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What's for dinner? Pt. 2?

Asked by Coloma (47100points) July 6th, 2016

By popular demand, the dinner bells still a’ringin’.

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Shrimp cocktail.

gondwanalon's avatar

Hamberger, cheese and macaroni casorole.

Coloma's avatar

10:37 pm here, eating kettle Corn in bed. haha

Jeruba's avatar

We grilled some chicken and had mashed potatoes and peas. Nothing at all exciting, but just being able to have an ordinary meal without drama is better than a banquet.

Sometime soon I’ll probably make a nice vegetable quiche, the easy way, with Bisquick.

Coloma's avatar

@Jeruba Never heard of a Bisquick Quiche, interesting! I just buy the frozen pie shells. haha

Mimishu1995's avatar

Come now! It isn’t evening yet.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

I made spinach linguine with sauteed shrimp in garlic butter sauce. It was delicious. Best part of all is that it was extremely easy to make. Definitely the best meal I’ve had in quite a while.

Jeruba's avatar

@Coloma, it’s very simple. It has no bottom crust. You mix the Bisquick with eggs and milk and pour it over your layered vegs in the pie dishes, and a crust rises to the top. (I usually add crumbled bacon, or sometimes cubed leftover chicken, so it’s not just a veggie dish.)

stanleybmanly's avatar

I’m thinking about roasting a turkey. The foggy season is here, and a warm kitchen is a happy thought, almost as happy as lots of turkey sandwiches, after gluttony with the family. The trouble is that the damned bird would have to be defrosted which means dinner on Saturday. The alternative is to remortgage the house to pay for a fresh one.

JLeslie's avatar

Last night I put some cooked shrimp on a skewer, held it right over the flame on my stove and “grilled” them. They were frozen shrimp I defrosted before putting them on the skewer. Those frozen shrimp are just barely cooked, so an extra minute of heat/fire doesn’t dry them out.

I put them along side penne pasta with a very light cream sauce and roasted zucchini.

Where I live now I have a gas oven, and I’m taking advantage of the gas stove and oven. I haven’t had a gas oven since I was a little girl. I’ve had gas stoves often, but not the oven. Broiling is so much better with gas.

BellaB's avatar

Ham salad made with tangy dill relish on wonderful fluffy Serbian bun. Water, Water and more Water. It is stinking hot here.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Had Korean ramen tonight. There was no food left for a meal and everyone was tired. Sometimes you need to get lazy a bit.

BellaB's avatar

@Mimishu1995 – What flavour did you have? I’m a big fan of ramen these days. I recently found a grocery store that carries about 100 types and some of the noodles are so good. I like the air-dried noodles best.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Food of some sort.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Coloma ya dun gone viral!

Coloma's avatar

@Dutchess_III Haha, well, clearly, food is a common denominator for all, regardless of differing opinions on many things, everyone can agree that food is great!

Debating here. About to run some errands and thinking of picking up a rotisserie chicken at the market and then whipping up some cole slaw and maybe some stuffing or mashed taters. I am craving a chicken dinner.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Sometimes it’s great. Mostly it’s a pain in the butt for me. Usually it just annoys me that I have to eat.

Coloma's avatar

@Dutchess_III Man, I am a total foodie and constantly struggle with my weight. I have spent years and years in a disciplined mode but have fallen off the food wagon the last few years. haha I LOVE to eat, I love food, I love to cook. I wish it was that easy for me, but being a sensual type, and a hedonist at heart, food is one of the great joys of life.

BellaB's avatar

@Coloma , you’ve just reminded me that it’s chicken special dinner at the grocery store today. ¼ dark with wedges $2.99 Canadian, ¼ white with wedges $3.99. ¼ white can usually turn into 2 or 3 meals (or at least components).

Dutchess_III's avatar

Having it now…medium fries and a medium old fashioned chocolate / cherry milkshake from Braums.

Seek's avatar

I think tonight will be chicken and tabbouleh salad pita wraps, with a bit of hummus and maybe some goat’s cheese if I still have some

Coloma's avatar

Right now it is Coloma cocktail hour. Just poured myself a nice cold ale, aaah, dinner at 8. haha

BellaB's avatar

smoked salmon cream cheese with lemon on Serbian roll

considering a beverage other than water

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

A really tasty chicken with wild rice. I mixed the drippings from the sage, rosemary and lemon chicken with white vermouth, reduced it by 50%, thickened it with arrowroot—and voila!—one of the best tangy sauces I’ve ever made. I placed the boned chicken meat on a bed of wild rice with lightly sauteed chopped onions and mushrooms, then poured the translucent sauce over it like a glaze. Chilled Pouilly Fume would be good with this but, alas, iced tea with lemon will have to do.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

We went to the fish house tonight. I had fried jumbo Gulf shrimp.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@Coloma I don’t really know. It’s some kind of traditional Korean ramen that has mushrooms and seaweed and is very spicy, I’m not versed in Korean culture anyway.

What kind of ramen do they sell in your store? Here apart from our own ramen which is like they just put random flavor into it, we have Thai and Korean ramen. The Thai ramen isn’t so much different from the ordinary ramen although it’s spicier and sometimes tastes better. The Korean one is a different species. It’s larger and stickier. And you have to actually cook the ramen instead of pouring water onto a bowl. Takes more work but tastes better.

Seek's avatar

In America, Ramen is blocks of dried, bland, long, thin noodles with a packet of MSG for seasoning.

BellaB's avatar

@Seek – I’m surprised that more types of Ramen aren’t available in the US. In Toronto, we have whole grocery sections devoted to different varieties. You can buy at least a dozen different varieties of straight-out noodles with no seasonings, as well as a crazy assortment of different types. We certainly can get the 4/$1 ones, but there are much better ones available. Some of the interesting Korean , Indonesian and Pilipino ones come with up to 5 flavour packets in them so you can mix your favourites in – or use them as toppings. I use some of the plain, air-dried ones (much better than the cheap fried ones) as a basis for very good soups.

Ramen restaurants are all the rage here – with line-ups of up to an hour or so at some of them in the evenings. I like one of the Japanese chain ones that we have a few of – they sort of poach eggs into the soup before serving it. A big bowl of good ramen with a side of Korean fried chicken is an amazing meal to share with friends.

Seek's avatar

You can get more at specialty stores, but generally, yeah, it’s lame.

Coloma's avatar

@Mimishu1995 Theres a pretty good variety of Ramen here, I like the plain rice noodles to cook up and season on my own. Noodles are good!

@BellaB Yes, I often crack an egg into Ramen and let it poach while it simmers.
I also love to add snow pea pods and water chestnuts.

BellaB's avatar

Jazzed-up ramen is one of my favourite fast meals lately. Almost any kind of meat or vegetable goes well with it and it’s fun trying some of the exotic (to me) flavours. Even a basic chicken-lime one can be tasty with mushrooms and snow peas thrown in. A month ago, I was putting asparagus into almost all my soups.

Dutchess_III's avatar

A few bites of Honey Nut Cheerios….it was a little stale and I quickly lost my appetite.

Have you ever made mac and cheese using Raman? It’s really quite good! Butter, milk, Velveeta cheese.

Coloma's avatar

A shicken tamale with salsa, corn on the cob and marinated cukes and tomatoes.

Dutchess_III's avatar

shicken and cukes?

Coloma's avatar

^ LOL..oops…Chicken. No, I don’t stutter. haha

Dutchess_III's avatar

It has a nice ring to it, though.

Coloma's avatar

@Dutchess_III Fun with lisping. lol

Coloma's avatar

French accent…I am making a she-ken taw-maw-lay!

BellaB's avatar

Bought some nice fresh tilapia today. Threw it in a bag with some fajita seasoning mix I found in the cupboard – shook it all up to coat lightly. Panfried quickly in EVOO. Had it on baguette with a lot of bread and butter pickles. Lemon meringue yogurt for dessert.

Coloma's avatar

@BellaB OMG! I love lemon meringue and key lime Yoplait yogurts. especially the whipped ones.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I’m having surgery on my other hand next week (had left one done six weeks ago). I’m crockpot cooking a large pork loin today. Tonight I will dice up the whole thing and freeze it in small bags. I’ll have plenty of lean white pork to eat while I’m one handed and beyond. I don’t eat meat everyday but this is one of my faves when I do. I can have it with rice or just veggies or bag salad.

Oh, I’ll have a serving tonight too.

BellaB's avatar

@MollyMcGuire Good planning. Pork loin in the crock pot is a big default for me as well.

I discovered some leftover cold cuts last night. What to do? not enough to make sandwiches for two and I want to buy fresh today. I found the sausages I had planned to cook and remembered the idea of bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Warmed the cold cuts in a sauce pan, then wrapped them (warmed side in) around the sausages. Tooth-picked them on, and then grilled the dogs. I had mine with honey dijon, ketchup and yum yum pickles. I think Setanta skipped the pickles. Super-tasty and kind of fun.

Saw a fun kid foods idea on Facebook last night. Think I’m going to try a variation sometime soon. Tornado dogs – spiral cut hot dogs with dough wrapped around in the cut – then cooked. Kind of like baking the dog and bun together. If I can find some Johnsonville smoked cheddar sausages, I’m giving this a go.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

@BellaB I look for the Johnsonville products too if I’m shopping in a supermarket. They are better than the others in my opinion. I’m more likely to buy the Polish sausage though. )

BellaB's avatar

I think I can do this – maybe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfkfF2fu4pU

I have a funny feeling that the dog/sausage may fall apart when I’m opening the spiral.

Summer – the time for silly food :)

Dutchess_III's avatar

Damn it damn it damn it! Right about 3:00 yesterday, which is when I start getting hungry for dinner, some fool went and posted a picture of a yummy donut on Facebook. Well, hell. That’s all she wrote. I went and bought not one, but TWO Carmel glazed donuts. And that’s what I had for dinner.

Then I posted a picture of a black forest sundae I got at Braum’s, about two weeks ago, on that person’s page.

Revenge is sweet!

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Life is short…..............have a doughnut from time to time. :)

Coloma's avatar

Dinner last night.
2 Negra Modelo beers and then, a couple hours later a bowl of Cantaloupe & 1 vanilla ice cream sandwich. haha

Summer dinners at their finest.
Tonight remains a mystery, several choices, not sure yet.

Dutchess_III's avatar

W00T! Just had a surprise dental appoint show up. It’s in the next town over. It’s the only town for miles that has a Taco Tico! I’m going to load up.
Dinner today will be a taco burger.
Tomorrow a burrito (with extra cheese)
Friday will be 2 cheese enchiladas (with extra cheese.)

No donuts.

Coloma's avatar

Chicken tamale, half an ear of corn on the cob, a sliced tomato with sea salt and 2 plums.

Seek's avatar

Five-cheese Ravioli and Balsamic-marinated chicken.

I always have to make both a Marinara and an Alfredo sauce. Ian hates Alfredo, tomato sauce gives Hubby heartburn.

I had the Marinara tonight.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Today (the 14th) is my son’s birthday so I did something special.

I was driving into Ark City yesterday, about 3:00. I was hungry because I hadn’t eaten all day. This melodious black lady’s voice started talking. The first thing that caught my attention was “July 14th” (today) because it’s my son’s birthday. Then she said they were providing dinners for $9.00 today. Then she read the menu. Fried chicken, potato salad, green beans, dessert. The way she said, “Fried chicken,” almost made me wreck my truck! It sound SOOOO good.
Soul Food. Christopher’s 29th birthday. It’s on!!
So I waited eagerly for this morning to come. About 11 I headed to Ark City. I had some trouble finding the church, so I stopped at a real estate office. I asked them where the AME church was, and they started scratching their heads, and looking at each other.
One woman pulled out the phone book, “Isn’t that the one that’s over on…”
I said, “They have fried chicken.”
“OH!! That’s right over here! Go one block and turn right. It’s a small building on 4th and Chestnut. Are they doing that today? Good chicken!”
So then I found the building. It looked deserted. My heart started sinking, thinking maybe I had misunderstood. I walked up to the nearest entrance. Locked. All the lights that I could see were off.
I wanted to cry.
I looked up their number and called. Lady answered the phone. I told her I’d heard an ad about a fried chicken dinner.
She said, “Yes.”
I said, “Is it today?”
She said, “Yes.” My heart leapt!
I told her the building was locked and seemed to be closed. She said to come to the other entrance around the back.
So, I got 2 home made chicken dinners with a slice of chocolate cake. A young man escorted me back to my truck, holding an umbrella over my head.

Seek's avatar

Happy Birthday, Chris!

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’ll tell him!

Coloma's avatar

^^^ Enjoy that Shicken dinner!

Peaches, strawberries, cantaloupe and maybe a quesadilla here. Too hot to eat much.

Seek's avatar

Shakshuka for me and Ian, with the leftover pasta sauce, and eggs, toast, and corned beef hash for Hubby.

Jeruba's avatar

Hot-weather supper for tomorrow night: shrimp Caesar. I toss romaine lettuce and some red grapes with Caesar dressing and fresh shredded parmesan and then add small chilled shrimp. I allow about ¼ head of lettuce and ¼ lb. shrimp meat per person.

Sometimes I use cold grilled chicken slices instead of shrimp. The rest is the same.

Coloma's avatar

@Jeruba That sounds great. I make a cold chicken salad with a couple TBS or Caesar dressing, a bit of mayo, a little finely minced celery, minced red grapes and slivered almonds in Pita bread w/Romaine lettuce. :-)

BellaB's avatar

Pasta salad followed by a super-juicy, drippy peach.

Seek's avatar

Today I’m attempting a creole-style shrimp gumbo, because someone mentioned gumbo on another site the other day and now I have a hankering.

I’ve never made gumbo before, but hey, how hard could it be?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Famous last words!

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Like practicing flambe, that was extra exciting.

Dutchess_III's avatar

LOL

Today was the Taco Tico burrito.

Coloma's avatar

5:24 pm on the warm west coast. Having my Sat. night summer constitution of 3 Pacifico Cervezas and then, a veggie quesadilla with fresh squash, tomatoes and scads of cheese and a marinated, garden fresh, cucumber, tomatoe and olive salad. Orange Sherbet for later. Perfect when it is 90 degrees.

Seek's avatar

Leftover gumbo.

OMG so much gumbo.

Someone come over and help me eat all this gumbo.

Coloma's avatar

@Seek On my way, do you have beer? lol

Dutchess_III's avatar

Was at my daughters. Her brother was laying kitchen tile for her. He and his wife and all 4 kids there, as well as my daughter’s husband and 16 year old son. Rick helped.
At about 5:00 I made a pizza run. Got 4 medium pizzas, 1 just cheese (kids,) 1 Supreme, 1 meat lovers (men,) 1 veggie lovers (women.)
I had a piece of veggie lovers pizza. Twas good.

Seek's avatar

Drinking Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout tonight, if you’re down.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Just got back home from mom’s mother’s place. Dinners there is full of sea food. I ate clams and crabs for dinner for 4 days straight! My ultimate fantasy came true! Now that I got back home I’m like wakinh up from a sweet dream.

Coloma's avatar

@Seek Yo girlie, save one or 3 for me. :-)
@Dutchess_III haha, see, some stereotypes are spot on. Cheese pizza for kids, meat for me, veggie for women. Supreme for the in betweeners right? I get veggie lovers WITH sausage. lol

BellaB's avatar

Last night was interesting.

Thought I’d eat before a show I was going to. Ran out of time so I grabbed a cherry cheesecake frozen yogurt from https://www.yelp.ca/biz/grk-ygrt-toronto-2

Nice tart cherries and sauce, great soft serve frozen yogurt (that’s actually made from yogurt) and clumps of graham cracker crumbs. Delicious!

After the show I went for a drink with a pal at http://www.grossmanstavern.com . A great band was playing so we had a couple of draught pints and shared an order of really good fries. Two pints of 7.1% http://bryehn.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/boneshaker.jpg might have been a bit much after yogurt and a handful of fries.

Coloma's avatar

@BellaB Haha, well looks like it all was a blend and didn’t come back to haunt you.
A few years ago I got home from work in the summer and had a few dark ales in the fridge. I hadn’t eaten much all day since lunch and I cracked a beer and started making a salad.
I ended up forgetting these were like 8% alcohol as I usually buy light beer and man, after 3 of them on an empty stomach, I went out and lay down on my couch and passed out til like 10 pm when I woke up to my half prepared dinner. haha

Having a late lunch with my daughter today, around 2ish, before a movie later this afternoon so dinner will probably be fruit and yogurt here too.

