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Burrata

Thanks folks. I always take it out about 30 min before serving unless it's really hot out. A friend insisted it be served immediately so it did not get gloopy. To me the gloopiness is the best part!

about 1 hour ago
foodieX2 in Cheese

Burrata

How do you serve yours-Cold from fridge, slight chill, room temp or other (describe)? Friendly argument at chez foodiex2....

about 22 hours ago
foodieX2 in Cheese

Epic prosciutto fail..

I think your idea of chopping it up and mixing with other ingredients as a stuffing is an excellent one.

This dip is delicious and I think you can works with a thicker cut.
http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2014/12/2...

You could also make prosciutto "chips" in the oven. They would be great crumbled over a salad or on soup.

Aug 31, 2015
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

Veg*n Fish Sauce

This what my vegetarian friends use when making things like Pad Thai
http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Mountain...

Leftover/reuse chicken nuggets/strips recipe ideas

Are your teens still in the house? You could make buffalo chicken dip by chopping them up and using them this recipe. It always these types of dips that disappear at my son's parties.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cl...

You can also cook them and then toss them in buffalo sauce ala the Franks recipe and make crispy buffalo chicken wraps with blue cheese dressing.

This looks pretty nasty but I know my sons friends would probably love it. Just sub the nuggets and/or strips for the chicken.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/fo...

Aug 30, 2015
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

"Country club casual" dress code. What is it?

Not in these parts! More like the under 25 crowd. Crew is for the college kids no matter how many times Michele wears them.

Aug 29, 2015
foodieX2 in Not About Food

"Country club casual" dress code. What is it?

Back in the day it would have meant Lilly for the gals and Lacoste for the guys.

These days its Tory or Vineyard Vines for gals and Vineyard Vines for the guys.

Aug 29, 2015
foodieX2 in Not About Food

Sunday Gravy

My sunday gravy is rarely the same, just like when I was a kid. It was a way to make use of the leftover cheap cuts available at the butcher at the end of the week. Lamb or pork necks and ribs, "day old" sausages, cheap cuts of beef that benefit from a low/slow approach.

I make it with whatever is on hand. My freezer usually has lots of bits of pieces that I pick up in the bargain section. I start it in the AM and it pretty much simmers on the back of the stove all day. Canned tomatoes, red wine, lots of onion, garlic, dried herbs, a little honey if the tomatoes are too acidic.

So comforting and a perfect winter meal!

Aug 28, 2015
foodieX2 in Home Cooking
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16-YO intro to fine (and funky?) dining

I realize its a chain but my teen loved Morimoto's place. The bathrooms as much as the food, LOL!

http://www.morimotonyc.com

Aug 28, 2015
foodieX2 in Manhattan

Local mail order sweets and treats?

My standard thank you gift is the chocolate mice from Burdicks. They are located in NH but have a shop in Cambridge
http://www.burdickchocolate.com/Choco...

Aug 28, 2015
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

B.T. Smokehouse Southern Barbecue: The Real Deal in Sturbridge

Glad to hear a Texan likes them too! The only time I haven't seen a line out the door is off peak hours. They finally starting offering an order and pay in advance option because the space can't get any bigger and the lines were always so long.

Aug 26, 2015
foodieX2 in Southern New England

Those people at Starbucks who tie up the milk counter fine tuning their drink

Ok where did is say I was standing in people's way? SMH

At my local SB there is room for about 3, maybe 4 if they are small, people at the counter. A typical early morning has 10-15 people in line. Some days I'm the only one getting regular coffee and there is no wait for the cream. Other times you might have to wait a minute or two.

I continue to be thankful I live in what appears to be a magic world. One where I rarely encounter screaming, unattended kids, entitled parents, drunk/obnoxious adults, grocery stores where all the carts are left willy nilly and folks who can't seem to wait a minute or two for their $$ coffee.

Aug 25, 2015
foodieX2 in Chains

cast iron skillets

http://www.amazon.com/Lodge-Cast-Iron...

Seriously? What are you, 12?

Aug 25, 2015
foodieX2 in Cookware
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Those people at Starbucks who tie up the milk counter fine tuning their drink

This is exactly what I was going to say. Why is it wrong to want your coffee the way you want it?

I find that each Starbucks and each different kind of coffee tastes differently no matter how much quality control they have. Some days the coffee is stronger than others which impacts how much 1/2 and 1/2 I use. I always start with a light pour, taste and adjust as necessary. Granted I don't use sugar but if I did I would do the same thing.

I don't go very often but when I do I want my coffee the way I want it. If an extra minute or two is going to cause someone that much distress than they should either go to a drive thru or make their own. It's such a shame that we continue on the path of faster, faster never giving anyone the benefit the doubt. And also a society that prefers passive aggressive behavior instead of being straightforward. If I am in that much of rush I would just say "Excuse me" smile "Do you mind if I grab the 1/2 and 1/2? Trying to make an early meeting, class, etc" Followed by a sincere thank you.

Aug 25, 2015
foodieX2 in Chains
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cast iron skillets

i have a very large cast iron skillet like the one linked below. It's close 75 years old and makes the best pancakes and french toast!

https://www.google.com/search?q=cast+...

Lobster rolls in or around Norwood?

Its a good 1/2 drive but you could try Dairy Joy in Weston. Like Cwinboston, I have never had one but my Weston based friends love their fried clams, albeit they also say they are some of the most expensive in the area.

http://www.dairyjoy.net/

Aug 24, 2015
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

After BA: Al's Place

Nice review! thanks for sharing

Pre-MV groceries...where to go?

