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Boston Public Market is here

I forgot one other point. Meat was traditionally an expensive treat for most people. In my Grandmother's day, they had meat on Friday nights with the Shabbat chicken and most of the rest of the week was beans, vegetables and bits of that chicken.

In most of those European countries that have those wonderful markets, the meat is a secondary element in most meals. Sure, it's crazy expensive to buy two, 16oz sirloin steaks at $17.00/lb for one dinner. I bought one 8 oz steak and split it for two people for one meal. Big slabs of meat at most meals is a relatively new development and also a side effect of the intense factory farming that is prevalent in the US.

about 5 hours ago
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Very Large Pitted Olives

Any of the markets on Mt. Auburn St. in Watertown would probably have them. Sevan or Arax Market.

about 5 hours ago
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Boston Public Market is here

I think the issue isn't the prices at this market. The problem is the fact that the Food Industry in this country has conditioned all of us to having cheap, factory-produced food. How much do you think Perdue would charge for chicken if they didn't have them penned up in cages so tightly that they can't move, genetically engineered to grow so tremendously fast that they can barely walk? That's where $.99/lb chicken comes from.

Perdue's subsidiary Harvestland, now has Organic chicken and they sell it at BJ's now. It's $4.75/pound, whereas their regular chicken is $1.25/pound. I'm sure that you can understand why a little family farm with 10 acres in Mendon can't offer the same prices?

As for the $17 pastrami sandwich that everyone is talking about, when was the last time you all went to Katz's in NYC?

Finally, the vegetables at the farm stands weren't really all that expensive at all, compared to the supermarket. Unless you were looking for special heirloom tomatoes or Lion's Head mushrooms.

What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition [through August 3, 2015]

They just opened a brand new Public Market here in Boston, with all vendors showcasing local food from Massachusetts and New England. I stopped by last night and bought a large heirloom Pineapple tomato (probably weighed 3 pounds), some lemon cucumbers, fresh onions, bi-color corn, and some freshly made ricotta Salata.

Dinner was a chopped tomato/cucumber/onion salad with fresh basil and Olive oil, topped with shavings of the ricotta, along with the grilled corn. This is probably all I'll be eating for dinner until Labor Day :)

Boston Public Market is here

Karl's Ring Bologna is the greatest thing evah :) I usually buy four or five and put them in the freezer. Frying some up with scrambled eggs on a Sunday morning is heaven on a plate.

1 day ago
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Orange Flower Water--looking for this too

I buy it at the local Star Market in Quincy, they have a large World Food section. I imagine other Star Markets would have it as well.

Jul 31, 2015
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Boston Public Market is here

So I stopped off last night on my way home from work. Boy, this place is going to be causing me no end of trouble :) It was wonderful. Such a great selection of vendors. The produce looked fantastic, just like you see on one of those Food Network travel shows. It was crowded of course, and at least half of the people seemed to be tourists, if the cameras and guidebooks were any indication. All the vendors were really friendly and seemed genuinely thrilled to be there. The customers were all smiles too. I especially loved the meat selection from the various farms. It all looked amazing.

I bought fresh "ancient grains" pasta, some wonderful tiger stripe heirloom tomatoes, some arugula, a chunk of fresh Ricotta Salata and a growler of Mayflower Summer Ale and boy did I eat well last night. I also bought some delicious smoked bluefish pate at the Boston Smoked Fish store, which I had on some toast for breakfast this morning. It was really tasty, just the right amount of smoke and not overly salty.

I needed to force myself to leave before I bought so much stuff that it would go to waste. I'll definitely be back on a regular basis.

My only quibble about it so far is that it's really a confusing layout. I came out of the Orange Line station and I had no idea how to get inside the market. I wandered around the building until I saw what looked like a door to get inside, but it was the entrance to the "kitchen" and it was locked. I finally found my way in. Once inside, it was also very confusing. It isn't really one large open room, it's a lot of little aisles and far corners and there's no signage at all to direct you, just the signs for the stalls themselves. I wanted to stop at the Daniele charcuterie stall, but I couldn't find it. I had to ask twice at the information booth to find the liquor store, it's sort of hidden away. I assume they will work out all those little details though.

Definitely worth a visit if you like good food.

Jul 31, 2015
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Where does Market Basket chicken come from?

Check out the new Boston Public Market, if you really are looking for locally grown, humanely raised, organically fed meat.

Jul 30, 2015
mwk in Greater Boston Area
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Favorite dishes in which olive oil shines?

