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How do I replace Hamersley's as my "go to" special occasion restaurant? (Very detailed list of criteria inside!)

I had lunch at La Voile today, and I thought that the room to the right was quite dark. In fact, we were a bit worried that our "event" might not have enough light.

about 4 hours ago
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

Baking Sheet with rack?

Mine have already shipped!

about 5 hours ago
smtucker in Cookware

Pay by Check no more!

One word: Target

No one's account has ever been hacked via a payment using a check. I haven't actually used a check in years, but I don't use debit or credit at any store that I am not buying something that is tax-deductible. Most companies are terribly casual with our personal information.

I'll never forget sitting in Carberry's, back when there was a Carberry's, with a good friend who pulled up a program on her laptop and we watched the wifi network including every card number being used, with names and PINs, scrolling across her screen.

about 18 hours ago
smtucker in Greater Boston Area
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Baking Sheet with rack?

The quarter sheet pans are now in stock at webstaurant.com. I ordered a bunch. Shipping is quite high, but you know, I need these racks!

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/8-1-2...

about 18 hours ago
smtucker in Cookware

Cheap Beef Meals

What a great post! These kinds of posts are why I love this place....

1 day ago
smtucker in Home Cooking

Legal Sea Foods: You've come a long way baby!

and very, very good.

1 day ago
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

How long will mustard keep in the fridge?

Sell by dates and mustard should never meet. Stir it up if it has separated. It is possible that the mustard has lost some potency, so use some more.

1 day ago
smtucker in General Topics
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Cheap Beef Meals

Have you considered goat as an alternative?

For beef, many of the cuts that are best braised will be delicious and have the additional advantage that you can make extra for leftovers. I am thinking 7-bone roasts and whole beef shanks. I make tacos from whole cuts of meat. The only expensive topping is an avocado.

I always spend much less money when I cook Chinese and Korean foods. Stocking the pantry can cost some money though.

1 day ago
smtucker in Home Cooking
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A Personal Announcement

Congratulations on your new life direction. Will enjoy seeing you on the Home Cooking board without a diamond. Beans and rice, and Chinese food are budget friendly options. And for company, braises are your friend.

Best wishes.

1 day ago
smtucker in Site Talk
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

kumbaya?

1 day ago
smtucker in Home Cooking

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

Wish I knew what I did so all of you could share.

1 day ago
smtucker in Home Cooking

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

Take a look. They are EVERYWHERE. If you want more screenshots let me know.

They are now missing from my lists. Someone is "playing" with code as we speak.

1 day ago
smtucker in Home Cooking

Legal Sea Foods: You've come a long way baby!

If I had money to burn, we could try both locations and take a vote as to which one sucks more. :-)

1 day ago
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

and now it is a square. There are squares EVERYWHERE reducing their meaning to nothing!

1 day ago
smtucker in Home Cooking

Where can I get my Market Basket favorites?

Please note: This is not a place to discuss the whys or why nots of shopping at MB during this supply chain disruption; it is about finding where I can buy some of the products that I came to love because I found them at the Somerville MB. I am located in East Somerville, Union Square. Obviously, I hope to be able to add to my circle of errand shopping without going too far afield.

Cinco de Mayo Tortillas. Delivered several times a day to the Somerville MB, these tortillas were always fresh and really quite delicious. When they sat in the fridge for a few days, they became the perfect tortilla chips.

Serranos with actual heat. Most of the supermarkets that sell serranos seem to believe that heat and peppers shouldn't be in the same sentence. But, I like the heat. I want the heat. My tomatoes are in full production, and I need salsa!

Pearl Hot Dogs. We don't eat hot dogs often, but when we do we enjoy the Pearl Hot dogs from the MB, and their "deluxe" hot dog buns. The dogs are pretty self-described. The hot dog buns have more substance than the standard squishy one, is a split top, and toasts very well.

Market Basket Cottage Cheese. This is the hardest one to describe. Why is their cottage cheese so much better than the other brands? Nice large curds, no sourness aftertaste, with enough creaminess to satisfy. Breakstone is a fail as is Hood. Cabot is close. Any suggestions?

