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Okasan Sushi

Has anyone else tried Okasan Sushi on Route one in Saugus, MA? I stopped in today for lunch. Very, very fresh food. Delicious miso soup and seaweed salad. The owners are two brothers and they are (with good reason) very proud of their food.

Fast and delicious. It was a perfect place for lunch. It's in the same plaza as Orzo and IHOP on Route One North.

May 16, 2008
Alice123 in Greater Boston Area

Do you hide your stash from company?

I hope you aren't loopy. I do the same thing. Either because I don't want to hear how the food is bad for me or because it's hard to get or fairly expensive and I don't think the guests are going to really appreciate it. (I have "good salt" and "good vinegar" that I'll only offer you if you are the kind of person who will recognize the "good" salt.)

Nov 03, 2007
Alice123 in Not About Food

New York Treat for Wedding Welcome Basket

Try www.myfavoritecity.com They have tins of mints with various New York scenes, chocolate bars, and an animal cracker type of box with NY cab shaped cookies.

Price looks right and you might find something for Atlanta as well. Congratulations and best of luck on your wedding.

Jul 03, 2007
Alice123 in Manhattan

Take out Tipping

I was thinking the same thing. If you feel you require a tip in order to provide the basic services required of the job, you need a job with a better base rate of pay.

I think servers should be paid better across the board and not have to rely on the whim of the customer to receive fair compensation for their work.

Jul 03, 2007
Alice123 in Not About Food

Guests who tell you what/how to cook?

Oh, I really felt for you. I think the whole "suck it up" attitude really didn't address the problem. If every time you go to their house you half dread it, that can't be good for the relationship! (We had a sort of similiar issue with friends. Loved them. Found their child UNBEARABLE.) If you ever come up with a solution that worked, please post it. I'd be very interested.

Jun 30, 2007
Alice123 in Not About Food

What do you do when a favorite restaurant slaps you in the face?

It sounds like you were less annoyed with the policy- two to a table- than the delivery. If I'm right, I'd chalk it up to one employee having a bad day. Who knows? Maybe he just received some bad news and wasn't up to being personable. It happens to all of us!

If I'm wrong, and it's the policy you find offensive, then I'd at least write a letter as you disappeared into the sunset. It might make you feel better.

Jun 30, 2007
Alice123 in Not About Food

how to make the best scrambled eggs and omelet?

A double boiler really is the easiest way to get your eggs to be fluffy. Stir gently and occasionally.

I'm also in the "no salt till it's finished" camp. Hope you're an "egg-spert" egg maker soon!

Jun 30, 2007
Alice123 in Home Cooking

Guests who tell you what/how to cook?

But don't you think it's weird in the extreme to suggest that you come to dinner bearing your own foodstuffs for yourself only?

Whenever we have new people over, I always ask if there are any food issues of which we should be aware. But I'd really think it was weird if they said, we'd love to join you but we'll bring our own food for ourselves and you just cook for yourself. Although I think tactic this was suggested on another thread about people who can't cook but keep inviting you to dinner! :)

Jun 30, 2007
Alice123 in Not About Food

Bringing home what is left over from a potluck?

Wow! That really would have hurt my feelings! I'm imagining spending a couple hours over eggplant parm or something only to leave it behind to who knows what fate.

But you did the polite thing. Isn't there a song that says the right thing and the hard thing are usually the same thing?

Jun 30, 2007
Alice123 in Not About Food

ISO super dense, moist, extra lemony Lemon pound cake

Yeeks! 12 Tablespoons of water!!!! 1 to 2 Tablespoons. Sorry!

Jun 29, 2007
Alice123 in Home Cooking

What to make for guests when I don't feel like eating a lot

This is from Jacques Pepin's Fast Food My Way

Raspberry Chocolate (or Shortbread) Gratins

Heat the Oven to 375. Divide 2 cups of Individually Quick Frozen raspberries into four small (1 cup) custard cups or gratin dishes.

Measure 1 1/2 cups of either really good crumbled chocolate chip cookes (He likes Mrs. Fields) or crumbled shortbread (He likes Walkers) Mix the crumbled cookies with 1/4 cup of sugar. Sprinkle the mix evenly over the berries. Dot each ramekin with 1/2 Tablespoon of butter. Put the cups or ramekins on a cookie sheet and bake for 16 to 18 minutes. They will be browned on top and the berries will be bubbling. Cool to lukewarm or room temperature and serve with sour cream, if you like.

Jun 29, 2007
Alice123 in Home Cooking

ISO super dense, moist, extra lemony Lemon pound cake

My mother cut this out of the New York Times in the early 70's I think. It's a favorite of my family's and is my FIL's birthday cake of choice.

5 apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced
5 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

Toss sliced apples in sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

3 c sifted all purpose flour
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a tube or bundt pan. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients. (You sound like you're a baker. Isn't it better to mix the dry and wet separately and then blend? But this is the recipe as it is handed down to me.) Blend with mixer on low speed for one minute. Increase speed to medium and blend 3 minutes. Batter will be very thick. FIll pan by alternating layers of batter and sugared apples. Start and finish with batter.

