147 responses

  1. crockpot lady
    November 1, 2008

    Julie, these ribs sound fantastic. I love sticky sauce.
    xxo
    steph

  2. Stacey
    November 1, 2008

    Love to hear about all your adventures! Halloween is over, and I think having chocolate as dinner last night wasn’t too good. With a 1 year old, it was whatever I could find quick and easy – However was able to eat some potatoes and meatballs with my mother-in-law…she cooked – I didn’t complain. Great website and actually “One Smart Cookie” was on my Xmas list for my husband. Looking forward to what you have in store tomorrow.
    Stacey

  3. Lisa
    November 1, 2008

    I totally know that sinking feeling of finding what the dog has destroyed. Our black lab was sooooo mischievous for sooooo long! I remember rushing home on Christmas Eve (I was about 18), after working my shift at the local Buns Master, needing to change and get to the family dinner and finding that Midnight had gotten into some presents that were food. So, not only did I find the demolished presents but a few piles of puke too! Fun times!

    We had a too-tired-to-cook dinner last night (now a week overdue!!!): tuna sandwiches with Tibetan Curry Lentil soup (that O brand Organic soup in the deli section at Safeway – actually really tasty!) and sugar snap peas. And a few Halloween treats for dessert!

  4. corinne
    November 1, 2008

    For our Halloween dinner we had pulled pork tacos, done in the slow cooker – a great recipe from “The Best of Cooking Light” – and lots of candy for dessert….. :(

  5. Jenn
    November 1, 2008

    Stew, so there was less prep and clean-up and the kids could get out for trick-or-treating faster.

  6. Simone
    November 1, 2008

    Pesky dog!
    Last night we made pizza. We always have pizza on Friday nights, and 90% of the time we make it. Every once in a while we order from our favourite pizza place.
    Also: a few pieces of Halloween candy.

  7. Fiona
    November 1, 2008

    One of our dogs chewed the knob on our super-expensive amplifier when she was a puppy. It’s impossible to fix (she broke a teeny tiny wire or something), so we call it the $3000 knob. She isn’t around anymore, unfortunately, but the volume on our TV crackles in her memory.

    Last night we bailed on Halloween (we only ever get about five kids) and went to the movies, so I had popcorn and Reese’s Pieces for dinner.

  8. Theresa
    November 1, 2008

    Supper here was a TON of candy and home made pizza from my grade 7 home ec cookbook from the Sugar Beet Grower’s Association. (circa December 1976). Best pizza dough recipe ever!

    Bad Lou!

  9. elektra
    November 1, 2008

    we had turkey and black bean chili with rye bread for dipping. there were one or two or six coffee crisps for dessert. i love those wee little coffee flavoured bites.

    dogs. can’t live without them.

  10. maplesugar
    November 1, 2008

    Dinner was post-ToT re-heated chinese food – Mah Po Tofu, chicken fried rice and stir fried veggies… and judging by the pile of tiny wrappers – about a dozen Oh Henrys, Reese’s Pieces and Wunderbars…omg what is it about chocolate bars in mini form? *blush*

  11. Anne
    November 1, 2008

    Got to Rocky Mountain House at about 8:30pm from Calgary picked up a chicken from Sobeys sliced some cucumber and tomato pored a glass of wine… my mom and I ate like we hadn’t seen food for days!

  12. Canuck Abroad
    November 1, 2008

    Lou sounds as mischievous as some of the dogs and cats that we have had over the years! Our current cat, Scout (named after the little girl in To Kill a Mockingbird), is just as inquisitive as her namesake.

    Oh yeah, supper last night – Dancing Chicken (aka Beer can chicken) and the most delicious roasted butternut squash seasoned with Hawaiian Red Salt. And, of course, candy while watching Ghostbusters on the tube!

  13. Joy T.
    November 1, 2008

    Well the chance of a cookbook will sure pull me out of lurk mode :o) I brought out the crock pot and made sweet and sour ribs, served with rice and a ceasar salad. Huge hit in my home. And while I’m de-lurking I just want to say how much I’ve been enjoying your blog for awhile now!

  14. Delaine
    November 1, 2008

    Our Halloween dinner consisted of candy, lots and lots of candy. Is there anything better?

