Gobble, Gobble!

We can’t believe it’s November already!  Where has this year gone?  With it being the month of November, we decided to focus on turkey in this month’s blog!

We have many repeat guests who love Charlie’s Kitchen’s Hot Turkey Sandwich with Vegetables and Mashed Potatoes!  This sandwich is a freshly made, melt in your mouth sandwich.

Who doesn’t love a delicious roasted or fried turkey on Thanksgiving?  Having a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner goes way back to when the early American colonists in Plymouth dined with the Wampanoag Indians in 1621.  They feasted on fowl and beef! Though they didn’t feast on Turkey during that time period, turkey came into play around the Civil War.  Wild turkeys were in abundance in New England and at that time, they could weigh up to 60lbs which would feed a lot of folks!  Turkeys had been popular eating in England which is how they came to be a favorite of the early colonists!  After the Civil War, Thanksgiving was introduced into the school curriculum and by the early 20th century, magazines showed turkeys as the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner!

Here’s some fun turkey facts for you:

  • Did you know that wild turkeys can fly but domesticated turkeys can’t?
  • Turkeys can run up to 20 miles per hour.
  • The turkey wattle is the long, loose piece of skin that hangs down on a turkey’s neck.
  • Turkeys have been known to have over 20 distinct vocalisations!
  • Turkeys are intelligent and can learn the exact details of land layout of an area over 1,000 acres in size!

Well we hope you enjoyed our turkey talk this month and we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!  Don’t forget to stop into Charlie’s Kitchen at 10 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.  We are open Sunday-Wednesday 11am to 1am and Thursday through Saturday 11am to 2am.

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Good Ole’ Fried Chicken

Have you tried Charlie’s Kitchen’s fried chicken?  If not, it’s time!  It doesn’t get any better than our 3 piece fried chicken meal served with French fries and Cole slaw!  This meal will have you coming back for more!!

Did you know that deep frying meat and fish goes back to the middle ages even Roman times!  Fried chicken is an American favorite that is said to have originated in Scotland where the Scots preferred to fry their chicken rather than boil it like the Irish and English.  The fried chicken dish was brought to the United States with the Scottish immigrants when they settled down in the south.   The Scottish would pan fry the chicken in oil.  Since chicken was readily available, it was a good source of protein and it was quick and easy to cook.

As time went on and slavery ensued in the south, the slaves being allowed to mostly have just chickens to sustain on, began to fry chicken that was breaded in flour or corn meal and adding various spices and herbs.  The African Americans are the ones who invented the fried chicken we all know and love today!  Fried Chicken is an American favorite!

Next time you’re at Charlie’s Kitchen, give our Fried Chicken meal a try! We think you’ll love it!Charlie's Kitchen Restaurant 10 Eliot Street Cambridge Ma

It’s Back To School!

September is a beautiful time of year here in Cambridge and the surrounding area!  The students are back in college and there’s no better time than now to take a break from your studies and hard work to enjoy some delicious food and have some fun with us at Charlie’s Kitchen!

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From our delicious burgers to awesome appetizers, we are the place to eat when you’re hungry!    We have the best selection of burgers in the area and we aren’t called the Double Cheeseburger King for nothing!  Burgers not your thing?   Give one of our sandwiches a try! Perhaps the Lobster Salad Club Sandwich or the Hot Pastrami is more your thing?  Our appetizers are sure to please!  The Jalapeno Poppers are a guest favorite along with the homemade chicken tenders!  If you’re hungry, we have you covered at Charlie’s Kitchen!

We offer Sunday night pub trivia and Monday night live bands. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for entertainment updates!    We are known to have the best Jukebox in Cambridge!

Relax and dine in our 50’s style diner or sit in our beer garden and enjoy some of these great appetizers and drinks! With 18 draught beers and a beer stand for your convenience,  it’s always a good time at Charlie’s Kitchen.  Don’t forget if it’s a chilly night, come sit out in our beer garden at one of our fire lit tables!  Bring your friends today and enjoy!

