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Need lunch and dinner recs in Aruba

seen lots of recs for Ellioti's, this is close to where I am staying. What are some of their best dishes???

Curry leaves

market basket Westford had them earlier this week. along with a few other specialties, whole turmeric to name one....

Oct 23, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The Falling Leaves Edition, October 2014

I've only used the ST website but I usually think about what I am craving and see if she has an alternative for it. last thing I made was her blue cheese dressing, it was terrific, even my kids who are BC junkies did not notice. best of luck

Please help me make a plan for teaching my sister to cook

in addition to the great recs for food types, I think you should teach her knife skills, or take a class. you could also get her a nice knife if she dooesn't have one. It changed my attitude about cooking, once I didn't struggle with the prep part.

Oct 21, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking
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Central Square walk-ins on a Thursday night?

I agree with Catalyst, the room is large enough that you should be able to walk in and it can be quiet of you get a booth. BUT twice recently I have been turned away at what I thought would be an easy grab....4:30 for an after work drink and snack because they were closed for a private party. I would atleast check that, then I think a walk in would be no problem.

Oct 08, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Northeastern Parents weekend restaurant suggestions please

Might I suggest an Odyssey brunch cruise on Sunday if you have the time (2-3 hours). It departs Rowe's wharf at 1 and returns at 3. You can board beginning at noon and I would suggest that. the brunch is buffet style so "all you can eat" for hungry guys.
It is somewhere around 60pp, if its a nice day, well worth seeing the city from the ocean side! while not a hotel style buffet, there was plenty for my kids (22 and 23) at our recent family reunion, on board.

Oct 03, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket-Items no longer carried?

oddly enough my local MB (westford) has stopped carrying finish dishwasher detergent. It was a much better value and in my 18 year old machine, did a better job than cascade. otherwise, most of my usual items are in stock. happy days

Sep 28, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

wk end buffet greater lowell area

there is one of those "China Buffett" right in Lowell near the target. My son, UML student went there several times for what he calls, lots of , not very good food for cheap $.

Sep 16, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Strategic buys as Market Basket re-stocks (posted 8/28/14)

yep, we got discounted prepackaged pastrami and made excellent sandwiches for lunch on Saturday.

Sep 01, 2014
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Market Basket

I am so happy to have the market back. We have been getting by on the garden, freezer and lightly supplementing from the overpriced retailers in my area. Can't wait to stock up!!!

Aug 28, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Bailey & Sage

I work in Kendall and this shop just opened next to Clover food lab, anything stand out here or is it just another sandwich salad place?

Aug 26, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

$1000 mandatory minimum bill for a large group?

wow, seems steep. not sure if you're looking for upscale but my office group recently did a Sox outing. We coupled that with drinks and apps beforehand at Crossroads on the corner of Beacon and Mass Ave. I made arrangements ahead of time for our group of 30, they staffed the upstairs room with one server and one bartender. starting at 4, many of their apps were $3.95, we ordered 5 of each, pitchers of beer, then kept ordering till our $$$ money ran out. (we had charged each attendee $20 bux so had about 600 to spend)we stayed for over 2 hours, were quite full, little tipsy, had a great time , left a $90 tip. there was no charge for the room or anything else, great time. BUT the room is a little divey, lots of TVs, skeeball, darts etc. It made for a really fun afternoon, since it was during the world cup so we did not mind the TVs.

Aug 21, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Cheap Beef Meals

not sure where you are but we go in with another family on 1/2 a cow, each year. we get it from western Mass, near Amherst. we tend to go heavy on ground beef but also get dozens of nice sirloins, t bones etc. the farm packages it for freezing for us and it averages out to $3-4/pound.
buy a pot roast when on sale, or several, put it in the slow cooker with nothing else. at the end of the day, you have shredded beef for any number of things, tacos, sandwiches, stews, its also yummy by itself.

Aug 19, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

coconut macaroons

we use the dipping or drizzle technique, just enough to not overwhelm.

