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Can Richard Blais Save the Food Network? A Look At His New Show, Hungry Games

Well, that does sound promising. I hope there is a decent amount of good cooking instruction mixed in with the science and research. It doesn't sound like it's going to be too heavily skewed to liquid nitrogen, etc. just for the ooohhh effect.

about 8 hours ago
bear in Food Media & News

Lobster's at MB for $4.99lb...

After the description of your dinner last night, somehow the stuffed peppers from my garden don't sound so appetizing. Sounds fabulous.

Sep 15, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

wk end buffet greater lowell area

This recently resurrected thread shows the difficulty in finding a dinner buffet in the Boston area. It's not Lowell-specific, but maybe you'll find something helpful.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5786...

If you do find a decent place, please report back! Good luck.

Sep 14, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Russo's vs. Whole Foods

Hopefully it will catch on. That would certainly be a convenience for weekend dinner.

Sep 14, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Top Chef Duel 9/10 Dale vs. Tiffany

Yes, those biscuits are my favorite thing at Sweet Cheeks. My homemade biscuits definitely don't measure up.

Sep 14, 2014
bear in Food Media & News

All-time best dessert?

Oh, I also love that lemon custard at Hamersley's. I'm so glad Gordon included the recipe in Bistro Cooking at Home so that the dessert will live on, not just in memory. It's surprisingly easy to make. Yum.

Sep 14, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket, Thoughts

And I suspect some of the people who left either because they started shopping at a place closer to home or just got sick of the drama will drift back for the prices and quality.

Sep 13, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket, Thoughts

I got some of that haddock last week at the Burlington store. I was the pain in the neck who ordered three pounds of it, skinned. The counter person cheerfully and efficiently complied. It made terrific fish and chips the first night, and a great chowder the next. Super fresh. Burlington has seemed pretty much busy as usual the three times I've been, but there may well be some variation from store to store.

Arthur T. said in the Globe interview from Friday that the stores are already back at one hundred percent of sales, so that's great news. I would imagine that they did lose a few customers for a variety of reasons, but also gained a few because of the exposure and the admiration for the employees and their risk-taking and passion.

Sep 13, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Russo's vs. Whole Foods

At Russo's yesterday there was a table filled with Captain Marden's fresh fish (on ice, precut and wrapped in plastic wrap) and a sign saying "Fish Thursdays". I didn't have a chance to stop and chat with the guy selling the fish, but it looked like a good selection on the sheet listing the offerings.

I also happened to stop by today (yes, my grocery shopping efficiency stinks) and there was a sign for steamers, cash only, in the same spot as Marden's yesterday, with no source listed. I wonder if these will be regular offerings. I didn't try either since I had already planned dinner but will do so in the future if they are there again.

Sep 12, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Fresh Mozzarella

Thanks. There's a beer and cheese making supply store in Woburn that I need to check out. I watched Ian Knauer making it on WGBH and it reminded me that I've been wanting to give that a try for a while.

Sep 09, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Fresh Mozzarella

Nice. I'll pick some up next time I'm there.

Sep 09, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Fresh Mozzarella

Do you get your cheese-making supplies locally, LilBrownBat?

Sep 09, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Top Chef Duels, 9/3 Burke vs Takashi, SPOILERS, another profane and increasingly violent recap

Ah, cowboyardee, life is ephemeral and we must learn to let go. It was a brief but beautiful fling, and now we are left with naught but memories. As you move on to greener pastures (and no cable), I wish you well and bid you adieu, filled with gratitude for the brilliance of your passion and prose.

Post Baptism Brunch/Lunch Ideas?

Hope you have a beautiful day!

Sep 08, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Buy a Chicken Pot pie or 8

Thanks, that's really helpful. Next time I'm in the area I'll check them out.

Sep 08, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Apple picking?

My husband and I just got back from a quick visit to Russell Orchards. It wasn't too crazy-busy, but definitely hopping. We were lazy and just bought some Macs and some galas as well as peaches from their orchard. They had five varieties of apples ready for picking, I think.

For breakfast we had a wonderful apple roll-up from their bakery. It was warm and buttery and the apple filling had some texture but wasn't too crunchy or too sweet. This is a favorite fall treat. The cider donuts looked tempting, but we decided to stop and have some Down River Ice Cream in Essex for dessert/lunch. A decadent, delicious day in a gorgeous area. It certainly helped that the weather was picture-perfect.

