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Paul Bakery Natick

Thx!

1 day ago
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Paul Bakery Natick

I had no idea one was opening in the Natick Mall! Where in the mall is it located?

Dec 18, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Dumpling Daugher Weston

Sounds interesting!

Dec 17, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

My family situation/pink pork

Who doesn't get annoyed when you give good advice and it is not followed? But, you did the right thing as a guest in this person's home; you walked away to calm down, kept your mouth shut and then finished the dishes for which you were responsible. Her house, her food, her way.

Dec 17, 2014
Kat in Not About Food
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Input on venison dish please!

Yes, agreed, we also only do the loin as pan fried medallions. That cut is so tender and lean and it cooks very quickly. Pan fry some chopped up onions on the side and serve with mashed potatoes and homemade cranberry sauce.

Dec 16, 2014
Kat in Home Cooking

Palm Springs Splurge Meal

Thank you for the heads up. I've read some other recent spotty reviews of Citron (and that the space is really small) so have crossed it off the list. Leaning towards Copleys right now.

Dec 08, 2014
Kat in California

Any new places for a casual dinner near 495 in the Acton/Maynard area?

Agree, pizza at Rail Trail is pretty good!

Dec 07, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Restaurants in Concord/Lexington

Bondir would be my #1 choice, but given the price level, I do not feel $100 for 2 people for dinner would be sufficient unless they just had a main course each and split an appetizer, no dessert. I think $100 for lunch at Bondir for 2 would be possible.

There is also Red Raven in Acton, a fairly new gastropub. I ate there recently for a special dinner and it was good; two for dinner could be done for $100 there without drinks.

Dec 05, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Any new places for a casual dinner near 495 in the Acton/Maynard area?

Really? Too bad! We had takeout from there not too long ago and it was pretty empty on a Friday night. :(

Dec 05, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Any new places for a casual dinner near 495 in the Acton/Maynard area?

El Huipil in downtown Maynard (behind the Halfway Cafe) for Mexican, owned by a local family.

Dec 04, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

How can we say no to a dinner invitation? We don't want to appear ungracious even though we don't really like the boyfriend!

Agreed, you don't need an excuse, you literally have hardly any free evenings before the holidays. Just say that your two schedules are packed with work and holiday events you are already committed to, but that you would be free to come to dinner after New Years.

Dec 02, 2014
Kat in Not About Food
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Per person Thanksgiving cost

Probably about $12 pp for the 5 of us. Got a great deal on the turkey, 99 cents per pound for a 12 lb fresh.

Nov 30, 2014
Kat in Not About Food

Post Traumatic TJ's Stress: Please Help me Make Better PIcks Next Time

We love the frozen Indian entrees too. Chicken tikka masala, vindaloo and palak paneer are all very tasty for a quick meal.

Nov 30, 2014
Kat in Chains

Basically asked/guilted into cancelling our New Years Party - did I react in the right way?

You were being the grown up in the situation since he clearly is an overgrown child. I hope after all that stress he actually has the party and doesn't slack out.

Discussions about taking food home during Thanksgiving dinner

We have a small family, but no one takes leftovers home. I wouldn't begrudge them if someone asked to do so, but that's just not how we have ever done it. Whoever hosts and pays for the food keeps the leftovers. If someone brings a dish, that person takes those leftovers home.

Nov 27, 2014
Kat in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Yeah, it was rude of him to ask. But, it is not a regular dinner party. It is Thanksgiving and that has over the years come to encompass football for a segment of the US. So, let him pop back and forth to check the scores, just be sure that he doesn't initiate a mass exodus from the table to the TV during the meal. Maybe schedule a break in the meal after the main course so people can watch the end of the game and digest a bit before indulging in dessert.

Nov 25, 2014
Kat in Not About Food
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Should I be offended over a frozen pie?

I thought of this thread this morning after I got off the phone with my mother. She asked what I am cooking for T Day dinner. After I told her (turkey, cranberry sauce, roasted brussels sprouts with bacon, stuffing with sausage and pumpkin pie) she told me that she is bringing a box of Stove Top so that she has something to eat with the turkey.

Why is it that all this family passive-aggressive nonsense boils up at the holidays? I am reminded of the thread from last year about the MIL who sabotaged her DIL's turkey in the oven and then produced her own perfectly cooked one for dinner.

Nov 25, 2014
Kat in Not About Food

Anyone Been to Paul Yet?

The new French bakery at Assembly Square? Somerville is a hike for me, so before I head in I am looking for any feedback. Hoping for baguettes equal to those Paul sells at its outlets in France. Fingers crossed!

Nov 25, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Bringing food to parties/dinners

I know that this is an old post, but if I was a guest at that second party and was served with a bunch of half-eaten leftovers for food, yuck!!! Who in their right mind would ever do that?

Nov 24, 2014
Kat in Not About Food

Turkey Defrosting Disagreement

I forgot about this old thread! We just bought a fresh turkey this year. Frozen one last year turned out fine, tnough.

Nov 23, 2014
Kat in Home Cooking

Venison Stew

We've been eating hunted deer for years, but once my spouse shoots it, he takes it to a butcher who ages it by hanging from a tree and then prepares and packages all the different cuts. Did your friends butcher it or did they use a professional?

Nov 22, 2014
Kat in Home Cooking

Venison Stew

My spouse hunts and we eat venison a lot in the winter, especially stew. Do not use the loin; brisket would be preferable. The loin is delicious, but can't stand up to the long, slow cooking necessary for a stew.

Nov 22, 2014
Kat in Home Cooking

Should I be offended over a frozen pie?

So, of course, from your post i am wondering why they didn't invite you for dinner, only for dessert? It seems to me kind of insulting that they would ask you to drive a long way on a major holiday and then not feed you a meal, just a piece of frozen pie. I don't think i would go. Does your BF insist on going?

Farmer's Markets, Palm Springs area?

Thanks!!!

Nov 16, 2014
Kat in California

The Crockpot Holiday Dinner? First Timer Needs Help!

How many people are you expecting? I agree that you should do the meat in the oven and use the crockpots for sides and dessert. I've done "pumpkin pie" (basically the filling without the crust) in the crockpot, served it warm with ice cream and it was pretty good.

Nov 12, 2014
Kat in Home Cooking

Farmer's Markets, Palm Springs area?

Greetings - Wondering where to find a really good farmer's market in the PS area? On an earlier trip to Southern CA this summer, we were wowed by the sheer variety and quality of fruit and produce, way better than any I've experienced here on the East Coast. Also, how do the markets differ in the winter season? Thank you.

Nov 10, 2014
Kat in California

Palm Springs Splurge Meal

Thanks! I like the menu at Workshop and am going to keep an eye out for the reopening of Tinto - love the look of the Saguaro, it would be fun to eat there!

Nov 08, 2014
Kat in California

DD's Bavarian Cream donut, extinct?

For $2.50 each, I'm waiting for someone else to take the plunge and report back.

Nov 06, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Business Dinner in Alexandria?

Thanks very much!!!

Nov 06, 2014
Kat in Washington DC & Baltimore

Cocktail Party for Charity Etiquette

Although your intent is clearly good, I think that to ask party guests to contribute to your favorite charity is not quite appropriate. One way, however, I could see this working is if the charity is Toys for Tots and you are asking guests to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated. This only because Toys for Tots is a holiday-related charity. Likewise, if you were asking for donations of canned goods to put together holiday food baskets for the local food pantry. It would seem a strange request, though, if your favorite charity is "Save the Whales" or another non-holiday one.

Nov 05, 2014
Kat in Not About Food