BellaB's avatar

Next time I’ll remember that I’m better off ordering halves <grins>

Jeruba's avatar

Now that I’m starting to think about a trip back East, food is coming up high on my priority list. Last time I was back in Boston, I had broiled bay scallops three nights in a row and didn’t begin to sate the hunger. I am definitely going to have a lobster roll. And I’ll see about those Maryland crabs.

Yes, Maine lobster can be had in California, but it’s against my principles to pay my dinner’s air fare, and “Australian lobster tails” aren’t lobster at all.

Meanwhile, Sunday night at our house is “choose your own,” generally some combination of leftovers. Tonight we have leftover leftovers. We try to start the week with new food.

Dutchess_III's avatar

We picked up the nicest, almost new table top gas grill at a garage sale for $20. She even threw in 4 small bottles of propane. That alone was almost worth $20. So we’re grilling burgers for my son and his family tonight.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Threw together some pasta with a black-peppery, buttery, al fredo sauce, a bunch of chopped kielbasa, peas and a handful of fresh chopped parsley. Whipped it all around in a big salad bowl, dumped a mountain of it on a big plate and pigged out. Easy peasy. A nice, red ale would go good with this. Right out of a cold, sweaty bottle. But since there isn’t any within hundreds of miles, I’m having fresh-squeezed lemon ade

Coloma's avatar

Albacore stuffed pickled Jalapenos here with a dusting of crushed white tortilla chips and a marinated red & yellow tomato, cucumber, and black olive salad. A snacky dinner.

BellaB's avatar

Stopped at the deli counter on the way home from dance class. Picked up some sweet chili chicken wings, roasted peppers and a Greek salad with feta, kalamata olives, roasted peppers and onions. All really nice and fresh and tasty.

BellaB's avatar

I think @Espiritus_Corvus may have just sorted tomorrow’s dinner here . I picked up some Johnsonville smoked sausage tonight – it will be great with pasta, sauce and fresh vegetables. I’ll pick up some mushrooms in Kensington Market tomorrow on my way to dance boot camp.

ibstubro's avatar

Last night I stopped at the re-located local Greek restaurant and had a veggie pita. Not a huge amount of taste, but they chopped all the ingredients (onion, tomato) up really small, which is rare today. Also, I liked the 100% open kitchen.

They have something called Greek Spaghetti which sounds like pasta salad to me, but is apparently eaten hot.
I’ll report back.
It kills me to eat there and not have saganaki!

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Tonight will be ham, spinach, and cheese omelets and what’s left of a loaf of French bread.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Today was a slice of real butter pound cake with juicy strawberry topping!

Coloma's avatar

Tonight, bean tacos in crispy taco shells with cheese, olives and other veggies and my leftover marinated salad from last night.

ibstubro's avatar

Tuna slop.
A can of damp tuna mixed with entirely too much Aldi Salad Whip eaten on semi-stale bread.

My new can opener cuts the top of the can off and I failed to get that handy-dandy, spirograph-looking can strainer the other day.
I was too lazy to uncover the toaster.
(YES, everything in my house has something living/stored on top of it. (sigh) )
The tomatoes were in the fridge, so too cold to eat.
The pickle relish was hiding somewhere behind the tomatoes (see “lazy” above).

Seek's avatar

Case in point as to why I won’t use those can openers.

ibstubro's avatar

Oh, those can openers are great, @Seek.

You can’t introduce the pathogens on top of the can, into it.
It’s totally gross to use a lid to drain a can.

BellaB's avatar

I ended up with an eclectic meal. One of Setanta’s California rolls, half of a small tandoori chicken wrap and about half of a Greek salad.

Seek's avatar

Meh. I ain’t dead yet.

Seek's avatar

Oh, and today was lemon pepper pork chops, asparagus spears, and scalloped potatoes.

Coloma's avatar

Got my weekly delivery via golf cart from Grandpas garden here. I am making a big salad chock full of all the garden goodies. Lemon cucumbers, fresh roma tomatos and just a cheesy garlic toast.
For dessert, raspberry sherbet with fresh blackberries.

Dutchess_III's avatar

6” turkey sub at subway.

BellaB's avatar

Water, water and more water
I’m not so interested in eating when it’s still 30 Celsius after 10 p.m.

Last night I had a small (tiny) steak , straight up at 11 p.m.

Coloma's avatar

@BellaB The heat is on again here as well after a lovely few weeks of 80 something temps. Cranking up to near 100 tomorrow and then over that by a degree or two for the next 10 days or so, at least. Ugh..I too am drinking tons of water, and have a freezer full of Italian ice pops. I know, it is too hot to eat until right before bedtime. haha

What I wouldn’t give for a freak rainstorm right about now.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Tonight was teriyaki pineapple turkey burgers with sautéed onions and pineapple. Light and tasty! :)

ibstubro's avatar

I stopped at a local bar where I’d seen fish take-out that was amazing.
Got an order of buffalo (fish) with fries and mashed potatoes.
The fish was tasteless, the fries were limp, and the mashed potatoes were smothered in animal.
What a disappointment.

Coloma's avatar

@ibstubro Awww…nothing worse than a disappointing take out dinner. :-(

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Seafood buffet at a local restaurant, first time we went there. They have been in business over 30 years. Southern USA fried fish and chicken. For the cost it was very good.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Going to a friend’s b day party. I think it’s a cook out but I’m not sure. The only thing I know that I’m having for sure is salmon ball spread on crackers.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

It was left over chile mack from my sister’s. I just got home ;s u rgery was Wed. Bad experience with allergic reaction to either pain med or bandaging. Very scary. Ihope it is over now.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Today it was Olive Garden, for my birthday. I had a salad, bread sticks, cheese stuffed mushrooms and lasagna. I don’t normally eat much meat. Usually I get fish if it’s available, but I had a craving for lasagna. It was OK. Could only eat about half of it, and one bread stick, and two of the mushrooms. The salad was very good.
Since it was my birthday I got a complimentary dessert. It was a a brownie with chocolate mousse on top. It was in a tiny little cup and it was the perfect size for me. It was good and I ate most of it.

Coloma's avatar

Happy Birthday Dutchess!

ibstubro's avatar

Happy birthday Dear mmm, mmm…,
@Dutchess_III!

More traditional.

BellaB's avatar

Happy Birthday @Dutchess_III

___

We had Johnsonville smoked brats on Texas-style hot-dog buns (I don’t know what Texas-style means). I made my buns top-split and loaded ketchup, sweet and hot mustard, yum yum pickles and fried onions in there , then stuffed in the brats.

Coloma's avatar

@BellaB I am having smoked Turkey sausage on buns tonight with the same trimmings and watermelon. :-)

Dutchess_III's avatar

I don’t know
We’re on the road to Springfield Mo. It’s 5:00 and all I’ve eaten so far is a handful of sunflower seeds. ARE WE THERE YET??? I’m starving!

ibstubro's avatar

I had 2 mahi mahi burgers from Trader Joe’s.
They were very good, but I almost left them in the freezer too long.

Coloma's avatar

@Dutchess_III You really do eat like a bird. lol

BellaB's avatar

Super thinly sliced potatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, and onion – all sort of melted together in a giant wok with a tiny bit of olive oil. Stirred in a tbsp of real cream cheese (not the brick stuff) to make a bit of sauce.

JLeslie's avatar

I picked up an antipasto salad at a chain restaurant. It’s so good. Basically, a salad with a Stromboli cut up in it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well I had what I can only describe as a Mexican Mess last night! I ordered off of their vegatarian menu…a bean burrito, a cheese enchilada and a tostado. They put cheese all over it and lettuce and tomatoe and I put more stuff all over it. I barely ate half of it but it was good. Then the bartender came over to ask if we wanted more margaritas (which were VERY good.) I said no but mentioned that Sunday, the day before, was my birthday. I was hoping for some free ice cream or something….but it was the BARTENDER duh. She brought me a big shot of tequila and stood there to make sure I drank it right down and did it right! Shew!!!!

ibstubro's avatar

What’s that smell?
Oh!

Taco Bell 7-layer burrito.

Coloma's avatar

I just found a moth glued to one of my Honey Nut Cherrios this morning. Maybe I should have another bowl for dinner for the extra protein. lol

Dutchess_III's avatar

Whooper Jr as we speak.

Coloma's avatar

@Dutchess_III I like the Jr. Burgers at BK too.

Smoldering hot here, like 104! I am having ice cold cubed watermelon and a couple white corn tortilla chips right now. No appetite for anything even remotely warm.

Coloma's avatar

@Dutchess_III 3/5ths drunk and a burger now? So you aren’t going for 4/5ths drunk then? lol

ibstubro's avatar

Tilapia sounds really good!

Coloma's avatar

Marinated cucumbers and tomatoes here with a little quesadilla, too damn hot to eat much.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Hot wings to go from a local bar. They double fry the wings and make a butter and hot sauce mixture for the wings.
We got medium; they make a HOT and if asked a screaming H O T.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yesterday we had the most deliciouseososo sandwiches from a place in Springfield, Mo called McAllisters. I had a French dip, Rick had a Ruben yuck. it was really, really, REALLY, REALLY good!
Also had a side of pasta salad but didn’t eat much of it. It wasn’t as good.

For actual dinner, several hours later, I had a slice of lemon pound cake and a handful of potato chips while we watched a movie.

Coloma's avatar

A cold dinner here, still in the throngs of a major heat wave. Having a little plate of sliced avocado, french bread, spinach dip and few slices of lite salami and then, more ice cream!

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I mashed together roasted parsnips, turnips and long-baked cassava with garlic, black pepper, shallots, bacon and butter. I lightly seared some fresh broccoli from the garden and made some Hollandiase to smother it in. I took the rest of the Hollandaise, added some sauteed shallots, fresh chervil and Tarragon from the garden—et voila, Bearnaise!

I rubbed a mixture of Worstershire sauce, cracked black peppercorns and garlic into a one inch thick, 24 ounce Nebraska Porterhouse steak last night (au poivre), refrigerated it until this afternoon, then stuck it on the end of a long Bar-B-Q meat fork and hit it with a blow torch until it was good and seared on the outside and still quite rare on the inside. I made a cold sauce from sour creme and horse radish to counter the boat of more delicate Bearnaise sauce. I served the filet mignon side to my guest and I took the entrecôte. We ate it with a hearty Tuscan Sangiovese.

I’m dopey and happy tonight and still have some Bearnaise for tomorrow morning’s eggs and enough horse radish sauce for the beef sandwiches at lunch.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I got a craving for saltine crackers and butter….I’m softening the butter now. ?

Coloma's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus Sounds delightful, bon appetit!
Okay, I’m going out for a couple cold beers before my dinner. Ice cream on standby.

@Dutchess_III What, no sunflower seeds in keeping with your birdlike fare?
Dutchie wanna cracker!

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

@Dutchess_III A belated Happy Birthday, Dutchess!

BellaB's avatar

A can of Arizona Cherry Juice Rickey

Still kind of full after having half of a beef burek from the Serbian bakery around the corner.

ibstubro's avatar

McAlisters Deli is a chain, @Dutchess_III.
They used to have an olive salad sandwich that was great.
Depending on location.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I know it’s a chain. There is one in St. Louis, but they don’t have one around here.

ibstubro's avatar

I know of 2 in St. Louis.
One is the bomb. The other one is shee-ot.

BellaB's avatar

Half of a simit with butter/cheddar and a spoon of ham salad. A big cup of hot tea since it was finally coolish enough (under 80) to tolerate a hot drink.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I had a toasted egg and a piece of bacon for breakfast. I think Rick is going to grill burgers tonight.

Coloma's avatar

Tuna sandwich and watermelon and some coffee caramel ice cream. I have to polish off the stash of ice cream from this week long heat wave here before tomorrow. Gotta get back on track after beer, wine and ice cream all weekend, starting last Thurs. haha

Dutchess_III's avatar

OK, so I had a hamburger patty (just the patty) with ketchup. It wasn’t quite enough so I got a piece of thin sliced deli turkey that we have, put a slice of Swiss cheese on it and rolled it up. That’s good, too. The dogs liked the last ¼th that I didn’t eat, too. (I almost never finish all of my food!)

Seek's avatar

I honestly think I would die if I ate as little as you, Dutchess.

I made pierogi tonight. Just the ones from the freezer section. I put them in a pot with some chunks of chicken breast and some bell peppers and onions and a can of whole peeled tomatoes and just let the whole thing simmer for a while. Big hit.

JLeslie's avatar

I made my spaghetti sauce soup. Water, spaghetti sauce, a little pasta, cooked ground beef, frozen corn. Sometimes I add hot dried pepper flakes. Not extremely healthy, but not horrible.

Coloma's avatar

Oh-my-gawd! Sooo, I was just having the rest of my ice cream when my neighbor came over with a plate of chocolate cake and more ice cream! They had a party yesterday and I was there for awhile. Thanks J. WTF..so of course, I must eat the cake now right? Help me

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Well, I was alone and I found a package of blueberry muffin mix in the cupboard that I bought when my granddaughter was here last month. I have ‘t had these in about 12 years. So, at dinner I baked them. The package made six small muffins. I buttered them and sat down and ate every bite of them with two cups of coffee. I thoroughly enjoyed and it may be 12 more years before I have another one.

Dutchess_III's avatar

LOL! You would not die, @Seek! I actually eat about twice as much was I did when I was in my teens, 20’s, 30’s and even 40’s. Whatever I ate kept me at 125–135 for a bunch of years. I’m at 145 now… :(. Tweaking my eating habits now to drop those 10 pounds…and it’s working.

OMG @MollyMcGuire! I LOVE blueberry muffins! Here’s a recipe I came across a while back. Have yet to try it but it sounds so awesome!

Blue berry muffins

Ingredients
• ½ cup softened butter
• 1 ¼ cups sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 cups flour
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• ½ cup milk
• 2 cups blueberries, washed, drained and picked over
• 3 teaspoons sugar
• Nutritional Information: OMG it tastes so good! Save calories by not eating the paper muffin cups.

Preparation
1. Preheat the oven to 375.
2. Cream the butter and 1¼ cups sugar until light.
3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla.
4. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder, and add to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk.
5. Crush ½ cup blueberries with a fork, and mix into the batter. Fold in the remaining whole berries. This is what hooked me. Think about the blueberry muffin mix that comes with the tins of blueberries…the tins have the juice in them.
6. Line a 12 cup standard muffin tin with cupcake liners, and fill with batter. Sprinkle the 3 teaspoons sugar over the tops of the muffins, and bake at 375 degrees for about 30–35 minutes.
7. Remove muffins from tin and cool at least 30 minutes. Store, uncovered, or the muffins will be too moist the second day, if they last that long

Coloma's avatar

Just grabbed a couple superb, Brandywine tomatoes fresh off the vine here and am going to have them sliced with a little S&P tonight with some cheese and crackers and more watermelon.

Seek's avatar

Chili tonight: ground turkey, red, pinto, and great northern beans, bell pepper, onion, maybe some corn. Whatever i feel like throwing in there. Maybe I’ll go crazy and make some bread rolls.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Mm. At dinner the other night the hostess drizzled some olive oil on fresh veggies…broccoli and carrots and onions and cauliflower, and “fried” them up in a cast iron skillet. Really good.

ibstubro's avatar

Yesterday I went to the local Greek restaurant and had Mediterranean Spaghetti. Spaghetti noodles with grilled eggplant and zucchini, feta cheese and Greek salad dressing. Surprisingly bland, for my taste. The Greek salad was VG.

Today I’m fighting the urge to drive 1½ hours to the Indian joint for lunch.

BellaB's avatar

I was ravenous when I got back from swimming yesterday so I cooked up a big bag of pasta shells. Added chicken, peas and bottled garlic alfredo sauce. So good and filled the pit swimming for 1.5 hours left in my belly.

Dutchess_III's avatar

As a kid swimming made me so ravenous. Of course, I’d spent 6 hours playing hard in the sun, with nothing to eat. Mom gave me some spending money, so walking home I’d stop at the Peter Pan and get me a cheeseburger with mayo and ketchup only. I will never, ever forget how delicious those hamburgers were!

