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Forum: Moving Beyond Cancer —

Managing life after a breast cancer diagnosis, including rediscovering intimacy, coping with fear of recurrence, reconnecting relationships, sharing hobbies and interests, and finding inspiration in daily life.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2011 06:28PM

Laurie08 wrote:

I thought it might be fun to start a thread on what we are having, making or had for dinner.  Sometimes it is the best tuna steak you ever had, sometimes it's a can of soup.  But we all do it every night in some form or another.  Maybe we can give each other ideas on what to make, or bitch about what we had, or the fact that we did enjoy that grilled cheese with tomato soup. 

Every night my husband comes home and says "whats for dinner?"  no matter what I say he always says "sounds good!"  even if I say it's a 'fend for yourself night'. :)

Bilateral Mastectomy on 6/30/10 Exchange surgery 1/10/11 Dx 4/22/2010, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Feb 12, 2018 08:22PM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Hubby suprised me while I was finishing up at PT today, he took me to Texas Roadhouse for dinner

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Feb 12, 2018 08:26PM DownNotOut wrote:

carolehalston, I'm glad you like the tuna at Subway. My DD3 adores tuna but I won't let her get it when we're out for a quick meal due to food safety paranoia.

Tonight we were treated to my 11 yr old DS's favorite meal to make: chicken soup from scratch and homemade Mac and cheese. He is always so proud to serve, so even if the soup is a little thin for my taste, we rave about it and he keeps wanting to cook for the family. On Sunday he and DD2 made cornmeal churros dusted with sugar - delicous! They piped the batter into hot oil and made very pretty ribbed curls that tasted just like donuts! Those clever kids of mine - what will they make next?

Back to the salad dressing topic from way back - Are you folks trying to avoid soybean oil? Aren't we supposed to? I eat some sort of salad at work most days and am going to start taking my own dressing. I checked the labels on the Newman's Own packets there and ALL of them contain soybean oil. Is Tamari Soy Sauce OK for us to eat? I had that last week with the chicken fried rice I made and it is so good. But I am very confused about the whole soy thing and have read mixed conclusions and you'll never catch me eating Tofu as a main dish.

DownNotOut Dx 11/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/16/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/1/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Feb 12, 2018 09:13PM ChiSandy wrote:

Instant miso soup--have a full-blown laryngitis. The only stuff for which I have any appetite are carbs, carbs & more carbs. Maybe eat that leftover smoked chicken thigh for dinner and head back to bed. (No fever, no headache, no nasal congestion but I still feel awful). Driving yesterday my tire pressure sensor came on, but all the tires looked normal, my gauge showed no problem--and there was too much snow at the gas station to drive close enough to the air machine. I was supposed to go to the Subaru dealership to have the tires checked out--maybe a bad sensor? But didn't feel like getting out of my PJs & hoodie. Tomorrow I have to go up to Evanston to pick up our pačzki and king cake order--will plug an emergency air compressor into my aux power socket, open the garage door, turn on the engine and give each tire a shot of air to see what happens. If I get to the bakery and the light's still on, I'll go to the dealership and get a loaner.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 13, 2018 10:25AM carolehalston wrote:

Sandy, sorry you're feeling so miserable. Hope the king cake helps! :-)

DownNotOut, my bc dr. told me to avoid soy (2009) but I don't know if you have to worry about a tiny amount in salad dressing. I think there is some disagreement on the subject of whether soy is to be avoided. On tuna at Subway, dh and I have been eating their tuna sandwiches for years all over the US and so far no gastric issues. In fact, I wonder why their tuna and mayo mixture tastes so much better than mine. Often when we travel, we stop at a Subway for lunch because the food is dependable and fast.

One difference is that some Subway employees are more generous than others. The girl yesterday put 5 or 6 generous scoops. I get almost all of the veggies except onion and dh gets the onion, too. Have to admit that I also bought 3 of their delicious cookies for dessert.

