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Burlington Vermont Wedding After-Party

Hello,

I'm looking for a venue suggestion for a wedding after-party. We will have about 20 people and are looking for a fairly quiet gathering spot. We will have already eaten dinner, but would be looking for a spot to have some drinks and snacks. Bonus points if there is some level of privacy. Does anyone know restaurants that rent out rooms?

THANKS!

Jun 17, 2013
acbell in Northern New England

Dinner before Bank of America Pavilion??

What about Sportello? It is far enough away that I doubt you'll get BofA crowds, but it's still in the seaport area. Highly recommended!

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Sportello
348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

Aug 12, 2011
acbell in Greater Boston Area

to pre-bake or not to pre-bake? Help with pie crust!

Thanks everyone, it sounds like partially prebaking is the way to go. I'll let you know how it goes!

Jun 15, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking

to pre-bake or not to pre-bake? Help with pie crust!

Hi,

I'm making a quiche tonight. The last time I made the recipe I committed the crime of putting room temp dough in the oven.... the crust was soggy (to the point of being nonexistent). This time I've been debating whether I should totally bake the crust first (with pie weights, etc) or if I can freeze the dough, fill it and then pop in the oven.

The recipe doesn't call for pre-baking the shell, and I'm worried that I'll overcook the crust.

Any thoughts??

Jun 15, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking

What's For Dinner - Part 91 [old]

That Food&Wine recipe is one of my all time favorite dishes. Delish!

Jun 10, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking

Flour by Joanne Chang

Flour is in my neighborhood and right on my way to and from work. DANGEROUS!

The cookbook is good, but not my favorite. I've had a few mixed results, which granted could be my fault. I'm not patient enough to return to a recipe that didn't work the first time. The oatmeal cookies and banana bread were meh, but the xmas sugar cookies (best ever eaten) and the pop-tarts were FABULOUS.

Jun 10, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking

Recipes using almond milk?

Hi everyone,

Have a bunch of leftover almond milk from a guest. I have both sweetened and unsweetened. We don't particularly like the taste/texture of it for straight "milk" use ourselves. Any ideas of ways to use it up?

Thanks in advance!

May 31, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking

Beginner needs help cooking fish!

hotoynoodle:

Would you mind sharing the name of your fishmonger? I'm in Boston too and have been searching for a good one!

Thanks.

May 20, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking

Allergy to soy, eggs, gluten and shellfish! HELP!

FANTASTIC! Thanks so much for those pointers. I'm a fairly new cook, but am loving it. I make a home-cooked meal every night after work, so I'm getting experience fast. I'm always on the lookout for fast, nutritious meals with fresh ingredients--these look like the next frontier.

I'm going to have to make a spice run to get some of these ingredients, but looking forward to it!

As far as gf goes...what about chicken stocks? I buy organic (I know I should make my own...its just a time question), but should I avoid using them?

May 19, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking

Allergy to soy, eggs, gluten and shellfish! HELP!

Thanks--she's a great lady and has been very very kind to me, so I want to make sure that I make an effort to make/get things she likes without making it seem like "a big deal"

Your recipe ideas seem fabulous...and a little beyond my current cooking capabilities. Any advice how to approach those dishes for the first time? The Masala, the paella and the tagine sound oh so intriguing.

Breakfast is taken care of--she's bringing her own cereal from across the country and I'm getting Almond Dream milk and bananas.

The only thing that I'm most worried about is making a condiment oopsies. Like putting in a dash of tabasco ( I don't know...is this gf?) without thinking...

May 19, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking

Allergy to soy, eggs, gluten and shellfish! HELP!

ooooh...love the looks of the quinoa salad...I've been meaning to put more quinoa in our diet and this is a great excuse...

May 19, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking

Allergy to soy, eggs, gluten and shellfish! HELP!

Good advice! She's only here for about 4 days, so I don't want to fill my pantry with *too* many gf foods.

May 19, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking

Allergy to soy, eggs, gluten and shellfish! HELP!

Great ideas! Now only if the lousy Boston rain would stop.....

May 19, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking

Allergy to soy, eggs, gluten and shellfish! HELP!

No oil or butter is insane in my kitchen as well! I've seen her do a little swipe of oil with a paper towel on a pan, but that's about it.

She's pretty dead-set with her preferences and would rather go hungry than eat them. I don't completely understand it, but want to welcome her to my house and not 'force' her to eat something.

The mushroom stew sounds A-mah-zing. Especially with the February-esque weather we've been having in New England. I'm definitely putting that in my recipe to-do box. As far as butter substitute, I'm not sure--I think most of them would be soy-based.

