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What's for dinner this weekend?

Posted May 3, 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 May 5, 2014

    jdouglas- oh right.. I love beets, and might try those as well (they're on sale at Kroger, too!) The recipe I found for the radishes is just a 30 minute one for the fridge, and doesn't involve the (scary) canning process... I need to learn how to do that some day!! :-)

    teecee- thanks for the reminder. I've made dilly beans before, and actually got some French green beans at the Sam's Club free weekend. That might be really delicious!

  • teecee May 4, 2014

    My mother pickled beans ( green beans - sometimes with small amounts of corn ) - she packed them in old butter churns while they "pickled" .

  • jdouglas13 May 4, 2014

    RFB, when I reread your post just now, I remembered pickled beets as well. I used to have borscht with sour cream at a neighbor's house when I was a kid. It was so good, and the most gorgeous shade of pink!

  • jdouglas13 May 4, 2014

    RFB, I am not a fan of pickles generally except for the big garlicky ones you get at the Jewish delis in NYC, so I haven't made them. However, lots of things other than cucumbers are pickled -- someone mentioned asparagus here recently, also think Italian giardenera (sp?) which is mixed pickled vegetables that includes all kinds of stuff.

    I think your idea with radishes might be really good. I'm not sure if prepared horseradish that you buy is exactly pickled, but it definitely has vinegar in it.

    Nakabi -- you're welcome. I ended up doing that salad the easy way tonight -- the dressing was just EVOO, lemon juice, lemon zest, and lemon pepper. Delicious. No need to make a classic vinaigrette for this dish, but that's how you would do it if you wanted to.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger May 4, 2014

    Ascherer- that salad sounds fantastic, we're having something similar tomorrow night!

    And speaking of cukes... I love pickles, but I'm allergic to cucumbers. I did some research and am going to try pickling radishes tomorrow. Sounds a bit odd, but I'm going to give it a shot, as I need a substitute for my salads, etc. Has anyone tried it? At the very least they're pretty (pink!)

    Everyone's dinners sounds amazing! I'm exhausted after much cooking this last week. We got Greek Fiesta to go... and now I'm enjoying an evening w/my feet up, no dishes, and lots of leftover hummus and pita bread :-)

  • nakabi May 4, 2014

    Ascheret- your salad sounds like one I would make ( minus the egg lol).

  • jdouglas13 May 4, 2014

    Nakabi, for the lemon vinaigrette, I just make it up as go along. It includes olive oil, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, a little Dijon mustard to help it emulsify a bit, kosher salt, lemon pepper, dry minced garlic or garlic powder (or 1 smashed fresh clove but I get lazy), whatever herbs strike my fancy that day, and a bit of honey or sugar if it is too sour.

  • observant May 4, 2014

    grilled salmon , green salad ( homegrown lettuce, tomatoes , cukes ) , and corn on the cob
    PS I have little tomato plants that have volunteered from last year !

  • ascherer May 4, 2014

    Tonight is going to be chef salad. I have lettuce, cukes, carrots, cherry tomatoes, feta, bacon bits, cheese, and salad dressing in the fridge. I will boil a couple of eggs. I am picking up strawberries and grapes at the store. There are sunflower seeds in the cabinet. If I find anything else, it will get thrown in also.

    I make a basic salad. Then everything else gets set out and can be added if desired.

  • nakabi May 4, 2014

    Jdouglas-the salad sounds good! Whats in the vinegaret?