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Framingham/Natick restaurant recs??

Bobby's in Newton Lower Falls is closed.

Whole Foods moving to Star Market space in Wellesley

It's about time! They have been talking of moving since they opened up--what a nightmare it has been re: parking. It will also allow them to have more items for sell--many holidays I would have to go to Newton Four Corners to get the best groceries in one stop.
On the other hand, Star Market should have gone years ago! Roche Bros. killed them with their fresh produce. Also, it was a dingy and dirty store--I refuse to shop in a place that smelled of old meats and fish.

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Four Corners Restaurant
130 Nauset St, New Bedford, MA 02746

Framingham/Natick restaurant recs??

Ran into 5 Guys for lunch today. Definitely a burger joint. Got a bacon cheeseburger with fries. Fries were ok, burger was ok, however, whatever they are using for cheese ruined the whole thing. I was under the impression it was suppose to be cheddar, but it was more like American (which I hate in anything but grilled cheese with tomato soup:-)
Under 10.00 but I won't be going back. Guess I'm too old to enjoy noisy joints without beer and awesome burgers

Recommendations for a cookbook as a wedding gift

My standard wedding gift is "Joy of Cooking." :-)
Shows my age, huh??

Apr 12, 2010
susanpmccoy in Home Cooking

What are you planning for dinner this week?

This week starts the month of moving into a new house (with a brand new kitchen!) will be exhausted, I'm sure. If I cook, it will be easy meals.
Sunday: Cooks Ill. lime-chili chicken on the grill w/ grilled veggies and salad
Monday: Honey, ginger salmon on the grill and quinoa salad, broccoli
Tues: Spaghetti with chicken sauce (ground chicken mixed with Classico!!) green beans
Wed: Hoisin Marinated Tri tip from Chow, sweet potatoe, cauliflower
Thurs: Tinga de Pollo (author gives permission to use store bought rotisserie chicken!) mexican brown rice from CI and whatever grren veggie I can find:-)
Friday: Chicken on the grill (thinking the CI Thai recipe), noodles, broccoli rabe

Apr 04, 2010
susanpmccoy in Home Cooking

Help! Someone gave me a Perdue Roaster!

Thanks, everyone! Will go ahead and treat it like my ordinary chickens. Will report back if anyone makes a comment.
PS. Jeremyn, I think conjunctions were made to be used:-)

Apr 02, 2010
susanpmccoy in Home Cooking

Help! Someone gave me a Perdue Roaster!

Do you really think so? I can always tell the difference-I don't think it is very subtle....maybe my taste buds are more discerning:-)
Do you think brining it would cut down on that "subtle" taste??

Apr 02, 2010
susanpmccoy in Home Cooking

Help! Someone gave me a Perdue Roaster!

I dislike the taste of his chickens but I have to cook this thing up because they want me to bring it on Sunday since "my chickens are always so good." My chicken recipe is similar to Keller's but I usually make it with Bell & Evans 3.5-4 lbs -not Perdue (shudder!)
What can I do to make it taste good??

Apr 02, 2010
susanpmccoy in Home Cooking

Favorite uses for wheat germ?

I put some into my oatmeal cookies. But my favorite way to eat is to sprinkle on top of cottage cheese.

Mar 30, 2010
susanpmccoy in Home Cooking

What are you planning for dinner this week?

Here in New England, we are still in the cool weather recipe sections (I'm very envious of y'all that are already grilling!)
My week plan: (easy week)
M, T: dinners out
W. tried korean spiced tofu over the weekend--will not repeat, so will go with a simple stirfry with lots of veggies, tofu and brown rice.
Th. Halibit or scrod gingered over baby choy & carrots (Womans Day)
F: Kellers roasted chicken
S/S dinners out.
Like I said easy week:-) Passover Monday & Tuesday, and Easter weekend--all at someone else's house...all I have to do is bring wine. I'm REALLY lucky, but I'm sure that I will have an horrible cooking week to make up for it!!

Mar 28, 2010
susanpmccoy in Home Cooking

Making meatballs from ground turkey

If you are using turkey for the health benefits, adding bacon isn't exactly a "good thing." Why don't you use chicken instead? It is moist and lighter in both taste and fat content. 98% of the time there is no need to change the recipe from the original beef. Just tonight I made Paul Prudhomme's meatloaf (meatballs) with chicken. The only thing I changed was to cut down the butter (used 1/2 olive oil) and oatmeal instead of bread crumbs (just healthier). They were fab! I have made it with turkey and while passable, not fab.

Mar 28, 2010
susanpmccoy in Home Cooking

Breakfast near Newton Wellesley Hosp?

For lunch, I would recommend CK Shanghai in Newton Lower Falls (on the way to Maugus). I love them because the veggies are crisp without being drowned in sauce--this is my favorite go to place in the area. http://www.ckshanghai.com/about.html

Breakfast near Newton Wellesley Hosp?

Second this! Great diner and is run by a Greek family. Not breakfast, but they make a cheeseburger club that just hits the right spot! Get the veggies instead of the fires as they are frozen.

