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So. Chester County -- Moving

For food shopping, you have Giants (most reasonable price), Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Acme, and soon Wegmans, all w/in a cple of miles of Chadds Ford. About 7-8 miles south on 202, there's a Trader Joes.

There is a new meat butcher on 202S about a mile before the DE border. And a Hills Seafood on rte 1 that is very good.

In summers, there is a farmers market in Centerville DE, about 8 miles away. But right in Chadds Ford, You have H's SIW farm on Rte 100 south of rte 1 by about 2 miles. Only open June-Oct, but great stuff. Actually, Pete's is very close too. Out in Unionville, there's a cple of orchards/farm places on Rte 842 (I think)

The usual array of take-outs. Lots of locals eat at Hanks. If they want a beer, etc to go with food, the Chadds Ford Tavern has recently reopened.

We have lived in Chadds Ford for the past 20 years. You'll like it I think. Excellent School system (which you'll find out when your tax bill comes due in August)

Mar 26, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

I went with the new flyer in hand.........the cookies you mentioned...........yeah........meh.......good, but not outstanding.

The Salted Almond butter...still goopy but ok taste.

The Bacon ends I used to get got raised in price to where they no longer are a bargain.

Got some other things still to try..........but...

The Bacon Jerky with Siriacha (sp?)......to die for!

Mar 25, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Children-Table Manners And Etiquette Milestones

I have said it before on other threads........

Perhaps a silly story, but one that endures for us

When we went on our Honeymoon, we stayed in a an incredibly posh place in the Loire. It was part of the Relaix et Chateaux chain and the food was outstanding. At that time it was just the Grande Manor home and we had a lovely top floor room overlooking the tiny pond with a swan in it.

Fast forward 10 years later........We are on another trip to France and this time, have our 8 yr old son and 6 yr old daughter in tow. We stayed at several R&C places on the trip, and one was the return to the place on the Loire. The grouns had changed, they had added a luxury motel unit to the old house, but we decided to still eat dinner there that night (it was the same week we got married...10 yrs before). Got the kids dressed up in their Sunday finest and went over to to the main house for dinner.

The look on the other diners faces was a hoot. No one DARES to bring children to such an establishment, but our kids....while banshees at times, knew how to behave and were perfect during dinner. We got several compliments after from others there.

I translated the menu for the family and my 8 yr old son decided he wanted the fancy lobster( I know he had no idea about how it would be prepared).....the wait person raised his eyebrows at me and said "Monseiur, that is the most expensive thing on the menu!". I told him not to worry and my son polished off his meal with aplomb!

That's the food part!......Just glad we raised 2 kids that know when to hold them and when to fold them. Both are now over 30 and successful....and can still at times be banshees!
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I eat it my way

Well, at least HOT!.......a 400 oven for about 8 mins does it for me. Cold Pasta..........no way

Thoughts on Fresh Market selection?

True....and Giants is no better!

Mar 25, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Thoughts on Fresh Market selection?

I agree with Cindy........but GAWD.....Do NOT go in there on the weekend! The crowd.....with carts left anywhere....is unmanageable to get around the store!

As to meats........Cindy and I have some fine local butchers......and with all the other places, I suspect that TFM will feel its demise.

Mar 24, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

My Friend...............get thee on a plane to Belgium! A Mayo concoction there will have you wishing that ketchup was never invented.

And we used to have friends that used Mayo instead of drawn butter when eating lobster. Since parts of the lobster world make lobster rolls with mayo, I guess it makes sense. I prefer butter, but it's not bad with the mayo.(Especially "spiked-up" mayo)

Mar 23, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Features
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Thomas's English Muffins

Pa does not have a deposit to my knowledge....but I suspect that with the bar-coding, such schemes have been foiled

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

Gee, the only place that recognizes me is my local liquor store........rofl! And TJ's does not sell wine here!

Mar 23, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

March 28 is supposedly National Daffodil Day. With the weather we had this winter, my 50,000 Daffs might not make it up and out until Mothers' Day! ( The US date, not the UK which just passed).....so even at $1.50, that's a nice Spring smile

Mar 23, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Thomas's English Muffins

$2.50 is a darn good price! At that level, we could bootleg them down here to PA where I have never seen them on sale and I think the price is more like $3.69-3.99....TEM runs a perpetual BOGO.

Having really changed over to Bays, I seldom have looked at what new varieties there are. The Corn English Muffins sound good and I used to buy their corn-muffins (American I guess). Also........IN A PINCH......and only then, their Bagel Thins can be a nice change of pace

Your most cherished food memories...

Wonderful!

Your most cherished food memories...

I'm intrigued......Lithuanian School. For Language, History?

Once again I am reminded how wonderful it is to live in the USA where those things flourish

How do you get cat spit off cast iron?

