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Hatch Chiles - 2014 edition

Coincidentally, I made a batch of chile verde just last weekend. This recipe was a big winner with everyone who tried it.

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-pork-...

about 6 hours ago
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Hatch Chiles - 2014 edition

Just scored a bag of them at the Fresh Pond WF ($1.99/pound). I'm gonna grill them this weekend. Oh, is my mouth watering already!

about 7 hours ago
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chambers stoves

Where is the stove currently located?

Aug 08, 2014
PinchOfSalt in Cookware

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Just because something is legal doesn't mean it is a good or appropriate thing to do. A corporation is property. Property owners control or dispose of their property in a way that they expect will meet their goals. However, especially in the case of corporations, shareholders are NOT the only people who are affected by decisions about that property. Hence the current situation, and why certain decisions may be legal but at the same time harmful to the greater community.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

I would LOVE to see MB become employee owned. Arthur T buying it out could be a step on that path. After, he's learned what can happen with family-owned companies. There could be a plan that gradually lets employees get the stock.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Great idea! I think I will go to Costco (which treats its employees well) and get some water and snacks for the picketers. Too late to do it today but perhaps tomorrow or Friday?

Indonesian market

It's almost 2.5 years later, but I wanted to say THANK YOU for this post. I needed candlenuts (aka kemiri nuts or kukui nuts) for a recipe. China Merchandise had exactly what I needed.

Funny thing, I used to shop there sometimes when I worked near the Burlington Mall. Back then, China Merchandise had a large selection of Chinese groceries, plus the other nationalities you mention. Now, however, it is primarily Indian. I would look elsewhere if my goal was strictly Chinese ingredients, but for Indonesian, it is the best source I have seen in the area.

Thank you Chowhound for being an amazing source of help!

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

I will definitely boycott them. Arthur T (the CEO who was kicked out) was doing a great job - better than average margin for the company, great prices and quality for consumers, and good jobs for the people who worked there. What's going on now is a perfect example of what can go wrong when a few individuals are motivated by greed and revenge.

We do get to vote with our dollars, though. This afternoon I stopped by Hannafords in Walthm instead of making a trip to the Burlington MB.

two-bite bastilla

Saffron comes from a special variety of crocus (a flower). Mace is the outer covering of a nutmeg seed. Saffron and mace do not come from the same plant. Perhaps you were thinking of some other substitution?

Jul 21, 2014
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My imagination, or is Stop&Shop getting good again?

I was very put off by the $1.99/pound onions but it was a cooking emergency with no time to go elsewhere. The bagged onions were $2.49 for 2 pounds - less exorbitant than the loose ones but still ridiculously priced. I gritted my teeth and bought a bag while promising myself that it would be a long, long time before I tried shopping at Shaws again regardless of the name on the sign.

My imagination, or is Stop&Shop getting good again?

After hearing many reports about Star -> Shaws (horrible) -> Star (improved from Shaws), I checked out my local (Waverly Square, Belmont) Star. Yes it is cleaner but the prices are still absurd. $1.99 for a pound of regular (loose, ordinary yellow) onions? Give me a break. It is still worth the time and gasoline to drive to the Burlington MB (or, if I am only looking for produce, Russo's or even Wilson's).

Kate's Buttermilk

I saw it at the Burlington MB about a week and a half ago.

Pecan Crescent Cookies .. Do you have a favorite recipe?

Those are devine! They break easily, so you have to be careful when packing them into a container. Soooo good.

Jul 12, 2014
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June 2014 Openings and Closings

http://belmont.wickedlocal.com/articl...

Not much more info than on the website, but there's a mention of Montreal bagels. Unfortunately they are getting only one shipment a week. Real NYC bagels go stale in a day. Wonder how long Montreal bagels keep?

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

It's beginning to look like west coast locations have the Tuscan Olive Oil but eastern stores do not. Hmmm.

Jun 28, 2014
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Who Knows Cherry/Olive Pitters?

Okay, it's a bit OT, but it is good to know I am not the only kitchen-gadget obsessed person. Only in my case, it was the need for a garlic peeler that had me going for literally decades. Now that I have it, I don't know what I would do if it went missing!

Oh, and about cherry pitters, mine punches the pit out a hole. It always seems a shame to mar a cherry that way...

Jun 24, 2014
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Popeyes buys recipes from founder Al Copeland's family for $43 million

Wow. I wonder when Copeland and the company parted ways, and how he managed to keep ownership of the company.

In a recent episode of the Splendid Table podcast, a cookbook author (the book was Fried and True, if memory serves) said it was very difficult to convince Popeyes to let them visit the mothership (as part of the research for the book). Popeyes not owning the recipe (and probably having to pay a mega penalty if they disclosed it to a third party) may have had something to do with that.

