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weekday lunch somewhere between Pelham NH and Wells Maine

Thnaks. Green Bean was very good. Enjoyed tarragon potato sausage soup and half sandwich. Very crowded at lunch time. Expeansion area is still under construction. Friends enjoyed their lunches too except they didn't notice the soup and sandwich combo deal.

Campton/Plymouth, NH

The plymouth CM is nice but not remarkable. If you just wanted a burger, the Green house in Warren is good. A little on the funky side and small. You might try Meredith area for a nicer restaurant. We loke The Homestead in Bristol. Old farm house atmosphere.

selling salsa

I agree with JTPhilly. You will have to conform to local and state regulations for your area and it might be very helpful to work with a commercial kitchen (recent tv interview with a commercial kitchen owner said she gives guidance to people use the kitchen). There is a local outfit that sells fresh salsa and they use plastic tubs. Canning jars are expensive so you should look into something else. (local milk and yogurt sellers who use canning jars at local farmers market use a jar deposit/return system). You might check first with your county cooperative extension since many have information and programs for beginning food producers. I just checked one local market that requires product liability insurance so that' something you will also have to check into.
Here's an example of what NH requires from Homestead Kitchens (but since salsa is perishable you would have to make it in a commercial kitchen).
http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/fp/sanita...

You don't have to install a commercial kitchen. Google to find one to rent or ask around. Someone I know started out by renting kitchen time at a small restaurant that wasn't very busy.

Some of the organic farming associations also hold classes for potential food producers. Good luck!

Sep 18, 2014
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

Spicy appetizer

I'm planning on trying a recipe for Green Tomato and Pimento Cheese biscuits. It says they are good warm or cold.
http://www.npr.org/2011/08/30/1400376...

You could spice it up using some minced hot peppers or a spicy sausage instead of green tomato.

Sep 18, 2014
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

weekday lunch somewhere between Pelham NH and Wells Maine

Thanks! both suggestions looks great.

Sep 11, 2014
dfrostnh in Northern New England

Has something changed with canning lids?

Both Ball and Kerr are owned by Jarden Corporation. Perhaps different factories make the lids but I would think they are the same.http://www.jarden.com/brands
Here is a discussion about it:
http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/coun...

I read recently somewhere that directions for heating lids have changed. My old packages (just found in barn from 2007) say heat to simmering but NOT boiling. New packages don't seem to be as clear about how hot to get water.

Sep 10, 2014
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

What to do with LOTS of fresh basil?

You can make a basil flavored simple syrup to flavor fresh lemonade or iced tea. I was surprised how good it tasted in iced tea. This requires 4 cups packed basil. I recently made another batch of just basil tea in case I wanted to make some more syrup and froze it.
Basil garlic mayonnaise keeps pretty well in the fridge for a week or two. I spread on bread for tomato sandwiches. Just use store bought mayonnaise or find a recipe to make mayo from scratch.
I also packed leaves into a wide mouth bottle and added vinegar to make basil vinegar.

Sep 09, 2014
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

Canned salsa [moved from Prairie Provinces]

I notice on the Ball website, one salsa recipe uses some vinegar plus the Ball Fiesta spice mix (I don't see lemon mentioned). On the fresh salsa recipe, vinegar is again specified but also some lime juice. Ball seems to be everyone's reference for safe canning. Did your salsa recipe contain vinegar? It may have enough acid without adding lemon.

Bottled lemon juice is recommended because of consistency. From their website:
Tomatoes have a pH (acid) level that is just above the line dividing high-acid foods and low-acid foods. It is important for the safety and quality of tomato recipes that the proper acid level is maintained. Since many factors can decrease the natural acidity in tomatoes, the addition of bottled lemon juice or citric acid helps ensure the correct acidification. Bottled lemon juice must be used because its acid level is consistent, unlike fresh lemons.

Recipes that include an adequate amount of vinegar (5% acidity) do not require additional acidification, such as salsa, tomato chutney, and pickled tomatoes.

Put in the fridge right away and use up within a month as the other poster suggests. If you've canned a lot of tomatoes, I would put in freezer if you have space but change to freezer safe plastic contains. I don't think you can freeze in large glass jars.

