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So. Chester County -- Moving

Sal... where, exactly, is Cutone's? I couldn't find too much information on their website.

about 20 hours ago
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Barbecue in the (western) 'burbs?

If you're willing to expand your geographic search area, I'd recommend Hood's BBQ in Unionville, about 10 miles west of West Chester. They've got quite a following in this area, and for good reasons. http://www.hoodsbbq.com

about 20 hours ago
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Thoughts on Fresh Market selection?

One would have to be truly nutzo to attempt that. That's probably the single worst food shopping day of the year.

1 day ago
CindyJ in Chains

So. Chester County -- Moving

There's also a nice little Farmers Market in the Genesis Walkway in the heart of Kennett Square on Friday afternoons from May through October.

1 day ago
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Thoughts on Fresh Market selection?

The Giant closest to where I live (formerly Genuardi's) is never crowded. Neither is the SuperFresh right across Rt. 1.

2 days ago
CindyJ in Chains

Thomas's English Muffins

That was my point. Bays are always in the dairy aisle while Thomas's are with the packaged breads; that's why I thought it was interesting to see the freestandingThomas's display in the dairy aisle.

Mar 25, 2015
CindyJ in General Topics

So. Chester County -- Moving

I've forgotten to mention a true area "gem." For the freshest dairy -- milk, cream, buttermilk, ice cream, butter and eggs, it doesn't get better than Bailys Dairy on Lenape-Unionville Road in Pocopson Twp. http://www.bailysdairy.com/ And if you have young kids, they'll love romping with the chickens and bunnies and goats. They have birthday parties there and the kids can see the cows up close and personal.

Mar 25, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Wegmans in Concordville/Glen Mills?

YAAAAAY!!!

Mar 25, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Your most cherished food memories...

When I was a kid -- maybe 9 or 10 -- my dad would give me a quarter and I'd go to the corner candy store and buy him a pack of Kent King Size. But (thankfully) I never took up the habit myself.

Mar 25, 2015
CindyJ in General Topics

Your most cherished food memories...

"...little wax bottles filled with brightly colored sugar water..."

I LOVED those Nickel Nips. But now we're out of the domaine of penny candy and into the five-cent stuff. That's why they were called NICKEL Nips -- for a nickel you'd get five syrup-filled wax bottles packed in a small, lightweight cardboard "tote" package. We'd bite off the wax "cap," bite the bottle in half and chew it, wax, syrup and all, until there was no more syrup left. Then we'd repeat with the remaining half. What was left and discarded at the end was a well-chewed glob of tasteless wax.

But a nickel opened a whole range of other candy options including almost any candy bar you can think of -- Milky Way, Almond Joy (hated 'em!), Bonomo's Turkish Taffy, Hershey Bars, a pack of M&Ms, a 5-slice pack of gum (Juicy Fruit, please), and on and on. I'm sure they've all been written about on these boards.

Your most cherished food memories...

"I really loved going to our corner store with a quarter, and picking out twenty five pieces of penny candy."

So back in the days of my childhood in Brooklyn, we'd get an empty coke or Pepsi bottle and bring it to the corner candy store where we'd get the 2-cent deposit back. Those were the days of "penny candy" with choices like a sheet of "button candies," wax lips, a stick of licorice, a piece of Bazooka or Double Bubble chewing gum, a box with two Chicklets, or a chocolate-covered marshmallow twist. That same single penny deposited into a machine outside the store could get you a couple of gumballs and a couple of plastic "charms," a handful of red pistachio nuts or a handful of sunflower seeds.

Thomas's English Muffins

That reminds me of a Seinfeld episode. :-)

Mar 24, 2015
CindyJ in General Topics

Thomas's English Muffins

I noticed a BOGO display on Thomas's at the Giant the other day... as I made my way over to the Bay's. Interestingly enough (but not surprising), the Thomas's display was in the dairy aisle, not in the bread aisle.

Mar 24, 2015
CindyJ in General Topics

Thoughts on Fresh Market selection?

