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Island Hopper owners take over Royal East in Cambridge

Definitely sounds worth a trip! The last time I was at Royal East was probably 10 years ago, and the food was entirely mediocre.

Dumpling Daugher Weston

Are the bamboo shoots fresh? I love that dish at Sichuan Gourmet but rarely make it out there, and it would be wonderful to have a closer version.

Apr 16, 2015
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Island Hopper owners take over Royal East in Cambridge

The Globe had some recommendations yesterday: http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/...

I wonder if anyone else has recent impressions to share?

Apr 16, 2015
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

Move Over Kale: The Next Super Food is Okra!!

I also love it stir-fried (Madhur Jaffrey has a recipe in World Vegetarian that got me started on that). It sounds like it works well with frozen okra, which is good to know; I've only cooked with the fresh, but that's available so rarely.

Feb 16, 2015
nonaggie in Home Cooking

Polenta or Cornmeal from Local Organic Corn?

I haven't looked for it in the Boston area, but the Nitty Gritty Grain Company of Vermont has local organic cornmeal; maybe it's worth contacting them to see if any stores around here carry it?

Feb 15, 2015
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

A Question for the Dragon-Mouths !

Just an update on Qingdao: they are not selling frozen dumplings now but said they may start again around March.

Feb 09, 2015
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A Question for the Dragon-Mouths !

Do you know if they are selling frozen dumplings now? I know they are on the menu, but when we stopped in a couple of months ago, they said they weren't selling them.

Jan 30, 2015
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Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

You can cook lettuce, too, and then it shrinks to almost nothing. I just chop it roughly and stir fry it with a bit of garlic and eat it with whatever else I'm making.

Jan 13, 2015
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Babka in Boston?

Do they have cinnamon, chocolate, or both?

Jan 03, 2015
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Best packaged vegetable stock!

The Splendid Table did a taste test a while ago: http://www.splendidtable.org/story/yo...
They picked Kitchen Basics Unsalted Vegetable Stock as the best they tasted.

Dec 31, 2014
nonaggie in Vegetarian & Vegan

Real Food Buying Club in Boston?

I'm not sure if this is the type of thing you're looking for, but FarmersToYou (http://farmerstoyou.com/) sources produce, meats, etc. mostly from Vermont farmers, and they deliver to the Boston area. We've been participating for almost a year and have been happy with the quality and convenience. You do have to order at least $40 each week, (although you can suspend your order for a week any time).

Dec 09, 2014
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Suvai - North Cambridge?

We went back for lunch; on weekends, they have a buffet (but no ordering off the menu). The buffet had quite a lot of options; a couple of appetizers (plantain salad, which seemed more like fried bananas, and onion pakoras), a few different rice dishes (tamarind rice, fried rice, and white rice), several curries, chicken kotthu roti, and a couple more things that I'm forgetting. They brought us naan as we were eating.

I feel like the kotthu rotti is better when ordered (the roti loses its texture as it sits), but I really liked the vegetable curries; there was a creamy spinach curry and a spicier cabbage curry that were both wonderful. My only quibble was that I wish the food was hotter (temperature-wise). But overall, I'm loving the food here; the curries are much lighter than typical Indian restaurant curries.

Dec 07, 2014
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cooking class recs

This is not in Boston, but I've taken a baking class at King Arthur Flour in Vermont that was very nice, and they offer private classes.

Dec 01, 2014
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Suvai - North Cambridge?

We went today; it still seems to be called Curry n Wok; the menu was the same one that's on the Curry n Wok website http://www.currynwok.com/menu.html

We had the Madras masala dosa and the vegetable kotthu rotti. Both were delicious, and we'll definitely be back to try more of the expansive menu.

It was very quiet; there was only one other table seated while we ate. I hope they get more business.

Nov 28, 2014
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

Cookies are an ANYTIME FOOD

The chocolate-walnut mudslide at Crema Cafe

Nov 22, 2014
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November 2014 Openings and Closings

I walked by this past Saturday, and it was open. I didn't stop in though.

Nov 17, 2014
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I have seven butternut squash. I had ten. I used three, and used several more in the past few weeks... need more ideas.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Squash on Toast is great:

Nov 17, 2014
nonaggie in Home Cooking

What are your favorite ways to use vallarta and/or ayocote morado beans?

