What's for Dinner #69 - The "It's Gotta Be May" Edition - May 2021

We enjoyed another fabulous dinner at Drew’s in Keyport, NJ. Below is a link to details and pictures for those that are interested.


Fettucine (getting pretty good at the homemade pasta thing) with king oyster mushrooms and ramps, miso soup with spinach.



Turkey sausage, peppers, and onions. Can hardly tell the difference. Hardly. Sweet vermouth in the sauce. While the bread looks sturdy it turned to mush real fast. Ended up needing a fork. While this is of course no comparison to real pork sausage, we enjoyed this turkey version much better than chicken sausage. I’ve been going to the gym for a month strong now and am down 16 pounds (my GI issues probably helped too LOL). Trying to make better decisions without sacrificing too much flavor.

To drink was a Last Word. Okay, two. Cheated with Rose’s lime juice instead of fresh squeezed.


May I add what was for dessert? Well, my mom’s friend and coworker is vegan and routinely gives us vegan foods to try. My mom usually passes them along. Many are ethnic and delicious. Some are curious. All are worth a shot.

So when I saw a Trader Joe’s “Cheese-less” Cheesecake in the fridge, I thought, “Hmmm this will be interesting.” My recent mysterious GI issues have me watching literally every ingredient and aside from small amounts of cheese, I’ve avoided dairy the last three weeks. I figured this dairy-free dessert would be a somewhat tame way to end the meal.


The staggering amount of fat and added sugar didn’t trouble me. Whatever. The lima beans in the “cheese topping” didn’t phase me. The taste, however, was astonishingly and shockingly bad. I don’t think I’ve spit food out since I was a child. Thankfully I was standing in the kitchen right near the garbage. OH. MY. GOODNESS. It had this sharp artificial bite that really defies description for something made of vegetable matter. I’m not a cheesecake guy at all, so this was scarring. I was by myself at this point and even had to say out loud for confirmation, “My God this is awful!”. I’m at a loss for more words! Help!!!


Bomba rice , with red peppers, tomato , garlic and onion. Spices added . Sweet Spanish paprika and saffron. Red snapper . Cooked in my 16 inch stainless skillet. It was good . But . Cheers .


White bean and tuna salad. Actually “Yellow Eye” from Rancho Gordo.


Looks good!

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Brunch in today, Sunday.


Hosted a Mother’s Day bbq yesterday. On the menu:

Apps: Mussels in white wine and tomato broth (not pictured) fresh mozzarella and tomato with drizzled balsamic reduction, charcuterie board, veggies platter and the frequently requested Italian egg rolls.

Mains: chicken - steak - sausage kabobs - London broil - spicy dogs - hamburgers - veggie burgers .

Sides: broccoli rabe - truffle Mac n cheese (neither pictured)

I also made a vegan cavatelli and broccoli for my niece.

Fun day was had. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!!




Lunch… not sure what dinner will be yet.


Happy Mother´s Day To Everybody …

(In Spain it is celebrated on the 1st Sunday of May) …


Szechuan beans…now. Firing up the Egg for something. :thinking:


Vegan food is God’s Gift to mankind. In German the word “Gift” means “poison.”


Trip to central PA with my sister. Dinner at the Rusty Rail Brewery in Mifflinburg, PA was wonderful. Tempura Shrimp with what seems to be Israeli couscous that was cooked and then fried like popcorn with a light chili-garlic drizzling sauce. Very good!

I got filet mignon with garlic demi-glace, garlic-smashed potatoes and butter-poached broccoli. My sister got grilled mahi mahi with pineapple-mango salsa, rice and butter-poached broccoli. (Sorry…we both started eating before I remembered to take pics of the mains.)

Desserts were key lime cheesecake and creme brulee. YUM.


Duck cassoulet, salad, beets, banana butterscotch loaf


Wowza .Super nice spread of food.


thank you! it was rather frightening to behold. The doctor sure looked shocked! i’m about 80% better today.


Chicken Paprikas - It had been years since I’d made this (remember the great CH Paprikas Binge? @LindaWhit - how long ago do you think that was?) Turned out great. I used a mix of smoky and sweet Pimenton as that’s what I had. Very nice heat - the sauce was killer. BF made a big salad with FM lettuce and some mint and feta.

happy mother’s day to all you mamas out there!


oh my god that looks delicious!

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sounds horrific!