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Tomato and Zucchini Gratin.  The recipe calls it a Provencal style gratin, although I can't find any references to a similar egg based dish in Provencal cooking.  Blame the NY Times.

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Last night I made one of the remaining few Costco prime steaks in the freezer. I'm wary of cooking them too rare since reading about the blade-tenderizing. I did it reverse sear and left it in the oven a bit too long. It was only a little pink but still quite good. Not cooking such a good steak to at least medium rare seems like a waste, though. I think I'll take my chances and go back to rare when I defrost the next one and take my chances.

I also made a broccoli and penne dish, with a sweet blue cheese, creme fraiche, hot pepper flakes, and toasted sliced almonds, and I salvaged a a couple of tomatoes that had bad spots around the top by cutting the tops off and broiling the tomatoes with Parmesan.

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Mom had a huge chicken breast in the freezer, so I sliced it into thin cutlets and made a sort of chicken a la Francese with roasted potatoes. I floured the cutlets and then sautéed them in olive oil and butter, took them out of the pan, and then added lemon juice, white wine, some chicken stock and some herbs to the pan.  Then I returned the cutlets to the pan and let them cook for a minute in the sauce.

Mom loves lemon so the dish was a big hit. But I have to look the other way when mom puts ketchup on the lovely roasted Yukon golds. 

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Salad with spring mix, purple frisee, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, radishes, feta, and chopped leftover steak; Bolthouse Farms Avocado Green Goddess
Whole wheat naan
Grain salad with quinoa and marinated gigande beans
Berbere roasted cauliflower

 

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Craving fish tacos, but too lazy to drive to Whole Foods, and San Diego is just too far away... A 7pm run to Giant produced some pretty tasty perch fish tacos that satisfied my yearning.

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Friday night I didn't feel much like cooking. I had taken advantage of the 2 for $5 pizza by the slice Prime special at Whole Foods currently running on Fridays. I really didn't need to buy them, but I was shopping hungry. The slices were enormous (one pepperoni and one cheese), so I reheated them in a hot cast iron skillet and then cut each into two medium size slices. And there was leftover salad.

Last night I made one of my favorite recipes from the 90s that I hardly ever make any more: Scallop Salad with New Potatoes in Creamy Vinaigrette. Because I had also bought cod loin to make homemade fish sticks, which I didn't use Friday because pizza + too lazy, we had fish sticks alongside. So, fish two ways. I ran out of steam and served the fish sticks with bottled ranch instead of making the tartar sauce I intended. We also had whole wheat naan with the meal.

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Last Mom meal of this visit: tilapia topped with breadcrumbs and seasoning, baked and then broiled to brown the top, and served with lemon wedges. Tomato salad with Gorgonzola dressing. Sautéed green beans. 

It’s been kind of fun over the past two weeks to cook for my mom and to have total control of her kitchen.  Without dad‘s palate to please (I hope he’s eating well on the other side) I have been able to cook things MOM loves. Hence, fish. 

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Steak au poivre
Quinoa mixed with olive oil and herb roasted tomatoes and corn
Leftover scallop and potato salad

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Last night was watercress vichyssoise, more of the fish sticks, and more of the quinoa with roasted tomatoes and corn.
 

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Trader joes cauliflower gnocchi (my wife and I - and the kids - really like these.  Particularly if made in the more Parisian gnocchi style of pan seared) with fresh grilled corn and heirloom cherry tomatoes.  Finished with butter and parmesean and a dollop of costco pesto.  It reminds me of the gnocchi from Proof (☹️).

One of my favorite easy summertime dinners.

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Leftover watercress vichyssoise
Chicken cutlets
Leftover quinoa with roasted vegetables + tofu cubes baked with za' atar

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Pan seared thin pork chops rubbed with Penzey’s  steak seasoning. Roasted red pepper, yellow pepper, and yellow squash.

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Fourth of July tacos last night, some on flour tortillas, some on corn. Leftover steak, leftover chicken, radishes, avocado, cilantro, shredded cheddar, tomatoes, Fresno pepper, scallions, chives, chopped romaine, lime, and sour cream.

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Faced with the soccer watch party leftovers and other random things in the refrigerator, I hastily assembled pita “pizzas.” Toasted pita covered  with a layer of plain hummus (that I bought from a lady at the farmers market), red pepper flakes, roasted red peppers,  parmesan cheese. Broiled till cheese melted. 

