m

momoftwo's Profile

Title Last Reply

Eggplant parmesan fail - what am I doing wrong?

this happened quite by accident a few years ago, but it now my go-to method. I was making eggplant parm for a work party where all we would have were warming ovens at the event, no way to cook anything. Becuase of this and a timing error on my part, I sliced, salted, rinsed, dried and breaded the eggplant in the evening before. I left the breaded cutlets covered in the firdge overnight, then fried them off in the am before work. layered in a foil pan with cheese between slices and poured sauce over. Covered with foil, warmed in warming oven at work. For some reason it was the most tender flavorful eggplant, everyone at work was raving. I am not sure why it worked so well, maybe the firdge dried it out even more so it didn;t absorb a lot of oil? At any rate, I do this method all the time now.

Jul 21, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

rice crispie treats, no mixer!

Jul 17, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Salad combinations for everyday...

I love a panzanella salad, especially this time of year. Ina garten's recipe is "fab' but I like the sound of oyur dressing better, I make the same dressing but make a lemon version for this salad. I received rave reviews at a party recently. Not for you but I like to add baked proscuitto on top, makes it almost like bacon bits.

Jul 16, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Day trip from Boston

you might try some history by day-tripping to Concord, Ma. Bondir now has an outpost there, 80 thoreau is a nice little gem, lots of museums, kayak, canoe rentals on the concord river, bike the trail that the minutemen used from Lexington to Concord....

Jul 11, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Stone's Publick House, Ashland

thanks, I was trying to think of the name of that place, saw it on Chronicle but could not come up with the name.

Jul 10, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Stone's Publick House, Ashland

thank you, will do

Jul 10, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Stone's Publick House, Ashland

Has anyone been here recently? Trying to cooridnate a gourp of girls for a friends birthday, geographically, the location works. They have outdoor seating which was on the list of must haves, but what about the food?

Jul 10, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

canned potatoes - anyone cook with them?

very easy to make a quick delish pan of home fries on a sunday morning

Jul 08, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

It's Strawberry Season Again! Anyone seen the local ones yet?

7.00 per quart at Central Sq FM yesterday, did not buy any. raspberries for $3.00/pint or 2/$5, sampled one, were delish but knew I could scarf them down in a hot minute so passed.

Jul 08, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Easy weekend lunch near the Museum of Science - impossible?

You could walk to the nearby galleria mall, several option there or if walking is not possible, their parking garage is reasonable also.

Jun 22, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Staycation appetizer ideas

Last night, for our Friday night happy hour, I "made" thin slices of baguette, under the broiler for 5 mins( you could make ahead, wrap after completely cooled. Homemade roasted red peppers, thin slices of imported feta, homemade tapenade, assembled on a platter, drizzle cheese and peppers with evoo, sprinkled with chives from the garden, the roasted peppers and tapenade had been made earlier in the week, so this was just an assembly job when I got home from work, we had some sparkling rose. All in all, a very pleasant way to kick off the weekend!

Jun 21, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

HELP! Lunch tomorrow!

Away from water, Shays in Harvard square, great wine, beer and sparkly beverages, sweet patio

Jun 21, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Concert at Fenway

Tasty burger has the right preconcert vibe, I think.

Jun 21, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

What's your best French baguette recipe ?

could you expound on the line...salt is typical....before you kill off the yeast? I have a go to artisan boule that is literally flour salt, yeast and water, let rise for 18-20 hours. I have had phenomenal results and not so great results depending on how much rise I get. I was sticking with a pretty consistent time so I was thinking the yeast was killed....could you expain this to me if you know??
Thanks,

Jun 20, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

When you go to (town south of Boston), get the ( item or dish) at ( place)...

OMG, is that place still there, I am md 50's and remember going there as a kid of 7 or8, we lived in the area until I was 16. My mom loved the chicken salad and I loooooved the italian!
thanks for the yummy memory.

Jun 20, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

When you go to (town south of Boston), get the ( item or dish) at ( place)...

when we go to Marshfield for a beach day, we ALWAYS stop at Gerard farm for their turkey sandwich

Jun 20, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Commonwealth - Cambridge

thanks, just took advantage of a slow down at work and walked by. Looks very inviting! that whole area is great. I am closer to One Kendall so don't get to that end of the street too often but am already planning my first after work outing...maybe today!

