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#241 of 3368 Old 11-13-2011, 09:25 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So on Friday night my husband and I were supposed to have our first date out with just the two of us without the baby. My in laws came in to watch him for the evening. We were planning to go to one of our favorite restaurants - a popular spot, but not really known for being reservations required. It took an hour to get there - one train, one bus. And we got there and it was packed! They couldn't get us a table until 8:00 (we were there around 6:00). Of course we couldn't hang around for two hours with my in laws babysitting at home. So we had to turn around and come back. :-( We ended up having pasta with a quick marinara sauce. 

 

Saturday, we decided to go back to the place, with reservations since we had a Groupon for dinner there that expires in a week. We took the baby and I had him in the sling, so he pretty much slept the whole time, except when he woke up for his own dinner. It was a great night out. We split gravlax and toast for an appetizer, and he got a roasted pork loin in a red wine reduction with mashed potatoes and braised red cabbage. I got Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes, pickled cucumbers and ligonberries. And despite being lactose-intolerant I decided to cheat and got a chocolate mousse for dessert. It was soooo good, but I paid for it later... and I didn't complain for feeling sick since if you play, you pay. 

 

Tonight I cooked Sunday dinner here at home. I made bacon wrapped center cut pork chops with apple and onions, braised in apple cider with a shot of brandy. Seasoned with salt, pepper and fresh thyme. I did a few boiled potatoes and had some sauerkraut on the side. Delicious and simple. And for some reason I was craving corn bread so I made a pan of that and called it dessert. We like northern style corn bread, so it's on the sweet side, so I suppose that counts. 

 

Tomorrow, I'm not sure what I'm doing. We had a winter session of our farmers market, so I got some lovely looking Lacinato kale and cremini mushrooms. And I went to an old school butcher today and picked up some smoked kielbasa, a pair of apple bratwursts, a pair of Chicago-style bratwursts, a quarter pound of lamb sausage and a small pork and chicken liver pate with whole peppercorns. I'm kicking myself for not grabbing a cabbage or two at the market, so I can do up some choucroute and make my own sauerkraut, so hopefully they still have some next weekend.  


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kitchensqueen- those pork chops sound delicious! might I get the recipe? pork is very popular in my house! eat.gif

 

Last night we had steaks and mac and cheese with a side of veggies. 

Tonight I didn't feel like doing much so we just had some grilled sandwiches with soup. Pretty lame.

I bought a pork tenderloin for tomorrow, which we all love. I'll probably do some mashed potatoes or roasted potatoes with green beans and garlic. Yum! 

I also bought some chicken breasts but I haven't decided what to make with them yet. DH requested chicken parm but the last time I made it, it didn't come out so great. We'll see. 

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Tomorrow: Rice, beans, olives, cilantro, salsa and avocado 

Wednesday: Panini sandwiches and Tomato Soup

Thursday: Fish and chips with fruit salad

Friday:Lentil veggie stew and jasmine rice

Saturday: leftovers (recipe makes a lot of stew!)

Sunday: possibly out with friends

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It was totally improv. I just wrapped a couple of slices of bacon around each pork chop, securing it with a toothpick. Just browned the outside of the wrapped chops in a saute pan, then set them aside. In the same pan, I sauteed some diced onion and apple slices in a little olive oil until just caramelized, then deglazed with about a cup of cider and a shot of the brandy (at which point you could flambe if you want, but I was lazy and in a hurry so I didn't). I added several springs of fresh thyme and seasoned well with salt and pepper. Then I put the chops back in, put a cover on the pan and slide it into the oven at 350. They were probably in for 20-30 minutes or so. 


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Last night I made whole wheat veggie pizzas & salad.  It was so delicious!

I just made coconut curry butternut squash soup, & the house smells amazing!  I can't wait to eat! I think I will pair this with grilled chicken breast sandwiches. 

 


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Last night I made whole wheat veggie pizzas & salad.  It was so delicious!

I just made coconut curry butternut squash soup, & the house smells amazing!  I can't wait to eat! I think I will pair this with grilled chicken breast sandwiches. 


