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What’s for dinner? – June 12, 2011

Last night, I whipped up a pasta dish – basically a vegetable-filled, red sauce.  Sauteed onions, zucchini, yellow squash and garlic, let that cook down a bit, then added a couple of jars of sauce (semi-homemade!).  Added a bit of extra seasoning and let if simmer for a while to marry the flavors and soften the veggies.  I then added cooked linguini to the sauce, finished the dish in the pan and served it up with finely shredded parmesan and garlic bread.  It was really good. Tonight gonna’ be making fish tacos.  I’m going to experiment a little with the fish – in the freezer I have some tilapia, salmon and scallops.  Some fish taco recipes call for broiling/grilling the fish and others for battering and frying – the deep-frying I … Read entire article »

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What’s for dinner? – June 10, 2011

Yay, it’s Friday!  A hot Friday here in the National Capital Area, so I’m thinking of cooking something for dinner that I can largely prepare a bit earlier in the day and then serve at dinner, after the house (and me) cool off after slaving over the hot stove.  My favorite grocery store had a special on (frozen) shrimp last week – buy two 2-pound bags of shrimp and get three free (what?)!  Each bag was $27.98, so it was a total of about 56 dollars, but ended up with 10 pounds of 21-30 shrimp – so even a decent size shrimp. So what to make?  Hmmm … Maybe something that everyone (Beautiful Wife, Big Girl + BF, LIttle Miss, Only Son and usually a straggler or two, especially on Friday) … Read entire article »

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Chicken & Chickpea Curry Stew with Spicy Slaw

Courtesy of Deirdre Reid and her blog “Grabbing the Gusto” I found my dinner earlier this week at Kalyn’s Kitchen — a blog that I subscribe too because of her healthy recipes. I made her Ground Chicken & Chickpea Curry Stew with Yogurt & Cilantro, and served it with brown rice and her Spicy Mexican Slaw with Lime & Cilantro. Here’s how I did it. Yes, it looked like that – photo from Kalyn’s Kitchen Ground Chicken & Chickpea Curry Stew Olive oil 1-1/4# ground chicken (or turkey) 1 lg onion, chopped chopped garlic to taste (my addition) 2 Tbsp sweet curry powder 1 – 14.5 oz can petite tomatoes with juice 1 – 15.5 oz can chickpeas, drained 12 oz strained fat-free yogurt (get the excess liquid out, then measure), or 12 oz fat-free Greek yogurt salt and pepper 1/4 cup or more chopped cilantro Heat … Read entire article »

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What’s for dinner? – June 8, 2011

Okay, Wednesday morning and thinking about dinner tonight.  Made (or tried to make) felafel last night.  Mixed up the dough and started to fry, but the little rounds kind of came apart in the oil.  Maybe oil wasn’t hot enough, so I let it heat a little more and then rolled the chickpea dough rounds in flour before dropping in hot fat.  It worked!  I think I wasted some of the dough, so didn’t end up with as much felafel I had hoped for, so I went and got a cheese pizza at Two Chefs!  I was feeding six adults (Beautiful Wife, Big Girl + boyfriend, Little Miss + friend of hers, me), so I needed additional foodstuffs.  I had earlier made the tahini sauce, which on the fried felafel … Read entire article »

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What’s for dinner? – May 9, 2011

Terrible quandry about dinner tonight!  Only Son has lacrosse game at 6, Beautiful Wife going to work at 7 (has to work night shift, yuck), so not sure what to do …  Last night, we had lobsters for Mother’s Day dinner – shout out to all mothers! – so tonight will necessarily need to be a bit more thrifty.  Maybe just throw together a pot of chili this afternoon and anyone/everyone can dip into it when they please.  That might be just the ticket!  Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated. … Read entire article »

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Chipotle Chicken Burritos

Courtesy of Deirdre Reid and her blog “Grabbing the Gusto” This is a keeper! I changed the name of this recipe from Chili Chicken Tacos because I went heavy on the chipotle and that brought it to a whole new level. I made it in a crockpot because I had all afternoon and wanted a nice slow cook, but I bet you could make this on the stove too. The link to the original recipe that serves four is below. I made a little less. Two of us pigged out and had a little bit of leftovers. Chipotle Chicken Burritos 1-1/4# boneless skinless chicken thighs 1 sm onion, sliced, sauteed 3 lg garlic cloves, sliced, sautéed with onion ¾ c tomato salsa 2-3 chipotle chiles in adobo plus extra sauce, chopped ½ tbsp chili powder Salt and pepper to … Read entire article »

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What’s for dinner? – April 22, 2011

Well, it’s Good Friday and Beautiful Wife, Only Son and I will be heading down South to visit relatives for Easter.  It will be nice to visit our very dear NC relatives and will also be nice to have dinner cooked for me!  I love to cook and love to make delicious things for my family, but it’s nice to have it served to me every once in a while … But really, it’s all about family :=) We will leave tomorrow (Saturday) and come back on Monday, so we’ll still need a yummy meal tonight.  Only Son has been on Spring Break this week, so has mostly been hanging out with friends, having sleepovers, and being a care- and responsibility-free teenager – we’ve let him have his fun this week, … Read entire article »

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What’s for dinner? – April 19, 2011

Zucchini Latkes I’m thinking of making something kind of light and simple for dinner tonight, but not sure what.  It’s kind of a cloudy day, though not chilly.  Beautiful Wife is making zucchini bread in the kitchen … and she just said that she has a fair amount of extra, raw, grated zucchini.  “Can we make zucchini latkes?” she asks.  What an interesting idea! Took about two seconds to find a bunch of recipes online for zucchini latkes – most have some potato in the mix, and seem pretty similar to any other latke recipe, I suppose.  Here’s one that looks good – Zucchini Latkes – on the Food Network website.  I’ve also found a page called, “Not Your Grandmother’s Latkes”, with some interesting and different ways to serve them.  It mentions … Read entire article »

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What’s for dinner? – April 18, 2011

Well, it’s a dreary, cloudy Monday and Only Son is on Spring Break so he’s around everyday – which is great and means I don’t have to pack his lunch this week!  He has lacrosse practice from 5-7 today, so we’ll eat when he gets home (Beautiful Wife is off today and I just finished helping her with a paper, yay!). I’m gonna’ keep it easy and delicious with my home-made chicken fingers.  I’ll look at what is at the store and may buy the already cut “chicken tenderloins” (especially if they are on sale) or may get the chicken breasts and cut them up myself.  Then I dredge in flour, dip in egg bath (beaten egg and a little water) and roll in a half/half mixture of regular bread crumbs … Read entire article »

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What’s for dinner? – April 17, 2011

It’s beautiful day in the neighborhood here in the DC area – sunny, 60s, nice … Starting to think about meal this evening and haven’t really had any inspirations.  Often, when I’m looking for a good idea, I go to one of my favorite resources – Rachel Ray!  I have a few actual, hard-copy cookbooks from her and decided to browse through them while watching a “Burn Notice” marathon on USA … Okay, I think I found it!  Something I can make and easily keep warm and then prepare individual portions when the time comes – Only Son has to go to work at 5:30 and Beautiful Wife is at work for a long day and will be home at 8-8:30ish.  So a “flexible” dish that can be made in advance … Read entire article »

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