What’s for Dinner #387

neely

WFD for us was slices of minute steak with snow peas cooked as a Thai Green Curry served with rice. Oh Yes and a small corn cob... I can’t resist throwing in extra veg for the health benefits.



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annie1992

Yum, Neely, that looks good. Now that the election is over and it's just waiting, I'll have time to actually cook. And just on time for the holidays!

Sleevendog, thanks for the code for Misfits, I'm going to order in the next couple of weeks. Our cases here are going up every day and people are still being foolish and not wearing masks or staying home. They can go to Walmart if they want, I'm not going to, I'm going to live off the pantry and my food delivery services.

I'll be posting my meals and pictures here, maybe today, but I have some paperwork to catch up on first, before I load any pictures. We've been eating a lot of beans because Elery loves beans and he's been cooking, LOL.

Annie

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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

Mmm, snow peas. A critter got my entire Fall crop. I had just few raw off the plants. Looked hopeful for a while...Misfits to the rescue.

Improving my crispy skin salmon. Cast iron, little butter/avocado oil, medium/high heat, no smoke point. I no longer turn it. Leave it skin side down, then turn heat down and cover for a minute or two. Rare/medium rare. Continues cooking a bit during plating...prett-y perfect.

Made pasta and an extra salmon for DH next day lunch. Pesto ice cube, Wilted greens, anchovies. So good I snuck a bit for our salmon over a pile of greens and Brussel sprouts. (I always make too much pasta as it tends to double in size)



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annie1992

This was my shipment from Wild Alaskan Seafood:


So, what's for dinner today? Jacob Cattle Beans and some leftover sweet potato cornbread, Elery made it a couple of days ago to have with these white beans. Yeah, more beans, LOL, Elery loves them and he'll start a "mess" in the morning in the crockpot before I even plan dinner, because he knows I'll cook something else if he doesn't. He wants beans 3 or 4 times a week, and I just get tired of them, so I'll try to find something else leftover usually and let him have his beans. I really wanted to cook some of the cod, so maybe I'll get some out tonight and let it thaw, then we HAVE to eat it, LOL. Anyway, here are the white beans and ham we had two days ago, really thick and creamy white beans, very nice:


Along with sweet potato cornbread:


I made Colleen's Lemon Butter for Amanda's birthday on November 2, but the picture didn't turn out well. She used it as a dip for these gluten free sugar cookies:


Tuesday was election day and I made venison chili and some homemade dinner rolls, but no one had time to eat any, we were busy from 6 am to 10 pm so it was a long day. I was there at 6 setting up and checking machines, voting started at 7 am with a couple dozen people in line and went all day. Whenever I had a lull we processed absentee ballots. We closed the polls at 8, balanced our voters with the available ballots, every single ballot has to be accounted for. After that we had to print totals, remove programming materials from the machines, fill out the affidavits about seals on ballot containers and voting machines, then drive the 20 miles to the County seat to hand in my flash drives, ballot counts, affidavits, etc. I was back home just before midnight. As a result, I still have two dozen of these, they went into the freezer for future meals:


The grandkids came on Halloween, no trick or treating this year, and so I made pizza skulls:


They needed more sauce, they were not sufficiently "icky" when bitten into, but the kids liked them a lot. Watermelon "barf" fruit salad on the side:


Before that we had butternut squash "lasagna", layers of sliced butternut with ricotta and kale and another day we had garlic shrimp with wheat berry salad, I don't remember if I even posted pictures of this before, LOL.



The furnace guys were here yesterday and installed a brand new and much more efficient furnace to go along with our current geothermal system. The old furnace was about 25 years old and very inefficient, so it should save some propane, even though we mostly rely on the geothermal and the pellet stove.

So, I think I'm caught up. I'm going to stash the halibut and the crab legs for Christmas for Elery and I, I think. We have small family gatherings, but never on Christmas Day, he and I are always here and it's just us, which is nice. We can watch old Christmas movies and have a special meal, just the two of us. It's not that far away. Plus his birthday is on January 2, so if Christmas dinner doesn't "pan out", there's his birthday.

Annie





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Lynda (Zn9b/23 - Central CA Coast)

@annie1992 That seafood shipment looks great! I hope it will make the holidays extra special.


@Neely Your Thai green curry looks tasty.


It has been a long week, so DH made me some comfort food tonight -- Cast iron New York steak with our Yukon Gold potatoes. It is November, and I am not as prepared for year end as I should be and that causes me some stress.



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neely

Lovely meal and table setting Lynda. Try not to stress, it will all happen even if a little differently to what is planned.

Annie, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again you are a wonder. Not that I have any claim to thank you for your efficiency on Election Day but I do so.... if that all makes sense. And I love the barf watermelon. Can’t wait till my grandson is old enough for me to do this for.

Love your piece of crispy skin salmon Sleevendog. I would like to eat salmon the way you describe cooking it but DH likes his done a little more, not so it’s over done, but more than rare which I like.

We needed a light meal after BBQ sausages at lunchtime so I made a crazy version of Salad Nicoise...anchovies are so yummy.


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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

Annie, perfect seafood selection for the holidays. I did the same and ordered some treats that should last for some time. Lots of choices straight through the new year. Love the sculls and the puke pumpkins.

A favorite potato prep here as well. Crispy exterior, creamy center.

This looks a hot mess. Braised cabbage, greens, and fennel. (never pretty) have forgotten how good cabbage can be. Ordered a big pork loin. Made 8 packages sousVide. Half Friday, half Saturday. Perfect at 139º 2-4 hours. One and a half inch thick slices.

Vivian Howard's 'LittleGreenDress' recipe from her new book. (I don't have the book but the recipe is in the 'sneak inside' pages on Amazon.) so good and so fresh.

Looking for new pork recipes I scored via BonApetite. Link, HERE

Saturday I made the spicy pork bowl. Used miso and chili oil. Marinade, then roasted.


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Jasdip

Annie, I love those pizza skulls! Of course the watermelon and just everything else looks fantastic too! What a great imagination!!

Your shrimp looks delicious, I love shrimp. What a crazy amount of seafood in your freezer! :-D

Lynda, your potatoes are what's calling my name on your plate. In my mind, there's no such thing as a bad potato and yours are extra-crispy. Perfect.

Neely I love your poached egg on your salad.

Sleeve, your pork looks nice and flavourful, and nice greens on your plate. What are the burgundy and yellow slices?

GF and I went out for dinner Sat night, it was the second year date of hubby's death. (I don't call it an anniversary). This will be our annual tradition; she took me out for dinner last year. She wanted to pay for my meal again, but nope, not anymore; just last year's was on her.

There's a schnitzel restaurant that I love, and we really loved their house wine last year. Darned if their supplier stopped carrying it. Oh well, we forged on and tried another house wine. Not as nice as previous but it did the trick.

We ordered a Platter for 2, and it came with 4 schnitzels (not just 2), 2 sides, caesar salad and garlic bread. We had mashed potatoes and homefries, and red cabbage. We halved two of the schnitzel and halved the remaining two to bring home. So that was dinner tonight. I sauteed more onions and peppers to put on top (Gypsy schnitzel).

Looking thru my binder I came across Lemon potatoes which I haven't made in years, they were a tasty side. (Lemon juice, olive oil and minced garlic) tossed with al dente cooked potatoes and baked.


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Lynda (Zn9b/23 - Central CA Coast)

@jadsip I am so sorry to hear of your loss, but glad you had a friend with you and some wine on what I am sure was a tough day.

@sleeve Your spicy pork bowl looks delicious and healthy.

@neely Are those pomegranate seeds on your salad? Yum! I still have 5 or 6 to use up. We left a couple on the tree, but when we went to pick them today we found empty shells. We had our first rain in 7 months over the weekend. That apparently caused the fruit to swell and crack. Then the birds get in and devour the seeds. Next year, we will have to pick sooner.

We have been on a tasty rut lately. WFD tonight was bbq lamb skewers, with pita, hummus and grilled mini peppers.

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Ann_T


Baked small boules and small baguettes


and made M a meatball sandwich on one of the small baguettes.

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seagrass_gw Cape Cod

Good to see you posting again, Ann_T

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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

Well, hello!

Gorgeous rolls. I needed those this morning making meatball sandwiches for lunches....I used pita from the freezer.

Made meatballs last night from a pound of mince in our farm share. Every meal these days needs a lunch option with so few restaurant options available.

I gave the potatoes a 15minute head start. Intentionally filled the pan so I can make crashed/smashed potatoes for tonight. (covid kitchen creativity)🙄

Jasdip, the 'coins' above are purple carrots. This variety has an orange center.

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Jasdip

Hey!!! Welcome back!

Sleeve, I love your food-filled skillet. Great creativity baking mini potatoes at the same time!

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annie1992

Yay!! Hurray!! AnnT, I'm happy you are back, and your bread looks just as good as always. I've been to your blog a couple of times, I see you changed it a bit, and I got my "fix" of your beautiful pictures. I made your cream cheese danish for a local school's bake sale, though, I've been thinking of you! Mine aren't nearly as pretty as yours, but they sure taste good!

I also made some of Sol's Honey Rolls, 3 loaves of Honey Wheat bread and 4 pans of these cinnamon rolls, and packaged them up for sale. I would have taken the lid off, but I already had it taped on so it wouldn't come off in transit:

Jasdip, I'm glad you had someone to spend that difficult day with, and schnitzel sounds really good but as always, it's the mashed potatoes that perks my ears up, LOL

Lynda, those potatoes, oh my, they look perfect, but Elery would rather have the lamb.

sleevendog, I grew those carrots once, I think the ones I grew were called "purple dragon". The kids loved them, they turned their mouths purple, LOL. They called them "zombie carrots". (grin) I thought they were sweeter than the Danvers Half Long I planted along with them, but every time I try to grow them the deer eat them, they LOVE them. As for your "hot mess", I have a lot of those, but they taste good. And I still need to try your chili oil, I saw there's another thread about that, I need to go there...

Neely, I would have never thought to put an egg on a Salade Nicoise like that, but I'd like it a lot, that's a good idea.

Here we had some of that Wild Alaskan Salmon with a maple teriyaki glaze. It was good, much better than I can get locally and I never had to go to the store. We had mashed rutabaga and sauteed bok choy from my hoop house on the side.

I have several of these and they don't store well, so we'll be having more rutabaga soon, and more than once, LOL, they are so huge they fill my sink!

Last night I made venison loin, with onions and mushrooms on the side, some corn from the summer's garden (took that out of the freezer) and some of the last of the beets. They aren't as sweet as they are when they are fresh from the garden, so I need to use them up.

Tonight? I haven't decided yet, it's still "to be determined".

Annie

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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

Annie, I need your address. I had a meltdown when 2MD❤️ and your packages were together. Sending this next weekend and can't make sense of the messaging. (mild chili flake is in that package) and the urfaBiber. Just nice trial sizes that you may not have access to. I'm best at mass sending as friends and co-workers need seed. (micro greens)...I have messaging past but no easy 'today' messaging on my end...odd

Looks like you nailed the salmon. Even when the 'milk' leaks that some say it is overdone...I still find it good.

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lizbeth-gardener

Annie, That fish looks so good, so I went to their website and am full of questions. Hope you don't mind.

Is that a combo box?

I didn't see any mention of crab or is it included in the white fish description?

Is that one box or more?

There are just the two of us so I wouldn't order often. Is it hard to just order once every six months or year?

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annie1992

liz, the only options they gave me were once a month or once every two months, but they say you can cancel any time. It is the combo box, and I went to the website and "looked around". Then I got a message saying I could get $10 off if I signed up. That went up to some money off and free crab legs, and finally when I got an offer for $25 off and 2 free pounds of crab legs, I took the plunge. If I don't use the fish before my two months is up, I'll just cancel and then sign up again later.

Sleevendog, I like my salmon a little more done than some other people do, so a lot of people would say it was over cooked. It was moist and juicy and just the way I like it, so I say it was perfectly done, LOL.

Yeah, I had kind of a meltdown over 2MD too. (sigh) I wish I had gotten to meet her, we had planned to do that when Elery and I went to Tennessee to visit his family but then COVID happened and we postponed all our family visits and now it's too late. That makes me sad.

I haven't figured out the messaging either, I'm such a technological flop. (sigh) Email is annie1992 at yahoo.

No pictures of tonight's supper yet, so I'll surprise everyone tomorrow!

Annie

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Jasdip

Annie your salmon looks perfect to me. Funny that you like your fish well-done and your beef blue! :-)

I felt like a chicken and rice meal so I took out my trusty enameled dutch oven. Sigh, I can't brown chicken worth a darn it in.....no matter what I do, the skin always sticks to the bottom Oh well, chicken skin isn't good for us anyway, right?

Chicken, rice, onions, tomatoes, chipotle peppers, garlic. All good stuff! As usual, I thought 1 cups of rice as noted in the recipe wasn't going to be enough so I used 2. I have more rice than I know what to do with! Freezer to the rescue!



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lizbeth-gardener

Thanks, Annie!

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neely

Jasdip, sorry but I had to have chuckle about your rice ‘more rice than I know what to do with’. At least you’ve now got cooked rice which is a handy thing to have. Anyway the meal looked tasty.

So much yummy food Annie and AnnT those rolls are perfect.

Your spicey Pork bowl with udon noodles (I think) looks so good Sleevendog, lots of fresh delicious food as usual.

Lynda, we love lamb and your meal looks delicious.

Another of DH’s typical chicken Green Thai curries. Spicey hot and we always enjoy them.


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Jasdip

Ohhhh, that looks good Neely! Yes, I always have rice in the freezer, it's so handy!

Pizza night tonight.



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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

Skillet pizza is the best. One pan meals, like sheet pan meal, are easy clean-up and such a great way to use up misc veg.

Chicken curry looks so clean...perfect broccoli. So fresh and green.

I still make way too much grain, beans and noodles. Every time. Most swell to three times their size. Don't mind a bit of leftover they way we've been prepping and good for easy lunches.


