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Guadeloupe reccos?

Hello Hounds, we're heading to Guadeloupe in a week, and wondering if anyone has any food recommendations? Staying Deshaies, on Basse-Terre. thanks!

Where can I buy Zungenwurst (blood tongue sausage)?

And you can always order by mail from Usingers, www.usinger.com

easter brunch in Concord or Manchester, NH?


easter brunch in Concord or Manchester, NH?

Hello New England Hounds, any ideas for a place to meet my mom for brunch on Easter Sunday, in the Manchester or Concord areas? We come from the Boston area, she comes from Center Harbor.

Bedford Village Inn, which I don't adore but is suitably festive, is unfortunately booked. Thanks!

Best ice cream in Boston is..

We've used Christina's for a huge event annually for eleven years now, and have had nothing but excellent service from them. They bring a bunch of their regular scoopers, and the owner, Ray, is extremely nice and helpful.

I can't get enough of Suzanne Goin! What other cookbook author would I like?

I was just commenting earlier this week, after making an Ottolenghi recipe, that some of his dishes take me to the same happy place, flavor-wise, as Suzanne Goin. I really only get this from Jerusalem; Plenty and Ottolenghi have not excited me, ultimately, as much.

Mar 20, 2015
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Best takeout/delivery in Cambridge/Somerville/northern Boston/Brookline

THAT is good news!

Best takeout/delivery in Cambridge/Somerville/northern Boston/Brookline


Breakfast with home made hash

Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown has excellent homemade hash.

Best takeout/delivery in Cambridge/Somerville/northern Boston/Brookline

Does City Slicker deliver, or is that just pick-up takeout?

Moist chocolatey chocolate cake recipe like a boxed mix?

Here's mine: http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/94... moist, chocolate-y, and you can put any old frosting you like on it.

Mar 05, 2015
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ROAST CHICKEN! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (March 2015)

Just what I was going to post. I love to try different roast chicken recipes but this one is ALWAYS the best. I don't need another.

Mar 03, 2015
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potato flakes

Or, a little more, used as a dredge then sauteed, makes for a nice crust on fish.

have you had any luck with Food52 recipes?

Just saw those Fake Frites this week, and I am trying them! I've gotten a few good things here, but agree that sometimes they aren't entirely realistic about the effort involved. Weeknight lasagna? Not in my workaday world.

But the site that is really jazzing my cooking right now is the New York Times' Cooking newsletter. That is some good writing because i want to make something from almost every letter I get. The Chocolate Guiness Cake - killer.

Has anyone tried both of Suzanne Goin's brisket recipes from the A.O.C. Cookbook and Sunday Suppers at Lucques?

I can't speak to the particular stout, but I can agree that the Sunday Suppers brisket is absolutely spectacular. In fact now that you mention it, I might make it this weekend!

Jan 30, 2015
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What is your favourite thing to do with a chuck steak?

Agree. My mom had a Betty Crocker marinade that involved ketchup and worcestershire sauce, and boy was it good. I make it sometimes now, marinate the steak for a few hours, grill it to get a little char, and it is transporting.

I would also note that chuck steak might be different from chuck roast. I use the latter for excellent pot roast, but wouldn't pot roast the steak.

Mary Chung's Holiday Menu

Going tonight for a duck, and hopefully a whole fish too. Hot bean sauce is the fish prep to have?

What do you make after Christmas when you're sick of everything?

Agree. If out, pho or sushi. If home and I'm cooking, poached chicken. There is a recipe in Nigella Kitchen that I usually make when returning from vacation or holidays. Tonight I am trying a slow-cooker poached chicken. http://food52.com/recipes/32597-whole...

Dec 30, 2014
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2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Great thread. I've been astonishing myself and friends with my success at a chocolate babka, from Jerusalem, via Smitten Kitchen: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2014/1... Damn, that is good. I also made a passable version of my husband's grandmother's butterschnitz cookies, which makes me happy.

Speaking of Jerusalem, I have yet to make anything out of that book that doesn't taste delicious. Chicken and cardamon rice tops the list, chicken soffrito also awesome, stuffed eggplant as well.

And I'm proud of my jams: strawberry balsamic, blueberry lime, white peach vanilla, raspberry cassis, spiced tomato, peach sriracha, and pear ginger with our own pears that was supposed to be pear ginger butter but I got tired of waiting for it to get to butter state.

Meat ideas for beans

I like to put a smoked pork hock in with pinto beans when I make them in the slow cooker. Then I chop up whatever bits are left on the bone after cooking, and stir them back in.

Dec 18, 2014
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Faves to buy at King Arthur Flour - Wish List

Ditto on Fior di Sicilia. I like the Irish-style wholemeal flour, to try and replicate those delicious Irish breads. Regular whole wheat just does not do the trick. And the double-dutch cocoa.

Best fish to be served with a mushroom risotto.

Branzino would be nice, if a whole fish is your goal. Otherwise, I'd like a fillet of striped bass with my mushroom risotto, please!

Dec 16, 2014
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Octopus dishes

Some kind of roast octopus with a goodly amount of garlic at Casa Portugal a couple of weeks ago. Deelish, huge, perfect for a bitter cold night.

What to do with a Buddha's Hand?

I've heard someone mention candied citron, such as with this recipe from David Lebovitz

Dec 11, 2014
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Next year will be different: Thanksgiving

That is indeed a brilliant idea. For those who don't have a local restaurant willing to smoke a turkey, I recommend Nueske's smoked turkeys. They are terrific, and easy, and the carcass and bones make killer additions to soup later.

Dec 04, 2014
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You can't go home again ...

Same with Park. Oh, how about Sandrine? That's a nice, linger-for-a-while space with good food, and again, you can hear your dining companion!

You can't go home again ...

Harvest still exists, and may have in your day. It is a bit staid, but also very good, and you can actually hear your dining companion.

Next year will be different: Thanksgiving

The sooner the better, I say!

Dec 03, 2014
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Tell us about your Thanksgiving disaster

My low and slow turkey of about the same size was also done in about four hours, almost four hours ahead of dinner time. Fortunately I checked the temp in time, so it just sat in the warm oven for several hours. But I can only imagine what it would have been like if we'd eaten earlier!

Dec 01, 2014
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Next year will be different: Thanksgiving

Get a smaller turkey. I love turkey sandwiches, but I've still got pounds and pounds of turkey meat and by now we're all tired of it.

Make more cranberry sauce. We ran out! I had to make more on Saturday for sandwiches.

Find a stuffing/dressing recipe to get excited about and not overbake it.

One thing that will not be different: this most excellent pecan and chocolate tart http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Dec 01, 2014
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