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Passover 2014

I made this " Braised Chicken and Dates with Moroccan Spices" last year and it was a huge hit:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Mar 22, 2014
EllenMM in Home Cooking

Odd Dinner Guest Mix

Deborah Madison has a fabulous dish -Braised Root Veg. with Black Lentils and Red WIne Sauce in her book "Local Flavors". It's a bit time consuming, but has great richness and umami. No one misses meat when I've serve this.

Jan 27, 2014
EllenMM in Home Cooking

Do you think tartar sauce is gross?

Like my mother, I aways make my own - Hellman's mayo, chopped onion, chopped sour pickle, chopped capers, tarragon and a bit of dijon mustard, splash of lemon juice, NO SWEET RELISH.

Jan 02, 2014
EllenMM in General Topics

Whether out or in, what did you eat on New Years Eve?

We had 20 or so people here. I made a choucroute and a braised vegetable dish in red wine à la Deborah Madison, mashed and roasted potatoes, lentils, rice pudding for dessert. Guests brought salads,breads, apps and more desserts. We ended up with a lot of cannoli left over. Lots of food, good conversations, general silliness and good friends, What else does one need for a good start to 2014?

Jan 02, 2014
EllenMM in Greater Boston Area

Any foods you are selfish with ?

I make a simple, dense chocolate cake - a family recipe. My DH "trims" the edges and looks at me, wide-eyed, stating that he's thoughtfully willing to eat the hard parts that no one wants. Hah! Yesterday, I put a sign on the cake: "NO TRIMMING EDGES!!!!".

Later, last night, I was craving a little piece and the cake pan was empty. "Where's my cake?"

"Oh, I cut it up and froze it so I wouldn't eat it all."

No way to win in this house.

Dec 29, 2013
EllenMM in General Topics
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Artichoke overload

Help - I have 1/2 a large jar of marinated artichoke hearts left over from a salad recipe I made last week. Any ideas?

Jul 28, 2013
EllenMM in Home Cooking

What the Hey? Can One Find Excellent Pesto in Boston?

I second that.

Jul 25, 2013
EllenMM in Greater Boston Area

Childhood memories of restaurant dining

I LOVED the Automat. My father would take me there when I went into the city with him on a Sat., so he could put in a few extra hours in his "shop" on 47th St. I think the one we went to was on 42nd St. and they had a special area set aside for single women or women with escorts. Dad was my escort - I felt like I was part of the elite. Favs there were mac 'n cheese and hot apple pie with vanilla sauce. (FYI, there's a sweet little book "The Automat. The History, Recipes and Allure of Horan and Hardart's Masterpiece" by Diehl and Hardart.)

Jul 20, 2013
EllenMM in General Topics

Are there better packaged cookies than...

Ditto - that is one good cookie.

Jul 06, 2013
EllenMM in General Topics

Any good cold pasta salad recipe?

Another orzo option from Epicurious:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

This has been very popular at potlucks and barbecues.

Jun 21, 2013
EllenMM in Home Cooking

Down by the Bay

Three of us are going for a walk around Pleasure Bay later today. We're looking for lunch places in the vicinity. Any ideas?

Jun 21, 2013
EllenMM in Greater Boston Area

Markey"s vs. Brown's- The Battle of the Lobster Pounds

I though you were making reference to the MA US Senate race with Ed Markey running for what was Scott Brown's seat - which lobster pound does each candidate prefer? Doh!!!!!

Jun 01, 2013
EllenMM in Northern New England

Have you ever had to hide any foods or drinks from others ?

My husband hides stuff rom himself! When I bake a cake, cookies or banana bread, he immediately cuts it up and freezes individual portions, hoping that he'll forget they're there before he eats them all. Given that we're over 60, it sometimes works.

May 24, 2013
EllenMM in General Topics
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Gefilte fish hunt

I've gotten frozen, uncooked gefilte fish in past years at Shaws in Porter. They don't seem to have it this year. Has anyone seen it in the Medford/Arlington/Cambridge/Winchester/Woburn area. I've pretty much unsuccessfully checked out the possibilities in Lexington/Bedford. (I'm trying to save myself a trip to Brookline.) Thanks....

Mar 20, 2013
EllenMM in Greater Boston Area

Take out cooked corned beef

TJs has a pre-cooked, chem free corned beef, that there were doing as samples last week. I thought it was pretty good.

