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MND – Solving the Mysteries of Life, or at least the local Turkish Restaurant

September 30, 2014

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Signs that you need to reevaluate your life choices – you realize you’re buying your cat cans of lamb & rice cat food because you’re really craving lamb chops. On the plus side, the cat seems to enjoy the lamb & rice dish. On the other hand, it’s not doing much to quell my craving for lamb.

My usual solution to a craving for lamb is to take myself off to our local Turkish restaurant which offers a plethora of lamb dishes; the dilemma is which lamb dish to order. While you ponder this weighty decision you attempt not to spoil your dinner with too much of their addictive hummus, or with the spicy mashed vegetable dip that is not acili ezme, or with too many hunks of the warm bread they bring you when you sit down.

The real quandary when it comes to ordering is whether you get the completely indulgent iskender kebab which involves piles of shaved slices of spit roasted lamb layered over toasted pita, and then drowned in yogurt and chili sauces. Or, do you get the lamb kebabs with their perfectly grilled hunks of lamb served over tomato infused bulgur. Read the rest of this entry »

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TND – Slàinte mhòr!

September 17, 2014

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For reasons that escape me, and baffle everyone – myself included – I managed to pass out of teen-hood without having ever read a Diana Gabaldon novel.  This is shocking and bewildering because the Outlander series is exactly the kind of epic historical sprawl that I devoured in high school.  My best guess as to how this situation came to pass is that I read the cover flap, decided that they were all about the Highland Uprising of 1745, and dismissed them out of hand.  Despite the fact that I romanticize the Scots as much as the next girl, I find the Highland Uprising wildly depressing because Bonnie Prince Charlie was such an enormous tool, and not even remotely worth the loyalty he demanded and achieved. Read the rest of this entry »

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TND – Movin’ to the country, gonna eat a lot of peaches

September 17, 2014

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I am feeling press ganged by Fall. First it was the early appearance of pumpkin spice flavored specialty items. It used to be you had to wait until September or October to get your hands on something apple caramel flavored, or spiced with pumpkin pie. This year they started appearing in July.

Then on the last Sunday in August, I walked into the grocery store and was confronted with serried ranks of Halloween candy on display a precise 60 days before All Hallows Eve. Read the rest of this entry »

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TND – So Summer Happened

September 16, 2014

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So summer happened, and I apparently decided to take a hiatus from posting about Dinner.  This wasn’t so much a deliberately planned hiatus, so much as something that just happened.  We still had Dinner every week, I just didn’t write about it.  So, here’s a round-up of what we ate this summer in between engaging in such cultural activities as attending Shakespeare on the Common’s performance of Twelfth Night (or What You Will), sampling a variety of spirits at a local distillery, and going to a variety of summer movies. Read the rest of this entry »

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TND – September 2nd . . . . A Return to Normalcy

September 16, 2014

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Dinner – September 2nd . . . . A Return to Normalcy
Cherry BBQ Sauce Baked Chicken
Peach Slaw
Corn on the Cob
Sliced Tomatoes
Watermelon

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TND – Absconding to Portland

September 16, 2014

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This summer was bookend by seeing California friends in places that were not California.  In May* one Bay Area friend tacked a trip to Boston/Nantucket onto a conference in Toronto.  We took her on a tour of all our favorite bakeries in Boston – which is to say Sofra and Flour – and then stuffed her full of food at Dinner.

* okay, it wasn’t even remotely summer in May this year, but for the sake of a neat framing device we’re going to call it proto-summer.

Then in the last week of August I got up at an absurd hour on a Tuesday morning to catch a flight to Portland, OR to cash in on Jes’s impulsive suggestion that I join them for their summer vacation.   Read the rest of this entry »

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TND – August 19th . . . . A Variation on a Classic

September 16, 2014

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Dinner – August 19th . . . . A Variation on a Classic
Late Summer Tomato Soup
(baked) Mozzarella Sticks
Braised Garlic Bread
Salad
Watermelon Read the rest of this entry »

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