Oct 14, 2021 03:25AM WC3 wrote:
The engineer on the saucepan team should have taken notes from the engineer on the skillet team.
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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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Oct 14, 2021 03:25AM WC3 wrote:
The engineer on the saucepan team should have taken notes from the engineer on the skillet team.
Oct 14, 2021 05:53PM eric95us wrote:
I was in the process of making sourdough bread, but....
Today is one of the music jam group members birthday and we are getting together to celebrate their birthday.
The bread would have been in the middle of it's first rise when we need to leave, so the bread is "cooling its heels" in the refrigerator and I'll finish it tomorrow.
Oct 14, 2021 07:51PM SpecialK wrote:
Making a recipe for red beans and rice tonight, using canned kidney beans. While driving by NOLA my DH and I had a conversation about red beans and rice. I looked up several recipes from my passenger seat and thought I would try this one and then try one with dried beans and check out the differences.
We are doing well on our restricted eating plan - DH has lost 3 lbs, I have lost 2lbs. He wants to lose a total of 10-12, I need to lose 15. We are on the right path - he feels more energetic and has less low back pain. I’m thinking it is the gluten for him. I need to get out and walk - but it is so hot here still.
Oct 14, 2021 10:53PM MinusTwo wrote:
Special - I'll be interested to hear your verdict about canned vs. dried beans. I still have a couple bag of Anasazi beans that I ordered last year. And I'm trying to get myself to cook more lentils. I particularly like French Green Lentils - just not part of my habit pattern so I keep forgetting.
Eric - hope the jam is fun - and the B-day celebration. Somehow I can't get excited about all the pumpkin foods.
Dinner was sauteed mushrooms & onions & chicken breasts in a brandy cream sauce. While it was quite good, I still haven't been able to replicate the brandy cream sauce I had at an Italian restaurant three years ago. Frustrating, but I'll keep trying. Sides were long grain & wild rice and spinach. Dessert was lemon pudding.
Oct 14, 2021 10:56PM wallycat wrote:
Roasted sockeye (done medium rare), corn and broccoli as a side.
Oct 15, 2021 09:14AM carolehalston wrote:
Chicken enchilada casserole. Ingredients: poached chicken breasts, black beans, chopped mild chiles, grated cheddar, small corn tortillas, canned red enchilada sauce. Tasted good. Only problem is the consistency of the tortillas. Side was cole slaw with hand sliced cabbage, mayo and white balsamic, a packet of sweetener. DH liked the slaw a lot and ate most of it.
I cannot imagine that the canned kidney beans are as good as the dry.
Tonight we are invited to the home of friends to have a Pontchartrain Poboy meal of shrimp poboys and mac and cheese. It will be good to visit with these friends.
Oct 15, 2021 09:37AM SpecialK wrote:
minus and carole - I am also guessing the dried beans will be better, although DH was pretty enthusiastic about this canned bean version. That may be because he was not having chicken again for dinner, lol! I did not taste last night's iteration yet because - and I am trying to listen to my appetite so I don't eat when I am really not hungry. I will report in when I try the next recipe.
carole - I use small flour tortillas for enchiladas because I don't like to dip the corn ones to soften them. I have used gluten free and/or low carb versions of flour and they all work pretty well. I usually nuke them gently in the microwave to soften for ease of rolling up the filling but you don't need to put them in the sauce, once rolled and in the pan I just pour the sauce over. I have found that a small package of flour tortillas (6, I think?) and a can of sauce makes a square glass pan of enchiladas.
minus - I am not a fan of pumpkin stuff unless it is a baked good. I have a really, really good recipe for pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting from Sally's Baking Addiction (Sally knows what's up...) that is awesome, but I have zero interest in anything pumpkin that is not dessert. I have never had a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks, and I never will - even though they are insanely popular - just can't do it.
Oct 15, 2021 11:40AM - edited Oct 15, 2021 11:41AM by wallycat
SpecialK, I tended to feel the same about pumpkin (and the pie had to be loaded with whipped cream) but then I tried a martha stewart pumpkin enchilada sauce that was pure heaven. That reminds me to make it.
As for (s)charbucks, nope, never ordered any of their "dessert" coffee and I never will, LOL.
Oct 15, 2021 09:37PM MinusTwo wrote:
Special & Carole: I too only use flour tortillas anymore. Easier to handle & easier to chew.
Oct 16, 2021 09:32AM carolehalston wrote:
I have a bias against white flour "anything." Thus my preference for the corn tortillas. Occasionally I will "splurge" and eat a biscuit or French bread. Last night's shrimp poboy at our friends' house was on French bread and so loaded with shrimp that they spilled out. The sides were mac and cheese, also from Pontchartrain Poboy, and cole slaw.
