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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

That just gave me an idea. Maybe a little of the vegetarian Better Than Bouillon would be a good sub.

about 11 hours ago
bear in Home Cooking
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Mind of a Chef, Season 3

Thanks for the reminder. I watched Episode 1 with Ed in NYC last night and loved it.

about 14 hours ago
bear in Food Media & News

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

Hmmm...may have to keep that in mind for a main for my son and a side for the rest of us for Christmas dinner.

about 14 hours ago
bear in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

That sounds really good for vegetarians and non-veggies. Please report!

about 14 hours ago
bear in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

Thanks, foodieX2. My son tends to avoid yeast-based products, but I do know that Marmite, et. al. have a lot of umami. Good to hear it's still tasty without it. That's right up his alley, since he loves parsnips and cashews.

about 16 hours ago
bear in Home Cooking

Info on Market Basket new locations?

According to Wickedlocal, the new Waltham Marketbasket is set to open this Saturday, Nov. 29, a day earlier than expected.

about 16 hours ago
bear in Greater Boston Area

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

Mmmm...looks and sounds good. Do you think a little soy sauce or miso could replace the yeast extract?

about 16 hours ago
bear in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

A swim? Aargh. I'm looking at several inches of heavy, wet snow outside and it's still coming down! It'll be a quick eggplant parm to use up some leftover greater mozzarella and to make space in the cabinets using up a few cans of San Marzano tomatoes. Then it will be finishing up the cooking for tomorrow. At least the oven is warming up the house.

Your dinner sounds terrific. Happy Thanksgiving!

about 17 hours ago
bear in Home Cooking
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Open for Thanksgiving Breakfast?

Openable shows several hotel restaurants with availability. You might want to check out either Brasserie Jo or Eastern Standard. I really like Brasserie Jo's breakfast, but would give them a call to make sure they are offering their regular menu.

about 17 hours ago
bear in Greater Boston Area

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

Oh, my, nothingswrong. You have been through and continue to go through quite an ordeal. My thoughts and prayers are with you. It is so nice to hear from you and have you back. Please keep everyone posted with updates on how you are doing. Your ability to persevere is pretty amazing!

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

Good thing she's so darn cute!

Authentic Mexican restaurant recommendations?

Ha, good one.

2 days ago
bear in Greater Boston Area

Rainbow carrots and Turnips

We recently had some from Wilson roasted w/ a little olive oil, salt and pepper. So good.

Nov 24, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Gabila Frozen Knishes at any Area Supermarkets?

Actually, Garris, I don't think you have to be a member of BJs to shop there, but you do need to belong to get the member price. At least it used to be that way. You can sign in when you get there. They often have free 60 day memberships this time of year too. I don't have personal experience with this since I shop at Costco.

Nov 24, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Not much WFD happening at chez bear. Friday was ricotta spinach calzones (seems to be another theme on WFD this week) for my veggie son. Some sausages and meatballs that needed to be used up from the freezer went into my husband's and mine, along with the ricotta. A side of marinara rounded them out.

Last night my son and his visiting friend had a craving for takeout Indian, which didn't take much arm-twisting for me. Tonight I used us some of the leftover calzone dough for cheese pizzas with garlic oil, fontina, asiago and parm. Satisfying and hit the spot. Tomorrow night will be our weekly Monday night cheapish eats out.

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Wishing you a wonderful birthday and a terrific year, pistachio peas!

Nov 23, 2014
bear in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Oh, Gilda is gorgeous! Savor the luxury, Linda! and I don't have to tell you to savor that gorgeous dinner, either. Yum!

Nov 23, 2014
bear in Home Cooking

Flourless chocolate cream pie recipes

I guess it depends on what you are looking for. If you want it to be gluten-free, then you could sub gluten-free cookies for the chocolate wafers in this pie. It is delicious.

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

Nov 23, 2014
bear in Home Cooking

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #6 – 11/19/14 (spoilers)

Joanie, I really thought Melissa was going home, too, and it seems like she deserved to. Perfectly cut veggies...great technique, but what about flavor and creativity? Nothing about her dish sounded anything other than generic and she didn't really seem to get into the spirit of the challenge.

It's too bad that Stacy had an off-flavor in an otherwise solid dish. They said the clams were perfectly cooked and that the stuffing was really flavorful, but some bites had a musty taste. Maybe some herbs or ramps past their prime?

And as always, thanks so much Linda! I usually catch the show on Hulu a couple of days after airing and always love coming here to refresh my memory and see everyone's impressions. Maybe I'll be able to convince my husband to watch with me next week since Gronk is on.

Nov 23, 2014
bear in Food Media & News
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Authentic Mexican restaurant recommendations?

That is one fabulous sandwich.

Nov 23, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

iso boiled cider

I think the flavor results using concentrated apple juice would be quite different from the syrup. Just as with maple syrup, the sugars get caramelized and concentrated in the cooking process in a way that they wouldn't in just concentrating the juice, and that adds lots of complexity and depth to the dish.

The first bottle I got from New Salem Preserves out in Western/Central Mass. was very much like a rich molasses but with a pronounced apple flavor. The Woods I got from Formaggio was quite a bit thinner and not as strongly flavored, but still good. I'm planning on mail-ordering New Salem or just taking a nice ride out there when my supply gets low since we liked it so much (gorgeous grounds, too.)

I do think that concentrated apple juice would be okay in a pinch with less liquid, but not ideal.

Nov 23, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Food near the Intercontinental Hotel

Have a magical visit, and please continue to report!

Nov 22, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Cipollini onions, where to buy?

They were there yesterday, right next to the tomatillos. Didn't think to look at the price but that's rarely an issue at Russo's.

Nov 22, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Now that Hamersley's is gone, where is Boston's best chicken dish?

Oh, thanks, rarebit, Patrick and litchick. It's now on our Monday night out list, too.

iso boiled cider

I got some Wood's Boiled Cider last year around this time at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge. It isn't quite as thick and concentrated as the cider syrup that New Salem Preserves in New Salem MA sells, but it is a heck of a lot closer.

Nov 21, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Food near the Intercontinental Hotel

I don't think it's possible to change your user name. You may be able to delete this post and repost under a different name. You can contact the moderators to double-check.

http://www.chow.com/faq#namechange

Nov 20, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Snappy Patty's West Medford: An early report

I found my one brunch there to be a good value and really enjoyed my food. I do wish I could find an online dinner menu with prices, though. A search didn't turn anything up unless I just missed it.

I really dislike the trend of not having prices on websites. We tend to go for midrange or cheap eats for our weekly night out and it is frustrating not to be able to gauge cost ahead of time.

Nov 20, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

After Dinner Spot in Newton

Ha, thanks. That's super helpful, and although I'm usually super hungry, Comedor definitely sounds worth trying.

Nov 19, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Just got tix to Alton!

Sounds like a magical night, foodieX2, and one that your son will never forget. (And I have to say that I agree that Alton has come a long way from his early nerdy, somewhat awkward days of Good Eats! Glad to hear he's a little less gaunt, too.)

Nov 18, 2014
bear in Food Media & News
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ISO fresh rice noodles in Boston

Gee, Allstonian, I'd love to reply to you directly to thank your for your very helpful response, but obviously that's not possible. I'm going to vote for your post, not because I like this format AT ALL, but because it will be very helpful for others if your post remains first.

I'll be very happy if this format choice disappears soon. I just figured there was a glitch and that's why other osts didn't collapse or have a reply button.

Thanks again.

Nov 18, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area