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This is as serious as Lambrusco gets but without the hefty price tag. This is a red variety from Croatia. It is light, low in alcohol and has a ton of red fruit ripe strawberry in its youth with zippy acidity. It also has an unmistakable earthy quality on the finish that brings a little rusticity without the barnyard-y profile to Thanksgiving dinner. This profile pairs well with many dishes. For years, there has been an incredible amount of research on tracing the actually DNA origins of the Zinfandel grape back to Croatia.

A world away, but the spirit of Thanksgiving is definitely in this bottle. A sparkling wine made in the same tradition as Champagne, outside of Champagne without the varietal restrictions. Try something from the Loire Valley that is Chenin Blanc-based. It will be a great way to start any meal or have with appetizers prior to the big feast without breaking the bank for a big house Champagne.

Some of these wines in the market have been sitting in the bottle for 10 years and have developed as beautifully as vintage Champagne. The leaves change to auburn and crimson, cable knit sweaters and beanies come out of the woodwork and chic leather boots hit the cobblestone. Seriously, what is more perfect than fall in the northeast? Autumn also calls for indulging in pumpkin everything … most especially on the holiday that celebrates this incredibly delicious fruit. National Pumpkin Day.

Whether you are preparing to snuggle up on a park bench with a divine pumpkin cream cheese brownie, or make a pitcher of pumpkin cinnamon sangria for the evening, savor your pumpkin the right way! We have put together a savory roundup of pumpkin delights to honor this beloved fruit and yes, pumpkin is a fruit not a vegetable. Enjoy and indulge in your sinfully sweet desires.

Local Boston-area restaurants are keyed in on the pumpkin hype, so join in on the scrumptious scoop….

Pumpkin paves its way into desserts, refreshing appetizers and eloquent dinner dishes. Every Thursday, one party of four to eight guests will enjoy an intimate and original four-course dinner with wine pairings served in the main dining room. The catch? The secret menu is revealed upon arrival! As the experience winds down, each guest will be presented with a surprise parting gift from the house. For more information visit, www.

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But as we were compiling the results, it became clear that there were many more beyond the Top 10 that deserved a tip of the hat. Just wipe the ketchup off your hands first. The type of meat used is very important. Chuck beef offers a great fat to meat ratio, something you want in order to keep your burgers juicy and delicious. It keeps to tradition, is packed with flavor, and has the consistency to hold up to high heat on a grill, retain moisture, and keep its shape. One of the biggest mistakes people make is going too lean on their beef mixture.

Without fat, burgers become dry and dense, something nobody wants to eat. Buying frozen burger patties from supermarkets and big box stores might seem convenient, but fresh is best. He recommends you do your research to find a reputable and trustworthy butcher in your neighborhood that carries high quality properly aged meat, or at the very least, asking your supermarket butcher to grind your beef to order.

When ordering, make your butcher aware of the cut s of beef that you want, their intended use, and your ideal meat to fat ratio. If making the patties, season with plenty of salt and pepper as you go so the flavors are incorporated into the meat. Additionally, try adding an egg yolk or two to help bind the mixture, which also adds a richer flavor. Adding ingredients like finely chopped shallots or diced sweet onion are also a great option. Incorporating other ingredients into a burger mixture really depends on your flavor profile.

However, after doing it once, I know that I must do it again, and then again. Am I am here to urge others to do the same. What did I finally do? He has previously worked at such restaurants as Prezza and No. The Blue Ox has received lots of positive press, and I know a number of people who have dined there and raved about their experiences.

When I dined there a couple weeks ago, I realized what I have been missing for the past five years. On a Thursday evening, at almost 7pm, the restaurant was quite busy, and somewhat noisy. The restaurant is divided into two sections, the main dining room with a dining section and bar, and a second dining room. We sat in the main room, at a table next to the front window, which gave us a bit more privacy than some of the other tables.

It is more just a lot of energy, especially in the bar area, It definitely has a nice, neighborhood feel, a place to stop after work, for a night out with friends, or just a good dinner. The Beverage Director, Charles Gaeta , has created an interesting drinks list, including wine, beer, and craft cocktails. If you need a recommendation, Charles will help you select a wine to accompany your dinner. Their cocktail list is intriguing and definitely a compelling reason to check out the restaurant. First, there are Locally Distilled which are all cocktails using spirits distilled in Massachusetts.

A great way to support some worthy local companies. Third, there are a couple Classic cocktails, onto which the restaurant has put their own spin. Finally, they have a couple Barrel-Aged cocktails. With all of these choices, I knew I needed to check out several of the cocktails. The Manhattan was smooth and complex, with an added depth to it which is probably attributable to its aging.

