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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Not boycotting but I am staying away. Effect is the same but reasons differ. I don't want to run into any potential drama at the stores and I don't want to have to run to multiple stores because MB wasn't stocked with what I need. Plenty stores nearby for me. MB is my favorite and I feel for the employees. But I think its a loosing battle for them.

Jul 27, 2014
chowmel in Greater Boston Area

Brunch/Omelet bar Burlington/arlington area for shower

Word is bride-to-be likes omelet bar brunch idea( if she must endure a shower !). Any ideas in the Burlington Arlington area ? Maybe a private room, too ? Thank you !

Mar 31, 2014
chowmel in Greater Boston Area

Special cookie press recipes?

A good basic spritz recipe will taste better after a few days than it does right after its made. The flavors mature, I think. And use a good flavorful butter.

Nov 11, 2013
chowmel in Home Cooking
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Do you make your own muesli? What goes in yours? Do you bake or not bake it?

I bake my granola and eat it over my yogurt. My muesli is uncooked. I stir it into some yogurt at night, refrigerate and thin with a bit of milk in the morning.

Apr 26, 2013
chowmel in Home Cooking

Weber Grill - ashy food

When I use my Weber grill with the cover on, my food will have a greenish ashy or sooty surface. This does not happen uncovered. It didn't always happen. I noticed it a couple years ago. I always use Kingsford charcoal, a chimney starter and newspaper. Every time before I grill I scrape the sides of the kettle and the cover and wipe then down with wet cloths. I clean, scrape and oil grill rack. I clean the bottom ash catcher before I grill. If I use the cover, I've tried the vents all variations of open/closed. All the same result. Before I buy a gas grill does anyone have suggestions .

Apr 18, 2013
chowmel in Home Cooking

Lobster Claw in North Reading, our new(40 years old) fave Seafood Shack

I liked this place better about five years ago (or more). It was our default drop in place for over 2 decades. They had a change of ownership or management some time ago and never recaptured me fully since then. I keep going back, hoping to be sated once again. I am always disappointed. The food is flavorful, the staff nice enough. I don't mind old fashioned, but it borders on depressing. Never many people, sticky floor and a really sad, nearly empty fish case. I haven't been for about 6-7 months. After your review, I think I'll go back and try again.

Apr 18, 2013
chowmel in Greater Boston Area

Wilson Farm CSA or other CSA in Lexington/Waltham area

I Loved (!) Waltham Fields Community Farms CSA the years I joined it. The people are wonderful and the farm benefits the community. I left because it was too much food as my daughters grew up and out of the house.

Jan 15, 2013
chowmel in Greater Boston Area

Have no clue about electric smoothtops

Thanks for all the interesting posts. I bit the bullet and bought an electrolux induction range. I enjoy cooking on it. I haven't had time to make preserves yet so don't know how that will go. My preserving pan wasn't magnetic and I need a new one. I read you could cover the top with newspaper or paper towel and help with cleanup (thinking of future sugary cooking) and it certainly cooks right through it. I haven't successfully seared a steak, it was a little steamy - always something to work on !

Dec 16, 2012
chowmel in Cookware

Foods you grew up eating but don't fix for yourself or your family

Beef Stroganoff (after a fashion), scalloped oysters, scalloped tomatos, swiss steak, chipped beef on toast, creamed chicken to name a few. I enjoyed all these dishes then and would now. But my husband is a very plain eater and cooking them for myself would be wasteful since they don't lend themselves well to single servings (except maybe the chipped beef).

Oct 11, 2012
chowmel in General Topics

Have no clue about electric smoothtops

Even after reading peoples experiences on the board, I am still confused about soothtop electric stove. i have always cooked on electric coils and I like it ( I have a gas = KABOOM fear ). We redid our kitchen and needed to replace got our old stove - a 40" coil - kenmore. It could have been replaced but I didn't trust the change in quality I expect after 40+ years. We downscaled to a standard 30". Picked the top rated coil top (I know thats not saying much) from Consumer Reports. It was really cheaply made. When the broiler was on high or the oven at 450 the stove top got too hot. It was over 220 ! I worried of its safety. I often cook with my granddaughters and need a safe top. So its going back.

Now I need to decide on a 30" smoothtop and whether induction or not. Money wise I can't afford high end but can get a mid-range price. I worry about using my cast iron, or large pans - like for sterilizing jars for canning, or high heat for searing, or long cooking times. Can I do and use all those on a smoothtop like on a coil ?.

Oct 04, 2012
chowmel in Cookware

Molasses...

when you empty the jar after all this good suggestions, fill it with cold milk, shake well, and enjoy !

May 21, 2012
chowmel in Home Cooking

Granola - can molasses be substituted for honey?