All About Braising: Poultry and Game Recipe Reviews

2010, here...couple years late on the book:-) Made this chicken and drove the dogs crazy (and me!) with the goood smells. Thanks for making me make the pear garnish--I was going to skip it as being unnecessary.
The only problem I had was browning the chicken--I got to get a bigger pan because I just could not manuever the chicken, so the skin tore a couple of places.
Another problem I had was the chicken I got did not come with any of the "innards." This has become
common within the last 6 months-a very bad trend for cooks. I used Bell and Evans "air-chilled" chicken, so it wasn't a store brand and someone just forgot to put them in.
The one thing I did differently was instead of taking the veggies out, I just blended them. Made the sauce really thick. The sauce is fab! Caught my SO eating the sauce right out of the pan:-)
But the chicken is great! The next dish I was thinking of making was the Napoleonic stew. If I do, will let y'all know how it went.

Mar 26, 2010
susanpmccoy in Home Cooking

What are you planning for dinner this week?

Wow, that sure would add flavor! I think I will try this one the next time. I like the idea of blending the veggies into the soup to make a thicker broth.
Thanks!

Mar 26, 2010
susanpmccoy in Home Cooking

Brisket Braising Liquid [split from how to cook fish thread]

In our house, its Lipton onion/mushroom soup mix, apricot jam and red russian dressing. Don't cringe! It is really good. We use it on chicken pieces, too. Finger licking good:-)

Mar 23, 2010
susanpmccoy in Home Cooking

What are you planning for dinner this week?

Had it for dinner last night with cod (had to search for thick cod and finally found it @ Capt. Mardens) and then brought it in to work today and fed it to the Boss, who thought it was really good and thinks that it will need to be put in the menu rotation. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!!
Tomorrow I'm making Paul Prudhomme's meatloaf with ground chicken.
Thursday will be Tofu and veggies (maybe miso??)
Friday is always roasted chicken.
I'm lucky in that I only have to cook 5 nights a week so planning is a lot easier:-)

Mar 23, 2010
susanpmccoy in Home Cooking

Potatoes in various preparations - rinse or no?

This is interesting as I never thought anything of it. When I make french fries, I actually cut and then throw them into ice water, dry and then fry them. I don't know why; I followed someone's recipe and it worked, so I kept doing them that way. For latkes, I don't think Streits counts:-)

Mar 23, 2010
susanpmccoy in Home Cooking

Recommend an easy to clean mini food processor/chopper

I have a Cusinart mini processor (35.00) that is really easy to clean, small foot print and does a great job on everything a big one can do.

Mar 22, 2010
susanpmccoy in Cookware

Must have!

I was in your shoes a little while ago + with no money. Fortunately, someone had given me good knives (thanks, Mom!) I just had to do the rest. I did it all with yard sales (which will be starting up again soon) I am now the proud owner of several pieces of LC, calphalon for 5-10 dollars, little gadgets for .50-1.00, an immersion blender for 15. The only thing I had to buy was a little cusinart (Big ones are available usually for 10. but lack counter space) At the most I spent couple of hundred dollars for excellent stuff (although I did have to expand a lot of elbow grease cleaning~) and patience--it took a summer of looking to get the good stuff.

Mar 22, 2010
susanpmccoy in Cookware

What are you planning for dinner this week?

Thanks for the idea for the Moqueca--excellent! Hits just the right spot for a cold, raw New England dinner.

Mar 22, 2010
susanpmccoy in Home Cooking

Your mom's weird cooking ... and other stories? (recipes encouraged)

Loved this thread! So many happy memories! Mom use to make all the dishes that have been mentioned so many times--as long as it contained campbell's mushroom soup-it was "good eats!" But she had one that hasn't been mentioned : Special K cottage cheese loaf...awful stuff! I used to dread coming home and smelling this.
But one thing in her defense was that she did not overcook veggies, like so many of you mentioned. She cooked them longer than I like, but her broccoli, etc was still green.

Mar 19, 2010
susanpmccoy in Home Cooking

Itinerary for visiting sustainable cuisine chef -- Sun thru Tues in early April

In the next town over from Waltham in Weston, there is Land's Sake Farm. It has a CSA, plus educational programs for kids. http://www.landssake.org/

what does one do (deliciously) with matza farfel?

Matzo Stuffing (from the 50's)
box of farfel (toasted) (Can't remember--think that there is an egg in there too...)
box of onion-mushroom soup mix
mushrooms, peas, water chestnuts, etc (even seen carrots go in the mix) my sister adds cranberries-so basically whatever!
margerine (lots) and broth to soften
This is basically comfort food...sure you could make from scratch, but the memories wouldn't be there:-)
Can also make this with orzo during the rest of the year.

Mar 17, 2010
susanpmccoy in Home Cooking

Serving Chopped Liver and Whitefish Salad

We always serve the fish and liver with a veggie tray. The one veggie that disappears the most are baby carrots--people just scoop up the CL & fish like fingers in frosting!

Mar 16, 2010
susanpmccoy in Home Cooking

Chicken thighs in a crock pot

This is excellent! Used the oven since my crockpot broke-325 for 2 hours. Used heaping teaspoon of sambal oelek instead of jalapenos. Will be a go to recipe for now on--thanks!

Mar 14, 2010
susanpmccoy in Home Cooking