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Where to buy Squirt?

Check Market Basket. If Instacart is correct, they carry it.

Aug 25, 2015
dtremit in Greater Boston Area

Mussel pots near Union?

The South End has Union Park, not Union Square.

There's technically a Union Square in Allston, but I've never heard anyone refer to it. Pretty safe to assume Somerville.

Aug 18, 2015
dtremit in Greater Boston Area

Old frozen kirkland sea scallops

Or use the liquid to your advantage -- it'll flavor a soup or chowder, or could do well in a casserole with some starch.

Aug 10, 2015
dtremit in Home Cooking

Boston Public Market is here

Stillman's offers a similar option, in addition to their traditional shares:

http://stillmanqualitymeats.com/massa...

I'm really glad to see more options like this -- as someone who travels a lot for work, traditional CSAs are often impossible for me.

Chowhound Beta Site Open to Everyone (Continued Again)

Also, when I click on the image thumbnail at the bottom of my post, it goes to the images for another post.

Aug 08, 2015
dtremit in Site Talk
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Chowhound Beta Site Open to Everyone (Continued Again)

Please, please -- can there be some way to view posts in a denser format? I'm uploading comparisons of the Boston board on the old site vs the Boston tag on the new. On the old site, I can see twelve posts on one screen. On the new, I can see *three.* It makes it almost impossible to browse.

The fonts being used are *far* too large, across the board, and horizontal space is completely wasted. Why does the actual content on the "location" pages take up only 1/3 of the width of the screen, causing it to wrap and extend vertically? Couldn't you use some of that wasted white margin on the left to present the same information in less vertical space?

It's also particularly useless to show giant location tags *on the location page.* And again -- why can't they be off to the side of the content?

I'm sorry, but unless there's some kind of option to drill down to a more dense, readable view, I will not be here very much anymore.

Anyone remember those creamy orange creamsicles?

Not helpful, but this makes me reminisce about push-ups.

Jun 22, 2015
dtremit in Home Cooking

Ways to liven up chili?

Cocoa powder is my go-to.

Finishing with a little apple cider vinegar is also a nice touch. Acidity added early tends to cook out.

And vary the meat -- big chunks can be nice sometimes. I could imagine a short rib chili being good, or even lamb chili if it was adjusted a little.

If you're really adventurous -- the "coney sauce" that is served over hot dogs in Michigan relies on ground beef heart for its richness. I'd imagine it could be interesting in a more traditional ground meat chili.

Jun 21, 2015
dtremit in Home Cooking

Favorites from Watertown Markets?

A lot has already been mentioned that I won't repeat, but I'll add a recommendation for the baba ghanouj at Massis. (Oddly, I can't stand their hummus.)

Jun 21, 2015
dtremit in Greater Boston Area

208/240v vs. 120v Portable Induction Range

It looks like these are marketed by Garland in the US. I can't find the "multi" line on their website, but it is in this PDF:

http://www.garland-group.com/asset/?i...

That said, they sure don't come cheap; the existing basic Garland units start around $1100 and go way up from there.

Jun 21, 2015
dtremit in Cookware

How we'd fix it: Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market

I know this is going to be an unpopular suggestion in some quarters -- but for Quincy Market to ever really cater to locals, they'd have to figure out better parking options. Street parking is nonexistent in that neighborhood, and their "official" parking gets you a $3 discount in the 75 State Street garage. Said garage is a block away down a sidestreet, underground, and even with the discount will run you $25 for the first hour during daytime hours, $15 evenings. The logical-seeming Dock Square garage is unaffiliated, cash-only, and $35 for anything over 80 minutes.

Parking is much easier at similar markets in other cities -- Reading Terminal Market lets you park for two hours for $4, for instance.

For anyone who isn't walking distance to a T station, the hassle of schlepping groceries home just isn't worth it. I'm less than five miles from FH/QM by car, and the best case T trip from here is a half hour each way.

Mar 08, 2015
dtremit in Greater Boston Area

Best seafood restuarant in Cambridge or Somerville?

I've had spotty service there, too -- which is inexplicable, considering the place never seems crowded. But the food is consistent.

I feel like it's better on weeknights.

Dec 23, 2014
dtremit in Greater Boston Area

Pasteurized Eggs in the Cambridge area?

I am pretty sure I have seen them at the Shaw's at Twin City Plaza, but it has been long enough that I would not count on them still carrying them. There have been a lot of changes to that store.

For egg nog use, one option might be to use pasteurized egg whites (which are widely available) and a cooked custard base with normal yolks.

Dec 23, 2014
dtremit in Greater Boston Area

Do you really like the look of stainless steel appliances?

I have stainless steel appliances in my kitchen, and I'm happy with them.

That said, the one thing that bugs me about the current trend is that it's nearly impossible to find good looking appliances in *non*-stainless finishes. I like the idea of white or black appliances in many kitchens, but often the better models aren't available in anything but stainless. There once was a lot more variation in high-end appliances, and I miss that.

