What's For Dinner #61 - the Back to (Home) School Edition - Sept. 2020

Yes - either should work!

Wishing your Dad the best possible outcome in good health

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What a loving DIL. Your in-laws are very lucky to have you, and I’m sure they feel the love in your cooking and all your other efforts to care for them.

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So sorry to hear that. Hope your dad feel better soon.

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I need that. Can you make one more!!

One of my hard drive suddenly became invisible and without files. Frantically, I tried everything to get back my data. Luckily after a day’s research, I found a neat software that can see the drive again and saved my data!


Pork with mustard and quetsche, a type of prune.
The prunes were very acid, and for days I was wondering what to do with them, as neighbour brought us from her visit somewhere.

Veal liver, red onion confit and orzo

Cod with curry, frittata

Curry goes well with rice, always!

Veal tartare with lime juice and herbs

Eating out: Cambodia spicy minced pork

Amok: pollock steamed with lemongrass, curcuma, coconut milk

Minced pork with onion, speciality of Battambang

Ikea meatballs - not those you bought in stores, but using the ikea recipe published during Covid. Before cooking, H wasn’t convinced, but he loves them and asked for more …


That sounds like the perfect solution! Also maybe you could pickle some in a sweet-sour liquid?

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Good idea! I’ve some left, can do some pickles, or maybe with some alcohol too.


DH cooked! He made tikka masala sauced chicken thighs (luscious sauce as he left the skin on), garlic-chili-brown butter COTC a la Meera Sodha, and kale salad with currants, tomatoes, golden raisins, cucumbers, basil, and mint raita. We had porch drinks (pink cava and Italian bianco) and pickled okra and Castelvetrano olives and mixed nuts before. I could only manage one thigh and am now enjoying a double stout from the neighborhood brew pub.


Last night was a turkey meatball wrap in laffa, with hummus, tzatziki, lettuce, and pickles red onions. A little veggie couscous on the side.


Chicken milanesa - pounded bl/sl thighs, dredged in corn starch, egg wash, then panko with grated parm regg. Very crispy, juicy inside. Served on an arugula/spring onion salad, and a little bowl of leftover salmorejo to start. Crash hot smoked paprika potatoes on the side, slathered in homemade zhoug – after I devoured Trader Joe’s, I had to make my own. It’s so very simple and delicious. Zhoug goes on everything from now on.

Homemade Zhoug


Dinner Sunday late afternoon. DD2 and SIL came down, we experimented with the Ooni pizza oven they gave H for Father’s Day. The 2 Boston’s got rowdy and knocked over the little green table, right as a fresh bruschetta pizza was served. Pizza wasted & drinks spilled! Damn!


Dinner Tuesday night, chicken enchiladas.


Dinner Wednesday night - midwestern style pan fried pork loin steak with mashers and gravy. Garden green beans. Yum.



phew, glad you got that taken care of!

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One of my signature dishes which I’ve posted here several times: shrimp and chorizo in garlic oil. 16 cloves went into this one. Excellent crusty bread from Wegmans.

Dessert: chocolate peanut butter tart (shared and with leftovers), also Wegmans.


Spaghetti alla carbonara, veg, red wine.



I’m having that BLT salad tommorow…which is in 1 hour 20 minutes here!

Oysters! Free shipping for Labor day from TWO sources! Fifty today, two dozen next month ( I hope!) These are Row 34 from Island Creek.