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Cha Fahn is Now VeeVee (in JP)

thanks!

Feb 02, 2008
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I want to send a food related thank you gift via mail-order. Ideas??

If they are cheese fans, Grafton Village Cheddars has a sampler pack of all their aged cheddars which is my go-to. People always rave.

Feb 02, 2008
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Looking for a new tossed green salad

I've been eating a variant of Fern's suggestion, arugula, shaved fennel, orange supremes, fresh ricotta or ricotta salata, and poppy seed dressing.

I've also been making an "egg salad" with radishes, cukes, chopped hardboiled eggs, and a mustard vinaigrette.

Feb 02, 2008
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Cha Fahn is Now VeeVee (in JP)

Thanks for the update. Any idea what the menu is like?

Feb 02, 2008
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Dorchester/Roxbury suggestion?

Restaurant Laura is on Columbia Road, outside of Upham's Corner, headed toward the turn that brings you down to Dot. Ave. and 93. It's quite nice and the fish dishes are particularly excellent.

Feb 01, 2008
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Duck Fat: What do you use it with?

Popcorn?!? *Drops laptop, runs to kitchen*

Feb 01, 2008
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Amazon UK: Cookbooks you can't get in the US

I did, and you mentioned several, including that duck soup, that are now on the list. Soo many recipes, so little time!

Feb 01, 2008
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Crock pots for something other than stew?

Re: the onions-- just your standard thin slices, and I put them on low for 5 hours or high for 2 1/2-3, depending on how hot your "high" setting is.

Feb 01, 2008
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Crock pots for something other than stew?

Ditto. They have a corn spoonbread that is fantastic, as well as several souffle-ish dishes you can put together for breakfast.

I caramelize 5 lb. bag of onions in my crockpot using 1 stick of butter and a little salt and pepper, and freeze them in 1 c. portions in zip top sandwich bags.

Brisket-- I use Bittman's spicy brisket recipe from HTCEverything.

Jan 31, 2008
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Dinner Party - Vegetarian Options?

Cannelloni stuffed with spinach, onions, pine nuts, and golden raisins w/parmesan, sauced with a bechamel sauce, always goes over like gang busters. You could serve a more substantial app with cheese and nuts and then maybe a squash or other root vegetable soup.

Riffing on Emme's mediterranean suggestion, you could easily do middle eastern a tagine with vegetables, chickpeas, and whole wheat couscous along with a greek salad and some babba ganoush and hummus with pita. And then just buy some good baklava for dessert.

Jan 31, 2008
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Dinner & Debates

The food is purely old-fashioned pub fare, but Doyle's in JP used to run the election returns-- you might be able to persuade them to put them on the TV down at the far end of the bar. Their steak tips are decent, as is the reuben and the knockwurst plate.

Jan 31, 2008
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Amazon UK: Cookbooks you can't get in the US

There's a mustardy-mackerel recipe in the fish chapter of English Food that is good, as well as a steamed ginger pudding that is now our standard friday night dessert.

Jan 31, 2008
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Amazon UK: Cookbooks you can't get in the US

Nothing cooked from the newest 2 yet. I have made the Chicken with Leeks and Cream, and the eggplant with the japanesey-miso-sesame spread from Roast Chicken-- which I won from Culinate, lucky me. Both were excellent, but that chicken & leeks had my husband, my guest and I wresting to lick the platter. Soo good. I'm going to try the Fennel/Orange zest crema catalana, also from RC, next.

Jan 31, 2008
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Please post one NEW chowish find

The tasty, inexpensive, family-run Antonio's Cucina Italiana on Cambridge Street near MGH. The sauteed escarole appetizer is garlic heaven, the amatriciana is really spicy and chock full of pancetta, the meatballs are tender and savory, and the carbonara will kill you. But you'll die happy.

Jan 31, 2008
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lunch near mass general

Second Antonio's Cucina Italiana. It's pretty red-sauce, menu-wise, but their sauteed escarole in garlic is different and tasty, and the menu is very inexpensive.

The Spotted Apron on Cambridge, down toward Charles Street, is a nice but slightly overpriced bakery. They do have sandwiches, salads, and soups, and a nice sunny seating area, as well as decent coffee and espresso drinks.

Jan 31, 2008
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Amazon UK: Cookbooks you can't get in the US

I got Second Helpings of Roast Chicken and Week In, Week Out for Christmas and they were ordered from Amazon UK. My dad knows I have most of the American bestsellers, so he's gotten me the British versions of the Casa Moro cookbooks as well as some of the lesser-known Tamasin Day-Lewis books.