Last night another noodle bowl. Weirdo edamame noodles. Such a strange texture I'm a bit obsessed with. Tossed with miso/hijiki sauce. 1,2,3 marinated eggs. (3 parts water, 2 parts unseasoned rice wine vinegar, 1 part tamari)

Baby avocado from two weeks ago I thought would be DOA but perfect. Filled with chili crisp. (local farm eggs are so good)



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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

Mail order has come a long way the past half dozen years. Even local CSA's and COOP's. Shipping costs are lower, or even better, included rather than hidden at checkout. Rarely see added handling fees. And so much easier to cancel. Or just simply postpone for a few months like we have done with our local meat farm share.

I do like Annie's haul of seafood. The variety. Sure a big chunk of coin in any bulk box, but straight to the freezer sent with dry ice and thick cryovac in reasonable portions for two to share.

I saved my invoices from delivers starting in March....just a curiosity. Spending much less, lots of variety, and have tried new things...even eating better.


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Lynda (Zn9b/23 - Central CA Coast)

WFD = Comfort food -- Roast whole chicken with yukon gold potatoes and carrots.

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neely

Good cooking everyone.

Duck with orange salad, sweet potatoes, beans and an orange sauce. It was a little more done than I would have liked but still we enjoyed having duck again... been ages.

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Jasdip

Comfort food at it's finest, roast chicken and roast duck.

Breakfast this morning


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annie1992

Jasdip, beef is the ONLY thing I eat rare, LOL, even tuna has to be at least medium. Well, no, eggs are always over easy, so that's kind of rare, I guess.

The skin never stays on my chicken either, that looks exactly like something I'd cook. The pizza looks really good, nice and crunchy. I don't like soggy pizza either, gotta be well done. :-) Your breakfast looks like something I need to make soon too...

Neely, Elery would love all your spicy food. i'd have to eat the broccoli, LOL. Oh, but your duck, yum, and I love sweet potatoes, that meal just looks delicious.

Sleevendog, I have a box of edamame noodles that I haven't tried yet, I really need to try those. I just couldn't figure out what to sauce them or serve them with.

As for that seafood, the only stuff I can get here is either from China, which I prefer to not buy and really isn't usually very good, or local lake fish, which is good but I can get that all the time by dropping a line in the pond. Sometimes I just want something different, and if I buy anything worth eating it's nearly as expensive as the shipment I got.

Lynda, roast chicken is always good, but the potatoes look particularly good.

Here I'm cooking. Today it was honey mustard pork chops with creamed bok choy and corn from this summer's garden.


As usual, the pork chop was tough and dry, I've never had one that wasn't. Well, one that was prepared sous vide, but that was mushy and soft. They were not overdone, I used a thermometer, removed them from the pan when they were 145F, let them sit, they tested at 152F which is somewhat less than I like it done, but they were somehow still dry.

To add insult to injury, the honey mustard glaze messed up my pan a LOT. Well, it was actually Elery's pan, and one of his favorites, so it's a good thing it cleaned up well, LOL. And so I continue my quest for an edible pork chop.


Earlier this week we had cabbage rolls with butternut squash and beets, all from the farm:


After that we had venison enchiladas:

I made a new recipe, Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms. It was fast and good, and I'll definitely make it again. I finally caved in and made mashed potatoes to go with it, along with some


I also finally cooked and mashed all those rutabagas from the garden and put 9 quarts in the freezer:


And baked two apple pies with the last of my apples, those will go in the freezer for Thanksgiving:


Now it's time to start cooking for Mother, I haven't seen her since the election, doing a 14 day self-isolation from her for safety due to our huge increase in cases in the last two weeks. We've had 5 deaths in my small county in the past two weeks, and I think it'll just get worse.

Annie







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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

What a garden treat...some tomatoes still ripening. 😜

Bruschetta once again.


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Jasdip

A wind warning was issued today, and sure enough, trees fallen and power outages. I'm surprised our area is still with power, it usually loses it when someone sneezes!

Comfort food....Annie your favourite, mashed potatoes! Pork chops and sauerkraut.


Side note. LOL I posted it in the cast iron FB group, and already have over 2,000 Likes on it.


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annie1992

Oh, sleevendog, that looks so good. My tomatoes are long gone, I just don't have space to grow them out of season, so I'll have to wait until next year.

Jasdip, I like sauerkraut with pork chops. I just eat the sauerkraut and then give the dog the pork chop, LOL. Congratulations on all the "likes".

Here we spent a cold, windy, snowy afternoon making venison sausage. First we made sweet Italian, then bratwurst and finally a few packages of chorizo. We made links of the Italian and bratwurst, bulk packages of chorizo, 1 pound per package.


We had a little of the bratwurst mixture that was left when we came to the end of the casings, so we had them for supper. I had originally planned a meat free meal, eggs and chickpeas in cream sauce. I used milk instead of cream and skipped the proscuitto that the recipe called for. Then came the leftover bratwurst and the end of my meat free plans. mashed butternut squash on the side.


Yeah, kind of an "orange" meal, just look at all those antioxidants, LOL.

Now I'm trying to figure out what to make for Mother. Pumpkin pie, maybe, some kind of soup. Pasta or maybe quiche, or maybe that's too close to pie...

Annie




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Jasdip

Rob's post last week about quiche made me crave it. I luckily had some leftover ham in the freezer, and some broccoli and kale, along with the usual onions and peppers.


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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

Quiche/fritatta anytime of the day. Good next day. DH loves it for lunch even cold....I heat mine up....he gets lazy. 😜

Did a quick chili last night. No chili is quick but had to. Cubed good beef into the oven to roast instead of the oh-so--boring tedious pan browning. Veg, spices and a rich beer....super good but no doubt better today as stewy things tend to do. Freezer bound and a bit for lunch tomorrow.


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Lynda (Zn9b/23 - Central CA Coast)

Annie, Those sausages look great. I was just researching sausages because I wanted some bangers, which in the US, are hard to find, not as good and expensive. Do you use stand alone equipment or an attachment on your stand mixer? I am hoping to leverage my stand mixer as I don't know how often I will make sausage.

Nice quiche Jadsip - packed with goodness.

Sleeve, Your chili looks perfect for a hearty winter dinner.

Saturday I am going to pick up a prime rib and a turkey from the university program where we get a lot of our meat. I have next week off and we will go to our other home for lots of rest, cooking and family time. It is just the three of us, as it usually is so between the prime rib and the turkey that will feed us all week.

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annie1992

Jasdip, lovely colorful quiche. I need to make one full of vegetables. Mother will eat only cheese in hers, of course, so I'll probably have to make two. That's fine, I have lots of eggs.

sleevendog, the chili looks good, even if quick. Like you, I think things like chili are better the second day, the ingredients get a chance to "mellow" or something.

Lynda, we do have stand alone equipment, although I've used the meat grinder attachment for the KitchenAid several times. The sausage stuffer we use is like this one:

https://www.lemproducts.com/product/mighty-bite-5lb-stainless-steel-vertical-sausage-stuffer-1606/sausage-stuffers

Supper tonight was a bowl of potato soup. No pictures.

