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Anyone have a good cheddar potato soup recipe?

Aug 28, 2015
pasuga in Home Cooking

Anyone have a good cheddar potato soup recipe?

The Simply Recipes website has a fabulous recipe for potato/cheese soup made with Guinness.

Aug 28, 2015
pasuga in Home Cooking

What are your favourite Southern Cookbooks?

My absolute favorite southern cookbook is "The Welcome Table," by Maya Angelou. All the recipes I've made from that book are just wonderful.

Aug 26, 2015
pasuga in Home Cooking

NEED HELP WITH BOSTON RESTAURANT PLANNING

Hi glickjor, for your alone dinner, I'd suggest Neptune Oyster in the North End. Go early and get your name in to eat at the bar. If there's a wait, they'll page you, and meanwhile you can stroll around the historic district. Have had some of the best meals of my life there. Island Creek Oyster bar is also wonderful. Both are a quick T ride (3-4 stops) or about a 20-25 minute walk from your hotel.

Aug 24, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Recipes with Tomato Soup as an ingredient?

My Mom used to make a 4-ingredient tomato soup with Campbells that was very good.

Make the soup according to directons with a can of whole milk. When it's about to come to a boil, stir in a can of crabmeat, drained and rinsed, and a teaspoon of curry powder. Lower heat, cover, wait five minutes.

Jul 18, 2015
pasuga in Home Cooking

Do you drink tea?

Had an interesting experience about twenty years ago. Used to be a coffee addict, from the time I was mid-teens, after I started working, 3-4 cups a day. A horrible bout of food poisoning (restaurant, visiting friends out of state, food was great, half of us got sick) left me unable to eat anything but the blandest foods for about a week after 48 hours living in the bathroom, and there was no way I could handle coffee. The first day I felt well enough to stop in my usual coffee place on the way to work, I really didn't need it. The habit just died. Will still have a cup once in a while if out to dinner with friends, and a Starbucks iced mochachino is a special treat a couple times a year.

One of my favorite iced summer drinks is brewed raspberry iced tea, usually throw in one bag of black tea, combined with Pom, about 3/4 tea/1/4 Pom.

Jul 17, 2015
pasuga in General Topics
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Otto's pizza

Just got my first pie delivered from Otto's, and have to say I was disappointed. It was barely warm, for starters. Ordered a traditional (I thought) tomato/cheese combo with garlic, mushrooms,sausage. It was ALL cheese, with tablespoons of tomato sauce randomly dumped on top, instead of being the base.

Since it's my first try, is there another way of ordering? Would love to hear other experiences.

My bias is formed by living within two blocks of the North End Regina's for 20 years. Since I moved to Cambridge, Beauty's has been my go to for delivery.

Jun 08, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Aria Trattoria North End

I've had several wonderful meals at Monica's on Richmond Street.

May 17, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

North End restaurant for 8 people group

Second L'Osteria and would also recommend Massimino's. Both are medium-range pricewise, and have very good food. Saraceno's might be another option, they have a lovely roof deck that they use to accommodate larger parties, but I haven't eaten there in years.

May 15, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Looking for good seafood place for dinner that's kid friendly

I seriously doubt you'll have a problem getting a reservation at ICOB at that time of day. The only other great seafood restaurant in Boston is Neptune Oyster, but it's tiny - you sit hip to hip with the next table - and there are long waits, as they don't take reservations.

If your friends are planning on doing any part of the Freedom Trail, L'Osteria in the North End has great red-sauce Italian comfort food and is very kid-friendly.

Apr 25, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

May Graduation Dinner with elderly grandparents

Third vote for Mamma Maria's. It's Italian, but they always have steak and seafood options.

Apr 22, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Missing Maine Shrimp (year 2), Looking forward to Shad Roe & Soft Shell Crabs

Bought 2 pair of shad roe last week, from Courthouse Seafood in East Cambridge, for $10 per pair, very reasonable.

