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Spam, leftover deli salads and a bottle of water.
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 02:39 AM
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Shrimp scampi, leftover deli salads and a bottle of water.
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Thin spaghetti, browned butter topped with Mizithra cheese. Its a dish I had many, many years ago at Old Spaghetti Factory and have loved ever since. Alas, no wine was involved tonite, only coca-cola.
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Old October 4th, 2010, 12:48 AM
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Microwave noodle dish, deli salads and a bottle of water.
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Parmesan crusted salmon fillet and fresh green beans sauteed with garlic, lemon, dill and some white wine. I also had a couple glasses of that wine
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Poke, microwave chicken noodle dish, deli salads and a bottle of water.
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Shrimp, deli salads, egg rolls, sushi and a bottle of water.
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gonna chow on some ja ja mein. Yum-O!
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Microwave beef flavored noodle dish with deli salads and a bottle of water.
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Meatloaf, egg rolls, deli salads and a bottle of water.
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BBQ Chicken, various veggies and salads with a cup of Diet Coke from Yummy Korean BBQ.
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Combo #8 and a cup of Mountain Dew from Arbys'.
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Sandwiches and a cup of iced water from Arby's.
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Sandwiches from Arby's again.
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Hummus, Trisquit Paremesan/garlic thin crisps and a little Sauvignon Blanc from a blue box!
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at my annual physical last month the Dr. said I should cut sugar from my diet as my glucose level was a bit high. So, I bought a cookbook called "The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook". Tonite I prepared a recipe from the book called Tomato/Tarragon Chicken Thighs. It was totally delicious! I served it with a small helping of mash potatoes and of course some wine. It was really a very good meal! I would highly recommend this cookbook to anyone who needs to watch their sugar intake.
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Old October 18th, 2010, 03:11 PM
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Hi Guys and Gals:

I thought I would just post something here. I always wonder why the postings here are about fast food and junk food --- not criticizing, but just asking. I don't see many postings about real, cooked, hearty meals.

So here is what I made this weekend. For dinner on Saturday, I made a whole roasted shoulder of pork, with the skin still on the top. I seasoned it well, scored the skin on the top, and roasted in the oven skin side up. And I made sure that the last hour was on higher heat to make the skin crispy. For the last 40 minutes, I added red potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery (I like my roasted veggies "al dente", I don't like squooshie veggies). So the meal was roasted pork with roasted veggies.

I made scratch gravy with the drippings and cooked a little bit of rice for my daughter who has to have rice with gravy.

I made a salad to go with the meal -- romaine, cherry tomatoes, red onion slivers, a little bit of cucumber, and some garbanzo beans (I love garbanzo beans!!). I also made homemade Caesar salad dressing.

Opened a bottle of nice red wine and we had a great dinner. Had some rolls too, but nobody ate any of them.

For Sunday (late lunch actually), I made stuff for eating while watching the NFL football games. I made homemade salsa, sour cream, avocado slices, grilled Spanish onions, grilled Portabello mushrooms, grilled Jalapeno peppers (hot, but so good) and a whole bunch of grilled thin-sliced, boneless chuck steaks. I seasoned the chuck steaks with garlic power, pepper, Hawaiian salt, and Mexican chili mix. Then I cut up the meat into thin slices and we had (essentially) Carne Asada tacos with a whole lot of other stuff --- chips, dips, dark beer, and a cheese and cracker tray.

Tonight for MNF, I will make something simpler for dinner -- cold tofu with ginger/shoyu, musubis, spam musubis, fried salmon bellies, and maybe some natto and some ikura.
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the postings you see are supposed to be "whats for dinner" so we post what we had for dinner. its not really very complicated
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Old October 19th, 2010, 12:35 AM
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Hi Guys and Gals:

I thought I would just post something here. I always wonder why the postings here are about fast food and junk food --- not criticizing, but just asking.
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the postings you see are supposed to be "whats for dinner" so we post what we had for dinner.
I hear you, Expat. But Anapuni is also correct. It's just that we're too lazy or time-deprived these days. How many people today prepare dinner from scratch? I used to cook from scratch a lot, but now I rarely do.

Last night's dinner for me: already-cooked "take home" pork chops from Times Supermarket. Really good. It was grilled, and had a defintely smoky taste, but it was covered in gravy! Just re-heat, add a mound or two or three of rice, some corn (frozen), and a salad. My only "scratch" contribution was the salad dressing (olive oil, Dijon mustard, rice wine vinegar, a little bit of freshly ground pepper and kosher salt, a touch of sugar, and dried basil).