May 19, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking

Allergy to soy, eggs, gluten and shellfish! HELP!

A turkey shepherd's pie sounds great! I'm actually making that for dinner tonight...so I'll just make a double batch.

May 19, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking

Dissapointing Dinner at Friends House

I feel the EXACT same way about some of my friends. I was recently invited to a friends house (who has eaten at least 40 times at my house in the last year) for dinner and game night. I was thrilled about finally going over there until I politely asked if I could bring something (a skill I was taught, unlike most of my 20-something friends). His response: "could you just whip up a quick dinner and bring that over?"

No longer good friends...

May 18, 2011
acbell in Not About Food

Allergy to soy, eggs, gluten and shellfish! HELP!

Hi y'all.

My boyfriend's sister is coming to stay with us for a few days. She suffers from quite a few allergies and I'd love to have meals and snacks that she can enjoy.

She is allergic to: soy, eggs, gluten, and shellfish. She avoids: oils, butter, beef and pork. To make things more complicated, her husband doesn't eat fish.

So far all I've got is doing a roasted chicken with a salad. Anyone have any ideas of some quick meals that meet all her requirements? Anyone with allergies that can point me towards some dos/donts?

THANKS.

May 18, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking

Electric BBQ tips?

Great tips---I'm beginning to regret the costco pack of ribeyes I bought yesterday!

May 17, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking

Electric BBQ tips?

hmmm...I'm intrigued. Are they really "smoke-less" like they claim? The ventilation in our apartment is really poor.

May 17, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking

Thoughts on KO Pies/Catering

Astrid...yes, you're right...I meant for dinner on weekends. My bad!

As for dried out pies, it is only SOMETIMES. I go to KO probably once a week and I don't always get dried-out stuff, but probably 1 out of 6 is inedible.

May 17, 2011
acbell in Greater Boston Area

Thoughts on KO Pies/Catering

KO is a fantastic addition to the neighborhood, and on my path from work to home.

The Irish stew and the fries are my go-to, but the fish and chips are another fave.

I always seem to have pie cravings on Mondays (they're closed), and I wish they'd be open on weekends (but I understand that their lunch crowd must be a lot larger than their dinner one). My one nit is that sometimes when you swing by just before you close you get pies that are dried out to the point of no return.

May 16, 2011
acbell in Greater Boston Area

Electric BBQ tips?

I love grilling….it opens up tons of easy and quick (and delicious) dinner options. Living in downtown Boston, I’ve been grill-less for a few years (silly fire regulations). My brand-new apartment building lured me in with the promise of BBQs on the roofdeck. I went up last week to see...electric BBQs. Like, they are plugged into the wall. They aren’t exactly like George Forman’s, but have normal grills that heat up.

I tried a simple steak on these things last night. I usually cook my steaks 4 min on each side (give or take a few min depending on thickness), on the electric grill on full heat it took me 12 minutes ON EACH SIDE to get a steak that wasn’t blue. Unfortunately, the slow (for steak) cooking method left the meat a bit rubbery.

So, I know that the grill isn’t ideal, but wonder if anyone has any tips on how to make the most out of the plug-in bbq? Any ideas how to get a bit of smokiness into the meat?

May 16, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking

Need to find fresh locally made corn tortillas

I second this! They are there (In the refrigerated case directly in front of you after you turn past the strawberries.)

Apr 28, 2011
acbell in Greater Boston Area

Cooking with Ricotta

Lemon Ricotta cookies! These cakey cookies are delightful and are pretty simple to make. I especially like them frozen in the summertime.

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

Apr 27, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking

Eye of Round steak?

I’m curious on this subject as well. Recently mistakenly bought 2 very small eye roasts (~1 lb each) at Costco instead of chuck roasts.

Attempt #1: I used a method I found on allrecipes (http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/high-te...) that calls for a very hot oven, a very short roasting time (mine went for 10 min) and a long sit in the oven as it cools down. This is supposed to make a “deli-like” roast beef that is great for sandwiches. Unfortunately, I don’t have a meat slicer and was unable to cut thin enough slices that my beef was still quite chewy, although had a great simple flavor and was still pink and juicy.

Attempt #2: was thinking of slicing into steaks (hence this thread). Any tried and true ways out there? The cooking times of eye steaks are all over the place. Obviously the lack of fat doesn’t lead it towards slow cooking/braising, but I’m used to cooking a steak for 3-5 min a side, so an hour in the oven makes me uncomfortable!

Apr 22, 2011
acbell in Home Cooking