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NO WATER on oil/grease fires! The safest way to extinguish a cooking fire in a pot is by smothering - put a snug-fitting metal-only lid on the pot if you can safely get close enough to it. Or you can douse it with baking soda. Do not use flour or other powders because they're combustible. And turn off the flame immediately as well. 

 

Tonight for dinner I'm eating leftover bolognese since husband is working. 

Thanks for the info kitchensqueen!  I won't forget it!! smile.gif

 

Tonight we are having cheeseburgers (on the barbecue) with baked beans from the can and some kettle chips, and some spinach salad.  It's strawberry season here and so we picked some up and I made homemade strawberry shortcake (a favorite of ours in early summer).  

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Two working parents with an infant = too much takeout. greensad.gif I hope this thread can inspire us.

At least there is a lot of good ethnic food in our neighborhood that's walking distance.

Tomorrow I VOW to get something in the crock pot nice and early. Maybe beef brisket or pork shoulder. But today it was delicious delicious Japanese food from around the corner. mmm, Hamachi nigiri.

A new recipe I made the other day was so easy. I threw a frozen roast into the crock with a jar of salsa and left it about 12 hrs on low. I had to add about a cup of water in the morning and then let it cook a bit more. When it fell apart, I made rice. Easy and I did it with a sleepy 5 m old on my shoulder right before bed.I bet it would be good w bbq sauce on rolls or buns too....

Tonight, tostados. I was going to do sloppy Joe's, but we were supposed to have impromptu (for me, 2 days notice...it takes m me a week to be spontaneous) company over but the man got called in to work. I was going to grill hotdogs for them.... Maybe tomorrow or better yet, Monday when it won't be windy....

I also finally got a big thing of strawberries cut up, part went into a strawberry rhubarb pie with crumb topping that was on allrecipes.com and the rest are in sugar waiting for the angel cake and whipped cream I got for the company that didn't come....

In other food news, yesterday my Dr told me that I need to start getting 4000 calories a day. dayI think I average about 1500 by my best guess.... I'm really not supposed to eat gluten.... I'm going to die.

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A new recipe I made the other day was so easy. I threw a frozen roast into the crock with a jar of salsa and left it about 12 hrs on low. I had to add about a cup of water in the morning and then let it cook a bit more. When it fell apart, I made rice. Easy and I did it with a sleepy 5 m old on my shoulder right before bed.I bet it would be good w bbq sauce on rolls or buns too....

Tonight, tostados. I was going to do sloppy Joe's, but we were supposed to have impromptu (for me, 2 days notice...it takes m me a week to be spontaneous) company over but the man got called in to work. I was going to grill hotdogs for them.... Maybe tomorrow or better yet, Monday when it won't be windy....

I also finally got a big thing of strawberries cut up, part went into a strawberry rhubarb pie with crumb topping that was on allrecipes.com and the rest are in sugar waiting for the angel cake and whipped cream I got for the company that didn't come....

In other food news, yesterday my Dr told me that I need to start getting 4000 calories a day. dayI think I average about 1500 by my best guess.... I'm really not supposed to eat gluten.... I'm going to die.

 

Thanks for the idea!!  Sounds great.

 

Are you PG with multiples? My wife and I went the milkshake route when she was carrying triplets. 3 meals a day plus shakes. Sometimes ice cream, sometimes yogurt smoothies, etc.  You an add protein powder to boost the calories/nutrients. (not sure about the gluten content of those...I guess there are GF ones).  You can make healthier ones with frozen fruit and yogurt, and naughtier ones with, oh, I dunno, girl scout thin mints and ice cream. It's all good.

 

Oh, and it just occurred to me that I shouldn't brag about my delicious raw yellowtail takeout with plenty of pregnant women. My bad. :(

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Last night we had a sleepover, so dinner was pizza bread with toppings - cheese, pepperoni, artichoke hearts, olives, anchovies (a few kids tried them - kudos!) Tonight will be leftover pizza bread and tomorrow probably crockpot baked potatoes with toppings since I have my last night of school.