I would have been satisfied to sit at the bar and sip these all evening. Though I am not usually a gin guy, this was a tasty cocktail with lots of herbal notes but also hints of brininess from the sherry. Definitely a nice summer drink. It was nicely balanced, with mild flavors of bacon and maple, neither overwhelming the other, or the drink. It has a clean, smooth flavor with hints of sweetness and a kick of ginger. It has a strong ginger flavor, enhanced by intriguing spice notes. The restaurant is open for dinner from Tuesday to Sunday. Their Dinner Menu is relatively small, but with plenty which should interest any customer.

I like the fact they have not tried to create a monstrosity of a menu, with dozens upon dozens of choices. They also have a Gluten Free menu. On the evening I dined, there were a few different Specials too. When fried pickles are done well, they can be delicious, but far too often they end up as limp and soggy. So, it would be a good test of the kitchen to see whether these friend pickles were worthy or not, and they passed with flying colors. The friend pickles had a tasty, clean and crunchy coating over a crisp and flavorful pickle.

A nice way to begin our dinner. One of the Special Appetizers was Chicken Wings , which had initially been rubbed with Cajun seasoning and then cold smoked in whiskey barrels. Afterwards, they were battered, fried and tossed in a house made honey hot sauce. The smoky spice of these wings was excellent, and it was a crunchy bite to the tender, moist meat inside. The sesame seeds added an extra crunch and the dressing helped to cut the spice. If they are a Special again, be sure to order some. They then place chive cream atop their house made aged potato chips, and place the tartare atop it.

It had a very nice taste to it, well balanced though personally I would have liked a bit more spicy heat to it. The potato chip added a salty crunch and I thought that was a nice addition to the dish. The cheese were stars in both salads. Another Special was this Duck Breast dish. The duck was cured for a week in a coriander, fennel, brown sugar cure and then cold smoked for an hour. I love duck and this was a compelling dish, with slices of perfectly cooked duck with some interesting herbal notes and hints of sweetness.

Charles, the Beverage Director, recommended a California Zinfandel with the duck. It was smooth, with restrained tannins, nice black fruit flavors and spicy accents. The Swordfish was tender and meaty, enhanced by a cucumber and Champagne vinaigrette sauce. A delicious piece of seafood, and the risotto cake was also tasty, with a nice exterior crunch and a flavorful interior.

The burgers come with herb French fries though I asked to substitute their hand cut potato chips. All of their burgers are made from Prime beef and are hand packed each day, which also means there is limited availability. The burgers were juicy, with a strong gorgonzola taste, which also oozed out once you bit into the burger. For blue cheese lovers, this is an impressive burger.

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The brioche buns are fresh and work well with these burgers, actually helping to add a little sweetness to balance the tang of the cheese. And the potato chips were crisp and addictive. An excellent dish of comfort food. It was perfect for two of us to share after everything else we had already eaten. Our server, Matthew , did an excellent job and I have spoken to others who have been served by Matthew and also raved about his performance.

The food and drinks are excellent, and I like the neighborhood vibe of the restaurant. I now understand why so many people have recommended this place to me, and I will be sure to return soon. I have absolutely no excuse now. I give The Blue Ox my hearty recommendation. Disclaimer : I received a media comp for this dinner. Please be advised I was under no obligation to actually review this restaurant and if I chose to review it, I was under no obligation to say anything specific, whether positive or negative, about my experience.

All of this content was solely at my discretion. I will be returning to the restaurant soon, on my own dime, and will definitely report back on any differences I encounter. Charlie Gaeta, general manager and beverage director at The Blue Ox. In the meanwhile, he crafts a killer program that emphasizes small batch distillers and marries the classic with creative, often using homemade vermouths or wood-smoked whiskey.

There is something oddly calming about measuring out, stirring and straining this classic. I have one customer, a local lobsterman we work with, not to be named, who loves them all. We use recycled bottles and label them with duct tape and a sharpie. I fill up a quart of iced water, make a double espresso and grab a piece of applewood-smoked bacon off one of the trays in the back kitchen.

Call for a reservation. Food Trucks Watertown, featuring trucks, a beer garden, and entertainment. Eat Boston events tend to sell out quickly. Today is National Oyster Day so what better way to celebrate than rounding up all the cheap oyster deals and specials in the Greated Boston area! This week we brought you a look at 9 Secrets of the Boston Food Scene, including a host of off-the-menu orders. The aged, oak-y quality is pretty sublime, especially sitting in a port wine sauce with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus.

