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50 Comfort Foods for 50 States

and as the clip says, MD, where I first met clam cakes before moving to CT where almost every clam shack seems to have them.

about 7 hours ago
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Foods or snacks you NEVER get tired of?

Cheese (not stinky)
or (guilty secret)
Boston Baked Beans

Jul 26, 2014
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Best cheap tea?

I prefer Stash and Twinings over the other bagged teas in local supermarkets.

Jul 21, 2014
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Chimichurri

NY Times Magazine had an article on sauces today with easy recipes, including Chimichurri.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20...

Jul 20, 2014
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Better than acceptable grocery store cheeses

I tried the Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar. Quite acceptable. Thanks.

Jul 15, 2014
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Red Mulberry, any good, easy to grow?

When a lived in Indiana (quite a few years ago) there was a red mulberry tree in the front yard. They were ok (the birds loved them and I am told that raccoons do too), but I thought black mulberries might have a better taste.

If you are planting one, DON'T put it near the house! Mulberrys are not neat in their branching habits and can be very messy. You don't wan't to track berry juice in on your rugs!

Jul 12, 2014
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Move over, Humboldt Fog, you've got a competitor!

Also found it in BigY (which seems to have a better than average cheese selection for a supermarket). $1 cheaper than cheese shop.

Jul 11, 2014
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Favorite gardening forum?

Allthingsplants does have some attractive features (easy to find "search in this forum" for instance) and has a more modern look, but DG still has many more specialized forums, more articles and features, bigger database, etc. Nothing says you can't look at both (as I do), RUK!
One questionable feature of ATP is that when you sign up [i.e. enroll] and type in a password all the characters a shown..a security taboo.

Jul 09, 2014
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Best quick meal you make with trader joes products

Heat up their frozen Lamb Vindaloo, add salad, result: one quick meal.

Jul 05, 2014
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Cabbage Preparations That Kids Like

I found a jar of red cabbage with apple at a local outlet store which was kind of sweetish, so your kids might like it either hot or cold.

Jul 04, 2014
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who makes the best hot dogs?

Jul 02, 2014
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US FDA Rules No Wooden Boards in Cheese Aging

I'm taking no sides in this interesting debate but since I am not knowledgeable about cheese making, I would like some clarifying information.

1) What does aging cheeses on wood contribute to the final product? Residual bacteria that start the curing process? Allowing air to reach the rind through the pores?

2) Is there any way to clean the wooden boards so as to remove any harmful contaminants without destroying their use as an aging platform?

3) Is there any way to age cheeses on some other inert material that would have the same effect as wood?

Jul 01, 2014
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Pepsi Throwback replaced by "Pepsi made with Real Sugar"

In my store both the boxes and cans say
"Throwback
Made with Real Sugar"
and I haven't noticed any difference in taste. Perhaps it would take a side by side comparison.

Jul 01, 2014
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Favorite gardening forum?

Dave's Garden is the ne plus ultra garden site. Dozens of boards on specialized topics, the largest plant reference on the web (with pictures!), plant finders, expert articles, swaps, nursery lists, reviews, contests and supplier ratings.

You can read most of the content at
http://davesgarden.com
but there is a reasonable membership fee if you want to contribute posts yourself.

For tomato specialists, the top site is
http://www.tomatoville.com/

Jun 29, 2014
DonShirer in Gardening

Lady-size shovel

Have you tried local hardware stores or Agways?
If you don't need a horizontal handle grip, you could buy a long-handled shovel and cut off a foot or so of the wood handle.

Jun 28, 2014
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Tennis player or cheese?

85% (pure guesswork!)

Jun 26, 2014
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The Tea Kettle, Old Saybrook, CT

https://www.facebook.com/theteakettle...

Evidently even though their "Grand Opening" is Jun 28, they have been beta testing beforehand since there are a couple of Yelp reviews.

