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Old 10-06-2011, 05:54 AM   #1
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Thursday, Oct. 6 - What's for Dinner?

Up early and chasing our grandson around today so dinner will be leftovers.
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:54 AM   #2
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Tonight we're having the classic Italian-American spaghetti and meatballs (and sausages) dinner. It's the last of the frozen sauce with meats from the last time I cooked it. I make a 12-quart pot of the sauce with meats and freeze it in meal portions. I get 12 servings (six meals) out of a batch.





Is 12 quarts the size of the pot or the amount of sauce produced? I like to make and freeze sauce but my wife likes to use a relatively shallow pot to speed up thickening by keeping a high ratio of the surface area to the depth of the sauce in the pot.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:12 AM   #3
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That's the pot size. There is a trade-off. You don't often see a saucepan bigger than 8 quarts. After that they make stock pots. As a result, if you want to make a larger batch, you have to sacrifice speed for volume.

For meatless sauces such as a marinara, I usually make a small batch in a sauté pan. That gives me the largest surface area to volume ratio. Besides, meatless sauces don't really require the longer cooking times meat sauces do.
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:42 AM   #4
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I'm thinking grilled ham and cheese sandwiches tonight. Simple and easy. I have a variety of chips and salads to go with them.
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:01 AM   #5
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No idea what I'm leaving for dinner tonight, but I have the next 3 days planned! I will likely tell the family to cook a frozen pizza or haul out some perogies. Bad Mommy!
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:08 AM   #6
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I made a big hamburger onion pie yesterday, as well as some split peas that I rested in the fridge overnight, then added sliced alligator sausage, bratwurst and Andouille this morning to the warmed up soup. YUM!

So leftovers it is, unless I get something I can't resist at the store today.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:21 AM   #7
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I'm thinking about a Greek tuna pasta kinda thing.
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:25 PM   #8
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Spaghetti with olive oil, garlic, porcini, grated pecorino, a few dabs of butter and a green salad with a blue cheese dressing.
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:28 PM   #9
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Burritos!

I have to use up the stuff I bought to try the "Southwestern Sushi".

Drats! I'm depressed that that experiment didn't work as well as I'd hoped!
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:30 PM   #10
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I'm thinking about a Greek tuna pasta kinda thing.
Details please.
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:41 PM   #11
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So far I've settled on lemon-butter baked cod, corn-on-the-cob, tossed salad, iced tea and Swedish nut cake for dessert. There are still a few green tomatoes left and those might get fried as a side.
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Katie, is your Swedish nut cake a recipe you would share? I remember seeing that you said it was very easy. Thanks
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Old 10-06-2011, 01:36 PM   #13
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Lentil Kale soup with salad.
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:46 PM   #14
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Details please.
I'll loosely follow this recipe
Greek Chicken Pasta Recipe - Allrecipes.com
But I will substitute the sauteed chicken for grilled tuna and add some kalamata olives.
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:52 PM   #15
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blt on french bread, tgif onion rings. another sewing day.
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I will probably use up the leftover roast and gravy from last night in way. Most likely hash or soup.
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Old 10-06-2011, 03:27 PM   #17
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Katie, is your Swedish nut cake a recipe you would share? I remember seeing that you said it was very easy. Thanks

Sure. I'll post it in the "Cakes" forum by the end of the day.
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Old 10-06-2011, 03:54 PM   #18
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Chicken in gravy over mashed and cabbage salad.
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:28 PM   #19
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Thank you, Katie.

Our grandaughter brought us a rotisserie chicken yesterday and we didn't eat very much of it so I made chicken and yellow rice, baby green peas and carrot and raisin salad. Dh always eats the rest of the salad for dessert.
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I'm beat. Hopefully will perk up after our walk.

Tuna salad with peppers and cherry tomatoes.
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