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Where to buy ghost chili, Monmouth

New to Freehold and looking to source some ghost chilies. Any leads are appreciated!

Feb 18, 2014
sukisooo in New Jersey

Romantic/Valentine's Day dinner for a crowd?

Maybe a first course of creamy wild mushroom risotto, small portion. Followed by medallions of pork tenderloin with port jus and turnip mash. End with cleansing bright greens with simple citrus vinaigrette, then your dessert choice.

Feb 05, 2012
sukisooo in Home Cooking

Freezing tips for our Super Bowl Brisket

Great, thank you both.

Feb 05, 2012
sukisooo in Home Cooking

Freezing tips for our Super Bowl Brisket

We braised a 5 lb brisket today and gave plenty left for sandwiches and then some. Any tips on the best way to freeze the leftovers? We have about 3 cups of delicious braising liquid too. Thanks!

Feb 05, 2012
sukisooo in Home Cooking

didn't wash the beans...

thank you! just tasted them, they're good.

Jan 28, 2012
sukisooo in Home Cooking

Cooking French tonight. Need suggestions, please.

coq au vin
cassoulet
savory palmiers
gougiere
coquille st jacques
cheese tart of some sort
pissaladiere
country pate

yum!

Jan 28, 2012
sukisooo in Home Cooking

didn't wash the beans...

I soaked 2 cups of Bob's Red Mill 13 Bean Soup Mix last night, but i skipped the "wash the beans" step (don't ask).

So they soaked and plumped overnight. I rinsed them well this morning, added them to a pot with a ham hock and 2 1/2 quarts of clean cold water, brought to boil and now they are simmering.

I skimmed the scum that came from the initial boil, but the broth now is decidedly grey looking. They have been simmering for 45 minutes.

Is this pot of beans garbage?

HELP!

Jan 28, 2012
sukisooo in Home Cooking

leftover fine cheeses

this fromage fort sounds great too, i do love me some Jaques Pepin. thanks!

Jan 25, 2012
sukisooo in Cheese

leftover fine cheeses

I love it! You guys are great - I think I am going to make the tartlets awm922 suggested. i think i can even freeze some.

although fondue sounds great right now.

thanks!

Jan 25, 2012
sukisooo in Cheese

leftover fine cheeses

after a gathering with friends over the weekend i find myself in possession of more than a few wedges of leftover cheese.

including:
jarlsberg
triple cream brie
very sharp blue
another gooey soft cheese, brie-like but runnier
pepper jack

besides the obvious option of buying fresh bread and having at it - i'd love some suggestions on how to use up the leftovers.

oh, we already stuffed burgers with some blue last night...

Jan 25, 2012
sukisooo in Cheese

Emma's, dry pizza. And, do I need to be a regular?

finally made it to emma's for the much anticipated cracker thin crust pizza tonight.
recap:
15 min wait, i'm hungry, but ok. it ended up more like 7 min. great!
our waiter said, "you need more time?" before we answered (we knew our salad and drink choices) he tried to ditch us. my husband quickly requested our shared salad choice and his drink - then gone. the waiter didn't ask me for my drink order.
spinach salad w/ artichoke, rstd red pprs, kalamatas, feta (if you wish) we wished for gorgonzola...our request was quickly approved.
salad: spinach was young, tender, abundant and fresh, fine cheese, house roasted peppers? i think so as i saw char and plain, simple canned baby artichoke hearts. the dressing was intense. not for everyone. garlic oil and maybe nothing more. very raw, strong, hot garlic intensity. i like that it's fresh and i see the garlic oil presence all over the menu. the salad we ordered was supposed to have a pommery mustard vinaigrette. i am still tasting the raw garlic.
pizza: we like meat. we ordered the 16" (large) #25. both kinds bacon, both kinds sausage, pepperoni, chicken, traditional sauce, mozzarella.
it was dry. i suspect that with the thin crust they have to remove the moisture from the toppings so it doesn't get soggy. the "american" bacon was obviously of great quality, thick, super flavorful - but hard on the tooth. the spicy sausage was aggressive and spicy (yes!) and overall the flavor was full and complex. but, the meats had been cooked too far i suspect to remove the excess oil. we missed that mouth feel. we don't mind orange oil dripping off our elbows.
so, i wanted another glass of house white (nice, dry, old fashioned like a good house chablis) it was a major effort to find and then flag down our waiter to beg for another one. like, "sorry to bug you but i'd like some wine with the pizza now...my salad wine is gone".
he came, he gave me a glass of house white, he left...for what felt like for good. we are not regulars but have lived in boston/cambridge for 20+ for my man and 7+ for me. and anyways why should locals get the best service? on their website they thank their regulars, so ok. we went, we ate, we left, my husband left pissed cause the waiter couldn't be bothered. we will go back, we will not tell them how to cook their toppings. we will order extra sauce, we will hope for a waiter who is having a better night.
i will ask for more tomato sauce.

