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What’s for Dinner: A Week in Review

I had a busy week so I didn’t keep up with regular daily (or semi daily) postings. But here were the highlights of last week’s culinary experiments and adventures in the kitchen…

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What’s for Dinner: Lemongrass Scampi with Fresh Pasta

After being on the road (again) for another week, I finally had a few days at home to catch up on cooking and other household projects. Yesterday I was in the mood to make a fresh batch of pasta from my beloved Lillo Due Professional Extruder; I know I owe friends some pasta I promised to send out around the holidays but I’m still working on perfecting drying for long-term storage and shipping. In the meantime, that means I get to make lots of pasta for myself and the sweetie, who never complains when it’s pasta night.

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What’s for Dinner: Szechuan Fish and Vegetable Fried Rice

Tuesday ended up being the winter storm that wasn’t; Juno came through South Jersey like a whimper, not a rage, an almost embarrassment of over-preparation. Like every other crazy person out there, I had stocked up on milk, eggs, and bread the day before—not because I wanted to make French toast but because I honestly use and need these things in my regular cooking!

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What’s for Dinner: Seafood Stew with Sausage, Tomatoes, Herbs and Wine

I’ve actually been on the road all week, so there actually hasn’t been much “What’s for Dinner” to post. Before I left, however, I made a couple big batches of food for my sweetie to eat while I was away. One was the sausage and lentil stew I posted about earlier. I still had about a pound of sausage defrosted after making that, so I wanted to use that up in something else but with a lighter touch than just more meat. I had some small scallops and other fish in my freezer so I searched around for a stew or soup of some kind to use them all, something different from a paella I’d otherwise make.

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What’s for dinner: Chicken Dopiaza

Last year I picked up one cookbook which has become one of my regular “go to’s” when I’m not sure what to make: 500 Indian Recipes by Shehzad Husain, Rafi Fernandez, Mridula Baljekar and Manisha Kanani. I can’t swear by how authentic the recipes are as I’m not the biggest expert on Indian cuisine by a long shot. I can say, however, that the recipes in the book are in general incredibly delicious and not all that difficult to make. Once I stocked up my pantry with some basic Indian spices and ingredients (most of which were easy to locate via Amazon if I couldn’t buy them locally), they were no more difficult to prepare than many of the Italian, Asian, or Mexican dishes I prepare on a regular basis at home.

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