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Best and worst on the Outer Banks

Cosmos pizza in the corolla light shopping area. they do not deliver anymore, but it is the best pizza in the area. Nice place to eat in, or pick up to eat at your rental. Harris teeter is more upscale than food lion, and the meat choices are better. There is a fish market and a butcher in the food lion plaza, and Seaside Market, across from food lion ( corner on albacore and rte 12) is our go to place for fruit and vegetables. They also make their own fudge, which is delicious. For a casual restaurant, our group liked corolla cantina. open for breakfast, too. enjoy!

Jul 27, 2015
macca in Southeast

Best place in Boston for lobster roll?

Also a Turners in Melrose

May 18, 2015
macca in Greater Boston Area

Hot Dogs... Grilled, Boiled, Steamed... or really?... Microwaved?

Grilled ( almost blackened), always on a top slice roll ( we have to bring our own rolls with us every year when we vacation on the Outer Banks!) topped with Howards piccalilli and whole grain mustard.

Apr 23, 2015
macca in General Topics

Potato Question

And really windy! Thanks

Apr 04, 2015
macca in General Topics

Potato Question

Guess it is outside they go! My house temp is set at 61 degrees

Apr 04, 2015
macca in General Topics

Potato Question

I have 20 pounds if small white and red potatoes. I have boiled them til just cooked. They are cooled and dry. I am making home fries with them in the morning, but there is no way they will fit in the fridge with all the other stuff in there! Can I leave them out til tomorrow? If not, I guess I can wrap them tight to keep the critters away, and put them on the deck. TIA.

Apr 04, 2015
macca in General Topics

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

It is aggravating. I have always thought that the 12 items or less line should have the register programmed to except only 12 items or less.

Melting snowbanks reveal mass destruction

I think the berry plants are almost like weeds- I know my brother had raspberry plants that took over his yard- we took a cutting, and ours fared well. Will have to ask him how his handled this winter!

Apr 03, 2015
macca in Gardening

Melting snowbanks reveal mass destruction

Boston area, too. We have small shrubs around the house- lots of them destroyed. Our rose bush, blueberry and raspberry plants look like they survived, though. And our daffodils have popped up behind a big snow pile. Don't think anything can kill daffodils or crocus plants!

Apr 03, 2015
macca in Gardening

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

Some places will help! At my local Shaws I have seen elderly people have their groceries wheeled out and loaded in their cars. And Wilson Farms in Lexington will do it, too- especially near Holidays- I think they want to keep the lot clear of carts. I was at Christmas Tree shop last week, and had a boxed table, two chairs an lots of bags, and at least three employees offered to help me! Chivalry is not dead!!

Mar 19, 2015
macca in Not About Food
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No cheap corned beef this year?

Sounds good! Our family vacations together every year at a beach house in NC. One of my SIL's buys a huge corned beef and makes corned beef hash for breakfast. Served topped with fried egg. So good- and we are on vacation, after all!

Mar 11, 2015
macca in General Topics
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No cheap corned beef this year?

Local supermarket has point cut on sale this week for $1.97. But-I passed. I prefer the grey corned beef. Ordered it from local butcher shop- along with corned spare ribs. Not sure how much they will be, but I know they will be pricey. But- don't care, as I only serve the grey corned beef this time of year. All other times, I go with the red, as that is all that is available year round.

Mar 11, 2015
macca in General Topics

Irish Soda Bread recipe that isn't too dry?

Similar to what I made this weekend- but I made the bread in muffin tins, and used craisins instead of raisins. Really good, and froze them. No waste!

Mar 02, 2015
macca in Home Cooking

Pat peeves as a guest at a dinner party?

I am almost never cold. Live in the Boston area, and set my thermostat at 60. Warm enough for me! But- am having a crowd over this evening, and I did turn it up to 68, as I don't think everyone likes it set that low!

Jan 17, 2015
macca in Not About Food
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Best and worst on the Outer Banks

Thanks- got pizza there one time. Not good! Did not contact the owners/management as we were staying in 4 wheel drive area and leaving the next morning. We stick with Cosmos
now!

Jan 14, 2015
macca in Southeast

Best and worst on the Outer Banks

How were these restaurants chosen? The pizza at Tomato Patch in Corolla is dreadful. I do admit the Outer Banks does not have the best pizza in general, but it is a go to choice for a delivery option at check in or check out days. I would certainly put Cosmos ahead of Tomato Patch. Cant comment on a lot of the other choices, but there are certainly better choices for pizza ( and BBQ and Seafood) in Corolla!

Jan 14, 2015
macca in Southeast

Nuts with drinks

My mom used to make candied nuts. She used egg whites, beaten until meringue stage, melted butter, sugar and spices, then baked. They were delicious.

Jan 12, 2015
macca in Home Cooking

Need help Please- Mincemeat cake

Thanks so much! Will just use the butter, and not adjust the recipe! It is an odd recipe- no eggs, but lots of water. Thanks! My brother will be happily surprised ( hopefully it will taste like my Mom's!).

Dec 20, 2014
macca in Home Cooking
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Need help Please- Mincemeat cake

My mom always made a mincemeat cake for one of my brothers. It was a tradition for his family to eat it on Christmas morning. My mom passed earlier this year and I would like to make one for my brother for Christmas, but have a question. It is an odd recipe, but the cake was delicious. Here are the ingredients:
2 cups water
1 3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups shortening
1 3/4 cups sifted flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 package None Such condensed mincemeat.

