Jul 21, 2018 05:44PM DodgersGirl wrote:
homemade chili in cornbread bowls and brownies with ice cream to top off dinner
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Posted on: Feb 1, 2011 06:28PM
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'. :)
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Jul 21, 2018 05:44PM DodgersGirl wrote:
homemade chili in cornbread bowls and brownies with ice cream to top off dinner
Jul 21, 2018 07:15PM MinusTwo wrote:
Oh - I need some pork ribs. And some brownies with ice cream.
Jul 21, 2018 10:15PM SpecialK wrote:
Yesterday I made some cabbage rolls, using Napa cabbage outer leaves, will use the inner for Chinese Chicken salad tomorrow. The cabbage rolls also had quartered Yukon gold potatoes in the pan, with cooked bacon and onion over them, and a tomato based sour cream sauce over the rolls. We had some ofthem last night and finished them tonight. DD is leaving early for Wisconsin and working the air show at OshKosh, DH is leaving Mon morning for the same - this is on his bucket list. So I will be on my own until late Thurs, with the pets.
Jul 21, 2018 10:27PM auntienance wrote:
The fam made homemade pizza tonight. I didn't have to do a thing. It was awesome.
Jul 22, 2018 02:22AM Moonflwr912 wrote:
Supper today was chili. My DDIL and DS1 made it with bone broth to help in my DH healing. It was delicious. Udually, wed have fish, considering it is Fish Day here in Port. But we couldnt go as crowds are no place for a person with a broken neck. But I miss the fireworks. They are usually really good. Oh well.
Jul 22, 2018 03:04PM MinusTwo wrote:
Nance - what a nice B-day treat. Special - sounds delicious. So you can have popcorn for dinner the next couple of nights. Moon - new patterns... The fireworks will be there next year. So glad the DH is well enough to be home.
Carole - how is it going with your Mother? When do you go back to the north country?
Dunch was a large spinach salad with shredded carrots, red onion, fresh mushrooms, campari tomatoes, slivered almonds, crumbled blue cheese and a blue cheese oil & vinegar dressing. I toasted the small ends of my leftover Rosemary Olive Oil bread to use as "pushers": Anybody else remember those? My Mother was a stickler for using a piece of bread as a pusher to get the small pieces of food onto your fork or spoon - NOT fingers. Even when I eat alone I have a hard time overcoming this etiquette rule. Besides, it's a way to sneak in bread.
Question - what is the best way you've all discovered to keep mushrooms fresh? I'm so tired of wasting at least half of each package that gets mushy or slimy.
Jul 22, 2018 04:19PM SpecialK wrote:
minus - yes on the popcorn! Lol! I have been using these Rubbermaid containers to keep both mushrooms and strawberries fresh longer - they seem to work. I put romaine hearts in the bigger one and it keeps them crisp.
Jul 22, 2018 07:22PM illimae wrote:
Picking DH up from the airport, he texted that he was hungry before boarding, so I’m thinking it’ll be Whataburger as soon as we’re out of the terminal.
Jul 22, 2018 08:11PM DodgersGirl wrote:
dinner was Sous vide teriyaki sirloins; scallops with a garlic, butter, lemon sauce; baked potatoes; just picked sweet corn, and a green salad with onions, peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers from the garden. It was very tasty.
Jul 22, 2018 08:31PM - edited Jul 22, 2018 08:36PM by SpecialK
minus - I usually use whole baby Bella mushrooms or white button. I also wanted to mention that sometimes when I have a bunch that I don't think I will use all at once I sauté the leftover ones and freeze them to add to marinara or to stews later.
Tonight I made a main dish salad of romaine, roasted chicken, peaches, pecans, goat cheese with a vinaigrette made from peach balsamic vinegar
Jul 22, 2018 09:51PM MinusTwo wrote:
Oh my goodness DodgersGirl. Everything sounds delicious.
Special - yes, I have done the saute & freeze trick. I'm going to Target tomorrow as it happens so I'll see if I can find the green keeper.
Jul 22, 2018 10:03PM illimae wrote:
Damn Dodgers, I do believe I am inspired to have steak and scallops this week 😀
Jul 22, 2018 10:36PM DodgersGirl wrote:
MinusTwo and Illimae— it was a treat, for sure. This week is my wedding anniversary so daughter suggested the dinner as an early celebration. I think she was spot on. Steaks were tender and a perfect medium to medium rare. Scallops were excellent with the garlic, lemon, butter sauce. Fresh corn is always a summer treat!!
