What's For Dinner #54 - The Leap Month Edition - February 2020

Mrs. P made crispy duck leg confit salad with shiitake mushrooms, charred
vidalia onions, romaine lettuce, grapes, radishes, mini peppers, and yellow cherry tomatoes, with a dressing made of mustard, olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt, and pepper, and topped with fresh shaved parmigiano reggiano. It went great with an excellent Primitivo wine.



Monday night’s dinner. Fish & onion rings with salad and house made tartar sauce. The fish was wild caught Alaskan cod, and was delicious.


It was a successful tryout for the local bakery pizza dough to make bread . I gave it a whirl using the baked Dutch oven method. Yay . Big bowl of mussels . Cheers.


Perfect, you need nothing else for that meal! Will have to remember to pick up some Penn Cove mussels sometime soon. Glad your pizza dough gave you a great loaf - gotta have it for dipping!


Oooh! That looks fantastic. I’m not sure I’ve really had that fish. Maybe once.

Nice looking bread there!

Swordfish is one on my favorites but only fresh, never frozen whichcan make it a little harder to find. Freezing really seems to degrade the texture. Luckily I live near the ocean among commercial fishing boats so usually have good access.

It is one of the “meatiest” fishes. I usually cook most fish very minimally but I find swordfish needs to be cooked through.


Procrastination earlier in the week meant a day full of cooking today…

Dropping off food for my friend’s kid who has been flying solo and has another week to go.

Pan-fried chicken gyoza - didn’t take a pic. And ziti with meatballs - Hazan-ish sauce using the PC to speed it up, frozen meatballs pressure cooked later in some of the sauce.

Banana bread with chocolate chunks - snacking before standardized tests is key :smiley: (that orange olive oil cake is going as well).

Early dinner of some leftivet pasta and a meatball. Heading out for drinks and late snacks with a friend after I drop the food off.


Was at WF this afternoon picking up some Amazon Prime items on sale, and also got some large shrimp.

So it was shrimp on lemon-pepper tagliatelle with asparagus alongside for dinner tonight.

And wine. DUH.


What lucky friends!

Tonight was Aidell’s chicken teriyaki meatballs (meh, average) with brown rice with peas and edamame, stir-fried cabbage with ginger, jalapeño, and garlic, all drizzled with miso-soy-mirin-brown sugar sauce from Dinner a Love Story.


We. had another excellent dinner at Bloom in Verona, NJ. They just received an excellent 3 star review from NJ Monthly. Below is a link to details, pictures, and the review.


Good winter comfort food here. A dijon-garlic roasted eye round with mushroom gravy (a splash of sweet vermouth added!). Side of mashed potatoes.

The meat came out close to medium-well, so overcooked in my book. But the gravy was awesome.


I absolutely HATE spaghetti–it was Monday night supper the entire time I lived at my parents. I haven’t made spaghetti since I moved out some 40 years ago. However, that is one of the sauces my Dad can make. I used his leftover sauce to make pizza. Can’t seem to get the pic in, sorry.

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Why don’t you like spaghetti. Just asking.

At my sister’s tonight. I made us Snake River Wagyu-style beef tenderloin pieces with criminis. Seared in butter & olive oil, with crushed garlic cloves and fresh thyme. So friggin tender it could make you cry.


that fish looks perfect!

There are so many other things to eat. I ate my fill of spaghetti growing up. As an adult, I don’t have to eat it.

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Lucky friend’s kid! I’m flying solo for the next few days and LOVE gyoza and ziti and banana bread…

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