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South Shore lunch?

the cask and Flaon has a new outpost in Marshfield on route 139. It is hugs, they do weekend brunch and lunch daily. The food was delish. I inquired about how tasty everything was and the bartender told me everything is fresh, no freezers. My dining companions family owned the building many years ago, so we got to talking and we took a quick tour, including the kitchn...no freezers for real!

about 21 hours ago
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Corn Casserole?

we have a family recipe called corn pudding, its got lots of eggs so its fluffy, not bready. I can post when I get home to see if its what you are looking for . It is delicious!

1 day ago
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Need potluck dish using Parmigiano-Reggiano

I forget the technical name for these but if you just make little piles of grated cheese and bake them off, they become like little cheese crackers, really yummy app.

2 days ago
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Best Steak House in Boston

For this special occasion, I'd recommend Del Friscos on the waterfront. It has a great view. I've had several meals here, the food has always been really good, the service is a mystery, sometimes ok, other times not too good, forgetting my salad, the offering to pack it to go! Really, salad does not travel well! Spilling 1/3 of my martini, just apologizing until I said, please make me another.....
This all happened at the same visit, we were a large group but still. Perhaps it would be better if it's just two of you.

Apr 05, 2014
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Big Pig BBQ, Lynnfield

Thanks everyone, the Big Pig guys seems to have what I want according to their website, just hoping someone out there has personally used them and could give me some feedback

Apr 03, 2014
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Big Pig BBQ, Lynnfield

looking for a pig roast, thanks

Apr 03, 2014
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Dinner in Lowell?

go to Cobblestones, its not a bad walk from Tsongas and has some nice dishes, the room is a little dated, the pub area is cozy.
There is also a brewery very close but it is a small local chain "beerworks" this is the Lowell beerworks, there is a boston locale also not sure of others. Solid brew pub food.

Apr 03, 2014
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Big Pig BBQ, Lynnfield

Has anyone used this catering service? They get rave reviews on Yelp and of course on their own site, just looking for one more data point, Chowhound before I commit. Any other recs for this type of service in the North/west of Boston area?

Apr 03, 2014
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What to make and/or have on hand for out of town guests?

Is there an understanding about their arrival? As in, will they have eaten? I always find this the most awkward, upon arrival after a few hours of travel, I'm usually hungry. If it's after traditional mealtime, the folks who are "home" May have already eaten while I (who will avoid airport food at all cost) will be ravenous. It would be hospitable to have at least heavy apps, perhaps a flatbread, sandwich or a pot of soup simmering. Something that would be just as good a day later if they are not hungry, like me. Sounds like you are already a great host but the other suggestions of olive and cheese trays is spot on. Nothing like weekend guests to let you chill out, relax, nibble, sip and enjoy each other's company!

Mar 27, 2014
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Need Recipe Ideas for Desserts!

can you use the dark chocolate ina "dessert drink" like a frothy, frozen hot chocolate? that could get it out of the way so you can concentrate on what appear to be the tougher ingredients. I was thinking along the lines of a strudel, puff pastry type thing using sweetened sauteed cabbage, bleue cheese and pears. just a little bit of the sundreid tomatoes becuase you have to... hopefully not enough to overwhelm.

Mar 26, 2014
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Great restaurants, for a single course each at the bar, on multi stop anniversary night out near Kendal Square

west bridge, Catalyst, rendezvous, cuchi cuchi, salts

Mar 03, 2014
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Need help for quiche in 9 x 13 pan

seems it would be easier with homemade since most of the prepackaged ones some round. that said, I'd just peice it together in the pan, pinching the seams at the corners and 90 degree angles of the dish. Maybe you could find a crustless quiche recipe that would be great. I've made them before and they were yummy. I am not the biggest fan of pie crust anyway

Feb 28, 2014
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30th Birthday Party - with children

another option would be Kimballs in Westford, Its pretty pricey, not sure how many would be in your party but I went there last may for a work event of my husbands, it was a private tent (there were 4 or so other tents in the same geographical area) Our outing included a food buffet and a make your own sundae bar. the adult beverages were pay as you go but other tents seemed to have an all inclusive. Ours came with free reign of all activities, bumper boats, mini golf, driving range. One of the other tents had a bounce house adjacent, the must have ordered. definitely something different but seems better to me for a large crowd.

Feb 28, 2014
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Chicken cheesesteak?

there is a little sandwich shop at the back of Newtowne Variety in Cambridge, just back from Main Street a litte south of Central Square that makes really fresh sandwiches, their chicken cheese steak is the bomb.

