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Cookbook for "ELECTRIC" Pressure Cooker

I bought an Instant Pot earlier this year. It's awesome. I haven't actually bought a pressure cooker cookbook yet. The table of cooking times in the Instant Pot manual has been pretty good and I've adapted a bunch of slow cooker recipes for use in the pressure cooker by just guessing at the time based on the table.

Sep 30, 2014
blink617 in Home Cooking
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Where to buy unsweetened shredded coconut near Ball Square

Thanks, everyone!

Jul 30, 2014
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy unsweetened shredded coconut near Ball Square

Any tips on where to find unsweetened shredded coconut near Ball Square? My local Stop&Shop only had a "reduced fat" version that looked questionable. I'm on a crazy tight schedule and need to pick some up for tonight's dinner while I'm out running errands today. Pointers appreciated. Thanks!

Jul 30, 2014
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

Noodles & Co opens in Burlington

It seems like the only reason to go there would be if your dining party was completely unable to decide if they wanted Thai or Italian.

Jun 27, 2014
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

Portland, Maine daytrip with kids

My wife and I are taking our family to Portland for a Saturday. We have baby twins (and gigantic double stroller) and a 3 year old.

We are meeting up with a group of friends to visit the farmers market, have lunch in Deering Oaks Park and go on a mailboat cruise. After that, the friends are going to have dinner at a grownup restaurant and we're on our own.

I'm looking for a good and relatively quick but not fancy dinner option (ideally takeout for a picnic, but eat in may work if there's room for the stroller) that would be easy to get to after the boat ride.

Also, if there are any places we should consider picking up food near the farmers market or park (or any farmers market stands that do great prepared foods for lunch), I'd appreciate recommendations. Wandering around with the little ones can be iffy, so I like to be armed with ideas when we go somewhere new.

Jun 27, 2014
blink617 in Northern New England

Anniversary dinner help

Thank you all for the Cafe Sushi recommendation. We wound up going there and had a great meal. We didn't do the omakase, but the signature creations and the vegetable nigiri were both really good. We both managed to try a few new things.

Jun 24, 2014
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

Anniversary dinner help

Thanks for the recs everyone. I hadn't thought of Rendezvous, but that might be perfect. My wife also mentioned sushi - any tips on that?

Istanbu'lu is another favorite, but sadly closed on Mondays. East By Northeast doesn't have hours on their web page but also appears to be closed on Mondays. We can't get a reservation at Sarma, but I definitely want to try that another time.

Bergamot is in the old Evoo space and we once had an awful dinner there (not their fault) so I'm reluctant to suggest it. We've been to Cuchi Cuchi and Dali but I'm not a big fan of either.

Jun 18, 2014
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

Anniversary dinner help

I need a fun but not super fancy dinner destination for my anniversary next Monday. We haven't been out to eat much recently so assume that I've missed pretty much everything that opened in the last 18 months.

Few requirements: greater Camberville area, open on Monday nights, up to $25-40pp without alcohol, we avoid pork and shellfish, like spicy food.

Places we've enjoyed going for special occasions in the past are Oleana, East Coast Grill, Sabur, Dante. Places we used to go often are Chili Garden, Blue Ribbon, Rod Dee, Sound Bites, Christopher's.

Jun 17, 2014
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

Birthday brunch with a baby?

The flipped-over high chair is not really a safe place to put an infant car seat. It fits, but it's not secure and it's very top-heavy so it could fall over easily. Some of the high chairs now have warning labels on the bottom telling you not to use them for a car seat.

Mar 30, 2014
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

40th birthday party ideas - Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington etc.

My wife is turning 40 in a few months and I'm trying to figure out where to throw her a birthday party in Cambridge, Somerville, or somewhere nearby.

I'm pretty flexible on cuisine, but looking for a nice indoor space for 20-30 people with a budget of around $40-50/person. Any suggestions?

Jun 09, 2013
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

Lutherville breakfast/lunch recs

Hi! I'm planning a day trip down from Boston to visit family in Lutherville.

My flight gets in really early, so I'm looking for a good cafe for a solo breakfast on my way up from BWI.

I'm also looking for a pizza place or other lunch option in Lutherville so I can take my grandmother out for lunch. NY-style pizza is her favorite, so that would be ideal, but a nice diner would work too.

Thanks for your help!

Solo dinners near the Hilton?

I'm going to be staying at the Hilton in midtown (6th Ave. and 53rd) on a business trip soon. Any tips on good places within walking distance to get dinner for under $30 as a solo diner, preferably with some vegetarian options? Asian cuisine is my favorite, but I'm flexible.

Jan 18, 2013
blink617 in Manhattan

Sichuan in Boston Area?

Chili Garden is great. My favorites are the Chicken with Sour Mustard Green and the spicy beef short ribs.

Nov 16, 2012
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

October 2102 COTM: 660 Curries -- Legume Curries, Vegetable Curries

I made this over the weekend. I really liked the consistency I got from pureeing the greens and adding the cornmeal. It was a little soupier than I wanted, but much smoother than other saag recipes I've tried. The lime is a neat touch too.

Oct 16, 2012
blink617 in Home Cooking

October 2102 COTM: 660 Curries -- Legume Curries, Vegetable Curries

I made this over the weekend. It was super easy and one of the more successful dals I've made. Even my lentil-hating wife had nice things to say about it.

I found it pretty mild, but I did use only one dried chili because we have a toddler and I didn't want to overdo it.

Oct 16, 2012
blink617 in Home Cooking

Caterer or Whole Foods or Thai Restaurant or...? My mind is spinning with options for my daughter's bat mitzvah

I'm not sure if they can provide food on a Saturday, but check with Rami's in Brookline. They've catered some events at our synagogue and the food was great.

Aug 01, 2012
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

Quick Dinner near ICA?

Sportello seems like something I would try if we were just going out for dinner. Lucky's might be an option.

It seems like the waterfront has more fancy restaurants and not so many low-key neighborhood type places. We may be better off going out to eat down there when we're not also trying to squeeze in a museum visit.

Jul 15, 2012
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

Quick Dinner near ICA?

Any recommendations for a quick casual dinner near the ICA? My wife and I are planning to head over there on a Thursday evening, but the museum closes at 9 so I'm looking for a dinner option that will be good but not necessarily the focal point of the evening.

I'm pretty open to any type of food but I have no idea what's over there because I haven't been down that way in a long time.

Jul 13, 2012
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

Ethnic and Cultural Festivals, July 2012

There's also the Lowell Folk Festival at the end of July

Jul 13, 2012
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

Amsterdam Falafel: The Good, The Bad, The Sad

In Israel, they solved this problem by putting some fries (not a whole cone) right into the pita with the falafel.

Jul 12, 2012
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

Amsterdam Falafel: The Good, The Bad, The Sad

Got it. When I bought falafel on the street in Israel, it wasn't all that messy even with a few condiments. At a sit-down restaurant, I think I'd still want a plate of some kind. Rami's has the plastic baskets, which are pretty good.

Jul 12, 2012
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

Amsterdam Falafel: The Good, The Bad, The Sad

Is this "no plate" as in they don't serve your sandwich on a plate? How are you supposed to eat it? And how do you manage if you have kids with you or something?

Jul 12, 2012
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

DD's Bavarian Cream donut, extinct?

I had a not-as-good-as-Tim-Hortons-but-close sour cream donut at one of the Dunkin Donuts in Brighton about two weeks ago (the DD that used to have the really retro sign, I forget what street it's on).

I had never before seen a sour cream donut at DD, so I had to buy one. But then Passover started, so I haven't had a chance to investigate whether there were other DDs selling sour cream donuts.

Apr 12, 2012
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

Solo lunch - Cambridge / Somerville / Arlington?

I have a rare afternoon to myself, and was thinking about going out to lunch. This hasn't happened in a long time, so I was thinking about trying somewhere new. Where would you go for lunch by yourself in the general vicinity of North Cambridge? Spicy food and counter service are good (I don't like doing sit-down restaurants by myself). I don't eat pork, but am otherwise open to meat or vegetarian food. The weather is good enough that takeout might be okay too.

Mar 12, 2012
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

Boston's best for cheap

La Summa is great.

For Middle Eastern, skip the Red Fez and go to Brookline for some falafel at Rami's.

Feb 21, 2012
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

Casual, affordable, vegetarian friendly

It's been a little while since I went to Istanbul'lu, but last time I was there they had plenty of entrees in the $10-$20 range, and you could get a great sandwich for dinner on the lower end of that.

Jan 16, 2012
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

Seven Star Street Bistro

I was sadly disappointed that Seven Star Street Bistro was closed on Christmas Eve. Who ever heard of a Chinese restaurant that wasn't open for Christmas?

Jan 10, 2012
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

September 2011 Openings and Closings

I went for lunch today. It has potential - very varied menu (including panini, burritos, salads, sandwiches, etc.) and plenty of veg and gluten free options. Not a lot of space to eat there, so definitely more of a takeout place. I got a burrito that was pretty good by sandwich shop standards (but not up to Mexican restaurants standards). The owner seems nice, and I hope they do well, but they need to figure out their niche because they're on a block with a lot of good options.

Oct 04, 2011
blink617 in Greater Boston Area

Dark Chocolate with salt [moved from Boston]

Lindt has a pretty good dark chocolate with sea salt bar.

Oct 04, 2011
blink617 in General Topics

Watertown tips?

Thanks for the tips! A Watertown taste-off sounds fun, and it would be great to meet people in our soon-to-be new neighborhood.

Jun 22, 2011
blink617 in Greater Boston Area