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Making brisket BBQ classy for NYE?

I actually just heard an intrview of a vegan cook on NPR and he had a recipe for black eyes peas with wilted greens (collards, Swiss chard, kale, whatever you have). This sounds perfect! I think the peas are supposed to symbolize something too for the new year (ill have to look that up).

Dec 28, 2012
greenmtnjenny in Home Cooking

Making brisket BBQ classy for NYE?

Great suggestions, everyone! I agree that maybe I should substitute the creamy polenta with something with a different texture... (Potato or baked polenta fries). Or maybe I will double up on the veggies instead since we are having dessert too (collards and Brussels sprouts).

Dec 28, 2012
greenmtnjenny in Home Cooking

Making brisket BBQ classy for NYE?

You won't believe this, but I have duck fat in the fridge!

Dec 27, 2012
greenmtnjenny in Home Cooking

Making brisket BBQ classy for NYE?

Those are some great tips. And good thought on the soup. With everything else, something lighter would be better. We've got the music thing covered: we're asking each guest to bring their top ten albums for 2012 (kind of a tradition we have). I would not have thought about dressing up the table either but ill do that for sure!

Dec 27, 2012
greenmtnjenny in Home Cooking

Making brisket BBQ classy for NYE?

Well, I do have some! :)

Dec 27, 2012
greenmtnjenny in Home Cooking

Making brisket BBQ classy for NYE?

I've got a crowd coming and I'll be making BBQ brisket. For the sides I was thinking about making homemade Mac and cheese, maybe creamy polenta, and a veggie side (Brussels sprouts with bacon?). Also, I was thinking of serving a soup before all this (black bean and ham?). While I'm sure this would be yummy, it doesn't seem classy enough for New Year's Eve. Does anyone have any ideas to making BBQ more "classy"?

Dec 27, 2012
greenmtnjenny in Home Cooking

Nice spot featuring local fiddle music?

My husband and I are traveling to Montreal this weekend to enjoy the holiday lights and what the city offers at Christmastime. We'd love to find a little neighborhood spot that features great wines/beers and has local fiddle music. Like from Cape Bretton or something? Does anyone know of such a place?

Dec 07, 2009
greenmtnjenny in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Suggestions for Christmas dinner in Burlington area

Morganna is right on with the Butler's brunch recommendation; it's a very special spread you will remember for a long time! But I have not been impressed with the dinners there. Not a bad place to have a pint though. Be sure not to miss Tiny Thai in the strip mall next to the movie theater right down the street from where you will be staying (OK not an ideal setting for the Holiday but it should not be missed). Sorry I am not much help, but I do not know who is open for dinner on Christmas!

Dec 17, 2007
greenmtnjenny in All New England Archive

Recommendations in Burlington, VT

Another *great* place for your list if you ever make it to Montpelier: Restaurant Phoebe.

Dec 17, 2007
greenmtnjenny in All New England Archive

Top Foodie Destination in New England?

Alchemist beats Vermont Brewery hands down. Now if they would just heat the place I'd be psyched. Good thing it's always crowded!

Dec 17, 2007
greenmtnjenny in All New England Archive

STOWE at Christmas time

I'm not sure if Hen of the Wood in Waterbury is open Christmas eve or Christmas day but that's a really special place too. You can't beat the beautiful ambiance they have created in their dining room. I haven't seen the river since this past fall but I bet it's gorgeous covered in ice. Oh yeah.... the food is very well prepared too. A very special place!

Dec 17, 2007
greenmtnjenny in All New England Archive

Great bistro in N Dallas Area?

Thank you everyone for the posts! It looks like I should have checked in earlier. I decided to go with a hand-picked assortment of Vermont food items for their gift... but will certainly check out the recommendations if we visit the area!

Dec 17, 2007
greenmtnjenny in Texas

Great bistro in N Dallas Area?

No... I don't want to give cash. But thanks for the Lavendou rec...

Dec 01, 2007
greenmtnjenny in Texas

Stowe,Vt 4 Xmas

I second the Restaurant Phoebe recommendation. My husband and I ate there a couple months ago and it was fantastic. We eat out a reasonable amount at nice places: Trattoria Delia, The Kitchen Table, L'Amate, Hen of the Wood... and I have to say that we both had the best dinners there we have ever had out. We are decent cooks but we have NO idea how the chef was able to create such a complex and amazing dish as the chicken dish we had. The smoked trout & baby beet salad was so good for our starter. I highly recommend it!

Nov 28, 2007
greenmtnjenny in All New England Archive

Great bistro in N Dallas Area?

I am a Vermonter who would like to get a gift certificate for my aunt and uncle who live in Allen. They do not treat themselves to a nice dinner out too often and I thought it would be a great Christmas gift. I have never been to Dallas and am out of my element. I was hoping a Dallas-area hound could give me a suggestion.

I am thinking something that would be about $75 for two. Not a flashy place... just a tucked away gem with great service and a creative menu. I read many posts and was really intrigued by Bistro Nous. Unfortunately, the woman I talked to said they do not do gift certificates. Bummer.

Thoughts?

Nov 28, 2007
greenmtnjenny in Texas

Best Dessert in Burlington, VT?

The desserts at The Kitchen Table Bistro are divine and just a short drive from Burlington. Three friends and I recently went there for dessert; we all have different tastes and each of us were thouroughly pleased with our choices. They have a dessert wines too for pairings. Check out the menu:
http://www.thekitchentablebistro.com/...

May 29, 2007
greenmtnjenny in All New England Archive

Hot Dog Annies

My first date was at Hot Dog Annie's! I, too, will forever have a fondness for this place and their BBQ & onion dogs. And later, when I was a WPI student, I brought fellow choir members there there for a hot dog eating contest which continued for several years as a tradition!

May 06, 2007
greenmtnjenny in All New England Archive

Easter Dinner in Chittenden County VT?

Does anyone know if any nice places that are serving Easter Dinner in Chittenden County, VT?

Apr 04, 2007
greenmtnjenny in All New England Archive

souvenir fr Vermont?

Yummmm! I wholeheartedly agree. Two more for the list: Tarentaise by Thistle Hill and Vermont Ayr by Crawford Family Farm.

http://www.vtcheese.com/vtcheese/comp...

Mar 22, 2007
greenmtnjenny in All New England Archive

Your favourite recent cookbook purchase?

I love Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen "The Best Recipe". I have made numerous items from this: apps, soups, salads, meals, desserts... all recipes include the history of how it was tested & tweaked. (Nice how they do that so that I don't have to!). I have never made even a mediocre meal. It has become my mother's bible, too. =)

Mar 16, 2007
greenmtnjenny in Home Cooking

Favorite Beer in America?

Here are my favorites:
Harpoon Bluemoon (put a lemon in it!)
Ravell Porter from Magic Hat (has a nice vanilla bean note).
Longtrail Harvest Ale (way to easy to drink.. a smooth malty taste & it's a tiny bit sweet - caramel maybe?)

Mar 16, 2007
greenmtnjenny in Beer

what says 'Vermont' to you?

The menu sounds like it was wonderful! I loved reading all these posts from everyone. Did not know about Big Barn Red.. will have to give that a try. Here's an unusual reccomendation: Dry Blueberry Wine from Charlotte Village Winery. Sounds weird but it's actually quite good (as long as you're not expecting it to taste like a big, red wine).

Another item not to be missed for the next VT dinner party: Gerard's bread. The best bread made in VT! Thursdays are the days he delivers to the Richmond Corner Market and sadly they are usually gone in 1 day.

Mar 01, 2007
greenmtnjenny in All New England Archive

Any good food factory tours in the NE area?

I think Infomaniac has a great suggestion to visit some sugerhouses in Vermont. On March 24 from 11-3 is the 13th annual Huntington Sugarmakers Open House. Several maple syrup producers in Huntington will be boiling that day and you can visit their facilities, learn about the process, and sample some syrup. Many hand out free maple frosted donuts, maple cookbooks, and maple sugar candy. It's a great time. I like to see if I can taste the difference between operations that use reverse osmosis filtration before boiling vs the old fashioned way (all the water is removed via boiling). (If I can, it's probably in my head). Huntington has over 30,000 taps with operations ranging from 120 to 12,000 taps.

Feb 27, 2007
greenmtnjenny in All New England Archive

Small, Romantic Italian in Union Square?

My parents went to Fino and *loved it*. The service was very good and the meal amazing. My dad went with a classic: Bolognese and enjoyed every bite. Now my mom has a new dish to master. Thanks for the tips everyone!

Feb 27, 2007
greenmtnjenny in San Francisco Bay Area

Small, Romantic Italian in Union Square?

My 50-something folks will be in San Francisco next week and I would like to treat them to a great Italian meal at a romantic spot. (I will not be in attendance, obviously). My mom has some health issues and cannot walk too far, so ideally it should be within a couple blocks of the 500 block on Post St near Union square. (Or if there's a place further that is not to be missed, I can arrange for a cab as well). We're looking to spend in the $60-90 range for 2, including glasses of wine, tax, & tip. Is there anything that would be a good match? Any help would be appreciated!

Jan 29, 2007
greenmtnjenny in San Francisco Bay Area

Richmond, VT Congregational Church Suppers

I have heard that the Congrational Church in Richmond, VT has amazing suppers. I always miss their annual Chicken Pie supper; as soon as I hear about it, the tickets are already gone (must be a good sign, eh?). Has anyone been??

Jan 28, 2007
greenmtnjenny in All New England Archive

Burlington Report 10/10/06

I completely agree with Herk's sentiment regarding the Old Brick Cafe. I went there for breakfast about 2 months after they opened and ordered the yogurt parfait with fruit. The fruit was 2 grapes and a slice of a strawberry. I'd call that a garnish, really. An easy dish like that and they still managed to disappoint.

Nov 19, 2006
greenmtnjenny in All New England Archive

Reasonably Priced & Early Dinner for 8 in Montreal?

All good questions... (as you can see I am new to the site). We are flexible for the type of food. It should not be formal, as we will not be dressed up. A place that has a full bar is preferred so people can order mixed drinks if they prefer. The $30 assumes no wine/drinks. The area of town does not matter so much, but close to St. Catherine would be ideal (this is where we are catching a film after dinner). And yes, dinner to start between 4 and 5.

Thank you!

Oct 13, 2006
greenmtnjenny in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Reasonably Priced & Early Dinner for 8 in Montreal?

I will be 1 in a group of 8 visiting Montreal this Saturday. We're looking for a reasonably priced place for dinner between 4 - 5 in the afternoon (yes I know, hardly the French Bistro dining experience). By reasonable, I mean $30 per person (give or take). Searches for early options have yeilded little. Ideas?

Oct 12, 2006
greenmtnjenny in Quebec (inc. Montreal)