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Bar & food in Cambridge/Boston?

For a small group of women, definitely Spoke (although it's in Somerville). I suspect you will love the atmosphere, and the food is very good.

Aug 26, 2014
uman in Greater Boston Area

Ogunquit Updates Summer 2014?

I recommend Frills. It's on the casual side (I feel comfortable going in my beachwear), the food is really good, and the vibe, which is a bit on the Jimmy Buffet side, is really fun.
I prefer sitting in the bar area. Their seafood is really fresh. I had fried clams and seared scallops recently. Both are wonderful.

Aug 14, 2014
uman in Northern New England

How long will homemade vinaigrette stay good for?

I use garlic or shallots in my vinaigrettes and it stays in my fridge for weeks/months to zero bad results.

Aug 06, 2014
uman in Home Cooking

Secrets to good meatballs?

i'm also with mario.
I use a lot of filler(50%)...probably 30% of which are fresh bread crumbs (not dry) and I add liquid -either milk or water to make a rather loose mix. Plenty of onions or sometimes I use pesto. Always wonderful and moist meatballs.

Aug 06, 2014
uman in Home Cooking

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Yes, I've begun the boycott....and I miss the prices very much. I shopped at the Belmont Star Market instead.

So annoyed with dinner guest

Imagine how SHE feels....I think he has Asperger's. It will never change. He will always say inappropriate things and will always say things without any concern to anybody else. It sucks, but I would just try to support your friend. You could try to socialize just the two of you and have nights out together. Then you can enjoy your friend without his annoying presence.

May 27, 2014
uman in Not About Food

Would this rub you the wrong way? (House Guests selectively picking up the tab) and questions on house guest expectations

So if I read this right, they didn't treat you to anything other than the privilege of their company....That is just weird. I've never witnessed a partial treat. Usually if someone treats, it's for the table. They should've treated you on both the breakfast and the dinner. Or they shouldn't have treated anyone at all.Very odd behavior in my opinion.

I always treat the host when I visit someone, and I'm always treated if I'm the host. Unless someone is out of work or short on funds, then it will be a dining in only option and the guest will often have brought wine or a gift.

Apr 02, 2014
uman in Not About Food

Pizza and beer...

I've had decent experiences there when alone or in duo, but there is so much attitude when there is a group involved. And this is not at all a high maintenance or annoying group (although we aren't laced with tattoos, so maybe that puts us in the uncool category). I was there with a group and they wouldn't let us have one of the empty tables, then got annoyed when we were doubled up at the bar. We were there for 1.5 hours and when we left there was still nobody seated at the tables(the hightops near the bar and stairwell). It made no sense to us and consequently we go elsewhere for after work drinks and food.

Feb 12, 2014
uman in Greater Boston Area

When watching a food/cooking show what are you looking for in the host?

Jacques Pepin
Ina Garten
Laura Calder
April Bloomfield
Sara Moulton
Ming Tsai
Lynn Crawford

People who have passion without being fake/obnoxious and loud. Guy Fieri is the opposite of what I'm looking for. I rarely watch foodnetwork anymore. Just PBS or Create.

Jan 23, 2014
uman in Food Media & News

Cleaning Mushrooms - to rinse or...?

I think it's a fallacy to say do not wash...they are filthy and should be washed. Jacques Pepin says to always wash mushrooms "at the last moment" before using them.

Jan 21, 2014
uman in Home Cooking

Cheap Eats on WCVB-TV Chronicle

where was the place that had the thin burgers that I think were square and imported from I forget where??

Jan 15, 2014
uman in Greater Boston Area

Parsnips - what do do with them?

Try this parsnip Hummus recipe from Ana Sortun. It's amazing.


Jan 14, 2014
uman in Home Cooking

Your best meals for $5.00 or less

French onion soup. Cheap and easy

Nov 12, 2013
uman in Home Cooking

steel cut oatmeal- a question

I don't think so. The cooking time on steel cut is about 20-30 minutes with greater water to oats ratio.( It think about 4:1)
Regular old fashioned takes about 5 minutes with a 1:1 water to oats ratio.