Bake for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours. Cool 10 minutes.

Glaze: Mix 1 1/2 cups confectionery sugar
2 Tbs soft butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
12 Tb water.

If you try it, let me know what you thought. We usually make this in the fall. That's when all our birthdays are!

Jun 29, 2007
Alice123 in Home Cooking

ISO super dense, moist, extra lemony Lemon pound cake

Where is this tearoom with the intoxicating lemon cake? Did you ask them if they have a recipe? Some places sell cookbooks. Or they might point you to a bakery.

And, seriously, where is this tearoom? I have a great German apple cake recipe- but I don't think it's dense. It's more a Bundt cake than a pound cake.

Jun 28, 2007
Alice123 in Home Cooking

Help with menu for July 4th

There is a great rib recipe in Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill cookbook. I can't find the book right now (we've got some stuff in storage) but it has peanut butter as an ingredient. They were good the first day but they were better one day later. Now, when we grill, we cook up a big batch and let them sit overnight. Then we just warm them up for the party.

Jun 28, 2007
Alice123 in Home Cooking

Guest insists on bringing a dish... rude??

My husband, God bless him, didn't even realize we were having a drama until after the fact. You think when he was helping carry in a cooked turkey from the car he might have sensed some problem afoot? But no, one turkey- good. Two turkeys must be better! I had to explain to him that I had put a lot of effort into the meal and even if everyone knew it wasn't going to be as good, it was mean of her to take over and not even serve it. But this was after the dinner was over. We took a walk and he said his mom had asked why I wasn't helping more. Made us both laugh!

Jun 27, 2007
Alice123 in Not About Food
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Dinner/Lunch Options near Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh

Max's Allegheny Tavern is on the North side and has very good German food. Also, one of my favorite restaurants anywhere-Vivo- is on Lincoln Avenue in a town called Bellevue,about 5 miles north of Pittsburgh. It would be a short drive from the North End and well worth it. Really exceptional dining. Not cheap! Bring your own wine and your appetite!

Jun 27, 2007
Alice123 in Pennsylvania

Wakefield, MA area - family dinner for 10

I know! There's another thread about being a selfish "hound" It's a pickle, isn't it?

Jun 27, 2007
Alice123 in Greater Boston Area

Wakefield, MA area - family dinner for 10

No, I had scallops one time and some fish- I think halibut- the second. It's not a seafood place, I'm just on a perpetual diet! But my husband has lunch there frequently and is always happy with his meal.

Off topic, and not for 10 people with picky children- but have you tried La Vita Mia on Main Street in Saugus? (Off Route 1 take Main Street -Wakefield exit. First shopping center on your right.) YUM. Really terrific food.

Jun 27, 2007
Alice123 in Greater Boston Area

Wakefield, MA area - family dinner for 10

North End Cafe on Route 1 in Saugus. It's in the same plaza as Orzo, next to Our Glass Wine shop. Good family atmosphere, good food. Not too fancy. But the food is very good. I like the scallops. And they can put a big table together for you.

Jun 26, 2007
Alice123 in Greater Boston Area

Guest insists on bringing a dish... rude??

She's not so bad. She's exactly like Marie on Everybody loves Raymond. I even could say some of the lines before the character did. I loved that show.

Did you ever hear the expression, be the stream not the rock? I think it means keep your goal in sight and achieve your goal without pushing. Just flow around the rocks- wear them down over time. Even when I was little, I always looked at the big picture. I'm not saying I didn't go in the bathroom and have a little cry. But then I thought, what is my goal for today? A lovely gathering of family. Good food, good conversation, some laughs. Okay. Her food was better- no doubts there. So I was upset that she acted like I wasn't the hostess. But let's say I wasn't the hostess today. How would that play out? I'd sit at the table, eat the good food, laugh....that's not so bad. And who would serve? Clear up? Worry about the gravy being lumpy? Hmmmm.....

I just checked out. After a little while, my MIL tried to give the reins back to me but I just smiled sweetly- as if I were a little dim- and said I wasn't sure when we should serve, she should ask my husband. Was there dessert? I didn't know. She needed bowls? Oh my, did she bring any? I just checked out. My husband and I thought it was pretty funny.

And 25 years later, we still do!

Jun 26, 2007
Alice123 in Not About Food
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Guest insists on bringing a dish... rude??

When I was a young bride, my MIL showed up with an ENTIRE holiday dinner. Soup to nuts. From out of state. Without even mentioning it to me. Then she stood in my kitchen and said "We've got too much food here. We'll have to wrap some of this up." and proceeded to wrap and store the ham, potatoes, turkey...that I had prepared.

I got myself a big glass of wine and sat down. I sat at the table and enjoyed the guests and let her serve everyone. Life's too short and then you die.

Jun 25, 2007
Alice123 in Not About Food