The food was tasty and it was so good to catch up on news with our friends.
Today I'm throwing in the towel on the "go natural hair" experiment and will have my hair colored back to the "former me look." Afterwards I will buy some ground beef for a meatloaf dinner tonight. DH will be happy.
Oct 16, 2021 12:03PM SpecialK wrote:
wallycat - I just looked that recipe up - it does look interesting! I'm thinking the spicy aspect might cancel out enough of the pumpkin-y that I would like it - I did make a pumpkin soup once - like 25 years ago, lol! It was also spicy, and it wasn't too bad.
Speaking of soup - has anyone made a carrot soup? I had some at a wedding in Austria and I know it had ginger, and was delicious. Recipes?
carole - would you consider whole wheat tortillas? My stores also have an artisan style corn and wheat combo that is more pliable than corn on its own. They are at Publix and the brand is LaTortilla.
Not sure what is for dinner tonight, but maybe turkey chili and a green salad. DH is over at DD's house - she is due home from camping tonight - checking on the A/C that was repaired yesterday to make sure it is cooling down the house. His beloved 1996 BMW Z3 (usually a paperweight in the garage) just had to get a new battery so he is doing double duty - running the car and checking on the A/C repair.
Where is chisandy?
Oct 16, 2021 04:07PM Beaverntx wrote:
Re tortillas, due to trying to avoid gluten, I primarily use corn tortillas. No problem for enchiladas as I usually make a layered casserole instead of individual rolled enchiladas. I have found one brand of gluten free tortillas that works ok for quesadillas but other brands I have tried did not make the cut! My arthritis appreciates it when I avoid gluten but I really miss my good homemade bread!
Oct 16, 2021 04:32PM auntienance wrote:
Thanksgiving is my DH's favorite holiday too -- so much so that we have to have another turkey dinner at our house after spending the holiday most years at his sister's home. Of course, last year we did not gather at his sister's and had one small dinner here with the kids. This year all of the siblings and their kids are vaccinated (many of us triple vaccinated) so it looks like it's on. If I can find a small enough turkey, I'll fix that on Sunday along with a couple of sides. I do like the thanksgiving leftovers.
Special - it's funny you should mention those wheat/corn tortillas. Just yesterday I bought some at Fresh Thyme to fix enchiladas last night. Trader Joe's has a version of them that I like awfully well and I usually like La Tortilla's products. Although they were very easy to work with, I found them to be more on the doughy side than TJ's and somewhat disappointing. I'll probably stick with the corn for enchiladas. I don't usually dip mine but heat them briefly in the microwave or a cast iron skillet to make them more flexible.
This week I went to a neighborhood lady lunch gathering.. This group meets once a month at a different restaurant. Although I've been invited every month since they started up again this summer, something has always come up on that particular day. It was quite a pleasant outing and nice to meet some neighbors. We ate at a Walnut Grill which they describe as a "restaurant group" and not a chain as they are a small group located mostly here and Pittsburgh. I didn't feel too nervous about it since we had a room to ourselves and most of us are the same age (or older) and all vaccinated. I had a rather large crab cake that was heavy on the crab and light on the filler. It was delicious although it was within a hair of being overly salty.
For the first time since forever I'm baking bread today. I chose an oat/whole wheat loaf that will go well with the fire roasted vegetable soup I'm fixing for dinner. It was cold enough this morning to turn on the heat and the next several nights are to be the same. We spent yesterday bringing in the plants. The orchids are happy - the herbs not so much. At least it's sunny today after many days of rain and gloom.
Carole - I've stuck with the natural look for now. Mostly I like being free of the obligation of coloring it. It's not as white as I anticipated and is more ashy than I like but most people don't even notice it. Go figure.
I don't get the pumpkin spice thing either. Is it the spice that's so appealing? Last year at Trader Joe's I watched a guy take every can of pumpkin spice coffee off the shelf and put them in his cart. That's hard core.
Oct 16, 2021 05:52PM SpecialK wrote:
auntie - I also have to do the whole T-Giv dinner even if we go to our friends - which involves me making several things to take there anyway. Kind of nice to really only do it once.
I can't go with my new "natural" color yet, which is all gray. I got a good look at it after chemo and I am not ready.
Funny about the coffee - that is indeed hard core, but I just did the same thing at an HEB store in Austin, TX as we passed through town - grabbed a look at the capitol, ate some very delicious brisket tacos, and bought some coffee. A friend who used to live in San Antonio introduced me to HEB Texas Pecan coffee - and I love it. I was in the store for all of five mins from start to finish, which consisted me of doing an arm clear of every bag of that coffee they had. I only felt a little bad for anyone looking for a bag of it after I was there, lol! Now I am rationing it. I can order it from Amazon but it is a LOT more expensive.