I've been thinking about chicken sandwiches a lot lately. I found a recipe on Pinterest that's supposed to be the knock off of the Chik-Fil-A chicken sandwich that I want to try. I've never had theirs, but it's supposed to be the chicken sandwich, so it's on my to do list.

 

Tonight I'm using the kielbasa and some of the Lacinato kale in a Portugese Kale & Sauasage soup, from my crockpot book. I love, love, love that book. Real food from the slow cooker. Where has this book been all my life? And we'll finish the last of the epi with it too; need to bake some more tomorrow.

 


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tonight we had spinach meatloaf and potatoes... night before, it was chicken and (boxed, lol) stuffing. i think its tacos or tostadas tomorrow, depending on if i feel like frying tortillas for tostadas

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We had music lessons and a photography session in our home last night so I made tacos.  Quick and easy and never fail to please.  I only make tacos, though, so I have to make ALOT.  I also found loganberries (couple of gallons) in the freezer when I was defrosting it in preparation for more meat.  I made a pie so I could test out my clear gel and see if it was still good (unopened).  It was so I think today I'll can pie filling or jam, or both.  I think we'll have left over meat loaf and mashed potatoes and grape salad tonight.  Probably will make a big green salad, too.


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Love, love that pork chop menu and recipe. I can't wait to try it. What about cooking the chops in the sauerkraut? I like to cook sausage in sauerkraut. 

 

Last night I made classic stuffed green peppers that my Aunt Joy used to make. I had great fresh green peppers that I parboiled in water for five minutes or so. I made a mixture of grass fed beef (with the most fat), chopped onions, ketchup, mustard powder, egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper and stuffed the peppers with it leaving enough room (barely) for a curled piece of bacon on top, then a slice of cheese and finally topped with fine bread crumbs. Baked at 350 for about an hour with a little water in the pan. I served with baked potatoes and steamed carrots and green beans. 

 

Comforting!

 

Do I dare ask what people are making for Thanksgiving?? Along with the traditional stuff, I make a creamed cabbage dish that must be 5th generation by now.

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Love, love that pork chop menu and recipe. I can't wait to try it. What about cooking the chops in the sauerkraut? I like to cook sausage in sauerkraut. 

 

Last night I made classic stuffed green peppers that my Aunt Joy used to make. I had great fresh green peppers that I parboiled in water for five minutes or so. I made a mixture of grass fed beef (with the most fat), chopped onions, ketchup, mustard powder, egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper and stuffed the peppers with it leaving enough room (barely) for a curled piece of bacon on top, then a slice of cheese and finally topped with fine bread crumbs. Baked at 350 for about an hour with a little water in the pan. I served with baked potatoes and steamed carrots and green beans. 

 

Comforting!

 

Do I dare ask what people are making for Thanksgiving?? Along with the traditional stuff, I make a creamed cabbage dish that must be 5th generation by now.


Oh yeah, I've done chops in sauerkraut before, but this time the husband wanted it on the side and I couldn't resist the cider/brandy combination. Pork is the best - I can't wait to make a proper choucroute soon!

 

Thanksgiving - great question! Would love to hear what everyone is doing! In year's past I've mixed it up - honey-riesling heritage turkey, Scandinavian-style pork rib roast, apple smoked pheasant (my favorite by far), but this year we're doing 100% traditional since it's the baby's first Thanksgiving - 

 

roasted turkey (trying to convince the husband we should apple smoke it too)

honey glazed ham

mashed potatoes

turkey gravy

bread stuffing (with white and rye bread)

home made cranberry sauce

braised greens (whatever's on special - Swiss chard, kale, collards...)

individual sweet potato casseroles (found on Pinterest)

pumpkin crescent rolls (if they work on this week's trial run; got the recipe on Pinterest)

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Tonight - vermouth chicken. :-) 


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I copied the PP who said they were having a coconut curry butternut squash soup... LOVED IT!  Used the recipe linked below.  Perfect autumn recipe.

 

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We had red beans and rice with cilantro and shrimp. It was great.


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We had red beans and rice with cilantro and shrimp. It was great.

 

Red beans and rice is so good! Do you use one of the mixes or do you make it from scratch? 
 