From Logan? Never been faster for me! OP should check traffic reports.

Aug 22, 2015
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

Pre-MV groceries...where to go?

As an islander I can attest to your friends assertion that some things are just better off bought off island. Local produce, cheese and seafood, a trip to chilmark chocolates and the like are a must to buy but to buy local grass fed beef for a crowd is very expensive. Add to it the price of staples like peanut butter, laundry detergent etc and you can easily break the bank.

Growing up my folks routinely hit up off island grocery stores to stock up on stuff to house us kids. Flour, sugar, salt and other baking supplies, peanut butter, jelly, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc were easily 30-40% cheaper. Well worth the price of your boat ticket.

Now my islander friends routinely hit up BJs and/or Costco at least 4 times a year usually in conjunction with their kids away games. Unfortunately it's getting harder and harder to raise a family on the rock.

Aug 20, 2015
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

Pre-MV groceries...where to go?

Whole foods is exit 15 and TJs is exit 13 off of route 3 which is the most direct route to Woods Hole.

Morning Glory on the Vineyard does sell local beef, frozen, as back up.

Safe travels and have fun!

Pre-MV groceries...where to go?

We do exactly the same. Shop the day before, pack up in coolers the morning of and we use laundry baskets to hold on the non perishables. Morning glory for veggies and pie is mandatory.

Pre-MV groceries...where to go?

And a Trader Joes 2 exits down in Hanover.

Aug 18, 2015
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

And here we go again

WTF? Seriously?

Aug 17, 2015
foodieX2 in Site Talk

Poll Finds Americans’ Greatest Fear Is Waitress Forgetting About Them

Gotta love the Onion!

Seeking food adventure in VT (not Burlington)

Do you want to add some actual color/review to these posts? Its meaningless otherwise. Maybe notes addressing the `OP requests?

<<Need not be fine dining nor flawless presentation, we like fun, quirky, interesting, street food, hole in the walls, take out spots, trucks and shacks. Love eating outside.>>

Aug 14, 2015
foodieX2 in Northern New England

Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard

If you do a search there are many many thread on the Vineyard:

Katama General store for excellent scones (get there early) and beach snacks.

Lucky Hanks for lunch and dinner. Open year round, uses as much local food as possible, bright airy eating area in back. Once of my favorites!

Dock Street dinner for greasy spoon breakfast. The Manny McMuffin is the best hangover food around.

Right Fork Diner is great place for breakfast with kids-watch the planes land and see the Red Baron

Seafood Shanty for mediocre food but great view. Same with the Atlantic.

Edgartown Seafood for take out steamed lobsters, clam bakes, stuffies

Soigne for excellent baked goods and picnic supplies-pate, cheese, etc

The Newes is a great rainy day spot for burgers, sandwiches, soups etc

Haven't made it to Port Hunter this season but friends have been saying its great, low key place. We enjoyed it last summer.

Hearing mixed reviews on Isola-some folks loved the pizza other said they had lots of kinks to work out.

For better/higher end dining the following are excellent. The tempura lobster at Atria is outstanding.

Atria
Alchemy
L'Etoile
Charlotte Inn

Aug 11, 2015
foodieX2 in Southern New England

Natural Fill-Your- Own - Spring Water in Boston Area?

Mount Blue Spring in Wompatuck State Park. Hingham MA

Aug 11, 2015
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

Beta Site: Page Hijack

I stopped using my phone because it kept doing it. Just tested it now and it appears to have stopped.

Aug 11, 2015
foodieX2 in Site Talk

Beta Site: Page Hijack

as an FYI it kept happening all night. I tried (3 times!) to show the owner of place we were eating at the site and couldn't. too bad

Aug 09, 2015
foodieX2 in Site Talk

Cape Cod Melody Tent

Fatty thank you so much for recommending the Portside Tavern. It was perfect and exactly what we wanted-great nibbles, good cocktails and away from the Main Street craziness.

We got there around 6:30 and found plenty of parking across the street. Most of the tables were full but we found two seats at the bar. Both bartenders, I think one may have been the bar manager, were excellent. Attentive, friendly and knowledgeable about both the food and drink/beer menu's. While we dined one of the owners stopped by. I told him we heard about them thru CH. Nice guy!

We started with cocktails. I had one with vodka, fresh grapefruit juice and St germain and my friend had a mango margarita. Both very good and they went down way too fast, LOL. We ordered another while we looked over them menu.

Menu is pretty eclectic with everything from burgers to duck pot pie to bar pizza. We started with the mezze plate and the poutine. The mezze plate was more than enough for two-roasted veggies, hummus, haloumi, tabbouleh and falafal. Everything was very good but the tabbouleh was the star of the show. The poutine was decadent-crispy fries, tons of cheese and a rich gravy. The only negative was the cheese cooled very quickly and became a solid mass.

We switched over to wine at this point, I don't remember what kind, and our pizza arrived. Again more than enough for two. In hindsight it was all way too much food as we didn't finish anything. Pizza was advertised as south shore style bar pizza and didn't disappoint. We got the one with sausage, leeks, peppers and fresh mozzarella. Crispy crust, excellent sausage, tones of cheese. It could easily become and late night fave.

$94 before tip for 4 cocktails, 3 glasses of wine and 3 dishes w/ tons leftover. All in all a great meal! Bonus was it was a short 15 minute walk to the Melody tent so we only had to park once and free parking at that. We probably made it back to the car before most were out of the venue parking lot.

Aug 09, 2015
foodieX2 in Southern New England