Topic: So...whats for dinner?

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Posted on: Feb 1, 2011 03:28PM

Posted on: Feb 1, 2011 03:28PM

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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Jun 23, 2022 05:19AM carolehalston wrote:

Last night's dinner was a pork steak roasted in an aluminum pan in the grill's oven mode. Sides were a broccoli salad and sliced golden beets sprinkled with white balsamic vinegar. I bought the beets at the farmers market and they are very good.

My mother used the name "tuna fish."

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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Jun 23, 2022 07:19AM goldie0827 wrote:

Minus, Jazzy may have posted here before. I just don't recall seeing her at the table.

Funny, all the talk about tuna, or tuna fish! I had a friend that would put grape jelly on his tuna fish sandwich.....eck!

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Jun 23, 2022 07:36AM wallycat wrote:

Tonight we'll have the other 1/2 of the socca "pizza" and not sure if I'll add a side.

I've learned to try weird combinations because you just never know...a co-worker (I was in my 20s) brought PB and pickle sandwiches to work. I scoffed. Tried it. Never looked back. It is the only way I'll eat it now.

Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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Jun 23, 2022 08:26AM specialk wrote:

Weighing in on the tuna discussion - I would say it is an Americanism - but tuna fish or salad refers to the canned or jarred version combined with other things - olive oil, mayo, onion, relish, celery, etc., while tuna refers to a tuna steak? That would be my interpretation. I definitely say tuna fish, and I don't really eat much of any other kind of fish except freshwater trout on occasion, and usually only in citrus wine sauce with toasted pecans.

I roasted some giant chicken breasts, like dinosaur sized ones - skin on, bone in - and we have been eating the results for the last couple of days. DH had some the evening I prepared them with Brussels sprouts and some mashed potatoes. Last night was a salad for him with romaine, julienned carrot, red onion, chicken, avocado, and sliced almonds with balsamic dressing. I made some chicken salad with apple, celery, and vegan mayo and also had some of the leftover loaded baked potato salad. I just have a little left after also sending chicken for the last two of his lunches, so I need to go in a different direction tonight! I have some hot Italian sausage and some cauliflower pappardalle so may go that route, with an alfredo-ish sauce.

minus - I feel ya on the ice maker! Same story, but different - we had all of our glass doors replaced and they were ordered in Feb. of 2021. They are custom doors due to the height of 96" so we knew it would take a minute to get them. They were supposed to be held at the warehouse until all three doors arrived - they were coming from differing manufacturers. That didn't happen and they were delivered one by one over the course of several months. Had to keep them in the garage instead of my new car. Meantime they resurfaced our streets in my community, my car was filthy for a month. When the last door arrived they were installed. One half of the French door was warped. In addition to the custom size, the mullions were also custom to match the interior French doors in the house because they are all visible from any vantage point. A new half door was ordered but when it arrived - three months later - the mullions were all wrong, so the two doors were different. The door had to be ordered again - another three month wait - and it was finally installed less than a month ago. I just got a congratulatory email from the store that my installation was complete, and would I take a survey about my level of satisfaction. Um...they seriously don't want to hear from me... This is after the refrigerator fiasco, 11 month wait for it when I ordered an entire suite of appliances and the cooktop and wall oven/micro arrived in a reasonable amount of time.

eric - I am late on Father's Day wishes for you! Hope you had a good day.

goldie - hope you're feeling better each day.

I am not much of a weird combo person, but I do have a recipe that I have made many times that is an appetizer - it is a creamy bacon and cheddar spread with pecans, green onion, and cayenne, that is served with strawberry jam and crackers - it is an epic salty/sweet/spicy/crunchy mix. My MIL also had a crazy jello salad she made for holidays that had three layers - one was raspberry jello with whole berry cranberry sauce, middle layer was lemon jello with salted pecans and cream cheese whipped together, last layer was lime jello with grapefruit slices. This was served with a dollop of mayo, which is bizarre, but somehow worked. All of my DH's sibs love it, all of the following generation - including my children - won't touch it with a 10-foot pole. Lol!

