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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/02 13:23:32 (permalink)
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.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/02 13:50:29 (permalink)
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.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/02 13:54:39 (permalink)
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.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/02 14:40:22 (permalink)
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.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/02 21:49:17 (permalink)
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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.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/02 21:53:22 (permalink)
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.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/03 19:19:39 (permalink)
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.
 

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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/03 19:28:25 (permalink)
Congratulations on the Griffins' victory. Two-buck beers and two-buck hot dogs? Holy Moley!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/03 20:03:08 (permalink)
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.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/03 20:07:12 (permalink)

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.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/03 22:37:59 (permalink)
Pan-fried walleye, cheesy bacon grits, fried green tomatoes.

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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/03 23:04:50 (permalink)
Beef Chicana My Way.                                                                       
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/03 23:45:13 (permalink)
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/.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/04 00:15:10 (permalink)
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!

 

 
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/04 13:43:42 (permalink)
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.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/04 20:58:38 (permalink)
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.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/04 21:19:21 (permalink)
Good luck to your Griffins.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/04 23:22:37 (permalink)
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!
 
 
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/05 02:26:59 (permalink)
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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!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/05 16:01:14 (permalink)
Pasta looks good, Ed.  I also want your camera. 
 
Ugh.  My Sharks and Warriors are long gone now...   Giants are looking good, though!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/05 16:14:06 (permalink)
Going to a Giants game on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/05 19:27:39 (permalink)
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.
 
 
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/05 19:42:08 (permalink)
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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. 
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/05 23:48:38 (permalink)
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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!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/06 07:54:55 (permalink)

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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/06 09:40:05 (permalink)
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Going to a Giants game on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

Have fun!  Last night's game was crazy.  Great outcome, though. 
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/06 18:33:38 (permalink)
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.

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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/06 18:46:31 (permalink)
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!

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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/06 21:04:51 (permalink)
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.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2014/05/06 22:27:59 (permalink)
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You can never go wrong with a recipe from the Loveless.......that place is awesome!
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Nice looking chicken pot pie!
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