What’s for Dinner Tonight?

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  1. Dinners for Sun., May 6, 2012

    National Crepes Suzette Day – These Crepes Suzette are a wonderful way to celebrate a Sunday breakfast. It’s also No Diet Day, so have as many as you please!

    Lunch in the park; it’s a gorgeous day! Probably no dinner, so lunch will suffice… cold meats and cheeses with a couple of bagels and some white wine. I got some cereal squares, drizzled with chocolate for a sweet touch to the end of the meal.

  2. Dinners for Sat., May 5, 2012

    National Chocolate Custard Day – Score a double-up on the chocolate with Duo-Tone Pots de Creme, a great treat for chocolate lovers!

    Spending the day digging wild leeks (ramps), and foraging for whatever other goodies might be out there. Dinner will be ordered – our favourite pizza place will get a call once we get back and cleaned up.

  3. Dinners for Fri., May 4, 2012

    National Candied Orange Peel Day – The title says “citrus”, but the recipe uses oranges, and these little pieces of Chocolate-Dipped Candied Citrus Peel look so good, that they’re bound to liven up the day. Perhaps try them alongside a liqueur glass of Grand Marnier for an extra boost of orange.

    I had to stop by my butcher today to get some lamb and some steaks. Although I prepared it a couple of nights back, I think lamb – a different cut, of course – would be nice again, along with grilled carrots and a Rice Pilaf with Dried Cherries and Pistachios.

  4. Dan… I am going to have a seafood night too. I will finally prepare the roasted branzino with lemon. Also as a starter we are having the rissóis de camarão that I started preparing for the Day of Portugal.

    1. I love those things, Sofia! I also found out that our fishmonger almost always has whole Branzino, but under the title Mediterranean Sea Bass. Is it a strong or mild flavoured fish? Is it bony? Similar to regular bass?

      1. In my mind it is a pretty mild fish and is quite bony. That said it still is a very nice fish to have. By regular bass do you mean sea bass? If so yes, very similar.

  5. Dinners for Thurs., May 3, 2012

    National Raspberry Tart Day – This Raspberry Honey-Cream Tartlet is more than your everyday tart. Definitely worth a look-see!

    Well surprise, surprise! My fishmonger had fresh pickerel in his showcase. So it’s a back-to-back fish nights. I made a dry rub that goes very well with pickerel. It’s got sumac, dehydrated ramp leaves and other goodies in it. Great for any fish, actually. I’ll serve it alongside home fries with onions, all sautéed in bacon fat, and a simple green salad.

  6. As I was making an involved dessert today (mini raspberry ganache tartlets) I kept dinner simple; miso soup with tofu and wakame seaweed, a prepared seaweed salad from our Japanese fish and grocery deli, some of the froze rice I keep in the freezer, and a half pound of good quality tuna cut into cubes and marinated for most of the afternoon in sunflower oil and soy sauce, and when served drizzled with toasted sesame oil, sesame seeds, and fresh grated ginger. Simple, delicious.

    1. It does sound like a simple delicious dinner, Chris J. I’m looking forward to fresh fish tonight myself.

  7. Dinners for Wed., May 2, 2012

    National Truffles Day – There seems to be a lot of sweets featured for May. Chocolate truffles abound, but this recipe for Spice Crusted Cheese Truffles can also prove to be quite the sensation. Take some your next picnic!

    It’s been a while since I visited my local fishmonger. I hope they remember me! I’m planning on having a nice Cedar Planked Grilled Salmon fillet with fresh steamed broccoli and penne pasta, tossed with pesto and aioli for a side.

    1. Both are fairly easy and quick, Sofia. Depending on how many eaters there are, you could have the branzino with the spaghetti as a side dish. Maybe add a bit of steamed broccoli or the like for veggie & colour.

  8. Dinners for Tues., May 1, 2012

    Chocolate Parfait Day – Here’s one most of us can get into! Ice cream, sauce and whipped cream. Serve this Coffee Ice Cream with Warm Chocolate Sauce in a parfait glass to celebrate the day. (For extra chocolate-y goodness you could use Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream instead of coffee ice cream.)

    Lamb Chops with Cilantro Mint Sauce looks good, since I have pretty much everything already. I think a loaded purple frizee lettuce salad will fill the bill for the rest of tonight’s dinner.

  9. Dinners for Mon, Apr 30, 2012

    National Raisin Day – There are so many ways to incorporate this little fruit into our regular meals and menus. This recipe for Cranberry Rum-Raisin Sauce keeps well, and being a sauce, can be used with a great variety of preparations.

    Dinner tonight is a variety pack of leftovers from the fridge. I’ve got a little grilled prime rib steak and pork roast, some mushroom rice, one baked potato, a few roasted carrots and a bit of steamed broccoli, all leftover from the past few days of cooking. Tomorrow starts a whole new cycle – with more room in the fridge.

  10. Dinners for Sun., Apr 29, 2012

    National Shrimp Scampi Day – Yes, the title does say Trenette with Langoustines, but the Italian title is Trenette agli Scampi, so scampi would definitely be perfect in this pasta dish!

    I think I’ll try the Port and Paprika Chicken Bites for dinner tonight, along with a large, stuffed artichoke. I have a rather filling lunch, so dinner will on the light side. Perhaps some pita bread and hummus will round things out without being too filling.

    1. That sounds delicious Dan! Very Mediterranean indeed. I think tonight I am going to make a soy and ginger marinated pork chop with some sautéed bok choy. We have some jalapeno hummus in the fridge so I might copy you on that for an appetizer.

  11. Dinners for Sat., Apr 28, 2012

    National Blueberry Pie Day – I love blueberries. They’re my absolute favourite-est fruit. This Blueberry Crumble Pie is another sweet reminder of the warmer days ahead!

    Jerk pork and beans tonight. Something easy and yet a little different. I’ve still got some bammys in the freezer from our “vacation”, earlier this year.

  12. Tonight’s dinner will be something with sweet potatoes…I have a couple sitting here and they will probably be the last ones I can get til their next season.

    I will most likely make some kind of enchilada casserole, using up my sweet potatoes, my kale, black beans, chiles, peppers and whatever else is lurking in the vegetable bin. clean out the fridge & get ready for house guests

    1. Refrigerator Enchilada Casserole has a nice ring to it, karyn. Every now and then we have to purge. With all that variety, it should turn out great for you!

  13. The light snowflakes outside are making me hanker after homey comfort food again. Tonight I am making James Beard’s meatloaf, Velvet Mashed Potatoes and steamed peas. Perhaps a pear crisp or crumble to complete it. Still cleaning out the fridge and need to use up our pears!

    1. That’s definitely comfort food, Brenda! Almost makes me wish it would snow… well, not really. It is one of my favourite meals, though.

      1. Snowing heavily. Change of plans. Sliced right thumb rather badly on mandoline. No longer cooking today. :-(

        1. Ouch!! I get the odd appendage assaulted, too. Hopefully it heals quick. Maybe an impromptu dinner out is in order?

  14. Dinners for Fri., Apr 27, 2012

    National Prime Rib Day – Now you all have a way to prepare a prime rib roast, I’m sure. However, this Delmonico Prime-Rib(eye) steak recipe will be a sure-fire winner at the table. Although the recipe calls for six, you only need one per person. Perhaps even one per two folks; 20-ounces is a lot of beef! And if you’re wondering how to cook it, just go to Steak Grilling 101 for tips from an expert.

    Hah! Well imagine that. A bona fide excuse to have a steak night. I just happen to have a 2-inch thick prime rib “steak” ready to grill. I have a simple S&P rub for grilling steaks and other things. A plain baked (or grilled) potato and some green beans will finish the plate.

  15. I had a pinto bean, rice, cheese , green chile & avocado burrito. Hubby is having chicken tacos, rice, pinto beans and for some reason, french fries.

    French fries are his very favorite vegetable. Onion rings are a close second.

    1. Fries and onion rings… two of the major food groups ;) BTW – those burritos sound good, too, karyn.

  16. Since we did a mainly vegetable-oriented meal last night I think tonight we will do the complete opposite of that! I found a couple of nice sirloin filets to cook with a red wine and thyme sauce. The recipe I am using includes a side dish of parmesan and cornmeal encrusted potatoes and baby carrots…should be a nice combo! I might do a simple side salad with oranges and olives to accompany the steak dish.

    1. Seems you had quite a nice dinner, Anna. Thyme goes so well with so many foods. I’ll be using some sweet carrots with my sterak tomorrow (Friday) night. The cornmeal encrusted potatoes sound interesting. Care to elaborate on them?

      1. Dan- the cornmeal encrusted potatoes and baby carrots turned out very well last night. It was a Cooking Light recipe that I can send on if you like. You cut potato wedges and place those and baby carrots (multi-colored if you can find them) in a bowl and toss with olive oil and salt and pepper. Then you toss those with a mixture of cornmeal and grated parmesan cheese. Bake at 450 degrees for about 25 minutes until lightly browned and crispy. They had a nice flavor and crunch to them!

        I love that today is National Prime Rib day. I don’t have a problem eating steak two nights in a row…may have to look into that!

        1. Thanks for the offer, Anna. Please do share! (include appropriate credits) I always have carrots in my fridge and potatoes hanging around. It’d be nice to have something new to try.

  17. Dinners for Thurs., Apr 26, 2012

    National Pretzel Day – The aroma of Fresh Baked Pretzels can be almost irresistible. Why not break down and have one? Or two. Maybe more. Okay… just one more, and I have to go…

    Has to be a quick dinner again. Leftover chicken, mushroom risotto and what’s left of the salad from Tuesday. I really do have to poach another couple of eggs. The Lyonnaise Salad is a great side dish for roast chicken, or full course meal, depending on how it’s served.

  18. This is funny but we also had pizza last night! I made it gluten free, of course. We topped it with burrata cheese, prosciutto, arugula and some leftover pistachio pesto in the fridge. Oh, and mushrooms (just regular cremini). It was a clean-out-the-fridge-day here as well! We are getting ready to go on vacation so I am trying to plan meals accordingly.

  19. Karyn H and I must be on the same page today! Our local grocery store has started carrying freshly made pizza dough which is very tasty and convenient. Tonight we are going to make a spring vegetable pizza with gruyere and prosciutto. The vegetables of the season include artichoke hearts, asparagus, and cherry tomatoes. Looking forward to dinner already!

    1. I love love making homemade pizza and a great way to get rid of leftovers. Also fun to see kids helping out and making them try things they otherwise would not, just because it is a pizza. Not sure what tonight’s dinner is, even though a friend just gave me some venison steaks, so thinking of doing something with them.

  20. Dinners for Wed., Apr 25, 2012

    National Zucchini Bread Day – Get some extra oomph from the contribution vegetables make to this recipe for Carrot Zucchini Bread with Candied Ginger.

    After so many days of cold, dampness and wind, today is supposed to half-decent, weather-wise. I figure this grilled monster Michael Schlow Burger and some fries, along with some Creamy Coleslaw will make a nice dinner. It will also serve to reinforce the fact that summer grilling is approaching and cannot be denied!

  21. We had thin crust veggie pizza.. started with some left over roasted garlic alfredo sauce and then cleaned out the fridge …mushrooms, baby spinach, tomatoes, some small cubes of roasted butternut squash and some grated odds & ends of cheese…LOL it was sooo good!!

    1. Alfredo sauce sounds like a good base for a pizza, karyn. It’s amazing what we can accomplish with leftovers. I have to createw something tomorrow with what’s left in my fridge.

      1. Sometimes the best dinners are the ones made with odds & ends. I volunteer at a domestic violence center and some of the women in the shelter want to learn to cook. We have a great time pooling things from several of their apartments to see what we can make for dinner.

        Its always fun, and we have had some amazingly imaginative meals…some delicious and some not so much….but it helps get everyone involved in the kitchen and it replaces fast food.

        So, did you figure out something yummy from your fridge findings?

        1. Actually, I had a change of plan for Wednesday, karyn. However, Thursday’s dinner is some chicken, rice & salad… leftovers from my fridge.

  22. Finally am done with all weekend leftovers yet not in a mood to cook tonight, so I think we will get Chinese take-out or go to a pretty authentic Chinese restaurant near my daughter’s dance school and celebrate Beth’s birthday. Ohhh and I believe we should have cake too?

    1. I wish the one near us would open again, Sofia. We have a take-out across the street, but I really like variety. That’s where the buffet domes in handy. You know, there’s always room for cake…

  23. Now that I’m retired I’m back in the kitchen and loving it. Yesterday I made my Italian potato salad with green beans and tomatoes and a healthy dose of oregano.
    Earlier this week, it was my zucchini fritters.
    And one night it was baked chicken with roasted beets, sweet potatoes, onions and fennel.
    I still don’t cook every night, but it’s been great fun to have the time and energy to get creative in the kitchen.
    Sometimes I post photos on my Face Book page, The Well-Fed Foodie.
    I’ll post more as time goes by.

    1. Good eats, all of them, Rita! You’ve also gotten me jealous for retirement. I get my chicken fix tonight (see above). Looking forward to hearing more from you!

  24. Dinners for Mon, Apr 23, 2012

    National Cherry Cheesecake Day – This is actually two recipes. First, make the ever popular New York-Style Cheesecake. Then make the Cherries Jubilee Sauce from this recipe for Vanilla-Mocha Café Cake with Cherries Jubilee Sauce. Then invite me over to try it!

    I have a marlin steak and a package of quail legs. Not as large or satisfying as chicken wings, but something different, at least. I’m making Sweet Corn Fregula from this Guinea Hen with Sweet Corn Fregularecipe to accompany the combo.

  25. I recently made Crunchy Kim Chee Pork Burgers which are dusted in flour, egg, and panko, fried, laid on a bed of spinach, and then drizzled with a blend of mayo, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Delicious.

    1. I really like your burger idea, Chris. Kim chee is on my list of things that I really do have to try. This might well be the method!

  26. Today I am making gigante lima bean and chorizo cassoulet with smoked paprika and anchovies. It will go well with broccoli rabe and gluten-free cornbread. Man, I love braising!

    1. That’s a lot of protein in one pot, Brenda! I love a good cassoulet and have to make one again, soon.

  27. Dinners for Sun., Apr 22, 2012

    National Jelly Bean Day – Hmmm… there are recipes for jelly beans, but why bother? Go to your local candy store, get as many flavours as you dare, and seize the day!

    Grilled veal chops today, along with a Wild Mushroom Risotto and grilled asparagus.

    1. Thanks for this, Dan. Brings back memories of my grandpa, who kept a chalice-like chest of mixed jelly beans at the ready at all times. Whenever we’d visit, grandma would greet us at the door in her apron with an enveloping hug and her jiggling upper arms, and grandpa would be right behind her, grinning ear to ear and his eyes sparkling as he held out his chalice, leaned in close, and whispered, “Would you like some?” I didn’t care for jelly beans, especially not the black ones, but I would always take some, just because it made him so happy to share.

      1. I can still remember sneaking into the kitchen to see if my mother, who occasionally left a bag of jelly beans on top of the fridge, had replenished the supply. She knew that me and my brothers were always foraging for candy or sweets of some sort. It also always seemed to end up with me finding them too late, and having a choice of green, black or yellow jelly beans. To this day, I still prefer the greens to almost any other flavour. Something I grew into, I guess, and now it fits too well to alter.

  28. I am making a gluten-free bread for dipping. We are having creamy burrata and prosciutto to go with it. I am making rosemary-scented oil and we will have acacia honey with some toasted walnuts. Wish we could have more of a charcuterie board but I am limited to what I can have.

    Strawberry Fool for dessert. https://leitesculinaria.com/4197/recipes-raspberry-fool.html (only with strawberries, of course).

    1. Burrata cheese is so soft and… different. I try to pick some up as often as I can. We had your idea for lunch today; Iberico Salami and Chorizo, Bresaola, Marcona Almonds, Monteray Jack, Prima Donna Cheese and one of our favourite dark rye breads. No fruits or sweets though, but we had just picked up a bottle of Vinho Verde on sale and it complimented meats so well. The problem with things on sale is they aren’t around long, so I don’t know if I can recreate the experience.

      1. Oh, marcona almonds! Sounds like you had a delicious lunch. The olive oil we are having is from Croatia. It was pressed in November while we were there and is still grassy and green. Slightly peppery, too.

    1. Both rubs are quite nice, Sofia. I would suggest lower-and-slower, rather than broiling, though. You might want to try the method in Fall-Off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs, using your prepared and rubbed ribs. Instead of taking them to the grill, transfer them to your broiler pan (or clean off your original pan – the onions and juices make a great soup base) and then crank the oven to broil to finish them. Sauce would be optional.

  29. Dinners for Sat., Apr 21, 2012

    Chocolate-Covered Cashew Truffle Day – How about taking this day to a new level? Try these Caribbean Rum Truffles, but carefully roll a cashew into the centre of each one before dusting with cocoa.