Fresh Vegetables Is Where It’s At!

There’s nothing like the taste of fresh vegetables and cooking with them.  Charlie’s Kitchen uses fresh vegetables in their restaurant from The Redhouse Farm.

The farm is on 64 acres in Winchendon, MA that provides locally grown, organic vegetables to several restaurants.  Along with supplying restaurants with fresh produce, eggs and sometimes meat, the farm is also involved in local farmer’s markets.

The farm has undergone some renovations in recent years such as updating work facilities, new roofing on the barn, adding solar powered hot water and electricity, new irrigation systems and they added nine new greenhouses!  The green houses are helpful in prolonging the growing season. The farm has several cultivated fields, livestock, apple orchard and a large forest that supplies firewood to two restaurants.  The livestock are a big part of our farm and include, pigs, chickens, goats, rabbits, pheasants, hens and horses.

Fresh Veggies
Fresh Veggies

The farm has a great relationship with the restaurants and they work together by having the farm supply the restaurants twice a week with fresh vegetables and the restaurants supply the farm with food scraps for the livestock, used vegetable friolater oil that fuels the farm’s vehicles and discarded oyster shells for the pathways around the farm.  This is a great way to reuse and recycle our renewable resources!

If you’re looking to put fresh organic vegetables in your kitchen this summer such as salad greens, Asian greens, squash, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, carrots, peas, beets, blackberries, elderberries or the best eggs in the northeast, then give Charlie’s Redhouse Farm a try!

You can pick up our produce and fruit by visiting the Westminster Farmer’s Market, May through October or purchase items through our Farm Share On Demand!   Our Farm share on demand is a quick and easy way to purchase from our “virtual” farm stand online and choose your pick-up day and location.  For more information, please visit our site at:  http://shop.charliesredhousefarm.com/

You are welcome to come visit the farm anytime with your friends and family.  Visit with our animals, buy produce Wed-Sat, take a nice walk around the property and enjoy!  The farm is located at 683 River Street, Winchendon, MA 01475

You can also enjoy the farm fresh produce at The Red House at 98 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, MAThe Red House serves eclectic European & Mediterranean dishes focusing a farm to plate dining during the growing season.

Charlie’s Kitchen has the best cheeseburgers in the area, great pub fare and a fun, inviting atmosphere.  Don’t miss out on Charlie’s Kitchen’s beer garden this summer!

The Love of Beer Gardens!

Charlie’s Kitchen located at 10 Eliot Street in Cambridge, MA has charming beer garden that should not be overlooked!  Beer gardens are the “new” coffee shops of the world.  So gather your friends and co-workers and come check out Charlie’s Kitchen’s beer garden!  The weather is fantastic and it’s time to be outside and enjoying it!

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In recent years, beer gardens have been returning to American cities and usually offer open spaces, table seating and bar seating, food menu and even live music.  They are a fun gathering spot for good conversation and beer!  Beer Gardens including the one at Charlie’s Kitchen can be open year round (weather permitting).   Today’s beer gardens in America are a bit fancier than the German beer gardens in the past.   You will find some with spectacular food and design innovations such as the fire lit tables at Charlie’s Kitchen.

Beer gardens in America first starting appearing in the 19th century and took after the German way of spending afternoons outside while spending time with family and friends and enjoying a brew or two!

Germany’s beer gardens started after brewing was banned during the summer months due to many brewery fires.  Breweries then started digging cellars near riverbanks to keep their beer cold until they needed it in the summer.  This also gave their lagers the perfect conditions to ferment properly.  It didn’t take long for tables and chairs to start showing up near these brewing locations along the rivers.  Thousands of people would gather together to sit outside, listen to music and enjoy the fresh brewed beer.

Tucked away in this eclectic area of Cambridge, the beer garden at Charlie’s Kitchen has something for everyone.  From 18 draught beers, a full menu and the popular fire top tables.  Our fire top tables are awesome and add ambience to the evening hours!

