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What to do with a ton of peach jam?

When I make jam I share with friends and family. I bet a neighbor or two would love a jar if you have enough to share!

May 23, 2015
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Babka in Boston?

Recently bought Greens chocolate babka at Wegmans. My first time, it's too delicious. I ate about a third of it the first day! Had to wrap it for the freezer but it tastes good frozen too! Damn.

May 19, 2015
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Dinner Tuscan Kitchen Burlington ?

I did have dinner back in December. The dining room is large but not 500 seats so there must be function rooms in other locations to total that many seats.

It was loud and packed with people. We had a reservation and were seated pretty quickly. The food was good,but I did find it a bit pricey for what you got. Not really my cup of tea but friends liked it. I wouldn't go out of my way.

May 13, 2015
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

Finally made the Cooks Country recipe for Dakota bread. Smells wonderful. Currently cooling on the counter. Pretty sure it's getting cut open for lunch as I can't wait much longer!

Dinner Party Menu Question

I would definitely want a side other than the potato salad even with the all the veggies in it. I think a Greek salad is too much. I would either do a simple green salad with citrus vinaigrette or stick with cooking asparagus separately.

As far as dessert, it may not go with the theme but if it's what people like to eat then do it. Sounds delicious!

May 05, 2015
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

When do you eat your salad?

Before the entree?

With the entree?

After the entree?

We grew up eating salad with the main meal, as a vegetable. Of course dining out in America salad is pretty much served before the entree. My mother was a rebel and would always save her salad for when the entree was served. Some waiter would try and take it away thinking she was done and she would smack his hand! I often do the same as I take after my mom!

I could never get used to the European way of salad at the end of the meal. All I want after the main meal is a sweet dessert!

May 03, 2015
Jpan99 in General Topics

Make ahead croissants

When are you making the dough and freezing it? If you are making the dough the weekend before you could just shape the croissants and freeze them shaped. Then you would just have to let them proof and bake. They could probably proof overnight to be baked in the morning.

Destination: Donuts

Twin Donuts in Allston might work.

Apr 16, 2015
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Praline- Artisinal Made-In-House French Chocolates and Baked Goods !

I stopped in yesterday for the first time. We tried a couple of tarts and a croissant.

The croissant was large in size but very light and airy and not overly buttery. I enjoyed it but I'm not a croissant expert and normally eat Iggy's croissants but I enjoyed its lightness.

The tarts we tried were very good. A raspberry passion fruit and chocolate caramel. The chocolate caramel was very rich. A nice crispy crust with a layer of caramel then a dark chocolate filling and a dark chocolate glaze. The shell of the raspberry tart was getting a touch soft in a couple of places but most of the crust was still crisp. The passion fruit filling was tasty and matched well with the raspberries which were firm and fresh. The tarts were %5.50 each but worth it as they are made with quality ingredients.

They also sell homemade chocolates although there are only a few varieties. A few other French pastries besides tarts, another type of croissant I think was chocolate. A few other options that I glanced over like the macarons but was focusing on the tarts so didn't really pay attention. The selection isn't huge but everything they had looked good.

They also had coffees and other beverages but it's mostly takeout as I only saw a couple of stools by the window, no tables.

Apr 12, 2015
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Do either of these sound like good ideas for a potluck?

To put two things in one pot use foil. Make a divider. Two pieces of foil extra long . Put edges of long side overlapping and fold over two or three times so you have one long, double wide piece. Put one end on one side of pot with some overhang outside. Line that side with foil and bring up remaining foil in center of pot so foil provides a divider up the middle. Put cooked rice on foil side and chicken on other side. Trim any excess foil, cover and set to warm.

Apr 03, 2015
Jpan99 in Home Cooking
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Pie help

Do you have any Russian markets near where you live? That's where I find tart cherries. They are frozen but work great in pie.

Mar 31, 2015
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Royal, Watertown MA

Yes, Nanking Village! Blue Hawaii was before that, but I think Blue closed in the late 70s or very early 80s.

Mar 27, 2015
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Royal, Watertown MA

Will love to hear your report. I live a few blocks away from Royal and still find it odd they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I work from home so if lunch is good I'll have to give it a try.

Mar 26, 2015
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Royal, Watertown MA

I think it matters. I like to know the history of a restaurant location that changes hands but has always been a restaurant for many years.

Since it matters to me I wonder if you are remembering the old Blue Hawaii on Waverley and Main that closed years ago and is now Asiana Fusion.

Mar 26, 2015
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Pipable chocolate ganache?

Cornstarch slurry in chocolate ganache? Um, I wouldn't do that.

Best Easter candy?

Phillips Candy House in Boston on Morrissey Blvd. Lot's of Easter chocolates. They have great turtles.