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 16 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 2013-2018. Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+, IHC
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Jun 23, 2022 12:38PM chisandy wrote:

Nice day today (highs in the 70s)--will try to suck it up and don socks (as loose as possible) & sneakers and do my walk--with the cane if necessary. Got read the riot act by my weight loss NP yesterday, who told me I have to try to tolerate more exercise and intermittent-fast--especially not eat ANYTHING after dinner, much less the carb pity-party I've been throwing myself. She said that it's more important not to lose my inhibitions at night, in order to keep the insulin & therefore glucose "spikes" down. Tough to stick to an 8-hr eating window, especially with Bob's work hours so unpredictable. Dinner at 8 most nights is as early as we can eat--often, much later depending on new admissions and traffic woes. As it is, I have to wait till after 2pm most days before solid food touches my lips. (That's not a problem for him, as he fears eating before leaving for work will "get him going" during his commute, with nowhere safe on the South Side to make a pit-stop en route). She says I can't let him dictate my eating hours any longer--but if I eat alone I tend to overeat out of sheer boredom, since I really need the distraction of personal interaction rather than either watching TV or staring off into space.

So she suggests eating out less often, and not drinking when eating at home alone (it loosens my inhibitions against cheating and night-snacking). She also says one slice of low-carb hi-fiber wholegrain bread a day (preferably at lunch or brunch) is fine, but switch to the keto (labeled as such) white bread or buns for other stuff. She wishes she could eat it, but it has "vital wheat gluten" as its starch and she has both celiac disease & Type 1 diabetes. I need to be more careful about what websites call "dirty keto:" fake versions of carb-y snacks, even Birch Benders waffles & pancakes. Sugar-free chocolate is okay, but if I limit myself to one small square of "normal" very dark chocolate she says that's preferable because it's more satisfying and won't trigger cravings.

Last night we went to Regalia for my "farewell to undisciplined eating" meal. We shared everything. I did eat the complementary rosemary-shallot foccaccia (small piece) to dip in the cannellini-olive oil dip. (One of the few upscale restaurants these days that doesn't charge for bread service). Appetizer was Wagyu carpaccio with toast and pumpkin seeds (I had the seeds, Bob had the toast). Next, a house salad--basically a Greek salad but with mesclun greens instead of lettuce. We shared spaghetti cacio e pepe--I had 1/3 of the plate. Finally, a veal chop Parmigiana. Haven't had veal Parm--or a veal chop--in three years. I scraped off the breading (easy, as it fell off anyway as I cut each piece). It came with Vesuvio potato wedges (I forgot to specify veg. instead, so Bob ate half the spuds and we brought home the other half with the leftover veal). No dessert or limoncello there--we were stuffed and slightly tipsy anyway. (We walked, of course). When I got peckish later, I had a small slice of the coffeecake ring his patient baked, and a little chunk of sugar-free halvah.

Done eating well before midnight. Not going to eat brunch till after 3pm. (Nursing a pourover of Ethiopian coffee right now). So it's a 15-hr fast. If he makes it home for dinner tonight, I'll give him the veal and make broccolini & a salad for the both of us. I'll grill a duck breast I defrosted overnight. If I have dessert, it'll be plain Greek yogurt and whatever fresh berries Bob didn't kill off during his middle-of-the-night fridge raids. (I think he "sleep-eats"). And it'll be several hours before my head hits the pillow.

Speaking of the frozen duck breast, I bought it yesterday at Wild Fork. I'd driven past a few outposts of it and thought it was just another gourmet grocery. Turns out it sells only frozen foods--no fresh produce, dairy or eggs. But the meats, poultry & seafoods are reasonably-priced and tend to be cuts that most grocers don't sell: the aforementioned duck breasts, heritage pork, fully-cooked zero-sugar sausages (including blood--no rice!, weisswurst, knackwurst, several kinds of brats, even bison hot dogs), ostrich & bison filets, and seafoods that Hooked on Fish has only occasionally as its fresh weekly selections. I like that I was able to buy a single small duck breast rather than a package of two large ones, which Whole Foods occasionally has. I can steam the sausages atop a choucroute.

