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Mom isn't eating well any suggestions?

My mom was living with me this summer and suffering from constant nausea as a side effect of lung cancer treatment. She was losing weight and her doctors were concerned. Slowly cooked scrambled eggs made with with heavy cream and shredded cheese were one thing I could often get her to eat. The main source for her calories were those high calorie nutritionally complete chocolate flavored Ensure shakes, which I'd whir up in the blender with a scoop of chocolate whey powder and about 1/3 cup of heavy cream. She was usually able to force herself to get the entire shake down, which was about 700 calories when made that way.

November 2014 Openings and Closings

The one in Waltham is still open, or it was last week.

Nov 24, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Who has the best Thanksgiving sides to go, 128 N area? Also, anywhere to get cooked dark meat turkey?

If you're at Wilson Farm, they have pretty much any side you could want on ice with the prepared foods, but I don't know how good any of them are. It wouldn't surprise me if they had tastings this weekend but I don't see anything on their Facebook page about that.

Nov 22, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

iso boiled cider

We're in love with Carr's Cider Syrup right now, which is the centerpiece of our new favorite cocktail. It's great stuff!

Nov 21, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Christmas blessing

I was thinking casserole as well. This is one of our Christmas favorites, because all the prep is done in advance. It's baked in a large pan... not sure of exact size, maybe 11x14. It doesn't need syrup because it makes its own. I'm not sure how to best scale this for a larger amount of people, but it's a pretty forgiving recipe so you could probably just double it and use a large disposable lasagna pan. I'd guess that size would feed about 20, so maybe do two of them, along with sausage, which travels well and doesn't need to stay crisp like bacon.

Creme' Brulee' French Toast

Ingredients:
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbls. LIGHT corn syrup
5 large eggs
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. Grand Marnier (maybe just use orange juice or orange extract to avoid using alcohol)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 loaf Challah or any round bread

Directions:
Melt butter, corn syrup and brown sugar on top of stove stirring until
smooth. Pour into 13x9x2 baking dish and coat bottom.
cut bread into one inch slices and place on top of sugar mixture in baking
pan.
Mix eggs,1/2 and 1/2 vanilla, Grand Marnier, and salt together and pour over
bread. Cover and refrigerate for AT LEAST 8 hours Pre-heat oven to 350
degrees, remove from refrigerator and bring to room temperature. Bake for
30-40 minutes.

I'm sure this would still be piping hot if you wrapped it well after it came out of the oven and transported for 20 minutes or so.

This is a wonderful thing you're doing!

Nov 18, 2014
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Nominate your favorite restaurants in the Boston area for "Best of 2014."

Yes, we've really enjoyed having them closer!!! Have you tried the hot and sour soup yet? Amazingly great stuff.

Nov 18, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Nominate your favorite restaurants in the Boston area for "Best of 2014."

I'll kick this off with:
Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe, Woburn
www.genescafe.com

Although it's a limited menu, the food is made with care and expertise and never disappoints.

Alternative, non-tomato ketchup that was on this site?

I didn't see anything here but a google search turns up Nomato at http://nomato.com/products.htm#nomato...

Nov 17, 2014
Chris VR in General Topics

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe has opened in Woburn today!

We had this for dinner tonight, it was wonderful and LOADED with dumplings. I used a bit of the broth to loosen up the #4 since they get a bit sticky and clumpy on the ride from Woburn to Lexington. It worked well and topped with 2 lamb skewers, was almost perfect, but I have to say the #4 was much less garlicky and spicy than we're used to. It feels to me like maybe he brought the levels down for a new audience of diners? We'll have to make a note to ask for extra chile oil and garlic the next time we do take out, or ask for it extra spicy as noted below.

Nov 14, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Heritage Turkey

There was some discussion here last year http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922123 although not all about heritage turkeys. We got ours from Copicut Farms and it was free range and pasture raised but I don't think it was specifically a heritage turkey. I feel like I got a heritage turkey from Tendercrop farm in the past but their website doesn't say anything about heritage birds.

Nov 14, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Have You Heard of Any Boston Based Kickstarter Food Projects?

But then I look at some of the funded projects that didn't get off the ground. This one for example https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/... funded in June 2010 and hasn't been active on Twitter since 2012. They did a popup in 2012 but apparently nothing since, and on this thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/811566 people feel like they were taken for a ride. You really do have to bear in mind with Kickstarter that there are a lot of people with great ideas that other people would love to see in business, but throwing money at them isn't necessarily going to make it happen.

Nov 14, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Have You Heard of Any Boston Based Kickstarter Food Projects?

https://www.kickstarter.com/discover/... brings you to a search result of Massachusetts Food kickstarters. The ones at the bottom are fully funded, the ones at the top are in progress. This one might go on a Christmas list for my husband.... https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...

Nov 14, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

What's the best of the best at Wegmans?

They were offering that basting oil for free as an opening week gift, so I have been using it drizzled over popcorn, tossed with salt, pepper and parmesan. It's tasty stuff!

Nov 14, 2014
Chris VR in Chains
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What's the best of the best at Wegmans?

This one then? http://www.acmesmokedfish.com/salads/... Hmmm that sounds like it would be great on an appetizer spread. Thanks!

Nov 13, 2014
Chris VR in Chains

The Bored's...

I disagree, I still get a lot of great chow tips from the Boston board. But it's not a spectator sport. If you want to read something interesting, how about posting something interesting and see where it leads?

Nov 13, 2014
Chris VR in Site Talk
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What's the best of the best at Wegmans?

Is this from the seafood counter? What is it?

Nov 12, 2014
Chris VR in Chains

Anyone familiar with Naked Wines?