I try to avoid ALL weekend shopping whenever possible. I made the mistake of going to Costco one Saturday -- what a zoo!

Mar 24, 2015
CindyJ in Chains
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So. Chester County -- Moving

Hope it all goes well for you. We had a fairly extensive renovation done just about a year ago -- kitchen, family room and an adjacent area we're now calling the gathering room. It wasn't much fun living in the house during construction, especially given the snowstorms and power outages of last winter, but it was all worth it, and the company that did the design and construction was a pleasure to work with.

Birmingham Township is lovely. Sounds like you've got a lot to look forward to.

Mar 24, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

So. Chester County -- Moving

That sounds about right! :-)

Mar 24, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

So. Chester County -- Moving

That's it!!! Thanks!!!

Mar 24, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Thoughts on Fresh Market selection?

Let me start out by saying that I really do enjoy shopping at TFM, and I go there when I'm in search of particular items. I don't compare TFM to WF because they're just so different from each other. I'm not going to do the compare/contrast thing here.

In my experience, TFM has really beautiful produce. Some of it is organic and is labeled that way. Much of it is "conventional." If I wanted to shop for products that are only organic, I'd go to WF.

I like their selection of sauces, oils, vinegars and marinades. I've bought Bearnaise sauce there that is quite good. I like their small but varied imported pasta selection and I like their coffees and teas. I rarely shop there for prepared foods, baked goods or dairy products.

As for their meats, I feel they're intentionally trying to deceive customers. On their website they claim, "At The Fresh Market, we take pride in providing our customers with the highest quality meats at affordable prices." That would imply that they're selling Prime grade beef, which they do not. They label their beef "Premium Choice" which really has no significance. It's a term they use for marketing high-priced, choice grade beef. That said, their beef does look quite nice, as does their chicken, and I've been pleased with purchases of those products. I like their sausage and sometimes buy fish there.

I guess I'd sum it up by saying I shop there selectively. It's a pleasant place to shop and I enjoy the "ambiance." But I have a feeling that my local Fresh Market isn't going to last. A couple of years ago WF opened about two miles away, and next year Wegmans will open right across the road. I don't know how TFM will survive the competition.

Mar 24, 2015
CindyJ in Chains
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Dripless Bottles for Pouring Oil..?

I tried using bottles like those for oil, but I got "backwash" -- when I turned the bottle right-side-up after using it, I'd always get a little gush of oil out of the top.

Mar 24, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Dripless Bottles for Pouring Oil..?

EXACTLY!!! I have two of those pourers in glass bottles on my shelf -- one for canola and one for olive oil. They're absolutely dripless!

Mar 24, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Has anyone used fish tweezers?

I also use a small pair of needle nose pliers. I got them at Ace Hardware.

Mar 24, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

So. Chester County -- Moving

Just curious -- who's doing your kitchen renovations?

Mar 24, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

So. Chester County -- Moving

I'm not a big fan of sushi, but my husband is, and he enjoys the fixed-price (~$25) all-you-care-to-eat sushi on Tuesday nights at Lily Asian. It's all prepared to order -- not a buffet, and it's BYO. There are other Asian items on the menu, too. Sad to say, no other Chinese/Asian places nearby that I can recommend.

Mar 24, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

So. Chester County -- Moving

I'm told that the crew from Moore Bros. Wilmington (and quite likely, at least one from the Pennsauken store) had dinner at Laguna Miramare recently, and that there were something like 18 bottles uncorked for 6 people. The kitchen staff also made out well that night. :-)

Mar 24, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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So. Chester County -- Moving

Welcome, neighbor! I live in nearby Pocopson Township.

Sal_acid has already said much of what I'd say. To that I'd add: The Giant supermarket on Rt. 202 is nice, and probably pretty close to where you'll be living. I think that might be a ShopRite, rather than a SuperFresh just south of the DE line.

Best butcher -- definitely the Country Butcher in Kennett. There's also the Meat House on Rt. 202, but I prefer Country Butcher.

