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Santa Cruz Recs

thanks so much a farmer's market would be awesome. What days is it? Name or address?

Apr 08, 2014
cleopatra999 in California

Looking for a quick Balsamic Vinegar tour in Modena, and a tour in Parma for Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto De Palma

I would say we felt slightly obliged. I would say if you do not have any plan to purchase that level of product (ie. spend 100eu) then don't bother going to that one. Go to Giusti, they have a huge range of typical and traditional to choose from for every budget and you still get to see the process. If you plan to buy the real thing go to Giorgio, you will fall in love with at least one, and the experience is delightful.

Mar 28, 2014
cleopatra999 in Italy

I don't even know where to start! 2 nights in Toronto

coming from a small town in the BC mountains. We have decent restaurants, but get bored of them. However we get to Calgary often enough that most cravings are satisfied.

I think being somewhere 30-45 would be best age range/comfort level.

Mar 27, 2014
cleopatra999 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

I don't even know where to start! 2 nights in Toronto

Yes, a festival would be great! We will be there on August 7th and August 16th.

Mar 27, 2014
cleopatra999 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

I don't even know where to start! 2 nights in Toronto

under $25 for mains

Mar 26, 2014
cleopatra999 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

I don't even know where to start! 2 nights in Toronto

Will be in Toronto for 2 nights in the summer, a Thursday and a Saturday. Would like a couple great dinners at a moderate price range. Love the idea of casual gastropub style and was considering something Asian, maybe Noodle House? Reservations would be ideal. Outside seating a bonus. Staying right downtown with a local who has car, but prefer to not drive if possible. Will go out after dinner on the Saturday, good cocktail bar rec where 40 year olds will not feel out of place please!

Mar 26, 2014
cleopatra999 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Santa Cruz Recs

Will be in Santa Cruz in May for biking trip. Looking for best casual restaurants, pubs & shops. We will have a house around 3rd street & 7th ave. Will have a car, but love to have recs within walking distance. Are there food trucks to watch for? Happy to eat a ton of seafood and Mexican and drink lots of beer and margaritas. Also is there a good shop and bakery nearby where we are staying?

TIA!

Mar 26, 2014
cleopatra999 in California

Two days in Emilia-Romagna

sorry no, not at all. It was very close to Reggio Emilia.

Mar 25, 2014
cleopatra999 in Italy

What the heck do I do with smoked oysters?!

super easy, although may not change you being grossed out by them.
Cracker, cream cheese, oyster, siracha, chives (optional)

Feb 28, 2014
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

Simple snacks for a crowd

How about popcorn (proper popcorn not microwave). If you have a long way to go to the office, you could melt the butter in the microwave at work and pour over top. fancy it up with parmesan, black pepper or truffle oil (very small amount). If you don't want a bunch of hands in a bowl bring a scoop or baggies.

other ideas: spiced or candied nuts, macaroons, haystacks

Feb 28, 2014
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

Leftover egg bechamel, freeze/uses?

wound up using it with scalloped potatoes, it worked just fine. Yes it was more set up than the traditional dish, but still good. Needed more cheese though IMHO.

Feb 28, 2014
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking
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Leftover egg bechamel, freeze/uses?

potatoes could work, I am having a prime rib tonight. Plan was for mashed, but maybe more like a scalloped.

of course any recipe I see has no eggs. hmmmm.

Parcook sliced potatoes, layer with onions, top with bechamel (add more cheese to bechamel). Would that be okay? the bechamel was with whole milk not cream.

Feb 22, 2014
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking
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Leftover egg bechamel, freeze/uses?

I made a moussaka and have about 3 cups of bechamel leftover. It already has the eggs in it.

Can I freeze it?

What else can I use it for? I would immediately make a mac & cheese but with the eggs it is not appropriate is it? lasagna is the only other think I know of with this eggy, set bechamel, but I am sure there is more I am unaware of.

Feb 22, 2014
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

Give me your best not-too-fussy cake recipe, please

This one. Caramel apple cake. Never failed, the sour cream keeps it uber moist. http://www.robinhood.ca/Recipes/Cakes...

Jan 12, 2014
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

Christmas dinner time management help

Thanks for all the help. The evening went off pretty stress free except for some turkey cooking issues (smoked 2 at same time, had to do more rotating and changing of temp then expected) We had two slow cookers, the oven, microwave and a hot plate. We even had timing okay to have plates warmed up :)

I used the spreadsheet method and even though I felt like a dork doing it, it helped me out so much. Dinner wound up 20 mins behind. Not bad for 14 dishes! Thanks for all the help!

