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Friday, March 31

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cval / July 29, 2007 8:20 PM

My favorite is Crowder Peas and Okra, with corn meal corn bread (save the Jiffy for the armatures) and fried chicken. Nothing like that combination in all the world I've travled.

leelah / July 29, 2007 8:28 PM

Grilled asparagus, yellow squash & zucchini (done with just a touch of parmesan, lemon and olive oil, like they do in Greece) with a salad (lettuce, tomato, cucumber, almonds, feta, cranberry, egg, balsamic vinaigrette) and a glass (or two) of Kim Crawford Pinot Blanc.

mike / July 29, 2007 8:49 PM

Goat cheese, garlic & sausage pizza from Bricks. Can of Coke.

Brian / July 29, 2007 9:20 PM

Grilled cheese sammich and a bowl of soup.

What? It's a poor weekend.

Nicole / July 29, 2007 9:24 PM

A hot pocket.

What? I don't cook. So sue me.

Eamon / July 29, 2007 10:31 PM

The missus and I just had an unexpectedly fantastic meal at Leonardo's tonight. We shared an excellent sausage appetizer (the last one they had, actually) and an absolutely amazing chicken in a paprika sauce like nothing I've ever had before. We begged them to put it on the menu, so call ahead first and ask for it!

mike-ts / July 29, 2007 10:44 PM

Tonight? The $2.50 hamburger at Lottie's. I know, bad.

editorkid / July 29, 2007 10:49 PM

Tonight was a grilled strip steak, asparagus, and corn on the cob with lemon and olive oil. Chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert, and popcorn with Spice House cheddar cheese powder for a snack while catching up with Tivo.

Tomorrow: smoked duck breast, probably grilled, with a maple-chile sauce, a small stir-fry, and more corn on the cob. (Eat it while you got it.)

Tuesday or Wednesday, a brat with peppers, onions, and cheddar cheese. I'm hoping to be able to have dinner with a friend one of those nights. If not, Wednesday's backup is a stuffed pork chop, sides TBD. Got some polenta that might grill well.

R / July 30, 2007 1:43 AM

Entire box of Aldi brand Twinkies washed down with skim milk (to keep it healthy).

velo / July 30, 2007 6:01 AM

If I can brave the 118 degree heat, I'll walk the half mile to the DFAC and be offered mystery meat, grease soaked grilled cheese and canned veggies, of which I will eat something I can recognize.

If I wimp out, Easy Mac.

p.s. Bahgdad stinks. I want to go home and cook again... the novelty of not cooking or doing dishes has worn off.

Shasta / July 30, 2007 8:56 AM

Last night, it was wings from Buffalo Joes. Tonight? Probably nothing...or some Pringles.

Sol / July 30, 2007 9:12 AM

A coke and a smile.

mary / July 30, 2007 9:14 AM

last night i ate a late night grilled cheese due to the massive amounts of food i had at my first ever dim sum lunch in chinatown. chinese food will never be the same in my eyes.

i want to grill more, but since i live by myself and most of my friends are too lazy to come over, wasting that charcoal seems like a bad idea. but i may grill (veggies and a cheeseburger) tonight anyway.

Carrie / July 30, 2007 9:43 AM

Last night it was noodles with butter and quickly heated arugula, along with some breakfast potatoes, I had the same dinner the night before, only with fresh fennel and no potatoes.

Tonight Thai, yum.

kelly / July 30, 2007 9:50 AM

Shasta - Buffalo Joes has the best wings in all the world. I've never had better. And the waffle fries with cheese??? Great, now I have a craving.

Bill V / July 30, 2007 10:09 AM

Tonight it's pork tenderloin with asparagus and mashed potatoes. Then I'm sure it will all go downhill for the rest of the week.

annie / July 30, 2007 10:14 AM

Last night the boyfriend grilled chicken and made wheat pasta with leeks and a parm cheese cream sauce. Tonight it's my turn and it's hard to cook when you used the last of the food in your house on your last meal.

Jill / July 30, 2007 10:16 AM

Whatever defrosts first. Which means ground buffalo or chicken legs.

Spook / July 30, 2007 10:21 AM

Yesterday, 8 Harold's Fried Chicken Wings, which is about the only thing of value in Wicker Park these days, well besides Quimby's, Myopic Books and Recless Records.

Tonight I'm heading over to some type of free eats community thing, sponsored by local businesses in Logan Square.

Tomorrow, spaghetti and gravy, from a recipe I got from the NY Times. I call it gravy because that's what they call spaghetti sauce on the Sapranos, gravy as in "hows the gravy?" I love saying that!

anne / July 30, 2007 10:36 AM

Last night: a yummy plate of fish n' chips at Duke of Perth.

Tonight: probably homemade stirfry with tofu, broccoli, carrots, and rice noodles covered in peanut sauce.

Josh / July 30, 2007 10:47 AM

Sirloin tip with mushrooms and onions sauteed in butter, baby spinach with sesame croutons, and probably some bread rolls. A Stella Artois for the Mrs. and a couple of glasses of Garnacha for me.

leah / July 30, 2007 10:54 AM

Last night carrots & potatoes smashed w/ onions & dill, mozzerella, tomato basil sandwich.

Tonight, Thai.

skafiend / July 30, 2007 11:03 AM

Despair and regret

madachode / July 30, 2007 11:11 AM

The first dog that I see walking with owner or not is going on the Weber.

d. / July 30, 2007 11:20 AM

oh man. last night i cooked for my friends and we made:

peppercorn encrusted flank steak with cabernet/balsamic reduction, grilled asparagus, roasted red potatoes with garlic aioli, sweet corn on the cob, and for dessert, sweetened mixed berries with brandy infused mascarpone mousse.

beat that!

kate / July 30, 2007 11:20 AM

Tonight it's rice pilaf.

I'm broke. Broke as in I'm not exactly sure where I'll get the money to buy a bell pepper for dinner.

Luckily, rice pilaf is delicious and nowhere near as depressing as other "not quite payday" dinners.

skafiend / July 30, 2007 11:29 AM

Kate... two words: couch cushions. And they don't have to be your couch cushions either. Get an old Starbucks coffee cup, hang out at Starbucks for a while and slyly jam your hand down into the couch where all the Yuppies have sat.

Olive / July 30, 2007 11:48 AM

Wow - the people who have actually cooked meals so far seem like foodies and/or loyal recipe seekers. I only cook that fancy when I have guests over. With my own family, my dishes are usually simpler.

Last night, I had leftover bowtie pasta tossed with campari tomatoes and zucchini sauteed in olive oil, garlic and Italian spices. Also a leftover Superdawg hot dog.

Tonight I will have steamed king crab legs (a good friend gave those to us) with the leftover pasta and probably a tossed salad - baby greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, and my own oil and viniagrette dressing

Sara / July 30, 2007 11:59 AM

Friday I made my first-ever filet mignon dinner. The steak was so exciting, I forgot to make a side dish! Luckily, leftover potatoes took well to reheating.

Tonight - honestly - maybe crackers & cheese. Or guacamole. Or cereal. These are some of my "secret meals" I eat when my boyfriend is not home.

winediva / July 30, 2007 12:24 PM

last night:
leftover pasta salad w/roasted corn, poblano peppers, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and queso fresco. Added an avacado to stretch it out. Plus 2 glasses of a tired rose. Can't figure out why I bothered with the second glass.

