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A couple of years ago I was thrilled to find paccheri (scroll down & forgive source), a kind of wide tubular pasta, at Giant in Tenleytown of all places. (Large enough to stuff, which is my intention.) It was when the store was going upscale and trying for sophistication in a special store brand.

In what is now my local Giant, product lines are dumbed down. I am thinking of going to Litteri, though for just one item... Sometimes you'll find the stuff at TJ Maxx or Marshall's, but I am wondering if anyone has seen these guys in a more mainstream location in DC--like a Giant.

Mille grazie!

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Here are some online sources for paccheri:

Honest Foods and Amazon grocery.

But I want to say that I saw some at Harris Teeter or even Whole Foods, but am not proof positive. Used to see them at Giant, but I am also wondering if World Market might have some.

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Here are some online sources for paccheri:

Honest Foods and Amazon grocery.

But I want to say that I saw some at Harris Teeter or even Whole Foods, but am not proof positive. Used to see them at Giant, but I am also wondering if World Market might have some.

I don't think they have paccheri, but for Italian ingredients, try Piazza Italian Market, which sells online and has a pretty wide selection of hard to find ingredients. www.piazzaitalianmarket.com

for olive oil, the best place in the US (IMHO) is Olio2go

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I know the first post in the thread is an old one, but in case anyone is still wondering, World Market (located in Friendship Heights and at Pentagon City) stocks Lyle's golden syrup.

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I know the first post in the thread is an old one, but in case anyone is still wondering, World Market (located in Friendship Heights and at Pentagon City) stocks Lyle's golden syrup.

Rodman's Friendship Heights is where I get it.

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But I want to say that I saw some at Harris Teeter or even Whole Foods, but am not proof positive. Used to see them at Giant, but I am also wondering if World Market might have some.

You were right about Whole Foods. $6.99 for 12 oz. from NJ in the specialty food section (i.e. next to cheese cases), but I got 5 cents off for bringing my own shopping bag.

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Not DC, but the Italian Store on Spout Run stocks a lot of pasta shapes not found elsewhere. Bonus, if you go you can pick up a great sandwich, frozen ravioli that actually has enough in the box to feed more than 2 or 3 people, and a $75 jar of Nutella that will last forever.

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Rodman's Friendship Heights is where I get it.

I just searched here and in Google to be sure, and while there are tons and tons of references to finds at Rodman's, I can't find any established thread dedicated to this store. :( Not sure if I am merely unsuccessful, or if there isn't any.

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Not sure if I am merely unsuccessful, or if there isn't any.

Am pretty sure there isn't any. It has been mentioned as a go-to places tons of times, but feel free to start one!

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Am pretty sure there isn't any. It has been mentioned as a go-to places tons of times, but feel free to start one!

There is now.

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This weather has me in a cranberry mood. Has anyone seen fresh cranberries yet? Is it too early?

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This weather has me in a cranberry mood. Has anyone seen fresh cranberries yet? Is it too early?

Not too early for Halloween candy and plastic Jack O' Lanterns in the shelves previously devoted to picnic and lunch box items at the supermarket...but now that I am about to switch over to oatmeal, I think dried cranberries from Trader Joe's will do.

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I'm using almost the last of my salted capers tonight. These came in a jar--Caravaglio brand. I parcel them out grudgingly, as I find it very hard to find capers packed in salt. I don't remember where I got this little jar.

After years of thinking I hated capers, several years ago the old Pinecrest Whole Foods had salted capers on the olive bar. I loved them. They didn't last that long, and I all but begged them to bring them back...unsuccessfully. Brined capers, which are all I can usually find, taste to me like nailpolish remover (not that I've ever consumed nailpolish remover, but eccchhh :( ). Does anyone have a good source for salt-packed capers?

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Does anyone have a good source for salt-packed capers?

I may have seen them at Rodman's, but I can't say for sure. Rodman's is almost certainly the all-round best local source for imported things in jars. But you can always order them online and have them shipped to you. I'm feeling too lazy at the moment to go get you the links, but I know you can order them from La Tienda, Buon Italia, and Di Bruno Bros., and I imagine hundreds of other online purveyors. Shipping charges often make this option less attractive than it might otherwise be, I understand.

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I'm using almost the last of my salted capers tonight. These came in a jar--Caravaglio brand. I parcel them out grudgingly, as I find it very hard to find capers packed in salt. I don't remember where I got this little jar.

After years of thinking I hated capers, several years ago the old Pinecrest Whole Foods had salted capers on the olive bar. I loved them. They didn't last that long, and I all but begged them to bring them back...unsuccessfully. Brined capers, which are all I can usually find, taste to me like nailpolish remover (not that I've ever consumed nailpolish remover, but eccchhh :( ). Does anyone have a good source for salt-packed capers?

I believe I found some at Dean & Deluca in Georgetown years ago. IIRC, they were near the salt-packed anchovies.

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Thanks for the replies. It sounds like Georgetown might be a good place to start searching.

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Does anyone know where I can find venison rib chops, preferably in MD? I could also order online if shipping didn't make them prohibitively expensive. I've seen some venison at Wegman's and I've even gotten some generic "steaks" in some chain grocery store, but so far I've been unimpressed with the quality and neither had chops. Thanks.

While I'm at it...possible to get black truffles without breaking the bank? Does someone maybe sell them online in less than whole truffle amounts? I've also seen these at Wegman's, but have no idea as to the quality or price. It was at least 2 years ago that I saw them there.

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Is anybody seeing chanterelles yet? I need some. I've tried Whole Foods and Costco, which both stock them at certain times.

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Is anybody seeing chanterelles yet? I need some. I've tried Whole Foods and Costco, which both stock them at certain times.

I think the mushroom lady at the local FMs have them by this time, although I have been staying away from them lately, lest I spend too much there.

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Anyone know where I can get humanely raised veal cheeks on short notice, preferably in MD? I need them by Friday. Balducci's can special order them but I waited too long. Whole Foods can't get them. I do have emails out to a few local farmers who raise veal, but I've never seen any of them offer cheeks.

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Anyone know where I can get humanely raised veal cheeks on short notice, preferably in MD? I need them by Friday. Balducci's can special order them but I waited too long. Whole Foods can't get them. I do have emails out to a few local farmers who raise veal, but I've never seen any of them offer cheeks.

check with The Organic Butcher of McLean. I've found veal cheeks there in the past.

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Is anybody seeing chanterelles yet? I need some. I've tried Whole Foods and Costco, which both stock them at certain times.

I realize it's been 3 weeks since this post, but I just saw chanterelles at Wegman's in Fairfax last week.

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It's been a week of malfunctioning equipment and incomplete shipments. And I have one more day to go. I want those big green olives stuffed with blue cheese, and I'm willing to go fairly far to get them. Anyone seen them?

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It's been a week of malfunctioning equipment and incomplete shipments. And I have one more day to go. I want those big green olives stuffed with blue cheese, and I'm willing to go fairly far to get them. Anyone seen them?

We see them at Harris Teeter pretty regularly.

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It's been a week of malfunctioning equipment and incomplete shipments. And I have one more day to go. I want those big green olives stuffed with blue cheese, and I'm willing to go fairly far to get them. Anyone seen them?

I often see them at the olive bar at Wegman's in Fairfax.

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When I was growing up in Cincinnati, my mom always made a great salad that we called "crunchy noodle salad." After living in DC for 6 years I still can't find the noodles that she used (LaChoy Rice Noodles). My mom has to send them to me because I can't live without the dish. Does anyone have any idea where I can find them? I would be forever in your debt.

Thanks so much!

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When I was growing up in Cincinnati, my mom always made a great salad that we called "crunchy noodle salad." After living in DC for 6 years I still can't find the noodles that she used (LaChoy Rice Noodles). My mom has to send them to me because I can't live without the dish. Does anyone have any idea where I can find them? I would be forever in your debt.

Thanks so much!

I'd try contacting ConAgra (or www.lachoy.com) and asking them if they could tell you which stores in your area stock this product. I recall seeing fewer Chinese-American products in our local Giant over the years.

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Does anyone have any idea where I can find them? I would be forever in your debt.

I can't say I have seen many La Choy products lately, but Harris Teeter might special order you some, or they might carry it, but call ahead first. Another place that I have seen La Choy products is at the Shoppers Food Warehouse, I think.

