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Re: Summer cravings.... what is your favorite summer dish?

Postby Bernard Roth » Sat May 27, 2006 7:16 pm

Paulo Faustini wrote: I have yet to find a bread that equals to what one has in Italy.


Huh??? C'mon, Paulo. The bread in Italy generally sucks. After France, the best bread is made in the US.
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Re: Panzanella

Postby Paulo in Philly » Sat May 27, 2006 7:17 pm

Bernard Roth wrote:My homemade Panzanella, which I make better than anybody else! I use homegrown vine-ripe tomatoes.


Hmmmmmm! Panzanella!!! Do you put onions in yours? I will never forget the first time I had it - could not believe how simple and delicious it was. What a wonderful dish to make with left over bread?
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Re: Summer cravings.... what is your favorite summer dish?

Postby Jenise » Sun May 28, 2006 12:23 pm

Paulo,

You have just named my #1 summer favorite. And like you, no balsamic or onions. I want the perfection of the four ingredients, topped with a bit of fleur de sel and as you say, a loaf of crusty bread. This is, in fact, the only dish on which I am a dunker--I will not otherwise put bread in plate to soak up sauces or gravies. But for caprese, it's a must.

Now, what's #2? Might be potato salad. Red potatoes with a ton of celery, onions, mayo, sour cream, dill, chopped fresh jalapenos and juice from canned jalapenos en escabeche.
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Re: Summer cravings.... what is your favorite summer dish?

Postby Paulo in Philly » Sun May 28, 2006 1:00 pm

Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhha-lapenos???? Oh my - I don't think I have ever had potato salad with jalapenos. Hmmmmmmmm. I will certainly clean out my sinuses! :shock:
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Re: Summer cravings.... what is your favorite summer dish?

Postby Randy Buckner » Sun May 28, 2006 1:33 pm

What? We have a bunch of rabbits around here? :wink:

BBQ baby-back pork ribs, sour cream/mustard based potato salad, baked or ranch beans, all served up with mass quantities of Rhone wines and Alaskan Amber beer. Then comes the fresh strawberry shortcake with a variety of stickies. Now we're talking summer!
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Re: Summer cravings.... what is your favorite summer dish?

Postby Jenise » Sun May 28, 2006 5:47 pm

Yup, jalapenos. Not too hot, but hot enough to be deserve the title "XXX Adult potato salad". I'm actually taking it to a barbecue tomorrow--and when I described it by title, the host said, "I want four X." To which I replied, "then we'll have to arrive naked." He turned me down. :?
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Re: Summer cravings.... what is your favorite summer dish?

Postby Stuart Yaniger » Mon May 29, 2006 9:20 am

Jenise wrote:"I want four X." To which I replied, "then we'll have to arrive naked." He turned me down. :?


That's totally cold, man, totally cold.
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Re: Summer cravings.... what is your favorite summer dish?

Postby Jenise » Mon May 29, 2006 3:21 pm

Stuart Yaniger wrote:totally cold.


As I would have been had he jumped at my offer. Plus, I skipped my pedicure last week and that would have been glaringly obvious, so all in all it worked out.
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Re: Summer cravings.... what is your favorite summer dish?

Postby David Creighton » Fri Jun 02, 2006 5:31 pm

Hello Paulo - you didn't mention the essential that you would be using 'jersey tomatoes' - maybe the best anywhere. my vote for best summer dish would be salad nicoise. i sometimes 'can' my own tuna - i.e. poach it and refrigerate it in olive oil until needed - recipe from an old issue of the art of eating. do other people do as i do and serve salad nicoise 'deconstructed' - i.e. NOT tossed?? best regards; david
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Re: Summer cravings.... what is your favorite summer dish?

Postby bgbarcus » Sun Jun 04, 2006 11:21 pm

In all these answers I didn't see BLT mentioned once. Seems like a major oversight.
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Re: Summer cravings.... what is your favorite summer dish?

Postby John DeFiore » Mon Jun 05, 2006 3:47 am

Now that IS a hard question. Caprese, certainly. Pimientos de Padron quickly sauteed in olive oil and sprinkled with coarse salt. Orzo with lemon, olive oil and mint. Bruschetta. Fusillli with chopped tomatoes, olive oil and garlic. Figs stuffed with goat cheese and drizzled with port reduction. Jello with Cool-Whip. (Just kidding). Just picked cherries, strawberries, or raspberries. Home made ice cream and frozen yogurt. Jamon Serrano or good Proscuitto. Papaya, watermelon mango and jicama with chile powder, salt and lime. Give me time and I'll come up with more....

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Re: Summer cravings.... what is your favorite summer dish?

Postby Chris » Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:19 pm

I made Jenise's potato salad two weeks in a row after having it at her place last month and find myself craving it yet again. It is wonderfully yummy stuff.

My favorite summer dish is what we call summer in a bowl, similar to dishes other have posted, but it's fresh tomatoes and lemon cucumbers from our garden, sliced with some sweet red onion, a little salt, a little pepper, and toss with a little red wine vinegar, a little olive oil. Variations to this would be to put some avocado cubes in and also crumble a little creamy Maytag blue cheese on top.
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Re: Summer cravings.... what is your favorite summer dish?

Postby Jenise » Tue Jun 06, 2006 12:47 pm

made Jenise's potato salad two weeks in a row after having it at her place last month


Yahbut, you leave the celery out of it for Scot. All wrong, it's all wrong I say....
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Re: Summer cravings.... what is your favorite summer dish?

Postby Chris » Tue Jun 06, 2006 2:54 pm

Only left the celery out of a small portion for Scot and won't do that again! I'm chomping on celery as I type - love the stuff and it's a must for that salad. Still haven't added celery seed yet but perhaps next time I make it.
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Re: Summer cravings.... what is your favorite summer dish?

Postby Jenise » Tue Jun 06, 2006 3:30 pm

and won't do that again!


That's the spirit. You'll never turn that man around if you give him choices. Celery's good for him.

I love it, too. Got some celery stewing right now--oh, with a little chicken for seasoning. :)
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