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Come on peeps, I need some ideas. Thinking Italian, but want some thing out of my norm. Anyone.
 

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I'm tempted to make a lasagna, but I also want to go hungry this weekend to get the scale back below the red mark. That won't happen if there's lasagna in the house.
 

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I haven't even had lunch yet!<img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif">
 

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I'm having lunch right now...<br>
then going to a movie with friend/trainer/gossipmonger <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br>
THEN going to Olive Garden to spend my gift card.<br>
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We are eating dinner tonight courtesy of our 11 year old budding chef. She is making lasagna, caesar salad, garlic toast and for dessert some frozen conction that is supposed to taste like s'mores.
 

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the year my sister was 10 and I was 12, we were responsible for dinner every saturday night.<br><br>
Mom and dad would leave the house (I now know it's 'cause mom had "issues" with the way we did things. She does the same thing now to dad when he bakes....she goes and takes a bath. When he's finished, and the kitchen is clean, pies cooling...she comes back down)....and we'd cook.<br><br>
THEY would clean up. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
We learned: hot pizza pans on the vinyl kitchen table "cloth" don't mix well.<br>
We learned: if you need a cup of wine for the s'ghetti sauce, Kim (3 houses down) was an easy mark.<br>
We learned: there are so many weeks that you can eat s'ghetti before you're ready to murder your sister<br>
We learned: when in doubt, smell it.....if the spices smell good together, they'll likely taste good together.....but, not always.<br>
We learned: it's ok when you experiement and it doesn't work, dad will always bail you out with pizza!<br><br>
What a great thing you're doing to let your child make dinner.
 

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She would make dinner every night if I let her. She just loves cooking, and she "lets" her 8 yr old sister help. I bought her a kid's cookbook for Christmas, so she is making her way through it. I have to say it is an extreme exercise in patience for me to supervise the whole affair. I can understand why your mother would leave the house! I have newfound respect for Jr. High home ec. teachers!<br><br>
I am mean though....I make them clean up. I tell her that cleaning up after yourself is part of the cooking process and once you are a famous chef in a fancy restaurant, then you will have someone to clean up after you.<br><br>
Sounds like you and your sister had a lot of fun.
 

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Send her to my house!!!<br><br>
lol<br><br>
We had to clean up the cooking mess....<br>
THEY cleaned up the table.<br>
To this day, the rule in our house is "cooks don't do dishes."<br><br>
Except they do their own "fixin' " dishes....know what I mean?<br><br>
just think, the more she does it, the better she'll get......and the less you'll have to supervise. She'll get more coordinated, more efficient.... pretty soon, you won't have to cook!! wow. lol<br><br>
It's not like I CAN'T cook.....it's just that cooking for one is a PITA.....when I have family over, I cook. When I visit there, I cook. For me....eh. not enough ROI I guess.<br><br>
 

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Me too - popcorn at the movies. Before that, leftover mushroom soup and a salad. I was more creative for lunch today - tried a new recipe for shredded carrot and ginger pancakes with Asian dipping sauce, and miso soup. Delicious and very easy to make.
 

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Charcoal grilled steak, salad, crusty bread with evoo/garlic, and a glass of cabernet.<br>
YUM. DS#1 offered to make dinner tomorrow night. We are trying to get him into doing this more.<br><br>
BethR - the shredded carrot and ginger carrot pancakes you mentioned sound great! Can you pass along the recipe please?
 

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Oven roasted salmon with a tomato caper sauce served with soft baked polenta w/ pecorino romano. Wine, of course. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Cotes du Rhone...worked well with the Provencal style sauce. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Well, we ended up with some kind of spicy pork chops (must have been some paprika on there) with sliced apples in a garlic/onion sweet sauce and califlauer (sp?) side. 2001 Red Burgundy to drink ($9.99 at the LWS). Good stuff.<br><br>
I'll do the lasagna tomorrow.
 

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ksurp, here's the recipe for the shredded carrot-ginger pancakes. It's so easy, I can't believe it laid around in my recipe book for so long before I finally got around to making it. <a href="http://www.fatfreevegan.com/veggies2/1225.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.fatfreevegan.com/veggies2/1225.shtml</a><br><br>
I used eggs since I'm not really a true vegan.
 

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DW and I had a rarity -- something called a "date". We went to a nice italian place in Portsmouth, NH we've wanted to try for a very long time called Radici. DW had the gorgonzola penne and I had the tuscan chicken cannelloni. Both dishes were very good. Our wines were really good too. She had the Hayman & Hill cabernet sauvignon and I had a pinot noir that I can't remember the winery. Her wine was fantastic while mine was very good. For dessert we went to Popover's on the Square and had hot white chocolate and split a seven layer brownie.
 
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