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Sublime Mac n Cheese?

ok, this meets none of your criteria (I know, how annoying!) but I have to give a shout out to a little, and I MEAN LITTLE shop in Concord. Its called country kitchen and its literally the smallest stand alone building I've ever seen ~100sf! Its only open for breakfast and lunch, no seats except picnic tables outside in nice weather. On Thursdays they make an addictive mac and cheese. its nothing like you describe but if you have a craving for a quick, tasty, very inexpensive "fix" I suggest swinging by there on a Thursday. All of their stuff is top quality and delicious. The two regular gals who run it remind me of my grandma on a cranky day...not mean just a little cranky :) It sits astride the commuter rail tracks near the Crosby's market.

Jul 31, 2015
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area
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WOULD LOVE HAVING GRADY'S RESTAURANT BROCOLLI CHEESE SOUP RECIPE [Moved from South board]

thanks for bumping this, I am interested in it also!

Jul 29, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Another food crawl planning help request

KenDall area, Main street, to broadway to Atheneum area...
Catalyst, A4, CBC or any of the great places at One Kendall, Commonwealth, toscaninis

Jul 23, 2015
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Grab a bite/snack in Portland

Just returned form a girls weekend in Portland and I'd like to add the Little tap room to the list. This is up the hill from Old Port, Diagonally across the street from the Portland Art Museum and the Holiday Inn. They are not a bakery but on their little bites menu, "praline bacon". It is to die for, we had two orders and could have had more. Very yummy

Jul 16, 2015
momoftwo in Northern New England

New Summer Food Experiment

thanks for the inspiration, I love a panzanella but tend to forget about making one! cool idea, I have some proscuitto ready too!

Jul 15, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Nostalgic for cheddar cheese pizza

this place has closed

Jul 15, 2015
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

40th bday dinner?

I would suggest the Crossroads pub on Beacon Street, near mass ave. It has an upstairs private room that they do not charge for. I brought a work group there, played pool, darts and skee ball. We ordered of the menu, just kept the appys coming and pitchers of beer. Definitely low key but lots of fun.

Jun 29, 2015
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Puddin shots for adults

Thanks for the inspiration. Here is what I made, using the basic recipe from jelly shot test kitchen. In my opinion, the first batch made per the recipe was too alcoholic to be enjoyable but I'm sure the kids won't mind. The decorating ideas on the blog were awesome! I used less than a c of alcohol on subsequent batches and it was perfect and the consistency was better, almost like a mousse.
Lemon pudding, 1/3 c limeade concetrate(strained), 1/2 c tequila.......delicious"!
Chocolate pudding, 1/4 c kahlua, 1/4c ameratto, 1/4 c vodka
Vanilla pudding, 1/2c coconut milk in place of the milk in recipe and 1/2c rum
I also made the recipe for the pistachio that is on the blog (mentioned above)
All in all, I am very pleased with the results, hubby taste tested and agreed. Off to the party later, I'm sure they'll be a hit

Jun 20, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Puddin shots for adults

Not sure of this belongs on the spirit boards or not. I'm looking for your best pudding shot recipe. I think the pudding flavor/alcohol combo is most important. These are meant to take the place of a cake at a 21 year old birthday party so they gotta be good!!. I'll do more than one combo so bring on the ideas! Thanks all

Jun 16, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

The Smoke Shop

cool, was wondering what was going to happen to that spot.

Jun 15, 2015
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

lowell Restaurants

that's a bummer. My son who recently moved to Lowell full time after graduating from UML is somewhat of a regular so when we go, its usually with him and he is treated really well. I am sorry to hear that since I hadn't experienced it myself.

Jun 15, 2015
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

ISO Budget-Conscious, Meat-Centric Meals for a Crowd

This is one of my and my sons fave meals. Its called "stuffed cabbage soup" but don;t let the name turn you off!
this is for 4 servings, I usually double it also:
brown a pound of ground beef or turkey
add a can of crushed tomatoes, 1/2 a head of thinly sliced green cabbage, 1/2 a yellow onion, 1 small can of beef broth, 1 small can of water. 1/4 cup of brown sugar and juice from 1/2 a lemon.bring this all to a slow simmer. Add about a cup of orzo or rice (we prefer the orzo)cover and let simmer for about 1/2 hour or so. Rice takes about 45 minutes.
enjoy.

Jun 15, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Back Back ribs suggestions for novice

There is lots of advice on line but what works best for us is a dry rub, either mix up one of your own or buy a premade one.... Sear both sides on a hot grill. Remove and wrap tightly in foil and put on cooler side of grill (called indirect heating)for two hours atleast. Sometimes I then unwrap, slather with sauce and finish on the hot side of the grill for a crunchy coating. This step can be skipped and you'll still have delicious ribs.

