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Zaftigs disappointment

Just the other day we walked past Zaftigs and I asked my husband to remind me if we liked it! It's just a big "meh" for us, haven't been there in years, no desire to return.

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Totally agree about the use on cooked veggies. I also like it on cooked whole grains (wheat berries, brown rice) with a bit of olive oil. And of course sprinkled on hummous!

Sep 15, 2014
DrMag in Home Cooking
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Apple picking?

Honeypot is fun, but a total crowd scene. That said, I go at least once a year and stand in line for the awesome donuts. Quieter is Westward Orchards in Harvard, MA- they have an associated store with quite nice sandwiches too.

Sep 03, 2014
DrMag in Greater Boston Area

USA Yogurt Recommendations

I've been enjoying the plain sheep's milk yogurt from Old Chatham Shepherding Co, the one I like is called "Black Sheep". I get it at the Wegman's in Chestnut Hill, which also carries Noosa, BTW.

Sep 02, 2014
DrMag in General Topics

USA Yogurt Recommendations

Enthusiastic +1 for Noosa. Nicely tart. I just wish my store carried it in plain.

Sep 02, 2014
DrMag in General Topics

Recommendation on fish and chips?

Publick House in Brookline is also quite good

Aug 24, 2014
DrMag in Greater Boston Area

Worst thing you ate before working-out.

Spicy food. I had a meal with a lot of pickled hot peppers and did NOT enjoy that feeling ONE BIT

Aug 24, 2014
DrMag in General Topics

Best Zucchini bread and/or muffin recipe

I recently made the Cooks Illustrated one (it's on the website but you need a membership). Tasty, used up a lot of zucchini, and it was not too sweet.

Aug 02, 2014
DrMag in Home Cooking

Breakfast near airport

Cannot second this fast enough. It's a good thing Kane's isn't closer to me or I'd weigh a TON

Jul 26, 2014
DrMag in Greater Boston Area

mujadara (lentils and rice) recipe

I've used this one, it is fantastic

Jul 24, 2014
DrMag in Home Cooking

Cheap Foods that Become Popular

An older cousin of mine in Halifax recalls around the Depression when lobster was only found in the "poor kids'" lunchboxes!

North Conway/ Storyland report

We've just returned from a nice long weekend and I wanted to get my impressions down while they were fresh in my mind.
No breakfast places to report (we ate at the hotel breakfast), but we did try the cider donuts at White Mountain Cider Co while picking up sandwiches and they are worth every calorie.
Sandwiches from White Mountain were a far cry over the food available at Storyland and I totally recommend bringing food into the park.
We had one dinner at the Scarecrow Pub in Intervale since May Kelly's was full. It was fine, nothing special but good for what it is. The service was very slow, but pleasant.
Our other dinner was at White Mountain Cider Co and was outstanding. They are totally kid-friendly and have several off-menu options for kids, such as plain pasta and burgers. My husband had the polenta torte over eggplant caponata and loved it (and he hates eggplant!). I had sautéed fiddleheads and ramps followed by the burger (technically a kids burger but they fancied it up with sautéed mushrooms and a nice tomato chutney). My older kid got the meatball trio which was outstanding. Service was very professional and helpful with wine choices, cocktails were really good. I would almost drive back to the area from Boston just to eat here again!

May 26, 2014
DrMag in Northern New England

Moody's banh mi

Thanks, I just looked at the website, it looks worth a trip!

May 11, 2014
DrMag in Greater Boston Area

Russo's organic produce

I've tried the dinosaur kale, Gala apples, sweet peppers and lettuce. All were up to the standard I expect from Russo's and I'm thrilled that they're carrying more organic! I'm so tempted to buy more than I need just to positively reinforce them!

May 11, 2014
DrMag in Greater Boston Area

At the end of my rope -- please help

I also strongly recommend Bittman's book. Don't try to do fancy, your family will appreciate good basic food that is done well. And don't beat up on yourself- it is HARD to get a good meal on the table every night, particularly when you have kids. You survived on not-great food, your family will survive your learning process.