Sep 06, 2014
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

weekday lunch somewhere between Pelham NH and Wells Maine

WHERE? This will be on a Friday in a couple of weeks to begin a getaway weekend with friends. I think the only cuisine we have to rule out is Asian. We are having Italian on Friday night at a Stonewall Kitchen class. I'm almost thinking an early lunch in Exeter because I never get there. Good soups and sandwiches would be fine. My friends are driving me nuts by not making any suggestions but complaining about what I choose. I would like some place that does interesting salads too.

Sep 05, 2014
dfrostnh in Northern New England

NYC to Vermont; where in between?

I've stayed at the Baymont Inn in East Windsor CT. It's handy to the hwy and Sofia's Restaurant is right across the street. It doesn't get high marks on trip advisor but it was recommended by a friend who lives there. It's one of those popular local places. The Baymont is your standard moderate priced place by the hwy. Nothing special but it's clean and convenient.

Sep 05, 2014
dfrostnh in Northern New England

lobster at market basket in nh

$4.99/lb in Concord NH on 9/02 so expect that price will be good thru Saturday.

Sep 03, 2014
dfrostnh in Northern New England

Help me plan my Lobster Roll Quest of NE Mass, Coastal NH, and SE Maine

I agree with Bite into Maine but if you need something further south to keep your bellies from growling, we like Petey's on Rt 1 in Rye NH. I think it should be within 10-15 miles of I95. The only thing is they serve on a round roll with French fries and don't let you substitute onion rings.

Sep 03, 2014
dfrostnh in Northern New England

What kind of vinegars do you keep on hand?

My list is similar to everyone's plus I have homemade herb vinegars such as tarragon which I like a lot but which my husband does not. I recently stuffed basil leaves in a jar with white vinegar to use them up but I don't recall what I planned to do with basil vinegar. I also have a bottle of red vinegar purchased at an Asian store for some unknown and/or forgotten reason. I love rice vinegar and only have seasoned rice vinegar as well as unseasoned because I bought the seasoned by mistake. Also have some kind of vinegar I made for China Moon recipes. Bought champagne vinegar for another project and because a friend said she loves it. According to the newspaper, a new oil and vinegar store has opened in town. I better forgot I ever read the article. Love balsamic vinegar. I've been making pickles so vinegar is critical.

Sep 02, 2014
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

Seeking deep fried calamari with Asian dipping sauce

Thanks for the recommendation. Walter's menu looks wonderful. I could have the calamari and rubberband fearing husband could have scallops ... and if we went soon while the summer menu is still in effect, it could be scallops and fried green tomatoes! I love Portland and do not get there often enough.

Sep 01, 2014
dfrostnh in Northern New England

Road Trip From NYC to Burlington, VT - Any Good (Food) Stops Along the Way?

We stopped at this place several years ago. Fridays might be your only chance for pizza. It's 12 miles south of Burlington. Make sure you have good directions because it's in the middle of farm country. Weather was nice so we ate outside with the chickens. Pizza on Earth in Charlotte VT.
http://www.pizzaonearth.com/

Yankee magazine just did an article on heirloom apples and a guy who grows them at Scott Farm in Dummerston VT. It's not on the direct route to Burlington but their website gives a list of places you can buy their apples. I am tempted to make a road trip except Gould Hill Orchard near us also grows a great variety of heirloom apples. http://scottfarmvermont.com/heirloom-...

We just had a wine tasting at Hermit Woods Winery in Meredith NH where they are proud of one of the first wines they ever made from Dolgo crab apples which I see are grown at Scott Farm.

If you can alter your route going home to go down the eastern border of VT (I91), you could stop in Norwich VT at King Arthur Flour. They have a good café. Great selection of baking ingredients and tools in their shop. The Killdeer farm stand next door on Rt 5 is small but interesting. I bought some unusual varieties of dried beans (from Maine).

Sep 01, 2014
dfrostnh in Northern New England

Seeking deep fried calamari with Asian dipping sauce

well, of course! I should look on Asian menus. Hopefully, a trip to our favorite Thai place is in the near future. We have avoided calamari before or maybe just overlooked it. Thanks!

