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Prefab Protein Shakes - Are there any that taste good and will pack on pounds?

My absolute favorite (and I've had a lot of them) is Svelte. I found them at Whole Foods and the only flavor I haven't tried is the Chai. It tastes like a melted ice cream milkshake. I'm going to try heating them, too, as I always preferred Ensure/Boost microwaved.

http://sveltebrand.com/

I also like the aforementioned Muscle Milk.

Aug 14, 2011
pluot in General Topics

Baking substitutions for vegans

I can't recommend the flax seed egg substitute enough. I've cooked for many vegans and it has yet to fail (or disappoint egg eaters who had no idea the muffin/cookie/cake was vegan) and has garnered better results than egg replacers on the shelves.

I use 1 TB ground flaxseed to 2-3 T water (usually 2.75T) per egg. Add flax to water, stir thoroughly and let sit for at least 5 minutes (ideally longer).

May 25, 2011
pluot in Home Cooking

August trip through New England...looking for suggestions.

Mr Jack speaks the truth. There's a reason why New Englanders eat the most ice cream per capita.

Apr 15, 2011
pluot in Northern New England

Coffee + wi-fi b/w Kennebunk and York?

Can you give me more info on Pedro's? Similar to Port Bakery? A new joint entirely?

Apr 15, 2011
pluot in Northern New England

Cape Cod or Maine?

Seconding Maine. I grew up in Boston and spent many weekend b/w Maine (relatives) and Cape Cod and the islands. I have lived here since July. Amazing.

The Cape has nothing on Maine, unless you're more interested in the bar scene.

Apr 15, 2011
pluot in Northern New England

Coffee + wi-fi b/w Kennebunk and York?

I just want to thank you all for your suggestions. I imagine that now tourist season is starting plenty of people will want to know, too.

Turns out I'm staying here for some time! That said, perhaps you wizards can answer this... a coffee place w/ wi-fi where I can sit outside.

Thanks again all of you.

Apr 10, 2011
pluot in Northern New England

Coffee + wi-fi b/w Kennebunk and York?

Aww, it seems my reply was eaten. Anyhow, employee apathy is fine w/ me in an environment like this so long as they aren't cruel. I don't eat red meat so it's really great to know the turkey/cheese, etc, sandwiches are good and wow, a 50¢ cookie?! No matter how small it is, I don't know if I've been able to purchase anything for 50¢ in some time.

Good to know you've at least seen laptops there. I can do some of my work offline. Thank you!

Mar 18, 2011
pluot in Northern New England

Coffee + wi-fi b/w Kennebunk and York?

Okay, sold, especially with the mention of their roasters AND outlets, all being within an old Victorian. Wow, I love it up here.

It's really helpful to get these recs because it's so hard to know from the street if it's worth it (at least this was my experience over the summer as I didn't want to fight for parking... and admittedly this past winter it was sheer laziness on my part).

Mar 18, 2011
pluot in Northern New England

Coffee + wi-fi b/w Kennebunk and York?

Thank you! I know exactly where this is.

I love your description of this place and it sounds so perfect I wonder if you're not Bob (and if you are, keep an eye out for me!). While my productive side would really like the wi-fi, my self-soothing side really doesn't care.

Mar 18, 2011
pluot in Northern New England

Coffee + wi-fi b/w Kennebunk and York?

Another place I've driven past but haven't stopped in! While stuck in traffic, I'd look in and only saw people talking (meaning, no one on their laptops) but really, I should have just stopped in. Good to know the coffee and muffins are good. Thanks!

Mar 11, 2011
pluot in Northern New England

Coffee + wi-fi b/w Kennebunk and York?

Wow, I've never heard of this place and I'm sure I've driven past it many times. I'm certainly going to check it out. Are the sandwiches good?

Mar 11, 2011
pluot in Northern New England

Coffee + wi-fi b/w Kennebunk and York?

Brewed Awakenings is perhaps 100 feet from me, albeit closed for the season. I'll hit them up as soon as they reopen.

I had no idea Pine Tree had wi-fi, I'll stop in maybe even tomorrow to check it out.

Cape Porpoise is a bit of a drive but also a very pretty one if I go the shore route and I've never been to Cape Porpoise Kitchen.

These are great suggestions. Thank you!

EDIT to ask: Any specific sandwiches or pastries you recommend for Cape Porpoise Kitchen?

Mar 11, 2011
pluot in Northern New England

Coffee + wi-fi b/w Kennebunk and York?

I have cabin fever.

I moved to SE coastal Maine in July and while the summer/fall were wonderful as I could just sit on the deck with my coffee and do some work, obviously I can't do that now and it's been some months of working inside. I know of some places in Portsmouth and Portland but would like to keep it more local so as to save $ on gas and shorten the drive.

I admit I failed on exploring cafes. When it came to edible exploration I was more interested in finding seafood and markets. Now I want a cafe.

Any suggestions for a cafe where I can get a good cup of coffee (even better if I can get good pastries or sandwiches or the elusive good bagel) with free wi-fi between Kennebunk and York? i suppose I could go to Kittery but then I may as well go to Portsmouth. Bonus if this place is okay w/ lingering and has outlets since my laptop's battery doesn't really care to hold a charge. If I stay longer than an hour I make sure to buy more and I always tip.

Thank you in advance if you can save me and give me a place to spend an hour or two... or more.

Mar 09, 2011
pluot in Northern New England

Desserts for my sister's wedding.. 100 more guests than I had thought!

I've never frozen madeleines. Do you have any experience with this?

I can certainly try it this weekend to see how the texture changes if it does at all.

Thanks for your response!

May 14, 2010
pluot in Home Cooking

Desserts for my sister's wedding.. 100 more guests than I had thought!

From what I understand as she's clarified things just a little for me overnight, she now has a caterer for the wedding itself and wants me to prepare for the party the night before. PHEW. This means it can be more casual AND there should only (yeah, *only*) 80 people there.

So, 80 people at rehearsal party.

May 14, 2010
pluot in Home Cooking

Desserts for my sister's wedding.. 100 more guests than I had thought!

When she got engaged and we talked about her wedding, I offered to make gift bags of madeleines and chocolate dipped almonds. This was when she was talking about 30 or so people.

Well, it turns out she has invited about 200.

I can't renege because not only did I give my word but she's my sister. The trouble is, I am limited to an apartment kitchen (one stove) at my house and then her house up in VT and I have no idea what she has. I don't want to bother her with baking/asking her where things are/getting upset because she doesn't have what I need.

I think I can change up what I'm making but it has to be something I can easily pack up in little bags and something I can make before/bake on Thursday (wedding on Saturday).

The wedding is two states away. I can go up with dough/batter.

I'm not responsible for the wedding cake as that is taken care of but I'm providing the desserts people will actually eat (who eats the fondant?).

What can I do? What would you make? It needs to be something I can pack up into "goodie bags" and send off. All I can think of are the nuts and that's not enough. What sustainable cookies would do?

She really wants madeleines. UGH!

May 13, 2010
pluot in Home Cooking

No knead bread with no dutch oven

I cook my NK bread in a pyrex bowl and cover with aluminum foil as right now I'm lacking a dutch oven or an oven-safe pot.

Mar 04, 2010
pluot in Home Cooking

Recipe ideas for two jars of raspberry jam

Linzertorte?

Or if you really just want to get rid of it, you can always send it to me. I eat jam out of the jar....

Feb 27, 2010
pluot in Home Cooking

Fondue...tried and true recipes?

ah, glad I could be of help. This is my go-to comfort food (and a blessing when the power goes out, which is rare at my new place, thankfully).

Feb 25, 2010
pluot in Home Cooking

Adding flavor elements to couscous

I like cooking it in either chicken or veggie broth and adding sauteed mushrooms, shallots or onions (depending if i have shallots on hand), mushrooms and spinach. Sauteed red peppers, roasted tomatoes and squash are good seasonal additions for me. I vary my spices per my mood (spicy, hot, somewhat tangy). If I'm cooking this as my main, I add in either tofu, chicken or some sort of shellfish.

