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Back Bay visit

easy walk to south end for places already mentioned. you could also stroll over to kenmore and hit island creek oyster bar, eastern standard kitchen and hawthorne. all essentially the same owners, with spectacular cocktail programs, very good wine lists and terrific food. hawthorne is mainly for drinks though.

about 13 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Back Bay visit

are you coming and going via train or plane? logan? back bay or south station?

about 14 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Back Bay visit

very few places do brunch during the week anyway. :)

about 14 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket

appreciate it. thanks.

about 14 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket

do you mind sharing your nh source for lamb?

about 15 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Best food in Boston with kids?

yankee lobster is not too far from your hotel. bare-bones, but you can eat outside at the seaport with a gorgeous view.

about 15 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Back Bay visit

coppa and brasserie jo.

i don't eat breakfast.

about 15 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Post Baptism Brunch/Lunch Ideas?

define "fairly cheap"?

about 15 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Suggestions for what to do with a quart of bacon fat?

oh, yes! this reminded me i have used it with bourbon in deviled eggs.

about 15 hours ago
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Market Basket

costco also is a company known for treating its employees fairly well, so i was happy to share there too.

about 16 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket

i much prefer the nz lamb from costco than the american stuff mb typically carries. have been buying beef and pork at shaw farm in dracut. oogly bits i buy at asian markets.

about 16 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Planning/Creating a Dish

many cookbooks come with sample menus. that helped me a lot.

i also went to culinary school and worked in fine dining for 20+ years. :)

about 17 hours ago
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Market Basket

b/f has decided to forego renewing our costco membership and will be buying more items at m/b. the meats are better quality at costco so we will have to work on better sourcing for that, but bounty towels are bounty towels.

about 17 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Suggestions for what to do with a quart of bacon fat?

it's strongly flavored for confit, but you could mix it with another fat.

it makes amazing roasted potatoes and will last about forever in the freezer. since it won't freeze "solid" you can just break off chunks as you need them.

about 18 hours ago
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Market Basket

the chelmsford location has what i consider a large selection of gluten/free products -- much larger than the similar section at the super s&s across the street -- but the items are not lumped together. snacks are not with cereal, for example.

however, organic produce is a small segment of that department.

about 19 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Do you substitue sour cream for plain yogurt?

you can buy sour cream with active cultures.

1 day ago
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Do you substitue sour cream for plain yogurt?

right. and sour cream seems kinda german?

1 day ago
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Rum Balls Made Of Cake Crumbs?

the rum should be enough to hold the balls together. something like simple syrup will make this far too sweet. the amount of rum can vary depending upon the moistness of your cake.

you don't want stale crumbs. pastry chefs with whom i've worked just kept them in the freezer til they had enough for whatever re-purpose.

1 day ago
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Do you substitue sour cream for plain yogurt?

i go the other direction because i always have yogurt or kefir but rarely have sour cream.

1 day ago
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Market Basket

sorry, this should read "where most of the regular shoppers are NOT able to afford weekends away."

Market Basket

fletcher st. in lowell. not a location where most of the regular shoppers are able to afford weekends away.

Market Basket

went to mb this morning around 9:00. admittedly a holiday weekend, but normally the store would have been jammed and it was pretty empty.

where are all the loyal customers?

Stove Top Chicken Tips?

if using skinless, you can poach them. pretty fool-proof.

Aug 31, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

can I pasteurize my raw milk icecream that made me sick and rechurn?

besides that it made you sick, if you were intending to home-pasteurize, that would destroy any potential benefits from raw milk anyway.

Aug 31, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

can I pasteurize my raw milk icecream that made me sick and rechurn?

no way would i give this milk to a child. i'd also return to the farm, with the milk, and explain what happened. you're lucky you didn't wind up in the hospital.

this is why many states make raw milk nearly impossible to buy.

Can I cook with old wine?

it was never a wine designed to age and it's not supposed to taste like sherry. :)

it's not dangerous or pathogenic but may give you a hella headache. it was dirt cheap back in the day. just chuck it.

Aug 29, 2014
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Market Basket

not everybody has an extra $20 a week and that is exactly the demographic targeted by the original market basket mission statement.

it's remarkable to me that managers and hourly employers stood together and stood firm, without any kind of union to format a strategy -- truly a grass-roots movement.

it was arthur s. and his two transparently voracious ceo's who were about to abandon the customers for their own self-interests and short-term money-grubbing for shareholders.

over these last weeks i went to a couple of hannaford's, which were utter zoos and the produce shelves were shockingly bare. they clearly could not keep up with demand, although the cashiers were very pleasant.

we went to the fletcher st. mb tonight after returning from maine. the yogurt and butter sections were pretty bare, as were the meat case and the produce department. hand-printed posters were all over the store alongside professional signs from arthur t, thanking the staff and the customers.

we said "congratulations" to all the workers with whom we made eye contact. you could tell they were both thrilled and bursting with pride.

astonishing outcome.

Market Basket

why should there be some added incentive for shoppers to return? 6 weeks of the employees remaining true to both arthur t. and principles wasn't enough to solidify your loyalty? an old-fashioned work-stoppage with an unprecedented result is enough for me.

Cheesecake Tonight - how to bake a 6 inch cheesecake using a bigger recipe

good work on the age of the recipe and the info on ovens. would not have thought about that. :)

Aug 28, 2014
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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/28/us/...

a few days ago, wbur was interviewing a store manager who said it would take about a week for the stores to be up and fully running, so let's not stampede the place, lol. he also said hannaford's had hired quite a few of his workers. it will be interesting to see what happens with that since presumably the crush at other grocers will lessen.

really, a remarkable story with an unprecedented outcome.