Dec 26, 2013
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

Christmas dinner time management help

Spreadsheet done. Have 3 slow cookers. I think we will be solid! At least I feel more organized!!

Dec 24, 2013
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

Christmas dinner time management help

we are planning apps and have some leeway with timing because of the turkeys. Just in case. Last year when I wasn't there it was 2 hours of apps before the turkeys were ready. I am hoping I can be better prepared than that. However I am doing 2 instead of one turkey not sure how that is going to affect the time.

Casseroles and roasted potatoes just being reheated and the casseroles will hold their heat for a quite a while.

I like the post it note idea. I am hoping my host is okay with me taking over this part! The meal is sit down all at one table but buffet food.

Dec 24, 2013
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

Brining turkey safety

interesting, maybe next year. Although my maple bourbon brined smoked turkey was the best turkey we have all every eaten, not sure if that is thanks to the brine or smoking, so may not mess with a good thing for a while!!

Dec 24, 2013
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

Christmas dinner time management help

cooler with towels is a good idea.

One guest is insisting on roast potatoes (and is making them, the host refuses to say no to any traditions).

Actually you can put a towel in the microwave to heat up and wrap around items

rice cooker is a good idea. I will see about another slow cooker for heating the stuffing.

We have the bbq we can use too, to keep stuff warm.

One of the turkeys in a roasting tray the other on the grill, will be using the tray's drippings for the gravy.

Dec 24, 2013
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

Brining turkey safety

What did you find was the difference in taste/texture??

Dec 24, 2013
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

Small - really small - Standing Rib Roast

Our local market has specials on prime rib roasts a few times a year where they are 2 for 1. I always buy a couple, they are almost always 1 rib which is perfect for 2 people, why save that gorgeous roast for only company??

I go by the low and slow method, or throw on my smoker or bbq. Nice thing about the small roast is low and slow doesn't take as long. Agreed with the thermometer, I alway use it.

Dec 24, 2013
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

Slice and store parboiled potatoes?

thanks! I figured, it was the parboiled I was concerned about, since they are not quite completely cooked. I sliced them and they are fine this AM

Dec 24, 2013
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

Christmas dinner time management help

helping cook dinner at friends house for Christmas day. It has ballooned (much to my dismay) to 17 people. While everyone is pitching in, there is still a lot to do time management wise. I have never (for good reason) cooked for a group this size. I know her kitchen fairly well and it is well stocked.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated on how to get everything to the table hot (ish).

Here are some details:

2 turkeys done on the smoker
2 casseroles and roast potatoes have to go in the oven last minute
about 5 different veggies that will be precooked (reheat in microwave?)
stuffing made yesterday (reheat in microwave?)
perogies (keep in slow cooker)
bread sauce and gravy made on the stove top right before

It seems fairly straight forward, although I know I will be going insane by this point. Does anyone have any creative tricks for reheating the items or keeping warm? Or time management in general (I am poor at this with 4 dishes!)

Dec 24, 2013
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

Slice and store parboiled potatoes?

They are for raclette. I could oil them?

Dec 23, 2013
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

Slice and store parboiled potatoes?

I have parboiled my baby potatoes for use tomorrow eve. Question: can I slice them too? Trying to do as much ahead as possible. Skin is still on.

Dec 23, 2013
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

How to make fondue/raclette more substantial

I also have Gouda and Oka. The raclette cheese was quite pricey here.

Just thought the halloumi might be fun for in the trays on its own with a lemon squeeze.

Dec 22, 2013
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

How to make fondue/raclette more substantial

I just found halloumi cheese in our grocery store, thinking Saganaki in the raclette dishes....I wonder if that will work??

Dec 22, 2013
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

How to make fondue/raclette more substantial

I don't think we do very traditional raclette. Cheese is less part of it, not everything is topped in it. More like 'grilling at the table' then melting cheese and scraping it onto food.

Dec 22, 2013
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking
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How to make fondue/raclette more substantial

I am doing cheese fondue to start (for the rest of us) then raclette.

My SO insists on eating beforehand, so he says don't make anything extra/special for him. :(

Dec 22, 2013
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

How to make fondue/raclette more substantial

what do you think I can prep today? big snow storm coming so want to hit the slopes the next couple days?

Can I:
grate/slice the cheese?
blanch the veg?
slice the tenderloin?
thaw the shrimp?
make garlic butter?
cube bread & keep in plastic bag?

Dec 22, 2013
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking