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Chilean empanada filling (pino) -- need advice!

I'm trying to provide a reasonably authentic recipe for the travel company I work for, but I'm finding too many variations online! I have three main questions based on what I've read:

-- what type of black olives are recommended?
-- is allspice widely used?
-- how about green bell pepper?

I'm sure every family has their own variation, but I don't want to make any egregious errors. I will definitely be using beef, hard-boiled eggs, and raisins.

Thanks in advance!

Jun 17, 2008
Lorcasaur in Home Cooking

Brining boneless chicken: how much is too much?

That's perfect. I'll definitely do it all tomorrow ... and use some of your other suggestions when I won't have 50 people over. Thanks!!!

May 24, 2008
Lorcasaur in Home Cooking

Brining boneless chicken: how much is too much?

Help! I'm having a barbecue tomorrow and want to get my brining out of the way tonight, if possible. Will more than 12 hours affect the texture of the chicken? (Stupid me for wanting to have a healthy option without it tasting like cardboard.)

Any help would be MUCH appreciated. Happy Memorial Day!

May 24, 2008
Lorcasaur in Home Cooking

Need couscous help -- it's the "big" kind ...

I think that's it! Perfect -- thanks!!

Apr 27, 2008
Lorcasaur in Home Cooking

Need couscous help -- it's the "big" kind ...

I love the big, round cous cous that's almost more like pasta, and I bought some for the first time ... but of course the little plastic Whole Foods container says nothing about cooking instructions.

Has anyone ever prepared this style before? Everything I've seen online has been for the smaller, fluffier kind, from the box or otherwise. All I want to do is cook it in chicken broth to go under a stew. Does it simply absorb liquid like the regular kind?

Help! And thanks!!

Apr 27, 2008
Lorcasaur in Home Cooking

I never eat _______ out because nobody makes it right but me.

Awesome post! Any pasta in red meat sauce -- nothing beats my family's recipe, in my opinion.

Apr 20, 2008
Lorcasaur in Home Cooking

Your laziest salad

I grew up eating this, and it's so awesome:

Tomatoes tossed first in EVOO, then red wine vinegar, s+p, and lots of dried oregano. Let it sit for an hour if possible. Thinly sliced cukes in here are good, too.

Normally every salad I make involves homemade dressing. This is my go-to cop out.

Apr 19, 2008
Lorcasaur in Home Cooking

Top 3 Places for Calamari?

I'm such a calamari fan at this point that I think it's a shame to fry it (although, as with most fried stuff, it's still REALLY good). My favorite calamari is at Atasca in Cambridge. Sauteed (I assume), super garlicky, and with yummy polenta croutons on top. It's a small plate (my favorite way to eat there) but I don't remember what it's called -- I think there's only one calamari small plate on the menu, but if not, the polenta croutons give it away. And SAVE SOME BREAD. The sauce is delicious!!

Apr 18, 2008
Lorcasaur in Greater Boston Area

Good shelf-stable salsas ... Pace tequila-lime?

I actually really like Frontera's salsa verde and guajillo varieties. They're better than DL Jardine's, in my opinion, though Jardine's green olive/cilantro and cilantro/lime are really good, too. I like a salsa w/a bit of brightness to it.

Apr 15, 2008
Lorcasaur in General Topics

Fun Mediterranean in Cambridge?

ooh! I think Cuchi Cuchi will be perfect!

Apr 03, 2008
Lorcasaur in Greater Boston Area

Fun Mediterranean in Cambridge?

A friend of mine is on a quest for a fun, centrally located Mediterranean place to "share a bunch of appetizers." Other than the Enormous Room in Central (of which I'm really not a fan), I can't think of anything. Any suggestions?

Apr 03, 2008
Lorcasaur in Greater Boston Area

Harvard Square monday night -- need ideas

Am I the only person who likes Redline for dinner in Harvard? It gets nuts around 9 (DJs and stuff), but I can always get a seat at the bar around 6 or 7 and I've had some good food there -- love the steak tip/halloumi salad, mussels, and panini, and the burger is pretty damn good. My bf swears by the Asian burrito. Go ahead -- flame away!

Mar 28, 2008
Lorcasaur in Greater Boston Area

Harvard Square for dinner

YES! The Border's shredded beef tacos are a major guilty pleasure of mine! It's the only thing I ever eat there (other than free chips and salsa). I'm a bit biased, though, as I grew up eating at the one on Route 1.

