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El Salvadorean in Metrowest?

We went to Mi Tierra in Waltham and really enjoyed it. We shared a Pupusas appetizer, and my daughter had the grilled chicken. I had the chorizo and chile relleno. My husband and son both had the Taco Y Enchilada. My daughter also ordered the Atol De Elote. We loved it all.

Will try Dona Sofia next, but I think Mi Tierra might go on our regular rotation.

Thanks so much for all the help.

El Salvadorean in Metrowest?

Hi All,

I need help with my daughter's Spanish class assignment. She's to take a picture of an El Salvadorean restaurant. I view this is a great opportunity to try some new restaurants and Latin American food. Does anyone have any suggestions of restaurants to visit, and how one might know it's Salvadorean?

Thanks for any suggestions.

Thanksgiving Turkey Cake

Never disguise a savory dish as dessert. People will only be disappointed.

Dec 07, 2011
Merryworld in Recipes

substitute for corn syrup in popcorn balls/homemade candy?

Karo light corn syrup no longer has high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in it. They removed it awhile ago due to customer preferences.

Corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup are not the same thing, though it's all sugar.

Oct 08, 2011
Merryworld in Home Cooking

Fine dining in Wernersville/Reading area?

Thanks for the input.

The Stouch Tavern looks interesting, but I think Porch has a better menu for the tastes of our group. Might do Stouch for lunch one day.

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Stouch Tavern
138 W High St, Womelsdorf, PA 19567

Jun 25, 2010
Merryworld in Pennsylvania

Fine dining in Wernersville/Reading area?

We're taking a little road trip to PA to visit my Mom on her 89th birthday. I'd like to take her out to a really nice restaurant, but haven't lived in the area for quite awhile and don't know what's around. My husband and I once had a really great dinner in Mount Penn, but I can't remember the name of the restaurant and it was years ago.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Jun 23, 2010
Merryworld in Pennsylvania

Molecular gastrotomy: where to experience it?

A few weeks ago there was an article in the Chicago Tribune. The reporter tried to make a dish from Grant Achatz cookbook Alinea and documented her odyssey. Here's the link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ch...

Gifting a Nice Family Dinner

Hey Everybody!

A friend of mine who lives in Wayland just had a baby. Yay!

As its not her first, I don't want to give clothing or toys. Instead, I thought if I could give a gift cert. for delivery of a nice family dinner for five, that would be more helpful. But, I don't really have any experience in this area and don't even know if there is such a service in the area. So, I'm turning to you for help.

Any good, reasonably priced, family friendly, dinner delivery service that has gift certs. in the Metro West area?

Thanks.

pork roast question

Thanks for replying. I think I'll roast one and see how it comes out.

Aug 03, 2008
Merryworld in Home Cooking

pork roast question

I just bought a box of various meats from a local butcher, and included in the package were two chine end pork roasts. I've never heard of this cut (I thought the chine was the backbone) and am uncertain what to do with them. Roast, pot roast, braise, grill, pulled pork? Any info appreciated. Thanks,
Merry

Jul 31, 2008
Merryworld in Home Cooking

Hosting a dinner party with humorless guests..

If you're not going to participate in the theme, why accept the invitation to the party? Is their larder that bare?

You can invite us instead.

Jun 22, 2008
Merryworld in Not About Food

High Protein Breakfasts for Women

Are there any other perameters? Fat? Calories?

I like scrambled eggs with crispy bacon crumbled on top.
1/2 a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon
toast and kippers
steak and eggs
Toast or bagel with feta cheese and sour cherry jam
Baked beans on toast (we got this once a week at University in the UK)
Cold cuts and cheese (My Hungarian friends ate this for breakfast with a shot of vodka)

I'm a big fan of switching meals around like having lunch for breakfast and breakfast for dinner. That really opens up the possibilities: chicken soup, pizza, stir fry, fried rice with a poached egg on top, eggs scrambled with smoked salmon...

May 28, 2008
Merryworld in Home Cooking

Angel Food Cake

I've made these, too, and they are good. Though for my kids, they prefer a plain rather than lemon cake.

May 09, 2008
Merryworld in Home Cooking

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Hey, these sound great!
Do you just drop by tablespoons onto the cookie sheet, or do you roll and press down?
And do they keep well, or best eaten same day?

Thanks for posting the recipe.

May 06, 2008
Merryworld in Home Cooking

Menu help please!

Hey, it's Derby Day tomorrow. The 134th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place at 6:04pm. Why not have some mint juleps, mix up some Harry Bain sauce for the flank steak and chicken, and Derby Pie for dessert.

May 02, 2008
Merryworld in Home Cooking

New England Soup Factory

Thanks so much overproofed and run26.2 for your quick and detailed replies. It sounds like it's worth a try.

New England Soup Factory

My friend was looking for a good soup place. I've heard good things about New England Soup Factory, but don't really know anything about it. Is it all carry out or is there a place to sit down and eat? And, are the soups as good as has been reported? Also, any other suggestions for good soup would be appreciated.

ISO decent sour cherries

Sour cherries are the most of elusive of fruits in this area. For future reference, you can pick them for a few days in June at Smolak Farms.