Jul 22, 2018 10:45PM auntienance wrote:
Frogmore stew tonight using fresh corn picked just this morning. Yum.
Jul 23, 2018 09:37AM carolehalston wrote:
Minus, I return to MN tomorrow. The two weeks passed fast. Yesterday I took a container of homemade chicken and dumplings for my mother and myself for lunch. She loves chicken and dumplings and enjoyed this treat. When I made dumplings for Mother's Day dinner, I made extra dough and froze it. So all I had to do was boil some chicken.
My dinner llast night was a slice of bread spread with mayo and topped with grated cheese and toasted. Also two delicious Bunny chocolate ice cream sandwich bars.
You do much better with your solitary eating than I have done this two weeks, Minus.
Jul 23, 2018 12:03PM MinusTwo wrote:
Carole - Have a safe trip.
It took me a LONG time to even begin to figure out how to cook for one. Now I separate most of my efforts into 3 portions as soon as they're done, two are frozen and one provides two meals. Or one goes to a neighbor who is home bound if it's one of the few things she'll eat. Even worse although I do sort of plan meals ahead and grocery shop once a week, it's so frustrating to buy 2 bananas, 2 peaches, 2 avocados, etc. and still have a problem with them going bad before I eat them. If I'm in a salad mood, I have to stay in that same mood for several days in a row or waste the lettuce. Even (horrors) the pre-bagged salad that I usually buy now. My closest decent grocery store is way too far to drive out every day for fresh food.
The biggest problem is balanced meals. When I try to prepare those, it's too much food at one sitting. So I'll eat meat one day & salad the next & pasta the next.
Last night's irresponsible supper was Jarlsberg cheese cut into match sticks and five Snapper's - mini pretzel's with carmel, dark chocolate and sea salt - served with a glass of Apothic "DARK" wine.
Today will be a container of the Bombay Curry Chicken I made last month & pulled out of the freezer.
Jul 25, 2018 03:29PM MinusTwo wrote:
Eric - are you deployed? Or ongoing training? Or just for fun?
The leftover Bombay Chicken was good again, but now I can't help but noticing the color. The neighbor I shared with last month said she had to close her eyes so she didn't think of baby poop.
The first of the Olathe Corn has just appeared. Just small shipment so far, but still, I will eat that until I'm sick for the next couple of weeks.
Jul 25, 2018 08:07PM illimae wrote:
Tonight was Ribeye with grilled squash/zucchini and seared scallops to celebrate a good brain MRI.
Jul 25, 2018 08:26PM auntienance wrote:
Good news illimae!
Butter chicken with brown rice, naan and sliced tomatoes from the garden.
I'm craving chicken and dumplings Carole.
Jul 25, 2018 10:19PM SpecialK wrote:
illimae - yay!
DH and DD are still out of town so I wasn’t planning any dinner, got a text from my neighbor while I was out running errands that she needed warm bodies in the seats at a wine pairing dinner she was hosting at her workplace - um, yes, count me in! Zoomed over and tasted a variety of Italian wines with pasta, cheeses, stuffed olives, herbed ricotta crostini, shrimp, meatballs, and tiramisu - it was great! Met some other lovely people and had a really nice time
Jul 26, 2018 12:07AM MinusTwo wrote:
Illimae - GREAT news about the MRI. A fantastic reason to celebrate.
Went to my indie bookstore today to buy a copy of "Lost Restaurants of Houston". I was hoping it would have lots of fun memories - and yes it did. I couldn't put it down this afternoon. Also shared some recipes from restaurants that closed some time ago. Copies will be my Christmas gift to my Sis-in-law and my BFF.
Going to a wine class & tasting at Total Wine tomorrow evening with a friend. Wines from Down Under will be highlighted. She wants to eat at Beck's Prime before we go.
Jul 26, 2018 11:36PM illimae wrote:
Tonight I made BLT’s (BL for me because I don’t like tomatoes) and they were great! I don’t think of it often but end up really enjoying it whenever I do make them.
Jul 27, 2018 03:41AM ChiSandy wrote:
Yum...and congrats, Ilona!
