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Market Basket (Ashland) - problems with worker docs.

Making ethical decisions about buying food or anything else is increasingly tough. When even conservative Forbes is reporting that the federal government is paying $6.2 billion in subsidies to support Walmart workers, and another $1.2 billion to support McDonald's employees, it's hard to fault local chains for doing anything it takes to survive. Harsh reality.

It's also true that few of us - maybe the 3%? - can afford to shop at gated-community stores like Whole Foods.

about 15 hours ago
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Arak?

Another Ottolenghi evangelist!

Apr 08, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Arak?

Even though I've got the real thing now, may try this just to see what happens.

Apr 08, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Arak?

Yes, I needed the arak for the chicken with clementines and fennel recipe in Jerusalem. It was delicious, even with minimal marinating time. I now have enough arak to make this about 40 times, which I may well do - it's that good!

Apr 07, 2014
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Arak?

Thanks! They did indeed have it!

Apr 07, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Arak?

Am on a major cooking jag right now, and hoping some of you might know where I might be able find a bottle of arak in the Cambridge area today. Would also welcome any recommendations about brands, etc. I have zero experience with the stuff. Many thanks!

Apr 06, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Arak?

Am on a major cooking jag right now, and hoping some of you might know where I might be able find a bottle of arak today. Would also welcome any recommendations about brands, etc. I have zero experience with the stuff. Many thanks!

Apr 06, 2014
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Globe Article on a Local Food Blogger Who's Very Ill

Love to Carolyn and Diego.

Mar 11, 2014
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Any word on Zoe's in Cambridge?

According to a cashier at the liquor store next to Zoe's, they're set to reopen in about three weeks!

Mar 06, 2014
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Chuck roast on sale, need inspiration.

Usually some kind of rice with barley. Barley seems to absorb more flavor than most grains & texture is great - and always have some kicking around.

Feel your pain on the extra-bottle-of-mirin front. Do believe that the reason I tried this recipe in the first place was to use up extra mirin!

Jan 12, 2014
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Chuck roast on sale, need inspiration.

Bet almost any thin noodle would be delicious. You've inspired me: next time I make this, first night will be with grain, and second with some sort of noodle, maybe with extra veggies (roasted, steamed or nuked & then added to the pot).

N.B.: the ginger slices and lemon peel have beautiful flavors so don't hesitate to add more if you have some on hand.

Jan 12, 2014
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Chuck roast on sale, need inspiration.

I've always served it with some sort of grain, but you've inspired me to try udon or soba! This broth would make a great noodle-soup base.

Jan 12, 2014
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Cookbook Recommendations for Traditional British Fare

The Ploughman's Lunch and the Miser's Feast by Brian Yarvin is a fine little book. I borrowed it from the library awhile ago & loved it - great pasties and shep's pie. It might be heavy on the pub food and light on big Sunday roasts but worth taking a look.

Jan 11, 2014
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Chuck roast on sale, need inspiration.

Mark Bittman's Japanese-style Beef Stew is a lovely, easy dish with butternut squash, lots of fresh ginger slices, garlic and lemon zest. The recipe was published in his old NYTimes column, "The Minimalist" & is online.

Jan 11, 2014
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What's for Dinner #267 -- January Thaw Edition [through January 15, 2014]

It really was a fine meal, and the Pats are winning. An all-around great Saturday night @ home!

Jan 11, 2014
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Can you recommend a mandolice slicer please?

The Benriner is a joy. I would recommend getting the wider model though at $40, it's almost twice the cost of the standard width.

Jan 11, 2014
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What's for Dinner #267 -- January Thaw Edition [through January 15, 2014]

It's an Ottolenghi night. Have been devouring just-cooled Parmesan-poppy crisps, and marinated turkey breast with cumin, coriander and wine is in the oven. Dessert is orange-almond Florentines. Deliciousness!

Jan 11, 2014
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Chowhound new year resolutions

Less meh take-out, more cooking.

Bust out of Camberville more often. Boston Chinatown at least once a month & get out to Lowell (first stop: Simply Khmer).

Count down the minutes until H Mart opens in Central Square!

Jan 09, 2014
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potato gallette for 10

Love this recipe. I steam the potatoes the day before, so all that's left is shredding and frying - and they do hold well. These taste amazing - much better than potato pancakes w/egg, flour, etc. They're potato perfection. Shout out to Julia!

Dec 07, 2013
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Sushi

It's so exciting to see Cafe Sushi getting more love on this board lately!

Dec 05, 2013
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Shiksa Makes Great Latkes But Trashes Pans!

Maybe that's it. Will test your hypothesis!

Dec 05, 2013
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Hors d'oeuvres

Ana Sortun's whipped feta and David Lebovitz's artichoke-green olive tapenade. Made both for Thanksgiving, and they were loved. Recipes online.

Dec 05, 2013
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Shiksa Makes Great Latkes But Trashes Pans!

As I understand it, the one important thing about Channukah is to use hot oil, so anything fried is good. Hash browns at the diner work!

Dec 05, 2013
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Shiksa Makes Great Latkes But Trashes Pans!

Used olive and canola, and possible that the pans were too screaming hot after the fourth or fifth round. The base of the pans were clean, but the sides required a serious amount of elbow grease to clean. Perhaps am just whining since the confluence of T'giving and Channukah's given us a serious kitchen workout!

Dec 05, 2013
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Shiksa Makes Great Latkes But Trashes Pans!

Thanks! Had avoided my beloved Lodge since I have a hard time controlling the heat over time, and churning out scores of latkes does take time. Will experiment over the coming year - seems like the right pan if I can master temp. regulation!

Dec 05, 2013
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Shiksa Makes Great Latkes But Trashes Pans!

Though I have developed a hot hand with the latke, my kitchen equipment is suffering. I burned out my Bourgeat non-stick this Channukah, and it's taken many rounds of scrubbing with Bar Keep's Friend to get burnt-on oil off my stainless pans. Would appreciate any tips from habitual latke-makers or anyone who churns out fried deliciousness in the kind of volume that these holidays require!

Dec 05, 2013
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Hors d'oeuvres

Have you ever made this a day or two in advance and, if so, was it still wonderful?!

Nov 18, 2013
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Frozen Wild Blueberries from Quebec: Where to Find?

+1. Am stunned to hear about the pesticides on Maine berries. Had always counted Wyman's frozen berries as the healthiest part of my diet. Eat them every morning, along with oatmeal. Appreciate the heads-up & will join Science Chick in the Quebec quest.

Nov 08, 2013
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Cafés w/Friendly Strangers

Cafe Pamplona, definitely!

Nov 03, 2013
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Affordable Food in and almost-in 02143

If you're willing to head to this area, Cafe Barada might fit the bill. It's one of the places I head when after the same category of chow you describe.

Oct 13, 2013
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