 It would’ve been better with feta, but it was still surprisingly delicious.

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I don't know how I even survived on what I survived on the past couple weeks, I was in heavy, heavy trial prep.  Since that ended- I made spaghetti al bianco, which is a huge hit in my house (Hubby actually ate ALL the leftovers too).  We had steaks on the grill with Chicago steak seasoning, and I cut up bell peppers from the garden, onion, poured in the last of the cherry tomatoes, and some mushrooms which went on the grill basket.  

While in Chestertown we had a small soiree for the neighbors and I boiled corn, shrimp, made a cheese and fruit tray.  We had crabs too.  Mom's friend made hamburgers and hotdogs and neighbors brought some great side dishes.

I made crabcakes the other night with the leftover meat I picked, although I didn't put in enough binder and they fell apart a bit, still good.  We ate them with steamed broccoli with garlic.

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Stopped off at New Morning Farms Tuesday market at the Sheridan School in NW DC to pick up some goods.  The shiitakes and greens went into a lovely cheesy frittata.

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Last night I made a watermelon/tomato/feta salad with tomatoes from my garden!!!  We also had chicken breasts baked with mural of flavor seasoning from Penzey's and a little olive oil.  Ramp bread that I thawed from a delicious bakery up in WV that my uncle procured for me. 

I also made a clear the fridge spaghetti sauce with- the last of a bit of red sauce that came from the freezer, leeks and broccoli stems sauteed in garlic, and the last of the crab for lunches today.  Prepped for other meals this week by putting more chicken breasts in the instant pot with a store bought Rick Bayless taco seasoning.

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Tonight was strip steak (grill pan), green beans, and corn on the cob.

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 I am in New Orleans, and while prepping for the hurricane that was a non-issue, we made a big pot of shrimp and sausage gumbo0792FA59-3A78-4411-B438-6525A0BDD38A.jpeg.c561a215d4aa6b9e45fd6ff589677a96.jpeg.

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15 hours ago, dcandohio said:

 I am in New Orleans, and while prepping for the hurricane that was a non-issue, we made a big pot of shrimp and sausage gumbo.

Yum! And glad it has been turning into a lighter storm than expected.

Tonight I made a red curry to use up some eggplant and cauliflower, which will be lunches for the week. For dinner we made decent crock pot then broiler carnitas, served with tortillas, rice, guacamole, salsa, sautéed corn, and black beans.  Yesterday we had a bunch of different sausages and KBBQ-marinated grilled steak, served with rice, sautéed zucchini, sliced melon, and cucumbers. It has been a crazy few weeks and we hadn't been cooking much, instead subsisting mostly on various pastas with jarred sauces (lots of Costco pesto), fruit, takeout, and delivery pizza. It's good to be cooking again!

 

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Bacon cheeseburger with tomato on whole wheat naan

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Tomato tart with salami and basil using store-bought puff pastry.  I brush the bottom of the puff pastry with a mixture of mayo, Dijon, and garlic. I sprinkled Parmesan cheese on top of that,  then put a single layer of thickly sliced Roma tomatoes that I had blotted a bit with paper towels.  Topped the tomatoes with chopped salami and more cheese, and then a scattering of fresh basil.090502E4-E260-44D9-86CA-45E41CD65B1A.jpeg.884133f663cb9b548c1841e33fd39040.jpeg I was quite pleased with the result. 

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Last week we had shredded bbq chicken pizza with gouda, mozz and green peppers.  We also had an evening of BLT sandwiches which I quite enjoyed.  I also made roasted salmon and broccoli which I put on top of thin veggie noodles coated in sesame oil and spicy sichuanese chili oil from a friend.  That was quite spicy, but delicious.

Yesterday I hosted a party and made tomato, watermelon salad, those hawaiian ham and cheese sliders, parm/caper deviled eggs and had some cheese and meats.  Those little sliders are addictive.

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Grilled sockeye salmon with a dry BBQ-ish spice rub, served with rice, cucumbers, sauteed zucchini, and chopped mangoes. It was more or less a deconstructed version of this recipe minus the avocado, and I think we'll just follow the salsa recipe as well next time since it was quick and easy and everyone liked it.

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