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Best recipe for ice cream base

thanks all! off to try this out

Apr 17, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

What to do with pulled pork

HOw about a tex/mex lasagna, where you use tortillas as the noodles, add some peppers and onions, cohito cheese and bake the whole thing?

Apr 16, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Best recipe for ice cream base

HI, My daughter is graduating and we are having a decent sized party. I was thinking it might be a nice surprise to invent a signature ice cream for her using her favorite add-ins. I am having a hard time deciding on the base recipe. Looking for anyone to point me in the right direction.
2 caveats: I have never made ice cream before and I have the Kitchenaid ice cream maker attachments and would like to use them.
Thanks,

Apr 16, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Red Raven Acton - Another Disaster in the Food Desert

pop down the road to Rapscallion Table and tap. I've only been to Red Raven once, it was terrible and I will not go back. Its too bad because its a nice big room.

Apr 09, 2015
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

pulled pork bbq

When I do pulled pork in the crock, I do it "dry" . Put the shoulder in the crock with nothing, or maybe a dry rub. Set it and forget it. I usually do a rather large hunk for 8 hours on low. The fat and natural juices keep it moist. Once rendered, remove meat, shred with forks. Reserve liquid from crock. Return meat to crock. My favorite sauce is about 1/4 c vinegar, Stubbs original, about 1/2 bottle, then thin out with a bit of the crock liquid. Gets raves.

Mar 19, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking
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Quick and Easy Baking Ideas

What if you do all varieties of cookie batter in two " lifts" day 1 nap, make your fave chocochip cookie recipe, scoop it onto sheets, wrap and freeze, then once frozen drop them into a freezer bage so you can take out 5 or 6 to bake the net day or days after. you can do with with all kinds of dough

Mar 04, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking
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Moist chocolatey chocolate cake recipe like a boxed mix?

The recipe on the Hershey's cocoa powder container is the BEST, just beware, its really watery, so much so that I thought I did something wrong the first time making it, but it comes out perfect everytime!

Mar 04, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Pumpkin bread with 1 whole can of pumpkin?

this is a little off topic but there is a weight watchers recipe that served me well over the years. It calls for 1 box of spice cake mix, 1 can of pumpkin and 1/2 cup of egg substitute. I make muffins out of it. Its definitely more cake like than bread like but for a morning muffin or an afternoon treat, it has served me well. Only thing is they do not kkeep well, I put them in the fridge after they cool, luckily they are so good, they aren't around long anyway.

Feb 24, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Need ideas for recuperating sister

thank you, just wha ti need!

Feb 03, 2015
momoftwo in Los Angeles Area

Need ideas for recuperating sister

no dislikes, pretty much anything, not a huge seafood fan

Feb 03, 2015
momoftwo in Los Angeles Area

Need ideas for recuperating sister

HI all, I am from Boston, heading to the LA area, Eagle Rock to be exact. Sis was in a car accident and needs assistance for a few weeks. OPen to most anything, It will most likely have to be take out at first, not sure how mobile she will be. What would you all recommend? It does not have to be the greatest, just easy to get to, varied choices etc.
Thanks,

Feb 03, 2015
momoftwo in Los Angeles Area

Rapscallion, Acton

We had occasion to pop into this new establishment on Saturday afternoon. My 22 year old son and I were doing errands and noticed the smoker beside the building had smoke billowing out and did a quick u-turn and pulled in. We are happy we did.It is a cozy little spot, with little seperate rooms and a nice bar area right at the door. this new pub style restaurant is still owned by the same guy who has owned all the past fine dining establishments at this location (5 Strawberry Hill Road). Now however, he has turned it into a pub with the help of his daughter and son in law who own Rapscallion brewery in Sturbridge, Ma
They have several Rapscallion selections on tap, many wines by the glass and bottle all reasonably priced. We tried the Acton Ale, Honey, Porter and Rye. Most of their menu items incorporate their beer in some way as well as using local sources for ingredients, bread from nashoba for one. Once settled at the cozy bar, we sent out the "all call" to my husband, daughter and Bf as well as some neighbors we thought were free. Within an hour we had taken over a large section of the bar. The owner and his twin were taking turns keeping us full and we really appreciated it. They were very friendly and eager to share their plans for the new place. We tried the wings, two burgers, the chicken sandwich and the pumpkin fritters with cider dipping sauce. Everything was fresh, delicious and cooked to order. they accommodated all of us with sharing plates and little extras like a crock of the peppercorn sauce on one of the burgers so we could dip the fries. The menu has apps, salads, sandwiches and burgers as well as 5 or 6 entree type offerings. They were out of the cheddar ale soup (bummer) but we will be back. The prices were great too, 10-12 for sandwiches and burgers, entrees topped out at around 23.
Excellent addition to the area!!!!
Oh, and I must mention the restrooms, top notch and and warm on a rather cold day!

