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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Though I used to pass Lucci's every day on my work commute, I never shopped there until I had an injury that involved using a crutch. The small store size and easy parking was very helpful. To my surprise, I found the prices for the most part comparable to Market Basket. Fewer choices, but perfectly adequate, and the generous fillings on the deli section's sandwiches are legendary.

Very nice people at Lucci's. The guys in the meat department are as knowledgeable and helpful as those in stand-alone butcher shops.

about 1 hour ago
greygarious in Greater Boston Area

Good non-toxic, grain-free things for a puppy who is teething to chew on?

Cooked bones of any kind are a splinter/gut perforation risk.
Raw bones of any kind are safe.

Whole Dog Journal is an excellent publication for dog owners interested in canine nutrition, behavior, and health.

about 1 hour ago
greygarious in Not About Food

"Google it"

Wikipedia cites two Stanford papers about the origin of the company name as a misspelling of "googol".

about 14 hours ago
greygarious in Site Talk

Great Bluefish recipes?

Today's CSF fish share was bluefish, which had me doing imaginary cartwheels. I man the cooler at the pick-up location and greeted the customers who have whole fish subscriptions with the Jaws quote: "You're gonna need a bigger boat!" They all lost the color in their slack-jawed, scared faces as I pulled their 2Ft+-length dinners out of the ice. I was very glad to have a fillet share.

FWIW, I think it was Dr. Andrew Weil who was the authority I heard say that the most nutritious part of fish is the skin and the flesh just under it. I find skin delicious as long as it is crisp. For bluefish, one of the Essential Pepin recipes calls for making a few diagonal, half-inch deep cuts in the skin side of fillets, then rubbing salt, pepper, and oil onto the skin and into the cuts. The fish is then broiled, skin side UP, a couple of inches from the heat, for about 6 minutes until the skin is brown and crisp. The fish is not turned, because the slits ensure that it will cook through. It is accompanied by leeks and green beans that have been cooked with melted butter, lemon, and garlic.

Tonight, I spread a skin-down bluefish fillet with a mixture of honey dijon mustard, citrus and balsamic vinegars, onion powder, fried onion bits (TJ version of the French brand in the canister that is used for THAT green bean casserole on Turkey Day), and TJ 21 Seasoning Salute. Broiled. Wow!

about 14 hours ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

Good non-toxic, grain-free things for a puppy who is teething to chew on?

The only reason I didn't suggest that is that it increases the chance the dog will bite off and swallow the fabric. Kind of depends on the individual, but for a small breed, this *could* end in tragedy.

about 15 hours ago
greygarious in Not About Food
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"Google it"

You're not far off. It comes from: googol - Coined when mathematician Edward Kasner asked his nephew to create a word for the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. The nephew was 9 yrs old.

Obviously, it suits the search engine because of the huge numbers of results it finds.

about 15 hours ago
greygarious in Site Talk

"Google it"

To each his own. I find your link *more* insulting, and at least lmgtfy.com does give you actual search results.

about 15 hours ago
greygarious in Site Talk

"Google it"

Well, the Brits better study up on their slang before they futz around in an American kitchen, or they may get a kick where the sun don't shine, because on this side of the puddle, the slang definition means something else entirely! '-)

about 15 hours ago
greygarious in Site Talk
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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

I drove past the Wilmington store this afternoon; there were a couple dozen workers holding signs and cheering when passers-by honked their support. Some were on the sidewalk at the store entrance, others at the Rt 38 curbline. There were also people holding signs that identified themselves as MB customers who are boycotting. All the signs were handmade.