Annie

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Jasdip

Sleeve, stews, soups, chilis and the like are better the next day, aren't they??

Lynda, I'm looking forward to seeing all of your home-made meals next week when you're resting and relaxing at your other home. Where is it?

I had a quick meal of pasta (Scooby-Doos) with a bolognese and meatballs.


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neely

I’m quite behind. We’ve been back to our holiday home in the countryside after 5 months of lockdown at our city place. Wow so much mowing to do on waist high grass and we had so many thistles growing up the front steps that we couldn’t get in until DH pulled them out. The garden beds, where I hope to grow tomatoes were totally full of high weeds. Thankfully the inside of the cottage was fine apart from dust.

Anyway, all your meals above Sleeve, Jasdip, Lynda and Annie are looking yummy and Yes now I want Quiche.

Back home I removed the backbone, flattened and dry rubbed a small chicken. I used lots of chilli, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic but wished I’d used more chilli... our tolerance is way high now.

Roasted pumpkin along with the chicken.

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Jasdip

Yum, looks good Neely! Are those dried hot pepper flakes? Wow, what a work-out you and DH had!

Our stores are starting to put their frozen turkeys on sale for .98/lb. I'm planning on buying a small one tomorrow for Christmas.

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neely

Yes, they are dried hot pepper flakes Jasdip, but as I mentioned, probably need more or some cayenne powder. I don’t think those hot pepper flakes are all that hot or they go milder in the packet/jar.

I’d like to buy a turkey again but depends how many family are coming for the Dinner. Maybe just a breast. That seems very cheap to me but I often read of the bargains you guys have and I’m usually pretty envious, particularly when it comes to Turkey. We have different lockdowns in different States so really no one can predict what travel arrangements will be allowed by Christmas.

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Jasdip

I just picked up a young turkey. $9.60 so a little over 9lb, so a little over 4 kg. Smallest they had. I do wonder what to do with turkey leftovers though.

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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

Just ordered our turkey with a Tuesday delivery along with some veg, cheeses, etc. 10-11lb. We will have a next morning hash and snacks, then a biscuit turkey slider, then make stock for soups.

Had a pizza night, artichoke heart, olive, mushroom, 3 cheese. Shared one, made 4 while at it for the freezer, lunches.

last night a quick beef/bean soup and shared salad.


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Jasdip

Your pizzas look delicious! What do you use for a crust?

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WalnutCreek Zone 7b/8a

Did not take a picture last night, but had a wonderful tasting meal. Sauteed some chopped cabbage and onions, a hamburger patty, and some leftover mashed potatoes. I was surprised at how well it all tasted together. Won't hesitate to plan this meal again.

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annie1992

Wow, Neely, you did have some work to get things back into shape, didn't you. I'll bet you "felt" that workout! Elery would love your hot pepper flakes, and like you, he'd want them even hotter. I'm such a coward, I want the mild ones, LOL.

Jasdip, turkey went on sale at our local Meijer for 39 cents a pound, that's crazy cheap. Of course, I got my local heritage turkey, gotta try to keep my local farmers solvent, it's a small one, about 11 pounds. Elery bought the cheap one and he's going to smoke it later. I told him he'd better plan that soon, because we're going to need the freezer room for beef the first part of December.

Walnutcreek, you are calling to the Irish in me. I love cabbage and potatoes, and the onions just add to the appeal. I don't know why I don't use cabbage more often, it's available year round and I just don't think about it. I saw it for sale at the local store for 69 cents a pound and thought that was outrageous, but it's not, really.

sleevendog, that's a really good idea, making pizza for the freezer. I see on the news that they are predicting shortages again, with the huge explosion of cases here, plus winter is coming. (sigh) That beef on the salad looks perfect too, and I know you don't eat much beef, but that looks especially good.

Here I tried a recipe that Elery found, butternut squash white chicken chili. I thought it needed more seasoning, Elery liked it very much but added copious amounts of sriracha, LOL.


I also had "leaves" from the hoop houses, a mix of leaf lettuce, mache, red romaine and purple bok choi. Topped with some chopped sweet pepper for color and a boiled egg:


The night before we had pulled pork sandwiches, not picture worthy. Tonight I'm making sloppy joes and frozen french fries, Ashley is coming to the farm to hunt, it's deer season. Venison sloppy joes was her request, even though she'll spend the time in the deer blind and not here at the house. She can hunt here conveniently, she takes the walkie talkie and if she needs help she just calls, cell phones do not work out here. Elery will help her field dress and load anything she shoots, if she gets one. Because she'll hunt until dusk if she doesn't shoot one, and will have to field dress and load one before dark if she does get one, the sandwich will be "to go" or eaten at the kitchen counter, but fortunately it's easy to rewarm that particular dinner.

Annie

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That's exactly the type of salad I make most, Annie. Leaves with peppers, shredded carrots and eggs. I love eggs in salad.

It seems that Saturdays=Pizza lately. Tonight was no exception, but the crust was particularly good. It's a true thin crust. Baked on my cast-iron pizza pan. I transferred it to the aluminum pan for cutting.


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See, Jasdip, I knew that somewhere, somehow, we're related, LOL. I do have family in Canada, you know!

If I'm going to have pizza, I want thin crust. I used to like the deep dish "pan pizza" type, but for some reason I've decided that I like the thin and crisp kind better. I don't like red sauce, but I want crispy crust, lots of vegetables and just a little cheese. I'd rather have slices of tomatoes or a brush of olive oil than the red sauce, but then it's not really pizza, I guess.

Madi and Maci were here with me today while Ashley hunted, still no luck for her. We had ham, mashed potatoes and green beans for supper, all favorites of the girls. They wanted Hershey bars for dessert, LOL, fine by me, it was easy.

No pictures, they kept me hopping...

Annie

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Lynda (Zn9b/23 - Central CA Coast)

We made it to our other home today, kicking off a much needed week off. Packed up the kid, the dog, the food for the week and picked up our turkey and prime rib on the drive. Tonight's dinner was 1/2 of the prime rib, with roasted carrots, shallots, fingerling potato and used our horseradish to make a creamy sauce. Finished it off with chocolate pudding.










Jadsip, Our other home is in Cambria, which is a lovely little town halfway between LA and SF.


Annie, So glad to hear that you are able to spend time with your family.

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Lynda, that looks really good.

I am fortunate that I can spend time with at least some of my family. One daughter lives about 1/2 mile away, so I see them often. My oldest daughter works as a CNA at a local assisted living facility and both the kids are doing their schoolwork virtually. Their father owns a heavy equipment repair facility, so none of them see anyone outside of the nursing home residents and immediate family. The shop is open but the procedure is that the owner calls, makes arrangements to leave the equipment. The equipment is then left in the parking lot. When it is repaired the owner is called, either a check or credit card number is provided and the owner takes the equipment, virtually no personal contact is made. My son in law has a 95 year old Grandmother and everyone is very careful.