Nov 05, 2013
uman in Home Cooking

ISO Epazote

I've seen some on the sidewalks of Somerville. I think it's also called skunkweed. Maybe you could just grow your own.

Oct 29, 2013
uman in Greater Boston Area

Close to Brattle, early quick bite

Absolutely...good, fast, and right across the street.

Oct 22, 2013
uman in Greater Boston Area

Substituting dry vermouth for dry white wine

Agreed. And always available in the pantry.

Oct 21, 2013
uman in Home Cooking

With Hilltop almost gone, what is now the most Iconic Boston Area Restaurant?

I would still say Legals...even if they aren't in their original location. Oldies but goodies remember the original place, and visitors and locals go there seeking old fashioned New England seafood.

Oct 16, 2013
uman in Greater Boston Area

Cleaning cabinets above stove

try baking soda with vinegar....works pretty well.
Also, any of the orange degreasers work well.

I line the tops of my cabinets with paper towels so I can just change them out. Not sure if there are tops to yours, but if you do, I recommend covering them after you clean them.

Sep 23, 2013
uman in Not About Food

Best Recipe Site

I like Taste of Home. I always seem to repeat those recipes more than others.

Jul 25, 2013
uman in Home Cooking

Proper drink for these glasses?

They actually look like sherbet dessert glasses, not cocktail glasses.

Jun 06, 2013
uman in Spirits

Where to find chickpea flour?

I got some a few weeks ago at Polcari's in the North End...they have it in their bulk containers.

Apr 11, 2013
uman in Greater Boston Area

Spoke Wine Bar

there were about 10 barstools, 10 hightops, 2 lowtops, and 2 booths at the window. I was able to get a seat without a problem. I was with a few people and we were seated at one of the booths near the window :)

Apr 02, 2013
uman in Greater Boston Area

Spoke Wine Bar

Just checked this new and cozy place out in Davis Square....wow, the food and drink are really good. The highlights were the Peekytoe crab crostini(warm), lamb sausage(so smooth), and piquillo pepper/almond spread with really delicious toasts(charred yumminess and black pepper). I tried a glass of wine and a cocktail- a beaujolais blanc(first I ever heard of a white beaujolais) and one of the cocktail specials, the afterword, which had mezcal and chartreuse. Both were very good. The dessert I had was chocolate mousse with dark chocolate crunchy crumbs and sea salt- holy cow. I want one right now... I will be back to work my way through the rest of the menu, but not tonight as they are closed on Tuesdays.
It is a great addition to the neighborhood.

Apr 02, 2013
uman in Greater Boston Area

Blizzard cooking at home - what's on your menu? [moved from Boston]

Tonight I made "egg sandwiches". Basically scrambled eggs on sandwich bread with ketchup. I guess that was my comfort craving.
Tomorrow and Sunday, some poutine...and I took out some deer steaks out of the freezer. Will have them with sauteed spinach and not sure what grain yet.

Feb 08, 2013
uman in Home Cooking

St. Pete

Will be staying at Treasure Island area...any good recommendations for seafood and steak places, raw bar, puerto rican/DR/cuban food? I'll have a car so anyplace in the St. Pete area would be good. Also, any decent cocktail places that serves good food would be nice. I really don't know much about the area.

Jan 09, 2013
uman in Florida

Farmer's Market Squash

just an fyi...delicatas don't keep as well as the butternuts do. You should use them first.

Oct 15, 2012
uman in General Topics

Good uses for ground cherries?

I love them in a simple pie. So, so delicious.

Oct 02, 2012
uman in Home Cooking

"Butter Bells"

I have one and use it mostly in the winter. I have to change the water frequently (and salt it) during warmer months to insure freshness.

Jun 13, 2012
uman in Cookware

What Meal Did Your Mom Prepare Most Frequently When You Were a Child?

thin cut pork chops cooked in an olive green electric skillet, mashed potatoes, french style green beans in a can. Totally overcooked but loved by all of us. Roast beef with potatoes and carrots. Fluffernutters. Tony's frozen pizza. Chef boy ardee spaghetti O's.
I was always so thrilled when I saw her taking out that green electric skillet...yay, pork chops!

Jun 04, 2012
uman in General Topics