So .. What's for Dinner?

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  1. Mal Campbell

    Mal Campbell Well-Known Member
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    That's so funny. I have to say in the almost 30 years we've been married, our biggest arguments center around the question, "What do you want for dinner?" It's a very circular argument - I ask him, he says "I don't care, what do you want?". I say, "I don't care, what do you want?". And so it goes for several more rounds before one of us either loses his/her temper ("What part of, 'I don't care', don't you understand!??") or decides to make a decision.
     
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    We've got all kinds of plants growing in the garden, including some Collard Greens the neighbors gave us a couple of years ago... and we made Collard Greens with Ham and beans the other night for the first time... Oh my God they were good... So we're having leftovers of that... It's great because the greens came from our back garden....

    And for dessert we'll have some fruit from the back yard... It's citrus season, and the trees are full of oranges... and tangerines... and grapefruit... and limes... and lemons... and pomelos... which means we have a LOT of work ahead of us soon.... :eek::D
     
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    I don't really have a specific dinner time. Basically I just wait until some time in the evening. I'm thinking pizza today. I love pizza.
     
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    With all this bad weather we've had the power go out a couple of times, yesterday it just happened to be around dinnertime. So this morning, just in case, I put some roast, canned tomatoes, onion, celery, carrots and a bunch of seasonings in the crock pot. That way, hopefully, it we do lose power again, dinner will be mostly cooked and ready to go. Plus, I won't have to think about what to cook later tonight!!
     
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    Here's my take on the lunch-dinner- supper thing.

    We don't always have 3 meals per day but when we do it's breakfast, lunch, and supper. Dinner is what we call a big, special meal such as Sunday dinner, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner, etc.

    My wife cooked corned beef and cabbage yesterday so today I made bacon & tomato sandwiches. Two slices of whole wheat toast spread heavily with mayonnaise, one medium tomato, peeled and sliced and 4 slices of crisp bacon for each sandwich.
     
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    When I was growing up (process still in effect), it was breakfast, lunch and supper unless we were going out, then it was dinner, regardless of the time.

    Dinner last night was a terrible combination macaroni and pork dumplings (finally got rid of them all) in a mayo/apple cider vinegar sauce. Probably one of the worse meals I have made in a long time!

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    I'm hungry, so I'm about to make fried rice for lunch, and I'll reheat it and have it again for supper/dinner. We grew up calling the night meal supper, but most I know down here call it dinner. The mid day meal is definitely lunch, or brunch, depending on how lazy I am. I made the rice the other day, because it has to dry out for a few days, so it's not too soggy in the fried rice, and I cooked up some chicken yesterday. I often make meals like that, where I'll use part one day, then morph it into another meal or two, so I don't get bored. The veggies are also already cooked, so the preparation will be minimal, and I'll be eating before long.
     
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    I'm about to finally go downstairs and start cooking. I was going to make some fresh veggies, but it's been a long day, so I think I'll just fry up the flounder and have it with a salad and coleslaw. I'll make the veggies tomorrow, and have them with flounder fillets again, and might add in some biscuits.
     
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    Yesterday was my turn to cook. Chicken livers, beet greens, and macaroni & cheese (from a box). One of these days I'm going to make some real macaroni & cheese.
     
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    How did you cook the beet greens? I want to try cooking beets from scratch, and want to use the greens, as well. I say the same about real mac n cheese, I miss the good stuff.
     
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    Well, tonight I got busy drawing and wasn't paying attention to the time. My husband came in around 20 minutes after our usual dinnertime and asked the dreaded questions, "What's for dinner?". I had some hamburger in the fridge, but really didn't feel like stopping what I was doing - I was on a roll. So, I told him he was on his own - he had a hard boiled egg and some cucumber. About an hour later, I decided to have a piece of sausage (already cooked) on a small roll.

    It took me about 2 minutes to fix. I threw a couple potato chips on the plate and called it dinner. Not the greatest, most nutritious meal I've had, but it was tasty, quick and easy.

    Oh well, tomorrow we'll do something special with the hamburger, like maybe tacos or spaghetti!! :confused: It's been a long time since I really worked at fixing something fancy or different. I should get the cookbook out, but know I won't.
     
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    My local fruit and vegetable shop has been selling wild garlic in the last few weeks. I can't get enough of it. You can steam it gently and use it like spinach, have it as the base for a salad, add a few leaves to your sandwiches or simply munch it raw. It gives you that garlic buzz without overpowering you in the way than chewing a clove of garlic would. Yum!
     
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    Diane, I was in the process of answering you when the site quit working yesterday. The beet greens I had Wednesday were frozen from last years garden, simply added a bit of salt and heated, Sometimes I add bits of bacon and/or chopped onions when cooking greens. I like fresh beets cooked with or without the greens, but mostly I like pickled beets.
     
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    Diane, I don't know about beet greens, but my mother used to cook a lot of other types of greens. She would put them in a pot with a some bacon or fatback, onions, garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper and enough water to cover them, then cook the daylights out of them. She would let them cook for at least an hour or so.

    I've found that cooking them less, they taste much better. I usually throw them in a frying pan sprayed with pam. Add the seasonings you like, then stir fry just until they start to wilt. They should still be a bright green. If you want a creamy texture, throw in some cream cheese (about a Tbsp or 2) and just a touch of milk or half and half. Cook, stirring constantly until the cream cheese is melted. If you have some, sprinkle a little parmesan on top. Or even something crunchy like chopped nuts. Yum - much better than the old "southern" version my mom fixed - sorry mom!! Also, much more nutritious as you haven't cooked all the nutrients out and haven't added the saturated fats that bacon add.
     
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