Turkey Breast. Well turkey breast that doesn't cost over $30 for a full breast. Wilson Farms has turkey breast but the price is very high. Mayflower sells frozen turkey breasts, but they have been pumped with a sodium solution. I just want the breast. No brine. No sweeteners.

Baby Lima Beans. Whole Foods doesn't carry them anymore, so we tried the MB branded bags from the frozen food section and they are fabulous. Can't find them anywhere now. They have to be baby. If a farm grew them around here, I would buy those. This is succotash season. We need some limas!

Chopped Frozen Spinach. The MB brand was the best we have ever tried. Very few stems, chopped well enough, and tasty. I bought a bag from Stop & Shop, and my spanikopita was no where near as good.

Any suggestions?

Aug 17, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

Anywhere Similar to Rendezvous?

Madrid is correct. There is a parking lot for Bergamot at night, entrance is off of Beacon. I really wanted to love Bergamot like we loved Rendezvous, but just don't.

Aug 17, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

Snappy Patty's West Medford: An early report

The Patty folks are just playing with their food names; or at least ignoring the standard definitions. Patty Melts are not sliders, clam chowder doesn't have beef smoked or not, and Eggs Benedict shouldn't include a biscuit or a fried egg.

That being said, the food might be very delicious. I guess I like precision of language when ordering food.

p.s. just looked at their website. They have corrected the opening time, and they don't call it Eggs Benedict, but a Snappy Benedict. Really, a Snappy Sausage Biscuit would be more accurate.

Aug 17, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area
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Best tasting broth sold in a store?

I tried this product based on the number of effusive recommendations on this site and really don't like it at all. There is a strange chemical, almost metallic taste that stays with you for way too long. The taste is just nasty.

If I don't have homemade stock in the freezer, I just use water now, and it tastes much better!

Aug 17, 2014
smtucker in General Topics

Legal Sea Foods: You've come a long way baby!

The Burlington Mall location of Legals is the absolute worst one on the planet. It sucks even by Legal Seafood's standards. At least you aren't sick.

Aug 16, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

Flour is an excellent book. I hardly ever make anything with flour and butter, but when I do, this is the first book I reach for. Everything I have made from this book has been worth every single calorie.

Aug 16, 2014
smtucker in Home Cooking

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

We should just ask you to do our research for us! Good job. [see how I didn't use a heart-shaped device?]

Aug 16, 2014
smtucker in Home Cooking

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

Someone valiantly tried to host a COTM which was actually COTEVM, or every other month. There just wasn't quite enough traffic to make it worth their while, I believe. If I recall correctly, the last book was for the holiday season in 2012.

Aug 16, 2014
smtucker in Home Cooking

Okay folks I need Brioche help

Wow. Bread in three hours... that was a lot of yeast! But as you say, you needed hamburger buns, and now you have some!

Aug 16, 2014
smtucker in Home Cooking
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Whole wheat pastry flour

I find that whole wheat pastry flour makes an excellent pita dough. I do add a bit of vital wheat gluten to give it a bit more structure.

Aug 16, 2014
smtucker in Home Cooking

Okay folks I need Brioche help

I don't think a dough that uses melted butter can be consider a brioche. That does not mean it isn't tasty of course, but a brioche has butter whipped into the dough bit by bit creating that recognizable texture.

Aug 16, 2014
smtucker in Home Cooking

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

Here you go:

http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

I think that the COTM project was a side joke. To my knowledge, there is no such project underway.

Aug 16, 2014
smtucker in Home Cooking

Too much corn on the cob! Help me use it!

Even better with fresh limas, but no one grows them around here anymore. In fact, finding frozen limas is almost impossible these days around here as well.

Aug 16, 2014
smtucker in Home Cooking
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Snappy Patty's West Medford: An early report

Am I reading this correctly? There is beef in the clam chowder?

Aug 16, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

Now that you mention it, why does amazon drop the NEW from the title? Is this the book here?

http://www.amazon.com/Food-Life-Ancie...

Aug 15, 2014
smtucker in Home Cooking

Snappy Patty's West Medford: An early report

Welcome to Chowhound Loreli!

Aug 15, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area