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I need party food ideas for 50 people, including kids

Mini pigs in a blanket:

serve with ketchup or mustard

Adults and children love them.

Jan 22, 2015
uman in Home Cooking

One Bag of Chickpea Flour, Five Ways to Use It - From Food52

Ana Sortun has a spinach falafel recipe that uses chickpea flour. The lightest and most delicious falafel I've ever ever made or eaten.

Jan 06, 2015
uman in Home Cooking

Seasoned Market Basket shoppers

I go to the Somerville location on Thursdays around 7:30. It's usually okay then, unless it's the beginning of the month.
The turnover at that location is fast, so usually the produce is pretty good....although for a place that caters to many hispanics, their cilantro is always sub-par.

Jan 06, 2015
uman in Greater Boston Area

January 2015 Openings and Closings

A new place opened on Winter Hill that I think is called "Falafel". It's on Main St. at Broadway. Does anybody know anything about it?

Jan 06, 2015
uman in Greater Boston Area


I've seen some nice ones in Somerville:

Dec 17, 2014
uman in Greater Boston Area

Is it rude to criticize meal value when someone else is paying?

ugh...even more reason to shut his trap. Red flags abound....

Dec 05, 2014
uman in Not About Food

Is it rude to criticize meal value when someone else is paying?

You are correct. People need to speak less. My girlfriend does this all the time. Not sure if it's her aspergers or what but I hate it. Not everything is worth spoken. Especially negative stuff. I'm sure something good and gracious could have been said instead.

Dec 05, 2014
uman in Not About Food

Has anyone seen gyros with french fries in them?

I had a sandwich that had fries in it at Daddy Jones in Magoun Square, Somerville.

Nov 18, 2014
uman in Greater Boston Area

second year of no Maine shrimp

that sucks

Nov 05, 2014
uman in Greater Boston Area

Autumn Soup Course

If the host asked for your duck and shrimp gumbo, then you should bring that. It will be a let-down if you don't make it for her.

Nov 04, 2014
uman in Home Cooking

Acoustics! I'm only 40.....

Spoke Wine Bar in Davis Square. Perfect adult date spot imo.

Oct 29, 2014
uman in Greater Boston Area

How much should $1000 worth of groceries last a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 teens that eat like adults? Please help!

I spend about $70/week for 2 hungry adults (this also includes misc. paper products, etc). This is not even trying to be frugal really, either. I cook a lot, so maybe that's why it's so much cheaper. If I had teens, there would be lots of sandwich making and pasta eating going on, that's for sure. I think you could reduce your bill in half, easily.

Oct 27, 2014
uman in General Topics

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