  15. terry
    November 1, 2008

    Happy Belated Birthday!
    last night we went out and so had burgers (beef and chicken) at some brew pub, the beer was better than the food! tonight’s dinner will be better, just snacks of smoked salmon, avocado, and we are making chimichurri deviled eggs…they are awesome. Its like making deviled eggs, and you add chimichurri sauce to the egg yolk mixture (its an argentian sauce of olive oil, vinegar, parley, garlic and onion)

  16. Cheryl
    November 1, 2008

    Hallowe’en always means some sort of chili in our house — easy meal, can be eaten in stages, warms the cockles, etc. etc. Having said that, it was 14 degrees out there as the little ones hit the trick or treat trail.
    I threw together a pound of ground bison, frozen whole roma tomatoes, onions, red peppers, small dab of smoky chipotles, and a couple of tablespoons of red lentils to help thicken things up…the tomatoes started out really watery but quickly morphed into something amazing and flavourful. Added some hot ancho chili powder and cumin and we were good to go….dumped it over brown rice and called it dinner. Would love a copy of your cookbook, doggie drool and all! Cheers! PS — caught your gig on BT yesterday, the camera guys never showed us a closeup of your face, but your manicure is outstanding!!!

  17. Kathy
    November 1, 2008

    Supper last night….can’t remember, but I do remember the midnight(actually about nineish) supper–crispy teriyaki chicken wings, big juicy shrimp and cocktail sauce, celery sticks/ranch dressing and strawberry/rhubarb pie with french vanilla ice cream for dessert. It was a feast! And very welcome after the candy/chocolate overload.

  18. Kate
    November 1, 2008

    Last night we decked ourselves out in some tin foil and went to Chipotle and got some free burritos! How great would it be to add a free cookbook to the mix just for telling you that?!?

  19. Elaine
    November 1, 2008

    My husband is a musician and always plays a Halloween show at a local indie rock venue here in Chicago, so dinner needed to be a quick affair that would stick to our ribs and that gave him enough energy to dance around onstage and me the energy to cope with about 400 cooler-than-thou hipsters.

    I made the 10-Minute Asparagus and Brown Rice big bowl from 101 Cookbooks:

    I sauteed a can of chickpeas for a few minutes until they crisped up, then threw in peas, onions, and asparagus. Then I made a tahini garlic dip (equal parts tahini and lemon juice, a few cloves of garlic, then olive oil and hot water) and roasted almonds to go on top. All of this went over Bhutanese red rice–it was stellar, and we ate all of the leftovers at 3am after the show!

  20. Ada
    November 1, 2008

    We had chili and cornbread. Our house is smack in the middle of Halloween central — the place where most kids in our small town come for the most bang for their walking buck. So, we are the defacto meeting house for our friends and their kids. I put on a big pot of chili and every one comes and goes, eating if they’d like to. Or course there were chocolate and DOTS appetizers and the same for dessert.

  21. Marilyn
    November 1, 2008

    Had some leftover roast beef in the fridge so we had hot beef sandwiches with peas and carrots, and chocolate sundaes for dessert (melted mini bars over a scoop of ice cream). I swear I could get my husband to eat anything as long as it had chocolate sauce over it!

    My husband picked up Grazing for my birthday a year ago. He thoughtfully check-marked all the recipes “that looked good” before wrapping it for my birthday. A doggy chewed copy of One Smart Cookie would be perfect for his Christmas stocking.

  22. Larissa
    November 1, 2008

    I had couscous with chicken curry (in the car, on the way to work because my mom made it and i had no time to sit and eat it properly). it was very delicious though, even though it was on the go. oh and an excess of haloween candy!

    cookbook please?

    have a lovely weekend!

  23. Natalie
    November 1, 2008

    love this cookbook! We had homemade pizza.

    Thanks!!

  24. Cargomarg
    November 1, 2008

    Chalk up another chile dinner, made with ground bison, canned tomatoes, kidney beans, usual veggies(the best part is the shredded old cheddar melted on top). Easy to eat while tag-teaming to the door
    to hand out treats. I was expecting about 140 kids
    (McKenzie Lake, Cal) and only had 99. Tonight, the
    carved pumpkins go on the hearth so we can enjoy them
    lit up as well. M

  25. Cathy
    November 1, 2008

    For dinner, that Knorr “orange soup” which I see advertised on tv all the time. I really like it – curry squashy flavours – do you have a recipe for something like that? Anyway, that was the first course. Dinner was mostly halloween candy!

    I’d love to have One Smart Cookie to go with my Grazing cookbook!

    Cathy

  26. Aimee
    November 1, 2008

    Hi Julie!
    I’m 12 years old an I absolutley love your blog.
    Last night for dinner I made mummy hot dogs. I’m pretty sure that it was you who made these on BT a few years ago (pillsbury hot dog wraps cut into strips to resemble bandages wrapped around a hot dog).
    Thanks!

  27. Kathy
    November 1, 2008

    Bad Bad Lou (but good for us lucky 20!).

