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January 26th, 2010 by

Trish helps herself to some Adult Macaroni & Cheese in the RootsLiving kitchen.

Trish helps herself to some Adult Macaroni & Cheese in the RootsLiving kitchen.

RECIPE INDEX

Appetizers:

Asian Shrimp Salad

Quick Appetizers in a Pinch

Beach Salads and Bruschetta

Octupus’s Garden Gazpacho

Our Signature Soup: Root Soup

Kathy’s Fried Olives

Ribollita Soup

Best Super Bowl Appetizer: Asian-Italian Chicken Wings

Carol’s Cheesy Fig Delights (From the Hootenanny)

Mortadella and Ham Salad Tapas

Cheesy Khachapuri

Gnocchi Di Pollo E Patata Soup (Chicken and Potato Gnocchi)

Best Lobster Stew Recipe, Ever!

Tzatziki (Greek Dip)

Watermelon Radishes and Hummus

Shrimp Saute (For the New Year)

Cantaloupe Gazpacho With Crispy Prosciutto

Chard Stuffed With Risotto and Mozzarella

Tomatoes Stuffed With Pasta Salad

Patata Ball in Tomato Sauce

Mushroom and Eggplant Risotto

Pumpkin Gnocchi

Deviled Eggs

Tiny Pigs in a Blanket

Potato Chips with Onion Dip

Wedge Salad

Stracciatella Soup

Crostini (salsa and guacamole)

Mushrooms Stuffed with Nepitella Pesto

Penguin Olives

Hummus and Pita Chips

Pub Kettle Chips

Gourmet Magazine Guacamole

French Onion Soup From a Master Chef

Stuffed Zucchini Flowers The Way My Mother Made Them

Prosciutto-Wrapped Breadsticks and Parmesan-Stuffed Peppadew Peppers

A Classic Vinaigrette (for salads)

Caponata Crostini

Tuscan-Fried Sage Leaves

Giant Peruvian Lima Bean Soup (From Taranta Restaurant)

Pastas:

Mac and Cheese for Adults

Lenten Spaghetti

Nepitella and Mushroom Spaghetti

Easy Weeknight Pasta: Neapolitan-Style Macaroni II

Little Ears Filled with Eggplant and Sausage

Vegetable Lasagna Masterpiece

Lasagna, From the Figs Table (Todd English)

Easy Weekend Pasta, Part II

Bolognese Sauce

Pasta Carbonara

Tomatoes Stuffed With Pasta Salad

Marco’s Fuscilli

Pumpkin Gnocchi

Fresh Papparedelle With Peas, Butter, and Parmigiano Reggiano

Caponata on Pasta

Entrees:

My grandmother made a great Chicken and Polenta. This is the same recipe.

My grandmother made a great Chicken and Polenta. This is the same recipe.

Ma’s Stuffed Peppers

Roasted Vegetable Napoleons

Italian Cheeseburgers and Fries (Battuta and potato croquettes from the Artusi)

Neely’s Barbecue Chicken (Memphis Style)

Grilled Pork Chops with Peppers and Capers

The Perfect Burger

Italian Fried (not really) Chicken

Prized Recipe: Chicken and Polenta

Grilled Braciole Fit for a Saint

Athens Grilled Chicken

Eggplant Parmesan Light

Dinner on a Moonlit Beach: Beach Salads and Bruschetta

Work Night Dinner: Octupus’s  Garden Gazpacho with Leftover Chicken Hummus Sandwiches

Last Minute Sunday Steak Dinner

Blanquette De Veau (French Veal Stew)

Julia Meets Bruna: Torta d’patata and Boeuf Bourguignon

Geneva’s Quick Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo

Breakfast for Dinner: Gingerbread Pancakes

Joe’s Weight Loss Chinese Chicken and Vegetables

Tomato Sauce (for chicken, beef, or veal parmesan)

Chicken (or beef, or veal) Parmesan

Soup and Sandwich Night with Style (Instead of Take Out)

Salmon with Lemon Butter and Dill (Caesar salad option too)

Katies’s Roast Beef Sandwiches, With Boursin Cheese and Tomato (From the Hootenanny)

Spinach, Red Pepper, and Feta Quiche

Mary’s Chicken Paella

Chicken Basilico

Cheesy Khachapuri

Sex on the Kitchen Table (Roast Chicken, BBQ Shrimp, Roast Potatoes, Salad, Mmm!)

Vegetable and Cheese Strata

Open-Faced Lemon-Pepper Tuna Sandwich

Grilled Shrimp Rosemary

Pizza: Cheese and Fig & Proscuitto (from Figs Restaurant)

Lasagna, From the Figs Table (Todd English)

Easy Weekend Pasta, Part II

Okonomiyaki (Japanese Vegetable Pancakes)

Lemon Roasted Chicken (From Florence)

Biba’s Mother’s Fried Meatballs (Polpette)

Donburi (A healthy bowl of Japanese yum!)

Moussaka

Shrimp Saute (For the New Year)

Twice Basted Asian Barbecue Chicken

Eggplant and Mushroom Stacks

Pork Cutlets With An Express Marinade

Chard Stuffed With Risotto and Mozzarella

Barbecued Chicken Parmesan

Marco’s Fuscilli

Mushroom and Eggplant Risotto

Pumpkin Gnocchi

Beef Bourguignon II: An Easier Recipe

Beef Stroganoff

Mexicali Chicken

La Tourte de Blettes (Swiss Chard Pie)

Chicken in Milk

Coq Au Vin Blanc

Steak Pizzaiola

Baked Stuffed Shrimp

Short Ribs Provencale

Chickplantasagna (eggplant, chicken cutlets, zucchini and cheese)

Seared Scallops with Peas, Mint, and Bacon (prosciutto?)

