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*July 2011 COTM, BATALI II: Bruschetta, Pizza and Flatbreads

Foccacina with Roasted Garlic, Scallions, and Provolone--page 72 Italian Grill

This recipe consists of Mario's basic pizza dough recipe, grilled, split in half and stuffed with lots of roasted garlic, provolone, and chopped scallions. I thought the dough handled very well--it shaped nicely, and the grilling process was simple. I had no issues with it sticking or burning.

Splitting the warm grilled dough was a little tricky as it was not a perectly even thickness (probably my fault). Once the dough is spilt and stuffed you wrap it in foil and put it back on the grill long enough for the cheese to melt. Everyone really enjoyed this bread--I'd make it again.

Jul 07, 2011
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*July 2011 COTM, BATALI II: Antipasti

Fresh Fava Beans with Ricotta Salata--page 24 Molto Gusto.

I made this recipe this week also--I got four pounds of fava beans in my CSA box last week! Peeling them was a bit of a pain, but the end result was well worth it. So light and refreshing. I was hoping for more beans in this week's box but no luck. If you have access to fresh favas definitely make this recipe!

Jul 07, 2011
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Where can I find Burrata?

I had some of the Maplebrook burrata last weekend. It is indeed quite good--very creamy center and rich flavor. I found it at Idlywilde Farms in Acton. I think it was $7.99.

May 27, 2011
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Looking for Quail Eggs

Since you say you are west of Boston, I saw some at Idlewild Farms in Acton this weekend.

Apr 05, 2011
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Allergy friendly restaurants

My young nephew has egg and shellfish allergies. One casual place that can accommodate him is Jasper White's Summer Shack. He follows Ming Tsai's allergy guidelines. Everything is kept seperate. It's one of the only places in the city where he can have french fries.

Someone else mentioned Legal, but I had difficulty with him there. They don't have seperate cooking pans, at least at the location I took him to (Prudential), and they cook their hot dogs in the same steamers that they cook the lobsters in.

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Summer Shack
310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Apr 04, 2011
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Chobani Yogurt -- favorite flavors?

I like the lemon, especially with blueberries mixed in. The pineapple is good too. I just assumed they use a higher fat milk to make the 2% flavors.

Mar 25, 2011
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Christmas Menu: Caribbean Theme

Your menu sonds really good. I am serving a Jamaican rum cake this year. This is the recipe I used:

http://www.foodgeeks.com/recipes/20506

I soaked the ground fruits for a month in rum and port and then baked the cakes and steamed the pudding on Thanksgiving weekend. They are now aging until Christmas. The finished texture was really good and the aroma while the cakes were baking was amazing. I bet it would taste good even if you did not soak the fruits for that long.

Dec 02, 2010
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*October 2010 COTM: BAREFOOT CONTESSA - Other Sources

This is one of my favorite breakfast-for-dinner recipes. My broiler is not the best so I have to seperate the yolks from the whites and give the whites a head start to get them fully cooked and still have a runny yolk. You can use any combination of herbs--last night I used chives and thyme. With some toasted bread and a salad, it makes a quick and delicious dinnner.

Oct 14, 2010
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Using ground turkey in place of ground beef -- what works, what doesn't?

When I use ground turkey for meatballs I add in some spicy turkey or chicken sausage also to give more flavor. Ina Garten has a decent turkey meatball recipe--it's part of an Italian wedding soup recipe, but I've used them in marinara sauce. I also like her turkey meatloaf.

For turkey burgers, I add in some mashed/pureed white beans to help keep them moist.

Sep 23, 2010
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Bacon fat

I keep a tin of bacon fat in my fridge. I use it for refried beans, and to start my chowders.

Aug 20, 2010
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What are your favourite omelette fillings?

Sauteed wild mushrooms and a mix of gruyere and parmesean cheeses
Parmesean cheese and chives
Bacon, sharp cheddar, and carmelized onions

Aug 20, 2010
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Where to Get Zucchini Flowers?

Siena Farms at the Copley farmer's market sells them for 50 cents each. The market is on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Aug 20, 2010
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help with a spareribs recipe

I am cooking the cornmeal-green peppercorn spare ribs recipe from the cuurent issue of Fine Cooking magazine. Here's a link to the recipe:

http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/co...

However, the only ribs I could find were pre-cut. I packed them very tightly together and wrapped in multiple layers of foil. I am wondering if anyone can recommend how much I should cut down the cooking time. The recipe calls for the intact rack to be cooked over indirect (300 degree) heat for 3-3.5 hours, rested overnight, then reheated and crisped for 4-5 minutes the next day.

Thanks!

Jun 26, 2010
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Has anyone tried Noodle Street on Commonwealth Ave.?

That's basically correct. The vast majority of their customers are BU students and staff. The food is fast, relatively cheap, and good sized portions, all important to that demographic. I work nearby and have had most of their menu at some point over the years...nothing in particular stands out to recommend. I wish their dishes had more vegetables and less salt.

Jun 25, 2010
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Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSAs etc. Mid-Late June

I went to Copley on Friday and got shelling peas, cilantro, arugula, and baby bok choy from Siena. A loaf of sourdough from Iggys, and from Atlas some of their hothouse tomatoes, basil, and mixed salad greens. One of the stands--maybe Stillmans--had summer squash and zucchini. I am hoping the squash blossoms come in soon.

