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    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Inspire me: what's on your plate?

    Hiya folks,

    I am way, way, way uninspired these days, as to what to cook. I am
    still dealing with this cold..the last bits of it...and I don't seem
    to have much appetite right now.

    I am trying to find something that will inspire me to cook. I am
    thinking that if you tell me what you are cooking, maybe it will just
    seem so good, and I might want to fix something on that order..or just
    plain get inspired.

    It's not for lack of great produce or other products here.. I just
    don't have any great desire to fix anything in particular.

    So what's on your plate these days? What are you cooking?

    Christine

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    Serene Sprat Guest

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    Christine Dabney wrote:

    > So what's on your plate these days? What are you cooking?


    Today, I made cold peanut noodle salad for lunch (used the peanut
    chili dip recipe koko posted). For dinner, I marinated seitan in a
    pomegranate vinaigrette I'd made for yesterday's salad, then roasted
    it with some sliced onions. Served it with rice, roasted asparagus,
    and a fresh fruit salad of oranges, mandarins, apples, and the best
    pears we've ever had.

    Serene

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    Nexis Guest

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    "Christine Dabney" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Hiya folks,
    >
    > I am way, way, way uninspired these days, as to what to cook. I am
    > still dealing with this cold..the last bits of it...and I don't seem
    > to have much appetite right now.
    >
    > I am trying to find something that will inspire me to cook. I am
    > thinking that if you tell me what you are cooking, maybe it will just
    > seem so good, and I might want to fix something on that order..or just
    > plain get inspired.
    >
    > It's not for lack of great produce or other products here.. I just
    > don't have any great desire to fix anything in particular.
    >
    > So what's on your plate these days? What are you cooking?
    >
    > Christine


    Well, I have been taking it easy this week actually...started new meds, so they've
    interfered a little. But, I did make salmon patties with Ma on Wednesday, along with
    corn, creamed peas, asparagus and potatoes...and my SIL and I made roasted/grilled
    artichokes today with a basil-lemon aioli. I've had her kids all week, since her
    husband and mine are both out of town together, so the rest of the cooking this week
    has been things like pasta, bbq chicken, and taco salad

    I'm sorry to hear you're still not feeling well, that's a bummer.

    kimberly


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    Blinky the Shark Guest

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    Christine Dabney wrote:

    > Hiya folks,
    >
    > I am way, way, way uninspired these days, as to what to cook. I am still
    > dealing with this cold..the last bits of it...and I don't seem to have
    > much appetite right now.
    >
    > I am trying to find something that will inspire me to cook. I am thinking
    > that if you tell me what you are cooking, maybe it will just seem so good,
    > and I might want to fix something on that order..or just plain get
    > inspired.
    >
    > It's not for lack of great produce or other products here.. I just don't
    > have any great desire to fix anything in particular.


    That's when I get Chinese or Thai delivery.


    --
    Blinky
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    Andy Guest

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    Christine Dabney said...


    > So what's on your plate these days? What are you cooking?
    >
    > Christine



    I lightly pan fried in safflower oil a pound of wild caught mahi mahi with a
    touch of Cholula hot sauce. Simple, flaky and delicious! Ate it all up for
    breakfast! So what if it's a penalty cholesterol hit. I've been good!

    A garlic hummus dip, a pesto and a Smart Balance Omega-3 peanut butter on
    crispbreads for lunch.

    There's your one handed cooking shortcuts! ))

    Andy

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    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Inspire me: what's on your plate?

    On Thu 27 Mar 2008 11:55:16p, Christine Dabney told us...

    > Hiya folks,
    >
    > I am way, way, way uninspired these days, as to what to cook. I am
    > still dealing with this cold..the last bits of it...and I don't seem
    > to have much appetite right now.
    >
    > I am trying to find something that will inspire me to cook. I am
    > thinking that if you tell me what you are cooking, maybe it will just
    > seem so good, and I might want to fix something on that order..or just
    > plain get inspired.
    >
    > It's not for lack of great produce or other products here.. I just
    > don't have any great desire to fix anything in particular.
    >
    > So what's on your plate these days? What are you cooking?
    >
    > Christine


    Last night I bought some really nice small "channel" catfish. Tonight I
    will coat them in seasoned cornmeal and fry them along with some
    hushpuppies. I will serve them with red cabbage slaw. We're skipping the
    potatoes.

