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Japanese Bento Boxes

I have enjoyed Bento style lunches at Rice Barn, in Needham Center, right on Great Plain Avenue.

Long shot - custard powder?

Also seen Bird's custard mix in the larger grocery stores in the foreign foods aisle, or with pudding mix in the baking ingredients aisle.

A cup of cheer...

You'd have to add your own cheer, but Southern Comfort has come out with two delicious Egg Nog offerings. Oh My Goodness. I have avoided egg nog for years, but bought some for my DH. Tried just a little sip.....and thats the rest of the story. The flavors are Original, or Vanilla Spice. Found it at Star. Right near the Lactaid.

Market Basket-Items no longer carried?

In Ashland, they no longer carry frozen turkey breasts I have bought for many years. In their place, there are whole MiniTurkeys.. About the same size, located in the same place. Glad I realized, since the price is the same too. Bummed because I always have one or two in my freezer. No More!

Buy a Chicken Pot pie or 8

Ya, taking another look at making them myself...lol

Buy a Chicken Pot pie or 8

Need a quantity of Chicken Pot Pies and can't seem to locate the ambition to make it from scratch. Have you tried any that you would serve in your home? Will get creative with sides, dessert, so it can be somewhat plain. Thanks in advance.

Where to Buy Sour Cherries in Boston

Bought "tart" red cherries at Baza in Newton today. They are charging around $6. per dry quart. Got three to sling in the freezer. Also, they had a huge quantity of Italian Plums, at a reasonable price. Blueberries were $1.99 so I got several boxes to make jam... haven't seen them any more reasonable anywhere else. Also found Maine tomatoes...the small ones that I like, and did a blind test tonight against some local farm ones. Couldn't detect a difference, but the price was $2 per pound cheaper than the local ones. Sometimes you need to be a little careful with the produce there, but at this time of year, it is excellent. Easy on the wallet, too.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

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

Wegmans in Chestnut Hill

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

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...

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
random amblings in Chains

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.

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.

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?


August 2013 Openings and Closings

28 Degrees has closed, let staff go.

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.

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.

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.


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?

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.

Jordan Marsh's Blueberry Muffins

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

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.

Julia and Jacques

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

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.

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.

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!!

What's in your slow cooker today

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

Oct 20, 2012
random amblings in Home Cooking

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.

Zatarain's Spices for Boil

Thanks, guys

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.