The granola I make uses molasses for sweetening. About 1/3 C for 4 C oats, also has a couple tablespoons br sugar & butter along with some water

May 21, 2012
chowmel in Home Cooking

Maria y Ricardo's New Corn Tortillas

I'm always able to get M y R at woburn wf. They had corn in the past but I haven't noticed these new corn ones yet

May 17, 2012
chowmel in Greater Boston Area

Rounding on restaurant bills

Tonight after dining at a regional family owned chain we received the incorrect change for our payment. we were missing the actual change . We showed the waitress, she said it was correct, we showed the math and she said "Oh, you want the coins ? We don't bother with that.". She reached in
to her pocket and put whatever there was onto the table and left. We took what was ours. I have never heard of rounding the bill. I first thought the management would make a good bit extra, then thought they may even out over time. Regardless, the patron who is shortchanged loses out. It may be only cents, but hey - its mine ! I sent a note to the owners for an explaination, haven;t heard yet. Is this common in places ?

Mar 12, 2012
chowmel in Not About Food

cognac from the 50's/60's

They've been stored undisturbed, away from light in a dry basement that has a fairly constant temperature. The seals are intact. I'll give it a try and report back.

Sep 07, 2011
chowmel in Spirits

Concord Grapes

Has anyone seen a good price on Concords ? I saw some at market basket in BUrlington , small box butthey didn;t look like much - didn't notice price. But it made me want to make jelly. thanks

Sep 04, 2011
chowmel in Greater Boston Area

cognac from the 50's/60's

Cleaning out my farther's estate we came upon a number of unopened bottles of liquor that had been purchased on one of the trips my parents took to Bermuda in the late 50's and 60's. I passed on the whiskey and bourbon and missed on the brandy. However, I do have a bottle of Remy Martin and a bottle of Courvoisier. Would these have aged well during that time ? Or does the aging matter only before the bottling ? I assume they are still good drinking. I don't know about cognac. What's a good way to enjoy it ? thank you

Sep 04, 2011
chowmel in Spirits

Don't Americans have shrimp cocktails with creamy sauce?

I had found it ages ago and forgot about it until your suggestion. Now when I see it, I remember the problem - its nothing like my father made ! He had the name but not the same ingredients. I'll try the online one - it may be good. Thanks.

Jul 05, 2011
chowmel in General Topics

Don't Americans have shrimp cocktails with creamy sauce?

Growing up my father would sometimes make a shrimp cocktail with a creamy sauce that he called Lamarze sauce. He said it came from a famous hotel recipe but I was never able to find ant name of the sort. What ever it was , it was very good.

Jul 01, 2011
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ISO currants (red or black)

I pick at Monadnock Berries in Troy NH each year. Currants are usually ready after july 7th. Beautiful place to pick with view of mt monadnock. I love currants !
http://monadnockberries.com/

Jun 28, 2011
chowmel in Greater Boston Area

No Milk for your Cereal?

I buy a pourable yogurt - Organic Valley - for my cold cereal.

Jun 09, 2011
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June 2011 Farmers' Markets, CSAs, Farm Stands Etc.

excellent - all i needed was more patience !!

Jun 09, 2011
chowmel in Greater Boston Area

June 2011 Farmers' Markets, CSAs, Farm Stands Etc.

Went to Davis sq last week and was disappointed. I realize its early in the season and not to expect much but there was so little. I expect in a couple weeks it will pick up and be as goos as last year.
I read Woburn will be having a market at the old Spence Farm lot on Sundays 9-1.

Jun 08, 2011
chowmel in Greater Boston Area

What are you eating RIGHT NOW?

nibbling on taza chocolate, dried cranberries and walnuts, with sweet orange and ginger tea.

Apr 03, 2011
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Deciphering local Chinese delivery

Growing up, subgum was always diced veggies most often with almonds in it. I have not seen it on menus for years. Back in the day it was our standard order out in central ma !

Feb 12, 2011
chowmel in Greater Boston Area

Sour Oranges - Seville Oranges ?

Are sour and seville oranges the same? I was thinking of making marmalade with sevilles but couldn't find any. I did however, find sour oranges. Interchangable ?

Feb 08, 2011
chowmel in General Topics

Do you know of any websites or blogs that focus on pickling? Or at least have great info about the process?

second that - also her companion site on pickling-
tigressinapickle

Jan 26, 2011
chowmel in Home Cooking

Pimento Cheese - what kind of peppers

What kind of peppers are used in making pimento cheese ? Are they regular jarred roasted peppers or pickled of some kind ?

Jan 15, 2011
chowmel in Home Cooking

Storebought Chai Brand favorites?

Upton Tea Co sells a decaf Chai Tea with red pepper - very good. Their regular Chai is good too but no heat

Jan 10, 2011
chowmel in General Topics

Apple pie with cheese? Really?

Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze - my fathers wisdom too !

Jan 10, 2011
chowmel in General Topics