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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

"Boycott" seems superfluous once the stores are not receiving produce, meat or dairy.

Jul 21, 2014
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Wegmans in Chestnut Hill

They've been stocking Taylor's pork roll at my local Roche Bros/Sudbury farm for almost a year now.

May 01, 2014
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Where Have All the Greek Restaurants Gone?

One favorite that was wonderful for lunch in the Belmont/Watertown area was Andros Diner. Also the greek place just outside of Watertown square... Demos Restaurant. Nice people, good authentic food. No idea if it is still there. Semi-self service...you ordered and they brought it to your table. Also wine service...

Mar 24, 2014
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Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - December 2013 [old]

Yes, yes, yes on the little chocolate waffle cookies with peppermint. Tiny little bite, but it leads to another and another. Quality chocolate... actually quality everything.

Dec 20, 2013
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Sour salt

Thanks!! You all saved me a lot of foot work...I have fruit fresh right on my shelf. Given that this has 4 heads of cabbage and prodigious tomatoes, I am not too concerned about the little lemon flavor.

Nov 13, 2013
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Sour salt

I was bequeathed a recipe for fantastic Sweet and Sour Cabbage soup but now I can't seem to buy Sour Salt anywhere. Not at Shaws, Roche's or Stop and Shop. Any other ideas? What is a good substitute for it? Anyone? Thanks in advance.

Nov 13, 2013
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Group/family friendly seafood

Friends are coming to Boston for a Sox game and want their kids to
experience authentic, fresh seafood. Given that they will be a group of over 12 people, I thought Legal was possibly the best choice. When they finalize a place, I will urge them to call ahead with a count.
Any place I am missing that would be suitable?

Thanks

Sep 13, 2013
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August 2013 Openings and Closings

28 Degrees has closed, let staff go.

Aug 23, 2013
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August 2013 Openings and Closings

Noticed recently that the Irish Ale House in Dedham is closed for renovations. Never see many patrons inside...just a few bar customers. Hope they can do something to revitalize it.

Aug 12, 2013
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ISO cheddar cheese powder

I recall ordering some from King Arthur flour, (not loving it) but the Kraft type is still best obtained by the suggestion to buy the mac and cheese and repurpose the mac.

Aug 01, 2013
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Info on Market Basket new locations?

So on the heels of posting the question about a possible Dedham location, this arrived in my in-box. I think Artie DeMoulas is the last in the family at the top. Don't have any way to check the veracity, but found it interesting.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/137/17...

Jul 12, 2013
random amblings in Greater Boston Area

Info on Market Basket new locations?

Rumors that MB is considering the Star Market location in the Dedham plaza have me hopeful. Can anyone confirm? What about Waltham?
Thanks

Jul 12, 2013
random amblings in Greater Boston Area

GF Pillsbury doughs

Wondering if these have come to the New England market. Gluten Free dough for chocolate chip cookies, pizza and pie crust. It's in other parts of the country but I haven't been able to find it.

Jun 26, 2013
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Jordan Marsh's Blueberry Muffins

LOL Our paths keep crossing. This recipe is still the best. Good memory. muck er heide

May 22, 2013
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Searching for recipe for Dorothy Muriel's chocolate cupcakes - ?

I can't help with the cupcake recipe, but I have always lusted after their Beacon Hill cake, a bar cake,more like an angel cake than a butter cake, but springier and moister. It was topped with white frosting, with a yummy chocolate icing all around the sides. So if your cupcakes magically appear, maybe there is hope someone has the Beacon Hill cake too.

Mar 09, 2013
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Julia and Jacques

Oh, it was fantastical. I seem to remember Miss Piggy being on the same show. Anyone?---

Dec 19, 2012
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Jordan Marsh's Blueberry Muffins

It seems every other person claims to have the original recipe for these wonderful muffins. Back in the 1990s I published a recipe I had found in the newspaper. It was called Trash can muffins, and originated as an anonymous submission to the old Gus Saunders recipe show. A man wrote to me and told me a story that his aunt was the one who had called in offering the recipe, and that she had gotten it from the baker at Jordan Marsh. He had given her a reduced quantity recipe, with no claim that it was THE recipe. But you can judge by the results. Don't try to hack off the odd tablespoonfuls. No guarantees if you do.
The “Trash Can” Muffins yields 2-3 dz.

