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Foodies going to Providence and then looking at Maine or Cape cod?

Just a minor point about cold water on the Cape, having grown up there. If you stay or beach on the SOUTH side of the Cape..or the vineyard or Nantucket....you will find the water noticeably warmer.

For Food.Seafood and fried seafood are obvious, but don't overlook the lovely Portuguese meals you can find in Providence and SE Mass. A place serving Linguica pizza will make you never want to have pepperoni again!

Help With Chutney Recipe

Cut back the cranberries to 12 oz at most and add a bit more liquid. Probably not more vinegar or OJ, water perhaps.or I'd add some marsala wine to it...no more than another 1/2 cup.

I love chutneys too.and will experiment with this recipe

Feb 24, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

No way in H-E-double hockey sticks I'm making this at home before I've eaten it somewhere.

When I saw what you listed... I said... Why bother? None of those can have much appeal except for $$$-stretched homes.

Over the years, I have made pseudo-Chinese, spaghetti sauce with what I had or thought I might like, "quiches" that have never been seen in France, soups, and a few drinks that I thought might taste good ( the best... equal parts Spiced dark rum, coke Zero, Pineapple juice, with a splash of bitters and nutmeg). A few 'leftover casserole thingys", etc. Some have been divine and keepers; some just good for a one night try before discarding the balance.

If served something tasty, I'll often ask for the ingredients and a recipe if possible. My homemade Portuguese Linguica sausage has yet to equal the commercial brands, and I have had some bread Fails that I thought would be good.

But the stuff you listed, not sure I'd even go out of my way to taste, let alone try at home.

Feb 24, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

Wegmans in Concordville/Glen Mills?

Only reason we did was because we were on 322 back from the airport. It was worth it

Feb 19, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Wegmans in Concordville/Glen Mills?

sligos is across the "street" from the Acme..used to be another name sports bar

Feb 16, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Wegmans in Concordville/Glen Mills?

I agree. And BTW, we stopped into Sligo's the other night. I was suitably impressed. They had an appetizer special of mushroom/cheese spring rolls that was very tasty. I had a Turkey BLT, saving half for another day, it was really big as well as good.I saw a hamburger order go by that looked like it could feed 2.

My wife had the shepherd's pie which she loved.

Another thing I like about them is they have hard cider on tap. Was pretty quiet for a tues evening, but the gal said it does get crowded on the weekends. She also said it is very different than their operation in Media, which about 10% of the size of the Glen Mills one.

Feb 15, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Wegmans in Concordville/Glen Mills?

nope..hit Exton a few times, but decided to wait. Not sure how all of the places will now survive........Wegmans, Fresh Market, Giants, Acme, Whole Foods and Trader Joes and Shoprite just few miles beyond

Feb 14, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Wegmans in Concordville/Glen Mills?


Feb 13, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

I eat it my way

I figure "Somebody" owes me about $80,000!

1. I drink my coffee black, no sugar
2. I prefer hotdogs plain and at most a bit of onion(although at home I have been known to add some Hoison sauce to it)
3. I shun Tartar sauce with clams or scallops
4. A plain burger is heaven, but I'm not opposed to a little mayo and onion. And forget the cheese.
5. Restaurant sides of veggies are often left because they are either cold or over-cooked or both
6. Clam Chowder with crackers is not on my menu
7. Ketchup has never come near a French Fry of mine, but mayo sauce in Europe is good as is malt vinegar.
8. Steak sauce? Are you kidding? It must be a crappy piece of meat.
9.A good sandwich can take some mayo..but mustard, or other condiments./meh.
10.Salt has its place, but pepper is eschewed unless part of the preparation.

I"ll let you know where to send the checks

on a different note.........Fresh sliced strawberries with heavy cream, are a rarity in the US. Usually I get asked several times if I want whipped cream or it comes with light cream or half and half.

And I often order multiple appetizers rather than an entrée. I adore tapas places

ASIAN DUMPLINGS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (February 2015)

nice! thanks

Feb 08, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

Aldi's own Sriracha

Yes.so the sauce may or may not be the same thing

Story of the "branches"


Aldi's own Sriracha

somewhere I think I read there is a connection between Trader Joes and Aldi's so the sauce may be the same

What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

on a slightly diff theme.............add a TBS or so of Peanut butter to each serving of chicken soup, stirring it in. Adds a richness and a lovely velvet texture plus just a subtle hint of "something" that most folks can't guess

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

do you put it in the micro to warm it or soften it?