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Oh, and it just occurred to me that I shouldn't brag about my delicious raw yellowtail takeout with plenty of pregnant women. My bad. :(

I'm not pregnant - but still jealous orngtongue.gif

 

As for quick things to make to avoid takeout, I always keep certain things on hand for quick meals, mainly pasta and jars of sauce (also clams and/or canned salmon for a change of pace - easy dinner with some garlic sauteed in olive oil), eggs (over rice, over pasta, omelettes with whatever else is on hand), and cans of beans or refried beans, cheese, salsa and shells (tostadas or tortillas) for quesadillas, bean tacos/tostadas or nachos. Grilled cheese is another one, since I almost always have bread and cheese in the house. We spice ours up with sriracha.


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As for quick things to make to avoid takeout

 

Pasta salad is a quick dinner standby at our house. We have a cold weather version (sauteed kale, carmelized onion, sun dried tomatoes, bacon and tapenade) and a warm weather version (lettuce, green onions, cherry tomatoes, ham and tapenade) with balsamic vinaigrette. Sometimes we have it with Italian dressing, and sometimes we vary the ingredients based on our taste or what we have on hand - artichoke hearts, white beans, sausage, meatless, raddicchio, soy mozzarella, etc. The great thing about pasta salad is you can basically throw some veg and salad dressing on it and it'll taste great. And it's quick - in the time it takes to cook the pasta you've basically got a complete meal ready to go. 

 

I'm having a quick dinner myself tonight since I don't want to cook - pulling some extra bacon and whiskey chili out of the freezer since husband is at work and I don't feel like cooking. Which is another great tip for quick meals that we use all the time - when you do have time to cook, make extra and freeze it. It's hardly any extra time to double a recipe - you're already doing the work, so what's another couple of chops?


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Sorry this has taken so long - I was out of town. The blog is www.melskitchencafe.com. We've also had the sweet balsamic glazed pork loin, the coconut shrimp curry, and the chicken coconut curry. Good stuff!

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Hehe, nope, nursing a 6 month old. But I have Crohn's and between that and nursing, I'm down just under 100 lbs. Grrr, it's hard for me to gain weight. I was a fat teen, then I got sick in college.... Ben as emaciated as 82 lbs. I'm only 5' but still. And I need to stay of gluten and sugar. I don't, but I limit them, esp sugar. That's easy. I think I've called up another 1500 cal day.

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I'm having a quick dinner myself tonight since I don't want to cook - pulling some extra bacon and whiskey chili out of the freezer since husband is at work and I don't feel like cooking. Which is another great tip for quick meals that we use all the time - when you do have time to cook, make extra and freeze it. It's hardly any extra time to double a recipe - you're already doing the work, so what's another couple of chops?

 

Whiskey chili?  That sounds delicious!  Googling...! 

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Yep, tonight is crockpot baked potatoes with toppings (cheese, salsa, sour cream, etc.) Tomorrow I think will be a simple olive oil and garlic pasta with optional parmesan cheese and salad.
 


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Whiskey chili?  That sounds delicious!  Googling...! 

 

Ah, no need to Google. I give you my original recipe, as posted on my old blog. 

 

Tonight I made a double shepherd's pie. The last once was so good I had a craving for it today. With a bottle of cold ale, of course. :-)


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You could try this sausage recipe. We usually switch out the spinach for bell peppers though. It's pretty quick and tasty. 

After two eighty degree days we've had a cold front move in, so I had a taste for comfort food. I've got bolognese simmering on the stove. 

Thanks, I tried this tonight. For some reason, I want to serve it over rice. I cried the potatoes first, so it made it all too great, the rice would probably cut it. Hubby thoroughly enjoyed it, I think it could be a keeper, thanks!

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Thanks for the recipe kitchensqueen!  I can't wait to try it out eat.gif

 

Tonight was supposed to be pho soup, but I realized much too late that it was a slow cooker recipe.  Instead I made a pork and bok choy stir fry over brown rice.  It was really good!  I just recently discovered bok choy and all it's deliciousness

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Not much cooking has been happening over the weekend between my bed rest and Dh's schedule


Sat he made a tomato rice sauteed veggies and salad for dinner.

 

We have leftover rice so I pulled some kidney beans out of the freezer and I've got some salsa that needs to be used up. I'm going to mix it all up and add some frozen veggies and make burritos for dinner tonight. Seems like the easiest thing I can make and not waste a bunch of stuff.
 


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Threw some chicken leg quarters with spices and some water in the slow poker on high last night and at 11:30 it set off our smoke alarm! I don't get it, nothing was burning but I turned it off and put it on low this morning while I went out with DD. My plan for dinner is definitely going to involve this chicken, it's just a question of how... Chicken stroganoff with veggies, chicken wrap/tacos, chicken on flatbread pizza or a hearty salad with chicken... Choices choices!
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Threw some chicken leg quarters with spices and some water in the slow poker on high last night and at 11:30 it set off our smoke alarm! I don't get it, nothing was burning but I turned it off and put it on low this morning while I went out with DD. My plan for dinner is definitely going to involve this chicken, it's just a question of how... Chicken stroganoff with veggies, chicken wrap/tacos, chicken on flatbread pizza or a hearty salad with chicken... Choices choices!

 



I don't miss meat by any means BUT I do miss that ease of throwing the meat into it and coming out with tons of choices. I do do that with beans in my slow cooker but it really isn't the same. Yay slow cooker magic


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I'm thinking tonight will be hotdogs on the grill, though it seems like a waste for just that. Maybe I'll see if the in-laws want to do anything while it's hot. Today is another day I'm not sure when he'll be home. They messed the schedule all up and then change it as they go.... Can't wait till the next schedule comes out, it *should* be back to normal.... It's wreaking havoc on Ana's routine, thus not helping mine....

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Thanks, I tried this tonight. For some reason, I want to serve it over rice. I cried the potatoes first, so it made it all too great, the rice would probably cut it. Hubby thoroughly enjoyed it, I think it could be a keeper, thanks!

 

Great, glad you like it! We were glad to discover it too; it's definitely in the regular rotation. We've never thought about serving it with rice, but I bet that would be good too for a change. 

 

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No problem; hope you like it. 

 

Tonight we're doing my husband's incredible whiskey barbecue marinated chicken thighs. I don't drink a lot of whiskey these days, but man do I love to cook with the stuff. Just lends such a unique flavor to certain dishes. We're serving canned baked beans on the side. Though I keep meaning to make home made baked beans in the crockpot - I think this weekend I'll soak up a bunch of beans and try it out. 


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chicken and fried rice and spinach salad.  Simple but good!

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Finally got the hotdogs grilled! He had to make his own up though because Ana was so ready for nap time, I couldn't concentrate. Lol

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Ugh, we did a really dumb thing and froze a twelve pack of Italian sausages in it's original packaging when we brought it home, so had to defrost it en mass. Normally I would portion it into two packages for two separate meals. Now I have to figure out what to make with a bulk lot of sausage for dinner that will stretch over two days... I'm sick of sausage already and I haven't even cooked it yet. 


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I settled on soup for tonight - the ubiquitous Italian sausage, a few diced potatoes, a stalk of minced celery, sliced button mushrooms (which I sauteed first), a quart of home-canned tomatoes, a mini bottle of merlot (I buy the mini four packs to have on hand for cooking, since I never can go through a full bottle of red before it turns), and beef stock. I seasoned with powdered garlic and onion (since I'm out of fresh), dried basil, and dried parsley. 

