What's For Dinner #86 - the Apples, & Cider, & DONUTS, Oh MY! Edition - October 2022

Loving this!

Applewood-smoked trip-tip on the grill. Garden veg.


Chicken chile colorado tacos with avocado and crema.


No, I live in the Arizona Desert and it gets quite windy here from time to time. We also get dust storms called “haboobs”, which makes visibility almost zero.
Everything in the home is electric… no gas. Luckily, I had picked up an extra can of butane for my camp stove (when it was on sale) and had that in stock. If not for the butane, dinner would have been cold soup and potato chips.


Tonight’s dinner was Lamb Keema Aloo. It was my first time making it and I think I should have added a little more water when I simmered it. Live and Learn… It was still quite good and my girlfriend and I very much enjoyed it.


Happy birthday @ChristinaM @BeefeaterRocks and Mrs. @paryzer!

Dinner tonight was The Tale of Two Noodles. @Amandarama’s noodles from the other day stuck in my mind, so I thought I’d made sesame “takeout noodles”. But then I also had scallion noodles on my mind from writing up ginger scallion sauce for @ChristinaM. So I decided I’d just make both and save myself any “regret” later, lol.

Sesame noodles: Chinese sesame paste (which tastes toasty, like sesame oil, vs raw like tahini), honey, chilli garlic paste (this one), a splash each of soy sauce, black vinegar, and sesame oil.

Scallion (ginger) noodles: Ginger scallion sauce, white pepper, pinch of sugar, a splash each of shaoxing wine and rice vinegar.

SO. GOOD. Leftovers for another day. The scallion noodles are calling out for some chicken. The sesame noodles taste like dan dan noodles, which I’m guessing is because of the chilli garlic sauce.



Last night I wasn’t really hungry for dinner, so I had an arugula salad dressed simply with olive oil and red wine vinegar, and topped with some pecorino and salvage croutons. Also sprinkled on a bit of TJ’s citrus seasoning, in place of lemon or orange zest, which worked nicely.


The meal before that was more elaborate than usual, but all I actually made was dal – the rest was from day-before cooking of vegetables to be salvaged: frozen okra that defrosted because I forgot it in the fridge, and the last of a cauliflower that got roasted.



Names can be misleading! Soursops are not actually sour :smile:

I’m not keen on bitter but I do think it’s worth a taste still.

Happy Birthday! It looks like it was a wonderful treat for you all. Looking forward to the cake pictures!

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@Desert-Dan Kheema aloo is one of my favorite comfort foods, as folks here have heard before.

This link has a good basic recipe from Madhur Jaffrey, along with ideas for leftovers if there are any (pasta, shepherds pie, sandwich toast / panini, and so on).

I’d recommend adding the potatoes (raw) halfway through and letting them cook with the meat - they absorb all the flavors and are absolutely delicious (joke in my family is that it’s aloo kheema not kheema aloo - meaning the meat is there to dress the potatoes, which are really the star of the show!)


Happy respective birthdays to @ChristinaM and Mrs. @paryzer - it all looks lovely, and celebrated well! I love your shirt @paryzer, but didn’t realize you were a wine lover til the shirt confirmed it. I kid, lol! :birthday::bouquet::cake::cupcake::wine_glass:


You’re welcome. I can’t remember why or exactly when I started drinking my gin on the rocks, but I’m pretty sure it was when I was living in Reno. So a loooong time ago.

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Happy Birthday to Mrs. P, you’re both still rockin’ it!

Happy 10th!


A wonderful birthday meal - happy happy! (I’m right behind you in “that” day - although a very good bit older than you. :wink: )

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A very happy birthday to her as well - and THOSE SCALLOPS!!! :heart_eyes: :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: :star_struck: :kissing_heart: :heart_eyes:


Using wicked to describe just about anything is a very Boston-area thing to do that I thought maybe you were from that area. I’m not but much of my family are in it’s environs.

We have gas heat, cook top and water heater. The cook top, water heater and propane grill allowed us to get back into our house after Superstorm Sandy - once the water receded (I live about 4 blocks from the ocean on the Jersey shore). The heat didn’t work because the thermostat was electric. When we evacuated our house the last thing I grabbed was my french press and emergency ground coffee. Even if I had to build a fire I was going to have coffee!


And I’m not originally from here, but have been in the Boston area long enough that “wicked pissah” or “wicked cool” has wormed its way into my occasional lexicon. :wink:


Mrs. P thanks you all for your birthday wishes! Not bad for 64 :blush:
Also, happy upcoming birthday to @LindaWhit !


Happy bday! Your turnips look divine. Yes, I know, of all the things… but they really do :slight_smile:

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Most of my youth I floated between the Baltimore and Washington, DC area. I moved around a bit after that, then settled in Arizona.

I did lose about 6-7 roofing shingles (off of the garage) during that recent wind storm, which I replaced the next morning. Nothing compared to Superstorm Sandy, but anytime I have get out the ladder, roofing cement and replacement shingles… its a pain.

Yes… I keep plenty of instant coffee in stock for just such an emergency!!