    One day late for a steak, but I have a nice, thick, bone-in prime rib, rubbed and ready to go. I love my recipe for grilled radicchio; it’s such a perfect side for the beef. Too many baked potatoes lately, though, so I’m thinking an Old Fashioned Potato Gratin.

      1. Yes – it was not the worst meal I’ve had! :-P I really, really enjoy ethnic cooking and getting into Persian, Lebanese, Syrian, etc. especially. But then I love Korean and Thai a lot – often easy to make gluten free.

  30. Dinners for Fri., Apr 20, 2012

    National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day – You could satisfy your penchant for cake by trying this Plum-Blueberry Upside-Down Cake. Just substitute pineapple for the plums and blueberries.

    No steak night; we’re off to see a concert. Due to time constraints, I’ll have to try to find a good lunch somewhere.

    1. Bummer… concert was cancelled. I got home and the only thing ready-to-go was a pickled egg and a beer. Oh well… a pint at home is cheaper anyway, and I have the group’s music in my library.

      1. Oh, shoot! A double whammy – cancelled concert and not prepared for eats. I’ll bet you have some wonderful cooking plans for the weekend, though. Any grilling going on?

        1. I will get my steak! It’s been thawing in the fridge, so tomorrow (Saturday) will be grill night. Not sure about Sunday, yet.

  31. I’ve been breaking down chicken this afternoon for the next few days. Stock, of course, with the roasted bones. Tonight I am making Parmesan Chicken which I have not made for ages. Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto will go well with it. Am making Nigel Slater’s braised minted peas. Not exactly all following the Italian theme but hey! It’s what I want to make.

    1. Nice menu plan, Brenda. I’ve never made butternut squash risotto but it sounds delightful.

      1. Dan, it is delightful, especially with a touch of sage or fried sage leaves.

  32. Dinner tonight:baby octopus and small baked potatoes with Momofuku’s Vinaigrette recipe. Never tried it with this vinaigrette so we will see how it will come but, but then again it is from Momofuku right?

    1. It’s been a while since I had octopus. I got some calamari the other day that was pretty good; standard fare, but with a piri-piri pepper sauce instead of that usual tomato horseradish stuff.

    2. Sofia, I adore baby octopus. We have it whenever we can in Croatia which is only two itty bitty weeks away! It is so amazing especially when pulled from the sea a couple of hours before. I’ve made Momofuku’s vinaigrette a few times and really like it a lot. So far all of Chang’s recipes I’ve tried I’ve been very happy with. His book is an interesting one and he seems like an intriguing character himself!

      1. Brenda, I too LOVE octopus. And love your story about Croatia and can totally relate from when living and/or visiting Portugal. I will never forget the first time I took my husband back home and we were in a tiny restaurant on the beach and waiting for their boat to arrive with the fish caught so to decide what we were going to have for dinner. He was totally in shock about that and the quality of the fish of course. I too have been loving every recipe I have tried from Chang. Oh and the octopus with the vinaigrette came out outstanding.

        1. That is what memories are made of, Sofia! Just waiting for what is fresh that day determines what you will eat. Most refrigerators I find are far smaller than here and people seem to buy only enough for the next few days. Our favourite things to grill thus far are plump sweet scampi, scallops and roe still in their shells, squid tentacles and octopus. Oh, and fresh fish such as bream, sea bass or turbot (rarely as turbot is so expensive). Though we have not yet made it ourselves at our house in Croatia, we have had fish peka which is fish and vegetables (potatoes, leeks, carrots) and fresh herbs in a heavy pot under a domed lid. Then hot coals are heaped over all and the food is cooked very slowly. There is also octopus, chicken, beef and pork knuckle peka. Absolutely amazing. It has been fum learning about seafood “butchery”, dismantling squid and such.

          Glad your recipe turned out so well last night. It’s a keeper, isn’t it?

          1. Brenda, I am totally with you and indeed your experiences with fresh seafood are amazing too. The vinaigrette was amazing indeed and next time I will make it will be to pour over traditional Portuguese grilled sardines. Something tells me it will be an amazing combo.

  33. Last night we made a couple of our favorite evaluation recipes for a casual dinner with friends. We polished off the carnitas with tomatillo guacamole in no time along with some strawberry ice cream. Needless to say, there was no room for breakfast this morning!

  34. Dinners for Thurs., Apr 19, 2012

    National Amaretto Day – We have a lovely recipe for Amaretto-Poached Pear Gelato that uses a generous amount of the licorice liqueur.

    It’s gonna be a quickie tonight! I’ve got some pizza in the freezer (not freezer pizza, leftover from pizza night a while back). A few minutes on a pizza stone in a good, hot oven should fix ’em up right.

  35. Good morning all you wonderful folks on Leite’s Culinaria website! I am really enjoying reading your writings, and seeing what you fix for dinner! It also gives me new ideas to get me out of a cooking rut which seems to come around too often these days!

    Last night I made a chicken-sausage gumbo with a dark thick roux, okra, onions, tomatoes and just about everything but the kitchen sink. Here in Louisisna we save bits of ham, pork, and other odd bits and they all can go into the gumbo-the reason gumbo came to be. But, Tarragon, although used very sparingly, was not a “comfortable” tasting herb to use in this for some reason, and I love this herb.

    For those of you who pray, my dear mother who we call VoVo because of the grandchildren, is now suffering with terminal cancer and I will be going to Tennessee to see her next week. I ask for prayers for her from those of you who pray. I also want to make her some papash meal and I do hope David will be kind enough to help me spell this dish correctly. It is made with white cornmeal, I use finely chopped collard greens here, baconj and green onion. It is especially delicious fried the next morning to serve with breakfast.

    Thanks to all of you who give out such wonderful recipes, and it is great to finally be in touch with people who know and love Portuguese cooking. My family coming from Madeira, brought many customs and great food with them when they settled in the Hawaiian Islands all those years ago.

    God bless you all,

    Mo Hoyal

    1. We’re so glad that you enjoy the site, Mo, and thank you for your words of kindness. I feel there are few things better than a good gumbo to take the edge off of a trying day. Our best wishes for comfort go out to you and your family at this difficult time with your mother.

    2. Hi, Mo. This site IS great, isn’t it? It’s full of superb recipes and ideas. It is fun to see what others are making in different regions or countries that particular night. We learn a lot from each other here. :-)

      How thoughtful of you to take something so comforting to your Mom. Speaking from experience that will really make a difference to her day. Food is so important in so many ways. It not only sustains us but draws us together. Plus it is pretty darned good! Just know that I will be praying for you and your family as you go through this.

      It is interesting that your family comes from Madeira. My family hails from Germany (grandparents) and actually I have more relatives who live there than here in Canada. Only a few speak English so our infrequent visits are more like just looking at each other, grinning and gesturing than conversing.

      Take care!

  36. Dinners for Wed., Apr 18, 2012

    National Animal Crackers Day – How about making these Glazed Orange-Spice Cookies, omitting the orange zest and the glaze? Then cut the cookie dough into your favourite animal shapes.

    Tonight’s dinner is pork rib chops grilled with Quito’s Barbecue Butt Rub, grilled asparagus and grilled corn. Easy, simple and colourful.

    1. That is a good chicken recipe, Sofia. I’m curious as to your wild rice preparation.

  37. Dinners for Tues., Apr 17, 2012

    National Cheeseball Day – Okay, they’re probably not the first thing you think of when someone says “cheeseball”. In fact, these Yogurt Cheese Balls Marinated in Garlic-Dill Oil with Aleppo Pepper are quite different, and definitely worth checking out.

    Looks like pheasant is the menu item of choice tonight. I make a wild & brown rice pilaf with mushrooms and pine nuts to go along side. My vegetables of choice are green and yellow beans with carrots in an herbed garlic butter… one of my favourite meal combinations. I’ve picked out a nice Pinot Noir to enjoy with dinner.

  38. Dinners for Mon., Apr 16, 2012

    National Eggs Benedict Day – Somewhat fancy, but it really is all about the results. This recipe for Eggs Benedict is a must-try. Julia Child & Jacques have it right. Eggs and truffles definitely have a chemistry together.

    What would we do without leftovers? I’ve got a short break for dinner, so some stew in the fridge beckons for a quick dinner.

      1. That’s a lot of Leite’s recipes, Brenda! I love the spring lamb recipe. The roasted strawberries have problems making it out of my kitchen.

  39. Last night we made a rice noodle seafood feast, with mussels, monkfish, tomatoes, cilantro with a creamy white wine sauce. This morning with a house full of teen girls I made a breakfast pizza and now getting ready to marinate beef cubes to make meat and veggies kebabs to be grilled tonight.

    1. Sofia, why do I always feel like I need to jump in the car and drive right over?

      1. There is still time to book your flight to come over for the Day of Portugal party, even though, of course it will be ALL Portuguese foods. We will have a few people from IA and IL coming!

  40. Dinners for Sun., Apr 15, 2012

    National Glazed-Spiral Ham Day – Sunday is a great day to have roast ham with all the fixings. We have a Dr Pepper Glazed Ham recipe for your pleasure.

    We’re planning on trying a very nice Portuguese restaurant for brunch. More on that, later…

    … Okay! So we ordered way too much, Prato Misto (chorizo, calamari, fresh cheese, grilled red peppers) for an “appetizer”, and we should have stopped there. However, we then foolishly ordered Codornizes (quails) and Espetada de Carne (kebabs) for mains. Great food, but no way we could even think about dinner. We do have very fond memories of lunch!

  41. It is snowing but our farmers are desperate for the moisture so I do not mind. So, we had these Finnish Meatballs and instead of linganberries we had partridgeberry preserves from the Maritimes. Just plain old bay-leaf-infused Jasmine rice and sauteed Swiss Chard. Strawberries with aceto Balsamico tradizionale de Modena. Not exactly a Finnish finish, but we didn’t care!

    1. I haven’t made meatballs in… well it’s been a while. I’ve never tried partridge berries, but I have had saskatoon berries. I’m sure balsamic makes the strawberries better, but I think I’ve only roasted them with it, so far.

      1. Dan, lately I’ve been on sort of a retro kick with meatballs, chicken wings, onion rings and so on. We’ve really been enjoying this almost pub food. I had never tried partridge berries before, either. I’ve had Saskatoons hundreds of times as I used to pick them on the farm as a kid. You’ve reminded me of the roasted strawberry recipe! Thanks – I think you have just figured out what we are having for dessert tonight with our lamb chops. (Will post more detail on that later. Still need to come up with the side.)

  42. Dinners for Sat., Apr 14, 2012

    National Pecan Day – How about a bowl of Pecan Praline Bites? A sweet way to celebrate Saturday!

    The best meal of the day today will be lunch. Have to work late, so “dinner” will be whatever I can scrounge out of the cafeteria vending machines. That will probably be a Jamaican patty, a granola bar and a bottle of fruit juice.

  43. Dinners for Fri., Apr 13, 2012

    National Peach Cobbler Day – Okay, so your average peach cobbler may not include biscuits, but this Drop Biscuit Peach Cobbler may alter your future preparations.

    Yep, it’s definitely steak night! No sense in spoiling a tradition. I’ve got a dry aged top sirloin waiting to hit the grill. A couple of baked potatoes with heavy duty sour cream and some grated cheddar is in order. I really do like grilled radicchio, stuffed with blue cheese and a balsamic dressing to go with this.

  44. Dinners for Thurs., Apr 12, 2012

    National Licorice Day – Sure, you can go out and get your traditional black or red, but we have another way to celebrate the flavour of licorice. Try this creative version of Oysters Rockefeller before heading to the candy shop!

    Eventually, we have to use up leftovers. I have some leftover beef, lamb, chicken, tomatoes, onions and mushrooms. So I sautéed up some salt pork lardons and added everything into the pot with a can of “white wine sauce”. Not sure what to call it, but I know that bourguignon does not include a rosé sauce!

  45. Easy dinner tonight. Girls had leftover pasta with beef and veggies and I made myself a salad with leftover grilled chicken, avocado and oranges, a little olive oil and voilá!

    1. It’s amazing what we can do with leftovers, Sofia. Sometimes, it’s difficult to remember what we had as the original meal!

  46. Finger foods tonight. Honey garlic chicken wings, oven fries, all manner of dip-able vegetables and dill dip. Bleu cheese dip is out because my husband isn’t the greatest fan.

    1. Yum, Brenda..do you have space for one more?


      1. You’re welcome to our leftovers! My chin and fingers are still sticky – I used a lot of sauce on the wings – they are ooey gooey.

    2. I’m going to have to get back to some “good-ole-wings” soon, Brenda. And I get the fries extra-well done so they’re crispy almost all the way through. As far as bleu cheese is concerned, is it the dip or bleu cheese in general? There are a lot of varieties, some wild, some mild.

  47. Dinners for Wed., Apr 11, 2012

    National Cheese Fondue Day – For something a little different, how about the extra oomph this Southwest Chile Cheese Fondue can add to your enjoyment!

    I’ve got marlin steaks again for tonight’s dinner and I’m going to try something a little different. This Portuguese Swordfish Kabob recipe looks easy enough to put together with a nice combination of readily available ingredients. I’ve decided to accompany it with Grilled Broccolini and some simple Spaghetti with Raw Tomatoes.

  48. Dinners for Tues., Apr 10, 2012

    National Cinnamon Crescent Day – First of all, mix 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar with 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Then, If you’ve got the time, try this recipe for Flaky Croissants (you could buy some ready-to-bake if necessary and unroll them somewhat, but you didn’t hear that from me). Then add a light sprinkle of the sugar/cinnamon mixture over each triangle, just before rolling them up.

    Waaay too busy today to think about dinner. Got my pizza guy on speed dial for this very occasion!

  49. I’m a cooking architect from Greece & new to your wonderful site. Sunday April 15 is Orthodox Easter, so this week is the Megali Evthomada (Great Week). Everyone fasts this week–the fast is simple: no animal products–and from Thursday onward even olive oil is forbidden…so our lentils are eaten plain! But as you know, this leads to the Easter Sunday feast, which I’ll post about. The fast does not apply to children under 12, or to travellers or the ill, so today I’m cooking Youvarlakia for the children and my mother.

    Youvarlakia is a light, delicious, and fragrant dish–describing it as meatballs in avgo lemono sauce doesn’t really do it justice. Mix 800g of minced pork with rice, dill, salt, pepper, and a little finely chopped onion and form into small balls. Drop the balls into simmering water or stock to cook, 30 to 40 mins. When they’re ready remove the pot from the heat and whisk together the juice of a lemon with an egg in a bowl. Some people add a pinch of corn flour to thicken it–optional. Now is the tricky bit because the egg whites must not cook! Add a soupspoon of hot stock to the lemon-egg mix, whisk quickly. Keep adding spoonfuls of stock until the sauce is stabilized enough to add back to the pot. Stir well until the liquid is mixd and serve. Youvarlakia can be served hot, lukewarm, or cold. Bread and salad completes the meal.

    This recipe can also be made with beef, but it is less delicate.

    1. Youvarlakia does sound rather delicate, but also fairly easy to make, Eleni. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I’m sure there are those who can’t wait to try it. We’re glad you enjoy the site and hope you can visit often!

  50. Dinners for Mon., Apr 9, 2012

    National Chinese Almond Cookie Day – Almond Butter Cookies with Anise are somewhat close to the Chinese almond cookie. Leave out the anise seed and press an almond into the centre of each cookie to get even closer!

    Tonight’s dinner is just a little on the gamey side; venison strips cooked with pork sausage rounds, duck fat cooked fries and some Carrots with Garlic and Yogurt.

  51. One of our favorite meals is Indian Tacos. I make the fry bread, chili, and all the fixin’s. It is always the kids’ first choice. Dessert is fry bread with honey. Yum!!

    1. It not only sounds like fun, but also a great take on tacos, JoDee! I don’t think I’ve tried fry bread.

      1. My husband is Cherokee and Choctaw. His sister taught me how to make fry bread. It is so easy and really good. I have always lived in rural Oklahoma, so the Native American Influence is here.

        1. Hi JoDee,
          I would love the recipe for Indian Fry Bread. How do we get it please? I include my e-mail. I am still having trouble navigating this site and thought the recipe would be on here somewhere but no link goes to it. Thank you!

          Mo Hoyal

          1. We would all love that recipe for Indian Fry Bread! JoDee, if you don’t mind posting it here, we’d be grateful. Mo, the recipes submitted from What’s for Dinner Tonight are searchable only in this forum, not on the site at large.

  52. Dinners for Sun., Apr 8, 2012

    National Empañada Day – We have a Portuguese Pastry with the Devil Inside, which is somewhat similar to the Empañada. Why not give it a whirl and let us know what you think?

