Whats cooking tonight?

Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
So what did everyone cook, or have cooked for them at dinner time tonight or recently?

Tonight I cooked partially from scratch. I decided I was craving fresh salad, chicken and alfredo.

So out came my favorite fry pan and I proceeded to prepare some chicken. Cut it into small pieces and fried it up with some EVOO at first. Added in fresh ground sea salt, fresh ground pepper supreme and some minced garlic. I wanted to add some more seasoning than just that so I raided the spices/herbs and found a 4 sampler pack of pasta seasonings I picked up from my work awhile back. I used Pesto and Robusto Italiano blends of spices/herbs to furthermore season the chicken. While that was cooking I had some fettuccine cooking in a pot with some EVOO added. Once both of these were done I added already made alfredo from a jar (All natural Newman's Own Garlic Alfredo). I honestly did not feel like making my own tonight.

As for the salad I bought some all natural/organic salad mix in a bag, added Texas toast croutons with an herb seasoning on them. Added some fresh grated parmesan along with a creamy parmesan salad dressing. As usual this is how I cook my meals, usually throw stuff together without following a recipe, use on average 50% natural ingredients or prepared from scratch, the other 50% is usually already made or pre-packaged product.

In any case, this meal really hit the spot tonight, now I can feel the food coma settling in and I'm sure I will pass out soon. I have a bad habit of talking about food a lot around people and it tends to annoy them because they get hungry
01/05/2012
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interestingstuff interestingstuff
I made vegetarian soup and tomato egg drop soup. And later I'm making vegetarian tacos I think, with green bell pepper and mushrooms. Mmmhh what you made sounds really good.
01/05/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
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Originally posted by interestingstuff
I made vegetarian soup and tomato egg drop soup. And later I'm making vegetarian tacos I think, with green bell pepper and mushrooms. Mmmhh what you made sounds really good.
Well tonight was the first time I had combined 2 different types of those pasta seasonings to season chicken. It actually worked out really nice. Even though the seasoned chicken was incorporated into the alfredo, it kept all of its flavor. Also the chicken was super juicy and tender yum yum. I was thinking of making home made cheesy garlic bread, but I figured what I had was enough.

The soup and tacos sound really good minus the mushrooms Unfortunately I have never been much of a fan of mushrooms, or fungi in general
01/05/2012
Gary A. Gary A.
damn that sounds good im coming over
01/05/2012
Rossie Rossie
Thai pork stir-fry with sliced pork, basil, cilantro, green beans, and two different kinds of very spicy Thai chili sauce, fish sauce, and soy sauce.
01/05/2012
lexical lexical
I have been traveling the last few days, so I've mainly had roadtrip snacks...Boo. But the night before I left, my grandma made me steamed broccoli, mashed potatoes, and Swiss steak Yummmm.
01/05/2012
Antipova Antipova
I made a cranberry-shrimp red curry... just the basics, shallots and garlic sauteed in peanut oil, add cheapy curry paste from the Asian store (I keep waiting for galangal to come in stock so I can make my own... but no sweat, this tastes just as good, and since I'm not vegetarian anymore there's not really much difference between the stuff I would make and the stuff in the store), add fish sauce, add coconut milk, add shrimp, add cranberries, serve over jasmine rice.

Mmmmmmmmm.
01/05/2012
MrWishyWashy MrWishyWashy
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Originally posted by Cookie Monster Mike
So what did everyone cook, or have cooked for them at dinner time tonight or recently?

Tonight I cooked partially from scratch. I decided I was craving fresh salad, chicken and alfredo.