Alternatively, you can order from Amazon.com and do a subscribe & save, where they can ship it to you automatically every few months or so (delivery at the door w/o running to the store!).

Other alternative is to make your own!

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When I was growing up in Cincinnati, my mom always made a great salad that we called "crunchy noodle salad." After living in DC for 6 years I still can't find the noodles that she used (LaChoy Rice Noodles). My mom has to send them to me because I can't live without the dish. Does anyone have any idea where I can find them? I would be forever in your debt.

Thanks so much!

I saw these at our Shoppers Food Warehouse in the "ethnic" section.

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When I was growing up in Cincinnati, my mom always made a great salad that we called "crunchy noodle salad." After living in DC for 6 years I still can't find the noodles that she used (LaChoy Rice Noodles). My mom has to send them to me because I can't live without the dish. Does anyone have any idea where I can find them? I would be forever in your debt.

Thanks so much!

I saw them at the Adams Morgan Safeway a couple of weeks ago. Asian section, bottom shelf, I think.

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What about pumpkin seed oil: a nearby walk-into-the-store source? Thanks!

The store at Cafe Mozart downtown (btw McPherson and Metro Center on H St) has it at the best price I've seen. Otherwise whole foods had it last time I was looking for it.

Anyone seen Martin's potato bread stuffing at Harris Teeter or Giant recently?

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Otherwise whole foods had it last time I was looking for it.

I don't know the first store you mentioned, but I might try finding it tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, which WFM? I've visited 2 without luck; no luck at TJ Maxxes or TJ's either, though you'd think at this time of year...

Thanks for the response!

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I don't know the first store you mentioned, but I might try finding it tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, which WFM? I've visited 2 without luck; no luck at TJ Maxxes or TJ's either, though you'd think at this time of year...

Thanks for the response!

My WF (Silver Spring) never has it. I look EVERY SINGLE TIME I go. I've been doing that for oh, the last 3 years. I should probably just order some online, eh? :) However, if anyone knows of a store in MD that carries it, I'd love to know.

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I don't know the first store you mentioned, but I might try finding it tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, which WFM? I've visited 2 without luck; no luck at TJ Maxxes or TJ's either, though you'd think at this time of year...

Thanks for the response!

Cafe Mozart is a German/Austrian restaurant with a small store of German/Austrian foodstuffs up front - you may be able to call ahead and double check they have it in stock (its listed on their website). The Clarendon Whole Foods had it - but it was ridiculously priced compared to Cafe Mozart (same price but about a quarter of the size).

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My WF (Silver Spring) never has it. I look EVERY SINGLE TIME I go. I've been doing that for oh, the last 3 years. I should probably just order some online, eh? :) However, if anyone knows of a store in MD that carries it, I'd love to know.

I saw some this morning at Balducci's in Bethesda.

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Peeled chestnuts, either fresh, frozen or in a jar.

Whole Foods has Minerve brand, some in a jar, which are OK if a little sweet, some in a can in water which are entirely unsuited for my purpose (to accompany roast brussels sprouts).

The fresh ones are good but the effort is enormous, impossible to peel without burning your fingers but if you wait for them to cool, they won't peel.

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Peeled chestnuts, either fresh, frozen or in a jar.

I saw some Wednesday morning at Balducci's in Bethesda. They were in a jar. Beyond that, I can't give you any details as I didn't inspect them closely. Perhaps a call to the store could tell you whether they'd meet your needs.

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I saw some Wednesday morning at Balducci's in Bethesda. They were in a jar. Beyond that, I can't give you any details as I didn't inspect them closely. Perhaps a call to the store could tell you whether they'd meet your needs.

lots of options now. trader joe's has lots of options--i've had luck w their frozen ones. wfw should be getting fresh--not sure how much fresh, local supply's left, but they were fabulous this year!!

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Super H has peeled chestnuts in foil-type bags. Edited to add - two or three kinds of fresh and dried ones too if you want to do the work. :)

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Super H has peeled chestnuts in foil-type bags. Edited to add - two or three kinds of fresh and dried ones too if you want to do the work. :)

Pretty much all of the Asian markets have these, and they are a LOT cheaper than the jarred ones. We've been using them for several years as both a snack and for our Thanksgiving stuffing. We have used many brands and have never had an issue with quality.