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Emma's Pizza
40 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Jun 08, 2010
sukisooo in Greater Boston Area

Need help! Cocktail party for 90ish in October

you can rent the old south meeting house.

osmh.org

great historic building in the heart of the city. good luck!

Sep 03, 2009
sukisooo in Greater Boston Area

gift certificate ideas for a couple of brooklyn hounds

thanks steve. applewood looks closest to what i think they would like. sahadi's is a good suggestion. just might go that route.

even a place with a grittier feel that has exceptional fare would be fine -- they are very casual folks. a hidden jewel of some sort of ethnic variety would be great.

thanks again!

Sep 02, 2009
sukisooo in Outer Boroughs

gift certificate ideas for a couple of brooklyn hounds

need some restaurant suggestions for a gift certificate for some friends who live in brooklyn. they have varied and broad tastes and a true appreciation for great food. doesn't need to be fancy schamcy. will need to use a credit card for purchase as we live out of the area.

gift will be around $100 for two guests.

thanks!

Sep 02, 2009
sukisooo in Outer Boroughs

restaurant with full bar with indoor water views, close to boston. hoping to watch the stoms roll in.

we live in charlestown, so open to north or south shore venture. looking for apps and/or dinner with full bar and indoor water views. thanks.

Jul 26, 2009
sukisooo in Greater Boston Area

inexpensive dinner in portland, me tonight

we are heading up to portland from boston tonight and are looking for recs on good, inexpensive spots for dinner. it would be great if they served wine and beer. $8 - $10 entrees feel about right for price range.

i am familiar with duckfat, but thought maybe more than sandwiches would be nice...possibly a great italian spot for pasta or extra special pizza, but we're certainly not limited to italian! although i am burnt-out on boston pub food.

thanks!

Dinner and breakfast in Charlestown

I live in Charlestown and agree with some of the suggestions. I highly recommend Navy Yard Bistro for a walk to, not thru the roof pricey, lots of great wine choices dinner. For Sunday morning go to Tavern on the Water for their Bloody Mary Bar and typical brunch fare. Great views of the harbor, again walkable, and this time of year not packed like in summer, food is straight forward and honest, not exceptional but will hit the spot if you want a bloody and more than baked goods. Olives can be $$$ and is unpredictable and inconsistent in terms of food quality, portion size and service. Paolo's is great but about ten blocks further than the Navy Yard Bistro in your backyard. If you are adventurous eaters who enjoy ethnic food Tangerino's is great for Moroccan food. Be warned though the late night scene becomes night club feeling so dine on the earlier side if you go with this option. I love Sorelle's coffee but find the baked goods to be heavy and tough. Enjoy my 'hood!