With National Tequila Day just around the corner, all urbanities should know the juicy lowdown … specialty cocktail scoop, that is. Joonbug has the ultimate roundup prepared for Beantown to throw it down tequila style this Thursday, July 24th. Our list of restaurants will be serving up luscious cocktail specials in honor of the occasion. It has always had unique characteristics and now saltmakers on the North Shore and the Cape have allies in restaurants and home kitchens who recognize the subtle difference a variety of salt can make on the tongue. The industrious duo headed down to a quiet corner of Salem Harbor, filled a gallon jug of sea water, and set it on the stove to boil.

Many hours later, there was salt in the bottom of the pot. The business partners join the ranks of a small but growing group of srtisan New England saltmakers, including Marblehead Salt Co. All these companies use the evaporation process to make salt, rather than harvesting salt from mines. I love that.

Developing that flavor came after the entrepreneurs sampled seawater at 20 spots along the North Shore, from Swampscott to Newburyport. They settled on the waters off Gloucester. They will soon start construction on a production facility in Gloucester, thanks to a recent successful Kickstarter campaign.

To create the unique characteristics of his sea salt, Bushell collects seawater from 14 different locations off the Marblehead coast. He learned the 1,year-old process for making delicate flaky salt over eight months spent at an ancient monastery on Mount Athos, on a Greek peninsula. Larger granules make kosher salt both easier to pick up with the fingertips, and to distribute evenly.

And without the additives present in table salt, most notably iodine, kosher salt is often considered to have a cleaner taste. Natural Salt fans, however, including author Bitterman, want to change this widespread preference for kosher salt. As with many trends, sea salts gained popularity because of their use by chefs. Maldon also appeals to Cassie Piuma, co-owner of Sarma.

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The Somerville chef adds it to nut and sesame crumbles that top a number of dishes at the Mediterranean tapas restaurant. It elevates the crunch texture as well as adding seasoning.

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Cooking food in a salt crust keeps the contents moist by protecting them from dry oven heat. The presentation — a whole chicken or fish in a golden brown crust that must be chipped off — is dramatic. It is the most pure way you are going to eat any fish. Nothing else is influencing it like the flavor of the grills or other things that you are cooking in the kitchen or what else is in the oven with it.

It is just totally itself. Preserving lemons in a salt brine is an ancient North African technique. The bright fruits are quartered, generously salted, and tucked into sterilized jars filled with the juices from the fruit. For an additional layer of flavor, add peppercorns or cinnamon sticks. Pop them into the fridge and in several weeks, they will be transformed into a mild seasoning. Soaking dried beans in salted water before cooking helps weaken their skins, avoiding the crunchy bean phenomenon.

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Drain and rinse well before cooking. Some recipes instruct the cook to salt eggplant to draw out the bitter juices. Use the method to soften strands of raw zucchini that will not be cooked, and shreds of cabbage before making slaw. Many cooks add a pinch of salt to every confection to heighten the other flavors. Hawaiians salt pineapple before eating to bring out the sweetness, and other salt melons particularly watermelon , mango, and guava. The French salt small radishes and eat them with butter.

Table salt is mechanically mined, refined salt, usually with added iodine. The most common of the two types of kosher salt is mechanically mined and named for its use in preparing meats according to Jewish dietary laws. Less common are kosher-certified natural salts, such as the one made by Marblehead Salt Co. Flake sea salt comprises thin, light, dry and crisp crystals that vary in size and shape.

This variety, as Maldon Sea Salt, crumbles easily and adheres to cooked food. Solar evaporated, unrefined crystal sea salt is milled to a fine, medium, or coarse grain. These are most of the sea salts in the world and range from dry to moist, white to gray. Hard crystals with very little moisture, mined sea salt such as Himalayan and Peruvian pink salts, come from deposits on land rather than the ocean.

Flavored or blended sea salts contain herbs, spices, citrus, or other flavorings. Sea salt that is either cool-or warm-smoked over a fire to make smoked sea salt is usually brown in color, with the characteristic smoky taste. The Boston food scene is long on bloggers and social media types angling for their own corner in food-centric Internet circles.

But to help you cut through the clutter, we found a few of the local folks whose Twitter, Instagram and other social media handles are especially interesting to us right now. And since there are many more out there deserving a shout-out, stay tuned as we continue to cast our net for important social media butterflies. Yes, you can learn something through social media — and not just the details of the Kimye wedding.

Twitter: TheBlueOxLynn. Take a slice of orange rind with as little pith as possible and squeeze it over a lit match over the top of the drink. This will make the flame flash as the burnt orange essence is splattered into the drink. Rub the rim of the glass with the orange rind and toss it into the drink. Actually, I have, but its medium rare. Get it? He seemed the likely grill master, since his Sin Burger applewood smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, and truffle aioli, above has won burger awards.

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