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Pizza Margherita; Brussels sprouts – 12 December 2017

OMG Doug Jones won! Whoopeee!! Plus, we had a pizza Margherita, always a good thing, not least b/c it’s so easy (once you’ve got frozen cubes of sauce and frozen pizza dough). I defrosted 5 cubes of Margherita sauce, and … Continue reading

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Grilled swordfish; avocado and orange salad – 11 December 2017

This is a recipe from the cookbook Tsunami, from the like-named restaurant in Memphis. R&E ate there several years ago, and brought us this cookbook as a result. I’ve made this a few times before. The fish is simply salted, … Continue reading

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Omelette with piperade; orange, onion, and olive salad – 10 December 2017

This was the last thing D wished to make with the piperade, and there was just enough left – which might have been by design, come to think of it… He made a 3-egg omelette with just a bit of … Continue reading

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Pizza with Italian sausage, tomato sauce, arugula, and cheeses; orange, olive, and onion salad – 9 December 2017

I intended to make a pizza I first made in 2012, based on an epicurious recipe – just tomato sauce, mixed, grated fontina Valle d’Aosta and Pecorino Romano cheeses, and arugula tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette over the top. But. … Continue reading

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Tilapia; piperade; brown rice – 8 December 2017

D really wanted to try the piperade alongside a fish. I went to the Bowl and texted him some options, and he selected tilapia. No bones! That’s a big plus for me. The smallish fillet I got was maybe half … Continue reading

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Pizza with walnuts, gorgonzola dolce, and arugula – 6 December 2017

We have a half-pillow of arugula from the Bowl, since R found a pillow and asked us to split. Our half I think was pressed into too small a bag, and is a bit broken up and therefore its lifetime … Continue reading

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Grilled pork loin chops; Brussels sprouts; piperade – 4 December 2017

D grilled one boneless top pork loin chop from yesterday’s Costco trip, split into two normal-thickness pieces. He put lots of garlic slices (“which fell off”) on them while they awaited cooking and warmed to room temperature, as well as … Continue reading

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Flatiron steak; refried potato patties; filet beans – 25 November 2017

Another day at the Grand Lake Market for D&R, and so another Prather Ranch opportunity. I asked D to pick up a thin flatiron steak before they ran out, since I was not going to be there till lunchtime, and … Continue reading

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Roast pheasant with bacon and thyme; mixed wild rice with wild mushrooms; strange, bright-colored pear thing – 23 November 2017

My last winter-celebration dinner at home was TG 2014 – I’ve been off to visit Mom while I could, which was great, but I did miss our big cooking events. So, here we had a good one. E wanted to … Continue reading

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Burrata, baby lettuce salad, and roasted, marinated red pepper; yellow beans – 22 November 2017

This is pretty much a direct copy of a previous dinner, which was a direct attempt – quite successful – to copy Vino Volo’s plate called “Burrata.” the first time I had this was at IAD, (24 March 2016, as … Continue reading

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4/5 Tomato tart; English peas – 21 November 2017

I went to the Tuesday farmers’ market wondering if the heavy rains had eliminated the possibility of more tomatoes from Dirty Girl Produce. But they’re south of here, where it rains less, most of the time, and indeed, there they … Continue reading

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Boudin Blanc and wild mushroom pasta; yellow “wax” beans; lunch at the Beaujolais release party – 18 November 2017

Christopher Lee has fixed whatever machine was broken and is making Boudin Blanc again. When he announced he would have a sausage pop-up, I ordered a pack, as well as his Rapini & Pecorino sausages. I decided to make my … Continue reading

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Sorrel, leek, and potato soup – 16 November 2017

Wow, serious rain! D recorded something like 1.8 inches, close to 10% of our usual annual total, over the 24 hours ending at 8am. So, a cold and wet and grey day, which is perfect for soup. I noted upon … Continue reading

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Pesto with the last of the basil; fruit salad – 15 November 2017

Home again, and eating up what needs to be eaten. First, it’s past the time our basil should have been killed by the weather, so we decided to pull all the plants (one bin, a mature set of stems sold … Continue reading

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Airport food again – 14 November 2017

But airport food ain’t what it used to be, that’s for sure. I seem to have converted D to Vino Volo fandom (or at least, he’s confident he can get good food there). We arrived at JAX in time to … Continue reading

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Excellent chicken quesadilla at A1A Ale Works – 13 November 2017

So, here we are traveling, and the presence of family all around meant we mostly ate at restaurants with them – resulting in D&me eating more restaurant meals in one week than in the previous year, unless I miss my … Continue reading

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Fondue with borrowed fondue pot; roasted asparagus – 12 November 2017

Our SIL L suggested we have the family’s traditional cheese fondue, the recipe brought to our (mutual) late MIL by a Swiss exchange student in the 60s. We were sure our FIL P would really enjoy it. Unfortunately, when D … Continue reading

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Make-Your-Own tacos at a very fun wedding – 11 November 2017

Well, this is why we flew out here. Not the tacos, but the wedding 🙂 It was fun and a bit unorthodox, in keeping with the spirited nature of the couple. Dinner was tacos that you made yourself from a … Continue reading

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Blackened swordfish at Saltwater Cowboy – 10 November 2017

Nine more of our most excellent relatives got to town for the wedding tomorrow, and we arranged to have dinner together – 13 of us; this would be the newly-arrived bunch, and R&E, D&me. The four of us didn’t hear … Continue reading

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Deep-fried, beer-battered fish at a nifty roadside diner – 9 November 2017

We thought we’d stay at the Kennedy Space Center (Mecca of my childhood) only a couple of hours b/c we had D’s Dad P with us, but wow, we closed the place 😉 We arrived just in time for lunch, … Continue reading

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Greek dinner with family – 8 November 2017

We’ve been to this restaurant before – it’s a favorite of our other-coast family members – but I remember it being better than what I had this time. I ordered a mixed plate, and liked the spanokopita, but the moussaka … Continue reading

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Carry-on airport lunch as the main meal – 7 November 2017

Forgot to take a photo of dinner (also on the plane) so my carry-on lunch will have to do for the main shot. I decided to have my larger meal at lunchtime (whatever that means when you’re crossing three time … Continue reading

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Chicken with onion/raspberry/tarragon/vinegar sauce; rice; green beans (haricots?) – 4 November 2017

Mostly we are using stuff up before our trip, but we had fewer Things than nights, so got a Costco chicken breast packet out to make this. The rationale for this particular dish was the use of tarragon, which will … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with sausage topping; haricots – 3 November 2017

D wanted to have a pasta with sausage. This is odd. He usually gets all antsy about meat, for no obvious reason. But he wanted to have this pasta. We were trying to figure out how to eat till we … Continue reading

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Extra fresh pasta from last night with enhanced tomato sauce; roasted asparagus with feta – 2 November 2017

How the heck did it get to be November already? Anyway, as with a couple of previous instances, I used 2/3 of the fresh pasta dough last night for ravioli, and cut the rest into fettucine, which I let dry … Continue reading

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