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24 minutes ago, MargeGunderson said:

Oh, now I know what I’m going to make on Sunday! How long do you cook it in the slow cooker?

The package instructions say to brown it first in a skillet, then cook 10-12 hours on low with a cup of water, or 5-6 on high. That seems a little long to me, I'd say 8-10 hours on low. I'll be cooking it on potatoes, onions, and carrots, and use beef broth or red wine instead of water.

I'd forgotten how good the chicken is - so moist and tender.

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Because it decided to be 85 degrees today, no cooking was happening so poke with salmon, tuna, and crab with brown rice and lots and lots of rosé.

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Took leftover saffron rice and made arancini with peas and mozzarella and a Calabrian chili sauce with a tricolor salad.

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Went to my favorite consignment store about 20 miles south of us in a small town, that also has a wonderful family owned café with very good food. I got 2 of their specials for today to bring home and share for lunch - a tuna salad BLT sub and cream of crab soup. It was the 1st time I tried their crab soup, and it was easily the best cream of crab soup I've ever had. The soup was not too thick, and had plenty of crab meat in it. What a find!

Tonight will be leftover Trader Joe's marinated pot roast I made in the slow cooker yesterday. 

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I'm making ground lamb, eggplant, tomato skillet over white rice. It's a new recipe, found it after my local market had some local grown Japanese eggplants. It is a snowy day and that sounded really warming.

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Brunch:  keto-friendly eggs benny at a keto/paleo-friendly fast casual joint (I’m neither keto nor paleo) - salad, poached eggs and smoked salmon on zucchini fritters (instead of English muffins) and a cappucino

Dinner: turkey lasagna, salad and arancini 

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3 minutes ago, annzeepark914 said:

You have snow already????

I live in Montana. Yep, we had snow that stuck on the ground in September! Today's was pretty light but more on the way for Monday.

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I have an 8 year old for the weekend so we went “Trick or treating” at Ghirardelli square so crab eggs Benedict for brunch and of course a Ghirardelli sundae for dessert after indoor mini golf.

Dinner was her choice so we made spaghetti and meatballs and garlic bread. And now I will sleep a thousand hours in a carb coma!

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2 hours ago, Gramto6 said:

I live in Montana. Yep, we had snow that stuck on the ground in September! Today's was pretty light but more on the way for Monday.

I got off pretty light in September, places north and east of me had multiple feet of snow in September. It is snowing again now at 10PM, will be icy tomorrow, outside temp right now is 24°F. 

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I gave your posts a "sad", @Gramto6, because I get sad when it gets down to the 30s here in Virginia!  I don't like the cold. But I also don't like it when it's in the 70s this late in October, like today.

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It would be quite the understatement to say I wouldn't be happy in a cold climate.  It's in the mid 70s here, after being in the 90s all week, but clear skies, so it's a beautiful sunny day.  I detest being outdoors in anything below 60 degrees. 

I'm having my usual Sunday morning Bloody Marys, and mentally cataloging my fridge and freezer contents to figure out dinner.  The last several meals have been seafood - crab cakes, linguine with scallops and brown butter, and shrimp tacos - so I think I'll shift from surf to turf and broil some lamb chops. 

Now I need to back up and figure out what to have for lunch.  I'm craving a BLT as the tomato plants start to peter out, but don't have any bread.  Boo.

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A smoothie this morning (banana, frozen strawberries, orange juice, and vanilla yogurt). We stayed at a Hampton Inn last week and I loved the smoothies they had at the breakfast buffet.

Whole Foods hearty vegetable soup for lunch while we were having heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Chicken tetrazzini for supper.

I'm loving our 70 degree weather today, and so is my kitty who has been hanging out on the back porch.

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Meatball subs for lunch (found homemade meatballs in freezer, had 2 random sub rolls and some shredded mozzarella), and thanks to @chessiegal, pot roast and mashed potatoes for dinner. I didn’t go to Trader Joe’s this weekend to get their burgundy pot roast, so I bought a chuck roast and cobbled it together with recipes from Bon Appétit and Cook’s Country. 

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Went to a friends house for Diwali and ate all the Indian food and tons of sweets. Plus came home with so many marigolds my apartment is a sea of orange and a fridge full of leftovers.

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Black squid ink noodles with garlic shrimp and diced heirloom tomatoes. Trying some new items and recipes. It was yum!

Amazing some of the things you can find on Amazon!

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We had reservations for lunch - my birthday. We cancelled because of health issues my husband is dealing with. I got take out from our local watering hole - nachos and shrimp tacos. We enjoyed a bottle of Prosecco. It was warm enough to have lunch on the porch. I had a Blue Bunny sundae for supper. A good birthday all around. 

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5 minutes ago, chessiegal said:

We had reservations for lunch - my birthday. We cancelled because of health issues my husband is dealing with. I got take out from our local watering hole - nachos and shrimp tacos. We enjoyed a bottle of Prosecco. It was warm enough to have lunch on the porch. I had a Blue Bunny sundae for supper. A good birthday all around. 

Lucky you! It has been below freezing here for a couple of days, all day all night. Looking for warm stews and soups here! 😋

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Chessie, that is a cute fatty kitty.....I know, like my Spooky, the cat is 'big boned'.

Just had potato salad, chicken strips and green beans, which will likely be my meal for today.

*rubs belly*

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Fritta made with leftover squid ink noodles and chopped heirloom tomatoes and spinach.

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52 minutes ago, biakbiak said:

Had an extra pie pumpkin so made chicken and pumpkin curry.

Yum, I have a little pie pumpkin hanging around that sounds like a really good use for it!

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I have been on a bean kick recently between the fresh runner beans at the farmers market and how quickly dried beans cook in the InstantPot, so made sort of a pasta bake with tomatoes, Italian sausage, and a few different cheeses but substituted Royal Corona beans for the pasta, serving with some homemade bread and a big salad. 

