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Old 08-13-2010, 12:19 PM   #1
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What's on the menu Friday the 13th

Thought I would start a thread since I didn't see one already going.

I think we'll have Goulash tonight.... I think I'm going to substitute beef stock for the water.


Yield: 8 servings


3 lbs. lean ground beef, or beef tips
2 large onions, chopped
4 cups water
1 (29-ounce) can tomato sauce
2 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 bay leaves
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons cracked pepper
2 teaspoons seasoned salt, Lowerys
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
6 cups dried elbow macaroni, large
1/2 teaspoon cayenne


In a Dutch oven, saute the beef over medium-high heat, until no pink remains. Break up meat while sauteing; spoon off any grease. Add the onions to the pot and saute until they are tender about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic, soy sauce, and dry spices and stir into meat mixture. Do not allow spices to burn. Add 3 cups water, along with the tomato sauce and tomatoes allow this to cook for 20 to 25 minutes.

Add the elbow macaroni, stir well, return the lid to the pot, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the bay leaves and allow the mixture to sit about 30 minutes more before serving.

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Old 08-13-2010, 12:36 PM   #2
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Eggplant parmesan with hot Italian sausage and pasta.

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Old 08-13-2010, 01:01 PM   #3
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not sure

on my way back from my doctors appointment on Tuesday, (he doubled my blood pressure medicine dosage), I picked up 12 frozen whole chickens, and I roasted one yesterday. So I was planning on having leftover chicken parts with microwaved new potatoes. Then a friend stopped by this morning with 1 1/2 pounds of fresh salmon and 1 1/2 pounds of frozen salmon. I'm thinking I need to cook the salmon today? It was caught on Wednesday. I also have 2 chickens thawing in the frig for dinner tomorrow, with friends. Was planning a pasta salad, potatoes and chicken for tomorrow. Now I'm thinking of adding the cooked salmon to the pasta salad, or keep it separate and add as needed? Anyway, there is too much food in the frig right now. Will send some home with the friends tomorrow, so it won't go to waste.

maybe will have an easy oven baked salmon recipe, some chicken, and finish it off with some ice cream
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Old 08-13-2010, 01:13 PM   #4
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The chicken will wait a day or so, use the salmon! MMMMMMM! Check out my wild west salmon recipe. Its killer good. I love it.

Glad you are keeping that BP in check. We worry about you Beth.

Andy, which way are you doing your eggplant? Panko, parm?

I have NO idea what to do for dinner. I've just spent a couple hours at Moms house with the dumpster guys getting rid of two more loads. They will come again tomorrow for one more load (or two). I'm off to a concert tonight so dinner might be a quickie. Soup maybe? Its actually cool here today. I'm in pants for the first time in months!
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Old 08-13-2010, 01:35 PM   #5
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Alix, I'm not a fan of breadcrumb coated fried goods so I'm doing panko with some parm and seasonings mixed in. I've actually never done eggplant before because I usually do chicken parm instead.

I mentioned to SO that I saw some very nice looking eggplant at the weekly farmers' market and she went on about how she loves eggplant parm (and hot Italian sausage) so I thought, "Aha, an opportunity to make her happy, I'll surprise her."

So yesterday I made some sauce with hot Italian sausage and I'm about to fry up the eggplant and assemble the dish so I can pop it into the oven for dinner.
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:29 PM   #6
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Was digging around in the freezer and found some homemade tamales from Christmas, and a small container of my chili verde.
So it will be tamales topped with chili verde, and I'll make some Mexican rice, and a nice salad. All your dinners sound delish...
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:41 PM   #7
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Salmon with garlic & saffron tagliatelle and steamed broccoli.
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:44 PM   #8
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Tonight I made Malaysian Ayam Masak Merah for the family, which is red cooked chicken. It tasted simply divine, hot, and spicy.
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:49 PM   #9
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I'm making miso soup, rice and pot stickers!
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Old 08-13-2010, 06:07 PM   #10
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I'm making miso soup, rice and pot stickers!
Wow, and you live practically in my back yard! I'll be over around 5:30

Seriously, welcome to DC. It is good to see another West Coaster!

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