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luvs 04-26-2008 08:34 AM

Dinner Saturday, April 26?
i'm undecided.

buckytom 04-26-2008 08:40 AM

another double today. not sure if i can make it home for the routine, so if i stay in the city, i think i'll have cheap thai.

tom yum gai, and kuai tiau (steamed noodles with shrimp, ground peanuts, bean sprouts, fresh cilantro, pickled veggies, hot peppers and hot sauce)

pacanis 04-26-2008 09:01 AM

I took some pork chops out I was thinking about grilling, but I might try out Maverick's pork chop casserole if I can make it to pick up some apples and brown sugar. I'm probably pretty safe picking those up in town instead of a real grocery store.

Katie H 04-26-2008 09:36 AM

Chicken and wild rice soup with N.Y. Times bread. Last of the cinnamon-frosted zucchini bars for dessert. Looks like I'll have to bake something desserty tomorrow.

LEFSElover 04-26-2008 10:06 AM

it'll be a seafood salad at M&S.
iced tea

meshoo96 04-26-2008 10:22 AM

home made pizza...various toppings. one pepperoni, one buffalo chicken, and one other, but not sure yet.

Constance 04-26-2008 11:04 AM

We're going to have roast boneless pork loin with potatoes and fresh asparagus from our garden.

Jeekinz 04-26-2008 11:13 AM

The DW is working and started tonights dinner last night....but I've been craving some MEAT! :chef:

Not dinner, but lunch:

Beef tenderloin medallions with a demi glace sauce simillar to my Porterhouse sauce, fork mashed fingerlings with butter, cream and parsley. I may sautee up some haricot verts.

Oh, a Cali Cabernet.

VeraBlue 04-26-2008 12:16 PM

First course is pork hocks on a spinach bed with honey roasted beets.

Dinner is walnut crusted cod with basmati rice and mango plantain relish.

Cream bruleé for dessert.

Sazerac is the cocktail and I believe we're having a zin with the two dinner courses.

simplicity 04-26-2008 12:54 PM

Chicken breasts on sale. I'll marinade them in something - leaning towards yogurt based marinade, then grill them over charcoal and smother with roasted red peppers and mushrooms. Add a Greek-type salad and some artisan bread.

It's enough.

pdswife 04-26-2008 01:12 PM

Leftover chicken noodle soup or leftover elk and veggies... or
if I make it to the store some kind of seafood.

redkitty 04-26-2008 01:13 PM

Ultimate veggie burgers from here Ultimate Veggie Burger Recipe - 101 Cookbooks which came out really yummy. Served them with some lettuce & tomato with roasted red pepper salsa. Roasted veggies on the side.

LEFSElover 04-26-2008 01:33 PM


Originally Posted by redkitty (Post 593930)
Ultimate veggie burgers from here Ultimate Veggie Burger Recipe - 101 Cookbooks which came out really yummy. Served them with some lettuce & tomato with roasted red pepper salsa. Roasted veggies on the side.

hey redkitty, I'm intrigued by the micro sprouts, what's that? I have all else and would love to do when I prepare dinner but don't know if this is a must or where to get it

GotGarlic 04-26-2008 01:37 PM

Some friends have free tickets to a Music of Led Zeppelin concert tonight, and before that, we're going out for Mexican to a place that is known for their flights of tequila :cool:

babetoo 04-26-2008 01:42 PM

cornish game hen, baked, got to use up potatoes and cream spinach. maybe mix together? one more veg.

gave most of pineapple cookies to my son and his two grown sons to take to dodger game. few left for dessert


redkitty 04-26-2008 02:44 PM

I made them without sprouts, so give it a go!

miniman 04-26-2008 02:54 PM

Meatballs in a tomato sauce served on spaghetti

suziquzie 04-26-2008 02:59 PM

Tomorrow is my birthday, but DH works nights and it's his Monday, so ge'll be sleeping for dinner tomorrow.......
That means today's my birthday party? He made me a dump cake, gonna have steaks on the grill and baked taters. Now sure on the veg yet. Yum!

