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Kitchen venting

Nope - the stove is against an interior wall. I have to vent up and out to the attic, then outside.

Dec 12, 2014
brieonwheat in Cookware

Kitchen venting

Thanks so much. From all that's been said, it sounds like this is my best option. I guess, I'll just have to move my greasier and smellier cooking to the back burners, because the vent is not very good at capturing the air from the front burners. Perhaps it is just not a powerful venting unit in our particular microwave (it is a Maytag). I suppose there are a range of options in the microwave/vent market - perhaps there is another microwave out there that has a better venting system.

Dec 11, 2014
brieonwheat in Cookware

Kitchen venting

Sorry - but I'm confused. Are you suggesting I buy a new microwave and have that vented outside? I could also just get the parts to have my current microwave vented outside.

Dec 10, 2014
brieonwheat in Cookware

Kitchen venting

The electrician said it would run him less than 1,000, but would be several hundred to do the job - I'm guessing mostly labor. My main concern is whether a ceiling vent would solve our problems. I'm also not sure that I can buy a smallish ceiling unit that is rated for cooking use.

Dec 10, 2014
brieonwheat in Cookware

Kitchen venting

Our older home has an over the range microwave that vents inside the house. Even though the vent is in good shape, it doesn't work all that well at capturing smells and it can't eliminate excess humidity. With our current set up, we need to keep a microwave over the stove, and we can't afford to redo everything anyway. An electrician who was over fixing something else suggested a ceiling vent next to the stove rather than removing the microwave and converting it to an outside vent. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Dec 09, 2014
brieonwheat in Cookware

Sagres Restaurant

Anyone know if it has re-opened, and if so, is it as good as ever? I am itching for some fresh goat cheese, shrimp Mozambique, and a passion fruit pudding!

Sagres Restaurant

I will - thanks.

Sagres Restaurant

Anyone know if it has re-opened, and if so, is it as good as ever? I am itching for some fresh goat cheese, shrimp Mozambique, and a passion fruit pudding!

Big Joe's Depot - Wilmington

Anyone else know how the Portuguese food is here?

Seoul Korean Restaurant Beacon Hill

Thanks. I love Korean food, but am fairly clueless.

Seoul Korean Restaurant Beacon Hill

Its in the old Ma Soba spot - just went and had lunch. Soft tofu stew with kimchi and oysters was very good. Better yet were the little condiments brought to the table for sharing - picked radish, some kind of asian omelette, a pickled tofu thing that was incredible. This place will be a new regular.

Pregnant mama in search of chocolate-based peanut butter ice cream

Thanks guys! There will be an outing this weekend...

Pregnant mama in search of chocolate-based peanut butter ice cream

Do they have Graham Central Station now? My husband is also obsessed with that flavor since he had it last summer at that Colonial Candies place in Bolton, but hasn't been able to locate it since.

Lobster $4.99....

Yeah - tried the early call on a delivery day and was unlucky, I guess. I go to both the Reading and the Woburn locations. I will keep trying...

Lobster $4.99....

I want to know how you got that 4 pounder. Every time I ask, they never have anything over 1.5 lbs. Suggestions?

Twin Lobster Special on the North Shore

So true. Its one of my fave places - for the people watching and lobsters. Never sat at the bar, but once my husband got heckled for wearing a tie - we were at happy hour after work.

Twin Lobster Special on the North Shore

The Anchor Bar in Beverly usually has a good deal - just beware of getting anything else other than plain seafood off the menu. The atmosphere there is wonderfully dive-y. Think crusty fisherman meets cheesy palm tree deco.

Local strawberries- Who has the best? or are they all similar?

Sunnycrest Farms in Londonderry, NH has great pick your own strawberries, and other fruit later in the season. We go up there every weekend during the strawberry season.

Portland Pie now open in Reading

Tried one of the pizzas on Monday (the Moosehead). Finally, some decent pizza (and beer!) in Reading. Nothing that will blow your socks off, but a place like this is sorely needed in the area.

Toronto hound visiting Boston this weekend

Just go to Sagres and you'll be very happy. Get the littlenecks and pork, fresh goat cheese, and either of the shrimp apps and you will be very happy. I also love the passion fruit pudding. In general, I am very passionate about this place - it is one of my absolute faves.

Places to get good Seafood in MA, NH, or Maine coasts?

We go to Chauncey Creek every summer. You sit outside on a covered deck over the creek - very pretty. We just get the lobster, and bring everything else. The lobsters are great, but I can't vouch for the other food.

Looking for Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters

For bitters, I usually go to Liquor World in Porter Square. They have always had a good selection of Fee Bros in the past.

Piperi Mediterranean

I liked it too, am am glad for another option in the area. For me, its the option for a nicer salad with better ingredients, topped with falafel, etc. (No smelly iceberg!)

Middle Eastern for dinner

Haven't had a chance to go to one of the sit-down places yet, but got some takeout from White Dove Market, since my husband works down the street (but we never knew about this place). The felafel, hummus and tabouli were good, but I don't understand why the lettuce at these type of places is always old, smelly iceberg. I am sure we will get more takeout from this place, but I will compose my own salad at home.

December 2012 Openings and Closings

I am enjoying a salad from there right now. Really nice felafel and hummus, and the greens are actually decent. I hope this place sticks around.

Middle Eastern for dinner

The menu at Istanbulu looks really good. Any suggestions about what to order?

Middle Eastern for dinner

Pregnant and craving middle eastern food. Looking for recs for a dinner spot, doesn't have to be anywhere in particular. Will travel anywhere in the Boston area. Good lamb, and hummus, would be great, but also interested in trying something new. Dive-y spots are a bonus. Thanks!

Fave Chinatown soups

I just tried the H&S from Dumpling Cafe, and its really good - satisfied my crazy pregnancy craving. I took home a giant tub of the stuff. I can't compare it to other Chinatown spots, though. Also, anybody have any insight on the red versus brown soups - I recently got a red one, in an attempt to satisfy the craving, and was really disappointed. I'm not sure if it was the red thing, or that it came from a mediocre place in the 'burbs.

The exotic cuisine of...Wisconsin

Here is my mom's recipe. Maybe a little more indulgent than I remember, but less than the one linked to above.

Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup

3/4 cup each chopped carrot, chopped onion and chopped celery
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup flour
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
12 oz beer ( use a lager - nothing fancy here just your basic american lager, not lite)
2 cups warm milk
3 cups freshly shredded medium cheddar cheese.
S & P to taste
Chopped parsley or chives for garish

In large saucepan saute carrots, onion and celery in butter until tender, but not brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in the flour.Cook until bubbly. Add broth and beer stirring constantly until smooth and thick. Add warm milk. Cook and stir constantly until smooth and thickened. Lower heat, add cheese and stir constantly until melted. Add S & P to taste. Serve in warm bowls with parsley or chives on top.

Mar 06, 2011
brieonwheat in Home Cooking

The exotic cuisine of...Wisconsin

Yes. Any of the lagers or pilsners would be good. We always used cheapo Miller growing up and it tasted good - but if I were still living in WI, I would be tempted to use New Glarus's spotted cow - I think someone else mentioned that. Just nothing too floral or dark. In the end, the soup does not taste overwhelmingly of beer, IMO. We also never did that melted butter/flour thing in a separate sauce pan. Just saute the veg in a few Tbsp of butter, add some flour, cook a little, then add broth/beer.

Mar 04, 2011
brieonwheat in Home Cooking