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Christmas blessing

A local grocery chain around here (the ever-wonderful Market Basket) offers small packages of deli ends (ham, cheese, beef, cold cuts) at a deeply discounted price. If the OP has something similar nearby, that could be an inexpensive source for casserole ingredients.

Nov 20, 2014
PinchOfSalt in Home Cooking

Rye bread?

Just ran across this image over on Facebook. Like I mentioned above, when I came to Boston I found there was a food-like substance called pastromi which was definitely NOT to be confused with real pastrami. Buzzy's Roast Beef sold pastromi, among other things.

Christmas blessing

Blessings unto YOU for serving those in need when you might be at home enjoying Christmas morning with your family.

How about a casserole with bread, eggs, cheese, and ham? Day old bread would be perfect and you only need a little ham, so this might fit your budget. There are many recipes around for this. You assemble everything the day before. All you have to do in the morning is bake it. If the budget allows, perhaps you can serve some sausage or bacon on the side.

Declining quality at Costco?

This is sounding more and more to me as if the problem is right there in your Costco - the manager who spoke with you. Maybe the employees laughed because they knew that was what is going on.

I suggest you get back in touch with corporate. I've never seen anything like what you describe at my Costco (Waltham, MA). If there is some other Costco within a reasonable drive, perhaps you could try that one.

Nov 18, 2014
PinchOfSalt in Chains
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Declining quality at Costco?

Which Costco do you shop at? Given all the problems with so many produce items, the root cause may be with refrigerated storage at that store (or perhaps the distribution center that serves it).

Nov 18, 2014
PinchOfSalt in Chains

Rye bread?

Ha ha, yes, Greenfield is a bit far, even for that very excellent price.

Yes, that is the recipe. I can't really comment on the other two you are considering, as I have never made pastrami before.

When I first came to Boston (quite a long time ago) it sometimes seemed that the only pastrami that you could buy was spelled "pastromi" and had only a passing resemblance to the pastrami I had grown up with. The closest I could get to what I craved was sold by Elsie's in Harvard Square, Cambridge (long gone). Their hand-carved Romanian pastrami really hit the spot. It's been so long since I had a really good pastrami sandwich! With all the tremendous variety of good ethnic food around Boston, it is amazing that good Jewish deli is so underrepresented.

Rye bread?

May I ask where you got the brisket? I scored a nice piece of brisket (6.25 pounds worth) at Wegmans Burlington, nicely trimmed (just the right amount of fat, not more or less). My usual meat shopping haunts (MB, Costco) have only offered much smaller pieces of the flat end of the brisket. So, there's another reason to put Wegmans in the rotation.

Also, I am wondering which recipe you are using. Coincidentally, just yesterday I started some brisket down the pastrami path based on a recipe in the Jewish Artisan Deli.

Apropos rye bread, if you find yourself on the North Shore, Karl's Sausages usually has a nice selection.

Heritage Turkey

While some farms may require you to sign up for a heritage turkey in the spring, others don't. My suggestion to the OP would be to contact a local farm that does raise turkeys. If they cannot sell you a heritage bird, perhaps they can suggest another farm to try. Pete and Jen's Backyard Birds would be a good place to start. They are very helpful and very plugged in to the local farming scene.

Zaika Indian Bistro Woburn

Thanks for a good laugh, Striper. :)

Gabila Frozen Knishes at any Area Supermarkets?

Today I saw fresh (not frozen) Gabila's knishes in the kosher refrigerated case at the Burlington Wegman's.

Costco meat

I doubt there is anything wrong with that ground beef. The outside is a brighter, lighter color than the inside because of oxidation, which can occur within minutes. There even is a word for what is happening: bloom.

Nov 04, 2014
PinchOfSalt in Chains

Info on Market Basket new locations?

I have no idea about that location, but Artie T. has said that construction of new locations will probably slow after the current slew of new stores (Revere, Attleboro, Waltham, all of which were constructed, but not yet open). MB needs to rebuild its cash reserves after the events of this past summer. It's not just the lost sales, there is the issue of paying down the debt that had to be taken on to buy out the Arthur S. faction (likely a priority).

Saturday night dinner for one in/near Northampton or West Springfield

Thanks for the suggestion. It could turn out to be just the thing, depending on how I feel. It will be a long day.

Saturday night dinner for one in/near Northampton or West Springfield

Ooooh, just looked at the menu and reviews. The price range is on target and several of the dishes are calling out to me. A definite possibility! Thanks!