Tonight will be a WW one-pot dish with ground turkey Italian sausage and pasta. It calls for broccolini but I will substitute green peas. Our supermarkets don't seem to know about broccolini. I make my own Italian sausage by grinding some fennel seeds by hand and adding red pepper flakes, onion and garlic powder, and s & p. Mix the ground meat with the spices.

Happy Mardi Gras to everyone! Hope you catch a lot of "throws" of some kind today.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 13, 2018 11:14AM SpecialK wrote:

downnotout - I have never spoken to my MO about food to eat/avoid, but the soy most advise avoiding is soy protein isolates - mostly used in supplements and protein bars, etc. Soy sauce and soy oils do not contain this - but depending on what type of products you use the soy contained may be genetically modified, and it is an individual decision whether that is important to you. I use organic tamari, which is gluten free, instead of regular soy sauce because it tastes less salty to me, but also use coconut aminos, which tastes pretty similar. I use non-soy based salad dressings, often make my own with olive oil, vinegar, salt/pepper, and a little Dijon mustard - sometimes add shallot and change up the type of vinegar. I use Hampton Creek Just Mayo, which is egg, dairy and soy free.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3
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Feb 13, 2018 04:01PM Cherry-sw wrote:

DownNotOut, I was told by the first oncologist I met to avoid soy products and I asked him whether I should stop consuming soy at all? But he said that soy sauce to sushi, miso soup are fine, he was talking about soy products like quorn, meat substitutes. So, I have my mushroom soy I use in woks and some marinades, not too much, a couple of dashes and my Japanese soy sauce for brussel sprouts dressing and sushi.

ChiSandy, whenever I have cold I take several cm ginger, grate it into a huge cup or a pitcher, squeeze half of lemon and put it there as well, add a dollop of honey and pour boiling water on it, may add a tea bag too. And then start sipping it as soon as it is possible to take a first sip, usually works wonders for me.

Broiled burgers again with coleslaw, much appreciated by the DD’s BF, nothing for me! I packed the leftovers even though the smell was killing me but I managed to stay away, the smell still lingers though.. But I have a fridge stuffed with veggies, bought four organic eggplants and was thinking about moussaka actually, have all ingredients, may as well make it and watch my family eat it. A new kind of food porn. Thank you, carolehalston, for showing some compassion for me)) I guess I have myself to blame that I ate that much during chemo but I wonder whether I am retaining water too. I was supposed to go to a customer event tonight but decided not to go because I cannot stand the way I look but hopefully more events will come.

Tomorrow I was thinking about cooking shrimp soup using the shells, a recipe from a famous Swedish chef. l saved a few bags in my freezer and even have the the shrimps to peel for the soup. The only thing I do not have is fennel but I red somewhere that fennel is bot good for hormonal bc and stopped buying it. Anyhow, the DD&BF, who btw is taking a second round on those burgers, will be dining out and DH and I may as well enjoy the soup.

Another recipe I was willing to try is called French Onion Panade from NYT Cooking, a friend recommended it to me, and it was from the beginning a way to utilize onion soup leftovers by sopping them up with toasted sourdough bread and baking it in the oven that later became its own dish.

Otherwise, made a huge pot of borsch, no carbs, only veggies and that is what I intend to eat without any bread. No meat and no bread, by Sunday I will be ready to kill for a hot dog. I am watching all seasons of 30Rock and it is impossible to watch the showbecause Tina Fey is esting a sandwich in every episode. Sorry for the rant)

Happy Mardi Gras! I am so glad I have finely learnt what it is.

Dx 6/28/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 7/17/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 8/20/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/20/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Feb 13, 2018 09:02PM ChiSandy wrote:

Cherry, I have some fresh ginger--an infusion with it and lemon & honey sounds great! My MO told me that the phytoestrogens that occur naturally in soy (preferably non-GMO) are orders of magnitude weaker than either pharmaceutical estrogen or estrogen produced by the body. Nonetheless, they do bind to estrogen receptors and clog them up to keep bodily estrogen out; but their estrogen is so weak that the cells can't utilize it. But it has to be natural soy: edamame, tofu, tempeh, and organic soy milk, soy sauce or tamari. Soy protein isolate (in highly processed foods, fake meats and soy protein supplements) is highly concentrated and likelier to be accessed by the tumor cells. I hate the taste of soymilk anyway (grassy-chalky) and it doesn't froth worth a darn, so I use almond milk for my cappuccinos & lattes. Of course, because growing almonds uses so much water, that makes me an eco-criminal.

