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Chana Masala ( I didn’t use actual Chole, I just used regular canned chickpeas)

Beef Samosas that I purchased from a lovely lady at the farmers market here. Served with a dip of coriander chutney mixed into plain Greek yogurt. 

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Turkey - vegetable soup
Salad of frisee, romaine, pickled red onions, yellow tomato, and plums; Dijon vinaigrette
Baked chicken drumsticks

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This was dinner last weekend -

Green beans braised in tomato sauce
Braised chicken with wine, olives and tomato

My partner had to spend most of July moving his parents from their assisted living spaces in Texas to a new assisted living space/nursing home in New Jersey, then he had to go back to Texas along with his sister to help sell the house. While he was away, I basically spent the intervening time living on takeout since I lost all motivation to cook. Not sure how I survived when I was single...

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Last night was TJs frozen Kung Pao Chicken, with the remains of beef and broccoli and rice.  I also made myself egg cups for breakfast and I made my office blueberry banana muffins.  The night before we had tacos.  Now the fridge is mostly empty of remains and I can start again.

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Red onion and cucumber pickle plate
Leftover turkey - vegetable soup doctored up with Thai red chile paste for something different
Grilled cheese (goat brie and colby jack) with tomato and bacon on sourdough
Trader Joe's potato chips

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Weird eclectic meal last night, though essentially soup, salad, sandwich.

More leftover turkey - vegetable soup amped up with red Thai curry paste; warm salad of wild rice, barley, dried cranberries, portobello mushroom, and walnuts; and, tuna salad sandwiches with heirloom tomato on seeded rye bread

 

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We're starting to eat down the pantry, which might results in some stranger meal mash-ups. In the meantime, last night we had a perfectly normal dinner of grilled chicken thighs, roasted zucchini and carrots, cucumbers, brown rice, and All The Stone Fruit.

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Last night we had shrimp-stuffed avocado halves; cheese-stuffed lamb burgers on onion buns; and the leftover wild rice dish with added corn.

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Friday night was bacon cheeseburgers with melon on the side (and some crab chips for Hubby).  

Last night I cut apart a ham, we used a third for Hubby to slice for sandwich meat, 1/3 was frozen, and I baked the 1/3 with the bone.  I put on a glaze of maple syrup, grainy mustard, garlic salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne.  That turned out well.  I also made some green beans from the farmer's market- I thought they were a little dry so I just boiled them.  And skin on mashed potatoes with red potatoes (they were ok, but I think they got too gloppy, the leftovers I am making into potato pancakes.

Tonight I roasted a whole turkey (but that is to vacuum seal and freeze the breasts for later for lunch meat) and the rest of the turkey is going to get turned into tamales with tomatillos from the garden.  I am thinking I might take all the gizzards and etc though and make pate.  Although we might eat some of the turkey if the grill doesn't light.  If the grill lights we are going to have brats and corn on the cobb.  

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I changed my mind kind of last minute about what I was making for dinner last night. Instead of a recipe I had planned to make, I cooked down all of the mushrooms I had (a portobello and a few handfuls of shiitakes) with onion and garlic, and added chopped heirloom tomato at the end and used that as a bed for shallow fried boneless pork loin chops. I also cooked some peas that had been in the freezer a long time in a little water with butter, salt, and pepper, to go on the plate. And I heated whole wheat naan in a cast iron skillet to go on the table as well, with tzatziki and hummus. I felt stupid making frozen vegetables in August, but it did clear out some much-needed space in the freezer, so there's that.

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12 minutes ago, Pat said:

I changed my mind kind of last minute about what I was making for dinner last night. Instead of a recipe I had planned to make, I cooked down all of the mushrooms I had (a portobello and a few handfuls of shiitakes) with onion and garlic, and added chopped heirloom tomato at the end and used that as a bed for shallow fried boneless pork loin chops. I also cooked some peas that had been in the freezer a long time in a little water with butter, salt, and pepper, to go on the plate. And I heated whole wheat naan in a cast iron skillet to go on the table as well, with tzatziki and hummus. I felt stupid making frozen vegetables in August, but it did clear out some much-needed space in the freezer, so there's that.

