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Crushed Ice for Oysters

I love to shuck oysters, and while I have used my Vitamix to make crushed ice, it is more of a slushy consistency and melts very quickly. Any suggestions on how to make a crushed ice similar in texture for under the oysters? I have purchased a bag of crushed ice and that is too chunky...thanks in advance!!!

Jun 08, 2014
Salbert in Home Cooking

Pubs with cool fireplaces

The kids are with the grandparents..me and the hubby are looking to sit down in a pub with good food and fireplace...thoughts? We live in Reading and will go as far as a 30 minute drive

Jan 04, 2014
Salbert in Greater Boston Area

Brining Emergency

I have it in the fridge.. so I think the cold is good...I was hesitant to use a "non food grade" bag..well I was somewhat ok with it but the hubby thought I was crazy... its not floating.. and it
is not wedged in there... it is sort of fitting nicely....thanks I might start to breathe again soon!

Nov 20, 2012
Salbert in Home Cooking

Brining Emergency

Picked up a Brining Bag to hold a 25 lb turkey..I have a 17 lb turnkey...
filled it 1/2 way with my wonderful brine.. placed turkey in breast side down...
more brine sealed it tight... only to have a damn hole on the bottom where it
is leaking!! thinking fast we poured the brine into our extremely large stock pot
emerged the turkey in.. I would say it fits with about 1/3 of the legs sticking out..
what was I supposed to do... so left it in the fridge overnight.. and now turned it after
12 hours... is this bad? I mean really bad? I would you turn it again before starting the
air drying Wed at 12noon...help!

Nov 20, 2012
Salbert in Home Cooking

I love all Alton Brown....but

Thanks guys... seems like an email I sent out to friends who cook are saying similar things...!

Nov 19, 2012
Salbert in Home Cooking

I love all Alton Brown....but

I typically follow a lot of what Alton Brown does...recently I saw his mashed potato recipe called for thinly slicing the potatoes and soaking them the night before. When I went online to print out the recipe, I found he did mashed potatoes 4 different ways....what are your thoughts regarding soaking the buds the night before? (Due to the high starch content) and that is what makes them "gluey"
Thanks in advance and happy Turkey day everyone!

Nov 19, 2012
Salbert in Home Cooking

Brining Vessel?

Is there any concern about a plastic bag that is not "food approved" and causing any problems with chemicals etc?

Nov 12, 2012
Salbert in Home Cooking

Brining Vessel?

What is a safe container to brine our 18 lb turkey in?
Thanks...

Nov 12, 2012
Salbert in Home Cooking

Substitute for Beef Broth

Where does one get porcini powder? I might not get it in time for this meal..but I am intrigued..I think I am going with a mushroom broth..sounds the most compatible...

Dec 24, 2011
Salbert in Home Cooking

Substitute for Beef Broth

I am making the slow roasted beef from ATK- I saw someone made a sauce to go with it that was equal parts, wine, beef broth, madeira, some shallots and rosemary... I really do not like what I find to be the "metalic flavor" of beef broth. Do chowhounders think that using water is ok and the wine and madeira will cover it...or do you have a recommendation for a really good beef broth?????

Dec 23, 2011
Salbert in Home Cooking

Octopus- A Fishy Question

Thanks--- I appreciate the definitive answer!

Dec 15, 2011
Salbert in Home Cooking

Octopus- A Fishy Question

Typically I boil an octopus for about 1-2 hours-- then coat it in Garlic, Olive Oil, S&P and throw on the grill for about 3-5 minutes... delicious-- like I am back in Greece... I want to cook this on Christmas Day- but have so many other great smells in the kitchen that I was thinking of boiling it on Saturday and then putting in the fridge (heck it is cooked right?) then Sunday just grilling-- do you all think this is a NO- NO since it is seafood?

Dec 15, 2011
Salbert in Home Cooking

Monday Night in Portland- Good Places are Closed!

Portland, Maine.. love it... going there tonight! Last time we were there in Feb. we did Duck Fat yahoo!
And Hugo's ( Slightly disappointed) Now we were either going to try Fore Street or Bressca-- but both are closed on a Monday night-- we are in town M-T only... dinner suggestions?!?!?

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Fore Street
288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101

Duck Fat
43 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101

Jul 11, 2011
Salbert in Northern New England

Breakfast in wakefield, reading or woburn?

Christophers on Main Street in Reading... good french toast... Brothers in Wakefield serves
cafeteria style breakfast...nothing fancy... standard stuff... Cousins in Woburn is VERY VERY small...but has great chocolate chip pancakes if you have kids

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Main Street Cafe
85 Main St, Woonsocket, RI 02895

Jan 14, 2011
Salbert in Greater Boston Area

Arrows? Is it worth it?

Our 10 year wedding anniversary. With 2 young kids we don't get out much and we are going to Maine for the weekend. Thoughts? Suggestions for other places welcome

Oct 11, 2010
Salbert in Northern New England

Pre-Theater Meal

Seeing a show in May at the Schubert Theater (West 44th between Broadway and 8th Ave) Not interested in the "easy fast pre theater meal" --- looking for good dinning for best friends 40th-(we've been friends for 28 years!)

