It is march 1st. At least it's mid afternoon in Italy!! So most of you are just now having breakfast! But we've not only had breakfast but lunch as well and are thinking about dinner
What are you dinner plans for this march first -- lion or lamb?
I think we're having jambon ( ham) but not sure about the rest
Tell us your dinner plans for march
Corn-beef, cabbage, taters, carrots and cornbread on St. Patty's Day; that's my only plan so far. Hope to be moved by month's end so we can fire our grill up; they don't allow grills at this condo rental unless we take it wayyyyyyy out in the middle of the common area.
Martha, your use of the French word for ham reminds me of a lovely couple in a previous yacht club whose last name was Hamm. Jambon was the name of their boat!
Last night DH made Ina Garten's Pasta Aglio e Olio. Easy and delicious!
ETA: Hope you're having a great time in Italy - eating anything stupendous?This message has been edited. Last edited by: cassia,
We're going out for Chinese tonight! Husband had a long stretch of time when he decided that he just didn't want Chinese food. On occasion, I'd go during my lunch break from work. He's finally decided that it's good again.
Pffffttttt. They were closed. I said a dirty word because I knew husband would want to eat at one of the mediocre dives that he likes. He asked where else did I want to eat...I told him to pick. Then he again asked where else did I want to eat...I told him home and we could finish up the leftovers. We came home.
In Rome. Pizza last night preceded by antipasti with pignoli cake and tiramisu for dessert
Linderhof, are you in Rome? Not that I'm jealous or anything. TAKE ME WITH YOU!
Ok, I haae chicken legs frying on the stove top as I write. There was a roast at the store but I couldn't remember what kind of roast I was supposed to use so I didn't buy one. Bought chicken legs instead.
I'm being daring, though. One pan has just salt on the chicken legs, the other pan has a whole bunch of spices, lemon juice and garlic. Going to see which ones I like the best.
Bought some hamburger to make "meat," daughter's name for sloppy joe meat/taco meat. I may make that tonight, too, if the chicken legs are done in time (need to use one of those pans). Trying to do a little cooking in the late evening so it's easy to warm up for tomorrow's meal.
we spent two weeks in Italy after doing a transatlantic cruise to get there. Venice, Tuscany and finally Rome!
It was wonderful but it is good to be home!
Or is it -- mounds of laundry and mail and an empty larder!!!
Last night, our first home, I took the easy route and made a frozen Mandarin chicken that DH picked up at TJ's when we went there for our provisioning. Served with brown rice. Tasty but not the food that we had been eating -- both in Italy and on the ship!
Husband and I went to College Station for his 55th Aggie reunion. We met only with the 5th Group (Corp) - the guys he specifically knew and lived with on campus. On the way we ate at a very good Italian restaurant in Palestine - we've eaten there before. I could do with tea, bread, and the olive oil/balsamic vinegar dip but added entrees. I remember husband had chicken fettucini alfredo but I can't remember what I had! LOL
We had Mediterranean chicken that night with the Aggies.
Then a side trip to Austin for webpage management training for my job - nothing spectacular eaten there although the possibilities had I been by myself would've been endless! ...so many good and different restaurants. I tried to talk husband into Indian food but he said no because we would smell like curry. I wound up skipping supper altogether so husband went out and found a hamburger.
Not dinner but lunch. An Italian white bean and tuna salad. Easy to fix and makes a great lunch or light dinner.
Linderhof, Glad you returned safely - thanks for sharing your adventures with us!
CCM, Good for you for exploring new ways to do the old "what's for dinner routine" ~ hopefully, one of your experiments will get a "thumbs up" but I fear you are playing to a tough crowd ~ it's hard to overcome the "fast-food" crowd - hang in there! We're with you all the way!
Linderhof, that salad looks wonderful...I've pinned to my Pinterest board to try later...thanks for sharing!
We had a salad with vinaigrette, a Gaida pork chop dish with a fennel, tomato, caper sauce and roasted garlic new potatoes.
I've not tried the recipe before but I will make it again -- it was really good.
Linderhof, a bit OT but what line/ship were you on?
As for March dinners? Made our special Cashew Scampi over Wild Rice this weekend - always a great treat although it would be better if we lived on the gulf and could get fresh shrimp! Oh, well, have to deal with frozen when you live inland ~ no excuse not to experiment just because you can't get fresh!
IR -- We were on the Carnival Destiny -- it's last voyage. When it landed it was taken to Genoa where it will be transformed into the Sunshine. It's first sailing as the Sunshine will be mid April as I understand.
IR -- I understand what you said about fresh shrimp -- living not only inland but smack in the middle, we always have to buy frozen!
IR, would you be willing to share the cashew scampi recipe?? Sounds delicious.
Rats - the robo moderator ate my post!
Over the weekend I made a potato recipe from a back issue of Bon Appetit - Patatas Bravas with Pimenton Sauce. I served it with pan fried fish, broccoli slaw and hush puppies. the sauce is really yummy on the fish.