I was at Calareso's produce market in Reading, playing a "Spot the MB Refugees" in my head. It was pretty clear who the newbies were, from their dismayed expression as they picked through the fruits and veg, most of which were a good deal higher than MB (e.g., $1.19/# for loose Yukon Gold potatoes, $3.99/# shallots). On the other hand 59 cents/ear for their topnotch corn (Hadley, MA, picked today) is not out of line with MB, to the best of my recollection. Calareso employees reported a definite uptick in customer volume all week.

about 18 hours ago
greygarious in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

The new co-heads have DISMAL records. When Gooch left Radio Shack, a business journal (sorry, I heard this on the radio and can't recall which one) heralded it as the best opportunity for RS to revive its deteriorating share of the market. Thornton was part of the management of Albertson's and Kroger during a period when those chains went downhill. Given those CVs, it's understantable that MB workers and managers don't want these people in charge.

about 18 hours ago
greygarious in Greater Boston Area

On the road

I much prefer a train trip. You watch the scenery rather than the blacktop, can move around and use the loo whenever you need to, and it's a more efficient use of fuel. I don't know why Amtrak isn't used/preferred more than it is. Americans take trains when they travel in other countries. Even a bus is more efficient than car/motorhome travel.

about 24 hours ago
greygarious in Not About Food

Trader Joes fruit recall....see that place is going to kill all you loyalists!

FWIW, here's a previous thread discussing prices by the piece/pound: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7715...

I have uneventfully eaten, fresh, 3 boxes of TJ peaches so far this season. People read
"possible" contamination and assume everything is tainted.

1 day ago
greygarious in Chains

Good non-toxic, grain-free things for a puppy who is teething to chew on?

I never had trouble with rawhide but there ARE owners, breeders, and vets who will freak out about rawhide, pig ears, and other popular chews. Most are not USA-sourced and can have dangerous chemicals. Some dogs have died or required surgery for guts obstructed by strips/chunks of swallowed rawhide. As with other treats for dogs, monitor and take away if it looks like the animal is going to gulp big pieces.

1 day ago
greygarious in Not About Food
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Good non-toxic, grain-free things for a puppy who is teething to chew on?

For teething, dishtowels or similar-sized terrycloth pieces, knotted in the center, soaked, then frozen. Smear some peanut butter or bacon grease on a section of the knot to get him started if he doesn't chew on it as is. Monitor to be sure he's not eating the cloth but as long as it's not a long strip, even if he DID swallow a little bit of cloth it should pass through uneventfully.

1 day ago
greygarious in Not About Food
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"Google it"

That's very nice of you, it really is. But I do not support facilitating helplessness. Made-up scenario: Somebody makes a joke on some thread about balut. Then someone else asks, "What's balut?" Really? That person couldn't type "balut" into their search engine instead of expecting to be spoonfed the definition? Maybe it's a generational thing; as an old fogey I am used to using a dictionary, atlas, and when I was a kid, the World Book Encyclopedia that I was thrilled to receive as my 6th grade Xmas present. I would love to know if there's a typical age range of people who don't seek info on their own before requesting it from strangers on Chowhound.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE lmgtfy.com, though I am dismayed that it needed to be created in the first place.

I agree that the CH search function leaves something to be desired, but I can almost always find a previous reference if I give some thought to my search terms. I appreciate that newbies may not know they can find their answers on previous threads. However, I notice certain user names that are familiar to me as long-term Hounds as the originators of questions on simple topics that they *must* know are subjects that have been addressed before, many times. I *want* to respond, "Asked and answered, many times before. Search this board, you lazy cow!", but know better, so I just don't read/contribute.

1 day ago
greygarious in Site Talk
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Is there any real reason to eat squid or octopus?

According to Wikipedia, they are caught at night, when lights from fishing boats attract them to the surface. They can easily be as large as a human, so that's a lot of potential calamari steaks! Try googling for restaurants and markets that offer it.

1 day ago
greygarious in General Topics

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

I hope so, too. The last time I recall a bigwig getting so much public and employee support, it was Aaron Feuerstein, who paid his workers' salaries during the months it took to rebuild Malden Mills (maker of Polartec fleece fabrics)after a major fire. Sadly, the Feuersteins eventually lost control of the business and had to sell. Massachusetts can be proud to have two such honorable, compassionate corporate citizens!

1 day ago
greygarious in Greater Boston Area
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Effect of Market Basket stoppage/boycott on inventory of other chains?

And if the other chains did not correctly guess how many additional shoppers would come to their stores, they might sell out of inventory of various products.

