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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Jeff Grossman/NYC » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:14 pm

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Jenise wrote:Dinner tonight: an absolutely stunning fresh swordfish steak purchased at Uwajimaya in Bellevue yesterday. Will probably serve it on lentils cooked with garlic, onion and tomato, a favorite of ours for swordfish. But I also might just do nothing but lemon butter. The simplicity is so suitable for a fish that such's a treat for us here (fresh fish outside of Seattle SUCKS).


I saw fresh swordfish at our local fish market the day I bought the scallops. My mouth was watering at their offerings. Now I will have to go back and get some. Must try it with the lentils you mentioned. I am determined to like lentils. I have red and French Green on hand...do you have a preference?


And I cooked swordfish tonight! I seasoned each steak with black pepper and dried basil, then smeared each with tomato paste. A few minutes on each side in a hot pan and it's Sorta Italian Swordfish. The tomato paste stuck as much to the pan as the fish, but it browned nicely.
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Rahsaan » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:35 pm

Karen/NoCA wrote:I am determined to like lentils. I have red and French Green on hand...do you have a preference?


I'm guessing you already know this but I find texture to be a bigger difference than taste. Of course you can detect flavor nuances across different types of lentils but you can pretty easily dominate the dish with even moderate seasoning. I eat a lot of lentils and prefer red for the way they break down. Although for certain dishes the French green ones are better.
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Karen/NoCA » Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:25 pm

Rahsaan wrote:
Karen/NoCA wrote:I am determined to like lentils. I have red and French Green on hand...do you have a preference?


I'm guessing you already know this but I find texture to be a bigger difference than taste. Of course you can detect flavor nuances across different types of lentils but you can pretty easily dominate the dish with even moderate seasoning. I eat a lot of lentils and prefer red for the way they break down. Although for certain dishes the French green ones are better.

The French Green ones hold up better?
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Rahsaan » Sat Apr 13, 2013 4:42 pm

Karen/NoCA wrote:The French Green ones hold up better?


Yes, even after long cooking they remain tiny little nuggets. Sometimes that is good but sometimes I find it tiring to chew.
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Jenise » Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:34 pm

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Karen/NoCA wrote:The French Green ones hold up better?


Yes, even after long cooking they remain tiny little nuggets. Sometimes that is good but sometimes I find it tiring to chew.


I absolutely have not had that experience! Odd.

And to answer Karen's question, yes either the du Puy (green) or standard brown lentils are great for the dish. Red break down too much/too fast. I make the lentils with chicken broth, onion, garlic and tomato (fresh or canned), and a bit of herbs d'Provence. The swordish is dusted with salt, pepper and a pinch of cumin before grilling. For wine? A Cotes du Rhone.
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Jenise » Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:36 pm

Bellingham Supper Club tonight, topic Carribean. I'm making an eggplant and onion gratin in which the liquid element is unsweetened coconut cream (St. Maartin) to go with a Chinese immigrant shrimp stir-fry (Trinidad) where the shrimp will be seasoned with lots of garlic, ginger, red chile and allspice.
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Karen/NoCA » Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:33 pm

Tonight is a family favorite...whole roasted chicken, stuffed with onions, fresh thyme sprigs, and garlic. Chicken is coated with butter, garlic and thyme and roasted on top of a bed of fresh leeks left whole, and onion wedges. I put together two personal size gratin dishes with very thin Yukon Gold potato slices, shallots, Gruyère Cheese, fresh thyme, and a splash of half and half over the top. Veggies are fresh spinach and whole sugar snap peas. Spinach is cooked with water clinging to leaves after washing,and browned shallots. Served with a splash of balsamic. Peas are sautéed with browned butter and fresh sage from my garden. Sounds like a lot of food, but at our ages, we tend to eat small portions and since Gene works all day in our yard, he definitely needs the calories and nutrition. We will have great leftovers tomorrow night and we both love that! :D
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Rahsaan » Sat Apr 13, 2013 9:40 pm

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Karen/NoCA wrote:The French Green ones hold up better?


Yes, even after long cooking they remain tiny little nuggets. Sometimes that is good but sometimes I find it tiring to chew.


I absolutely have not had that experience! Odd.


What experience? The French green lentils remaining solid or finding it tiring to chew? I haven't cooked French lentils in a while but can't remember ever cooking them down to mush.
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Robin Garr » Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:28 pm

'Tis the season ... for fresh asparagus. Tonight, an asparagus frittata with free-range local eggs, browned onions and garlic.