Not a problem..............I agree

Mar 22, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Cookware

Best Chinese Restaurant in NY

I'm sure it will create a fierce debate up there with the Pizza/BBQ folks

Lol.I'll wait until they come out with "worst" list. 90% of them are likely to be in 1or2 places:

a, The local food court at the mall
b, In some supermarket

Mar 22, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Manhattan

Your most cherished food memories...

rofl!......Gawd will get you, Roger! (old "Maude" line)And yeah...for this WASP-y then 30+ yr old, my first latke sent me over the moon!. Good-bye Hashbrowns!

And I was in college before I ever tasted a bagel. Yeah, I still often put peanut butter on them

How do you get cat spit off cast iron?

Short of Killing the Cat? Seriously, boil some water in it which will sterilize it and then just wipe it down.

Don't you remember the old adage that a dog's mouth is cleaner than yours? I suspect a cat's is too. So no licking your pans!

Mar 22, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Cookware

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Works for Me!...maybe I need to work for them!

a few of your favorite things??

I AM a private chef..and surprisingly, the most requested things seem to be a Tenderloin with my "Hunters Sauce), or more informally - for those that have had it - my home-made pizza.

A clambake/Lobster thing is also asked for...but I do it SE Mass style with Linguica sausage that gives things a nice garlicky hint

Very tentative tourist plans, open to suggestions!

An alternative.......Catch a cab to the beginning of the Golden State Park and walk its length to the sea. My wife, then g/f, did it many years(decades?) ago and it was delight. The Japanese teahouse or such should have some morning snacks...by lunchtime you should have reached the coast and the restaurant there, while not much on food wowee's, is good, especially for your husband and the views sans fog are great.

To get back, grab the local bus which winds through some great neighborhoods including Little Japan.

Also have heard good things about the Ferry Terminal, although I have only used it for transport when coming over from staying in Marin Cty.

No-knead bread -- I'm confused!

Thanks!.......I tried something like it once...got so/so results.....my kids bought me The Breadmaker's Apprentice which I am now playing with

Mar 18, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

No-knead bread -- I'm confused!

Congratulations Cindy! I too enjoy "messing around with breads"

Whereabouts is the LC store?

Mar 18, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

Are they over with all the dried fruits/nuts? I'd give them a try. They finally have my dried Mandarins back, so scoffed up a bunch

I did buy the Meyer Lemon Thins cookies........good, not great.

A Meh, tho to the Cookie butter Dark Chocolate cups. They taste plastic to me

Mar 17, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Your most cherished food memories...

Only because you mentioned Middleboro.... We lived on the Cape. My Grandfather got sick and had to go to Boston a lot for tests/treatment (he was the country doctor before that). Then my sister got hit by a car and her leg got all messed up......another Boston bound patient. The result was my mother was making the trip to Boston about every 2-3 days for several years back on old Rte. 28. She would often stop at the Stoughton Diner, maybe just for coffee, and got friendly with a waitress, Bertha, there. Sometimes she'd take me along. When we went to Marlboro to visit my father's family, we'd often stop in.

Bertha came to know all about our family.........and every year, I'd get a Birthday card on my day...from the time I was 6 until I was 21.

Your most cherished food memories...

We were blessed with wild small bush blueberries around our camp on Cape Cod.......many a day I set out to get enough for a pie (usually enough for a cple of muffins or pancakes), and alas.the blue tell-tale tongue gave me away

Your most cherished food memories...

A friend of mine is now 87.she tells the story of HER mother who at 98 would sit at the kitchen table cutting up veggies and commenting on her daughters' cooking styles

Help me with Bread baking

better to do so in a baking pan on the lowest shelf..you can ruin an oven just throwing hem in

Mar 17, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

Your most cherished food memories...

Perhaps a silly story, but one that endures for us

When we went on our Honeymoon, we stayed in a an incredibly posh place in the Loire. It was part of the Relaix et Chateaux chain and the food was outstanding. At that time it was just the Grande Manor home and we had a lovely top floor room overlooking the tiny pond with a swan in it.

Fast forward 10 years later........We are on another trip to France and this time, have our 8 yr old son and 6 yr old daughter in tow. We stayed at several R&C places on the trip, and one was the return to the place on the Loire. The grouns had changed, they had added a luxury motel unit to the old house, but we decided to still eat dinner there that night (it was the same week we got married...10 yrs before). Got the kids dressed up in their Sunday finest and went over to to the main house for dinner.

The look on the other diners faces was a hoot. No one DARES to bring children to such an establishment, but our kids....while banshees at times, knew how to behave and were perfect during dinner. We got several compliments after from others there.

I translated the menu for the family and my 8 yr old son decided he wanted the fancy lobster( I know he had no idea about how it would be prepared).....the wait person raised his eyebrows at me and said "Monseiur, that is the most expensive thing on the menu!". I told him not to worry and my son polished off his meal with aplomb!

That's the food part!......Just glad we raised 2 kids that know when to hold them and when to fold them. Both are now over 30 and successful....and can still at times be banshees!

Help me with Bread baking

Nice Going!......Looks like you cracked it!

Chorizo Ground Sausage

You might try some of the Mexican food stores in the Kennety Square area.

Mar 14, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia