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What's for Dinner?

I know we're all here because of the music, but we all have to eat, right. And as I'm probably happiest cooking, I do a lot of it, and I love to hear what other people cook for their every day dinners. I'm not a particularly fancy cook - I can do that stuff, but I prefer a more homey, rustic style as opposed to composed, fussy dishes. I'm also trying to use my slow cooker more often, for the ease of it.

This morning I woke up with a desire to do something with some chicken legs I've had in the freezer. I envisioned a spicy, sweet, sticky sauce, done in the cooker. To that end, I rubbed the pieces of chicken with a mix of garlic and onion powders, salt, pepper and cayenne and then put them in the slow cooker to slightly brown. Once they get browned, I plan on making a sauce to finish up the cooking. For the sauce I will saute a chopped onion and minced garlic till soft and translucent, then add a half cup or so of strawberry preserves, a glug of sweet chili sauce (a recent discovery that I love and can't believe I  never used before - get it in the Asian section or at international groceries) and perhaps some lemon juice to cut the sweetness and thin it out a bit. After it's reduced a bit, I will pour it over the chicken in the slow cooker and leave it on high to reduce it further.

Wish me luck and tell me what you're cooking (or bringing in or eating out!) tonight!

Oh, and to tie it all up with music, what do you listen to while cooking? I often cook on Tuesdays to International Pop Overthrow with Annie Z, but I will also admit to bellowing along with some classic rock in the kitchen occasionally. I find Rush particularly inspiring. ; )

Discussion started by Cat Pick , on 1556 days ago
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Mothman
It's hard to believe no one's replied to this thread since January! Lately, my wife and I have been trying our hand at making sorbet. The best sorbet I ever tasted was a pear sorbet, so that's the first I tried to make. It was pretty bad, tasted like canned pears (yuk!). After that was a concord grape that was crazy good. My wife, who used to work at Nestle, wanted a chocolate sorbet. We bought some great 60% cocoa chocolate bars at Vivianos on the Hill and set out to try our hand. BIG success, maybe the most chocolatey thing I've ever tasted.
Other than those, it's usually pastas made with whatever is in the vegetable bin in the fridge, or a risotto with mushrooms, lemon zest and parmesan. All of which explains why we're still enrolled at Jenny Craig.
1467 days ago
 

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