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I saw some this morning at Balducci's in Bethesda.

You're kidding me. The one on Old Georgetown? I used to stop in there weekly before a meeting I have in Rockville and never saw it. But, we haven't met for a few months. Was just in there on Thursday, but didn't think to look. Well, now I know, thanks. :)

Re: chestnuts, if you score the pointy end with an x before roasting, they're not hard to peel - the shell sort of expands away from the nut and it's easy to remove it after that.

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Rodman's on Wisconsin Avenue between Tenleytown and Friendship Heights has chestnuts in jars.

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Boudin blanc or decent surrogate?

Please not VA, and preferably a store open several days a week vs. Jamie at a market on Sat or Sun mornings. Would love some asap (thus this post), but could postpone plans for using up the turnips and butternut squash.

Thanks!

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Boudin blanc or decent surrogate?

Please not VA, and preferably a store open several days a week vs. Jamie at a market on Sat or Sun mornings. Would love some asap (thus this post), but could postpone plans for using up the turnips and butternut squash.

Thanks!

I would give a call over to Canales. If they do not have it, they probably can get it.

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Boudin blanc or decent surrogate?

Not sure that you'll find boudin blanc, but you might find a decent weisswurst or bratwurst at Eastern Market, Wagshall's, or in a package at Rodman's or Whole Foods. Not sure what kind of suasages Trader Joe is selling, but they have a lot of chicken sausages. You might even find a chicken bratwurst...

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Not sure that you'll find boudin blanc, but you might find a decent weisswurst or bratwurst at Eastern Market, Wagshall's, or in a package at Rodman's or Whole Foods. Not sure what kind of suasages Trader Joe is selling, but they have a lot of chicken sausages. You might even find a chicken bratwurst...

Thanks for suggestions. I am not sure I'll go [for me] all the way down to Eastern Market just for this, though I am reminded where you can get capons for the holiday season.

I checked out options at WFM last night and neither the counter's selection nor packaged options appealed to me all that much, e.g. the chicken-apple sausage had cinnamon and maple syrup, the mild Italian, minced bell peppers, fennel, etc. (One brand's on sale, though.) Heading to Rodman's first since the store's always fun.

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Anna,

CLose to each other on Rockville Pike.

1)Kielbasa Factory (2nd floor in the strip with Potomac Grill)

2)THe little Eastern European market (who's name escapes me) 2 doors down from Joe's Noodle House

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2)THe little Eastern European market (who's name escapes me) 2 doors down from Joe's Noodle House

I think that's Yekta. They have a restaurant with a store adjacent.

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No, on the other side.

Yekta is Persian.

Daniel K raves about the game hen kabob at the restaurant and I can't say that I disagree.

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No, on the other side.

Yekta is Persian.

Daniel K raves about the game hen kabob at the restaurant and I can't say that I disagree.

Ah! Went through my old posts. The Eastern European store is European Delight.

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This is a true 911. Need crystallized ginger for a cake I'm making tomorrow. I've seen it at Whole Foods in the past, but would really like to avoid doing that trip just for this one time. Was hopeful that TJ's would have it, but they were out of stock. So, any chance someone has seen it at a particular grocery store? I live in Laurel so we're talking SFW, Weis, Giant, Safeway. I could go to Columbia to the Harris Teeter I guess. Any suggestions on where to even look for it (which aisle)?

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All I've got is the totally unhelpful suggestion of Penzey's in Rockville. I don't know where your closest Whole Foods is, but I imagine it's closer than that.

I just checked because I had a vague memory of it, and McCormick's has crystallized ginger. That means that a big Giant or Safeway may have some on the spice aisle, though might not be the quality you want. Check Peapod's or Safeway's delivery service and see if they list it. If it's there, they probably have it in the store.

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Check Peapod's or Safeway's delivery service and see if they list it. If it's there, they probably have it in the store.

Pretty smart suggestion. I ended up finding it at MOM's, but I'm going to keep this in mind for future desperate situations.

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Not sure that you'll find boudin blanc, but you might find a decent weisswurst or bratwurst at Eastern Market, Wagshall's, or in a package at Rodman's...

