then after an hour add 8 oz sliced mushroom and 1/2 lb of uncooked rigatoni and enough more stock to just cover. Put the lid bck on and let cook for another 30 minutes.

Remove from over, remove the bay leaves, mix 3 tbsp softend butter with 3-4 tbsp flour, add the pot and still to thicken the gravy.
I made a few last minute changes (see above) and here is how it turned out... it was REALLY good. This is a keeper.
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:48 PM   #19
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Due to my pipe problems, we cancelled on the inlaws and stayed home. I made baked ziti.
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:05 PM   #20
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Due to my pipe problems, we cancelled on the inlaws and stayed home. I made baked ziti.
The pipes saved the day!
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