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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/18 20:17:17 (permalink)
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I didn't "relent".  I said I was going to eat salad in response to his cheeky remark after seeing some photos of me on another thread........"Geeze, you were thinner then!"  Arrrrrrrrrgh.

Lisa, maybe Michael's next step is to repent, I would buy a ticket to that show............
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/18 20:18:55 (permalink)
Mar, have fun tomorrow, take some pictures so you could show these people what a good Gumbo looks like...............Bill
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/18 20:30:56 (permalink)
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I didn't "relent".  I said I was going to eat salad in response to his cheeky remark after seeing some photos of me on another thread........"Geeze, you were thinner then!"  Arrrrrrrrrgh.

That's not exactly what I said. By the way, I really love the pork tenderloin you're making, as well as the fingerling potatoes and the broccoli and cauliflower in cheese sauce
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/19 00:34:37 (permalink)
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I didn't "relent".  I said I was going to eat salad in response to his cheeky remark after seeing some photos of me on another thread........"Geeze, you were thinner then!"  Arrrrrrrrrgh.

Lisa, maybe Michael's next step is to repent, I would buy a ticket to that show............

The tickets are on sale but for you.........free admission.  I need somebody on my side!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/19 02:38:56 (permalink)
Today I had a little over an hour between shows, so I went with one of my perennial favourites...Bull's Head Tavern (http://www.thebullsheadtavern.com/). It's kitty-corner across the street from the theatre. Treated myself to their smoked gouda chicken pasta (penne, seared chicken breast, pancetta, muhrooms and asparagus in smoked gouda cream sauce, topped with smoked gouda). Figured I deserved it after this week, and knowing I won't have a day off again until Tuesday (got more work thrown at me for Monday about three hours ago).
 

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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/19 09:36:26 (permalink)
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lleechef

I didn't "relent".  I said I was going to eat salad in response to his cheeky remark after seeing some photos of me on another thread........"Geeze, you were thinner then!"  Arrrrrrrrrgh.

Lisa, maybe Michael's next step is to repent, I would buy a ticket to that show............

The tickets are on sale but for you.........free admission.  I need somebody on my side!


Lisa, they say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Thats fine, but you would think the old dog could just sit and stop barking...............Make sure he takes you to Boston in June.........
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/19 12:27:36 (permalink)
I had frozen pizza and a Cheerwine.
 
I was shocked when I saw a refrigerated section with Triple XXX Root Beer and Cheerwine in my closest (I'm between three) Ralph's which is owned by Kroger's.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/19 15:51:27 (permalink)
Last night I made Cod and Potato Chowder(sorry, I forgot to take pictures) and for tonight Tuna noodle Casserole

(my daughter had three wisdom teeth extracted on Thursday so I've been going for soft chew things). Here was my son's reaction to the tuna casserole(he hates it!).

He makes at least two and sometimes three pizzas a week!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/19 16:24:38 (permalink)
I like tuna and I love noodles.
 
But put them together and I also want a pizza!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/19 18:33:19 (permalink)
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I like tuna and I love noodles.

But put them together and I also want a pizza!

I /We love tuna and noodles....  we also love Tuna sandwiches with HB eggs mixed in served on Jewish toasted Rye topped with Sharp Cheddar..  ( guess that would be considered a "Tuna Melt"?
anyway..............tonights dinner was (sounds strange but it was VERY good)........  an over night marinated in Pineapple juice and then slowly cooked in a low temp oven for a few hours covered with lots of pepper/seasonings Pork Roast.....      We also had it served with BBQ/Grilled Zuccinni
 

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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/19 20:44:47 (permalink)
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I didn't "relent".  I said I was going to eat salad in response to his cheeky remark after seeing some photos of me on another thread........"Geeze, you were thinner then!"  Arrrrrrrrrgh.

Sounds like he should have "toejam" sandwiches instead of fried spam. 
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/19 20:46:20 (permalink)
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lleechef

I didn't "relent".  I said I was going to eat salad in response to his cheeky remark after seeing some photos of me on another thread........"Geeze, you were thinner then!"  Arrrrrrrrrgh.

