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Questions about bluefish

I belong to a CSF, from which I get 2# of fillets biweekly. I cook one pound the day of pickup, which gives me three meals that I eat over the course of several days. I freeze the remaining pound raw.
So at one point, I'd had frozen bluefish fillets for something like 6 weeks before thawing and cooking. Originally, they were swimming within 24 hours of pick-up and were surrounded in ice until I froze them. Nevertheless, once I thawed them I could smell that cod-liver-oil type smell. Clearly the oxidation of the oils continued in the freezer. Using the Nobu miso-ginger marinade before broiling cut some of the accompanying strong fish oil flavor but I've learned a lesson. Next time we get bluefish I won't freeze any of it for more than a week or two.

about 10 hours ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving and Christmas in the US

The overwhelming majority of Americans regard the roast turkey as the core of the Thanksgiving meal. The day is nicknamed "turkey day". This is not to say that everyone wants the iconic meal. Smaller families may sub a chicken or capon, and those who don't like poultry have various other traditions.

Many families have turkey for both holidays, and rarely if ever at any other time of year. But since people tend to make a large enough November bird to have lots of frozen leftover turkey, it's more likely that Xmas will feature a ham or a large cut of beef, roasted. Goose and duck are also seen in a number of homes. Many Italian-American families add lasagna to the Xmas table (which seems gratuitous to me).

I've never seen anyone leave up their fall decorations once they put the holiday tree up, but it is certainly a lamentable tradition to leave the Xmas decorations (especially outdoor lights) up until late into winter. I used to deliver mail and recall more than one home where the Xmas wreath was still on the door after the big Easter cut-outs were staked into the lawn. Some people never take the lights down though they stop turning them on sometime around New Year's (between weather and animals, they don't last many seasons).

For desserts, fruit, pecan, and pumpkin pies tend to be for Thanksgiving, while chocolate, mint, and boozy desserts are more often reserved for Xmas, with the exception of fruitcake though that's usually NOT served at the celebratory meal. It's something served with coffee between meals, if it's eaten at all. Fruitcake is made, sold, and gifted but I wonder what percentage are eaten by humans, versus being put out for the local wildlife.

about 16 hours ago
greygarious in General Topics

What's for Family Dinner?

I see absolutely no reason to distinguish WFFD from WFD. If you can't find inspiration in the WFD thread, your family's collective palate is probably not open to increased variety.

about 19 hours ago
greygarious in Home Cooking

Sending a healthy (ish) gift basket or snacks to hospital staff?

I wonder if they add sugar or corn syrup to it now. The ones I've had, some years ago, have been underripe and others that I've seen have looked that way, too (pale color, dry surfaces). As mentioned by scubadoo97, the riper the fruit is, the harder it is to work with. Maybe none of the people who like EA enjoy foods that are actually sweet. If you don't normally eat sweetened foods, even unripe fruit would taste good.

Has anyone else had decreased smell and taste?

Welcome to the Golden Years, when your senses, talents, and skills diminish as your splotches and barnacles increase. :>/ If you take any prescription meds, they may factor in as well. They can affect your taste buds and saliva production.

Sep 29, 2014
greygarious in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

It's in the cube-shaped clear plastic container, like the other coated nuts. I noticed it on the New Items end cap, but am sure it will be with the candied nuts in time.

Sep 29, 2014
greygarious in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

YEA for the new Chocolate-Coconut Almonds. The chocolate glaze is thin and shiny like that on the chocolate-covered dried cherries, and moist coconut covers the whole almond at the core. Though the glaze is dark brown, and "chocolate" is midway through the list, the first ingredient listed is white chocolate.

Draining pasta?

While you're at it, spin the pasta if it's shaped rather than stranded. That will get out a lot more water for shapes like pipette and celentani, that tend to retain it.

Sep 28, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking

All-purpose red and white wines for cooking vegetables

Tomatoes have flavor compounds that are only conveyed in the presence of alcohol, which is why penne in vodka sauce is popular. I imagine there must be other vegetables that benefit from being cooked with wine. As an acid, wine slows the softening of vegetables cooked in it, which is desirable in certain applications.

All-purpose red and white wines for cooking vegetables

I generally cook with leftover drinking wine, which I refrigerate in smaller glass bottles or jars. I actually find it acceptable for drinking a week or two later (I prefer whites) but know I am in an unpicky minority.

The key thing to know is that the less air space in whatever you store opened wine in, the better.

If all you are doing is cooking vegetables, you may want to buy the multipacks of smaller bottles (not sure if they're 8 oz each, 10, or 12), 4 or 6 bottles to a pack. Much less left over to oxidize, though the per ounce price is higher. The lower the alcohol percentage, the sweeter the wine. Keep that in mind when choosing cooking wine. I'll use any dry or semi-dry white, and use cote du rhone or a burgundy style grape (e.g. pinot noir) for red, because I loathe the pronounced tannin of bordeaux style reds.

Sep 27, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking

Sending a healthy (ish) gift basket or snacks to hospital staff?

Congrats on the new young'un. If you are not up to doing the actual shopping and delivering of your granola and TJ treats, that would probably be a good errand to get done via taskrabbit.com.

Sending a healthy (ish) gift basket or snacks to hospital staff?