    Red Cabbage Slaw (Bobby Flay)

    1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
    1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
    1/2 small red onion, coarsely chopped
    2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
    1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
    2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
    1 tablespoon honey
    1/2 cup canola oil
    Salt and pepper
    1/2 head red cabbage, finely shredded

    Combine all ingredients, except cabbage, in a blender and blend until
    smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place cabbage in a large
    bowl and toss with the vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper and let sit
    30 minutes in the refrigerator before serving.


    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    -------------------------------------------
    Friday, 03(III)/28(XXVIII)/08(MMVIII)
    -------------------------------------------
    Countdown till Memorial Day
    8wks 2dys 19hrs 15mins
    -------------------------------------------
    'Bother,' said Pooh, as he took aim
    from behind the grassy knoll.
    -------------------------------------------


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    Vilco Guest

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    Christine Dabney wrote:

    > So what's on your plate these days? What are you cooking?


    My sourdough bread is at home rising, I started it yesterday morning and
    added more flour and water this morning. This evening I'll make some
    hamburger sized loaves and bake them. I bet you've already guessed right
    what will get inside them: some thin tomato slices, some salad leaves, a
    hearthy hamburger patty and fontina cheese. This time I'll be personally
    assembling the patties from ground lean beef and some ground lard, ground
    white pepper, salt and minced garlic.
    --
    Vilco
    Mai guardare Trailer park Boys senza
    qualcosa da bere a portata di mano



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    Andy Guest

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    Vilco said...

    > Christine Dabney wrote:
    >
    >> So what's on your plate these days? What are you cooking?

    >
    > My sourdough bread is at home rising, I started it yesterday morning and
    > added more flour and water this morning. This evening I'll make some
    > hamburger sized loaves and bake them. I bet you've already guessed right
    > what will get inside them: some thin tomato slices, some salad leaves, a
    > hearthy hamburger patty and fontina cheese. This time I'll be personally
    > assembling the patties from ground lean beef and some ground lard, ground
    > white pepper, salt and minced garlic.



    I'd like one of those.

    What specifically are salad leaves?

    Andy

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    Giusi Guest

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    "Christine Dabney" <[email protected]> ha scritto nel messaggio
    news:[email protected]..
    > Hiya folks,
    >
    > I am way, way, way uninspired these days, as to what to cook. I am
    > still dealing with this cold..the last bits of it...and I don't seem
    > to have much appetite right now.
    >
    > I am trying to find something that will inspire me to cook. I am
    > thinking that if you tell me what you are cooking, maybe it will just
    > seem so good, and I might want to fix something on that order..or just
    > plain get inspired.
    >
    > It's not for lack of great produce or other products here.. I just
    > don't have any great desire to fix anything in particular.
    >
    > So what's on your plate these days? What are you cooking?
    >
    > Christine


    Today's feature was chicken potpie made the way one's granny would have made
    it, all from scratch. It was absolutely delicious.

    Yesterday was single pork ribs glazed with cranberry, garlic and clove and
    grilled in the fireplace. With it I had cous cous steamed according to the
    packet, then dressed with 1 tbsp butter, juice of half a lemon and 1/2 cup
    freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Made for two. Cannot express how
    delish that was.


    --
    http://www.judithgreenwood.com



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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Inspire me: what's on your plate?

    Christine Dabney wrote:
    > Hiya folks,
    >
    > I am way, way, way uninspired these days, as to what to cook. I am
    > still dealing with this cold..the last bits of it...and I don't seem
    > to have much appetite right now.
    >
    > I am trying to find something that will inspire me to cook. I am
    > thinking that if you tell me what you are cooking, maybe it will just
    > seem so good, and I might want to fix something on that order..or just
    > plain get inspired.
    >
    > It's not for lack of great produce or other products here.. I just
    > don't have any great desire to fix anything in particular.
    >
    > So what's on your plate these days? What are you cooking?
    >
    > Christine
    >

    Nothing terribly exciting, I'm afraid. Spinach/feta quiche. Chili (with
    beans). Baked some cod the other day. We had grilled cheese sandwiches
    last night.

    Jill


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    ravenlynne Guest

    Default Re: Inspire me: what's on your plate?

    jmcquown wrote:

    > Nothing terribly exciting, I'm afraid. Spinach/feta quiche. Chili
    > (with beans). Baked some cod the other day. We had grilled cheese
    > sandwiches last night.
    >
    > Jill


    You just can't beat a good grilled cheese sandwich sometimes. Was is
    basic or did you make it special? I might go make some of those tonight...

    --
    Leah: That were a wee bit repulsive.
    Buffy: Went okay. 'Cept I feel a little wierd about using a
    crucifix to kill someone.
    Leah: Yeh dinno much about religion, do yeh?

