Welcome to the Nominations thread for the September 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 September.
What shall we cook in September? The goal behind DOTM is to stretch our culinary boundaries, and do a deep dive into a dish that may not be part of our current repertoire. But we also consider the practical, such as seasonality. September is a month that to those in the northern reaches starts to feel a lot like fall, whereas here in the south, we are still quite firmly planted in summer. Let's use our collective imaginations and come up with a challenge that fits for this liminal month.
If you are new to DOTM, and want to get feel for what we do, please join the discussion of our August dish, paella.
**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 since August 2012. Over that period, we’ve already cooked 86 different dishes, as listed on this index, https://www.chowhound.com/post/links-...
We want to avoid selecting a dish for September 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, August 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM EDT (4:00 PM PDT and 12:00 AM on 8/27/19 BST). 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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