    Dinner last night was: Honey Garlic Chicken (several chicken breasts, 1/4 c. each honey, soy sauce & brown sugar, some garlic powder and bake for a while), brown rice and banana-zuchinni-bran muffins.

    Then we went to a movie.

  28. Melissa
    November 1, 2008

    Supper last night was rotisserie chicken, fries and a multigrain roll (aka Swiss Chalet).

  29. Christina
    November 1, 2008

    Sorry to hear about the cookbooks, the joys of puppyhood!
    We moved into our new home in June! It’s a great neighbourhood and many families have been here since they built 11 years ago. We were thrilled to hear every year everyone gets together on one neighbours driveway and there is a pot luck! There were hotdogs for the kids, chilie and buns for the adults, veggies and dip, chip, juice, pop and of course desert of rice crispy pumpkins, mini homemade cupcakes and being that I am 6 day away from my due date with child #3 I went to Sobies and bought a couple cupcake cakes. I love to bake but just didn’t have it in me. It was such a great time and so nice to see the neighborhood come together!
    I’m off to take a nap! Can’t wait to try those ribs!

  30. Debra
    November 1, 2008

    Hi Julie,

    Supper around here last night was Pasta Varnishkas, a new recipe I’d tried from Bitten, Mark Bitman’s NYT blog. Our new favorite comfort food! Did I mention it was the second time in a week I’d had it? Ummmm…..bowties tossed with cooked buckwheat groats, carmelized onions and butter, salt and pepper. SSSSoooooooo good! And for desert? A marvelous pomegranate from Costco! Yummmmm…..

    And then, after the Pashendaele Movie a card game with friends and come homemade bran muffins, blackberries, strawberries, grapes and homemade chai tea latte’s…..

    Is this worth a cookbook? Hoping so….

    Debra Peoples Helmer
    262 Addington Drive
    Red Deer, AB T4R 3N4
    (403)755-0593

  31. Melanie
    November 1, 2008

    Being Ukrainian – and it being Friday – AND it being Halloween, we had perogies topped with a ton of buttery oniony goodness and sour cream, of course!!! This first course was followed by some very chewy gummy worms, m&m’s, and mini twix as we taught our 2 y.o. how to “trick or treat” at the dinner table!!! It was the best dinner ever… sigh…
    The heart burn that followed was a bit much (thanks to baby # 3 en route) but now they make cocoa ‘n’ cream Tums so I guess you could call that my dessert!!!

  32. Rose
    November 1, 2008

    Hi Julie,

    Last night we had witch’s hair spaghetti with tomato sauce and bat’s eyeballs! (pitted black olives). Just got the idea from your great site which I read every day. We use whole wheat spaghetti so it came out a darker grass green and looked great.

    Thanks, Rose

  33. Lisette Czarniewski
    November 1, 2008

    Hi Julie – first off, thanks for all of the delicious recipes. My hats off to you for doing this every day….I love your web blog and visit it whenever I have a minute. Last night was a dash and so we had papa murphy pizza’s (mediterranean and vegetarian) at my brother so the kids could go out trick or treating. I would love to have a cookbook of yours if you have a spare. Thanks again for all of the inspiration!
    Lisette

  34. Sarah
    November 1, 2008

    I’ve never commented before but I wanted to say I love your blog! I really hope you keep writing after the 365 days are up.

    We had burgers and spinach salad, it was our last barbeque of the season as the barbeque patio at our apartment complex closes Oct. 31st.

  35. Ellen
    November 1, 2008

    Hi Julie – I also absolutely love your blog! We had mini pizzas (storebought, I’m afraid) and fruit smoothies (the bananas on the counter were getting to the point where my son makes these dreadful gagging noises – at the sight of them, let alone the taste and texture! So into the smoothies they went). However, this afternoon I was at a meeting for which I had to bring snacks, and one the items I made was your fruitcake brownies – I don’t have your cookbook, but got the recipe last year out of a library copy. They were a big hit!

  36. Buddiegirl
    November 1, 2008

    Dinner was from Arby’s, my daughter had chicken, I had a turkey and swiss sandwich and my husband had a plain old roast beef on a bun. Usually we have pizza on Friday, but my daughter is having pizza tonight at a party and didn’t want it two nights in a row.

    I remember having to eat a proper dinner too before we went out trick or treating (or as we called it those many years ago, Halloweening) and having to wait until it was dark.

    By the way, you looked very cute in your “Whoopee” costume yesterday on BT.

  37. lisa
    November 1, 2008

    a box of Annie’s pasta & cheese. with peas. and a huge bowl of popcorn. my daughter ate most of the ‘bunny pasta’ and i ate a lot of popcorn.
    have a good weekend!

