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Shad roe

Has anyone found shad roe or soft shell crabs around Boston grocery stores in the last few days? This winter has been so cold, am hoping they're late.

Mar 14, 2014
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Boston Help!

In the North End, definitely Neptune Oyster for seafood, but plan to get there early for lunch or dinner and be willing to wait. (11:30 for lunch, 5:30 for dinner.) Pizzeria Regina is always great. My two favorite places for great Italian-American food are L'Osteria and Massimino's. (I lived in the North End for 20 years.)

French Bistro food, you'll do a lot better trolling the boards.

Mar 10, 2014
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Limited-Time Left Living in Boston! Where to Eat Before I Move?

In the North End at this time of year, Massimino's for their soft-shell crab specials. L'Osteria for the stratachelli soup and fabulous antipasto salad. Neptune for just about everything. And would want one last chicken kabob salad from Dimirios, the little place on the corner of Brookline & Putnam in Cambridgeport.

Mar 07, 2014
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

why no new threads?

I frequently check the Boston, General Foods, and Not About Foods boards and the most recent threads have hundreds of responses, but no new posts.

Jan 24, 2014
pasuga in Site Talk

'Staple' foods you just don't like

For me it is black licorice in any form. I like almost everything else. Ouzu, anise, sambucco, candy... Yech!! Interestingly my Mom loved it and told me once that she ate a lot of it while she was pregnant with me.

Dec 21, 2013
pasuga in General Topics

WTF?!? Chowhound unusable - screen blanks after 1 second

I've been having this problem for weeks on my android. The site is unuseable.

Nov 30, 2013
pasuga in Site Talk

The best compliment you've received

My Dad - born 1917_ always said the best compliment hbe ever got was around 1967

Nov 01, 2013
pasuga in Not About Food
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When a friend misunderstands your invitation

I have a good friend - co-worker for about ten years - who was laid off from her job last week. When I heard the news, emailed an invitation for her and her family (husband and 2 teenage boys) to take all of them to lunch - was very specific - at a fun Bisuteki close to where I live, name the day. Her response was to say they'd love to come to dinner next Saturday, she wasn't sure if the boys could make it and would let me know.

The prices for dinner at this place are about 3 times more than lunch. No way I could afford it - I was laid off from the same company years before and am still not working.

Think I handled it tactfully, without even reminding her to reread my invitation. Know she was in shock. Just thinking that many other folks may have had similar experiences and would love to hear about them.

Oct 06, 2013
pasuga in Not About Food

The Pickiest Eater

Darren McGrady wrote a cookbook called "Eating Royally," (he worked for Princess Diana) that has a lot of great British recipes, including the cottage pie that Prince William insisted was served at his wedding breakfast. I specially love his stuffed eggplant recipe.

Oct 01, 2013
pasuga in Home Cooking
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L'Osteria Recs

When I lived in the North End and used to eat there frequently I just loved their veal agrodolce. (Quickly panfried and then finished in a syrupy red wine/red wine vinegar reduction.) It doesn't seem to be on the menu now, but you could ask. I always liked their meat entrees better than the pasta. Also would recco their antipasto starter, with the most wonderful oil & vinegar dressing.

Jan 07, 2013
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Multicolored Eggs From Diverse Types of Hens

Plus one. I have been buying Pete & Gerry's eggs for years, but am ashamed to say the blue/green eggs creeped me out a bit. Finally bought one of their 6 packs with brown and blue mixed, and their blue eggs have the most wonderful orange yolks.

Jan 01, 2013
pasuga in General Topics

Where to take a man for his 30th birthday?

I'd book one of the small private dining rooms at Mama Maria's
in the North End. Might not be hip by today's standards but certainly sexy. Several years ago I reccoed it to a work friend who had just moved up here from New Orleans with his wife and two small children, and was looking for a romantic place for their anniversary dinner. Day after he thanked me and winked.

Dec 27, 2012
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

what has been the greatest "happy accident" you have had, while cooking?

Must be about 30 years ago, my older brother had just gotten married and was spending the holidays with his in-laws, but sent me a $40 check and asked me to spend it to buy our Dad a bottle from a specific year from the Pfrum vinyards in Germany. (Something he'd sampled during a wine-tasting course.) The wine was delicious, there was about a third of a bottle left after Christmas dinner, which got stuck in the fridge door. A couple days later Mom made a beef stew, and not realizing it was the VERY expensive wine, poured the last of it into the mix. Dad was very torn between being mad and telling her it was the best beef stew he'd ever eaten.

Dec 22, 2012
pasuga in Home Cooking

Childhood Meals: What Did You Drink with Them?

