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Old 04-03-2012, 08:45 PM   #1
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Hey all!

SWMBO and I love to cook and we cook up all kinds of things with various skill levels and origins, from Indian Saar to Chicken/Andouille Gumbo with homemade roux.

But often times we have a hard time coming up with stuff. We don't like to follow recipes but we used them as inspiration and then do whatever we want.

Today SWMBO is working a bit later than usual and I want to have food ready. The problem is I am just drawing a blank.

I'm creating this thread as a hope that myself and others can post meal ideas to inspire others.




I'll start with the meal we made the last two nights:

Tilapia fish tacos topped with salsa cruda and a side of lime couscous topped with homemade tomatillo salsa verde

New York strip steak with a side of crab and asparagus risotto

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Old 04-03-2012, 09:16 PM   #2
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froot loops... haha
just kidding!

hell, if it was earlier, just throw in a pot roast into a slow cooker and throw some taters in the oven with some olive oil and rosemary... actually, i want that in my mouth right now... damn it..

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I had trouble with this today too. My food supplies are pretty sh!t atm. I'll be making pork schnitzel with roasted asparagus and homemade parsley spaetzle (sp?)fried up all crunchy-like.

By the way, that fish taco sounds great. I wish I could make that tonight.

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I had trouble with this today too. My food supplies are pretty sh!t atm. I'll be making pork schnitzel with roasted asparagus and homemade parsley spaetzle (sp?)fried up all crunchy-like.
Sounds awesome

EDIT: We almost never stock our fridge or pantries.... mostly with just stuff we use to cook with (holy crap, so much onion and garlic!) We do it restaurant style: we hit up Raley's or Scolari's (locally owned grocer that sells local meat and produce) pretty much daily so everything we cook is extra fresh. But we mostly do it because we can't decide what we'll want in a couple days. We figure out what we want and get the provisions that day. If there's anything left over we try to think of a dish the next day that will use the most of the leftover ingredients..... it's usually onion and garlic

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By the way, that fish taco sounds great. I wish I could make that tonight.
They really were. I highly recommend them. You can either bread or panko them. Personally I prefer panko.


So I've come to a conclusion that sounds amazing and will give me SWMBO brownie points because it shows I'm listening. We bought mascapone and a variety of berries for making crepes and never did. And she mentioned a couple weeks back that she's been wanting to try to do homemade chicken cor don bleu. So there we go.


I got chicken breast halves that need to be de-boned and skinned, nice thick cut ham from the bone from Raley's, imported swiss, and gorgonzola (stinky cheese FTW!) I'll be serving it over a bed of thyme arborio with a side of broccoli and a bottle of 2009 Rosenblum Cabernet Sauvignon.

Of course I got a sixer of SN Torpedo to drink while cooking
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Thought I'd try to breathe life back into this thread.

Just finished kneading some sourdough for tonight. Sourdough thincrust pizza with pesto sauce, fresh mozz, turkey sausage, and red onion.

I love my sourdough starter! It's only about a month old but it's making some awesome flavors.

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Tonight I am going to make a galette style pot pie, cook all the veggies first in a skillet to get as much moisture out as possible. For the crust I'll basically use my pie crust recipe and throw in some grated sharp cheddar and fresh herbs. No recipe needed, served with a salad.

Cool thread. I try to plan meals at least 3 days ahead, but sometimes I hit a road block.

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Tonight I am going to make a galette style pot pie, cook all the veggies first in a skillet to get as much moisture out as possible. For the crust I'll basically use my pie crust recipe and throw in some grated sharp cheddar and fresh herbs. No recipe needed, served with a salad.
That dinner sounds amazing!

We almost never use recipes. When I made the sourdough I just took a cup of starter, ~1 TBSP each of salt and sugar, a few-second pour of olive oil, and then added bread flour to the mixer until it was the consistency I wanted. Then kneaded by hand on a floured counter for 7 minutes. Now I just need to wait for it to double in size (~20 minutes if downstairs is warm enough.)


FUN FACT: Bread rises and cooks differently depending on the weather outside. It's been muggy all day and we've had 1-2 minute torrential downpours (very uncharacteristic for the area) so we'll have to see how it turns out



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Cool thread. I try to plan meals at least 3 days ahead, but sometimes I hit a road block.
Actually there's a grocery store close enough to our house that sells free-range, grass fed meats and amazing produce. It's 5 minutes away, so we literally shop daily for our dinner. We've tried planning ahead and we've ended up wasting some food because some days we're just not in the mood for what was planned. Now we figure it out earlier in the day, each day.
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Just about to make the pasta and the brine for the pork shoulder for tomorrow night's dinner--braised pork and homemade pappardelle. Such a great meal. Will post a pic or two.

By the way, great idea for a thread. Let's keep this one alive!

Edit: ...so I remembered after I devoured the dinner, I didn't take any pics. Let's just say that it wouldn't have done any justice!

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All these things sound great! Normally I love to dive into a fun new recipe, but sometimes quick and easy fits the bill. Due to some friends having chickens that lay like crazy, we have 24 fantastic eggs to use up.

Dinner tonight was nomlets (translation: omelets! nom!) from perfect orange yoked eggs. Olive oil, onions, garlic, peppers in the pan first, then some chopped up pepperoni, eggs, topped with mozzarella.

Fantastic 5 minute meal. You just can't go wrong.

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Tonight was kabobs. Respect the tofu.

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