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Published: Mon, 02 Jan 2017 17:53:52 GMT


Boston Food Porn 2017

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 13:39:20 GMT

I thought it was a deal, too.

What's the grudge against Manhattan Clam Chowder?

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:11:58 GMT

I personally am a big fan of both. Also I enjoy Rhode Island style as well. Some people will tel you Rhode Island is totally clear, and others say it just has a touch of dairy at the end, but I prefer the former when eating that style. It is definitely much easier to find New England style, and it is unquestionably much more popular. I wonder if it is similar to why White Clam Sauce is so much more popular than Red Clam Sauce. My hunch is the reasons are different. With chopped clams a white sauce I think is a better much, but with whole steamed clams you really can't go wrong either way. Again, Clams Possilipo is not nearly so common as it once was though. To be honest when I want really good Manhattan Style Clam Chowder I like to make it myself. Pancetta is the key so success!

Thanksgiving Day in Boston, 2017

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:25:48 GMT

Just 3 of us here for Thanksgiving tomorrow. I have half a turkey in a brine that we are going to smoke with maple chips tomorrow. Today I'm going to make all the sides and dessert so we just have to focus on the turkey tomorrow. I'm going modest so we aren't inundated with leftovers: smashed red potatoes with cheddar and Jarlsburg, roasted green beans and mushrooms, roasted acorn squash, and mushroom gravy. I have had turkey parts going in the slow cooker since about 6:45 this morning to make stock. Dessert is flourless chocolate cake. BF is headed out soon to brave the liquor store and score lots of Pinot Noir and IPA. If I have time, I am going to make a bread with "stuffing flavors" for sandwiches out of the leftovers. Should be a fun day in the kitchen!

Momi Nomi (Inman Square, Cambridge MA)

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:48:26 GMT

I went for lunch yesterday and it was excellent. I'll post something later...

Kitchenaid mixer repair in MA

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:18:00 GMT

I have been lucky enough to inherit a K5 mixer. It’s fantastic but needs an update. I want to have the electrical cord updated and get it professionally painted. Does anyone know where I can do this in the southern MA/RI area?

CBS in Boston or MA area?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:44:10 GMT

Bottles never make it here. If they do, expect little to no warning. Only place I’ve seen it on draft relatively close is believe it or not at CBS Scene at Gillette. I’m sure there will be a thread with more info on BA.

Cornish Pasty Co. (Back Bay, Boston MA)

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:14:07 GMT

I was excited to try Cornish Pasty Co., given all its great reviews. But, to be honest, I was a little disappointed. I grew up in Michigan, so I'm very familiar the pasty, and how to pronounce it ("Pass-tee"), and loved eating them as a kid. The copper mines of Michigan's upper peninsula drew many miners from Cornwell, and along with them their wive's idea of a hearty lunch down in the mine. At CPC, one pasty per person is a decent amount of food (and you might even take half home). We tried two: THE OGGIE (as in "Oggy Oggy Oggy! Oi Oi Oi!") ~The traditional pasty of steak, potato, onion, swede, with red wine gravy SPICY ASIAGO CHICKEN ~Spicy chicken, roasted corn, black beans, Asiago cheese, Poblano chili, pico de gallo, with sour cream and salsa The crusts were flaky and well made. However, the Oggie was noticeably too salty, where as the Chicken was over-powered by the Asiago cheese flavor. Otherwise I thought the stuffings were fine. Each was served freshly baked and cut in half, and I recommend letting them sit for a few minutes to cool before eating with your hands. The flaky crust isn't really amenable to eating with a knife and fork. We also had some Oven Chips with added jalapeños, which were more healthy than the typical fries, but a bit too chewy from baking. The beer list is short but fairly good, some on tap and some by the bottle. We enjoyed a cider on tap from Artifact Cider Project (always a fav) and an Orkney Skull Splitter Scottish ale. All-in-all, CPC didn't really live up to my expectations, but I might still come back again if I was in the area and looking for a casual meal and a good beer. Service was friendly and reasonably quick. They do have quite a few vegetarian/vegan options. It's a small restaurant, maybe 25 seats (the booths seem to be old pub or church pews which were NOT comfortable), wood paneled and rather dark (so hard to read the menu), with a classic rock play list.

Regional Southwestern at Boxcar Cantina, Greenwich...

