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Sausage Making

Bruce Aidells's Complete Sausage Book : Recipes from America's Premium Sausage Maker by Bruce Aidells and Denis Kelly

Mar 13, 2014
skippy66 in General Topics

Homemade gnocchi…egg or no egg?

I want to make gnocchi at home. Some recipes I've read call for eggs and some are egg free. Is one way better than the other or are they just different?

Mar 05, 2014
skippy66 in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? December 2013 edition! [to 12/31/13]

Pandoro from Carol Field's "The Italian Baker." They just need some powdered sugar on top to finish them off.

Dec 21, 2013
skippy66 in Home Cooking
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Pork fat

I need to find a local source for pork fat/fatback for sausage making. Any suggestions? I will travel…

Oct 29, 2013
skippy66 in Greater Boston Area

Pomegranate Molasses

Does pomegranate molasses go bad?

I was cleaning out my cupboards the other day and waaaaaay in the back I found an unopened bottle that must be well over 5 years old. I looked at the ingredient list to see if there were preservatives in it and the only ingredient listed was pomegranate juice. Should I keep it or toss it?

Aug 10, 2013
skippy66 in General Topics

Lump Charcoal West of Boston

I saw it at BJs the other day. I don't recall the brand.

Also, try your local hardware store.

Jul 15, 2013
skippy66 in Greater Boston Area

Pita Bread

Pretty much all the "pita" bread that's available in the grocery stores in the area is terrible. I think it's primarily made for people without any teeth. You don't really have to chew it. Plus, it doesn't have much taste either.

I'm looking for some real pita-type bread that you actually have to chew and tastes good. Metrowest preferred, but I will travel. Any suggestions?

Jun 22, 2013
skippy66 in Greater Boston Area

Unique Regional Foods in Boston

Indian Pudding

Feb 08, 2013
skippy66 in Greater Boston Area

Looking for butcher shop or salumeria with the best hot italian sausage

I second De Pasquale's. Their hot sausage is actually hot. Most of the "hot" sausage you get in the supermarket is for babies.

Dec 24, 2012
skippy66 in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Some Flavor, Outer Cape

I had a very tasty clam roll at PJ's in Wellfleet the other day. And, the staff was very cheerful…

Sep 16, 2012
skippy66 in Southern New England

Please help me showcase cauliflower

I've already made this twice in a month.

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

Jun 25, 2012
skippy66 in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately? Summer edition, part 1 [OLD]

The "Rosie's" cookbook is one of my favorites when I need to make a cake. I've been baking from it since it first came out.

Try the Bittersweet Orange Cake with Lemon Glaze and the Pumpkin Cheesecake. Highly recommended…

Jun 25, 2012
skippy66 in Home Cooking

Kaffir lime leaves for Tom Kha

I saw lime leaves at Idylwilde Farms in Acton yesterday.

May 03, 2012
skippy66 in Greater Boston Area

Slow cookers: What do you think

The fascination with slow cookers escapes me. I've had one for quite a while now and every year or so I pull it out and give it a go, hoping the results will be more satisfactory than the last time I used it. I keep wanting it to be good, but every time I am disappointed. The food is almost always tasteless and it is almost always swimming in a lot of liquid. One of my attempts several weeks ago was a chicken dish cooked in a sauce made with quajillo chiles and Mexican spices. The sauce going into the slow cooker was delicious but the sauce that came out was nasty. I tried another dish just the other day that was made with sauerkraut, pork, potatoes and kielbasa. The only edible parts in the end were the kielbasa and the kraut, but they were fully cooked when they went into the slow cooker.

I know a lot of people are in love with their slow cookers and think the food that comes out of them is delicious, but I'm not one of them. Sometimes I wonder if people equate delicious with easy. That's only my opinion.

My slow cooker is going into the trash this morning.

Mar 01, 2012
skippy66 in Cookware

Any great donuts in Metrowest?

Unless you're a fan of a Dunkin' Donut, you're pretty much out of luck trying to find a good donut around the Maynard/Acton area. Sweet Bites Cafe, 5 Spruce St in West Acton, makes a good donut muffin. It's sort of like a cake donut rolled in cinnamon sugar. They also sell them at Idylwilde Farms on Central Street in Acton.

Feb 24, 2012
skippy66 in Greater Boston Area

New 'Menu Items That Need to Be Retired", 2012 edition...

Anything labelled as "comfort food…"

Feb 20, 2012
skippy66 in General Topics

My Aplogies, but I Need to Vent About America's Test Kitchen

Take all those renewal forms and drop them in the nearest mailbox.

Jan 08, 2012
skippy66 in Food Media & News

Seen Nueske's Liverwurst in Boston?

Roche Brothers/Sudbury Farms stores carry Schaller and Weber products.

Jan 08, 2012
skippy66 in Greater Boston Area

Great homemade cracker recipes?

It doesn't get any better than these Parmesan Black Pepper Biscotti…

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Dec 28, 2011
skippy66 in Home Cooking

Business Lunch in Springfield

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Dec 18, 2011
skippy66 in Southern New England

Leftover Turkey Redux

Your welcome. I sometimes make a double batch, fry them up, let them cool completely and then put them in the freezer for later. When you take them out, you can refry them briefly to crisp them up or you can nuke them in the microwave but they won't be crispy but they still will be delicious.

