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Whole Deli Glastonbury?

Thanks, just glad to know they haven't thrown in the towel at ST.
Anxiously looking forward to the "Mexican" place!

Whole Deli Glastonbury?

Thanks for the info, and I agree on the good deli need...didn't realize the cooking store moved, I don't go in often as last time I went in it was pretty underwhelming, maybe she was prepping for the move. Just realized that there are a few empty spots in Somerset Square and that soupz moved out, but I think that's old news...

In so g. Looks like the new place across from Gardeners is making progress, but what's going on at south tavern, looks like the construction is on hold?

Whole Deli Glastonbury?

Sorry, never been to a Whole Deli and looks like it's not open yet.....maybe we will hear from someone who has been there, didn't realize there was also one in Rocky Hill...

Whole Deli Glastonbury?

Just saw a sign in the window next to Harrys. Anybody know anything about the move in? Just googled them and looks like they may be related to the one in Windsor? Thanks.

Peaches are SO wonderful right now...

I just made an open faced peach custard pie from the Joy of Cooking. I've been looking at this recipe for a while, and finally made it happen. It's a really good "pie" and smells delicious, more like a Blondie pie smell. Mine came out much firmer than this picture in the link, and edges did not burn. Now wondering if I can do it with other fruit.

http://jandssmith.blogspot.com/2008/0...

Aug 17, 2014
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Too much corn on the cob! Help me use it!

Thanks for the detailed instructions! I'm hoping to make this tomorrow night! Thanks!

Aug 11, 2014
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Too much corn on the cob! Help me use it!

I'm having this for lunch with leftovers from dinner! If I don't have bread I'll often "cook" up some fine bulgur or couscous in the morning as it is ready so fast. I forgot to defrost some beans, garbanzo or black but I usually toss those in as well, it's a very forgiving "recipe".

Bruschetta bread that was rubbed with garlic and EVOO and salt
1/2ed cherry tomatoes
Mozz
Fresh corn
Copped cilantro

Aug 11, 2014
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Too much corn on the cob! Help me use it!

+1 on the corn cob soup base

Aug 10, 2014
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Too much corn on the cob! Help me use it!

Do you have a recipe for the squash/chowder soup? I have a squash from last fall I need to use. Thanks.

Aug 10, 2014
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putting up zucchini and summer squash

How about making some stuffed (uncooked) and freezing....I've done this a couple of times with good results. Other than that or zucchini bread, I do a lot of zip-locking myself....

Aug 08, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

Thanks, I mostly threw mine into soups or ramen, to make me feel a little better about eating it.....good idea on the celery, I never can use a whole one at once!

Aug 06, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

The sours had a tough winter, lost half their blossoms, so the orchard where I usually pick them didn't have PYO this year but I still got them to reserve a few pounds for me, to add to the ones I still have in the freezer from last summer....

Aug 04, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

I need to pull out my dehydrator, I use it mostly for fruit and tomatoes. I did some peppers last year but didn't use them much over the winter, curious how you use yours?

Aug 04, 2014
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CT Arethusa and Community Table report

Gotcha, thanks! I was just reading about Paella night to be held at WSW in Sherman! it looks wonderful, have you been? I lived and worked in Haverhill for a few years and still have a few friends there! Also hoping for a work trip next year to SF so may be asking you for advice in the future!

Is this pitting?

I love Bkf and thinking this will do the trick with a soft sponge. It's amazing what this stuff can do to old pots and pans. You may be able to find it at your grocery store or local hardware store.

Aug 03, 2014
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Best Zucchini bread and/or muffin recipe

Yes, works great, just be prepared for all the liquid when you defrost, just squeeze it out well and you are ready to go. I had a couple to freeze today so I grated and steamed in the microwave for a few minutes to reduce some of the water. I'll be curious to see if this cuts down on the liquid when I defrost this batch.

Aug 03, 2014
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CT Arethusa and Community Table report

Thanks for the info and all the new places! We are closer to Hartford, but good weekend spots for us to check out! We are way behind in our ice cream eating this summer, but sounds like that could be changing :)

CT Arethusa and Community Table report

:). I have to check my local WF, they carry the milk but never looked for the ice cream, that could be trouble.....

