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Sushi Sam's - My First Time, But Not My Last [San Mateo]

I went back last night (sadly without CH mariacarmen who is travelling in Europe, lucky thing). Once again the omakase was outstanding. No ankimo this time (I believe it is out of season) but had amberjack, butterfish, artic char, bonito and torched toro, among other things I have forgotten. Sat at the sushi bar and both the sushi chefs and the waiters were friendly and welcoming. I feel very lucky to be out here in business 4 times a year and able to get to Sushi Sam's every time. What a fabulous place!

Sono Asian Cuisine, Arlington. Continues to improve

471 Summer Street, Arlington http://arlingtonsono.com/

Sep 14, 2014
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

New Strip T's Thread for 2013:Excellence and Innovation Continue

They told me that they are playing around with it. My guess is that if dinner business drops off they will revamp again, but as kimfair1 says, this was at least in part in response to customer demand for the iconic romaine salad, burger and fried chicken to be available all the time. Another change is that they are now open straight through from 11 to 9.

Sep 08, 2014
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

Moody's 1st Impressions

Thanks to the MC Slim JB rec upthread I tried the Moody's corned beef this weekend and it might be the best thing I have ever put between two slices of bread. Seriously. Not for the fatphobe, what makes it great is the marbling, but holy cow! That corned beef is amazing. Also worthy of note is their chicken liver mousse, which may well be the best exemplar of that item I have ever had.

Aug 31, 2014
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

HAMBURGERS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month for August 2014

(Catching up on my posting, this was a week or so ago.) Way overloaded patty melt. When will I learn that a good patty melt requires restraint? Thin patty, a careful hand with cheese. This was a wretched excess of a patty melt and has tattooed (hopefully) in my brain the need for discretion in patty melt making. :) As always, the dog cheerfully helped finish the meat and cheese part.

HAMBURGERS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month for August 2014

Goat burger with 2 kinds of goat cheese. The goat meat was far leaner than it looked and the cheeses didn't melt right but it was tasty with FM tomatoes, cukes and sweet onion. The goat meat I have in the freezer will likely be made into merguez burgers with a good glug of olive oil mixed in to negate the leanness.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

NAY to to TJ's Goat Cheddar. I bought it to go on goat burgers but it didn't melt properly, just got kind of chalky and with a nasty skin.

Aug 26, 2014
GretchenS in Chains

Trying to hack toum...

Did you remove any green or visible sprouts in the garlic? They can make garlic very bitter. And I personally would use grapeseed oil which I find much more neutral than the specified oils. Last, you could try tempering the raw garlic for a few minutes in some lemon juice, then draining it off and proceeding -- that will take a lot of bite out of the raw garlic.

Aug 19, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

Love your garden John. Really great idea for a thread!

Aug 10, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

So very sorry for your loss lingua, they do leave such a hole. The dog has gotten a lot of extra love this week in honor of the Dude.

Aug 10, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

HAMBURGERS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month for August 2014

I know a soft roll is more traditional but I like the contrast of crispy toast and soft burger....

Aug 10, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

HAMBURGERS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month for August 2014

Cheeseburger. Grass-fed beef, fontina, dill pickle, sweet onion, summer tomato on my favorite Iggy's whole wheat sourdough toast. Really yummy. Couldn't finish it but the dog was happy to help out. Sorry for lousy photo, I do not have L.Nightshade's talent with the camera!

HAMBURGERS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month for August 2014

Those look great LN! I probably would have liked some quick-pickled cukes and onions to cut the fattiness. Must keep these in mind....

Aug 09, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

Picnic - Appetizers - Ideas Please

This is a great suggestion. Old-school or not it is ALWAYS a hit when I make it for parties. I add some finely chopped smaoked salmon in addition to the called-for amount of regular salmon. (And monfrancisco, I make a small dish for me and hide it at the back of the fridge because there are NEVER leftovers! :) )

Aug 06, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

Seeking input on outdoor Puerto Rican pig roast facility under development [Holyoke, MA]

As others have said: totally awesome! But better closer to Boston. If it were within 30 minutes drive I'd be there 3 x month at the very last.