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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Mike Bowlin » Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:47 pm

Robin that looks great. Had some myself in the past few days. Love that asparagus !!
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Mike Bowlin » Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:52 pm

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Dinner this evening salmon en croute: Fillet wrapped in spinach leaves bathed in garlic oil. Sauce is roasted butternut squash and red peppers pureed. Side of fresh asparagus with Italian herbs.
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Mike Bowlin » Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:55 pm

Karen/NoCA wrote:Tonight is a family favorite...whole roasted chicken, stuffed with onions, fresh thyme sprigs, and garlic. Chicken is coated with butter, garlic and thyme and roasted on top of a bed of fresh leeks left whole, and onion wedges. I put together two personal size gratin dishes with very thin Yukon Gold potato slices, shallots, Gruyère Cheese, fresh thyme, and a splash of half and half over the top. Veggies are fresh spinach and whole sugar snap peas. Spinach is cooked with water clinging to leaves after washing,and browned shallots. Served with a splash of balsamic. Peas are sautéed with browned butter and fresh sage from my garden. Sounds like a lot of food, but at our ages, we tend to eat small portions and since Gene works all day in our yard, he definitely needs the calories and nutrition. We will have great leftovers tomorrow night and we both love that! :D


Hold those leftovers, I will be right down !
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Karen/NoCA » Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:42 pm

Mike Bowlin wrote:
Karen/NoCA wrote:Tonight is a family favorite...whole roasted chicken, stuffed with onions, fresh thyme sprigs, and garlic. Chicken is coated with butter, garlic and thyme and roasted on top of a bed of fresh leeks left whole, and onion wedges. I put together two personal size gratin dishes with very thin Yukon Gold potato slices, shallots, Gruyère Cheese, fresh thyme, and a splash of half and half over the top. Veggies are fresh spinach and whole sugar snap peas. Spinach is cooked with water clinging to leaves after washing,and browned shallots. Served with a splash of balsamic. Peas are sautéed with browned butter and fresh sage from my garden. Sounds like a lot of food, but at our ages, we tend to eat small portions and since Gene works all day in our yard, he definitely needs the calories and nutrition. We will have great leftovers tomorrow night and we both love that! :D


Hold those leftovers, I will be right down !


I waited, you did not come....sorry, leftover wrapped and in refer for tomorrow night. I have work to do in the veggie garden tomorrow.
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Jeff Grossman/NYC » Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:55 am

Mike Bowlin wrote:
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Dinner this evening salmon en croute: Fillet wrapped in spinach leaves bathed in garlic oil. Sauce is roasted butternut squash and red peppers pureed. Side of fresh asparagus with Italian herbs.

That looks quite nice!
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Mike Bowlin » Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:52 pm

Bake Day..Sunday and raining....

English muffins and banana walnut quick bread
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Robin Garr » Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:23 pm

Mike Bowlin wrote:English muffins and banana walnut quick bread

MmmmMMMmmmmMMMmmmmmm ... 8)
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Jo Ann Henderson » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:27 pm

Needed comfort food today. Made meatloaf, mustard greens, mac and cheese (cheddar and Swiss with a breadcrumb/parmesan topping), hush puppies, macerated strawberries, pound cake and French vanilla ice cream for dessert. Hi the spot. Yum!
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Frank Deis » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:40 am

Ken's Hunan Lamb


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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Karen/NoCA » Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:32 pm

I made enchiladas from the left over roast chicken a few days ago. Stuffed with lots of hatch chili's, green onion, garlic, and jack cheese. A red sauce over the top with more cheese. After baking, a generous sprinkle of fresh garden cilantro will finish it off. Served with a dark red leaf lettuce salad with celery, hearts of palm and avocado dressed with a walnut oil,thinly sliced red onion and garlic infused red wine vinegar vinaigrette.
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Jenise » Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:25 pm

Rahsaan wrote:
What experience? The French green lentils remaining solid or finding it tiring to chew? I haven't cooked French lentils in a while but can't remember ever cooking them down to mush.


No, they don't go to mush which is what's great. But they're tender--no chewing issues.
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Rahsaan » Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:54 pm

Jenise wrote:No, they don't go to mush which is what's great. But they're tender--no chewing issues.


I don't necessarily mean that they're difficult to chew, just that I find it tedious in the context of the meal. But perhaps that's because my lentil framework is more focused on red lentils that glide down the palate. Or maybe it's because I usually serve them with rice (or some other similar grain) and that then doubles down on the same chewing process in the same meal. I certainly don't mind crispy food and other textural things.
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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Paul Winalski » Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:25 pm

Last night's dinner was Jamacian-style jerk chicken.

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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Robin Garr » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:37 pm

Red lentil dal with shredded snow peas, onions, garlic, ginger and Indian spice

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Re: What's cooking?

Postby Robin Garr » Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:38 pm

Fettuccine with roasted fennel and onion marinara.

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