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Ideas For Using Chutney?

I use this recipe for chutney cheese ball: The chutney adds great flavor but isn't identifiable as chutney. If your chutney is particularly chunky you might want to chop it fine (or whirl it in the food processor).

I also use it for chutney chicken, which is basically chutney, mayo, mustard and chopped pickled jalapenos mixed together, slathered on chicken, coated with bread crumbs, and baked until done.

Jan 10, 2013
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"American" goulash -- what's your family's version?

My grandma made "goulash" - ground beef and spaghetti in Ragu pasta sauce (always Ragu) served over mashed potatoes. I have no idea how she came up with that as "goulash!"

Dec 06, 2012
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Schoolhouse Pizza Quincy - Closed?

I'm officially bummed! Thanks for the suggestions. Gennaro's & Darcy's seem like contenders, just wish they delivered!

Schoolhouse Pizza Quincy - Closed?

Tried to order a pizza last night but no answer. Website also seems to be down. Can any Quincy chowhounds in the neighborhood confirm?

If it is closed, I'm sorry to see it go. It's our favorite pizza place in Quincy. Any suggestions for a new favorite in north/west/central Quincy? Not bar pizza please!

What are you baking these days? July, 2012 [old]

Triple layer brownies - a chocolate chip cookie layer, topped by whole Oreos, followed by brownie batter. It was a chocolate kind of day!

Jul 26, 2012
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are great Oven Baked Fries a possibility?

I've had good luck with a recipe for "San Francisco Garlic Fries" from Bon Appetit:

May 22, 2012
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Best cafe mocha in Boston area?

I'm partially to Toscanini's. They aren't very sweet, which I like.

Best spots to buy culinary herbs (to grow)

The Artery Garden Center (Quincy) has a pretty broad selection. I believe I saw all but the borage there last weekend.

A Sour Cream Glut

I would have many, many pierogies.

Apr 17, 2012
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What's for Dinner? #137 - Easter Edition [old]

Ham balls (as I know them, at least) are baked. They are basically ground ham, ground beef or pork (I prefer ground pork, being from Iowa), breadcrumbs, eggs, salt & pepper. You mix it all up, form into balls, and bake at 350 for 1 hour. Then you make a sauce of brown sugar, vinegar, mustard and a little water, pour over the ham balls, and continue baking for 30 minutes. The sauce turns slightly sticky, sort of like the glaze on a meatloaf. I can post the exact recipe if anyone wants.

There's actually a whole discussion about ham balls on this board. I ran across it the other day and was inspired to bring out my mom's ham ball recipe for the occasion. I think they are Midwestern and Pennsylvania Dutch/German.

Apr 10, 2012
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What's for Dinner? #137 - Easter Edition [old]

Ham balls, scalloped potatoes, roasted asparagus, and strawberry-rhubarb crisp with vanilla bean ice cream. The first 2 dishes took me right back to my grandparents house with all of my extended family.

Apr 09, 2012
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DD's Bavarian Cream donut, extinct?

I think I saw the Bavarian Cream at the DD on Bow Street (next to Grafton) in Harvard Square this morning. There wasn't a sign to confirm, but it looked like what you described (powdered sugar). I was tempted to get one!

What's the best thing you personally can make with white sliced sandwich bread?

Creamed mushrooms on chive butter toast, from the Smitten Kitchen web site.

Feb 29, 2012
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The nectar of the Gods, tuna noodle casserole....

I add a big spoonful of mayonnaise to add a little tang.

Feb 27, 2012
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Quincy Top Ten Inquiry

Pho Hoa is usually good, but the service can be rocky. Last time we were there my entree came out about 10 minutes before my husband's, and his wasn't what he ordered. I have regular cravings for their bun.

Quincy Dynasty is our take-out Chinese place. It seemed to go through a bad spell last spring, but it has improved. I think their take-out business is what keeps them going.

Schoolhouse Pizza has the best pizza I've found in the area. We usually get it delivered, which usually takes about an hour. To be fair, they do tell us it will take that long, but still the pizza isn't very hot when we get it. We just pop it back in a warm oven for a while.

*Your* secret to great apple pie?

My go-to apple pie recipe calls for cooking the apples before baking. It really makes the pie!

Aug 12, 2011
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San Marzano or Plum tomato bushels for sale?

Russo's usually sells crates of tomatoes in August. Unfortunately I can't remember what kind of tomatoes.

Favorite cold soups, please

I love this chilled pea soup with mint, curried shrimp, and peanut:

Jun 08, 2011
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Savory crepe fillings. Your ideas, please?

Since asparagus is in season now, I'm making steamed asparagus with ham and a Gruyere sauce. I also like ratatouille and goat cheese.

Apr 11, 2011
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I Love Italian Pizza Best - Quincy

They do deliver to North Quincy, but it can take quite a while to get there (they do tell you that, though), and it's usually lukewarm when it does. It's better if you pop it back into the oven for several minutes. It's the best I've had in Quincy, but I still haven't made it to Cafe de Paris or Carmines.

puff pastry square ideas?

On the savory side, I made "Aussie" meat pies the other day with TJ's puff pastry. I can't vouch for the Aussie authenticity (it was a Rachel Ray recipe, so...) but it was tasty! You can find the recipe here:

I also like to use it for a breakfast pizza, similar to this one:

Jan 14, 2011
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Need South Shore Foodie-Friendly Recos for B-Day Dinner

Tosca in Hingham, Alba in Quincy Center, and Sintra in Braintree get positive mentions here. They are still on my list of places to try, so I can't give you a firsthand recommendation; I just know that others here whose opinions I have come to trust from experience have given them the thumbs up.

906 Washington St, Braintree, MA 02184

Advice for making mini stratas?

I would like to make individual stratas to bring to work for a breakfast treat. I make as casseroles on occasion, but I've never tried making them in individual portions. I was thinking of mixing all of the usual ingredients in a big bowl, refrigerating for several hours, then portioning into muffin or mini-muffin tins for baking. Does this sound like it would work? If anyone has tried this and can give me advice, it would be much appreciated!

Dec 10, 2010
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Pasta Sauce w/Mascarpone for Pumpkin Gnocchi?

I have half a container of mascarpone cheese in the fridge and a package of pumpkin gnocchi. The two seem like they should come together somehow, but I'm not a very creative cook. Any ideas?

Dec 03, 2010
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south shore girls night

Alba in Quincy Center might be good for a girls' night out. I confess I haven't been, but the space is nice and I've read good reviews. It's been on my list for a while.

If you could only buy one healthy cookbook...?

From TFYC: shrimp w/tomatoes & feta, Asian salmon cakes, and the sweet-spicy salmon.

Sep 29, 2010
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Trader Joe's Chicken Sausage with Apple - ideas?

I occasionally slice them up, saute them in a little oil with shredded cabbage, and serve the whole mess with pierogie and sour cream. Good fall food!

Sep 14, 2010
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Trying to reduce my "plastic footprint" - How did grandma freeze meat?

My grandmother did something kind of similar, but she canned the meat (hot water bath and all) with a thick layer of fat on top. She usually did it with roast beef, and it made the best sandwiches! My grandparents were farmers, so they had a lot of their own food (meat and vegetables) to preserve.

Sep 08, 2010
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What's your favorite Greek dish - and recipe?

One of the food blogs I follow seems to have a lot of Greek recipes on it: I haven't tried any of them, but the other recipes I've used from the site have been fine. Maybe something there will catch your eye!

Sep 01, 2010
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Should I use pie dough or puff pastry for the crust on pot pie?

Me too. I wish I had stocked up when I had the chance. 4 boxes did not last all that long!

Aug 24, 2010
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