Patatas Bravas with Pimenton Sauce
•2 tablespoons extra-v irgin olive oil plus more for frying
•1 small yellow onion (1/2 cup), chopped
•2 garlic cloves, chopped
•1 bay leaf
•1 tablespoon smoked Spanish paprika (such as Pimentón de La Vera Dulce)
•1 tablespoon hot smoked Spanish paprika (such as Pimentón de La Vera Picante)
•1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
•Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
•2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
Charming that sounds yet. Thanks for sharing the tecipe
I'm so envious of you all!
I'm sitting here with a badly sprained ankle. Husband would take me out to eat every meal, but with the lack of activity to start with because of the ankle, I can't take in those grease-laden calories. So whatever I can fix quick is what we're getting. Last night was sautéed chicken breasts and purple hull peas. I started to steam some broccoli but asked myself "Why?" A small chicken breast and a spoonful of peas and I was through.
This stuff would make cardboard taste good.
I must confess - I have the smoked paprika and Papas sweet paprika but no hot so I used both kinds and added a hit of red cayenne pepper to the sauce. Worked great.
It wasn't until I was saving the recipe I noticed it was supposed to be blended. :embarassed: But is cooks down there are no large lumps.
Sherry, I hope you are up and around soon. I remember the last time I was laid up with a bum leg - no fun. Especially with DH whose idea of food is "cut up hamburger" or what the rest of us know as Sloppy Joes.
Last night was Spareribs and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes and Haricot verts. I made the spareribs and sauerkraut Saturday night and put it into the fridge so the Spareribs would soak up all the goodness from the sauerkraut, the flavor really permeated the meat with taste and tenderness.
Spanish Revival --
THAT is one of my favorite meals!!!
Sherry -- I know what you mean -- I had a sprained ankle from mid November and it was swollen all through Christmas. THAT was not fun!
Martha, I do NOT want to hear that! I'm starting to get really ticked off with the lack of mobility and unease at night.
Sherry, don't do as my friend did, she made a middle of the night trip to washroom and fell and broke her wrist. Just take it easy and favor it as much as possible. Healing thoughts!!
Perhaps my time frame was because I didn't have a brace or anything. I kept it up if I was sitting down and I did stop my daily dog walks but that was all.
Oh, wow, hope you heal up, KeepYouInStitches and hope you're all healed, Linderhoff. They both sound painful. Ouch! Our old neighbor, after we had already moved, tripped over the vacuum and broke both elbows. I was like, WHAT?
So I made coucous tonight to go with the ready made chicken. "What is that?" "It's tiny pasta, even smaller than rice. Here." Oh, yeah, right. At least son put some on his plate...
Thanks for commiserating with me. I'm using an ace bandage. Do you know that they are sticky now and you don't have to use those clips or a safety pin?! I was like WOW!! That's neat!! Now I'm so tired of it. pfffftttt
I overdid it last night. The ankle felt pretty good yesterday evening so I took a pork tenderloin, poked garlic into slits, salt, lots of pepper, wrapped it with bacon then baked it while sweet potatoes were baking. I also roasted some broccoli - which I won't do again because husband really didn't like it.
I sat down at every opportunity (which the scales showed this morning that I've been doing for over a week now-arrgggghhhh) but still had an aching ankle and took two ibuprofen to go to bed.
We're having leftover chicken, pork, peas, broccoli, sweet potatoes tonight.
Sherry -- I guess mine didn't really ache -- it was just swollen. But I know what you mean -- December = Christmas = Food and no exercise!!! Sigh -- NOT a good thing!
I did get a good report in January when I went to an ankle doctor -- it was healed and I should have no further worry from it.
And with the amount of walking that I did in Italy . . . especially up and over the canals in Venice3 -- I would say it was healed -- and it didn't swell again either!
Tonight served Sticky Ham Balls, Cheesy Hashed Browns Potato Casserole, Green Beans Estill and Apple Crisp. Not much left of anything with 8 for dinner. I'd portioned some of the batches into freezer for later use.
All recipes are so easy, yet it tastes like you've slaved all day - 12:30 to 4 was all the prep time, had to wait over an hour to start baking.
Of course, I'm willing to share, mamaspoon, but I don't really follow a recipe so will have to wing it ~ it's a dish DH and I have created over time...
Cashew Scampi ~
Ingredients needed: one pound of shrimp - thawed and de-shelled (if you have fresh, so much the better!), one pound fresh mushrooms - washed and halved or quartered depending on size, margarine (butter if you prefer), 1/2 pound or one package of grape/cherry tomatoes, a can of SALTED cashews (whole, halves or pieces), one fresh lemon, about a half cup of Brandy and a cup or so of DRY white wine - I like Chablis but any will do as long as it isn't sweet!
To go along with the main entree, you will probably want to have a baguette of french bread plus a salad of fresh greens with a simple dressing ~ I'll leave that to you to decide.
Oh, and you will also need a package of Uncle Ben's Wild Rice as well ~ I think it is readily available in most grocery stores.
Get ready to cook with your largest (and deepest) frying pan on the stove top, toss in the margarine/butter and get it to medium - add some white wine and toss in the shrimp and mushrooms. Turn down and let them cook a bit uncovered but keep stirring.