BellaB's avatar

Something about swimming makes me hungrier than any other sport/fitness activity. I know I’ve burned calories but there has to be more to it.

JLeslie's avatar

^^Me too. Swimming spikes my appetite more than other sports. My guess is because you stay relatively cool.

Dutchess_III's avatar

A BURRITO WITH EXTRA CHEESE FROM TACO TICO! YAY!

And a got 2 cheese enchiladas for dinner tomorrow, and a taco burger for dinner on Thursday. (Taco Tico is in another town so I always hit Taco Tico when I go there, which is rarely. )

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I went to the local Mexican joint and ordered a jumbo frozen margarita and a “Shrimp Fajita Burrito, small”.

About ½ gallon of frozen margarita.
When the burrito came, I measured it with my forearm, and it was easy ¾ as long, and as thick as my mid-forearm.
Grilled shrimp, onions, green peppers and mushrooms. Wrapped in a huge flour tortilla with rice and beans, guacamole and sour cream. Topped with pico de gallo and melted white cheese. On lettuce.
Insane. I cleaned the plate/glass on top of ½ a basket of chips and salsa. I look like I’m 7 months pregnant.
$14, for all.
I think “Shrimp Fajita Large” must feed a family of 5.

Coloma's avatar

@ibstubro Sounds delish!

Well..I pulled an @Dutchess_III today and was too busy and did not eat one bite, after my morning coffee until almost 4 p.m. I was starving and feeling faint. haha
I wolfed down a huge snack plate of sliced yellow squash with spinach dip, some french bread, salami, green olives and a big bowl of diced watermelon. I have not been so hungry in forever! An early dinner so to speak but now, at 7:45 I am feeling hungry again, think I’ll go for some cheese and crackers and maybe a salad.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yesterday I went to the Dr at 4:00. On the way home I stopped at Sonic and got a Sonic Jr. Cheeseburger. I ate it when I got home. Later that evening I realized I still that that taco burger from Taco Tico! I was mad at myself. So I shall be eating it today, after I fix the Frith and Forth bridge and Secret Glen in the back yard.

ibstubro's avatar

I had 2 Egg McMuffins, hold the CanBac.
Cheap fill-up for $3.
Looks like fast food was the order of the day!

I went in Micky-D’s and set my cup from another restaurant on the table I planned to eat at. It took forever to order, even thought there was only one man ahead of me. When I got back to my table, an XXXL black woman employee looked at me across 3 tables and said “Oh. That cup is yours. I wondered who it belonged to. I wiped your table, and I moved your cup. I don’t like messing with other people’s stuff.” I said, “Well, there’s still stuff on the table.” Dried ketchup – the table was no cleaner than when it started.

As I was eating a woman came in and went up to the same employee. Said something about being from Texas and she had a sandwich from the MaidRite shop, would it be all right if she ate it there? The employee tells her no The woman says she’ll talk to the manager, and proceeds to the counter. I jumped up and said “Excuse me mam? You come right over here and eat with me at my table – I bought food here and they’re not going to throw me out.” She was very put out, came and sat at my table, and introduced herself. Turns out she was there with her mother, and mom was at the counter buying food. Much ado about nothing. We had a nice visit, while we all ate, and I left. Mom and I are practically neighbors. Maybe a mile apart. No more than 2.

Coloma's avatar

No dinner here, had a 3 )’ clock pizza and salad bar hangout with a friend, might go for a bowl of watermelon soon. Really good, oh man, I haven’t had a pizza buffet in forever.

Seek's avatar

Last night was chorizo from the butcher shop in the ghetto, browned up with diced potato and then melted some cheese into it, then served on flour tortillas with a bit of sour cream.

JLeslie's avatar

My husband loves me again because of the dinner I prepared last night. I made him pork with peppers over rice and cheese quesadillas made right on the stove flame with green sauce cilantro and onion on top.

Coloma's avatar

Grandpas produce cart just rolled over here this morning and I chose tomatoes, yellow squash, more cucumbers and some plums, 5 minutes off the vine/tree.
I have been hooked on eating this tender yellow squash dipped in a little spinach dip lately, it is so delicious, so, tonight will be a plate of raw squash, my usual marinated cukes and tomatoes and cheese and crackers again. haha
It is finally cooler, just lovely, with cool, breezy mornings and highs in the mid-to high 80’s. Like spring weather after the hellish 8 days of 101–104 we had last week.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’m on a hunger strike at the moment. Rick said we’re going out for dinner this evening. This means I’ll have a the best shrimp quesadilla you’ve ever eaten! And it is a lot of food. I can rarely eat the whole thing, much less the beans and rice they put on the plate too. So I’m waiting for that. And working on my Hidden Glen. I’‘m putting a face on the tree there.

Coloma's avatar

@Dutchess_III You need a water feature in your Hidden Glen, a little fountain or birdbath maybe?

Pre dinner wine moment here, a nip of the Pino to celebrate fucking COOLER weather. haha

BellaB's avatar

Still stinking hot here so I can’t bear to cook… but I’m enjoying reading what everyone else is having/planning. I did have a small carton of chocolate milk earlier. Setanta was smart to get one for each of us.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Coloma It’s not big enough for that AND a kid. It a large elm stump that started growing elm branches again. You can’t even see the stump. I cut an entrance and trimmed back some of the branches inside. But I’m going to create a hidden treasure in a natural hole that’s in there. Maybe adding a string of camp lights to wind in and out among the little branches. I’ll post pics when I’m done. Probably with one of the kids in it. Of course!

OK, so FINALLY at 5:30 Rick took himself off of work and came down stairs. We went to El Maugueys, Mexican.
As you know, I’m a calorie counter,,and when we go out I almost always try to get a fish or seafood dinner.
To that end I had my shrimp quesadilla, with grilled red peppers, onions and some other low cal veggies. This was all piled into a grilled…not fried…grilled flour tortilla. Ok, so there was a little “sauce“in the food that looked suspiciously like grease, but it was good. And, um, never mind the 300 calories of sour cream I piled on there. Or the 300 calories of cheese sauce I poured on it. I also poured some salsa on it, and salsa is pretty low cal so that was OK.
OK, so it was probably 1500 calories! But it’s the only thing I ate today so 1500 calories for a day isn’t bad. And I didn’t eat the rice or the lettuce and tomatoes that they also put on the plate.
Oh, but then I really blew it when I ate three (THREE!!) of those chocolate covered creamy mints for dessert. There went my diet.
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You wanna see a picture? I took one just for you guys! I promise there are no grandkids lurking in the background.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

French bread slices brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with parmesan and black pepper, topped with a slice of ham and a slice of pepperjack cheese, then toasted. There are no words for how happy these ingredients combined and made me a happy diner. There was also a green salad.

Dutchess_III's avatar

^^^Yum!

Yesterday we found a McAllister’s Deli in Wichita. It was about 3:00 and I was still full from my shrimp quesadilla from the day before. I got a French dip sandwich and a bowl of broccoli cheese soup. Took about 4 bites of the sandwich, knew I couldn’t eat much more, so I decided to concentrate on my soup. I took all the meat and cheese off my bread and just dunked the bread in the juice. Between that and the soup it was all just perfect.

Coloma's avatar

I had KungPao shrimp yesterday too, oh man, it was so good, but spicey, I had a minor melt down after the first bite, but then I adjusted to the heat. haha
Going out for breakfast here at noon now so dinner will be salad and my standby, cheese and crackers.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Making bacon and banana bread now.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I had BBQ pork, chopped broccoli, and a chunk of French bread.

BellaB's avatar

I think a tomato sandwich is on the menu.

Coloma's avatar

@BellaB Just made my dinner, well, gave me the idea. I am going to toast some bread with a little mayo and slice up one of the awesome, garden fresh tomaters here. I also bought one of those nut covered cheddar cheese balls, it just looked good. One of those weird impulse buys. It reminded me of Christmas. lol

Dutchess_III's avatar

Had a BLT, without the T, and a banana bread muffin…and for some reason that so completely filled me up, I was stuffed.

BellaB's avatar

Cooking up a big pan of Chinese fried rice with lots of veggies and chopped up Johnsonville chili-cheese sausage. It’s going to be hearty and tasty and there will be leftovers. I’m going to have a plate of it with some sliced garden tomato.

Coloma's avatar

@BellaB You are giving me dinner ideas the last two days. Now I am craving chinese fried rice with veggies. I might have to run over to one of our local chinese places and get some fried rice and stir fried veggies. Mmmmm!

BellaB's avatar

@Coloma , you may have to do that!

I like to make my own since I like to very slightly char the bottom of the fried rice. That’s my layer , with a little rice vinegar and sesame oil. Setanta gets the uncharred top portion.

Coloma's avatar

@BellaB I like the idea of slightly charred too. haha
Okay, not quite 1p.m. here, a day off, and I am heading out now to get chinese food! I Thanks Bella! :-)

Dutchess_III's avatar

OK, now I want fried rice! With lots and lots of sweet onions in it!

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I did something tonight that I never do. I was starving when I was driving home and pulled into a Burger King and bought the special 2 for 5 on four sandwiches. I chose the chicken sandwich and the double cheeseburger. I ate about half of each. They were adequate nourishment but neither one will be on my menu again…..............most likely.

ibstubro's avatar

I intended to have a tuna roll-up. StarKist smoked tuna, garden tomato, fresh lettuce, cheese and onion on Lavash bread with spinach dip.

I ate the tuna off the pouch.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

My god, you guys eat a lot. In just a few days you’ve racked up more than 40 posts.

This morning I was presented with a fine redfish. Tonight will be simple fare. Redfish filet à la meunière. I’ll dip it in a little milk, plop it briefly in some flour add a little salt and white pepper, then fry her up till she’s light brown. It’s a beautiful, delicate fish and there is no reason to dominate it’s flavor with a strong sauce, so the sauce will be browned butter, chopped parsley, and lemon. I’ll serve it on a bed of rice cooked in chicken broth. Butter beans right out of the garden. Mmmmm. A crisp Chardonnay would be nice with this.

Seek's avatar

Yesterday I made BBQ chicken thighs, a salad, and smashed ‘taters.

Today… I dunno. I have a whole chicken defrosted. I’ll probably try to get a couple meals’ worth of stuff out of it. And fail, most likely. My two boys can put that whole damn chicken away between them.

Dutchess_III's avatar

At the moment…cookie dough!

Coloma's avatar

2:26 pm on the west coast and I just had a tuna sandwich with sliced tomatoes and some Pringles chips. Babysitting my little 9 yr. old friend at 4:30 so will probably just grab a taco or some little fast food morsel on the way home later.

JLeslie's avatar

@Dutchess_III Cookie dough goes straight to your breasts.

Dutchess_III's avatar

So that’s what the problem has been!

Well, I pulled out some of that imitation crab meat and started to thaw it out, thinking I’d have that tonight, sprinkled with lemon juice and dunked in real butter.

But then…I saw cauliflower and broccoli florets my husband brought home, so I stuck the “crab” in the fridge for tomorrow and micro-wave steamed the veggies and put melted cheese on them. I’m stuffed!

Coloma's avatar

@JLeslie Hahaha….hilarious!
@Dutchess III I like the imitation crab meat with cocktail sauce myself.

5:46 pm here, just washed my car, it was covered in bird poop and am now having a nice cold Paficico and then, a black bean veggie burrito with all the garden stuff from Grandpas garden here.

Seek's avatar

I just chucked a chicken in the oven. I wrapped it in bacon first.

What should I make with it? Brussels sprouts? Cabbage slaw? Broccoli?
Side dishes are my nemesis today.

Also, will someone come wash my dishes? I haaaate washing dishes and I’ve had a hard day. Wah.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I will wash your dishes!

Getting ready to eat my fake crab stuff.

Coloma's avatar

@Seek I’ll wash your dishes if you vacuum for me. I hate vacuuming the most. lol

Encore dinner for me tonight, busy all day and just wolfed down some bean and veggie burrito leftovers with a salad here about 30 minutes ago at 4 p.m. Early dinner or really late lunch but I am stuffed now so no plans for anything but maybe an Italian Ice later.

Seek's avatar

SOLD!

Also, if you’ve never wrapped a chicken in bacon and roased, DO IT.

OMG it was awesome.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I made a squash casserole, steamed basmati rice, and baked some pork chops. I also ate way too much!

BellaB's avatar

Too hot to consider eating. Had a can of Arizona Cherry Lime Rickey. Used two straws. It was fantastic.

BellaB's avatar

@Seek , when the weather is a tiny bit cooler I like to buy chicken parts, wrap them in bacon and throw them in the panini press. Cooks fast, tastes fantastic. I especially like that I’ve created most of a club sandwich in one step :)

Coloma's avatar

Tonight will be home made chicken Tamales made by the wife of our wonderful all around ranch hand/handyman “Serge” and my summertime standby, my marinated tomatoes and cucumbers with black olives form the garden. Maybe a Cerveza or two as well. Provecho!

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Tonight was buttered popcorn with Parmesan. Last night alone for a while and loved it. Easy Easy East

JLeslie's avatar

I roasted eggplant slices, and put a whole punch of the slices on a pizza. Small frozen pizza.

Seek's avatar

Tacos last night. These dudes and their tacos, I swear, but I can always count on the little one eating if it’s tacos.

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Well, I had two slices of French bread, toasted, with honey. That was at 4:00.
About 7 Rick brought a bag of potato chips in the living room where we were watching TV. I ate one handful.
Then I microwaved-steamed about 4 broccoli and cauliflower florets and threw some cheese on them. I’m glad I figured out how to microwave steam them! It’s faster than cooking popcorn!

BellaB's avatar

Two Serbian Zuzu – sliced in half horizontally – layered with gouda – melted in the toaster oven. Ate them with Yum Yum pickles.

Coloma's avatar

Going grocery shopping here in about 30 minutes, so the jury is still out until something comes to me whilst wandering the isles. haha
I am contemplating grilled chicken sandwiches, maybe.

BellaB's avatar

Sent Setanta to the Serbian bakery to bring back more goodies.

Tonight I’ll most likely be having cider and olives. I’m going out with a bunch of my belly dance friends – we’re going to a pub where you bring your own food.

Coloma's avatar

@BellaB Beer belly dancing? haha

I am back from shopping and yep, chicken sandwiches are n the menu with potato salad. I bought a lot of cold foods for the next few days as another sucky heat wave cometh. Lots of fruit, cheeses, salad stuff, cold ham, swiss cheese, potato salad etc.

BellaB's avatar

Belly dancers love to party – with beer :)

Found out that the pub I’m going to has a rhubarb saison on tap. Will have to try it out. We’re negotiating Doritos or artisanal nachos right now.

the rhubarb saison isn’t on their website yet… but it’s a good brewery

http://www.wellingtonbrewery.ca/index.php?Page=Welly_One_Off

Dutchess_III's avatar

Meh. I don’t think I’ll eat this evening. Bleh. Nothing sounds good. Bleh.

Sounds like fun @BellaB!

Coloma's avatar

@BellaB I’d like to order a ” Kickin’ Back” Pale Ale please.
OMG..a few years ago I had some dark stout in the fridge, leftover from some get together.
I usually drink the lighter ales, pale, maybe red or amber on occasion.
One night I got home from work and cracked one of those puppies.

Had another and then a 3rd while making dinner. I hadn’t eaten since lunch around 11:30 a.m. and all of a sudden I had to go sit down on the couch. I zonked out until like 9:30 pm, woke to my wilted salad on the counter. :-/
I had NO IDEA how strong those beers were. My daughter was teasing me, she was like ” MOM! Those are like 8.5% alcohol. haha

Seek's avatar

I don’t feel like cooking tonight.

I’m starting on cake for Ian’s birthday. His birthday week is going to be super busy, so instead of having a party just for him on his birthday, the week looks like this:

Monday: We’re taking E on a surprise trip to LegoLand with one of his friends (homeschooler discount woo!)

Tuesday: The homeschool playgroup’s Not Back To School Pool Party at a state park with a massive pool.

Wednesday (his actual birthday): The Museum of Science and Industry is hosting a Homeschool Open House to advertise their monthly educational program. That’s free museum access!

Thursday: My brother is visiting with his 3-year-old daughter, so we’re going to hit a park or something.

Friday: The only day I haven’t scheduled anything so far.

I always try to do something fun for Ian’s birthday cake. Last year he got to pick the flavor (strawberry!) and it was a super-strawberry bonanza. Year before was a giant candy castle.