Another reason why this thread seems mostly fast food/junk food infused is that our most prolific contributor is Helen, our Junk Food Guru .

I must admit, I enjoy the mundane (and sometimes spectalular) posting of "What's for Dinner".
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Noodles, black bean chicken and a bottle of water.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 11:16 AM
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I hear you, Expat. But Anapuni is also correct. It's just that we're too lazy or time-deprived these days. How many people today prepare dinner from scratch? I used to cook from scratch a lot, but now I rarely do.
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I hear you. I totally understand. But I guess I am still surprised with the super-small sample set of real dinners cooked and served. Maybe I should start a different thread that focuses of cooked and homemade meals. I guess I am interested in hearing about recipes that maybe I can copy or ask the author for the recipe. No sense in asking for recipes for fast food and junk food.

And for me, I am pretty lazy too. While I like good, homemade food, I don't like to use all the freaking list of ingredients and the multitude of pots, pans, bowls, etc. etc. that all those chefs on the Food Channel use. For instance, I like to use spices, but I don't want to take the time to take whole, white, green, and black peppercorns, cloves, fennel seeds, etc. etc. and roast them in a pan, then crush them up by hand -- so much humbug --- I just take the preground stuff out of my spice bottles and use them. I know the profession chefs will say that the preground stuff is not as good as the fresh cracked stuff, but that is my lazy way of saving time and having less stuff to wash.
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Expat -I cook every night. Haven't been to a fast food place since I don't know when. but, I don't post every day because its just regular food. If I try a new recipe or something like that, then yes - I post it. I think probably most of us think that what we have for dinner just isn't usually interesting enough to share.
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Meatloaf dinner with brown rice sushi and a bottle of water.
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Expat -I cook every night. Haven't been to a fast food place since I don't know when. but, I don't post every day because its just regular food. If I try a new recipe or something like that, then yes - I post it. I think probably most of us think that what we have for dinner just isn't usually interesting enough to share.
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I understand. But I was thinking that in my hasty typing, I probably did not make myself very clear. I am not looking for fancy or unique menu items. I am interested in pretty standard stuff (I like simple, hearty, and comfort foods) but that might give me new ideas.

For instance, I love stews, all kinds of stews. I like brown gravy stew, tomato paste/sauce based stews, curry stews, adobo type stews, etc. etc. I like to use different meats. I especially like beef (I am a beef eater). I make beef stews with chuck roast, short ribs, brisket, but I don't use "stew meat" or round steak/roasts. That is because the taste is not there with those cuts of meat....probably no enough fat content or collagen content. I love oxtail stew --- but does anyone else have any other ideas or suggestions?

I love osso bucco. But the only osso bucco that I like is with veal shanks. I have eaten pork shank osso bucco and lamb shank osso bucco, but does anyone else have any other ideas?

I like all kinds of fish, especially local kine fish. Has anyone every broiled or baked fish with mayonnaise? With maybe green onions or dill in the mayo? We do that with salmon and when I can get papio. Sometimes the papio gets dry, but with the mayo, it is super ono.

I have tried to copy the way that Helena's makes their short ribs pipikaula, but I cannot get it right. My wife loves loves that kind of pipi. I like the seasoned and salted flank steak pipi from Haile's in the old Ala Moana Marketplace. Anyone know those recipes?

So enough of my bantering. This is what I want to get started. Anyone have any ideas as to what to name the new thread like this?
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Old October 21st, 2010, 01:57 AM
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Hi ExPat...I too love hearty meals and a huge fan of eating stew in different variations. I found quick stir-frys can be easy to cook and hearty at the same time. Simple dishes like chicken tofu over rice or beef with broccoli can really hit the comfort zone, or beef kalderetta (filipino stew). Another dish that I whipped up this week, and my kidlets macked on was chicken cacciatorre - my kids whoofed down some zucchini and - loving it. A childhood favorite that my pops would cook was beef togue with carrots and potatoes - tender and tasty . I need to get my grandma's recipe from him. Oh...and one of my all-time favorites is making baby back adobo ribs - yum-o!!! My cooking is simple and very limited, but it seems to work when I pinch hit for the wifey. It certainly is relaxing and fun too.
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