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What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition

I made a spinach and endive salad with blue cheese, pepitas, dried cranberries and a yummy vinaigrette. It's a riff on a Gourmet recipe.

Uncle Pop Pop's - Tapas in Essex, VT

Thanks for this - I've been wanting to go here. Alice from 7 Days kind of roughed them up in her review but I'm rooting for them. I'm hoping to go next week sometime.

Oct 16, 2014
gemvt in Northern New England

Meat/Chix Burlington, VT

Does he have transportation? Shelburne Meat Market has two locations in Williston and Shelburne. They're not exactly inexpensive, but he can buy smaller amounts than he would at City Market and it is good quality.

http://www.shelburnemeatmarket.com/

There's also Vermont Meat and Seafood, but I've never been there:

http://www.vtmeatandseafood.com/

And there's Trader Joe's on Dorset St - can't attest to the meat quality, but it's an option!

What's for Dinner #330 -- The Glorious Month Edition! [through Oct 18, 2014]

Composed salad of chopped romaine, kalamata olives, red onion, roasted red peppers, artichokes (not marinated) mushrooms (marinated, quickly, with lemon, olive oil, thyme, garlic and more garlic), avocado and some delectable Jasper Hill Bayley Hazen Blue. I used a teeny amount of cilantro buttermilk ranch dressing to coat the romaine.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

Love the Spiced Pumpkin Pumpkin Seeds but I overheard some TJs employees saying it was out of stock, expected back in November. I need to remember to stock up on these things when I can!

Oct 11, 2014
gemvt in Chains
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What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Taco Salad with local lettuces, TVP crumbles cooked taco style, cheese, carrots, jicama, radish, fresh pico de gallo, sour cream and a red wine cilantro vinaigrette (I didn't have any blasted limes!). Covered with crushed tortilla chips.

Oct 06, 2014
gemvt in Home Cooking
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

YAY - Cranberry Upside Down cake. Buttery and sweet with the balance of the tart cranberries.

YAY - Pumpkin Greek Yogurt. I have a sweet tooth so it wasn't too sweet to me, I loved it.

MEH - Pumpkin Waffles - fine for what they are but nothing spectacular.

NAY - Porcini Mushroom lasagne - this was kind of icky, and I can't put my finger on it. Just not very tasty and a weird texture.

Oct 05, 2014
gemvt in Chains

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

Thinking of you and your family, boyzoma.

Sep 30, 2014
gemvt in Home Cooking
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

Same here, I unfortunately got locked out of my apartment after purchasing the mini ice cream sandwiches and they were a mess once I opened the box the next day. I basically ate the sandwiches with a spoon, out of the plastic packaging! Still tasty though.

Sep 30, 2014
gemvt in Chains
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What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

Broccoli, baby kale and onions with feta and kalamata olives. Kind of a sautéed greek salad!

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

My quest to not shop during the week and cook from what's on hand continued tonight with tomatoes, onions, garlic, white wine, and mushrooms simmered for a bit; feta added and simmered for a bit more; and then avocado and spaghetti tossed in. It's surprisingly good! However, I'm looking forward to shopping on Saturday.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

Yay to the Maple Walnut Blondies. They're in the bakery shelves and come 4 to a pack. Tasted homemade to me.

Yay to the Baby Bok Choy. I don't have a ton of success with TJ's produce, but these were fresh, yummy, and I got 4x the amount I'd get for the same price at the grocery store I shop out. The only difference is that these are not organic, which is a bummer.

Sep 25, 2014
gemvt in Chains

What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

I used 1 cup boxed veggie broth and 1 cup water - wanted to keep the salt low so I could flavor with tamari/sea salt as needed.

Hopefully I'll be replenishing my homemade stocks soon, not a big fan of the boxed stuff but it does in a pinch.

Sep 24, 2014
gemvt in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

I'm trying not to "pop by" the store during the week because even if I go to pick up a tomato, I end up dropping $25 no matter what. So I'm having a bit of a weird dinner that has ended up tasting great. I made a soup of chopped baby bok choy, tons of garlic, mushrooms and crushed red pepper. After I took it off the heat I added a bit of tamari, lemon juice and sesame oil. This is for lunch tomorrow but I ended up eating a small bowl. Then I made a grilled cheese on sourdough with cheddar, pepperoncinis, avocado and pico de gallo.

Sep 24, 2014
gemvt in Home Cooking
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Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

Had to run into TJ's again today due to being addicted (argh!). Anyhow, they now have in an endcap freezer: Pumpkin Bread Pudding, Pumpkin Macarons, and Pumpkin Mini Pies, along with the cheesecake. I came very close to grabbing that bread pudding but fought the urge.

edit: And Pumpkin Waffles and Pumpkin Croissants!

Sep 17, 2014
gemvt in Chains
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Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

Today I saw Pumpkin Pancake & Waffle mix, Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix (at least that's what the box said, the shelf label read "Pumpkin Cornbread Mix"), Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal, Pumpkin Greek Yogurt (this stuff is delicious), Pumpkin Ravioli, Pumpkin Spice Chai, "This Pumpkin Walks Into a Bar..." bars and Pumpkin Cheesecake. It's the pumpkinocolypse!!

Sep 16, 2014
gemvt in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

Sorry, I was talking about the Cowboy Quinoa Veggie Burgers.

