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On the road

We drive by Stuckeys every year on the way to the Outer Banks. Signs for miles before it. I know it is on Rt 13, but cant remember if it is in VA or Maryland. Too funny. have never stopped in, though. Guess I wont if it is stinky!!!

about 16 hours ago
macca in Not About Food

Good Scali Bread in Boston, Outside/Inside the North End

Looks good!

about 17 hours ago
macca in Greater Boston Area

Good Scali Bread in Boston, Outside/Inside the North End

Well- I am irish American from Melrose, too! That's funny!

about 19 hours ago
macca in Greater Boston Area

Good Scali Bread in Boston, Outside/Inside the North End

When I was a kids, everyone knew what a spuckie was!! I would guess it must be a regional thing!

about 20 hours ago
macca in Greater Boston Area
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On the road

Love road trips. Every year our family takes at least two trips. We live just outside of boston. We travel to the Outer Banks in North Carolina in July and also make at least one trip to Ohio- near Akron/Canton. Love it. We bypass dc, Philadelphia and Baltimore on our way to NC, but we do take 90 all the way from Boston to Ohio. For some reason, our sandwich of choice is a BLT, and we bring grapes for snacking. So much fun!

1 day ago
macca in Not About Food

Native Corn

Yup- got the same email. I will try to stop by tomorrow and take a look.

Jul 09, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Is there any good way to slow-roast a chicken (over 4 hours)?

My mom used to roast chickens for hours- they were always moist and made fabulous gravy. She would stuff lemon and butter under the skin. Lemons and garlic in the cavity, rub with olive oil, salt and pepper. She would cover with foil, and remove the foil and crank up the heat at the end to get crispy skin. So good.

Jun 04, 2014
macca in Home Cooking

Delicous Pizza Dough

Hope they still carry them. They were great. Sliced thin with a bit of vinegar and a warm tomato with salt. Perfect lunch. Add basil and mozz and you have a perfect dinner!

May 06, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area
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Delicous Pizza Dough

Give it a try and let us know! Farmland dough is large- I made a two rectangular pizzas ( fit in a large cookie sheet) with my dough. I think next time I will cut it up and freeze to be able to make individual pizzas. But- speaking of Calaressos, if you have a garden, they used to carry Market More cucumber plants. Best ever, I bought them several years ago, and got literally dozens of cukes from each plant. I planted three plants and was giving away cucumbers for weeks!

May 06, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Delicous Pizza Dough

Calaresso is good, too- and lots of dough in each bag. But I like The Farmland better- and cheap, too! It was either $1.29 or $1.99, cant remember!

May 05, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Trader Joes: Cinnamon flavored pasta: What???

You are correct!! This was just odd as the pasta was not supposed to be a cinnamon flavored pasta, and the flavor was pronounced. It was still tasty, just unexpected!

May 05, 2014
macca in Chains

Delicous Pizza Dough

I used to make my own, but this was so good, so easy and so cheap!!

May 05, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Delicous Pizza Dough

Got pizza dough at The Farmland in Wakefield.It was perfect. Made pizza with it, but am getting more to make a calzone. No need for take put pizza any more! Their burgers are great too- will stop by on my way home- good day to grill!

May 05, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Trader Joes: Cinnamon flavored pasta: What???

My SIL made a mac n cheese casserole nd brought it over earlier. Pretty standard recipe. Elbows, onions, cheese sauce and buttered bread crumbs. Distinct cinnamon flavor! Actually was not reaaly bad, just not expected. When she went home, she tasted the dry uncooked elbows, and they were cinnamon. Anyone els found this recently? Bought at the Saugus MA store. She is going to mention it next time she shops.

May 04, 2014
macca in Chains

Wedding venue

My brother got married at Glen Magna ( long time ago!), and I think it is more suited for a small wedding! He had a big wedding, and the weather horrendous, so could not use tents. The wedding was inside, but we made do. Not a lot of room, but fabulous food.

Apr 23, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area
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Cape Cod - need HEALTHY options please.

My niece is a celiac, and frequently visits her in laws on Cape Cod. She raves about Idgys (South Yarmouth). Completely gluten free with vegan options. For Thanksgiving her in laws bought a cake from there- and it was delicious. Here is the link.

http://idgysglutenfree.com/

Apr 23, 2014
macca in Southern New England

ISO dollar stores that sell fresh, chilled, and/or frozen foods

have never seen fresh produce at any of the dollar stores. The Dollar Tree in Saugus (across from Target/ Ocean Sate) does have a frozen food section, but never really noticed what was available!

Apr 01, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Current obsessions?

brussel sprouts roasted with olive oil, LOTS of sliced garlic and sea salt Roasted until almost black. Cant get enough! Have them with dinner, for a snack, or as lunch!