Oct 15, 2008
sukisooo in Greater Boston Area

jiffy corn muffin mix for cornmeal crust?

thanks for all of this. i ended up giving it a go and mpjmph was right, the leavening made it cakey, but we liked it. was like a corn tasting kind of crepe-y coating. soaked up the sauteeing butter/oil combo FAST. the consensus was that we would make it again with the delish remoulade i made. thanks again!

Oct 09, 2008
sukisooo in Home Cooking

jiffy corn muffin mix for cornmeal crust?

i realized i am out of panko for the simple panko crusted chicken i make for my bf when requested. do you think jiffy corn muffin mix would make a good cornmeal crust? thinking i'll whip up a remoulade and maybe create a new simple favorite... hmmm.

Oct 05, 2008
sukisooo in Home Cooking

Glop

my mom used to make a dish we loved called "slop". browned ground beef, canned corn and mashed potatoes all mixed together. ahhh...i want some now!

Aug 15, 2008
sukisooo in Recipes

hip sf friends in town, cool lunch spot tomorrow?

Hmmm, Neptune sounds great have been wanting to go there for a long time. I was wanting a lobster roll and understand it is GREAT there. But for $25? Gulp.

Jul 24, 2008
sukisooo in Greater Boston Area

hip sf friends in town, cool lunch spot tomorrow?

I have two friends coming in from San Francisco stopping off in Boston for the day tomorrow on their way to Maine. Any suggestions on a cool or possibly New England "experience" type place to take them for lunch?

Not super pricey, and doesn't need to have bar though the option of a glass of wine or beer with lunch on a day off is nice.

I live in Charlestown and will be picking them up from another friends home in Somerville, so doesn't have to be in the city, could be Cambridge or other spot close by. Thanks!

Jul 24, 2008
sukisooo in Greater Boston Area

Low-key rehearsal dinner

I am a caterer and have done events of this size on The Charles Riverboat Company's boats. It is still nice out in October and is a lot of fun for out of towner's and locals. You board at The Cambridgeside Galleria, so parking is easy for all. And well, you cannot get much more private than your own floating vessel.

Good luck with all of your planning!

Jul 17, 2008
sukisooo in Greater Boston Area

Best wine lists?

I took a walk by the water in Charlestown last night and ended up having a glass of wine at the bar at The Navy Yard Bistro and Wine Bar, they have great list! I didn't eat but am looking forward to returning and checking out the fare. It has a very "San Francisco" feel to it and the managers were super friendly (not in an annoying way) which was nice since I was alone. The bar manager was very helpful and knowledgeable about his wines. BTW they have wine and beer only, no liquor.

Jul 17, 2008
sukisooo in Greater Boston Area

Margaritas with a water view?

Right! I remember hearing about it before the hotel officially opened. That is a great idea and they must have some fabulous views. Thanks!

Jun 20, 2008
sukisooo in Greater Boston Area

Margaritas with a water view?

I am hoping to find a great Margarita tonight or this weekend with some outdoor seating and a water view. Was hoping for the Boston area, but would explore beyond...killer guacamole would be a bonus but it's the drink I am thirsting for. Thanks!

Jun 20, 2008
sukisooo in Greater Boston Area

Cleaning a rusty grill

A prevoius tenant left a weber charcoal grill in the backyard of my apartment. I would like to try and salvage it but the grill is rusty.

Any suggestions on how to remove the rust?

May 30, 2008
sukisooo in Cookware

Good Fried Chicken in Boston?

I have a hankering for fried chicken today too, so have been cruising Poppa B's website. They are CLOSED on MONDAY!

Mar 31, 2008
sukisooo in Greater Boston Area

Authentic Irish Soda Bread

I work for a catering company in Brookline and have begged for their brown bread loaves on occasion and they were very accommodating. I think they charged me $5 a round for the brown bread. Be sure to call before to set it all up and bring cash.

Mar 12, 2008
sukisooo in Greater Boston Area

Salem, MA for lunch on Saturday

Dinner only again. Oh well!

Mar 12, 2008
sukisooo in Greater Boston Area