WRAL SmartShopper

WRAL SmartShopper

What's for dinner this weekend?

Posted February 8, 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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  • RaleighFoodBlogger Feb 9, 2014

    jdouglas- thanks!! :-)

  • jdouglas13 Feb 9, 2014

    RFB, they are on Hwy 55 in Apex, maybe half a mile or so past Salem Street on the left heading towards Holly Springs. It's a tiny little (clean) hole-in-the wall kind of place that, if you didn't know about them, you might not even notice. We've eaten there a number of times and have always enjoyed it.

    That shrimp dish is awesome, and goes together in like two minutes once your shrimp are cleaned and ready to go and your pasta water is boiling. It couldn't be easier. Add the white wine with the sautéed onions and herbs until fragrant, and finish it with enough heavy cream (like 1/3 - 1/2 cup) just until it's a lovely salmony color.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Feb 9, 2014

    jdouglas- wow, that pasta and shrimp dish sounds incredible! I LOVE tarragon, and the rest sounds amazing too! And thanks for the tip on Skippers- my DH likes fish and chips... we might check it out!

  • jdouglas13 Feb 9, 2014

    Except for fish & chips at Skippers in Apex, I can't remember the last time I had a good dinner out which is why we generally cook at home. It is fun though when you can get good food. Glad you enjoyed your dinner, Faye!

    We stopped in at Lowe's yesterday and bought some of the Argentinian 10/15 count shrimp they had BOGO (net about $8/lb). We had some last night in a concoction I've mentioned here before, and it was really delicious. Sometimes the farm-raised shrimp from Asia really scares me based on the stories I've heard about it. The shrimp we had last night had so much flavor. I'm going back to buy some more for the freezer. The dish I made was shrimp in a sauce of sautéed shallot, crushed tomatoes, white wine, a little heavy cream, and a whole lot of dried basil and tarragon, served over thin spaghetti. Yum!

    Tonight is London broil from HT BOGO marinated in soysauce/EVOO/garlic and asparagus on the grill with rice. We'll have plenty of leftovers for steak salad tomorrow.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Feb 9, 2014

    Faye- good to know! Well, honestly, I have no problem paying if it is great quality/service. I'm so over going to mediocre restaurants and paying 3 times more than if I just made it at home :-)

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Feb 9, 2014

    RFB - as delicious as Vinnie's was, it is basically in the same price range as Angus Barn. :-)

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Feb 9, 2014

    I think today we're going to head over to Earth Fare and get the $3.99 baby back ribs. I make a recipe that is a little unusual, but uses fresh herbs, garlic and lemon juice instead of your standard BBQ sauce... delicous!

    Nakabi- that sounds interesting on the vanilla bean... let me know if you like it! I'm always open (as you all know by now lol!) to trying new flavors together :-)

    Faye- thanks for the heads up on Vinnie's. A night out is due for us!!! Also, the salmon patties sound great! And love that we are all eating our asparagus... so good for us!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Feb 8, 2014

    Ummm - I meant "Like" Nakabi in the post below. Ooops. LOL

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Feb 8, 2014

    Tonight we had dinner at Vinnie's Steakhouse in Raleigh for the first time. We were there for a 70th birthday party for a relative and it was delicious! The service was excellent!

    Sunday night I am making salmon patties with the leftover salmon from Friday night using bread crumbs, egg, salmon, garlic and plenty of old bay. Will serve with a side of asparagus and rolls. Here's the salmon recipe I am using:

    jdouglas13 - there is nothing wrong with a fried egg sandwich for dinner! Love Nakabi - I love those!

  • nakabi Feb 8, 2014

    Rfb-the carrot s sound good. Ive got a bag of them so that would be a good way to use them. Id add some rosemary for sure. Wonder what a vanilla bean would do for them???? Hmmmmmmmm
    Jdouglas-I love fried egg sandwiches! ! Esp. With frief tomato and a couple slices of bacon. .yum!!!