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Super Bowl snacks for hospital

Second the deviled eggs suggestion. When I used to bring them to my mother in the hospital I cut them in quarters rather than halves so they were one bite -- easier to manage. Quick to make just 2 or 3 eggs.
BLT-stuffed cherry tomatoes.
Stuffed grape leaves (store-bought), cut in half for hospital.
Love the idea of shrimp, so luxurious and you can buy exactly as many as you want-- maybe get exotic on the dipping sauce.
Big green olives stuffed with blue cheese -- could skewer with small chunks of ham but good on their own
A toothpick version of watermelon-feta salad?

about 23 hours ago
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superbowl meatball party

Mmmm meatballs! Meatballs are soft, I would go crunchy on the veggies: a big platter of gorgeous raw veggies in every color you can find. CH roxlet has an amazing green goddess dressing you could make to go with. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/720736

Jan 29, 2015
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Gordon's Waltham Ain't The Wine Shop It Used To Be

Good to know about the new person at Martignetti's and also glad to know I can put it back on my list of resources. I was flat out amazed to be treated the way I was that time, and as I say have never darkened their doors again.

Jan 19, 2015
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Your most elegant chicken recipe?

Never eaten in a Michelin 3 star, but a friend made me the Chicken Ballotine with spinach and cheese stuffing (to which he added mushrooms) and sauce from Essential Pepin and it was one of the best things I ever put in my mouth as well as gorgeous. He served it with roasted carrots and potatoes and it was a very memorable meal. http://blogs.kqed.org/essentialpepin/...

Jan 19, 2015
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Gordon's Waltham Ain't The Wine Shop It Used To Be

So interesting, I have been in there on and off over the years and the last time or two left less happily than before but didn't take the time to analyze why (did not deal with director but with junior staff). On the other hand, I experienced absolutely DREADFUL snobby unhelpful service at Martignetti's two summers back (2.5 years ago) and have never darkened their doors again -- presumably when the person in question was there. I guess I can go back to Martignetti's now.

Sad to hear about Red Bird and Campania too, no place at all for snobbiness in the hospitality industry.

Jan 19, 2015
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Dumpling Daugher Weston

I tried Dumpling Daughter for a late lunch yesterday, going with the pan seared pork and Napa cabbage dumplings pictured above, and the dan dan mien. I thought the dumplings were out of this world -- tender, succulent, flavorful. They come with a ginger-soy sauce and I was also offered a spicy sauce which I will try next time. The dan dan mien were good but not really my thing -- glad to have tried them but won't get again. Those dumplings though were worth going out of my way for and I will do so, again and again. Can't wait to try the ramen too!

Jan 19, 2015
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

My Other Kitchen - Pleasant St. in Belmont

Just had the lamb burger for lunch and it was excellent. Juicy and flavorful on a nicely grilled ciabatta roll with lettuce, tomato, red onion and a wonderful thick and tasty tzatziki on the side for slathering on. Also a really good, apparently house-made dill pickle. The roasted potatoes were not my favorite which was fine with me as about the last thing I need to eat is a big plate of roasted potatoes. Will be back again for that burger and would like to try the breakfast sandwiches as well.

Jan 16, 2015
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Staying at Cambridgeside, restaurant suggestions

no kidding! :)

Jan 15, 2015
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Taipei Gourmet, Lexington

I had the Crispy Duck Rice Plate that Ferrari328 pictures above as takeout the other night and it was fabulous, and as Ferrari328 says, a steal for $7.59 (with tax, $8.10 or something like that).

Jan 14, 2015
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Staying at Cambridgeside, restaurant suggestions

Good call, I always forget about Helmand, always enjoy it when I go. Last time was maybe a year ago, I am overdue.

Staying at Cambridgeside, restaurant suggestions

Interesting, I have not had that experience at EVOO but I sure know how frustrating that can be! I nearly always sit up at the high-tops with a view into the kitchen, I wonder if that ensures better service because the owner tends to be right there....

Jan 14, 2015
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Under $30 in North End?