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    Vilco Guest

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    Andy wrote:

    >> My sourdough bread is at home rising, I started it yesterday morning
    >> and added more flour and water this morning. This evening I'll make
    >> some hamburger sized loaves and bake them. I bet you've already
    >> guessed right what will get inside them: some thin tomato slices,
    >> some salad leaves, a hearthy hamburger patty and fontina cheese.
    >> This time I'll be personally assembling the patties from ground lean
    >> beef and some ground lard, ground white pepper, salt and minced
    >> garlic.


    > I'd like one of those.
    > What specifically are salad leaves?


    LOL, I translated straigth from italian "foglie di insalata" to english
    "salad leaves"
    I meant leaves of lettuce: romaine, iceberg or like.
    --
    Vilco
    Mai guardare Trailer park Boys senza
    qualcosa da bere a portata di mano



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    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

    Default Re: Inspire me: what's on your plate?

    Christine Dabney <[email protected]> dropped this
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    >
    > So what's on your plate these days? What are you cooking?


    Well today I'm making lasagne. I haven't started yet but there will be
    Italian sausage(after browning and draining), lots of saute'd garlic and
    onion, various types of canned tomatoes, oregano, basil, s&P simmering on
    the stovetop for several hours. I'll assemble the lasagne with a layer of
    sauce, noodle, ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan and provel cheeses. Then do
    another layer in that order. I'll serve a fresh spinach salad with whatever
    dressing I dream up and some big pieces of cheese/garlic bread.

    Tomorrow night is going to be one of my meatloafs (gag).

    Michael

    --
    "I'd like to be in Hell in time for dinner"
    -Edward H. Ruloff

    To email - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

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    kilikini Guest

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    "Christine Dabney" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Hiya folks,
    >
    > I am way, way, way uninspired these days, as to what to cook. I am
    > still dealing with this cold..the last bits of it...and I don't seem
    > to have much appetite right now.
    >
    > I am trying to find something that will inspire me to cook. I am
    > thinking that if you tell me what you are cooking, maybe it will just
    > seem so good, and I might want to fix something on that order..or just
    > plain get inspired.
    >
    > It's not for lack of great produce or other products here.. I just
    > don't have any great desire to fix anything in particular.
    >
    > So what's on your plate these days? What are you cooking?
    >
    > Christine


    I made sausage with caramelized onions last night. Tonight.... I know we're
    frying up yellow squash in cornmeal. I may make some mushroom soup today as
    well. We're kind of boring, but I haven't felt up to cooking lately,
    either. :-(

    kili



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    Julia Altshuler Guest

    Default Re: Inspire me: what's on your plate?

    Christine Dabney wrote:
    > Hiya folks,
    >
    > I am way, way, way uninspired these days, as to what to cook. I am
    > still dealing with this cold..the last bits of it...and I don't seem
    > to have much appetite right now.
    >
    > I am trying to find something that will inspire me to cook. I am
    > thinking that if you tell me what you are cooking, maybe it will just
    > seem so good, and I might want to fix something on that order..or just
    > plain get inspired.
    >
    > It's not for lack of great produce or other products here.. I just
    > don't have any great desire to fix anything in particular.
    >
    > So what's on your plate these days? What are you cooking?



    I know those moods when nothing seems appealing. They usually hit me in
    February. I treat them with salt, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce, strong
    flavors that get through to my blah senses. If I'm really in a mood, I
    go for fried.


    And that's where I am tonight. It's not February, but it is cloudy out.
    I'm trying the Cajun Chicken Morsels from The Silver Palate Good Times
    Cookbook. It calls for dipping the chicken in a pecan mix with cayenne
    pepper, then frying in melted butter.


    --Lia


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    Dave Smith Guest

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    Christine Dabney wrote:

    > I am way, way, way uninspired these days, as to what to cook. I am
    > still dealing with this cold..the last bits of it...and I don't seem
    > to have much appetite right now.
    >
    > I am trying to find something that will inspire me to cook. I am
    > thinking that if you tell me what you are cooking, maybe it will just
    > seem so good, and I might want to fix something on that order..or just
    > plain get inspired.
    >
    > It's not for lack of great produce or other products here.. I just
    > don't have any great desire to fix anything in particular.
    >
    > So what's on your plate these days? What are you cooking?
    >


    I tried Nigella Lawson's quick lamb stew the other day. It made enough
    for the two of us for two good feeds and it was quick and easy. Just brown
    some garlic and ground lamb with a bit of olive oil, add some Marsala
    wine, a 14 oz can of tomatoes, some green lentils, 2 onions caramelized,
    bring it to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve it up and grate some
    Cheddar cheese on top. It was delicious.