  38. Alex
    November 1, 2008

    Kitchen renos for the last couple of weeks have meant that we’ve had to depend on a sweet mom to make our suppers in advance. Last night it was elbow macaroni with a bacon/tomato pasta sauce. For dessert, some treats picked up from the baking students at SAIT: cupcakes with mini marzipan pumpkins, and rumballs. Love your blog!

  39. Kristen
    November 1, 2008

    Pizza Friday for us! With carmelized shallots, fresh basil, bison pepperoni and mushrooms…just cheese for the kids.

  40. Linda
    November 1, 2008

    Chili for 4 us. It was cold and rainy so it was perfect.

  41. Linda
    November 1, 2008

    Last night was stew for us while waiting for children to come trick or treating – only 4 kids showed up – oh well,lots for us

  42. Pat from Ontario
    November 1, 2008

    Last night I went to see Regis Philbin in concert at Caesar’s Casino in Windsor. We had dinner at one of the restaurants there before the show. I had a shrimp cocktail with 3 of the largest shrimp I’ve ever seen. Since weigh-in at WW was this morning, that’s all I had. No Hallowe’en treats for me. It’s all worth it though, because even after being on a 2 week holiday, I lost 2 pounds this morning for a total of 107.

  43. Nicki
    November 1, 2008

    I had Chinese Food with a mixture of treats from Halloween. Not healthy, but very yummy!

  44. Erin
    November 1, 2008

    I’ve been following your blog almost from the beginning but never commented. A shot at the dog-loved book is too tempting to pass up I guess! Got home from Vancouver (Madonna!!) yesterday afternoon so it was a last minute dinner. Luckily there was some chili left that I had made for my husband and daughter to eat when I was away, so I mixed it with some egg noodles, threw some sour cream then cheese on top and into the oven. Getting my two-year-old to eat it and not dive into the candy was much more difficult!

  45. Jen
    November 1, 2008

    Sadly, I had a hotdog for dinner and far too many halloween candies. My hotdog was made with one of those new flatbread buns though – I will never go back to regular hotdog buns!

    Don’t feel too bad. Our lab was 4 when she finally stopped putting holes in things (clothes, couches, walls etc).

  46. B
    November 1, 2008

    If I win one can I personally thank Lou?

  47. Hanna
    November 1, 2008

    For Halloween dinner I totally stole your meatloaf idea from earlier in the week….I had some bison from Valta that needed to be used so I made the meatloaf. It was so delicious. To accompany we had mashed potatoes and cauliflower spruced up with some cheddar cheese and then for a little greenery some steamed broccoli….very 1950′s I thought!

  48. Pauline
    November 1, 2008

    Pizza always pizza or usually on a friday. Happy belated birthday Julie. Quite a few years ago now my dog chance pulled the curtains off the window and ripped them to shreds. That started a whole renovation so a few thoussand $$$$$$$ later. Hope I am one of the luckey winners Its on my Xmas list.

  49. Suzanne
    November 1, 2008

    Cold meatloaf sandwiches prior to heading out trick or treating with my 9 month old Bumble Bee!

  50. LisaGee
    November 1, 2008

    I had a 10 course traditional Chinese meal last night…mmmmm!

  51. Joni
    November 1, 2008

    My copy of OSC is VERY well used and a fresh version without chocolate smears and cookie dough on every other page would be most welcome!

    We had a house full of family last night and dinner was great. My mom made a huge chicken pot pie which we ate with a salad made of romaine and assorted veggies that had to be used up. Oh, and of course, many little chocolate bars for dessert.

  52. robyn
    November 1, 2008

    Oh Lou. I wonder if the books were tasty?

    Last night’s pre-dinner was a mini turkey sub from Subway before taking the kids out. After trick-or-treating was done, we went to Troy and Helen’s for chili. I see a chili theme for last night!

    I’ll pass on the chance of winning a book…..I already have a copy, and it’s dog-eared on all my most used pages. Not to be confused with “dog chewed”.

  53. Cheryl
    November 1, 2008

    I’d like to say we had a proper dinner… but really it was nachos and salsa with a few veggies and dip. Oh, and a lot of icing (from the cupcakes), licorice, and chocolate. Bad Mama!

  54. Hillary
    November 1, 2008

    Fried egg sandwiches with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and wasabi mayo. Yum…

  55. Bonnie
    November 1, 2008

    Last night I made pizza – two actually, a ham, pineapple and green pepper one and a pepperoni, red onion, green pepper and olive one. Pizza leftovers for lunch today. Happy (belated) birthday Julie — what a fun day to have your birthday on. We had fewer trick or treaters around last night than usual so I’m resisting the temptation of excess Halloween treats. The rib recipe sounds really good – will definitely try it in the next while. Thanks for all the great recipes and meal plans Julie.

