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Mallomar-like treats at Moo?

The pastry staff at Moo makes them. Sorry no recipe, but maybe you could email the restaurant and ask for the recipe. Lot's of restaurants are willing to share recipes.

Are There Any Brewpubs with Good Food?

Yum, the English burger. So good with their sweet potatoe fries.

Chez Henri

Chez Henri has been and is still, my favorite place to eat with my husband (and anyone else for that matter, but don't tell him). We started going there while dating, and we just went to celebrate our 2nd anniversary last Monday. We were a little worried because it was restaurant week, but we went anyway because we have never had a bad night there. Though it was busy we had excellent service, amazing cocktails, wine and food. Our waiter/bartender/sommelier was outstanding (former b-side bartender); attentive but let us enjoy our night. We had the foie appetizer, the cheese plate (5 cheeses, a touch too cold; we just waited for it to warm up a little), and two Cubans. It was an outstanding meal and the ambiance was spot on (as always).

12/10/08 Sofra, Cambridge Report

You are wrong. Sofra makes all it's flat breads except for the Mountain bread which is used for the Lamb Schwarma. It is grilled in the morning on the sajj, so that's why you haven't seen it being made.

Bina Boston?

Just a FYI, I'm 99% sure their bread is from Clear Flour.

Top-5 Cooking Goals for 2009

My top 5 cooking/food related goals are to:
1. Eat slower at home and especially at work.
2. Keep a bread starter alive for more than a month, hopefully the whole year.
3. Expand my wine knowledge through study and taking chances on new bottles.
4. Try to create some healthy but tasty baked goods.
5. Make more complicated desserts at home.

Jan 22, 2009
VTtoMAtoCAfoodie in Home Cooking

Algerian pastries--Dziriates

It sounds to me like you put one round of the dough on your work surface, put some filling in the middle of that round. Wash the edges of that circle with a little bit of water (the water will help with the next step). Then put another round of dough on top of your round with the topping. Press the edges of the circles together so that they form something like a round pillow.

I hope that helps.

Jan 11, 2009
VTtoMAtoCAfoodie in Home Cooking

Wine Key-Is there another name?

Thanks everyone for the info and the links! Ah so wine puller is exactly what I'm looking for. Perhaps my husband made up the term wine key. He's a pretty creative person :)

Dec 14, 2008
VTtoMAtoCAfoodie in Wine

Wine Key-Is there another name?

My husband is in the wine industry and he wants a really nice "wine key" for Christmas. I've looked on,, etc.. and have not been able to find one. Is there another name for this thing? What I'm talking about is something like a corkscrew except it was two bars that jut out of the bottom of it and kind of "hug" the cork while you take it out of the bottle instead of piercing it like a corkscrew does. He already has one that is very simple, so I'm looking for something kind of fancy. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Dec 13, 2008
VTtoMAtoCAfoodie in Wine

gift ideas for chefs

I'm sitting here with very dry hands thinking that would be a great gift for me (a chef) :) Last Christmas I received as a gift some silpats; which I now can't live without. You can find them on amazon for under $20. I also like the nice wooden spoon suggestion.

Good Wine Buys for under $10.00?

Wow, thanks for posting that info about Costco. I had no idea you could buy alcohol there without a membership.

Stand Mixer - Which One?

Funny when I went to culinary school we used Viking Mixers and I can tell you that we all HATED them. I would choose a KA over a Viking any day (and I'm an "expert" :) That being said, I'm spoiled because I use a Hobart daily.

Dec 05, 2008
VTtoMAtoCAfoodie in Cookware

How to get the cookie off the cookie press

I had the same problem last year. Are your cookie sheets nonstick? If I remember correctly, l ended up only getting the cookies to stick to a really old alluminum pan I had. All of my newer cookie sheets were too slick.

Nov 20, 2008
VTtoMAtoCAfoodie in Home Cooking

Family foods I thought was normal

I have to say the fresh cream/biscuits/molasses and preserves sounds like heaven to me :)

Bin 26 Enoteca

Was the dessert with fresh strawberries? Crazy that they would have a strawberry dessert in November! Glad you enjoyed it though :)

Looking for the best Pumpkin Muffin recipe

I think junglekitte means 1 tsp of cloves not loves :)

Oct 28, 2008
VTtoMAtoCAfoodie in Home Cooking

Delirium Tremens on tap?

I hope to hear of someone who's had it in the Boston area soon. Crazy thing is that when I lived in Napa, we could get it on tap at Billco's which was for better or for worst; a pretty aweful pool hall with amazing beer (that's why we went).

Croissants Recipes like you are in Paris

I love the croissant recipe from Baking with Julia.

Oct 13, 2008
VTtoMAtoCAfoodie in Home Cooking

Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread Cake--Stuck!

With stickier cakes (like gingerbread) I've had luck putting the pan back in the oven for a minute or two and then flipping it out of the pan while it's still warm. A similar trick, is to pass the pan over your burner just to melt the sugars a bit, then turn the cake out.

Oct 13, 2008
VTtoMAtoCAfoodie in Home Cooking

What's your favorite pie?

My two favorite pies are both from my mom.

Her cherry pie was to die for. Unfortunately, we lost our cherry tree after the ice storm that hit Vermont a while back.

She also makes a French Canadian pie that we call meat pie. It's a mixture of ground pork, beef (and maybe lamb), mashed potatoes and spices such as nutmeg. If anyone is interested I could try to find the recipe. We always eat it with dill pickles. It is so delicious.

Oct 07, 2008
VTtoMAtoCAfoodie in Home Cooking

What's your favorite pie?

That sounds heavenly. which cookbook is that recipe in?

Oct 07, 2008
VTtoMAtoCAfoodie in Home Cooking

Foods That Make You Happy

Tomato soup and grilled cheese always brightens my day.

Favorite warm weather drinks (alcoholic and otherwise)?

I had an arnold palmer there, and was so happy to see the barista reach over grab a lemon, cut it in half and squeeze the juice into my iced tea. A little bit of simple syrup, and it was amazing!

Breakfast in Napa?

I used to live in Napa. Some of my favorite breakfast places were:

First Squeeze: They had an amazing open face english muffin with eggs, peppers, onions, jack cheese and a huge amout of avocado. My husband loved their eggs w/chorizo

ABC: Great lemon ricotta pancakes. The cooked to order breakfast items are better than their baked goods.

Model Bakery: Great egg and cheese on english muffin

Feeding America - 75 online cookbooks published between 1798 and 1922

What an incredible resource. Thanks for posting. I have a feeling many of us will be up late tonight looking at all these priceless books :)

Jun 24, 2008
VTtoMAtoCAfoodie in Home Cooking

Diesel (rave)

When I first moved to Boston, it took 3 weeks to get internet at my apartment. I spent a lot of time at Diesel then (drinking great coffee and surfing the net for a job). I really like the coffee there as well as the atmosphere. Thanks for posting about your amazing shot. I've only had the drip coffee, but I will try the espresso next time.

Has anyone seen this? I don't see a thread,

That's aweful. I feel sad for the people who have to work there because the tips are so good.

Farmers' Markets week of June 16th

It looks like Friday and Sunday. Here's a link:

Timers that are easy to use 1-handed?

I'm with scubadoo97, go digital. Two brands that I like are Taylor and Sunbeam.

Jun 04, 2008
VTtoMAtoCAfoodie in Cookware

Pastry Outrage in Brookline (apologies to cupcake outrage thread)

God, I worked at a super high end bakery in California, and I think our biscotti was $1.50. That's rediculous.