So out came my favorite fry pan and I proceeded to ... More
I had a pre-cooked meal from Trader Joe's that I tossed in the oven, very good, can't go wrong with them! Mandarin Orange Chicken!
01/06/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
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Originally posted by Antipova
I made a cranberry-shrimp red curry... just the basics, shallots and garlic sauteed in peanut oil, add cheapy curry paste from the Asian store (I keep waiting for galangal to come in stock so I can make my own... but no sweat, this tastes just as ... More
This actually sounds quite interesting. Never heard of anything quite like it, but I like cranberry, shrimp, and variations of curry but nothing too over-powering or spicy.
01/06/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
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Originally posted by MrWishyWashy
I had a pre-cooked meal from Trader Joe's that I tossed in the oven, very good, can't go wrong with them! Mandarin Orange Chicken!
Never heard of Trader Joe's, I will have to google them and check it out.. Oh wait I mean "swag bucks" search for them lol. That site is annoying without tons of referrals and I have 0! woot
01/06/2012
interestingstuff interestingstuff
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Originally posted by MrWishyWashy
I had a pre-cooked meal from Trader Joe's that I tossed in the oven, very good, can't go wrong with them! Mandarin Orange Chicken!
I've always wanted to try Trader Joe's dinners. People tell me that it's pretty darn good, but I forget to try it out. Maybe this will be my week.
01/06/2012
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Cookie Monster Mike
This actually sounds quite interesting. Never heard of anything quite like it, but I like cranberry, shrimp, and variations of curry but nothing too over-powering or spicy.
My stir-fry buddy invented it to impress a new date (she was having a dinner party, he called me up and was like "hey bring some ingredients we're preparing a curry for 10 for my new date") and we totally winged it. I had thought dried cranberries would make more sense, he pushed for frozen. I yielded (his date, after all ) and he was totally right

I just re-made it tonight (I think we had it the first time in November?) It was incredible. Spicy, though---if I'm cooking for myself only I usually spice things right up. If I'm serving those of milder palate I'll add an extra can of coconut milk to cool it off

I just made it with cheapy pre-cooked grocery store shrimp, but when we made it for the party it was with head-on shrimp and tiger shrimp from the Asian market. They're so good with their heads on.
01/06/2012
Elnoa Elnoa
Vegetarian pasta with "everything thrown in". Lazy day meal.
01/06/2012
married with children married with children
I just made some eggs, we were not that hungry because we went out to a late lunch. And it was getting late for the kids bed time.
01/08/2012
Dreaus Dreaus
Pan fried salmon with baked potato, steamed broccoli and baby peas. and a nice glass of dry white wine.
01/09/2012
Rossie Rossie
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Originally posted by Antipova
I made a cranberry-shrimp red curry... just the basics, shallots and garlic sauteed in peanut oil, add cheapy curry paste from the Asian store (I keep waiting for galangal to come in stock so I can make my own... but no sweat, this tastes just as ... More
Speaking of curry paste, have you tried a brand called "Patak"? It's made in United Kingdom, and has lots of different flavors. I love their Extra Hot Curry Paste, it's spicier and more flavorful than most of the other brands, but of course I'll add even more hot pepper powder to it.

Too bad I'm allergic to shellfish, or else I'd love to try your recipe.
01/09/2012
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Rossie
Speaking of curry paste, have you tried a brand called "Patak"? It's made in United Kingdom, and has lots of different flavors. I love their Extra Hot Curry Paste, it's spicier and more flavorful than most of the other brands, but ... More
I haven't seen "Patak" around here... Sounds like it'd be Indian-inspired instead of Thai? The Indian markets where I'm at are not exhaustively-well-stoc ked.

When I was vegetarian I did it without shrimp paste, and it was still super delicious. I usually went with Massaman (spelled wrong probably?) Curry, where I didn't miss the flavor of shrimp as much. I'd love to share the recipe with you if you wanted
01/09/2012
Rossie Rossie
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Originally posted by Antipova
I haven't seen "Patak" around here... Sounds like it'd be Indian-inspired instead of Thai? The Indian markets where I'm at are not exhaustively-well-stoc ked.

When I was vegetarian I did it without shrimp paste, and it ... More
You're right, Patak is Indian, not Thai.

Nice, I'd love to try your recipe using Massaman Thai Curry (you've spelled it correctly), as long as I can add meat into it! We're meat-lovers!!! It's good to try something different, I think my son's getting tired of my boring curry recipes!
01/09/2012
mistre$$ mistre$$
I made spanish rice.
01/09/2012
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Rossie
You're right, Patak is Indian, not Thai.

