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What's for dinner Wednesday?

Posted July 8, 2015

Pasta Salad

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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  • GranOFTwenty Jul 8, 2015

    RALEIGHFOODBLOGGER - My bad - so sorry !!
    I saw jdouglas mention wrapping bricks with foil so I thought she was making a "press" for the chicken . LOL
    I will look up the technique and recipes as soon as I have time !
    Thanks for a new idea !!!

  • losltp Jul 8, 2015

    jdoulas - yes get re-tested . With our foods coming from so many different places you are "eating" pollens your body is not accustom to and/or is allergic to.
    A lady I worked with loved strawberries - she grew gallons every year .
    After her divorce , as a "cheer her up gift" someone gave her a container of strawberries from California - she was in the ER within minutes of eating some of the berries .

  • ascherer Jul 8, 2015

    jdouglas - go back and get retested. I did. As a teenager, I was diagnosed with milk and rye allergies. When I was retested last year I learned I am no longer allergic to milk. Thank for the tip on english muffin breadcrumbs.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Jul 8, 2015

    Granoftwenty- From what I've read you don't need anything to flatten it, once you've cut it correctly (but again, I'm also still researching!) If you do a google search for Martha Stewart's recipe, there is a link that tells you how to do it. I'll let you know more once I give it a shot :-)

  • jdouglas13 Jul 8, 2015

    RFB and Ascherer -- thanks for your good wishes. I did the whole allergy testing/weekly shots thing when I was a teenager for a number of years, but that was back up North where the potential allergens are different. For the most part I do know what I'm allergic to (thankfully not to very many foods), but in the last year have had several episodes of bizarre allergic reactions. My Dad suggested that it may be time to go back to an allergist and get retested. I think he's right.

    Ascherer, your allergy to rye sounds awful. FWIW, I accidentally discovered that stale, lightly toasted English muffins chopped in the food processor make really good Panko type breadcrumbs. Depending on the degree of staleness, you may want to put them in a low oven on a baking sheet to dry out further before using them.

  • GranOFTwenty Jul 8, 2015

    jdouglas13 - your dinner tonight sounds so good !!
    I hope you are feeling better !
    Do you know what caused you reaction ??

    RALEIGHFOODBLOGGER -I need to research that way of cooking chicken .
    Do you think a bacon press would work to press the chicken in the fry pan ??
    It works great for quesadillas and paninis .

  • ascherer Jul 8, 2015

    jdouglas - I'm glad you are feeling better. Do you know what you are allergic to? If not, I highly recommend getting tested. Just knowing what to look for helps. I'm allergic to rye and breakout in a full body rash every time I have any. I read the labels on everything. Did you know that Panco Breadcrumbs may contain rye? I can't use any premade breadcrumbs. I have to make my own.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Jul 8, 2015

    Jdouglas- I ended up poaching the chicken as I ran out of time today (to try something new). But I'm going to try it next week when I get more chickens. I read more on it and people say it gets a really delicious crispy skin!

    Oh no, and just read on in your comment. I'm so glad you're OK. Allergic reactions are the worst. I once went to the ER when I was younger for an asthma attack. Not fun at all :-( :-(

  • jdouglas13 Jul 8, 2015

    Raesmom, if any of that sounds appealing to Baby, come one over, because I made enough soup to feed a small army.

  • jdouglas13 Jul 8, 2015

    RFB, about the chicken method you mentioned, I have seen that as well. I even bought a couple of bricks and wrapped them in foil to weigh down the chicken. That's as far as I got. I think it's a brilliant idea and really am going to try it one of these days, maybe with a smaller chicken that will fit in the cast iron frying pan. If you make it, please let me know what you think and if you ran into any problems with it sticking, etc.

    Last night's dinner ended up being cream cheese and strawberry jam sandwiches at 1:15 a.m., after an eventful night at the E.R. (for me this time -- I had an anaphylactic allergic reaction to something). Doing MUCH better today, and I finally got an RX for an Epi-Pen, which I probably should have done when they first came out on the market. :)

    I made the vichyssoise today for dinner tonight, along with BLT sandwiches and the first of the German Johnson tomatoes at the farm stand near me. I'm really looking forward to it.