Bought pačzki and a King Cake today--good thing I ordered two days in advance, as the "walk-in" line at the bakery was as long as some TSA lines and twice as slow. I just breezed up to the "Advance Orders" register and was out in two minutes. Didn't even use up a third of my parking meter time. Got the pačzki home, and D'OH--I'd ordered only five (forgot to get lemon curd and while prune is ok in Danish and hamantashen, it's gross in the equivalent of a jelly donut...come to think of it, sounds like it might be a good practical joke). Had half of the chocolate praline mousse one...yum!

Ordered out for fried oysters and crawfish fried rice. (The other restaurants that both do Cajun and deliver are out of oysters & crawfish--and the gumbo from the one place delivering tonight smells sort of like...oh, let's not pull punches...B.O. Probably all that "trinity" (especially the celery & onion) sitting around all day.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 13, 2018 10:15PM MinusTwo wrote:

My son is visiting. NY Strip steaks, 'ancient grains' combo, corn (the only veggies he'll eat). New computer. New toilet. Lots of other honey dos getting accomplished.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Feb 13, 2018 10:58PM - edited Feb 13, 2018 10:59PM by SpecialK

minus - the essentials - new computer and new toilet - very good! Yay for a son visit!

cherry - hang in there - my DD is doing likewise as she must fit into a bridesmaid dress she already has for a wedding in less than a month!

chisandy - are you feeling better?

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3
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Feb 13, 2018 11:37PM ChiSandy wrote:

Thanks, SpecialK. My voice was getting better but the Mucinex wore off and I'm sounding froggy again (when I can speak). To top things off, my L wrist is badly strained again (when I reached down below the steering column to lock the lever I actually felt something click). It's not red, but it clicks whenever I rotate my hand too far. This time I think that topical anti-inflammatories won't cut it--will probably need a splint or even a cast. (Looks like the mani-pedi I'd planned for tomorrow is going to be a trip to Immediate Care instead. Thank goodness I don't have to play guitar or sing for quite a while.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 14, 2018 01:06PM MinusTwo wrote:

Tonight will be Laurie's Mexican Chicken. My DS loves that and it's easy so we can continue to work on other projects.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Feb 14, 2018 01:50PM - edited Feb 14, 2018 01:51PM by Moonflwr912

Happy Valentines Day. And First Day of Lent, Adh Wednesday, fasting for Catholics. My DH wont be home today, so no worries about candy. LOL. I have to eat, though, diabetes needs food.

On Sunday, I had an open frozen bag of chicken meatballs from Costco, so added some soy sauce and veggies. Served it up on rice. Ate it Monday too, and yesterday, as fried rice. I didnt realize just how many meatballs were in that small bag! LOL. Theres probably 5 or 6 left, as I only ate 3 each time. LOL. BTW, my MO also said dont worry about soy too much.

Cherry, hang in there. Youll lose a bit if you dont try so hard. You do need protien, though, to help heal your good cells, and to keep up the red and white blood cells that prevent you.

Chisandy, Im just north of Milwaukee, but didnt want to make a trip down there to get paczki. And I'm polish. LOL. Hope you feel better. I still sound like a frog 2 weeks after that cold. Which was after the flu. And the ginger, honey, lemon really helps, I use ut too.

Specialk, Im sorry about your loss. Dont know how I missed that. But the wooden urn is beautiful, and shows such love.