As for the jarred ones, I think it was Cooks' Illustrated that suggested boiling down sour cherry juice to get more cherry flavor. You can get the juice at Whole Foods.

Christmas Stollen

Below is a link to Peter Reinhart's stollen recipe:

http://www.thefreshloaf.com/recipes/s...

Jan 05, 2008
Merryworld in Home Cooking

Nitrate Free Bacon- what's the difference?

I love Neiman Ranch ham and bacon. As far as the "cured" vs "uncured" thing, they sell both, but here is a link to their faq where they explain the difference: http://www.nimanranch.com/control/faq...

I find it interesting that in their "uncured" products they use celery juice, which has naturally occurring nitrates, so not really nitrate free.

Nov 02, 2007
Merryworld in General Topics

Do you like dandelion greens? Why? (and how do you make them?)

I boil them for quite a while, sometimes with escarole or chicory, then serve with olive oil, lemon juice and a bit of salt. The water from boiling the greens make a nice tea with lemon juice and is very good for you, especially if you are under the weather. This is a traditional Greek way of serving wild greens passed down from my grandmother.

Oct 11, 2007
Merryworld in Home Cooking

Looking for the best way to make Ice Tea... [moved from Pennsylvania board]

Cold brew tea is not sun tea. Sun tea is left out in the sun, and yes, can harbor bacteria. Cold brew is brewed in the fridge. You pour water over the tea bags and put it in the fridge. No warm sugar water, in fact no warm water at all.

I use eight bags of tea for eight cups of water. I let it steep in the fridge for about eight hours. This makes a really smooth glass of tea and I don't add sugar at all.

Sep 13, 2007
Merryworld in Home Cooking

NYT Coffee recipe

Thanks all for your replies. As I haven't got a coffee maker yet, I'm going to try it full strength with regular coffee.

Sep 13, 2007
Merryworld in Home Cooking

NYT Coffee recipe

Hey all! My coffee maker up and died yesterday after about five years of faithful service. So after I ran to Starbucks, I dug up the NYTimes recipe for cold brewed coffee that was in the paper a few weeks ago. You soak 1/3 cup of coffee grounds overnight in 1 1/2 cups of water. This is supposed to make a concentrate that you dilute one to one.

Since having a friend from New Orleans in college, I have always used Lousiane or French Market coffee, so that's what I used for the recipe (it's supposed to be New Orleans inspired anyway). I let it sit for the specified 12 hours, and I diluted it 1 to 1 per the recipe. Well, it's really weak coffee, better when I used it straight up, but hardly the wonderful elixer I was expecting from the reviews. So, I'm wondering if anyone else uses this method with different proportions or with a stronger coffee like for esspresso. I'd like to try and get away with not buying another coffee maker.

Sep 13, 2007
Merryworld in Home Cooking

What to do with small eggplants?

You can make Imam Baldi, stuffed eggplant. Cut off the stem bit, turn the eggplant on its side and cut a cross, deep but not all the way through. Saute a bit in olive oil until the skin wrinkles a bit and they open up.

Carmelize some onions, add a little garlic, some tomato and tomato paste, salt, pepper and a generous amount of parsley. Cook a bit longer and taste for seasoning. Stuff the eggplants, top with a sprinkling of parmesan and bake at 350 for about half an hour, or until eggplants are cooked through.

Aug 04, 2007
Merryworld in Home Cooking

Birthday Dinner Suggestions?

Thanks, we will be checking that out in future, maybe for the anniversary coming up next month.

The birthday boy was in a sushi mood, so since Oishii II was closed for vacation, we decided to try the Chestnut Hill Oishii. (I tried to steer him to Fugakyu since we haven't tried it, but no go.) It was excellent, but interestingly some of the flavors were a little different. My daughter's chicken yaki udon had a little curry flavor that is not there in the Sudbury yaki udon. She slurped it up just as happily, though. Also, the gyoza came with a different sauce. We were also surprised that the space was so much smaller.

Cheers and thanks for the rec.

Birthday Dinner Suggestions?

Help!

I would like to take my wonderful husband out to dinner tomorrow night for his b-day and am looking for something in the Metro-West area thats nice and fun, but not one of our usual haunts. If fact I'd like to add some new restaurants to our list. We're bringing the kids, too (8 and 11) but they are well behaved and adventurous, so I would not rule out a geared to adults restaurant. Our favorites are Oishii II, Kuzina, and Lotus Blossom. We've been to Tuscan Grill, Elephant Walk and Blue Ginger.

Thanks!

Fried Rosemary?

I have done this with sage, but not rosemary. It was in an Italian cookbook. It was good, but not good enough to repeat.

Jun 12, 2007
Merryworld in Home Cooking

What Singaporean foods do you like and can't find in the US? [moved from LA board]

Baby Kai Lan with oyster sauce. I have never seen baby Kai Lan anywhere in the U.S. and we used to eat it for lunch with rice almost every day. Except Friday. That was Laksa day.

Also Beef Hor Fun, the best was in Geylang. Haven't found the perfect recipe for that yet, though I've tried.

Jun 12, 2007
Merryworld in General Topics

I'm looking for wild berries to pick

I have friends who go berry picking around Walden Pond. Not sure if it's legal, but no one has ever stopped them.