Wed. night I was sitting down to coffee & a whoopie pie when Bob called. He was unable to valet-park at a restaurant where his side-employer's dinner was held (cars triple-parked, he was hemmed in at the curb with no valet in sight, cop threatened to ticket him--since the other cars were empty with flashers on and he was still in his car. Cop pushed one of the blocked cars--got in, put it in neutral, hopped out and nudged it with the cruiser's bumper--and ordered Bob to move along). One block east, Bob saw the spot in front of the valet podium at RPM Italian was open, with the valet there. So he parked and called me--I Ubered it down.
We started with carciofi fritti (Roman fried artichokes) & aioli; then spaghetti cacio e pepe; Bob had swordfish and I had halibut, and we shared broccolini. Dessert was house churned-to-order pistachio gelato with Italian wild strawberries. Our server looked at my cast-brace and asked about my injuries; I mentioned what a bummer it was because I'm a musician. She then asked if I was familiar with the local improv scene. I mentioned my son is artistic director of Big Shoulders Comedy, formerly pH Comedy Theater. She said "I loved pH--what's his name?" I answered "Gordy An..." and she said "no way--you're Gordy's mom?" Turns out they'd been teammates at i.o., and she's the pianist for their musical improv team. Not just that--a few years ago, she and the team were at my house to watch the finale of Breaking Bad!
Tonight was fridge/freezer-foraging (the last 3 Buffalo wings, Wed. night's leftover broccolini, and Tues. night's leftover elotes & mac & cheese).
Jul 27, 2018 10:24AM carolehalston wrote:
Great news, Illimae! And a delicious-looking celebratory dinner.
SpecialK, I wish I would get an invitation like that! Sounds like a wonderful opportunity at just the right time.
I am back in northern MN, wearing jeans and a sweatshirt. The high didn't rise out of the 60's yesterday and it's cool again today. I will soon go to the gym for much-needed exercise. Once again I disappointed myself during my two weeks in Louisiana by not taking advantage of our Anytime Fitness membership, although there's a gym no more than a mile from my house. I just don't like it as well as the smaller, cleaner gym here, where you have to change into exercise shoes.
Dinner last night was chili made from scratch. I cooked a lb. of light kidney beans and a lb. of pinto beans and used half of the huge pot of cooked beans. The meat was lean ground beef. The chili was/is very tasty and the side was a salad with lots of goodies.
My patio tomato bush is bearing small tomatoes that have that home-grown flavor.
Jul 28, 2018 10:30AM MinusTwo wrote:
No one's cooking?? Miss you all.
Jul 28, 2018 10:36AM - edited Jul 28, 2018 10:54AM by SpecialK
minus - I cooked last night! Ribeyes with sautéed mushrooms (thought of you!), oven roasted small quartered Yukon Gold potatoes that had been tossed with olive oil/garlic/seasoned salt/pepper, and steamed broccoli with lemon pepper and Parmesan cheese.
Thinking of boneless pork chops tonight with a wedge salad and maybe a carrot salad.
Jul 28, 2018 01:39PM MinusTwo wrote:
Special - oh so that's where the vibes came from that hit me in the evening. Obviously your thoughts reached me even if I couldn't smell the rib eyes. Sounds delicious. Maybe I'll pull a steak out of the freezer for tomorrow.
Are your DD and DH back home? Cooking for one is such a challenge. Or I should say - cooking for one "creatively" is a challenge. My dinner last night was 2 ears of corn on the cob w/butter & salt.
Jul 28, 2018 02:21PM SpecialK wrote:
minus - lol! DH came home late on Thursday, DD doesn't return until Sunday evening after breaking down their booth and putting it on the pallet to be shipped to the next show. DH got to sit in the bombardier seat of the B29 at the airshow, his late father's seat - he was ecstatic and had himself a moment - they let NOBODY into that part of the plane. DD greased it with those old-timer B29 guys last year because I texted her photos of my FIL in the plane from WWII - they remembered her and when she introduced her daddy to them, and added in that he was a B52 guy....kismet!
You and I would be great eating partners - I have never been a 3 square meals a day person - I am a random grazer with an eclectic bent! When I cooked for my mom/dad and MIL/FIL toward the end of their lives when they needed help I made big pans of stuff, cooked it and then portioned into single servings and froze it - I think you mentioned doing the same. It was most expedient, and the last time I did this was when DH and his sibs were taking turns with my MIL - that way they could share something or each have something different. I went to the big box store and got the single serve containers and made probably 50 freezable single-ish portions of assorted stuff that was protein heavy to try to sustain my MIL. When I am alone I often do a salad with leftover chicken or steak added on top, but also enjoy just fruit or veggies, and POPCORN!