Carole, I love Subway once in a while. I load up the veggies and get the roast beef. It actually has less calories and sodium than the chicken breast. But then I spoil it by getting the sweet onion sauce. LOL. I do ask for the dressing on the side, because I get a footloong, and then it doesnt go soggy, and I get 2 meals out if it.

Minus, yay for DS visit!!!!

Downandout, I'm immpressed with your kids cooking! Thats wonderful they enjoy it. Before my kids left for college, they could cook pasta, chili, potroast,and pork tenderloin medalions dinner (fancy dinner for a special occassion that doesnt take much time, or cost too much) Just like before they got thier drivers license, they had to learn to check the fluids, change the oil, and change a tire. All 4 are competent adults now, 3 married. Goid to teach them things they need to know.

Dinner tonite will be cauliflower with cheese, possibly with some noodles. Maybe tomato soup made from V8 juice.

Much love to all, especially those I didnt mention.

Sometimes life SUCKS! Sometimes it doesn't. I prefer when it doesn't! If you're ever bored, read my biography. Bring snacks..... LOL Monica Dx 11/11/2011, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 12/8/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 12/8/2011 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 1/17/2012 Reconstruction (left) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 8/13/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 8/20/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 9/10/2012 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 8/14/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/4/2013 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 12/13/2013 Reconstruction (left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (right): Saline implant
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Feb 14, 2018 04:55PM - edited Feb 14, 2018 07:00PM by Cherry-sw

My precccious has arrived, the pistaggio green, blank KitchenAid is finely here, the BF went and picked up delivery, it is heavy.

Updated my post with the picture. The color is great, green is my favorite color, but I wanted to have vanilla egg shell first but they were out of stock. The youngest wanted to have this one and she was so right. And when I ordered it I actually thought that she is so interested in baking that she can inherit it later.


The shrimp soup turned out great and I ate it even though it contained non-organic heavy cream. Starting approx a week ago everything tastes sweet now, it is not the mostly unpleasant post-chemo SE but it is weird and freaks me out a little bit. I also caved in and ate an egg and shrimp sandwich becauseit is Valentine day and I was so hungry. Since it was carbs, shrimps and most importantly food, even if it tasted sweet, I felt so full and not to mention 1,5 glass Masi Campofiorin.

What I have totally missed today was that te youngest had no school and I had her home the whole day. I had my rads, went with her grocery shopping, then to my PT appointment, did a phone meeting starting from my car on my way home storming in waving like everybody quiet! and then after that we just spent a few hours in the kitchen together, she baked and decorated pink cupcakes, I only helped her with devices, and me cooking dinner. It was a real Valentine present and she in the morning she got me a run with tea that had tiny candy hearts in it. I kept telling myself to remember to live in the present for moments like this.

SpecialK, solidarity with your DD, those bridesmaid dresses, it is like the bribes orders them deliberately in size 2 so we all look like sausages.

Minus, stripe steaks sound so good. Hope you and your som had great dinner together. I bought this huge levain loaf today and thought of you and your Boudain sourdough

ChiSandy, I love packi, in Germany they are called berliners and are filled with plume jelly, I love them. Here my favourite is with apple sauce.

Happy Valentine to you all!

Dx 6/28/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 7/17/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 8/20/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/20/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Feb 14, 2018 11:01PM eric95us wrote:

When I was 19 years old I "lusted" for a stand mixer, but couldn't justify the expense...It's likely a strange want for a 19 year old guy. :-)

I finally got one a few years back and it's been a joy to use.

Do observe the "load limits" that are probably in the user's manual when kneading bread.


I like the car with the oranges pouring out of it. I was feeling like that could happen to me, but in my case, it would have been the back of a truck.

Chi, hopefully you're feeling better by now.

Down, I wish I had learned to cook (more) when I headed off to college. I used myself as an example for DD and she picked up quite a bit more cooking before she went off to college.

And, Moon, she, too, had to know how to check the oil, tire pressure, change a flat tire, etc. on a car before we would sign the consent forms for her to get a driving license.

