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What's for dinner Friday?

Posted June 20, 2014



Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the evening, post where you bought the ingredients frugally and even share a recipe if you would like. If you need some inspiration for your own dinner tonight, this may give you some helpful ideas.

What's on your menu tonight?




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  • jdouglas13 Jun 21, 2014

    Thanks for the welcome home everyone! :)

    Observant, yes it is my naughty twins that love green beans. I usually feed them (thawed) frozen since I calculated that they are even cheaper than canned, but if I can get fresh for less than $1/lb, I'll be a good mama and get those. I was about to say I'll cook them, but I trained both of them to like raw, fresh veg from puppyhood, so maybe I'll just cut them up and let them have at it.

    All this talk of brisket had me dreaming about it Friday night. I dreamt that someone behind me on line in the grocery store bought a whole brisket for $65 and how horrified I was at the price LOL. Bargain shopping even in my sleep . ;)

  • observant Jun 20, 2014

    Wow ladies - sounds like I have some thinking to do !

    The au jus and cheese does sound incredible !
    I am looking forward to leftovers lol

    I will let you know how I wind up cooking the brisket and how it turns out !!

    Thanks So Much !!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jun 20, 2014

    Losltp - you had me at "au jus and some melted cheese ". :-)

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Jun 20, 2014

    Faye- that recipe does sound good... love mushrooms. And I'm with you on the bites... they are addicting- thanks!

    Losltp- that sandwich sounds delicious!!!!

    Observant- I'm with you... I like that it's not too spicy!

  • losltp Jun 20, 2014

    The mushrooms sound delicious in the brisket , Faye -
    I will add those to my next one !

    Here is the pioneer woman's recipe for beef brisket :


    This was my first attempt at a brisket - it will not be my last .

    I was out of soy sauce but mine turned out just fine .

    Served leftovers warmed on deli sandwich rolls with au jus and some melted cheese - my oh my .

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jun 20, 2014

    RFB - your brisket recipe sounds delicious! Those balsamic onion lettuce bites on your blog look amazing! I think I could eat them every day. lol

    Oh - we didn't have pizza. I caved in after we were still in Cary tonight at 6:45 pm and the little people were "starving". We picked up Jersey Mike's subs....with a coupon! But I will be cooking a London Broil Saturday in the slow cooker. Yum.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jun 20, 2014

    Welcome back , Jdouglas! So glad you made it home safe and sound.

    Observant - I have cooked brisket in the slow cooker with BBQ sauce, onions and garlic many times and it is delicious. But, one of my girls does not love BBQ sauce so I am going to try a new recipe this coming week in the slow cooker with the Carlie C's brisket on sale. Here is the recipe from Martha Stewart. I plan to add 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms as well:

    http://www.marthastewart.com/344923/slow-cooker-brisket-and-onionsMy mom used to make an awesome beef brisket in the oven with tons of beef broth, onions and mushrooms. She cooked it in the oven for hours on 325 covered in foil.

    Here is a fabulous sounding recipe I will be trying when it is not so hot outside and I don't mind having the oven on for many many hours:

    http://www.secretsofasouthernkitchen.com/2010/01/slow-cooked-oven-baked-brisket.htmlLet us know which recipe you use. I love brisket and wish it went on sale more.

  • observant Jun 20, 2014

    Thanks RFB !!
    I use Heinz chili sauce too - not too spicy .
    I use it in many dipping sauces and for a little something different in an occassional meatloaf ( hubby loves it , not my fav ) .

    Is it jdouglas' pups that eat green beans ??
    They will be in heaven right now - the ones at the produce stands have been superb the past week.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Jun 20, 2014

    Jdouglas- yes, welcome home! And yes, it's the chili sauce that is right by the ketchup, I think I use Heinz brand.

    Observant- here's the recipe for it, in this post (ignore the appetizer part). The leftovers are also amazing in twice baked potatoes with peas, cheese, sour cream, etc. Hope you try it... we LOVE it! :-) http://www.aspoonfulofluxe.com/2013/01/beef-brisket-in-beer-with-herbed-goat.html

  • observant Jun 20, 2014

    Welcome Home !
    I hope things went OK at your parents .
    Enjoy your "pasta fix" and relaxing at home .