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We don't eat meat, they don't eat fish.....

Here is another option that I really love. Polenta Pasticatta with a Mushroom Ragu. I'm not a vegetarian, but I have friends who are. They INSIST that I make this when they come for dinner. As with all of the recipes I've made from Lidia Bastianach's cookbooks, it's not terribly difficult and it's so delicious. You can easily make the Ragu ahead of time and then assemble the dish, or you can make the entire thing the day before, and then bake it when you want to serve it.

Polenta pasticiatta is a layered baked dish, just like lasagna, but made with warm, fresh polenta instead of pasta

http://www.lidiasitaly.com/recipes/de...

Dec 16, 2014
mwk in Home Cooking
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Local meats/eggs w/o breaking the bank...recommendations?

Just so you are aware, Harvestland is owned by Perdue. It's their attempt to pretend that they aren't a factory farming operation. I do believe that the labels say "no antibiotics", so maybe that's at least something good.

http://henrylau.me/dont-be-tricked-in...

Dec 16, 2014
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Best Transparent Restaurants in Boston?

The original Daily Catch on Hanover St. in the North End.

Dec 16, 2014
mwk in Greater Boston Area

January 2015 Openings and Closings

I do like the fact that there's so much Chinese food available in Quincy, but does anyone know why all the restaurants seem to insist on serving the same style of food? Why can't we get a Szechuan or some other type of Chinese place? Are there no Chinese residents of Quincy from those other areas of China, who are entrepreneurial?

Dec 11, 2014
mwk in Greater Boston Area

what is a good restaurant near Mass General hospital

Is French food "interesting"? If so, I really like Pierrot Bistrot on Cambridge St.

Dec 11, 2014
mwk in Greater Boston Area
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Is it just me, or is this really utterly ridiculous?

A story on Boston.com today about the Sichuan Garden restaurant in Brookline. I'm curious what people here think?

http://www.boston.com/food-dining/res...

Dec 09, 2014
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Chinatown up and coming?

That's an extremely depressing thought.

I'd like to, but I've never tried homemade . . .

Gefilte Fish. I've heard that the homemade version does not resemble in any way the jarred version.

Dec 03, 2014
mwk in General Topics

Source for Premium Dried Fruit

There's a great online store that would sell anything you'd ever need. I get all my Holiday baking supplies there. It's called nuts.com . Very fast shipping and the quality of everything is top rate. I think it's a great option.

http://www.nuts.com

Nov 29, 2014
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Thanksgiving for one - What would you make?

I used to do that all the time, but usually because I love Thanksgiving so much I would do a "pre" Thanksgiving meal just for myself so I'd have plenty of leftovers.

When turkey is on sale at the market for 49 cents a pound, I'll buy the biggest one I can find and roast it. Even if it's just for one person, it's great. I break down the cooked bird, slice it into portions and freeze it all. The carcass makes great turkey soup which I can freeze as well and bring for work lunches.

I loathe sweet potatoes/yams, so those never show up on my table. I also find mashed potatoes boring, so when I'm doing it myself, I do a mix of mashed potatoes and rutabaga, with some brown butter.

I also am not a huge fan of meat-based stuffing (sausage, oyster, etc.), but my family insists on it. So when I'm making it for myself, I go for what I love, which is a cornbread stuffing with celery, apples, golden raisins, and dried figs, seasoned with some Bell's Poultry Seasoning. I end up making a large batch of that as well and freezing it also.

Finally, I'm a fan of traditional turkey gravy...not sherry gravy, not balsamic gravy, just a good old-fashioned one. I'll make a quart of that and freeze as well. Then, whenever I feel the "need" for a turkey dinner, it's all there in the freezer for me.

Pre Pornographers dinner/drinks

You could go to Basho, the Japanese restaurant on Boylston St. They have an excellent selection of vegetable maki and vegetable tempura. I've eaten there with vegetarians before, and they seemed quite happy with the options.

Nov 19, 2014
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Gluten free flour used for gravy?

Why not use potato flour, or arrowroot? Does arrowroot have gluten in it?

Nov 17, 2014
mwk in Home Cooking

Rye bread?

I buy some delicious rye bread, and other dark Eastern European type breads at the Baltic Deli on Dot. Ave in South Boston (near Andrew Square). They have a few different types, all very hearty and very tasty.

Nov 17, 2014
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Private Dining (12 ppl) in Boston

Does it absolutely HAVE to be in the South End or Back Bay? Because if you want a very tasty Italian meal in a very nice private dining room, I'd definitely suggest Mamma Maria in the North End. They have some lovely private dining rooms, the food is excellent and it's not overly stuffy at all.

Nov 17, 2014
mwk in Greater Boston Area
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However (Bourdain Continued)

I know that he used Eddie Coyle as his basis for his Boston episode. I also know that he didn't choose to use "The Wire" for his Baltimore episode. Further, I know that he was an addict himself, but why pick out the Massachusetts show to do a story about the rural drug problem? Why not do a story about that problem without tying it to Western MA? I bet it's an issue in lots of other rural areas that he's visited in the past. Let's just say I didn't find either of those episodes his best work, and I guess we both can agree on that.

Nov 17, 2014
mwk in Food Media & News

Christmas dinner - Not Turkey...

This is actually a bit of a tradition from my Jewish family, but I always make a Breast of Veal, stuffed with an onion/garlic/matzoh farfel stuffing. Love it.