Tonight's dinner was one of those "throw it together" things. It was cold and rainy and I didn't feel like going out to the grocery store today....Three bell peppers cut into slices, an onion cut into slices, some garlic and probably 1-1/2 teaspoons of dried cayenne pepper flakes. Cook the sausage (I'm guessing about 1 pound) and "the rest of the stuff" separately until it looks good and then combine for a few minutes before putting it into sandwich rolls. There will be enough for lunch and another dinner.

I used some home made rolls https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/italian-sub-rolls-recipe


Sharon ate and fell asleep almost immediately after she ate. She is retiring this May and I'll be glad. It makes me sad that she's so exhausted after work.

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Feb 15, 2018 12:31AM ChiSandy wrote:

Feeling better even if my voice isn't. We walked to Cellars for Valentine's Day dinner: shared app. of shrimp & mango ceviche with housemade tortilla chips; Bob had seared ahi (it's Ash Wed.) and I had a grilled ribeye with mashed potatoes, baby haricots verts and mushroom sauce. Dessert was a shared fruit & cheese plate. We had a 2014 Faiveley Mercurey (Pinot Noir from the area between southern Burgundy and Beaujolais). Lotsa leftovers--my appetite was fine but my "capacity" is reduced. The 1/4 mi. walk home is always easier than the walk there...could the wine have anything to do with it? (It was about 5 degrees warmer by the time we finished dinner).

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 15, 2018 01:52PM Cherry-sw wrote:

ChiSandy, glad you are feeling better. This is a very peculiar thing, but the last time I had a flu that in my case usually ends with laringitis and tonsilitis and some other nasty thing, was in May when I first felt my lump. I have not been sick ever since. OK, they diagnosed me with Her2 pos bc and so on but I have no caught any flu.Even last winter was a good one, a minor cold at some point in Feb but it was it. I attributed it either to me trying to avoid people in general, but, well, still, I was to the different clinics several times a week, also grocery.. or to my newly aquired combucha mushroom I got in September. My both maternal and paternal grandmas had it when I was a girl, the maternal one had a sweet tooth and made it sweeter but the paternal one had it more sour and you could use as a substitute for kvas, a drink the Slaves make of stale bread, water and some sugar, basically a drinkable sourdough))) They say combucha has cancer fighting qualities)) I guess I tried as much as I could to avoid this cancer but so much for that.

Eric, when I was 19, back in 1991, my dream was to travel abroad just to see how the free world looked and felt like, and summer 1992 I met my future husband and six months later moved here) I did not even know the stand mixers existed until probably ten years ago and like my parents twenty years ago would say, why on earth would you need a dishwasher? we are not lazy, we can wash the dishes, I used to say, but, come on! I can knead the dough! Totalitarian regimes! people are for tools not tools for people, well, figuratively speaking)

Moonflower, what generation of Polish are you? I speak a little Polish, studied it at university and I always am trying to speak some with the colleagues I have in Wrocław. I also can read, not that I understand everything I read, but to know how to read in Polish is an art)

Dinner tonight was chili con carne with Mexican spices, ancho and other chilies and that savory chocolate we bought in DR last year. And, the cubes of sweet potatoes)) Last year in September when I was being hysterical over all this bc and the treatment situation and was sometimes literally curving into a ball, a lady from these boards reached out to me and it turned out she was fond of cooking. I asked her about chili onceand she was so passionate about that and told me one of her recipies with sweet potato cubes. So, today driving home from rads I first thought a bolognese but then it hit me I have one lonely organic sweet potato at home, a chili it will be, with the cubes)) Cherry

Dx 6/28/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 7/17/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 8/20/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/20/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Feb 15, 2018 02:52PM - edited Feb 16, 2018 01:26AM by Lacey12

Nice to read about good family times.....a sweet Valentine's Day for you with your daughter, Cherry, and a really productive sounding visit from DS for you, Minus. Laurie would be pleased that her long time ago posted salsa chicken recipe is still a favorite “go to" for many of us!