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Trader Joe's Kung Pao Chicken with P.F. Chang's fried rice. Frist time for the TJ product - pretty good.

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As I sit here going to town on some tortilla chips with spinach, artichoke, and cheese dip while watching football, I just had a good laugh upon glancing at the bag of chips and seeing "about 10 chips" listed as the serving size.

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My husband has been fighting an uphill battle with ulcerative colitis for the past month. With medication, it had been in remission for over 10 years. His doctor has been adjusting and adding medications. She recently added a strong steroid that finally seems to be working, but the downside is any spicy foods give him terrible heartburn, even bacon. Tonight I'll see how a mild meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, and asparagus go down. 

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2 hours ago, chessiegal said:

My husband has been fighting an uphill battle with ulcerative colitis for the past month. With medication, it had been in remission for over 10 years. His doctor has been adjusting and adding medications. She recently added a strong steroid that finally seems to be working, but the downside is any spicy foods give him terrible heartburn, even bacon. Tonight I'll see how a mild meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, and asparagus go down. 

So sorry to hear that, my sister had UC for several years and eventually had to have an emergency colectomy when on vacation in Spain so I know how tough that can be, hope the new treatment works for him. 

Split pea soup with a smoked ham hock and homemade “sourdough” from the InstantPot. 

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On 11/3/2019 at 5:30 PM, chessiegal said:

My husband has been fighting an uphill battle with ulcerative colitis for the past month. With medication, it had been in remission for over 10 years. His doctor has been adjusting and adding medications. She recently added a strong steroid that finally seems to be working, but the downside is any spicy foods give him terrible heartburn, even bacon. Tonight I'll see how a mild meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, and asparagus go down. 

Oof, he has my sympathies; I had colitis for over 4 months earlier this year secondary to immunotherapy for skin cancer (as if I wasn't dealing with enough!).  On top of high-dose steroids, I eventually had to adopt a colitis-friendly diet, which I basically called The List of NO.  Life was pretty bland for a while, but eventually everything calmed down.  I hope your hubs is feeling better soon.

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Comfort food today, even though it's not that cold (50s). Crab and corn chowder from the grocery store that I added leftover rice to for lunch. Meatloaf, mac and cheese, and green beans for dinner.

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2 hours ago, chessiegal said:

Meatloaf, mac and cheese, and green beans for dinner.

I had almost the same dinner, except substitute corn for green beans. (Granted, mine came delivered from Boston Market via GrubHub, but it was still good.) And indeed comfort food. Except here started in the 40s and fell into the 30s with a cold rain/wet snow mix. (First flakes of the season here.) So comfort food seemed like a great way to go.

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Grilled pork chops, baked pilaf, and a big ol' tossed salad. I also made meatloaf for tomorrow night's dinner. Speaking of GI issues, I have IBS & gastroparesis, somewhat mild cases of each. But they act up and then I have to revert to the bland meals for a while. I love tapioca pudding (cut back on the sugar in it, though), and rice & chicken. But it's no fun to endure, miss out on the yum stuff, esp for us foodies.

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The leftover cutlets from chicken piccata turned into chicken sandwiches with a spicy Brussels sprouts slaw and macaroni salad.

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We have some friends visiting for the long weekend so I spent the last few days making a traditional cassoulet from scratch (including confiting the duck legs). It was actually not that bad and it’s currently in the oven smelling delicious! 

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Woke up way too earlier and couldn’t get back to sleep so made po’ boy rolls and potato salad so dinner tonight will be shrimp po’ boys, potato salad and leftover “Asian” coleslaw.

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Slightly cooler today so super comfort food of chicken and dumplings. 

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I just put some rice on to cook to go with my big pot of chicken gumbo.  I haven't made gumbo in a while and although I think it will taste good, I don't think I made enough roux, so it won't thicken as much as it should (although I love okra, I don't put it in my gumbo to help thicken it like a lot of people do. I'll eat gumbo with okra in it, I just don't use it when I make gumbo).  The house smells good, though--like roux and file powder.

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Yum gumbo!

I hate when I do a quick skim of a recipe and realize at the last minute it’s supposed to marinate overnight! Thankfully a well stocked freezer came to the rescue and it’s vegetarian chili and cheese and roasted red pepper quesadillas.

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The grill master is cooking marinated pork tenderloin and zucchini. I'm cooking scalloped potatoes in the counter top oven. Despite the fact that the gauge on our in ground propane tank says it's half full, we have no heat, hot water, or stove. The earliest our supplier can get here is Monday maybe, but it could be Tuesday. We have a pellet stove heating our great room, and electric room heater for the bedroom. Turns out gym membership is good for something other than exercising.

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Mr. P914 and I are wiped out. Our guests left this morning. Loved seeing our 9 yr old grandson, daughter & son in law, going to some museums in DC, eating good food, and catching up. But stick that proverbial (Thanksgiving) fork in us. We are done!

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Leftovers heated in the countertop oven and microwave, because our natural gas supplier did not come today. We are now 4 days with no heat, hot water, or fuel for the stove. Hopefully they will come tomorrow. Heat and cooking are easy workarounds, but having to leave the house to shower is getting old. And with that I will end my whining about my first world problem.

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What a glorious day! After 2 days of rain, the sun is shining, and our propane tank is full. Not sure what I'm making for dinner, but it will definitely be something on the now fueled range.

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I had boiled my turkey bones to make stock and put in the fridge. Today I cut up delicata squash, garlic, onions, celery, potato, and some slivered sun dried tomatoes and simmered them in the strained broth and had a wonderful turkey veggie soup for dinner with garlic bread. 

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