Feb 13, 2014
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Hunt for the Best Calzone

I know its not Boston area but the Brickhouse in Chelmsford has a very delicious calzone, you can order it with Ricotta added. I always do this and it is incredible. They also have a shop in Tyngboro

Feb 13, 2014
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St Patricks Day menu

A big hit at our last St Pats day party was guiness cheese fondue. I realize that is not so great for a buffet but htought I'd throw it out there anyway.

Feb 12, 2014
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Pizza and beer...

have you tried La hacienda in Somerville, between Twin City and the target shopping center. it fits the bill

Feb 11, 2014
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Help! I'm having a party for 40!

how about a stromboli (calzone) with chicken and brocolli or a vegetarian version. they are fine at room temp, hearty, filling and fairly easy to eat.

Feb 07, 2014
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Wedding shower venue NW of Boston

Try Nashoba winery in Bolton, should be gorgeous in the spring and you can combine wine tasting as an activity.

Feb 01, 2014
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Hosting my professor - need heavy apps suggestions!

make an easy flatbread. use a puff pastry sheet, roll out to 12 x 12 just so that its thinner, size isn;t the important thing, thickness is. Slice a ripe pear very thin, place in a nice pattern on the pastry, I usually do it on the diagonal, filling the whole thing. then liberally sprinkle blue cheese or stilton and sprinkle withfresh cracked pepper. Finally drizzle on honey (I usualy do diagonal ribbons oposite the angle of the pears.) pop it into 400 oven for about 10-15 mins till golden brown, honey browns it up nicely. I have also added proscuitto to this or fresh herbs, chives what have you for color and taste. Cut into squares, equally delish hot out of oven or at room temp.

Jan 28, 2014
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Corned beef and other meats for slow cooker

you are right about the fattier meats. They are the ONLY ones that should go in a slow cooker. leaner meats will dry out. We love a pork shoulder, i usually give it a good rub either homemade or we like Jake's from the spice aisle at the market. rub it all over, throw it in the pot for 8-10 hours on low. Nothing else is needed, the fat will render, produce a juice. We then use the meat for a variety of meals, pulled pork, tacos etc. for the pulled pork, I usually remove the juices, put them in the freezer so that the fat congeals and I can skim it. add a little vinegar, BBQ sauce to the meat, then we add back some of the skimmed juice to get it to the consitency we like. It is easy and yummy. We also just love the meat plain.

Jan 24, 2014
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If you were touring Turtle Creek Winery...

How about the new Red Raven in the old Scupper Jacks space?

Jan 23, 2014
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Best Hot and Sour soup, Concord, MA area

so, funny, Makaha is our go to. close and we love the throwback nature of it! I ordered the H&S but it wasn't doing it for me, maybe I'll try again, in addition to the other suggestions.
Thanks,

Jan 23, 2014
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Best Hot and Sour soup, Concord, MA area

both sound great, thanks.

Jan 23, 2014
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Best Hot and Sour soup, Concord, MA area

thanks, anything in Chelmsford, Acton, Billerica, Westford, Bedford?

Jan 22, 2014
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Best Hot and Sour soup, Concord, MA area

I am on a quest for a wonderful hot and sour soup in my area. I am intersted in what others favorites are. I can;t really describe what I like but am willing to expore based on recs here. I love the Royal east in cambridge. Its close to work and this time of year, I get it often.
Thanks,

Jan 22, 2014
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Red Sauce in Camberville

HOw about La Hacienda really casual but a very tasty red sauce. yummy and inexpensive, a little divey atmosphere, though

Dec 20, 2013
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Acton/ Concord Holiday Meal

is Moonstones in Chelmsford too far? Only been once but it was a festive experience. A group of 6 us did Tapas and ordered bottles of wine. Their main menu looks good too and the tapas were tasty and large portions as far as tapas go. I think 6 of us before tip was 160. including 4 bottles of wine.

Dec 06, 2013
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Bake sale favorites time again

One of the best presentations I saw was a basket with individually wrapped choco dipped pretzel rods and large cookies baked onto lollipop sticks (not those new cake pop things) these were atleast 6 inch round oatmeal, choco chip, M&M cookies impaled on sturdy tall sticks. the rods were decorated in festive sprinkles, coconut etc. I saw several sized baskets, a smallish one had about 1/2 dozen assorted treats, larger one had 10 and so on. The bigest basket had about 2 dozen treats in it. they are great becuase each is wrapped in clear cellophane, tied with a pretty ribbon and arranged in the basket to look like a flower display.

Dec 03, 2013
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Acton/ Concord Holiday Meal

Have you looked at the menu at the new Red Raven in Acton. Its in the old Scupper Jacks building which is a nice location, They've renovated and the menu looks interesting. Not sure if it might be a bit too casual for you, though certainly not Bondir/80 Thoreau caliber

Dec 03, 2013
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