 


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I do both. But tonight I just made a box cause I don't feel well and thawed some shrimp. IT was super simple oh and I added cilantro and that made it delish.


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I do both. But tonight I just made a box cause I don't feel well and thawed some shrimp. IT was super simple oh and I added cilantro and that made it delish.


Yeah, the Zatarain's mixes are pretty good, but they're so salty we usually cut them with some white rice. Makes it stretch further too, since those boxes are barely two servings. Which recipe do you use when you make it from scratch? I've been trying to find a good recipe to no avail. 

 

 


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it was tacos for us tonight... dont know what we're doing for thanksgiving, im beyond broke, buried in payday loans, and fighting with the school for my financial aid money- its been one delay after another. its only gonna be the three us though, so after i figure out my budget, i can hopefully swing a turkey or turkey breast or something, depending on the sales. we've got enough staples to fill in the sides, even if its not what we'd traditionally have, you know?

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Well I generally make something like chana masala when I make it from scratch. It s what I know how to do lol.

 

I don't like making boxed food but as a single mom sometimes I just do it.... and I think cutting it with white rice is a great idea.

I have also dumped red beans in with white rice and just seasoned it up with what I had and kids liked it.


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Yeah, the Zatarain's mixes are pretty good, but they're so salty we usually cut them with some white rice. Makes it stretch further too, since those boxes are barely two servings. Which recipe do you use when you make it from scratch? I've been trying to find a good recipe to no avail. 


I love the Zatarain's mixes, too, but lately I've been making a brown rice skillet that's pretty good. Cook a couple of sliced sausages, a chopped onion and garlic in olive oil in a skillet, add a tbsp of paprika, salt and pepper, 1 C long grain brown rice, 2 C water and a couple of chopped canned tomatoes, cover and cook until the rice is done. Then throw in a cup or so of frozen peas and heat through.
You could make a "Cajun" version by adding celery and bell pepper and substituting canned beans for the peas. Tony Chachere's seasoning would be good in it but I'm all out and can't find it anywhere around here.

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I love the Zatarain's mixes, too, but lately I've been making a brown rice skillet that's pretty good. Cook a couple of sliced sausages, a chopped onion and garlic in olive oil in a skillet, add a tbsp of paprika, salt and pepper, 1 C long grain brown rice, 2 C water and a couple of chopped canned tomatoes, cover and cook until the rice is done. Then throw in a cup or so of frozen peas and heat through.
You could make a "Cajun" version by adding celery and bell pepper and substituting canned beans for the peas. Tony Chachere's seasoning would be good in it but I'm all out and can't find it anywhere around here.


That sounds pretty good, and easy enough to put together. I might give it a try the next time we want a rice dish. 

 

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We had red beans and rice with cilantro and shrimp. It was great.

 

 

Would love to know more specifically how to make this. Is it a skillet dish like in the other post? I love all of these ingredients.
 

 

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Well I generally make something like chana masala when I make it from scratch. It s what I know how to do lol.

 

I don't like making boxed food but as a single mom sometimes I just do it.... and I think cutting it with white rice is a great idea.

I have also dumped red beans in with white rice and just seasoned it up with what I had and kids liked it.

 

Tell me more! What is chana masala??
 

 

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it was tacos for us tonight... dont know what we're doing for thanksgiving, im beyond broke, buried in payday loans, and fighting with the school for my financial aid money- its been one delay after another. its only gonna be the three us though, so after i figure out my budget, i can hopefully swing a turkey or turkey breast or something, depending on the sales. we've got enough staples to fill in the sides, even if its not what we'd traditionally have, you know?


Fortunately, Thanksgiving food is inexpensive. If you can swing a turkey, some bread, potatoes, onions and celery and maybe a cabbage, you'll be good. Good luck you!

 

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Speaking of inexpensive turkey, I know Target here in Chicago has them for 97 cents a pound this week... that's pretty cheap I think. Granted, it's likely a mass produced bird, but... 


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Tonight is peanut stew and rice.  Wish me luck.  New recipe!


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Speaking of inexpensive turkey, I know Target here in Chicago has them for 97 cents a pound this week... that's pretty cheap I think. Granted, it's likely a mass produced bird, but... 