The other son in law is a police detective, so he does see more people when he is working a case, but as a detective he isn't out on the road and much of an investigation is done via phone and internet. My youngest daughter does not work outside the home, she had a stroke at age 27 and is on disability. Their girls also do their school virtually, so very little outside contact by them either. They even get their groceries via Amazon Pantry and home delivery.

I have more contact with people picking up Mother's groceries weekly than anyone else in the family does, thankfully. It doesn't mean we're safe, of course, but we're as safe as we can be. Altogether in our little family "bubble" there are 10 of us. However, I think even Thanksgiving will be two separate meals, one for each family, due to work schedules.

Annie


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Jasdip

Ribs were on sale this week so I treated myself. Yes that's cauliflower and potatoes, I apologize for the whiteness. :-)

I also made brownies


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Lynda (Zn9b/23 - Central CA Coast)

Jadsip, That looks like my kind of meal.


Annie, Your family pod sounds terrific. So glad that you all get to spend time together.

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neely

Mmm that Prime rib looks delicious Lynda. Love chocolate pudding of any kind. Pizza Jasdip... I have dough in the freezer.... soon. and your ribs look yummy. Love both your egg and salad Sleevendog and Annie. A meal like that Walnut Creek is so satisfyingly good.

I’m happy to hear of the precautions everyone is taking. What a world.

DH has discovered that he is pre diabetic... so we are on an even healthier regime. He read that sweet potatoes are better for you? so they are featuring quite a lot in our meals.

So, dinner was a small lamb steak, sweet potato and a lentil, leaves, tomato and quinoa salad with just lime squeezed on as a vinaigrette. Pepper and salt are a must of course.



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Jasdip

Sorry, I posted my dinner from my phone (I hate typing on my phone) and missed the previous dinners.

LYNDA, what a meal!!!! Holy smokes your prime rib and vegetables look incredible! Enjoy your vacation.

NEELY best of luck with your hubby's dietary restrictions. You eat soooo healthy what a shame he's pre-diabetic. I'm not sure that sweet potatoes are healthier sugar wise, are they? They're sweeter than regular potatoes, unless it's the low glycomine (I'm drawing at straws trying to figure out the verbage).....the sugars that take longer to digest, which is what you want.

I bought a sweet potato this week. I can take or leave them, but I do like them sliced and sauteed Jacques Pepin style.

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Lynda (Zn9b/23 - Central CA Coast)

Neely, Your meal looks delicious and healthy. Cooking at home where I can control my ingredients always helps me to make healthier choices. I am sure you will be able to continue to make great dishes that are also good for your DH.


Jadsip, The prime rib was really good. It was our first time making it. The University meat program we buy through https://www.calpolymeats.com/ has great meat and I am sure that made the difference.


Last night's dinner was scampi over cous cous with bell peppers. Which is a staple for us because we can make it quickly. As long as we remember to defrost the shrimp ahead of time, it can come together in 1/2 hour.





On our way back to the house yesterday afternoon, the local turkeys were putting on a show.




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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

Our wild turkeys are active here as well.!

Lots of meal pics but focusing on Thanksgiving. Delivery half an hour ago has a....drum roll, a turkey. I was sweating this one. Nice little local heritage. Phew.

No ingredients missing. All set. No shopping. Double phew. Just need to dig up a horseradish root for that crazy big love NPR pepto-pink yum cranberry sauce.

Co-worker ages old friend with an organic dairy farm upstate NY...covid troubles, is now hired by DH and working on his team. He makes cheese and butter. Hired help keeps the farm going...(city work pays boat-loads more)

Just got a text that we have a gift of fresh butter and his cheese. 😜

Good holiday of sharing, with another friend sent home homemade kraut, pickles and hot sauce. I sent in jars of VivianHowards LittleGreenDress. Long Island friend sent us home with some beach caught fish....







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neely

Snap Lynda. Different words for a similar delicious food... scampi, shrimp and in our case prawns... garlic prawns. I cook these in what I know as the Spanish way. Olive oil heated very hot in a cast iron pan, throw in the prawns, move around then throw in a chopped garlic clove, sprinkle with salt and about 3 minutes and they are done.

I cleaned these earlier in the day and put heads and skins in a saucepan with water for a delicious stock to put in the freezer. I have heard that you should fry these up a bit first but I didn’t. As they were boiling DH said ‘ what is that terrible smell’. To each his own I guess as I thought it was a good smell, strong but good.

Had them with a salad but I would have liked yours with the cous cous better Lynda. Very few carbs here at the moment.

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Gorgeous shrimp Lynda. I never thought of having it over couscous. Your turkeys are probably going to hide tomorrow..

I'm just sitting down to a chicken stir fry


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Pot stickers we call them...Yum

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Pot stickers.... There are a number of dogs rescued from third world countries in my neighbourhood. There is a rescue group for them. They're called Potcakes......they get to lick the pot from cooked rice and vegetables, in countries like Cuba, Bahamas, etc etc. They're mutts, obviously.

They're just adorable and I can never remember the name potcakes. Pot-stickers always come to my mind :-)

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Lynda (Zn9b/23 - Central CA Coast)

Yummy potstickers and great presentation Sleeve.

Neely, my parents were British, so they were always prawns to me too. I have become Americanized in my old age! We make ours in the same way, but add red pepper flake, and after the shrimp are cooked add lime juice, white wine vinegar and butter to the pan to make a spicy, garlicy sauce.


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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

We call them dumplings in NY. But the good ones that Costco sells have 'potsticker' on the bag, (the organic ones). These are from a wholesaler and just have dumpling on the bag. Such a nice quick freezer meal.

Merguez stuffed spaghetti squash last night. A covid favorite. Odd thing to say but reminds me to get some corona beans soaking for tomorrow.



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Lynda (Zn9b/23 - Central CA Coast)

Our thanksgiving feast. We are going to have leftovers for days....

I made stuffing from our homemade focaccia.

Potatoes au gratin with gruyere cheese and thyme

Ollalie berry pie

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neely

Yep a feast Lynda, looks delicious.

Since I’ve been on these forums I have wanted to join in with your Thanksgiving as it all sounds so delicious but also I think it is a lovely idea to stop for one day to be thankful for all we have.

So here is own dinner. This year I added mashed potatoes as well as roast potatoes.

And of course homemade pumpkin pie. There was cream but I forgot for the photo.

DH’s spartan eating forgotten for one day

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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

Gorgeous bird, pies and plating. Also did mashed and roasted. No pics of the full plate. Might be stuck in the clouds.

Meis en place, shredded Brussel/veg salad, wild rice stuffing/dressing, steamed veg, DH made biscuits. (pale ones I saved for todays brunch sliders.) Pups had winter wheat, quinoa, veg trimmings, sardines...😀



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So many wonderful meals. Love all the photos.

Sleevendog, that salad with the avocado is beautiful. And I would so love to eat your dumplings. (we call them dumplings here too).

Neely, your meals always appeal to me. Beautiful plating.

Jasdip, Great looking pizza and stir fry.

Lynda, I still have a pound of Spot Prawns in the freezer. Your shrimp dish has giving me an idea for dinner.