Hood's BBQ in Unionville -- great stuff!!! I think their newly renovated and expanded space is just about to open.

I really enjoy Kennett Square. I like the small-but-friendly outdoor farmer's market, and among my favorite restaurants are Portabellos and Byrsa Bistro, both BYO. Talula's Table is great for gourmet-to-go prepared foods, a wonderful cheese selection, wonderful coffee, and of course, their extraordinary Farm Table dinners. I also like Sovana Bistro a lot; Catherine's in Unionville, not so much.

If you like good Mexican food, Taqueria Moroleone is in Avondale, and there's a really great Mexican grocery store called El Sombrero, where you can get warm-from-the-factory corn tortillas, also in Avondale. Oh, in Kennett, La Michoacana is a great place to stop for ice cream on a warm spring or summer day.

If you're inclined to become a Longwood Gardens member, (or even if you're not), the 1906 Restaurant is wonderful. Members do receive discounts at both restaurants there.

A little closer to (your) home, in Chadds Ford, Antica and the Fellini Cafe both offer fairly good Italian fare.

And if you're looking for Italian grocery specialties, there's Carlino's in West Chester and Pagano's in the Old Ridge Village shops, just across Rt. 202 from Whole Foods (in the same shopping area as Junto).

For pizza and take-out Italian, try Enzo's (Rt. 202 and Birmingham Road). No guarantees. Just try it and decide for yourself.

For fresh mushrooms, another option is the Woodlands, just south of Kennett Square. If you're searching for harder-to-get varieties, get on their mailing list and you'll be notified when they have fresh porcini, chantrelles, trumpet, etc.

I also can't think of the name of the orchard that Sal_acid mentioned in Avondale, but they DO have wonderful produce, and in the summer they have a small stand set up at the intersection of Rts. 926 and 82, in the Landhope Farms parking lot. And of course, as you already know, Pete's Produce is outstanding.

I'm sure there are more that will come to mind later on.

(I keep coming back here to add more...)

Importantly, if you're shopping for wine, it's absolutely, positively worth driving a short distance into Delaware to shop at Moore Brothers in the Trolley Square neighborhood of Wilmington. There you'll find an extraordinary selection of wines from small producers and a staff that is helpful and knowledgeable beyond belief. I personally HATE the state wine stores, and I'm happy to drive 20-25 minutes down Rt. 52 to get to Moore Brothers.

Ideas for Buckwheat Groats (aka Kasha)?

My curiosity got the better of me so I googled it. I thought Wolff's came in three granulations, but it turns out there are four: whole, coarse, medium and fine. There's a little "window" on the box so you can see the contents.

Mar 21, 2015
CindyJ in Home Cooking

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

Until recently, I regularly took my 92-year old mom grocery shopping. I used her placard to park in a handicap designated space. I usually waited in the car for her while she shopped. Happily, she almost always found a smaller-size cart sitting right there in the lined area of the parking space, and used it almost like a walker. Waiting for her in the car, I began to observe that the store employees who walked around the parking lot gathering stray carts invariably left carts in the lined areas of the handicap parking spaces; sometimes they'd position them against the pole with the handicapped parking sign so they wouldn't roll away. I'm sure there are many shoppers like my mom who appreciate the convenience of finding a cart right there.

Mar 21, 2015
CindyJ in Not About Food

Ideas for Buckwheat Groats (aka Kasha)?

Something that no one has mentioned here is the granulation of the kasha. I ALWAYS use the "whole groats." On those few occasions that I've mistakenly bought and used a finer granulation, I've always been unhappy with the results, finding the cooked kasha to be flat-tasting and just plain boring.

Mar 21, 2015
CindyJ in Home Cooking

No-knead bread -- I'm confused!

Are you saying you placed the parchment with the dough on it into the pot?

Mar 21, 2015
CindyJ in Home Cooking

No-knead bread -- I'm confused!

BEEEEautiful!!!!

Mar 21, 2015
CindyJ in Home Cooking