Jun 21, 2010
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Upscale Vegetarian near Copley

Is Hammersley's Bistro too far of a walk for your client? They offer a vegetarian prix fixe menu.

Jun 18, 2010
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Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSAs etc. week of June 6th

I picked up some dandelion greens from Siena Farms at Copley on Tuesday. Last night I turned them into a gratin with some goat cheese and bread crumbs from an old iggy francsese loaf. Really delicious--not bitter at all. I am planning a big market shop tomorrow at Copley.

Jun 10, 2010
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Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSAs etc. Week of May 23rd

Copley had a decent amount to choose from yesterday. I got some stinging nettles, mesculin, and arugula from Siena, fresh mozzarella from Fiore de Nonno, a log of chevre from Crystal Brook, baby leeks from Keone, pea tendrils from Silverbrook, and baby bok choy from Atlas. I got there too late to get any strawberries. Stillmans had a decent selection of meats also, but I still have three steaks from last week.

May 29, 2010
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What are you planning for dinner this week?

I have been trying to plan for the week recently, also, hoping to cut down on budget and food waste. Budget has not changed, but a lot less food is being thrown out. Here is this week's menu:

Monday: salted eggs on butterered toast with celery-radish salad and broccolini, from Nancy Silverton's Sandwich Book (Backup plan if the salted eggs are funky--they have been brining for six weeks--frisee aux lardons)
Tuesday: sherried tomato soup
Wednesday: miso crusted salmon with sesame greens and soba noodles
Thursday: cornmeal crusted chicken, noodles with green peppercorns, salad
Friday: jerked shrimp, sweet potato puree, zucchini
Saturday: choice of spicy pulled pork shoulder or pulled chicken tacos, dirty rice, guacamole, pico de gallo
Sunday: whatever fish looks best at the market

Mar 22, 2010
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soup cookbook?

I like the James Peterson book already mentioned. I also cook from Jasper White's 50 Chowders regularly. I am making his potato-cheddar chowder this week.

Oct 26, 2009
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Foods you LOVE as leftovers?

Leftover rice made into fried rice, leftover risotto made into arancini. Cold pizza. Fried chicken. I also think potato salad tastes better the day after it's made.

Oct 22, 2009
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Shrimp Ceviche Advice

I really like Rick Bayless' recipe for shrimp seviche "cocktail." It was in his book Mexico: One Plate at a Time. I found a link to it on the food newtork site also:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/fo...

Sep 01, 2009
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Mango Chutney and ?

I like to serve it on the side with chicken or fish roti. I also use it in curried chicken salad, and it makes a great grilled cheese sandwich. Sharp cheddar and mango chutney on anadama bread is really tasty.

Aug 14, 2009
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easy summery apps that pair well with champagne

I recently did an easy no cook appetizer--lay out proscuitto slices and cut them in half lengthwise. Place a dab of mango chutney, a dollop of goat cheese or blue cheese, and a couple of arugula leaves in the center of the proscutto and roll it up. Easy, can be made in advance, and looks pretty too.

Aug 13, 2009
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Deviled eggs a day ahead?

I have made them in advance and they are fine. To maximize your fridge storage space, you could boil and seperate the eggs and prepare the filling today. Store the whites and the filling in seperate ziplocs, then tomorrow cut a corner off the filling bag and pipe the filling in to the whites when you are ready to serve. That way you won't have a tray of eggs taking up a whole shelf in the fridge.

Aug 13, 2009
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Bermuda on July 31

Athena, can you tell me if ties are necessary for gentlemen at either Ascots or Newstead? Husband is bringing a sport coat but balking at a tie (I don't blame him!). We are coming to Bermuda on August 6th for a long weekend and I am trying to figure out dinners. So far I just have the beach dinner at the Reefs booked. We have not been to Bermuda in seven years so I am feeling a little lost! Thanks.

Jul 24, 2009
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Native Corn

I completely agree! I only ate one ear. The rest is still sitting in the fridge. Just another reason to be mad about the lousy weather.

Jul 22, 2009
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Native Corn

I picked up 2 dozen ears at Gove Farm in Leominster on my way to visit the inlaws yesterday. $6.60/dozen. The ears are definitely smaller than usual.

Jul 20, 2009
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Farmers Markets ect. - week of May 25th

I bought some strawberries from Atlas farms at the Copley market yesterday. They were expensive, but delicious. Also, baby bok choy from Atlas, and a huge bunch of mint and some eggs from a stand I can't remember the name of.

I stopped at Idlewild farms in Acton on my way to visit my inlaws this weekend. They have Hadley asparagus right now, as well as nice fiddleheads and ramps. They were delicious in a quick braise topped with a poached egg.

May 27, 2009
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What to serve with Ina's Risotto Cakes?

I've served them with just a mixed greens salad a couple of times. I've also used them as a side dish for chicken as well as a mild fish like sole sauteed in some butter with lemon.

I like to cook the rice in chicken stock instead of water, and substitute marscapone for the yogurt.

May 19, 2009
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