So this year I grabbed a cake pop baking machine at Goodwill for $3, and I’m making pokeballs. I’ll probably bring them to the Not Back to School party as my potluck offering.

Coloma's avatar

^^^ OMG..I am such a sugar Ho, I can’t wait to dove into my Baskin Robbins Jamoca Almond Fudge later. haha

@Seek HOW do you make the slick glaze on the pokeballs, amazing!

Seek's avatar

Well, that is just a photo example. The actual pokeball cake pops aren’t nearly as smooth. I’ve only got one coating on about half of them so far, but I think I’m getting better at it.

Photos when they’re done, naturally.

Coloma's avatar

Yes, please!

BellaB's avatar

mmmm that Candy Castle looks tasty. I’d need a couple of cups of tea but then I’d give it a try.

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we ended up having a nacho/dorito/salsa/dip and cider party at The Only. Good good drinks.

I ended up having a super- tasty Abel’s Revenge from Revel Cider Co. Small batch

At 6.9%, this is a blend of Pear Scrumpy, Brett fermented Cortland and Niagara raspberries. Fruity, tart and dry it’s super summery. Zero added sugar as always.
Notes: Big raspberry on the nose. It starts sour with a touch of acetic and funk, then finishes all raspberry.

Coloma's avatar

It is now 11:16 on the west coast and a friend is picking me up at 12:30 and we are taking kayaks up to a lake in the Sierras here to beat the heat. I am making us Black Forest Ham and Swiss cheese sandwiches and bringing plums and watermelon. She is bringing chips and bottled water. Probably won’t eat lunch til about 2 something and home later, around dark maybe, so, dinner here will be snack scavenging.

I have a pint of Pistachio Almond ice cream in the freezer, most likely dive into that. haha

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Peppers, onions, garlic with hot pepper sausage. Shake-on cheese and fresh ground black pepper.

BellaB's avatar

Graham crackers with peanut butter. Thinking of having a piece of Caramilk with the last two squares.

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Saturday is cooking day and I had to use up some eggs. I caught a couple of jacks and picked some lobster, blue crab and clams off the bottom this morning. I made some crab cakes from a cousin’s Baltimore recipe. I made two seafood, one lamb and one kielbasa quiche. I ate one of the seafood quiches tonight, refrigerated the lamb for tomorrow and froze the other two. I might make some thermidore sauce to go with it next time as I still have the lobster shells. Ice cold Pinot Grigio with the seafood quiche. Good old Mouton Cadet with the lamb quiche and Chianti with the garlicky sausage and onions quiche.

@Coloma Is there any trout left on that river?

Coloma's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus We went to Lake Valley reservoir near Yuba gap in the Tahoe natl. Forest, elevation around 5,500. I am sure there are still trout there but, as with most of the CA. lakes and rivers, levels are low at this time.

ibstubro's avatar

Finally, I used the lavash to make a roll-up.
Sweet and spicy tuna, lettuce, yellow tomato, cheddar, and Caesar dressing.
It was fair. Nothing to write the harem about.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Seek Tell Ian Happy Birthday! On my kid’s birthdays I always chose a color, and put that color of food coloring into everything I could that day. They had colored pancakes for breakfast, with colored milk. And whatever else they ate through the day. If I could add food coloring to it, I did.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh. Yesterday was 2 eggs over easy and two pieces of wheat toast. (I saw a documentary on the health aspects of bread and made the decision to start eating wheat bread instead of white, even though I don’t much care for wheat bread.)

Seek's avatar

Got the first batch of Pokeballs done.

Vanilla cake balls, coated in white vanilla candy melts, ½ dipped again in red vanilla candy melts, black vanilla fondant lines, and a candy button.

So. Much. Sugar.

Coloma's avatar

^^^Death by sugar. lol
They look great @!

Hot day here, had a chicken salad sandwich and some tater salad around noon and will have a salad and maybe a little bean/veggie burrito later with a boatload of chilled watermelon. Going to have a peach now, I have tons of chilled fresh fruit on hand.

Dutchess_III's avatar

LOL, Seek! Yeah, I’m seeing Pokeyballs everywhere too. Saw some giant ones strung on a power line, 40 feet in the air!

Rick is going to grill some burgers tonight. Wish he’s get diggy with it. It’s 4:00 and I’m about to faint!
Maybe I’ll make baked potatoes with cheese sauce to go with them.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Got my cheese sauce made. I sauteed some green onions and added them, and the butter, to the sauce. It’s really good. It’s 5:50 and Rick is finally making the hamburger patties. We have Swiss cheese to add. Oh! We have mushrooms too! I think I’ll saute some for the burgers.
It’s gonna be a calorie packed dinner! And I can’t wait!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Change of plan. I’m going to saute the mushrooms and put them in the cheese sauce too! Stop me now if you guys think that’s a bad idea….

BellaB's avatar

I’d rather have mushrooms and cheese on my burgers and skip potatoes/bread entirely.

Just give me a loaded burger. Thank you.

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The only thing I’m sure of right now is that I’m having tomato slices.

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I sauteed them but backed off of putting them in the cheese sauce. It ain’t broke now so I won’t fix it.

Rick made me a small burger patty. He always does, per my request. But now I wish he’d made me a GIANT one!

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grilled ham/cheese sandwich and beets

BellaB's avatar

Burgers. I loaded mine with tomato slices, sweet onion slices and yum yum pickles. Super tasty.

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@MollyMcGuire haha, you win the ” odd combo” award for today. Grilled ham-n-cheese woith beets.

@BellaB That sounds so good, I haven’t had a burger in a long time.

Hot here, going for 97 today, so I am making my usual sliced garden cucumbers and tomatoes with green Goddess dressing and chicken salad with celery on Kaiser rolls.

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Turkey and Swiss cheese sangwich. I could only manage about ¾ths of it for some reason. Gave ¼th to the dawgs.

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@Dutchess_III Haha, dawg sandwiches. I am really baaad, I have coconut caramel Ben & Jerrys. The “core” series. Coconut ice cream with a solid core of caramel. Death by ice cream.

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@Coloma I’m a big fan of beets. I buy sliced canned beets, pour away most of the liquid and add vinegar, refrigerate for a while, then enjoy. So, any place you might expect to see pickles, I might consider beets. I can eat a whole can of them at one time. Growing up they were on our dinner table every night, no matter what else we were having. Now I’m reading they are quite healthy. I don’t know if the canned ones are but that is what I eat. :)

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I went out for Mexican food tonight with my nephew. I had so much fun. I miss him like crazy. He’s away at college but home this week on break.

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I got to go to lunch / dinner with an old fried that I finally reconnected with after a seperation of 20 years! We went to Old Chicago. I had ribs that were excellent! And onion rings and Cole slaw. And her 7 year old grandson caught about a million Pokeymon’s for me. And he took this picture.

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@Coloma I just noticed you mentioned 31 flavors Jamoca almond fudge! That is my go to ice cream. Nothing better.

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I had a half of a PB and honey sandwich yesterday. I was hungry enough to eat it all, but but here lately the texture of white sandwich bread is starting to gross me out. I don’t know why.

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@JLeslie Good stuff! Oh so fattening but soooo good.

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6” turkey and provolone sub, toasted, lettuce, tomato and lite mayo. AND A DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COOKIE WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE!!!!

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Beer, so far. lol
Freaking hot, I hate August. 94 degrees in the shade, no breeze. I think I will have some corn on the cob and watermelon later.

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A soup bowl of Cheerios Hearty Oat Crunch with reduced sugar/fat-free chocolate milk.

It was better than dessert.

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Pizza! I am tired and slightly hung over from a little wine fest and picnic by the pond with a friend here yesterday. I just realized, about 15 minutes ago. that I am seriously craving Pizza!
Haven’t gotten Pizza in months. Hips be damned. lol

This is what I am ordering..” The McKinley” Can’t wait!

www.mountainmikes.com/menu.php

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Two slices of cold deluxe pizza liberally doused with Frank’s hot sauce. My lips are numb.

It’s a good thing :)

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And now that I’ve looked at @Coloma ‘s link, I realize that our deluxe is her McKinley. The Snowy Alps looks interesting. I think I may try to replicate that later this week.

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Eating my pizza and watching a documentary on tornados. Perfect do nothing hangover cure. lol
@BellaB Cheers to pizza night!

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Cheers @Coloma !

My hangover was a fitness hangover <laughs and grimaces>. A friend had her fitness trainer certification yesterday. I volunteered to be a demo student. Turned out we demoed for several aspiring instructors. 2.5 hours of every move each of them wanted to be able train in <ouch ouch ouch> was a bit much after a week that had already included a fair bit of movement.

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@BellaB Haha, I have had fitness hangovers too, but not for quite some time now. lol
I did go on a moderate hike last week, it was only a couple miles but all uphill. Then I sat by the lake and did nothing for 3 hours. Of course, it was all downhill on the retun trip. haha

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Oh man ! ! ! We ate at a Chinese buffet place, we have known about for 8 years, first time we went. Good selection and everything was up to temperature. Three fish items ( omega 3 yeh ).

I’ll have to drink water and remove the MSG for the next two days.

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3 jalapeno poppers. With beer. I think I’m going to regret this.

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Leftover Pizza! @Dutchess_III Yeah, great being at the age of puffy eyes when you eat too much salt. Bah!

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I had a big spinach salad and French bread.

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Two poppers and a cookie.

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McGyvering a Snowy Alps pizza based on the menu @Coloma posted the other night.

Multi-grain pizza crust topped with garlic alfredo sauce, LOTS of mushrooms, diced tomatoes, cooked bacon and onion and a handful of shredded cheese. It smells fantastic.

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My niece, her husband and another couple are visiting and I took them for a sail to nearby Dominica. Today, I took them out to do some diving and fishing and soon after dinner there will be a sunset.with champagne. We’ve been eating iced-down mangos, watermelon, pawpaws and loquats all day between dives. Gets the salt out of your mouth and keeps you hydrated. These aren’t boat people, but with a little Antivert and a whole lot of interest, they have done really well. So, I’m showing them the life.

We nabbed some big queen conch off the bottom in these clear blue waters, then hooked some red snapper and a huge grouper today. Everybody is feeling very outdoorsy, self sufficient—Blue Lagoonish. Lunch and dinner for five. Snapper was lunch—brushed with a lemon butter and grilled with tender little asparagus spears and yams on the hibachi at the stern of the boat, served with a fruity Tokay. It’s not too hot today. A beautiful fish requiring a light touch.

The grouper, tonight’s dinner, is a stronger fish and is filleted, cut into two-inch steaks, will be blackened Jamaica style and grilled on the hibachi, then served on a bed of mildly spicy Caribbean rice. Lots of fresh lemon to squeeze over the steaks. And ice cold Heineken.

I showed my niece and her husband how to remove the meat from the conch with a flick of a kniife, sawed off the pointed tip of the largest one, then showed them how to blow it like a horn. She is now our official crew hornblower with husband backup. They’ll be taking the pretty pink shell back to Chicago with them.

The conch has been pounded into submission, julienned and is now marinating in Chardonnay and spices. It will go into the first course salad. These Midwestern Gen-Xers got me down as some kind of Hemingway. That’s cool. I’ve been called worse. I really like being an uncle. It’s been a long, long time.

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@Espiritus_Corvus – Sounds like good company and brilliant meals. Not sure if the seafood or iced fruit sounds better.

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^^^ I wish I had an Uncle Corvus. haha
I second that sentiment. I have never tried Conch, interesting.
I had fresh Cantaloupe from Grandpas garden here with mango yogurt and a few pretzels. haha Grazing.

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^^Conch tastes a lot like Abalone, only the meat is whiter. Thank you, everybody.

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A taco burger from Taco Tico.

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2 p.m. in CA. A friend is on her way out and we are having a picnic by the pond here. Egg salad sandwiches, fruit, olives, crackers & cheese. Probably eat around 3 so dinner will just be some sort of snack around 8 p.m. most likely.

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Tomatoes, onions, fresh spinach sauteed with olive oil and garlic and tossed with maccheroncelli. I made it last night a d there is plenty for tonight.

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Cooked up a skillet of mini-meatballs with a LOT of herbs and spices and one giant diced sweet onion. Added a jar of original Ragu and a few tablespoons of parmesan. Served myself three meatballs and a lot of sauce on a poppy seed hot dog bun. Shared half a mini-meatball and some sauce with the little dog. Tasty stuff. Wished I’d thought to throw a handful of spinach in. Next time.

I could really eat bowls of sauce but I won’t.

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Had a late lunch/dinner at Chevys with my daughter. Had the Surf & Turf platter with a shrimp and crab enchilada, steak and a chicken taco. Oh man, I am still full at 11 pm.

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A hamburger pattie and fried taters and onions.

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What are “frid” taters? Taters right from the fridge? :-)
Chicken salad sandwich here with a salad, but first, I am enjoying a couple of hard pear ciders, mmm good and refreshing!

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Egg noodles cooked in strong bouillon, tossed with garlic butter, chopped scallions and parsley, broccoli, chunks of leftover grilled grouper, and fresh ground black pepper.

BellaB's avatar

A big bowl of cereal with peach preserves. And then a small bowl of the same :)

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toasted ham and cheese on French bread

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Veggie chili on tostada shells with cheese and diced tomatoes.

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Last night I had a plate of zucchini, mushrooms and onion, sautéed with sesame seed. Afterwards I had Dove frozen mini chocolate covered ice cream, and I have a complaint. The box has chocolate covered vanilla and chocolate covered chocolate ice cream. The individual wrappers do not say what flavor ice cream! I don’t like chocolate ice cream very much, those were supposed to be for my husband, and everyone I picked last night was chocolate ice cream. Worse, the wrappers have a variety of little sayings on them, so it wasn’t like the wrappers all say the same thing to save costs. I picture people who like to eat anything sweet making these decisions regarding packaging.

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Yesterday was a corn dog. I haven’t had a corn dog in FOREVER! It really hit the spot.

Coloma's avatar

I just ate a large container of KFC cole slaw and a couple of their biscuits. I love their cole slaw I could eat buckets full of it.

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Me too, and I don’t even like cole slaw, generally speaking.

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Peppers, onions and Italian sausage. Sausage is roasting in the oven right now. Will mix them into the peppers and onions I’m frying.

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Today was a grilled cheese sandwich.

Tomorrow will be a tail gate bar b que at my old HS stadium for my 40th class reunion, so I probably won’t eat again until then.

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Went to a klezmer / Yiddish dance event at an Ashkenaz festival tonight (yesterday?).

My friend and I brought picnic fixings. We started with crudites and terrific olives. Then salmon salad sandwiches (my friend had the great idea to add shredded carrots and capers – so good!) and some kind of cheese sandwiches on excellent triangular Italian buns. We had those with red skin potato salad. We had watermelon as a palate cleanser. During a set break I ran to Tim Hortons to get coffee for my friend and chai for myself. We had our caffeine with ¼ of a double chocolate coconut muffin each.

Nothing fancy but it was a really nice casual meal with a friend in the fresh air with brilliant music and enthusiastic dance to keep us entertained.

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My friend told me tonight that she doesn’t trust anyone who doesn’t like cheese.

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@BellaB haha, I am a cheese-a-holic, I don’t care if my cholesterol is effected, ya gotta die of something and I will never give up my cheese, ever.

I am caving to my craving to go get takeout chinese from my favorite place. Just have to have some spicy Kung Pao shrimp.
I am going to eat early ( it is 2:21 pm here right now ) so that will be my early dinner around 3:30.

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Tonight it was salami with prosciutto and cheese on squishy white bread. I had a craving for squishy white bread. I must be feeling the Heidi vibe.

My best friend and her daughter will be in town tomorrow and Sunday. Tomorrow we plan to have dim sum.. Sunday we’ll be at The Ex (Canadian National Exhibition) so it’s anyone’s guess what we’ll end up having.

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Funny story from the archives of my life.
Sooo, years ago now, when I was still married, my ex and I went out for chinese dinner one night. He had had a few drinks before we left and I drove us to the restaurant and he had another drink there. When we got the bill he was looking it over and exclaimed ” Chung Du, Chung Du, we didn’t order anything called Chung Du!”

