Easy Lunches: Chicken, White Rice, Soy Sauce, Nuts, Scallions

Exactly what it sounds like. When John was single, he used to eat rice with soy sauce, peanuts and scallions for dinner sometimes. We have a bunch of leftover rice in the fridge, so I had the same combination, with a pan-seared chicken thigh on top. Satisfying and simple.

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Dal Makhni

The flavors here were really good, though the recipe turned out a little more liquid-y than I wanted (and that was with my draining the lentils somewhat after cooking). I think if I just pulsed the mixture a few times with the stick blender, it’d be the consistency I was looking for, so I’ll try that next time. A friend sent me this recipe from Sanjeev Kapoor, an Indian chef.

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Goat Curry

I finally made goat! And it turned out extremely well.

This recipe was time-consuming, but not particularly difficult. Four of us ate almost all of it for Jen’s birthday dinner, even though I used more than two pounds of (bone-in) meat, hehe.

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I made Uncle Dan’s Clam Chowder!

Just a note of excitement that I made John’s Uncle Dan’s famous clam chowder for dinner last night. I’m not sharing the recipe here, as I don’t know how he would feel about it being published online. I also plan to tinker with it a little for my own purposes (some of the measurements given are inexact, so I’m thinking of it as a work in progress as I figure out my own proportions). But if you’d like to hear about the recipe, oh three readers, I’m happy to share in person.

I have a really good memory associated with this soup – we had it on the weekend where I first met John’s extended family. It was one of those perfect summer weekends on the Jersey shore, where we bought fresh clams from a guy catching them outside his Uncle Jim’s house, and everyone contributed some sort of delicious food to the mix. Years later, I told Uncle Dan he should give us the recipe as a wedding gift, and I was really touched when he passed it on at the family funeral we attended last month. We don’t have a lot of passed-down recipes on my side of the family, so that kind of thing is always exciting to me.

 

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Chicken with Shallots

File this one under good but not great. We enjoyed it but I thought the sauce could use a little something (the wine I used was a little medicore, to be fair), and I’m not sure the polenta I made was the best pairing. That said, it worked out well for weeknight company.

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Sourdough Stuffing with Sage

It was Thanksgiving for dinner tonight. I roasted a turkey breast and made gravy (subbed sage for the thyme here), threw together some simple roasted brussels sprouts and served it all with this nice bread stuffing. I prepped the stuffing earlier in the day, so it was one of those nice dinners were I could just read and chill while everything cooked in the oven.

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Miso Black Cod

I was excited to see black cod at Overpriced But Amazing Fish Market this weekend, so figured I’d give the obvious recipe a try. Really good! We served it as a noodle bowl with broccoli and Vietnamese soba noodles. I used this recipe as a guide, but substituted Riesling for sake because I had an open bottle (and only marinated the fish for about 24 hours). Note: I should have had the fishmonger take out the bone when he offered, as this was a bit boney.

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