Jun 20, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Commonwealth - Cambridge

Anyone tried this recently? their patio made a 10 best patios list so it might be time for a visit?!

Jun 20, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Tew Mac Tavern, Tewksbury

I went to an event at the Tewksbery CC recently, first time being there. I though it was great, we did not order off the menu, it was buffet style and still the food was fresh, tasty and plentiful. The space is beautiful, there are lots of seperate rooms so I am not sure which one I was in and which one is the TEW MAC but I really liked the venue

Jun 12, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

ice cream stand?

you must try the Ice Cream stand at Great Brook Farm in Carlisle. It is a dairy farm and while they do not make the ice cream there, they use their own milk/cream and send it off to Bliss Brothers to make the ice cream, it is yummy, lots of flavors, down homey, right on the farm. They also do barn tours a couple times a day, you can see the cows in their habitat along with other farm animals. It is part of the State Park system and as such, there is a pay parking lot with a vending machine BUT there is an option (if you scroll down) to get a free 30mins for ice cream.

Jun 10, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Need advice for baking home-made ravioli

You dont have to thaw it or cook it first. Although not using homemade, when the kiddos were little, this was one of my go to last minute meals: layerd in a deep casserole, sauce, frozen ravs, pepperoni,cheese, more suace, repeat till casserole was full. Cover and bake at 375 for about an hour, the ravs were chewy and yummy, sometimes boiling made them watery so I like this version much better. often snuck some fesh spinach in there too.

Jun 09, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Graduation Party- OH MY!

another suggestion would be during the few days before, you could low and slow either some boneless skinless chix thighs or pork shoulder (or both), shred it up and make pulled pork/chicken that you could keep warm on the grill, grab a few dozen rolls at Costco, a tub of coleslaw and you are done. that above would all be "party by Costco" as far as TJ goes, maybe a big platter of nice cheeses and crackers or dips and chips. I think all of their frozen apps are great, but often only come in small quantities and that would require a lot of oven space to heat up. I think at Costco you can also get cut up veggie and fruit trays with a dip in the middle.

Jun 05, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Kendall Sq Lunch?

I like Amelias for sit down casual but Day-um that room is loud!

May 21, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Dessert for a friendly "throwdown" at work... suggestions?

Trifle has own year after year at my work functions. It's a crwod pleaser. The more variety of berries the better with vanilla or sponge cake and cream on top. My fave had a nice crunchy layer of slivered almonds, both on top and in the middle!

May 13, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Your favorite 5 minute meal?

Might be cheating a little but if I have homemade chix salad or tuna in the fridge, I absolutely love the comfort of a melt, lightly toast an English muffin, pile on the chix or tuna salad, lay on a slice of fontina, Swiss or provolone, pop under broiler till cheese is melty and bubbly, sooooo satisfying and quick.

May 09, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Cake

Yes

May 09, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

creating a seasoning blend??

Do you mean dry mustard and granulated onion or onion powder? I envy your sense of adventure and must admit I love the whole honey/mustard/onion flavor profile but have never explored making my own. Can't wait to see the responses. My initial gut is that each of the other components would be in lesser quantities than the honey, but the trick will be getting all 3 in just right proportions, good luc!

May 09, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

BASIL

I must have done something wrong, I tried this at the end of last season and immediately upon arriving in the boiling water, the whole lot of basil turned black....what did I do wrong?

May 09, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Chocolatey Chocolate Cake Tips/Recipe Suggestions

The Hershey's cake on the back of the container of Hershey's powdered chocolate is the best. I make cupcakes often with a granache icing. They are a hit every time !

May 08, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Dessert for 2-Year-Old's Birthday/BBQ

more labor intensive but fruit POPs, like a skewer of fruit, then arrange them in a hollowed out, upside down watermelon 1/2. We uses, strawberry, grapes, watermelon and raspberries. Now that I think of it tho, skeweres might be an issue for 2 year olds, never mind!

May 08, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking