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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.

about 3 hours ago
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

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

I like the freeze dried strawberries and raspberries. I throw the strawberries in my cereal if I'm out of fresh fruit.

I make chocolates for holiday gifts and took the freeze dried raspberries and pureed them to a powder and stirred it into tempered white chocolate. Spread thin as a bark and broke into pieces. Sublime. Had a raspberry white chocolate bar in Austria a couple of years ago and couldn't find anything local so made my own. :-)

Mar 06, 2015
Jpan99 in Chains
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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

I agree. I've made jam with just rhubarb and it's to die for! The combo with raspberries is divine.

Mar 04, 2015
Jpan99 in Home Cooking
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I need a granola bar recipe that doesn't fall apart

Interesting, wish they have a picture with the recipe.

Mar 04, 2015
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

I need a granola bar recipe that doesn't fall apart

I'm thinking maybe the secret to chewy bar is not baking them. Toasting the oats and nuts, pressing firmly but not baking. I don't use brown rice syrup, I imagine honey can be a sub?

Mar 04, 2015
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

I need a granola bar recipe that doesn't fall apart

They look good but lots of comments mention breaking and crumbling.

Mar 04, 2015
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

March 2015 Openings and Closings

Here's the website.

http://www.royalwatertown.com

Mar 03, 2015
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

I need a granola bar recipe that doesn't fall apart

Every time I try one the bars fall apart so I just get granola. I need a bar recipe that will stick together and stay that way. I'm thinking a chewy bar has a better chance than crunchy ones.

Would like a recipe that has been tried successfully. I've scanned the web but not finding anything with great confidence. I'm vacuum sealing them and shipping them off in a navy care package so want to be sure they don't end up as cereal at the final destination. Have had great success vacuum sealing other bars (brownies, blondies, magic bars...) so think a chewy granola bar should make it okay.

Mar 03, 2015
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

I've been thinking about the Dakota bread recipe from Cooks Country so in preparation for when I get all the ingredients together I made some raspberry rhubarb jam. Man, it's good on toast, crackers, fingers...

Confirming online reservations

I just made a reservation on Open Table and the fine print says I have to call by 2:00 the afternoon of the reservation if I want to keep it. Really? And the restaurant is not in the big city so I'm a bit surprised and honestly annoyed. I too have had restaurants call me the day of and that's fine, but now I'll be out and about on Saturday and I have to remember to call the restaurant by 2:00 or we may not have a table available when we show up? I'm now contemplating canceling the reservation and going someplace else just because I find this annoying.

Feb 23, 2015
Jpan99 in Not About Food

What's your favorite cake?

First, there are no bad cakes.

My #1 will always be chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.
Coconut cake with lemon filling and coconut frosting.
Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
German chocolate.
Yellow cake with chocolate frosting.
Really good pound cake with that crackle surface on top.
I really do love cake, except I don't like red velvet. All that food coloring...bleh.

Feb 14, 2015
Jpan99 in General Topics
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