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    Columbus, OH; Dallas sometimes
  1. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    I am proud of myself for cooking at home again today. Grape tomato salad with Gorgonzola and red wine vinaigrette. Chicken thighs roasted on top of fingerling potatoes in a mixture of lemon juice, olive oil, tons of fresh garlic, salt and pepper.
  2. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Tonight it is brunch for dinner: Muffin cup potato, cheese, and green onion omelettes, from the freezer. Prosciutto wrapped asparagus, roasted in the oven. Sliced strawberries Rosé
  3. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Turkey tacos. American style, with shredded cheese and sour cream… Cabbage instead of lettuce, because that's what I had.
  4. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Being single on Valentine's Day means that I can treat myself without concern for anybody else's expectations. So I bought myself some Stone crab claws ($$$$), and made my own mustard sauce, and roasted some organic fingerling potatoes. I also had a spinach salad with strawberries. The potatoes were delicious dipped in the mustard sauce. I think stone crabs are more of a novelty for me than a delicacy. I find the flavor of the claws on regular old blue crabs to be far superior. There are some cookies for later!
  5. New Orleans, LA

    Take the streetcar, the Carrollton Avenue line, to City park which is the end of the line. The park is tropical and beautiful, the sculpture garden is world class, and there is a morning call coffee stand right across from the sculpture garden where you can sit and have a drink and a snack under centuries old oak trees. You can rent bikes at the park, and there is a very cool miniature golf course near the parking lot in the center, close to the coffee shop. A 17-year-old might very well be interested in many of the art galleries, and a lot of the musical performances that take place as early shows are open to all ages. Depending on the time of the year and your interest, you can go to the horse races at the Fairgrounds, which is very near city park. No matter when you were there, there is likely to be some festival… Get the local entertainment newspaper called Gambit. It will have a list of all of the events going on in the city. If you want a super great tour, one of my great friends runs 504 Tours. Check it out.
  6. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    I am cooking for a friend tonight. I am grilling skirt steak that I marinated in red wine, soy sauce, Thai chili garlic sauce, and honey. We're having a spinach and radicchio salad with strawberries and Gorgonzola, with a pomegranate balsamic vinaigrette. I'm also grilling asparagus. We are having a mass-market Shiraz.
  7. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    My friend gave me the leftover pork chops from a dinner we attended. Yesterday I took them out of the freezer, and sliced the meat off the bone. I made a sort of "Sunday gravy" by adding some pork sausage I had in the freezer, and some chicken thighs. I used two cans of crushed tomatoes some extra tomato paste, and a lot of red wine. Also garlic, bell pepper, onion, and mushrooms. I simmered the heck out of it. I think I liked it better than she did. There are tons of leftovers, which I will freeze and enjoy later.
  8. Total wine is a blessing here in Fort Lauderdale, where the competing options are abysmal. For a while I tried to support the local guy right near me, but his selection is very bad and his prices are high. It's fine in a pinch, but when I stock up, I drive over the intracoastal to Total Wine. One of my friends said it is like a Chuck E. cheese for adults!
  9. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Ground turkey tacos American style, with crispy corn shells, white cheddar, lettuce and salsa.
  10. Eggs

    Ketchup on eggs = gagging. I make a lot of omelettes in muffin tins that I freeze for a quick snacks or meals. I also often throw a poached or fried egg on top of something else to add more protein to a meal. Shakshouka is a delicious egg meal! And no matter how unfashionable it might be, every time I bring deviled eggs to a party every single one is devoured. And boiled eggs are a quick and portable breakfast or lunch. A boiled egg becomes egg salad with the addition of a very few ingredients. Yeah, I'm a fan. Go, eggs.
  11. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Greek night! Last night I marinated bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs with lemon juice, olive oil, lots of garlic, oregano, rosemary, salt and pepper. Today I tossed the marinade with diced potatoes. I put the potatoes in a baking dish, and topped them with fresh green beans. I put the chicken thighs, skin-side up, on top. I added about 1/2 cup of chicken stock. I roasted the whole thing for about 45 minutes on 400. I then turned on the broiler for a bit to make sure the chicken skin was crisp. It tasted pretty close to my favorite roasted chicken and potatoes at my neighborhood Greek restaurant.
  12. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Fettuccini with sautéed shrimp, garlic, halved cherry tomatoes, fresh spinach, quarter canned artichoke. I covered the shrimp with Italian seasoning and some crushed red pepper flakes and let them sit for a few hours, sautéed them briefly and took them out of the pan. I then cooked the tomatoes with the garlic until the tomatoes were soft, added the artichoke hearts, and the spinach. I finished it with a bit of heavy cream, tossed the shrimp back in and then added the pasta into the skillet. Parmesan added at the table. Easy and colorful.
  13. Happy New Year, Friends

    Thank you for nurturing this great community.
  14. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Here in South Florida we are looking at a cold snap right after the new year, and in anticipation tonight I made a big pot of chili. Aren't that many days down here when a steaming pot of chili is appealing! Plus, I have a cold so I'm craving the spice. One of my friends is coming for a visit, so I also made muffin tin omelettes of hashbrowns and grated white cheddar with green onions. Those are in the freezer.