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Gum Arabic?

I went to Sevan this past Thursday, and the guy behind the register said that they didn't sell it. Unless there's another name for it in Turkish or Arabic that I need to ask for it as....

Jul 08, 2012
shaggycub in Greater Boston Area

Gum Arabic?

Thank you for all of the suggestions. I think I'm going to see about buying online. It appears there are some places selling it for small prices with small shipping costs. I am tired of schlepping from store to store. To recap, I've been to Modern Brewer, Pemberton Farms, Cambridge Naturals, Harvest Food Co-Op, Christina's, Arax and Sevan. Either they flat out don't sell it, or when asked, they have no idea what the hell I am talking about.

Jul 08, 2012
shaggycub in Greater Boston Area

Need to find a private baker/culinary student for wedding favors

I have a friend who might be able to help, he's an excellent baker and has been doing wedding cakes for hire. If still in need, I can pass you along his info

Jul 02, 2012
shaggycub in Greater Boston Area

Gum Arabic?

Thanks for the suggestions, guys! I know that Frontier's has it as part of their line, and Cambridge Naturals was willing to start carrying it, or order it for me if I planned on a big project (I'm not *lol*) There is a pretty good Indian grocer around the corner from me, on Broadway in Somerville, I'll totally check them out. If not, Watertown's not too far from me.

Jul 02, 2012
shaggycub in Greater Boston Area

Regarding pork fat: rendering, storage, and usage.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend rendering the leaf lard with the other lard. If you plan on using the leaf lard for baking, the pure leaf lard is perfect and won't leave your sweet baked goods with a pork taste. You might want to keep some of the rendered leaf lard separate. I've never baked with it, but I hear it's great for baking. I'm in the process of getting my hands on some myself from Stillman's Farm, I have some vintage cake recipes that I'm dying to try, that call for lard.

On a side note, I have used regular supermarket lard for pie crust once, and while it came out nice and flaky, it did have a pronounced pork flavor-but it was just regular Armor lard, not a nice leaf lard.

Jul 01, 2012
shaggycub in Home Cooking

What were your FIRST three cookbooks?

The two that I grew up with at home were the 11th Edition of the Fanny Farmer cookbook (circa 1965) and The Betty Crocker Cookbook (also circa 1965.) I didn't even see a copy of "The Joy of Cooking" until my 20s sometime in the early 90s.

Jul 01, 2012
shaggycub in Home Cooking

Gum Arabic?

Hi guys. I'm on the hunt for gum arabic, and was wondering if anyone on the board might know of a greater Boston/Camberville locale to find some? So far, I've checked Modern Brewer, Harvest Food Co-Op, Cambridge Naturals and Pemberton Farms, and so far nothing-I've even checked Penzy's website. My next stop is Christina's in Inman. Any other suggestions? I know it's available online, but I need so little, I'd rather not pay $20 including shipping for more than I'm likely to need (I'm trying out a home made version of Orange Crush, and the recipe calls for 1 tsp of G.A.)

Jul 01, 2012
shaggycub in Greater Boston Area

Gourmet Donuts

For gourmet *and* decadent, flour can't be beat. On Sundays, flour bakeries in the South End and Fort Point have filled donuts to die for. Every week, they make three types of fresh donuts: one filled with raspberry, one with diplomat cream, and a third donut that changes each week. Could be apple filled, coconut filled, or something else equally amazing. To call them donuts is an understatement. They are freshly fried and coated in granulated sugar. Simply spectacular, devine and decadent....

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Flour Bakery + Cafe
12 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA

Jul 02, 2010
shaggycub in Greater Boston Area

retrofitting an older pasta machine

I have a Lusso Egea 160. I've had it at least 15 years, probably more like 20-and it was used when I acquired it. We're talking it's probably 20-25 years, if not a little older.

I was wanting to find a motor for it and was wondering if anyone has one of these models. Granted, it would be easier to buy a new machine that I know I could fit with a motor, but I like the machine and it works well for me.

Mar 18, 2010
shaggycub in Cookware