I take the receipt from him and realize he is reading the abbreviation at the bottom of the receipt for Change Due AKA Chg. Due
I knew right then and there I was married to a dim son. lol

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Friday was our tail gate barbque. Apparently one of our own is a professional grill master. Everyone brought sides. It was super good.

In preparation of a buffet on Saturday night I didn’t eat all day Saturday, so I was really starving when we finally ate at 7:00. That food was super disappointing. None of it tasted very good. I ended up eating only two small turkey and Swiss on a roll sandwiches.

Sunday, heading home, hung over, tired and hungry, we stopped at the Golden Corral. Rick was absolutely floored at the amount of food I ate! Roast, steak, shrimp, fish, corn on the cob, a roll, even dessert.
Took some big chunks of roast and steak home to the dogs, who were going to be upset because we left them alone over night.

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@Dutchess_III I haven’t been to a buffet place in years. OMG…that sounds so good. There is a ‘Hometown Buffet” about 20 miles from me, may have to go soon. Funny, but your sharing got me thinking about funny restaurant names.

When I was a kid there were 2 buffet restaurants in my area, one was called “Norths Chuckwagon” and the other ” The Royal Fork.” haha
Nothing beats the nearby Vietnamse restaurant here though, about 2 miles from me called ” Pho King Good. lol

I am counting calories after a few foodie weeks so tonight is going to be just salad and fruit, and maybe a handful of sesame sticks or Chex mix. Boring I know. haha

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@Dutchess_III , what are the foods in that photo?

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Ribs, burgers, either hot dogs or sausage, chicken, and corn on the cob. I ate a rib and corn. It was super good.

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Haven’t decided but it will be either left-over pizza or ice cream or both.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Taco burger.

Coloma's avatar

Baked potato and garden fresh cucumbers and tomatoes in a decadent green Goddess dressing.
@MollyMcGuire Oh go for both, life’s short, might as well die from food, could be worse, you could be a heroin addict. haha

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Spaghetti squash and tomato Alfredo sauce with chicken basil / pepper sausage.

BellaB's avatar

Bread and honey followed by Liberte lemon yogurt. Too hot to consider cooking.

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I cooked penn pasta and tossed with shrimp, onion, garlic, and asparagus that had been sauteed in butter and olive oil. Lovely dinner.

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@MollyMcGuire I love shrimp with pasta, sounds delicious.
I had baked potato with ranch dressing drizzled over it and a salad. perfectly easy and good.

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Ohhhhhhhh

I need a private moment.

I just inadvertently hacked a butternut squash ravioli recipe and my mouth and belly are feeling passionate.

I had a can of pumpkin puree that needed to be used. We bought it when the old dogs were old and sick and pumpkin was all they could handle. I hate pumpkin pie and many things pumpkin but that pumpkin puree is just too expensive to throw out.

The google search was on! Found some pumpkin pasta recipes. Hmmm those have potential. Have no milk but we had a jar of garlic alfredo sauce. Cooked it up. Started eating and oh. my. gawd. So good. Next time I’m adding sage leaves and not sharing it.

I started with this ... http://www.budgetbytes.com/2015/02/pasta-creamy-pumpkin-sauce/

In addition to using alfredo sauce instead of milk, I cooked up an onion and threw in some grated parm while it was cooking. I might have used a bit more nutmeg than is in the recipe.

So good.

I’m not going to have to order those butternut squash ravioli anymore!

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Lamb stew with juniper gele and all the vegetables a stew should have, iced tea, fresh cuban bread and butter. I have the Beach Boys on, later a little Motown or blues, maybe some classical in the afternoon. Don’t Worry Baby. Sunday is cooking day. I cook for the week ahead. A friend is here to join me in the kitchen. She’ll later uncork a red wine she brought. We’ll be picking all day long.

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@Espiritus_Corvus Sounds fun! I must do all the slicing and dicing before I uncork the wine. Left handed blondes need to really focus, lest we lose a fingertip or worse. lol

I’m opting for a Sunday mexican party for one much later as it is only 11:06 a.m. in the western hills.
I have a scrumptious, home made, Chicken tamale from one of the workers wives here at the property and am whipping up a little batch of spanish rice and tossing in a frozen cheese Enchilada I have in the frizzer. Then a simple little salad with the garden fare here, my standby diced cucumbers, tomatoes and avocado with a decadent Green Goddess drizzle. Cholula and Tapatio hot sauce on standby.

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Well, looks like half a toasted bagel with strawberry creme cheese.

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Kidney bean/sausage/potato stew with a salad. Just tested the stew. Freaking amazing. I diced the sausage and sauteed it before putting it in. There are a few crispy/crunch bits on the sausage. So much better than adding it uncooked.

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I’m on par with @Dutchess lll and her amazing dinner plan. lol
I am spending the night next door, pet & house sitting the next couple days so tonight will be Kettle corn and fruit for me. I had soup and a baked potato for breakfast, why not?
If I’m hungry it only takes me about a minute to come back home and grab something.

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Oh..also a girl came door to door with chocolate bars for $1.00. I bought a dark chocolate and had one square and hid the rest in the fridge.

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I put two ¼ head wedges of cabbage, one onion, one potatoe, and1/4 lb kielbasa in a casserole, covered, baked for 1 hour and fifteen minutes, removed from oven, uncovered, ate every bite of it. Delicious.

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@MollyMcGuire One of my favorites too! I love baked cabbage, I slice onions really thin and drizzle with olive oil and salt and white pepper and bake. So good! I make a cabbage, smoked sausage and potato soup too.

Herb or beef stock, diced yukon gold potatoes, red, yellow and orange pepper strips, diced Kielbasa , italian seasonings, a bit of cracked red pepper for zing and then toss in a bunch of chopped cabbage the last 30–40 minutes it is cooking. Delicious!

Today is cloudy and cool so might just go for a nice bowl of tomato soup tonight and a grilled cheese. Or, I might be really bad and go for takeout somewhere. See how my day unfolds.

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A third vote for cabbage roast/bake/soup… and cabbage steak

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The other half of that bagel.

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^^^ and one of those hidden chocolate bars?

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I only have one! I’ve been debating about whether to eat another square. Decided against it. My husband also went and bought another thing of cookie dough. I hid it in the freezer where I can’t see it. I just hate it when he does that. I get one craving, one time, and the next thing I know he’s just dumping truck loads of whatever on me until I yell at him to STAPH!! Then he gets mad ‘cause, gee, he’s doing me a favor you know.

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^^^ You super self disciplined types…bah! You DECIDED to not eat one more square. Hell, I could never eat only one square or no squares. lol

Okay…I’m going for @Dutchess_III Tico Taco equivalent tonight. Our local “Jimboys Tacos” an icon in this area since the 1954. Going for a couple chicken tacos ( their marinated chicken s soooo good! )and a bean burrito. www.jimboystacos.com

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Leftovers from the last few nights.. Sausage bean stew over pumpkin sauce pasta. Looked ok. Tasted really good. Seemed healthy. Had a small side salad and then some pineapple chunks/3 strawberries/handful of juicy green grapes.

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I worked our Bluegrass festival, and they had fair food there! So yesterday I had a funnel cake. Didn’t get a chance to eat again, and was too freaking tired to think about eating when I got home.

On Saturday I got a roasted ear of corn, and I tried a corn dog, but it was too greasy. Only ate a couple of bites. But I ate ALL the corn!

On Friday I got an Indian Taco. Don’t get an Indian Taco. It’s just just chili poured on a piece of flat bread and covered with cheese. There is enough to feed about 5 people.

Once upon a time, when I owned the shop, we used to set up at the fair to display our wares. A guy I knew had the Funnel Cake trailer. I told him that most people only eat half of it, and throw the other away. I asked him why he didn’t make them half the size and charge half the price.
He said, “Val, you’re a business woman. Think about it…”
I thought for a second, then it hit me. I looked at him and grinned, and he just grinned back, and nodded. I just walked away shaking my head. We consumers be dum.

BellaB's avatar

Making melted cheese sandwiches – put onion/sage sauce and cranberry/port chutney/sauce in with the cheese. Sort of like a Thanksgiving grilled cheese.

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Egg Rolls and salad. Just after I finish this ice cold grog. Man, 4pm and I haven’t stopped moving since 6:30am. I am at a full stop now. lol

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Egg roll sounds yummy!

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Dollar Tree has packs of 10 frozen veggie mini spring rolls for $1. They make a great meal for me, and they cook perfectly on my Pizza Pizzazz in 12 minutes. Turn once.

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Pizza Pizzazz should hire me as a salesperson.
As it is, I’m making money off of buying and selling their product second hand, and probably not making minimum wage. On my time spent advocating PizPiz
But I’m a Pizzazz’er!

Cook frozen convenience foods made for the oven in less time than it takes to heat the oven.
Onion rings to frozen pizza, I swear the stuff comes out better than it would from my oven.

I need to buy-and-try french fries and fish sticks before PP hires me!

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Kinda looks like some raw veggies in ranch. And half a brownie. I wish to hell Rick would stop bringing that shit into the house!!

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I had about seven inches of French bread left so I sliced it long way and pulled out about half of the inside soft bread. I filled it with ham, Swiss cheese, sliced tomato, romaine lettuce, sliced beets, and lots of black pepper. I was stuffed and it was delicious. It was 10PM when I finally ate and was happy to have something fast.

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Cottage cheese, Cole slaw and…a whole freaking brownie. With milk.

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@Dutchess_III You eat the weirdest combos of stuff. lol

Stouffers french bread pizza here and salad. Flipping HOT again, gah, I am so done with the hot weather.

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Stouffer’s Lasagna with a large tossed salad.

@Coloma Are you seeing any trees stressed to a point they are standing dead?

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@Tropical_Willie Yes, I was in a local park the other day loaded with all kinds of trees and many of them looked really bad, some dead, others almost. It’s really sad.

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After awhile I will have Italian sausage on a bed of pasta topped with pesto.

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I am having brown rice with sauteed yellow squash and Zucchini on top from the garden here.
I have some coffee ice cream for later too. :-D

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We’ve got leftover Bisquick veggie Mac n Cheese pie . I used cavatappi in it.

I’ll probably add a bit more cheese and put it under the broiler.

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Left over baked ziti

BellaB's avatar

Looking in the spice rack to see what kind of Indian type pea/bean dish I can make.

Or maybe something else entirely :)

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2:36 p.m. on the west coast and I am starving after an early breakfast of an english muffin with PB&J and an apple. I can’t decide between some leftover Fettucini and salad or brown rice and veggies or a chicken tamale and salad or tuna fish sandwich and salad and salt & vinegar chips, or some cheese stuffed raviole. Help me! haha

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If I was visiting, I’d call dibs on the tamale as I don’t think I’ve ever had a real one. So you’d better eat it before I get there.

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@BellaB haha, well..I just had the Fettucini alfredo with salad and had to have a few of the salt & vinegar chips. I still have the tamale, it’s waiting for you. :-) It is authentic, made by the wife of our hispanic horse shoer here. Good stuff!

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Breaded fish fillets (from frozen) sautéed zucchini, and sticky rice.

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@JLeslie I love the beer battered frozen fish fillets with rice and baked cabbage or cole slaw.
Sauteed zucchini is the bomb too, I mix the zucchini with sliced yellow crookneck, Yummy!

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^^I’ve been buying the lightly breaded over battered. The batter has been too heavy/greasy for me. What brand do you buy?

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@JLeslie I’m not sure right off, I don’t have any in the freezer now but I think they are Gortons in a yellow box/bag. The beer batter is really light, like tempura, not greasy. Man, that sounds so good, I haven’t had fish fillets in months. Bring on fall/winter! It’s our last 90–2ish degree day today, ugh, I am so done with the freaking heat!

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@Coloma I’ll keep it in mind next time I buy them. I probably only buy them 4–6 times a year. These were 2 for 1, so the price was really good.

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It’s midnight and I haven’t had dinner. I am contemplating popping some corn. Yep; be back in a bit.

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I was on the go between gigs today working 3–7 and grabbed a Subway sandwich, tuna with veggies and pepperoncini and ate my dinner at 3 p.m.
Now it is 9:22 and I just had a handful of cashews and am going to bed, I am whipped.

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We camped for 5 days.

Friday was hot dogs and tater chips with my son and his wife and 4 kids.

Saturday was hamburgers and tater chips with my husband’s daughter and her kids and grandkids.

Sunday we were alone. We had steak, corn on the cob, jalapeno poppers, Frontenac bread and potatoes and onions sauteed in butter.

We sent pictures to the kids.

Then we watched a movie. Camping is tough!

Today I put on a pot roast in the crock pot, added onions, taters, tomatoes and some lard because Rick bought fat-free beef broth by mistake so I hadda fix it.

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@Dutchess_III I didn’t know you were married to a giant stuffed frog. lol
Oh my, your dinner sounds delicious.
I had a late lunch with a friend today, so I might warm up a couple leftover egg rolls and some brown rice in another 30 minutes or so or maybe I’ll just snack or weirdness. haha

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Well, didn’t have the roast last night. Couple more hours in the crock pot today and it will be perfect.

I can’t marry the giant frog. My granddaughter married him last year.

BellaB's avatar

A very tasty kidney bean/ tomato stew, based on rajma masala

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M. Roast is coming along beautifully! Just need some French bread for dipping.

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What’s an M. Roast? haha

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MmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmYUMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I had a big flour tortilla with a little mayo spread on it with shredded roasted chicken (left over) topped with fresh romaine lettuce and a sliced tomato on top. Open face…...too big to roll up. Very good and light.

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@MollyMcGuire That sounds really good.

I had a big bowl of spicey ramen with diced yellow squash and a little handful of shrimp boiled in with the noodles. Then, I was still hungry so I proceeded to eat almost an entire roll of Ritz crackers with peanut butter. haha

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Adjusted the spicing on the rajma masala so it was more south-westish. Then added rice so it was, in effect, red beans and rice. Super tasty.

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We hung out at the lake for a few hours last night. Cooked hotdogs over the campfire, so that is what I had for dinner. A hotdog, with mustard and catsup.

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2:20 p.m. in the awesome T-Storm zone of the Sierras this afternoon and I am all cozied up having cheese stuffed raviole with a marainra sauce I made awhile back from the frizzer and warm french bread with butter. Waiting for the severe T-Storms coming in 35 minutes. If I lose power at least I had my lunch. haha

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It has been a hectic three days and I wasn’t able to actually sit down and have a proper meal the whole time, so I had this huge lunch of lobster tails, potatoes and a big Kingfish steak. Soon, I will have dinner and it will be a big mixing bowl of chilled watermelon spears and sliced banana.

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Roast. It gets better every day.

@Espiritus_Corvus My mouth is watering.

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Edit: marinara sauce, not marainra wtf happened there? lol

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^^Maybe you should run for president.

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^ Let’s do the Macmaraina pops. :-p

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I’m going to have a big salad and a chunk of French bread, but I may opt to make it warm garlic bread. I have a steak in there but I don’t think I’m going to cook it; I’ll put it in the freezer. I’ve been into the sweets today and am not very hungry.

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Last night was cake.

I have been boiling down beans for corn bread n beans. They’ll be ready sometime tomorrow.

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Oooh corn bread!

Tonight I am finishing off a couple of ales and then, my easy standby, baked potato and salad. Last night I made stir fried rice with snow pea pods and some takeout Kung Pao chicken, really yummy.

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I TASTED CHEDDAR CHEESE FOR THE FIRST TIME!

Ok so it’s not really dinner, but last night my family went shopping to celebrate a family matter, so we decided to spend big. We were looking at the dairy product and saw a large piece of cheddar cheese and took it home. That night I knew for the first time what cheddar cheese tastes like. It was fantastic beyong words!

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@Mimishu1995 I love Cheddar cheese, yes, it is wonderful. How fun for you! :-)

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Just put the beans back on for the final boil-down.

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Hard boiled egg slices on Serbian cheese flake. Delicious!

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@BellaB What is Serbian cheese flake? A type of bread?

I just got in at 7;30 and it is now 8 o’ clock. I am having a salad and mixed nuts and a rice krispy bar. haha
Too late and tired to cook anything.

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Corn bread and beans. Very good.

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@Coloma – Serbian Zu-zu

aka flakes

some are plain, some have little bits of cheese, others have tiny tiny tiny flakes of ham baked in

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@BellaB Looks good! I had never heard of Zu-zu.

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A McDonald’s cheeseburger. No pickles and extra onions.