These aren't wine experts by any means... and more friends of friends. But that's why I was curious to know what sorts of wines are part of this sort of deal. I think the point of it is they feel they are getting wines that are worth more than $3/bottle.

Nov 08, 2014
Chris VR in Wine

First trip to Wegmans: What should I get? [moved from Boston board]

I put a link to it from the other Wegmans opening thread I started. Sorry to confuse you!

Nov 08, 2014
Chris VR in Chains

First trip to Wegmans: What should I get? [moved from Boston board]

If you mean my thread, I started it there on the Chains board. I know there are a lot of Wegmans around and I was hoping to get the perspective of people who were really familiar with it. Thanks for the kimmelweck tip, sounds like something my husband would love!

Nov 07, 2014
Chris VR in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

Never said inedible, but not found in nature, hence, "fake". Butter is a product that comes from a process as well, but it doesn't need anything chemical added to it to make it butter. Get cream from a cow, shake it up, voila, butter. Yes, that makes it "real" in my opinion.

McDonalds certainly doesn't have the market cornered on fake food and I'm not even trying to claim I don't consume fake food myself. I just don't see any need to claim it's not.

Nov 07, 2014
Chris VR in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

Nobody here is saying it's different, or life threatening. I was simply replying to the point made above that the Egg McMuffin is not made with processed food. It is, and I'm not sure why that needs any further debate. I'm not making a judgement call on whether that's a good or bad thing. Margarine is, by definitely, a highly processed food. It doesn't exist in nature, it's made... by a process, using chemicals that come from labs, not from animals or plants.

Nov 07, 2014
Chris VR in Chains

Anyone familiar with Naked Wines?

What are some of the wines you received? I have friends who have been happy with getting a case of wine for $35, and then they cancel the ongoing membership (or whatever it is.)

Nov 07, 2014
Chris VR in Wine

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

McDonald's website says it's cooked in liquid margarine. Nothing about steaming in water.

Nov 07, 2014
Chris VR in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

Yep, as quoted above from McDonald's site:

LIQUID MARGARINE
Ingredients: Liquid Soybean Oil and Hydrogenated Cottonseed and Soybean Oils, Water, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene (Color).

Nov 07, 2014
Chris VR in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

An egg becomes "fake food" when it's cooked in a bath of chemicals. IMO, of course.

Nov 07, 2014
Chris VR in Chains

Soup....

Report back please! I make an awesome red pozole but it would be great to know there was someplace to get it when I don't have any made.

Nov 07, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

"Other than the cheese where is the processing ? Nowhere."

Um, here?

ENGLISH MUFFIN WITH 8 g WHOLE GRAIN
Ingredients: Enriched Bleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Whole Wheat Flour, Yeast, Maltodextrin, Cornmeal, Contains 2% Or Less: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Barley Malt, Wheat Gluten, Corn Flour, Rice Flour, Soybean Oil or Canola Oil, Salt, Calcium Sulfate, Calcium Propionate (Preservative), Natural Flavor (Plant Source), Dough Conditioners (DATEM, Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Mono- and Tricalcium Phosphate, Enzymes), Fumaric Acid, Calcium Citrate, Citric Acid, Wheat Starch, Vitamin D Yeast, Caramel Color, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbitan Monostearate.

EGG
Ingredients: USDA Grade A Eggs.
Prepared with Liquid Margarine: Liquid Soybean Oil and Hydrogenated Cottonseed and Soybean Oils, Water, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene (Color).

LIQUID MARGARINE
Ingredients: Liquid Soybean Oil and Hydrogenated Cottonseed and Soybean Oils, Water, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene (Color).

CANADIAN STYLE BACON
Ingredients: Pork, Water, Sugar, Salt, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Phosphate, Natural Flavor, Sodium Diacetate And Sodium Nitrite (Preservatives).

I don't even understand how this is a question. Of course an Egg McMuffin is a processed food. It's made with 95% processed ingredients and even the one non-processed ingredient is prepared with a processed substance. It's fake food.

Nov 07, 2014
Chris VR in Chains

What's the best of the best at Wegmans?

It was shockingly bad! The texture is what I'd associate with low fat cream cheese, which is why I never buy the stuff. I double checked the label to be sure it wasn't low fat. The ingredients were Cream Cheese, Sour cream, and some other stuff including sugar. Definitely not what I expected, at all.

This wasn't with the regular cream cheese selection, but in a separate case in the bakery section. Clear tubs with Wegmans labels on them, different flavors as well.

Nov 06, 2014
Chris VR in Chains

Wegmans Burlington... any reports?

Hoping to get (and give) some general Wegman's recommendations, I started this thread on the Chains board on some of the stuff I've tried from Burlington recently: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/994764

Nov 06, 2014
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

What's the best of the best at Wegmans?

Wegmans just opened up near me (Burlington, MA) and I'd love some guidance on what Wegmans-branded/baked goods are worth buying.

So far we've tried:

- Ultimate White Cake: HUGE thumbs up. Lovely silky, dense texture with an actual buttercream icing.
- Bagels: meh. Supermarket bagels, no better, no worse than the alternatives.
- Plain whipped Cream Cheese: thumbs down. unpleasantly gritty and sweet.
- Chocolate Chip Cookie: YES, a thousand times yes. Thin cookie studded with chocolate chips. $11.99 a pound but worth every cent (and calorie).
- Graham Squares Cereal and Cinnamon Squares Cereal: they make the kids happy at less than half the cost of the name brand. I’m sold.

I’m not sure how ubiquitous their food court stuff is but from the salad bar in Burlington:

Thumbs up to Curry Chicken Salad, Kale Caesar and a Sesame Kale Salad
Thumbs down Cilantro Tabouli and Feta mint couscous. Both were dry and flavorless.

Nov 06, 2014
Chris VR in Chains