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Lobster rolls (and other food) in and around Boston

I recently had a fun experience in Boston - we took an MBTA water taxi (I think the fare was $1.70) from near the Aquarium to the Charlestown Navy Yard and had dinner at the Navy Yard Bistro. The Navy Yard Bistro has a nice mix of affordable and upscale menu items and an excellent wine program. (Their liquor license is just beer & wine, only a problem if you had your heart set on hard liquor.)
The water taxi ride was a great way to see the waterfront.

Looking for cookbook

Sounds like Cooks Illustrated (America's Test Kitchen)

Peeling cooked chickpeas?

A woman I know who makes excellent hummus said she cooks the chick peas in a crock pot and then rubs them between her palms to remove the skins. She also grinds & toasts her own spices and makes pita chips.
I have to admit, I have not tried her methods (labor intensive!) but you can be sure when I see her handiwork at a party I'm first in line!

how long can it keep in the marinade?

I agree with above comments, don't leave it too long in the marinade - overnight is good.

Pizza toppings

I finally got my son the picky eater to try something more than cheese pizza by topping the usual tomato sauce with bacon, corn & cheddar.
(frozen corn straight from the freezer worked great)

Best thing to do with fiddlehead ferns?

I made some about two weeks ago - soaked thoroughly, blanched & then sauteed in olive oil with shallot. Simple. Delicious.

Grape leaves

I've seen goat cheese wrapped in grape leaves and grilled.

Chocolate dessert

Ina Garten's brownie recipe is also very good - really rich & chocolatey!

Food Movies

Also Spanglish is very good, Thomas Keller consulted on it.

Food Movies

Julie & Julia was good - the "Julia" parts are great.

Foodie gifts gone right/wrong. What did you get for the holidays?

Foodie Fail Gifts:
"olive oil set" (cruset, dishes, rack) - no need and no place to store it.
Case of wine - mostly screw tops, nothing over $12/bottle.

storing fresh herbs

You could also strip off the leaves and puree with some oil and freeze in ice cube tray or plastic bag.


I've only seen brined or packed in salt. Olive oil sounds interesting, what are you using them for?

Bacon Appetizer?

Watermelon rind pickles wrapped in bacon are delicious. Sweet, tart bacony - mmmm.

Stove top stuffing - that isn't......

I think boullion would give you the artificial & highly salted flavor you're trying to replicate.

Eating in Key West

We loved Santiago's Botega - Cuban small-plates/tapas style restaurant.

Where do peanuts originate from?

Please see a doctor, peanut allergy is very serious!

Lactose-free Thanksgiving etiquette tips/dessert ideas please!

Sorbet is a good dairy-free dessert option.
How nice of you to go to such lengths to make him feel welcome, true hospitality!

overwhelmed with pot roast options

I only use chuck for pot roast, comes out great every time.

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Not all members of this community are as kind as you assumed, just ignore the comments that aren't helpful.

What's up for dinner tonight? Thursday 10/15

It is my son's birthday, so we had his favorite meal: bacon-wrapped filet mignon, green beans and mashed potatoes. I also added mushrooms sauteed with vermouth and roasted asparagus for the adults.


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