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; Lumpectomy (Right) Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 23, 2022 12:41PM chisandy wrote:

Oh, and I could never stomach tuna melts. I may not have a microscopic drop of Italian DNA, but I grew up eating in enough Italian restaurants that I believe seafood & cheese simply don't go together (at least not on the same plate).

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; Lumpectomy (Right) Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 23, 2022 02:30PM wallycat wrote:

I'm saving my leftover socca for tomorrow, when we get back from Sequim. DH has decided he wants to go there tomorrow so I can maybe find a pair of glasses I like at Costco. It figures the pair I have, I love, but they no longer make the frames and these are getting sorry looking on the nose/bridge area. I can find the frames on line but no idea how much they would charge to switch the lenses.

I'm making a riff on Mapo tofu and instead of rice, DH wants udon noodles.

Sandy, I'm sorry about the stress of the eating/weight loss. I'd offer you tips but you have probably heard them all (maybe). I guess the only thing I can repeat is to think of eating as a way of life not a moment to lose weight. Hard, I know. I guess the only good thing for me is that if I eat really late at night, I have a hard time falling asleep because it feels like it just "sits there" and doesn't make me feel great. DH and I had long agreed that just because we love each other doesn't mean we need to eat together. Sure, we try, but when he worked crazy hours or I got hungry, or went to night school, it was just too much work to figure it all out.

I tweaked my back lifting 3 big bags of compost 3 days ago, then a bag of ammo and guns to get to the range yesterday. Trying to be kind to it before it flares worse. I hope your PT goes well.


Sorry to all with appliance hell.


Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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Jun 23, 2022 03:11PM illimae wrote:

I love tuna melts and have added tuna to the shopping list. Seared tuna steaks are great too, DH won’t touch it though, traumatic memories of his granny forcing fish oil down his throat as a kid. More for me then 🙂

Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 1/1/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 6/26/2017 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal Radiation Therapy 8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 10/5/2017, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+, HER2+ Radiation Therapy 10/19/2017 External Local Metastases 10/19/2017 Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External Local Metastases 4/18/2018 Brain Radiation Therapy 5/22/2019 External Local Metastases 5/22/2019 Brain Surgery 1/21/2020 Radiation Therapy 2/16/2020 External Local Metastases 2/16/2020 Brain Radiation Therapy 7/20/2020 External Local Metastases 7/20/2020 Radiation therapy: Bone Radiation Therapy 12/4/2020 External Local Metastases 12/4/2020 Brain Targeted Therapy Tukysa (tucatinib) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 23, 2022 05:20PM - edited Jun 23, 2022 05:22PM by minustwo

Latest possibility is that my son may come Saturday or Sunday for a day or two. His Dad tells me that he'll go home Tuesday morning. Guess I'd better cut my 'honey-do' list by a factor of 5. (it's currently 2 pages, single spaced). It will be easy to cut the outside stuff. It's just too hot. He hates Houston summers, but I haven't seen him in a year so he will try to make it.

Meal choices have also changed. I really don't want the oven on since I have a French Country Kitchen - and the table is way too close to the oven. I will still do Hawaiian Sliders (both ham & turkey w/swiss & cheddar) for the night he arrives. I can prepare ahead and it's only a few minute in the oven. I'm going to try Laurie's Mexican Chicken with pre-cooked rotisserie chicken breasts and make it in my electric skillet with the black beans & salsa. IT will be interesting to see if the flavors "meld" correctly. And his other choice was pork medallions with brandy cream sauce. Kroger no longer carries the small Hormel tenderloin, so I bought a couple of tenderloin chops & will cut to size. Better than cooking a whole large loin in the oven.

As for me - tonight is leftover guacamole. Tomorrow is sauteed spinach with fried egg on top.

Oh meant to add - weird foods. Our kids all took lunches to school. One of my son's friends would take only butter & brown sugar sandwiches. Another would take only mustard & pickle sandwiches. My son took peanut butter - which I guess is no longer allowed.

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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Jun 23, 2022 06:35PM wallycat wrote:

My twin had to have cream-cheese and jelly sandwiches. Blech. But she always got her way.


Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012

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