Wasn't sure from the musings post if you were here of in SF. I was planning to write this review, but that post was timely in that I hadn't seen much talk about either of these places, and not sure why as they were both packed. Usually we eat in a lot, especially in the summer, and have been going to the old favorites, so I don't post to often....

CT Arethusa and Community Table report

Spent the weekend out in the western part of the state and got to try both of these places, both new to us.

Both diners were excellent!

At Arethusa we started with the duck pate and the stuffed squash blossoms. The pate was our favorite app of the weekend! Soooo good! Dinner was foraged mushroom ravioli, and the strip steak, steak was good, but not as tender as I would have liked. In between dinner they brought us a compliments of the chef watermelon/strawberry soup which was really nice. Dessert was a scoop of butter pecan ice cream, such a good scoop, not overly sweet like it usually is, just really good, subtle. Again chef compliments, a shooter of milk and mini cookies! Service at this place was extraordinary! One of those nights when they seem to read your mind! The service puts this place just ahead of CT. Btw, just a beer and wine liquor license at this time, but it sounds like they will have a full bar license soon.

Dinner at CT table was a starter of duck confit and the burrata, wow, both of these dishes were delicious! Dinner was harpoon caught bluefin tuna, the favorite dinner of the weekend and the skate with fresh chickpeas. I liked that the sides focused on veggies since were in season. Not a big wine selection, and seemed to be quite a bit overpriced, but not a huge knowledge base of wine, so I could be off on this....just not used to $15-20/ glasses of wine....

For dessert we went back to the Arethusa dairy....the coffee ice cream is to die for, and the sweet cream with chocolate bits was pretty good as well!

Overall a really good weekend of eating!
Ps. We had lunch at the Pantry on Friday and the sandwich (smoked salmon) was delicious as were the sides. FYI, these sandwiches are stuffed full and we easily split between the 2 of us.

What goes with cabbage?

I make this a lot with cabbage, very comfort food dish! Sometimes I brown up a couple of sliced sausages or kielbasa and add as well. "Halushki" if you google it will give you more info on this. It also makes a ton so I freeze it and bring it for lunches.

Aug 03, 2014
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Your best tomato recipes please - worthy of the tastiest specimens!

Ina's roasted tomatoes are also wonderful with bread and mozzarella. And freeze some of the tomatoes, I have made this same recipe with summer frozen tomatoes and it is so good in the winter months!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

Aug 03, 2014
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Best Zucchini bread and/or muffin recipe

I like the James Beard recipe, I make it in smaller loaf pans and it adapts well to add ins, chocolate chips, raisins, etc...

Aug 03, 2014
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What is this tree? Pics attached

Oh well, never seen a caper shrub but thought I'd give it a shot, thanks though for the info.

Aug 03, 2014
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Growing tomatillos for the first time

I love these plants for the fruit, but also the beautiful balloons they produce, enjoy,

Aug 02, 2014
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What is this tree? Pics attached

This could be a huge coincidence, but I just ate something like this last night, and I thought it was a stuffed olive, but when I asked the waitress she said it was a caper berry, is that what yours could possible be??

Aug 02, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

So tried them last night and I think flavor is pretty much the same. I do think the texture is a bit different, maybe more smoother / softer, hard to describe, but I still like them so that's all that matters:)

Jul 31, 2014
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Blueberry Buckle

Good idea!

Jul 24, 2014
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Blueberry Buckle

I agree, this is great with summer berries! This is the recipe I've used with success. My notes are to sift the cornstarch, add the zest of the lemon as well, and that the vodka pie crust shrinks when baked....it worked for this pie, but if you have another favorite crust I would give that a try.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Jul 24, 2014
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Canning Question...

After losing my whole freezer one time to a power outage (almost twice), I like to can whatever I'm able to, and save the rest that can't be canned for the freezer. I also don't have luck freezing jars(cracking) but some other folks don't seem to have this problem. I don't freeze anything in glass anymore.

Jul 22, 2014
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Blueberry Buckle

I don't cook much from this book, I am going to have to take a look at this recipe, like the ribbon idea!

Jul 22, 2014
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