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Pampered Chef: What's for Dinner? (May 20)

  1. rennea

    rennea Legacy Member Gold Member

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    I think tonight we are having bangers and mashed with onion gravy. My DH favorite meal, not mine but I will survive. :)
     
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  2. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    Trying to think of something new to do on the grill....
     
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  3. DessertDivaFL

    DessertDivaFL Veteran Member Gold Member

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    We are going out of town tonight so dinner on the road.
     
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  4. rbvernon

    rbvernon Member Silver Member

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    Tonight is family night at MIL so she is cooking chicken stew with corn.
     
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  5. sk8rgrrl99

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    Hmmm.. I have no idea but I have a fridge full of leftovers so I'm sure I won't starve. ;)
     
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  6. kcmckay

    kcmckay Advanced Member Gold Member

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    well I have to work tonight so it will be a crappy icky sub. DH will have to fend with either leftover lasanga or chicken casserole.
     
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  7. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    I think I'm going to try out a bit of my new bread recipe as pizza dough. That will mean pepperoni pizza for us.
     
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  8. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    Rae - can I get the recipe for that bread dough? Do you have to have a bread machine for it?
     
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  9. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    I'm happy to share. No bread machine needed. I got the recipe through a link from Everyday Cheapskate. It's from a book titled Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. I halved the recipe since it was my first try. For the half recipe our medium SS bowl worked beautifully--plenty of room to grow but fit in the fridge well.

    3 c lukewarm water
    1 1/2 T granulated yeast
    1 1/2 T kosher or other coarse salt
    6 1/2 c unbleached all-purpose flour
    Cornmeal for the peel

    Mix everything (but the cornmeal) together with a spoon. Put it in a food-safe bucket. Let it rise at room temperature for 2 to 5 hours, then put it in the fridge. It will keep for 2 weeks and make 8 1-pound loaves.

    When you want bread, reach in the bucket and pull off a hunk of dough. Dust it with a little flour. Shape it. Set it on a wooden peel that's been dusted with cornmeal. Lit it sit for 40 minutes to an hour. Pop it in the oven at 350F for about 30 minutes.

    No kneading. It's a dense, crusty bread.

    I love the idea of having bread pretty much ready to bake at all times. I'm putting the book on my Christmas list.
     
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  10. rbvernon

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    oh thinking about bread; i tried our beer bread; OMG it was SOOOO good!! My husband LOVED IT. He called one of his buddys and he loved it too. They can't wait for me to cook it again!!
     
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  11. chefsteph07

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    Spaghetti and maybe the garlic bites.

    Someone mentioned above lasagna and I haven't made that in so long, that might have to be on my menu next week, for some reason that sounds REALLY good right now.
     
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  12. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    Wow! That sounds like so much fun to have! Let me know how it works as pizza dough!
    I have to go buy more yeast, and then I'm going to try it. It's interesting that there isn't more of a starter...




    Tonight, I've decided we are doing pizzas on the grill. DS and I just ran errands, and I asked him if he'd rather make our own pizza, or get a pizza from Papa John's, and he voted for homemade! So we stopped by the grocery to pick up a few more pizza ingredients.
     
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  13. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    I'm sure there are other recipes with more of a stater. This is a small, dense loaf, kind of like ciabatta. The Furry Guy and I both like those types of breads, so it works well for us.
     
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  14. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    We like ones like that too. I'm just thinking it would be nice to have fresh bread for when I want some with my newest obsession of the dipping oil w/ seasonings. :D:chef: How nice to pull off a hunk and bake it!
     
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  15. raebates

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    This bread would be great for that. The only problem for us was that The Furry Guy ate it before it was completely cooled. I got 2 small slices. It was a smaller version, though, since we were trying it out.
     
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  16. janetupnorth

    janetupnorth Legend Member Gold Member

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    Your boys must be feeling better Becky! That's good!


    Last night we had tacos. Tonight Kyle has asked for French Toast for dinner...since we have to bike to piano lessons and Steve will be at Hazmat training, that might be nice and easy.

    I also have to make the pineapple fruit salsa for work tomorrow so less cooking for us and more time to enjoy the weather will be good. (Except for these allergies...my voice is going...)
     
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  17. ChefPaulaB

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    Okay, I'm not a bread baker, have never made homemade yeast bread ever... but this sounds doable... Is the recipe that you have here the whole recipe or the half that you used? And, I'm sorry, but what the heck is a wooden peel?
     
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  18. ChefBeckyD

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    They both are doing much better today! Micah is still not quite his active self...but much better than yesterday, and keeping food down. He had a fever until about midnight, and it finally broke. He woke up around 7:30am, drank some juice, and then laid back down and slept until almost 10am! I canceled a playdate he had scheduled for this afternoon, and we've laid low most of the day, except for running a few errands this afternoon.
     
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  19. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    That's the whole recipe.

    A wooden peel is something you use to move bread to an oven. It's like a really large wooden paddle with an extra-long handle. You've probably seen them in pizza places, at the very least in TV shows and movies. I did mine right on my round stone.
     
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  20. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    I get requests from customers for a peel every so often. I wonder why you'd need one, when you are using a stone?
     
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  21. ChefPaulaB

    ChefPaulaB Veteran Member

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    I was wondering if that could work.... Thanks!
     
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  22. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    I imagine it's because they don't have a PC stone and it isn't awesome.
     
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  23. raebates

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    The bread worked great as pizza dough. It's similar to a hand-tossed crust--crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Delicious. I'll probably have this dough in my fridge most of the time.
     
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  24. cookingwith_tara

    cookingwith_tara Advanced Member

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    Easy dinner for us tonight - hotdogs, beans, and noodles.
     
  25. sklay723

    sklay723 Advanced Member Gold Member

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    We are having Monte Cristo Folds (from the Pillsbury web site). Fell in love with the recipe a while back because the local Bennigan's restaurants closed down, so I had to find a way to fill in my Monte Cristo addiction. I do use more meat and cheese than the recipe calls for, but everyone in the household seems to like it that way. :)
     
    May 20, 2009
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