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Oakhurst Diner, Millerton

Thanks. They're above Albany and we're in SE Litchfld Cnty. Original family in P'k is now all gone, and while we've often met in Lee, MA, we're getting a little tired of that, so we're looking for a location that would be within an hour and a half for each of us and would be a pleasant day trip. We have done Rhinebeck recently and that is nice -- and fairly convenient, so any other recommendations?

about 10 hours ago
junescook in New York State (exc. NYC)

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

I wonder if the good doctor keeps the dog with him at all times while conducting his practice, whatever that might be. The thought conjures up all sorts of odd scenarios whether he be, e.g., a surgeon, a psychiatrist, or maybe a proctologist.

about 13 hours ago
junescook in Food Media & News

Oakhurst Diner, Millerton

You know, Kat, we used to occasionally go to Harney's when it was up in Salisbury or thereabouts. And we've talked about meeting in Millerton (Frommer recommends it as a travel destination) but when we've driven through on the way home from the garlic festival or the sheep and wool, it seems we don't seem to spot anything that looks particularly interesting. Harney's would definitely be a stop for us there, but can anyone recommend other nice places to spend the day visiting and eating lunch (mid $ please).

about 14 hours ago
junescook in New York State (exc. NYC)

Oakhurst Diner, Millerton

So Sue, How far is Beacon from that area? In our case we're always looking for places to meet S&BinL from Clifton Park and Gerardo's in Beacon is getting rave reviews:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gerard...

about 15 hours ago
junescook in New York State (exc. NYC)

Oakhurst Diner, Millerton

Can't say you sold me on that one. Any other recommendations in Millerton?

1 day ago
junescook in New York State (exc. NYC)

Leave Guy Fieri alone: Why he has nothing to do with the Food Network’s decline

Aug 16, 2014
junescook in Food Media & News

Julia Child's 100!

In honor of Julia Child's 100th birthday:

http://www.foodrepublic.com/2012/06/0...

Aug 16, 2014
junescook in Food Media & News

Best Burger in CT

Since last time I've had three really good burgers: 1) at the Carmine Anthony Fishhouse. You have to ask them for their bar menu, and it's their Premium Steak Burger. I have had it twice now and it was excellent both times, cooked medium rare, very juicy with a good crust. I have mine with gorgonzola. This is not the Carmine burger which has hot peppers.

http://www.carmenanthony.com/menus/CA...

2) The Market Place in Danbury (I may have mentioned this before). Tender, juicy, grass fed. Everything there excellent.

http://www.marketplacedanbury.com/menu/

And I just forgot the third one I was going to add.

Aug 15, 2014
junescook in Southern New England

Fish store/truck in driving distance of Sherman CT

Btw, a few years back I printed out a restaurant . com coupon for a place called Joey's Seafood in New Milford and haven't used it. Have you tried that place and if so, how was it?

Aug 14, 2014
junescook in Southern New England

Fish store/truck in driving distance of Sherman CT

Sue, I'm not sure where you're coming from or how far you feel like driving, but when we feel like having seafood and don't feel like driving down to the shore, we'll often go up to Crabby Al's in Thomaston. The food is good, the portions are generous, we've always had very good service (we go in for lunch and Tina has our drinks to us by the time we sit down), and the prices are reasonable. It's more fun to sit in the bar if you can, it has a blue-collar Cheers kind of atmosphere. Thursday evenings they have a raw bar where you pay by the piece. Weekend evenings it can be really busy. It's just about one block west of Rt 8, of the exit for rt 6 east.

They have daily specials too.

http://www.menupix.com/menudirectory/...

Aug 14, 2014
junescook in Southern New England

NY Times Review of Giada's Las Vegas restaurant. Ouch

I thought it was nice that they had a pasta pronunciation guide for her. Maybe now she'll be able to say spaghetti.

Aug 13, 2014
junescook in Food Media & News
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Mamie's, Roxbury

Mamie's is a cute little roadside place with rustic décor and mismatched chairs along a very pretty road in Roxbury. It was started as a bakery, and although the sandwiches come on thick slabs of multigrain bread, I don't believe it is made in-house. Ingredients are fresh, the menu can be creative, but the outcomes can be disappointing. Service is variable. On one occasion we were greeted immediately, on another ignored and left to wait glumly while the gentleman chatted with his friends at another table. Nonetheless Mamie's attracts Roxbury's toniest residents (after all, where else to dine in Roxbury), along with some of their trendy pals as well.

Aug 05, 2014
junescook in Southern New England

Musings on the relatively low activity on Southern New England Board

And it has to tell me where to eat near where I am at that moment, not near where my home is.

Aug 05, 2014
junescook in Southern New England
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Looking for wood *chunks* appropriate for smoking fish

I buy my wood chunks from Vaughn's Wood Products online. They carry nice, clean 1 1/2" cubes of wood in a variety of flavors and their prices include shipping.

http://www.vaughnwoodproducts.com/

click on their gourmet wood chunks line for the 1.5" size.

Aug 05, 2014
junescook in Greater Boston Area

GE Glass Stove Top Help?

I guess maybe you should have let it cool off before you tried removing the metal from the glass. I would call GE service. They have a flat service charge (around $89) plus parts. I once dropped something on my glass cooktop and it cracked; but it was still under warranty and they replaced it so I don't know how much it cost. I have always been very happy with their service though, often next day here in CT.

Aug 01, 2014
junescook in Cookware

Your best big gadget\tool?

1) Cuisinart Griddler. It's like a better Foreman grill thing that actually does a god job of searing and cooking steaks and pork chops as long as they're at least 1 1/4" thick and boneless. For the two of us it is perfect -- get a nice Char on the outside and then put a thermometer in and finish to temp. Also it does sandwiches, veggies. You can use it open as a grill too though I never have.

2) Fasta Pasta. Interestingly this just got reviewed in ATK magazine. It's basically a plastic box that you put water and salt and your pasta into, and according to their chart, cook your pasta in the microwave for a total time (from cold water) of from about 10 to 15 minutes. I've had mine for several years, paid ca. $8 for it at Amazon, and have never made pasta another way since the first time I used it. I've given them as gifts and the recipients have loved them as well. This is another time, energy and heat saver, especially in the summer.

3) My old metal steamer basket thing, the thing that looks like a flower that you put in the bottom of a pan. First I caught on to the recipe that I guess I saw on Chow Tips on cooking the perfect boiled eggs by steaming them -- since I use jumbo 7 minutes or soft, 12 for hard. Then I found it perfect for steaming corn on the cob -- 4 minutes for local just picked, 6 minutes for the Florida stuff you get in February that's bred to carry over for a long period of time.

4) My smoker. Maybe this should have gone up higher on the list. I have a $800 Weber grill, but my $200 propane smoker gets used four times as often. And each time I use it I stuff it with enough meat for at least six meals. This past weekend I did a large roasting chicken, beef ribs, two bns chicken breasts, and sill had enough room on top to put a little foil pan with chicken liver for smoked liver pate. It is something that has to be monitored for a few hours so I might as well make it worth it each time.

Jul 31, 2014
junescook in Cookware

Anywhere in CT to buy local chicken or grass fed beef

Percy Thomson Meadows in Bethlehem. Very nice people and I don't think it's that far from you.

http://www.agrilicious.org/Percy-Thom...

Jul 30, 2014
junescook in Southern New England

Musings on the relatively low activity on Southern New England Board

Otoh, the rest of us who might have grown up in CT, lived in cities along Long Island Sound, worked in her cities, and farmed here, feel no connection to NYC and the metro area. The board keeps us informed about what's good within driving distance. It takes another click to check on Manhattan and the outer boroughs and upstate NY, and I keep them in my list. It's not a big deal. Seriously, is it too many to wade through or too few about lower F'fld County being part of Westchester?

Jul 29, 2014
junescook in Southern New England

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Wow, that saves money and energy!

Jul 29, 2014
junescook in Los Angeles Area
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I hate it when I don't know how to pronounce a food's name in a restaurant

I'd rather have it tell me what the dish is. Can you include a brief description?

Jul 29, 2014
junescook in General Topics

Corn on the cob TOO sweet!

I am certainly among those who remember too well the days when corn's sweetness deteriorated rapidly, and even immediately after picking, never tasted as sweet as the current crop of enhanced sugar varieties primarily sold today. But even if today's corn has less flavor than the old types, commercial farmers could not afford to plant anything but an enhanced or supersweet variety of corn, one that will remain palatable for 24 even 48 hours. And actually it's not just a case of hybridization. Farmers in the Midwest (originally in fair competitions) found that if they sweetened the soil (i.e. added lime to raise the pH) they would also get a sweeter product and now I see farmers here in the northeast doing that as well.

Personally I like mine steamed for from four to six minutes and with nothing on it.

Some info on GMO foods:

http://www.fda.gov/food/foodsciencere...

Jul 29, 2014
junescook in General Topics

One woman's take on the paleo diet

Personally, to me, the paleo fad sounds like Atkins .02

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/201...

Jul 23, 2014
junescook in Food Media & News

Fish store/truck in driving distance of Sherman CT

AS far as service is concerned, we were virtually ignored while the staff people were visiting with family/friends. We thought the portions were small for the prices charged. I think drinks out of the cooler were $3+. And given that you're eating on a clean-it-yourself picnic table, we didn't feel it was worth a return. But that was a couple of summers ago and though we go by fairly often we wouldn't go back unless we heard more reviews like yours, Sue.

Jul 21, 2014
junescook in Southern New England

Fish store/truck in driving distance of Sherman CT

Glad to hear that. You fared better than we have there. Btw, Jim Barberie's, an old favorite restaurant on Padanarum Rd. in Danbury, has a lobster luncheon special on Wednesdays, $14.99 for a complete lunch.

http://www.barbaries.com/lunch%20spec...

Jul 21, 2014
junescook in Southern New England

How big of a Foodie are you? Take the quiz to find out!

89%. Deconstructing isn't presenting the ingredients separately?

Jul 21, 2014
junescook in Food Media & News

Smoking ice cream - any body tried this?

How about adding some smoked almonds to your mix ins?

Jul 18, 2014
junescook in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Fish store/truck in driving distance of Sherman CT

You'll find very fresh fish at Tony and Sons in the Oakville section of Watertown. They have a fleet of trucks, go to the sources daily and supply many of the markets and restaurants in this area.

Jul 16, 2014
junescook in Southern New England

FN quest for ratings: we are more likely to see Giada De Laurentiis or Bobby Flay cooking “ethnic foods” than we are to see a brown person cooking them.

This kind of reminds me of the Tony Bourdain episode in which he emphasizes that Mexicans and Central Americans cook most of the food in NYC restaurants, including his old haunt, Les Halles.

Jul 09, 2014
junescook in Food Media & News

Self cleaning oven: racks in or out?

I cook three meals a day. I bought the stove to use, not to ogle at, The self-clean cycle works very well leaving just a bit of white ash in the bottom, even when I add the grills from my big Weber. No ball bearings though.

Jun 27, 2014
junescook in Cookware

Self cleaning oven: racks in or out?

The last time I ran the clean cycle on my oven I also put in the stainless steel racks from my big Weber grill and they came out perfectly clean (though not quite as shiny) as well.

Jun 21, 2014
junescook in Cookware
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