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Sending a healthy (ish) gift basket or snacks to hospital staff?

Christo's Market on Mass Ave and Lake St. in East Arlington makes fruit baskets which my work has sent as gifts to people before.

The granola/energy bar idea is a good one; you could potentially go someplace like Trader Joe's and buy a variety, and perhaps add those individual toasted nori snacks, small bags of nuts (I know I've seen them there but being TJs it might be hit-or-miss), babybel cheeses, even baby carrots in small packs, etc.

This way they will have longer-lasting healthier snacks that they can have around for more than just a day or two. Put them all in a pretty basket (TJ Maxx across the street from TJs at Fresh Pond?).

Sep 27, 2014
poptart in Greater Boston Area

Favorite brown bag lunches that don't require reheating

That's my cuppa tea; I usually use my slow cooker to make big batches of soups in cooler months and freeze in small containers. Your method is so much easier than heating the soup in the morning, then boiling water to warm up thermos, etc. Less stuff to wash this way too.

Sep 25, 2014
poptart in Home Cooking

Favorite brown bag lunches that don't require reheating

After reading this, I was intrigued! I use a small thermos for bring soup to work but it can be cumbersome.
This sounds like such a great thing to try and I saw that the crockpot website is selling them for 40% off, so they are $11.99 now through the end of September so I ordered one.

Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month October 2014

Hi Westminstress,
I have a lot of recipes tagged but have only made a few: olive oil granola, tabbouli with farro, and one of the rye berry recipes.
Actually, this book is what turned me on to rye berries and whole oat groats which I like very much and have used a lot since.

Please report back on the mueslis, I haven't tried those yet!

Sep 11, 2014
poptart in Home Cooking

Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month October 2014

I love the idea of Maria Speck's ANCIENT GRAINS FOR MODERN MEALS. Have had the book since it came out. She was at a local bookstore talking about the book, a very interesting and very nice person.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition!

Oh, that's great she is having a book come out! I too prefer having an actual book even though I've used her website and videos. The book will compliment those well and I plan to get it.
Reminds me, it's time to make another batch of her pickled tofu.....

Sep 07, 2014
poptart in Home Cooking

Whole foods, hardest most tasteless bagels I've ever had

The Whole foods stores I frequent have bagels from local bakeries, one type "Montreal Style" (my favorite) and the other more traditional. Both types are good. However I've seen pre-packaged bagels at Whole Foods occasionally in the pre-packaged bread aisle (not the bakery area) which looked very meh and I wouldn't try those.

Seems like their offerings vary greatly by location.

Aug 23, 2014
poptart in Chains

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? June 2014 edition! [OLD]

I just got "Brassicas" and "Whole Grain Mornings", in addition to "Short and Sweet" by Dan Lepard, and "Love Bake Nourish" by Amber Rose.
All look great....the Lepard book looks exceptional.
I've already made recipes from Brassicas and WGM that were good.

Jun 04, 2014
poptart in Home Cooking
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Let's talk about pies. Vintage pies, that is.

Hi Coll...I just made one of these last night, a distant memory of my Nana making these when I was a kid.
It was very hard to find candied orange peel but I finally found some. Used a combination of aLidia Bastianich recipe on Epicurious and one from a Dom Deluise cookbook, hope it turns out ok.
I am not a spring chicken either but these seem to have gone the way of the dodo!
And I have to add, not too unhealthy a pie if you consider it's filled with wheat berries and good ricotta (am I pushing that justification too much? :-) ).

Apr 20, 2014
poptart in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

Please report back when you do!
:-)

Feb 05, 2014
poptart in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

The Chana saag was quite good, very easy to make as well. Plenty of leftovers too.
I've only been to Angelica a couple of times but my favorite thing there is their corn bread and spreads (so far have tried the carrot butter and the tahini spread). I understand it being a hard sell, I've only been there solo myself :-).

Feb 01, 2014
poptart in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

I saw the Tartine Book 3 at the bookstore recently and am seriously jonesing for it. Porridge breads and other goodies I'd love to try (but probably shouldn't because I love bread a little too much).

Feb 01, 2014
poptart in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

I just got a copy of this and am making her Chana saag for dinner tonight! I am not vegan but am all for eating that way much of the time. Not sure if I am game to try cashew cheese; perhaps if it is not called "cheese" I would be on board :-)

Also just picked up "Angelica Kitchen" and plan to make the angelica cornbread (which I adored the time I had it at the restaurant). Hope it comes out ok.

Feb 01, 2014
poptart in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? January 2014 edition! [Through January 31, 2014]

I hear you on the cashew cheese, LulusMom. If I one day get the guts to try it I will, but agree with you that there's no point using it as a sub for the real deal.

Maybe it would sound more appealing in a situation where it's not subbing for cheese?

Jan 14, 2014
poptart in Home Cooking
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The People On America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country

Just a guess, but maybe Julia Child?
Hope so, as I have always liked Julia Collin Davison on ATK!

Jan 11, 2014
poptart in Food Media & News

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? January 2014 edition! [Through January 31, 2014]

I found this at Marshall's of all places for $5.99 so scooped it up. In the same boat, not vegan but eat that way often. There seems to be a lot of appealing recipes in there that don't have "fake" ingredients which is a plus.

Jan 11, 2014
poptart in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? January 2014 edition! [Through January 31, 2014]

"Forgotten Skills" is such a lovely book! Everything I've made from it has been a success. Plus it's so enjoyable to read.