If it's really good, top notch olive oil, you don't want to cook it, that will ruin the flavor. To showcase it, use it as a condiment after cooking. Make a raw tomato pasta sauce and finish the dish with some of the oil just before serving. Caprese salad is a classic use for it. Make some polenta and just before serving, add a good helping of grated parmesan and the olive oil.

I also love to pour a bit of olive oil over hummus when I serve it. Make a little well in the top and fill it with some oil before serving.

Jul 28, 2015
mwk in Home Cooking

Chick Peas - "Snack"

The chickpeas themselves don't have a strong flavor. It's what you spice them with that makes the dish. The chick peas have almost as many calories and fat as regular tree nuts, so if you are looking at them as a calorie-saver, it's not really that worthwhile. Do it for the flavor and experiment with spicing them.

Jul 28, 2015
mwk in Home Cooking

September 2015 Openings and Closings

I saw that there is a Moldovan restaurant opening in Newton in August. My grandfather was from Moldova, and I've been to Moldovan restaurants in Brooklyn. The cuisine is very tasty, and I think it will be a nice addition to the area, since we don't have a wealth of Eastern European restaurants.

http://www.tastemoldova.com/

Jul 24, 2015
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Lunch in Braintree

The Tokyo Japanese restaurant at South Shore Plaza is pretty good, it would be a nice place for lunch.

http://www.tokyobraintree.com/

Jul 21, 2015
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Making bacon dishes a tad healthier?

You can use the same argument about any type of portion control. If you take 1 pound of bacon and eat it all at a sitting, or freeze it and use it to flavor your dinners over the course of a month, that makes a difference. Your body can only handle so much at one meal, is the issue.

Jul 20, 2015
mwk in Home Cooking

No knead bread

This is by far, my favorite "no knead" bread recipe. It's as simple as can be, and doesn't require any "special" pans, except for a loaf pan (which you alredy have). It's fantastic toasted with lots of butter, or some good jam spread on it.

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...

Jul 16, 2015
mwk in Home Cooking

Making bacon dishes a tad healthier?

If you are using it for flavor, then it's even more critical that you use the "good stuff" that actually HAS flavor. Most of these recipes don't call for all that much, so I think you are worried about it for nothing.

To be honest, if you really want to make the dishes healthier, use portion control and be careful how much of it you eat. Stretch it out and make it last a bit longer.

Jul 16, 2015
mwk in Home Cooking

Where to buy Japanese whiskey in Boston?

We just bought a bottle of the Nikka Coffee Whiskey at Bin Ends in Braintree. I imagine they'd have it in their Needham store too.

Jun 26, 2015
mwk in Greater Boston Area

What Unusual or Uncommon Vegetables Do You Eat - And how do you prepare them?

In the New England area, fiddlehead fern shoots are a big deal during the Spring. I don't know how common they are in other areas, though. They are delicious just sauteed in some garlic butter, simple preparation.

My CSA sometimes will give us stinging nettles as a vegetable in the Spring. It's not my favorite thing, but I'll eat them. The key is in the preparation. They need to be cooked without touching them first. They come in a plastic bag and you get some water boiling and dump them right from the bag, being careful not to touch them. Once they have boiled for a minute or so, they are safe.

I also like using the tops of things. Carrot tops are very good, made into a pesto. Radish tops are very spicy and are good sauteed and mixed in with other greens, like chard. You can also eat them raw in salads. And of course, beet greens are very nutritious and tasty sauteed in some olive oil and garlic.

Jun 25, 2015
mwk in Home Cooking
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The Townshend, Quincy

I haven't had a chance to try it myself, but from what little I've been able to find online, it looks interesting. A good friend of mine works at the President's Place building, and has been there for lunch a few times so far. He's been raving about it, so I think it will be worth a try. The difficult thing is that the last two times I've been thinking of going to dinner in the Q, were Sunday nights, and they aren't open on Sunday (which I think is a bit unusual).

Speaking of something a "cut above", I do like Rozafa, the place that used to be the Alba Deli. They do a really nice breakfast, and I was there last weekend for dinner and sat on the patio outside. Food was quite tasty and service good too.

Jun 25, 2015
mwk in Greater Boston Area
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Best price on wild salmon?

I just bought wild alaskan salmon, frozen and vacuum-packed, from the Star Market in Quincy. Normally $11.99/lb, it was on sale for $5.99, so I bought four. I poached one and had a piece of it cold for lunch today. It was very tasty.

