What's for Dinner #70 - The "Kickoff to the Summertime BBQ" Edition - June 2021

That’s an awesome end grain cutting board!

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Giggle. Is she drunk on that power? :wink:

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SWMBO. Or “happy wife, happy life.”

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Caviar, Champagne & Fresh Crab & Oysters … CAVIARhungryonion192476825_4008284985874679_2503175841035446166_n|528x700


@Barca, you sure know how to eat in style! Divine as always.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


We enjoyed some nice al fresco dining on the deck. Mrs. P made andouille sausage pizza and guacamole. It all went great with an excellent Washington State Syrah blend.



I had a few random vegetable in the fridge to use up and while trying to think of something beyond my usual soup or salad, I came upon a recipe for Sheet Pan Bibimbap in the NYT. Since it called for some of the vegetables lurking about, Mr Bean loves anything with rice, and it included eggs, this seemed liked the perfect dinner. Super simple and very good. I made Red Dragon Sauce (Gochujang, light soy, sherry vinegar, sesame oil, water and sugar) from the Momofuko cookbook. It’s been a while since I mixed up a batch and I forgot how good it is.


Wow. What a beautiful deck … and the pizza and guacamole surely were a big hit.

And thank you for the lovely compliment …

Have a wonderful wkend.

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My dream.

Thank you @Barca!

Mrs. P. worked very hard to arrange all of the flowers, plants, and vines, to create a nice peaceful little oasis on the deck.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Last night, I went back to my Friday Night dinner roots… steak tips (quick marinade in olive oil, lime juice, and a maple-pepper rub), baked tater with the PSTOB, s/p, sour cream and freshly snipped chives, and asparagii. Steak tips were thin, but I got them to a perfect medium rare.

Oh…there was wine. It WAS Friday, after all.


Beautiful patio!

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Beautiful outdoor space looks nice and secluded!! Kudos to Mrs P!!

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Thanks Bob and Greg!

Wednesday dinner from yesteryear, seasoned ground beef street tacos with lettuce, pico de gallo, cheddar and chipolte sauce. Elote grilled Mexican corn salad. Libation was tequila, blood orange juice and a splash of tonic.

Thursday a huge salad with spring greens, romaine, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, pickled beets, egg, bleu cheese and grilled blsl chicken thighs, ranch dressing.

Last night grilled pork tenderloin, with KC BBQ sauce, grilled cotc and cabbage slaw with sugar snap peas and radishes from Jr’s garden.


An out-of-sorts day, for various reasons. It was difficult for me to even interact with the grocery store checkout clerk. The ever-growing humidity didn’t help at all. And we’re getting the heat from the West Coast starting tomorrow. Not as bad as the 110°+ temps they’re getting but the humidity is killer. I’ll be inside for the next week, most definitely.

I needed stupid 1970s comfort food, which was decided on the way to the grocery store: Hamburger Stroganoff (from the old General Mills recipe cards in those neon green, orange, and dark yellow boxes). Otherwise know as slightly different SOS.

Served on egg noodles with baby peas, paprika, and dried parsley on top.

Red wine in the dish and in the glass.


:hugs: minus humidity.

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It was a little too hot and humid here in NJ, so I kept the majority of the cooking to indoors. Pork chops with a balsamic with pepper bacon jam reduction. Served with a cauliflower purée along with red cabbage made with pork roll and onions. Some fresh garlic bread and lastly garnished with a poached bear half.

Tonight I’m being a wine snob…….

Growing up in an Italian family in New Jersey once you become a man you graduate from the Carlo Rossi table wine to Ruffino Classico. The Ruffino Gold was for holidays or a gift. Lol

This has become a favorite reasonably priced wine.


OK, I have no idea how you were able to halve a bear, but I’m impressed. :wink: And I’m giggling. I seriously needed a laugh tonight, so thank you.


:bear: lol

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

― Jonathan Gold

Market stall in Lima
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