Sep 07, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Best stores for super large format beers?

You could call the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont. I know they have expanded so they might have other locations. Also, the chowhound beer board could be another resource.

Sep 06, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Buy a Chicken Pot pie or 8

The Globe ran an article on Ken's Kickin' Chicken in the northern burbs a while back. Anyone tried them? Not sure how convenient it is for the op.

http://kenskickinchicken.net/locations/

http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2...

Sep 05, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Buy a Chicken Pot pie or 8

Well now I guess I'll take the plunge and pick one up to stash in the freezer for the next time I'm looking for a quick dinner, so thanks!

Sep 05, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Buy a Chicken Pot pie or 8

The Petsi chicken pot pie is really delicious. I would love a little more gravy inside (it's really tasty), but that's just a personal preference.

Sep 04, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Buy a Chicken Pot pie or 8

Wilson's house-made chicken pot pies are definitely topped with biscuits. The biscuits are slightly sweet and pretty tasty. The filling is good but the gravy could use a little more flavor for my taste preference. A nice dish in general.

They do sell some frozen pot pies with a crust top but I've never tried them.

Sep 04, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Looking for a bakery that will make a 3D Patriots helmet shaped cake for a wedding.

Those are pretty amazing!

Sep 03, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

New Strip T's Thread for 2013:Excellence and Innovation Continue

Good news, in my book, from Strip T's. They are now extending the lunch menu through dinner time, so sandwiches are now available at dinner. That fried cauliflower rabe sandwich has my name on it.

http://stripts.com/menu

Sep 03, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area
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Anybody sell REAL double cream?

You can also check out Shaw Farm heavy cream along with High Lawn. Sometimes it's just nice, thick cream but it's not uncommon for it to be incredibly thick and spoonable. The first time it happened I thought maybe the cream had curdled, but it was just delicious, buttery cream goodness. It's happened several times recently, especially it seems during the summer.

Sep 03, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Our 4 Days/3 Nights of Enjoyment in Boston

This is such a fun and full report, and really helpful for future visitors as well. So often we get questions about where to go for terrific seafood and don't have a lot to offer. This thread should serve as a great visitor's guide. Thanks, and so glad you had a great visit. Boy, did you choose well!

Sep 03, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Chicken like Boston Chicken used to make

And there was one on Rte. 123 in Brockton.

There was a Boston Market in Arlington where Penzey's is now, but I'm not sure if that was a Boston Chicken originally.

Sep 02, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Post Baptism Brunch/Lunch Ideas?

Depending on the day of the week (not Thurs., Fri., or Sat.), Park validates for free parking in the Harvard Square Parking Garage for guests who dine there. You could check and see if that policy holds for guests of events at the restaurant. They do have a room that holds a decent number of guests and some nice apps on the menu.

Sep 02, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket

The parking lot at the Burlington store was as crazy as ever shortly after noon today. It was a challenge finding a space. The cashier at the Paper Store said they are thrilled that MB is back, but now she can't find a place to park.

The stock was getting back to normal. Still lots of Chobani yogurt but workers were busily loading the MB brand dairy along with a few other brands. They had what looked like a full complement of Cabot cheeses, which made me happy, as well as a decent array of specialty cheeses like parm and Central American quesos. Beautiful fresh swordfish and scrod at the fish counter and an increasing amount of meats.

They sure don't seem to have lost many customers! It was good to be back and I can't wait for the Waltham store to open.

Sep 01, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Recommendation for Spanish Cookbook

Oh, those illustrations are really wonderful!

Aug 31, 2014
bear in Home Cooking

Dinner Lab Brings the Wisdom of Crowds to Haute Cuisine

Interesting concept. It's a fine line, I would think, between adapting the food based on the feedback from the diners, and disregarding it as the chef at the end of the article states. The woman who didn't like the sardines because they had eyes, for example, just may not have much experience being served whole fish. I guess they would need a cross-section of diners and not skew the results too much to an Olive Garden palate of being bland and middle-of-the-road so as not to alienate anyone.

Aug 31, 2014
bear in Food Media & News