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426 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:52 pm

NormM

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Here is a slice of the lasagna I made yesterday.

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427 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:27 pm

bethk

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Ohhh, Norm.....nice layers of flavor!

I've been really happy with my lasagne made in 9 X 4 glass bread loaf pans. It's just enough for two and if I cook it one day and reheat the next the layers are still standing high.

I do miss making a huge pan of lasagne. One that a large family could eat at one sitting.

But it's good to add extra stuff (I personally like steamed spinach or braised kale) to the layers. The colors add a nice touch and make it look extra special. I also like to do my 'faux ricotta' by blitzing cottage cheese, mozarella, egg & parmesan in the mini-chop. Ricotta always seems to taste gritty and dry to me. My mixture kind of melts into the whole thing without being clumpy.

428 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:29 pm

bethk

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Bugster2 wrote:Everything Flay makes will scorch your windpipe. He doesn't know how to cook without cayenne pepper.

I like cayenne pepper....just not so much that it makes you run for a glass of milk.

429 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:32 pm

Bugster2

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I like cayenne too, but I have reached the age where my gut can't tolerate even a pinch.

430 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:39 pm

Barbara101

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I ate in his restaurant and the worst $12. hamburger I ever had.. Evil or Very Mad

431 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:46 pm

bethk

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We ate in his restaurant in Las Vegas and the mussles I ordered were the best I ever ate...

Different tastes for everyone......

432 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:49 pm

bethk

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I'm SO ready for supper.....ate a late breakfast and now I'm hungry (although it's not near time for supper).  I've got the beans cleaned and ready to go, cabbage & julienned carrots ready to steam in some chicken stock, sweet potato slices ready to go into a hot oven to roast the last 15 minutes and a steak all salted up and ready for the CI skillet.......

I think it's time for a Bloody Mary to keep my hunger pangs from overcoming me.

Now I need an opinion:

Should I oil my rib eye before I put it into the hot pan or just put it into the CI skillet and let it sear without any lubrication at all?

Anyone?

433 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 6:48 pm

cookingirl

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Beth, I do not know about much, but I think if you are using a seasoned cast iron skillet, the steak would just need seasoning--no additional oil

just my crazy opinion, though

434 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 6:58 pm

Barbara101

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Just saw this . I do both lol My gas grill is cast iron grates and I do both when grilling a steak .

If I "grill" inside on the range , I do not have the cast iron screaming hot . It smokes like crazy !!!!!! Dogs run and hide they know that loud noise is coming lol
I also do it dry , depends on the thickness of the meat . I like a char on my steak .also rare. Maybe 3 to 5 min a side , my range runs super hot so I do one side turn off the burner to do the other side .just do it walk away from it lol

435 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:23 pm

NormM

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 Beth, my cheese layer is freshly grated Parmesan cheese, chopped fresh basil leaves, mozzarella, and whole milk ricotta cheese topped with béchamel sauce.

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436 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:00 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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NormM wrote:Here is a slice of the lasagna I made yesterday.


Great looking Lasagna Norm!.... The layers look nice and light.

437 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:02 pm

Barbara101

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438 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:09 pm

NormM

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Thanks Jimmy.

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439 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:45 pm

bethk

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Oh, golly gosh, but your shrimp and grits look tasty, Barb.  Reminds me of my jambalaya sauce - nice and spicy.  

My steak came out better than I hoped!  The whole meal was pretty darn good tasting!



I should have only fixed one of the vegetables, but they were both calling out to me when I opened the refrigerator door.  I didn't want either one to get wasted.  I do have beans leftover so I'll probably make a frittata later in the week, or a hash of some sort.

440 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:48 pm

Barbara101

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Lol leftover salsa I made .wow your dinner looks great !!!!

441 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sun Jan 31, 2016 4:22 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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The meat looks great Beth. That bone part is the tasty part.
Umm! The kids leave that part on the plate, and I get to knaw on them!
Its like the crispy chicken wings.

We had no clue what to have / make for supper. Sick of sauce / meatballs; sick of soups, and sick of sandwiches.

So Tina came up with the idea.... Chinese take out!
Works for me!

442 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sun Jan 31, 2016 4:50 pm

Barbara101

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Well I met my grilling neighbor , gosh what a nice young man . He carried in my groceries . I commented on his great smoker/grill , he said he always makes so much and will bring me some grilled food . Oh lord hope he grills today hahaha . So I guess I will be baking them something .
I grilled 3 chicken breast this morning so I am making some pasta with it !!!!

443 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:42 pm

bethk

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Pan fried chicken breast, yukon golds w/pan sauce & roasted cauliflower/broccoli/scallions

444 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:38 pm

cookingirl

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went to a reception for a really great priest who is being reassigned to another parish, in another state.... had a really good roast beef and cheese tiny sandwich with a pice of rum cake.....delish....

came home and had some cheese, crackers and a glass of wine....

445 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:07 pm

Barbara101

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446 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:50 pm

NormM

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I have probably made more than a dozen loaves of sourdough French bread so far this winter. I noticed this last two loaves going slower than the previous ones so when I made two more today, I added herbs and cheeses to it and baked one as Focaccia bread and the other one, I stretched out and topped it with pizza stuff.



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447 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:18 pm

Barbara101

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LOL guy next door brought me dinner ..Did not have the heart to tell him I ate.But dinner is made for Monday..


Wow just wow Norm..

448 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:02 am

bethk

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Norm- the pizza & focaccia both look fantastic. DD#1 and I were just talking about some focaccia served at a restaurant I remembered in Aruba ~ very flavorful! It's served (or WAS served, not sure, as it was years ago last we were there.....) with some pickled onions on the side. OMG I still remember how good it was.

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Barb, your pasta looks so 'professionally' rolled for servce. You certainly do a nice job of 'playing with your food'! The chunky 'sauce' with the chicken looks really tasty.

What a nice neighbor! Did you seriously NOT take a bite of that sausage? I don't know I would have had such restraint! Looks really good.

(I'll look forward to see what you make for him to 'return-the-favor'.....)

449 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:01 am

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I tried Barb's (KA Flour) bread machine recipe in my ZO and it failed. I weighed the flour and was very careful with my measurements but it was too wet. I wish there was an easy way to save a bread machine dough before it is too late, but that would require a complete removal of the dough. I just didn't have the time to fuss with it.

450 Re: Dinners in January, 2016 on Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:03 am

Barbara101

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gosh Bugs sorry.. Might be your BM ?IDK.Mine is new.Jimmy even said his does not make great bread..


I am making some pizza dough right now..It comes out great..


Oh Beth you could have knocked me over with a feather. First of all I DO NOT open my door to anyone that I am not expecting.At almost 8 I figured it was him,His grill/smoker was in the yard and I saw his patio lights on..

I watch all day Saturday PBS cooking lol lol lol.This old dog always learns a new trick..I do not watch CC or Fn..Can not stand those folks anymore..

I am going to buy Jacques DVD of his cooking show and it has all the recipes from his  New cookbook.Heart and Soul..

I have no idea what to make for my thank you??? Banana or cranberry loaf??Upside down cake??

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