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Thanksgiving/Festive Recipe for CostCo Boneless Leg of Lamb?

This is magnificent!
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...

I have also enjoyed Emerile's take:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/em...

about 1 hour ago
smtucker in Home Cooking

Cipollini onions, where to buy?

And, of course, Wilson Farms, though I am always shocked at the price of the small clamshells.

Anyone else preorder the Anova Precision Cooker?

My husband, who doesn't often show interest in how I produce food, read the NYTimes today and is ready to buy one. When I asked him what he would like me to cook with it, he was flummoxed. But at $179 for something that takes up almost no room, I think I might be in. I am thinking softly cooked eggs.

1 day ago
smtucker in Cookware

Sunday Brunch/Lunch for 10 in Boston or Cambridge

How disappointing. It was a nice brunch when I was entertaining out of town friends and took reservations.

Sunday Brunch/Lunch for 10 in Boston or Cambridge

Would Instanbu'ul be a good spot? They have a very nice vegetarian selection, but I don't know if beer is one of the options.

La Brasa has a nice brunch menu as well, and definitely has alcohol onsite in great quantities. The menu can be a little challenging for vegetarians, but the breakfast side of the menu might satisfy.

Need Turkey Parts ASAP

I don't recall to be honest. As Karl has mentioned, of all the days of the year to go to the Somerville MB, this may be one of the nuttiest! If I were you and considering a Saturday shopping day in this area, I would call Mayflower and have them hold exactly what you need. That way you know that you are getting the parts you want from nice folks at a very fair price.

can you replace butter with Crisco shorting in gluten free ginger bread dough.

My daughter does a fair amount of gluten and dairy free baking and has found that Earth Balance is the best substitute. But since you have tons of crisco, I suspect that would work well.

1 day ago
smtucker in Home Cooking

Looking for sorghum (syrup)

Based on these responses, it might make sense to be a bit more clear. I assumed you were looking for the syrup to cook from something like Smoke & Pickles, but info was answering your question as though s/he thought you were searching for the grain. Or are you looking for both?

Nov 19, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

Need Turkey Parts ASAP

Somerville Market Basket has a nice selection of parts tonight. Picked up some wings for stock making.

Nov 19, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

Nominate Your Favorite Cookbooks for "Best of 2014"

That might be, but take a look at this month's COTM and see how many major problems there are with his recipes. Just can't consider it one of the best, buzz or not.

Nov 19, 2014
smtucker in Home Cooking

Corn chowder for Thanksgiving?

I find frozen does work, but I have corn stock in the freezer that I make during the summer so not sure that my experience would translate well.

Nov 19, 2014
smtucker in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving with Ottolenghi sides?

The green bean and snow peas with hazelnut dressing. It has orange zest and the whole thing is brilliant. One of my most favorite items from that book. The sweet potato gratin with sage is another T-Day option. So delicious, just make sure you use real cream.

Nov 19, 2014
smtucker in Home Cooking

Washing chicken poll?

Why wash at all spreading the stuff all over your kitchen? Quite a few studies indicate that washing introduces more bacteria to your kitchen than simply cooking the chicken to a safe temperature.

Nov 18, 2014
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Where Can I Buy Good Gravy?

Wilson Farms has a decent gravy. The year I was sick, this is what I served and no one complained. Before actually serving, I did add some of the turkey juice from the platter.

Nov 18, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

Very best sausage for cassolette?

You want Toulouse sausage. The Art of French Cooking, part 1 has a cassoulet recipe that is fabulous, and intertwined in that recipe is a recipe to make your own. It is well worth the time.

Nov 17, 2014
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Private Dining (12 ppl) in Boston

They claim that that room holds 20. That is a very cozy 20 in my opinion. There is a room charge of $200 at Eastern Standard.

Nov 17, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

Private Dining (12 ppl) in Boston

If you can slide towards France, we just had a wedding dinner at LaVoile and it was a wonderful experience. Was it perfect? No. A few menu items were modified without notification but accurate on the menu. However, the food itself was delicious, the service was attentive and warm without being intrusive, and the final price tag was very reasonable. Even the incredibly non-adventurous members of the groom's family loved their meals.

We took over the private area in the back. There was plenty of room for our party of 18.

Nov 17, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

Cream Cheese

Yes. It isn't that hard at all.... but it isn't something I eat often enough to keep the starter around. That is how I know that the silver box isn't much good. I first had terrific cream cheese when I was a member of the boston food coop in 1978. The cream cheese was so good I sometimes spent a 6th of my $13 a week food budget on just the cheese.

Nov 16, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

Cream Cheese

The Somerville Whole Foods does not have "house cut" cream cheese according to today's cheese-guy.

Nov 16, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

Cream Cheese

Perfect Cats. Thank you very much.

Nov 16, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

Cream Cheese

All this talk of Bagelsaurus has me thinking bagels. But, not $11 dollar salmon bagels sandwiches. Instead, I have bagels fermenting in the fridge, and tomorrow, we will enjoy these delicious bundles of carbs after I boil and bake them. I have the salmon, capers, and red onions. But cream cheese... we need cream cheese.

Does anyone know of a special cream cheese on the Cambridge/Somerville side of the river? Or should we just head to the Market Basket for the Philadelphia brand?

Nov 15, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month December 2014

No good deed goes unpunished, as my dear, but cynical, friend always says.

Nov 15, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month December 2014

I own Essential NYTimes and remember enjoying the few things I made during that COTM. But, I also recall all the great reviews during the 150 Best month. Don't think we can go wrong with either.

The last few months, cooking from poorly edited books, have reduced my enthusiasm for simply buying books unseen. That and the lack of bookcase space.

Nov 15, 2014
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pizza in Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Malden -- where to go?

Aren't they on Newbury Street in Boston? Or have they also opened a Cambridge location?

Nov 15, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

looking for refrigerator needle in a haystack

I only found 2 when I searched for my mother recently. She eventually chose a fridge with a water dispenser, but I kept these URL's for some reason.

http://www.ajmadison.com/b.php/DCS%3B...

http://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajma...

Nov 15, 2014
smtucker in Cookware

pizza in Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Malden -- where to go?

I am willing to give Pescatores another try on a Thursday night based on your report. I didn't find Armando's to be worth the trip.

Nov 14, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #5 – 11/12/14 (spoilers)

HIs own restaurant also calls him Dougie. I stayed at the hotel where the Imperial is located, and there were little placards in each room with his picture and the text "Go Dougie" or some such thing.

November 2014 Cookbook of the Month: "The Soul of a New Cuisine" by Marcus Samuelsson

Yes. I don't care for the ghee that they carry.... and beware of their pulses. They seem to have bugs. I now just go to Shalimar [that is the Central Square spot] even though it is no where near as convenient.

Anyhow, here is the ghee that I find to be most tasty.

Nov 13, 2014
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November 2014 Cookbook of the Month: "The Soul of a New Cuisine" by Marcus Samuelsson

I buy a really delicious ghee at the Indian Market in Central Square. I will try to remember to take a picture of the jar tonight. I think it is the best ghee that I have ever had and it is packaged in glass. They carry several other brands but every time I am seduced by the lower price, I regret it.

Nov 12, 2014
smtucker in Home Cooking

Private chef for Thanksgiving dinner?

And SamanthaJ13's post was disappeared.

Nov 11, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area