Jan 31, 2008
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I have leftover sourdough-ish baguette!!

The 90's version of the Joy of Cooking has a very decadent chocolate bread pudding recipe and I have used both challah and sourdough successfully.

You could also let it dry and then whir it in the food processor for homemade breadcrumbs to keep in the freezer.

You could also make a strata, with eggs and vegetables, like a frittata, except with bread.

Jan 31, 2008
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Celery Root shmelry root

My favorite celery root recipe is one that it an adaptation of Elizabeth David's Celeriac Braised in Butter, from French Provincial Cooking. Cut your celery root into matchsticks, putting your matchsticks into lemon water while you cut the rest. In a large nonstick saute pan, preferably 10 or 12 inches depending on the size of your celery root, dump in the celery root, enough of the acidulated water to just cover, add salt, pepper, and a half stick of salted butter, bring to a low boil, and cook until tender, approx. 30 min. Do not let it brown. Cook the whole 30 mins. If you run out of butter, add another half stick.

You could dress it when tender with fresh lemon juice or good dijon mustard or tarragon vinegar, but I like it as is.

Jan 30, 2008
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Duck Fat: What do you use it with?

I use it to oven or pan roast any root vegetable, not just potatoes. I use it a lot with sliced carrots and thyme, particularly.

Jan 30, 2008
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Too much Guinness in my stew

Lemon juice & whole grain mustard w/some more brown sugar? Good luck.

Jan 30, 2008
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Seating (and breakfast?) at Ron's Ice Cream, Hyde Park?

I've never been for the ice cream even (shame on me, I've been in JP 4 years now), but I drove by early this morning and saw a bunch of people standing around inside drinking coffee. The website says they're open at 730 am. Do they have coffee and breakfast stuff?

Thanks!

Jan 30, 2008
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JP Scene: My 2 cents so far....

BBQ Town is the only BBQ place I've eaten at where the sides were better than the meat. The chicken and the pork ribs were underseasoned and meh.

Jan 30, 2008
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JP Scene: My 2 cents so far....

I have always had a great experience at Bon Savor-- great eggs, crepes, and lovely proprietors. Service is a little slow, but there's no rush to get out either. I prefer it to the lines at Centre Street, which I've never thought was worth the wait. Though I admit I've been going to Alchemist a lot lately, esp. for their breakfast flatbreads and the corned beef hash. NB. on Bon Savor, on the Eggs Benedict you have to ask for a runny yolk, otherwise they err on the side of the public health police.

Jan 30, 2008
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Arnold Arboretum -- where to eat?

The Forest Hills Pizza Shop? They are open again, and thank goodness. Nice family, decent Greek pizza house pizza with a spicy sauce.

Jan 30, 2008
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Arnold Arboretum -- where to eat?

They're open at 11 during the week for lunch until about 2 and then again at 5 for dinner.

Jan 30, 2008
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Help me like Quinoa

Exactly as Judy AU says... I am very fond of this lemon scented Quinoa recipe from the Nov. 2007 Gourmet: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/240587.

I have adapted the recipe using limes, and substituted for couscous in middle-easternish dishes as discussed here.
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Good luck!

Jan 29, 2008
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your fridge and pantry-anything to eat in there!?

I've been experimenting with not buying anything beyond my every other week Boston Organics vegetable & fruit delivery, and I have actually started getting good at cooking from the pantry. I'm amazed. And more importantly, I am slowly opening up surface area on my pantry shelves and in the freezer.

Jan 29, 2008
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pho pasteur in chinatown, exact location?

Corner of Beach Street and Washington Street, I believe. They were still there in October when I last ate there. Good luck. There are a number of pho places along Washington Street, walking out toward Stuart Street, if PP is a wipeout.

Jan 20, 2007
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Cooking from the Pantry and the Freezer-- a Challenge!

Have you got couscous or rice or bulgur & pine nuts and dried fruit or onions in your pantry? Cook a stuffing and roast those birdies!

I make lots of paprikash and stroganoff with my frozen meats. Of course, then I have to make sure I have sour cream in the fridge. It never ends!

Jan 20, 2007
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Leftover hot dog and hamburger buns

On the bread pudding vein-- strata-- torn up pieces of bread and your favorite frittata combinations, stirred together and baked. A savory bread pudding, mmmm.

Jan 20, 2007
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