Thursday, January 3, 2013
Also in this month's roundup of restaurant news near Winchester: New Barismo opens in Arlington and Oleana's owner comes to Somerville to take over the former Paddock restaurant.
We know Winchester residents don’t only stay in town when they want a night out and a break from cooking. Restaurant coming and goings, new businesses and the best dishes and recipes are among the items that have appeared on Patch sites around the region over the past month. Below is a look at the restaurant and food stories covered in the past month. PHOTOS: Vine Brook Tavern: Not Colonial Fare Buckman and Munroe are Lexington’s most treasured and historic taverns. After last Wednesday there is a third: The Vine Brook Tavern on Waltham Street. Vine Brook isn’t your great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather’s tavern. Buckman’s colonial guests dined on freshly-shot game made into a stew of the day, washed down with grog. Vine Brook …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The Charlestown business delivers boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables to homes and offices.
With Johnnie's Foodmaster closed, many residents are looking for alternative grocery options in nearby communities. But you don't have to go to Somerville or Chelsea to find food for your table. Charlestown-based Boston Organics offers home delivery of fresh, organic produce, and Winchester is within its delivery area. Below is a quick look at their services and mission. How does the Boston Organics system work? We deliver boxes of fresh organic fruits and vegetables to homes and offices, year-round, on a weekly or biweekly basis. We work directly with local and organic farms and suppliers to help create better access to healthy, sustainably produced foods. We offer several different produce boxes with a variety of fruit and vegetable …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Choosing the appropriate sparkling wine for New Year's Eve can make you dizzy before the first sip. Here's a handy guide to the intoxicating world of bubbles on a budget.
The pop of the Champagne cork is as much a part of the New Year’s Eve soundtrack as "Auld Lang Syne" and fireworks. The tiny, tickling bubbles evoke celebratory moods. With so many sparkling wines to choose from, picking the best bottle can be daunting. Prices for sparkling wine range from less than $10 to more than $500 per bottle. Keep in mind that while you usually get what you pay for, there are some great options for those of us on a budget. Large “negociant” champagne houses that purchase much of their fruit, such as Veuve Clicquot, Bollinger, Roederer, Taittinger, Perrier Jouet and Nicolas Feuillatte, dominate the market. However, in the last decade or so, Champagne from small growers has gained some traction with Champagne …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Here is a recipe that tastes great and is both easy to make and easy on your wallet.
"Laughter is the valve on the pressure cooker of life. Either you laugh and suffer, or you got your beans or brains on the ceiling." ~Wavy Gravy "How much do you usually spend at the grocery store?" is a question I have been asking friends and collegues a lot lately. Week after week I leave the market having shelled out (on average) between $175-$200. After talking with countless people I realize that I am not alone...the majority I spoke with were in the same financial ballpark. This knowledge didn't made me feel any better though, and I have become determined to cut our weekly bill. (I've read blogs from women who are able to feed a family of four on fifty dollars a week but that just seems like an impossible dream) I have been diligent …
Sunday, August 5, 2012
After a long hot summer day at the beach, pool or working in the yard, cool off with this refreshing peach mojito.
"Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education." ~Mark Twain During a hot and humid weekend like this one, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Once evening falls, however, I like to stay hydrated by sipping a cold refreshing adult beverage. Though wine is generally my (adult) beverage of choice, it's always fun to try something new. I found a recipe for Peach Mojitos in an old issue of Cooking Light and decided to give it a try. The verdict? Yum! This is a great summer drink. It does take a bit of work to manipulate the peaches, so if you are short on time (or energy) you can use frozen ones. Peach Mojitos Ingredients: Directions: Enjoy and …
Sunday, July 22, 2012
A few simple ingredients add up to a fresh tasty appetizer that just screams summer.
"It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato." ~Lewis Grizzard My husband planted a small herb garden for me this year with rosemary, thyme, parsley and basil. Unfortunately the only one that made it was the basil (the rosemary and thyme didn't grow and something feasted on my parsley) but thankfully there is a lot of basil. Since we are heading to a party this weekend, have a ton of basil and locally grown tomatoes are in their prime I thought I would make a bruschetta to take with us. I found a recipe from Ree Drummond (aka The Pioneer Woman) that looked delicious. I figured that it would be a lot easier to serve it with garlic pita chips than toast a bunch of bread and arrange it on a platter. …
Sunday, June 24, 2012
This easy to make seven layer dip is great for parties since it is best served at room temperature and won't take up valued space in the host's fridge.
"Don't double dip! It's like putting your whole mouth right in the dip! From now on, when you take a chip – just take one dip and end it!" ~Timmy to George (Seinfeld) As a kid I wouldn't touch Mexican food. This was mainly because my Auntie Bev called refried beans "rechewed beans." As in, "Let's go out for Mexican and get that dip with the rechewed beans in it." In my young mind that meant that all Mexican food was...well, you get the picture. Flash forward a few years and I'm at a party, looking down at a lovely dip surrounded by tortilla chips. I turn to my friend's mom and ask what it is. She tells me that it is a Mexican Seven Layer Dip. I then ask, very seriously, "Does it have rechewed beans in it?" After she stops laughing, wipes …
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Skip the drive thru and try making your own delicious iced coffee at home.
"Man does not live by coffee alone. Have a danish." ~Anonymous I am definitely not a coffee connoisseur. My husband makes a pot in the morning and I drink a cup or two, more out of habit than anything else. Of course things change for me when the warm weather kicks in. That's when I really want a coffee. An iced one. I've tried making my own by pouring the hot coffee over ice but it just doesn't taste right (too bitter). Once in awhile I will treat myself and buy one but in general stopping for coffee every morning doesn't fit into my schedule or my budget. So what's a girl to do? Find a recipe and make it at home, of course! I found a great recipe for homemade iced coffee that is so easy it is ridiculous. Two ingredients: ground coffee …
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Kick your chicken soup recipe up a notch by adding curry, coconut milk and cauliflower.
"The only stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you've got to have the 'what-the-hell attitude'. ~ Julia Child I'm with Julia on this one, which is probably why I love to cook but almost never bake. You cannot have a "WTH" attitude when baking a cake. Baking involves exact measurements and precise timing. If you use too much baking powder your cake will be bitter and collapse in the middle. If you leave your cookies in the oven for an extra five minutes they will burn on the bottom. End of story. Baking is like chemistry. Chemistry was not my best subject as a kid and baking is definitely not my best as an adult (dozens of burnt cookies and brownies over the years support my case). Cooking, however, is a much more forgiving …
Monday, March 12, 2012
Let us know where you'll be spending March 17.
On Saturday, March 17, green will be the color of the day as residents in Winchester and across the state will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day - the day whenever everyone is Irish. But we want to know, where are you spending the day? This week's “Best of Patch Readers Choice” contest is asking you, our readers, to recommend the best place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the area. Vote for one of these businesses or tell us one we missed: The poll will end Friday at 9 a.m., and we'll announce the winner on Friday at noon. Because our poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be decided upon by the Patch editor, based on poll results, comments and reviews.