Oh yeah and I grabbed me a birthday bottle of Shiraz too :)

pdswife 04-26-2008 03:06 PM

Happy Happy Happy Birthday!!!!!!

love2"Q" 04-26-2008 03:06 PM

beautiful day here in S.E. Va ...
the store had proter house steaks on sale ..
so they will go on the grill with some baked potatoes
and a pasta salad (I hope).

pacanis 04-26-2008 03:13 PM


Originally Posted by miniman (Post 593959)
Meatballs in a tomato sauce served on spaghetti

Sounds a lot like our spaghetti and meatballs, miniman.

I like the way you said it better.

Uncle Bob 04-26-2008 03:56 PM

Pecan Pie...

redkitty 04-26-2008 03:56 PM

mmmmm.......pecan PIE!

Uncle Bob 04-26-2008 03:59 PM

Mmmmmmmm Miss Kitty it is still warm...it smells soooooooo good!

If weren't for bad weather in the area I'd fire up the jet and come get ya!:lol:

Barb L. 04-26-2008 05:07 PM

Chicken and kniffles (spaetzle) in gravy over biscuits. Thats it ! Just me tonight - !

Sure could go for a piece of pecan pie - love it !! Lucky man Uncle Bob !!

pacanis 04-26-2008 05:13 PM

How are you fixin' the oysters, UB?

Uncle Bob 04-26-2008 05:56 PM


Originally Posted by pacanis (Post 594050)
How are you fixin' the oysters, UB?

Rolled in a seasoned cornmeal/cornfour...deep fried in hot P-Nut oil for about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes...

And Miss Barb...I don't know who's the luckiest...You and your gravy over biscuits...or me and my pecan pie......

pacanis 04-26-2008 06:11 PM

mmmm, I haven't had fried oysters in a really long time. They are one of the things I always ordered out because I never fixed them at home.
Sounds good!

spryte 04-26-2008 06:13 PM

Nachos for dinner....
Mango Dumplings for dessert...

DaveSoMD 04-26-2008 07:20 PM

Happy Birthday Suzi,

Today is also the birthday of our company. I asked what she wanted for her birthday dinner and she said "blue-box mac and cheese and hot dogs" :sad:

Told that that was no an aceptable b-day dinner so I was picking.

We had home-made pizza, with fresh mozzarella and fresh oregano from the garden, and home-made "sticky honey-sesame wings". Raspberry cream cake from the local bakery for dessert. :chef:

Jeekinz 04-26-2008 08:36 PM

....my fingers smell like thyme? :huh:


Robo410 04-26-2008 08:38 PM

made a pot of lamb chili with cashews

ground lamb, bay leaf, onion garlic celery carrots, chili powder, chipotle flakes, crushed tomatoes, black eye peas and black beans, cashews, salt and pepper

served over rice, side salads ... easy simple fresh and yummy

buckytom 04-26-2008 08:48 PM


Originally Posted by Jeekinz (Post 594110)
....my fingers smell like thyme? :huh:


better than kermit's fingers...:cool:

no thai for me. i went home. read "duck on a bike", "johnny appleseed", and "harold and the purple crayon: race cars".

now back at work. i'm guessing souvlaki again, from big nick's on 77th and broadway. their tsatsiki is like crack.

babetoo 04-26-2008 09:06 PM


Originally Posted by babetoo (Post 593934)
cornish game hen, baked, got to use up potatoes and cream spinach. maybe mix together? one more veg.

gave most of pineapple cookies to my son and his two grown sons to take to dodger game. few left for dessert


way to hot to bake hen, cut in half, rubbed with soft butter and garlic. cooked about 20 min in microwave,cover with wrap. last five min took off wrap and spooned sugarless orange marmlade on it. was really good, slice of great bread and that's it. it is still 84 degrees here.


luvs 04-26-2008 10:40 PM

yins dinners sound great. my dinner was raviolis & garlic bread. yum.

