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Where to buy lard- Waltham

I checked out the brand MB carries and it's loaded with additives so I don't think it's what you are looking for. Made by Armour. Pretty yucky list of ingredients.

Apr 29, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy lard- Waltham

sorry, that I don't know but will check next time I'm there. In dairy with the butter. I'm sure if you call they will give you the details and save you a trip.

Apr 28, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy lard- Waltham

Market Basket carries it.

Apr 27, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Looking for 3d birthday cake

http://cakeperiod.com/gallery/advance...

another nearer to the North Shore.(Lexington) Again, been around for a while but I have not purchased anything from them.

Apr 22, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Looking for 3d birthday cake

https://www.cakes4occasions.com/

This place is in Danvers and has been around a long time.

Apr 21, 2015
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DIY coco lopez

thanks all. I will check out brands of coconut cream. Like many others I'm just trying to eat and use real foods and I'd really like to find something with a minimum of unpronounceable additives. All the recipes I've chosen are simply designed to bump up the coconut flavor and I can certainly do that without Coco Lopez, like making the simple syrup wash with coconut water instead of tap. Also used coconut milk in my cream cheese/flour frosting instead of cows milk.

Mar 30, 2015
tweetie in Home Cooking

DIY coco lopez

The ingredient list from a can of Coco Lopez is as follows:
INGREDIENTS: COCONUT MILK, SUGAR, WATER, POLYSORBATE 60, SORBITAN MONOSTEARATE, SALT, PROPYLENE GLYCOL ALGINATE, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES (EMULSIFIERS), CITRIC ACID, GUAR GUM, LOCUST BEAN GUM.

....and this is why I'd like to do it myself. Tried today simmering fresh grated coconut in coconut milk and added a bit of sugar. It didn't really thicken much but the cake didn't suffer from the alteration. Will probably go this route in the future. Thanks all.

Mar 29, 2015
tweetie in Home Cooking

DIY coco lopez

this is the home cooking board isn't it or am I loco?

Thanks for the AB link!

Mar 28, 2015
tweetie in Home Cooking
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DIY coco lopez

on a coconut cake odyssey and ATK's recipe calls for Coco Lopez. I have made the cake and it's a keeper but would prefer not to use something so processed. Been reading about how to make my own and can't consider the research complete without consulting you. Anyone got a version without all the thickeners, gums and additives?

Mar 28, 2015
tweetie in Home Cooking

coconut cake

ah, bummer. we were just out at BT's Smokehouse in Sturbridge on Saturday. would have been a great chance to check out One Love. Husband wants to return as he was delighted with his brisket and pulled pork so maybe it will happen sooner than I think. In the meantime I'm enjoying the one I made which if I may say so myself is just as good as the ones I had down south.

Mar 17, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

coconut cake

Looks like Team coconut is on it. Thanks for all the advice. Seems like a road trip is what it's going to take to scratch this itch. Will be making my own after lots of research for recipes but I'm afraid of being alone in my house with an entire cake. Slices are so much safer!

Mar 14, 2015
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coconut cake

so I just got back from Savannah and Charleston where I ate every piece of coconut cake I could find. Is it possible that there may be a bakery around here that makes one that may equal or possibly rival this southern wonder? I'd love to find a slice somewhere.

Goose Feathers, Savannah.......hands down winner $4 a hearty slice and will haunt my dreams for a long time to come.

Peninsula Grille, Charleston....12 layers of goodness but probably the most I've ever spent on a dessert-- $13. worth it once but now "been there done that" catagory.....

Mar 11, 2015
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Charleston advice on reservations please

oh,my. Making our first trip to Charleston March 7-9 and have no idea what the BB&T festival is. Was completely focused on avoiding St. Patrick's day in Savannah which we will be visiting first. Heading to Google right after hitting post.

Feb 27, 2015
tweetie in Southeast

caramel brownies - how do i prevent the caramel from sinking to the bottom??

so I finally cracked the caramel code. this has become my go to middle. Never sinks and so easy.

For an 8x8 pan

7 oz condensed milk (half a can)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter
dash of salt.

combine all and cook over medium heat to a low boil stirring constantly, making sure to scape the bottom of the pan. When it reaches 230 remove from the heat, stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla and top your brownie batter. I place half the batter in the pan,(which I line with parchment) layer the caramel and top with rest of the batter. Sprinkle caramel with pecans to make turtle brownies.

Just made a batch this morning and success again. No more sinking, disappearing caramel. good luck!

Feb 24, 2015
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French Chocolate Macarons with Chocolate Ganache

Feb 23, 2015
tweetie in Recipes

Growing Up on the Chocolate Diet

oh my! $245 for a Trianon! guess I will be making my own.

http://letrianoncakes.blogspot.com/

Feb 23, 2015
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Growing Up on the Chocolate Diet

after reading that book I was obsessed with the Trianon too but never attempted it. Did a lot of research and reading around the internet but remember not finding much information. For some reason I put it aside. Another consequence of reading the book was getting to visit Serenade Chocolates about which I knew nothing despite having lived less than 10 miles from it. It is right around the corner from America's Test Kitchen so we dropped in there and ended up getting a tour, cookies, magazines and a glimpse of CK himself. So much fun. They were photographing and cooking for the Thanksgiving issue months away.

Please report if you make it! Now it's on my mind again.