    Just getting back from a long weekend with the family. I’m going to want something fairly quick tonight. That’s why I got some Mimolette, Monteray Jack, Bella Lodi, medium Gouda, Spanish chorizo, elk summer sausage, local Lardo and two chunks of hard salami (rustico and piccanti) waiting for me. Some whole grain bread and crackers with a bottle of white. Just a little charcuterie to ease through the end of a long day.

  53. Dinners for Sat., Apr 7, 2012

    National Coffee Cake Day – What better than a coffee cake you don’t have to slice? Try our Lemon-Scented Pull-Apart Coffee Cake and enjoy the difference!

    This is the day of our Easter Dinner, folks. Our regular fare is an 18-20 pound, stuffed, roasted turkey with giblet gravy. Sides are whipped potatoes, mashed rutabaga and steamed corn. Don’t forget the pickles! We get baby dills, gherkins and bread and butter pickles. Can’t start without the cranberry sauce/jelly/berries in sauce… you decide, and a bottle of red (yes… try a nice pinot noir with your bird one of these times) and a white (usually a pinot grigio, reisling or sauvignon blanc). Dessert is probably a choice of lemon meringue pie or apple crisp with vanilla ice cream.

  54. Dinners for Fri., Apr 6, 2012

    National Caramel Popcorn Day – Yup… we got some of that! This recipe for Caramel Popcorn can be perfected with the addition of honey glazed peanuts, beer nuts, you get the idea… candied nuts. Whatever your preference.

    Tonight is my dad’s night out, Chinese food, buffet style. After travelling for the visit, taking everything easy is the best recipe.

  55. Tonight will be our usual grilled brats parboiled in beer, fried eggs, fried mustard greens in bacon fat, sweet potatoes wedges and adding something new a quick beet salad. Love a plate full of color!

    1. Brats & beer is good, Sofia. Adding eggs and greens is great. Doing it all with bacon fat? That’s a superlative I’ve yet to invent!

  56. Dinners for Thurs., Apr 5, 2012

    National Raisin and Spice Bar Day – Not a “Raisin and Spice Bar” per se, but it does have spice in it, and you could substitute raisins for the chopped figs. Go ahead, give Chocolate-Fig Oatmeal Bars a chance. Since today is also National “Go for Broke Day”, that’s what I feel like I’m doing right now!

    It’s off to visit the family Friday, so tonight is steak night. I picked up a nice prime rib “steak” for a test and we’ll see how well it works out. For a side, I’m going to make some stir-fried vegetables, adding some black garlic at the end to enhance the richness.

  57. Dinners for Wed., Apr 4, 2012

    National Cordon Bleu Day – Under the cover of “not-your-average-cordon-bleu”, how about trying these Mediterranean-Style Stuffed Chicken Breasts. Amongst other things, they’re stuffed with cream cheese, but any firm, creamy cheese would work, and bacon instead of ham. How can that be anything but good?

    I wanted steak for tonight, but have to settle for a grilled rack of local lamb. Nice, sweeter meat than the imports. It will go well with a few Burnt Carrots and some Lemon Israeli Couscous.

  58. Tonight’s dinner is a chicken curry with sweet potatoes and white rice and served with sliced bananas and all types of chutneys and Naan. To start we will be having samosas (I did not make them though as we have a FANTASTIC Indian store next door to my daughter’s dance studio).

    1. Love Indian-style food, Sofia. I work in an area where that type of food, and (East) Indian population is abundant. Almost everybody has “a store” for samosas, those small packages of goodness are so cheap!

  59. British tonight. We are having bangers (local plump Cumberland sausages braised in apple cider), mash (potato puree), caramelized onion and red wine pan sauce and finally, minted mushy peas.

    1. Bangers & Mash with Mushy Peas. Great dish, Brenda! Our local supermarket sells British cheddar with caramelized onions in it. I bet that might go well with the potatoes.

  60. Dinners for Tues., Apr 3, 2012

    National Chocolate Mousse Day – Chocolate, one of the most comforting of foods one can get. This recipe for Chocolate Mousse is so easy to whip together, you’ll probably “need” a regular fix!

    More duck tonight. This time it’s simple, duck eggs, duck sausage, venison sausage and fried potatoes with onions. You may as well say that it’s breakfast for dinner. Especially easy with leftover potatoes.

  61. Dinners for Mon., Apr 2, 2012

    National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day – You’ll have to make or find your own peanut butter, but as the comments indicate, it doesn’t get much better reason than pairing it with Concord Grape Jam.

    We’re back to normal spring weather, hi-temps around 10C/50F, and I’ve got a breast of guinea hen and a small lamb chops to prepare. Perhaps grilled and paired with Pasta Putanesca will make a nice, comforting dinner on a cold night.

  62. Dinners for Sun., Apr 1, 2012

    National Sourdough Bread Day – Although it’s not a recipe for sourdough bread, there’s a whole lot of flavours and textures packed into this Warm Sourdough Bread Salad!

    Tonight is pizza night. I expect to be rather busy and somewhat tired/lazy after helping serve over 50 people for breakfast this morning. Relaxing afterwards and then ordering in just seems the appropriate thing to do.

  63. Dinners for Sat., Mar 31, 2012

    National Tater Day – I don’t think this has anything to do with baseball, although opening season is just around the corner! Besides, they’re too hard to prepare properly. This recipe for Twice Baked Potatoes with Irish Cheddar, however is a snap to make and a great accompaniment for almost anything.

    I picked up a fresh, whole duck and have been itching to try this recipe for Tea-Brined Mahogany Duck. I’ll serve it with the baked potato from above and some grilled asparagus spears.

      1. The duck was quite nice. It had a beautiful mahogany finish and the seasoning was right on. I think next time, I would reduce the glaze. It was more like a “mop” as when you do barbecue, not a bad thing but not what I would want here. Reducing the glaze would heighten the flavour, add a more lacquered finish and a bit more sweetness to the finished duck.

    1. Both are excellent recipes, Sofia! That’s a great pairing.

    2. I have made the Peruvian Roasted Chicken several times. It’s wonderful. If you feel like having potatoes with it, stuff the chicken with partially cooked, small red ones cut into chunks mixed with a little sauteed onion.

      1. Stuffing the chicken with cooked potatoes is an idea I’ve yet to try, Chula. Sounds like an interesting way to enhance their flavour.

      1. Renee, recipes that state “Brandy optional” really mean “Brandy crucial”. Just reading between the lines. :-P

  64. Dinners for Fri, Mar 30, 2012

    National Turkey Neck Soup Day – Ahhh… my favourite National Day. They really should have it after Easter, or Christmas, or Thanksgiving, etc., so they are easier to find. We don’t have a recipe specifically for turkey necks, but we do have one for Duck Stock, which uses duck necks. I’m sure you could substitute…

    No turkey necks today! This is steak night, and not leftover steak either. I’m actually planning on lamb instead of beef, so I guess it’s really “chop” night. There’ll be some whipped potatoes and grilled carrots, too.

  65. Dinners for Thurs., Mar 29, 2012

    National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day – Okay, so without the Lemon Icing, this is basically a Chiffon Cake with some lemon zest. But even a weak excuse is a good one, if all we really to do is eat cake, right?

    It’s time for leftovers. A short time between work and a meeting later, means I’ll have to “struggle” through a sandwich made with leftover steak, some grainy mustard, cheddar and a lettuce leaf, just for colour. I’ve got some leftover dipper chips and mango salsa to go with it.

  66. question instead of what I’m cooking for dinner tonight…..went through the Easter Passover recipes and none for latkes. I would love to make them from an authentic recipe. Can anyone help? Greatly appreciated.

    Mo Hoyal

      1. Dear Renee Schettler

        I am having a time navigating this site and can’t find your recipe for latke’s with applesauce. Did you post it somewhere or am I supposed to have you contact me through e-mail?

        Sincere thanks,

        Mo Hoyal

        1. Happy weekend, Mo. The latkes with applesauce is actually a couple different recipes. The latkes are not traditional but are something of a single, large, rosti-like latke, one that spares you standing at the stove and frying for an hour. You can find it here: https://leitesculinaria.com/59053/recipes-latkes-crisp-potato-cakes.html. The roasted applesauce recipe, which can be varied in many ways or served plain, is loveliness incarnate and can be found here: https://leitesculinaria.com/60081/recipes-roasted-applesauce.html. I’ll email you, too.

  67. We have scrumptious chicken and dumplings left over for dinner but I have sunchokes in the fridge I need to use. So, for lunch I am making a roasted mushroom and sunchoke soup with parsley oil. Our veg is asparagus and prosciutto with lemon vinaigrette. I am also frying up some capers to add – I just love crispy capers with asparagus.

    1. love, love crispy capers too. Am interested in your dumplings as I love them but also now dealing with some GF diet!

      1. Sofia, I will email the recipe to you. The dumplings were not as wonderful the second day but still good.

  68. Last night we had the brined pork chops which are indeed my absolute favorite way to make them. Along with it some plain white rice and stir fry veggies. Tonight’s the crazy full-of-activities night so as e have a few spare chops, I will cut thin slices and serve it over the Arugula, Fennel, and Orange Salad. Something tells me the vinaigrette and oranges along with the pork will be a very nice combo.

    1. I’ll have to try the pork chops soon, Sofia. I’m in a bit of a “maple syrup mode” right now. I’m sure the citrus dressing will be a good foil for the chops.

  69. In honor of “Something on a Stick Day”, I may try Waffles on a Stick just for the screaming fun of it. ;)

        1. That’s what I thought. I am going with it. It is surprisingly tender, thankfully. If only there was some wild asparagus in the fridge. We do not have it here, of course, but there are wild asparagus festivals all over Croatia right now. It’s good stuff.

      1. Interesting question, Brenda. That may depend on how tough your asparagus happens to be.

    1. Sounds like a cool idea, nik. You might have an issue with the syrup, though!

    1. Duck sausage? Oh, I can just taste it. I am smitten with the stuff. The pilaf looks like such a great accompaniment, too.

  70. As it is still wintry outside with several inches of snow on the ground (good for the much-needed moisture!) I am making Chicken and Dumplings. I managed to finally find a gluten-free recipe for dumplings that is light and fluffy as opposed to hockey puck or brick like. We will be having Scrummy Warm Arugula Salad. Anything with bacon and caramelized onions wins at our house!

    1. It’s been too long since I’ve had Chicken & Dumplings, Brenda. That salad though, I had just a few nights back. It is quite the creation.

      1. The chicken and Dumplings was probably the best I recall having. Amazing for gluten-free dumplings! They were so light and flavourful. Man, that is some good salad.

        1. Don’t tell anyone, Brenda, but I halved that salad and doubled the bacon. Well… it was supposed to be double, but frying to draining to crumbling to the salad, it’s easy to see how a “little” gets lost in each transfer.

          1. Dan, you think like me. I did not double the bacon THIS time but have been known to double it in many other recipes. :-P

  71. Dinners for Tues., Mar 27, 2012

    National Spanish Paella Day – Seasoned rice with sausage, chicken and seafood, this Paella recipe has a lot to offer!

    For tonight, I believe it’s seafood… yes, it is! I have some marlin steaks in the fridge. They grill up real nice, with only salt, pepper and a bit of oil to keep them from sticking to the grates. I’ve got some leftover green salad and some pasta as sides.

  72. Dinners for Mon., Mar 26, 2012

    National Spinach Day – Nothing says spring like a salad of baby greens! Check out this recipe for Spinach and Bacon Salad with Caesar Dressing. It’s a big salad that doesn’t hold back on texture or flavour.

    Being caught a bit short of supplies over the weekend, I’ve got to hit the market on the way home. I’m going to make the salad above, along with some well seasoned and roasted chicken. Something flavourful and quick.

  73. Tonight for dinner we had Pasta Shells with white beans, red pepper, purple onion, green pepper and garlic in a Red Pepper Sauce. Along with Moroccan Lamb Sausage and a salad of romaine lettuce and tomatoes with Italian Dressing. No dessert as we are trying extra hard to stay away from them for awhile.

    1. A very colourful plate, Karen! I like the sounds of the lamb, too.

  74. Dinners for Sun., Mar 25, 2012

    National Lobster Newburg Day – Lobster Newburg is basically made from lobster, butter, cream, cognac, sherry, eggs, and Cayenne pepper. Lobster Thermidor is basically béchamel, lobster meat, egg yolks, and cognac or brandy, strong mustard, and usually an oven-browned cheese crust. Now, you could just keep things simple by preparing Steamed Lobster with Drawn Butter and having a shot of sherry with your meal!

    Dinner tonight will be fairly light, after visiting with friends for lunch. I’ve got some Port Salut, Monterey Jack and Mozzarella cheese, some prosciutto and hot calabrese, along with a bit of duck liver paté. With a small baguette and a bottle of white, a simply prepared dinner is ready “tout de suite”!

  75. Dinners for Sat., Mar 24, 2012

    National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day – Not only is this Chocolate Bark studded with raisins, but check out all those bonus ingredients!

    My dinner tonight will consist of veal chops with a special rub, grilled asparagus and grilled portobello mushrooms. I’ll use the Garlicky Lemon-Marinated Portobello Burgers recipe for the mushrooms, but leave out the pita.

  76. Dinners for Fri, Mar 23, 2012

    National Chip and Dip Day – We got quick, easy, tasty Sea Salt and Rosemary Sweet Potato Chips. Done in 25 minutes, it doesn’t get much simpler!

    Steak night! Another Friday, another steak. In keeping with the “chip and dip” idea, I have kettle cooked, sea salt and black pepper chips to go with the steak. I prefer dips to be rather plain, and considering that there’s a tub of 30% sour cream in the fridge, that’s perfect – think totally crisp, baked potatoes with salt, pepper and really thick, luxurious sour cream… Oh, and then there’s also a Warm Arugula Salad on the side.

  77. Dinners for Thurs., Mar 22, 2012

    Coq Au Vin Day – What a wonderful way to prepare chicken. There have to be as many ways as there are kitchens to prepare this recipe. You may want to wait until the weekend, though, to try Coq Au Vin ala Julia Child. It’s definitely a recipe that begs the extra time.

    Busy day, Thursday, so it’s a good thing I’ve got leftovers. Cut up steak and chicken into cubes, and sauté with some fried potatoes and then add a combo of Guinness gravy and some mushroom stock. Add a few onions that’ve been fried in some bacon fat and it’s kind-of like an impromptu beef carbonnade!

  78. Tonight’s dinner will be a broiled chicken, with the sweet potato wedges and some rice. This week has been a tough one to cook better meals as I am a “single” Mom with hubby at a trade show in NYC. Last night we had simple ground beef sauce over pasta and used the leftover of the ground beef for morning frittatas for the girls in the morning along with home made smoothies.

    1. I haven’t tried the wedges yet, but they look great, Sofia. Tomorrow, I’ll be trying to do something with leftovers, too.

  79. Dinners for Wed., Mar 21, 2012

    National French Bread Day – Although French bread is just a part of it, and we’re just into spring, even the colours of this Panzanella are enough to evoke anticipation of summer.

    With the warm weather here, at least for the time being, I’m getting back to my grill. It’s been a while since I’ve grilled some nice Five-Spice Pork Chops, and I’ve got some pasta to go with it – veggies included.

  80. I am originally from Germany and my mother was born in a part of Germany that is now Polish. One of my best memories of easter involve green sauce.
    You use up all those hardboiled eggs that everybody is tired of.
    You need sour cream, diced hadboiled eggs, a lot of finely cut parsley and chives, a little salt. Mix it all together and serve over boiled new potatoes – mmm good stuff!

  81. We’re taking a break from our fatty-food binge so I am making April Bloomfield’s Smoky Pork and Apple Soup with Mustard. I am adding split peas as well.

      1. The weather forecast for yesterday was not wrong. We did get a lot of heavy snow so it is fitting that we have this soup this evening. I have not made this particular recipe before. It also has roasted apples in it as well as apple cider in the stock. It should be very nice. I am not putting much meat in it as we need to cut back. Both of us are such carnivores! I will also make gluten free buttermilk biscuits.

        Your venison sounds spectacular! How do you get it? Do any of your stores carry it or do you get it from a hunter? I adore venison and other wild game. I’m sure you will enjoy it.

        1. There is a butcher near us that sells everything from “Bison to Wild Boar”. The venison striploins were great! It’s farm raised, so not quite as “game-y” as wild. Therefore, I have to do things in moderation to preserve the unique flavour of the meat. There is so much variety out there, it’s difficult to “stay local”, but there are local farmers that can provide a lot of those various meats.

  82. Dinners for Tues., Mar 20, 2012

    National Ravioli Day – Looking for a change-up from your regular ravioli? Step right this way, as we have a suggestion for your dining pleasure; Ravioloni Valle Scannese or Giant Ravioli. It’s the first ravioli I’ve seen where the serving size is one per person!

