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What is your perfect breakfast?

A glass of fresh squeezed orange juice, bacon, two eggs over easy, home fries, rye toast and lots of good coffee.

Foods you refuse to eat as leftovers?

I refuse to eat leftover pasta. Don't ask me how I know.

Jul 24, 2015
mtlcowgirl in General Topics

Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

I agree. Lipton's Onion Soup dip has been a classic for decades. It can't be beat.

Jul 18, 2015
mtlcowgirl in General Topics

Montreal Mega-Visit In Progress

Starbucks caters to the American market. It is easily recognizable and appeals to brand loyalty.

‘Favorite cheeses’

Oka, a washed rind cow's milk cheese, from right here in Quebec.

Jun 19, 2015
mtlcowgirl in Cheese

Reservations in Montreal

American tourism is a big chunk of Montreal restaurants' income. Why would they not want your business?

Apple pie with cheese? Really?

In Canada, too. It is pure heaven.

May 19, 2015
mtlcowgirl in General Topics

Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

Greasy mahogany Quebec frites.

Apr 21, 2015
mtlcowgirl in General Topics

Looking to buy chorizo and spanish sausage for paella

FWIW, my late boyfriend was from Madrid and, though he regularly bought chorizo, he never used it in his paella. He used regular breakfast sausage. Proof that even a Spaniard can put anything in a paella LOL.

What's your favorite vegetarian pasta recipe?

Pasta Primavera.

Apr 04, 2015
mtlcowgirl in Vegetarian & Vegan

Lunch near MOMA?

ITA. Very fast and efficient service. Also probably the best cup of coffee I have ever had!

Apr 01, 2015
mtlcowgirl in Manhattan

Canned Salmon Ideas Please

Salmon Noodle Romanoff.

Apr 01, 2015
mtlcowgirl in Home Cooking

Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

Fines herbes when in France. The product sold in North America doesn't come close.


If making yourself, buy the block parm (or romano) and grate it yourself. BIG difference. Also remember to temper the eggs with the pasta water.

Mar 01, 2015
mtlcowgirl in Home Cooking

Scrambled eggs add-ins

Diced cooked bacon.

Feb 08, 2015
mtlcowgirl in Home Cooking

What to do with huge bag of frozen tiny shrimp?

Gambas al ajillo (shrimp in garlic). Heat a good amount of olive oil in a skillet. Add coronary inducing amounts of chopped garlic, some crushed chiles and your shrimp. Done!

Mop up sauce with baguette.

What's the point of celery in recipes?

As celery has virtually no shelf life, I hate to throw out most of it after a very short time, so I substitute celery salt or celery seed, readily available in your supermarket spice aisle.

Jan 26, 2015
mtlcowgirl in Home Cooking

Do you wash Brussels sprouts?

I give them a quick soak in vinegar water. The vinegar takes away any bitterness they may have.

Jan 25, 2015
mtlcowgirl in Home Cooking

Is It Finally Cool to Like the Frugal Gourmet?

"...Georgia, Russia."
He also once referred to maple syrup from "Northern Canada". Nothing grows in Northern Canada.

Jan 23, 2015
mtlcowgirl in Features

TV cooking show pet peeves

Not cooking shows as such, but programs with cooking segments. The guest chef will get the hosts (sadly, often female) to prep when these individuals obviously never learned to boil water. I am thinking of one popular daytime show in particular.

Jan 12, 2015
mtlcowgirl in Food Media & News

Most Essential Tools for Home Cooks

box grater
paring knives

Jan 07, 2015
mtlcowgirl in Cookware


You won't get any mocking from me. La Belle Province on Saint Jacques makes a very good diner style breakfast. My late BF and I used to go there all the time. Good coffee, too, with refills.



NDG hotdog

It always was. Food names do not translate well.

Rule #1...always...

Yep. Happened to me more than once, I'm ashamed to say.

Nov 21, 2014
mtlcowgirl in General Topics

Your most delicious and uncanny ways to eat Spam?

I like to dice it and cook it up with yellow rice and peas.

Oct 28, 2014
mtlcowgirl in General Topics

"Only in Canada" food items: add to the list

Canned meatballs are available in New Jersey, where I used to live, but in no way compare to Cordon Bleu. I was jonesing for them LOL.

Oct 26, 2014
mtlcowgirl in General Topics

"Only in Canada" food items: add to the list

Cordon Bleu meatballs.

Oct 20, 2014
mtlcowgirl in General Topics

Does your city have an International District/Chinatown?

Guess that rules out Montreal, too. Why did the OP limit his question to the US? Does he/she think only Americans visit this board?

Oct 01, 2014
mtlcowgirl in General Topics

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

To switch things around, I would recommend Harvey's for Americans up our way. No other chain in North America does a burger like Harvey's IMO.

Sep 24, 2014
mtlcowgirl in Chains