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Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/02 13:23:32
Sorry about your Griffins. lleechef is still happy about her Penguins beating my Blue Jackets a couple of days ago, but we're going to a Pirates-Giants game in Pittsburgh on Wednesday so I'll get even with her Pittsburgh love.
post edited by Michael Hoffman - 2014/05/02 13:28:24
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/02 13:50:29
Yeah, saw that game, I'm sorry. I get it...my Wings got knocked out, too. The Griffins are still in it; best of 5 for the first round and we're up 2-1 in the series. Tonight should do it, but on the off chance it doesn't Game 5 will be tomorrow here at home. The only upside to being off work is I get to actually attend games with a ticket instead of having to work.
easydoesit
Double Cheeseburger
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/02 13:54:39
Mar,
Hey, that good looking picture of your dinner from the freezer -- was the ham frozen too?  Do you think there is anything different to frozen ham vs unfrozen?
 
Why I ask is a long time ago it seemed to me that ham from the freezer was not as good as when it went in.  It seemed to have a moisture layer of some kind, a more slippery feel, when it came out.  Which we didn't find with other meats.
 
And, maybe, probably, old memory, it seemed somewhat drier than before -- not at all sure about that. 
 
Had no idea what it was, just washed it off and wiped down, then later I read in one of Harold McGee's books about ham having "freezer drip," moistures that migrate from inside the cells out to the surface.
 
I avoided freezing it since then, which has sometimes meant we have that "eternity" that Joy of Cooking talked about -- but we love it, so it's okay.
 
Do you notice anything like Harold's drip?
 
I did just a very little googling, but it seems like frozen ham is common, and no one offended by the result.
mlm
Cheeseburger
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/02 14:40:22
I've gotten used to freezing just about anything because I'm single and any type of meat becomes an eternity and will spoil in the end. It seems to me that ham quality does go down a little. My experience is that if I cook the ham first there is less icing. Your info is interesting. That may explain why I get so much ice even though I try not to freeze foods while they are still warm. I usually just eat the ham in sandwiches and salads so I couldn't say how it would come out if cooked again in a casserole or something.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/02 21:49:17
easydoesit...
 
The ham tasted great but I prepared it a little differently.  I layered it in a skillet with a little bit of water to add moisture back in to it.  I left a space in the middle of the pan and added the drained can of green beans and let the water cook almost out.
 
Not dry at all and the flavor was still there and also flavored the green beans.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/02 21:53:22
Tonight's dinner was eaten before I even thought about taking a picture.
 
Cinco de Mayo is in the corner restaurant where Tito's began its reign which is coincidentally right next door to... Tito's.
 
It has a very extensive menu, even selling tacos.
 
I had an all beef, red chili burrito with cheese.  Chili Colorado rolled up in a tortilla.
 
Tito's had no available parking space and I didn't feel like waiting for one.
 
Cinco de Mayo is still there because their food is delicious and different than Tito's.  Something for everyone.
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/03 19:19:39
I freeze cooked ham all the time, but almost always it ends up in soup. I tend to defrost it in the refrigerator, then just dump it into my soup pot directly from the bag without touching it, so I've never noticed any excess moisture. I've never frozen raw ham, only the leftovers and the bone.
 
Today I was recovering from a bit of excess celebration after the Griffins won last night (waiting to find out who we play in the next round until after this weekend's games are settled). At any rate, my head hurt and I wasn't up for cooking, so I threw some chicken in the crock pot and made a mushroom-wine sauce for it. Served it over brown rice with a bag salad on the side and called it good.
 

Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/03 19:28:25
Congratulations on the Griffins' victory. Two-buck beers and two-buck hot dogs? Holy Moley!
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/03 20:03:08
Thank you! Can't wait to find out of we get Texas or Toronto next. And yeah, that two-buck deal is something we do every Friday game, extended to every home playoff game. Until this season it was $1 beers and hot dogs, but that got too expensive (the team's management reimburses the arena for the difference).
 
I still haven't had a beer watching a game. It feels wrong, even though I'm not working.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/03 20:07:12

By the way, I assume (as a former hockey player and hockey broadcaster) that there's a nearby hangout where everyone, including the players, eats and drinks after a game. I miss those great spots.
post edited by Michael Hoffman - 2014/05/03 20:09:27
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/03 22:37:59
Pan-fried walleye, cheesy bacon grits, fried green tomatoes.

Turtle66
Cheeseburger
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/03 23:04:50
Beef Chicana My Way.                                                                       
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/03 23:45:13
Michael Hoffman 

 
By the way, I assume (as a former hockey player and hockey broadcaster) that there's a nearby hangout where everyone, including the players, eats and drinks after a game. I miss those great spots. 
 
