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Fresh Mozzarella

I find Maple Brook Farms fresh mozzarella to be way too salty. I prefer Naragansett (I think that's the one), which they (WF) may only have when it's on sale. It's sweeter and very tender.

Sep 08, 2014
quirkydeb in Greater Boston Area

Buy a Chicken Pot pie or 8

I really like Ken's Kickin' Chicken pot pies. MUCH tastier than Harrow's. They do seem to take forever to bake, though so tasty we're willing to wait. And wait.

I think we preferred the one with stuffing. Yummy shepherd's (really cottage) pie too.

Sep 07, 2014
quirkydeb in Greater Boston Area

Where to Buy Sour Cherries in Boston

Just got quarts of fresh tart NY cherries at Stop and Shop in Brookline today for $4.99/qt. They look good from the outside (haven't opened them up since I just got home and wanted to share the good news).

Aug 01, 2014
quirkydeb in Greater Boston Area

Horrible box of good looking ataulfo mangoes from H mart. What gives?

I agree about the quality of atualfos this year. Such a disappointment. In the past, they've been so much better than the others normally available.

May 03, 2014
quirkydeb in General Topics

Who has great tart raspberry lime rickeys?

Not counting the lime shortage which is affecting some places now, who has a tart limey raspberry lime rickey? I LOVE the ones at Wild Willy's. Deluxe Town Diner & the Brookline Spa need more lime juice, but at least don't use Sprite like I once got in Newburyport. Now that winter might possibly be over, I'm starting to think more of icy refreshments...

Apr 27, 2014
quirkydeb in Greater Boston Area

Brookline Spa re-opening

Much fancier. Smaller menu. The food seemed pretty similar, but I think my husband wanted to cry when they didn't have Italian sausage subs. He was not consoled by the cheese steak (although I thought it was similar to the old cheese steak). The old spinach salad was also good and is no longer available. The buffalo pizza seemed the same to me. The raspberry lime rickey needed more lime and less raspberry syrup, but I never got it at the old spa. On the other hand, NOBODY's RLR compares to the sour magic of Wild Willy's (hope the limes return soon!).

Apr 27, 2014
quirkydeb in Greater Boston Area

Which packaging scam annoys you the most

At the grocery store yesterday, I noticed the 1 pound/aka 3/4 pound packages of coffee are now down to 10 oz. Grrr.

Apr 25, 2014
quirkydeb in General Topics

When food is wrongly named....

Boston Cream Pie!!! CLEARLY NOT a pie. We always wonder if we should allow it at our pie party. No one has ever tried to push this boundary yet.

Apr 24, 2014
quirkydeb in General Topics

Fans of Lamb! Lamb Jam - 20 New Eng Chefs: Sunday April 13th, 3-6PM

Maybe they took the "jam" part too seriously.

Apr 15, 2014
quirkydeb in Greater Boston Area

NY-style chopped liver with schmaltz?

In case anyone is looking, the Butcherie has small containers of schmaltz already rendered. It has dehydrated onions and BHT in it. I decided to just buy thighs and make my own so I could put the onions in and get some grieven chunks.

Apr 11, 2014
quirkydeb in Greater Boston Area

NY-style chopped liver with schmaltz?

Off to the Butcherie.

Apr 11, 2014
quirkydeb in Greater Boston Area

NY-style chopped liver with schmaltz?

Schmaltz and grieven (my mom's word) made with onion were in my mom's chopped liver (oh how I miss it). And ARE still integral to her matzo balls & potato kugel.

Since I'm doing my own Seder this year, does anyone know anywhere I can buy 1) premade schmaltz & greiven/gribenes with onions (preferred)? or 2) a tub of raw (ideally kosher) chicken fat to make my own? Thanks!

Apr 11, 2014
quirkydeb in Greater Boston Area

2 oz glass spice jars with sifter tops

I suspected China Fair was my best bet. Time to call them. Thanks everyone!

Mar 25, 2014
quirkydeb in Greater Boston Area

2 oz glass spice jars with sifter tops

Why would I be offended OC? The company said the top is close to airtight, but not completely. Sounds good enough to me for my spice use. Whenever I worry about my spices, I think about how long spices used to travel and what the conditions must have been like. Mine HAVE to be starting out much fresher.

These are for my spices (to try to fit my bulk purchases into my tiny spice drawer). It's true that I do scoop a lot of the time, but I do cheat a lot and shake and eyeball. My Penzey's spices frequently have the shaker top under underneath the lid, and a one piece would be so much easier, even if I do have to remove it to scoop.

Mar 25, 2014
quirkydeb in Greater Boston Area

Best canned soups?

Not Trader Joe's. All of the ones I've tried are AWFUL. Maybe Progresso?

Mar 25, 2014
quirkydeb in General Topics

2 oz glass spice jars with sifter tops

Does anyone know where I can find about 60 two oz (short) glass spice jars with sifter tops locally? China Fair? I'm in Brookline. I'm not in a rush, but local would be nice. On the other hand, I found them online for only $0.73 each with tops, which is probably hard to beat.

Like these: http://www.containerandpackaging.com/...
or the small jars from Penzey's. Or square/rectangular should work too, but they need to be short (about 2 inches tall).

Thanks!

Mar 23, 2014
quirkydeb in Greater Boston Area

Frozen Sour Cherries?

I just bought them last week at Bazaar in Brookline at 1432 Beacon St. They're in the freezer on the back wall (parallel to Beacon St.) in clear rectangular plastic containers. Made a great sour cherry pie for Pi Day (and so much easier than pitting my own fresh ones!).

Mar 22, 2014
quirkydeb in Greater Boston Area

Columbus oh recommendations

2 downtown lunch ideas: Katzinger's Deli (German Village) and North Star Cafe (Short North), which has a truly amazing (even for carnivores) veggie burger. There's also a North Star just south of Worthington in North Clintonville. If you're into coffee, Mission Coffee in the Short North is a place I make a point to go when I'm in town.

The North Market (not on Mondays) has a lot of great options too.

I'll leave dinner recommendations to folks who know the area better (I've been away for a few years.
And Pistacia Vera is a fantastic bakery in German Village, which is definitely worth a trip (just a few blocks from Katzinger's).

Mar 11, 2014
quirkydeb in Great Lakes

Baking when sick?

+1

Mar 07, 2014
quirkydeb in General Topics

Sour cream substitute

Agreed. I use Trader Joe's full fat Greek yogurt for sour cream all the time. It's wonderful!

Mar 07, 2014
quirkydeb in Home Cooking

Baking when sick?

Just don't cough on the finished product? ;)

Mar 07, 2014
quirkydeb in General Topics

Baking when sick?

Ha!

Mar 07, 2014
quirkydeb in General Topics

Baking when sick?

That makes sense; they are for my family. Although around here, EVERYONE seems to have something right now!

Mar 07, 2014
quirkydeb in General Topics

Baking when sick?

I'd like to bake cookies today (I have a babysitter!!), but I have a cold and a slightly scratchy throat. Would my cookies make people sick if I take care to wash a lot and don't cough or sneeze on anything? Thanks!

Mar 07, 2014
quirkydeb in General Topics

Please help! Looking for recipe for cranberry shortbread wedges

Found it! It was in the Cook's Illustrated Christmas cookie magazine.

Mar 05, 2014
quirkydeb in Home Cooking

Lox & Bagels

Sorry for the delay in response, OC (it's been a busy week!). Because of your question, I took one for the team and went again last Saturday, so I could give a more thorough response. Tough work. I have to admit, the first time (last Friday), I just wolfed it down, enjoying my sandwich, but not really analyzing it. So...

Cutty's calls it house-cured lox, but it doesn't taste salty at all (actually I would call it mild or even slightly sweet). Nicely sliced. I got mine toasted, but my husband didn't, and I really don't think they need to be toasted after all. A poppyseed bagel when tasted plain had a little bit of a sour tang. I preferred it with toppings. My bagel was salt (always), and I got the lox, fried capers, but no pickled onions. My husband got it with pickled onions too. Good, but a little overwhelming. They taste like the onions that come in Jewish pickled herring in wine sauce from when I was a kid (do they still make it?). Next time I'll go for an untoasted salt bagel, lox, & capers. Yum!

Mar 05, 2014
quirkydeb in Greater Boston Area

Lox & Bagels

Just had a yummy in-house baked salt bagel with house-cured salmon and fried capers at Cutty's. Bagels are only on Fridays and Saturdays. Got there about 9:05. Line to the door. Only raisin bagels left by the time I left at 9:40!

Man, is Cutty's good at marketing and scarcity! But that's probably for another discussion.

Feb 28, 2014
quirkydeb in Greater Boston Area

Recipe for Clear Flour-like Hamentaschen?

I wondered if this post would be moved there (HCB), but unfortunately I don't remember enough details to describe them other than buttery and cookie like. I'll have to look at the allrecipe.com one.

Feb 19, 2014
quirkydeb in Greater Boston Area

Pretzel salt in Greater Boston

Kupels does a salt bagel. So does Cutty's. Since they're so hard to find, I just shake salt over the cream cheese and tomato on my plain/onion bagels. Sigh.

Feb 18, 2014
quirkydeb in Greater Boston Area

Recipe for Clear Flour-like Hamentaschen?

Looking for a hamentaschen dough recipe like Clear Flour Bakery's. Clearly not parve! Anyone done any experimenting? Thanks!

Feb 18, 2014
quirkydeb in Greater Boston Area