Gather your friends, family and co-workers and come see what the beer garden craze is all about. We think you’re going to really enjoy the beer garden at Charlie’s Kitchen and we look forward to serving you really soon!  Don’t forget to try one of our delicious food items off of our menu while you’re visiting!

Fish & Chips!

Thoughts of Summer, beach, seafood come across our minds as the mild season of summer is approaching!  Who doesn’t love a good ole’ plate of fish & chips?

Fish & Chips here at Charlie’s Kitchen are made with fresh fish and served with cole slaw.  Fish & Chips originated in Britain more particularly both Lancashire and London claim they invented this meal of fried white fish.  Potatoes were introduced to Britain from the new world in the 17th century and once those fried potatoes and fish were put together, there was a brand new and popular dish to be eaten!

Fish & Chips were originally only sold from small family businesses and most often out of locals homes!  The invention of the steam trawler brought fish from all over including Iceland, Greenland and the North Atlantic.  During the second world war, Fish & Chips were one of the only foods not rationed.  This delicious dish was a great source of protein, fiber, vitamins and iron.

The first sit down type restaurant was opened in 1896 in Whitechapel, London.  They served fish, chips, bread butter and tea on tables with white table cloths and fine china.  The factory workers loved sitting and dining like the rich!

By 1927 there were over 35,000 fish & chips establishments in Britain and it still remains a popular menu choice today in both the United States & Britain.

You can enjoy our delicious fish & chips dinner served with coleslaw at Charlie’s Kitchen, 10 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA 02138! We’d be happy to serve you!  Our hours are Sunday – Wednesday 11am-1am and Thursday – Saturday 11am-2am.

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Charlie’s Redhouse Farm

It’s almost Summer and you know what that means, fresh vegetables!!

A few years ago, Charlie’s Kitchen owner, Paul Overgaag, purchased a farm and named it “Charlie’s Redhouse Farm”.  The farm is on 64 acres in Winchendon, MA that provides locally grown, organic vegetables to several restaurants.  Along with supplying restaurants with fresh produce, eggs and sometimes meat, the farm is also involved in local farmer’s markets.

Have you stopped by the vegetable stand at Charlie’s Kitchen and brought fresh vegetables home?  If so, then you’ve eaten the delicious goodness that came from the farm!

The farm has undergone some renovations since being purchased by Paul which include updating work facilities, new roofing on the barn, adding solar powered hot water and electricity, new irrigation systems and they added nine new greenhouses!  The green houses are helpful in prolonging the growing season. The farm has several cultivated fields, livestock, apple orchard and a large forest that supplies firewood to two restaurants.  The livestock are a big part of our farm and include, pigs, chickens, goats, rabbits, pheasants, hens and two horses.

The farm has a great relationship with the restaurants and they work together by having the farm supply the restaurants twice a week with fresh vegetables and the restaurants supply the farm with food scraps for the livestock, used vegetable friolater oil that fuels the farm’s vehicles and discarded oyster shells for the pathways around the farm.  This is a great way to reuse and recycle our renewable resources!

If you’re looking to put fresh organic vegetables in your kitchen this spring and summer such as salad greens, Asian greens, squash, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, carrots, peas, beets, blackberries, elderberries or the best eggs in the northeast, then give Charlie’s Redhouse Farm a try!

You can pick up our produce and fruit by visiting the Westminster Farmer’s Market, May through October, At Charlie’s Farm Stand located at Charlie’s Kitchen in Cambridge or purchase items through our Farm Share On Demand!   Our Farm share on demand is a quick and easy way to purchase from our “virtual” farm stand online and choose your pick-up day and location.  For more information, please visit our site at:  http://shop.charliesredhousefarm.com/

You are welcome to come visit the farm anytime with your friends and family.  Visit with our animals, buy produce Wed-Sat, take a nice walk around the property and enjoy!  The farm is located at 683 River Street, Winchendon, MA 01475

You can also enjoy our fresh produce at two restaurants in Cambridge.  The Red House at 98 Winthrop Street and Charlie’s Kitchen at 10 Eliot Street.  The Red House serves eclectic European & Mediterranean dishes focusing a farm to plate dining during the growing season.  Charlie’s Kitchen has the best cheeseburgers in the area, great pub fare and a fun, inviting atmosphere.  Don’t miss out on Charlie’s Kitchen

Red House Farm
Redhouse Farm

’s beer garden in the warmer months!