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsifted all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon solid shortening (Crisco)
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
5 extra large eggs
2 cups plus 1 tablespoon unsifted all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 2/3 cups cake flour (Soft-as-Silk is one brand)
2 pints blueberries or 4 cups other fruit.
2 egg whites, beaten with 1 tablespoon water until frothy
additional sugar

Preheat oven to 400. Cream first all purpose flour with salt, shortening, and sugar. Add eggs all at once and beat 3 minutes with electric mixer. Add remaining remaining all purpose flour, baking soda and baking powder. Beat again. Blend in buttermilk and vanilla. Add cake flour and beat until mixed. Batter will be very stiff. Fold in fruit of choice, dividing batter if you want to make several kinds. Grease muffin tins well and fill 3/4 full. Brush egg white mixture over tops with brush or your fingertips. Sprinkle generously with sugar. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden. Let cool in tins for 10 minutes, then remove to racks to finish cooling. Batter may be stored 3 days before baking. I usually add the fruit just before baking, however.

Dec 05, 2012
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Jordan Marsh's Blueberry Muffins

Now all we need to locate are Gilcrist's macaroons, Warmuth's prune danish, and Dorothy Muriel's Beacon Hill cake, and we can have a total 1960's reunion! Miss them all.

Nov 30, 2012
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Crema Cafe

Love them... if anything the almond ones have a tad more filling than I like. But that doesn't stop me from pulling the frozen dough out of the freezer late Saturday night!!

Oct 21, 2012
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What's in your slow cooker today

Also have made this, and it comes out awesome!!

Oct 20, 2012
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Meal Rotation

How many of you use a semi-formal "meal rotation" and how many just sort of "wing it" depending on what is in the fridge? Just curious.

Sep 23, 2012
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Zatarain's Spices for Boil

Thanks, guys

Sep 18, 2012
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Zatarain's Spices for Boil

Seems like I have seen this around fish counters everywhere, but now that I want some for a shrimp boil on Wednesday, Zatarain's spice bags or liquid for boil have vanished. Been to WF, S+S and Captain Mardens, all to no avail. Anyone know where they carry it? I bought some Old Bay as a back-up, but would prefer Zatarain's. Thanks.

Sep 17, 2012
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A Big Bravo To Taco Bell's Cantina

Yup...loved it.

Jul 27, 2012
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Konditor Meister

Friends brought individual pastries (small canolis, cream puffs, a chocolate layered sin) from here the other day, and I was pleasantly surprised at the excellence of each one. So often those which are pretty to look at are disappointingly tasteless, but these were crave-worthy. In searching for Konditor Meister in Chowhound, I was astonished to see it only mentioned twice. These pastries and goodies were exceptional.

Jul 22, 2012
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Best Cheeses from Trader Joes [moved from Los Angeles area board]

Ditto on Les Delice... especially with a touch of fig jam

Jul 21, 2012
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Say what?? Cooking comments that baffle you

It amuses me that people will throw out today's mashed potato leftovers, then go to the grocery store and buy those cold mashed potatoes that are ready to microwave, for the convenience. Soooo silly

Jul 11, 2012
random amblings in Not About Food

where to buy duck legs around greater Boston area?

In the past I found them at Baza foods in Newton on Needham Street. Again, call ahead, because they aren't always in stock.

Jun 03, 2012
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Interesting Restaurants Around Legacy Place in Dedham? (It seems to be all chains...)

A few blocks from Lewis' is Conrads which also features tips of all kinds. A little 60's mood here, but sturdy food.

May 24, 2012
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Interesting Restaurants Around Legacy Place in Dedham? (It seems to be all chains...)

Totally agree. Great vibe there. Only open Wed.-Sat. closing kitchen at 10.

May 24, 2012
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