Feb 03, 2015
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area
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Why does the Acton/Concord area have NO GOOD RESTAURANTS?

Family and I had a delightful afternoon Saturday at Rapscallion! Son and I running pre-game errands on Saturday and as we passed by, there was smoke coming out of the smoker so we popped in and are we happy we did! On tap, was their Honey, Porter, Rye, Acton Ale, a cider and a couple other selections, nice wine list with glasses and bottles priced well. No hard alcohol, We sampled the wings from the menu, they were smoked and came with a chipotle dipping sauce that was just right. While sitting at the bar, put out the all call to hubby, daughter and daughter's bf as well as some neighbors. They all showed up, then we really go to ordering.They were out of the pretzel bites and the vermont cheddar soup. We had a couple of the burgers all delicious, cooked perfectly as ordered and on Nashoba bakery bread. We also shared the grilled chicken sandwich which was quite good. we tried the pumpkin donuts with cider dipping sauce for dessert, they were more like fritters but really yummy. Prices were reasonable burgers at about 12, chicken sammy around 10. the fires that accompanied the burgers and sandwich were really delicious, fresh out of the fryer, and one of the burgers had a peppercorn gravy and when we aked, we were given a little pot of it for the fries. The owner and his brother took turns at the bar, very friendly twins! seemed a few other family stopped by. They also have a mug club, its $80/year and it entitles you to an engraved mug, 20oz pour while paying for the 12oz pour (or something like that) and a few special events throughout the year for club members.
For us, with 20 somethings in the area, it is a welcome addition. We are really tired of the chains or the inferior! tailgaters!

Feb 03, 2015
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

tater tots baked like a loaded potato

hi, I was planning on making tater tots as a side for the superbowl this year... I'd like to kick it up a notch and smother with cheese and bacon and serve with sour cream to have a potato skin/loaded baked potato taste to it. What do you think the best method for this would be? fully cook tots, smother with grated cheese and cooked bacon and flash nder the broiler? any other ideas? If I can't get my head around this, I'll be making rice....Booooring.
Thanks,

Jan 30, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Side dish ideas for fried chicken and waffles as the main

our game is at night also, just some out of towners who want to head home before the game. we had, or should I say are having, a two tiered day. early birds are on their way, next round is buff chicken fingers with blue cheese, potato skins, pigs in a blanket and a wonderful smoked fish dip (daughter and BF caught fish in FLA earlier this week, brought home and smoked)
half time of pats game will be original chicken and waffles, maple, bourbon bacon syrup, brocolli slaw, homemade baked beans. Just finished off a scrumptious amaretto cream sauce to serve over whats left of the blueberry almond bread pudding. yeah, its heavy but we are big eaters here!

Jan 18, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Side dish ideas for fried chicken and waffles as the main

good ideas. just amde an almond, blueberry bread pudding. supposedly for dessert but a couple guest just asked if they could come early so that will be set out for brunch with bacon and deviled eggs, also have homemade bagels in the freezer. seems like some fruit salad would round out nicely. along with the slow cooker apples!
Thanks, All

Jan 17, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Side dish ideas for fried chicken and waffles as the main

everyone coming is ecstatis over the waffles, I'm not worried about that. my guests have asekd what to bring so Im trying to give ideas. I am happy that most seem really simple and yummy

Jan 17, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Side dish ideas for fried chicken and waffles as the main

Yes, forgot to mention the bourbon maple syrup with bacon, happiness in a cup! thanks fir all the ideas.