  56. Sherry
    November 1, 2008

    Last night we had sweet potato spicy cheese fries from Grazing and chicken breast burgers with bacon, mushrooms, mixed greens, tomatoes and cheese.

  57. Bonnie
    November 1, 2008

    Grilled cheese for dinner, then a party for 11 – 14 year olds and 82 kids rang our door bell for treats. Whew! I scared the crap out of a 4 yr. old girl with our fog machine (she got about 12 candy bars as a sorry present!).

  58. Jen C
    November 1, 2008

    Last night was also my husband’s birthday so I did a ‘do it yourself pizza bar’. I popped some dough out of the bread machine (think I dream of Jeanie), some pizza sauce, sauteed some sausage meat, hot calabrese, ham, red onion, green pepper, sauteed some mushrooms (with a splash of red wine at the end), kalamata olives and a mixture of provolone and mozzarella cheese. SOOOOO GOOD! Kid friendly, adult friendly and went nicely with a bottle of red wine (and even more nicely in a to-go-cup for trick or treating with the little person!)

    AND I am a cookbook junkie!

    happy weekend!

  59. Tamara
    November 1, 2008

    We had chicken cacciattore with Mediterranean couscous. Along with some leftover chocolate (birthday) cake. Its that time of year for us around here too!

  60. B
    November 1, 2008

    Mango salmon with a pepper/cucumber salad. Light. Delicious. Delightful.

  61. Jaclyn
    November 1, 2008

    Well, I’m moving in a month so on a serious clean out the freezer spree, which means that my meals are pretty random these days! Last night I had a hamburger and fries, both compliments of my freezer stash. Your dinner sounds like it was better than mine; I love ribs and will try your recipe once I’m “allowed” to go shopping again!

    P.S. Thanks for the blog Julie; I love it and read it faithfully every day.

  62. Jennifer
    November 1, 2008

    Last night was pizza night here as well. I used large pita shells as the crust then grated mozzarella,zucchini,tomatoes,green and yellow peppers,cracked black pepper! Nice and quick when it is halloween with kids!
    Nice of your dog to try and eat its way through your cookbooks! My problem was my kids always trying to colour in the pictures and words!:)
    happy belated birthday and halloween love the blog!

  63. Tagyn
    November 1, 2008

    I like the odds with this one!
    We had pancakes- fast, easy and the kids would eat them before we headed out.

  64. mar
    November 1, 2008

    I had a ‘Stella’, a handful of chips and a mini Mars bar for dessert. Awesome

  65. Margaret
    November 1, 2008

    Menu for Friday….braised chicken breasts, simmered in white wine with mushrooms, red and green peppers. Then tossed a tin of carnation over the works thickened with cornstarch, and served over home made pasta. Veggies were the last of the carrots from the garden and coleslaw. Chocolate and macadamia cookies and dipped strawberries was dessert. All this for my relatives, visiting from Victoria!

  66. Rebecca Taylor
    November 1, 2008

    We had homemade baked beans and “brown bread” (oatmeal molasses bread)!

  67. Sue
    November 1, 2008

    Ran to Safeway on my way home from visiting my mother in the hospital, grabbed a BBQ chicken and some buns and made chicken sandwiches for dinner. No one complained because the bowl of Halloween candies was in view. But today was the coup d’etat…. I made chicken and dumplings with the leftovers. I did not have a recipe, in fact I searched for one on your blog, but alas had to fake it, and the result was surprisingly great.

  68. Melanie
    November 1, 2008

    Roasted a whole chicken and threw in a couple sweet potatoes and whole beets to roast alongside the chicken, then turned the beets into honey-balsamic glazed beets with your recipe. It was delicious. Then for dessert I had a bunch of leftover Halloween chocolate bars.

  69. Colleen
    November 1, 2008

    Supper Halloween night? Homemade chicken and blackbean vegetable soup. Added extra shicken stock, salsa and a can of blackbeans to a leftover half-pot of chicken veggie soup I made the night before…turned out great! Mini chocolate bars for dessert.
    As to mischeivous pups, ours chewed not one, but TWO pairs of my eyeglasses beyond recognition! A month apart! Expensive lesson. Pick. Up. Everything.

  70. Colleen
    November 1, 2008

    Ack! Shicken stock?? Sorry – CHICKEN stock. I haven’t simmered any shickens lately! :)

  71. Janet
    November 1, 2008

    Supper on Halloween night was pan fried boneless chicken breast, steamed baby carrots, and potato pancakes. Looked at a few potato pancake recipes online, and then concocted a recipe of my own – they turned out great! Julie, I’m seriously thinking of making Christmas cake after seeing your recipe on your blog. Keep up the great work, I look forward to reading your blog every day!