Mar 26, 2015
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Royal, Watertown MA

Prior to Acapulco's it was another Mexican place called Glenda's Kitchen for many years. Don't remember Chinese in that spot.

Mar 26, 2015
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Best Quick Bread Mixes

I would probably go with Krusteaz followed by Betty Crocker and lastly Pillsbury.

I can't make a package mix without enhancing. I'd add orange juice to a cranberry bread, grated lemon rind to a blueberry bread. Dried cranberries mixed into pumpkin bread.

Also, I've done Betty Crocker's pound cake mix adding vanilla and mini chocolate chips.

Mar 24, 2015
Jpan99 in General Topics
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Freezing french macaroons

Freeze them, they will be perfect. I've done it many times with either store bought or homemade. Trader Joes sells them frozen.

Mar 23, 2015
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

National PI(e) Day

Unfortunately I don't have like minded friends. I love baking but I don't have any friends who do too! :-(

Mar 16, 2015
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

National PI(e) Day

Oh my, first cake day and now pie day?! Where do you live? I want to be your neighbor so I can get invited to your parties!

Mar 15, 2015
Jpan99 in Home Cooking
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March 2015 Openings and Closings

Not a restaurant but Party Needs in Waltham has closed. This was my go to spot for cake decorating and candy making supplies and packaging. Totally bummed.

Mar 15, 2015
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Can't remember the name of a fozen pizza

No, not Boboli or Buitoni. I'll keep looking!

Mar 13, 2015
Jpan99 in General Topics

Can't remember the name of a fozen pizza

Used to buy it at Stop & Shop. It was a box of rectangular pizza slices exactly like Ellios but it had an Italian name that I think began with a B. Much tastier than Ellios and the kids loved it.
Haven't seen it in the freezer in a couple of years and without the name I don't even know what to ask for! Anyone know what I'm describing?

Mar 12, 2015
Jpan99 in General Topics

Peanut Butter and. . .

I am a pb & cheese fan too. Extra sharp cheddar cheese spread with peanut butter and eaten as a snack.

Mar 12, 2015
Jpan99 in General Topics

March 2015 Openings and Closings

That is odd. I think they are going to stretch themselves too thin. According to the website they not only are going to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner but they are going to offer a delivery service to "the Boston area and local colleges" but they ran out of food on opening night? I live a few blocks from them and I'm in no rush to try it out.

Mar 10, 2015
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

$40 for Two Croissants... Would you buy that?

Why would you want to share a croissant anyway? I love the points and I want both of them!

Mar 10, 2015
Jpan99 in General Topics

Easter brunch buffet

Sky in Norwood has a Sunday brunch buffet and I'm pretty sure they do it on Easter. Not sure of the price.

Mar 09, 2015
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

Nope that's all you need. Just don't do what I did the first time. Tossed the berries into the mini food processor and whirred and couldn't figure out why it was chopping around like I had a nut in there. Stopped it, opened the lid, and there was the white "freshness" sack that I had forgotten was in the package. It obviously mixed whatever was in that plastic sack with the berries so I had to toss it and go buy another package! No need to poison anyone.

Can't remember how much chocolate I used. Probably at least 1 1/2 pounds of good quality white chocolate that I tempered. Add the raspberry powder and stir it in then spread out onto a silpat sheet. I remember using two silpat sheets and I spread it fairly thin.

Mar 07, 2015
Jpan99 in Chains

Help with menu planning--hosting a BBQ with 15-30+ guests

I've hosted many parties over the years and I used to be so anal that I had to prepare everything because I wanted everything to be perfect. I have had pot luck parties where the non-cooks stop at the grocery on the way and bring 3 pounds each of crappy coleslaw and potato salad that nobody even touched and ended up getting tossed. So I get why you want to make everything.

However, as I've gotten older I realize I don't have anything to prove and while I still don't want crappy coleslaw at my dinner I'm willing to ask the "cooks" in the bunch to bring a dish or I'll get something quality at a gourmet food store to supplement the items I have time/energy to make at home.

I grew up in an environment where there had to be enough food at parties for everyone to enjoy. If you ran out of something you didn't plan properly! Leftovers were not only expected but required!

I would suggest not stressing so much about what goes with what. For a party this size it's not important. It's not a sit down dinner. For buffet/bbq anything goes. I would worry about what you are capable of doing given your health issues. Don't over do it! If hand pies are too much work save them for another time when a few friends are coming to dinner. Make what you can and supplement with prepared foods or dishes from good friends who I'm sure would LOVE to help. If you were inviting me I would insist on bringing a dessert, one less thing for you to worry about! :-)

Mar 06, 2015
Jpan99 in Home Cooking