May 10, 2014
DrMag in Home Cooking

Moody's banh mi

Where is this??

May 10, 2014
DrMag in Greater Boston Area

Food Trucks for Mom

Really excited for this! "How many food truck meals can one stomach take in one day? Let's watch and find out..."

May 10, 2014
DrMag in Greater Boston Area

My Love for Marshmallow Fluff and Peanut Butter has never ended...

I was obsessed with Korean kimchi when I was pregnant with my second, I think an extreme example of my general love for anything pickled. I second your love for Fluffernutters, I live in the Boston area and spent last night at work trying to convince a co-worker who's not from the area that he has to give them a try!

May 04, 2014
DrMag in General Topics

What's your most useful cookbook?

A few years ago I'd have said the Cook's Illustrated "Best Recipes", and I do still love that one. My current fave, which I've given now as a gift to several happy folks, is Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything". His approach, recipes plus guidelines on how to branch out from them, is wonderful, and his dietary style matches well with mine right now. Lorna Sass' "Pressure Perfect" falls open to the grain or bean cooking timetable pages at this point, and is constantly on my counter.

May 04, 2014
DrMag in Home Cooking

Total Rookie - Super Basic Food safety Questions

Just remember that if raw meat has touched something, it should be kept separate from anything that is then going to hold food that you will be eating! Soap and water will work well to clean up hands and anything else. And buy a cutting board, they are worth the investment.

May 04, 2014
DrMag in General Topics

Sodastream Updates 4/14-- still using it? Just dusting it? Don't remember where it is?

We still use ours, maybe 1-2 times a month to make soda water for mixed drinks

May 02, 2014
DrMag in Cookware

What happened to Jimmy's in Washington Sq?

I noticed tonight that it is all closed up, brown paper over windows. I liked their pizza with arugula, but my hubs never thought the place was worth the price

Mar 21, 2014
DrMag in Greater Boston Area

Kohlrabi?

I chopped mine into fat matchsticks and dressed with lemon olive oil, salt and sumac. Pretty tasty, sort of reminds me of jicama with its mild taste and crunch

Mar 16, 2014
DrMag in Home Cooking

Dark stores in Brookline!

I just walked by Upper Crust this evening (around 8:30) and it seemed open.

Feb 26, 2014
DrMag in Greater Boston Area

Tiny Chef Challenge

Mei Mei has a counter with (backless, unfortunately) stools that overlook the kitchen

Feb 24, 2014
DrMag in Greater Boston Area

Facial Reconstruction on Crystal Head Vodka Bottle

My husband said the same thing!

Feb 23, 2014
DrMag in Spirits

Potbelly=happiness in Terminal C!

Good to know! The Starbucks "steel cut oatmeal" the one time I was foolish enough to order it was a grave disappointment- flakes into which boiling water was added.

Feb 21, 2014
DrMag in Greater Boston Area

Brown Rice

If you have access to short grain brown rice (I get mine in bulk at Whole Foods), it is really nice. It has a nice chew that puts you in mind of wheat berries

Feb 09, 2014
DrMag in General Topics

Singh's Roti Shop, Dorchester

I forgot to say that the doubles are curried chickpeas in a puffy dough "holder". VERY good indeed.

Feb 01, 2014
DrMag in Greater Boston Area

Singh's Roti Shop, Dorchester

So based on the recent writeup on Serious Eats, the family and I trekked to Dot from Brookline for lunch today. Totally worth the trip! The man behind the counter could not have been more helpful and welcoming. We had phoulores (fried dough balls with a tasty tamarind/vinegar sauce) that didn't make it out the door, a curry chicken and a goat roti, both of which were tasty (the goat was sort of tough) and the big winner: doubles! I would walk there to get more doubles! We will certainly be returning.

Feb 01, 2014
DrMag in Greater Boston Area