Mar 15, 2013
EllenMM in Greater Boston Area

Quebrada Baking Company's Chocolate Cake a Total Bore

On the other (vanilla) hand, their strawberry layer cake is phenomenal.

Jan 15, 2013
EllenMM in Greater Boston Area

Jewish Penicillin: How do you cook the onions in your chicken soup?

Thanks for all the sisterly support. Perhaps this is a reminder that it's chicken soup weather.

Jan 09, 2013
EllenMM in Home Cooking

Jewish Penicillin: How do you cook the onions in your chicken soup?

Whole onion, with or without skin and NO CLOVES. Other ingredients are carrots, garlic, celery, dill, parsley and parsnips. And, of course, chicken with bones, extra wings if you have them and water just to cover.

Jan 07, 2013
EllenMM in Home Cooking

Second Hungry Mother Coming

Mr.MM and I were just at Rein's in CT and discussing the dearth of good deli anywhere outside of NYC, where even there, it's on the descent. I hope this isn't apocryphal.

Jan 02, 2013
EllenMM in Greater Boston Area

Raspberry Cake Filling ~ Strain Seeds or Don't Bother....

On the other hand, I love chewing on the seeds. I'm sure I'm in the minority on this.

Dec 09, 2012
EllenMM in Home Cooking

Looking for Greek pastries

I ended up buying an assortment of Greek pastries at the Arlington Bakery (ARLINGTON ZAXAROPLASTEION) across from the Capitol Theater. I'm not an expert on judging these, but my guests all liked them. I thought the baklava a bit heavy, but good flavored. The galaktobureko (sp?) was yummy. The owner explained each pastry to me - he was friendly, chatty and very helpful - reminiscent of experiences I'd had shopping at old-time bakeries in the NYC suburb where I grew up.

Dec 09, 2012
EllenMM in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Greek pastries

Which place in Arlington has the better pastries - the one in across from the Capitol Theater or the one across from Stop and Shop? Are recs for specifics?

Dec 04, 2012
EllenMM in Greater Boston Area

Pineapple Talk - How To Pick A Ripe Pineapple

Living in NE, we don't get the fabulous pineapples you seem to be talking about. I do fine, though, at COSTCO, where they sell Costa RIcan pineapples, many of which are yellow or on the way to being yellow.

Nov 25, 2012
EllenMM in General Topics

Early Saturday dinner not too far from Cambridge Hyatt; ambient noise and mobility considerations?

The Helmand for Afgahni food (great lamb, bread and a pumpkin app not to be missed). They have have some seafood dishes as well, but that's not their specialty. No stairs, and a reasonably quiet, comfortable environment.

Oct 13, 2012
EllenMM in Greater Boston Area

Do you have any food "rituals"?

No one mentioned mallomars (it's almost their season here in NE). I press my thumb into the top, breaking through the chocolate, then pick off alternate wedges from the center. After that, I eat the edges, but start with the ones abutting the empty, white marshmallow-y spaces. It looks a little like a checkerboard when I'm done. It takes so long, that I only eat one or two at a time, which is better for my forever diet.

Sep 29, 2012
EllenMM in General Topics

Culinary Lavender

They have it at Penzey's, but you have to ask for it. They keep it behind the ciunter for some reason.

Jul 18, 2012
EllenMM in Greater Boston Area

Say what?? Cooking comments that baffle you

Made butter in kdg - 1st grade, 50+ years ago in suburban NY.

Jun 06, 2012
EllenMM in Not About Food

American Chop Suey

First time I came across ACS was in 1969 when I started teaching in a Cambridge, MA bedroom suburb. It was the Wed. lunch in the school caf. I loved it and always pleaded with the lunch ladies for a bit extra, back when my metabolism still was in high gear. Later, it became my go-to lunch whenever I was up north skiing off the calories.

Jun 06, 2012
EllenMM in General Topics

Best "Ethnic" Neighborhoods and International Markets in the US

I heartily second the Armenian stores in Watertown, MA. There's also some Greek, mid-Eastern influence there.

Jun 02, 2012
EllenMM in General Topics

Russian food recipe that does not contain flour or meat - and is not too difficult

Cucumber, sliced very thin, salted and wilted, wash off salt. Thinly slice onion (4 parts cuc: 1 part onion). Combine equal amounts of water and white vinegar, add sugar to taste, making a light sweet/sour dressing, add snipped dill. Keeps indefinitely.

May 30, 2012
EllenMM in Home Cooking