What did you have for dinner?

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Poor lighting and all but here it is

actually way more elaborate that it seems. I grated cauliflower in a box-grater, bit of salt+oil and put it on a sheet pan in a low oven for an hour+ during the cooking process. the idea was to get it totally dehydrated, caramelised, and crunchy. 2/3 achieved in the end there but a really nice complex flavour

quickly fried some diced guanciale till they were really juicy with a crispy exterior. scooped it out and set aside, removed about 2/3 of the rendered fat and used the rest to colour some lovely baby king oyster mushrooms. boiled some pasta al-dente in *just* enough water to barely submerge the pasta, by the time the pasta was cooked theres about a cup-full of really starchy liquid in the bottom. Tip the whole thing into the saute pan once the mushrooms are done. add the guanciale back in, along with roasted fine strips of parsnip and diced butternut squash. dump a whole load of a mild creamy cheese in and do the pan-shuffle to allow to emulsify in the water

stiired in some fresh chives at the end, topped with the cauliflower "rice" and some crumpled strips of panchetta i brought up to crispiness ever so gently under the broiler

the pictures reflect pretty embarrassingly on this, it was wonderfully complex and the colouring was like a plate of autumn
 

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I made Ratners cabbage soup and I was going to make knishes, but decided to use up some leftover phyllo instead. I layered half my phyllo in an 8" square pan then added what would have been my knish filling - leek, kasha and goose/venison sausage. I layered the rest of the phyllo on top and baked till done. Very tasty "pie" that went perfectly with the soup.
 
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Okay, maybe not the healthiest choice, not going to assist me in losing weight, but boy was it tasty!
There was an oddly shaped beef tritip roast in the used meat bin at the market this morning, I couldn't resist. Have a bunch of the rub left over from my recent home made pastrami, thought I'd try it on this. The roast sat for about an hour and a half with the rub on it, then into a 425F oven, temp immediately turned down to 350F. Pulled it out at 124F, a small roast, 1.6 pounds, not much carryover heat, only went to 127F. Yep, quite tasty, won't be going to bed hungry today.
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Since I had roasted a well seasoned (inside and out) chicken the other night and saved the pan scrapin's I made Chicken Pot Pie. I separated the Schmaltz from the goo then sauteed my mirepoix in the schmaltz along with potato and mushroom till tender. I added my "goo" then made a slurry of corn starch and stock and started thickening the mix adding more stock as needed and once it was good I placed it in a pie plate coated with butter and bread crumbs then topped with a pie crust.
 
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I made a nice tomato sauce with some of the last batch of Italian sausage (bulk) and served it with pan fried gnocchi.

 
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i made stuffed peppers the other day. tonight a beef and rice soup and i will use some of the left over tomato sauce form the stuffed peppers in the soup. carrots-celery-onions and garlic in the soup. plus few mixed veggies.
 
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I had sauce left over from Sunday so I added to it and eggplant was 0.99/lb this week so I made lasagna. Ooooh it was sooo good - (Ha! anyone remember Mr. Food?) I'm 100% positive it will taste even better tomorrow.
 
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I had planned on doing a dish for the cheese & veggie challenge, didn't quite get to it. What I had in mind was spinach and ricotta two ways. First was cooked, with oysters florentine, raw with a spinach based salad. Obviously didn't happen.

I did, however, end up making fresh ricotta the other day.

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Whole milk, heavy cream, lemon juice and some white wine vinegar, heated, curdled, strained and drained.

Planning on manicotti tonight, but used the cheese in a steak and eggs riff yesterday.

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That's an oddly shaped strip steak, I think, paired with some soft scrambled eggs with ricotta, parsley and black pepper. Pretty comforting after a hectic night at work.

mjb.
 
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I made chicken pot pie again - it's a winter thing I guess. This time I brushed an egg wash on top and the crust was even better than before.

 
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As I mentioned, I made a batch of ricotta cheese, and prepped a batch of manicotti using the cheese, some sausage and mushrooms. After popping it in the oven, I dozed off at the computer and did not hear the timer go off.

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Not the gooey goodness I was planning on having for dinner.

Shucks.

mjb.
 
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In N Out double-double (grilled onions), well-done fries animal style, iced tea. For dessert, a few random pieces of vegetable tempura.
 
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Hello there! This post is quite good inspiration for next days! I know what I will be preparing tomorrow! Today I had an amazing chicken filled with a bun, chicken breast and parsley leaves. My aunt prepared that, she is an amazing cooker (even she is not working in a restaurant but only making food for home "uses").
 
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These are in the oven - ground corned beef, minced sweet onion and carrot, and garlic/dill sauerkraut, A Reuben Golumpki if you will. Braising liquid is "Farmer's Daughter" rye IPA, V8 and tomato sauce.

 
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Crunchy chicken liver in smoked Gouda grits with braised pork rendang, fried shallots-garlic...a lot of roasted tomatoes base-sambal oelek. It's my quarantine meal, made some fruit rujak and boudin balls too for nibbling
 
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Chorizo jalapeno grits.

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Browned the chorizo ( fresh Mexican type, not the dry, cured Spanish type ) in a skillet. Put it in a strainer to let some of the grease drain. Fine dice on a big fat jalapeno from the market, as well as the white parts of some green onions. Sweated the veggies in the remaining fat in the skillet. When softened, cranked up the heat, added the water for the grits and deglazed. Dumped water and veg into the grits pot, brought to boil, cooked grits.

About 5 minutes before grits were done, stirred in about a third of the chorizo. Meanwhile, got an egg poaching. Spread the grits on a plate, topped with another third of the sausage. Topped that with a nice handful of grated pepperjack, then the rest of the chorizo, then the egg, then garnished with some of the green onion tops.

Recipe needs tweaking. I don't think the green onions really did anything to improve the dish, either boiled in with the grits or the garnish. I was afraid the chorizo was going to be real heavy handed on the salt, it wasn't too bad, should have put a bit more salt in the grits water. And fresh cilantro on top would have been a better choice than the scallions.

But I did eat it all.
 
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Scored some top round for $2.99/lb the other day. I gave one to our kids next door and cut mine in half, vac pack'd one piece and made meat balls out of the other. I've been wanting to make Sunday Gravy for a while, but those big family meals will have to wait a while longer. Garden roasted tomato sauce, with some chopped cherry tomatoes along with the usual goodies. The meat balls are beef with bread behind it to clean the grinder tube, egg, grated cheese, a little heavy cream, roasted garlic powder, fresh parsley and thyme, salt and pepper. I didn't bake, or fry them I simply cooked them in the sauce - tender and delicious.

 
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I made my usual Easter dinner albeit a scaled down version. Roast lamb, Spanakopita, Greek Town style green beans.


I trimmed my Phyllo to fit the pan and took the trim and filled with poppy seed filling then rolled and baked then made a simple frosting with powdered sugar, vanilla and a little heavy cream for a glaze. These are very tasty!!
 
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So I did my birthday dinner, a nice beef steak and a mushroom risotto. Contrary to many recipes I use beef stock rather than chicken in my mushroom risotto, I like it that way.

Got a nice USDA Choice grade 20 ounce ribeye steak. Salted, let it dry for about 15 hours, last two at room temp. Sprinkled a bit of garlic powder on it, sous vide at 125F for an hour and a half or so while making the risotto.

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I was expecting the arborio rice to about double in volume while cooking, it seemed to at least triple, leaving me with not nearly enough mushrooms. Was still pretty tasty, could have used more of the fresh green onion bits. They were picked from the wild ones growing along the north side of the garage.

Minor complaints, that was a very nice dinner. I am happy.

mjb.
 

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