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:biglaugh: Okay you win the "You might be a homosexual if..." award of the day,
LOL... :blush:

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'cause while I definitely thought "euphemism for sex", that isn't exactly the sex that first popped in to my mind. :D
I dunno why anal popped into my mind with that phrase...maybe because I made the association of "ass" to "rump" and "rump" to "roast" and "roast" to "beef".

Whew...that was a close save.

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Actually, I thought it was warm pink center...? Anyways, the middle was too cool and too red for my tastes.
My understanding is that medium is warm pink center, while medium rare is warm red center. Cold is what I've always called raw.
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Well, regardless, it didn't seem done, and I didn't wanna kill myself...
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Let's see.

Favorite food, which I make lots: Garlic pasta.

Serves one very hungry and slightly overweight person three times.

Recipe (approximate):
1. In small frying pan, mix about 6oz olive oil, 6oz minced garlic, 1tsp black pepper, 2tsp cayenne pepper, 2tsp salt.
2. Make pasta; use about one pound of spaghetti.
3. While pasta is cooking, simmer the oil-and-garlic over low heat.
4. Divide into roughly equal parts, put two of them in tupperware things.
5. Add cheese to taste. I use about 4oz of grated parmesan.

Net result: Girls who are not used to garlic will not kiss you for the rest of the day. Mosquitoes will avoid you, too. Cures the common cold, and just about everything else. MMMMMM.

And no, I'm not kidding about the cayenne pepper. But it might be a whole tbsp.
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Well, regardless, it didn't seem done, and I didn't wanna kill myself...
I don't think that's a concern with beef. As far as I know you can eat it raw out of the fridge without great concern. Chicken, on the other hand... :hide:

I wash my hands after I think about chicken. Pork is scary too.

I had some business in Hamburg back in '97, and I learned about the dangers of mishandling poultry the hard way. It's called Campylobacter Jejuni.
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Favorite food, which I make lots: Garlic pasta.
Mmmm. That sounds really good. I'm now wishing I'd eaten dinner. :doh:
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Old 07-23-2004, 06:42 AM
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Mmmm. That sounds really good. I'm now wishing I'd eaten dinner. :doh:
It's pretty much my staple food. My wife has grown tolerant of it, but still demands that I brush my teeth before getting seriously kissy if I've eaten it, say, within the last day.

Our friend Rah, when visiting, was MUCH more afraid of it, and wouldn't come near me within a couple of hours of me having some tasty pasta. Coward.
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That's spaghetti all'alio, olio e pepperoncino, seebs: a classic Roman dish and one of my favorite ain't got nothing in the house dinners. I use red pepper flakes rather than cayenne, but otherwise it's the same thing.
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That's spaghetti all'alio, olio e pepperoncino, seebs: a classic Roman dish and one of my favorite ain't got nothing in the house dinners. I use red pepper flakes rather than cayenne, but otherwise it's the same thing.
You have found my secret; this was basically an attempt to recreate the wonderful "pasta al olio" (spelling fairly arbitrary) we used to get at this tiny little fast food pasta place. I loved that restaurant, but apparently my opinion was not shared widely enough.
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Old 07-23-2004, 06:24 PM
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You have found my secret; this was basically an attempt to recreate the wonderful "pasta al olio" (spelling fairly arbitrary) we used to get at this tiny little fast food pasta place. I loved that restaurant, but apparently my opinion was not shared widely enough.
It sounds to me like you've done them proud. Hmm... How about starting a thread about itty bitty eateries we've known and loved?
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Old 07-23-2004, 09:32 PM
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Another spaghetti all'alio devotee here. IMO it's the most satisfying meal you can get for the time and financial investment. I always add parsley and pepper flakes.

My husband doesn't mind it at all, so of course I had to find a variant that does gross him out. I skip the cheese and use toasted bread crumbs instead, and melt anchovy fillets into the olive oil while I'm cooking the garlic. Then I sit back and enjoy the solitude.

(livius, do you know what the anchovy-and-bread-crumb version is called? I know it has an Eyetalian name.)
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I skip the cheese and use toasted bread crumbs instead...
Toasted, seasoned bread crumbs are a great parmesan substitute: crunchy and delicious (unless you do what vm did to that poor, poor shrimp recipe I gave him).

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Just spaghetti con le acciughe, afaik.
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Old 07-24-2004, 07:01 AM
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I keep forgetting to post, but I guess I'm not going to do it every night or anything. Tonight, we went to an Indian buffet. It took me a long time to convince the ODB to try Indian food, but I only bugged him about it because I knew he'd love it. I'm sort of proud of that.

Last night, I made vegetable soup with feta cheese and bread and butter.

Like this:

Saute garlic in EVOO in a big stock pot
Brown some cubed stew beef in that, plus maybe a soup bone
Dump in a couple of cans of tomato or V8 type vegetable juice
Add some water
Add a bunch of cubed potatoes
Spice: oregano, S&P, basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, etc.

Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and cover until the potatoes are cooked.

Add a bunch o' frozen vegetables (lima beans, corn, carrots, green beans, peas, stuff like that).

Cook a few more minutes until the frozen vegetables are done, then serve it with fresh bread and butter, and feta cheese to sprinkle on top.

Give Sluggo the soup bone, but watch him closely, and take it away when the pieces get small enough to choke on.

I think the night before, we had rice, with cubed or shredded meat (pork, chicken, or beef--doesn't matter) marinated and sauteed, black beans, shredded cheddar cheese, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, salsa, and sour cream. I like it just in a bowl, but I think everyone else puts theirs in tortillas.