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Italian bean soup/stew. Tasty stuff. Is there ever too much garlic?

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^^Yes! There is constantly too much garlic. My husband, my grandmother (before she died), a close friend of mine, myself, we are constantly complaining almost everything has garlic now, and almost always too much.

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BLASPHEMY.

There is no such thing as too much garlic.

And I’ve had tzatziki sauce with so much garlic it was literally burning my mouth.

That stuff was amazeballs.

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Dinner @ 8:09 p.m. PDT. Corona, and then, well…it’s been a long day, probably another couple Coronas and it’s anyones guess after that. haha

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I made two dinners today… but it’s all good. I’ve been slacking on my boys since I haven’t felt well lately.

Early dinner (about 4-ish) was General Tso’s chicken and fried rice. The boys were hungry again later so I whipped up a quick-ish beef stew and some cheesy garlic biscuits.

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steamed cabbage with chipped keilbasa, paprika potatoes, beets

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At this point it’s starting to look like 5 peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and milk.

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Tuna/egg/potato salad with dill relish on ham Zu-Zu.

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I made ham/cheese omelets tonight and served with buttered grits.

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Busy day, having it now at 8:49 p.m. Sliced honey crisp apple, string cheese and white corn tortilla chips. Light snack dinner and bed in about one hour.

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I got in late and just had grilled cheese on rye and some angel hair slaw with wonderful John’s dressing.

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Well, I accidentally ordered shrimp fajitas for breakfast, instead of a waffle. A waffle is what I really wanted. But it was 2 p.m. so we went to a Mexican restaurant. OMG! The sheer AMOUNT of food was overwhelming! I ate, maybe, 1/8th of it, then boxed it up and donated the rest to my daughter. We were going to her house to work on her bathroom plumbing.
She enjoyed it, ate about ½ of what was left.
4 hours later they had gone to Walmart and I was hungry. So I ate the rest of her fajitas.

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I put corned beef, potatoes, onions, and asparagus in the crock pot. Delish!

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^ Sounds good!

I was SO busy today I didn’t eat a bite after my morning coffee until almost 3:30 pm!
So “dinner” ended up being a a turkey sandwich with snap pea crisps and a juicy Honey Crisp apple. I them just snacked on some mixed nuts and had a banana around 7.

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I love Honey Crisps.

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@MollyMcGuire , how far into the cooking process did you add the asparagus? when I cook it on the oven or in the stove, it’s usually not more than 10 or so minutes.

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@MollyMcGuire Me too, and this, particular Honey Crisp lived up to it’s name. It was, literally, spraying juice on me as I sliced it. haha

@BellaB I like to layer asparagus spears around a little salmon fillet in a baking dish with a little melted butter drizzled over it and some seasonings and then bake the whole thing for about 15–20 minutes. The asparagus comes out delicious. I like it if it is slightly charred too.

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Nuttin’ Honey.

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Hubby saw some Tasty video on Facebook and asked me to give the recipe a try, so today we had what basically amounted to a Philly Cheese-steak calzone. I was pleased with my first attempt at homemade pizza dough in a while (mostly because my yeast was old, but it was still alive).

10/10, will make again.

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^ I want some! My dinner was quick but not bad. A Lean Cuisine cheese raviole and a slice of french bread and a salad. Good enough, I am too tired to cook anything anyway. haha

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Making semi-faux latkes. I cheated by adding some mashed potato mix to the real potato. The texture is now a bit like the potato pancakes from the Golden Griddle.

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@BellaB I put it on top for the last hour or so.

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Thanks @MollyMcGuire . I’ll give that a think or two.

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I came in late with fresh squash and a loaf of freshly baked Cuban bread. I cooked the squash with onions, sliced two tomatoes and with the bread, that was dinner. And no one complained. :)

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Busy afternoon yesterday. I had room service send up some tomato soup with two big, beautiful tuna fish sandwiches on toasted multi-grain. The tuna had just the right amount of onions, basil and a touch of sweet pickle relish in the mix. But the star of the show was the tomato soup. It was so good I had to get the recipe from one of the cooks. It was incredibly simple for such a delicious dish.

Herbal Tomato Soup (Takes less than 30 minutes, but make a lot because tomato based sauces and soups last almost forever in refrigeration)

Get a sauce pot. Put in a some olive oil as if you were to sautee.and heat to a simmer. Add minced garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, red pepper flakes, and freshly cracked black pepper. (Remember: With spices, dried is stronger, fresh is more subtle.)

Add tomato paste and a little bit of brown sugar.

Add a handful of fresh, diced tomatoes and either vegetable, chicken, or beef broth until it becomes the desired consistency. Mine was made with vegetable broth.

Bring to appropriate heat and serve. It can also be served cold, like a gazpacho.

I would garnish this with a few small shrimp or a little pile diced conch and I’ll bet it would be even better.

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I love tuna sandwiches on toasted bread with sweet pickle relish and sliced tomatoes. No onions though.

Progresso beef with barley soup here with white cheddar cheese and crackers and cabbage wedges dipped in a little dressing.

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Pumpkin, potato, zucchini stoup. Tasty stuff.

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I cooked white beans with smoked sausage, peppers, and onions and made a pone of cornbread. I also had angel hair cabbage with Johns dressing. Yum

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Chicken breast with yellow squash and broke into the candy corn. haha

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Gout has been threatening in the last day or so. I’ve been eating too richly, thus I’ve been nibbling at a big fresh tropical fruit basket and drinking a lot of water for the past 24 hrs. The gout seems to be subsiding. I sent out for some Colchicine, but the pharmacy has to order it off island and they want an arm and leg for it. Evidently, gout is not a big problem here.

@MollyMcGuire, please give us your recipe for that bean and sausage dish you describe above. It sounds delicious. What spices are you using?

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Vegetable rice soup. Found an ancient pouch of Knorr Spring Herb soup mix to use as a base. I was suspicious at first, but it turned out to be very tasty.

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@Espiritus_Corvus Thanks for that. I never make stuff like that the same way twice. The regulars are a pound of dry beans, a pound of sausage cut into dime size pieces, an onion, green sweet or hot peppers, and a clove of garlic. Sometimes I add thyme and/or rosemary. When the beans get tender I add salt and coarse black pepper. Sometimes I add a tomato or a can of diced tomato. Sometimes I add a couple of okra; I like how it helps thicken. I used dried beans last time but I have used canned beans when in a hurry. I just bought a replacement pressure cooker so I probably won’t buy canned beans anymore…...at least until I ruin this one. :)

I hope you are feeling better already.

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Today was some simple fake Asian food from the freezer section. Tomorrow I’ll be preparing 5 lbs worth of Jamaican curried goat from @Espiritus_Corvus‘s recipe.

Looking forward to it.

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@Seek I’ve got to sneek in here and say that has me interested. Did have a goat killed or what? I’ve only had goat when someone killed one. Did you buy the meat?

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I went to the butcher shop, asked where the goat was kept, and he pointed me to the proper counter. It was very easy.

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I nearly bought a couple of rabbits, too, but maybe next week.

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There is a fairly significant Middle-Eastern and Indian population in my area, so it’s not terribly surprising that the local butchery would have goat meat at the ready.

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Borscht with crisped melted cheese on the side. There’s a name for that cheese that I can’t recall.

Banana/choco chip/craisin muffins.

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I had a snack dinner. Pretzels, cream cheese and a banana and dried apricots.

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@Seek haha, I love Ians enthusiasm!

I am having a couple beers after a major day of prep work for more painting tomorrow.
I went out and grabbed an order of veggie egg rolls from a local chinese place and have frozen stir fried rice to cook and am going to toss in some chopped cabbage. Yummy!

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I’m shocked: I wasn’t able to find Scotch Bonnets, but I did get habaneros. He caught one piece and was like, “Whoo! That’s pretty spicy. This is really good.”

Apparently my picky eater likes Jamaican food.

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@Seek – that looks like a popular meal :)

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I had rotisserie chicken with half a bialy and a spoon of potato salad.

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so over all the soup we’ve been eating, but dang, the weight loss is nice

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I, after two years at least, wanted fried chicken. (I have had fried wings but not just a whole fried chicken) I don’t fry in my house. Between ballgames I called the market deli and asked that they put a chicken in for me. I ran down and picked it up. We had Portuguese rolls (which I also bought at the deli because I had never seen them before and was curious), salad, and fried chicken. It was very good. The rolls were more dense than I prefer, but were super fresh and tasty.

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Well, I had some fake crab stuff left over. It’s been sealed up and frozen for a while. I thawed it out and waited impatiently because I am SO hungry. Finally sat down to eat, and it was yuck. Bleh. Gave it to the dogs.
Then I went digging again. Found a tin of crab meat. I don’t know what to do with it, so I just made it up as a I went along. I mixed in an egg, a dash of lemon juice, salt, pepper, then mixed in enough flour to make a sort of dough, and stuck it in some muffin cups. I’m baking them now. We will see. I’M SO FREAKING HUNGRY!!!

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Pork/beef burgers with a side of sauteed apples and onions. Delicious. No bun, thank you very much.

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So my crab creation was a bust. I think the recipe was OK, but I should have made patties and fried them. As it was they looked and felt like a muffin, but tasted like crab. I just couldn’t reconcile the two in my head. Gave it to the dogs.

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THEN I found four frozen hush puppies…...........SHIT! EARTHQUAKE Damn. That was strong! Even the dogs freaked out! Anyway, I found hush puppies in the freezer. I rarely fry and almost never deep fry so I’m not good at it. They fried up to a nice golden brown, but were still frozen inside. >_<. So, dogs.

Then Rick found some more, newer ones, and he fried 6 of them up for me. I only ate 3 because I didn’t like them. So, today I’ve had two pieces of French bread, toasted with butter and honey, and 4 hush puppies. I’m so hungry and the earthquake didn’t help at all.

But the dogs ate well.

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@BellaB sauteed apples?

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Sauteed apples are sort of a healthy take on Cracker Barrel’s fried apples. No sugar in mine, and they’re sauteed in a tiny bit of liquid (often cider, apple juice or raspberry if I’ve got that). A cousin of warm apple sauce. Very tasty and super-healthy.

Traditional in many western countries with pork chops/pork roast.

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I equate sauteed with frying, like in butter. You’re boiling them in another juice? That sounds really good. Cranberry juice. How long do you cook them? Sounds like a wonderful snack for the kids when they come in from playing in the snow!

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Chinese chicken salad from the deli and key lime cheesecake! Oooh, so good! haha

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I’m going to cook pork chops on the grill outside tonight. I have some yellow squash and am going to make a casserole with oats, squash, onions, sweet peppers, etc.

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Deli Quiche Lorraine and fruit. Too busy to cook.

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@Dutchess_III , have you ever made poached pears? my sauteed apples are a simple cousin of them. I only cook them til the fruit is just starting to get soft. Any longer they’d turn into apple sauce – which is good, but not what I’m after.

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Set wanted boiled potatoes for his birthday so he got then. I cooked a pot of tomato sauce with meatballs and pasta as well. Great on a rainy autumn evening.

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Two pieces of baked garlic bread.

@BellaB Well, do you simmer them in other juices on top of the stove? It just sounds SO yummy! Maybe I could simmer them in caramel!

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No – don’t simmer them in caramel. That is an easy way to wreck a cook pot.

Simmer them in some kind of liquid. What you use is up to you. I like unsweetened apple juice as it’s a bit tangy.

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I know! And even worse, it’ll wreck your perfectly good caramel! I was joking.

Can’t wait to try it. Any particular kind of apple?

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I had a rice and Italian sausage casserole.

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@Dutchess_III , use a cooking or baking apple vs an eating apple. I’m not sure what varietals you’ve got where you are so it’s hard to advise. The only two that are generally available that I’d say no to 100% of the time are delicious and granny smith.

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Last night I had raisin spice oatmeal with diced apples for my evening meal. Threw on a little brown sugar and a wee bit of milk. Tasty.

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I cooked veggies for tonight and will have dinner when my fella gets in. We’re having squash, potatoes, asparagus, okra, and cornbread. I also made a lemon icebox pie. I would choose this meal over a traditional TG meal any day. But that’s just me.

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I made a really delicious chicken vegetable soup with potatoes and lentils last night. A bit subcontinental. Added rice and black beans today. It’ll be finished soon and I can figure out what our next soup will be.

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Hubby brought home gyros from the Greek dude ‘round the corner. Which is good because I’m already three sheets to the wind since it’s an off day and I had to spend all day turning the back bedroom into an office.

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Lasagne and salad here, and then…sooo bad a couple mini-cinnamon rolls.

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Well, my new work schedule means I don’t eat “dinner,” unless we define “dinner.”

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Made cheeseburgers, broccoli with cheddar bechamel sauce, and baked beans. The boys are happy.

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Stouffers mac-n-cheese with salad. Had to find something my 9 yr. old friend would eat, can never go wrong with kids and mac-n-cheese. haa

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chicken breast, macaroni salad supplied by sweet neighbor, green beans stir fried in tad of peanut oil

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Pastrami and swiss on a bialy with a spoon of stewed lentils and carrots on the side.

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I made a delicious turkey sandwich last night on a dense, multi-grain and seed bread with shredded lettuce , swiss and tomatoes with olives, pickles and snap pea crisps on the side and a juicy mandarin orange from the trees here. Perfect easy dinner.

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Yesterday, at about 2:00, at a home style resturaunt, I had “Juicy roast beef” with sauteed mushrooms and onions as my sides. Mixed it all together. Man, that is so good. It’s all I had yesterday, and that was all I needed! Oh, and fried mushrooms and home made rolls.

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Another bialy with pastrami (lots of honey dijon). A plate of cooked carrots with a bit of butter and honey and some fresh herbs. Love those carrots.

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Sandwich….......tomato, lettuce, provolone, black pepper, mayo, on toasted oat bread. Man was it good!!!

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I’m hooked on lentils lately.

Last night, it was lentils/onions/carrots and potatoes, cooked in a pot with a pork tenderloin and a quarter package of mild rib seasoning mix. It was freakishly delicious and full of folate. Tasty and healthy.

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I made split pea soup in the crock pot yesterday. Yummy with crackers and white cheddar cheese.

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Just put a cheater version of pierogy pizza in the oven.

Multigrain naan as the base. Roasted garlic alfredo sauce layered with diced onions, sliced potatoes, random slivered cold cuts, swiss cheese, parmesan, italian seasoning mix. I might have piled that all a bit too high.

It smells amazing.

It’s a kitchen clean-up version of Boston’s Pizza’s

Spicy Perogy
An inspired combination of sour cream, smoky bacon and BP’s Favourite Cactus Cut Potatoes with pizza mozzarella and cheddar, topped with green onion and a generous dollop of sour cream

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Dozen meatballs and marinara. Put some mozzarella on top in the oven. Low carb; Thanksgiving is going to be “off the trolley tracks”

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Oooh, I love meatball sandwiches with mozzarella.
Veggie burrito here with a sliced apple and…I have ginger snaps a friend made. I am about an hour away from diving into the cookies. haha

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I had a cheese/onion/green pepper omelet with buttered grits. Now I’m having a Popsicle Fudge Pop and coffee.

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Yesterday was a Big Mac.

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I think I’ll have turkey today.

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Looking at two recipes – one for sausage/stuffing muffins. The other for turkey vegetable soup with stuffing dumplings. I think one of them is in order for tonight.

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@BellaB I have a recipe that is so good. You should try it. Super easy. You buy 2 loaves of the frozen bread dough, defrost both and combine them and roll out into a flat disk bout a half inch thick.

Then…you cook italian sausage with chopped spinach added at the end, scoop drained mixture of sausage and spinach onto rolled out bread dough. Cover in Mozzarella cheese and roll up dough int a roll pinching of ends. Baste with a small amount of melted butter and bake according to the bread dough instructions. When your sausage-spinach loaf is done, slice and serve with a drizzle of marinara sauce. Deeelicious but uber fattening!

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That looks very good – a bit like a homemade McGyvered burek – but I don’t think we have frozen bread dough – would pizza dough from the deli counter work?

http://mediterraneanturkishfoodpassion.blogspot.in/2014/06/rose-pastry-with-beef-and-spinach-etli.html

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I’m make whoopie surprise quiche right now, trying to use up a bunch of left overs.

