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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
tweetie in Home Cooking
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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
tweetie in Home Cooking

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
tweetie in Home Cooking
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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
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

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
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

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
tweetie in Home Cooking
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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
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

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
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

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

Where to buy bulk chocolate?

get a Restaurant Depot card and buy the megabars of Callebaut for half the price of the chunks of same sold at Marty's, MB, WF and the like. Milk, Bittersweet and White $35-45 per 11lb bar.

Nov 07, 2014
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Wegman's almond croissant anyone? [moved from Greater Boston board]

so I'm back on this horse...Whole Foods (meh) Cafe Vanille and Cafe Madeleine most recently. CV, very good. CM...chocolate/almond....amazing.

Got the Wegman's flier today and saw their almond among the baked goods featured. Has anyone tried?

Nov 06, 2014
tweetie in Chains

Has anyone seen Peanut Chews locally?

I've seen them at Dollar Tree. Now I must try them.

Oct 24, 2014
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Zaftigs disappointment

We were in the neighborhood and decided to finally try this place. What a letdown. I had the much touted banana stuffed french toast which was so overwhelmingly seasoned with nutmeg that it was impossible to taste any other components like "date butter" or the banana. And that banana stuffing? More like a baby food puree which isn't necessarily a bad thing but I sort of expected fresh slices. No matter what the consistency, there was zero banana flavor. Topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries which ended up being the best part of the dish so maybe it should be renamed mixed berry toast. As for the all important bread component, also very disappointing, sort of a large flavorless sponge when I was expecting a lovely challah. A big yuck.

Husband had the lean corned beef Reuben. Meat was tough and chewy and overall, it was a ho hum experience. By comparison, we really love the Reuben panini at Neillio's in Lexington.

We left feeling that Zaftigs may be one of those places that gets "best of" recognition in airline magazines, travel guides, weekend restaurant shows and early evening local TV which results in out of town visitors but as locals it was a one and done.

Edward's cream pie

Thanks Trish. Cool whip is banned from my kitchen so I'm thinking whipped cream stabilized somehow, which is something I've never done. I've read about using gelatin, marshmallow or mascapone cheese and now must decide which way to go. The adventure continues!

Oct 07, 2014
tweetie in Home Cooking

Edward's cream pie

Someone in my life (who shall not be named!)thinks this pie is to die for. (looking at the ingredients is just about killing me!) I want to make a homemade version. Any suggestions? Got the cookie crumb crust (a la Smitten Kitchen) and the chocolate layer but not sure how to go with the "cream" layer. Help me lead him to the other side!

https://www.edwardsdesserts.com/froze...

Oct 06, 2014
tweetie in Home Cooking

Kouign-amann (Breton cake) in the Boston area

Flour's version is not great and the folks at MA France had never even heard of it when I stopped in to see if they had it. Lee Napoli's at Bread and Butter is fabulous. Haven't tried the TJ's version although I've seen it in the frozen case.

Flour Bakery

love the lamb sandwich, the twice baked brioche and the almond croissant. Agree that the rest of the dessert line up is solid but not mindblowing.

Oct 03, 2014
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket crispy chocolate chip cookies

Grey, they've always been there and they just make the choosing more difficult because they are lovely too. It really is just a matter of flavor favorites with these cookies as the ingredients for the entire line are all right out of a home baker's pantry, meaning all things you can pronounce and recognize like those straight off of your grandmother's recipe cards. Not a thin and crispy one but from the same vendor, the Scottish shortbread is really sandy and buttery with the same ingredient profile. So good!

Sep 20, 2014
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Banoffee pie crusts. Is this a good idea?

I make what we call baby Banoffees all the time. Use cupcake liners, drop in about a tablespoon of your base crumb mixture and flatten it with the bottom of a glass, the same technique that is used to flatten some cookie doughs. I bake the bottoms for about 5 minutes or so and when cool, remove from the tin and proceed with the layers. Great presentation, portion controlled and of course, delicious.

Aug 29, 2014
tweetie in Home Cooking

sour milk

I'd say it's on the verge. I'm thinking about when I sour milk with vinegar or lemon. I wouldn't drink that but I guess I'm wondering about bacteria vs. an additive to induce curdling. Mine isn't curdled, just getting funky.

Aug 24, 2014
tweetie in General Topics

sour milk

Just as I was about to pour down the sink the remains of my half gallon of milk which has begun to sour I had a revelation. Why can't I freeze this to use in baked goods that call for sour or butter milk? Is this a no brainer that just dawned on me or is there some reason to dump it?

Aug 24, 2014
tweetie in General Topics