And how was it?  Great idea, but how was it?

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We had meatballs on Saturday.

This time there was no bread or milk in the meatball mix - which consisted of 150 g ground pork and 75 g ground chuck along with the usual herbs (parsley/mint), cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Sunday was minestrone (sorry, no pic) which had no tomatoes and featured the following ingredient list:

onion
carrot
celery
Italian parsley
olive oil
zucchini
butternut squash
green beans
Swiss chard
escarole
cranberry beans
prosciutto
water
salt
black pepper
elbow macaroni

This was garnished with generous spoonfuls of garlic-herb breadcrumbs (250 g stale bread, diced, combined with olive oil, salt and black pepper, then baked to a crisp and whizzed in a food processor along with some minced garlic and a few sprigs of Italian parsley).

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1 hour ago, DaveO said:

And how was it?  Great idea, but how was it?

It was pretty good. The pork, despite being thin, was pretty moist, which the bed of mushrooms enhanced. (I dredged  the chops in seasoned flour before putting them in the skillet.) 

It all looked pretty on the plate. I had broccolini but didn't feel like making it, which is why I went with peas to get something green on the plate.

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Sunday dinner last night.  Marinated Lamb Kebabs with Roasted Sweet Peppers, Squash, Zucchini and Fresh Mint and Homemade Tahini Sauce. After the photo, I added Nancy's Organic Greek Yogurt and sprinkle of Sumac. Simple and delicious.

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The highlight of last night's dinner was a cheese-blanketed Korean Fire Chicken recipe I found via the NY Times site. It was excellent (though the cheese element does seem a bit weird, all things considered). I might even want to look for a non-cheese version to try some time.

We had this with white rice, an Indian-spiced roasted eggplant puree, and a pickle plate with cucumbers and red onions, plus (unpickled) cooked shrimp. I also heated up some more whole wheat naan.

The eggplant recipe (which features cumin, ginger, chile, lime, and peanuts) is from One Spice, Two Spice: American Food, Indian Flavors (2006), by Floyd Cardoz.

So, I guess the theme of the meal was hyphen American versions of cuisines I don't cook much 😉.

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Last night was chicken, okra and tomato enchiladas with mole sauce.  I didn't reconstitute the paste enough, it was still decent, but could be better, lesson learned for next time.

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Loaf of no-knead bread (6-hr rise, still looks and tastes great, like magic!), chicken Katsu, jap chae, cucumbers, and lots of fruit.

Last night we had pan-fried, walnut-encrusted White Sea bass. Actually a little heavy - the fish was amazing and didn't need that much help. 

Made red beans and rice earlier in the week and now I think we're done cooking for a few days.

 

 

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Last night was salad with kale, spinach and leaf lettuce, cherry tomatoes and green peppers from the garden, corn that Hubby grilled with a lime, cayenne butter baste the other night, that I sliced off the cobb, shredded muenster cheese and sliced bratwurst.  I made a salsa, balsamic vinagrette with a little hot sauce in it. 

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NYT Cherry Tomato and White Bean Salad
Cantaloupe slices wrapped in prosciutto
Breakfast for dinner sandwiches: Scrambled eggs with Fresno chile, bacon, Asiago cheese and romaine lettuce on onion rolls

I had the lettuce prepped and then thought maybe that was an odd addition, but I went with it because I had it. I assembled the sandwiches and then took the bottom roll back off to insert the lettuce at the last second so it didn't wilt. These were excellent sandwiches, if I do say so myself.

 

 

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I defrosted some mustard greens, and sauteed squash and onion, and made a casserole/Shepard's pie with: mustard greens, chopped ham, squash and onion, diced tomatoes, a few leftover green beans thrown in, topped with mashed potatoes and cheese. 

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