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St. Lucia special dinner

Have you ever tried Spinnaker's in Rodney Bay, right on the ocean, which I like and cheaper than Fire Grill (by a fair amount)? We are down to only 2 nights at La Terrasse in Rodney Bay, we definitely want to try the french restaurant there, but on our first night, I want on the water for sure. Because of less time I don't think we will cab it anywhere. Thinking of Starfish for a lunch though and the mall another lunch.

Freezer worthy vegetable side dish for holidays

@greygarious your suggestion made me think of braised cabbage, @ttrockwood you just confirmed it!

Thanks!

Black Forest Cake - High Quality Recipe?

after flopping on last years attempt at the genoise layer, my intention this year was to use the chocolate cake from this recipe:

http://emskitchenmojo.blogspot.ca/201...

I have made this recipe many many times. The chocolate cake in it is NO FAIL And super easy. Only thought was that it might be too soft for this cake.

Alas something came up and SO's bday got cancelled. Planning to make it early next year for him instead.

Also if you feel like being sneaky and lazy this cake mix works really well, it helped save my genoise flop.
http://www.duncanhines.com/products/c...

I sub the water for milk and oil for melted butter. I fool a lot of people with this mix.

Dec 17, 2014
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking
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Freezer worthy vegetable side dish for holidays

I need to get some cooking done now for the holidays. Unfortunately SIL has given me no indication of what to help with for the menu. She is not a planner, I am, and also have limited time in the next couple of days to cook. I figure I can do a couple side dishes and a dessert and they will work with whatever else she makes and hopefully take some load off of her.

I am making mini mac and cheese cups for an appetizer for Xmas Eve party, figure I would just make extra for a casserole for us.
Question #1: freeze before cooking or after? Leaning towards before, like I would with lasagna

Question #2: Can anyone think of a vegetable side dish that I could freeze ahead of time, preferably not too heavy! What about roasted beets? Can I roast them tomorrow and freeze after roasting? Any other thoughts?

Dessert: gingerbread cheesecake, should freeze no problem?

Thanks all! Happy holidays :)

Dec 17, 2014
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

St. Lucia special dinner

I just found your trip report. Very helpful. I can't really find menus on line for any of these places. Do you recall the general $ value? Especially wondering if Plantation house is worth the cab fare to Castries. We are staying right near the Bay Walk duty free so we will definitely check out the food court! thanks! Laurel's is intriguing for sure, love to have a local fair option.

St. Lucia special dinner

Yes, we are leaning towards jade Mountain.

Incidentally we will have 3 nights in Rodney Bay, will have all meals to buy out. Do you have any reasonable options for meals? Ideally we would like one lunch or dinner to be on the ocean. Not interested in steak, sushi or Indian. More local, fish especially would be ideal. Good easy, cheap, healthy breakfast especially (smoothies, oatmeal???). We are staying at La Terrasse and will not have a car.

St. Lucia special dinner

Can anyone chime in on best bet for special anniversary dinner in St. Lucia near Soufriere. Ambience and food a must. Hesitant to go off of tripadvisor reviews. Looking at Sugar Beach, Jade Mountain, Hotel Chocolat, Ladera or Anse Chastanet. Any help would be appreciated.

fresh chantrelles

Really? Cool, okay, I will look next time I am there, I suspect it is one of those lucky grabs though, not at all consistent.

Any other places to check?

fresh chantrelles

Is there anywhere to buy fresh chantrelles in Calgary or Edmonton? They are still in season correct?

Picked some up in Revelstoke about a month ago, they were amazing!

Low-maintenance meat entrees

This is my quick go to chicken recipe that was passed onto me by Chowhound. Can be used with thighs or drums too. I have done in a dish on the bbq or in oven. Very tasty, leftovers are delish and completely hands off except getting the chicken in the pan. You could also make extra tomatoes in a separate pan for yourself and have it overtop of a something like potatoes, polenta or quinoa. Have also used sage or basil in a pinch instead of marjoram

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Jun 27, 2014
cleopatra999 in Home Cooking

NOTL & area restaurants

thanks everyone, lots of great suggestions. I think I need to map out my wine tasting and other routes and figure out how to get to all these places :)

NOTL & area restaurants

You know, we will actually be staying at cottages on lakes for the days prior, I think maybe I will focus on food instead.

NOTL & area restaurants

Unfortunately our brunch is on Saturday. Do you know if they do Saturday brunch, I could not find mention of it on their website.

NOTL & area restaurants

You would recommend it over Trius then? I like that they have more breakfast-y items than Trius.

NOTL & area restaurants

Ravine might be a nice choice for a glass of wine and their house made charcuterie.

NOTL & area restaurants

Does Treadwell do brunch? Do they have a view/outdoor seating? These are important for brunch on Saturday.

I am fairly set for our first dinner to be near the b&b. We are driving a long ways that day and don't want to have to drive far for dinner. Can't do two pricey dinners so looking more casual for dinner #2. I will look again at Stoneroad but recall the menu not being appealing to me (could be confused I looked at many).

NOTL & area restaurants

Yes, I did the search and looked through many of those.

NOTL & area restaurants

We will be visiting the area for the first time this August. Looking for some great dining. Staying in Jordan Station. Itinerary is to arrive late afternoon. Check into B&B, head to falls, drinks somewhere, maybe a winery or 2 (are they open past 5?) dinner nearby to B&B (Inn on the Twenty or Vineland Estate). Next day wine tastings, need lunch spot & dinner (casual). Next day brunch (Thinking Trius), then head back to TO.

SO, we need help finding a great patio for wine/snack on our way from the falls to Jordan Station. Near the water would be ideal! Lunch while wine touring....or should we plan a picnic? We will stay mostly around Vineland touring. Dinner out that evening, happy to drive to NOTL, something casual. Any other places for brunch we should consider? Outdoor seating is a must for this one! On the lake would be a bonus.

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.

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.

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

under $25 for mains

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!

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.

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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