    Dinner tonight has to be something a little different. So I’m going to prepare Cider-Basted Venison, but grill the venison while the cider reduces. Then some grilled potatoes and grilled broccolini will finish the plate.

  83. Dinners for Mon., Mar 19, 2012

    National Poultry Day – This Grilled-Roasted Chicken recipe is one of my absolute favourites. It’s makes a regular appearance at my table, and is great anytime throughout the year. Best yet, it only uses five ingredients, all of which you probably have handy in your kitchen!

    No leftovers from last night’s chicken dinner. I’ve got a mix of ground beef and pork, garlic whipped potatoes, carrots and a good seasoned gravy. So dinner is shepherd’s pie instead.

  84. With 30 cm of snow in the forecast tomorrow I am making winter fare. We are having roast shoulder of lamb, rubbed with olive oil, rosemary and thyme and tons of garlic. Threw it into a 550F oven (ok, placed into the oven) then cranked it down to 325 to roast slowly for several hours. We will be having mashed celeriac and potatoes with roasted garlic and mustard seeds. Then orange spiced peas with mint and quick cucumber, daikon and jicama pickles. If we have room, birthday cake.

    1. Wow! That’s quite the forecast, Brenda. There’s something about lamb and rosemary that I feel surpasses using mint, and garlic is a given. I’ve had jicama salads before, but never pickles. Do you make your own?

          1. Aren’t they amazing? My very favourite with this “recipe” is cucumber followed closely by daikon, radish and jicama. What are your favourites, Renee?

  85. Dinners for Sun., Mar 18, 2012

    National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day – Lacy oatmeal cookies aren’t on our list yet, but if you’re after cookies, we have plenty! (click here)

    It’ll be a busy day today; preparing a dinner for twenty people tonight. I’ve got recipes for Tuscan Chicken, Ghivetch (braised mixed vegetables) and a Confetti Pasta Salad.

  86. Unfortunately St. Patrick’s Day involves a lot of cooking with Guiness which is not gluten free. Plus I did not really plan ahead well. So, tonight we are simply having poblanos stuffed with a creamy chorizo mixture, Monterey Jack, Manchego and tomatoes. Not sure of the sides yet…

    1. That’s still a nice dinner, Brenda. There are recipes that don’t call for the beer, such as Irish Stew. Of course you could just have a tot of Irish Whiskey and call it dessert!

  87. Dinners for Sat., Mar 17, 2012

    Corned Beef and Cabbage Day – This Homemade Corned Beef recipe is tssst…a hot topic here on LC! It includes a way to prepare cabbage and potatoes as a special bonus. The only catch is that you needed to start it last week. So you may want to visit your favourite market to get corned beef for tonight’s dinner. There’s always next Saturday, though!

    Being St. Patrick’s Day, and feeling a little lazy, I decided to go the slow cooked lamb shank route. There’s a recipe for Lamb Shanks in Pinot Noir, but instead of the Pinot, I’ll use Guinness for an Irish accent, and keep the optional carrots in. The Pan Boxty potato cake looks good as a side.

  88. Grilled Marinated Spicy Moroccan Lamb Chops with Pomegranate Yogurt Sauce
    Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Mint
    Roasted Asparagus Puree
    Cinnamon, Cumin and Brown Sugar Roasted Chickpeas
    Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Raspberry Gelee

    It’s my birthday and I feel like celebrating a little! Having been away from home for two weeks I have missed cooking like you would not believe.

      1. Renee, thank you so much for your good wishes. I like celebrating birthdays – not over the top celebrations but it is nice to feel extra spoiled and special. :-)

        1. I hope your birthday is everything you hope for, Brenda! Celebrating with a winner menu is always a great “present”, even if you make it yourself. I’d do the same thing. Best wishes… and save a lamb chop for me!

          1. Thanks, Dan! It certainly is a great present, isn’t it? Not only do I love cooking on my birthday but there are no restaurants in our town that I can go to that accommodate those with celiac. So, my husband is taking me to the city next weekend to enjoy pure unadulerated food at a couple of spanky restaurants.

            What really made my day is seeing the first robin of Spring. It is unusually early – we usually do not see robins until the middle of April. I stood and stared in wonderment.

      1. Many thanks, David. It has been a very nice (and uncharacteristically warm) day.

  89. Dinners for Fri., Mar 16, 2012

    National Artichoke Hearts Day – As everything seems to be turning green rather early this year, here’s a recipe for Artichoke Heart and Spinach Gratin that can help celebrate that event.

    I try to ensure that Friday night is steak night. Yup, it’s still a go. For some reason, I really like the flavour of a good sirloin over most cuts. So grilled sirloin it is, along with a wild rice pilaf and some grilled vegetables.

  90. We have usually warm weather in Wisconsin, so we are pulling out the grill tonight for Chicken BLT Pizza. I make my pizza crust from scratch, my husband brushes them with olive oil and grills them for me while he takes care of grilling the chicken breasts. I make a salad using whatever greens I pick up from the grocery/farmer’s market, diced tomatoes, green onions and crumbled bacon. I dress everything in ranch dressing and once the crusts have cooled the salad goes on top. The chicken gets diced (easier to eat that way) and goes on top along with your favorite shredded cheese. Delicious! We like the leftovers the next day for lunches. Also, the grilled crusts are easy to convert into traditional pizzas!

    1. I really like your recipe, Missy! The warm temps are breaking records here too, not that the cold weather has ever stoppped me from grilling… I love it.

      1. My son is the picky ‘no salad’ guy in the house, so we always end up grilling a pepperoni pizza for him. These are super fun and fast for parties where everyone builds their own pizza. Homemade pizza crusts are easier than people think…they really need to give them a try.
        I also will bake them in the oven ahead of time. If you make them just smaller than the lid of a gallon size ice cream container you can bake a bunch and then just stack them inside the empty ice cream bucket and store it in the freezer. Keep sauce and shredded cheese in the refrigerator and you can have homemade pizzas quicker, cheaper and healthier than anything you get in the store.
        I have a nice crust recipe that goes together quickly and rolls easily. They bake fast on a pizza stone in the oven…then you’re done!

        1. Great ideas, Missy! I’ve got to get into my “pizza barbecue” groove now! Care to share your crust recipe?

  91. Dinners for Thurs., Mar 15, 2012

    National Pears Helene Day – Basically, this is pears with a chocolate sauce, ice cream and crystallized violets. Although perfect the way it is, you could make these magnificent Poached Pears with Coffee Sauce, using your favourite chocolate sauce instead of the coffee caramel sauce.

    There’s all kinds of chickens out there, some cheap, some not so (even on sale). I got one from the latter category. It’s “certified organic”, although I’d have to say that most living things (and quite probably some dead ones) are organic. Regardless, I’ve had “free range” and other iterations of a better bird, so I’ m looking forward to trying something different! I guess Garlic Mashed Potatoes are prerequisite, considering I’ll have some gravy available. I’m also going to try Portuguese Peas with Eggs as a side. My dilemma will be which to try first; the chicken or the eggs (& peas)?

  92. Dinners for Wed., Mar 14, 2012

    National Pi Day in Math Circles (Pi is (3.14). Let’s bake a pie to show our support, and because pies are just such wonderful things! It won’t be easy to choose; we’ve got plenty of sweet and savoury offerings. All you have to do is search on the word “pie”.

    I’m going to make a couple of sautéed duck breasts, a magret and poitrine. They’re done simply, using salt and pepper with a hot sauté pan. It’s about time to have a pasta dish again, perhaps the Pasta Putanesca, to keep the preparations easy for a mid-week meal.

  93. Dinners for Tues., Mar 13, 2012

    Coconut Torte Day – We can supply you with a gorgeous Coconut Cake recipe that’s so easy to make, it’s bound to make you forget about tortes.

    Dinner tonight is ground pork and beef, simmered in a thick savoury sauce, then combined with grated cheeses and wrapped – think kind-of like an alternative to Sloppy Joe’s. I’ve got fresh, spiced fruit salsa and a small salad on the side.

  94. Dinners for Mon., Mar 12, 2012

    National Baked Scallops Day – If you have the time, this recipe for Baked Scallops is superb! It is a little fidgety, but well worth the effort.

    With the weather feeling so much like Spring, I’m going exotic tonight with grilled kangaroo rump. I’ll add a pan-full of seasoned, roasted potatoes, carrots and onions – and whatever other vegetables my fridge has to offer.

  95. Dinners for Sun., Mar 11, 2012

    Oatmeal-Nut Waffles Day – Okay! Here’s your Oat Waffles, with a little maple for good measure. All you need to do is add some nuts to the batter, or strew them over top, once they’re done. Or maybe just munch on them while you’re waiting for the waffles to cook. Go ahead, we won’t tell!

    Sunday is going to be an odd day, meal-wise. I haven’t had a good Chinese food buffet in quite some time. There’s one nearby that I haven’t tried it yet, so I hope it’s good. After a meal like that, dinner will probably be Monday evening.

  96. Dinners for Sat., Mar 10, 2012

    National Blueberry Popover Day – While we don’t have a Blueberry Popover recipe, we do have one for Blueberry Clafoutis which is kind-of in the same ballpark.

    It’s pasta tonight, tri-colour bowties to be exact. The recipe is a little different, and I’m looking forward to preparing it. That, some toasted garlic bread and a bottle of white sauvignon/bordeaux.

  97. Lately we have been so busy, that even though I am still preparing daily meals I keep on forgetting to come here for inspiration and share what’s happening in my kitchen. Well today has been a busy day in the kitchen. Made for the very first time fondant using a marshmallow recipe and am very proud of myself right now as it came out pretty well. Then I made buttercream frosting and soon I will be making the Red Velvet Cake which I will sculpt into Eeyore!! All of this requested by my daughter who will be turning 14 on Sunday but her her b’day party tomorrow. Meanwhile I still had time to make a simple dinner consisting in wild rice, grilled chicken thighs and Brussels sprouts!

    1. Wild rice has got to be one of the greatest grains. I love the texture and nutty/earthy flavour. It goes so well with so many things.
      It sounds like you have your work cut out for you, Sofia. I’ve never made fondant and it’s been years since I’ve made a cake. The recipe and design should look great. Best wishes to your daughter on her birthday!

      1. I also do love wild rice. In terms of the cake, indeed, indeed. Cannot wait to see how the end result comes out. The red velvet cake came out beautifully. I will be shaping it up this morning. Tonight’s dinner will be at a Mongolian Grill then we will come come to eat the cake. Her dinner request for tomorrow night (her actual birthday) is a simple recipe my sister and I came up while we were still kids. We marinate chicken pieces 2/3 soy sauce with 1/3 lemon juice for about 3 hours. Then we wrap each chicken with some of its marinate in papillon and bake it in the oven at 400 for about 30 minutes. We serve with rice. The end result is a very juicy and tender chicken and the sauce is amazing over the rice.

  98. Dinners for Fri., Mar 9, 2012

    National Crabmeat Day – These Chesapeake Crab Cake Burgers look to good to pass up!

    Friday night – steak night. My butcher cuts some great steaks and I have two dry-aged striploins waiting to be grilled! It’s been a while since I made a risotto and the Wild Mushroom Risotto with Peas is one of my faves. Another favourite is an Australian Shiraz to round out the evening meal.

  99. Dinners for Thurs., Mar 8, 2012

    National Peanut Cluster Day – We have peanuts, just not clusters of them. With both peanuts and peanut butter, this recipe for Peanut Butter Pretzel Bonbons does come close, though. Add in chocolate and toffee and I wonder if you could get any better than that!

    Another busy night = another fast food fix. I’ve got some leftover beef and ham stew that will have to do. I’m leaving a couple of frozen rolls out to thaw all day. They should be fine, warmed up and buttered to enjoy with the stew.

    1. I’ve never had a penchant for radishes before. but I’ve tried that recipe and must say that I am now a convert, Brenda!

      1. It is wonderful that you decided to give the recipe a try. Would they be something you would make again? I’ve always enjoyed radishes but roasting is my favourite way to do so, hands down. Sometimes radishes can be flavourless and insipid (other than the very first fresh spring ones) but this is a delightful way to use them.

        1. To tell the absolute truth Brenda, it’s pretty much the only way I’ll eat them. Although the French radishes, those mini slender things, are okay in a salad.

  100. Well, i was hoping to be making a family hand-down recipe from russis…cabbage soup, but finding it impossible to get one of the most important ingredients!! This soup is absolutely to die for….lamb, beef short ribs, cabbage YUMMY and my most favorite in the world. Problem is i need sour salt (aka citric acid), and for the life of me i can not find it anywhere. Funny thing is though, my grandma had sent me a bottle of it years ago…nothing special about the bottle, like any other large spice bottle. I am fiending like a mad dog to make this!!!LOL Anyone in chattanooga~harrison tennessee area that knows where to go???

    1. Your soup sounds very tantalizing, Christina! I can’t help you with a supplier, but maybe with your search. I did some digging and found the following info; “Sour salt and citric acid are two names for the same product. Manufacturers derive the substance by drying and grinding citrus fruits like limes and lemons.”
      I’ve read it’s available in some pharmacies, the canning section of your local supermarket or you could order on-line. Hopefully, you can find a source of citric acid, make this fabulous recipe and then share your results!

  101. Tonight I am having grilled lamb chops along wirh the left-over vegetable soup I prepared yesterday. For my salad side dish I am serving a antipasto salad stuffed into cooked jumbo shells and chilled for several hours.

    1. I’m preparing lamb for dinner tonight, too, Carole. Great minds… eh! Your antipasto salad should go great with it!

  102. Dinners for Wed., Mar 7, 2012

    National Crown Roast of Pork Day – If you’ve got a lot of mouths to feed, this Crown Roast of Pork recipe will fill the bill!

    It’s a “scorcher” today, considering it’s early March, a prediction of 54°F/12°C is pretty much unseasonal! Not that I need an excuse, but grilling is definitely going to be part of my dinner. It’s been a while since lamb was on the menu, so grilled lamb with grilled baby potatoes and a Calabaza squash purée seems fitting enough.

  103. We enjoyed “Waterford Soda Bread” from Dan Lepard’s “The Art of Handmade Bread,” with Bunuelos De Buangos (Zucchini Puffs) from Penelope Casas’s “Delicioso: The Regional Cooking of Spain” with a chopped salad that had French feta that I’ve been marinating in olive oil and fresh herbs. To drink, we enjoyed a Temperanillo.
    We are going to Spain in early June, so I’ve been orienting us to the foods of Spain.

    1. Your menu and wine choice look quite inspired, Jo-anne. I’ve never been to Spain (sounds like a song lyric), but it looks like a beautiful country!

  104. Dinners for Tues., Mar 6, 2012

    National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day – You might be interested in trying this recipe for Brownie Swirl Cheesecake, but substitute white chocolate for the dark chocolate. Of course, you won’t see the “swirl” anymore.

    Tonight is shredded beef tortillas with a Caribbean touch, and a broccolini recipe I’ve been itching to try.

  105. Dinners for Mon., Mar 5, 2012

    National Cheese Doodle Day – Sorry folks, you’ll have to go to your favourite purveyor to get this on your menu’s. In our Writings Section, you may be interested in reading about Cheez Doodles Français-Style.

    I’ve got some Caribbean recipes that were in the middle of preparation and then frozen. Tonight we’re having Jamaican style patties and for a side, Vegetable Rundown which is basically an assortment of vegetables cooked in coconut milk. That’ll use up a lot of the vegetables that are still kicking around.

  106. Dinners for Sun., Mar 4, 2012

    National Pound Cake Day – It’s difficult to select which recipe to feature. As a fan of apricots, I chose Apricot Pound Cake as today’s “National Pound Cake”.

    Dinner tonight will be lamb, lightly steamed asparagus and Brown Rice.

  107. Dinners for Fri., Mar 2, 2012

    National Banana Cream Pie Day – Bananas are great and everything’s better with chocolate, so why not try this Chocolate Banana Cream Pie so you can judge just how great this combo can be?

    Steak night! I’ve got my eye on a nice top sirloin for the grill. Side dishes of (s)mashed potatoes and Roasted Asparagus with Capers should keep dinner simple.

  108. Dinners for Thurs., Mar 1, 2012

    National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day – Nothing reminds me of my mother’s cooking more than platefull of Crisp Peanut Butter Cookies.

    Long work day = fast dinner requirement. I picked up a pre-cooked chicken and added my own rub to it before heating it up further in the oven. Some steamed green beans, French bread and a couple of hunks of cheese finished the plate.

  109. Speaking of pumpkin, I justed made a calabaza (a large green and tan one) filled with stew. I cleaned it, by cutting off the top and scooping out the seeds, filled it with broth and butter, garlic and herbs. The stew was pork with tomatillos and roma tomatoes, onions, potatoes and a combination of chile guajillo and pasilla. The whole pumpkin filled with stew made a pretty presentation. Now the leftovers will be put in the blender with a little extra broth and enriched with acidified crema (sort of like creme fraiche).

