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What's for dinner Friday?

Posted July 18, 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.




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  • jdouglas13 Jul 18, 2014

    Grandview the ginger ale technique sounds interesting. Fresh ginger along with garlic is used in a lot of Chinese cooking. Is it at all reminiscent of that?

    I love fresh sugar snap peas as well as snow peas. They are wonderful in salad, especially the Chinese chicken salad I make. I haven't made that since last summer. I'll have to have it again soon.

    Looks like eggplant parm and spaghetti for dinner tonight. Tomorrow is beef stroganoff. I discovered a chuck roast in the freezer, and have mushrooms to use up as well as some sour cream.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Jul 18, 2014

    Jdouglas and Faye- ha! I just went back and read that too... sorry, we had internet problems last night, so I wasn't on top of it :-) And yes... frozen peas are all I eat. The Alexia brand is especially amazing- with a nice fresh pop when you eat them!

    Grandview- thanks for the ginger ale idea, I have a bottle of it needing to use!

    Nakabi- good to know on the cooked EF chickens. I'm not loving the HT ones lately (the seasoning they use has changed, and it's so salty to us)... so, I'm excited to try those!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jul 18, 2014

    Grandview - thanks for the new technique!

  • Grandview Jul 18, 2014

    Faye - Yes, I always simmer my crock pot roast with ginger ale - I got the recipe from my SIL years ago.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jul 18, 2014

    Jdouglas - I guess I should have clarified. I LOVE sugar snap peas, both fresh and frozen. I just don't like the ones from the can. Hopefully that will also ap"pease" RFB! lol

    I will try the Birds Eye baby peas per your recommendation though...and then feed the rest of them to the family. ;-) And good job cleaning out your freezers. I need to do that as well.

    Grandview - you simmer the London broil in Ginger Ale???? I have heard of using Coke but never Ginger Ale. I must try this as I love Ginger Ale. Have you done it before?

  • Grandview Jul 18, 2014

    London Broil marked down at FL, simmered in crock pot with dry onion soup mix, brown gravy packet and a can of ginger ale. Will serve with veggies from farmer's market. The London Broil smells so good simmering all day.

  • jdouglas13 Jul 18, 2014

    Faye, I just saw the pea-dissing apology you posted yesterday. Girl, if all you've ever had is peas from a can, no wonder you don't like them! Get yourself a bag of Birds Eye BABY peas. Bring some lightly salted water to boil in a pot. Throw in the peas. Drain them as soon as they're hot -- like a minute or two tops. You won't believe you're eating the same vegetable!

  • jdouglas13 Jul 18, 2014

    I'm hesitant to even post a menu since it seems to change every 5 minutes this week. I'm debating between the eggplant parm which never got made last night (although the spaghetti sauce did), and doing something on the grill since it seems pretty nice out today. Maybe some chicken?

    AND I organized and cleaned out both the upright and the fridge-freezers so I actually know what I have and where it is... sort of ;)

  • nakabi Jul 18, 2014

    bjmholmes3-if you read this, thanks for the recipe from Wednesday for the braised ribs..Looks sooo good!!!!

  • nakabi Jul 18, 2014

    It's Friday so that means company over :) and yes, we do seem to have company over often. We generally have a different family over from church once a week (Mondays) and we have just random friends over on Fridays.
    Tonight we are having grilled hot & bbq wings (.99/lb), fried okra & green tomatoes, green beans, corn on cob (all free from the garden), cornbread, coleslaw, cowboy beans (similar to baked beans, but made with capsicum, ground meat, worstershire sauce, ketchup, brown sugar and baked). They will bring dessert.