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What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition

And now you've given him voice and his memory lives on. Let's raise a glass to John and countless unknown soldiers this holiday.

What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition

It's all stunning! Have a glorious time.

1 day ago
bear in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition

Amazing! Absolutely gorgeous. Congrats!

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition

Bully, Beef and Biscuits...let's get the name out there again! It's now on my Barnes and Noble to-order list. It is available there for pre-order.

I hope you come across some of that chocolate soon. It would seem a fitting treat.

What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition

Oh, my Harters. Now I must pick myself up off of the floor in a puddle of tears. What a heartfelt and moving vignette. Thank you for that.

What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition

Christmas in the Trenches: an event so beautifully chronicled by folksinger John McCutcheon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJi41...

What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition

Yes, foodie, kudos to you and your son. True spirit of the holidays!

1 day ago
bear in Home Cooking

Basic Burger bun

Thanks! There are often just three of us for dinner, so freezing them sounds like the way to go. Halving the recipe doesn't really seem to make much sense. I tend to be a little ocd about bread freshness. I bet they'd still be delicious toasted the next day, though, since they have some butter and egg for moistness.

I'm hoping to make these during one of my upcoming vacation days.

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition

Awesome.

2 days ago
bear in Home Cooking
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Basic Burger bun

Hey, TJ, about how long would you say these rolls stay fresh?

2 days ago
bear in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition

So sorry for your loss, boyzoma.

2 days ago
bear in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition

That's a great gift you give to your colleagues to be able to spend Christmas with their kiddies. Both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner sound great. Good luck with the deboning. Maybe you'll inspire me to actually check that off my bucket list!

What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition

Wow, Linda, quite the day! Score at the Yankee Swap, but too bad about the dental thing. Seems to be a theme on WFD lately. Hopefully it will be resolved in January. It's hard to enjoy those dinners with a hurting mouth.

Boy do I hear you about the aging thing. Sometimes I feel like the old grey mare. At least you don't have to chew the vino.

What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition

Not much cooking going on at Casa Bear these past few days. Friday night my son made a retro chicken, rigatoni and broccolini in a white wine butter sauce while I cleaned madly for the company that was coming a day earlier than expected. Saturday was our annual acoustic guitar Christmas concert in Portsmouth, NH, an event that a dear friend comes up from Florida to attend and one that really defines the holiday season for us. Afterward we ran around and finally found a place that served dinner until midnight, feasting on dry-aged burgers and fried chicken, toasting friends and good times with lots of red wine. The next night was spent celebrating my son's girlfriend's birthday at Myers+Chang in Boston with lots of fun pan-Asian small plates and many more toasts. Last night was our usual Monday night cheapish eats out, with lots more wine to wash it all down.

Tonight was a cheater dish of tortellini from a local fresh pasta place, with their house pesto and marinated artichoke hearts, as well as some roma tomatoes that I let sit with balsamic, salt and garlic. Everything was tossed together with lots of parm and it hit the spot. On the side were slices of 3-cheese demi baguette slathered with butter. I decided to give my liver a break and skip the wine tonight since tomorrow finds the family out in Boston's North End for our annual Christmas Eve dinner, and I see lots of Italian red in my near future. Happy Holidays to all!

What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition

Oh, no! That brings back the time I didn't have my glasses on and put Sichuan pepper in my marinara sauce instead of crushed red pepper. Somehow the two cuisines don't meld too well...

Dec 23, 2014
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In the spirit of the season... hidden chow tips

Oh, that's not at all where I thought it was. I was thinking it was the French place on the other side of Lexington Center where La Riviera used to be. Thanks for the map, Chris.

Dec 21, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Best meat charcuterie buys in New England?

Moody's is usually closed on Sundays and Mondays, but for the holiday is open until 5 today (Sunday) and from 7 to 7 tomorrow. You can't go wrong at Moody's since almost everything is house-made.

Russo's is a less pricey and solid suggestion as well.

Dec 21, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #9 – 12/17/14 (spoilers)

Well, Linda, you've taken what could be a somewhat lackluster season and, once again, made it memorable. I know I'm grateful along with lots of others.

Do have to wonder what effect the crazy pagination change is having on posters both new and old who don't have a clue what hit them. The move has been a true WTF.

Enjoy a more than well-earned break and drink lots of wine to fortify yourself for the rest of the season.

Paul Bakery Natick

Thanks, coriolis, interesting and helpful!

Dec 20, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Gee, foodie, does your BFF need any more friends? I'm available! And all those treats sound fabulous.

Dec 20, 2014
bear in Home Cooking

In the spirit of the season... hidden chow tips

OH, thanks for the tip, Chris. That's not far from me at all. I haven't been back since La Riviera closed. I envision a Sunday morning run to pick up some pastries for breakfast.

Dec 19, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Tonight there's a little more room in the freezer. Dinner was chicken enchiladas using rotisserie chicken, frozen tortillas and the last of the pipian verde made from the garden's tomatillos. Sides were guac, black beans with cumin and coriander, and poblanos and onions.

All in all a good meal, but I'll spare you the phone photos!

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Oh, lingua, I didn't realize that Knorr makes them, too. That would be more convenient. I got these at an Italian market not too far from me. They are umami bombs for the shrooms. These are the Star brand.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

I'd call it delicious! Oh, and that Harrington's Cob Smoked Bacon is excellent.

Dec 17, 2014
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Let's raise a glass to the policy change and the possibilities!

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Amazing!

Dec 17, 2014
bear in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Glad that nasty tooth thing got taken care of. Tooth pain is the worst.

Dec 17, 2014
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

WFD tonight was fettuccine with mushroom mascarpone sauce. I cheated a bit and upped the mushroom flavor with half a porcini bouillon cube. On the side, shredded caramelized Brussels sprouts and onions. All in all, pretty tasty.

The slicing blade on the food processor helped move things along and gave my still-healing thumb a rest.

site forgetting "read" posts

Thanks, Pat. I changed the setting and it's back to normal now.

Dec 17, 2014
bear in Site Talk

Burlington: Take-out empanadas, opening date for Wegman's

I'd say the website is not quite ready for prime time.

Dec 17, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area