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What are you baking these days? December 2013 edition! [to 12/31/13]

Better "moist" than "dry"!

nothingswrong - would you mind sharing your favorite pumpkin bread recipe?

Dec 22, 2013
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Belgian Waffle experience

So I made a batch of Belgian waffles with the last of my Ikea pearl sugar (swedish) with 2 tablespoons less butter and it turned out fine (aka not oozing), but I'm not sure about the tenderness issue. I tend to freeze mine anyhow.

Now that I know about the difference between Swedish Pearl Sugar and Belgian (thanks to Zeleni's post below), next time I'm hoping to try it with the appropriate Belgian Pearl Sugar. Wegman's is new to our area and I noticed online that they carry it in their stores. Another option is Amazon as they advertise it as an Add-On item for $3.96.

Dec 09, 2013
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The end of automatic gratuities for "Parties of __ or More"?

Automated tips actually lead to smaller tips from me - I normally round up so I end up tipping more, but I tip as I'm told when it is automated.

Once when I was trying to add to the automated tip, I was actively discouraged from doing so!

Sep 05, 2013
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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Just wondering, is this the Cooking Light recipe that you used?
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/cream...

Thanks!

Jan 25, 2013
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ISO Free Birthday Treats

Well, I tried signing up for the email list at Elephant & Castle, but there was no spot to enter my birth month or anything... could it be that they've stopped with the birthday promo?

Aug 06, 2012
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Cannoli Contest and some advice

teezeetoo, would you mind sharing your ricotta filling recipe in the Home Cooking board?

Aug 03, 2012
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ISO Free Birthday Treats

Happy Birthday ScotchandSirloin!

Aug 03, 2012
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ISO Free Birthday Treats

Minado used to offer the birthday person (with proof via license) a free future meal when they came with a rather sizeable party.

Bugaboo Creek (RIP to the Watertown location, loved their Prime Rib) would send out a moose head puppet and a free dessert for a birthday celebration.

If you're on the email list or a member of their card club, you will receive a coupon for a free dessert at Finale Desserterie & Bakery, a free small sundae at JP Licks, a free meal at Not Your Average Joe's.

At the Texas Roadhouse they bring over a saddle for the birthday person to sit on and sing to them.

Salts in Cambridge will decorate your table and garnish your purchased dessert if you let them know ahead of time that you're celebrating.

What other spots will do something special for a birthday? And do you need to go the actual day, or just be out celebrating, or sign up ahead of time?

Thanks!

Aug 03, 2012
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ISO pure almond extract... at a good price

You're right, maybe it was 8 oz in 3-4 years... but it only cost $9.99 back then, and I love baked goods and sweets with almond extract in it.

Thanks for the info on Penzey's!

Any other odd ball location for a great extract deal?

Jun 15, 2012
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ISO pure almond extract... at a good price

So, normally I buy McCormick's pure almond extract at the regular supermarket. But a few years back, I was able to buy a 16 oz bottle of another brand at my local Marshall's.

I'm now down to my last teaspoon or so, and was wondering if there was another place I should check out for pure almond extract at a good price since I haven't spotted extract at either TJ Maxx nor Marshall's in recent months.

Thanks!

Jun 15, 2012
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Best Restaurants that Zagat has completely missed.

All those are still MIA. I noticed that they missed a several restaurants in Chinatown such as The Best Little Restaurant.

Sep 30, 2011
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anyone have a from scratch recipe for Chinese almond tea/soup dessert ("hung yun tsa" in Cantonese)?

Hi little.tiger!

Any luck searching for the almond soup dessert?

I remember being served some hot from a soup tureen when I was young, with ice cubes floating in it to cool it down. =)

Jun 24, 2011
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Food Trucks @ City Hall

Nice to know that the Clover truck I spotted on my commute in was not a mirage. =)

http://www.boston.com/news/local/brea...

Apr 06, 2011
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where to get crispy duck with taro in Chinatown?

I'm pretty sure that I've had this at Asian Garden in Chinatown before.

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Asian Garden
793 Crescent St Ste 3, Brockton, MA 02302

Nov 20, 2010
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What to eat at King's Richard's Faire?

Thanks for your replies and helping me to set my expectations. We're headed there tomorrow and spending the whole day there, so I will have to find something for lunch there though.

Sep 03, 2010
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What to eat at King's Richard's Faire?