Last weekend we went to a dinner party which was a pot luck “friendly feast" organized for folks who might not know each other well by our UU parish. The host couple made ginger glazed baked salmon, one woman made a huge platter of roasted root vegetables, I brought a giant salad with my fave horseradish vinaigrette, someone made a chocolate devil's food cake brushed with confec sugar (I was not looking forward to this, not being a huge fan of that dessert, but it was absolutely delicious! The baker said it was due to the buttermilk), and one couple brought a Peruvian appetizer, “chicken causa", something they learned to make in a cooking class in Peru. It was so interesting, attractive, and tasty....even for me, a resolute potato avoider! Will post a pic.This group was comprised (by an organizer) well turning out to be a wonderful evening with lively, interesting conversation over such a great meal...a true friendly feast!

Our dinners at home have been created from items I had in our overstocked fridge. For example, I used cut up chicken along with tons of veggies to make a rosemary/balsamic sauté, which we had with a lemon rice and cucumber/red onion/red pepper salad....image below.

Last night before a Celtics' game we made our regular pilgrimage to The Harp and instead of my regular salmon over vegetables dish we decided to celebrate Valentine's Day with beet and goat cheese salads and a lobster roll. Ha! The salad was fine but the lobster roll (allegedly drenched in butter) was really dry and uninteresting....unusual for a restaurant in Boston. DH and I shared it, and he had a bowl of clam chowder, too.

I have been obsessing about the Paella dinner that we are hosting in early March. It was an offering that folks bid on at a charity auction. I need to come up with some easy (not too filling) appetizers and dessert to accompany the paella, salad and crusty bread entree and Spanish wines. Obviously I've been spending lots of time on Pinterest!

Before that event, tho, I need to get my cataract procedures done, starting next week.

Tomorrow am heading into DF to see my MO for yearly check up, and will ask about tumeric, soy, etc, as I have forgotten a lot of the recommendations I used to follow about such nutritional intake. I don't expect to get definitive answers since often there are not.

Cherry, I'm with you on the weight struggle. Truth be told, if I don't get back to exercising rigorously at the gym 4-5 times a week, and cutting out sugar and carbs I will stay stuck.

Eric, I'm glad for Sharon, too, that she will retire soon. Like you, I'm sure she will find many creative activities to pursue while being able to feel rested. And oh, the meals!! :)

Yesterday, I spent a lot of time texting with a good friend in South Florida whose family teaches and attends classes in the school system that experienced the shooting tragedy. Thankfully, their schools were down the street from the targetted one. But they were on lockdown and it took a long time before she heard that they were safe and finally on their way home. They were fortunate, but such a scare. What a country we have become! Several months ago, while caring for my DGD, who is five, she wanted to play a chase game with her scooter, suggesting, “I'll be the cop and you can be the 'shooter'"! I was stopped in my tracks!! We are a long (sad) way from my childhood memory of “cops and robbers".

Happier images below:

Chicken causa


Balsamic/rosemary chicken with veggies with rice side and sala

Edited to correct the name of the “chicken causa”. It was a most interesting appetizer of steamed/mashed potatoes enclosing a very tender chicken salad and avocado, with a spicy sauce over it. Very unusual withdelicious taste and texture.

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Feb 15, 2018 06:18PM carolehalston wrote:

Lacey, the words by your granddaughter are shocking! A five-year-old knowing about a "shooter."

Cherry, I have not heard of sweet potatoes in chili. We like beans in our chili. The meat is usually beef, ground or chunks.

We are going out to eat with another couple. The restaurant is a new one for us. Tonight's special is a steak meal. Tuesday night sounds more interesting to me when the special features oysters.

We went to the movies this afternoon and saw Darkest Hour about Winston Churchill. The acting was great but there was a lot of murkiness in the filming. The photography captures the uncertainty and stressfulness of the time in history. The most enjoyable moment for me was Churchill's catching the subway and talking to the ordinary people, who were stunned to see him among them.

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Feb 15, 2018 06:19PM carolehalston wrote:

Minus, I meant to say that I know you are enjoying your son's visit. It must be special to have him to yourself.