Feb 23, 2015
tweetie in Home Cooking

Ice cream cake

I've had great success using a foil lasagna pan lined from side to side and front to back with plastic wrap (2 strips), long enough to fold over and wrap the cake for freezing. Pull back and lift out when ready to serve. I make Ina's recipe for Betty's chocolate cake in a jellyroll pan. Cut in half, it fits perfectly into the bottom of the pan. (Freeze the other half for the next one!) Now, layer away. I usually do ice cream, slicing a 1/2 gallon block as you would a loaf of bread then placing over the cake as if laying tile. Follow with caramel or chocolate ganache, then something crunchy like cookie crumbs (I love Smitten Kitchen's), candy or nuts. Another layer of ice cream and finish with ganache. Voila! You're a rock star!

After years of buying ice cream cakes I finally had an "I can do this better" epiphany and have never looked back.

Have fun and good luck

Feb 15, 2015
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recipe help: almond cake/bar cookie?

Feb 15, 2015
tweetie in Home Cooking

Long shot - custard powder?

this is an easy one.......Bird's at Market Basket. Definitely in Burlington. Call to check if that's not your area. Think I've also seen it at Shaw's and Wegmans.

Jan 28, 2015
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Paris Bakery Hmart Central Raspberry Almond Croissant - WOW!

so the in store bakeries are different? I have looked at but not tasted anything from TLJ because not a thing looked appealing to me. Margarine? who does that anymore? No reputable bakery for sure.

Jan 24, 2015
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Paris Bakery Hmart Central Raspberry Almond Croissant - WOW!

anyone seen them in Burlington? I recently had Mamadou's in Winchester and it was delightful but I think my favorite is Flour's.

Jan 24, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

bags of marshmallows

made the caramel and chocolate dipped marshmallows and they were great. Now I'm wondering about salted peanut chews. Could you share the recipe?

Jan 24, 2015
tweetie in Home Cooking

bags of marshmallows

love the caramel/chocolate dipped idea and I use marshmallow filling for my whoopie pies. thanks so much for the help.

Jan 22, 2015
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bags of marshmallows

I guess I thought I would make more fudge for the holidays but didn't and so I've got 4 bags of commercial marshmallows and need ideas beyond rocky road fill in the blank! thanks.

Jan 21, 2015
tweetie in Home Cooking

Breakfast in waltham area.. Anyone tried In A Pickle, Leo's Place or Artistry on the Green/Lexington?

feel the same way about wanting to support Leo but sadly cannot after our visit Sunday. Nice people and that old timey "how are ya honey" vibe but nothing special food wise, pretty basic fast breakfast food. Husband had the burger of Ben Affleck's dreams and rated it a 3 out of 10. Looks like many items are highly processed and purchased premade, a la Restaurant Depot (frozen fries, preformed meat patties) and the bread products were Market basket brand. (Love the Basket, just not their bread)

Pickle is definitely a step up with a more interesting menu with fun and funky pancakes and french toast items and portions the size of a large dinner plate if that matters. Would head there over Leo's.

Haven't been to Artistry for breakfast but have had 2 lovely lunches there. A totally different league than the aforementioned. Locally sourced ingredients, a more sophisticated menu, elegant atmosphere and polished service. Twice had quiche (butternut squash with feta, next visit mushroom with... can't remember) Both were fabulous. Delicious buttery, tender crust and creamy,custardy, rich but light egg- some of the best I've ever had. Served with a very generous side arugula salad with candied walnuts. Just wonderful from beginning to end. Bread basket with sour dough rolls made in a licensed home kitchen in Lexington. Can't remember the baker's name but her challah and baguettes are sold on weekends at Berman's in Lexington.

Next on my list (and possibly yours) My other Kitchen in Belmont near the Subaru on Rt. 60 although I'm leaning toward lunch and the lamb burger rather than breakfast.

Happy Breakfasting!

Jan 20, 2015
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Gracie's Somerville

wish I could share the love for this new venture but I was really disappointed and will not return. Salty whiskey was found by 3 tasters to be salty vanilla. I too found the mint forced and unnatural. Unfortunately the coffee and peanut butter flavors were out. In fact, the server was scraping the bottom of the barrels to fill my pints with a total of 5 flavors. I sampled everything I purchased, found all of them pretty ho hum but I was there and committed to my mission. My favorite was grapenut but not enough to bring me back. Stopped at Pemberton Market in Cambridge to spend a king's ransom on a pint of Jeni's to round out the gift....brambleberry crumble. It was taken home unopened by the birthday man so I cannot report but I cannot believe any ice cream is worth $12 a pint.

Jan 19, 2015
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Gracie's Somerville

Has anyone been? I think they got off to a rocky start and I haven't heard any reports at all. Thinking of heading there today.

Thanks.

Yeah. Just realizing how crazy it is to be buying ice cream when it's 6 degrees in my neck of the woods.

Jan 17, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy bulk chocolate?

rereading my last post it seems to imply that one must have a non profit association. Not true. It is open to all businesses. That was just my in to the place and one that might be more accessible to others who don't have business owner friends. I know more folks with kids than companies! And by the way, new site opening in Andover.

Andover, MA 146 Dascomb Road Andover, MA 01810
Phone: 978-749-9030
Fax: 978-749-9035
Email: manager.814@jetrord.com
Note:OPENING DECEMBER 2014
Store Hours:
Mon: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM: Fri: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tue: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM: Sat: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wed: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM: Sun: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thu: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Nov 08, 2014
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy bulk chocolate?

Find a friend who belongs! Really not that hard. I work for a non profit but have friends who are active in PTO, a qualifying organization, and thus, card eligible.

Nov 07, 2014
tweetie in Greater Boston Area