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Curious what you wonderful cooks do when it's late, you're tired and you have to make something very quick and easy for dinner. 

Last night i had cereal!

"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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post #2 of 87

Half can of jurel with a piece of humid bread. A difficult day yesterday. Picks would be depressing.

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post #3 of 87
Welsh rarebit or just toast!
post #4 of 87

Well, some days I am a bit lazy and just root around in the deep freeze chest or 'fridge for some leftovers and it's a 'mixed plate night'.  In Hawaii it's not unusual to have a plate of a little of this and a little of that, whatever you have on hand, nothing goes to waste!  I tell my husband, "eat it now, or you'll see it again on your plate tomorrow!"

Last night was 'the kitchen sink salad'...

a half of a handful each of:

Romaine lettuce

fresh sweet red peppers

tomatoes

green onions

cucumbers

grilled chicken thighs

soppressata

swiss cheese

radishes

olives

and a couple of anchovies on top for a flourish

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post #5 of 87

Croque monsieurs (buttered slices toast bread, slice of ham, slice of cheese) - in the toaster oven. 

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Croque monsieurs (buttered slices toast bread, slice of ham, slice of cheese) - in the toaster oven. 

 

lqtm, so a toasted ham&cheese sammie?  just fancied up?

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post #7 of 87
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lqtm, so a toasted ham&cheese sammie?  just fancied up?

 

That's it! Quick and yummy. If I have an extra 5mn I serve it with a simple green salad with garlic vinaigrette. 

post #8 of 87

What! No tomato soup? Whatever is the world coming to??? wink.gif

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That's it! Quick and yummy. If I have an extra 5mn I serve it with a simple green salad with garlic vinaigrette. 

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post #9 of 87
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What! No tomato soup? Whatever is the world coming to??? wink.gif

 

I'm unemployed again and have thought for a minute or two what it might be like to have a little street corner food cart doing grilled cheese and soup.  I should do some serious research into what such a venture would require...

 

 

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post #10 of 87

Fried rice if there is some left over, otherwise noodle-stir fry with whatever else I can find in the fridge.

Normally I have some pre-made meals in the freezer (made by me), so that's another option

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post #11 of 87

RESERVATIONS!!

 

DH is taking me out tonight,

only because I mentioned that I make 3 meals a day, everyday

AND don’t get paid for it!

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post #12 of 87

My wife brought home some leftover turkey sandwiches from a conference at work, I made a box of mac and cheese for the side.

 

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post #13 of 87

hotdogs served on toast... gotta love college life
 

post #14 of 87

Dark meat chicken bites with Mac and Cheese and Peas, my son picked and helped me cook dinner.

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post #15 of 87

For God's sake, yesterday lunch i went to a MacDonalds with some young people and ordered a simple Burguer with cheese. What a horrible food by any standard. How is it possible this is the big company it is? BS. The meat tasted boiled, bread was humid. A total lack of care for the consumer. 

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post #16 of 87

I rubbed some bone in pork chops then grilled them slow.  After resting I shredded the meat for tacos.  I made a quickie mango/pineapple salsa to go with it.  Yeah - it was really good - the meat was flavored well and very tender.
 

post #17 of 87

Yesterday was spent doing everything I didnt get to do during the week so it was a night out.  My wife wanted to go see some friends (she was a GM for Chili's) so off the Chili's we went for dinner, I had Baby Back Ribs and they were pretty good.

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post #18 of 87
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I'm unemployed again and have thought for a minute or two what it might be like to have a little street corner food cart doing grilled cheese and soup.  I should do some serious research into what such a venture would require...

 

 

mjb.


I'd think that would work extremely well seasonally. Depending on where you live.. on a really hot day I DO NOT want a hot soup and grilled cheese. However.. when Fall winds start blowing and we get a nip in the air.. you'd make a killing if you can get in the right traffic areas.

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I did a quick lunch for an unexpected guest - well i knew a couple of hours earlier so i could buy the mozzarella and tomatoes at the market

pasta with caprese- mozzarella di bufala campana, datteri tomatoes (small, longish, and very sweet "dattero" means date - they're about the size of dates) and an avocado i had in the fridge - made a pesto in the mortar so there would be little pieces of basil and it doesn;t come creamy - with basil, salt, pepper and a little garlic.  My daughter and her husband and child are here for a couple of weeks, and her friend came by today.  It was a great meal for 5 plus one child.  The second is only 4 months, so she'll have to wait a few hours for her mother to assimilate the caprese. 

 

In total, 10 minutes work to cut the tomatoes and make the pesto - while the pasta water boiled and the pasta cooked. 

wonderful

I try to console myself in these weeks of over 100 degree heat with the fact that the raw materials we have here are so good. 

Maybe i can get an air conditioner for next year - maybe in installments? 