Tonight: No idea. Cupboard is bare. maybe I'll go visit the new whole foods on halsted?

erin / July 30, 2007 12:29 PM

last night: cottage cheese

tonight: David Burke's Primehouse. Gotta love work dinners that cost me nothing.

editorkid / July 30, 2007 12:30 PM

FWIW, a regionalism (seems to be mostly around NY/NJ but I have noticed it elsewhere) is that gravies are sauces with meat. Personally, I can't call a red sauce a gravy with or without meat, but its use in the Sopranos was actually an authentic touch.

taJ / July 30, 2007 12:36 PM

fresh veggies from the farmers market, bread too...berries and some protein of sorts

Spook / July 30, 2007 12:57 PM


Your right about regionalism, and if you google the “A Grandchild of Italy Cracks the Spaghetti Code” in the NY Times Dining and Wine section from a couple of months ago, they say that there is no one red sauce in the Italian countryside for spaghetti.

There are sauces for chicken, beef, lamb, sauces with only tomato and basil, sauces with just lasagna and sauces for grilled meats. Small meat chunks could go into a broth, but never into sauces for pasta.

But I mean YOU try telling Pauline Walnuts, or Phil Leotardo that there aint gonna be any meat with thier gravy cause the New York Times said so!


JenJen / July 30, 2007 1:12 PM

Whole wheat pasta with pesto, made w/ basil from my porch and walnuts...'cos that's what's in the fridge.

And a salad.

JenJen / July 30, 2007 1:12 PM

Whole wheat pasta with pesto, made w/ basil from my porch and walnuts...'cos that's what's in the fridge.

And a salad.

JenJen / July 30, 2007 1:12 PM

Whole wheat pasta with pesto, made w/ basil from my porch and walnuts...'cos that's what's in the fridge.

And a salad.

Leah / July 30, 2007 1:20 PM

Um... tonight it will be the chicken strips I got at Jewel last night... and... um...

that's it.

Mac / July 30, 2007 1:36 PM

Hmmmm, food or gas to get to work....
Thanks Bush.

fluffy / July 30, 2007 2:02 PM

roasted veggies with garlic olive oil. french bread. tomato and edamame salad. wine.

amy / July 30, 2007 2:32 PM

grilled cheeseburger patty w/ ketchup (no bun)

amy / July 30, 2007 2:33 PM

grilled cheeseburger patty w/ ketchup (no bun)

Andrew / July 30, 2007 2:36 PM

While we went grocery shopping yesterday and now have a fully stocked kitchen, both me and the GF are working late tonight. I'm thinking cheese and crackers, leftover potatoes, a small salad, and a couple bottles of New Belgium's 1554. I have absolutely no energy for cooking when I get home at 10pm.

michele / July 30, 2007 3:44 PM

Tonight, leftover Mediterranean pasta. Angel hair pasta with shrimp, capers, fresh basil ( from my garden on my deck), feta cheese, tomatoes, kalamata olives. Yum.

christian / July 30, 2007 4:47 PM


Amanda / July 30, 2007 4:48 PM

Greek salad with chicken and home made guacamole from the Rick Bayless cookbook.

skafiend / July 30, 2007 5:13 PM

Change in planes. Got invited over for dinner because someone is going on a new diet and wants me to eat all of the "bad" food before it goes... well, bad. So I guess that means I've having steak, jalapeno poppers and Cool Ranch Doritos. Maybe a vegetable of some sort, although jalapenos are a vegetable of a sort, right?

Kevin / July 30, 2007 9:20 PM

Homemade veggie burgers that I don't remember making, but my wife swears up and down that I made. They were pretty good, and the dog seemed to enjoy the bit I gave him also.

Velo: come home safe man.

a / July 30, 2007 9:30 PM

last night: sunday pot roast, potatoes, and carrots with a side of sauteed spinach (in butter!). seemed like a good idea when i bought the chuck roast on a gloomy day last week, but when my neck and back started sweating in the kitchen last night, i remembered why i only make sunday roasts during the school year.
tonight: leftover pot roast on toast and some fruit. and some mayan chocolate haagen-dasz. and grolsch. not necessarily in that order.

steven / July 31, 2007 7:48 AM

could be tilapia with garlic , rosemary and rice, or could be sammiches or could be soup from soupbox. either way, it'll all be washed down with sangria from Kafka.

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