Annie, it makes me smile to think of Ashley, that little girl I've know of for years, hunting deer. Any luck yet?

Baked bread twice this week to get some into the freezer. I hadn't baked in a couple of weeks and was completely out.

Monday's bake.


Dough was made Monday night and baked Tuesday.

And Wednesday I made the dough early in the morning a

nd baked the same day.


Eight baguettes, six regular

and two with cheddar.

Roasted a small prime rib for dinner Wednesday night.


With a Yorkshire Pudding.

And after reading all the Thanksgiving posts on FB food groups I had a craving for

a turkey dinner. Stopped at the grocery store on my way to work, hoping that they might have a fresh turkey breast. But no such luck. So I bought chicken.

Dinner took one hour from start to plating.


Walked in the house at 5:20 and turned the oven on. Got the chicken in the Cuisinart Steam oven at 5:30. Put the potatoes on to cook, and got the brussels sprouts ready to steam. No time to make homemade stuffing so I decided to use the corn bread I made in the morning for breakfast to doctor up a box of stove top stuffing.

While the chicken rested and the brussels sprouts finished cooking, I mashed the potatoes and made the gravy and dinner was ready to serve at 6:30.

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Lynda (Zn9b/23 - Central CA Coast)

Ann T Your bread is just spectacular. I would love to master a good crusty baguette. Your prime rib and Yorkshire pudding also looks pretty amazing.

Sleeve, I love how many colorful veggies you combine into every dish.

Neely, so glad that you joined us this year. It is always such a nice time to slow down, be grateful for what you have, and spend time with your family.


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Agree, Ann's bread is to be admired and to be achieved somehow, lol. (we try)

Biscuit success, though DH put them back in the oven before I could take out a half dozen 'blonde'. (for next day biscuits I thing they should be minor under-baked)...he snuck them back in the oven and over-baked, lol. No biggie, we agreed today. Lessons learned as always/every day, when cooking fun.

Still fantastic next day turkey 'sliders'. With my obsessive NPR's 'Mama Samberg's cranberry relish'. Love that stuff and used my horseradish roots from the garden.

Sloppy plate, but so good. (pickled red onion)


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Jasdip

Neely, your thanksgiving dinner looks scrumptious!!

Ann, it's so good seeing your bread and meals again. In my next life, I want to cook like you!!

Lynda, what a feast!!! Beautiful meal.

Sleeve, you're still eating lots of fresh tasty healthy meals!! You get more mileage out of fresh veggies and greens than anyone I've ever seen.

I wish Bud and Roxie would eat sardines, smelts etc, they're so good for them, the omega-3. I tried once, and this is the look I got.


I tried a new recipe tonite. Chicken pieces seasoned with allspice, ginger, salt and pepper; sweet pepper, garlic and red pepper flakes simmered in rice with coconut milk and chicken broth. I had some kale from the landlord's garden that I threw in as well.


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neely

Hilarious Jasdip, that face. Dinner looks yummy as well.

Sleevendog a tasty plate indeed.

Never have I baked a loaf of bread that was anywhere that good AnnT and I baked quite a lot during lockdown. Delicious dinners as well. Yorkshire pudding so good.

Back to a simple stir fry of veg and ginger beef.



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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

So simple and gorgeous. ^^....holiday over but enjoyed...stock, freezer meal...

Dishwasher not behaving but can run a load, then need to hand wash a load. Water pressure is spotty. Unusual as it has always been great...still trouble- shooting via internet. We will get there,😜...holiday meals are a bit oily and excess pots and pans....stock and such. Back to simple meals. One or two pots.

Fritatta last night with so much excess veg, cheese, prosciutto. Great eggs local. Not planned, just easy last minute.



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Is a frittata much different than quiche? Yours looks fantastic!
Stir-fries are always a welcome dinner. I've never made beef though as I'm afraid it will be tough.
I made Jacques Pepin's skillet sweet potatoes and fish tonite. There are only a couple of ways I like sweet potatoes and this is one.


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Neely, welcome to the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner! I love it, should have it more than a couple of times a year, but somehow I just don't. Oh, but the stir fry looks good too, and a lot simpler!

AnnT, your bread looks amazing, as usual, but that prime rib and yorkshire pudding, oh my, I'd be happy with that, yum.

Sleevendog, I actually like sardines. I remember eating them with my Dad, a can of sardines and a sleeve of crackers. They were also a favorite "camp food" when the girls were still home and we'd go camping. We had a tent and a campfire, but lunch was often a can of sardines and crackers, just like Dad taught me.

Jasdip, ribs are one of my favorites, I'd never turn them down, but the fish looks pretty good too and I like sweet potatoes, so any of those things would be fine with me. And my cats give me that look too. The big orange one likes Chex Mix and Kraft cheese slices, he'd never consider eating sardines, LOL. The calico only eats cat food and she's picky about what kind too.

Lynda, as always, your table is beautiful, and the shrimp is always a good thing. Those turkeys are impressive, the ones here aren't so nicely colored, they're just brown, but they are everywhere.

OK, so it's time to catch up. Madison and I made some applesauce, and she taste tested. Yes, she just got glasses, and she hates them.


She also had sloppy joes and french fries, so she was a happy girl.


Meanwhile, Elery and I had chicken tenders, roasted parsnips and carrots and green beans:

I must have been channeling sleevendog, because another meal was a frittata, with corn and green chilies, I'll do that again.

Another meal was mashed butternut squash, pink half runner beans and lamb chops. Yes, that was Elery's plate, I had leftovers, LOL.

I pulled some turnips from my hoop house and made mashed turnips and sauteed the greens, served with some baked cod:



And then it was a small Thanksgiving, with Amanda and family:


Turkey, ham, homemade rolls, LindaC's cranberry jezebel, corn pudding, mac and cheese, candied sweet potatoes, 7 layer salad, cornbread stuffing, sage stuffing, and desserts.

Lemon chiffon:



And Houzz won't let me post any more pictures, I guess I'm done!

Annie


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Lynda (Zn9b/23 - Central CA Coast)

We are back home, and back to more basic, less carby, meals. Tonight was pan fried tilapia and flounder, crusted with panko, parmesan and herbs in a lemon butter sauce with green beans and a salad. Easy and quick!


Before we left I planted all of my bok choy seedlings into their raised beds. When we returned, every single one of them was gone. Apparently the birds had a thanksgiving feast of bok choy. Ugh, it is now too late in the season to try again.

Annie, How are your purple bok choy doing?

On the bright side, we are getting our first real crop of tangerines, and came home to a tree full of ripe fruit.



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Lynda, the purple bok choi is still alive. It's not growing at all, it's shivering in these temperatures, it's in the low 20s at night, but it hasn't frozen or died, and I'm using it gradually. I'll leave a few, just to see how cold they can get before they give up.

The 7 layer salad was made with lettuces and bok choi from the hoophouses, the lettuce isn't even shivering yet!

Annie

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Annie, I see your Mom's place setting :-) And I laughed at your lettuce not even shivering comment. Your hoophouses are a success, I'd say!!

