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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:51 AM

What's for dinner Thursday Dec. 6th?

Mine won't be all that special, just some kielbasa and frozen pierogies cooked in some butter and some veggies. Oh but I made that rye bread yesterday and it was really good so we will have some of that too. I was thinking of making some banana cream pudding for dessert, with the nilla wafers and bananas. Sometimes I get a craving for that, comfort food.

Do you guys ever have cravings for certain foods, especially around the holidays? You know, like foods you used to have when you were a kid? Nostalgic foods maybe I guess.

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Reply What's for dinner Thursday Dec. 6th? (Original post)
LiberalLoner Dec 2012 OP
Viva_La_Revolution Dec 2012 #1
LiberalLoner Dec 2012 #2
GentryDixon Dec 2012 #3
LiberalLoner Dec 2012 #6
GentryDixon Dec 2012 #13
pinto Dec 2012 #4
LiberalLoner Dec 2012 #7
pinto Dec 2012 #21
cbayer Dec 2012 #5
LiberalLoner Dec 2012 #8
cbayer Dec 2012 #9
LiberalLoner Dec 2012 #10
cbayer Dec 2012 #12
LiberalLoner Dec 2012 #15
LiberalLoner Dec 2012 #11
Le Taz Hot Dec 2012 #23
livetohike Dec 2012 #14
LiberalLoner Dec 2012 #16
The empressof all Dec 2012 #27
yellerpup Dec 2012 #17
LiberalLoner Dec 2012 #18
yellerpup Dec 2012 #19
Lugnut Dec 2012 #20
LiberalLoner Dec 2012 #25
Le Taz Hot Dec 2012 #22
hobbit709 Dec 2012 #24
The empressof all Dec 2012 #26
locks Dec 2012 #28

Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 11:43 AM

1. Papa Murphy's pizza

I've got the freezer repairman coming in this afternoon, so I'm taking it easy dinner-wise.

*and yes, I go on serious comfort food cooking sprees around the holidays.

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Response to Viva_La_Revolution (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 11:54 AM

2. Pizza is really good sometimes! Do you ever get wings with your pizza? I swear I think

I like the buffalo wings better than the pizza! I don't like the new style breaded wings though, I like the old style ones that were fried and dripping with the terribly high calorie sauce of butter and hot sauce mixed.

P.S. I hope your freezer gets fixed quickly and the bill will be very low!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:01 PM

3. I crave the elk steak gravy & biscuit

breakfasts my Mom used to fix. She is gone, and I don't eat much meat these days, but what a comfort food.

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Response to GentryDixon (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:41 PM

6. I'm sorry for your loss. (((HUGS)))

My Mom served me elk steak once too. It was truly a meal of love. It was the last meal she ever cooked for me and I will always cherish that memory.

It's good to have these memories to cherish, when the ones we love have passed, isn't it?

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:14 PM

13. Yes it is.

And thank you for your kind words. I am sorry for your loss.

I did not start my genealogy research until after both of my folks were gone. How sad I let that knowledge die with them. I have Moms brother & sister left, both in their 90's, but I have garnered loads of info from them. We take so much for granted, don't we?



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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:21 PM

4. So far - pork chop. Maybe broiled with peach salsa. Some jasmine rice. Green bean stir fry. ?

Just pulled one out of the freezer.

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Response to pinto (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:41 PM

7. That sounds really good! :)

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:26 AM

21. Ended up adding a bit of curry paste to the peach salsa, browning it as a glaze on top of the chop.

Had some mushrooms that had to get into a pan and some scallions, they went in to the green bean stir fry with peanut oil and spices.
Plain jasmine rice as a base for all. Odd combo, but came out great. Sweet and tangy. And, a big plus, simple.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:30 PM

5. Leftover pork roast, yam and cabbage crepes and rice pudding with coconut milk.

Still loving that 2lazygourmets site!

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Response to cbayer (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:42 PM

8. Oh I will have to check that out! I'm noticing most of us are in a pork mood lately!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:05 PM

9. I got a tenderloin for about $5 (!!) and then used a port wine/5 spice marinade

from the twolazygourmets cookbook. I swear, it was the tenderest pork I have ever had. Right up there with a perfect roast beef.