Red House Farm

Spring Is In The Air

Warmer weather and rain and we all know what that means, Spring has sprung and it’s time to think about fresh vegetables and gardening!

 

Charlie’s Redhouse Farm” located on 64 acres in Winchendon, MA provides locally grown, organic vegetables, eggs and meats to several restaurants.  Along with supplying restaurants with fresh produce, eggs and sometimes meat, the farm is also involved in local farmer’s markets.

Have you stopped by the vegetable stand at Charlie’s Kitchen during the summer months and brought fresh vegetables home?  If so, then you’ve eaten the delicious goodness that came from the farm!

The farm has undergone some renovations since being purchased by the Overgaag family which includes updating work facilities, new roofing on the barn, adding solar powered hot water and electricity, new irrigation systems and nine new greenhouses!  The green houses are helpful in prolonging the growing season. The farm has several cultivated fields, livestock, apple orchard and a large forest that supplies firewood to two restaurants.  The livestock are a big part of the farm and include, pigs, chickens, goats, rabbits, pheasants, hens and two horses.

The farm and some local restaurants work together by having the farm supply the restaurants twice a week with fresh vegetables and the restaurants supply the farm with food scraps for the livestock, used vegetable friolater oil that fuels the farm’s vehicles and discarded oyster shells for the pathways around the farm.  This is a great way to reuse and recycle renewable resources!

If you’re looking to put fresh organic vegetables in your kitchen this spring and summer such as salad greens, Asian greens, squash, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, carrots, peas, beets, blackberries, elderberries or the best eggs in the northeast, then give Charlie’s Redhouse Farm a try!

You can pick up our produce and fruit by visiting the Westminster Farmer’s Market, May through October, At Charlie’s Farm Stand located at Charlie’s Kitchen in Cambridge or purchase items through our Farm Share On Demand!   Our Farm share on demand is a quick and easy way to purchase from our “virtual” farm stand online and choose your pick-up day and location.  For more information, please visit our site at:  http://shop.charliesredhousefarm.com/

You are welcome to come visit the farm anytime with your friends and family.  Visit with our animals, buy produce Wed-Sat during the summer season, take a nice walk around the property and enjoy!  The farm is located at 683 River Street, Winchendon, MA 01475

You can also enjoy our fresh produce at two restaurants in Cambridge.  The Red House at 98 Winthrop Street and Charlie’s Kitchen at 10 Eliot Street.  The Red House serves eclectic European & Mediterranean dishes focusing a farm to plate dining during the growing season.  Charlie’s Kitchen has the best cheeseburgers in the area, great pub fare and a fun, inviting atmosphere.  Don’t miss out on Charlie’s Kitchen’s beer garden in the warmer months!

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Dishes and Their History

St. Patrick’s day falls on March 17 each year. All around the world, people will be painting shamrocks on their faces, listening to Irish music, and having a good time with friends and family. Many of them will also be enjoying some traditional Irish fare. Here’s a rundown on some St. Paddy’s Day dishes and their history.

Soda Bread

Soda bread has been traditional in Ireland since the 1840’s, when bicarbonate of soda was first introduced to the country. Irish soda bread is made with the most frugal of ingredients: flour, baking soda, soured milk and salt. Before the loaf was baked, a cross was cut into the top with a knife to protect the household from evil. These days, the shape of the loaf will vary depending on the region in which it is made. For example, in the Northern counties, it’s flattened into a round disc, cut into quarters then cooked on a griddle, whereas in the Southern counties it’s made as a whole loaf and cut into slices.