Apr 07, 2010
Salbert in Manhattan

locha nora

Chivas made this wonderful liquor, has a great cinnamon flavor, without overpowering the drink. A friend introduced me to it over 8 years ago-- had it in the liquor cabinet for years-- anyone know how to get more?

Feb 25, 2010
Salbert in Spirits

How Long For Seafood?????

Thanks everyone---I appreciate the attention to detail with regards to storing the shellfish appropriately-- and I don't want to make 6 people sick-- so if in doubt--- I do have a back up menu planned in case...
Clams and Chorizo is the appetizer--- my husband will make the mussel dish-- not sure yet---hmmmm getting hungry thinking about it!
Happy Holidays!

Dec 16, 2009
Salbert in Home Cooking

How Long For Seafood?????

Clams and mussels...

Dec 16, 2009
Salbert in Home Cooking

How Long For Seafood?????

I'm looking to make shellfish on Christmas DAY. The local seafood market is very good and open on Christmas Eve til 6pm--- what do chowhounders think about making the purchase 5pm on Thursday and cooking 5pm on Friday-- Thanks

Dec 16, 2009
Salbert in Home Cooking

Preserved Lemons

I have a few recipes that I want to try that call for preserved lemons. I can't find them anywhere in Boston. Can anyone point me in the right direction. Thanks.

Sep 20, 2008
Salbert in Greater Boston Area

Williams Sonoma

Recently I was given a gift card to Pottery Barn, I found out I can use it in WS. WS is quite pricey as we all know-- and has some fun stuff. What would you all get that is fun, or not sold in other stores. It's for $200.00. Thanks

Feb 03, 2008
Salbert in Cookware

Greek?

They are open all year--- crazy right!?! There is "antiquing" and Crane's Beach is there-- beautiful low key beach-- not OK for the winter (even to walk) but nice in the summer-- there is a wonderful - and expensive inn there-- I am blanking on the name.
Enjoy the clams!

Dec 18, 2007
Salbert in Greater Boston Area

Greek?

Ipswich is about 50 minutes from Boston--- as for the Clam Shack--oh yeah-- welcome to the North Shore--- Long Debate between Woodmans and Clam Box--- My favorite is Woodmans--- full belly clams in an amazing breading--- Clam Box is good too-- you need to try them both -- people have their preferences-- I like the set up at Woodmasn better too.
Good luck

Dec 18, 2007
Salbert in Greater Boston Area

Greek?

As first generation Greek-- I can tell you-- that the American Gyro-- what I call it-- closest thing has been Kouzina--- but for true Greek food-- the kind my parents will approve of--
Ithaki-- in Ipswich-- yes I know -- scream -- I'm telling you to go way north-- but it is worth it-- the grilled fish is served perfectly-- my parents visit from NY every Palm Sunday and that is the only place they will go-- my father orders a special cheese appetizer-- that he swears this restaurant is the only one in the USA that does it right-- takes him back to being a little boy in Greece--- ( I purposely can't remember the name-- because I only order the grilled octopus appetizer)
I also agree that Watertown has a strong Greek presence, parts of Belmont too-- if you are looking to take food home and heat up-- try Sophias Market in Belmont--
Good luck

Dec 17, 2007
Salbert in Greater Boston Area

afternoon tea- L'espalier vs. The Bristol

I have only attended the Bristol and enjoyed it--- good quality food and tea-- knowledgeable staff too. Not sure what the decor would be for Valentine's day-- if they would change anything--
I have never attended L'Espalier-- maybe go yourself ahead and then choose-- would that be so bad ; )

Dec 17, 2007
Salbert in Greater Boston Area

Best of Boston for Dinner

No 9 Park is my first choice, consider Mistral or Clio

Dec 17, 2007
Salbert in Greater Boston Area

L'andana, Burlington, MA

So excited that higher end dinning was heading North of Boston (Summer Winter, L'andana) My husband and I decided to try them both out-- within 2 weeks of each other. WOW!
L'andana-- amazing from start to finish-- Tuscan style menu-- check out the website--
Service was outstanding, we felt very well taken care of-- without an overwhelming sense of being "bothered". Food was plentiful-- not what you may expect from a higher end place-- often I picture big plates and portions centered in the middle -- leaving me hungry for more. Wine list is extensive-- and desserts also very creative. My fear is it will get so popular-- that I won't be able to get there enough! I share with you my chowhound friends-- do go! Before it gets to busy to get in!

Dec 17, 2007
Salbert in Greater Boston Area

Help, I'm stranded in Salem!

Try the Old Spot (Tavern) for their lunch menu-- I recall some brunch type items--- they also make a nice Bloody Mary for your lunch-- I like their menu overall.

Sep 15, 2007
Salbert in Greater Boston Area

asian markets north of boston?

Where is the Asian market in Burlington?

Sep 11, 2007
Salbert in Greater Boston Area