Side dish ideas for fried chicken and waffles as the main

For the AFC championship tomorrow, we are hosting about a dozen people. Hubby got a new professional waffle maker for christmas so we decided fried chicken and waffles for the game dinner. We've made it before for a family dinner as a test and it was WOW! but did not have any sides. What are some sides that are esy for a crowd and I'm also thinking should ""lighten" up the meal?

Jan 17, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking
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Drinking tonight?

hendricks and tonic with fresh squeezed lime, delicious, can't wait for nextweekend, I'm hooked!

Jan 06, 2015
momoftwo in Spirits

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

thanks for putting into words the way i feel when I start baking. My mom did not bake but my grandma "Mame" on my Dad's side was a great baker. SHe convinced my mom to clear out a small cupboard for me and stocked it with all sorts of ingredients. Every weekend when she would visit, she'd have a recipe planned. the family favorite was homemade donuts, I still remember them coming out of the hot grease and deciding which topping they would get. SHortly before she became infirm (35 years ago,now) she presented me with a gift of bowls, spoons, measuring cups etc. I was in college at the time but held onto everything over the years. Unfortunately, my favorite bowl has about had it and might need to be retired, its lived a good life. My son loves to bake now and he moved into his own place on 1/1. the christmas list was easy this year, pots, pans, bowls, tools, measurers. He loved it! carry on the tradition. as to what I am baking these days, bagels from the KAF website, delicious!

Seasoned Market Basket shoppers

my preferred time to shop is at the dinner hour, 6ish. I find that Moms and kids are either home eating dinner or more likely at ssome sporting or after school event leaving the store relatively quiet. that said, they have been out of lots of things lately. I go to the Westford store that up until recently, had two locations virtually across the street from each other. the older one stayed open after the new one was built and opened. it seems they are having trouble now keeping everything stocked. I always cut some slack over the holidays and stock up when I see something kknowing it may not be there the next time, heavy cream with a far out date and whole wheels of brie this season proved to be good stock up items (even had friends "shopping" in my fridge, ha ha). I agree with others that until they can better guage the demand, the Waltham store will have a hit or miss quality. don't give up, even though their prices are creeping up, others are still higher priced.

Jan 06, 2015
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Cocktail party eats -- a report

what a great spread, your table looks like I always dream mine will (but never does)

Dec 29, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking
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Sibling dinner in lieu of Christmas presents

I would recommend Catalyst, then you are a short walk from MeadHall which has an extensive beer selection

Dec 19, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Homemade toffee with chocolate on top and bottom

Duh, thanks, for getting my brain out of neutral!

Dec 18, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Homemade toffee with chocolate on top and bottom

so I was just served this amazing buttercrunch toffee at a party. I know it was homemade but never found the chef. This stuff had chocolate on both side, sandwiching the toffee between. How is this done. All the recipes I've seen only have chocolate on top.

Dec 17, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

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

yeah, I hear ya, that stretch along 27 between Acton and Maynard is a no man's land.

Dec 05, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

cooking class recs

Thanks all, I've been in touch with Lincoln Street since the oldest of the crowd is travelling from the Cape so I liked the idea of the rest of us meeting them "more than 1/2 way". I have not heard back (sent 2 emails) I am fine with doing this after the holidays, in fact March is best for all. I will look into the other suggestions as well. unfortunately none of us has a kitchen conducive to hiring our own chef.

Dec 05, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

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

yeah, in our little local paper, Monsoon had an advertisement and it said they recently closed their sister restaurant, Savorings, in Maynard. I agree its too bad, whenever I drive by Monsoon , even at dinner time, the parking lot seems empty

Dec 05, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

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

have you ever tried Po's BBQ, its more of Asian inspired BBQ, not southern. Its a little ways further on 2A past Red Raven on the other side of the street. We also love Karma for girls night, its in the westford marketplace off exit 32.
pushing your price point is Belle's Bistro, but maybe you want to splurge once in a while. In Westford there are also the chains of Burtons and British beer company. Evivva Cucina is a new Italian type place in the new market basket plaza in Westford too. you can google all these places to see if they are to your liking

Dec 04, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area