Jun 24, 2014
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Nestle plans to create 'Star Trek-like food replicator'

Yikes, and it is not even April 1.

I don't know if I would want to try the stuff that was made by this device. It might be good for you, but there's more to food than nutrition!

June 2014 Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

To expand a bit on LindaWhit's answer, a CSA is an arrangement between you and a farm. Typically you pay in advance for a season and what you get depends on the harvest. There are CSAs for produce (usually weekly distributions from June-October), fish, and meat in the Boston area. There are different styles of operation. For example, take produce CSAs. In many cases, you go to a pick-up point once a week and get a box or bag that has been pre-packed for you. Other produce CSAs work more like a market, where you get to choose a certain number or amount of items from a variety that is available. Usually a CSA share is sized to be enough for a family. Some CSAs also sell half-shares. If you search on the Boston board you will find threads discussing experiences with various CSAs in the area.

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

Where, oh where, has the Kirkland Tuscan olive oil gone? It's been missing from the Waltham MA store for about a month now. When I first asked an employee about this he was as surprised as I was. Anyone know if they have run out of the 2013 harvest? Or is this purely a local matter?

Jun 18, 2014
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Farm fresh eggs?

Do you have to go to the mothership to get Shaw Farm butter? I can get their cream at Wilson Farms in Lexington, and sometimes score some non-homogenized Shaw Farm milk (delicious!), but I have never seen their butter anywhere in my area (Belmont/Arlington/Lexington nexus). Chip 'N Farm also has their milk. Do I have to make a trek to Dracut?

June 2014 Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

You will not be disappointed!

Here is a hint about the pickup. Google maps shows the address a bit further down the road than the entrance to the farm. If you go past Verrill Farm then turn right onto route 117, the entrance comes BEFORE where Google puts it on the map. Look for a small parking area along the left side of the road. The driveway is at the far end of the parking area (as you are driving along). My preference is to go down the driveway and park at the bottom of the hill. There is always room there. It is not so much about the walk down and up the hill. I just hate backing out of that parking area onto route 117.

June 2014 Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

That raspberry infusion is sooo good. My favorite way to use it is in salad dressings (with almond oil, some salt and pepper, maybe something like some thyme). However you don't have to go to the farm to buy it. I have seen it (very recently) at the Fresh Pond Whole Foods (almost wrote Bread & Circus!), by the refrigerated salad dressings.

June 2014 Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

Yes, you have to order in advance. I believe they still may have a few available for July. You probably should not wait to check and see. Sometimes there are extra birds, but they are only available to people who have already ordered.

The chickens are very fresh. The usual practice has been to "harvest" the chickens on Saturday and distribute them on Sunday. I think this most recent time they may have done the chicken processing on Friday, as they (for the first time) used a processor in Rhode Island. However they will be back to doing it themselves in July.

Very rarely people miss a pick up or there are so many extra birds in a batch that some remain unsold. In those cases the chickens are frozen and offered for sale in the Pete and Jen's honor-system "mini-store", just down the road from Verrill Farm. It's worth checking out on its own merits. They have fresh eggs daily from their own flock, their pork and lamb, and beef from Wheelview Farm (in Vermont) along with things like frozen packages of chicken feet (great for soup or for making into a dim sum dish), pure rendered lard (regular and leaf), etc. I think you need to email them to get access to the store. At least that was the procedure back when I started going there.

June 2014 Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

There's lots of action going on in my neck of the woods:

The Belmont Farmer's Market opens for the season this Thursday.

Waltham Fields Community Farm has its first distribution starting on Wednesday. They have warned that the first week will be slim pickings due to the weather this year.

I just picked up a Freedom Ranger chicken from Pete and Jen's Backyard Birds (Sudbury).

Arlington Greek Festival this weekend (June 6, 7 and 8)

No, everything else from prior years seems to still be there. They still do have grills going (sausage and kabobs, I think) and the roast lamb plate that I got was very good.

Arlington Greek Festival this weekend (June 6, 7 and 8)

No lamb (or pig) on a spit this year. A friend and I went yesterday evening and were so disappointed! It was not a matter of running out. It's completely gone from the menu. <weep>

June 2014 Openings and Closings

Hmmmm....

While I am not sad to see Mimi's gone, the Bellmont Caffe website is hardly encouraging.

www.bellmontcaffe.com

Haven't tried it yet, though. Anyone have a report?

Late May Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

I've seen Narragansett yogurt at the Fresh Pond Whole Foods. It's not with the other yogurts. It's over by the cheese department, up on a high shelf near the fresh mozzerella, etc.

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

I've seen no evidence of this at the Waltham MA Costco.

May 27, 2014
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