  72. Glenda
    November 1, 2008

    This was an easy meal to eat while being interrupted by trick or treaters :) Halloween dinner consisted of homemade hummus, pitas (both soft and baked as chips in the oven), lots of veggies to dip, some Bulgarian feta, prosciutto, with pistachio halva and baklava for dessert. Can you tell I went to a Greek grocery store at lunchtime?

  73. Nancy Gibson
    November 1, 2008

    We had red pepper hummus and flat bread with curried butternut squash soup that I sprinkled with a bit of crumbled blue cheese and a few chopped almonds. Very good (both your recipes!) and coincidentally, both orange in the spirit of Halloween! I love my Dinner with Julie emails! It is 1 a.m. and we are just getting home from out of town and I came on to check out what you had for dinner!

  74. Mary
    November 1, 2008

    We went out to Boston Pizza, fairly boring. Tonite had a weenie roast at friends, deliscious. Always love a new cookbook to add to the collection. Love your blog.

  75. Karsten
    November 1, 2008

    My wife loooooves to make pork chops (breaded, pan-fried, then smothered in sauce and baked). The problem is the sauce. Campbell’s Cream o’ Mushroom Soup is NOT a sauce. Argh!

    I know, I know. I should be happy somebody’s cooking for me. But when that person uses the same ingredient in every one of her favourite dishes, well, they all start to taste the same.

    So dinner was OK–”almost homemade” (Sorry, FoodTV insider joke…)

  76. kelly
    November 2, 2008

    New to your blog…love it. For dinner last night it was tortilli stew…sausage, zucchini, tomatoes, beans, onions..a pot full of goodness.

  77. margaret
    November 2, 2008

    A black angus steak sub from Quizno’s, while waiting for help after I locked my keys in the hatchback of the car after putting the groceries in…

  78. ASL
    November 2, 2008

    hmm, dinner.

    reheated cold spaghetti i had delivered on friday because i’m a law student with a legal memo due. ;) no time to be food-creative. sigh.

  79. Margie S.
    November 2, 2008

    So you want to know what was for dinner last night…Hallowe’en is always pita pizza night! It’s not exciting, but always quick and always tastes great! I have a 3 yr old, and his three cousins (3,7,9) and aunt and uncle came for trick-or-treating. Having this simple meal got us out the door and on the sidewalks in good time.

  80. Mary Ann
    November 2, 2008

    I’d love to win One Smart Cookie; I have Grazing and I use it all the time! Dinner last night was a Dr. Oetker Spinach pizza, mini-chocolate bars, and the creepy witches fingers cookies that didn’t make the cut for our party on Friday (the recipe is available on Canadian Living.com). Not elaborate or particularily well balanced, but delicious and satifying all the same.

  81. Vivian
    November 2, 2008

    Dinner on Friday was actually a late lunch that consisted of a whole half pepperoni/half cheese bake-at-home Costco pizza. Funny how many responders said “pizza”, must be something about the stress and time crunch on Halloween to get costumes and candy ready. Love a copy of your book, the more “Lou”ied, the better!

  82. Lynn
    November 2, 2008

    dinner halloween night was pizza from Pappa Murphy’s. easy when everone is going in different directions.

    Love to win one of your books.

  83. glenda
    November 2, 2008

    Am I too late for the cookbook? I hope not.
    Last night for dinner…..a leftover barbequed hamburger (beacause it seems to be endless summer) on toasted rye bread with swiss cheese, onions and mushrooms, and a side of greek salad…not too bad for a leftover burger!

  84. Barb
    November 2, 2008

    Last night’s dinner? Peroghy casserole with chunks of keilbasa and broc/cauliflower/carrot blend baked with cream of mushroom soup and grated cheese. I am planning to buy you revised edition as soon as I find it on the shelves.

  85. Betty
    November 2, 2008

    A cookbook that already looks like it has been lovingly used – love the idea.
    For dinner last night-yummy – it was a belated Birthday (2007) dinner cooked by my son and his girlfriend -roast chicken with veggies, roast garlic potatoes and Choc Pudding with White Chocolate Whipped cream for dessert. A delicious dinner for our annual family get-together for Christmas pudding and cake making.

  86. Nicole
    November 2, 2008

    Oh Lou…Interestingly enough, my visiting friend Elaine (you know, THAT Elaine) tried to heist my copy of the old version of One Smart Cookie. I would not let her, but now if I get one of the twenty, I will graciously give her my old one and keep the new version…a bit greedy yes, but she’ll never know!

