Dinner ideas?

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Dinner ideas?
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Tue, 09-14-2010 - 5:02pm

I have two modes for cooking...summer (grilling) and winter (soups, and baked dishes).

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In reply to: thats_fowl
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 6:37pm
I break out the toaster oven. Gives me oven cooking without overheating the entire house.

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In reply to: thats_fowl
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 8:26pm
We still grill until it gets really cold.
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In reply to: thats_fowl
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 8:27pm

We're starting to phase in winter cooking, since its been fairly cool here. Mostly, we're madly trying to eat all of the veggies and eggs we're getting through our CSA. We're starting to get more wintery vegetables like carrots, beets, and potatoes, so we're starting to do some roasting. Last weekend, I roasted a chicken with veggies. Oh, and I made some potato leek soup and a leek/green onion tart last week as well. But we're still eating some summery things too, like pasta with fresh tomato sauce and corn on the cob.

This week, we'll get our first winter squash. I'm planning on making this: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Southeast-Asian-Squash-Curry-350259 and I may make this, depending on how big the two squash are: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Curried-Butternut-Squash-Bisque-237088 Tonight, though, we had egg salad sandwiches.

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In reply to: thats_fowl
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 8:35pm

It may be too late for this year, but you guys should consider devoting space in your basement to a root cellar

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/06/garden/06root.html?_r=1

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In reply to: thats_fowl
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 9:46pm

I haven't really changed my menu b/c it's still relatively warm here. We still do lots of grilling, but we also cook things on the stove as well as in the oven occasionally. We are now knee-deep in sports so the dinner hour is a little nuts. When I have my act together, I actually feed my kids dinner right after school and then they have a snack when they get home from sports. It makes more sense that way. They are usually starved when they get home from school so rather than giving them a ton of snacks and then a heavy dinner at 7:30, I feed them the dinner at 4pm, then they have a light snack when they get home.

Tonight we had a ham steak I bought at Trader Joes, with homemade macaroni and cheese and steamed broccoli. Tomorrow night we are having panini sandwiches from our panini press, stuffed eggplant and cantaloupe. Thursday night I'm making shrimp and sausage jambalaya and salad. Friday night, I'm making a spinach and pancetta quiche with asparagus. The meals right now are things that I can prepare ahead and have ready when the kids get home from school, but also reheat easily for when dh gets home with them after sports practices.

My neighbor just brought me a slice of crab pie that she made for dinner tonight. It looks delicious. I think I'll make that next week as we have some crabs out in the crabpots that need to be cooked.

Other things I like to make this time of year - chicken stuffed with artichokes/fontina/sundried tomatoes served with orzo and a veggie. Grilled steak/chicken served over salad. Light pasta dishes with seafood. Sauteed pork chops on the stove. Marinated tuna steaks.

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In reply to: thats_fowl
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 10:11pm

Actually, now is when I usually do my summer recipes. Triple digits in Sept., Oct., and into Nov. is not unusual. The winter recipes are usually made in Feb.-April.Right now, we are having temps in the high 70s and low 80s; the lows in the high 50s to 61 degrees. But what I make for dinner depends on the temp that day. We have temps of 80 degrees in January and in the 60s in June. The average temp is 72 degrees.

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Registered: 04-16-2010
In reply to: thats_fowl
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 11:33pm
We eat dinner at about 4pm, then the kids have
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In reply to: thats_fowl
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 2:46am

Last week I was stuck and ended up browning sirloin tips, then sauteing a big pile of onions and peppers, adding the sirloin back in and cooking it till pink. It was really simple and quick and tasted better than I would have expected. Some sort of grain on the side and you are done.

I used to do something similar with cut-up chunks of chicken, adding in some veggies and then some crushed tomato. It takes about 15-20 minutes.


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In reply to: thats_fowl
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 3:00am

I don't have seasonal cooking habits. I cook whatever I'm going to cook whenever I want to, regardless of the weather.

I can't imagine not making soups in the summer. I lived off of soup and fruit this past summer.



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Registered: 03-27-2000
In reply to: thats_fowl
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 7:36am

An acquaintance of mine, who also has four children, but started a few years ahead of me, told me this trick when I asked her once how she managed to fit dinner in with her kids going in so many different directions. She said it just made sense b/c they were so hungry right after school so rather than filling themselves up with snacks, she just started giving them dinner. I don't manage to do it every day, but several times a week it works out. Everyone is usually home b/w 7-7:30, so I usually wait and eat dinner with dh then, but it stills seems like a "family dinner" b/c the kids sit with us to eat their post-practice snacks before settling down for the bedtime routine.

Of course, this won't last that long. Once they get to h.s. and start having practices directly after school, we won't be able to do it this way anymore.

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