King's Richard's Faire is opening for a new season this weekend, and I'll be headed out to Carver, MA for my first ever visit. Any suggestions on what foods I should try (or avoid!) there? I already know about the turkey legs.

Thank you!

Sep 01, 2010
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Where did this restaurant supply store move to?

The one that was on the corner of Harrison & Beach closed.

Jul 12, 2010
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Big Night at Grotto

Grotto's holding another Big Night this Thursday! Anyone else going? I am so looking forward to it now that I've finally watched the movie!

May 11, 2010
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Birthday Freebies

I get the Craigie emails, but I didn't get anything special for my birthday... when you sign up for their emails, they only seem to ask for your email, name, and zipcode. Where does the birthday come into play? Thanks!

Apr 17, 2010
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"The Big Night" at La Morra?

I went, I'm home, and I survived! So much food, leisurely served before, during, and after the movie. This was their third such event, and the crowd was less rowdy than the preceding ones according to the owner chef. They did an impressive walk around with the timpano, then later with the huge whole fish and a couple of roasted chicken. What? No whole pig? Would have been neat, but honestly I had no room for it in my tummy.

Apr 14, 2010
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Who serves HK style breakfast?

I'm pretty sure Asian Garden serves something like that during the earlier part of the day.

Apr 14, 2010
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Roly Poly in Boston

It is new, and seems to be the first local branch of a chain... have you tried it yet?

http://www.rolypoly.com/

Apr 14, 2010
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Greek recipes

I'd love it if you would share your recipes for pastitsio, stuffed vegetables, moussaka, and galactoboureko. By any chance do you also serve slices of fried zuchinni and eggplant? I enjoyed that appetizer in a Greek restaurant before.

Mar 30, 2010
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2010 Winter RW Report

Thanks veggielover!

Lineage left us a really good impression through our RW visit. The shrimp appetizer was tasty and plentiful. Both steak and salmon were well prepared. Both desserts yummy and not too sweet. Oh and great bread!

Mar 26, 2010
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"The Big Night" at La Morra?

Back by popular demand!
Big Night, Wednesday, April 14, 2010
$65.00 per person for dinner and wine (excluding tax & gratuity)
“In love and life, one big night can change everything.” -Big Night, the movie
Remember going to see this film and craving Italian food after the movie? Let La Morra change everything for you when they host a Big Night dinner. The film will be shown on a big screen while you enjoy the same amazing dishes prepared by Chef Primo in the film. Chef Josh Ziskin will create a feast of a lifetime, including the best risotto and timpano, you’ll ever try!

The first one in 2010 was held in March - March 10th to be precise. Did anyone attend who would be willing to share their experience? Thanks!!

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La Morra
48 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445

Mar 23, 2010
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2010 Winter RW Report

Anyone going to Lineage for RW? (I hope, I hope) Thanks!

Mar 18, 2010
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2010 Winter RW Report

Celery root soup with smoked button mushrooms and sage - did not taste like celery at all, nice and creamy

Veal terrine with thyme and pickled vegetables - a bit tough to eat as the terrine tended to fall apart as I cut it to place on the toast points, but it was tasty with the pickled vegetables.

Tuscan-style fish stew with tomatoes and tarragon - not the most filling entree; bit of salmon with some shellfish; no shrimp here, tasty broth though and loved the toast slice dunked in the broth

Red wine braised beef with a fruit mostarda - tender enough, tasty

Spice poached pear with a lavender caramel sauce and mascarpone - loved this! You can totally eat this with a spoon.

Chocolate budino with fernet marinated strawberries - basically a flourless cake, I think, but on the lighter end of things.

Nice.

Mar 18, 2010
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2010 Winter RW Report

It may have been off topic, but it is appreciated!

Mar 18, 2010
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2010 Winter RW Report

Thanks y2000k for the review! I was starting to worry that I'd have absolutely no idea of what to expect when I headed over there tonight (btw, kobuta, I'll be the one in a mod skirt, if you want to say 'hi').

I have a question about the celery soup - I hate the taste of raw celery, so should I avoid this?

Mar 18, 2010
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2010 Winter RW Report

I made reservations at Erbaluce before the menu came out - highly unusual of me... now the menu's on their website. Any insight as to what I should order?

www.erbaluce-boston.com

Mar 16, 2010
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