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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

What Grocery Store Sales or Bargains Have You Bought Recently?

This weekend I got family size package of Chicken drumsticks for 88 cents a pound=- less than 4 dollars for around 15 drumsticks! There was also an unadvertised sale on Roasts- BOGO! Got two top round roasts ( each can feed about 8-10) for less than 20 dollars. Had one of the roasts yesterday, and it was delicious. Glad I had room in my freezer for everything else.

Jan 13, 2014
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Cooked Frozen lobster recipe

Lobster bisque is a good suggestion. You could also make lobster mac n cheese. I would not use it to make lobster salad, as frozen lobster is to wet to make a good lobster salad.

Jan 10, 2014
macca in Home Cooking

The Great American Sunday Dinner

We had Roast beef every Sunday- church, donuts, and dinner. Roast beef, gravy, mashed, rolls, cabbage salad, corn, carrots, spinach. My grandmother lived upstairs, so we did not have to travel far. My mom also used to have a Sunday dinner when her grandkids were small. Roast beef dinner! I also have a weekly Sunday dinner. Myself, my mom, two of my brothers and their families (6-9 people) come every week. I change up the menu- this Sunday will be steak, salad, rice and garlic bread. Also have my niece and her family over every Monday night for dinner. Last week, her 3 year old asked me if we could have "breakfast for dinner"- so that will be our dinner next Monday!

Jan 02, 2014
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Does anybody LIKE their ceramic cooktop?

Don't have one at home. But we vacation on the Outer Banks every year, and at least three of our rentals have had them. Hate it. And I could never understand why you would put one in a rental that is large enough for 25+ people. Two of the houses we rented had damaged tops when we arrived. Not fun when you are cooking for a crowd three times a day- and both of the houses required custom stove tops. Crazy! And NEVER the correct cleaning products. End of rant!

Dec 18, 2013
macca in Cookware
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Things that actually do great in the crockpot, when you are truly out all day

That's what I do with the wine, too. An easy go to meal- no "recipe" needed, and the results ate always delicious!

Dec 12, 2013
macca in Home Cooking
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Things that actually do great in the crockpot, when you are truly out all day

We love pot roast in the crock pot. I usually brown the meat first- but I guess it is not necessary. I add water, S/p, a bit of Better than Bouillon (beef), garlic, tomato paste, red wine. I also cut an onion in half and throw it in- peel and all. ALso add a few stalks of celery and a few carrots . Let it go all day. So good. I take out the celery, onion and carrot and add a bit of butter, and then thicken with a slurry to make a great gravy. I like to cook my vegetables on the side, and serve with mashed potatoes . I think I may cook one this weekend!

Dec 12, 2013
macca in Home Cooking
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Your Christmas Eve Dinner.

My SIL does the Seven Fishes- but also serves a ham, potatoes, vegetables, rolls, eggplant, salad. After dinner, there is a huge spread of Christmas cookies, pies, pastries. So good! All I have to do is bring some wine!!
PS- we do Chinese food for New years Eve- a tradition in the Boston area- been doing it since I was a kid.

Dec 03, 2013
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Turkey Day 2013: Lessons Learned

I use the slow cooker every year, as I cook 20-25 lbs, and cannot manage that right before dinner! I make the mashed potatoes, add a bit more butter and cream than usual, into the slow cooker. Then cover the top of the slow cooker with a clean dish cloth before putting on the cover. I kept the potatoes on simmer for about 6 hours! They were delicious, and made the day so much easier for me!

Nov 30, 2013
macca in Home Cooking

Favorite bread for Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches?

scali

Nov 27, 2013
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How do you take your turkey - gravy, cranberry, give me some of both?

Gravy at T'giving dinner, and cranberry sauce, mayo, turkey and stuffing on sandwiches the next day.

Nov 26, 2013
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How many people for Thanksgiving?

This year we have 30 people- includes 1 baby, 2 toddlers, 2 "kids", 5 teens and 20 ranging from 21 thru 81! The group consists of my mom, myself, my brothers and their families. I cook the meal and provide a few munchies. The family brings apps and desserts. We have it almost down to a science. Tonight is moving the furniture night. We move everything except two large table out of the dining room. Those, tables, along with a large fold up table will give us enough room for a sit down meal. Tomorrow I pick up the turkeys, tonight I will make a few pies, and get out the china. Tomorrow will make the stuffing, set the tables. etc. We do have 5 celiacs in the family, so I make two kinds of gravy and stuffing. Am really careful to avoid cross contamination, and have been successful thus far! It is a great holiday in my family. I serve a Traditional meal, as my mother and grandmother served- right down to the after dinner mints, stuffed celery and relish tray.People will arrive around noon, and stay until night time. Really no negatives to this holiday. Everyone helps clean up and put the house back together, and the kids that are already home from college will come by tonight to move the furniture. Cant wait.

Nov 26, 2013
macca in Not About Food

Please explain this green bean casserole thing

Interesting! AS I mentioned earlier, my Grandmother and Mother did not serve it, so I never had it. I host Thanksgiving every year for my extended family, and so far, no one has asked that it be added to the menu. I will ask everyone this year if they had this growing up!

Nov 24, 2013
macca in General Topics

Please explain this green bean casserole thing

Maybe a regional thing? I grew p in New England in the 60's- and we never had it on the table. As a matter of fact, I have never tasted it- or even seen it!

Nov 22, 2013
macca in General Topics

Buying Oysters for Oyster Dressing

Great suggestion. My brother gets all the fish for our seven fishes Christmas Eve feast at Fishermans Fleet.

Nov 22, 2013
macca in Greater Boston Area

Free the Grape! Wine shipments to MA Massachusetts

It is a crazy rule. But- my boss belongs to a wine club (CA vineyard), and has wine and other products shipped all the time, with no issues. I wonder why some places ships. We have asked the UPS guy- and he said it was illegal, but he did handle lots of wine shipments.

Nov 21, 2013
macca in Greater Boston Area

Big Box Store Turkey

They certainly can fly. We have lots of wild turkeys around here (just north of Boston), and they look so funny when they fly- they are also mean as hell!!

Nov 12, 2013
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