Put the fresh lemon in the microwave for 12-15 seconds, take out, slice in half (it will be VERY juicy ~ just a hint for future cooking) and squeeze half over the contents of the frying pan.
Start the Wild Rice (I use the microwave method - I know, not classy but it NEVER burns and comes out perfect every time). When the rice is about 10 minutes from being done, add the tomatoes and HALF of the can of SALTED cashews, stir and cover. About 3 minutes from "finish" - add the Brandy, stir and cover again. The flavors meld together during this time.... You want the mixture to be done, the tomatoes to still be fresh and the cashews still crunchy!
Plate Wild Rice first and then cover with the Cashew Scampi mixture next and serve with your choice of bread. If desired, place juice in a gravy boat on table for individual addition to the meal. On your own for dessert but, have to say, Chocolate Mousse and coffee compliments it well!This message has been edited. Last edited by: Idaho Resident,
I have chicken legs cooking in the oven right now and I am planning on putting a beef roast in the crockpot tomorrow. I saw a recipe that called for cream of mushroom soup, onion soup mix, water, and I think something else (which now escapes me) so I'll do that tomorrow. I printed the recipe.
An easy Saturday night supper -- company for lunch yesterday and company for dinner tomorrow.
Homemade vegetable beef soup, homemade bread and a couple of cookies that I made for tomorrow for the Art Show.
Ummmm - homemade bread - that's on my to-do list for tomorrow's dinner.
My ankle is MUCH better. I helped with the Friends of the Library's annual book sale today. But everyone kept after me to sit down. And when I sat down, I was ordered to put my foot up on a box. I've got good friends.
Tired as all get-out this evening so we went out for Chinese. I had Shrimp in Lobster Sauce...yum. Husband had Sweet 'n' Sour Shrimp. His was soooo red from the sauce I could barely stand to look at it. LOL (I don't care for meat with sweet on it...and that RED!) I know. I'm funny.
DH made a big pot of his signature French Onion soup today ~ topped with French bread and melted mozzarella cheese ~ it's a meal in itself so no cooking tomarrow!
[QUOTE]Originally posted by KeepYouInStitches:
) I've got good friends.
Yes you do KYIS, in addition to our children and family, good friends are a true treasure, sounds like you have many, and that speaks volumes of who you are as a person!
I made Gumbo, which was Yumbo crab, okra, onion, green pepper, garlic, roasted tomato, and a very dark roux (color of black coffee) flavored with a bit of Scotch Bonnet, little soy, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, etc... Made a bunch and it freezes well.
It's St. Patrick's Day -- how many of you had corned beef and cabbage? I fixed two and we have 8 for dinner -- corned beef, cabbage, roasted new potatoes and roasted onions and roasted carrots. Homemade bread and a pear, apple fig crisp with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Fun time!
I'm so not a fan of corned beef. I tried cooking one once and that was enough. I really hate the texture of the meat. Strange think - I really like corned beef hash, especially homemande and corned pork is wonderful. But the beef - yuck.
We did have the Irish-American traditional corned beef and cabbage.
Before church I put carrots, potatoes, onions, and corned beef in the slow cooker. Middle of the afternoon I made shortbread for dessert and Irish Soda Bread. Just before supper, I took some of the broth off the corned beef to use to steam the cabbage.
Husband bragged and bragged on all of it.
I forgot to post - our all American Irish dinner last night was spaghetti with meatballs, garlic bread and green salad. :
We had a big breakfast at a local pancake house - huge Greek omelet, biscuit and home fries of small dinner.
We're doing a replay tonight -- not a rerun for MOST is not leftover -- corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, horseradish sauce. Alas, no crisp . . . but a slice of Irish soda bread!
Tonight was meatloaf, cabbage, noodles romanoff and applesauce.
Tonight I made a Rock Cornish Hen, Uncle Ben's Long Grain and Wild Rice, roasted broccoli and a mixed salad.
We TRIED to go out yesterday to a little seasonal place near here that is only open during sap season. It's way way out in the hills, a good 2 hours from Buffalo or Rochester.
When we got there, there were HUNDREDS of cars, and a line at least 200 people long. NO pancakes at that good..LOL. Anyway we went to a local brunch buffet and had a great time, then today I bought buckwheat pancake mix and a bottle of local real maple syrup.
I'll make my own durn "all ya can eat pancake bash."
For dinner tonight I made our own Beef on weck, home made, yummmmm
Life is GOOD!!
Did you make the kimmelweck roll also?? They're so delicious!!!
Kathy -- I love beef on wek -- our DD lived in Buffalo for 3 years -- we always ate it when we were there. There's a place in KC that makes it -- we try to stop there often.
There's nothing like it!
One of the best things about St. Patrick's Day -- the corned beef hash AFTER. We usually do it for breakfast but decided today to have it for dinner instead!
Had company for dinner tonight -- fig and fennel caponota, olives and almonds for appetizers; salad with vinaigrette; penne Bologonese and garlic bread; rum raisin tiramisu for dessert. The Bologonese was authentic from a cookbook by Gina Stipo.
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