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August 2014 Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

I got an e-mail that East St. Farmstand in Tewksbury is sampling their melon varieties on Saturday from 10-3.

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about 14 hours ago
greygarious in Greater Boston Area

Pay by Check no more!

When I am going to pay by check, as I am standing in the checkout line I fill in everything but the amount, on both the check and in my checkbook register. People who don't get out their checkbooks or wallets or credit cards before the cashier starts on their purchase are supremely inconsiderate, IMO.

To whoever is about to compose a retort about the circumstance wherein there is no line on which to wait:
then you are right behind me and it's not like you've been twiddling your thumbs while 4 people ahead of me check out. You can wait the minute it takes for me to pay by check. By the way, unless my order is so large that I am still unloading my cart while a bagger is packing my purchases, I am also bagging (alone or alongside the store employss) while the cashier is scanning my items. I am not vegetating while the bagger rushes to complete his/her task. I would, in fact, prefer to bag my entire order myself, but do not because that would delay the customer behind me.

about 14 hours ago
greygarious in Greater Boston Area

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

Take it home, cook it all immediately, then refrigerate. The cooking halts the sugar-to-starch conversion. You can reheat and enjoy the remaining corn over the course of several days.

about 15 hours ago
greygarious in General Topics

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

Apparently, there are people who DO. I'm as astonished as you are. Not to mention that even a bite from a platter of free samples doesn't guarantee that every piece of fruit or vegetable will taste the same. When I buy a bag of bing cherries, it generally contains some that are bland
and mealy, some that are perfection, and some in between. It's not like sampling a cube of cheese, for God's sake!

about 15 hours ago
greygarious in General Topics
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Cartoon for paleo dieters

1 day ago
greygarious in Special Diets

Food Humor in Cartoons

Another from the New Yorker.

1 day ago
greygarious in Food Media & News
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Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

Since they can't sue Mother Nature, I don't blame growers or sellers for fruit that doesn't taste as good as I'd hoped. You pays your money and you takes your chances. Kramer got banned by the greengrocer for trying to return produce, don't forget!

1 day ago
greygarious in General Topics
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Could you de-construct this recipe for me?

Yes to the regular milk. Either milks make oatmeal more gluey
than making it with water or juice. Regardless of liquid, an overnight chill makes it permanently congeal, so you would slice it like cake rather than spoon it.

1 day ago
greygarious in Home Cooking
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What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

Since much of the world is very interested in how Americans live, I'd ask my guests what American foods sound like things they want to try. It might vary from one country to another.
Heck, Americans themselves are curious about the signature foods of regions other than their own!

Hot dogs and apple pie are quintessential American favorites but I'll bet a Ugandan would find them more exotic than a German would.

1 day ago
greygarious in General Topics

Food to help your dog GAIN weight.

Assuming he has tested negative for intestinal parasites, give him puppy food until he is at least a year old, then mix gradually with active adult food until age 2, then slowly switch by the same method to ordinary adult food. Be aware that the extra calories translate into extra energy so don't worry if he gets less active once he's on a normal caloric ration.

1 day ago
greygarious in Not About Food

Food to help your dog GAIN weight.

This is also called bloat, or gastric torsion. Deep-chested dogs like Dobermans and Great Danes are more at risk than broader-bodied breeds but any dog can get it, in theory. Oddly, AKC Greyhounds, which have a small gene pool relative to racing hounds, have a fairly high bloat rate but low bone cancer rate, while the racing bloodlines have lots of bone cancer and almost no bloat. Genetics clearly has a role. Only very prompt surgery can save a dog with bloat.

Many vets suggest to pet owners of prone breeds that they tack the stomach in place during neuter/spay surgery, when no additional anesthesia and hospitalization are required. What happens in this condition is that the stomach flips over, so nothing can enter or leave it.

1 day ago
greygarious in Not About Food

Tell-Tale Terms

Children's menu
Early-bird special
Vibe
Hip
Smokin'
Tex-Mex
Amazing, amazeballs
Awesome
Gastro-pub (no objection to the concept but it sounds like a gut parasite)

1 day ago
greygarious in Not About Food

Which fruit would you add to this bread pudding?

He says to use that custard for bread pudding.

1 day ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

I'm a Professional, But Not a Chef. How About You?

On occasion, I see posts, from people here whose screen names include the word, that contain so much misinformation or evidence such lousy food preferences that I cannot believe they are any form of experienced cook, much less credentialed chefs.

1 day ago
greygarious in General Topics

Which fruit would you add to this bread pudding?

Ruhlman's "Ratio" calls for 4 large eggs to 2 cups of milk. I'm sure that makes it fluffier than yours or mine.

2 days ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

I'm a Professional, But Not a Chef. How About You?

"Chef" *can* mean a professional cook, but the literal translation is "chief" and its original purpose was to distinguish the manager of the kitchen from the other staff.
Julia Child was not a chef, and was not very comfortable with the title given her first show.

It annoys me to hear a professional (or even home) cook called a chef as though this was totally synonymous. I imagine many a Chowhound would have to change their screen name if supporting credentials were required.

You probably don't like it when a DIY homeowner calls himself a plumber. Talented home cooks and line cooks may well be able to turn out better food than a credentialed chef who lacks a gift for cooking, but you are a cook, not a chef.