Sep 01, 2014
dfrostnh in Northern New England

Seeking deep fried calamari with Asian dipping sauce

A calamari loving friend chose Canoe on Lake Winnipesaukee for lunch and I was thrilled with her suggestion we share an order of calamari. Not only was the calamari lightly deep fried and sprinkled with sesame seeds, it was served in a small pool of Asian sauce. I'm guessing soy and sweet chili sauce since there was sweet plus heat and I thought detected tiny specs of red chili pepper. Finely julienned summer squash and zucchini and sliced scallion was scattered on top. The dish was perfect! I know the people who own Canoe also own O Steaks in Concord and Laconia but I was hoping I could find a similar dish elsewhere. I liked it a lot better than calamari with marinara sauce. My husband has only had calamari that was too chewy like rubber bands and is dragging his feet.

Aug 31, 2014
dfrostnh in Northern New England

lobster at market basket in nh

whatever you do, do NOT buy pre-cooked lobster than is wrapped in plastic. I don't know anyone who has purchased decent cold lobster that way. You still have to shell it but you are far better off to have them steam it to order.

Aug 31, 2014
dfrostnh in Northern New England

Are you a herb, spice and seasoning junkie?

Who me? I wondered about the flavor in some saffron I used the other night since it was several years old. A friend gave it to me, something her brother had picked up in his travels. It was in a plastic case inside a very nice cardboard box. I'm trying to use up what I have and just replenish the essentials from the bulk containers at the food coop. But, I also made a visit to Penzey's where I thought a friend was going to share my purchases so I bought larger sizes than I should have. What is worse, is the numerous condiments I have. Got you beat on the Caribbean jerk seasoning, I think I have a bottle of maubi syrup that's about 25 years old. I know, it needs to be tossed. I just keep forgetting it's there.

Aug 28, 2014
dfrostnh in General Topics

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

I visit used bookstores and benefit book sales. Sometimes I get lucky. I think I paid $1 for Zuni Café. I read thru threads like these to see what's popular so I have an idea of what titles to keep an eye out for. My favorite independent bookstore just had a 25% off sale but I passed on some cookbooks I've been thinking about. Something about all the books I already have on my shelf and what cuisines I haven't been exploring.

Aug 27, 2014
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

Grocery store/market near Pittsfield/Killington

The Norwich Farmers Market is about an hour away but worth the trip. Within about a half mile you have King Arthur Flour with a great shop of baking ingredients, café and prepared food, Killdeer Farm Stand and the farmers market. Farmers market is on Saturday mornings. Go on an empty stomach and enjoy!

Aug 21, 2014
dfrostnh in Northern New England

Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

Is anyone fermenting with The Perfect Pickler? I just want small batches. Just made half sours but didn't put in as much fresh dill as recipe called for. Pickles are crispy but I'm not thrilled with the flavor. Probably my fault for not using enough dill.

Aug 20, 2014
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

Eating sunflowers? Do they taste like artichokes? How to prepare?

I think this was the better link. I am surprised. I thought for sure this was going to be about Jerusalem Artichokes. Thanks for the clarification.

Aug 20, 2014
dfrostnh in Home Cooking

HELP!!! First trip to Maine Oct 12-18: Portland to Bar Harbor

I'm pretty sure Cameron's is where we had a lobster roll. It's in Brunswick on the Bath road so it would be on your right as you're heading north.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

Should be a good place for lunch. Not scenic however. We also went to Gurnet Trading Company on the road to Harpswell. Real shack, tiny place, we ate outside. Does not seem to close for the season but I would check first.

We have liked the Sea Basket in Wiscasset but on our last visit dried food was over-cooked. They have counter service but a large dining area. Nothing fancy. Check hours first, I think they are closed on Mondays.

HELP!!! First trip to Maine Oct 12-18: Portland to Bar Harbor

looks good but only open until Columbus Day. OP's visit is Oct 12-18.