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:13:28 GMT

There's not a whole lot of Southwestern cooking going on in the Westchester/Fairfield area. When we want our fix we head over to bustling Boxcar Cantina on Old Field Point Road, Greenwich/Byram. So, on this frigid rainy Saturday, after doing a marketing romp thru Tarry Market in Port Chester; Citarella and Whole Foods in Greenwich, we drove over to Boxcar. Got there just as they were opening for dinner, about 5:30 p.m. Lingered over a couple of beers at the bar while soaking in the heat from the wood burning fireplace. We shared an order of their wonderful Tee Pee Nachos: piled high with Jack cheddar, plum tomatoes, Kalamata olives, sour cream, scallions, and green chilies. This is not just your typical splattered platter of nachos found all over, but finessed. So good! I followed with their Boxcar Burger, Ox Hollow Farm ground beef, Jack cheddar, and New Mexican green chilies, all wrapped in a flour tortilla, served with organic fries. The ground beef patty was prepared medium as ordered, juicy and comforting. I did sneak some of their spiced ketchup here and there. We also shared a little mountain of seasoned Kale Salad, so fresh! On past visits we have enjoyed their amazing Indian Posole Soup, with chicken and vegetables, tacos and burritos...

BYOC: Bring Your Own Cheese at Boston Public Market

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:39:50 GMT

if you can, get to their farm in Ipswich, great place. This is not a yelp review!

Plymouth, MA Italian-Portuguese flatbread

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:59:04 GMT

ketchcook - does your bakery ship any products? You have me curious, now... : )

Grano Opens in Chester

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:35:23 GMT

Grano, an intriguing new "Italian Eatery & Bar" has opened for dinner at 6 Main St. in Chester, CT. With a limited but innovative dinner menu featuring local produce, they expect to also offer lunch/brunch in 2018. Their menu is ont the website below, and an early review can be found at

Dinner for Large Party - Christmas Eve

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 14:11:36 GMT

Also Max Downtown (Hartford)., The North House in Avon, Evegreens at the Simsbury Inn, Seasons at Avon Old Farms are all potentials.

Where to Buy Cheese Curds Fairfield County, CT or Westchester County, NY?

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:55:43 GMT

The ones I saw looked fine. But if they are too wet, all you have to do is sprinkle with kosher salt and let sit for awhile, then maybe a quick rinse and dry and they should be fine.

Moving to Hartford CT

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:37:07 GMT

Well after trying it, I would call it "deep dish" but certainly not in the Chicago buttery, almost flaky crust, and heck, the interior of the pie wasn't hot. Un-bussed tables and a litter on the floor, I wasn't impressed. Maybe it was an off nite for them

ArtScience Culture Lab & Cafe (formerly Cafe ArtScience), Boston MA

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:51:54 GMT

No clue. Just know he is bar manager at the moment

I want my Porcini!

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:46:31 GMT

Was looking over the daily specials at La Bocca Ristorante in White Plains last night and spotted fresh porcini! They were being used in a dish called: 'Tortelloni ai porcini w taleggio cheese, zucchini, radicchio'. Had to have it, and it was decadently delicious! Made me woozy... They said they have been using fresh porcini in a variety of specialties while the supply lasts. Seeing my enthusiasm, chef brought out a bowl of the precious bulbous mushrooms and placed them in front of me. I must mention the delicious starter I had, too. From their colorful antipasti table came a radicchio wrap filled with meats and cheeses, including burrata. Also fantastic!

Best Thanksgiving dine-out/take-out in West/Fair?

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 02:05:40 GMT

Our friends went to Peter Pratt's last year and thought it was fine. I came up with the list of places that I thought would work and when I gave it to my friend, she more or less chose the 2. Will let you know where we decide to go.

Gems of the CT shore (New Haven to RI), up routes 9 & 11?

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 23:49:59 GMT

I don't have much to contribute, but you should definitely put Cafe Routier in Westbrook on your list. I had only one meal there, but it was very memorable and I'm trying to find a good reason to go back!

Is 'love' an actual ingredient in cooking or baking?

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:06:21 GMT

I can't give my date the eye

Seafood recommendations around Gloucester / Cape Ann

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 13:32:02 GMT

Just to be clear, the Causeway is Italian, not Portuguese. But, yes, it is big portions/fair prices and the seafood is always very fresh and well prepared.