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Feb 15, 2018 09:02PM Max_otto wrote:

Chi_Sandy In scanning posts, I noticed you use Peapod. Are you generally satisfied with the quality of their fresh foods? I rarely do any qrocery shopping and rely on my DD or the housekeeper. For dinner tonight, we went to MZU, I had sashimi which was very fresh,delicious, DD has salmon tempura also well prepared, we shared a seafood soup which we both liked, I am very fussy about Japanese food and there is a lot of poor quality rolls sold in groceries.

To all: Has anyone had success in crisping sweet potato fries? I brushed them with olive oil, tossed them in a bowl with simple spices, and then baked them 15 minutes on one side, 10 minutes opposite side, they browned nicely ,tasted fine, but were definitely not crisp. Any thoughts.

Sandy, We went to the Goodman theater and saw Blind Date, the meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. The play is very funny , especially the dialogue between their Wives, playing “one up womanship”. Tomorrow we’re back again at the Goodman for The Wolves and Sunday, it’s Elizabeth Cree at COT. Needless to say not much cooking this weekend. I did prepare chicken stock , so perhaps on Sat, I’ll make a soup.

Hope everyone is feeling well, our energy still has not returned to normal yet, this virus really gets a grip and I want it to be totally gone, really gone.

Kathy
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Feb 15, 2018 09:34PM Lacey12 wrote:

Carole, my point exactly!

That 5 year old lives a charmed, comfortable life, and is mostly devoid of “screens” per her parents’ dictate, so I was shocked at this “shooter” reference. She also happens to be very attuned to everything that is going on, so she clearly heard it somewhere, if not from a classmate, acrobatics class, karate, etc. where she is integrated with older kids. DH thought she might have had a drill at school but she is still in a small Montessori pre-school/K program that is like a fortress, so I doubt she has experienced drills other than fire, there. As a clinician who worked in schools, I know the concept of a “shooter” as the “bad guy” is just not an alien one for today's children like it was to us as kids. Yet it was jarring to hear that from my little granddaughter.

Today DH picked up some nice fresh cod, so for dinner I made my favorite meal of fish with sauteed vegetables inputtanesca sauce over small pasta, with a side of salad. DH had some crusty bread with it.

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Feb 16, 2018 04:00AM - edited Feb 16, 2018 04:01AM by ChiSandy

Kathy, I've never had much luck air-frying (or any kind of dry-frying) sweet potatoes--I think they may have too much residual moisture. Perhaps the trick is to blot them between paper towels with a weight on top (sort of like eggplant); then to coat them lightly with flour or cornstarch, fry them once, remove and drain (maybe more coating) and do a second fry. I think the only foolproof way to make sweet potato fries is to either use frozen ones (that have been partially fried) or bite the bullet and deep-fry them.

We haven't been to much live theater lately, ironic for the parents of an actor. (He does improv & sketch comedy, with his shows mostly late at night and no-holds-barred when it comes to subject matter and language). But it is Oscar season and Bob wants to defend his championship at Cellars' Oscar night party & contest. So we've seen six Best Picture nominees thus far: Dunkirk last spring; Darkest Hour just before Christmas; The Post in January; Three Billboards a couple of weeks ago; Get Out (which we rented on Amazon) over the weekend; and tonight in Evanston, The Shape of Water. Before the movie we ate next door at Terra & Vine: truffle-mushroom arancini, house salad, rigatoni con salsiccia for Bob and roast cauliflower with Sicilian pesto, Sardinian fregola, and ricotta. Huge portions--we brought home leftovers. We had contemplated making it a double feature, with a showing of Lady Bird at 10:30; but that would have required killing 3/4 of an hour, during which time we would probably have sat in the bar drinking and watching Nathan Chen & Michaela Shiffrin choke depressingly--no medal for her in slalom, and the U.S. can kiss a men's figure skating medal goodbye. Besides, we didn't want our leftovers getting too ripe. We realized how tired we were when I whipped out my Ventra card for the Purple & Red Line ride home and Bob (who knows the value of a buck) said, "Let's call a Lyft."