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    jmcquown Guest

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    ravenlynne wrote:
    > jmcquown wrote:
    >
    >> Nothing terribly exciting, I'm afraid. Spinach/feta quiche. Chili
    >> (with beans). Baked some cod the other day. We had grilled cheese
    >> sandwiches last night.
    >>
    >> Jill

    >
    > You just can't beat a good grilled cheese sandwich sometimes. Was is
    > basic or did you make it special? I might go make some of those
    > tonight...

    Pretty basic. A slice each of American (the real deal, not "cheese food")
    and Swiss on whole wheat.

    Jill


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    ravenlynne Guest

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    jmcquown wrote:
    > ravenlynne wrote:
    >> jmcquown wrote:
    >>
    >>> Nothing terribly exciting, I'm afraid. Spinach/feta quiche. Chili
    >>> (with beans). Baked some cod the other day. We had grilled cheese
    >>> sandwiches last night.
    >>>
    >>> Jill

    >>
    >> You just can't beat a good grilled cheese sandwich sometimes. Was is
    >> basic or did you make it special? I might go make some of those
    >> tonight...

    > Pretty basic. A slice each of American (the real deal, not "cheese
    > food") and Swiss on whole wheat.
    >
    > Jill


    Thanks for the suggestion, I think I'll make that and a pot of lasagna soup.

    --
    Leah: That were a wee bit repulsive.
    Buffy: Went okay. 'Cept I feel a little wierd about using a
    crucifix to kill someone.
    Leah: Yeh dinno much about religion, do yeh?

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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Inspire me: what's on your plate?

    ravenlynne wrote:
    > jmcquown wrote:
    >> ravenlynne wrote:
    >>> jmcquown wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Nothing terribly exciting, I'm afraid. Spinach/feta quiche. Chili
    >>>> (with beans). Baked some cod the other day. We had grilled cheese
    >>>> sandwiches last night.
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>> You just can't beat a good grilled cheese sandwich sometimes. Was
    >>> is basic or did you make it special? I might go make some of those
    >>> tonight...

    >>
    >> Pretty basic. A slice each of American (the real deal, not "cheese
    >> food") and Swiss on whole wheat.
    >>

    >
    > Thanks for the suggestion, I think I'll make that and a pot of
    > lasagna soup.
    >

    I have to know how to make lasagna soup!

    Jill

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    ravenlynne Guest

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    jmcquown wrote:
    > ravenlynne wrote:
    >> jmcquown wrote:
    >>> ravenlynne wrote:
    >>>> jmcquown wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> Nothing terribly exciting, I'm afraid. Spinach/feta quiche. Chili
    >>>>> (with beans). Baked some cod the other day. We had grilled cheese
    >>>>> sandwiches last night.
    >>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> You just can't beat a good grilled cheese sandwich sometimes. Was
    >>>> is basic or did you make it special? I might go make some of those
    >>>> tonight...
    >>>
    >>> Pretty basic. A slice each of American (the real deal, not "cheese
    >>> food") and Swiss on whole wheat.
    >>>

    >>
    >> Thanks for the suggestion, I think I'll make that and a pot of
    >> lasagna soup.

    > I have to know how to make lasagna soup!
    >
    > Jill


    Here's the recipe. It's from the Swanson Soups cookbook....I just typed
    out the recipe (I added the Ital. Sausage)...substitutions are
    encouraged! Sometimes I thicken the soup too...makes a great bowl meal.
    I'm thinking it's gonna go good with grilled cheese.

    Hearty Lasagna soup

    1 lb ground beef or bulk italian sausage
    1/4 tsp of garlic powder (I use "real" garlic)
    3 1/2 cups Seasoned beef broth with onion
    1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
    1/4 tsp dried Italian seasoning, crushed
    1/12 cups uncooked mini lasagna noodle-shape pasta or rotini pasta
    1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

    Cook the beef with garlic powder in a 10 inch skillet over med high
    until its well browned. Pour off fat.

    Stir the broth, tomatoes and Italian Seasoning into the skillet. Heat to
    boil.

    Stir in the pasta. Reduce the heat to med. Cook and stir for 10
    minutes or until the pasta is tender but still firm. Stir in the
    cheese. Serve with additional cheese if necessary.

    --
    Leah: That were a wee bit repulsive.
    Buffy: Went okay. 'Cept I feel a little wierd about using a
    crucifix to kill someone.
    Leah: Yeh dinno much about religion, do yeh?

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