Oct 16, 2021 07:43PM wallycat wrote:
The only pumpkin drink I like is beer. Did not think I would like it; and I'm just *meh* on beer, but pumpkin beer....I can't keep it in the house.
Yesterday we had the sockeye leftovers.
Tonight I made a dry lamb curry Kerala style. Served with sweet potatoes and green beans (DH's choices and not Indian in any sense).
I've let myself go gray. If I didn't have sensitive skin and have to worry about an allergic reaction, I'd color in a heart beat but not worth the hassle in my case. My onco is a few years older than me and still has black hair (natural), just like her mom had. I got crappy genes all the way around, LOL. (sorry if I've posted that before; it's a pet peeve).
Oct 16, 2021 08:54PM eric95us wrote:
I'm not sure if I have enough hair to color! :-)
I don't like all the pumpkin spice drinks, nor pumpkin bread. Just the soup and a couple versions of pumpkin pie.
As for my version of "hard core" pumpkin spice...the grocery store sells pumpkin spice (COVID) face masks. ???!!!??? I just can't see myself buying one.
Oct 16, 2021 09:07PM MinusTwo wrote:
My brother, who's made pumpkin pie since there were pumpkins, announced this year that he's decided Costco's pumpkin pies are better than home made. Well but they are HUGE. He says his wife has a small slice and he eats the rest in a couple of days.
Dinner was nibbles. Guacamole with wheat crackers, then leftover tuna with mayo from the bowl with a fork. This followed my afternoon nosh of cottage cheese with tomatoes. I bought a container of mini chocolate chip cookies at Costco yesterday so 6 of those provided dessert. I'm trying to finish up the leftovers so I can have a grilled cheese sandwich with Gouda cheese while the sourdough bread is still fresh enough. Any body ever try making fried with with Uncle Ben's Long Grain & Wild rice? I'll let you know.
Oct 16, 2021 10:24PM SpecialK wrote:
minus - I’m going through the annual editions of Southern Living from the ‘90’s before I donate them and just came across a recipe for Chicken Fried Wild Rice. Interestingly, the rice is fried immediately after regular cooking without salt. I usually use leftover rice so it is less moist.Otherwise the recipe is pretty straightforward fried rice technique.
Oct 16, 2021 10:31PM Beaverntx wrote:
Dinner tonight was stir fry veggies with the addition of 1/2 chicken breast, shredded; about 1/2 cup leftover rice blend; and a couple of eggs, scrambled. Didn't quite clear out the fridge but it helped. Served with a choice of stir fry sauces.
Oct 16, 2021 11:57PM illimae wrote:
Tonight was McDonalds on the road. I’m saddened to see what became of the filet o fish, which is now more of a nugget. Fries were ok but not very fresh. On the bright side, I have a buccees fudge sampler to enjoy.
Oct 17, 2021 10:05AM carolehalston wrote:
The "run a while stop running" shenanigans of our refrigerator are driving us crazy. Today I'll move all the spoilables to the outdoor refrigerator in an outbuilding not too far from our carport. We'll get our exercise during the week (fingers crossed) before the new refrigerator arrives.
Count me among those who aren't tempted by pumpkin soup and coffee, etc. I like sweet potato pie better than pumpkin pie. I have no idea what pumpkin tastes like because the spices overwhelm any natural flavor.
I have used the whole wheat tortillas. Wheat/corn combo sounds interesting.
We're having a few days of delightful cool low humidity weather. I plan to make navy bean soup today, seasoned with slices of ham hock.
I always enjoy my appointments with my hair stylist here in Louisiana. She has her shop in her house in a somewhat rural setting in the same neighborhood where I grew up. She is from a blue collar background and enjoys her work. In the past she has tried to take at least one course a year but with Covid, she is able to take seminars online. The salon where I go in MN is a complete contrast. More upscale and pricier and impersonal. But I enjoy the communication with MN women.
I'm happy with the color transformation.
Oct 17, 2021 11:51AM wallycat wrote:
Always great when a salon experience turns out well. I've been cutting my own hair for so long that I don't know if I'll ever return to one, LOL.
And to Eric, we women also get thinning hair, so I feel your pain. Society seems unfazed by bald guys, so you have that, LOL.
I'm having leftover lamb curry tonight.
Oct 17, 2021 12:42PM MountainMia wrote:
Food food food! I'm at the very beginning of an elimination diet for fructose malabsorption (aka intolerance). I'm trying to figure out what I can and can't eat for the next few weeks. We usually think of a fruit and veg heavy diet as being healthy, but now I'm told to limit myself to 3 or fewer small servings per day. Also wheat products are out because wheat apparently breaks down to fructose. Onions and garlic are out, and chocolate needs to be limited and only dark. Okay, dark is the only kind I eat, so that will be okay.
