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Roast Chicken at Home

In At Home, Restaurant on November 10, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Roast chicken is a tricky thing to perfect at home. Each part of the chicken cooks at different temperatures and it’s easy to fall victim to one part either being raw and another being dry and overcooked or worse, both. There’s much debate among chefs over how to roast a chicken and yield perfect, evenly cooked results. Some chefs will argue that starting off with a screaming hot oven and then dropping the heat is the right approach. Others will suggest just the opposite; start low and then raise the heat. We had cooked many a’ roast chicken in our day but we were never totally thrilled with the results and we wanted to add perfect roast chicken to our kitchen repertoire.

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Gettin’ Saucy

In At Home on November 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Because we don’t work traditional 9-5 jobs and our weekly schedule can be all over the place, we try our hardest to keep Sundays open, just to have one day for the two of us. Of course this doesn’t always work out in our favor but when it does, we try to truly embrace it with a healthy mix of relaxing, football watching and a cooking project or two.

We sort of approach our Sundays in the kitchen in a variety of ways; sometimes we’re recreating a classic dish and other times we’re trying out something new that we’ve been wanting to try and haven’t made before. Come Sunday, we’ll spend the morning pouring over our cookbooks deciding what the day’s project will be. On this particular Sunday we wanted to delve into the wonderful world of condiment making. Read the rest of this entry »

Food Crawl – Catalyst and Area Four

In Restaurant on November 1, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Catalyst Burger

Food crawls (the art of sampling a variety of items at a couple of places within a given period of time) have always been something that we really enjoy doing. I can’t really say when this little tradition of ours started but I can only assume it had to be pretty early on in our relationship. Last night we found ourselves with a rare night off and the desire to try out some of Boston’s, well Cambridge’s actually, most buzzed about spots: Catalyst and Area Four.

Catalyst

Spoiler Picture - That is one toasty burger

Naturally one of our food crawls wouldn’t be complete without a burger destination so Catalyst was our first stop. Burger aside (we’ll leave the formal review up to Burger Boy), we had higher hopes for this newcomer to Technology Square. Aside from the lounge’s blazing fireplace, the atmosphere was stuffy and uncomfortable and right from the start the staff was inattentive and visibly disappointed that we politely declined every attempt made for an up-sale. Isn’t the whole point of an evening out to have fun? Isn’t it the restaurant’s job to make you feel welcome in their establishment? I’d maybe understand some of the treatment had it been a packed bar and we were hogging two prime seats and only ordering a burger and two waters, but this wasn’t the case. The bar was relatively empty. Frustrated, we finished our burgers and moved on to Area Four. Read the rest of this entry »

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