Saturday night dinner for one in/near Northampton or West Springfield

I'll be in the area on Saturday and would be grateful for dinner recommendations. I am an adventurous eater, so open to just about anything cuisine-wise. Pricewise I am imagining entrees in the $20s-30ish. Local and/or seasonal ingredients are a plus. Alternatively, an unusual ethnic restaurant might be just the thing. Quality is more important than ambiance. Any suggestions?

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

I saw Victoria marinara sauce at the Waltham MA store last week.

Oct 08, 2014
PinchOfSalt in Chains

Info on Market Basket new locations?

All those openings are major good news. Yes, the construction was complete. But inventory and hiring all those new people costs money. Artie T. must be feeling good about the way the business has been running since he came back! (Yes, I know he's said that new store growth will slow after these three open, but still, if things were tight he would not be able to open them all so quickly.)

Market Basket-Items no longer carried?

The latest flyer (delivered in yesterday's mail) is back up to its regular size!

FWIW, Kate's butter and buttermilk were available at Burlington a week or so ago.

Market Basket, Thoughts

Yes, MB definitely has some new customers. A friend of mine and I have been telling a mutual friend about MB for years. Finally, a week after Artie T came back, the mutual friend texted me to say, "X, you were right! Now I'm a mkt basket customer. Just tried it out." Since then the mutual friend has returned to Market Basket at least once. I didn't ask. She was so happy about it, she told me.

Apple picking?

Thanks for the info!

Apple picking?

Do they have unpasteurized cider?

Market Basket

Part of the charm for me is the sign that hangs above the aisle and simple states "Goya". The Chelsea store even has warm Cinco de Mayo tortillas and gorditas. Okay, the factory is also in Chelsea, less than a mile away, but talk about fresh!

I live in Belmont so when Waltham does open it will be a difficult choice for me. I have bonded to the Burlington location but the lure of a huge MB like the one in Revere stocked with stuff that reflects the various ethnic communities in Waltham is really strong.

Market Basket

Comparing meat at MB versus Costco: it's a difficult trade-off. In general, the prices are not that different. Costco has a more limited selection of cuts. The meat at Costco is choice or prime while the meat at MB is select or choice. In both cases the grade is clearly labeled, so no problem unless I am looking for prime. I recently finally did notice that the beef at Costco is needled. For reasons that I can't quite put my finger on, I find that objectionable. That needled thing set me on a track where I am buying less meat at Costco and more at MB.

Local trash fish

I am sure I have seen scup at Market Basket in Burlington. The fish there is very good, due to high turnover. You could call ahead and ask.

Another possibility for trash fish is H-Mart, just around the corner. However my impression has been that local sourcing is not a priority at H-Mart. For example, even though mackerel are a local fish, whenever I look, the mackerel at H-Mart come from Norway.

Market Basket

Great point. Market Basket locations vary a lot. For example, some have a Goya Aisle while others do not. (How can you not love a chain that has stores with Goya Aisles?) It all depends on the neighborhood. If the closest store does not have what you seek, it may be worthwhile to check out some others that are not too far away.

It's hard to guess whether the Waltham location will have a lot of organic or natural stuff. That Somerville does makes a lot of sense. The question is, will the inventory in Waltham be biased towards Waltham or Weston? Talk about different demographics!

Info on Market Basket new locations?

One of the Burlington associates told me today that the inside MB rumor mill was that Artie T wanted to move ahead with opening Revere and Waltham as soon as possible a) because Waltham will be one of their flagship locations and b) it would be a very positive statement about Market Basket post-feud.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

I was at Burlington first thing this morning. No produce, no meat, no fish, dairy mostly with dates a week or so out (with a nearby associate warning me to be sure of the dates if I took more than one of anything). I asked one of the meat guys if/when I would be able to come back and get something for my Labor Day cookout. He said if not tomorrow, probably by Saturday.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

It is being widely reported that a deal was signed tonight to sell Artie S. (and family)'s shares to Artie T (and family). Artie T. will be in charge once again. Let the shopping resume!

Shaw's > Star

I heard about the changes and went to the Belmont Star Market (less than a mile from home) for the first time in several years (not counting one or two emergency runs when there was no other choice and I needed a specific thing). While the produce seemed less wilted, that's not saying much. The prices were outrageous. $1.99 for a pound of regular yellow onions (twice!!! the price for the same thing at the Fresh Pond Whole Foods, imagine!); $2.49 for a two-pound bag. I saved so much money by shopping at the Burlington Market Basket that the drive was worth it. Even the Market Basket boycott has not gotten me back in that Star Market. Of course if/when Artie T returns I will be back to my regular routine; until then there is the Russo's/nearby Stop and Shop combo. If all else fails, in two months there will be the Burlington Wegman's.

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-...