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I brought the ham bone and some ham home from Thanksgiving dinner at my sister’s house. Today I boiled it and made lentil soup with ham, onions, herbs, garlic, and spinach. Man it was good!!

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I had Thanksgiving dinner for lunch yesterday and then my neighbor bought me a bowl of her famous taco soup. Sooo good. Had that with some corn chips for dinner.

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Oatmeal with diced apples. A big tsp of peanut butter swirled in and a dash of brown sugar. Perfect evening meal.

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Well, I can tell you in advance, today’s dinner is going to be EVERYTHING!!! We’re having our family Thanksgiving at an all you can eat steak place today, and man they have the best food. I’ll have turkey and steak and crab salad and whatever I want!

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Today I went back to my sister’s to watch football and have leftovers from Thursday.

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Tonight it will be a succulent roast pig a’ Cubano with friends at the yacht club in celebration of the demise of the hated cochino grande, Fidel. Every island in the Caribbean has exploded in celebration except, I suppose, those belonging to Venezuela. They hope the day of welcoming a free Cuban people back into the fold is soon coming. Mojitos, Cuba Libres and big, fat, black Cubano Maduros all around!

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@Espiritus_Corvus Speaking of Fidel, my country made a real mess on the news yesterday. They spent 30 minutes talking about everything with Fidel in it. His life, how he helped us fight America, how great he was to his people… There is a Facebook page maintained by a group of Communist holligants and they too are still mourning. Since his death they have been bombarding the page with everything Fidel. I remember seeing a comment showing a photo of some Cuban people partying and saying very horrible things about them, “abominable defectors that don’t belong to their country” is among the mildest things. If you had posted that response there you would have got much worse :p

I know Fidel tried to be good, but his policy just failed in many ways. Cuba looks like a country stuck in the 20th century to me. The Cuban defectors look like the ones in my country in the 80s. Hopefully the Cuban government will realize that they are going the wrong way and do something about it, something my country did in the 90s after they fully saw what they had done.

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^^The U.S. made a huge mistake in 1959–60 by not taking a more moderate, wait-and-see attitude with Castro and instead chased him right into the arms of the Soviet Union. His first choice of sponsorship was us, but we kicked him away thinking he would never last. He wanted a larger share of the profits from his national resources (rightfully so, IMO) and when we refused him, he nationalized trillions of dollars in infrastructure from AT&T, hotel chains and tourist industry profits, the Daquiri mines, the sugar industry, etc., etc. and pissed off our corporatacracy—which is where America’s vaunted democracy ends.

Under Soviet sponsorship, he accepted, for a very short time, nuclear missiles from the USSR and turned any sympathizers he had in the US against him. For ten days, he and Khrushchev scared the living shit out of us. That reads in our history as the closest we have ever come to a homeland nuclear exchange.
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He became a tyrant to his own people as a leader in a state of war under constant attack by a super power. As a pawn of the USSR, he supported every Soviet international policy, including backing Ho Chi Minh during the Vietnam war. He was a constant thorn in our sides and only 90 miles off our shore. We, in turn, sponsored invasions to his shores, the most famous was our defeat at the Bay of Pigs. Our CIA and mafia tried to assassinate him many times. We prosecuted an unheard of 57-year economic embargo and tried to starve him out. The guy just wouldn’t go away and the hatred was indescribable. Those too young to have lived through all of this have no idea how fucking deep the enmity was between Cuba and the US.

The U.S., through it’s own enslavement to our corrupt lobbying system and corporate influence, made huge mistakes with Castro. Our trans-generational embargo and sabotage against Cuba, increasingly inexplicable to most American citizens born after 1959, was promoted and prolonged by a few, very powerful Cuban ex-patriot families, like the Batista family—once the largest private real estate cartel on our east coast—and the families who lost their vast international sugar, cigar, rum, mining and and communications holdings in Cuba when they were all nationalized. These same families have become incredibly wealthy and international in their influence and can be a great danger to an open Cuba.

The danger now is that these very same families and their related corporations think that this may be an opportunity to get these holdings back and once again re-capture the national resources of Cuba. They have vowed to do this for the past 60 years as soon as Castro was eliminated. These resources rightfully belong to the Cuban people. The most moderate government view is that these entities can contract their services, but they can no longer bleed the country dry of it’s wealth like in the old days under the American sponsored regimes.

My hope is for Cuba to move toward a more liberal Social Democracy with intelligent protections of their own national resources and that my country will support them in this effort with a eye toward stability and wealth of a trading partner. If the US were truly interested in freedom and democracy, our government would stop allowing these families to influence our policy toward Cuba and become a partner in a new, liberal Cuba government. But Cuba would have to continue to establish more major economic reforms and we would have to exercise more patience. We both need to let bygones be bygones.

In politics these days, I rarely get what I hope for. I guess in this day and age, I’ve become an anachronism. We’ll see how it goes.

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I think it will be potato pancakes with apple sauce on the side.

(if the potato/onion mixture lasts til I’m ready to make the pancakes)

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Well, dinner yesterday was a MAJOR disappointment. We had fun with the kids though.

We went to the Golden Corral with Chris, Jenna and the 4 kids. The food sucked, really bad. Should have listened to Jennifer. But there was enough that was OK to get me by.
The best part was the soft serve! The kids wanted some ice cream, so we got their bowls. When it started coming out Zoey, who just turned 3, goes, “Ewwww!”
I whispered, “It looks like poop!!”
I thought she was going to lose it, she began giggling so hard! Didn’t stop her from eating 2 bowls and one ice cream cone, giggling helplessly every time the soft serve oozed out!
Some thing that didn’t go over so good was the crab salad. I like it. Zoey obligingly took a bite, and froze. Her mouth fell open and she just sat there with her mouth open, frozen, like, “I’m gonna throw up!!!!!” We got a napkin for her to spit it out in.
Cooper (19 months) was a little more dramatic. One taste and crab salad was spewed everywhere!
But he liked the ham.

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We are having leftover soup that I made Friday. I made a loaf of bread to go with,

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The potato pancakes were fantastic. Maybe the best I’ve made in a couple of decades. I don’t really love kitchen time but this was worth it.

After swimming I stopped at Oak Park Deli and picked up a nice late lunch – Set and I split a hamburger run through the garden and a pork souvlaki pita. Toula and Suresh make good food.

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Rick got a wild hare to make mashed potatoes and chicken and noddles. But he cooks late at night and I don’t eat late at night because I’m in bed.
I guess I’ll have some at some point this week.

Coloma's avatar

@Dutchess_III A wild “hare”, I’ve never tried rabbit before. Does it go well with mashed potatoes and chicken and noodles. ;-)

I am too lazy and relaxed to make a bigger dinner so I just defrosted some shrimp and tossed them in a shrimp and lime ramen with some diced green onions. Good enough, but…I have pie! Small dinner big dessert that’s the way to go. haha

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Pizza is on the way as I write this….............mushrooms, spinach, red onions, extra cheese.

Coloma's avatar

^ @MollyMcGuire Hah! Me too! Veggie, ( zuchinni, tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, artichoke hearts) on a thin crust with sausage. haha

BellaB's avatar

Picked up chicken wings at the grocery’s in-store deli. They were just out of the oven and being sauced when I got to the counter so I could pick what I wanted. Went with half bbq and half honey-garlic. I walked them home really quickly! They were fresh and tasty and wow! I need to remember that this is the deli’s Tuesday special.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

It’s 2AM and I just realized I never ate dinner. I’m going to bed now.

Coloma's avatar

Lamb with clam sauce. Oh wait, that was the cats new flavor of canned food I just served. Blech, but they loved it. lol

Chicken salad sandwich here with a little potato salad I whipped up yesterday with some little pink potatoes, yummy!

BellaB's avatar

I made a rawwwther pleasant chard and sausage pizza. Heavy on the garlic :)

Now I’m having a small cube of a strange carrot cake from the grocery store. I think I’m going to have to bake one soon.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I had pasta/Italian sausage and cauliflower with lemon juice. Nice dinner. I’m hungry now but am going to bed instead of the kitch.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yesterday, for dinner (at about 12:30) I splurged and bought a Wendy’s grilled chicken sandwich. I haven’t had a full size one in YEARS. Since they came out with the $1.00 chicken sandwich, I always get that, because that’s about all I can eat, anyway.
bUT, yesterday I splurged….and I was SOOOOO disappointed. They’ve switched up the bun from a regular old hamburger bun to some oatmeal grain stuff. That was OK. BUT instead of plain lettuce and tomato they put on some mish mash of, I think, spinich leaves and some other salad crap, and they didn’t even put a tomato on. It tasted like crap and I was really disappointed.
The next time I get one I will specify LETTUCE!! AND TOMATO!!! Forget the other salad shit!

Coloma's avatar

@Dutchess_III Yep, that’s what I like too on a chicken patty sandwich, just mayo, good lettuce and tomato.

Busy as a beaver over here, double pet/house sitting all weekend since yesterday. On my way back over to the 2nd house for the afternoon and evening routine. I am just whipped up some mac-n-cheese and a salad to take it with me. Good enough!
Now…if I can only get my own damn cat to come back in before I leaver. my life of animals. I open the door to leave and my cats run out again. WTF! lol

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, I found some Easter Peeps that hadn’t been opened, so I opened them and bit the head of a Peep and remembered I don’t like Peeps and I threw the rest away. Guess that’s my dinner.

Oh, I made up a song the other day, @Coloma. It was early in the morning, dark and cold, and this song came to mind:

The cat runs in
The cat runs out
In the front door and out the back
Have you ever seen a streak go by
And think that you are the next to die.

I can SO relate.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I took the meat off of spicey wings and put it on biscuits with cheese. That was my dinner. Really!

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Ham and eggs with buttered grits. And toast.

Coloma's avatar

2 veggie egg rolls, brown rice and cabbage wedges. Then…..later for dessert I had a little bowl of mixed nuts with toffee bits in it, oh my, so good!

BellaB's avatar

Dinner wasn’t so interesting but I made really nice snack plates up for our 10 p.m. treat. Apple slices, Viennese wafers, lebkuchen hearts, Serbian fish crackers, chocolate squares and 5 Smarties for each of us. Tasty and not wickedly unhealthy. It was the equivalent of a couple of cookies + half an apple each on a small plate.

Coloma's avatar

I love Smarties! I can eat about 10 rolls! haha

BellaB's avatar

I had to google Smarties in a roll. Smarties in Canada come in a small cardboard box – they are like M&M’s made with chocolate instead of candy. They’re one of the things ex-pats always ask for.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I ordered a pan pizza with chicken, ham, bacon, red onions, mushrooms. It was very delicious.

BellaB's avatar

Sauteed onions and swiss chard made a nice bed for grilled hot Italian sausage.

Coloma's avatar

French bread pizza and a lovely big salad.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Leftover pizza. Still delish.

Coloma's avatar

Snack dunner here after a late lunch of tacos. I had PB on Celery, some snap pea crisps, a tangerine and chocolate covered raisins. haha

Dutchess_III's avatar

Gosh. I haven’t been here.

Ok:
Monday: A Big Mac, at 1:00.
Tuesday: A bowl of yummy Broccoli cheese soup from Subway. At 1:00.
Wednesday: A burrito with extra cheese.
Thursday: A filet of fish sammich.
Friday: A Jr. Cheese burger from Sonic.

BellaB's avatar

I’m going to a friend’s house to make soup for her birthday next week. I test-cooked a recipe last night. It was so good, I finished off the entire pot (half of the recipe, not big but still). I’ll need to multiply the recipe a few times.

Caldo Verde

I added mushrooms because I love them.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I had a big omelet mid afternoon so I just had popcorn tonight. I’m alone so no one to complain. ;)

Coloma's avatar

I so over indulged last night. I made a ham steak with cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and snap pea pods. Oh man, I ate so much, it was delicious. I was grocery shopping and starving, bad as we know, so ended up coming home with a ham steak and also scoop corn chips and guacamole. THEN..I broke into some Cashew Roca.

Tis the season of gluttony. haha
Tonight remains shrouded in mystery as it is only 9:17 a.m.

BellaB's avatar

A pot of veggie soup is on the go – potatoes/carrots/cauliflower/onion are in there working away. Chard will get thrown in just as I dish it up.

Dutchess_III's avatar

We wound up watching 4 of the grandkids unexpectedly yesterday. We didn’t eat ALL DAY. So after they left we got a pizza. I had veggie lovers.

Today is cold cold cold. I have a roast in the crock pot. Smelling really good!

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Homemade veggie soup tonight with French bread. Man oh man…....I ate one cup too many.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Today I had the last two pieces of veggie lovers pizza. It’s so good, a couple days later, wrapped in foil and baked at 350 for about 20 minutes. Better than when we first get it.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Roasted chicken quarters, Italian green beans (onions, green peppers and red peppers) twice baked potatoes.

Coloma's avatar

Leftover taco soup I made yesterday and more Xmas cookies. Oh man, I’m going to gain about 8 lbs. I just know it. haha

BellaB's avatar

Went to my friend Anna’s house this afternoon. It is her birthday and I went to cook her a big pot of Caldo Verde. She’d made a triple cheese pasta earlier in the day so we had some of that that as an appetizer. All of the food was so good.

We then planned the menu for her New Years Day party. I gained weight just talking about that. I’m going to be in charge of the root vegetable mash. Salivating at the thought.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I had leftover pizza from the freezer. Effortless and delish.

Coloma's avatar

Celery and PB, a big mandarin orange and 4 Persimmon cookies. haha
I’m saving up for tomorrows rich steak dinner. :-)

BellaB's avatar

A big bowl of turkey rice soup I made last night. Two of Baba Evda’s cookies. Chai. Considering some peanut puffs as a snack while I read.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

At about 4pm yesterday afternoon on Christmas Day, I attended a bachanal of a feast including, as main courses, the biggest turkey I’d ever seen, roast lamb and a big Hawaiian ham. Wine flowed like water and the twenty or so other guests, American expats all, were some of the most interesting people I’ve met down here yet. It’s 6:53am and I just got back to the boat. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Mimishu1995's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus I really want to have some :D

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

@Mimishu1995 I wish you could have been there. You would have met some very interesting, very intelligent people your own age. Two of my very good friends, a midwestern couple, he a doctor and she a nurse practitioner in their 50’s or so, head up the medical section of the Peace Corp on the island of Dominica associated with a small American medical school there. They’ve been there forever. On holidays like this, they throw parties, huge banquets, for homesick medical students who can’t afford to go home for the holidays. It was nice to see all these hard working, very gifted people relaxing and having a good time.

I thought of you and Sneki last night and how both of you would have really enjoyed yourselves and how these are your kind of people. And they would have loved both of you.

BellaB's avatar

Cabbage roll stoup. Tasty stuff. Not nearly as festive as the meal @Espiritus_Corvus had. Sounds like a brilliant event. It’s always terrific when people have holiday orphan meals. My mother used to do that. Maybe I should be inspired to host a small one.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yesterday was a homemade egg McMuffin. So good!!

Coloma's avatar

Tonight will be french bread pizza and salad and god knows, more cookies and candy. haha

Coloma's avatar

Friday I am making my famous chicken breast pepper “steak” sandwiches and having my friend out for a girls party night and sharing with my neighbors. Can’t wait!

BellaB's avatar

I think I’m going to grill some peameal bacon and have it with eggs. I know Set will go barkers if he smells peameal grilling.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Chocolate Malt O Meal! Yum!!

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Going out for Mexican food tonight.

Coloma's avatar

I have no idea yet, I can’t even decide what I want for breakfast. haha

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Last night it was an oyster roast, fried shrimp & catfish nuggets and low country boil.

BellaB's avatar

Will probably skip dinner. Lunch was grilled garlic sausages with sauteed apples and onions.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I have a frozen salmon chunk. Debating now….

Coloma's avatar

I just got in, it is now 4:04 p.m. and was starving, so I had an apple from the trees here, a little piece of white sharp cheddar and about 10 sour cream and onion Pringles chips.
Soon I will have 2 Pacifico beers, feed the horses and then, in lieu of my giant dinner plans for tomorrow, cooking for 6, I am going to pop a Marie Callenders chicken pot pie in the toaster oven, done. haha

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yep! Salmon it was! Rick got some exotic olive oil things for Christmas. One was “lemon infused,” so I rubbed a little on (probably 50 calories worth.) It had a teriyaki sauce to put on it. I hesitated becasue I knew it would add _another_100 calories to it (lots of sugar and oil,) but I decided to use it. It was good.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Leftover pork roast with potatoes and a salad of butter lettuce and tomato.