    1. I really like the calabaza pumpkin, Chula. It’s what I used all last week in my Caribbean recipes. That’s a great vegetable combo you’ve got going for the stew! That pumpkin soup/bisque should be pretty good, too.

  110. Dinners for Wed., Feb 29, 2012

    National Surf and Turf Day – I can only speak for myself, but I can’t wait four years between dinners of this magnitude! Now if you were to take Beef Tenderloin with Foie Gras and Truffles, then and add Steamed Lobster with Drawn Butter, you’d have a very elegant way to celebrate something that happens only once every four years!

    My dinner will resemble Surf & Turf to some (really) small degree. I have some lobster and shrimp salad to finish, along with some pumpkin chowder and Caribbean bakes. Leftovers for sure – and pumpkin can be “turf”, right?

  111. Local gluten-free Cumberland sausages with caramelized onion gravy, ricotta rosti with homemade plum “ketchup” and minted peas. I know that the rosti is untraditional but that is what I was in the mood for!

    1. I think untraditional is how new traditions are started, Brenda. If it sounds good, as your dinner does, chances are it will turn out quite nicely!

  112. No recipe but loved by all:
    Line bottom of baking dish with salmon;
    break crumbs
    Crab-flavoured pollock
    Melted butter
    Lemon juice.
    Cover the salmon with the above.
    Bake uncovered at 350 for an hour and a half or so.

    If I find any, I love the leftovers!

    1. It doesn’t sound like you’d find any leftovers, Beryl! I occasionally do something similar, but add some shredded mozzarella & cheddar to the mix. You could also change it up a bit by using tarragon vinegar, lime juice or orange juice instead of lemon juice.

  113. Dinners for Tues., Feb 28, 2012

    National Chocolate Souffle Day – How about a Double Chocolate Souffle, just to make sure you celebrate the day with good measure?

    Tonight, we’re having grilled prime rib steak (2-inch, bone-in), mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. I’ve taken recently to using truffle oil, instead of butter on my vegetables.

  114. Dinners for Mon., Feb 27, 2012

    National Strawberry Day – In the mood for something a little different? This recipe for Roasted Strawberries is right up your alley!

    First day back to work, so I’m not wanting to cook much tonight. After so many different recipes with a Caribbean flair, I’ve got a ton of Caribbean leftovers from which to choose! Not a bad thing to be saddled with, though. I’ll start with some of that huge leg of jerk pork and have some rice and peas to go with it.

    1. Strawberries have arrived in piles in our Tuesday market. I just bought a kilo for $15pesos (about US$1.20)and roasted strawberries will be on the menu tonight for sure. They are perfect, just picked down the road in Irapuato the “World Strawberry Capital”.

      1. Hi Chula, roasted strawberries sounds like the perfect meal! How will you prepare them?

        1. I used the basic recipe Dan posted and since maple syrup wasn’t among my pantry items I subed a little sugar. They were pretty swell.

          Dan the season is a long one and prices rise and fall. Right now is the peak.

      2. Strawberry season already? Or does it ever end? I may have to move…

  115. Dinners for Sun., Feb 26, 2012

    National Pistachio Day – Just three simple ingredients and an ice cream maker, Pistachio Gelato may conjure up fond memories of summer.

    Day 9 – “All good things must come to an end”, and this is the last day of our “Not Caribbean Vacation”. It’s been fun!
    The last day – Brunch – Akee Breakfast, same as Day 1. I’ve got some guava jam and lemon marmalade for the hardo toast this time.

    Dinner – A salad with grilled, seasoned chicken, chopped fresh fruits and vegetables served over a medley of mixed greens. I picked up some Coco Bread to accompany. I’m not sure why it’s called Coco Bread, as it has no coconut, cocoa or anything else other than the very similar ingredients than go into regular breads or rolls.

  116. Dinners for Sat., Feb 25, 2012

    National Clam Chowder Day – Steamer Clam Chowder is the creamy variety, chock full of clams, bacon and potatoes!

    Day 8 – Brunch – Flying Fish and a macaroni salad. The flying fish is from Barbados and the ribs where the bones have been removed have been filled with a mild vegetable seasoning. The fish is then breaded and sautéed in butter. The macaroni salad is reputedly named after a Jamaican football squad. It sounds interesting because it uses Tastee Cheese, a dairy food product found in a can. Apparently pretty popular, too!

    Dinner – Tassot, a marinated goat meat dish that’s poached, drained and then fried until crisp. The side will be green banana fries. The fries are really simple; green bananas are peeled, cut into strips and deep-fried for a few minutes. Very much like regular fries. The hardest part is peeling green bananas, the easiest solution seems to be peeling them like you would plantain.

  117. Dinners for Fri., Feb 24, 2012

    National Tortilla Chip Day – Almost as important as the chip, is the dip you serve with it. Why not try a Mango-Banana Salsa? Your tortilla chips may love you for it!

    Day 7 – Brunch – Shrimp and Potato Cakes are one of our favourite lunches. They’re like a croquette, with shrimp, mashed potato and Münster cheese, then deep fried. I’m making a macaroni salad with green peppers, corn, sweet onion and something called Tasty Cheese. It has a Caribbean flair to it and sounds intriguing.

    Dinner – Jerk Chicken with a jerk marinade that has a “fruitiness” to it; raisins along with the usual mix of herbs and spices. The side dish is Rice & Peas, something a bit different from the plainer version, earlier this week. This one has coconut milk, smoked side bacon lardons, sweet peppers and tomatoes in it.

    1. Jerk chicken…yum. Last night we had a roasted chicken and three sides sides: grilled tiny peppers brushed with olive oil and sea salt, fried kale with sesame seeds and shredded carrots, and roasted winter vegetables. Love a plate full of color. Still trying to decide what to make for dinner tonight.

      1. A colourful plate keeps our minds off of the rather drab winter landscapes we’re subjected to, this time of year, Sofia. I feel we get more benefit out of a meal that we find visually appealing, too.

  118. Dinners for Thurs, Feb 23, 2012

    National Banana Bread Day – You can have regular Banana Bread or Gluten Free Banana Bread. Take your pick, or try both!

    Day 6 – Brunch – Our “fancy” meal of the vacation – Lobster Salad with Scallop and Shrimp. Similar to Seafood Salad, I make a creamy aioli-style dressing with lime in it. I also make deviled eggs with a bit of the salad dressing, some Pickapeppa and a touch of pepper sauce. This year, I’m also going to make the LC Croissants to go with the meal and serve with a bottle of sparkling wine.

    Dinner – Beef Ribs Calypso are prepared with a rub I adapted from the usual calypso-style recipe. After preparing them, they are flamed with some rum before serving. They turn out sweet-ish with little heat. Ground Provisions is the side dish; dasheen, Jamaican sweet potato, white potato and yellow yam. I`m going to prepare the provisions as deep fries, making a calabaza pumpkin and cheese sauce with coconut milk to drizzle over the prepared vegetables.

    1. Oh, Dan. My saliva is practically dripping onto my keyboard! Now that sounds amazing. Not just delicious but a lot of fun.

      Though I did not realize that today is Banana Bread Day, I am making the gluten free banana bread you mention in your post. It is delicious!

      We are having baby back ribs tonight. I rubbed them with a Memphis rub last night and made an incredibly spicy bourbon sauce for them. We will be enjoying them with twice-baked potatoes and kale chips.

      1. There’s a ribfest that comes through the area every year with the items that are on your menu, Brenda. It’s great fare!

        1. Awesome! This evening we are having baby back ribs but done differently (they came in rather a large package). I am making them with a maple-calvados-apple cider glaze, some sort of potato puree (unsure which one yet – there are so many wonderful options on this site!) and these roasted radishes.

          1. Ribs two nights in a row! What a great way to celebrate the end of a week.

  119. I’ve been reading up on the Tibetan culture and today is the start of Losar, the Tibetan New Year. So, I decided to make thentuk, pulled noodle soup. Quite an art to pulling those noodles- the first batch ended up everywhere but the pot. It is an interesting cuisine that relies heavily on cilantro and emma.

    1. I’ve seen people “pulling noodles” on TV, Beth. It does seem there’s quite the art and rhythm to it. How long did it take to finish the noodles?

      1. Hi Dan, not very long- once I got the first batch out of my hair! Trying to get the speed and rhythm is a real art…

  120. Welcome, Chula! What an awesome meal you made – and how wonderful it is for you to have such great markets. Octopus makes my heart sing.

    This may sound strange to many but it is my very first time making Shrimp and Grits. Grits are very hard to get on the prairies but thankfully I was able to find some a few hours away at a Mexican specialty store. I got the very coarse grits. Albertans certainly are not known for them!

    Grilled asparagus with lemon vinaigrette on the side.

  121. A first time post from south of the border…
    I live in central Mexico and its the beginning of Lent. The markets have lovely fresh fish and seafood raw and cooked. I bought a 1/2 kilo of a lovely cooked octopus. Made a pico de gallo with fresh tomatoes, onions, chile serrano, garlic and cilantro, sauteed it for a couple of minutes, added the octopus. Warmed up some fresh corn tortillas and the tacos were fab.

    1. Octopus and pico de gallo tacos! Sounds like a winning combination, Chula.

    2. Chula, what an amazing meal. I love love octopus, well anything from the ocean actually. Love your idea and will be doing it next time I buy octopus. Do you do with with baby or large size ones?

      1. Sofia, It was a medium to large one that I purchased by the kilo. I diced the
        tentacles in to relatively small pieces.

  122. Last night, To celebrate Fat Tuesday I made my first attempt at a Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo!! Pretty Yummy!!!! I incorporated a couple of different recipes found on the web due to time and ingredients on hand. Will definitely amp up the spice and heat next time.

    1. You gotta love a good gumbo, Sarah! Glad it turned out well.

  123. Dinners for Wed., Feb 22, 2012

    National Margarita Day – Drink or dessert, this Margarita Granita is sure to be a great way to celebrate this national day.

    Day 5 – Brunch – Conch and Pumpkin Chowder. I grill the conch before adding it to a creamy rich (coconut milk), chunky, spiced calabaza chowder. I found a recipe for Mofongo (green plantains, pork cracklings, bacon and garlic) and plan on making small balls (2-inch) of it for a side.

    Dinner – Shrimp Curry using homemade Caribbean-style curry powder, onions and tomatoes, with a hint of ginger and a splash of lime. Plantain Fried Rice, fairly simple and a good base for the shrimp.

    1. WOW Dan… Amazing… love conch. And shrimp curry? you are definitely playing with our emotions. Not even 11am here and already starving thanks to you. Well last night’s Gumbo came out pretty good actually. Not that I am a connoisseur of the real deal, but liked how fast it was to make and how tasty it came out. Tonight still in a Cajun mind, I am making a pulled chicken bbq but with a Cajun twist to it. Will be our dinner but also the biggest part for my Older daughter’s school tomorrow.

      1. I was pleasantly surprised to see that conch was available. I could have gooten some live, but I fear that’s too much like work while on vacation. I love Cajun-style food and usually get into that mode later in the spring.

  124. Dan,
    You are cruel… I mean that with my warmest feelings. Every morning I receive LC email with What’s for Dinner Tonight and start reading what you are cooking. Barely awake, coffee still being made and already starving due to your comments and suggestions. I am sure I am not the only one. WOW.. can I move in? Cannot wait to hear about your oxtail. Well last night of course I ended up changing our menu and ended up with a nice beef roast filled with garlic slits all over, mac & Cheese, the amazing Braised Carrots-but did with turmeric instead of saffron and it came out just as good, and a mushroom sauce for those who wanted something over their beef. Tonight we will be trying this Gumbo to commemorate Mardi Gras and think of my parents who LOVED New Orleans and today they are celebrating their 50th anniversary

    1. My colleagues are already banging on the door, Sofia! I have to stop talking food @ work. The oxtail is sending wonderful aromas through the place. Those carrots are nice, but I haven’t tried the gumbo yet. All the best to your parents on their 50th – that’s an awesome milestone!

        1. Believe it or not, there are some leftovers. Turns out, the oxtail recipe serves four. I wasn’t sure, and it is filling, especially with the bakes. I love how tender the meat gets and how well the flavours come together.

  125. Day 4 – Okay… take 2 on the Oxtail Stew for lunch. Done in a slow cooker, with onions and celery as a base. Then the oxtail, with the other goodies over top. Adding the Red Stripe beer gives it enough liquid and a flavour boost. Now on to the waiting time…

    Dinner – Lamb with a Barbados-style chopped seasoning. The method is similar to the Spring Lamb with Rosemary recipe, but uses ground thyme, scallion, onions, garlic, pepper and other seasonings rubbed over the racks. I’m also making Red Stripe Sweet Potatoes. I reduce about 2 cups of the beer to a syrup-like consistency, then mix it with a couple of roasted sweet potatoes, leaving the skins on for a more rustic texture, some grated coconut, a pinch of cinnamon and just a dash of pepper sauce. The heat’s in the side dish for this one!

  126. Dinners for Mon., Feb 20, 2012

    National Cherry Pie Day – Not a cherry pie per se, but this Rustic Cherry Tart may fill the bill of fare!

    Day 3 – Brunch – I’m going to try my hand at Oxtail Stew. Judging by the availability in Caribbean markets, it must be a popular recipe . My version uses chunks of oxtail, bacon, onion, garlic, carrot, tomato, thyme and green pigeon peas. A few bakes for good measure will round out a hearty brunch.

    Dinner – Pepperpot, a stewed meat dish, is popular in a number of Caribbean locations, as well as other places in the world. The one I’m making is a full flavoured mixture of meats (chicken, goat, ham), vegetables (onion, garlic, calabaza, dasheen, sweet potato, cassava) and seasonings including thyme, cinnamon and clove. A bit of pepper sauce to heighten the experience and some bammies to sop up the gravy.

    1. Dan, how coincidental today is National Cherry Pie Day in the US because I am making gluten-free cherry tarts.

      Your Caribbean posts have me salivating like mad. Talk about flavourful eats!

      Tonight we are having sort of a roasted Dijon chicken dish going on and I will pair it with roasted sweet potato puree and crispy sage and Mushrooms with Garlic and Sherry… The mushrooms are one of my favourite mushroom recipes ever.

      1. Glad you’re enjoying the posts, Brenda. It’s great having the time off to relax and cook leisurely for a week.

    2. Dan, you can NEVER go wrong with oxtail. Tonight’s dinner will most likely be leftover soup from last night unless I get myself to doing something else which would not be surprising. I have leftover ground beef so perhaps I will do something with it. ohhh… and a BIG happy 13th birthday to LC!

      1. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Sofia. I haven’t had the opprtunity to try oxtail before and am really looking forward to it!

          1. I hit a snag with the oxtail today – something about it still being frozen! We ended up having a version of Jamaican Pepper Shrimp, with garlic, eskellion, Scotch bonnets, thyme and a good splash of rum. I flame it with more rum before serving. Served with bakes for the pan juices and a cold Red Stripe, it’s a fairly quick lunch in a pinch.
            The oxtail thing is straightened out and it’s now on the menu for Tuesday. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  127. Dinners for Sun., Feb 19, 2012

    National Chocolate Mint Day – There’s a Chocolate Mint Crème Brûlée here with your name on it!

    Day 2 – Brunch – Fried Flying Fish, eggs any style and toast. A recipe similar to one from Barbados that uses a special seasoning like jerk, but not as hot. Once the fish is seasoned, it’s breaded and sautéed in shallow oil until crisp.

    Dinner – Ropa Vieja – A Cuban-styled dish that translates as “old clothes”; the meat is shredded. It’s full of leeks, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, capers and seasoned with cinnamon and cloves. I’ll be making Rice & Peas for a side to the beef.

    1. Dan, just saw your post. My son’s girlfriend is Cuban and she makes a mean Ropa Vieja. We ought to share recipes! And I am seriously craving that ackee…

      1. This is my version, Beth. It may be off a bit off on the timing, but the idea is to get softened, but not browned vegetables. It’s very colourful!

        Ackee Breakfast – serves 6

        1 pound bacon
        1 large onion, peeled, halved, sliced into 1/4-inch widths
        1 large green sweet pepper, halved and seeded
        1 large red sweet pepper, halved and seeded
        4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
        1 28 oz can diced, stewed tomatoes, drained
        1 tablespoon thyme leaves, roughly chopped
        salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
        1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (to taste)
        2 cans akee, drained

        In a large skillet (I prefer 12-inch cast iron), fry the bacon until crisp, drain on paper towels, coarsely crumble and set aside.

        Remove all but 2 to 3 tablespoons of the bacon fat from the pan. Add the onions and cook until they begin to soften, about 6 to 8 minutes.

        While the onions are cooking, cut the peppers into rough 1-inch strips, then cut into rough 1-inch pieces on the diagonal. Add the sweet peppers and garlic, and then cook until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes.