That's not exactly what I said. By the way, I really love the pork tenderloin you're making, as well as the fingerling potatoes and the broccoli and cauliflower in cheese sauce

TOO LATE to suck up now Michael!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/19 20:51:33 (permalink)
I have been experimenting with the stroganoff sauce for my recreation of the pharmacy's stroganoff burger, I have now had several stroganoff burgers, but tonight it is:
 
Grilled Ribeye (Med rare) topped with swiss and harvati cheese, smothered with the stroganoff sauce.
 
Red New potatoes boiled, then smothered in the stroganoff sauce with cheese and bacon.
 
(Can you tell I made too much sauce, but OMG has it been good)
 
Yesterday night was fried crapie and mushrooms
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/20 00:18:12 (permalink)
CajunKing, that sounds amazing!
 
By the time I finally got out of work, we ended up at Steak & Shake. Could be worse, I guess.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/20 10:04:20 (permalink)
Last night I ruined a perfectly fine flank steak and some roasted potato wedges. I have no idea why my always (till last evening) marvelous marinade resulted in a complete lack of flavor for the steak, and I cannot figure out how I managed to grill the thing to medium. While the meat was both overcooked and flavorless, it was very tender. As to the potatoes, well, they were dry and lacking in flavor. The caprese salad we had was excellent.
lleechef made the salad.
 
lleechef was kind. I did not deserve kindness.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/20 13:22:40 (permalink)
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Last night I ruined a perfectly fine flank steak and some roasted potato wedges. I have no idea why my always (till last evening) marvelous marinade resulted in a complete lack of flavor for the steak, and I cannot figure out how I managed to grill the thing to medium. While the meat was both overcooked and flavorless, it was very tender. As to the potatoes, well, they were dry and lacking in flavor. The caprese salad we had was excellent.
lleechef made the salad.

lleechef was kind. I did not deserve kindness.


I thought Lisa gave you a can opener for your birthday. From what I remember, Lisa said, if you can't open it with a can opener, don't touch it. Leave the important things to lisa, now go take a nap................pnwc
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/20 18:21:11 (permalink)

My dinner last night doubled as Mother's Day for my Mom...
 

 
I started cooking a few days ago by pickling some cucumbers:
 

 
Boiled Peanuts to snack on while waiting:  (They were from a can and delicious!)
 

 
The meal was to begin with gumbo.
 
Cooking:
 

 
Plated:
 

 
Waiting to be served:
 

 
Stewed Cinnamon Apples:
 

 
The macaroni and cheese prior to bking. I forgot the after picture:
 

 
My brother's Fried Chicken which was moist!
 

 
Collard Greens:
 

 
Blackeyed Peas:
 

 
I forgot to take a picture of the stringbeans and ham.
 
 
My plate:
 

 
Banana Pudding:
 

 
Strawberry Cheesecake because I knew my mother would not try the banana pudding:
 

 
Mom!  She'll be 86 next month
 


It was fun!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/20 18:31:38 (permalink)
Your food looks great but not as good as your Mother!  She sure doesn't look her age and you can tell her I said so!!!
Would you consider re-posting your gumbo recipe?  I know you are famous for it and the recipe is here somewhere but I'm too lazy to go digging.  Puhleese?
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/20 19:05:10 (permalink)
 Hi Lisa,  I wrote this recipe years ago and I vary it every time I make it.
 
This time I cheated and used Cajun Power Gumbo Base instead of making my own roux.
 
