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Dave's Pasta In Davis Square, Somerville; What IS My Problem??

I'm a little late to the part here, but wanted to chime in as I love Dave's and miss it terribly after my move to the 'burbs.

Dave's traditional basil pesto is my absolute favorite. Once my then-boyfriend-now-husband introduced me to it five years ago all other pesto's are measured against Dave's.

I also love their plain cheese tortellini. Again, it's what I measure all other fresh/frozen tortellini against (and unfortunatley, more often than not the others come up short). I'm suprised that someone said that this is not made by Dave's? And I am a fan of the fresh lemon pepper pasta.

Finally, they sell this great focaccia bread- either rosemary or parmasean and I just love it. My husband and I have been known to buy a tub of pesto and one of these breads and then just eat that (dipping bread into pesto) w/a salad for dinner.

Mar 14, 2011
waltersmeg in Greater Boston Area

Save my chicken broth!

That's what I thought, but the cookbook specifically said 40 minutes for broth- as opposed to 4 hours for stock (it also differentiated as saying broth is better for soups, hence I went for that as opposed to the stock).

Thanks.

Jan 10, 2010
waltersmeg in Home Cooking

Save my chicken broth!

We had a delicious chicken dinner last night (the famous chicken w/2 lemons). I didn't want the left overs to go to waste, so I decided to make broth for chicken soup for tonight's dinner. I consulted my copy of The Joy of Cooking and read all about broths and stocks. I decided I was making a broth and followed the recipe- chicken carcass with leftover meat clinging to it, enough water to cover the carcass plus finely chopped carrots and onions. I also threw in 2 whole garlic cloves and a few springs of rosemary. I brought the chicken to an almost boil then turned down to a simmer, added veggies, garlic and rosemary and simmered for about 50 minutes according to the recipe. Then I strained the veggies, garlic and rosemary and removed the carcass. I tore off piece of chicken and put them in the strained broth then put the post in the fridge. I just checked on it (3 hours out) and it has a nice yellowish color but it tasted very bland. It had smelled heavenly on the stove earlier. What can I do to make it an edible and enjoyable soup for tonight?

Thanks!

Jan 10, 2010
waltersmeg in Home Cooking

Inexpensive Rehearsal Dinner in Boston area?

We are on a tight budget for our rehearsal dinner- capping it at $350-400. We will have about 22 people next April. The wedding is in downtown Boston, so the rehearsal will in Beacon Hill. We've got some older people who can't really walk far and public transit for them is a bit of an issue. So we would like a place that peopel could drive to- and that has some parking closeby- but not too hard to get to for our out of town people.

I have thought about Pizzeria Regina at Station Landing or Bertuccis (not sure what location) in order to keep costs down, but still have a fun atmosphere. I thought pizza could be a fun, yummy but inexpensive choice. Then there's beer and wine.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I have been wracking my brain for something that fits our criteria...

Thanks!

Aug 22, 2008
waltersmeg in Greater Boston Area