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Flour Bakery

I guess I don't think of Flour as a wow bakery, but more of a solid, extremely consistent place to get satisfying sweet or savory food for a quick bite. It's definitely not a French bakery and I don't think that's what it's shooting for.

My favorite thing there is probably the BLT. The combination of arugula, decent bread and smoky bacon really works. I also really like the breakfast sandwich, but my husband finds the dijonnaise too strong. Other things I like include the double chocolate cookie, the raspberry crumb bars and the pop tarts. The Boston cream pie is probably my husband's favorite cake anywhere. I agree that the food isn't life-changing, but I'm still happy to go knowing that I'll get something tasty and fresh.

about 20 hours ago
bear in Greater Boston Area

Why do I have to login so often

I'm still having to log in at least once a day, if not more often if I'm killing time on my phone and checking the site. Anyone else still having this issue?

Sep 28, 2014
bear in Site Talk

In 'Parts Unknown,' Anthony Bourdain is not a man on a mission

Fun article. Thanks for the link.

Sep 28, 2014
bear in Food Media & News

Where to go in East Cambridge....? Slim Pickings?

You wouldn't be too far from Emma's, Za and Area Four for diverse pizza styles in fun environments, in addition to all the other recommendations.

Sep 26, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

branzino - my dream fish!

Thanks for the mayo tip, teezee. I love grilled whole fish but always manage to lose most of the skin no matter how much I oil it and the grill. A fish basket is a little better, but then you don't get the nice sear from the hot cast iron grates.

Sep 26, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Most difficult ingredient ever!

I was also thinking of a mole of sorts, or a Vietnamese caramel chicken thighs or pork dish. It could also be good in a sweet/savory cream sauce over chicken, with the cream infused with some shallots and herbs.

Sep 25, 2014
bear in Home Cooking

Roasting tomatoes and tomatillos

Great story. Yum. I can almost taste the love in her food!

Sep 25, 2014
bear in Home Cooking
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Roasting tomatoes and tomatillos

Pyrex is not broiler-safe. Definitely not a good idea for extended exposure to the flames.

The short time it takes to roast the veggies isn't enough time for a significant reaction to take place. Foil works fine and saves cleanup. If I'm roasting a lot of veggies at once, I'll use two layers so leaks and tears don't happen as easily.

I have used non-stick foil and that works well, too, but I don't find that there are enough juices to really make a difference. Most of them get dried up and a bit burned so they can't be poured off. The coating would prevent the acidic tomatoes from coming in contact, though, if that is a concern for you.

Sep 24, 2014
bear in Home Cooking
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Lodge CI Skillet set @ Costco

My Costco in Waltham MA had these also so I picked them up for $36.99 yesterday. I'm almost afraid to say this given the passions about seasoning cast iron on this board, but I'm thinking of seasoning them one more time in the oven.

Susangria, have you used them yet? Any first impressions?

Sep 24, 2014
bear in Cookware

Why do I have to login so often

Me, too, within the last week or so.

Sep 22, 2014
bear in Site Talk

Electric pressure cooker with slow cooker, rice cooker, etc functions...

So far I'm happy with my purchase, although as a qualifier I haven't used either the slow cook feature yet or the yogurt maker. We've cooked chicken tinga, braised pork, rice and a couple of other things that are escaping me. I've used both the pre-programmed function and the manual. The pre-programmed function has been pretty right-on for the chicken and pork, and the sauté feature works surprisingly well. Rice is a little tricky and I'm working on using less water and finding the right ratio so it isn't too mushy. All in all, I'd definitely buy it again but need to spend more time with it this winter with hearty braised dishes.

The psi is a little lower than my stovetop pressure cooker, but not that much since the MUI one I bought isn't super high pressure.

I bought the most recent model of the Instant Pot through hip pressure cooking for around $145 including the clear lid, which I know will come in handy for slow cooking. It's a pretty sophisticated pot for that price.

Sep 22, 2014
bear in Cookware

Fingerprints on stainless steel appliances

I also am a frequent hand-washer, and my kids are now graying at the temples, but I still get lots of fingerprints on my fridge and dishwasher. I usually spray with glass cleaner, and from time to time use Hope's Perfect Stainless, which is the best cleaner I've found. It doesn't seem to be oil-based and works like a charm. It is a bit of work, but I do love stainless and would purchase them again.

Sep 20, 2014
bear in Cookware

Mexico One Plate at a Time

It doesn't make sense, especially since Lanie was just a young teen when she started appearing on the show.

Sep 20, 2014
bear in Food Media & News
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Flour by Joanne Chang

The Boston Cream Pie from Flour, Too, Joanne's second book, is every bit as delicious as the cake at her bakeries. Mine wasn't as pretty as the original since I didn't glaze it on a rack and I didn't cut the cardboard underneath to size (lessons learned), but my husband was quite happy with his birthday cake this year.

Sep 20, 2014
bear in Home Cooking
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Market Basket crispy chocolate chip cookies

The Somerville store doesn't seem to be big enough to have a store bakery, so I'm guessing they don't have them there. The Chelsea store does, though.

Sep 20, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Where to find/buy Crabapples?

Wilson Farm in Lexington had some the other day. $1.99/lb, I think. Not sure where they were from.

Sep 18, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

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.

Sep 18, 2014
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