Mar 27, 2008
Lorcasaur in Greater Boston Area

Best Reuben in Boston

Did All-Star ever have a traditional Reuben on the menu, or did I make that up? I recall having an awesome one there when they first opened, but the "Texas" part doesn't ring a bell. Regardless, had the meat been fatty at the time I DEFINITELY would've remembered -- it's the kiss of death as far as I'm concerned. Hope they haven't taken a step in the wrong direction!

Mar 25, 2008
Lorcasaur in Greater Boston Area

Boston's best salads?

Unless you work where I do, this place is probably out of the way, but the smoked salmon nicoise at Channel Cafe (Fort Point) is quite possibly my favorite salad of all time. It was off the menu when they changed ownership a couple years back, but fortunately they came to their senses. Oh, and their Mediterranean salad is stellar as well.

Mar 25, 2008
Lorcasaur in Greater Boston Area

Best burger in Boston ????? any successors to Tim's on Columbus Ave

Yes, you are absolutely right. And I was ashamed of myself as soon as I posted that. I hereby vow to go to the Cantab next week ... for a burger, hopefully on the greasy side. I live about 7 minutes away, so there's no excuse!

Mar 21, 2008
Lorcasaur in Greater Boston Area

Best burger in Boston ????? any successors to Tim's on Columbus Ave

I loooooooove the burgers at River Gods -- simple, and full of flavor. And I think I remember seeing on Phantom Gourmet that the famous Tim's burgers (which I've never had) are now served at the Cantab Lounge in Central ... but I'm afraid to go in there! (Sorry if someone already posted this -- 93 posts is a lot to sift through!)

Mar 21, 2008
Lorcasaur in Greater Boston Area

Curing meats at home

Ha! Yes, I'll post a picture -- and if it isn't pretty, I'll just have to order the real stuff online and try again! In fact, maybe I should do so regardless just to compare.

AB's cure smelled amazing. I can't wait!

Mar 21, 2008
Lorcasaur in Home Cooking

Cambridge Common Is Closing [please read Moderator note, below]

GUH! I am DEVASTATED! And to think: I sat outside at CC last summer watching construction crews move historic houses around to make room for god knows what. I should have known it was a sign of bad things to come.

Mar 20, 2008
Lorcasaur in Greater Boston Area

Corned beef: where to find saltpeter?

After a near-brush with saltpeter at Skenderian's (the guy did NOT look at me like I was crazy, but said that while they normally have it, it got lost in the shuffle during remodeling), I ran out of time and ended up settling for 6.25% sodium nitrate curing salt at Christina's. As predicted, they were out of pink salt. Whether I end up with the pretty pink color remains to be seen, but I'm pretty sure it can't do any harm ... right? I'm giving the cure 10 days, so hopefully that's enough time for the nitrates to work their magic!

Thanks to everyone for their help! And in the future, it seems like Skenderian's is the place to go.

Mar 20, 2008
Lorcasaur in Greater Boston Area

Corned beef: where to find saltpeter?

Wow -- awesome tips. Thanks! My plan is to start with Christina's, which claimed to have what I'm looking for when I called ... but apparently it's more complex than I initially thought. Skenderian is right up the street, so that's next, and I can also try EMS in Harvard. The quest begins tonight!

Mar 18, 2008
Lorcasaur in Greater Boston Area

Cocktail Recommendations at No. 9 Park?

I don't remember what it was called, but a month or so ago I had a cocktail there made with cayenne and maple. Odd, but surprisingly AWESOME.

Mar 17, 2008
Lorcasaur in Greater Boston Area

Corned beef: where to find saltpeter?

The only old-school place I could think of was Harnett's in Harvard ... but didn't that close? Maybe I'll hit Inman and try both Skenderian Apothecary and Christina's!

Mar 17, 2008
Lorcasaur in Greater Boston Area

Corned beef: where to find saltpeter?

I just called -- and no dice. Thanks for the tip, though! I'd never heard of them.

Mar 17, 2008
Lorcasaur in Greater Boston Area

Corned beef: where to find saltpeter?

Has anyone ever purchased saltpeter in the Boston/Camberville area? (For making corned beef, of course, not smoke bombs -- though apparently it's good for that, too.) All this St. Paddy's corned beef talk has inspired me to make my own, and Alton Brown swears by saltpeter for that pretty pink color.

Mar 17, 2008
Lorcasaur in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy shark in Cambridge/Somerville area?

It's Shark Week! Anyone have any ideas as to where I can buy mako shark? Whole Foods claims it's endangered -- but I really don't think that's true. Any place in Camberville, Medford, or Arlington would be fine.

Thanks in advance!!

Jul 30, 2007
Lorcasaur in Greater Boston Area