I'm starting to see more European appliances that combine black or white with glass, which is a nice look. A glass cooktop and oven with everything else concealed makes for a nice combination.

Dec 23, 2014
dtremit in Cookware

Oxford Inn in Royal Oak to close their doors at the end of January (DTW area)

Sad to hear, but not entirely surprising -- they were on one of those "Save my restaurant!" shows about a year ago. It sounded like they sunk a lot of money into the back bar area, but never made a go of it -- and Yelp reports they've since shuttered the space they made over.

Dec 23, 2014
dtremit in Great Lakes

whole roasted chicken left out cooling 4 hrs

This is not a scientific opinion, but when I'm on the edge about leftover chicken, I tend to throw it into a soup pot.

Dec 23, 2014
dtremit in General Topics

Good American Chinese in Somerville/Cambridge/Medford?

I love Qingdao, but the Americanized side of their menu is not exceptional by any stretch.

Nov 24, 2014
dtremit in Greater Boston Area

Help this newlywed finish outfitting the perfect kitchen

What about a saucier, for the 3 quart?

I'd also think about a larger saute pan -- the 3 quart is a little small for many of the things they're most useful for.

I have the 4 quart, and find it useful even for things like roasting chickens -- but if I had the 3 quart I might think about adding the 6.

And for the cocotte, think of it as much as a serving piece as a cooking piece.

Nov 24, 2014
dtremit in Cookware

They deboned the whole turkey! Help!

When you do get around to using the floppy bird, you're halfway to making turkey "porchetta":

http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/11/th...

Nov 24, 2014
dtremit in Home Cooking

searching for great ginger ale

Doesn't meet the OP's criteria (due to HFCS), but it's worth noting that one can finally buy Vernors fairly reliably at Wegmans.

Sep 05, 2014
dtremit in Greater Boston Area

Broasted Chicken Anywhere?

Not sure if it's new, but there's a broasted half chicken on the menu at the Deluxe (Town/Station) Diner.

Aug 13, 2014
dtremit in Greater Boston Area

Instacart- are people using it? How is it working out?

A little late to this thread, but I've been using them for staples from Market Basket and have been pretty happy with the service.

It is definitely a markup from MB in-store prices -- but critically, MB-via-Instacart ends up being cheaper than going to Shaw's or S&S in person, at least for the items I buy. I find MB too claustrophobic/crazy to shop at in person during hours when I can actually go -- so it is a better deal for me.

Shoppers have generally been pretty good, though I've seen some variations. Mostly that variation has been in their ability to find specific items, which can be compounded by Instacart's incomplete inventory. That said, I haven't gotten a piece of bad produce once.

Jun 14, 2014
dtremit in Greater Boston Area

June 2014 Openings and Closings

Same group is also behind the Fuji Restaurant opening at Assembly Row (though I think that's not opening until July).

Jun 14, 2014
dtremit in Greater Boston Area

Blood oranges in stock yet?

Thank you all -- I did indeed find them at the Fresh Pond WFM tonight!

Dec 22, 2013
dtremit in Greater Boston Area

Blood oranges in stock yet?

I'm looking for a local source (preferably Cambridge) for blood oranges for a Christmas recipe, but I don't think I've seen them anywhere yet this season. Has anyone seen them this year?

Bonus points for anywhere that isn't Russo's; the thought of going there this week terrifies me :)

Dec 22, 2013
dtremit in Greater Boston Area

Broasted Chicken Anywhere?

The Broaster Co. manufactures pressure fryers. A good friend's parents ran a diner in Wisconsin (where Broaster is based) and from his description, there's not much else to it. I think Broaster may sell a marinade/coating, but the real magic is in the pressure frying.

Oct 13, 2013
dtremit in Greater Boston Area

Pomegranate juice

Homemade grenadine:

http://www.chow.com/recipes/28428-hom...

Add a bit of vodka to preserve it.

Oct 12, 2013
dtremit in Home Cooking

Chili - Home Cooking Dish of the Month (October 2013)

Will be improvising a pot today -- I have some roasted tomato puree I need to find a home for. Ground meat this time, with some Rancho Gordo beans.

I do not have a recipe -- just mix up spices until they seem right -- but I almost always sneak in some cocoa powder. Adds a really wonderful richness.

Oct 12, 2013
dtremit in Home Cooking

Is the Ninja really as good as a Vita-Mix? I shopping...

They sell both at Costco -- I'd say the famed Costco guarantee might be a good hedge on the Ninja. If it dies prematurely, swap it for the VM.

Oct 12, 2013
dtremit in Cookware

caramel apples for 32, recipe&help requested

I bet you could just melt caramel onto parchment sheets and let it cool to get the same effect (and bigger sheets for bigger apples).

Oct 12, 2013
dtremit in Home Cooking
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