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Feeding Frenzy (208.0) - Mark's Journal
Feeding Frenzy (208.0)
It felt good hosting a group dinner gathering last night for the first time in ages! It was a completely different group than the previous incarnation of the weekly dinners, sparked by a discussion on a friend's Facebook when he asked for tips on preparing affordable meals at home without getting sick of leftovers. I suggested a fun way to break up the monotony would be group dinners, and a couple days later, I decided to host the first.

The group was a lot of fun, including a few people I barely know or was even just meeting. I roasted a local chicken I'd gotten from keeyoo's brother (though I ran to the store to grab some boneless chicken breasts to extend that when the RSVP list suddenly jumped from four to seven), made sweet potato fries that didn't come out quite as well as when Ottilie and I made them a week or so ago, and tried roasted "Buffalo" cauliflower. That was delicious, but like the fries, didn't get as crisp as I'd have liked.

Penny was very well-behaved with a house full of new people, though I need to work on getting her to go lay down on her bed when I tell her to. She did that for a bit when she got there, but I probably just need to reinforce it. She is good at getting out of the kitchen when I tell her to. She lies down just outside with her nose in the doorway. :-)

Anyway, the dinner was a success, including in my goal to spark a new tradition. One of the attendees has already stepped up to host the next one, featuring chicken fried steak. Mmm.
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kukla_red From: kukla_red Date: September 17th, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sounds like loads of fun. I miss having people over - we didn't get to host any BBQs this summer because of my stupid broken wrist.

Chicken fried steak is yummy, but a lot of work. I made that for a special birthday celebration for a friend, along with homemade coconut cream pie. It was quite a meal.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: September 17th, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

I've never done it myself, but I'm hoping I'll get to learn this way. It seems as though it should just be pounded-thin steaks, coated and cooked as if it were fried chicken... and I consider fried chicken well worth the work. :-)
DanLaird From: DanLaird Date: October 18th, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)


You know, if you are going to post about food, you should throw us salivating onlookers a bone and maybe post a recipe or two? :) I'm intrigued by the Buffalo cauliflower...
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: October 18th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Recipes

You may be the first person to ever follow my link to LiveJournal from my Twitter profile. Or if not, I think you're the first who's ever commented as a result of that link.

Make a batter out of flour, water, and a little Frank's Red Hot. Cut up a head of cauliflower into florets. The stalks can be saved for making soup, or heck, just use 'em in chunks.

Preheat the oven to 400, and coat the florets in the batter. Spread them out on a tin-foil-coated cookie sheet and roast for 20 minutes.

While that's going on, make sauce out of melted butter (a whole stick is a good start) and more Frank's Red Hot. Toss the roasted cauliflower chunks in the sauce and roast for another 5-10 minutes.
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