JPW tempted me and when I have more time during daylight hours to travel up and down Rockville Pike, I will definitely try out the Kielbasa Factory. I called the place and a woman with a fabulous accent promised to save four fresh bratwurst were I to make the trip. Judging from my second call, it sounds as if it's worthwhile to call and find out what is made that day.

At Rodman's there was a package of really good-looking weisswurst that one of the owners says he has a hard time keeping in stock. Made w pork and veal, if I recall correctly, except there was also MSG in the list so, instead, I went with Les Tres Petits Couchons, buying one package each of sausages w Calvados and truffles. I wonder about the latter because they retail for only $8 when they're not on sale (which they were), but boudin blanc is often produced with truffles, so we'll see.

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JPW tempted me and when I have more time during daylight hours to travel up and down Rockville Pike, I will definitely try out the Kielbasa Factory. I called the place and a woman with a fabulous accent promised to save four fresh bratwurst were I to make the trip. Judging from my second call, it sounds as if it's worthwhile to call and find out what is made that day.

It's a great little store, love the stuff they make in-house, and they're incredibly friendly.

For a while (not sure if this was still the case) the fresh kielbasa was being supplied by Jamie Stachowski.

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Candy canes in larger sizes and nice colors?

How about World Market or Balducci's? or maybe Sur La Table/Williams-Sonoma type stores?

Sugar Cube in Old Town might be worth a call, too.

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Candy canes in larger sizes and nice colors?

One more suggestion: Zoe's Chocolate.

Got an email from them today - definitely gourmet prices and requires ordering (or a trip to Frederick), but they're very pretty and come in anise and cinnamon flavors, in addition to peppermint.

(glad World Market was a winner!)

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One more suggestion: Zoe's Chocolate.

Got an email from them today - definitely gourmet prices and requires ordering (or a trip to Frederick), but they're very pretty and come in anise and cinnamon flavors, in addition to peppermint.

(glad World Market was a winner!)

That's not much more than what I paid for Hammond's (out of Denver) at WM, and they look really nice. I'm tempted to try making my own, but from the videos I've watched, candy cane making is a group activity.

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Where to find decaf espresso powder/instant espresso? NoVa or DC preferred.

Wegman's, but I am not sure about the decaf. You may want to call first.

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Where to find decaf espresso powder/instant espresso? NoVa or DC preferred.

Saw it at Whole Foods on Duke Street several months ago when I needed it for a toffee recipe.

If you get completely stuck and in an absolute must-have rush, Starbucks Via decaf might make an OK substitute, available in most of their stores.

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Saw it at Whole Foods on Duke Street several months ago when I needed it for a toffee recipe.

If you get completely stuck and in an absolute must-have rush, Starbucks Via decaf might make an OK substitute, available in most of their stores.

Thanks! The Duke St. WF is nearby-I'll check it out tomorrow.

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Comice pears? Sometimes called "French butter pears" at WFM, but I haven't run across any for quite some time. I know Zora's eaten one recently. I'm not a Costco shopper, so I'm hoping there are other sources for a fruit that challenged local farmers this year.

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Comice pears? Sometimes called "French butter pears" at WFM, but I haven't run across any for quite some time. I know Zora's eaten one recently. I'm not a Costco shopper, so I'm hoping there are other sources for a fruit that challenged local farmers this year.

I've seen them at Harris Teeter as French Butter Pears.

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Comice pears? Sometimes called "French butter pears" at WFM, but I haven't run across any for quite some time. I know Zora's eaten one recently. I'm not a Costco shopper, so I'm hoping there are other sources for a fruit that challenged local farmers this year.

I saw some today at the Safeway on Columbia Road in Adams Morgan. :)

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Comice pears?

Balducci's, at $2.99/lb. They also have Forelles and Seckels. And Boscs, d'Anjous, Bartletts, and generic red.

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I saw some today at the Safeway on Columbia Road in Adams Morgan. :)

Thanks, Barbara! While in Bethesda, I checked out Safeway and ended up w a handful of ripe ones on sale. Finally worthwhile to leave a wedge of Claire's camembert from Clear Springs Creamery out on the counter for dessert. With combo, felt like a girl again in the Metro headed from the 17th to 6th to class in Earth shoes, wrap-around corduroy skirt, turtleneck and Turkish scarf holding back my hair.