 

Can you tell it's the day before our biweekly grocery shop? I'm sure it'll be decent, cobbled together as it is from what's left in the fridge. But I'm hoping it actually turns out tasty. I'm debating whether I should make noodles to go with it, since that's a double starch, but I usually do put noodles in my soups. Stretches it a bit, and I'm very much a noodle person. :-)

 

Tomorrow night with the rest of the sausage I'm going to make an Italian sausage meatloaf (omitting the provolone) and garlic mashed potatoes. 


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Last night was dinner out since there were activities to get to. Tonight some kind of stir-fry with rice because I have mushrooms and broccoli. Still need a protein, so depending on what store I get to, probably tofu and chicken (we have one vegetarian in the house), unless I can get some decent fish - the vegetarian is willing to go pescatarian occasionally. Tomorrow - something easy, maybe pasta. I have to get food ready for a family party Saturday. I have tried and liked this recipe: http://budgetbytes.blogspot.com/2012/08/spicy-noodles-204-recipe-102-serving.html
 


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I settled on soup for tonight - the ubiquitous Italian sausage, a few diced potatoes, a stalk of minced celery, sliced button mushrooms (which I sauteed first), a quart of home-canned tomatoes, a mini bottle of merlot (I buy the mini four packs to have on hand for cooking, since I never can go through a full bottle of red before it turns), and beef stock. I seasoned with powdered garlic and onion (since I'm out of fresh), dried basil, and dried parsley. 

 

Can you tell it's the day before our biweekly grocery shop? I'm sure it'll be decent, cobbled together as it is from what's left in the fridge. But I'm hoping it actually turns out tasty. I'm debating whether I should make noodles to go with it, since that's a double starch, but I usually do put noodles in my soups. Stretches it a bit, and I'm very much a noodle person. :-)

 

Tomorrow night with the rest of the sausage I'm going to make an Italian sausage meatloaf (omitting the provolone) and garlic mashed potatoes. 

 

Since you're both a noodle person and, apparently, an Italian sausage person, I'll share one of my own: rigatoni with sausage bolognese.  It's incredibly simple. A little on the decadent side, I guess.

 

One can tomatoes

One pound to one and half pounds Italian sausage (hot or sweet, your preference) meat removed from casing.

one shallot

garlic, minced

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2 cups chicken or vegetable stock

pecorino romano, preferably fresh (parmagiano reggiano will do, but I prefer the pec)

One cup white wine, if on hand (not essential)

half a cup heavy cream (

basil, fresh (you can use dry but I find dry basil vs. no basil=very little difference)

one box rigatoni

 

 

Dice up the shallot and sautee in olive oil until translucent.

Add garlic to oil, being careful not to burn.

Add sausage meat and brown on all sides.

Once meat is browned, deglaze pan with white wine. Then add chicken stock. Stir.

Bring to a boil, then add tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, then add up  to a cup of grated pecorino romano. Stir to incorporate well.

After sauce comes to a boil, reduce heat to low.  Cover, leaving a little slit to vent, and allow to cook for at least an hour, stirring occasionally.

When sauce is near done, add chopped fresh basil leaves (no idea how much...but a lot).  Then add cream and stir....sauce should turn a delightful pinkish hue.  Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes while making the rigatoni.

Serve over al dente rigatoni with additional fresh grated cheese and, if you're me, a hunk o' Italian bread. Goes well with brunello di montalcino, barolo, or, if we're to be heretical here, burgundy (it need not be romanee conti or anything. Or even French. Pick a favorite pinot noir).

 

 

 

Not light fare, but yummy.

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I made a carbonara a couple of days ago with chickpeas,peas,tons of garlic in it. and a salad a couple of nights ago

 

Last night was soup. I pulled out a bunch of frozen soup,frozen canned tomatoes and added a bunch of extra chopped veggies.

 

Tonight is a tofu stir fry with some veggies that need to be used up. I'm thinking with rice noodles and a pb sauce
 


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