Apr 21, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Oysters

Hi, OpC, have you seen The French Chef episode where Julia demonstrates how to do it with a beer opener? She de-terrifies the whole process.

Mar 29, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Missing Maine Shrimp (year 2), Looking forward to Shad Roe & Soft Shell Crabs

My mom used to freeze shad roe for me every spring, as a treat for when I got home from college. It was fine.

Mar 29, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area
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Mussels not de-bearded?

That's ridiculous. I've cleaned and debearded plenty of mussels in my 56 years. Generally it takes about 5-10 minutes per pound, depending on how dirty they are. Wonder if he makes his kitchen staff devein the shrimp.

Mar 16, 2015
pasuga in General Topics

non vday vday dinner

If you are willing to drive to the North End, their parking garage at the bottom of Prince Street is just steps away from Massimino's, one of my favorites.

Feb 11, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

recs for teas/juices/soups/drinks/other foods that act as decongestants

I was amused to see my family recipe posted recently as a good cold remedy.

HOT TODDY

you will need a large mug, juice of at least one lemon, and a big dollop of honey, at least two tablespoons. Conbine, add boiling water and stir until the honey dissolves. Add between an ounce and a jigger of rum or whiskey if the patient is over 18.

Jan 25, 2015
pasuga in General Topics

What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

When making soup or stock I almost always add bouillion cubes or flakes.

Have a much-loved pasta salad recipe with lots of vegetables. Folks and family know me for my Caesar Salad, that I make from scratch. The pasta salad dressing is sn entire bottle of Paul Newman's Caesar dressing with another good 1/4 cup of real parmesan.

Jan 23, 2015
pasuga in Home Cooking
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Under $30 in North End?

L'Osteria or Massamino's.

Jan 16, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Casual, cozy restaurant for lunch in Back Bay area

http://losteria.com

Very good italian food and kid-friendly.

Jan 14, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Casual, cozy restaurant for lunch in Back Bay area

I would suggest L'Osteria in the North End as both a cozy and kid-friendly place, with good food. Walk two blocks and see the Old North Church, where Paul Revere's cohort hung the lantern.

Jan 14, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Graduation dinner/May 2015

Also check out Mamma Maria in the North End. Much pricier than Davio's, but they have private dining rooms and the food is usually stellar.

Jan 14, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area
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Graduation dinner/May 2015

Second recco for Davio's. I used to work nearby and went to several corporate functions there. Food and service was always great.

Jan 14, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Best North End Restaurant for Family

I would definitely recco L'Osteria as family-friendly. Lived in the North End for twenty years, and moved away several year
s ago, but the small kids who brought my water and bussed the tables years ago are now running the kitchen.

Nov 27, 2014
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Authentic Mexican restaurant recommendations?

I don't know beans about authentic Mexican, but really like the food at Ole in Cambridge, and Casa Romero in Back Bay.

Nov 22, 2014
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

I need some help with a trip to your city around Dec 5th

I have never been, but O Ya gets a lot of sushi reccos on this board.

Nov 22, 2014
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

The Bored's...

No, not alone. The lively give and take is gone. I miss it. The Boston board, where I live, is so boring,no one has posted a anything interesting in at least a year.

Nov 12, 2014
pasuga in Site Talk

Copley area with a college student

I would make a reservation in the North End at L'Osteria, and feed her comfort food. It's a great place to eat and talk.

Oct 18, 2014
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Onion rings at what can only be called a truly unknown location...

Just forwarded your post to a friend who just moved to JP. Thanks.

Oct 18, 2014
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Simple but interesting all-in-one chicken dishes?

Soba's chicken with mustard recipe is very similar to one I make regularly with chicken or rabbit, that I cut out of the NY times years ago.

I like to use whole grain Dijon mustard, coat the meat, and marinate for at least an hour before cooking. Also usually use a good dry vermouth instead of white wine. Rice or roasted potatoes and a salad and you're all set.

Oct 08, 2014
pasuga in Home Cooking