        Add the tomatoes, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook until any pan juices have begun to reduce and the vegetables are tender. Add the thyme, the pepper sauce and season with salt and pepper. Return the bacon to the pan and fold it in with the vegetables.

        Carefully fold in the akee – it’s rather delicate. After a couple of minutes, when the akee is hot, taste again for seasoning. Serve hot with toasted hardo bread.

  128. Dinners for Sat., Feb 18, 2012

    National Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day – We have don’t have a crab-stuffed flounder recipe, but a delightful one for Almond Flounder Meunière. You could make it the way it is, or substitute cooked, crumbled crab meat for the almonds.

    We celebrate a Caribbean Vacation at home every year. We call it a Not Caribbean Vacation, “Belbados” for short, derived from the name of the town where this all started. (Someone thought we didn’t like going to the Caribbean – not so! This is just a tradition that has built over the years.)

    Day 1 – Brunch – Akee Breakfast. Akees and sautéed sweet peppers, garlic, tomatoes, onions and thyme with a splash of homemade Scotch bonnet pepper sauce. I fold in crumbled bacon instead of the traditional saltfish. Hardo toast will be served for making sure the plate’s well cleared.

    Dinner – Jerk pork, roasted breadfruit & johnnycakes. I put a 22 lb pork leg, laced with jerk seasoning and marinated for three weeks into my smoker last night. It’s in the oven now, finishing. I’ll serve it with roasted breadfruit and johhnycakes (fried dumplings). I’ll need a Redstripe or two to keep things irie.

  129. We have just ordered half a lamb and are clearing out our freezers. So I am not cooking much tonight, sadly. We are having roasted poblano and corn chowder with fresh gluten-free biscuits and homemade plum preserves. When there is a non-cooking meal day I get restless so will make BBQ sauce, spice blends, etc. Just love playing with my mortar and pestle!

    1. I love fresh lamb. Brenda! It’s one of my favourite meats. A friend started raising them and we tried some this year. The flavour is so much better than what’s usually found at the grocer.

  130. I just got done putting all sorts of stuff in the crockpot..it will be dinner…sweet potatos,onions, red, green & orange bell peppers, hatch green chiles, tomatoes, black beans, red beans, chickpeas, tomatillos, grilled corn, chile powders, chipotle chiles, garlic, salt, pepper and some orange juice…..my kitchen smells wonderful.

    1. A steaming bowl of aromatic vegetable stew is a perfect prescription for a winter’s meal, karyn h!

  131. Dinners for Fri., Feb 17, 2012

    National Café au Lait Day – I’ve been to Café du Monde in New Orleans and experienced the pleasure of Café au Lait and Beignets. This recipe for Beignets is a great companion to your “coffee with cream”. (You’ll find the traditional method to make Café au Lait in the head notes – enjoy!)

    We’ve got a lot of shopping for Caribbean ingredients before we shut ourselves in for a week. Tonight is pizza night from our preferred purveyor of perfectly prepared pies.

  132. Dinners for Thurs., Feb 16, 2012

    National Almond Day – Something a little different, this White Almond Gazpacho doesn’t use tomatoes.
    (Upon review, yesterday was actually National Gumdrop Day. Apologies to those who missed the gumdrop celebration or partied with their almonds too soon.)

    Last night of leftovers for a while. Beef stew made with a rich, deep brown gravy, baby corn, red and orange sweet peppers, previously roasted potatoes and assorted mushrooms.

  133. My husband had a craving for Jambalaya so that is what we are having tonight. I am using chicken, shrimp and andouille. Still unsure of the side (likely greens). I made a gluten-free rum cake with salted caramel frosting.

    1. I’m going to have to get into the Cajun/Creole cooking thing again soon, Brenda. Right now, I’m getting things together for a week of Caribbean cooking, starting Saturday.

      1. So, Saturday is the big day! Hopefully your plans are falling into place. I cannot wait to hear the juicy details…

  134. This was what I served last night. I halved the recipe and it still can feed a small army, It is probably one of the best Lentil Soups I have made. Lentil soup from http://ladycakesbakes.blogspot.com/2011/03/thursdays-with-thom-on-friday.html I added some sun dried tomato, basil chicken sausage, to the soup, from the freezer that I made a few months ago.

    Two weeks ago I had a momentary lapse of sanity and ordered 18 lbs of Meyer lemons. Part of that bounty became lemon ice cream made with condensed milk, which I served as dessert.

      1. Can always go to my local supermarket and get more. This is what 18 lbs yielded: 1 1/2 L vodka for Limoncello; 12 pints of marmalade; 2 quarts ice cream; 2 pints lemon curd; 3 quarts preserved lemons.

  135. Dinners for Wed., Feb 15, 2012

    National Gumdrop Day

    Since I have all the ingredients already, tonight will be Chicken Marbella (for two) with asparagus, mushrooms and roasted mini potatoes.

    1. I love Chicken Marbella! Especially this version.

      Dan, just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your daily National “whatever” Day posts.

      1. Thank you Brenda! It’s a lot of fun researching and posting them. BTW – The Chicken Marbella recipe was great. Very colourful, with lots of interesting flavours.

  136. Oh dear all these great recipe ideas I have been missing lately. Well tonight we are going to try the Mackerel with Onions and White Wine recipe with baked potatoes and a simple side salad. Yesterday I made a salmon “meatloaf” that came out surprisingly good yet hope to be able to reproduce as it was one of those moments I felt like just adding a little bit of this, a little bit of that and today I cannot even recall what I added. Then I rolled it with cabbage and poured a simple sauce over it and let it bake in the oven for 40 minutes.

    1. I haven’t had a salmon meatloaf in years, yet while growing up, it was a staple. I may have indulge soon – still have mom’s recipe. Enjoy your Valentines Day, Sofia!

  137. Dinners for Tues., Feb 14, 2012

    Valentines Day
    National Creme-Filled Chocolates Day – I suppose, if you’re going to have a National Cream-Filled Chocolate Day, today is a logical choice.

    No leftovers tonight… waiter!… I’d like to order a couple of the Sgroppino|Lemon Chill, then we’ll split a Small Mixed Greens and Apple Salad before moving on to Very French Rack of Veal (sized for two only, of course), an Open Lasagna of Mushrooms, Pine Nuts, and Thyme, and a nice sparkling wine.

    What do you mean, “That’s not on the menu?”… I guess we’re dining in tonight!

  138. My last two weeks were spent away with family and I cooked almost every single meal and loved it! When you have celiac you have to watch every single thing that goes into each dish, read labels, lecture people…so I just made yummy meals instead so others would not have to worry about things.

    Simple tonight – smoky chipotle black bean and bacon soup with lime creme fraiche. My dessert was frozen grapes; his a pear.

    Am spending tomorrow in the kitchen and can hardly wait!

    1. I like the idea of that soup, Brenda. Of course, I like anything with bacon in it, and the chipotle is a nice addition. I just finished making my own Scotch bonnet pepper sauce and can’t help but use it on everything!

    2. Hi from a fellow celiac. Tonight we had lamb souvlaki, tzatziki, hummus, rice, green beans, dolmades and cheese pies for the non-celiacs in the house (dolmades and pie I bought). I would still like to try my hand at gluten free filo one of these days.

      1. That’s an impressive menu, Veronica! Lamb is one of my favourite meats. I’ve finally found authentic Greek yogurt, so my tzatziki is much better now.

      2. Hi and welcome! It certainly is far easier to cook when you have celiac (as you and I do) when you are passionate about it and love food. Your menu sounds great!

  139. First-time replier…I’m cooking up a creamy chicken and jalapeno soup with fried corn tortilla triangles sprinkled with salt and cayenne pepper.

    1. That soup sounds great, AngieSue. I’ll get Renee to pick me up on our way over. Hope it’s not too late for dinner! Fried tortilla is a great accompaniment for many recipes. I’ve even had them as a substitute for potato chips.

  140. Dinners for Mon., Feb 13, 2012

    National Tortellini Day – How about a nice Beef Tortellini Salad to bring some comfort back into the “blah” days of February?

    Remade leftovers again. One of the last days before our Caribbean celebrations. Tonight we’re having beef stew using leftover beef, potatoes and onion soup broth. I’ve always got some carrots in my fridge, so the veggie part is taken care of.

  141. Dinners for Sun., Feb 12, 2012

    National Plum Pudding Day – I’m not big on puddings, but I bet that you could substitute chopped-up plums for the cranberries and prepare something memorable with this Cranberry Pudding, and perhaps even add a splash of rum to the sauce!

    I’m going to prepare a stir-fry tonight. It’s been quite some time since that type of preparation has made it to my table.

  142. Dinners for Sat., Feb 11, 2012

    National Peppermint Patty Day

    I’ll be preparing a mid-afternoon lunch of various cheeses, meats, pickles and whole grain bread. There won’t be any need for dinner after that.

  143. Dinners for Thurs., Feb 9, 2012

    National Bagels and Lox Day – Well, we have a recipe for Bagels, and we have a recipe for Gravadlax, if you prefer to make your own. If you want the salmon to have a smoky flavour, you could try adding a pinch or two of smoked salt (not liquid smoke) along with the regular salt, before wrapping and refrigerating.

    Dinner tonight is loosely following our Onion Soup recipe, with beef chunks added for more heartiness. It seems cleaning leftovers out of my freezer involves making a casserole or a pot of soup.

  144. Dinners for Wed., Feb 8, 2012

    National Molasses Bar Day – Close… We have a nice Chocolate Dipped Molasses Cookie recipe for you. Just shape them into bar cookies, instead of round balls. Then have fun dipping. Whether it’s into your daily cuppa or melted chocolate, we won’t tell!

    I feel leftover-ed out! And my freezer doesn’t look any emptier! There’s a couple servings of beef and pork in a curried gravy, along with some kale and potato soup. (That soup might be really old, David!)

  145. Dinners for Tues., Feb 7, 2012

    National Fettuccine Alfredo Day – Okay. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that if you were to add a good splash of cream to this Spaghetti with Butter and Cheese at the end of the recipe, you’d be pretty close… not to mention irresistible!

    Back to the freezer… I’ve got a large container of corn, potato and bacon chowder. Add a couple of warm rolls and it’s about as close to comfort food as one can get without a lot of effort.

  146. Dinners for Mon., Feb 6, 2012

    National Frozen Yogurt Day – Sure, it’s wintertime, but who could resist these Yogurt Ice Pops with Berries?

    I’ve got a salmon steak, some roasted potatoes and steamed broccoli ready for tonight’s dinner.

  147. i am smoking a beef brisket. i put it on at 5 am and it will be done around 4 pm.
    low and slow my friends

    1. Low and slow it is, William. That brisket should be fine eating, once done. I find waiting is the hardest part.

  148. Dinners for Sun., Feb 5, 2012

    World Nutella Day – This spread is so popular, it’s got its own website World Nutella Day. Oh, and if you want to make your own, we have a great recipe for Nutellaright here on LC, too!

    Today is Super Bowl Sunday. I’m saving my appetite for pub-fare tonight.

  149. Dinners for Sat., Feb 4, 2012

    National Homemade Soup Day – How about trying one of our Top 9 Soup Recipes?

    Busy day. Time for a simple meal. I’m thinking light and easy – deli meats, various cheeses and wafers. A glass of wine and… relax!

  150. Dinners for Fri., Feb 3, 2012

    National Carrot Cake Day – If you want to try something extra special, make this Carrot Cake recipe.

    The grill will be hosting rib-on veal steaks tonight. The side dishes are Duck-fat Fried Potatoes and carrots. (I might do them the same way!)

      1. That sounds very promising, Renee. Now I’m definitely making the carrots the same way!

  151. Dinners for Thurs., Feb 2, 2012

    National Heavenly Hash Day – This Potato Hash with Poached Eggs would work for any meal of the day.

    I found a couple of duck magrets in the freezer, so tonight’s dinner is Grilled Duck Breasts with Roasted Grapes. Although it looks a bit involved, the meal is easy to put together. I’m roasting some vegetables to go with the gratin that is part of the recipe. It should pair well with an Amarone to round out my menu.

    1. A great bowl of chili is definitely a comforting meal these cold winter days, Donna.

  152. Dinners for Wed., Feb 1, 2012

    National Baked Alaska Day – Bet you haven’t tried Baked Alaska this way before!

    Tonight’s dinner is Ravioloni ala ??? (found a couple in the bottom of the freezer). I thawed them alongside a container of what I think was a gnocchetti/meat mixture. I put the ravioloni in the bottom of a small roasting pan, strewed the pasta/meat mixture over top, then added some chopped celery (for colour), a chunk of leftover, grilled and sliced marlin (just because), then covered with the last of a container of pizza sauce and a goodly amount grated cheese. I’ve decided that grated cheese can cover any number of culinary sins. Then, into the oven for an easy dinner!

  153. I am still on the grand girlies tour with my daughters and had a simply stunning meal last night at Mario Battali’s “Osteria Mozza” in Los Angeles. The burracotta with artichoke, currants, pine nuts and mint pesto is probably one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Ever.

    1. We’re getting very jealous, Amanda. Sounds like you’re having a great time. I love burricotta cheese, and those additions do sound like it’s “out of this world”!

  154. Fish in papillote (baked in parchment paper) with a creamy dijob sauce and roasted asparagus. Quick, healthy, easy… I think I will use Tilapia.

    1. I really have to try the fish-in-parchment idea, Natalie. That asparagus combo sounds easy and tasty, too! We have a recipe for Veggies in Parchment that might go quite well with it if you’re looking for an alternate some night.

  155. Above all let’s see if this cold I have been battling since New Year’s Eve is finally gone. WIth a bit more energy right now I am making pasta puttanesca for dinner (but in a large quantity so that hubby has some leftovers during the weekend). Last night we had Chicken a bras with the breast leftover and the night before pork ribs slow cooked in the oven with an awesome rub (no idea what it had, it was my daughter’s mixes!)Lately we have been eating a lot of salads as side dishes and steamed veggies so to up the vitamins in our bodies! From Friday until Sunday I will have no chance in cooking as we are going to Chicago!

    1. Good luck with your cold, Sofia. Hopefully all those salads and veggies will work their magic! It’s good to hear the younger generation experimenting with foods. I’ve been to Chicago, a couple of summers back, for a great visit with Linda Avery shortly after she left LC. It’s a wonderful city!

  156. Dinners for Tues., Jan 31, 2012

    National Brandy Alexander Day – Hmmm… equal parts of Brandy, Creme de Cacao, Cream and served with a dusting of nutmeg. Never tried one, but it sounds good!

    I have some leftover pheasant and some mixed wild rice with mushrooms. I found some tortilla wraps in my freezer and a couple of pieces of cheese, one gouda and one bleu. I’ll cook the pheasant and rice mixture, add some shredded celery and carrot at the end. Divide and add along with the gouda in one tortilla and the bleu in the other, and we have fairly decent wraps!

  157. Dinners for Mon., Jan 30, 2012

    National Croissant Day – Sure, you could buy them, but these Croissants may just change your mind about making your own!

    I cleaned/rearranged the freezers on the weekend. Leftovers seemed to show up in the most unexpected corners. I’m going to save a lot on my grocery bill over the next couple of weeks!

  158. Hello
    Tonight is curry night here in Lisbon, Portugal. I love spicy food, all the family does So, shrimp curry with paparis, jasmin rice and lot’s of fresh coriander. I also have mango chutney, that i made a few weeks ago. Love your recipes, and thank you for all the ideas.

      1. Born in Lisbon, near presidential palace, but now I’m living in Cascais area, near the sea. Sé is one of the most beautiful places in Lisbon. The view to the river is incredible. Can you tell me if i can buy your book here in Lisbon? Thank you.

        1. Luisa, I agree: the view from Sé is breathtaking. I’d often sit on my roof and watch the river at sunset.

          FNAC in the Armazéns do Chiado‎ carries it. If they don’t have any in stock, you should be able to order from them.

    1. Being a big fan of well spiced food, I envy your menu, Luisa! It sounds terrific. We’re also glad you enjoy what we have to offer. Thank you for your kind words.

  159. Dinners for Sun., Jan 29, 2012

    National Corn Chip Day – How about a Banana Mango Salsa to dip your corn chips while reflecting on the merits of this day?

    I’ll be making a pasta dinner this evening. It’s a test, so I can’t say much more than that!

  160. OH what fun!I had decided last night to make the cornmeal bacon waffles with
    the thyme infused syrup for tonight’s supper. BUT,I planned on adding some blueberries that were feeling rather neglected to the syrup.I just made the syrup and I must say that blueberries and thyme play very well together. So Dan while not quite blueberry pancakes it is kind of a de-constructed version of the blueberry pancake day with a twist. All very good for my soggy, cold Ohio day/night. I can’t wait!