Jun 26, 2014
DonShirer in Southern New England

New England top split hot dog buns

In their last mail catalog, King Arthur Flour was featuring a pan and a recipe to make these. Look on their website, it may be there.

Jun 25, 2014
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What's for Dinner #308 - A Midsummer's Night's Dream Dinner Edition! [through June 25, 2014]

Chicken breast with cherry sauce, and from the garden: beetroot, broccoli, and lettuce and snow pea salad.

Jun 24, 2014
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Cheese mixes

Surveying the fridge for a late night snack, I discovered a container of guacamole right next to some fresh chèvre cheese. Serendipity, I thought, so I mixed some together (half and half) and applied the mix to some crackers. Yum.

So, can you suggest some other great cheese+? combinations for snacks? (Cream cheese and chives is too easy.) There must be some secret recipes out there...

Jun 22, 2014
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Name this plant

Usually you need more than just a leaf shape, like branching habits, leaf margin, bloom color, etc. to pin down a particular plant. You can find lots of info on the web by searching for
plant identification by leaves
plant finder
plant identify
etc.
But the majority of these are mostly about trees.
This site
http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-identif...
contains some general information about how to identify plants, plus links to some of the more useful web sites.
Happy searching (and let us know what you find out)!

Jun 21, 2014
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What's for Dinner #307 - the Sum-Sum-Summertime! Edition [through June 22, 2014]

Stir fry with pepper, onion, garlic, parsley and (not from the garden) okra, rice noodles, peanuts, ground bison. No recipe, DW just winged it. Garden lettuce/cuke salad on side.

Jun 21, 2014
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I let my yard go wild, and now the Township is after me

Pit:
Please follow the advice of other posters and do something about your problem soon. One solution to your fear of power mowers might be to purchase a battery-powered string trimmer. I use one to cut down high grass on the remote portions of my lot, and it can handle quite large weeds but not woody branches much over 1/8" thick. No gasoline, fumes, or loud motor noise to worry about.

Jun 18, 2014
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What food items have you only had canned but never fresh?

95% of baked beans at our house are canned. With just two of us, it seems like too much work to make small portions from scratch, and making the usual large recipes means storing the leftovers for several weeks in the fridge or throwing the remains away after a few days-- not very appealing. Not enough room in the freezer to freeze them either. So we usually stick with B&M or Bush.

Jun 18, 2014
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Growing veggies in the front yard

Birds get 99% of my blueberries.

Jun 17, 2014
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Better than acceptable grocery store cheeses

Since two good cheese shops are within easy driving distance, I usually don't bother to look at the cheese bins when sent to the local groceries, but when my wife goes she always brings back slabs of Colby and Monterey Jack which I find bland but acceptable.

I was wondering what cheeses you might find at the ordinary corner grocery or chain stores (not upscale grocers like Trader Joes or Whole Foods) that are better than acceptable. I'll start it off with two:

Cabot cheddars are better than average, particularly the ones in the wax wrappings.
St. Andre at groceries seems to be almost as good as the kind I buy at cheese stores.

Jun 17, 2014
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What is this vegetable?

l didn't say I liked them, just that they were edible!

Jun 16, 2014
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New Haven CT top foodie city?

I'm not boosting the living (after one year there I moved to a suburb) but its restaurants hold up well against many larger cities. I wonder if they included the surrounding area as well since there are also many good places near New Haven that might contribute to its being #1.

And I'm sending that post to one of my sons who lives in Scottsdale (#2 !).

Jun 16, 2014
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What is this vegetable?

Did you know that you can eat radish pods either raw or cooked? Search for radish pods recipe on the web for more info.

Jun 15, 2014
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SD Dish of the Month - July 2013 [The Burger!]

I mentioned this in another (hard to find) thread, but since this discussion has been revived, I thought it fit here also.

Rating 40 best burgers in America:
http://www.thedailymeal.com/40-best-b...

Jun 09, 2014
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