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    Re: What did you have for dinner? -Part dois

    salad with onions, cheese, French dressing, and wonton strips
    cheese and spinach pizza

    tried the Amy's brand tonight. both of us really liked it.

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    Re: What did you have for dinner? -Part dois

    Quote Originally Posted by Chomsky View Post
    Ah, it's a shame you have that dietary restriction, because a little bacon can elevate the humble little brussel sprout to quite a delicacy!
    Actually Brussel sprouts tossed in a little olive oil with a little sea salt and pepper and placed in a grill basket are delicious. They need nothing else. I love asparagus and an array of veggies done the same way. I can't wait to fire up my new grill this year.
    Yeah, I love the little things - just like I love most bitter greens.
    Dark leafy greens are lacking in most people's diets.
    I kinda treat food like medicine most of the time. If the colors are vibrant on your plate then you most likely did your body some good.
    And believe it or not, fried okra, as in breaded and deep fried, can be very good with the right dipping sauce! I sometimes get mine as a snack, from a local regional chicken-shack chain.
    See first you have to bread it and deep fry it and then it needs to have a dipping sauce to make it good! No thanks.

    Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Are you cooking? We quit going out to eat on Valentine's Day years ago.
    I was pondering what to fix hubby but then I just asked him what sounded good to him. It was nothing I thought would be his choice. He wants Chicken Parmesan, spaghetti, salad and crusty bread. So that is what we are going to have. For dessert I am going to cut my mousse recipe in half. Make two meringue hearts and fill them with chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. That should do it.

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    Re: What did you have for dinner? -Part dois

    Quote Originally Posted by vesper View Post
    Actually Brussel sprouts tossed in a little olive oil with a little sea salt and pepper and placed in a grill basket are delicious. They need nothing else. I love asparagus and an array of veggies done the same way. I can't wait to fire up my new grill this year.

    Dark leafy greens are lacking in most people's diets.
    I kinda treat food like medicine most of the time. If the colors are vibrant on your plate then you most likely did your body some good.
    You may have a good point here. Besides grilling or occasionally sautéing, I don't cook much in the way of veggies. And I'm always craving green veggies!

    See first you have to bread it and deep fry it and then it needs to have a dipping sauce to make it good! No thanks.

    Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Are you cooking? We quit going out to eat on Valentine's Day years ago.
    I was pondering what to fix hubby but then I just asked him what sounded good to him. It was nothing I thought would be his choice. He wants Chicken Parmesan, spaghetti, salad and crusty bread. So that is what we are going to have. For dessert I am going to cut my mousse recipe in half. Make two meringue hearts and fill them with chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. That should do it.
    We're mostly weekend cooks, due to busy weekday schedules along with living in an area with access to tons of reasonably priced ethnic delis and markets. So during the week, we're just as likely to buy from a deli as cook, and then give the microwave a workout.

    Tomorrow is even more complicated, because we're Catholic, and Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. So we've got to go to mass & receive ashes tomorrow, and there's no meat allowed for us until Thursday.

    So I'm combining several dishes from one of my favorite Italian restaurants (eggplant parm, linguine & red clam, sautéed mushrooms), along with a couple sides from the deli section of a local private market (grilled asparagus, garlic grilled shrimp, freshly baked baguette). No special desert, but we'll have some raisins after the meal, and my wife will likely nibble on cheese with her wine.

    We always have cases of wine stashed, and since wine is meat-free(!), I'm expecting an abundance of some Sicilian Nero d'Avola getting consumed by my wife!
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    Re: What did you have for dinner? -Part dois

    Coho salmon, pasta with butter and parm and mixed veggies.
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    Bread and butter, BIG ASSED BAKER with sour cream and butter, NY STRIP off the grill, Garlicy shrimp.....Mid Western food.







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    Re: What did you have for dinner? -Part dois

    A restaurant (that nobody goes to) near my place offered all you can eat steak for $20 over four days. I went there and the manager recognized me (I ate there once last year) and he gave me a coupon to make it $16 so I couldnt say no. The cut wasn't all that great (it seemed like a brisket cut so a little chewy even at medium rare), but for unlimited steak and fries, it cant be beat lol. Ugh, I have no self control.


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    Re: What did you have for dinner? -Part dois

    Quote Originally Posted by Chomsky View Post
    "Scarola", prepared exactly like this, is my favorite accompaniment to Italian sausage. The critical item besides good olive oil, is to not be shy with the garlic. Some do Cannellini with it, but it's not my thing since it detracts from the natural bitterness of the vegetable.

    But yeah, many do sausage & peppers, some do sausage & rapini, but to me nothing beats sausage & scarola. It makes a great soup, too!

    Yeah, it's easy to forget that Worcester is really anchovy sauce! Well, with a little tamarind, molasses, etc.
    Escarole lends itself to almost anything. A very healthy green, raw or cooked. One my favorites, escarole pie made with a bread crust (focaccia dough), with slivers of hot peppers, chopped shallots, dried currants, grated ginger, ricotta and grated parmesan reggiano.

    They say Worcester is made with anchovies, but more often than not an assortment of fermented fish trimmings, from heads and tails. Once fermented, it's difficult at best to distinguish one fish from another. Especially when watered down, sweetened and enhanced with other ingredients.
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    Re: What did you have for dinner? -Part dois

    Last night we ate light, sliced pear with a touch of lemon curd for a starter, a bit of ricotta and olive oil with whole wheat pasta, greens, and tea. We're both still recovering from Wednesday's repast.

    We'll do something similar tonight.
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    Re: What did you have for dinner? -Part dois

    Quote Originally Posted by OldFatGuy View Post
    Escarole lends itself to almost anything. A very healthy green, raw or cooked. One my favorites, escarole pie made with a bread crust (focaccia dough), with slivers of hot peppers, chopped shallots, dried currants, grated ginger, ricotta and grated parmesan reggiano.

    They say Worcester is made with anchovies, but more often than not an assortment of fermented fish trimmings, from heads and tails. Once fermented, it's difficult at best to distinguish one fish from another. Especially when watered down, sweetened and enhanced with other ingredients.
    Never heard of it, but that does sound pretty interesting, Guy.

    What I like about scarola, is how dense it gets when sautéed. It develops a whole new character. But it's a lot of work to clean & dry, especially consider how it shrinks down. I've got some Barese' (sausage) for the grill tomorrow (no meat today - Friday in Lent). So, I think I'll make some scarola for it after all this talk.

    I use garlic like I remember it used as a kid, which is maybe 3 or 4 times what's used in today's toned-down Americanized Italian restaurants. I put enough in, to feel the heat! It's got to have some bite! And it can't be overcooked. Obviously, it helps to have all your diners on-board with this.
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    Re: What did you have for dinner? -Part dois

    veggie cheeseburger with worcestershire pub burger seasoning. man, that stuff is good.
    Morning Star chick'n nuggets with BBQ sauce

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