I am puzzled by the shortening. I did all of my Moms food shopping for the past few years, and cant remember buying Crisco. Can I use butter instead? TIA.

Dec 20, 2014
macca in Home Cooking

Christmas Dinner: in charge of turkey and ham and mashed potato -- but traveling 5 hours to get there, arriving just 2 hours before scheduled dinner time

Cookinglisa- sorry if I was one of the posts you thought of as snarky. I apologize if so. But I think your request for advice from chowhound posters is a difficult one for a lot of us to understand. Many of us, myself included, enjoy cooking, love good food, and want the holiday meal to be special. The meal you are trying to prepare makes it almost impossible to deliver good eats! I do wish you luck, but I still think your best, most stress free option is to find a caterer/store near your sisters house.

Dec 18, 2014
macca in Home Cooking
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Christmas Dinner: in charge of turkey and ham and mashed potato -- but traveling 5 hours to get there, arriving just 2 hours before scheduled dinner time

I really have a hard time understanding this! To be truthful, I initially thought it was a joke. But- I will not be snarky and will offer my best advice. By agreeing to cart the meats and the mashed potatoes on a four hour car trip, I would imagine that everyone involved in the planning of the meal agrees that the dinner does not have to be perfect! In that case, I would absolutely find a store/caterer near your sisters who can provide a roast turkey dinner. It is beyond insane to expect anyone to transport a meal that far and have it turn out safe, hot and delicious for the guests. Good luck, and please post back!

Dec 17, 2014
macca in Home Cooking
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I too need help on uninvited guests.

Sounds like not much you can do. I understand why your brother wants to include his kids/grandkids, but they do sound clueless. I am a 61 yo, who hosts the holiday, and like you, I do the entire meal. This year I had a small crew of 17 ( usually I have 25-29!). The crowd includes children, celiacs, and a few food allergies. WE had a wonderful day. The kids had a ball. They had a few toys to play with, and the older kids (home from college), made paper snowflakes with the little ones. No one allowed in the kitchen while I was busy. Easy. And everyone watched their kids. Easy. The kids even moved all my tables, hutches, etc back to where they belonged before they left. Maybe a conversation with your brother may help. Good luck.

Dec 01, 2014
macca in Not About Food

Pie for breakfast!

Had pumpkin pie and a pizzale. Tried to rationalize it, as I did not have any dessert yesterday, but that really would not have made a difference!

Nov 28, 2014
macca in General Topics

Pre-marinated wings?

And stop by piantedosi's down the street for some bread/rolls!

http://piantedosi.com/

Nov 25, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Wow- he is rude, I think. I cook dinner for my family- and the family includes 6 brothers who played football, and now lots of nephews who play football. In addition, I am a huge football fan, as is most everyone coming to dinner. We would never think of having the tv on at dinner, and no one has their cell phones working then, either. Thanksgiving, or any type of dinner, is for enjoying food and conversation. But I think you left the door wide open when you told him he could check the score throughout dinner. Good luck. Maybe someone else at the dinner will tell him to smarten up!

Nov 25, 2014
macca in Not About Food
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Making Mashed Potatoes one day early?

I have a crowd, and the mashed potatoes used to be the thing I hated to make the most. They have to be hot and creamy when served! now I make them early Thursday morning ( I make 20 pounds), use my ricer, add the butter and c ream and put in the crock pot on warm. Before I put the lid on the crock pot, I cover the top of the crock pot with a cotton dish towel. Perfect potatoes at dinnertime. This may work for your MIL. Potatoes are done early, mess is cleaned up, and no worries about searching for over space before dinner. Good luck!

Nov 25, 2014
macca in Home Cooking
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Anyone seen Ambrosia apples?

Wilson Farms did have them this weekend. Bought one for my Thanksgiving fruit bowl- so pretty!!

Nov 24, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Thanksgiving--how many side dishes do you make for small groups?

I would, but only because that is what I have had every year for 50+ years! easy to make small portions- and can always send food home, it you do not want leftovers. this year, I have a crowd, and will still have leftovers to send home with whoever wants them. I bought some of the containers that are used for Chinese take out, and can fill them up and mark them up after dinner for the guests.

Nov 22, 2014
macca in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving--how many side dishes do you make for small groups?

Cant have too many! We have mashed, sweet potatoes, spinach, green beans, carrots, butternut squash, brussel sprouts, corn, cauliflower and onions in cheese sauce, stuffing, cabbage salad, gravy, rolls and cranberry sauce. Like many other posters, this is what my mother and grandmother both served, so it is now what my brothers and I , and our families look forward to. I simply adjust the amounts to the number of people expected. Plus- we have 6 celiacs in the family, so the stuffing, rolls, gravy and creamed sauces are made two ways!

Nov 21, 2014
macca in Home Cooking

Pumpkin Schmumpkin: What About Cranberries?

Following this thread! Love cranberries! This weekend, I had a roast pork. Was making stuffing, and added apples and craisins as I sautéed the onions and celery. Tasty!

Nov 18, 2014
macca in Home Cooking