"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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post #20 of 87

We grind our own burger meat (brisket... is lean and has so much flavor).

Found it on sale for about $2/lb, it had a great fat/meat ratio so didn't have much waste.

A bit leaner than chuck and ended up costing about $1.60/lb.

Vacuum packed all but a few lbs and made the rest into burgers for supper.

Seasoned meat simply with only salt, pepper and a touch of garlic powder.

Got a good sear in the cast iron skillet then added a bit of butter to the pan to finish off cooking to a nice medium.

Discarded most of the drippings (wasn't much) then toasted some nice buns.

Perfectly ripe tomato, a bit of lettuce, chopped Texas 1015 onion, dill pickle chips and dressing of choice ( none for me, the meat was plenty juicy).

Dessert was a fruit bowl of fresh cherries, black grapes, peaches and watermelon.

I love summer!

post #21 of 87

Fish tacos. Super fast to cook and better if you can let the fillets marinate a little longer than I did.

 

I have to admit to something of a cheat. I had already made tomatillo salsa (although, Rick Bayless has a quick and quite satisfying, unsimmered tomatillo salsa in one of his older cookbooks) and had leftover vinegared red onion garnish in the fridge from last time I made tacos.

 

Sadly, my avocados were not yet ready to be sliced or made into guacamole to go with.

post #22 of 87

We eat our main meal during the hours of 14.30 hours or 2.30 pm and 15.00 hours or 3pm.

 

Thus, our dinner at 9pm or 21.00 hours is very light, and we share meze or tapas or pintxos.

 

For lunch we had:

 

Panzanella Salad - shared

 

Pasta con Pesto alla Genovese ( pinenuts, fresh basil, Evoo, trenette pasta from Liguria and garlic )

 

A glass of DOC designation origin Prosecco white sparkling wine

 

Have nice wkend. Margaux.


Edited by margcata - 8/25/12 at 6:50am
post #23 of 87

Yesterday, the temps dropped below 70, well, we're back to the high 80's again today.

I so wanted to have soup, but the only time that my husband will eat it is when it's 'cold out'

so I quick pulled together or late lunch of Minestrone soup withe some grated Parm and EVOO on the top

accompanied by a pasta and veggie salad

 

 

 

 

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post #24 of 87

Lean pockets...ya I know.

post #25 of 87

Honestly?  I'll usually order chinese or sushi for delivery.  But if I'm not in the mood for that I always fry up a couple of eggs, or microwave a couple of potatoes for a warm potato and egg salad.

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post #26 of 87

Fried Saimin, loaded with goodies, like crispy spam, char siu (Chinese BBQ Pork), chop suey mix, white onions and green onions.  Some nicely grilled boneless-skinless chicken teriyaki served along side … the noddle dish had plenty of veg to make up 2 servings of your recommended portioning. 

As I cannot find chop siu mix here in the states, I had to make my own using finely shredded cabbage, match stick carrots and  bean sprouts.  That made for a lot of chop suey mix, so now I will be on the hunt for something else that I can make with the rest of the mix.  <edit. oops, I know how to spell :) >

 


Edited by kaneohegirlinaz - 10/16/12 at 10:47am

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post #27 of 87

Kgirl,

 

The chicken & veg looks great. I am a fan of chop suey. Your husband must be in cloud nine having a Foodie in the home.

 

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post #28 of 87

Very yummy tonight, I can't believe how many times DH said,

'this is really good, be sure to write this one down and put this in your repertoire'. 

For real?  He's so funny sometimes.

Took some help from Trader Joe's cold case: Spinach Tortellini, I guess it was marked down to sell fast $1.99! 

Yup, I just checked the receipt and then totaled up all of the ingredients ... $4.51 ... and we have leftovers!

Quick cooking pasta, drain; heat EVOO in hot pot; add a bit of shallots and garlic; a splash of white wine (from my wine glass);

swirl in about a tablespoon of butter (sshhh don't tell DH); add grilled asparagus & red peppers toss with the sauce and top with grated cheese; on the side, grilled herb&grill marinated chicken thighs. 

DINNER!

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post #29 of 87

I made a faux pho....... Made a roasted chicken stock, added some soba noodles, scallions, mushrooms, napa cabbage, spinach, carrot, garlic, ginger, sesame oil & soy.

Poached some fresh off the boat rock cod filets and added that to the top of my bowl of noodles & broth..... Pretty good!

post #30 of 87

I grilled some artisan smoked kielbasi I bought at the brewery and sauteed red cabbage, onion, apple and a Dante pepper, then pan fried some pierogies.  It was a great Polska meal for a chilly evening.

 

I was getting my growlers filled and there was a guy with samples of the sausage he makes from his pigs.  He has a deal with the brewery to get the spent grain and he feeds that to his pigs.  Delicious meat and a real treat to find.

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