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Swedish bakery products?

The Swedish Crown Bakery in Worcester brings breads every year to SWEA's Swedish Yuletide Festival at the Cyclorama - there's all sorts of other crafts and other goods as well...it's $10 a person to enter, but worth it. (can you say cloudberry jam? yum)


Can I make a flour slurry to thicken soup?

I am a big fan of using super-pureed cauliflower to make a creamy soup. This <a href="http://thehealthyfoodie.com/2013/02/1... chicken soup</a> is like the inside of a pot pie.

Oct 11, 2013
amidalailama in Home Cooking

Pros and Cons of Home Ice Cream Makers

Alcohol doesn't raise the freezing point, it lowers the freezing point (so the ice cream would freeze at a lower temperature, meaning it'd be softer at the temperature in the freezer).

Mar 26, 2013
amidalailama in Features

Looking for no-grain substitute for lox/cream cheese meal!

I'm under doctor's orders to abstain from grains and eat as many omega-3s as I possibly can - I immediately thought of lox, but eating it plain just doesn't do it for me. Anyone have ideas for a no-grain bagel/cracker substitute? Maybe kohlrabi? Or jicama?

Oct 13, 2012
amidalailama in General Topics

Alternatives to yeast bread in bread pudding

I make about 60 muffins every week for the girls in my dorm, but sometimes the amounts vary, and when there are too many to eat, I make some sort of egg/flax/chia/almond milk/regular milk/yogurt/buttermilk/sugar/whatever is around mixture and go for it. The one thing I'd recommend is making sure you thoroughly soak your bread before baking it. Then, store in the fridge for a cool breakfasty treat (one of my favorites in the summer, if I can deal with turning the oven on).

Sep 28, 2012
amidalailama in Home Cooking

Favorite uses for your Mandolin?

I love making zucchini strips for pasta a la Smitten Kitchen. So delicious.


Aug 31, 2012
amidalailama in Home Cooking

Tricks for Getting Sausages Brown and Juicy

Serious Eats did a <a href="
http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/05/th... Lab article</a> on this recently, very informative.

Jul 26, 2012
amidalailama in Features

Lunch on the Freedom Trail

Since Saus moved in on the strip of bars near Haymarket, that's my favorite place to stop for lunch---then I take guests to explore the North End part of the Freedom Trail and we pick up cannolis and treats on the way back.

The other student-priced sandwich I go for is the proscuitto/mozz/tomato panini at Il Panino Express; it's not gourmet, but for the price, it's perfect. (be warned, it's cash only, just like Modern)

Best pick-your-own farms near Boston

I'm looking for a good pick-your-own farm this weekend--blueberries, maybe blackberries, peaches, all that---any favorites out there?

Frigoverre glass storage

I'm trying to cut down my plastic consumption and want to use Frigoverre glass jars (the kind that have the metal apparatus to "lock" and rubber seal) for pasta, flours, sugars, beans...etc. It's a very European look, and while they are certainly an investment, I think it's a great way to live a bit more environmentally and health-friendly.

http://www.chefscatalog.com/product/2... (same as attached picture


Is there a place to buy these in Boston? I have had terrible luck with ordering glass online and having it shipped, and I would love to be able to go somewhere in person to purchase these jars.

Any ideas? Thanks!