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VEGGIE SLAWS/COLESLAWS! Home Cooking Dish Of The Month (July 2015)

A bit late to this party but better late than never! I made this buttermilk slaw yesterday and it is still mighty tasty. Red and green cabbage, shredded carrot, bias-sliced celery, thin-sliced radish, scallions. Salted the cabbages and left to drain to 2 separate piles in the colander for a little over an hour then rinsed and blotted off and mixed with the rest of the veggies and the dressing. No bleeding from the red cabbage. Dressing = equal parts buttermilk and mayo, just a bit of (milk) kefir, a bit of Dijon and a bit of apple cider vinegar. Yum. And thanks for all of the great inspiration up-thread!

about 3 hours ago
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition

Had planned a reprise of ham and buttermilk coleslaw for tonight (v tasty last night and plenty left) but got a call from a former client who is in town so dinner tonight will be out. Not sure where, he likes to share so somewhere with sharable things, maybe Turkish I'm thinking???

Trendy restaurant for vegetarian

Just recently took a vegetarian to Erbaluce and she loved it!

about 7 hours ago
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

Food to go -- as in to the airport

my mistake, thanks addiez!

Food to go -- as in to the airport

J. Pace was my immediate thought too but they no longer have a North End location, just Saugus, South Boston and MGH. :(

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Cold ham and buttermilk coleslaw (barely in under the wire on the DOTM; will report there once I taste the slaw which may have a bit too much cider vinegar). Crisp and cold Provençal rosé. A crusty sourdough roll if I feel like it but bet my appetite will be zapped once I leave my perfectly-chilled office -- it is a brutal HHH day out there and humidity is supposed to rise throughout the night tonight. :(

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

man, that is so not fair about hurting your good leg! a super-spicy curry sounds like just the thing for your stuffy head...

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

I had very similar last night, lettuce leaves instead of tortillas, no zukes and sliced homemade pickled radishes. Mmm...

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

My cousin the fireman in Tucson AZ says they *never* turn down baked goodies but he said not to bring main dish food because they have that covered themselves. Certainly when I turned up with brownies once to thank the EMTs who scraped me off the floor of the express aisle where I had fainted they had no hesitation although I was arguably not a stranger at that point. :)

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Best wishes to the kitty and you do need to take care of yourself too. Agree that the meatball leakage may be from not searing first.

Jul 28, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

So sad for your neighbors and their lost dog, poor thing...

Jul 28, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

That is awesome, My mother had a similar one but I couldn't find it after she was gone, she must have given it away when they moved after she retired.

Jul 27, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking

ISO inspiration for "Bowls" meals

There was an interesting article about this in the NYT not last fall, referencing Japanese donburi and Korean bibimbap. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/08/din...

Jul 27, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking

Good Saturday lunch in Duxbury or Marshfield?

Well, the expedition was postponed but thank you all for your responses. It is amazing the Chow deserts that exist here and there...

Jul 27, 2015
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

Maine Meat (aka MEat) in Kittery, Maine

Thanks to this post I stopped in on my way up to Mid-Coast Maine for vacation and then was so blown away I had to stop in again on my way back. On the first visit I got a flat-iron steak, a couple of pork chops, a merguez sausage and some house-made corned beef, all of which were superlative, as were some cubes of the most amazing marinated feta. The deal on sausages is that they have 4 or 5 regular ones and then 3 or 4 special ones which change. The merguez was one of the latter and sadly they were not featured on my return visit. Second time I was confident enough to get some of the splurgier stuff -- 45 day dry aged bone-in NY strip, another beautiful steak in a cut I was unfamiliar with and more pork chops, all of which they happily vacuum-sealed for the freezer. I got a couple of sausages for immediate use and they were really good although I can't recall which ones I got. Also more marinated feta which did not last long. Both visits they had run out of the ground beef/bacon so call ahead for that if you really want it.

This is a gem of a place and run by really lovely people. Thanks so much for posting about it beetlebug!

Good Saturday lunch in Duxbury or Marshfield?

My father (who lives in Cohasset) has asked me to take him to My Little Bakery in Duxbury tomorrow and I am looking for a nice place for lunch on the way back. He will not eat Asian food and requires a glass of decent wine with lunch so those are my parameters. Any suggestions much appreciated!

http://mylittlebakery.co/

Jul 24, 2015
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter

I loved this book too and also read her blog although I haven't checked in for a good while, thanks for this reminder.

Jul 22, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #376 - The HHH Edition --Horrid, Hideous, Hellacious! [through July 23, 2015]

Back from a long vacation in Mid-Coast Maine, which is truly a food-lover's paradise. Missing the cool ocean breezes something fierce! Tonight will likely be FM cheese I brought back along with a big salad of FM salad greens, sugar snaps (they were still in season up there), radishes, spring turnips and kohlrabi. The only appliance that will be turned on tonight will be the AC!

3 Days in Boston

Wow, great report and you had some great eats! Hope you enjoyed Portland as well.

Jul 20, 2015
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

Recs for North End lunch

L'Osteria is always reliable. http://losteria.com/

Jul 20, 2015
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

Belly is all bubbles

Jun 30, 2015
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

Sounds like a wonderful trip!

Jun 29, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

So aggravating about the critters eating your salad greens!!

Jun 29, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

the meatballs sound great!!

Jun 28, 2015
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What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

Went with finely-chopped preserved lemon and slivered mint (and a bit of butter) on the sugar snaps and that was a GREAT combination! Pork belly with my usual dijon-seeded mustard-pomegranate molasses glaze, German Butterball potato. Happy....

ETA: considered adding some ginger to the glaze since I had it but wasn't sure it would play well. Thoughts? LW? Others?

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

holy moly that looks/sounds good JM!

Jun 28, 2015
GretchenS in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (July 2015) Voting

Thanks meatn3!

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

June 28 and 56 degrees out here in Greater Boston -- hard to believe! In fridge clean-out mode as vacation starts Wednesday. A bit of pork belly to be crisped up, a small FM potato imported by me from the CA FM, the last of the baby sugar snaps from my local farm stand (I pickled 7 jars of them as I promised myself last summer I would). I have mint and ginger on hand so I may follow mc's lead although I was also thinking preserved lemon might play nicely....

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

Happy belated roxlet, sounds like a delicious celebration!

Jun 28, 2015
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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

OMG Friz I had to stop reading in the office, everyone was looking at me as I nearly fell off the chair laughing. You are one talented writer!!