Nov 13, 2014
mwk in Home Cooking

looking for a diff. stuffing recipe

My husband's family is Portuguese and he makes this delicious "Portuguese-style" stuffing with cubed white bread, Linguica, green bell peppers, onions and lots of the wet crushed hot red pepper in a jar (the Italian style one. We use Pastene brand usually). It's always completely gone after the meal.

Nov 13, 2014
mwk in Home Cooking

However (Bourdain Continued)

I have to say, from watching his shows about Boston and Massachusetts, he really doesn't seem to like the area much.

On his "No Reservations" tour of Boston, it was entirely about all the "Whitey Bulger" garbage in Southie. He made the entire episode into a Dennis Lehane novel. Now, he's back with a new show about the Heroin epidemic in Western MA. Why?

Nov 11, 2014
mwk in Food Media & News

Inquiry on New Fuzhou place in Wollaston (Quincy)

Is this different from the Fairy Cafe? I think that pizza place used to be Mario's, which I heard had closed.

Nov 11, 2014
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Need some interesting EASY chicken recipes

When I watched her make it, she did cover it and let it rest. I don't usually bother with that step, to be perfectly honest. However, I do make it with bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts, rather than what she did with boneless, skin-on. I think with the bone, it's more flavorful and less likely to dry out. Also, that recipe I linked to doesn't really make it clear, but you dredge the chicken in the flavored oil before you put it in the oven, and spoon some more over the chicken before serving.

For me, I find that the skin is crispy just after being in the oven, but I think if you baste it with some of the juice, and give it a quick run under the broiler, it probably wouldn't hurt.

Nov 11, 2014
mwk in Home Cooking

Need some interesting EASY chicken recipes

I LOVE this recipe. I probably eat it once a week. It's stupid easy and delicious.

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

Nov 11, 2014
mwk in Home Cooking

Quincy New Pizza Restaurant

So, Angelo's is now open and we went to try it last Wednesday night. They've done a nice renovation of the Remick's space. Tables are far enough apart for privacy and the room is very warm and inviting. Literally warm, because every time they took the wooden board off the front of the pizza oven, I could feel a bit of the heat.

We had the meatball appetizer. Three decent sized meatballs in a nice marinara sauce. The meatballs were tasty, not too dry, with some herbs and cheese in them. The sauce wasn't overly sugary and was quite tasty. The only gripe I'd have is that they served three meatballs with two wedges of foccacia cheese, so the three of us were trying to divide up the bread.

For the pizza, we ordered the Polo Alfredo
"Roasted chicken, broccoli, shredded mozzarella, pecorino romano Angelo's alfredo sauce drizzle" The pizza came out fast, within 10 minutes of our ordering it. We always order our appetizers separately from entrees, and I'm glad we did in this case.

The pizza was quite good. The crust was just a bit burnt around the edges, but I happen to like it that way. It was chewy with a nice yeasty flavor, but not as crispy as I would have thought. The toppings were good, lots of cheese flavor in the alfredo and plenty of broccoli and chicken. Overall, a very tasty pie, near the top of what I've had in Quincy.

I guess they are still figuring out their take out business and delivery isn't offered yet. They wouldn't do a call-in take out order for me, they said they wanted the pizza to be fresh, so they were only taking walk up take out orders right now. I guess that will change at some point. That's why we ended up going in to eat.

I'll be interested to hear what the other hounds think. I know the subject of pizza in Quincy is a sore topic for some. Overall, I think this is a nice addition to the city.

Nov 10, 2014
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Deciphering local Chinese delivery

Chinatown style means that they serve you a portion of the entree on a giant mound of rice.

Nov 06, 2014
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Traditional thanksgiving dinner boston or south shore

Try calling the Red Lion Inn in Cohasset. It's got the exact ambiance you want. I don't know if they are planning to do Thanksgiving, but if they are, it's probably what you are looking for.

http://redlioninn1704.com/tavern-1704/

Nov 05, 2014
mwk in Greater Boston Area

Suggestions for using Middle Eastern spice blends

It's a very warm spice blend with notes of cinnamon and cumin, not a hot spice but very flavorful. It goes well with things that can stand up to the very strong flavor, such as lamb, or things that are somewhat sweet in taste, such as carrots or onions.

Nov 05, 2014
mwk in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cooking meals without a kitchen

Thanks, everyone. I didn't even think of the slow cooker I have and the rice cooker as options. I can certainly toss some chicken in the slow cooker with a can of tomatoes and some spices for something quick. I think I'm going to get an electric skillet to add to the mix.

I just hope I survive the actual work :)

Oct 16, 2014
mwk in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cooking meals without a kitchen

Yes, I will have the refrigerator.

Oct 16, 2014
mwk in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cooking meals without a kitchen

We do have a charcoal grill, I guess I'll have to be outside in my jacket a few times at least.

We have a toaster, but not a toaster oven. I suppose we could buy one just for this, because normally I wouldn't use it and it just takes up counter space.

I do plan to eat out more or get delivery, but that will get old quickly, I fear.

Oct 15, 2014
mwk in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cooking meals without a kitchen

So, week after next I will be starting a full kitchen renovation. The contractor says I will not have a kitchen for about six weeks or so.

I need some help with bright ideas for cooking some meals with just a microwave and my coffee table for counter space. Also, keeping in mind that I will have to be washing up in the bathtub. Any ideas appreciated :)

Oct 15, 2014
mwk in Home Cooking

Ideas for super healthy food...

OK, if it makes you feel better, call them "Weight Watchers Stewed Green Beans" :)

Oct 09, 2014
mwk in Home Cooking