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Not a 911, but I would like some advice. I want a knife that will cut desserts and pastry cleanly, more pies and tarts than cakes. The cookbooks all say a "thin, sharp knife." So what is that? A fillet knife? A sandwich knife? A utility knife? I have an old boning knife that does OK, but it doesn't make ultra clean cuts on ganache tarts or quiche or lemon meringue pie or sweet potato pie or any number of such things. I've done the whole warm knife, dipped in water knife, dipped in hot water knife, clean between each cut types of things to no avail, at least with the knives I have. I know it's a picky thing, but I want the presentation to be worthy of the time and effort I put into something. If anyone has one that works really well and makes a lovely, perfectly clean cut, I'd love to know what it is.

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Not a 911, but I would like some advice. I want a knife that will cut desserts and pastry cleanly, more pies and tarts than cakes. The cookbooks all say a "thin, sharp knife." So what is that? A fillet knife? A sandwich knife? A utility knife? I have an old boning knife that does OK, but it doesn't make ultra clean cuts on ganache tarts or quiche or lemon meringue pie or sweet potato pie or any number of such things. I've done the whole warm knife, dipped in water knife, dipped in hot water knife, clean between each cut types of things to no avail, at least with the knives I have. I know it's a picky thing, but I want the presentation to be worthy of the time and effort I put into something. If anyone has one that works really well and makes a lovely, perfectly clean cut, I'd love to know what it is.

If you take the pie out of its tin, you can try a cheese cutter. There was a great cheesecake store in Maplewood, NJ (Hy's Cheesecake) which confronted the same problem. The cheesecake always stuck to the knife. Hy solved the problem by creating special cake tins to bake a circular cheesecake (looked like a zero) and cut the cakes using a cheese cutter. Nothing can stick to a fine wire and he could get a perfect cut every time. That's Hy down below with his cheesecake. He delivered daily to restaurants in New York City and elsewhere in the region, but still sold retail a couple days a week. Best cheesecake I ever ate. The shop closed some time ago. I believe he went to Florida. He is missed. Who else would put up with two 10 year olds waltzing into his shop bellowing "Hi Hy!"

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If you take the pie out of its tin, you can try a cheese cutter.

That's a really good idea. I wonder if using a cutting wire (like for pottery) would work. Sort of like dental floss for chèvre.

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That's a really good idea. I wonder if using a cutting wire (like for pottery) would work. Sort of like dental floss for chêvre.

I am winging it here but something like a coping saw? But maybe with a wire rather than a blade.

Yes, you would need to take the item out of the dish so you could cut all the way down.

We used to have a wire cheese cutter made like that. The wire broke, and I think we probably threw it away eventually.

Wouldn't work for cutting slices out of, for example, pie. Or maybe it would. If it was big enough, it would, but you would have to slice the whole pie at one time. Radially. If you wanted eight pieces, four cuts. But for pie, you'd probably want a blade, not a wire.

Depends on how OCD you are. Me, I'd just hack it. Tastes the same. :)

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Depends on how OCD you are.

Exceptionally. I spent some time yesterday looking at surgical "saws."

When my wife used to bake wedding cakes as a hobby, she always had a cake leveler around, which can also be used to make very clean cuts.

Thanks! I'll stop by SLT and check this out. I'm curious if the cutting wire would be strong enough.

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And I've never used a ceramic knife. Are they very different?

Yes! Very fragile and very dangerous IMHO, but sharp, sharp blade is extremely effective. My only ceramic blade right now is on a cheap mandoline-like utensil that I picked up at Marshall's. (I keep it double-wrapped when stored and hand-cut more of whatever I am slicing than I normally would with a mandoline [programmers for Spellcheck don't cook!] just to be safe.)

FWIW: Japan's answer (cake vs. pie).

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Roasted cocoa nibs at a store nearby vs. online?

There's a range of choices at WFM, but they're marketed as snacks, so chocolate-coated, etc. The small pack of raw ones contains large chunks and costs $7, so I am reluctant to bring it home only to scorch contents.

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Where can I find peeled garlic (besides costco, BJs, et al.)?

Harris Teeter, Giant, Yes! Gourmet, Metro Market.

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Where can I find peeled garlic (besides costco, BJs, et al.)?

