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What's for dinner Wednesday?

Posted May 24

Sauteed vegetables

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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  • twinredheads May 24, 9:17 p.m.

    I grew up in Oregon and never HEARD of hush puppies until I moved out here as an adult. Kind of a shame as they are so tasty!

  • jdouglas13 May 24, 8:22 p.m.

    PS lol about the hushpuppies... I'm not sure they even have them in the NW?? I sure never saw them in California.

  • jdouglas13 May 24, 8:21 p.m.

    Miacarre, your garden sounds wonderful! It isn't likely I'll get to do a garden, but I may have to plant some basil at least.

    Observant, thanks for the recipe and method for okra. I have a heavy, deep grill pan that I may be able to use to fry the okra in. I can only imagine how good it is with fresh okra!

  • miacarre May 24, 7:38 p.m.

    Observant- You don't need big area to grow okra, I have very small space in my backyard, I have 12 okra plants and that's more than enough because each plant usually have 4 to 5 okra in it, For the long beans, there's different style we prepare, you can prepare adobo style, it's sauteed​ with garlic,onion, soysauce, a little vinegar,salt,pepper it's good to pair with white rice, or you can saute with shrimp or meat, or ground beef or ground pork.

  • observant May 24, 6:44 p.m.

    MIACARRE- VERY NICE ! My parents grew okra but they had much more area to grow things than I do -How much area does it take to grow a nice crop ??
    How do you prepare the Chinese long beans ??
    I saw some long beans at the Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee (NC) - would they be the same thing ? Wishing you Much Success with your gardening !!

  • miacarre May 24, 4:10 p.m.

    In my garden, I have okra plants that just started sprouting along with Chinese long beans, Asian squash and bitter melon that help lower cholesterol and good for people that have diabetic.

  • observant May 24, 3:55 p.m.

    JDOUGLAS13 - I use a deep fryer - wait for it to reach temperature then drop the basket of breaded okra in and let cook a few minutes until golden- do not over fill the basket - single layer is best . I the put in dish/pan with ridges to keep the food up out of the grease . For homemade I make a batter out of baking mix and my favorite spices ( or use onion ring batter mix with added spices )- dip the cut okra, sit on parchment for a few minutes for the coating to dry slightly then drop in the hot oil .
    Fried Okra is apparently a Southern thing as are hushpuppies !
    I was very surprised there were NO hushpuppies to go with all the great seafood in the Pacific Northwest when we visited there years ago.
    How do you eat seafood without hushpuppies ?? LOL

  • jdouglas13 May 24, 3:09 p.m.

    Observant, how do you make the okra that's already breaded? I'm guessing just fry them while they are still frozen? How deep should the oil be and can I do it in a cast iron frying pan? I was in a hospital in Florida almost 30 years ago for a couple of weeks and they had fried okra on the menu a couple of times. I had never heard of it, much less had it, and it was delicious. I've never made it myself or had it again since, but I think it's time to change that. :)

  • observant May 24, 1:36 p.m.

    JDOUGLAS13 - I do make fried okra ( and freeze it ) when I can get it fresh (local).
    I also use the frozen breaded kind from the grocery store when necessary .
    FAYE - YUM on shrimp quesadillas ! Hannah is jumping right it on the cooking !

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 24, 12:51 p.m.

    twinredheads - I thought of you and teaching your girls to cook today at lunch. Hannah made us shrimp quesadillas (all on her own) that were excellent. She used Old Bay on the shrimp and cooked them perfectly. I begged her to make them again for us next week!

    And considering she used the shrimp meant for dinner (but I didn't tell her that because I was thrilled she was making me lunch!) we will be having breakfast for dinner with scrambled eggs, French toast, mandarin orange slices.

    observant - We'll send out the memo earlier next week! lol

    jdouglas13 - your shrimp in creamy tomato sauce sounds great!

    coupon4me - have fun at your girls night out!!