Fried Breakfast

An Irish fried breakfast will get you set up for the whole day. A traditional plate includes two or three rashers of fried bacon, fried tomato slices, slices of fried black pudding (blood pudding) and slices of fried soda bread. This is usually accompanied by a large pot of Irish breakfast tea.

Colcannon

This traditional dish is made from boiled potatoes mashed up with kale or cabbage and mixed with onions and butter. The name comes from the Gaeliccal ceannann” meaning white-headed cabbage. It is often accompanied by Irish bacon or boiled ham. This was once a year-round staple dish, which is now only eaten during the autumn and winter.

Boxty

Boxty is a savory pancake-style dish made with potatoes. This dish is popular in the Northwestern counties of Ireland. Traditionally, there are three different types of boxty, each named for the method you use to cook them. These are: pan-boxty, boiled boxty and loaf boxty. The dish is made with grated potatoes, egg, and milk.

Coddle

Coddle – also known as Dublin coddle – is an Irish stew often made from leftovers. It, therefore, doesn’t have an exact recipe, but often contains layers of sliced pork sausage, rashers of fatty back bacon, chunks of potatoes, and sliced onion. It’s seasoned with salt and pepper and sometimes parsley. Occasionally, it may also include barley. Coddle is most commonly associated with Dublin, Ireland’s capital city.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Though you might eat this dish here in the U.S. on St. Patrick’s Day, this is not a traditional dish for the day in Ireland. So how was the association made? During the time of the Irish immigration to the United States, the first generation of Irish settlers was yearning for the comforting flavors of their homeland, which on St. Patrick’s day meant boiled bacon. But at that time, the immigrants couldn’t afford the high prices of pork meat, so they substituted bacon with the cheapest meat available: beef brisket. Rather than boiling the beef, the Irish adopted the method of brining. ‘Corned’ having nothing to do with the vegetable, refers to the size of the salt crystals used in the brining process. The corned beef was paired with cabbage as this was the cheapest available vegetable at the time.

Gather with family and friends this St. Patrick’s Day dinner, and enjoy these traditional dishes from the Emerald Isle. If you are having a drink, please do so responsibly. Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Author: Henry Moore

GUINNESS & ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

st-patricks-day  Like candy canes to Christmas, a nice chilled Guinness draft and St. Patrick’s Day go hand in hand! If you can’t be in Ireland to celebrate the luck of the Irish, then come on in to Charlie’s Kitchen located at 10 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA and we would be happy to serve you a delicious, dark Guinness draft with one of our monthly specials or our Hot Pastrami sandwich.

With all of the celebrating done on this glorious, fun filled holiday, it’s easy to forget that the origin of St. Patrick’s Day is the day that St. Patrick died.  St. Patrick was a Roman boy who was enslaved by the Irish.  After escaping Ireland, he returned as an adult and Patrick helped to Christianize Ireland in the fifth century. The legend states that Patrick used a shamrock, with its three petals on one stem to explain the Holy Trinity while converting a pagan Irish King. Regardless of how it all happened, let’s not forget that celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland or the US or anywhere all over the world, the perfect beer to drink is Guinness and it seems that Guinness is the most popular beer in America that is served on St. Patrick’s Day!  If you visit Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day, you will find that the Guinness Brewery is the place to be to celebrate this grand holiday!  They have a five-day festival serving beer, food pairings and live entertainment for visitors.  They actually sell over 7 million pints of Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day alone!  Astounding!

The atmosphere in any pub or local bar establishment whether here or in Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, will get you in the mood to wear green, have fun, eat good food, go watch a parade and enjoy a cold Guinness!

Get on out on St. Patrick’s Day this year and celebrate at Charlie’s Kitchen.  If you haven’t tried a Guinness, give it a try, we think you’ll love it!  Over 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed on St. Patrick’s Day all over the world!

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