Whole Foods has ziplocked bags of organic Christopher Ranch peeled garlic. Nice.

You can get tubs of peeled garlic at Korean markets like Super H and HMart, Chinese markets like Great Wall, and multi ethnic markets like El Grande.

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Last year I bought an incredible pork shank at Smith Meadow. I've asked and begged but they simply aren't doing that cut anymore.

Any idea where I might find one?

Thanks!

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Where can I find peeled garlic (besides costco, BJs, et al.)?

Yes! Organic sells at - I've bought it at the store at Georgia and Taylor.

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Where can I find peeled garlic (besides costco, BJs, et al.)?

Trader Joe's also used to carry it.

Last year I bought an incredible pork shank at Smith Meadow. I've asked and begged but they simply aren't doing that cut anymore.

Any idea where I might find one?

Thanks!

I bought mine from Ecofriendly. Called ahead to special order and picked up at Dupont Market. But Ididn't get a whole shank. I got shanks that were sliced crosswise into individual portions, which I then braised. Really need to make that again, phenomenal dish. Anyway, I'm guessing he could accommodate you.

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Last year I bought an incredible pork shank at Smith Meadow. I've asked and begged but they simply aren't doing that cut anymore.

Any idea where I might find one?

Thanks!

The Butcher Shop at the Westover Market should be able to help. Give them a ring.

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Last year I bought an incredible pork shank at Smith Meadow. I've asked and begged but they simply aren't doing that cut anymore.

Any idea where I might find one?

Thanks!

If you're anywhere in the vicinity of Springfield Butcher, they have any and all cuts of pork. Call ahead, but this place never disappoints.

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Unsweetened flaked coconut? Not the grated frozen kind. Sometimes it's available dried - that would work too. I've got a whole coconut for this attempt with the recipe I'm trying, but sometimes you just don't want to do the whole coconut thing.

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Unsweetened flaked coconut? Not the grated frozen kind. Sometimes it's available dried - that would work too. I've got a whole coconut for this attempt with the recipe I'm trying, but sometimes you just don't want to do the whole coconut thing.

Whole Food. In one of the aisles surrounding the bulk section but not in bulk, in a bag. Green bag, "Let's Do Organic" brand unsweetened organic coconut flakes. Product of Sri Lanka, distributed by www.edwardandsons.com, excellent in oatmeal (steel cut, with raisins, craisins and walnuts). Tasty little nibble right out of the bag, if you like that sort of thing, and I do.

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Another great source for unsweetened flaked coconut is My Organic Market (MOM's). You can find it in the aisle with the nuts/seeds/trail mixes. It's quite inexpensive, too. MOM's is usually a good place to look for this sort of thing, and I appreciate their commitment to organic food as well as fair prices.

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Unsweetened flaked coconut? Not the grated frozen kind. Sometimes it's available dried - that would work too. I've got a whole coconut for this attempt with the recipe I'm trying, but sometimes you just don't want to do the whole coconut thing.

Bob's Red Mill Shredded Coconut (Unsweetened) is available at Whole Foods. I just bought some yesterday.

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Hey, does anyone know where I can find frozen sour cherries?

Frozen sour cherries are tough to find-- I've never seen them in stores around here (I usually pick a bunch at Butler's Orchard in the spring and freeze them). You will find jars of sour cherries in syrup at Trader Joe's, though. They'll be labeled as "Morello Cherries".

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Unsweetened flaked coconut? Not the grated frozen kind. Sometimes it's available dried - that would work too. I've got a whole coconut for this attempt with the recipe I'm trying, but sometimes you just don't want to do the whole coconut thing.

What I have been trying to find is not represented in the photo of a bag from Bob's Red Mill. Instead, I want the kind of big, thin, wide flakes that look like shingles on a house in Cape Cod or pencils shavings. (Recipe by Alice Medrich for snazzy macaroons.) Anyone seen something like that?

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What I have been trying to find is not represented in the photo of a bag from Bob's Red Mill. Instead, I want the kind of big, thin, wide flakes that look like shingles on a house in Cape Cod or pencils shavings. (Recipe by Alice Medrich for snazzy macaroons.) Anyone seen something like that?

That's a picture of shredded. You want flaked as shown here.

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