Here endeth the sermon! '-) That said, I have never enjoyed anyone's meatloaf or oatmeal cookies as much as I do my own. No measuring for the former, and *some* ingredient variation depending on what's on hand. The latter is a recipe of my own devising, which I chose not to share after a professional baker wanted to use it without crediting or compensating me.

2 days ago
greygarious in General Topics
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Chatbots? Chowhound as a Turing Test?

Readers of the Chains and Home Cooking boards probably recognize the blather and formatting of a certain new OP. The Mods are aware of these posts and have not seen fit to ban the user, who may be a computer program. If it's a real person, it's a troll who enjoys wasting Chowhounds' time.

Living at ground zero of the Market Basket furor, these days I am all about boycotting. I invite others to join me in resolving not to respond to any future posts from the "troll-bot". Even if it does not go away, at least it won't be encouraged.

2 days ago
greygarious in Site Talk
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Which fruit would you add to this bread pudding?

I used blueberries and nectarines. I do not taste the maple, but no big deal. This was the first time that I oven-dried the bread, which is supposed to mean it absorbs more custard. Can't say that I notice a difference in texture. I used a water bath, which I don't usually do, either. As with my other bread puddings, this one came out solid, not fluffy. I don't much care, since flavor, which is good, trumps texture. I probably don't use enough egg (3 XL to 12 oz evaporated milk and 4 oz
light cream) but I did not want to taste scrambled egg.

2 days ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

Freezing Cooked Maine Lobster

Better than Bouillon's line includes 3 seafood bases: fish, clam, and lobster. I see them in better supermarkets. Just about all supermarkets carry the chicken, beef, and vegetable so they could probably special-order the others on request.

2 days ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

Freezing Cooked Maine Lobster

The texture will be rubbery.

2 days ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

Cheap Beef Meals

But the OP says they want to avoid carbs. Very hard to stretch the ground beef if meatloaf and meatballs are a no-no. I don't think it's possible to stretch the meat budget much if you don't use carbs and buy from the expensive supermarkets.

Aug 18, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking

Cheap Beef Meals

Learn to regard beef as a condiment rather than the mainstay of the dinner plate. But if you are avoiding carbs that's a tough challenge. No problem for those of us who use legumes for much of our protein.

Check the quick-sale/manager's special section of the meat dept first. You're going to have to compromise SOMEWHERE. I'd steer clear of Whole Foods, if I were making the choice.

Aug 18, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking
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I'm cooking lowfat for my elderly dog, post-pancreatitis and thought I'd share

I have known for ages that the diets described in most of these posts will be damaging in the long run, but no one reading this has any reason to believe I know what I'm talking about. So here's a typical lay article from a canine nutritionist: http://thebark.com/content/10-myths-a... Please note that your dog is not getting adequate calcium, unless he's eating a lot more kibble than you think he is, or he hunts and eats small prey. At the very least, discuss what you are doing with your veterinarian, although a consult with a veterinary nutritionist would be far better, since general practice vets are no more expert in matters of nutrition than your G.P is.

Following suggestions about your dog's diet from other well-meaning pet owners is potentially more dangerous than doing the same with what you yourself eat. At least humans don't usually eat the same food week in, week out.
I'm outta here now...this is just too distressing.

Aug 18, 2014
greygarious in Not About Food
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Unsanitary behavior by restaurant employees

Hopefully, she then discarded the gloves and donned new ones.
Even allowing for that, however, I'd tell the manager. Appearances are important even if this wasn't going to be a food safety risk.

Aug 18, 2014
greygarious in Not About Food
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Which fruit would you add to this bread pudding?

There is maple, not cinnamon, in the bread. Are you suggesting adding cinnamon to the custard?

Aug 18, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking

Just ate lobster for the first time

I have heard that lobster connoisseurs want their bug boiled at the end of the day in the sea water that's been cooking them all throughout the day, by which time it's full of added briny flavor.

Aug 18, 2014
greygarious in General Topics

Just ate lobster for the first time

Since only about 25% of the weight of a lobster is meat, that's more like $16/#.

To get meat out of the legs, tear them off and roll with a bottle or rolling pin, from the "toes" upward towards the body.

Aug 18, 2014
greygarious in General Topics
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Which fruit would you add to this bread pudding?

I bought a loaf of "french toast swirl" bread, which is like cinnamon swirl but with maple. It's getting stale and I have a half pint of blueberries needing prompt use, so I want to make them into bread pudding. But I also have nectarines and pears. Thinking of adding a little of either of those to the blueberries. Nectarine and blueberries seems like a better combo. On the other hand, pear and maple sounds good. If I had a third hand, it would be that my first inclination with pear is almond, which is NOT part of this mapley-bread equation.

Thoughts? I need to do this today.

Aug 18, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking

I'm cooking lowfat for my elderly dog, post-pancreatitis and thought I'd share

Assuming no kidney or other organ function issues, canned and dry puppy food and/or active adult dog food. Extra calories, balanced nutrition, per my vet.

Aug 18, 2014
greygarious in Not About Food

Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

Supposedly, keeping an apple in with your potatoes prevents the spud-sprout problem. If you have no other options, it might be worth trying it on the alliums.

Aug 18, 2014
greygarious in Chains