Moving to Amherst, NH: Looking for recs in Amherst, Milford, Bedford, Manchester, Nashua

Saigon Asian market in Nashua. Their Manchester store has been closed for quite awhile. The Lanna Thai market on Rt 101A is pretty good but Saigon Asia has a much larger fresh produce and meat dept. Saigon Asia gets fresh prepared food deliveries on weekends around noon. Only time I can get a banh mi sandwich.

The Brattleboro VT farmers market on Sat is very good and worth a drive since they also have vendors with prepared foods (lunch). Makes a nice road trip. Recently went to the one in Norwich VT and plan to do so again tomorrow. Very festive and the Vermont farmers markets seem to have some great cheese vendors which I don't see very often around Concord NH.

Aug 15, 2014
dfrostnh in Northern New England

Artichokes in the east coast garden? Experience, anyone?

A fried in western MA said she bought some miniature artichokes at a farmers markets. Said they were delicious. There have been some big changes in what you can grow in zone 5 using high tunnels. My friend might be in zone 6. Here in NH I've seen a market gardener growing sweet potatoes in a large commercial unheated high tunnel. Some market gardeners use some heat early in the season to extend the growing season.

Aug 14, 2014
dfrostnh in Gardening

Norwich VT trip report

See which menu appeals to you. Carpenter and Main has a lot of small plates but we thought they were a little too small for sharing among our largish group. Three plates made for an interesting meal with one being served as a salad/appetizer. The waitress was very friendly and the bar seemed very casual. It's not a large place. I thought the Norwich Inn had a more relaxing atmosphere but they also had excellent waitresses (had two breakfasts and one dinner there). Since the Norwich Inn has both a porch where you can enjoy a drink and a small outdoor patio where you can enjoy a drink, you might like to take your time outside, talking, before you go inside to eat. I would call both places upscale because of their menus but they were also comfortable and casual. My friends thought the beer at the Norwich Inn was wonderful. The bartender at Carpenter and Main might have been more creative with mixed drinks. I would think you could also go to the outdoor patio at the Norwich Inn to enjoy after dinner coffee or drinks. The Norwich Inn also has a large beautiful old fashioned living room where you could meet and talk before going into dinner.

Aug 01, 2014
dfrostnh in Northern New England

Best Lobster Rolls in Portsmouth NH

respectfully disagree, Dave B. The taste difference is whether the lobster meat is fresh picked or vacuum packed. Plus, I think it also depends on how long the lobster has been out of the ocean. Supermarkets around here will steam lobster so I've made lobster rolls at home. If the lobsters have been in a holding tank for awhile, I think they lose some of their flavor. It's not magic, it's about freshness.

Jul 23, 2014
dfrostnh in Northern New England

Lunch on the way to Boston

Once you leave the Hanover/Lebanon area, there isn't a lot of choices off I89. The one time we went to Yama, I liked it. If you take exit 7 and turn south toward Contoocook, there is the School House Café. It's a breakfast and lunch place but I think it's open until 3. Very busy at lunch time but you can do take-out for picnic table if weather is good. Small, but good food and they have all day breakfast.

If you take exit 2, Clinton St, Concord you can follow directions to In A Pinch Café which has great homemade soups, good sandwiches, salads and daily specials. From there it would be easiest to go directly to I93. If You continue into downtown Concord there are quite a few options but not a lot of parking spaces at lunch time for Main Street local places. Avoid if July 18-20 since Main Street will be closed off for Market Days. If you go to the end of I89 and drive directly across the intersection you will be on Hall Street. Haven't been to Sandwich Depot in a long time but they have good subs. If you continue on Hall Street, you come out almost at I93. Just turn right and stay in right lane.

A busy place but fairly quick is the King Arthur Flour café in Norwich VT. I think you have to detour to I91 but it's close. They have a great menu/take-out with both inside and outside seating and if you bake, it's a fabulous store to shop. It's 5 miles north of junction I89/I91. I would also highly recommend lunch at the Norwich Inn which is everything you would envision for a New England country inn. Check menu and schedule. I don't think they are open on Mondays.

Jul 16, 2014
dfrostnh in Northern New England