Mar 27, 2014
macca in General Topics

corned beef and cabbage

Gray corned beef is simmering. Along with corned spare ribs. Boston girl here. Had to get the beef and ribs at local butcher. So good. Simmering with peppercoens and Dijon mustard. Served with potatoes, turnips, carrots, onions, cabbage, rolls. Two sauces. A horseradish and a mustard sauce. Can't wait!

Mar 16, 2014
macca in Home Cooking

Gluten Free Bakery North of Boston needed

This place is fantastic! Surprised about the cupcakes- their Woburn store has cupcakes. Like lc posted, sounds like they may have misunderstood you. My neice (celiac) visits the Woburn store all the time. THey used to have a booth at the Melrose farmers market, which was really convenient. Nice people.

Feb 25, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Chicken cheesesteak?

In the 'burbs, Pizza Express in Wakefield has a good chicken cheesesteak- Good on a braided roll, with mushrooms and onions.

Feb 14, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Why do you like vegetables?

Love all vegetables- like them steamed, creamed, roasted, raw. in the summer, I live on cucumbers and tomatoes. Salt on the tomato, and red wine vinegar on the cucumbers. Best lunch ever!! And at dinner in the summer, sliced cucumbers with a bit of dressing, and either sliced tomatoes, or grilled tomatoes with some parm and garlic. Delicious!

Feb 14, 2014
macca in General Topics

Good Scali Bread in Boston, Outside/Inside the North End

Piantedosi's was always our go to place for bread, rolls, etc when we were having a crowd. I remember going there as a kid, getting bags of "spuckie" rolls, and a few baguettes to eat on the way home. Added bonus if they were still warm. I have company coming in this weekend, and they always want Italian subs- will have to swing by after I stock up on cold cts at Pace's.

Feb 04, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Liberty Bell Melrose- Monday Nites 1/2 Price Pasta Dishes

The salmon/broccoli sounds great. Dont cook salmon very often at home, as I am the only one who likes is.
My brother was up visiting us from VA this weekend- he always has to have fried clams when he visits! On Saturday, he brought home a few fried clam plates. I really cant (or at least shouldn't!) have fried clam, fires, etc, but I did try one. Clam was great- and LOVE their onion rings. They are not the frozen kind usually served. Have not tried Café Aldo- but some friends tell me they enjoyed it. I think they had a Groupon, or some kind of coupon the first time they went there.

Feb 04, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Liberty Bell Melrose- Monday Nites 1/2 Price Pasta Dishes

Thanks for the I info. Have had their RB, and enjoyed it- and they do a good job with their fried foods ( and they offer a TON of fried foods). I don't eat much pasta, but my mom loves it, so this is a great option. She can enjoy the leftovers for lunch during the week. She loves chick/broc ziti. As an aside, the chick/broc alfredo pizza from Lisas Pizzeria ( in both Wakefield and Melrose) is decadent. I really cant eat it, but had a taste the last time we ordered, and it was great. Their pies are huge. My nieces and nephews love this place. Last time we got the alfredo pizza, along with a salami/garlic and cheese. Big pieces of roasted garlic. so good!

Jan 31, 2014
macca in Greater Boston Area

Hosting my professor - need heavy apps suggestions!

Love the mushroom cup recipe. I think I will add them to my Superbowl menu! Thanks

Jan 28, 2014
macca in Home Cooking
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I hate Zip Locks - The disappearence of non-ziplock bags...

Was at Ocean State last week- great deal on the Stretch Tite wrap, as well as Howards piccalilli and relish.

Jan 27, 2014
macca in Cookware

I hate Zip Locks - The disappearence of non-ziplock bags...

The Shaws in Melrose used to have them. Not sure if they still do- the only reason I know, is because I bought them by mistake. That's what happens when I shop without my glasses!

Jan 27, 2014
macca in Cookware

Corned beef and other meats for slow cooker

Love lamb shanks in the slow cooker. Some water or stock, red wine, tomato paste, garlic, onions, S/P, celery stalk . Havent had these in a long while. sounds like a plan for Saturday nite dinner- this cold weather is perfect for a meal like this. Cooking a turkey for dinner on Sunday- haven't had one since Thanksgiving, and I am so busy on Tgiving, I really don't have time to fully enjoy the meal.

Jan 24, 2014
macca in Home Cooking

Delivery sushi-- really?! [moved from Manhattan board]

I hear you about Italian subs-but in the Boston area, no good Italian sub will include lettuce! Pickles, onions, tomatoes, hot peppers, oil,salt and pepper can be added- but no lettuce. Lettuce is usually used on "grinders" around here. Grinders are usually served in greek style pizza joints, and are baked. But- this subject could probably be another thread entirely!

Jan 18, 2014
macca in General Topics