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Making Jam [moved from Southern New England board]

I'm looking into making jam too this summer. Do you have any favorite recipes?

I am not very good with the electric stove yet. I have a smooth ceramic cook top and have had many mishaps. All my life I cooked with gas.

Feb 03, 2014
QueensTomato in Home Cooking

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

Thank you for the input.

During the holidays I stopped in Pasta Avest for a quick bite and enjoyed their pizza and Italian Wedding Soup. The place was busy and the staff was very attentive. Will definitely go back.

I did note that the prepared foods at Bishops have a lot of chemistry going on, although their soups are pretty good - no notable chemistry. I was hesitant to buy their apple cider donuts. They don't look as tasty as the apple cider donuts from Beach Donuts.

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

Happy New Year!

Sis & I had pizza at Alforno over the holidays and we really enjoyed it. I had half anchovies and half wild mushroom on my pizza and it really hit the spot!

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

Happy New Year to you too Chefstu! Thank you for the invitation! For the moment my work has me stuck outside of CT, with a weekend from time to time on the Shoreline. If there is a way to contact you we can set something up in the future.

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

This should probably be another thread, but since you all enjoy good food as much as I do, I will ask anyway.

Where do you like to get your groceries (mainly in the Branford to Old Saybrook vicinity) Stop & Shop, Shop Rite, Bishops Orchards, Big Y? Do you shop for staple foods in different places, like fruits/veg in a produce market, meats in a meat market, etc.

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

Yes, I see that red trim truck in the photo has Mexican Coca Cola in glass bottles in their beverage bin! Love either that or a good horchata. Will definitely try them.

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

The menu looks authentic and tasty, but unfortunately, that is about an hour away by car. I will keep them in mind for when I am in that area.

I see they make pizza too!

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

Linguist,

Which restaurants do you enjoy in the area in question?

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

Is this the Taco Truck you're talking about?

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ixtapa-mexica...

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

No sit down Mexican options in your opinion?

Have you tried the Mexican food trucks in Madison?

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

Then would you say that TJ's is an example of a good Greek Pizza?

Sorry about your Moussaka. I'd cry too. That is so surprising being that it came out of a Greek restaurant.

Have you found any good Moussaka since? How about Pastitsio? Boy I could go for some with lentil soup & Greek salad to start and finish off with some warm Galaktoboureko. Sigh...

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

Great photo - that pizza looks delicious! I will go there soon.

I've been hearing the term "Greek Pizza" here and there and in sort of a negative way. What the heck is it, and are there any good tasting examples of it on the shoreline?

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

Why did your wife change to Saybrook Seafood from Atlantic?

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

Wow, their website states that they are the #1 destination in CT for Salmon! Thanks for the tip!

Is the apizza from Alforno, Old Saybrook like the apizza from Pepe's?

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

On another website I saw this: "Lenny and Joe have franchised this particular location (Madison) to a loyal manager."

I don't know the history of Lenny & Joes, or if this is true. It's just what I read which could explain the difference?

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

Daniel Packer Inne - yes! I had lunch with sis there a couple of summers ago and had the lobster roll :-) IIRC sis ordered scallops and was very happy. We enjoyed it very much.

Is the food better at the Lenny & Joe's Westbrook location rather than the Madison location?

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

Just called Lobster Landing. They are open through New Year's Eve and will reopen approx the 2nd or 3rd week of April. Great! Just one question, Where do you go during their down time for a lobster roll fix? Lenny & Joe's??

A related question that is probably fodder for another post: Where's the best place to buy fresh seafood (including Wild Alaskan Salmon) to cook at home?

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

Jalapeno has a cute website. I will take DH there for Fajitas.

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

I ADORE Connecticut style lobster rolls.
I've heard good things about Edd's lobster rolls. How do they rate?

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

Thanks for the link to New Orleans. Is the Sunday buffet worth trying if you don't eat pork?

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

There's a few places I'm curious about: Bufalina in Guilford (pizza in wood fired oven from Italy) Cafe Allegre in Madison, and New Orleans Restaurant in Westbrook.

I've found good Mexican is hard to find on the shore.

Yup, agree about Queens - Elmhurst for Thai food, Jackson Heights for Indian Food, LIC has great Italian food, Woodside for Irish food...

I guess the more populated the area the more choice there is and the more competition.

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

How is the corned beef and cabbage at Tommy Sullivan's?

What places do you trek to back to Queens just to eat?

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

How about Nuzzo's?

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

I am getting the sense that there is not any pizza on the Shoreline that is real New Haven style and is like Pepe's and the others mentioned in New Haven.

Is there any pizza on the Shoreline that is real New Haven style? How about The Red Tomato in Madison?

P.S. I have not been to New Haven for the pizza yet.

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

Do you go back to Queens just for the eats?

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

Thank you everyone for your replies!

The apple cider and pumpkin donuts at Beach Donuts are soooo much better than any chain donuts. Their coffee is pretty good too.

Love Ashley's pumpkin ice cream.

Old Saybrook Soup and sandwich is a tasty welcome stop after shopping nearby.

Som Siam in Old Saybrook - both the food and service is wonderful.

At Pho Madison we had the Goi Con (Summer Roll), Goi Vietnamese Salad (Green Papaya Salad) Pho Tai (Noodle Soup with Beef) and Mi Xao (Vietnamese egg noodles with vegetables and seafood)and a savory Vietnamese pancake (can't recall the name) Everything was fresh, light and well prepared.

Can't wait to try all the suggestions :-)

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

Oh, and I forgot to ask who has the best apizza!

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

What do you like to order there?

Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

I'm looking to my fellow hounds for restaurant recommendations on the CT shoreline. We enjoy all types of food - Cajun to Asian and everything in between, and are looking for casual places that are not too costly. Also, which dishes do you recommend?

I'd also like to hear about diners, breakfast/pancakes, hamburgers, etc., anything you enjoy eating out on the shoreline.

Popcorn

If you have a small electric coffee grinder, it is easy to make your own popcorn salt by grinding some kosher salt to a fine consistency. It sticks better and you will probably use less.

My personal preference is popping with oil on the stove (tastes better than kernels popped in the microwave) and the oil helps the salt stick. For variety, I like to pop in different kinds of fats - coconut oil, olive oil, even ghee.

Nutritional yeast is a great topping that adds a cheesy umami along with nutrition.

Nov 22, 2013
QueensTomato in Home Cooking