  161. Dinners for Sat., Jan 28, 2012

    National Blueberry Pancake Day – I love blueberries! I’m really stretching here, but blueberries are added as a garnish on Gingerbread Pancakes. That doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate them in the batter, too.

    This Saturday is too busy to worry about creating a new dinner. I’ve got some sausage, leftover meats, some white kidney beans and an attitude. Some kind of mutant cassoulet is in order for tonight.

  162. Dinners for Fri., Jan 27, 2012

    National Chocolate Cake Day – If you’re going to go this route, you might as well go all the way. This Pound of Chocolate Cake recipe actually has one pound of chocolate in it. If you include the Ganache, it totals over two pounds of chocolate!

    Grilled dry-aged steaks tonight, along with Roasted Asparagus and baked potatoes.

  163. Dinners for Thurs, Jan 26, 2012

    National Peanut Brittle Day – We all know peanut brittle, but how about Pepita Brittle?

    Another quick meal this evening. That’s why we have Weeknight Winners! One can’t always order “to go”…

  164. We are now on the San Francisco leg of our big girls trip and I made a booking at Chez Panisse a month ago. Took the girls out there last night for a perfectly simple meal, which was unfortunately curtailed by the climaxing of a migraine for my youngest. Dessert was bolted and we made it back to our hotel room before the nausea peaked. Bloody awful timing.

    1. I trust your pefectly simple meal was simply perfect, Amanda. Sorry to hear about the sudden end to it and hope all’s well, now.

  165. I’m a culinary student and I eat (of course) breathe and dream about the next dish and recipe I can make. With that said it can be very difficult to watch my weight but it’s not impossible. So this evening I’ll be preparing Chicken Malai (Chicken in Coconut sauce, along side Brown Basmati rice. This combo has so much flavor and great texture it’s so hard to believe that it’s actually good for you. When ever I make Indian food I also make Mango Lassi this is yougurt and Mango chucks blended together. It’s an Indian smoothie I also add a few drops of Orange Blossom. This whole meal can be prepared and on the table in 40 minutes or less. The one trick is having everything at hand, so not only will you have fun cooking but it’ll make it go so much faster. So get into the kitchen and make magic. Enjoy.

    1. I am quite familiar with Indian food, Giselle. Your meal sounds very intoxicaticating. I’ve found Mango Lassi to be a very refreshing drink. Although I have Orange Blossom, I haven’t thought to try it in a lassi. Thank you for your idea!

      1. Yes Indian food can be quite addictive. Today is Pro Bowl Sunday I’m thinking about giving my wings a little tweek of my own. I love any excuse to feed my family and friends. Today’s Menu is Morracann spice infused BBQ sauce for the wings and Sweet Potato Chips, Italian sausage with Peppers and Onion In a Steamed Chinese bun. Lemonade with a few drops of Orange Blossom as you can see I love Orange Blossom. Have a great Sunday and if you enjoy football have a blast.

        1. Sounds like you’re ready for gametime, Giselle! The spread sounds fantastic. I usually head over to our local pub to get in on any football fun and have the regular fare when it comes to food – although they do make a terrific Portuguese chicken.

  166. Dinners for Wed., Jan 25, 2012

    National Irish Coffee Day – We don’t have an actual Irish Coffee recipe, but you could make yourself a Cappuccino, then throw a pinch of sugar and a shot of Irish whiskey into it.

    Robert Burn’s Day – Speaking of whiskey – Scottish foods and Scotch whiskey will be featured on my menu tonight. Not enough of us for Haggis – I’m the only one t’would eat it. We’ll start with Scotch Eggs, sausage wrapped, breaded, deep fried hard-boiled eggs (whiskey on the side). Then Stovies – basically, a seasoned mixture of beef drippings, potatoes, onions and chopped leftover meats. Alongside of Howtowdie – a (small) chicken stuffed with Skirlie – oatmeal stuffing, this will be quite a filling meal. I’m going to try my hand at shortbread for a light, sweet end to the meal.

    1. Wow, that sounds awesome. I too have never made haggis because I’d have to eat it all myself, but I love the stuff. And all your accompaniments sound great too. Cheers!

      1. It was great, Jennifer. And I think I’ve finally got a handle on shortbread!

  167. I LOVE Lobster Thermidor! I am currently cleaning out the fridge as I will be away for two weeks, leaving this weekend, so it may not be in the picture until later.

    Today I am making lemon parsley pasta with a light garlic olive oil sauce. It will go nicely with a winter greens salad and a simple lemon vinaigrette. I am also making the Ultimate Chocolate Marquise again. It is sublime!

    1. The last time I had lobster thermidore, it was in St Lucia about 15 years ago. That’s way too long ago. It will be a while yet, due to other meal plans coming together. Save a slice of that Chocolate Marquise for me!

  168. Dinners for Tues., Jan 24, 2012

    National Lobster Thermidor Day – Be the first to try, and comment on, this version of Lobster Thermidor. There’s no prize, but your tummy might think you won something!

    It’s a quick meal tonight! Burger and a beer. I’ve got a late meeting and I still have to make Scotch eggs, and prep other recipes for Robbie Burns Day tomorrow.

  169. We had good, old-fashioned comfort food tonight – meatloaf with red wine glaze; potato puree; mung beans with bacon, caramelized onions and sundried tomatoes; steamed broccoli.

    1. Your comfort food sounds mighty satisfying, Brenda. I’ve been so busy lately that that I’ve had to make something pretty quick and easy. Even leftovers are becoming a chore!

      1. It is delicious, actually. Cleaning out the fridge again as I am going away to visit family for two weeks. I’ve been asked to do all the cooking at each place and am more than pleased to do it.

        Dan, is there any respite in sight? How was your jerk pork? Are you cooking for Robbie Burns Day tomorrow?

        1. I am definitely cooking for Burn’s Day. That is provided I get off work in time! The jerk pork isn’t going to happen for another 3 weeks, Brenda. That 22 pound leg will take a while to marinate/cure. It’s about a week longer than I usually take, but it’s well wrapped and in the bottom of an extremely cold fridge – I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s almost frozen by now.

  170. Tonight had beef Vindaloo, with lots of onion,jalapano, green peppers, potato, diced tomato and too much heat! The vindaloo paste was soo spicy it cleared my sinus! Tasty and warming.

    1. Love love Vindaloo. Now you made me crave that. Tonight we had some grilled steaks, a simple pasta dish along with a salad. The we ended dinner with yummy cookies!

    2. I love food that can clear a sinus, Rita! Unfortunately, I’m the only one here that does. I have to bring my “taste” to the table, and it’s not quite the same. Did you make your own paste? I’ve never tried, but it is an interesting item.

  171. Dinners for Mon., Jan 23, 2012

    Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! Year of the Dragon. Gong Xi Fa Cai / Gong Hei Fat Choy ( 恭禧發財 )
    National Pie Day – My favourite pie on this site is Tomato Pie, but the season is wrong and my designated taster indicated that most people think of pie as something sweet. So how about a nice Lemon Meringue Pie – frozen, just to make things interesting?

    Tonight, dinner will be grilled marlin. I got quite a few steaks out of the whole piece from my fishmonger a while back. I have some pasta ideas to sort through, but I think Celia’s Simply Irresistible Spaghetti would be nice, along with a salad of mixed greens.

  172. Dinners for Sun., Jan 22, 2012

    National Blond Brownie Day – I read that a blondie is also called a blond brownie and respectfully submit Cinnamon Pecan Blondies for your pleasure.

    I’m having lunch with a group of friends at one of their homes today. Dinner will have to be something light. I have some bread to warm up and some cheese in the fridge that should suffice.

  173. Good morning! This was what we had rather than what I am making. but there so many leftovers and it’s from David’s book, The Portuguese Table. Loved the Arroz de Tomate and posted photos here:

    We are having this tonight. And it will be a welcome addition in the future too. Quick, easy and inexpensive. Yes!

    1. That’s a nice pictorial of Arroz de Tomate, Tina Mari. Most of the recipes in The New Portuguese Table are quick and easy. It’s about as close to instant gratification as one can get in a cookbook.

  174. Dinners for Sat., Jan 21, 2012

    National New England Clam Chowder Day – This New England clam chowder uses steamer clams, rather than chowder clams, Steamer Clam Chowder.

    I’m planning on roasted pheasant for dinner, along with a mixed brown and wild rice pilaf with mushrooms and pine nuts. Some steamed green and yellow beans with carrots and an herb butter will round out the flavours and add some colour to the plate.

    1. I’ll have to try that pork and taco recipe soon, Mary. It looks very easy to make. I bought Scotch bonnet peppers yesterday for my own pepper sauce, as I use that more than salsa. The chocolate cupcakes sound irresistable, too!

  175. Tonight will be a Thai dinner. Our Thai “daughter” is having two friends over for a sleep-over so she will be the one cooking and I her assistant. We are having Thai Barbecue Chicken Recipe (Gai Yang), Papaya salad and some Jasmine rice. CANNOT WAIT.

    1. It’s great when someone cooks for you, isn’t it? I can appreciate the work that goes into a meal and that makes it so much more special when it happens.

  176. Dinners for Fri., Jan 20, 2012

    National Cheese Lover’s Day – Goat Cheese with Honey a great way to appreciate this special day. Since I am a cheese lover, I’ll add a second recipe, Baked Fontina with Garlic, Olive Oil & Thyme. Not many things better than oozingly hot, melted cheese on a cold winter’ s day. What a way to celebrate!

    Dinner on Friday just has to be steak for me. I’ve also got a hankering for some home fries and Burnt Carrots.

    1. Shoot. If I did not have plans for our dinner I would be celebrating cheese, too. The Baked Fontina with Garlic, Olive Oil and Thyme is so fabulous – we love it with my gluten-free focaccia. Once we had only that for dinner. It was a cheese pigfest!

      1. I had the baked Fontina last night, Brenda. I don’t know how I ever overlooked this! The creamy, oozy, garlicky cheese was great.

  177. Tonight should prove to be interesting as we are doing a Middle Eastern jumble). Lots of work with fiddly components but I relish that sort of thing.
    – Hot Yogurt and Fava Bean Soup with Lemon
    – Sweet Potato Cakes
    – Hummus with Ful

    1. Jumble or not, it still looks interesting, Brenda. It seems your shopping trip was quite the event!

      1. Oh, it was! I am not exaggerating when I say I had tears in my eyes in a couple of the stores because I love grocery/ingredient shopping that much! So wonderful to be surrounded by such intriguing ingredients. I was on cloud 9!!

        Still on an Asian kick. Tonight we are having:

        Korean Green Onion Pancakes with Vinegar Dipping Sauce
        Sweet Potato Noodles with Beef and Vegetables
        Sparkling Ginger Limeade

        1. I love the Asian theme, Brenda. As I mentioned earlier, we are planning a Caribbean theme at home next month. This allows the opportunity to experience another regions food in more detail, like you are doing. That cannot be accomplished with just one meal.

  178. This is why I love this “what’s for dinner tonight” . I took some pork from the freezer and had no idea what to do with it, then going through the comments, loved the idea of making Piccata from the Chicken Piccata recipe. WIll try that tonight. Am sure it will be great.

    1. I know the chicken worked out well, Sofia. I’m sure the pork will be just as good!

  179. Dinners for Thurs., Jan 19, 2012

    National Popcorn Day – Plain or all dressed, here’s a treat all can enjoy! Check out Leite’s Popcorn Recipes to see if there’s something you fancy.

    I need a quick dinner tonight that uses up leftovers, so fried potatoes, chicken and a small veggie omelet are the order of the evening.

  180. Get this – our current temperature is -36F and with the windchill is -51F! NOT good. So, I am staying indoors and am cooking and baking as usual. I am making gluten-free cinnamon buns that you actually knead and roll out rather than drop into molds and hope for the best. And dinner will be:

    Thai Green Curry Chicken (I managed to find fresh kaffir lime leaves a few days ago)
    Wide Cellophane Rice Noodles
    Carrot and Daikon Pickles
    Steamed Broccoli with Toasted Sesame Oil and Black Sesame Seeds
    Warm Cinnamon Buns

    Have to keep warm somehow! :-)

    1. Ouch… that’s cold, Brenda! It may not make you any warmer, but it may get you thinking warmer climes. I’ve started the menu plans for our annual “Not Caribbean Vacation”. This is the 20th anniversary of it’s origin, and I’ve already got a 20+ pound pork leg going into my special jerk seasoning/marinade/preservative. After a good long stint in the fridge, it’s going into the smoker.
      I don’t envy your weather. Your dinner however, is a different story. I’m beginning to miss the Asian flavours, but Chinese New Year starts Monday, so there’ll be lots of opportunities.

      1. It IS cold. I was even too chicken to walk half a block to our mailbox thing. But everything else is as usual – school buses are running, everyone is still going to work…

        That Caribbean Vacation is such a grand idea. Man, I could use a 20 lb pork leg with jerk seasoning right now! Sometimes I use Jamie Oliver’s wet jerk rub – it is insanely delicious. How long do you smoke it?

        1. I’m thinking of starting the night before dinner, Brenda. Timing for something this size depends on a lot of things, so basically it’s done when it’s done. My smoker balks at getting to the highest temperatures this time of year – it’s around freezing or below now. So, after around 12 hours, I’ll do a final check and probably take it out and finish it in the oven.

          1. Wow Brenda everything you are cooking is absolutely amazing as I am here freezing too with 18F outside, not as bad as you, but in my mind cold enough. Right now though I am fully emerged in my new cookbook addition “Charcuterie”. I have been wanting it since trying the Duck Prosciutto and now I want to try everything in this book starting from the beginning to the end (which I know will not happen). Tonight was a left-overs night but something tells me we will be doing some nice cookings from this book this coming weekend. Ohh and Brenda.. I DO know Kaffir lime leaves are not easy to find and at least here not cheap, so I found a place online that sells young trees and got myself one as they can grow indoors and during the summer I will bring her out. She is doing beautifully and generating quite a bit of leaves.

            1. Sofia, I LOVE the book “Charcuterie”! It is one of my goals to make more of my own stuff. The Duck Prosciutto looks divine, doesn’t it? Yes – fresh kaffir lime leaves are hard to find so when I see them I grab them. I used a lot of them last evening. Oh, a tree you can grow yourself would be amazing! How large is your tree? Is it easy to grow? Obviously it would not work here but in Croatia it would. When we are there I am going to grow a mandarin tree, lime, lemon, some bay and an olive tree. We already have figs, almonds, etc. Kaffir lime would be a fabulous addition. So glad you mentioned it!

              1. Brenda, The little tree is no more than over a foot but I get a lot of leaves from it. We have it near the fireplace right next to a window as they love the sun and heat. They are very easy to take care of. The main thing is not to over water them.

                1. That is so cool! I have never even seen a kaffir lime tree. Ever. I’ve tried growing bay and orange inside but alas – did not work. Our winters are at least six months long and we often do not have much sun so they did not do well at all. Will wait until Croatia!

          2. Dan, that sounds absolutely sublime. I would love to have a smoker but we do not. Please describe your pork in great detail once it is done! And I mean every juicy detail. :-)

            1. I was going to start taking pictures last night, but it got too late and I just wanted to get the leg back into storage. I take pictures of each meal to document and see where I can improve.
              Each day, once I start, my menus will be recorded here. It doesn’t start until later in February, though.

  181. Dinners for Wed., Jan 18, 2012

    Peking Duck Day – Now there’s a way to have duck! However, if that’s not available, how about Tea Smoked Duck Breast?

    Happy Humpday! No… camel is not on the menu – not tonight anyway, that’s a weekend thing. It’s been a couple of weeks now, so I think I’ll enter into the poultry realm again (no duck tonight, unfortunately) and make Tuscan Style Roast Chicken. It’s easy to make and has a great flavour. Since I’m roasting anyway, some roasted potatoes and some steamed green beans should suffice for an easy dinner.

  182. Supper on a cold winter evening is beef barley soup. Chopped celery, carrots and fresh mushrooms are simmered with the browned beef and barley. I add chopped fresh spinach and heat till wilted right before serving.

    1. That hot soup sure sounds like a great recipe for the cold weather, Kathy.

  183. hi, your recipes are really great and tasty and one main thing is that they are different from others.
    Please can you tell me the recipe of pizza dough as my dough never rise.
    and can you send me the recipes without using tomatoes as my husband is alergic to them.

    1. Thank you for your kind comments, Sana! We’re very happy that you enjoy our recipe offerings.
      We’ll try to help with your pizza concerns. Here’s a different kind of pizza, Potato-Bacon Pizza that has a pizza dough recipe attached and doesn’t use tomatoes. If you want to avoid a raised dough pizza crust, you could try Puff Pastry Pizza Squares and substitute basil pesto for the sun-dried tomato pesto.
      For all of your pizzas, instead of using a tomato sauce for a base, you could brush the prepared dough with a seasoned or spiced olive oil before adding toppings. You could also use a basil pesto or even Béchamel Sauce as a substitute for tomato sauce.