Sometimes I simply add in scallions, mushrooms, water chestnuts with a soy/ginger/nam prik pao (or if I'm lazy only sriracha) and eat for breakfast.

Occasionally I make a couscous pilaf.

Couscous to me is like rice or quinoa.

Feb 25, 2010
pluot in Home Cooking

Fondue...tried and true recipes?

Woops-- my bad. You were asking for variations. Reading is a good thing, or so I've heard.

Feb 25, 2010
pluot in Home Cooking

Fondue...tried and true recipes?

From the parents who lived in Switzerland for some time and it is delicious and I ate it regularly growing up:

for 4:

3 cloves garlic diced
6 oz each gruyere and ementhal, grated
crisp dry white wine (fondant if you're in Switzerland or any dry white wine)
1 tsp cornstarch
4 oz kirsch
pinch of grated nutmeg

Smear the garlic in the pot on medium low on your stove (if you're only using a sterno crank it up to high), add the wine, throw in all the grated cheese until melted. In a glass/bowl pour in the kirsch and mix in the cornstarch. Pour into the cheese mix to bring it all together. Just before you serve it and put over your sterno sprinkle in the nutmeg.

Serve with cured meats, cornichon and fresh bread.

Feb 25, 2010
pluot in Home Cooking

Culinary tours?

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education offers walking tours.

This sprint they're offering tours featuring Russian food in Brookline/Brighton, a tour of the North End, Jewish food in Brookline and a day in Chinatown.

I think these fill up really fast so there may already be waiting lists.

Feb 18, 2010
pluot in Greater Boston Area

Fife and Drum – Northeast Correctional Center, Concord, MA

Any good experiences you can recommend or ones you would certainly avoid in the future? I know the experience will be different as students move on, but I'm curious nonetheless.

Feb 11, 2010
pluot in Greater Boston Area

Time for some new ideas about broccoli....

Aside from regular salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon, I'm (somewhat) ashamed to admit I love dipping my steamed broccoli in A1 sauce or sriracha.

Feb 10, 2010
pluot in Home Cooking

what to do with stale wheat tortillas?

Your fourth option sounds incredibly delicious. I think I'm doing this tonight as I hadn't decided on dinner. Of course, I will use nutella and peanut butter because, well, why not. Thank you for this.

Jan 17, 2010
pluot in Home Cooking

what to do with stale wheat tortillas?

I would bake them, perhaps spicing them first depending on my mood, and then bake. Slice 'em up and eat as one would tortilla chips (dip, adding to soups, topping for a salad, etc). Frying is an option but not for me.

I admit this isn't a very imaginative idea.

Jan 17, 2010
pluot in Home Cooking

Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed!

While not quite warm (in fact, quite cold), if you make your way up to Boston you should try out the longstanding cannoli rivalry between Mike's and Modern in the North End.

Jan 12, 2010
pluot in General Topics

Provincetown b and b's and eats

Oh, no! No more ferry?! We were so looking forward to that. I suppose now we should rent a car because I don't do so well on buses, but perhaps if our b&b will meet us at the bus stop, I'll reconsider as there shouldn't be much traffic.

Nov 27, 2009
pluot in All New England Archive

Husband has HINI - can't travel as planned. Stuck in Wakefield for Thanksgiving. Have no food.

To add to this, I just got over H1N1. All I can say is that over these past 11 days, I couldn't taste a single thing nor did I have any appetite. My taste and appetite are slowly coming back even though all I have now is a cough and some aches. Instead of going to my in-laws for Thanksgiving, I stayed home so I wouldn't infect them. Let's just say my holiday was awful but we're planning on celebrating it later because I love that turkey and stuffing.

I didn't get to this post early enough but I hope you were able to give your children something but your husband also deserves to celebrate. There's nothing wrong with celebrating a holiday after the fact and in fact it's better if the whole family can be there and enjoy it.

I hope yesterday went well. I hope your husband is feeling better than he did yesterday. H1N1 is awful. I hope your family can celebrate together.

Nov 27, 2009
pluot in Greater Boston Area