L'Osteria is a reliably good red sauce type Italian with friendly service and very decent prices. I would not call it "great" but then I personally would not call any red sauce Italian place great. I do know that I have had countless business dinners (internal, not client) there over the years and have never been disappointed in either food or service. http://www.losteria.com/

Staying at Cambridgeside, restaurant suggestions

+ EVOO (just looked at their menu and got very, very hungry...)

Jan 12, 2015
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One Bag of Chickpea Flour, Five Ways to Use It - From Food52

Here is a link to that Sortun recipe. I have not made it but it sure looks good! http://wellfedeveryone.wordpress.com/...

Jan 07, 2015
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One Bag of Chickpea Flour, Five Ways to Use It - From Food52

I'm loving this thread, thanks for starting it!

Jan 07, 2015
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One Bag of Chickpea Flour, Five Ways to Use It - From Food52

Jan 07, 2015
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meal delivery service - hingham

You might call Kate's Table, I don't know if they would do that but if not, they might have some ideas for you. http://katestable.com/

Jan 07, 2015
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Pork pork and more pork......what to do!

I can smell that wonton soup right through the screen -- yum!!

Jan 04, 2015
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Can I leave the ham out overnight?

Do you have a big cooler you can put it in and pack it with ice? Or a kind neighbor with space in their fridge? Because no, I would not leave it out.

Dec 31, 2014
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What oil do you use for homemade mayo?

Grapeseed oil, to my taste the most neutral of them all. You might want to use just a titch of olive oil toward the end -- or not, tastes differ.

Dec 31, 2014
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Best southern-fried chicken in the Greater Boston area?

MC Slim JB recommended it upthread. His reco's are always solid.

Dec 31, 2014
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Cocktail party eats -- a report

What strikes me most about this time table is that you are obviously a very quick worker! (Even if we assume the items marked (R) were for someone else to do.) Your organization is really impressive. Thanks so much for sharing all of this!

Changed settings to "Collapse Previously Read Comments" but some times threads still paginate

I keep changing my setting to See All, it keeps telling me that my settings have been changed, and I keep getting the paginated view. From inside Chowhound, not clicking through from anything else. Drives me batty.

Dec 30, 2014
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Fish and Soup

Different parts of the country have different types of "flaky white fish" -- which is exactly what you need. In the Northeast that would be cod, haddock, pollock, hake, flounder or tilapia. And I don't know about shrimp (allergic to it) but the fish I have listed, if cut into bite-sized pieces, will need no more than 3 or 4 minutes in the simmering broth to be cooked. Good luck!

Dec 30, 2014
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Can you please recommend some recepies?

Great resource, thanks so much for this!

Dec 30, 2014
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Best restaurants under $30 for App and Entree?

Good to know, thanks. I have had that harira soup, it is fabulous. Both times I went one of my DCs had called ahead and arranged a menu with the owners and the food was a knockout.

Dec 30, 2014
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Cocktail party eats -- a report

Oh. My. God. I am desolated that my invitation got lost somehow. ;) Gorgeous, mouthwatering photos, beautiful table, lucky, lucky guests!!!!!

Ribelle tonight- Best dishes

Agree with every word VintageMolly said. Never had anything there I didn't love. Do tell your server about any food allergies because not every ingredient is listed on the menu. In fact, a somewhat pedestrian-sounding dish (from the menu description) will likely be anything but pedestrian.

Dec 29, 2014
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Best restaurants under $30 for App and Entree?

I have not been since they moved, useful reminder. What is your ordering strategy there? I had a sense it might be best just to put yourself in their hands, kind of a Moroccan omakase.

Dec 29, 2014
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burned prosciutto-wrapped roast

I think there is your answer. If you used a 2 1/2 - 3 pound roast (loin) that is WAY different from the two tenderloins (total weight about 2 1/2 pounds) that the recipe calls for. And the two cuts (loin and tenderloin) are entirely different in how long they take to cook and their texture once cooked.

Dec 28, 2014
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