I was going to suggest buying a nice basket at a craft store, then filling it at TJ's. I like their 12-grain crackers, which have extra fiber and remind me of a better-tasting, healthier version of Ritz.
This week they still had the wonderful Thomcord grapes, which non-TJ shoppers are unlikely to have encountered before. And of course, this is pumpkin item season at TJ. Loads of unique items. Not healthy, but the pumpkin caramel kringle (a Danish ring on the bakery table) is getting raves.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

I would never want to heat the kringle. The glaze would drip and the slices would droop and fall apart.
I refrigerate it and eat it at cool room temp.

Sep 27, 2014
greygarious in Chains

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

I find "kringle kontrol" works better if I slice it into 12 or more portions as soon as I open it, putting some in a container in the fridge and freezing the rest. It's easier to resist going back for more if it's portioned and frozen, IME.

Sep 27, 2014
greygarious in Chains

PBS FREAK OUT - Joanne Weir. Come on, PBS- you can do better.

There are a number of low-value Create shows that get repeated and renewed.

Sep 26, 2014
greygarious in Food Media & News

ISO north-of-Boston stores with extensive wine selections

Thanks all. According to wine-searcher.com, The Tangle isn't sold within 100 miles. Since it was the choice of white being sampled on a Boston radio show, I e-mailed Jonathon Alsop of the Boston Wine School, who brought it for the show hosts to try. He provided a link to the local distributor (Humboldt, in Sharon) and said he was forwarding my e-mail to them. I also e-mailed them directly and am awaiting a response.

Lobsters near Long Wharf Marriott?

Thanks for the Hook recommendations, but I have mobility problems and more importantly, my friend doesn't like lobster rolls. She wants nothing on her bugs but lots of melted butter.
Turns out she is renting a car and is okay with driving to Alewife, which is easy driving and parking for me.

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

Curious! How was it wrapped? I know that TJ gets them in big frozen pallets which they then thaw. Out on the bakery table, the kringle is in a flat white paper bag, as though it were a small pizza. There's a sheet of plastic that keeps the icing from sticking onto the paper but nothing other than paper to protect it from air. Without wrapping to exclude air, the frozen pastry would dry out pretty fast.

Sep 26, 2014
greygarious in Chains

iFest at Seaport World Trade Center: Irish culture and food

http://ifestboston.com/ Just heard this mentioned in passing on the radio today. Chefs include local star Barbara Lynch, and CreateTV's Kevin Dundon. It's already started, and runs through Sunday.

need seafood

It seems like "chop-chop!", and comes across as offputting.
If it's supposed to be "hurray, we are visiting Boston!", it isn't coming across well.

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

If I were hosting Thanksgiving dinner, I would put a pumpkin caramel kringle in the freezer now, to be sure I had it, and in November, instead of pumpkin pie, serve a small piece of kringle, a fourth of a TJ maple walnut blondie (also seasonal), and a quenelle of cranberry or pomegranate sorbet on each dessert plate, sprinkled with pomegranate arils.

Need belgium waffle help.

Are your BelgiAN waffles baked all the way through? If so, yes, letting them come to room temp and broiling should work. Position the rack at least 6" from the heating element and monitor carefully. But if they are still wet inside you should bake them a little first.

Sep 26, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking

Wanted: Cafe Intermezzo's poppy seed dressing recipe

I don't know that particular dressing but some poppyseed dressings contain a little orange juice. So if you don't think your rendition is quite right, you might try a bit of OJ.

Sep 26, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking

ISO north-of-Boston stores with extensive wine selections

What are some well-stocked wine stores in the Lowell/Merrimack Valley area? I live in Billerica and am unable to find a wine discussed on public radio last week (Hunky Dory "The Tangle", a blend of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling) and Tokaji Aszu. Blank stares all around, even when I asked more generally about Beerenauslese or Trockenbeerenauslese varieties.

Or would I have better luck at the state liquor store in Nashua?
Thanks!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

In case you don't know, those blondies are seasonal and will be gone come New Year's. I try to remember to get some to freeze in December(wrap individually in foil,then plastic), before they vanish. Rich as they are, I am satisfied nibbling away on just a quarter of a blondie to accompany a mug of coffee.

Sep 25, 2014
greygarious in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

Make a fresh cut at the bottom of the stalk and put into a container of water after removing some of the bottom sprouts
(break off by pulling downward). Keep at room temp, changing water daily, IF it is going to take you many days to get through them. They'll stay fresh and so will the stalk. When the stalk is empty, hack it into a few "logs" and steam them. They'll then be easy to split lengthwise. Scoop out the delicious, creamy "marrow", which tastes like kohlrabi, but better.

You can store the whole shebang in the fridge in a big plastic bag but IME they keep better in a "vase".

Market Basket-Items no longer carried?

The fact that since publication of the weekly flyer resumed it has been less than half the usual size indicates to me that they are not yet back up to pre-protest operations levels.

(Andieb, editing your title won't happen unless you report your thread to the mods and request that they fix it.)

Most difficult ingredient ever!

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Sep 25, 2014
greygarious in Home Cooking

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

Recently, I've noticed several threads being peremptorily deleted. Maybe it's a part of how the new "community" operates.

Sep 24, 2014
greygarious in Site Talk
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Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

The kringle is everything I hoped for and more.

I thought $6.99 for the large cheese-wheel shaped heirloom pumpkin species was quite reasonable, but any cucurbitae that I put out as decorations get disemboweled by aquirrels, so I passed these up.

Sep 24, 2014
greygarious in Chains
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