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  1. johnnyd

    Lunch 2019

    Yesterday's grilled harissa chicken in some tom yum broth w/noodles, daikon a nd carrot. Mmmm...
  2. Some old pals came to visit from Virginia and brought me a ripe pawpaw. Apparently they were George Washington's favorite dessert. They don't come to market, they said, because they ripen too fast to stay on the shelf. They have several stones in each fruit. They remind me of custard apples (fruta de conde) I had in Brazil - tastes like banana/mango but smelled like pears. Delicious!
  3. Hey Mr. Dome - RE: Papaya - The secret to good papaya is to let it ripen for a few days until it turns yellow and blotchy and begins to give when you squeeze it. I find this works especially well in summertime. We have had one a week since June here in Maine, served with a spritz of lime. The peppery seeds are good for the gut too. Buy it green and let it sit until it looks like hell and you want to throw it out - that's when they're sweetest. Cheers.
  4. johnnyd

    Lunch 2019

    Lobster linguine leftovers, with vermouth de Chambery, garden chives, garlic and a boatload of butter
  5. johnnyd

    Lunch 2019

    More baby octopus, as it turns out. The next day I swapped that acid with house salsa and dusted it with sumac.
  6. johnnyd

    Lunch 2019

    Avocado, grapefruit, cukes, purple daikon, and pink peppercorn in balsamic and lemon oil. Basically calling for seafood but I'm working on my base layers today.
  7. johnnyd

    Lunch 2019

    Cast iron skillet at med-high - doesn't take long, these, maybe five minutes. Rest five minutes and they finish quite well. Served with avocado, scallion and grapefruit salad w/pink peppercorn.
  8. johnnyd

    Lunch 2019

    Baby Octopus from India marinated 3hrs in EVOO, oregano, chili flake and a pinch of salt.
  9. Liuzhou! I've gone through this whole thread and your photos of local KFC and pizza hut offerings are illuminating, a bit startling, and just wonderful. Thank you so much! McDonald's serves congee? Fantastic!
  10. Eventide at Fenway. New location opened last autumn by award winning Portland Maine-based crew. Lobster rolls served on Asian steamed buns baked in house with browned butter. Terrific oyster bar too.
  11. D'you old folks remember that Chodorow Restaurant Name Contest? Damn, that was funny... And the feud with Ruhlman was epic... Remember when they stayed up all night in Cincinnati? <sigh>
  12. I've been battling spots where sugar-based glaze burned onto my cast iron. I'm definitely trying the multi-pass grapeseed cure after a final scrub. Linseed oil has no business being near food, but when cut with turpentine, makes a great outdoor wood finish. We added some pine tar to make a classic Maine deck finish, applied monthly on mahogany wash rails and foredeck.
  13. Cantcookstilltry: We make Rogan Josh from a recipe in Clifford Wright's "Real Stew" once every couple months or whenever local butcher gets local lamb at a reasonable price. Pretty dependable results from everything we've tried in there actually. Give it a go.
  14. Preserved lemons??? Sorrel is already lemony so I don't see the point
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