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Old 01-19-2008, 07:55 AM   #1
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The Official What's For Dinner thread: - Part 4

Hey All!

I may miss something so please forgive me. We tore down paneling and sheet rock in the hall and family room yesterday for 4 hours and my body hurts...got about 2 more hours of work today.

I will take pics later...

Becky, The fondue was great! We had alot of fun...I think next time, I will add some cooked chicken or beef to make it more of a meal (which I was fine with but Tom was missing his meat and I think he got sick of the salami).

Wendie, Glad your Mom is doing better. Hope Ross is and your Grandma.

Kathy, Way to go Kyle! Auntie Laur is so happy!!!

Stephanie, thanks for sharing your reviews.

Sheryl and Nancy, Hats off to you Grandmas...I am so happy that my Mom is soo close to A...

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We are going to Dave and Busters this afternoon/evening. We went there several months ago and loved it. Its like a Chuck E Cheese for adults and older kids (I think they have small kid games too) and they have a restaurant and bar!!! Its in a huge mall in Nyack NY too so I can do some returns that I need to do.

Have a great day all!
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Old 01-19-2008, 08:31 AM   #2
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Good morning. Boy is it cold outside. I think for the most part we are staying in. I do have to get the car moving though so we will go to the bank and maybe to lunch and back home again.

Sheryl Thank you for the coffee. I will make that this afternoon. I think I'll bake something to have with the coffee.

Tonight I'm making beef soup in the crockpot. We need something to keep us warm. It is nice and toasty in the house.
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Old 01-19-2008, 09:17 AM   #3
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We are going to Dave and Busters this afternoon/evening. We went there several months ago and loved it. Its like a Chuck E Cheese for adults and older kids (I think they have small kid games too) and they have a restaurant and bar!!! Its in a huge mall in Nyack NY too so I can do some returns that I need to do.

Have a great day all!
Sounds like fun, especially the bar!

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Tonight I'm making beef soup in the crockpot. We need something to keep us warm. It is nice and toasty in the house.
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WFD - Trout Meuniere, Lemon Spaghetti and Spinach Salad.
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Old 01-19-2008, 09:53 AM   #4
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Kathy, congratulations to Kyle! I hope he gets a scholarship.

Your dinner sounds awesome also. I have no idea what I am making yet because I had a HUGE breakfast...here is a picture:



It is in my stomach like a rock! I'll probably be hungry around...oh, say, 10 PM.

Here are photos from last night's dinner. First, the cocktail:



Macaroni gratins...we split one:



DH's filet with balsamic mushrooms:



I also made some roasted carrots and parsnips.
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Old 01-19-2008, 12:43 PM   #5
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Morning, all! Not sure what's for dinner. Depends on our day, I guess. We ended up taking the kids to McD's for dinner last night, so I'm thinking we'll have soup and sammies tonight. Nothing spectacular, but it's comfort food, and no one has to spend a ton of time in the kitchen.
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Great pics Becky, what kind of cocktail was that?
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Becky, you're killing me with that filet. I'm drooling.

Tonight we were supposed to drive to ILs and go to dinner at Olive Garden for MILs birthday. DH is still going but I'm sick and miserable. I haven't been sick in almost a year and I'm not pleased. Fever, body aches, trouble breathing, the whole bit. I just got out of bed 15 minutes ago (at 1pm). I can't decide if it's bronchitis or a bad cold.

And of course my mother is flying in on Monday afternoon to be there Wed night for a special service at church for me so I cannot be sick!

DH is going alone while I stay at home and see if I can kick it.
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Old 01-19-2008, 01:23 PM   #8
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Kathy, the drink is one ounce vodka, one ounce amaretto, two ounces orange juice, and three ounces of cranberry juice, shaken with lots of ice to get it diluted a bit and really cold. That is lemon ginger sugar around the rim.

I am still stuffed, but I decided on dinner. I'm making fajitas tonight. I have beef for my parents and chicken for DH and me. I need to find a marinade for the meat. I am also making rice, refried beans, corn, guacamole, and sauteed peppers and onions. For Liam, I am making burritos. He likes his with corn, black beans, rice, and montery jack cheese. No meat, no sauce!

DH is out running errands, and if he comes back with limes I will make margaritas too!

Aimee, we have a freezer full of filets right now! DH caught an online sale from lobels--it was buy one get one free. I think he bought 30! I told him he was still not getting red meat more than once a week, so they'll be in there for a loooooong time. (How long can you freeze meat for anyway? Does anyone know? I have them in our giant deep freezer, not the regular freezer.) I also wanted to say that I hope you feel better soon.
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I'm sick and miserable. I haven't been sick in almost a year and I'm not pleased. Fever, body aches, trouble breathing, the whole bit. I just got out of bed 15 minutes ago (at 1pm). I can't decide if it's bronchitis or a bad cold.
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Thanks Becky, that sounds great!
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Becky, how do you so perfectly cook a filet that is that thick? It looks so good, and I would love to do that.
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Good morning. Boy is it cold outside. I think for the most part we are staying in. I do have to get the car moving though so we will go to the bank and maybe to lunch and back home again.