Feb 05, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

Like you, I use the potatoes in a box for shepherd's pie. I usually add an egg or two to the cooled potato mix before putting it on the meat/veg layer

And, I have used them to thicken certain soups,stews, and sauces.

And after years of being a purist and making my own, I decided Pillsbury makes almost as good a pie dough for certain things and Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry works wonders

OH.as he nods sheepishly, that garlic in a jar or other variations will never replace the real thing, but in a pinch, in a soup or stew, will work

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

I have 2 computers........desktop and my lappe surface 3 pro. The desktop I know has garbage on it and needs cleaning.....thanks for the tip Russ! The lappe, which I use less never has any pop-up ads htat should not be there.

Most likely malware

Jan 27, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

not in Delaware......yet

Jan 23, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Having lived in the UK for 5 years as well as spending extensive time in Canada, Mexico, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain, other thasn the word, franchise, there's a bit that applies to all countries, with the US, Canada, UK leading the way.

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

And..Gawd forbid..you stand it upright on a bed of fries what is it called..........?Clean answers only!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

Lawd GAWD.........much better to take that second half and grill it in a pan with some butter slowly until toasty(and softened)

Jan 12, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

At least food has not yet been relegated to an app. although menus have.

"HM think I will D/l a double cheeseburger with bacon and fries and lots of "garnish" Golly, that was so good!"

And any place I can get a decent orange can't be all bad.......Wegmans is opening nearby soon!

Jan 12, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

Oh Gawd.........get out his calculator..........Wait....are calculators even made any more? Is there a Yay/NAY/Meh apps? Will there be soon?

And most importantly of all.............."Does anybody really care anymore?.....Can anybody really hear?"

Jan 07, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

faculty candidate Interview dinner choices

NAH!!!!!!! Even tho you are on someone else's dime and wanna have fun.....take 'em to an all you can eat and see if they pig out. Bonus points if they use their hands.

This is a joke of course? You don't already know the good places? And lunch/dinner on someone else's dime is not your "mission statement". You should be figuring out if the fool is whacky enough to join you.

(Crap spelling and punctuation is intentional)

Jan 07, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in San Diego

Heinous KFC commercial

OK.....so you care most ppl are more stupid than you...and will fall for this..........so what? They want KFC.......they buy KFC...they want rotisserie...they buy Rotisserie. They can't make it themselves or are too lazy..........Who cares????

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

a new year a new dawn and a new thread...hope they bring back the dried mandarin orange slices and keep the white garlic sauce in stock..2 of the best things I have ever found there in an array of otherwise meh stuff

What to do with leftover prime rib?

If very rare. it is possible to reheat. I take a skillet and add enough beef broth to just about covering a slice. Add whatever spice you want. Heat the liquid to "just about" boiling (when wisps of steam start coming off) and remove from heat. Add slices and heat 1.5 - 2 mins per side max! Serve with some f the liquid.

It'll cook a tiny bit on the outside, but the inner part should still be nice

Homemade, OH SO TASTY sauces to accompany unadorned chicken breast, and fish

Using onions and or mushrooms as a base(sautéed), I often make a sauce for my self on the side since my wife prefers hers plain. Mostly chicken for me

1. Trader Joe's White Garlic sauce
2. leftover Spaghetti sauce and then some cheese
3. A "sweeter sauce of chicken broth, Marsala, and a cple of TBS of chutney

4. For Chicken, omit the mushrooms, add sliced apple and cabbage sautéed then cooked in an apple cider/vinegar sauce

Oh...and I should mention that Penzey's spices are my friend! Their Sate and Singapore blends liven up my chicken sauces (where appropriate)

Jan 02, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

And I just heard that WC now offers Vegetarian sliders built around their burger concept!!!!!!!! Something for all those purists to try and poo-poo

Jan 01, 2015
FriedClamFanatic in Features

Now Eating Rhode Island: 12/14

Forget the places........You gonna "eat RI" it's the food, not just the places! And it's been way too long for me to recommend a specific "joint" since Asquinos must have closed 30 years ago.

But food......omg....what a lot for such a little state

Johnny cakes
RI Clam Chowder
Clam Fritters...my South County Favorite!!!!
A Linguica Pizza.may have to sneak over to Fall River for that!
Better still.a Linguica Sandwich with sauce
New York System hotdogs

And of course...some of the best Fried Clams you'll find

BTW...even fully "topped" a burger for under 3 bucks sounds like a buy!

Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

The only "good Roz" was the gal on Frasier