We often make this recipe with ayocote morado beans in place of the scarlet runners:
The beans are big and hearty enough that this makes a good one-dish meal for us.

Aug 25, 2014
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Harissa not spicy?

I've also made this recipe with just guajillos and found it not that spicy. Now, when I make it, I usually add in some arbol, crushed red pepper flakes, and maybe a little cayenne powder to give it more heat.

Aug 24, 2014
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Best whole wheat bread recipe (kitchenaid a plus!)

I've found the recipes in Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads book very good. I usually use King Arthur white whole wheat flour.

May 16, 2014
nonaggie in Home Cooking

Arabesque: Starters, Kemia, Meze, and Mezze

I've just discovered this wonderful book and made the eggplant slices with walnuts and garlic. The eggplant is roasted in thin slices and then topped with vinegar and a mix of finely chopped walnuts, lightly cooked garlic, and parsley. This is really delicious! Roden says it should be served cold, but we ate it warm and loved it.

May 01, 2014
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February 2014 Cookbook of the Month Companion Thread: ASIAN TOFU: Discover the Best, Make Your Own, and Cook It at Home

Thank you for linking to this recipe; we had it last night and really enjoyed it. We didn't use all of the sauce, but it was wonderful mixed in with my steel cut oats this morning!

Apr 15, 2014
nonaggie in Home Cooking

April 2014 Cookbook of the Month - Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand by Andy Ricker, JJ Goode, and David Thompson

About the blackstrap molasses, if you bake, I use it in any recipe calling for molasses. I'm particularly fond of gingerbread ( http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/gi... is a favorite) and brown bread (http://www.thewednesdaychef.com/the_w... is nice, although it doesn't use a lot of molasses).

Apr 14, 2014
nonaggie in Home Cooking

Where to pick up a lunch for eating later?

We're staying in Arlington near the Rosslyn metro stop (but we're happy to wander a little for good food!).

Thanks for the suggestions!

Where to pick up a lunch for eating later?

We'll be visiting DC in a few weeks. When we visit places like the zoo, we'd like to bring lunch with us, so we're looking for some suggestions on places we could stop by early in the day to pick up a sandwich or other food for eating later. Anywhere metro-accessible could work, and vegetarian options are a plus. Is there anything particularly worth seeking out?


February 2014 Cookbook of the Month — ASIAN DUMPLINGS: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More

Are the pan-fried Shanghainese dumplings you're thinking of sheng jian bao (生煎包)?

They're more like buns but still very delicious!

Feb 01, 2014
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Best in Watertown?

Would love to hear more about the relative strengths of Roksana, Shiraz, Jasmine, and Molana. Are there particular standout dishes?

Jan 30, 2014
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Must Haves at Oleana and Bergamot for Tonight/Soon?

We were there recently and particularly enjoyed the whipped fava (kind of a variation on hummus), mushroom musakhan, and Meyer lemon parfait. But we love almost everything we have at Oleana and mostly just try to order things we haven't had before...

Red Lentils

I also find 660 Curries a great source for red lentil recipes; two of my favorites are Gingered Red Lentils:
and Slow-Roasted Bell Pepper with Red Lentils (although I make it with red bell pepper as I'm not that fond of green bell peppers):

Jan 16, 2014
nonaggie in Home Cooking

Shan-a Punjab, Brookline - preliminary review (long)

Thanks to BobB's report, we decided to try Shan-a-Punjab today after stopping by the Brookline Winter Farmers' Market. They had a lunch buffet (which today included a soup, vegetable pakoras, dal makhani, several chicken dishes, and a choice of plain or garlic naan), but we decided to order off the menu. We had bhindi masala (okra) and lamb shank curry, both Indian spicy, plus garlic naan. Everything was very flavorful and, as BobB says, not killer hot. As with most restaurant Indian food, I found it heavier what I would prepare myself at home, but it was still very good. I'm curious whether the dosas are any good, as the rest of the menu leans so heavily to northern India.

We were at a small booth and didn't have any issues with the table size.

Dec 15, 2013
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