      1. thank you so much for your help regarding tomatoes substitutes. the recipes you send are really tasty and yummy.

        1. You’re quite welcome, Sana. We’re very glad we could help you with your search.

  184. …nonchantly pulled two small bone-less pork loin chops from the freezer…
    no plan, no ideas. After a busy day, a peek in the refer was all I needed. The hint was a jar of capers, fresh lemons on the counter. One of my favorite and easiest quickie dinners: pork loin Piccata. Roast some quartered red potatoes with garlic and olive oil, simple greens, V&O, pound the pork paper thin. The sauce is simple, splash of white wine, large pinch of butter, capers,lemon wedges…and dinner ts served. Having worked several years as sous chef (and up), my favorite dinners are those that, after a few minutes of prep, 3-4 minutes on the heat and I’m happy!

    1. After a busy day, I agree quick is often best, Chester. You have a nice menu going there! Seeing as you like Pork Piccata, you may like our easy to make Chicken Piccata for something quick and familiar, yet somewhat different.

    1. Between one going to dance and only arriving home at 8:30pm, the other having a choir concert that starts at 7pm, I am trying to come up with a recipe I can do in the crock pot so that I will not have to cook when arriving home. Already as is we will be starting to eat by 9pm. Not fun for a weeknight. I have this real nice beef chuck, so will try to figure out some simple way to prepare it. Thinking out loud, I will cut it into cubes, season it with salt and pepper, barely pass it through flour, sautée it in olive oil, add a few herbs, then transfer onto the crock pot with caramelized onions. We will see. If anyone has any suggestions though, feel free to comment!

      1. You’re well on your way to a good beef stew, Sofia. Sorry this is too late for a comment on crockpot cooking, but I like the idea of adding some mushrooms, sautéed bacon lardons, maybe a bit of chopped garlic and some red wine to make a kind of crockpot beef bourguignon. You could thicken the gravy after everything is done, if necessary.

        1. Ohhhh Dan, great minds think alike, Indeed bacon and garlic are in it along with some leftover wine. And instead of thickening the sauce as I will not have the time to cook some side dish, I will be getting some good french baguette and eat it as a sandwich with the jus on the side. We always have raw carrots and tomatoes and fruit of course so at least we can have those on the side. ALl I can say for now is that is smell divine.

  185. After a hard day at work I want comfort food, so today I’ve made a quick 30 minute beef stew with grilled vegetables and leftover rice congee instead of potatoes. Mmmm, warm, filling and healthy. What more could a gal want? Thank goodness for pressure cookers.

    1. It’s been too long since I’ve had some stew, Helen! So soon after the New Year celebrations, and Blue Monday to boot – comfort food is almost certainly the restorative tonic we could all use. I’ll be there for leftovers!

  186. Today is Blood Orange Day at my house. I am currently making blood orange marmalade to be served on crostini with goat’s cheese and drizzled with some aged balsamic. Gluten-free crostini just is not the same so I will be slathering mine rather generously!

    Am also making blood orange vinaigrette for a simple arugula and toasted pecan salad. And finally I am making gluten-free pizza and adorning it simply with tomato sauce I made and froze in Fall, buffalo milk mozzarella and torn fresh basil.

    Tomorrow I am making Blood Orange Panna Cotta as I did not have time today.

    1. Have you tried using Carol Fenster’s recipe for french bread? I can mix it up in less than 5 minutes, spread it out in my baguette pan and throw it in the oven. In less than an hour I have baguettes. Let them cool, slice and toast in the oven. The recipe makes pretty tasty crostini.


      2 tablespoons active dry yeast
      1 tablespoon sugar
      1 cup + 1 Tbsp. milk (about 110 degrees)
      3/4 cup sorghum flour
      1 3/4 cups arrowroot flour (or potato flour for those that are not nightshade intolerant)
      1/2 cup tapioca flour
      1 teaspoon xanthan gum
      1 teaspoon guar gum
      1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons salt
      1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
      1 teaspoon cider vinegar
      4 large egg whites, at room temperature

      Line a two-baguette French bread pan with parchment paper or coat with cooking spray.

      In a small bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and rice milk and stir until dissolved. Set aside for 5 minutes.

      In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the flours, xanthan gum, guar gum, salt, butter, cider, 3 of the egg whites and the yeast mixture.

      Beat on low to blend. Once blended, beat on high speed for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. The dough will be soft. Transfer half of the dough to each side of the prepared pan.

      Use a wet spatula to smooth each into a 12-inch loaf.

      Lightly beat the remaining egg white; use a pastry brush to lightly coat the top of the loaves. Use a knife to cut 3 diagonal slashes (about 1/8 inch deep) across each loaf.

      Place the pan on the middle rack of a cold oven. Set the oven to 425 degrees and bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until nicely browned. Remove the bread from the pans and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. Makes 2 loaves.

      —- Adapted from Carol Fenster’s “Gluten-Free Quick & Easy”

    2. I don’t have a lot of experience with blood oranges, Brenda. I did however, pick up an orange and bacon marmelade at one of our supermarkets. Quite the experience! I just need a way to use one more jam in my fridge!

  187. Dinners for Mon., Jan 16, 2012

    National Fig Newton Day – We don’t have a Fig Newton recipe, but Chocolate Fig Oatmeal Bars could be a nice alternate.

    Friends of ours raise sheep (amongst other barnyard critters) and brought us some lamb chops when they visited over the weekend. I picked up some fresh chanterelles and plan on making the Pan Fried Mushrooms, and a pilaf of brown & wild rice.

  188. Dinners for Sun., Jan 15, 2012

    National Strawberry Ice Cream Day – If you like strawberry ice cream, you’ll love Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream!

    This is late today, because until I went shopping, I didn’t know what to get. So we are having strip loin steaks and a Western-style omelet for a late-lunch-steak-and-eggs-dinner today. I have to save room for some special popcorn tonight!

  189. Last night we went out to try a new pizza joint nearby and were happily surprised. Simple place but excellent pizza. Tonight we have a nice London broil to grill just with sea salt along with some stir fry veggies and pasta. Very simple, after a crazy night an day with my toddler being sick. She will have a home-made chicken soup.

    1. I love a good pizzeria almost as much as a good steak, Sofia. Haven’t had London broil for some time, although I’m told my butcher makes a good one. There was one pizzeria that I liked so much, but closed due to lack of support. It took quite a while and a lot of polling the locals before I found another (one of a kind) establishment that I love. Like our local butcher, I feel obligated to support these smaller, unique places to keep them from disappearing. (Best wishes to your young one getting well soon!)

      1. I too love to help local businesses, unfortunately it seems that there are less and less of them. Glad this little pizza place is a good one. Thankfully our little one is back to normal! Thanks for the wishes.

  190. Dinners for Sat., Jan 14, 2012

    National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day – Hmmm… I think this would be an ideal day to support your local provider of this wonderful product. Don’t forget the hot mustard and roasted sauerkraut! Oh, and the crunchy kosher dill, too.

    Company’s coming for dinner… I’ve got a nice rubbed pork rib roast that’s going into the smoker this morning. By dinner time, it should be almost pull-apart tender. I’ll roast some herbed potatoes and root vegetables to compliment the seasoned and smoked pork.

  191. A leafy green salad with toasted walnuts and sundried tomatoes alongside “hakuna frittata” — in our house, that’s a frittata based on whatever veg are in the fridge. Tonight, that means mushrooms, broccoli, red pepper, and green onions (at least; I haven’t done a full investigation yet). Not sure what cheese will be involved, as we’ve got a pretty daunting selection left over from the holidays. (Happy troubles, as my mum would say!)

      1. Glad you liked it, Renee; it is kinda nice, isn’t it? Have heard that saying all my life — I think it might’ve originally come from my mum’s mum, who was pretty much the walking embodiment of gratitude for, well, just about everything, since there had been many times when they had not had much of anything. I like your husband’s “uptown problem” too — and my nephew’s version of it a few weeks ago: “a First World problem.” (Pronounced upon hearing his parents’ mild lament that their new dish drainer didn’t quite fit as planned on the kitchen counter and they’d have to turn it sideways…) Cheers!

    1. My mom always called that type of dish “succotash”, Margaret. Even though there were never any limas in it. In my home, we call it “refrigerator surprise”. That’s as opposed to “freezer surprise” where you pull out an unlabelled package of leftovers to reheat. In the second case, even the cook doesn’t know what it is until it’s fully reheated!

  192. Dinners for Fri., Jan 13, 2012

    National Peach Melba Day – We don’t have a recipe for Peach Melba (yet!), but while we’re looking for the perfect version, Peaches and Cream Ice Cream is sure to satisfy. As for the raspberry sauce… perhaps a small dollop of your favourite raspberry jam/conserve/coulis would add a nice, personal touch.

    Friday night, steak night, I’m grilling veal rib steaks. A Potato Cake with Cheese and Bacon will offset the cold, wintery start to the weekend that we’re supposed to get and I still have some carrots to use up (there’s always carrots in my fridge for some reason).

    1. Both sound good, Sofia. I like the combination, but it’s been a while. I just came across a package of boneless salt cod in my freezer while looking for Friday’s dinner. I think I now have a reminder/idea of what to do with it!

      1. Well I LOVE the twist on this recipe, but I decided to go yet another step and give it another twist. I made individual oven-safe round bowls, with the sliced potatoes I quickly fried in the oil from the onions and garlic, then the cod with the onions and garlic then mixed the eggs together and placed a bit of each inside each bowl to create almost like a frittata effect. Placed them in the oven, once they were done I turned them over into each person’s plate. It actually came out amazing and loved the presentation too.

  193. Dinners for Thurs., Jan 12, 2012

    National Curried Chicken Day – I wowed people at a party recently when I presented them with Curried Chicken in Radicchio Cups! It’s a must-try.

    This has been one very. busy. week. Dinner is leftover seafood pasta with some leftover marlin crumbled into it, a couple of crusty rolls and a beer. Then it’s off again.

  194. Well I had planned to have cheese tortellini with sauce but something happened to that idea when I opened Culinaria. It’s kind of like when you open a long favored cookbook and a whiff of the last batch of cookies still lingers. That happens to me when I open Leite’s Culinaria. I have a Pavlovian reaction to crave Spaghetti ala Carbonara, my favorite. So that is what we are having for dinner.

    1. That is a great recipe, Jodi. Your cookbook analogy really strikes a chord. With me, once it’s opened and used, it becomes part of what I am as a cook. It never really gets closed again, and as with you, that’s how I view Leites Culinaria!

    2. Jodi, I’m so touched by how you look upon LC. When I created it 13 years ago, that’s exactly how I wanted readers to think of us: as an ever-growing, ever-improving cookbook they can dip into any time of day. I hope enjoyed the spaghetti carbonara. It’s one of my favorites.

    1. Nice loaf of bread and one of my favourite ways to prepare shrimp, Tina. We have a number of different ways to prepare shrimp quickly and easily on the LC site. Keep an eye out!

      1. Thanks Dan. Since discovering this site (oh, where I have all these years?!) I make a point of checking in every few days. I love the way the recipes are presented, the giveaways are fantastic and the photography is top notch.

        The scampi was good and the bread was still steaming as we pulled it apart.

        1. Tina Marie, yes, where have you been all these years?! Glad you found us, and I’m thrilled you enjoy what we have to offer. Come back often.

  195. I won’t be cooking anything for while now as I’m off to Canada and the US for the next few weeks.
    It’s a massive trip from Australia, but I’m really looking forward to checking out the food scene in North America.
    Also looking forward to having someone else cook my food for a few weeks!

    1. I’m very jealous. Not only will you have someone to cook for you, Amanda, you are in for a grand culinary experience. There are so many regions with so many specialties. I’m sure you will garner a virtual cornucopia of fond memories.
      Please feel free to let us know what you’re having for dinner wherever you travel. We would love to know!

  196. Dinners for Wed., Jan 11, 2012

    National Hot Toddy Day – Apple Spiced Bourbon Toddies Mmm… apples! ( I do have a cold, therefore a good excuse for some mid-week libation.)

    I’ll be serving grilled Australian lamb racks tonight. One of my butchers has these in stock regularly and they seem to be slightly larger than the average-sized rack found around here. Perhaps the lamb is older before butchering? Not sure, but it does have a wonderful flavour. It’s been a long time since I’ve served mashed potatoes and Grilled Radicchio. I can’t wait to grill!

  197. We are in the midst of a blizzard so I am cooking up a storm (no pun intended – really!). Tonight we are having Roasted Korean Pork Balls in Bibb Lettuce Leaves with some Nuoc Cham I made earlier as well as blueberry “ketchup” I am making this afternoon. Unfortunately I could not find lemongrass today or I would have had the meat on lemongrass skewers. I think the perfect fit for the wraps is David Chang’s Ginger Scallion Noodles.

    1. I’m very interested in the blueberry “ketchup”, Brenda! It’s my favourite fruit. I even use dried blueberries in place of currants. We don’t expect much snow until the weekend. The ground is still bare here.

      1. Dan, blueberries are my favourite as well! I used to pick them like crazy as we lived in a deeply-forested region far north in Saskatchewan. They were plump and gorgeous. This is the recipe I used yesterday for the “ketchup” is this…Blueberry Ketchup. It is more like a savoury jam and I just LOVE it!

        1. The ketchup looks marvelous, Brenda! I bet it goes great with venison. Wild blueberries have such a richness to them. No comparison to the commercial variety (although I enjoy both).

          1. Oh, wouldn’t that be wonderful? It would also be lovely with duck. We are going away for the weeekend to the city to do food shopping and I can hardly wait. My shopping list is rather long but I cannot resist those uncommon ingredients such as kaffir lime leaves, pandan leaves, geoduck, loomi, burrata cheese…mmmmmmmm…

            1. Yes! Duck! I sauté duck breasts quite often and I think that would pair quite nicely. I’ve never tried geoduck or loomi, but I really like burrata.

              1. We had wonderful seared duck breast with beet coulis, parsnip puree and goast cheese mousse Friday night. I just love how it looked on the plate. I really enjoy cooking duck.

      1. Actually Veronica first I was thinking in doing stuffed squid with the “Cheater’s Chorizo” recipe, then was going to do the Calamari a la Plancha which is a favorite of mine, but then decided for a curry instead. I cut the squid into rings and made sure rings and heads were all as dry as possible. Then I added some olive oil to an iron skillet, to golden onions, garlic and ginger, then added the squid and the spices (curry powder, cumin, chopped cilantro, turmeric), sauteed all of it for about 2 minutes, removed everything onto a bowl and left all of the juices in the skillet. Added cubed tomatoes, white wine and coconut milk and bay leaves and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Finally added everything that was on the plate back into the skillet and brought the heat to medium and added salt and pepper and served over white basmati rice.

        1. Thanks Sofia; I think that will be tomorrows dinner.

          Tonight is chicken canzanese. I’ll serve it with some soft goat cheese polenta and sauted swiss chard with shallots, pinenuts and dried currants.

        2. I can vouch for the Calamari a la Plancha, Veronica. The chicken recipe has an interesting name, and I can almost taste your polenta. I’m going to have to try your curried squid too, Sofia!

  198. Dinners for Tues., Jan 10, 2012

    National Bittersweet Chocolate Day – One of my most favourite ways to enjoy chocolate, Darkness on the Delta is quite similar to chocolate truffle and just as irresistible!

    Usually, this is a lunch menu for me, but I have to have a quick dinner tonight. So cured salamis and “cold” meats with assorted cheeses and fruits, which are always in my fridge, are fairly quick to throw together. There are still have a few partial boxes of assorted crackers and wafers from New Year’s celebrating, so I have “transport” for these flavourful treasures.

  199. Tonight I am making a smoky chipotle and bacon black bean soup to go with the focaccia I made yesterday. We will have a simple winter greens salad with peppered pecans, goat cheese and grapefruit vinaigrette. I may poach pears for dessert.

    1. All the ingredients of a comforting winter meal, Brenda. That reminds me that I still have some soup possibilities amongst my freezer leftovers.

      1. Exactly! I managed to find blood red oranges today so am changing the flavour of the vinaigrette. When I see them I snap them up as the season is so short! Also found some Meyer lemons so may make a chutney or marmalade today.

  200. Bought a rotisserie chicken at Costo, cut it into 10 pieces, place them in a pan and poured a pineapple and apricot jam/glaze/sauce over the pieces and will re-roast it and serve it with rice and a salad. Appetizer is a cheese ball made of shredded sharp cheddar cheese with softened cream cheese, feta cheese, Worcestershire sauce, shallot, salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar served with crackers.

    1. A cheese ball, Stu! How long has it been since I had one of those? I used to make one with “the works”. I can’t remember everything that went in it, but the procedure included rolling the finished ball