Always milk... big glass at breakfast and dinner, plus orange juice at breakfast. Milk at lunch when we were home, lemonade or sometimes koolaid during hot weather. Mom didn't actively discourage soft drinks, but almost never bought them, so they never became a habit. We graduated to coffee with breakfast and after dinner around the start of high school.

Dec 20, 2012
pasuga in General Topics

2 lbs of Blue Cheese...

Sorry, should have said that was when they were having a party.

Dec 19, 2012
pasuga in Cheese

2 lbs of Blue Cheese...

I remember from the English next door neighbors back in the 6os... used to bring a big wheel of stilton to room temperature, gouge out the middle, fill with port and serve with water crackers.

Dec 18, 2012
pasuga in Cheese

Lunch near Back Bay Station, Boston

Plus 3 for Brasserie Joe.

Dec 09, 2012
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Mice and the dish drying rack?

Just googled rat zapper and Home Depot was the first listing that came up. Hope it works for you!

Dec 04, 2012
pasuga in Not About Food

Mice and the dish drying rack?

I had a mouse problem a few years ago and found a gadget at the hardware store called the Rat Zapper. You bait it with dry cat food. It's battery operated, the minute the mouse steps on the metal plate inside it's history. Caught about five the first week and haven't seen a sign of one since. (Had cats at the time, not a danger unless you have small kittens who could get through the opening.) Your question is interesting... do you live in a dry climate? I've lived in a NJ farmhouse, apartment over a bakery in Boston's North End, and my current location in Cambridge... all with the occasional mouse, but never any sign of droppings near the drain board.

Dec 04, 2012
pasuga in Not About Food

Recs for Soup Cookbooks

12 Months of Monastery Soups. At least half are vegetarian, quite simple recipes, with heavy emphasis on seasonal ingredients.

Dec 04, 2012
pasuga in Home Cooking

North End Italian

Monica's (on Richmond St.)
L'Osteria
Massimino's

Dec 04, 2012
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Let's talk about pies. Vintage pies, that is.

My grandmother made a terrific cracker pie: crushed Ritz crackers and finely chopped walnuts or pecans. Mixed with sugar, vanilla, baking powder and then whipped egg whites. Great served warm with real whipped cream and a little grated chocolate.

Dec 02, 2012
pasuga in Home Cooking

Need help with a chicken recipe I can make in the oven

Thanks for posting that, very interesting.

Dec 02, 2012
pasuga in Home Cooking

Need help with a chicken recipe I can make in the oven

I honestly didn't know that, had only read positive things! And figured anything that was such a staple at their shop had to have something going for it. At least I didn't recco the PW Woman's chicken spaghetti casserole made with canned mushroom soup. (G). Anyway, just think cooking boneless chicken cutlets in the oven isn't a great idea. Chicken marsala/piccata really needs to be made on a stovetop where you can adjust the heat quickly and take the meat out of the pan the minute it's done so it doesn't dry out.

Dec 02, 2012
pasuga in Home Cooking

Need help with a chicken recipe I can make in the oven

Look online for the Silver Palate chicken marbella recipe and see if that appeals you. I've never made it, but it always seems to get raves. Overnight marinating and then a little assembly, but then it's one of those stick in the oven and forget til the timer goes off recipes.

Dec 02, 2012
pasuga in Home Cooking

Laid back bar/ lounge with a toddler in the North End area.

It's been a while since I lived in the North End... would Joe's American Bar & Grill be an option?

Dec 02, 2012
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Time sensitive! Tempted to throw an anchovy into the braised "Swiss Steak" -- could it help?

Willa, your posts crack me up. I will remember the anchovies next time I make Swiss steak!

Dec 01, 2012
pasuga in Home Cooking

Savory ideas for leftover rice?

I really like leftover rice for breakfast once in a while. Heat with whole milk, about a tablespoon of butter per serving and top with grated parmesan. The meat juices would just add to the flavor.

Dec 01, 2012
pasuga in Home Cooking

Where to Send a Wedding Couple?

Maybe Mamma Maria's in the North End? They have those great little private rooms and a nice romantic atmosphere. A few years ago I reccoed it to a co-worker who had just moved here from New Orleans when he was looking for a place to take his wife for their anniversary and he came back and thanked me. That said, haven't eaten there for a few years, so hopefully others will weigh in.

Nov 26, 2012
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Tell me about lamb, please?

I think lamb has a richer, slightly gamier flavor than beef. It's my favorite meat. The easiest way to start might be with chops - loin, NOT rib. I dust mine with a little garlic powder and pepper and broil five minutes per side for medium rare.

Nov 19, 2012
pasuga in Home Cooking