Right now I'm making a pot of quinoa and will season it will olive oil, lemon juice, salt/pepper, basil, and some feta. So that will feel like a bit of heft in a meal.
Oatmeal, Cheerios, or eggs for breakfasts. A lot of meat and cheese through the rest of the day.
It's confusing. I think I'll figure it out. In the meantime, I'm thinking about food MORE THAN EVER!
Oct 17, 2021 02:17PM auntienance wrote:
Special - LOVE HEB. So wish we had one here. Fortunately I have two nieces who live in Texas who have been known to send me things from there if needed lol.
I'm a big pumpkin pie fan, really about the only pumpkin thing I do like (except for a pumpkin roll my DDIL made last year that was AWESOME) but I'm pretty picky about it. I tend to like mine on the spicy side, heavy on the cloves, so I usually end up making my own. I've got a great recipe using heavy cream instead of evaporated milk and maple syrup and it's really special. I've heard from several sources that the Costco pumpkin pie is great so I'm tempted to try it. Unfortunately, I'm the only one in our family who REALLY likes it so after they all have one small piece, guess who ends up eating the rest? I don't mind that with a small one but the Costco giant pies would be excessive. Last year a local grocery chain who carries Tippin's pies offered 7" pumpkin and pecan pies. I bought one of each and they were just perfect for our small gathering. (I'm also the only one who cares for pecan pie.)
Illimae - my DH never passes up and opportunity to eat a hamburger, good or bad, so he frequently patronizes MdDonalds. Often I will pass all together but occasionally or when we're travelling, I'll order their fish sandwich, even though I think it's the weakest fish offering of all the chains. Lately, I've taken to ordering it as a double - two filets with one piece of that peculiarly orange cheese and the "tartar sauce" that only seems to be on half the bun.
Tonight we're finishing off a Costco rotisserie chicken, this time in a pot pie.
Carole - I think you would like the tortillas. They're a good combination I think. Glad you got your color back. My hair is so short that I could never bring myself to pay someone to dye it. I never even used a whole bottle of solution and it only took a few minutes. If I had been paying for the service, I probably would still be doing it.
Oct 17, 2021 03:59PM Elderberry wrote:
To All: and Potheads out there? By that, I don't mean weed. If you are one of those -- Hi. Peace. What I mean is, do any of you love love love having an Instant Pot? Best chili ever! Great pot roasts. The lamb shanks are divine. All of it done in half or less the time than normal slow cooking etc.
I love pumpkin. Sweet. Savoury. Doesn't matter. I have a recipe for pumpkin brule and pumpkin ice cream but I also have a recipe for a pasta sauce made with coconut cream and pumpkin puree. Our local Japanese restaurant makes pumpkin cakes - basically a flattened out fritter. I love them!
McDonald's fish burgers. I used to sort of like them way back but the last one I tried after not having had one for decades tasted like a fish flavoured soggy paper towel.
Oct 17, 2021 06:41PM Betrayal wrote:
Love the pumpkin pancakes from IHOP that you can only get at this time of year. We missed getting them today because they closed earlier than expected most likely to staffing issues so we will try to get there earlier during the week.
Oct 17, 2021 07:25PM Beaverntx wrote:
Instant Pot fan here! Can't say I'm a fan of all things pumpkin (partly because I have not tried all of them) but love pumpkin date bread and our Thanksgiving favorite, pumpkin walnut pie.
Oct 17, 2021 07:39PM MinusTwo wrote:
Speaking of hair... My hair was quite grey before chemo. After chemo it came back in very dark. Weird because it has always been blond or light brown with reddish highlights. Lots of grey again now, but I don't mind that as much as the brown/black. No way could I color because no way would I ever keep up with it. But Tuesday I am scheduled to get sun highlights. I'm a little concerned what that will do to the grey hairs & hope it won't turn orange. But since I have refused cut it for a year, it's time to at least try to mitigate the 'mousy' color.
Dinner was leftover chicken w/mushrooms in brandy cream sauce - served on noodles today. Special - thanks for the wild rice comments. I'll be trying that repurposed as fried rice tomorrow.
Oct 17, 2021 09:16PM SpecialK wrote:
So far I have resisted both the Instant Pot and air fryer - but don’t have a very good reason. Or really any reason. I have also resisted seeing the movie Titanic and using cruise control in the car. No reason other than I am occasionally obstinate, and decided to dig in my heels on those two items, lol
Dinner tonight was chili, accompanied by broccoli salad for DH.
Oct 17, 2021 09:34PM auntienance wrote:
I’m an instant pot aficionado, currently on my second one. I probably use it weekly. Wouldn’t cook beans in anything else.