Jun 22, 2015
mwk in Greater Boston Area

'Salad' / cheat comfort foods

I had mentioned this in another thread a while ago, but absolutely my favorite comfort salad is a macaroni salad I make from a recipe my mom used to make. You use whatever shape pasta you like and the dressing is mayo, good seasons Italian salad dressing packets, white vinegar. To give it color and crunch, I add a package of Mann's broccoli slaw.

Jun 08, 2015
mwk in Home Cooking
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What do I make with these ingredients?

use some of the sorghum syrup and the rhubarb and strawberries to make a strawberry/rhubarb pie or crumble.

Sautee the kale/spinach/asparagus with the chicken bratwursts, some garlic and onions, fresh grated parmesan cheese or some feta cheese, and use it alone, or serve it as a topping for the linguine.

Take a salad for lunch with the radishes and lettuce.

Jun 08, 2015
mwk in Home Cooking
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Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

I'd love to resurrect the old European restaurant in the North End. I could go for one of their European Deluxe Extra Large pizzas any time.

Also, this goes WAY back to my college days as well, but I'd love to resurrect the old Aegean Fare restaurant and the Deli Haus restaurants in Kenmore Sq. Great food and open until 4am. Those were the days :)

Jun 08, 2015
mwk in Greater Boston Area

May 2015 Openings and Closings

Looks like there's a new restaurant just opened in Quincy Center, in the Galleria building, called the "Townshend". Based on the Townshend Acts, I gather.

There's precious little information on line about it, and the website is useless. However, the description in the Herald sounds great. Has anyone had a chance to check it out?

https://www.bostonherald.com/entertai...

May 21, 2015
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Dinner Disaster!

My favorite story in this vein is from my Mother. She was notorious for putting things in the freezer without bothering to label them. One day, she took out a chicken to roast for dinner.

When my Dad got home from work, she put dinner on the table, and brought out the chicken, browned, smelling delicious. My Dad went to carve it. He tried to put the fork in the breast and the fork literally bounced out of his hand and landed on the floor. He got another fork and tried again. Could not get the fork or the knife into the meat.

Turns out she had roasted a soup fowl instead of a roasting chicken. LOL.

May 01, 2015
mwk in Home Cooking

no-bake dessert challenge

Nigella has a few recipes that I love, that would fit the bill. Many of them are "no-churn" ice cream recipes:

http://www.nigella.com/recipes/no-chu...

Then there's also a simple Eton Mess:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ni...

Finally, I've made this twice last summer and it was very popular:

http://www.marthastewart.com/858246/n...

Apr 29, 2015
mwk in Home Cooking

Dinner before Lyric Stage

Add me as a big fan of Salty Pig and Coda. We go to one or the other after all our Lyric shows.

If you want another option, we've also eaten at Douzo on Dartmouth St. which was very tasty. We did also try Back Bay Harry's once, and it wasn't bad, but in the end, it wasn't better than Coda so we never went back.

Apr 21, 2015
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Yelp for Pure Entertainment: Erbaluce

I have to disagree. I went to Erbaluce for the first time last week. I loved my meal, and the service was absolutely professional, courteous and efficient. They asked us if we had to get to a show (which we did), and the food was perfectly paced. I didn't get any of the nastiness or snootiness that some of those reviewers felt.

I do strongly feel that since waiters are human beings, they will react somewhat to what is being thrown at them. If you, as a customer, are difficult, unreasonable, snotty, condescending and generally consumed with your own sense of awesomeness, at least some of that will be reflected back in the quality of service you receive.

Apr 17, 2015
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Yelp for Pure Entertainment: Erbaluce

It's funny you mentioned this. I just went to Erbaluce for the first time last week for my anniversary. The meal was spectacular. I had heard such great things about it, so I was worried that it might not live up to the advance billing, but I was not disappointed at all.

After I made the reservations, my husband went online to research it as he often does. He pointed me to the Yelp tirades. After eating there, I can't imagine what those people were thinking, to bring a baby into that place. It's just really ridiculous.

Apr 17, 2015
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Gnudi

I've made Lidia Bastianich's recipe a couple of times and both times I almost didn't get a chance to taste them myself because my husband inhaled so many of them. They are delicious.

https://www.lidiasitaly.com/recipes/d...

Apr 06, 2015
mwk in Home Cooking

Anyone have a soft serve ice cream recipe?

I've made this a couple of times. It's really easy and very tasty.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ni...

Mar 19, 2015
mwk in Home Cooking