Here's mine:  (I won two Gumbo Cookoffs with it and two trips for two to New Orleans)
 
Marlene’s Gumbo  Makes 15-20 servings
 
1 C. vegetable oil
¾  C. flour
4 C. chopped onions
2 C. chopped celery
2 C. chopped green pepper
1 Tablespoon chopped garlic  (You can use a garlic press)
8 C. Swanson’s chicken broth (heated which is debated)  I cheat unless I have homemade.
1 bag (or less) of Costco’s frozen chicken wings that are like Buffalo Wings.  The seasoning on them helps!
1 ring smoked sausage, sliced in to rounds  (I use the regular that is a pork/beef mix)
1 Tablespoon Cajun seasoning  (I use Joe's Stuff whch is from the New Orleans School of Cooking)
½ tsp thyme
2 bay leaves
Pinch sugar  (optional)
 
 
 
2 C chopped green onions
2 pounds peeled and deveined shrimp or more!
Cooked rice  (I don’t bother with rice)
Filé.   (I never use it)
 
I make my gumbo in stages over two days.  The trick is to have everything ready because there is no time to stop once you begin.
 
First I make the roux.  This is the most labor intensive part.  BUT, before you begin have all the onions, celery, green pepper and garlic diced and ready.  Set a time when you have 2 hours free. Go to the bathroom before you begin!   Do not leave the pan while you are stirring.  Do not answer the phone, do not answer the door.  (The roux goes through different stages so don’t be alarmed… just keep stirring) (I know that Lisa already knows all of this)
 
A heavy bottomed pan is the best for making the roux.  You will need a flat bottomed wooden spatula to stir it…CONSTANTLY until you get the color you want.  You might start with a roux the color of peanut butter.  I make mine almost as dark as chocolate, but I’ve been doing it for years.  The lighter the roux the more thickening properties it has.  I think the darker roux has a richer taste.  IF YOU BURN THE ROUX, THROW IT OUT AND START OVER  This could take over an hour depending on how brave you are with the heat. 
 
Heat the oil in the pan (I use a cast iron skillet which might get too hot for a beginner) on a middle to high heat and when you see the rippling effect dump in all of the flour a little at a time and start stirring.
 
I start on a higher fire and then turn it down because I’m a chicken.  When I think it’s getting too hot I slide the pan off the burner, stir, stir, stir and then put it back still stirring.  You can also buy roux already made in a jar!   BEWARE!  Roux is as hot as moltent lava.  You do not want it getting on you.
 
When the roux is the color you want, dump in all of the onions, celery and green pepper.  (Those 3 items together are called the Holy Trinity or just the Trinity)  I cook them down until you can’t recognize the individual pieces.  I make it a mush.  When it’s to this mushy state, stir in the garlic, cook a couple of minutes and transfer it all in to the LARGE stock pot that you’ll be using.
 
Carefully stir in the warmed up broth, bring it to a boil and then lower to a simmer.  Dump in all the chicken wings you want and continue to simmer.  (If I have shrimp shells I heat them up in the chicken broth and strain it first)
 
While it’s simmering saute the sausage to brown it for extra flavor and to get rid of some of the grease.  Blot them with paper towels and add them to the pot.  Add the Cajun spice, bay leaves, thyme and simmer for the a couple of hours. Taste!  If you think it could use a little sugar add a pinch or two. Cool.  Refrigerate overnight.
 
The next morning I skim as much of the fat off of the top of the gumbo as possible.  Then I pick out all of the chicken skin, bones and what I call knuckles which I guess is cartilage. 
 
Then I heat it up again.  The remaining grease will pool on the top of the gumbo.  I skim some more with a spoon and then I actually layer paper towels on the top to remove almost all of the grease.  I find this to be part of why my recipe wins.  It’s not greasy at all.
 
Heat it up again to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. 
 
 
Approximately 10 minutes before serving, add green onions.   Right before you’re ready to serve it dump in the shrimp.  They only take a couple of minutes to cook and you don’t want to over cook them.  Those small lobster tails were $4 a piece at my grocery store this week so I bought 4 and halved them.  Great for presentation!  LOL  Serve gumbo over rice or without rice as I do.  Rice is just a filler.  Make your contents stand on their own!
 
Some people use File powder which gives it a different taste.  It also thickens it up.  You serve it on the table and stir it in to your own bowl.  you never cook file!  I don’t use it.  I don’t like it!    You can also add okra and tomatoes but don’t.  It doesn’t need it.
 
Most serve gumbo over white rice, but I feel it takes away the taste.  I serve it like a soup without the rice.
 
