January 15th, 2009

Petsi’s Pies, Somerville

When R carpools with Justin, his route home takes him by Petsi’s pies in Somerville, so he can’t resist stopping by and getting some treats. Tonight he brought home a mini pecan pie for himself and a lemon square and a lemon scone for me. The lemon square was excellent as always with a buttery crust and a filling that walked the fine balance between sweet and tart.


I was surprised at how tasty the lemon scone was. As a general rule, I avoid scones, as they are usually akin to a dry hockey puck. However, I love enjoy Petsi’s fig and brown sugar scones, they are moist and tender enough to have on its own (without coffee to help it). Like the fig scone, the lemon was moist and tender, and there was bright lemon flavor.


I’m really impressed by their scone skills. Stop by and try one. Pick up a lemon chess pie while you are there.



Roasted Turkey Breast

The in house roasted turkey breast at Russo’s is pretty good. It tastes like actual turkey that may have been leftovers from T-day, as opposed to most deli turkey that is devoid of flavor. That said, it’s also pretty pricey at $9 a pound.

So I picked up a kosher half turkey breast on the bone and roasted it myself. I used Cook’s Illustrated easy roast turkey breast recipe, and it came out pretty well. The skin was crispy and the meat was juicy, not dried out the way white meat can get. I got nice large piece of breast meat, which I sliced up and is ready for sandwiches. I should have weighed it to know exactly how much meat I got, because the breast cost $8.35. When you add in the 75 minutes in the oven and my time and energy, is it cost effective, especially when Russo’s turkey is quite good?

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