Another fritatta, well I think I have to make one.

Lynda, I'm sure you had a great little holiday. Less carby meals.....what are those? Lol.

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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

Madison's glasses are adorable. So nice you had a traditional family gathering. Need to try more mashed veg. Usually just cube and roast. I so miss cod. But we have lots of salmon and shrimp.

Crispy salmon last night with corona bean salad. Tried a new pasta. Quick pickled cucumbers and red onion. Shredded Brussels, corn. Prepped extra for lunches/cold salmon salads, and all prepped for a big veg slaw to have with burgers tonight.

Bless you Misfits for such variety.


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Jasdip, is that Bud or Roxie in the photo? Looks like my Molly.

Neely, beautiful colourful Ginger Beef stir-fry.

Annie, Madison is a cutie. I love the little white turnips. They are not common in the grocery stores, but I can usually find them at the farmers market.

That small Thanksgiving dinner I call a feast.

Linda, Moe would love your dinner of salad and fish.

Friday night's dinner.

Venetian Prawns with Polenta.

Saturday night's dinner. For Moe.

I had a late lunch at work and wasn't hungry. Best time to make Moe a salad since I still don't care for salads.

Yesterday's breakfast.


Greek Ribs and

another salad.


And last night's dinner.

Another work night so dinner was simple grilled burgers with potato chips.

Was too lazy to make homemade fries.






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Wow, Ann it's so good seeing your fabulous meals and plating again. I made ribs last week, but your Greek ribs are always mind-blowing to me. I wish I'd done that. And your hamburger is better looking than *any* restaurant.

Roxie is small and a b*tch. She's not a morning person; every morning she runs by Bud and growls and swats at him. He just looks at her; he's the coolest dude.


I love this pic of Bud

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neely

Loved seeing all your food and family Annie... so nice. When seeing your other food photos, what tickled me was seeing Elery’s plate with the two lamb chops. A good Australian plate of food.

AnnT fantastic photos and the food looks delicious.

Jasdip, I love all your meals.

Sleevendog, what can we say except your plates of food are always so healthy and delicious.

We also had crispy skin Salmon. I like the way they market these small slices of salmon. Had it with new asparagus and tiny home grown potatoes that had survived during our absence... grown again. I rummaged around in the dirt and found enough for a couple of meals.


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Fantastic meal!!!! Love your wee potatoes, Neely!

I was actually looking forward to my dinner. Frozen chicken fingers, frozen french fries and frozen corn. Good Grief! LOL, how sad.

I have leftover chicken and rice, but it's just meh, this is what I was craving. Some sweet chili sauce with some spicy hot chili sauce (sambal olek) for kick, to dip my fingers in.


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Another cheater dinner for me. I'd better be careful, I might get kicked out of this group! It's not exactly 'cooking'. LOL

Smoked meat on a kaiser from the local bakery, and of course FRIES


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Lynda (Zn9b/23 - Central CA Coast)

Jadsip, Yay for fries!


AnnT, Love your prawns and polenta. Yum.


Annie, Sorry to hear about your Bok Choy. I was hoping yours were hanging in there.


We are returning to our tried n true dishes. Especially for mid week, school is in session dinners when I just don't have it in me to be creative. Lamb skewers, hummus, grilled mini peppers and homemade pita. We've done this one so much lately but it is a great value (lamb is $6 per pound at Costco) and everyone loves it.




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shambo

Made pastitsio for dinner. Also baked some gluten-free almond cookies for a dear friend. (Sorry for the large pictures. They come out sideways if I try to change the size.)


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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

Greek lasagna! (had to look it up).

Cute kitties Jasdip. Bless our freezers, lol. If I wore lipstick my freezer would be red. Wanna kiss that puppy every visit.

Having lamb this weekend, maybe shrimp and grits. (a wee skip to the freezer)

Burgers w/gorgonzola, quick pickles and 'everything' slaw. I figured out the black stuff....my wedge of gorgonzola was stored in a container with toasted nuts and seeds for a charcuterie last weekend's brunch. That brand of pepita has a thin dark skin like a peanut.


Hijiki Merguez Sum-Sum, (made that name up. Needed some lunch grains, etc.) Lots of grain left for tonights Dum-Dum.

Hijiki is a lovely dried seaweed that swells in warm water. Soft and a bit sweet/briny. Not a bit salty.


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WalnutCreek Zone 7b/8a

So tired last night. Granddaughter went into hospital midnight December 1 to have her first baby; she had a very long exhausting labor. At one point, she hurt too much to lie down, so she and her husband stood for 8 hours, very slowly walking. Now that is a very supportive husband, IMO. Even though none of us could be at the hospital (thanks COVID-19), she and her husband sent us frequent texts and pictures. My great-granddaughter did not make her appearance until 8:04 a.m., December 2, 2020. I must have been having empathy/sympathy tiredness for my granddaughter, because I was exhausted last night. Therefore, had a quick breakfast for dinner: Breakfast Sausage and Pancakes. Here is a picture I took before adding the syrup. It was very satisfying. Believe I had had pancakes only one other time this year. Mom and baby and doing well this morning, thank the Good Lord.


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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

That looks so good! Congrats on the new member to your family! (stressful) I like that you treated yourself to lovely plates. 😁

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I did treat myself to a lovely plate. Thank you, @sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA), for noticing.

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Made paximadia last night, a Greek cookie with a shape similar to Italian biscotti. It’s not overly sweet and perfect for dunking. I had some with tea. Very crunchy. It tastes like toasted pound cake.

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I just popped in quickly to say congratulations, Walnutcreek, another generation making its way into this world. And I love pancakes, haven't had them in so long I don't even remember when, I'll have to make some soon.

shambo, your cookies sound delicious, I'll have to try those.

sleevendog, I love my freezers too, all four of them, LOL.

Jasdip, the cranky one is pretty but Bud is just acting like he's above all that, LOL.

AnnT, as always, that beef is perfect, yum.

Neely, asparagus can survive anything, I think! Here it'll be several months before I have asparagus again, but it gives me something to look forward to, I love it.

Lynda, I hope you are far away from the latest fires, it just doesn't seem to stop. (sigh)

Here I had vegetable soup, not pretty enough for a picture.


Annie


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neely

So much going on with delicious food.

Here for dinner was a small prawn curry made by DH. The yellow bits are cut up yellow button squash.


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I just put about 5 lbs. of potatoes in the oven to make a batch of twice baked potatoes. I just realized that I don't have any milk so I'll have to run up to the little mom and pop grocery in the nearest town and get some.

I put shredded cheese, chopped bacon, sour cream, and butter in them. I flash freeze them and then use the food saver to vacuum seal them with 3 or 4 half portions.

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LoneJack, I never, ever think of making baked potatoes for the freezer!!! What a great idea! It's a very high probability.......no, surety that they'd end up in the bottom of the freezer, broken.