Jun 15, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

lowell Restaurants

probably no lobster rolls but an excellent spot for lunch with really great specials is Fuse Bistro. Been there a few times and always have a marvelous meal. Reasonably priced also.

Jun 15, 2015
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Native Strawberries....anyone seen 'em?

Spring Dell in Littleton has them, had some over homemade waffles this weekend, yummy!!

Jun 15, 2015
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Il Capriccio Review

I do not find that tab to be expensive at all.... $100/pp, very reasonable for all that!!! Glad you had a great time

Jun 15, 2015
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Sausage, peppers and onions

thanks to everyone for all the tips, hints and suggestions. Things went really well with the outing and the sausages, peppers and onion sandwiches were "hoovered" nothing left. I put out hot peppers, two mustards and had some marinara left over from an appetizer of mozzarella stix (trader joe's version which we all love)The group was combined of several 20 somethings and their dads but all in all, we were quite pleased with how everything turned out.

Why aren't my waffles crispy? Help!

my husbands recipe uses a large amount of corn starch, he swears that's why his are so light, fluffy and crispy on the outside!
yummy

Jun 09, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

The Atlantic Sea Grille -Acton

Went a couple of weeks ago, family visiting from FLA and they wanted fried clams. Good report on the fried clams, the rest of the meals were just ok, stuffed shrimp, seafood carbonara....meh. Service was terrible, our waitress was sweet but screwed all the orders up. I heard this is the same owner as Fishbones in Chelmsford so expected better. We wil, probably try agin since it's close....

Jun 07, 2015
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Where to eat in New England while traveling from NYC to Maine?

Off 495 north, exit 31, you can stop at Kimballs in Westford, MA. They have high quality fried seafood, and grilled chicken, hot dogs and burgers. It is casual, very! They are also famous for their ice cream, huge portions. It's a mini amusement area with batting cages, mini golf, bumper boats, driving range etc. if you google it, you might see if it's to your liking. Might be just the stop to break up a long drive

Jun 03, 2015
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area
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Giant Subs?

I must say, I've had great feedback on the large subs I've ordered from Market Basket, granted it was high school and college seniors but they LOVED them. and they are pretty inexpensive, around $20 each with any and all condiments you need.

Jun 01, 2015
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Sausage, peppers and onions

HI, I am hosting a post golf outing for 20 or so hungry guys in a couple of weeks. I plan on making sausage, peppers and onions as my husband requested it, I make a delicious baked sausage :) What is the best way to make a large batch of the peppers and onions so that they are tasty, carmelized etc. Also what is a typical condiment? mustard? just not sure how to round out the condiment station.
thanks!!!

May 27, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

school wide cookout...dessert help

strawberry shortcake? we recently fed hundreds at a grad party, we bought the strawberries from a local ice cream stand, bought 4 spray cans of real whipped cream and I made, but you could easily buy, several pound cakes, cut into thin slices. I was a make your own station and was a hugs hit.

May 21, 2015
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Birthday Party planning - help needed with the menu

We do a very similar thing annually, this past year and this year its been combined with kids college grad party, we roast a pig (so essentially pulled pork for the masses!!)We also smoke a couple of chickens as well. we find that doing a lot of apps is a waste, chips and salsa was the only thing that was devoured and its so easy we just trimmed down to that. We have a very similar main menu, along with kegs of beer, wine spritzers and margaritas. We usually feed 60-70. your party sounds great!

May 08, 2015
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Birthday Party planning - help needed with the menu

This is THE BEST margarita recipe I have ever come across. Crowd pleaser all the way! I can of frozen limeade concentrate, dump into blender for frozen or punch bowl or beverage dispenser of not. Using the empty limeade can as a measure, Dump in one can of tequila, one can of sprite or 7up, one can of summer beer (we use Sam Adams here in Boston) and one can of ice. This makes about 6 drinks, so you'd have to figure your multiples from there. This comes together so easily, you can do it by the batch after your initial large vessel is empty. Be careful tho, they pack a punch and are not as "puckery' as some so they go down easy.

May 07, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Freezer friendly (thaw and serve) desserts for a party

will do pumpkin, when I get home from work, they are a family fave, always have some in the freezer. We also love them drizzled with chocolate, yummy!

May 07, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Freezer friendly (thaw and serve) desserts for a party

coconut macaroons, super easy and pretty especially for a baptism, plus gluetn free if need be. My recipe is egg whites, sugar and coconut, don't have it with me at work but really easy.
I usually make these and key lime pie at the same time since key lime pie uses only egg yolks, so no waste.

May 06, 2015
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Dinner Party Menu Question

This menu seems to hit the "fun" buttons as well as the sophisticated without being stuffy button, I love it!

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