Nice, I'd love to try your recipe using Massaman Thai Curry (you've spelled it correctly), as long as I can add meat into it! We're meat-lovers!!! It's good to try something ... More
Of course! Just fry up some beef where I used to fry tofu, and you're all set

(and let me dig out that recipe... that was back when I was writing things down instead of using my gmail inbox as my recipe box...)
01/09/2012
Clandestine Clandestine
I had my usual standby meal for work; this really great instant miso soup mix, along with about a third of a block of tofu that I added. The miso paste and dashi stock come in one packet, and the dried seaweed, green onions and 'wheat cakes' come in the other packet. Really worth a try (though I can't remember the brand name).
01/09/2012
Tuesday Tuesday
Santa Fe Rice and Beans with this recipe:

link

This is the second time I've made it. It's easy and it was quite good the first time.
01/09/2012
biancajames biancajames
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Originally posted by Cookie Monster Mike
So what did everyone cook, or have cooked for them at dinner time tonight or recently?

Tonight I cooked partially from scratch. I decided I was craving fresh salad, chicken and alfredo.

So out came my favorite fry pan and I proceeded to ... More
Peruvian food: shrimp in spicy red sauce with potatoes and rice. I also cooked a big pot of veggie soup to eat during the week!
01/16/2012
Gary A. Gary A.
Cheesy baked ravioli with fresh salad on the side and strawberry banana peach mango pineapple guava smoothies. mmmmmmm
01/18/2012
Darklyvan Darklyvan
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Originally posted by Cookie Monster Mike
So what did everyone cook, or have cooked for them at dinner time tonight or recently?

Tonight I cooked partially from scratch. I decided I was craving fresh salad, chicken and alfredo.

So out came my favorite fry pan and I proceeded to ... More
Ham dinner, fresh biscuits, roasted potatos
01/18/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
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Originally posted by Darklyvan
Ham dinner, fresh biscuits, roasted potatos
I've been craving biscuits lately too yum!
01/18/2012
Antipova Antipova
Think I'm going to make some jalepeno cream cheese with the neufchatel that'll be ready to eat today, and make some hamburger buns, and convince myself to make hamburgers.

I've been not-a-vegetarian for going on four years now but ground beef still takes a little mental fortitude... but it'll be tasty so I'll do it.

Edit to add: 40 minute hamburger buns recipe is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING: link (from the fresh loaf)
02/02/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
Tonight I am cooking something rather yummy. I have tweaked the recipe only slightly to make it more tasty. But it's pretty darn good I must say as the original recipe too. So here it is!


Pineapple & Cranberry Pork Chops


Ingredients:


4 Boneless center cut pork chops, 1/2 inch thick
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 Tbs Olive oil
10oz can crushed pineapple
1 cup canned whole cranberry sauce.
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced.


Season pork chops with salt and pepper. In large skillet, heat olive oil on a med-high heat. Brown the chops 2 - 3 minutes on each side. Place the chops into the slow cooker. Combine all other ingredients in a medium bowl. Add mixture from bowl and to slow cooker, pouring over chops. Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
02/12/2012
Marcianpro Marcianpro
Pasta and garlic bread
03/17/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
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Originally posted by Marcianpro
Pasta and garlic bread
What kind of pasta? Garlic bread is always good. I have a few variations on how I do mine. But generally I will use a nice long loaf of french bread and melt some butter, add in a hint of salt, either fresh minced garlic, or just garlic powder, lots and lots of parsley, or I will use a garlic/onion/herb blend that is premixed. I then baste it heavily on the cut loaf so a nice 1/2" layer is soaked in, I think pre-cut the bread into slices, about 1/2" to 1"inch from the bottom so it stayed together, then I will bake it like that, or add a nice generous layer of a cheese blend, like mozz, provolone, parmesan and maybe others. YUMMY!

I wanted to grill out tonight before work since it is almost 80 here in Wisconsin. But it is super windy and I don't feel like getting burned. lol
03/17/2012
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