What's For Dinner #60 - The Hot August Nights Edition - August 2020

UGH–that stinks. I may have a drink on your behalf!


Aaaaahhh (that’s an anguished scream on your behalf). Hope that this is resolved quickly. A good meal and a strong drink or so ought to help ground you meanwhile.


CRAP. Glad PP fixed it quickly.


Quick dinner: BJs 4-cheese tortellini with sauteed sweet sausage and broccoli, with a sauce from my just-ripe home grown chopped Ramapo tomatoes (tastes like tomatoes should, being a Jersey Girl who grew up near the Ramapo Mountains), some defrosted tomato sauce, white wine, Aleppo pepper, and a sploosh of heavy cream. Topped with grated Parm-Reg.

Whit wine alongside. And it was REALLY good.


As promised, my long-awaited drink which turned into three after a very long day.

Dinner was crab cakes and roasted potatoes. Quick. Easy. Minimal prep. Allowed for max drinking time. I needed it.


Great summery combination.

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Found some pulled pork in the freezer, and decided to make sourdough hamburger buns since we didn’t have any. Followed the King Arthur sourdough bun recipe (minus the potato flour and dried milk) and it was very easy. Sammies with red cabbage slaw and pickles. Wine was the only side.


We dined out for the 2nd time in 4 months and had a fabulous dinner at Il Nido in NJ. It was worth the 1 hour trip there. Unfortunately, there was a huge accident coming home that ground the Garden State Parkway to a complete halt for about an hour coming home. It took almost 2 hours to get home.
We enjoyed soft shell crabs with Calabrian chili, garlic, dill, shallot, lemon and parsley; grilled bison steak with chickpea polenta fries, green garlic, Tropea onion and root spinach; homemade basil fettuccini with lobster, green tomato, and basil pesto; roasted beet salad with beet - cherry vellutata, sheep milk cheese, and Bronte pistachio crumble; grass fed beef carpaccio with capers, lemon, arugula, and 36 month old parmesan. It all went great with a couple of excellent red wines.


Coctel de camarones - shrimp, cucumber, ketchup, white onion, cilantro, cherry tomato, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, tomato juice, lime juice, avocado.



Envy is not a healthy emotion and I hope you are joking !

We all have our lives and all our lives are totally different.

If you want to live in Europe, it is not the hardest thing to do. A good Immigration Lawyer and an A2 - B1 level of the language where you wish to live and of course some back up of savings in the bank.

Many Americans and British teach English in Europe, for academies with clients in multi nationals and ministeries, for business people and also academies that specialise in kids and teens.

Have a nice August.

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Very sorry to hear.

I have never used Pay Pal. Bad Vibes perhaps and a deep lack of trust …

Hope all this is resolved very quickly and efficiently.

Best of luck. Have a nice August and take care during these challenging times worldwide.

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Envy is probably closer to what I meant than jealous, but all the “kids” say “jelly”. I think the kids would admit that social media is largely about both. But I’m not a kid. Maybe “wish” is better.

While I wish we didn’t have to forgo our annual trip to Europe this year, I’ve never thought of living there!

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Ugh, awful! Sorry you had to through that…


I was inspired by @Barca 's South of France food but not really in the mood to cook. Voila! Cocktails and oysters. A Lemon Drop for me and a Gin and Tonic with cucumber for Mr Bean. The oysters were locally caught. Yum.


I have never served oysters at home. Yet. If you do the shucking yourself, is there a oyster knife, glove, etc. that you might suggest to a newbie?

I ask because we’re in the mood for oysters anytime soon it will most likely have to be at our own house.

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I know you didn’t ask me, but I wanted to mention after four years of using this Oyster knife,

Oyster knife by HiCoup

(Apparently I got the gloves too, but dont recall using them),

I just bought this one, and like it better.

Dexter-Russell (S121PCP) – 2.75" New Haven Style Oyster Knife - Sani-Safe Series

I think I’d read somewhere that your choice might be impacted by the kind of oysters you tend to get`; in my case mostly west coast.


Obviously I missed the chance to ask another expert—that being you—@shrinkrap. Thanks for sharing your know-how!

Will have to check out your picks, keeping in mind that I’m on the East Coast. Yay.


I’m not an expert but I play one on Hungry Onion!


Sunday Dinner just a short drive over to San Remo, Liguria.


What a nightmare! You definitely need a strong drink and a good meal. Glad it’s getting resolved, but talk about feeling violated.

“Food is a pretty good prism through which to view humanity.”

― Jonathan Gold