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lisa,

You and I cook pretty much the same, methinks. Brown some of this in a skillet, dump in some of this or that, season it with whatever sounds good at the moment, serve with something for the guests to fall back on so they won't starve if the main dish sucks. Except your ingredients are generally more exotic than mine (read that, not something you're likely to find in Food World in Wetumpka, Alabama). My ingredients usually center around one interesting thing I couldn't resist buying at the supermarket and a bunch of stuff from the fridge that'll go bad if I don't find some use for it, and something canned to evenly distribute any botulism in the iffy fridge food. And salt and pepper and a just a pinch too much cayenne, garlic and/or red pepper.

Most of the time, the fixins they comes out edible, though. And ain't nobody dead yet. Not from my cookin, anyhow.

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Tonight I had a couple of buffalo burgers (cooked on the GF grill) and a salad with ranch dressing, baby carrots, and chunks of dried apple (which tastes better than it may sound).
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Well, I'm nocturnal, so I just had dinner..

Dinner consisted of a bunch of steamed broccoli (got rid of the second head that I bought) and some chicken that I grilled on the GF grill and marinated with some tandoori marinade. It was excellent, and I didn't manage to kill myself! :D
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Artichoke heart goat cheese dip.

Heat 2-3 canned artichoke hearts (that's a normal-sized can) and 3-5 finely chopped cloves of garlic in a few tablespoons of olive oil, over medium heat. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt once you get things heated up. Cook for around ten minutes or until softened; make sure not to fry it.

Let this cool partially, while placing 100-150 grams of soft goat cheese, a teaspoon of lemon juice, and a shot of roughly ground black pepper in a food processor. Add the artichoke mix and whip 'er up.

Like any hummus-style dip, this is delicious cold. But it's truly eye-popping if eaten while still warm, with fresh warm pita too.
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Well, I'm nocturnal, so I just had dinner..

Dinner consisted of a bunch of steamed broccoli (got rid of the second head that I bought) and some chicken that I grilled on the GF grill and marinated with some tandoori marinade. It was excellent, and I didn't manage to kill myself! :D
Glad to see you survived the tandoori protocol with a smile on your face. It looks like you're eating really healthy foods, too. Congratulations, Goliath! :five:
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Artichoke heart goat cheese dip.
You're so good to me, Mr. Munny. The recipe looks absolutely delicious (and pretty darned easy to boot). A couple of questions: do you chop the hearts before cooking them and would you be opposed to a mere whisp or two of Parmegiano Reggiano dusted on top of the warm dip before serving?
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You're so good to me, Mr. Munny. The recipe looks absolutely delicious (and pretty darned easy to boot).
Easy enough to be a quick, if light, dinner in itself, inside of half an hour.


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A couple of questions: do you chop the hearts before cooking them and would you be opposed to a mere whisp or two of Parmegiano Reggiano dusted on top of the warm dip before serving?
I usually split the hearts with the spatula as they soften in the pan. Nothing as highfalutin as chopping them required. (I zip the garlic in the f.p., since I've got it out anyhow.)

A few transparent sheets of Parmegiano on top? Groin-grabbingly transcendent!
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You're so good to me, Mr. Munny. The recipe looks absolutely delicious (and pretty darned easy to boot). A couple of questions: do you chop the hearts before cooking them and would you be opposed to a mere whisp or two of Parmegiano Reggiano dusted on top of the warm dip before serving?
That does sound delicious. I think I'll try that when I get to Dallas. Hmm... I don't have a food processor, though. What can I do?
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That does sound delicious. I think I'll try that when I get to Dallas. Hmm... I don't have a food processor, though. What can I do?
Buy one for eight bucks at a garage sale. I got mine for twenty (Canadian, so, like, twelve $US) at a liquidation store.

It has a scratch on it.
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Easy enough to be a quick, if light, dinner in itself, inside of half an hour.
Mmm... Good thinking. Particularly with the warm pita bread. Yum.

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I usually split the hearts with the spatula as they soften in the pan. Nothing as highfalutin as chopping them required. (I zip the garlic in the f.p., since I've got it out anyhow.)
I'll stick with my old fashioned mezzaluna for the garlic thank you very much, but I'm totally down with the dismemberment by spatula plan.

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My thoughts exactly. No really. It's downright eerie.
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What's for dinner? Well, I was at work today (I work in a bookstore) and spent some time in a corner slacking off and reading a cookbook by Madhur Jaffrey. A recipe for lamb korma with almonds and pecans presented itself as just the thing to spend an afternoon assembling, but my stupid boss was at the photocopier all damn morning so I couldn't sneak a Xerox subsidy. Writing the thing down longhand was out of the question owing to stupid customers pestering me. So I am doing something very stupid, which is just trying to remember as much of the recipe as I can. I'll let you know how it turns out. It will be accompanied by the ubiquitous creamed spinach with jalapeno peppers, because I don't know how to make saag paneer and one experiment per day is my rule.

(That artichoke dip sounds loverly. I would probably gild the lily and add spinach.)
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Old 07-28-2004, 12:41 AM
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Can I come live with you, Rev?

Or, wait. Why don't you and liv get married and adopt me?

In the meantime, this is my experiment of the day:

Puerco Pibil This is basically the recipe I'm using, from the Once Upon a Time in Mexico DVD. Except I'm going to serve it kind of like enchiladas instead, with, like, cheese and onions and stuff. Hmm. Maybe I should make cilantro rice, too. I guess I'd better hurry up and decide.

And I went to the Asian market this morning to get the banana leaves, and they'd just gotten in fresh lychee, so I bought a bag of those, forgetting that I already had some giant melon of some sort, and a whole flat of mangoes, in addition to the usual apples and bananas.

So I am chopping up all this fruit, too, so I can make everyone eat it before it rots, and I'm probably going to make yogurt tonight so we can have mango lassis in the morning. How glamorous would mango lassis for breakfast be? Way glamorous is how.
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