BellaB's avatar

Made an Italian pepper/tomato/onion/garlic/sausage soup. Had a bowl of it with a side of cole slaw I brought home from my friend’s New Year’s Day event. That coleslaw was brilliant. Really tangy and sweet. Also had a small chunk of a Serbian Lepinja bun with a schmear of roasted red pepper dip.

Coloma's avatar

@BellaB I’m a cole slaw connoisseur share the recipe if you can. :-)

I had leftover steamed sugar snap pea pods with a couple slices of roasted red potatoes and then…my neighbor brought me MORE, fresh out of the oven, Persimmon cookies. I give up, I cannot escape my sweet, sweet fate as of late. lol

BellaB's avatar

I’ll ask T if he’ll give up his coleslaw recipe. It had apples and a lot of the other traditional ingredients in it but there was something special going on in that bowl – I had 4 small servings of it. I skipped dessert to have coleslaw!

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Barbeque on Kaiser Rolls and fresh green beans.

Coloma's avatar

I’m thinking of whipping up a batch of spaghetti sauce in the crock pot today. Cold, rainy and foggy. Enjoy the simmering smell all afternoon. :-)

Dutchess_III's avatar

Rick baked up a bunch of store bought chicken nuggets. I ate 3 of them with honey. Not as good as McDonalds, but I was really hungry!

BellaB's avatar

A giant bowl of mushroom and rice soup.

Dutchess_III's avatar

4 large steak fries with ketchup.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I have been instructed to make jambalaya, which I will do shortly.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I don’t know but I am hungry!

BellaB's avatar

Hungry, but don’t feel like cooking. I may just sautee some onions and apples and heat up the feta burek I bought earlier today.

Coloma's avatar

Making spaghetti sauce right now, for tomorrow and the next big storm rolling in. I am Sauteing my meat, onions and peppers now. Dinner tonight, Shredded wheat and an apple. haha

BellaB's avatar

The apples, onions and burek turned out to be a good decision.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

A steak and chopped broccoli. We’re cooking the steaks at half time of the Seattle game.

Coloma's avatar

Spaghetti! I prepped everything last night but didn’t toss it all in the crockpot until this morning. Almost ready, garlic bread in the oven!

BellaB's avatar

Roasted two pig tails. Put them in a pot with orange peppers, onions, paprikash soup mix, grilled portobello mushrooms, water and rice. Let everything simmer. Threw in a few handfuls of baby spinach leaves. Wonderfully delicious. The portobellos in particular were good – really rich and meaty tasting.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I had cheese grits for dinner last night. Tonight I’m having dinner with family and watching the Alabama/Clemson National Championship game. Do not know the menu.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

^^ GO CRIMSON TIDE!

Tonight, I have guests. I caught a really nice grouper yesterday and it is now in the refrigerator cut into 1½ inch filets. I’m going to brush them with raw egg and apply a dry mix of crushed croutons, fresh chopped basil and chives, salt, pepper and pecans to each filet and bake them in the oven. It’s about 85F out today. Chilled Pinot Grigio will be perfect.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Think we might have some boneless skinless chicken breasts with an almond and wasabi pea coating ( put almonds and wasabi peas in blender pulse it a couple of times ). Bake a sweet potato or two.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@gondwanalon response of “hamberger” is the first thing I see in this question and it’s driving me nuts!!

Saturday we went to Rick’s company Christmas party in KC. I didn’t eat all day. The party/dinner started at 7, and boy, was I ready! They gave us baked chicken, baked beans (....all they did was open a huge can of beans and warm it up though. Not my idea of baked beans) and nachos and brisket. You name it, I ate it. Then I got a piece of cheesecake. I allow myself that luxury only a couple of times a year.
Then we partied.

The next day I was hung over, but excited because I was going to meet my Son by Another Mother for the first time in 20 years! SO excited! We offered to take him and his wife and kids to eat. He suggested a Cajun place called Jazz. It was very good. Once a year we allow ourselves a drink with lunch, so we got bloody Marys. You know, Cajun bloody Marys and Cajun Shrimp Diane just doesn’t sit well on a hungover stomach, especially when you have Waffle House on your mind! It was really good, but next time we’ll go under different circumstances.
Then, on the drive home (3.5 hours) we both got a craving for donuts so I had a caramel iced donut.

BellaB's avatar

½ of a 9” thin crust pizza. About the size of a regular slice at most pizza joints around here, but so good. For dessert/evening snack I broke ¼ slice of apple pie into my oatmeal. No milk. Just oatmeal topped with a few spoons of apple pie. Funny meal but it worked – and was reasonably healthy. Definitely got in my fruits and veg today.

Coloma's avatar

An English muffin with cheese and watermelon. I still have spaghetti but 2 days in a row was enough. Freezing the rest of the sauce tomorrow.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

It’s now 3:15 AM and dinner was a long time ago it seems, but it was a wonderful spaghetti casserole that my brother makes. They invite me over there when he cooks it. I made a salad and we all ate too much. Gosh it is a simple, weird, and delicious combination of foods.

BellaB's avatar

Pastrami and havarti melted into a lepinja bun, with sauteed orange peppers and sweet onion.

Coloma's avatar

@BellaB Oooh, make one for me too please!
I am toying with the idea of making chili & cornbread but not sure I want to go out in the stormy weather and shop. I will decide in the next hour or so.

BellaB's avatar

Do you bake your cornbread on top of the chili?

I’ll make you a pastrami package if you save me some chili and cornbread :)

Coloma's avatar

^ No, I bake it separately with honey, Mmmm..sounds good, I am going to go get my chili fixins’ now. :-)

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I have T-bones thawing.

Coloma's avatar

@MollyMcGuire mmmm…with sauteed onions and mushrooms too?

I’m on the dinner fence, postponed the chili scene yesterday. It is freezing cold and rainy and I can’t decide if I am going to go out for the chili items or maybe just make some Tomato soup and a grilled cheese. I don’t know, I just don’t know yet. haha
I am really craving one of my home made chicken pot pies but it’s a lot of prep work I am not really up to this afternoon.

BellaB's avatar

Just had a big bowl of quick homemade soup. Red onions, orange tomatoes, a jar of salsa verde, chopped up sausages, tomato sauce, garlic, macaroni. It was excellent soup. A handful or two of spinach would have put it into restaurant-quality territory.

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I made fishhead soup for breakfast this morning on the hibachi at the stern of my boat while waiting for customs to clear us into Grenada. I have two Londoners as guests who’d never had it before. It is a simple and popular breakfast in these islands. The parts of the fish that are used are usually thrown away. What a bloody waste of good fish meat. These parts represent 35% of the total weight of a freshly caught fish. I love it and it really does give one a lot of energy. We caught some grouper off the deck yesterday. I talked my guests into trying fish head soup after they made me promise to remove the heads before serving. LOL. So civilized, these Brits.

You sautee a couple of handfuls of roughly chopped onions first. Clear, not brown, about 7 minutes. Throw the grouper tails and heads into a pot, add raw potatoes (rice is more common here) cut into about one inch cubes, bay leaves, salt, a few stalks of dill. Fill the pot with water just enough to cover the fish heads and bring it to a boil, then a simmer for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender and the meat is falling off the fish. Remove the rest of the meat by stabbing and picking it with a fork.

30 minutes.

If you’re serving people unaccustomed to fish head soup, toss the eyes and the heads. Voila. Fish head soup. Best served with baguette bread and real butter (trust me, if you work the deck of a sailboat all day, the butter won’t kill you), fresh fruit, tea or strong cafe con leche. A hearty meal that will last you for hours.

Fish from the sea, fruit from the tree. It all be free, mon.

BellaB's avatar

I’d definitely have a few bowls of that fishhead soup. Toss in some shellfish and I’d be good for quite a long time. Real butter is the only option when there is good bread.

Contemplating tonight’s dinner. Do I have enough fresh vegetables to put together another soup?

MollyMcGuire's avatar

We are having a casserole tonight which I make with Italian sausage, pasta, tomatoes and spinach, along with a few secret major ingredients which yield a very tasty dinner with salad and a hard roll.

BellaB's avatar

Last night it was tuna salad on fresh bread from the bakery. Couldn’t do a big meal after having oatmeal late afternoon when I got back from the pool

Coloma's avatar

Simple fare here, tomato soup and grilled cheese with a little salad.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I had this great breakfast this morning. LOL. The cook wouldn’t give me the recipe, like it was gold or something. After 15 minutes of talking food with this guy, he wouldn’t give it up.

Exasperated, and short of using a gun, I finally told him that I work as the food editor for the “Monterey Epicurian” and that this could make him a celebrity back in Monterey, California. His name is Alan Markel, just in case any of you want to make him famous.

This is a lot of trouble to go through for French toast, but this isn’t just French toast. This is sex.

Orange Pecan Baked French Toast

Step One*:
1 loaf French or multi grain bread – sliced
6 eggs – lightly beaten
2 cups milk.
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch of salt

Step Two*:
½ cup butter – melted
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 cup chopped pecans

*Step One
Arrange bread, standing up in two rows, in a greased 9×13-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the first 7 ingredients and pour over the bread. Refrigerate overnight.

*Step Two:
Next day combine remaining ingredients and spread over bread. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 45 minutes. Serve with maple syrup. Serves 6.—or 1, if I’m at the table.

I’m pretty sure you can subsitute just about any oily nut if pecans aren’t available to you. Walnuts, or macadamia sound good.

Coloma's avatar

^That sounds amazing! You should post it in @Strauss new Q. “Calling all foodies.”
What about sex and a plate of this french toast? Could be a killer. lol

MollyMcGuire's avatar

We had boiled shrimp, salad, French bread, and Italian Cream Cake. I made the cake yesterday for a friends and coffee gathering and there was just enough for us to have a big serving tonight.

BellaB's avatar

Slow cooker oatmeal cooked with nutmeg and craisins. Topped it with chili flakes, butter and brown sugar when I ate it. The perfect meal on a rainy night.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

We had naked spicy chicken wings with mashed potatoes and cucumber salad.

BellaB's avatar

Breakfast for dinner. Bacon, eggs, sauteed onions on baguette slices. Lots of chili flakes. Good stuff!

Coloma's avatar

Last night was smoked turkey sausage with a little pasta tossed with butter, parmesan cheese and italian seasonings and cabbage wedges. Tonight, leftover chili.

BellaB's avatar

Picked up a really pretty little peameal bacon roast today. I’m going to do something with it. Maybe just slice it up and grill it for sandwiches? I think I’d like to use it with some of the nice vegetables I picked up on the same shopping excursion – sweet onions, red peppers, yellow tomatoes, bok choy. Off to google some recipes.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I just ate a baked egg roll. I have another, and I’m still kinda hungry, but I don’t think I’ll eat it.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

So we stopped talking about dinner. I’m roasting two chickens if anyone is interested. :)

Coloma's avatar

Mmmm…roast chicken. Yes please!
I just got in from a doc appt. and got chinese takeout. Honey Walnut Shrimp and rice, oh man…it is deeelicious! An early “dinner” at 2:30 p.m. then maybe some fruit and cheese and crackers later. I have been on a chinese food bender the last few weeks, this is the 4th time in 3 weeks I have gotten it. haha

Dutchess_III's avatar

Dang! I was wondering where this went! Rick made mashed potatoes and meatballs night before last. He makes his own barbque sauce and it is SO GOOD. I won’t eat any other barbque sauce.
Anyway, last night I just fried up a mashed potato patty, in butter. Crunchy and good.

Coloma's avatar

Oh man, I don’t know what’s wrong with me but I am craving carbs to the max. Mashed potatoes sound so good but I must behave. Dinner tonight will be an asian salad and some smoked gouda with crackers.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Getting ready to fix my favorite….a bean and cheese burrito with cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, salsa and cheese. Lots of cheese. Also, smothered in cheese. Cheese!!!

Coloma's avatar

Oh cheese, wonderful, beautiful cheese. Lovely, delicious, dreamy cheese. lol

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Chinese and burritos sound good. I’m out of the state visiting family and I think we’ll be going out for dinner tonight. Steak house is always a good plan. :)

Dutchess_III's avatar

Broiling a hot dog, which I split down the middle and stuffed cheese into it, let it brown, topped with chili and more cheese. MOAR CHEESE!!

BellaB's avatar

Feta and cheese burek. Not sure I have the patience to put together a full meal, will probably eat the sections as I’m in the mood. Salad. Burek. Fruit. Cookies. It could take hours to get through that. My guess it’ll be 11 p.m. before I get to tea and cookies.

Coloma's avatar

Just made a batch of cole slaw and am having a grilled smoked sausage with hot mustard. I’m in a spicy mood. haha

BellaB's avatar

Didn’t even feel zippy enough to prepare nice-looking fruit. Had applesauce cups with my burek. Organic, no sweeteners added applesauce, but, still, applesauce.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Leftovers tonight. I cooked so much last night there is plenty for round two.

BellaB's avatar

Made white girl burritos last night.

Coloma's avatar

^ I’m making veggie burritos tonight! :-)

Dutchess_III's avatar

Baking an egg roll now for the first meal of the day It’s 3:00. Don’t know what, if anything, I’ll have later. This day has been insane!

MollyMcGuire's avatar

The leftovers seemed better than last night when I cooked. I bought some toffee ice cream bars at the grocery and we just had one. That is the food star for today! Yum…...........

BellaB's avatar

Making breakfast burritos for dinner tonight.

Coloma's avatar

@BellaB Well come on over, I am waiting on a friend for a girls night sleepover and we are going to go get some good mexican takeout. Your burritos can be for our breakfast. What kind of cocktail do you like?
A fine spring evening for sitting outside sipping wine and then splurging on some yummy food.

BellaB's avatar

If I start driving now, I’ll be there for a meal in a couple of days. I’ll be happy to make breakfast burritos for whatever meal it turns out to be. I’ll pick up some good fresh salsa verde somewhere along the route. I’ll have a tamarind cocktail when I arrive. Should I bring samosas and chutney?

Coloma's avatar

Oooh, yes, what type of Chutney, I am partial to fruit. :-)

BellaB's avatar

I’ll bring mango chutney and tomato – as well as tamarind chutney as it’s my weakness.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Veggie lovers pizza.

Coloma's avatar

^ Oooh, Mango chutney yes!

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

This afternoon, I was under the gun. I had to replace the auxiliary bilge pump first thing this morning, forgot to eat, lost track of time, then the mate called and she said couldn’t make it back to the dock with our laundry. She added that we were getting six guests for an over-night circumnavigation of the island within the hour, so I cleaned up in record time, found some potatoes and onions in the larder, and whipped up a quick mess of Lyonnaise potatoes.

The guests arrived while I was scarfing it all down, did some Listerine before going above decks to greet them, got them situated and gave them a quick orientation with the standard do’s and don’ts. I settled them forward with a glass of champagne, then right when the sun touched the western horizon, we got underway for the other side of the bay where the mate was waiting with groceries and our laundry so the guests will have crisp, clean sheets on this warm night. I finished the potatoes at the wheel while my guests sat forward at the bow, drank their champagne and enjoyed the sunset none the wiser.

So, dinner was about a pound of Lyonnaise potatoes woofed down in record time. And now we’re sailing under a black river glistening with stars and a bright, white crescent moon is just now rising in the east. Buuuuurp!

Tropical_Willie's avatar

14 oysters (raw) with hot sauce and horseradish, half pound of steamed shrimp dipped in butter, 4 conch fritters with jalapeño aioli and 6 steamed clams.

Coloma's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus I had some delicious little red potatoes last night too, with parmesian. My friend and I scraped the mexican plan and went for deli chicken breasts and red potatoes and cole slaw. Easy and good and didn’t have to do anything but sit outside with our wine and talk. haha

@Tropical_Willie Sounds great, but man, I feel a gout attack coming on just from reading that. haha

Tonight will be leftovers from last night. :-)

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I am making a meatloaf tonight with mashed cheesy potatoes and fresh green beans.

Coloma's avatar

Oops…I just realized we are still posting in Pt. 2…everyone needs to go here, fr the current thread.

https://www.fluther.com/198763/whats-for-dinner-pt-3/

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