Last week was the first time I dined at Alden and Harlow in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA. In sum, it was amazing. The only thing not pictured that we ate was a plate of root beer glazed ribs (it was a special). And it was the only plate that we felt did not live up to the deliciousness of all the other plates. I’m not saying it was bad. It just wasn’t stellar. Everything in the following pictures though? I WANT TO EAT IT ALL AGAIN AND AGAIN.
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1. The Langham has a pink, old-fashioned looking taxi cab.
2. Their tea is more affordable than some other places around Boston, but still delicious.
Missing from the pictures were are scones. They may have been plain scones, but the raspberry jam, lemon curd, and clotted cream were awesome. Clotted cream is like butter, except better.
In sum? I loved it. (^_^)
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Winter Restaurant Week came to a close yesterday, here in the Boston area. A couple of my friends have raved about Toscano over the last year, so we went there. Our menu was:
Foley Smoked Salmon – Crostini – Lemon – Caperberries
Double Smoked Bacon – Tomato Cream – Herbs
Sautéed Porcini Mushrooms – Herbs
Pasta e Fagioli
Puree of White Bean Soup – Tubettini Pasta
Romaine Hearts – Focaccia Croutons – Classic Dressing
Local Fresh Burrata – Beefsteak Tomatoes – Basil
Jumbo Lump Crabmeat – Tomato – Shellfish Stock
Oven Roasted Chicken Breast -Pomodoro Sauce – Fresh Mozzarella – Oregano – Patate al Forno
Sautéed Veal Scaloppini – White Wine – Lemon – Parsley – Patate al Forno
Bistecca alla Griglia
Wood Grilled Sirloin of Beef – Patate al Forno
Gamberoni al Moscato
Sautéed Shrimp – Leeks – Moscato Wine – Patate al Forno
Grilled North Atlantic Salmon – Asparagus – Mustard Sauce
Toscano House Specialty “Budino Style”
Torta di Mirtilli
Blueberry – White Chocolate Tart
Gelato e Sorbeto
The tagliatelle? I loved it. The pasta had a nice bite to it, and it wasn’t too oily. The mushroom flavor was very good. It wasn’t an immediate “wow” for one of my table companions. But the more she ate, the happier she was with her dish. For half of my table, the favorite starter was the rigatoni. I tried a bite of it. The bacon flavor is without question the dominant flavor. It was very delicious as long as you like your bacon, and maybe I’ll order it next time. Then again, I love tagliatelle and mushrooms, so I’m hard press to say which of the two I’d pick if I had to. One of the diners had the white bean soup, and she was happy with it. It had a much more delicate flavor than I was expecting. I’m not sure I’ll ever order it in the future, but I highly suspect that it’s because I’m pro-pasta at Toscano.
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My state as a grain CSA?
Crop examples are:
- “Red Lammas” hard red winter wheat (heirloom)
- “Redeemer” winter wheat
- Emmer (Known as Farro in Italy)
- “Nothstine Dent” Corn
- “Plymouth Flint” Corn
- Black Turtle Beans
- Pinto Beans
- Winter Rye
- “Tom Thumb”Popcorn
WHAT? I read thekitchn all the time and only noticed this eight months later? Could I do this? I’d need a way to get to Natick, seeing as I don’t have a car of my own right now. Granted, pick up is once a year (or so it seems), but this sounds so amazing. Spelt? Emmer? I want this!
Other reference link:
Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I got a new cookbook in the mail. This was one that I was really hoping to get my hands on.
First of all, I feel like I need a backstory. I have a friend who holds an annual soup swap. Well, he almost always has one. A couple of times, he didn’t. And a couple of times, I couldn’t make it. But the point is that I have attended an event which required me to prepare 6 quarts of soup. I don’t remember when I started going, but I was able to find a post on it from 2012.
Finding recipes that yield 6 quarts is a challenge. Often times, it means multiplying ingredients, or sometimes making 4 quarts of one flavor and then 2 quarts of another flavor. So, I was looking forward to getting my hands on The Soup Club Cookbook by Courtney Allison, Tina Carr, Caroline Laskow, Julie Peacock. (Ok, I might admit that the cover with Weck jars drew me in because I think Weck jars are ridiculously cute.)
All the recipes in the book yield 8 quarts of soup. Yup, 8 QUARTS. First impression? There’s a good mix of flavors and textures. The chapters are done by “types”: broth, beans, purees, hearty, chilled, fish, and meat. There’s also a small chapter for salad (in case you’re a soup and salad kind of person) and a chapter for bread (if you preferred combination is soup and bread). The last chapters are an odd assortment of snack recipes and non-soup recipes (non-soup recipes generally serves 8).
The soups that I really want to make are 1) chickpea, roasted squash, and farro soup, 2) winter minestrone, and 3) mushroom and cashew cream soup. Amusingly enough, I don’t think the soup swap is happening this year. So far, I’ve only made the carrot coconut soup because it was really easy to scale it down to about 2.5 quarts. (I divided everything by 3.) It’s good. It was simple to put together too. However, I’m already tempted to mess around with the recipe to suit my flavor preferences. (The main flavors were coconut milk, carrots, and ginger. I’m just tired of coconut milk/ginger and ginger/carrot.)
To make the other recipes, I’m going to have to scale down again. Or maybe convince a couple of my friends that we need to cook together and split the soup. Or, maybe give in and hold a soup club/soup swap event of my own (Ha! A bit unlikely as I am a lazy hostess) .
Other random comment about the cookbook, I think that people who prefer visuals to text will be happy with it. It’s not overloaded with pictures, but there are plenty of photos and doodles throughout the book.
Disclaimer – I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I have not been paid for this post. I just really wanted this book.
The next post I plan to write is a recipe and not a review, if that’s more your thing. (^_^)
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