Sartu di Riso (one of the best dishes, ever)

Side Dishes:

Corn, Batali-style.

Corn, Batali-style.

Grilled Artichokes with Mint and Jalapenos

Italian Corn-on-the-Cob

Torta d’patata

Smothered Escarole (Scarola Affogata)

Nan’s Mashed Potatoes (with Cream Cheese and Sour Cream)

Carrots in Cream

Simple Asparagus

Stuffed Artichokes

Parmesan Basket With Risotto

Chard Stuffed With Risotto and Mozzarella

Tomatoes Stuffed With Pasta Salad

Patata Ball in Tomato Sauce

Mushroom and Eggplant Risotto

Bok Choy With Raisins (A Winning Side Dish is Born)

Caponata

Breads & Desserts:

Christmas Befana Cookies

Pane alla Cioccolata (Chocolate Bread)

Emancipation Proclamation Breakfast Cake

Cenci (Florentine Rags)

Rum, Yum: How a Midnight Snack was Born

Irish Soda Bread

Black Forest Cake

Cheesy Khachapuri

Pana Cotta with Balsamic Berries

Chocolate Kahlua Rum Balls

Ekmek Kataifi

Easy Sunday Popovers

Yogurt Sundaes

Chocolate Bark (Christmas Gift)

Chocolate Salted Carmel Cupcakes

Ambrosia Salad

La Tourte de Blettes (Swiss Chard Pie)

Frozen Fruit and Yogurt Rollups

Microwave Chocolate Cake in One Minute

English Muffins From Scratch

Cocktails:

Tom & Jerry

The Best Bloody Marys

Manhattan Cocktail (with Bulleit Rye Whiskey)

Vodka Collins

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Revere resident Bobby Eustace bought the old shop from Ralph Polcari in 2004. Eustace started working at the shop as a teen.

Revere resident Bobby Eustace bought the old shop from Ralph Polcari in 2004. Eustace started working at the shop as a teen. Click the photo for more cinformation on Eustace.

From the Food Archives: Best Coffee and Spices at Reasonable Prices

When you walk into Polcari’s Coffee store in Boston’s North End it’s like walking back in time: a very fragrant time.

The scent of more than 40 different types of coffee beans mingles with the scent of a 100 different freshly ground spices to create one savory and sweet aroma. I imagine if this symphony of aromas came from one dish, it would be one giant parmesan casserole or perhaps a huge pizza pie, topped with something sweet — maybe apples or caramelized onions.

The place is also a feast for the eyes. It’s old world, old school, and full of tradition, with wooden shelves holding glass bins of blackish, brown coffee beans, greenish, gray teas, and multi-colored spices.

Polcari's is one of a few shops in the North End that looks the same as it did 50 years ago.

Polcari's is one of a few shops in the North End that looks the same as it did 50 years ago.

There is a small deli area towards the back of the store and a vertical banner hangs on a wall promoting asummer feast of a patron saint where some customers have attached dollar bills. Usually, during good weather, you’ll see a half dozen old men sitting in beach chairs outside the shop on the narrow roadway catching up on the neighborhood news.

I visit the shop about every six weeks to buy the best coffee beans and loose teas, for the best prices. The mocha-java blend is about $7 a pound, about the same amount you’d pay for A&P brand coffee in the supermarket and this is so much better. The green gunpowder tea sells for $8 a pound. I think the same amount at Starbuck’s wanna-be Tealuxe, would cost you over $30.

Cooking students at a nearby restaurant stopped in to pick up some items as part of their shopping/scavenger hunt.

Cooking students at a nearby restaurant stopped in to pick up some items as part of their shopping/scavenger hunt.

But the reasonable prices are only part of the attraction. The quality is high, especially for the dried spices. Small plastic bags of oregano and basil, about the size of my hand, sell for only a buck and are pungent, not like those little plastic jars you get at the supermarket that often have the scent of sawdust.

Good eating is all about good cooking and good cooking is all about using the best ingredients. Most of my good meals start here.

My Favorite Picks

Mocha Java Coffee Beans. I buy all my coffee beans whole and then grind them up as I use them. The mocha java beans are a hearty, medium blend: not too strong or bitter. Earthy. A good everyday morning cup.
Green Gunpowder Tea. A medium strength tea. Lightly sweet. A fresh, grassy, taste with just a little bitterness. Served best with a little sugar or even peppermint. Makes a great, refreshing iced tea too. Healthy.
Italian Roast Coffee Beans. This is your dark, strong, espresso roast. Add a small piece of lemon peel, sugar, and a good quality dark rum for an after-dinner pick-me-up. Or simply add a splash of sambuca.
Russian Caravan Tea. This is often described as a tea for coffee drinkers. Very strong. Smells like smoke, some have even said, bacon. I love this tea hot, with cream and sugar.
Chamomile Tea. A very light, apple-sweet tea made from dried flowers. Many drink it to relieve stress or to help them go to sleep at night.

(Polcari’s is located at 105 Salem Street in Boston. All photos by Mark Micheli)


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