...but I'm stocking up on as many as I can....I've got a family to feed and gas is about to skyrocket again.  My IGA has them for  89 cents/lb, but I'm hoping for cheaper soon.  I'd like to buy at least 10.  Oh, and everyone knows to stock up on peanut butter, I hope, since that is set to increase at the beginning of the year.  Bad peanut crop because of the droughts and all.  I buy a case every time I got to Aldi, and the kids have decided that they'll wrap a case for their dad for Christmas, lol. 

 

Supper last night here was beef stir fry.  I've got baked oatmeal in the oven now, and my dd accidentally walked off this morning w/out the pail of goat milk.  Um, the silly goat drank it, so now she's gotta hope for more milk when she goes back out, lol.

 

I'm not sure what's for supper yet tonight.  I'm about to go cut up 2 fresh hams that are going to be canned.

 

Waiting for sweet potatoes to go lower than 28 cents/lb.  Last year when they hit 17 cents we loaded up and then took 100 lbs to the food pantry.  I'm wondering if they'll get that low this year or should I go ahead and buy??

 


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that sounds good.  There are recipes for peanut stews and soups in an old 1917 book about wartime foods I was reading recently.  I thought that sounded like something we should try.  If yours is good, please post the recipe!
 

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that sounds good.  There are recipes for peanut stews and soups in an old 1917 book about wartime foods I was reading recently.  I thought that sounded like something we should try.  If yours is good, please post the recipe!
 



This was really good -- very filling and quite cheap and easy to make.  I used this recipe

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/west-african-peanut-soup/detail.aspx

but substituted chicken broth for veggie stock since I didn't have it.  My only piece of advice is the quality of the soup depends completely on the peanut butter you use.  Mine tasted an aweful lot like Skippy blush.gif

 


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...but I'm stocking up on as many as I can....I've got a family to feed and gas is about to skyrocket again.  My IGA has them for  89 cents/lb, but I'm hoping for cheaper soon.  I'd like to buy at least 10.  Oh, and everyone knows to stock up on peanut butter, I hope, since that is set to increase at the beginning of the year.  Bad peanut crop because of the droughts and all.  I buy a case every time I got to Aldi, and the kids have decided that they'll wrap a case for their dad for Christmas, lol. 

 

Same here... I feel bad, because I'd rather my hard-earned dollars go to the farmers directly, but we just cannot afford to spend $100 on a turkey. I don't begrudge small farmers the price, those turkeys are well worth it. But at our house... it's just can't happen this year. :-( We're going to see what kind of deals Woodmans (amazing small Midwestern grocery chain - great quality, low prices) has this weekend when we're near one at my in laws, but if they're higher than 97 cents a pound, we'll likely be availing ourselves of the Target turkeys. I definitely feel like we're in between a rock and a hard place with our food dollars, and keeping our spending ethical. Sigh. 

 

I did not know about the peanut situation! I mean, I should've, since I'm aware of the drought situation down there but I guess I didn't put two and two together. I'll check on the case price for peanut butter this weekend too then, since we eat a lot at our house too. And too funny that a case is getting gifted for Christmas at your house! If the guy loves peanut butter, make it happen! :-)

 

 

Dinner tonight is leftover bacon and whisky chili. I didn't want to cook anything from scratch that would give us leftovers since we're headed out tomorrow afternoon and won't be home until late Sunday. 


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we're having cheesy cresents tonight. put a 1/2 a slice of cheese in slit in a hot dog, and wrap in a cresent roll. not healthy, but comfort food, lol. we're having tator tots and some kind of veggie to go with them

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For folks who are buying turkeys on sale, the legs and thighs make really good pulled meat in the slowcooker. I substitute turkey in this recipe: http://www.canadianliving.com/food/slow_cooker_pulled_pork.php
It's great on a bun with red cabbage and carrot coleslaw on the side.

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For folks who are buying turkeys on sale, the legs and thighs make really good pulled meat in the slowcooker. I substitute turkey in this recipe: http://www.canadianliving.com/food/slow_cooker_pulled_pork.php
It's great on a bun with red cabbage and carrot coleslaw on the side.

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