Recovering very, very slowly--the Mucinex seems to help, but only the short-acting (4 hr.) version--the 12-hr. one I have is a 2 layer horse pill with dextromethorphan, which is basically useless as a cough suppressant. So I'm timing it to pop a Mucinex and a Tessalon now, hoping that'll carry me through to 10 am (or at least to when I have to hit the bathroom at 7am and have another Mucinex). The orange spice green tea with lemon, raw honey and Cointreau was delicious but did nothing to soothe my throat or dissolve the crud.

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Feb 16, 2018 10:33AM MinusTwo wrote:

Nuna - everyone has a different take on nutrition. Some of it depends on the type of cancer you have. There are several BCO threads devoted to this issue but this is not one of them. Most of us on this thread believe in moderation - but we are NOT going to give up things that make our lives worth living. And we aren't going to tell others what they 'must' do. We may eat less red meat or drink less wine or add more veggies, but saying we must eat vegan if we've had cancer is lifestyle choice - It is not a cure, not a preventive against cancer, and not a guarantee against recurrence.

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Feb 16, 2018 11:50AM Lacey12 wrote:

Agreed, Minus!

I will have all sugar, meat, and dairy eliminated from my diet when I am in an urn. For now I believe I follow a realistically healthful and tasty diet and will continue to do so.

And yes there are other threads devoted to following scrupulous diet regimens. Everyone finds their own path

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Feb 16, 2018 01:16PM auntienance wrote:

Couldn't agree with you more Minus. Hope you're enjoying the visit with your DS.

We've been having a great time with the fam in Texas even though yesterday was the first real warm day we've had. We will go to Galveston Sunday and spend the day and night there. So far, we've eaten Tex-Mex Vietnamese (pho) and barbecue. Moist of the meals we've cooked here -including chicken parm with a lemon broccoli pasta, New Orleans barbecued shrimp for Mardi Gras, a spatchcocked turkey for Valentine's day and pizza for Thursday. Tonight we are grilling hamburgers and pork tenderloin. Seafood will have to wait till I get to the shore.

It's so nice wearing shorts and tee shirts and no coats.

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Feb 16, 2018 01:51PM MinusTwo wrote:

Nance - sorry we've been treating you to rain but sounds like you're having a nice eating adventure. I love Galveston. Maybe you'll get to stay at the Tremont or the Galvez? Have a great time.

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Feb 16, 2018 06:03PM ChiSandy wrote:

Staying in--going out last night took a lot out of me, though no fever. Plenty of leftovers for dinner: Wed's ribeye, mashed spuds, haricots verts; last night's roast cauliflower & fregola (broke down at midnight and ate the rest of the arancini).

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Feb 17, 2018 09:24AM auntienance wrote:

Minus - we're staying at the Hilton because of convenience but would LOVE to stay at the Galvez. I'm not as familiar with the Tremont. Looking forward to seeing it again.

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Feb 17, 2018 09:45AM carolehalston wrote:

Well said, Minus, on restrictive diets. I wonder if there aren't some devoted vegans out there who, sadly, have bc. I consider my main risk factors to have been no children and regular consumption of alcohol. But here on bc.org I've met women with four or more kids, women who are teetotalers, women who've breast fed all their kids. Women who, according to the risk factors, should not develop bc. Then there are those fortunate women with many of the risk factors who remain bc free. To me, it's as mysterious as flipping a switch and having the light come on.

Last night's dinner was catfish fillets and steamed asparagus. Very good. I offered to make a salad but we both declined!

Tonight will be chicken.

Nance, I like Galveston but haven't been there since the last major hurricane devastation. Nature has battered that charming town. Our temperatures have leapt up into high 70's and low 80's so it must be hot and humid in Galveston, too.

Off to the gym this morning to exercise all of me, including the extra pounds that do not want to go away.

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