Hope this helps!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/20 19:12:03 (permalink)
Here's the base I used this time:
 
http://www.cajunpowersauc...-A12A-3A725D947B7933A7
 
I found it a bit greasy tasting.
 
It had all the spice and vegetables in it.
 
I added sauteed trinity and a can of okra and tomatoes.
 
I bought a rotisserie chicken and pulled it apart, smoked sausage when I didn't like the way my Andouille smelled and those lobster tails at the last minute.
 
I'm all for shortcuts when the back and thumb aren't feeling well!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/20 19:45:13 (permalink)
What a great looking dinner Mar!! Your Mom's a lucky lady!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/20 20:30:42 (permalink)
Mar - that dinner looks like heaven!!  Gorgeous gumbo and fried chicken, the perfect complement of southern sides, and two incredible desserts.  Wow.  And boiled p-nuts--yay!!!  Whose brand did you use?  I've had a hard time getting them right in a crockpot so have considered buying canned ones instead.  Thank you for posting your prized gumbo recipe.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/20 20:35:20 (permalink)
Thanks, Girls!
 
The boiled peanuts came from Walmart.  I rinsed them to get rid of some of the sliminess.
 
They also came in a Cajun spiced flavor but I opted for plain.  I liked them!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/21 12:36:49 (permalink)
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Last night I ruined a perfectly fine flank steak and some roasted potato wedges. I have no idea why my always (till last evening) marvelous marinade resulted in a complete lack of flavor for the steak, and I cannot figure out how I managed to grill the thing to medium. While the meat was both overcooked and flavorless, it was very tender. As to the potatoes, well, they were dry and lacking in flavor. The caprese salad we had was excellent.
lleechef made the salad.

lleechef was kind. I did not deserve kindness.


I thought Lisa gave you a can opener for your birthday. From what I remember, Lisa said, if you can't open it with a can opener, don't touch it. Leave the important things to lisa, now go take a nap................pnwc

I try to stick with cans that have pull-top lids. I wish I could take a nap, but I have too many things to get done, including driving my new John Deere to the back yard for some serious mowing.
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/21 16:51:13 (permalink)
As a former Southerner
 
WHAT THE HELL IS THE DEAL WITH BOILED PEANUTS??
 

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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/21 17:07:31 (permalink)
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Thanks for the recipe.  I've been hungry for gumbo lately so I'm going to make yours this week (minus the lobster tails).
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/21 18:37:08 (permalink)
The lobster tails didn't add anything tastewise.  It was all for presentation!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/21 20:03:37 (permalink)
Mar....This time I cheated and used Cajun Power Gumbo Base instead of making my own roux. 
 
Mar, Earl and Flewer and some spices, I'm telling Mom
 
Mom looks happy, nice going on the food. 
 
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/21 20:17:58 (permalink)
Mom figured it out.
 
Not as good as mine. 
 
Boy!
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Re:What's For Dinner TONIGHT...??? 2013/05/21 20:28:30 (permalink)
All, glorious & wonderful, especially MON!


My dinner last night doubled as Mother's Day for my Mom...



I started cooking a few days ago by pickling some cucumbers:



Boiled Peanuts to snack on while waiting:  (They were from a can and delicious!)



The meal was to begin with gumbo.

Cooking:



Plated:



Waiting to be served:



Stewed Cinnamon Apples:



The macaroni and cheese prior to bking. I forgot the after picture:



My brother's Fried Chicken which was moist!



Collard Greens:



Blackeyed Peas:



I forgot to take a picture of the stringbeans and ham.


My plate:



Banana Pudding:



Strawberry Cheesecake because I knew my mother would not try the banana pudding:



Mom!  She'll be 86 next month



It was fun!


agnesrob

Last night I made Cod and Potato Chowder(sorry, I forgot to take pictures) and for tonight Tuna noodle Casserole

(my daughter had three wisdom teeth extracted on Thursday so I've been going for soft chew things). Here was my son's reaction to the tuna casserole(he hates it!).

He makes at least two and sometimes three pizzas a week!


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