Welcome to the Nominations thread for the December 2019 Dish of the Month. For those unfamiliar with the Home Cooking Dish of the Month (“DOTM”), our community selects a particular dish for each month. Over the course of that month Hounds cook the dish and report on the results, as well as exchanging comments and tips as we perfect those results. The purpose of this thread is to collect ideas of a “dish” (defined below) that we will be cooking in December.
During November we’ve been making Gougeres, as reported here https://www.chowhound.com/post/gouger.... There are still 10 days remaining in November, so please continue to make Gougeres and report about them on that thread– they are perfect for preprandial nibbles before Thanksgiving dinner, or freeze them for your holiday parties in December.
What should we cook during December? Should we select a dish that complements upcoming holidays? Or, make some home-y comfort meals for the family dinners in between? Let’s be bold and try to push our collective envelopes in the dish that we select.
**What Makes a Dish**
A dish is loosely defined as an ingredient and a method of preparation. “Chocolate” or “beef” are not dishes. “Chocolate mousse” or “beef stew” are. You don’t have to be terribly specific; you can just nominate “tomato soup,” without describing the details of how it is prepared (e.g., “tomatoes chopped and simmered over low heat then puréed and poured into a bowl”). For some dishes, both the ingredients and the technique are implied, such as cassoulet or jambalaya.
** Please Don’t Nominate Dishes that already have been Prior DOTM Dishes**
The Home Cooking DOTM series has been running August 2012. Over that period, we’ve already cooked 84 different dishes, as listed on this index, https://www.chowhound.com/post/links-.... We want to avoid selecting a dish for December that is a repeat of a dish done before so please review the index before nominating a dish. You are invited to make any of the prior DOTMs and contribute to the existing threads for them at any time.
**How to Nominate or Second a Dish**
When you are ready to nominate a dish, or to second another’s nomination, please type the dish in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. Nominations are counted by how many times they are written in capitals, so if you’re discussing a dish without nominating, or after nominating, please type it in lower case. Each Hound may nominate as many dishes as he/she likes during the Nomination phase of our selection process.
Nominations will be open until Monday, November 25, 2019 at 7:00 PM EDT (4:00 PM PDT and 12:00 AM on 6/26/19 GMT). After the nominations close, the dishes with the most nominations will move on to the voting thread where every person gets only one vote. Once the votes are tallied, the winning dish will be announced and there will be a thread where everyone can post reports and photos.
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