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Roast Beef sandwich near Smithfield, RI? Meks (sic?)

No, but am willing to try it. The one I remember is next door to a martial arts academy.

Jul 26, 2015
Westy in Southern New England

Roast Beef sandwich near Smithfield, RI? Meks (sic?)

Off to RI int eh next few days. I have time to stop and get a roast beef sandwich on the way. I recall a GREAT place nearby, but can't remember the name. Something like "Mek's"? Ring a bell for anyone?

Matt

Jul 24, 2015
Westy in Southern New England

Two nights near Faneuil Hall?

Saus?

Jul 23, 2015
Westy in Greater Boston Area

Two nights near Faneuil Hall?

I do like Italian, but I was hoping for something with great seafood.

Walking distance is 15 minutes by foot.

Jul 22, 2015
Westy in Greater Boston Area

Two nights near Faneuil Hall?

Hello -

I'll be spending 2 nights next week near Faneuil Hall. What is within walking distance and is great?

Westy

Jul 22, 2015
Westy in Greater Boston Area

Thinning the herd. Getting my cookbooks down to a reasonable number

My wife has been using videos from a Japanese lady who has you stack ALL of something (clothes, books, etc) and ask "Does this touch my heart?" I found myself looking at my books and stuff just differently. It is easy to get rid of things I don't want when I realize it makes room for the things I do want. I hope it also makes me less likely to buy on impulse.

Jul 09, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking

Thinning the herd. Getting my cookbooks down to a reasonable number

Some will be given away - I have some really, really nice ones that I am sure my foodie friends will enjoy. The rest I will try and sell to a second hand shop. The rest....drop off at a homeless shelter i know.

Jul 09, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking

Thinning the herd. Getting my cookbooks down to a reasonable number

My New England cookbook is likely going to be Kimball's Yellow Farmhouse.

Jul 08, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking

Thinning the herd. Getting my cookbooks down to a reasonable number

I am keeping Appetite and Eat by Slater. None better.

Jul 08, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking

Thinning the herd. Getting my cookbooks down to a reasonable number

Decided that having stacks of stuff (clothes, gadgets, books) is a bit ridiculous, I have decided to get my cookbook collection down to a reasonable (I am going with 12) number. No more piles of books I seldom use. We re-did our living room so we had built in bookcases, and my collection expanded until now I have as much, if not more, clutter than i did before.

Some were easy (a few beginner books I have long since stopped using, a few discount aisle ones), and some were difficult. Ones that were gifts or that i particularly enjoyed for a time come to mind. Some I just took the two or three recipes I liked and am making a 3 ring binder for.

The ones I am keeping tend to be ones that focus less on one city, or one chef's take on a specific cuisine, but a collection of recipes. Two I know I'll keep are the Dean & DeLuca one and the same author's "It's All-American Food." Definitely keeping Bill Granger's "Feed Me Now."

Just curious - if you had to keep a handful of books, which would you choose? Why?

Jul 08, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking
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Charlie Palmer's NY style BBQ sauce. Any experience?

Thinking of moving away from the usual tomato-based sauce for this weekend's grilling. I saw that Charlie Palmer has a couple in his more recent cookbooks for a egg-based sauce. He said it was more popular in upstate NY. I think I have seen a bottled version (something like "State Fair BBQ") at the super market. Anyone have any experience with this type of sauce?

Matt

Where to eat in Narragansett, RI?

Did a board search and the most recent updates were from 2008.

Looking for some great seafood places.

Also any good fish markets? Farmers markets?

Jun 24, 2015
Westy in Southern New England

How has your cooking evolved with age?

I started thinking I needed 4 and five star chef cookbooks. Bad idea.

I ended up being far happier cooking simply and well from authors like Nigel Slater, Bill Granger, Jamie Oliver, and Mark Bittman.

Jun 15, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

Just got Charlie Palmer's "American Fare." Reminds me of his cooking at home book. Like it very much.

I also just got "School of Fish" by Ben Pollinger. I like it. Some of it reminds me a bit of Bittman's Fish book.

Considering:
1. BTC Grocery. Looks like how I cook on a weekend.
2. Saw a few recipes I might like in Bi-Rite. waiting for it to become cheap (under $5) used.
3. my wife just bought a pressure cooker. I'd like to find a great Indian cookbook for that.
4. Not sure, but I would really like a good New Orleans cookbook. Crescent city looks good, but maybe a little more..."chef-y" than I am reasonably going to cook.

Jun 08, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

I like it. He has another book - Cook With Jamie. I like it very much.

Jun 08, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking

Cary, NC - Any new restaurants worth checking out?

Agreed. I have had a couple of good lunches there.

Jun 08, 2015
Westy in Southeast

"Dynamite" sandwiches in RI? Where can i try one?

I saw an article describing these in cooks country this month. Never heard of one. I am in Smithfield pretty often on business. Any thoughts on where i can try one of these?

Jun 05, 2015
Westy in Southern New England

May 2015 COTM: EAT, Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-171

liked this one as well. Now a fixture on meatless mondays

May 03, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking
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May 2015 COTM: EAT, Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-171

I do my skewers with one ingredient for this reason

May 03, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking
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Pasta Sauce Cookbook?

Stir
Frankie's Spuntino
Fater Orsini's Pasta Perfeta

Apr 28, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking

Chinese sand-pot cooking. Successes?

Hmmm....I like this idea for noodles as a "take with you" dish."

Apr 28, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking

Chinese sand-pot cooking. Successes?

I have one and never used it. Does anyone recommend a great starter recipe? I was invited to a supper club in a couple of weeks,a dn they asked if I could bring "something Chinese." Stir fries don't travel well, and was thinking a casserole of sorts might be perfect.

Apr 27, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking

May 2015 COTM Announcement: EAT by Nigel Slater

Thanks! I had been wondering about that. I see them at the olive counter at our local supermarket.

Apr 27, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

One or two. They are pretty standard-fare cornbread recipes. What I do like is the clarity in her writing.

Apr 23, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking

May 2015 COTM Announcement: EAT by Nigel Slater

I liked the chick pea cakes with yogurt dipping sauce (the sauce was really good, enough to make me try and think of more instances I could use it). pasta with cream and mushrooms, and the basil shrimp was a definite winner.

May 2015 COTM Announcement: EAT by Nigel Slater

Great! It is the cookbook I am using most often these days.

Apr 22, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking

The Return of Swordfish

That sounds wonderful, about what are the proportions?

Apr 17, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking

The Return of Swordfish

"Canadian Method"? What might that be?

Apr 16, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

Crescent's books are great! I even have her cornbread one.

Her Soup & Bread book is a classic.

Apr 16, 2015
Westy in Home Cooking

Cookware you're obsessed with...

Interesting topic.

I always wanted a set of Chantal's enamel-on-steel pans. now that I can afford a set, they are no longer in production. Rats....

Apr 14, 2015
Westy in Cookware