Sheryl Thank you for the coffee. I will make that this afternoon. I think I'll bake something to have with the coffee.

Tonight I'm making beef soup in the crockpot. We need something to keep us warm. It is nice and toasty in the house.
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Evening all....sorry I have been MIA for a few days...between Ross being sick and my grandmothers eye surgery, it has been a busy few days.

Gram is doing just fine, nothing stops this women! She can already see better and can read her paper with out it seeming foggy. This is huge as she loves her paper and has missed it. (she had a film over the back of her lens....like a cateract(sp), but different...does that make sense?!!?)

My mother is doing OK...good days and bad....she is able to eat and drink through a straw now, she was having to have all things thick like honey consistency, but can have regular liqueds and soft foods, etc. Her voice is so much stronger, they took out more fluid from her lungs last night,but things seem to be going in the right direction. (fingers crossed)We are having an issue with her and pain meds, but this is a road we have traveled often with her. Her own DR will be back on Monday, so we will deal with it then.

Ross is getting better, still coughing, but not as hard and it sounds like things have loosened up quite a bit. He seems to have a bit more energy and actually ate a bit last night. School is out until Wed. so he will have time to get plenty of rest.

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Becky--Thanks for the update on our skating star!! Glad that Caili's tummy bug passed fast and Laura didn't catch it!

Kathy--Please tell Kyle that his Aunt Wendie is just so proud of him!!! He is worth skipping a vacation for!! Stand tall my friend, you have raised a wonderful boy(man)!!

Aimee--I hope that you feel better. Try to rest, and drink plenty of fluids!!

Lauren--I can't wait to see your photos...remember lift with the knees, lol.

Kris is actually finishing our main bath this week, it got started 2 yrs ago, but when you are married to someone who builds spec houses....your stuff is always finished last.....I threatened that my girlfriend and myself were going to start laying tile, while the boys were at karate, so I think he is scared,lol....the thing is Jen and I would never get much done after the first margarita, lol!

Lindsey--can't wait to hear how the ring looks and what else is new with the SK's!!

Sheryl--my coffee had a mail mishap I am afraid, in the mail today I had the booklet from the company in a plastic post office bag, with the note "sorry contents were lost etc"......I do thank you though for thinking of me and sending me some!!!

I am sure I missed someone....I mean well.....if I missed something major let me know!

Last night we had hash browns with onions, cube steak with fried eggs on top and fresh green beans. Sounds like an odd combo, but was soooo good!!
Tonight will be pancakes and bacon....it is very cold here, and this sounds like comfort food!

I hope everyone is having a great Saturday!!
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Hi! What I did was this: preheated my oven to 400 degrees. Then, I heated up a half and half mix of butter and oil in a thick-bottomed pan. Not too much...maybe 1 tsp. of each. Then, when the oil got really hot and started to smoke, I seared the steak on both sides until browned...not too long...maybe two 1/2 minutes a side.

Then. I put the skillet with the steak still in it right into the hot oven, and cooked it until it reached 115 degrees (about 10-15 minutes for a 5 oz. steak). I then took the steak out of the oven and out of the pan, put it on a cutting board, covered with foil, and let rest until it reached 120 degrees minimum (around 5-10 minutes resting time). That will give you the juicy red but heated through meat you see in my photo.

When the steaks are as thick as this one, I cook with a meat thermometer as opposed to touch. But, if you don't have a meat thermometer, another way to know when it is done is this: place in oven as I said, and then keep touching it every couple of minutes. When the meat feels like the fleshy pad of your plan under your thumb (while it is relaxed), then pull it from the oven. Cover with foil and let rest for a full 10 minutes before slicing.
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Dinner photos:

Chicken for the fajitas, grilled:



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Big bowl of guacamole:

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Aimee I hope that yo feel better soon. Stay in bed and get plenty of rest. The old going around lass for some time so you really need to rest to kick it.

Becky- Your food always looks so good! I have always been nervous about cooking filet's but you make it sound easy.

Wendie- Glad That Ross is perking up. His "bug" packed a triple punch I think. I know that your Mom is up and down but she really has a long way to go to be back to "normal". Her poor body is working so hard, it is going to take some time, I'm afraid.

Now your Gram is one tough cookie, isn't she? Good for her!
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