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What's for dinner Thursday?

Posted December 5, 2013



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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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Dec 5, 2013

    jdouglas - I hear ya. Can't wait until mine arrives and my productivity skyrockets!

  • jdouglas13 Dec 5, 2013

    Sure thing, Faye, once I have the new computer up and running. As it is now, the 99% dead one only types about 3 out of every 10 characters and is making me crazy! You would not believe how long it took me to type just the ingredients. :p

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Dec 5, 2013

    jdouglas - if you want to send me the recipe in recipe format (separate list of ingredients and directions), I can add it to the WRAL recipe database.

    We all decided on pancakes, eggs and steamed carrots for dinner at the request of the husband and agreed to by the little people. I am using the Krustez pancake mix that was BOGO with .55/1 coupon at HT a while ago. Made it .40 for the whole box. Also using .99/dozen eggs and .99/lb mini carrots.

  • jdouglas13 Dec 5, 2013

    I was worried about running out of space for the pizza dough recipe, so if anyone needs more info, let me know. :)

    And Meredith88, I hope you see this and please accept my apologies for taking so long to post it.

  • jdouglas13 Dec 5, 2013

    Meredith - this is my FAVE NY style pizza dough. The crust has nice big bubbles on the edges, crispy outside, yet chewy inside. I make the dough in the bread machine and transfer it to a huge covered container lightly greased with EVOO. Let it sit out all day and gently deflate as needed. Refrigerate it overnight for up to 3 nights. It makes about three 12 inch rounds. 22 ounces (must weight) bread flour, 2 + 1/4 tsp Kosher salt, 2 TB + 2 tsp sugar, 1 + 1/2 tsp instant yeast, 2 TB EVOO, 4 tsp honey, 14 fluid ounces of water - 2 oz shy of 2 cups. This is a firm dough. Don’t add extra water. It MUST be at a warm room temperature before you can shape it, so remove from fridge 3 hours or so before using. I bake it at between 400 and 500 degrees depending on the pizza.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Dec 5, 2013

    Thanks everyone for your defrosting tips! And good idea on the packaging, Jdouglas! I love how FM wraps everything so nicely, but when frozen it tends to become one big block. Breaking it up, would help, especially since I'm not freezing for months on end!

    And Meredith88- how fun on Saving Mr. Banks... can't wait to see that!! :-)

  • jdouglas13 Dec 5, 2013

    RFB, re defrosting, I never know in advance what I'm having. I just know that I don't do special shopping trips. It's all from the pantry/freezer.

    Easy defrosting is all about packaging. When I buy chicken breasts, I trim off the nasty stuff and wrap each one individually airtight in plastic wrap, then put them all in a big ziploc marked with the contents and date. Chicken drumsticks and Italian sausage are wrapped 4 to a pack. Ground chuck is weighed out into 8 oz portions, formed into a patty, and wrapped individually, etc. To defrost in a BIG hurry, like at 6 pm, put the item on a microwave-safe plate, set it to time defrost for 2 minutes. I check it and repeat until it is just half frozen so it's not cooked by the microwave. Anything liquid is frozen flat in a big ziploc, marked, and put into a second ziploc for insurance against a leak. The outer bag can be reused, since it doesn't touch food. HTH! :)

  • meredith88 Dec 5, 2013

    We have a change of plans for tonight. A friend gave us passes to go see the premiere of Saving Mr. Banks so after I get home from work we only have one hour til we need to leave for the movie. I'm thinking of taking Faye's idea for quesadillas since those are fast and we have extra rice in the fridge to go with them. But in reality it's one of those nights where I won't decide until I get home and start cooking :)

  • UNCW_Ash Dec 5, 2013

    Our chef friend is bringing a roast (helps to have a single chef friend who likes to come over for dinner!) and we are making Pioneer Woman's mashed potatoes (to die for) and some leftover veggies to go with it. Super yummy!

  • Gator Girll Dec 5, 2013

    Vegetable soup and meatloaf sandwiches at our house tonight. I've been really busy at work lately and am getting ready for a party tomorrow night so this seemed easiest right now.