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DH home late last night and more often. Worked the last four weekends. Sooo much testing, the rapid testsx2 and 24 hour tests twice a week... sometimes three. Stress, but 5 more days and we have three weeks off...holidays are seafood through the new year. ..

experimenting 😂😂😜 low carb veg/seafood combinations

'Low carb holidays'. Made veg/seafood tacos...sloppy but testing flavors. 😜

I made three. One crispy skin salmon, (cold), Fetta/cucumber, and prosciutto/tomato/mozzarella...testing for what?...no guests, 😩

Oh well, we do nice meals for just us. I even lit candles tonight....


This would be pretty if we had guests. The flavors work!😀



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shambo

Made tiropita, a Greek cheese pita. It’s similar to spanakopita but without the spinach. It’s a favorite of my daughter, so I made it especially for her. She’s been such a comfort and support for me since my husband (and her dad) died in April.

I haven’t cared about cooking or even eating much since then. But something clicked at Thanksgiving. I had to make an entree that would fit my son’s family’s dietary restrictions and decided on fruit-filled stuffed pork tenderloins. It was the first real cooking I had done in several months. And, somehow, that led to a renewed interest in old family recipes.

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annie1992

Shambo, I'm so sorry to hear about your husband. I know he had some health issues and you were cooking low salt and healthy meals for him. I'm sending hugs and strong thoughts and prayers to your and your family.

Jack, we are kindred spirits, I swear. When I make twice baked potatoes I'll make a whole sheet pan full of them, mine usually just has cheese, butter and sour cream, occasionally I'll add bacon. I freeze them and then package them usually two per package, Mother loves them and they're easy to heat up. Of course someone is always digging through my freezer to see if I have any, all of the grandkids and the kids love them and they make a fast and easy supper.

Jasdip, as you know, I love potatoes in just about any form, so being able to grab a package quickly is a luxury. They are quite durable too, LOL.

Neely, I have a pile of butternut squash in storage, if only I had a pile of prawns too!

sleevendog, that looks pretty to me! Delicious too.

No pictures here, today we had hamburgers!

Tomorrow we're making sandwiches and having cake and ice cream for Madison's 9th birthday. No party this year, of course, but we bought her a hoverboard, so she'll be happy, even with just her folks and Elery and I. I baked a strawberry cake too, with sea turtles on top, her choice. I'll try to remember to take pictures, and hopefully she won't break an arm or a leg, riding the thing around the kitchen island or something...

Annie


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LoneJack Zn 6a, KC

Annie - great minds think alike! It sounds like you need to hide your 2BPs better! Maybe hide them under the beef liver or something else that the kids don't like. lol

I got half of my 2BPs finished yesterday but then got summoned to come help assemble a cattle corral and squeeze chute that my ranching partners and I bought last week at a farm estate auction. The brand is Arrowquip and It is in like new condition. The nearest dealer has the whole shebang listed at a little over $13,000 new and we got it for $3150. Our herd is now up to 21 head and we have another 8 calves that should be born in the next few months so it will come in handy when it's time to give shots, and band the steers.

I did get the other 5 lbs. of potatoes baked yesterday and I'm about ready to finish preparing them now.

Jasdip - I put my frozen veggies and 2BPs in paper ream boxes or milk crates in my freezer so they stay organized and I can find things easily.

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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

Pasta Puttanesca (paid saucy lady of the evening)...probably because of the strong combination of flavors. And a salad bar.





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Jasdip

Shambo, I'm so very sorry to hear about your DH. It's brutal, and I'm sorry you have to be without him. :-(

Sleeve, Pasta Puttanesca is one of my go-to's when in a hurry. It cooks up in minutes and is so full of flavour.

Neely, prawns are such a treat for me, and they make any meal better!

LoneJack!!! Do tell me more about your life! I had no idea you were a rancher, live in ranch country!!! I love hearing about Annie's trials and tribulations with her livestock, and I want to know more about you!!! Pretty please.

This is a first..........pic of my leftovers in the frig!!

Last night I made chicken parm, and the plate was brimming with food and would be an embarrassment to post. Pure gluttony plain and simple. I thawed 2 chicken breasts and butterflied them, so it was a big hunk of meat.

Tada-----


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Lynda (Zn9b/23 - Central CA Coast)

@shambo I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am glad you found your way back to cooking, especially dishes that have a significance to your family. I hope you and your daughter peace and healing.


@annie1992 Thanks for asking, thankfully the fires are not close by.


@sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA) Another beautiful meal. No matter what you make, the vegetables are always the star.


When life gets busy, we retreat back to our tried n true dishes. Lately we have had New York steak with fried potatoes and salad, and whole chicken with roast vegetables and a repeat of our skewered lamb. All tasty, just not interesting enough to require a post.


We are back in lock down for a minimum of three weeks. Our state has now put us into regions, and the counties where both of our homes are located got included into the Southern California region. This will pretty much guarantee us a long stay in lock down, maybe all winter.

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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

Winner-winner, miso meatball dinner. A DH favorite and perfect for a Sunday with a nasty workweek ahead. Our farm share sends ground grass feed beef that we consistently do not ask for...grrr. (we mince our own) . I season heavily and use dried porcini in the mix. Porcini soaking broth in the miso. Nice veg salad side with roasted brussels/golden beets.


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Lynda (Zn9b/23 - Central CA Coast)

Tonight's dinner was parmesan crusted, pan fried tilapia, with pearled barley and Russian kale. I also made some homemade tartar sauce from our canned pickles and we added wedges of our first Meyer lemon.

We have previously lost two in ground Meyer lemon trees despite heroic efforts to keep them alive. We have a 25+ year old Eureka Lemon that came with the house, and produces far more than we could ever use, but.... we really wanted a Meyer lemon. Last year, we planted a third one in a large planter that we have managed to keep alive long enough to now have fruit.


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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

My Meyer lemon has been flowering in my kitchen for about 6 weeks now. It smell so good. I've been pollinating almost daily and have at least a dozen tiny fruits. Same cycle every year. They grow all winter, then ripen once outside in the spring.

We have hit 100. Good timing for the holidays. I will refrain from starting the next round. (I don't want to look at my chili every time I open the next thread,😂 all throughout the NewYear)....should have thought to make a colorful veggie salad wreath.

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LoneJack Zn 6a, KC

Jasdip - I'm not really a rancher, I'm a railroader by trade working in IT for the RR headquartered in KC. A couple friends and I have a small but growing herd of Hereford and Hereford/Angus mix cattle that are split between the 2 friend's properties. I only have a little over 5 acres myself located about 25 miles SE of the KC metro. Both of my friend's properties are a few miles to my north and east and they have a little under 100 acres total. We are learning about raising cattle as we go but we have a couple real ranching friends that are a huge help to us and also lend us a bull now and then. Annie1992 has shared her cattle knowledge with me several times too.

We used to have a small flock of chickens too but my DW tired of them so we are taking a break from that. We may get another flock down the road but I'll have to do some work on the coop and run before that happens.

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WalnutCreek Zone 7b/8a

@shambo, how said to hear you lost your husband in April of this year. The loss and memories will be with you forever; so please draw some comfort from the memories, the loss will become a bit less painful. Good to hear that you are cooking again. And so glad you posted and let us know of the loss to your family.

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