HAMBURGERS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month for August 2014

Sounds good!

Aug 04, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

H-Mart Burlington ?

I do trust their stuff but am discriminating about what I buy, as I am everywhere. I have not seen worse at H-Mart than at Whole Foods or Wilsons Farm, where at times the produce can look tired (especially Whole Foods) or I notice something past its sell-by date. Happens everywhere, not often but enough so I find I have to pay attention wherever I go.

Aug 04, 2014
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

Site issues

What has happened to me several times lately when I go to reply to a post is that I get just a white screen, maybe that is what Berheenia experienced. Then I have to close that tab and re-open Chowhound, at which point when I go back to that thread it shows everything as read (annoying in a long WFD thread) -- this has happened multiple times in the past week. Also, when posting to WFD my reply covers up the next post down so I can only see the replies to it. I know the WFD threads are long and sometimes behave strangely as a result.

Aug 04, 2014
GretchenS in Site Talk

What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition [through August 4, 2014]

The plan for tonight is lingua's souvlaki with either avocado tomato salad or quinoa corn and cuke salad. That is if there are no t-storms preventing grilling, which there may be. I am having so much trouble posting in this new version of CH it is taking all the joy out of it for me. :(

Aug 04, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition [through August 4, 2014]

Total yum, JM, what happened to my invite? ;)

Aug 04, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition [through August 4, 2014]

What a totally amazing week of meals you made! That family must have thout they died and went to heaven. You seriously rock girl!!!

Aug 04, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition [through August 4, 2014]

Wow, fabulous early bday prezzies from your seester!! Can't wait to hear about the ribs!

Aug 04, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking
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Quick and easy

Spiral-cut ham if they eat it, lots of rolls and mustards, some cheese and picnic-style side dishes (potato salad, cole slaw, etc).
Roast chicken with basic fixings like mashed potatoes (or corn on the cob in season) and a green vegetable and/or salad (tomato salad in season).
You didn't say cheapest -- roast tenderloin of beef is easy, with horseradish sauce, green salad and nice bread is quick, easy and very tasty. Could add roasted potatoes.

Aug 04, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking
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HAMBURGERS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month for August 2014

great idea, i have one of those and never think to use it!

Aug 04, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition [through August 4, 2014]

Sounds soooooo good suzi!

Aug 03, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition [through August 4, 2014]

Well, not my best effort. It turned out there was no rice in the pantry. Even though I was really looking forward to it I was perversely pleased that my eat-down-the-pantry campaign is yielding results. So I made some quinoa and used it to make a salad with cherry tomatoes, Persian cukes, avocado and a lot of garden herbs. Been too long since I made quinoa, it's really tasty. But I got distracted while cooking the steak tips and there was only a hint of pink in them. :( It is a testament to the quality of the steak tips from my small neighborhood butcher shop that they were still juicy. But I put too much harissa in the marinade so I could only taste HOT! not beef. Ho hum C+, can't win'em all.

Aug 03, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition [through August 4, 2014]

Yum BBL, I can practically taste those pierogies!

Aug 03, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition [through August 4, 2014]

As always, CM, your dinner party food looks and sounds fantastic! The chicken looks so good and love the salad with the watermelon radishes, they are so pretty!

Aug 03, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition [through August 4, 2014]

Belated happy birthday, John. Sounds as though you celebrated it well. And I echo mc's sentiment!

Aug 03, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition [through August 4, 2014]

Steak tips are marinating in harissa, olive oil, garlic, sherry vinegar and salt. They will be grilled to juicy medium-rare. There will be rice with lots of chopped fresh herbs to use up all those juices and a salad with lots of cherry tomatoes and a bit of avocado and whatever else I find with lemon-Dijon-caper vinaigrette. I am about 200 posts behind, time to catch up!!