And the leftovers have been just as good.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:10 PM

10. Oh that sounds so good! I hardly ever make pork tenderloin because

I don't really know what to do with it except stuffing it with stuffing but I will have to go check that recipe out!

(I'm still kind of learning how to cook, I'm not great at it or anything.)

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:13 PM

12. Tenderloins can be a great value if you catch them on sale.

They are 100% edible, lean meat.

This recipe called for marinating for a long period of time, then browning and finishing off in the oven. The marinade was reduced on the stovetop and made a rich, delicious sauce. The pork was perfectly pink in the middle. One of the best recipes I have found.

You really don't have to do much to these things at all.

This is a great group to get you excited about cooking!

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Response to cbayer (Reply #12)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:06 PM

15. This is a great group!

And I'm dying to try that recipe, thank you!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:13 PM

11. Oh, may I recommend a cookbook author that I think is amazing?

I don't know if you guys have heard of her or her books, but Molly Stevens wrote a couple of books "All About Braising" and now "All About Roasting" that I think are great. Every recipe I've tried from both those books have turned out great!

There are some reviews of her books on Amazon. I always like to go read the reviews to see if it's a book I should think about getting or not.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #11)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 04:09 AM

23. I braised a chuck roast

on Wednesday and man was it ever good and tender. One of the best ways to cook tough meats (along with slow-cook and pressure cook). I attended a culinary arts class at my local adult school several years back and it was taught by one of our local top chefs. We got lots of really good recipes and techniques include a braising liquid to die for.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:14 PM

14. Deep dish taco pizza (using Yves ground) and an avocado-tomato-lettuce salad

I crave my Baba's homemade pyrohy (pierogies). I can make my own, but they never taste as good as I remember hers did . I also crave both of my Grandmothers' homemade kolaches (pastries) during the holidays. Nut rolls, poppyseed rolls, various other kolaches. I'm going to make some of this this holiday. If I had access to vast quantities of poppyseed, I would do a few rolls.

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Response to livetohike (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:07 PM

16. Oh I love Eastern European food!

I wonder if a restaurant supply store might have bulk poppy seeds at a discount?

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Response to livetohike (Reply #14)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 03:14 PM

27. That Canned Poppyseed Paste is actually ok

I've used it in a pinch. I brighten it up a bit with some lemon zest. It's quick and handy when you need a poppyseed fix. It's also good in muffins

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:14 PM

17. Sushi at Niji!

Yep, we're going out!

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Response to yellerpup (Reply #17)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:21 PM

18. Oooooh enjoy!!!!!!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #18)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:45 PM

19. That's a sure bet!

We're going to have some fun tonight!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:01 AM

20. Leftover meatballs and stuffed shells.

Pieroghi is one thing I crave around the holidays. Nut and poppyseed rolls that my mother used to make are the really big ones.

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Response to Lugnut (Reply #20)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:19 AM

25. I love all those things too!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 04:06 AM

22. Pizza!

Made some killer Maranara and grilled some pizza. Yummmm!!!!! Also made some more chicken stock which I use like crazy in the winter. Seems I use it up as fast as I make it.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 06:55 AM

24. I had chicken fried steak and potato salad. Washed down with lemon flavored fizz water.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 03:12 PM

26. Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage

Shredded cabbage cooked with ground beef, lots of garlic, some tomato sauce and served over brown rice.....

For some reason I found two heads of cabbage in the fridge today. The CSA brought one yesterday and I must have forgotten about the other one.... So I need to work on using it up....

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 06:58 PM

28. Holiday cookies

Don't do much cooking and baking any more at Christmas as I usually go to my daughter's. But MUST make Pecan Tarts, my family's favorite, handed down from my mother-in-law. You have to have a mini tart pan (or two) for my recipe which makes 48; takes a little time but well worth it. May make some English lemon bars and layered date bars too. And see if I can get everything in one ($20) checked bag!

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