I'll be distributing the Cape Ann CSF fish at Calareso's today from 4-6 (hurray, bluefish!). It has not been a busy place that time of day but I won't be surprised if there's more than the usual volume today.

1 day ago
greygarious in Greater Boston Area

Is there any real reason to eat squid or octopus?

Since this thread is again active, there IS a good reason to eat at least one type of squid, the large, aggressive Humboldt squid. Its territory has expanded, and it decimates native populations of fish and smaller cephalopods. There's not much North American market for them so far, but they ARE consumed in Europe and elsewhere. It would be sound stewardship of seafood resources to dramatically increase the harvesting and consumption of Humboldt squid.

1 day ago
greygarious in General Topics

Effect of Market Basket stoppage/boycott on inventory of other chains?

Because I do a big grocery trip only once a month, and have a lot of staples on hand, I have not been affected by the MB job action.
I was wondering if other chain supermarkets are having trouble keeping their stores stocked, with MB shoppers being diverted to other places.

It's probably a boon for the farmers' markets, too.

1 day ago
greygarious in Greater Boston Area

Summer Lasagna Noodle Uses

If you want to avoid a lot of kitchen heat, you can soak the noodles in cold water for 90 minutes (at least - that's the timing for spaghetti), until they are droopily flexible. Then roll around your choice of cheese/vegetable filling, cover/wrap tightly, and steam until the pasta is tender.

Or use soaked noodles for standard baked lasagna, covering for most of the baking time so the moisture goes into the pasta rather than being evaporated by the oven heat.

1 day ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

Easy question: Any good *dinner* buffets in Boston area?

The Mughals became Bombay Club last year.

1 day ago
greygarious in Greater Boston Area

Dried Mushrooms, OMG!!

Freeze them, liquid included, until you are making a sauce or soup. Then thaw, LIFT them out of the soaking water, and either pour it into a container carefully, leaving the grit behind, or pour it through a coffee filter. That broth has lots of flavor and should be included in soup, stew, sauce, or gravy.

1 day ago
greygarious in Home Cooking
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"Food based" Mosquito Repellent

I stopped using citronella candles on the porch when I found a mosquito drowned in the hot, melted wax. I use my stove as little as possible in hot weather but when I do, I always notice mosquitoes buzzing around the hot pans, and even the empty burner when it is still hot. I get bitten a lot but when I'm cooking, they go for the hottest area, which is NOT the arm holding the spatula while stirring the food. They also hover around dishes/containers of hot food. I have never read that they are attracted by heat but the candle and stove make it clear that they are.

1 day ago
greygarious in Not About Food

Cast Iron - a Cautionary tale.

Well, frankly, problems are quite rare, IME. Inspect for warping and cracks before buying, clean up any rust and reaseason if necessary, then use it for the next 60 yrs and will it to your beneficiaries.

1 day ago
greygarious in Cookware
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Fusia - General Teos Chicken

If you think it was above 40F for more than a couple of hours, don't chance it. This from someone who has an iron stomach.

1 day ago
greygarious in General Topics

mujadara (lentils and rice) recipe

Here's one of several threads on the topic: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7444...

I cook both the rice and lentils simultaneously but in separate containers that fit into the pressure cooker.

1 day ago
greygarious in Home Cooking
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What to do with unripe tomatoes (and skin is split)

Did you miss the part about the skin already being split?

1 day ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

Cast Iron - a Cautionary tale.

Are you sure it's an incomplete weld and not a crack? Or perhaps a failed attempt to repair a crack? Hard to imagine such a vessel not being a singly-cast piece. I assume you got this used. Sounds like it's destined to be a container for a vase or flowerpot, or to hold kindling or a decorative pinecone display.

1 day ago
greygarious in Cookware

What's you ICE choice for your cooler

Frozen bottles all the way - drink, pour on your head, take home empty, reuse. Also flavored waters instead of plain, and juice boxes for the kiddies can be frozen. If your freezer is not too full, keep a jug of frozen water in it, to buy time in case of power outages.

2 days ago
greygarious in Cookware