Sep 16, 2014
gemvt in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

Just cooked this in the oven, as per directions, and while it tastes great it really fell apart on me. It's not the same texture as the regular veggie burger. It may have been operator error, of course!

Sep 15, 2014
gemvt in Chains

Lunch restaurant along Route 100 in VT

The Mad Taco in Waitsfield, which is maybe 6 miles northwest of Warren, is awesome.

Sep 09, 2014
gemvt in Northern New England

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

It's not too mango-y, it just gives it a fruity kick. I should have specified this is a sweetened iced teas, found with the other shelf stable beverages.

Sep 09, 2014
gemvt in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

YAY to Jalapeno Greek Yogurt Dip. It's not spicy at all and it tastes very rich; Mango Green Tea, really refreshing; and the Spotlight Cheese, raw milk gouda with truffles.

NAY to the fact that I am buying so much stuff at TJ's. I love the place and it has good prices, but it's not so good for my waistline or my wallet because I get oh so much stuff that I don't really need. I might need to declare a moratorium until the holidays.

Sep 06, 2014
gemvt in Chains

Burlington/Winooski

Hen of the Wood in Burlington. It is spectacular. Just went the other night and had and can recommend: parker house rolls, smoked bluefish, grilled octopus, little gem salad, green beans, mushroom toast with farm egg, chard, panisse frites (all small plates) and the zucchini large plate (kind of a small portion, but still delicious). And the crushed potatoes with tarragon aioli - we had to order a refill, they were so tasty.

You can make a reservation online but it might be fun to sit at the kitchen bar and observe. I was at a table but with a great view of the kitchen and it was mesmerizing.

Jul 27, 2014
gemvt in Northern New England

Favorite burger in Burlington or Stowe?

Farmhouse Tap & Grill has delicious and pricy local burgers. They are located in downtown Burlington.

http://www.farmhousetg.com/FARMHOUSE_...

They dry age the local beef themselves and I love the fries, too.

For another option with less atmosphere but tasty food, try Archie's in Shelburne:

http://archiesgrill.com/menu.html

They have a chipotle mushroom special that rolls around every now and again and it is amazing. They also use local beef. You order at a counter and they call your name when your food is ready, so it's not a fancy place, but they are super nice there.

As for Stowe, I haven't been there but you might want to try Crop Bistro:

http://www.cropvt.com/menu/the-bistro...

Jul 04, 2014
gemvt in Northern New England
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Where could I track down a vintage Carbur's menu?

I see that this is quite old, but in case anyone stumbles upon this discussion, here is a link to a Carbur's menu:

http://scholarsarchive.jwu.edu/cgi/vi...

Maybe you could print it out and laminate it!

Jun 27, 2014
gemvt in Northern New England
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Great Meal in Burlington, VT?

Agreed. I went to the Windjammer for my birthday, and it was my choice, and I thought it was great. The oysters were yummy and twice the size of those I had at Bluebird Tavern. I also always have a good meal at the Upper Deck. They use local ingredients and make great cocktails.

Jun 21, 2014
gemvt in Northern New England

What's for Dinner #307 - the Sum-Sum-Summertime! Edition [through June 22, 2014]

This cold is hanging on like a mofo, so it was time to break out the big guns - Tom Yum soup from the local Vietnamese place (with some Thai features). Extra scallions, extra cilantro, shrimp and that luscious hellfire hoisin/sriracha combo. Please kill this cold dead.

What's for Dinner #306 - The Friday the 13th- Full Moon Edition! [through June 17, 2014]

It's gross and hot here, so I ate a really strange "salad" of avocado, tomato, basil, parsley, green onion, and chunks of Grafton Maple Cheddar. Sprinkled with lemon juice and olive oil. Then I ate a few leftover roasted potatoes. I don't do well in the heat :).

What's for Dinner #306 - The Friday the 13th- Full Moon Edition! [through June 17, 2014]

Lots of leftovers so more tacos. Tonight I sprinkled a bit of taco seasoning on tofu slices, pan fried them and then sliced into strips. Served with the leftover cilantro lime slaw from Saturday's shrimp tacos and some freshly made pico de gallo. A bit of an odd mix but I'm getting the dreaded summer cold and this is all I was up to.

Jun 16, 2014
gemvt in Home Cooking

"Silver Palate" and "New Basics": Dated? or Worth Keeping?

The Silver Palate cookbook reminds me of when I was a kid. I'd babysit for a family that had a lot more money than mine, and this was one of the cookbooks they had. I'd flip through it and dream that I was living in New York, working in a gourmet food shop, making and serving those recipes. Maybe I'm not remembering right, but I feel like Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins were the precursors to Martha Stewart and Ina Garten in introducing new American cuisine to the masses.

When I was old enough to buy my own copy, I made a bunch of the recipes. They were all very good to excellent, and I still make Tarragon Chicken Salad, Zucchini Bread (the best), Sour Cream Apple Pie, Linguini with Tomatoes & Basil (with brie!!), Spicy Sesame Noodles, and the Basic Quiche.

Jun 15, 2014
gemvt in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #306 - The Friday the 13th- Full Moon Edition! [through June 17, 2014]

Oh yes, I love that frozen Roasted Corn. I think the prepared stuff just seems so salty to me.

Jun 15, 2014
gemvt in Home Cooking