Several, depending on what day it is. Local bars sponsor different nights, but our favourite is http://foundersbrewing.com/.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/04 00:15:10
I wanted to use up some stuff out of the fridge, plus we were watching both local NHL teams playoff---LA Kings vs Anaheim Ducks. 
 
I made a pasta sauce with fried pancetta, leftover roast pork diced up from my smoker, yellow and green grape tomatoes, heirloom cherry tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, kalamata and black olives, capers, seasonings and tomato puree. Topped fettuccine with it and fresh shredded parmesan. Yum!

 

 
mar52
Sirloin
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/04 13:43:42
Up close and personal!
 
I had a the other burrito.  I bought 2 for 2 nights.  Last night's was a meat only chili verde burrito.
 
It wasn't pretty but taste made up for that.
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/04 20:58:38
Sunday = trash day. So we had some of the minced collops, some beets, some green beans, and polished off the bag salad and I ate the last bit of some deli macaroni salad.
 
And my Griffins will be playing Texas. Unfortunately, I probably can't go to either Game 3 or 4 since they happen the night before and the day of my mother's eye surgery. If there's a Game 5 I should be able to make it.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/04 21:19:21
Good luck to your Griffins.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/04 23:22:37
My brother invited us to join him at Dinah's.
 
I had the half pork rib, half fried chicken dinner with sweet potato fries.  It was excellent!
 
 
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/05 02:26:59
mar52

My brother invited us to join him at Dinah's.

I had the half pork rib, half fried chicken dinner with sweet potato fries.  It was excellent!

 
I haven't been to Dinah's in a few years. I used to love going there---great fried chicken! Lucky Mar!
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/05 16:01:14
Pasta looks good, Ed.  I also want your camera. 
 
Ugh.  My Sharks and Warriors are long gone now...   Giants are looking good, though!
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/05 16:14:06
Going to a Giants game on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/05 19:27:39
Thanks, MH! It'll be an interesting series for sure. Texas is the best in the AHL this year, and we're defending the Cup.
 
Tonight I did some Avocado Basil Chicken (with which I took some liberties from how someone else wrote it), with an avocado-apricot salad on the side. Served with the year's first batch of sweet tea. Totally forgot to take more or better pictures because I was starving; you'll have that.
 
 
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/05 19:42:08
felix
Looks delicious!  I'm assuming that avocados were abundant in the markets as they were here, due to Cinco de Mayo!  Tonight it's not-so-shabby left-overs of short ribs, garlic mashed and I'll make some steamed asparagus. 
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/05 23:48:38
Michael Hoffman

Going to a Giants game on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

 
We're going to see the Angels vs. Yankees Wednesday in Anaheim. We can wave hi to each other on MLB TV!
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/06 07:54:55

love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/06 09:40:05
Michael Hoffman

Going to a Giants game on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

Have fun!  Last night's game was crazy.  Great outcome, though. 
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/06 18:33:38
I always loved the small cheap chicken pot pies. I made a chicken stock from one of my roosters along with some chicken noodle soup. This is a Chicken pot pie with a home made crust. I found my new comfort food!


 
What's nice is we always have some dough left over for cinn and sugar baked dough.

felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/06 18:46:31
lleechef Exactly, avocados were everywhere and really cheap, so we bought a bunch.
 
Now, normally I would be drooling all over my keyboard looking at a homemade chicken pot pie, but I am overstuffed with Creative Bacon Chili. (Recipe from the Loveless Cafe: http://www.lovelesscafe.c.../creative-bacon-chili/ ) I added some garlic and some VooDoo Bell Pepper seasoning, and used diced tomatoes instead of chopping whole ones, and WOW! This was amazing!

mar52
Sirloin
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/06 21:04:51
Stopped by a Korean super Market the other day and they were giving out samples of teeny weenies.  They were smokey delicious!  So I bought a package.
 
Made Beanie Weenies for dinner.
 

 
Those round things with the sesame seeds turned out to be plate decoration as they were not edible.  I thought they were candied yams when I bought them.  WRONG!  Some sort of Korean confection that are nasty sweet.
 
If found again I'd buy a few more packages of those weenies for the freezer.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/06 22:27:59
felix
You can never go wrong with a recipe from the Loveless.......that place is awesome!
pnwchef
Nice looking chicken pot pie!
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/07 01:58:38
pnwchef, 
That chicken pie looks awesome.
mar52,
Those almost look like candied bananas to me. But it sounds like I better not try them!
mar52
Sirloin
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/07 14:08:18
Ed, they were a very dense, hard flour based concoction.  Sort of like those sweet balls in an Indian restaurant but more like a hockey puck in density and taste... not that I've ever tasted a hockey puck.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/08 02:44:32
Well, I had "Trout" for dinner.......