    Oh dinner..not very memorable…I forced some homemade turkey/macaroni soup into my son so that he would not vibrate off the sidewalks while trick or treating. Then we stuffed ourselves with yummy dips and crackers at the after-trick or treating-halloween party. When I say “we”, truthfully it was “me”.

  87. Sharon
    November 2, 2008

    Ended up trying making salmon salad! Turned out great!

  88. Andrea
    November 2, 2008

    OK, but can anyone beat having their dog eat 3 large holes in the middle of the living room carpet during the night – it was epic, and sad, as it was the only carpet in the house that wasn’t 80′s shag – sigh!! Your cookbooks would fit right in here amongst all the other dog chewed items – i’d say it gets better, but it hasn’t and Tucker is 6!
    Oh and dinner last night was bland old-folks food as my husband aptly described it – in Red deer on the way home (The dog also puked all over my husbands shoulder and the car seat and my wallet last night)! Good thing he’s cute.

  89. Ann
    November 2, 2008

    It’s been a busy weekend with my son having a birthday a day after Halloween. We had spaghetti and meatballs on Friday. Something quick and easy before heading out.
    I enjoy reading your blogs daily.

  90. RMB
    November 2, 2008

    Last night was BBQ steak, oven-fried potato wedges, fresh veggies and dip and garlic bread, with Halloween candy for dessert!

    Love all your recipes, so would love a cookbook.

  91. Laurie
    November 2, 2008

    Not sure if I can accept a cookbook that smells like Lou — my golden retriever Sally might try to finish what she started. Willing to give it a try though! (Just for fun, Sally chewed up the *first* ever book my son brought home from the school library. I had to pay 10 bucks, but I figure it’s precedent-setting in case he ever has to use my-dog-ate-my-homework as an excuse.)

    For dinner before trick or treating, we had green spaghetti like you made for the Eyeopener. Only Brett doesn’t like sauce, so he just had it with some parm shaken on top. Looked kinda old and dusty that way.

  92. Haruko
    November 2, 2008

    Before Trick or Treating we had leftovers…usually a Friday night tradition to clean out the fridge and to get a bit of free time that I would have spent cooking. So Friday was pasta night again. The kids had plain pasta (from the Italian Centre as you can always get some neat kinds there) with shredded mozza cheese and M and I had a sauce made from veggie ground, onions, tomato sauce and garlic. Pretty simple but that was the point especially tonight.

  93. Nancy
    November 2, 2008

    I made tacos with ground moose meat. My boyfriend is a hunter, so any kinda of meat that I want is pretty much in the deep freeze. :)

  94. Camille
    November 3, 2008

    Store-bought spinach-ricotta fresh ravioli. I made my own sauce with a zucchini cut in coarse cubes, a small oignon, lots of garlic ans herbs and a can of crushed tomatoes. It’s pretty much my go-to meal when I can’t come up with something clever: pasta with a sauce thrown together from whatever fresh veggies I happen to have around.

  95. Carol
    November 3, 2008

    Well, Friday night (being halloween night) was take out Swiss Chalet – not exciting but it definitely filled the gap. Now last night (Sunday night) was tenderloin steak marinated in Keith’s amber red ale and bbq’d and served with red ale and mini portobello mushroom gravy, grilled asparagus, grilled yellow pepper, all made by my roomate’s wonderful husband. Beyond yummy!

  96. Natalie
    November 3, 2008

    I’m going through a phase these days that I am trying new recipes every week. For dinner last night, I tried a Pampered Chef recipe, called Chuck Wagon Caserole. It was pretty good! It was a kind Cowboy variation on a traditional Shepherds Pie. The meat layer was browned ground beef with beans and BBQ sauce, and the top layer was made with Corn Muffin mix and corn. It turned out really good, and quick to make. I will make it again.

    And I REALLY want a copy of your book! chewed or not!

  97. Alexandra
    November 3, 2008

    We skipped out on Halloween candy distribution and went out for dinner instead. We went to the Blue House Cafe and we shared an appetizer of escargot in a red wine sauce (so yummy!) Then I had a beautiful medley of seafoods (calamari, scallops, shrimp – asked them to skip the calms and mussels) over rice. The sauce was guava and cilantro based. Really tasty and an interesting combo.

  98. Jen T
    November 3, 2008

    On a road trip south –stopped at a Japanese restaurant in Lethbridge. O`SHO’s. Had miso soup, shrimp salad, chicken katsu, beef teriayki, prawn tempura and rice….Yuuummmy. a great break from halloween food.

