Welcome to the Nominations thread for the September Dish of the Month. For those of you unfamiliar with the Home Cooking Dish of the Month (“DOTM”), our community selects a particular dish for each month and 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. See the **starred** paragraphs below as to how we define a “dish,” the link to our list of prior dishes, and procedures for nominating dishes.
For July, we’ve been making Fruit Sorbets, as reported here: http://www.chowhound.com/post/fruit-s... With 11 more days left of the dog days of August, there’s plenty of opportunity still for making sorbets and contributing to that thread (and you can always contribute to past DOTM threads even after the month is over).
So, what should we cook for September? Shall we make a dish that uses up the last bounty of summer’s harvest -- at least for Hounds in the Northern hemisphere as Hounds below the equator are just moving into spring? Or should we embrace the fall and select a dish featuring foods of the fall harvest? Maybe a dish that packs well for lunch, now that school is back in session?
**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.” You don’t have to say “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.
**Prior DOTM Dishes**
DOTM has been going strong for over two years. We have covered more than 40 different dishes. We want to avoid selecting a dish for September that is a repeat of a dish done before. You can view the index of dishes here, http://www.chowhound.com/post/links-h.... You are invited to make any of these dishes, and contribute to these threads 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.
Nominations will be open until Saturday, September 25 at 11AM Pacific time (2PM Eastern time, and 7PM GMT). After the 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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