 
And hot dogs and beer too!
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/08 12:47:54
Ed, nothing like Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Trout!
 
I love baked Ziti, it's fast and easy to make, gives me a nice meal when I'm craving Italian. I bet Rogo thought I was going to say I missed him!
 

 
 
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/08 13:15:10
Ziti looks good, Bill!
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/11 00:47:33
I told the guy I would take him anywhere he wanted to go (with the exception of the ohmygod expensive seafood place or Ruth's Chris) for his birthday.
 
He chose Applebee's. I ate Applebee's for dinner. Their food has not improved since I was last there in 2002, and they still have no idea how to cook a rare steak. I did thoroughly enjoy several frosty glasses of IPA from Perrin Brewing, however. I was pleasantly surprised to see beer from one of the local breweries on tap.
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/11 18:57:29
To cleanse my palate...
 
Mother's Day dinner, total of 20.6 g carbohydrate per plate. HA! Balsamic pork chops, roasted asparagus with balsamic, and broccoli salad.
 

post edited by felix4067 - 2014/05/11 18:58:32
mar52
Sirloin
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/12 00:17:57
I had a chicken pot pie from Linn's in Cambria. California.
 
Bought four individual, frozen pies and drove them home for dinner.
 
Haven't found finer.
 
(45 MPG in the new car!)
iluvcfood
Cheeseburger
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/12 01:45:54
P.F. Chang's tonite for dinner................
 

lleechef
Sirloin
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/12 10:09:01
I was so busy cooking I didn't take any pics of Mother's Day dinner.  We had Caprese salad, gnocchi in Bolognaise sauce, hot sausage, Mancini's bread (from Pittsburgh) and per my Mother's request.........pecan pie for dessert.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/12 22:28:05
You can't believe my delight when I saw Shish*to Peppers on the hors d'oeuvres tables at my niece's wedding.  She wouldn't share the menu with anyone.  She had know idea I even knew about them, silly girl.
 
So I went to the nearby Mitsuwa Marketplace to do a little shopping today.  I ate dessert first tonight which consisted of Mango Mochi.
 
For dinner....
 
I forgot the Asahi.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/13 00:36:32
mar52

I had a chicken pot pie from Linn's in Cambria. California.

Bought four individual, frozen pies and drove them home for dinner.

Haven't found finer.

(45 MPG in the new car!)

I haven't been to Linn's. Sounds like it's worth a stop on my next trip up that way.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/13 00:39:21
mar52

You can't believe my delight when I saw Shish*to Peppers on the hors d'oeuvres tables at my niece's wedding.  She wouldn't share the menu with anyone.  She had know idea I even knew about them, silly girl.

So I went to the nearby Mitsuwa Marketplace to do a little shopping today.  I ate dessert first tonight which consisted of Mango Mochi.

For dinner....

I forgot the Asahi.


More and more of the sushi bars and izakayas (Japanese pubs) are putting grilled shisitos on the menu. The are absolutely delicious grilled over wood or charcoal with a little char on them. 
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/13 00:54:07
Busy day so I just wanted to make us a simple dinner. Market had a nice NY Prime Strip Steaks on sale, so I bought ready to cook stuffed scallops, fresh corn on the cob and ready to heat creamed asiago spinach. I fired up the smoker, put everything in over red oak, and this is what came out.

 
I had never done the scallops in the smoker before and they came out really good, along with a nice, smoky medium rare steak.
Oh yes, I also got French Salted Caramel Ice Cream for dessert. It may have not been Graeter's, but it hit the spot!
post edited by EdSails - 2014/05/13 01:01:21
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/13 11:10:26
That looks really good!
 
mar52
Sirloin
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/14 19:28:51
Did a little pan frying tonight.
 

 
Chicken fried steak.
iluvcfood
Cheeseburger
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/14 19:37:09
Wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy   too hot to cook tonight so we plan on going to crap in the box for  a quick fix!
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/14 22:15:09
Awww man, Mar!!  That looks so good. 
 
Last night was salmon from my stovetop smoker:

 
And tonight was a Belgian style waffle with caramel sauce and a little salt from the Waffle Roost food truck.  So good.

 
mar52
Sirloin
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/15 00:56:07
So I just ordered some Original Carbon's Golden Malt Waffle Mix.
 
Can't make it better than they can.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/15 01:17:11
mar52

Did a little pan frying tonight.



