A Critic's Pitfall: Missing a Home-Cooked Meal

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Being a food critic is a fine way to make a living, though it certainly has pitfalls. I knew I'd be eating out a lot, but maybe not this much. During a dinner conversation this weekend my friends and I discussed the contents of my refrigerator. Currently, there's an empty cardboard six-pack holder of light beer (a caloric concession) and some withered strawberries, whose age I care not to admit. I haven't cooked since I've been in Dallas, and I don't see it happening anytime soon.

Still, I'm hungry for a home cooked meal. And while I love the mechanics of preparing food, it might be even more comforting if cooked by someone else for me. And whenever you're hungry for something, whether a juicy hamburger or a simple gesture, you inevitably start to see evidence of your craving elsewhere. So last night I saw this tweet by Chef Blythe Beck.

WOW...someone just made me dinner for a change and it was delicious!!!!

Then I saw this recipe by Sam Sifton in the Sunday Times Magazine, and despite spending a weekend devouring multiple orders of fish and chips (more on that later in City of Ate) I became hungry for an apartment or home that smelled of something beautiful simmering on the stove.

Maybe next weekend I'll hit the grocery, hone my knife, and fill my kitchen sink with dirty dishes, but for now I'm wondering what you guys cooked up this weekend. Let me live vicariously.

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Margie Hubbard
Margie Hubbard

We're having Steven Doyle over for chicken fried steak on 9/17.  You're welcome to come and give it a try, if you'd like.  Homemade chicken fried steak is soooo much better than most of the restaurant stuff.  You're more than welcome to join us!

Oh, and my cooking this weekend consisted of homemade pasta with my first real pasta rolling machine.  Tossed it with some truffle butter, freshly grated Parm, salt and pepper.  Delicious!

Alice Laussade
Alice Laussade

One of you nerds make Scott dinner already. Gah.

NewsDog
NewsDog

The only thing I cooked over the weekend was breakfast Sunday: Fried egg sandwich on white toast. One for me and one for my grilfriend. Fast and easy.

And we ate them in her bed.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

OK, you asked for it:

Friday: Baked Ziti, steamed carrots with butter and fresh oregano, salad of Farmer's Market green beans tossed with toasted almonds, queso fresco, and a balsamic vinaigrette. Wine: Piccolo Fiore, Sicilian red table wine, <$7 @ local Whole Foods.

Saturday: Tomato, olive, fresh basil Bruschetta, fusilli with sausage and cream sauce "conchiglie con il sugo per la gramigna" page 109 The Classic Italian Cook Book (Marcella Hazan is a GOD!), tossed green salad with Farmer's Market tomatoes, herb tarragon vinaigrette.  Wine:  Domaine Du Gouyat, Bergerac white $10 @ local WF.

Sunday:Grilled chicken basted with a lemon, olive oil and chopped fresh mixed herbs (parsley, basil, oregano) sauce, Farmer's Market corn on the cob with butter, sliced fresh tomatos, and tossed green salad with goat cheese and toasted sunflower seeds. (Snuck a Shine Bock while grilling, finished off the Bergerac, opened lightly chilled Mandararossa Nero d'Avola, again <$10  from  WF.

Today:Peanut butter sandwich and a banana for lunch, sometimes fast and easy is better.

Gipson
Gipson

Warm German potato salad with bacon and apple cider vinegar + turkey schnitzel. Tonight, one of my favorite things to make: from scratch Tikka Masala, this time with the other half of the package of turkey. Put it on to brine during my lunch break.

Lemonjello Zappa
Lemonjello Zappa

Honestly, summertime is tough for home cooking. Time gets away more easily and lazily for some reason. Patios, being in the sun, hiding from the sun, pools, BBQs.

Plus, I really enjoy making (though unintentionally) heartier meals; stews, roasts, huge batch of red sauce, carnitas, etc. and just either dont crave it or have time in the summer.

William R. Nadeau
William R. Nadeau

It may be a good or bad thing that I don't remember much of what I ate this weekend. I do recall making a good ol' fashioned dinner of meat loaf and mashed potatoes on Saturday for a few friends.

Ralphy
Ralphy

Friday night:  Ribeye steak with sweet potatoe (along w/ nice Zin)Saturday night:  Home made nachos with smoked brisket, red peppers, onions, jalopena, refried beans and cheese (along with a couple of cold beers).Sunday night: Sliced ribeye steak sandwich with melted provolne, grilled onion and sliced tomatoes on toasted rye.  (along with nice Zin).

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

This is becoming painful. You guys are really cooking.

therrick
therrick

Chicken with a sauce of white wine, mushrooms, and artichoke hearts. Plus a spinach casserole.

dallas_paul
dallas_paul

Pork potstickers, using up two packages of wonton wrappers. Great to make dozens at a time and freeze in individual bags for convenient snacks or lunches.

Michael and Valerie
Michael and Valerie

Coffee-crusted burgers with hatch chile bacon jam on Saturday; grilled chicken, corn, and chile quesadillas with guacamole on Sunday. 

Guest
Guest

Hamburger stuffed with blue cheese topped with crispy bacon, sauteed mushrooms and onions on a fresh sourdough bun with sweet potato fries....  

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

The wife cooked Chicken fried chicken, cous cous, cucumber/onion/tomato/feta salad. All ingredients compliments of Central Market, and worth every penny of the extra time/money, and navigating the Sunday afternoon crowd

NewsDog
NewsDog

Hey Alice, we miss you. Do you miss Dallas? Found any decent BBQ? Hows the non Tex Mexican food?

NewsDog's Girl
NewsDog's Girl

And they were wonderful! Mainly because he made them for me!

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

Fall is definitely my favorite cooking season.

jamal
jamal

Mostly ate out over the weekend, but I did pickle a big jar of cucumbers, carrots, and onions.

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