Nov 26, 2011
skippy66 in Home Cooking

Leftover Turkey Redux

TURKEY CROQUETTES

This recipe is adapted from Craig Claiborne's "The New New York Times Cookbook" from 1979.

3 1/2 C coarsely chopped (no bigger than 1/4") cooked turkey, including skin
2 T butter
3 T finely minced onion
3 T flour
1 1/2 C turkey broth
Salt and pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Tobasco sauce
3 egg yolks
Flour for dredging
1 egg, lightly beaten combined with 3 T water
1 1/2 C fine, fresh bread crumbs
Oil for deep frying

Melt butter and add onion. Stir until wilted. Sprinkle with flour and blend with whisk. Add broth, stirring rapidly with whisk. Stir in chicken. Add salt, pepper, nutmeg, Tabasco. Remove from heat and add yolks, stirring vigorously with whisk. Cook briefly, stirring and remove from heat.

Spoon mixture into an 8" x 8" x 2" dish. Cover with buttered wax paper and refrigerate over night.

Next day, remove paper and shape mixture into 12 to 14 balls. Roll lightly in flour, then dredge in beaten egg mixture, then breadcrumbs. Arrange on rack and chill until ready to cook.

Deep fry for 2 or 3 minutes in hot oil until golden and cooked through. Serve with mushroom sauce.

MUSHROOM SAUCE

1 T butter
2 T minced onion
1/4 lb mushrooms cut into small cubes
Salt and pepper
2 T flour
1 C turkey broth
1/2 C heavy cream

Wilt onion in melted butter. Add mushrooms and cook until liquid evaporates. Add salt and pepper. Sprinkle with flour, stirring with wire whisk. Add broth, stirring rapidly with whisk. Continue cooking about 15 minutes. Add cream and simmer another 5 minutes.

Nov 25, 2011
skippy66 in Home Cooking

Leftover Turkey Redux

Other than a turkey sandwich, what's your favorite thing to make with leftover turkey? Mine is turkey croquettes with mushroom gravy. I think I like the day after Thanksgiving better than Thanksgiving itself.

Nov 23, 2011
skippy66 in Home Cooking

Rolls/Bread for Thanksgiving?

I don't understand all the hand wringing about what's open or not open on Thanksgiving. I would buy the rolls ahead of time and put the in the freezer. There's nothing I can think of that freezes better than bread and rolls. Take the frozen items out on Thanksgiving, pop them in the oven frozen to reheat if you want and enjoy. Besides, who has time on Thanksgiving morning to go to the store? My vote goes to Iggy's.

Nov 16, 2011
skippy66 in Greater Boston Area

Double Smoked Bacon source?

You can get Schaller and Weber double smoked bacon at Roche Brothers. It's in the cheese counter. I think I've also seen it at Russo's as well.

Nov 06, 2011
skippy66 in Greater Boston Area

Favorite Banana Bread Recipe?

Chocolate Banana Bread…

http://www.godiva.com/recipes/recipe....

Nov 01, 2011
skippy66 in Home Cooking

Cooking for the season's first snow day

I just finished up a double batch of Lima Bean and Winter Vegetable Soup from The Greens Cookbook. Here's a link to the recipe I found online… http://cooksfrombooks.blogspot.com/20...

I was going to make it yesterday, but I have an electric stove and was afraid that the power was going to go out while I was cooking. The power did go out twice, but only just long enough where I had to go and reset all the digital clocks in my house.

Oct 30, 2011
skippy66 in Home Cooking

Wegmans to Open on Sunday, 16 October

I just got back from a trek to Wegman's. I was not impressed. Sure, it's a nice, new store and it's really big. But as far as prices are concerned, I think Market Basket has them beat hands down. I don't know who can afford over $14.00 a pound for a hanger steak or over $23.00 a pound for some kind of fish. When I saw it was over $23.00 a pound, I didn't even look to see what kind of fish it was. I know that these are some extreme examples, but even the price of boneless pork loin and turkey thighs was $.50 to $1.00 more per pound than I would normally pay. Yes, there was a large cheese selection. I took a quick spin through the food court. Personally, if I'm going to go out to eat lunch, I want the place to be nicer and more quiet than the grocery store. I don't buy already prepared foods, so I really can't comment on prices and quality of those. Should you shop there? By all means if it's your local grocery store. Is it worth burning gas and driving farther than you normally would? I say no.

Oct 17, 2011
skippy66 in Greater Boston Area

any good bluefish recipes aside from mayo and onions?

This is a recipe from Marion Morash's "The Victory Garden Cookbook" that's very good.

http://www.yankeemagazine.com/recipe/...

Oct 16, 2011
skippy66 in Home Cooking

Wellfleet Oyster Festival

I went the first year they had it and it was a lot of fun. Good oysters, good music. But, the last time I went, there were so many people crammed into downtown Wellfleet that it was not fun. People were shoulder-to-shoulder. I couldn't wait to get out of there and Wellfleet is one of my favorite places on the planet. If you like crowds, I say go. If you don't, go to Wellfleet when it's not so crowded and you can take it easy. As a matter of fact, I'm there right now and the weather is perfect.

Oct 10, 2011
skippy66 in Greater Boston Area