Aug 15, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Newly single chow-dude and his crockpot

any inexpensive, well marbled (read: fatty) cut of meat. My go tos are: pork shoulder, boneless/skinless chix thighs. 6-8 hours on low, they both create their own juices. pour off the juice and freeze it for an hour, this congeals the fat which you can then skim and discard, use the rest to make any sauce you like.I will make bbq, carnitas, Asian style, curry style...whatever mood you are in. I love having these yummy cooked meats around and find myself throwing them into everything, quesadillas, sandwiches, you name it.

Aug 14, 2014
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Will drive for strawberries--any "local" ones around (presumably from Canada)?

was at Idlewylde in Acton on Saturday. They had canadian strawberries, forget the price but it might have been 7 or 8 per quart.

Aug 11, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

putting up zucchini and summer squash

thanks everyone, will probably grill the bounty today and freeze it.

Aug 09, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

putting up zucchini and summer squash

anyone have tips on how to do this successfuly? In the past, I've made the bisquick zucchini casserole recipe and freeze that. its a nice side dish in winter but doesn't showcase the fresh veggie as much as i would like. for most of our other arden bounty, a quick blanch then into ziplocs and we eat fresh tasting veggies all winter.
im not interested in canning but alas that may the only way to do this right?

Aug 08, 2014
momoftwo in Home Cooking

Effect of Market Basket stoppage/boycott on inventory of other chains?

went to the Chelmsford Hannafords earlier this week, very busy in the aisles, lots of cashier help so that was good. empty shelves in places, people loading perishables (meat, dairy) as fast as it was loaded, it was going into shopper's carts. I talked with a guy loading sausages, he said its been crazy, they should just park the dollies in the aisles as product is being snapped up as its being put on shelves. One of the rumors I heard was that hannaford's is a potential suitor.

Aug 08, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

i have 5 spice powder. what can i make?

5 spice makes an amazing sticky chicken wing:
5# frozen wing sections, thawed and drained
1c white sugar,1c soy sauce,1t 5 spice,1T garlic powder,
mix all in a large ziploc, marinate for at least a day, turning and "mashing" a couple times.I sometimes do the marinade ingerdients first and mash it up to be sure the sugar dissolves.
heat oven to 450, cover a large sheet pan well with foil and dump contents of bag, marinade and all. cook for 1 hour at 450, turn once. watch toward end cuz they go from sticky yuminess to burnt, rather quickly. these are a huge hit all football season long!

Aug 05, 2014
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Effect of Market Basket stoppage/boycott on inventory of other chains?

hate it but I was desperate. hiopefully this thing will be resolved and I can return to MB

Jul 30, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Effect of Market Basket stoppage/boycott on inventory of other chains?

I went to the CHelmsford Stop and shop yesterday (after trying out the MB across the street for a couple of our fave items, walked out empty handed)couple observations: it was packed but since I'm not a regular, not sure if that was uncommon or not for 3pm on a tuesday. they were out of loyalty cards but gave the discounts anyway. Talked to my cashier who was brought in from another store to help.(so I guess the crowd question is anwered)Tried my hardest to stick with sale items but did some spot checking on price, one of my go to items, log of Mozzarella, 3.99 at MB, 8.49 at S&S.(this was the most outrageous!)Parmasiano reggiano, 12.99 at MB, 17.99/lb at S&S . breads were all 4$ or more but some were bogo, produce not looking particularly good but large variety

Jul 30, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Sugguestions for asian groccery stores near Sudbury, MA

h mart in Burlington, might be easier to get to but I reccomend going at off hours, like friday night, or very early saturday morning. Lowell has some markets but not much meat in those. there is a small market in Chelmsford that I love but again, no meat to speak of but their produce on Saturday morning beats all the other nearby markets both on quality and price. I went once on a Sunday and they told me satturday morning is best and I haven't looked back. Forget what ist called but its on summer street in Chelmsford

Jul 24, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Second Date - tasty but not too pricey

what about the new area in Kendall Square, there is a lovely patio at Commonwealth, with a couple other restys that share contiguous space, It abuts the river so nice to walk it afterward..

Jul 24, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

Effect of Market Basket stoppage/boycott on inventory of other chains?

I was wondering the same thing, we've been using up pantry, freezer and whats growing in our back yard, BUT today I need to hit up a local spot, Crosby's market which is usually quiet at all times, I'll see what today is like. I do miss my MB

Jul 24, 2014
momoftwo in Greater Boston Area

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