  99. Tina
    November 3, 2008

    Julie, when do you draw? Haven’t been on the net all weekend and just saw this. (Prepping, recovering, cleaning up after 2nd annual giant halloween costume party…) So anyway, if I’m not too late, I had spaghetti and tomato sauce last night. (And if I am, I still had spaghetti and tomato sauce last night.) And I’d love a book!!

  100. Heather
    November 3, 2008

    Pizza from Best Italian Pizza on Centre St. IMHO, the best pizza in town. Nice toppings like roasted garlic and caramelized onions, and a thin crispy crust. It’s a take-out joint only, no eating in, and delivery only to nearby neighbourhoods.

  101. Lana
    November 3, 2008

    Am i too late by doing this on Monday morning? I don’t have internet at home so don’t ready anything over the weekend.
    If I’m not, then on Thursday night, we had your “fast food” standby of salmon fillets with pesto, brown rice, spinach and carrots (from our garden!)

  102. Cathy D
    November 3, 2008

    Hey there,

    Jeez, too bad he chewed the books. Great for your readers though, hey :)

    Here ya go..let’s call this “supposed to” and “actual” dinner posting….

    Friday night I got home very late from a week long business trip and Brad was “supposed” to have bbq’d….yum…home cooked meal after a week of restaurants. (We don’t get trick or treaters over here…you know where I live…bring W next year?) Anyhoo, poor Brad got home late too..Thus…

    I was “supposed” to have bbq tenderloin with baked potato and steamed green beans. Anticipation of this had sustained me across two time zones.

    “Actually” we went to Swans (you know it I am sure) where I had chicken fingers (dipped in gravey and mayo. Sigh. Willpoweroutthewindow). Brad had fish and chips. Wasn’t bad at all (We don’t like the food at the home of the Cappy platter either, so we went to Swans as an experiment. Was a welcome improvement).

    HOWEVER…I want to tell you what I made Saturday night. I made “Staving Guy Chicken Pie” from those Greta and Janet (Looneyspoons?) sisters. I have made it before, the sweet potato crust is a favourite of Brad’s (I use the tinned) and that with a salad was perfect.

    There you are.

    Cathy

    PS: Sawyer stole a highlighter from my office last week and smeared it all over the carpet and his face. Nice.

  103. Kim
    November 3, 2008

    Would love a book, especially a personalized (dog-alized?) one.

    Supper on Halloween night was homemade pizza.

    Hope you feel better soon.

  104. Adrienne
    November 3, 2008

    Dinner on Halloween night was a small slice of President’s Choice 4-seasons pizza and a meatball sub (made with Ikea meatballs) and cabbage soup. I was at my aunt’s house and the meal was a mishmash of leftovers and stuff that the kids would eat.

  105. Sue Vaclavek
    November 3, 2008

    I probably missed this one but if its not too late, count me in for this draw. I have the book myself but love to give it away and had thought I would pick up at least a few to wrap up at Christmas this year. THE BEST COOKIE BOOK EVER! Really.

  106. Jennywenny
    November 3, 2008

    If I’m not too late I’d love to get a cookbook. I had a go at making seitan italian sausages, which were incredibly strong tasting, so need some work, and eggplants with parmesan and breadcrumbs.

  107. Shobha
    November 3, 2008

    Is it too late? We had yakitori, rice and broccoli. Nothing fancy but eveyrone would eat it!

  108. Sara
    November 3, 2008

    Tyler Florence’s Red Wine “Ultimate” Beef Stew! YUM!!!

  109. Cindy
    November 3, 2008

    Tortilla soup from the CLBB and of course chocolate!

  110. Sandy
    November 3, 2008

    I adore cookbooks,I still have the very first one (foods 8)from high school.

  111. Erica
    November 4, 2008

    Does this one fall into the new FSF parameters of waiting ’til Tuesday? If so, I’d LOVE to have a copy of your One Smart Cookie book. That’s awesome.

    For dinner last night: a warm salad of roasted pepper squash, shallots, wild rice, and roasted chickpeas. Yummy.

  112. Shelley
    November 4, 2008

    I’d love to have a copy too! Dog spit and all! :) For dinner tonight we had vegetarian pizza and Mexican pizza. Not very exciting, but very tasty!

  113. Tami
    November 5, 2008

    My 5 year-old son recently helped me make your “Choclava” cookies…yummy! I’d love to try some more of your cookie recipes. I didn’t realize how challenging it would be to pack his school lunch/snacks every day!
    Last night we had teriyaki chicken thighs, rice, roasted red peppers and carrot/turnips mashed together. My kids cleaned their plates.

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