Chicken fried steak.

 
yum!
fishtaco
Double Cheeseburger
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/15 10:20:02
Taken on a sudden chill here in Indiana. Cold and wet. Ruined my plans for a day at the track as they prepare for the Indy 500. So think I will make some real SOS tonight. Breakfast for Dinner.
BackRhodes
Double Cheeseburger
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/15 22:01:46
This is for Felix...
 

felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/15 22:20:11
BackRhodes, that is FABULOUS!! Thank you!
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/15 23:19:15
I wanted to mask something really different today for dinner. I bought some veal scallops and pounded/tenderized them. I then looked for an old recipe I used to make, couldn't find it but found an updated version from John Bersh. So here it is, Creole Grillades and Grits a la John Besh (with a Creole Essence Seasoning from Emeril's recipe). A nice Creole Sauce from fresh garlic, onions, tomatoes and celery. And butter plus chicken fat! Beef broth and more Creole Seasoning....yum!
 

Yummo!
 
Cheese grits with two cheeses turned out good too!
post edited by EdSails - 2014/05/15 23:21:12
mar52
Sirloin
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/16 00:45:23
Ed, that looks fabulous.
 
I joined an ex-neighbor for a meal at a Persian restaurant in Mission Viejo.
 
    HATAM
    25800 Jeronimo Rd
    Ste 402
    Mission Viejo, CA 92691

    I'd only been to one other Persian restaurant in Westwood which left a lot to be desired.  Because my friend is Persian I didn't hesitate at his suggestion.
When we sat down a plate of Tahdiq was brought to us covered with a lentil and lamb sauce.  Nothing better than that crispy layer of hard Basmati goodness.  I could have dined just on that. 
 
It was followed by a small cup of a lentil tomato soup.  Wish it was a large bowl.
 
I ordered what Masoud ordered...  grilled Cornish Game Hen that was accompanied by a grilled tomato and Safron Basmati rice which I sprinkled liberally with Sumac.
 
The chicken was bone in and cut up and served sort of like a kabob without the skewer.
 
Moist, juicy and excellent.  This certainly changed my impression of Persian Food.
 
I did not take any pictures because there was a large group of mourning Persians that were there after a funeral.  THAT was different.


EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/16 01:48:09
mar52

Ed, that looks fabulous.

I joined an ex-neighbor for a meal at a Persian restaurant in Mission Viejo.

    HATAM
    25800 Jeronimo Rd
    Ste 402
    Mission Viejo, CA 92691

    I'd only been to one other Persian restaurant in Westwood which left a lot to be desired.  Because my friend is Persian I didn't hesitate at his suggestion.
When we sat down a plate of Tahdiq was brought to us covered with a lentil and lamb sauce.  Nothing better than that crispy layer of hard Basmati goodness.  I could have dined just on that. 

It was followed by a small cup of a lentil tomato soup.  Wish it was a large bowl.

I ordered what Masoud ordered...  grilled Cornish Game Hen that was accompanied by a grilled tomato and Safron Basmati rice which I sprinkled liberally with Sumac.

The chicken was bone in and cut up and served sort of like a kabob without the skewer.

Moist, juicy and excellent.  This certainly changed my impression of Persian Food.

I did not take any pictures because there was a large group of mourning Persians that were there after a funeral.  THAT was different. 
 
Mar,
I know that restaurant. The pho place we go to is right across on the other side of Alicia. It's a mile from me.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/16 01:54:32
Ed, you should try it.  I was surprised.
 
We originally were meeting Masoud at Antonucci's but it wasn't open until 4PM so he suggested Hatam.
 
I had the #35 lunch.
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/16 03:17:49
BackRhodes

This is for Felix...



That's hilarious!!!  
 
I had a tri-tip sandwich at the ballpark, with just a smidgen of grilled onions and bbq sauce.  Moist and tender and very tasty.

post edited by love2bake - 2014/05/16 18:00:50
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/16 11:10:59
Last night I threw a bunch of random stuff in a skillet (red, orange and yellow bell peppers, Vidalia onion, celery, garlic, ham, orange-lemon-pepper seasoning), and added some cottage cheese on the side.
 

 
Tonight I'm hitting the pizza place around the corner from the arena after the game (Griffins-Stars series tied 2-2 going in).
 
Edit:
I have lied. Tonight we're hitting Stella's (http://www.stellasgr.com/) across the street for one of their ohmygod amazing bacon and bleu cheese stuffed burgers after the game. Gastric nirvana, won't have to eat again tomorrow.  
post edited by felix4067 - 2014/05/16 11:21:42
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/16 13:05:47
mar52

Ed, you should try it.  I was surprised.

We originally were meeting Masoud at Antonucci's but it wasn't open until 4PM so he suggested Hatam.

I had the #35 lunch.


I will, Mar. We always go to the Afghani place in town because we really like that, but I'll try Hatam.  
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