Jan 11, 2014
poptart in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? January 2014 edition! [Through January 31, 2014]

I just ordered One Good Dish, after lusting after it for awhile. I've checked out other Tanis books from the library and they never quite grabbed me but this one seems more appealing.

Jan 11, 2014
poptart in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? January 2014 edition! [Through January 31, 2014]

I too love the Bert Greene books. The recipes are a bit rich but you can try subbing a little healthier fats judiciously with success! His writing is delightful.

Jan 11, 2014
poptart in Home Cooking

Depressed and Lost Appetite

Yes, I went through the same thing. Wondered if I'd ever rekindle my interest in cooking again. I did but it took time.

One thing I remember was that I wouldn't feel hungry but would get very tired and sluggish and if I hadn't eaten in a long time, would eat something. It was surprising how much better it made me feel to have my energy go up from the fuel.

Be kind to yourself and eat what you will find easy to get down. And remember, you will get through the tunnel of pain! The light gets closer every day.

Dec 28, 2013
poptart in Not About Food

What I do NOT want in a Cookbook

AMEN!
I love cookbooks, and own waaaay to many. But, Immediate turnoffs for me:

-big pics of the author on the cover and on almost every page.
- cutesy words like "girl", "boy" (referring to the adult authors) in the title.
- words like "skinny", "bitch", "fat" etc in the title
- Titles exclaiming Yummy, Yummo, Yum, Delish, Kickass, etc.
- books by celebs proclaiming to be expert cooks when they are not.

These days when I see a well-done, genuine, interesting book of substance I am more likely to buy it than ever! It is sad how much garbage gets printed when there are no doubt many talented authors who don't get published because they are not famous enough.

Things that actually do great in the crockpot, when you are truly out all day

Oh yes on the beans and bean soups!
Split pea, vegetarian chilis, Dals, lentil, etc.

- Hariria: this one is a winner and in heavy rotation:
http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/harira

- Miso with Adzuki, very simple and surprisingly good! I never add the tofu; this one is great with lunch:
http://www.inmamaskitchen.com/RECIPES...

I always soak the beans overnight first if they are larger than lentils. Not Your Mother's Slow cooker is a great book for some simple ideas, most every one I've tried has been good. Also, the little book "50 Simple Soups" by Lyn Alley is great and where the miso-adzuki soup comes from.

Dec 13, 2013
poptart in Home Cooking

IKEA, a recent visit to their marketplace

Interesting! I don't recall seeing this but will look next time.
Which I am now thinking might be soon :-)

Nov 26, 2013
poptart in Chains

IKEA, a recent visit to their marketplace

I haven't been recently but things I always love to buy there are their Muesli, rye crackers, and the dense rye bread mix that comes in a carton...so easy to make and very good if you like the heavy dense rye bread.
Also love the elderflower syrup and the elderflower/orange marmelade is indeed the best marmalade ever!

You have me very curious to try the frozen crepes!

Nov 25, 2013
poptart in Chains

Grain CSA questions

Thanks so much, this is very helpful. I suspected it might be too much for one person.

Also, I do not own a mill at this point (nor do I own a stand mixer) so that would be a significant investment at this point.

In the past I've seen the wheat berries being sold at Formaggio in Cambridge but it seems they have a very limited amount.

Keeping my fingers crossed that this fall we will have better options for buying local beans and grains in bigger amounts!

Aug 21, 2013
poptart in Greater Boston Area

Grain CSA questions

Hi Everyone,

Looking to buy local wheatberries, I found a thread on chowhound that mentioned a grain CSA from Pioneer Valley. This looks great, with a mix of whole grains and beans.
I would love to sign up for something like this but have some questions.

- As a household of one, would a half-share be too much? I cook a lot, bake bread, use a lot of beans and whole grains and bring lunch to work every day but am not sure how much a bushel translates to for one person.

- Is grinding flour from whole grains doable in a small apartment kitchen?

- Is there a place to buy whole grains and beans in bulk that are grown in the area?

- how long will these whole grains and beans keep if stored properly? I don't have a large freezer so they would be stored at room temp.

Thanks!

Aug 21, 2013
poptart in Greater Boston Area

August 2013 Openings and Closings

Noooooo!
:-(
Any hope of them reopening somewhere else?

This article mentions a possible move to the old sport shop space. I hope the landlords who told them they would have a longer lease help them move to this spot or one nearby:
http://www.cambridgeday.com/2012/09/2...

Jul 31, 2013
poptart in Greater Boston Area

Have you met a "celebrity chef?" Were you pleased or disappointed?

I one saw Ming Tsai in a furniture store. He was approached by a couple who complimented his restaurant and show and he was very kind and gracious. And very tall!

Also met Yvette Van Boven, Dutch author of cookbooks "Home Made", "Home Made Winter" and "Home Made Summer". What a lovely person, and her husband too. I told them how much I loved their dog's pictures in the books (her husband is a photographer) and he whipped out his iphone to show me more pics of their beloved pup.
Great cookbooks, too!
:-)

Jul 23, 2013
poptart in Food Media & News

Deal-Breakers in Salads

Green peppers.

Bottled dressing.

pre-fab croutons.

Lousy tomatoes (which, let's face it, is the vast majority).

Jul 16, 2013
poptart in General Topics

Deal-Breakers in Salads

+2.

Jul 16, 2013
poptart in General Topics