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Boston Public Market is here

Ice cream would be a yum too.

Aug 04, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Boston Public Market is here

Mamadou had no pastry. He doesn't make laminated items in the summer.

Didn't see the Sofra items. yum.
Not a fan of Taza or Swiss Bakers.
Nuts, not a dessert in my world, candied or not.

so, from my perspective and for my palate, a dessert desert.

I also thought it was meat heavy.

Boston Public Market is here

another point on which we agree, total. Aside from Mamadou's and donuts from Red Apple and Union Sq. it is a dessert desert. Rather than being a spot to stop into for a quick bite, it feels more like a special gift/novelty venue rather than an everyday shopping spot like markets in Europe. I think I was unclear on the concept in some ways.

Aug 04, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Boston Public Market is here

We too were disappointed. Like you, Digga, for concept, quality and objective, we completely support the BPM but I can only imagine visiting with guests from out of town. I didn't find the scale, scope, layout and flow particularly appealing, kind of random and disjointed. Guess I'm a row by row kind of gal. That said I wish all the hard working vendors and the entire venture a long and prosperous existence. Maybe it is apples and oranges but I do love the Ferry Building.....sigh.

baby steps, I suppose.

Aug 03, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area
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burrata not, panna da cucina instead

Redo.........turns out she's looking for a pourable heavy cream for cooking called panna da cucina and she can get it here.

https://salumeriaitaliana.com/catalog...

but if you have another source, love to hear it.

(My dear Italian American friend just returned from the motherland obsessed with this cheese. Any recommendations as to where I can purchase some for her? Fromaggio has it and I will continue my search for other sources after posting here. )

As ever, thanks!

Jul 25, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

cake, cake, cake!

We've gotten several cakes from Lakota. In fact, it's the only place I will purchase one from. There are several options for cake, fillings and frosting and deciding which ones will be the most challenging part of ordering. They bake to order, don't have them premade for sale in the cases so they do need some lead time. I have loved every thing I've had but to my tastes a combination of opposites works best for me. I love the gold cake with mocha filling and chocolate ganache frosting. Have also had it with peanut butter filling. Devine. Chocolate, chocolate is very, very rich and I find the gold cake with butter cream frosting too sweet. The butter cream frosting is very buttery! I've also had the lemon filling with gold cake and the almond cake with raspberry. There really is something for all tastes.

Their cakes are dense and moist and not like say, a Lyndell's which are flavorless pillow fluff to me. They pack a punch!

Happy birthday!

Jul 25, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Elm St. Bakery Everett

A very accomplished baker friend of mine highly recommended this spot to me. I'm intrigued because she is quite discerning. I will most certainly visit and would love to hear more. The Globe featured them at Easter time but it didn't resonate with me at the time. Now I'm all in.

Jul 18, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

info for kouign amann fans

I'm thinking Bread and Butter, Chef Lee's place. Her Queen Cake got me to take the drive in with assistance from my husband who double parked while I ran in. I'm sorry she wasn't successful in that spot. Everything I've had from her has been wonderful. wonder what she's got up her sleeve next?

Jul 07, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

info for kouign amann fans

It was your post about Five Corners that put this on my radar, OC. I must admit to being laser focused on almond croissants on my visits to Cafe Madeline and Paul, never seeking KA. Missed them in Salem too! Ah well, will have to visit again. There is now a Paul in Burlington in the new retail/restaurant row where Wegman's is.

Jul 05, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

info for kouign amann fans

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle...

so have you tried any of these places?

Jul 04, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

ISO Talenti toasted almond gelato

confirmed sighting at MB Burlington. 4 shelves worth.

Jun 30, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

ISO Talenti toasted almond gelato

Market Basket carries the brand also but not sure about the flavor assortment. I'm sure a call would get you an answer.

Jun 29, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

cafe piazza dolce winchester

this is closing the barn door after the cow has left (the groupon has been purchased) but I'm looking for your thoughts. Even though it's the next town over and not a new place I've never even heard of it. did a quick check with Yelp and viewed the menu but anything you can add would be appreciated.

Jun 17, 2015
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

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
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

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
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

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
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

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