Monthly Archives: December 2010

30 December 2010 – Macaroni and cheese; mixed vegetables; salad

Mom suggested macaroni and cheese for dinner, so we had that. Sure is easy! Mom boils the macaroni, then adds longhorn cheddar, cut in rather large chunks, if my sighting of them in advance of dinner is accurate – maybe … Continue reading

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29 December 2010 – Deviled chicken thighs; pilaf; frozen mixed vegetables

I am trying to find recipes that Mom would like (she is bored with her standards) and would also be willing to cook (not complicated, that is), and this one was a winner. It’s from an old cookbook by Marian … Continue reading

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28 December 2010 – Leftover turkey pot pie and green beans with almonds; cole slaw

D&R took off this morning, so there are just three of us for dinner now. We ate up a bunch of the remaining pot pie – reheated a half hour at 350, which was not enough, and added 10 mins … Continue reading

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27 December 2010 – Turkey pot pie with sage biscuit topping; salad

This is a favorite of ours for turkey leftovers. Fortunately we had three cooks, and D had stripped the turkey carcass and made stock the day before. Someday I will look up which book this is from (it’s chicken in … Continue reading

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26 December 2010 – Turkey over mashed potatoes and bread, with gravy; fresh broccoli; cole slaw

Classic leftovers – excellent slices of turkey still available – heated in a pan with I think butter, placed over fresh mashed potatoes, that over bread (sourdough from Safeway) all topped with the remaining gravy, thinned with a bit of … Continue reading

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25 December 2010 – Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and green beans with almonds

What else for Christmas dinner but turkey? We cooked the turkey with maple glaze for Mom and brother, and they seemed to enjoy it. Mom cooked mashed potatoes and refrigerator rolls, and I did the Pepperidge Farm stuffing she wanted … Continue reading

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24 December 2010 – Leftovers and tree decorating

We had just about exactly half of the pseudo-lasagne left from last night, and reheated that for dinner on this busy evening. Mom said to get anything I wanted from the grocery store earlier today, so I got fresh broccoli, … Continue reading

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23 December 2010 – Pseudo-lasagna; corn; cole slaw

Mom found this version of lasagna that is very easy to make, because you don’t have to cook the wide noodles or arrange it in layers. OK, so it’s not really lasagna. But it’s pretty good ­čÖé We had canned … Continue reading

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22 December 2010 – Hamburger casserole with mozzarella on top; cole slaw; tomato slices

Mom had dinner waiting when we arrived after a long day’s drive. She cooked a casserole based on hamburger, which is placed in a baking dish and topped with mozzarella slices and baked. It is very tasty. We had┬á some┬átomato … Continue reading

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21 December 2010 – Falafel with salads and pitas at Taim

┬áMy friend A recommended this wonderful little hole-in-the-wall restaurant on Waverly in Manhattan. We chose the mixed falafel plate, which had three different kinds of falafel and three different sauces… …┬áan excellent hummus, “Israeli salad” that looked like tomatoes and … Continue reading

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20 December 2010 – Dinner on the airplane, but not airplane dinner

D defrosted the rest of the baguette we had for lunch a couple days ago, and made sandwiches with some of the smoked mozzarella and the rest of the ham in the fridge, plus lettuce and mayonnaise. He also rounded … Continue reading

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19 December 2010 – Emptying the fridge

D is so good at making a delicious dinner out of whatever he finds. He boiled up the two Yukon golds and melted the rest of the Ementhaler over them. He cooked up the rest of the [whatever] choi by … Continue reading

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18 December 2010 – defrosted turkey bits with “gravy” over leftover pilaf; baby some choi cooked in olive oil; leftover roasted tomato and garlic clove

Unusual dinner for a Saturday, but quite tasty and fun. D defrosted a vat of small turkey pieces and reheated them along with the rest of the pilaf. He also cooked up some brown mushrooms to go with the turkey. … Continue reading

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17 December 2010 – Mushrooms in scamorze; roasted tomatoes with garlic and thyme

For my birthday (trad.) D cooked a variant on a major favorite of the year. Back a few months ago he found some porcini and used them and a scamorze (smoked mozzarella) in a quiche-like dish (without crust) replacing poblano … Continue reading

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16 December 2010 – Spaghetti with revived sauce; salad with peanuts and scallions

D started with the last of my less-than-exciting spaghetti sauce from Sunday, and added some fresh mushrooms, fresh Romas, ancient wine that made it too vinegary for him, and then a series of things to undo that, including more (real) … Continue reading

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15 December 2010 – Spaghetti with leftover grilled chicken, mushrooms, and pencil asparagus

I was late getting home after a long grading session, and D had this pasta all made and waiting for me. It was very tasty, and used up some of the leftover bits of things we had in the fridge. … Continue reading

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14 December 2010 – Omelette with Emmentaler and special mushroom; green beans

D cooked another quick and delicious meal after getting home from work about 7pm. He made an omelette with Emmentaler cheese that he got at the Bowl, and also sauteed an interesting mushroom (also from the Bowl) in butter. He … Continue reading

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13 December 2010 – Pasta with green beans and tapenade

D made me an olive tapenade with Nicoise olives for the pizza last weekend. He used up the rest with this dinner. Fortunately, there was not a whole lot, b/c I was still stuffed from lunch with my department at … Continue reading

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12 December 2010 – Spaghetti with hamburger and tomato sauce

And a green pepper. I knew I really wanted the taste of a green pepper in there. Ultimately this was nothing to write home about, but it was perfectly good and tasty. I used a large yellow onion and 4 … Continue reading

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11 December 2010 – Grilled, herbed chicken; pilaf; pencil asparagus

But the asparagus was really thinner than a pencil! I sinned… I got Mexican asparagus – not local or seasonal but wow – 99 cents a pound… and this was a “Christmas” dinner where D bought an excellent wine, so … Continue reading

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10 December 2010 – Pizza with olive tapenade, potato, roasted red pepper, fontina, and rosemary

Did this pizza awhile back when we had olives to use up. What a find! Instead, this time I had to buy olives for the pizza. The Cheese Board was out of Gaeta, so I got Nicoise, which make a … Continue reading

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9 December 2010 – Dinner at an annual party

Our friends C and J have an annual party for business associates and friends, and the food is terrific – especially the Asian things. I had two little plates: Let’s see.. a grilled chicken skewer, some cucumber sauce, and a … Continue reading

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8 December 2010 – Patricia Wells’ chevre with tomato sauce and olives; ultra-thin asparagus from Mexico

I was planning on making spaghetti sauce, for lack of any other ideas, but realized I needed to use up the Laura Chenel Chevre. This is a recipe from Patricia Wells’ book At Home in Provence, one of our greatest … Continue reading

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7 December 2010 – Boudin Blanc sausage; parsley potatoes; carrots and sweet 100 tomatoes

This was a quick, pick-up meal. I had no ideas. Came home and dug around in the fridge, finding practically nothing, but there was bacon in the meat drawer. OK, found bacon/tomato pastas online and had some cherry toms left … Continue reading

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6 December 2010 – Split pea soup with smoked ham; persimmon and walnut salad; fried pumpkin mush

Well, I really enjoyed this dinner, simple though it was. I made the soup yesterday (Sunday) to give it a chance to thicken, and also for the fat to rise to the top and gel so I could remove it. … Continue reading

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