Bilby 04-27-2008 06:51 AM

Ye Olde but a Goodie... a Fry Up!!! Eggs, bacon, fried cherry tomatoes, baked beans and fresh bread and buttter..... Yummy!!!

Bilby 04-27-2008 06:52 AM


Originally Posted by buckytom (Post 594115)
... their tsatsiki is like crack.

mental picture of BT snorting tsatsiki!!!:rofl:

VeraBlue 04-27-2008 08:14 AM

For Jeekinz....

I rubbed the pork hocks on Thursday night with fresh rosemary, chopped garlic, old bay and brown sugar. Wrapped them, and left them till about 3pm on Saturday. I seared them on high in a small cast iron pan, added 1/2 cup white wine, then finished them in a slow oven (315) till about 7pm. Since dinner wasn't till 8, I removed them to a plate, kept in a warmer, left the liquid that accumulated and sautéed the spinach in that. The beets were peeled while still raw, wedged and tossed with a crushed garlic clove, about a tablespoon of honey and grated orange zest. Wrapped that in foil and baked for about 45 minutes at 350. When I plated it, I placed the beet wedges on half the spinach, and the hock on the other half.

The cod was cut into 7oz portions, dipped in melted butter that had zatarains creole seasoning and chopped fresh parsley. Then I pressed the fish into finely chopped walnuts, both sides. Put that back in the fridge to help the nuts stick.

The relish was made of one plantain (yellow with lots of black), diced, one mango, diced, one shallot, chopped cilantro, and I happened to have a roasted ear of corn leftover...I used those kernels, too. First, sautéed the shallots with the plantain in 2T butter for about 10 minutes (medium heat), added the corn and cilantro for a couple of minutes, then added the mango. I kept that in the warmer, also.

The fish was seared on both sides in hot melted butter/olive oil, then finished for 15 minutes at 350. The rice was just plain basmati. I plated the rice center of the plate, placed the fish on top, put the warm relish on top of that and then sprinkled with more cilantro and a few chopped walnuts.

The cream bruleé was 8 egg yolks, 2 c heavy cream, 1/3 c sugar and a vanilla bean. Egg yolks and sugar and bean seeds were whipped till thick, and then the cream was added. I baked them in ramekins in a water bath 300 degrees for an hour. Cooled for the rest of the afternoon, then topped with brown sugar. I have a kitchen size blow torch for bruleé, but the broiler or a salamander would work, too.

My observation is that the spinach was too weak a component for the strength of the sauce that was created by the rub/wine and pork fat. I chose spinach because, originally, it was going to be a salad bottom, not cooked in liquid. Once I changed my mind for the spinach, I was wishing I'd purchased collard greens, instead. A much heartier green, they would have held up much better. The spinach wasn't a total failure, the flavour was wonderful, but they lost lots of texture, where the collards would have retained much of their shape and consistency.

I also made a loaf of bread with dried cranberries and walnuts, which was an excellent compliment to both courses. It was a double braid and brushed with melted butter when it came out of the oven.

Why did your fingers smell like thyme?? What did you make?

Jeekinz 04-27-2008 08:22 AM

I'm definately printing that out. Thanks. I'm not really a walnut fan though. What else could I use? Or should I just use the walnuts?


Originally Posted by VeraBlue (Post 594225)
Why did your fingers smell like thyme?? What did you make?

LOL, I just figured it out. I pan basted the medallions with butter and sprigs of fresh thyme. Since my hand was over the pan so long, the thyme must have infused into my skin, lol.

VeraBlue 04-27-2008 08:36 AM

If I were to change the walnuts (and I used walnuts because that is what I had enough of in the freezer), I'd have used either pecans, hazlenuts or macadamia nuts for that particular flavour combination.

There are worse things hands can smell like, then thyme, yes? Personally, I hate the way my hands smell after handling raw celery.:glare:

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