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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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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