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POLL: Do you prefer your scooped ice cream in a cup or cone?

I chose a cone, but I don't eat it. I think ice cream tastes better when licked, but I don't like the taste of cones

about 20 hours ago
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Bicks Zesty Onion Relish

I'm in Halifax, so it may not be of much help, but I can get it at both Sobeys and Superstore (owned by Loblaws).

about 22 hours ago
CanadaGirl in General Topics

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

The baristas at my local Starbucks are definitely NOT free of visible tattoos.

Jul 21, 2014
CanadaGirl in Food Media & News

Almost half of the world prefers instant coffee

I do know that we have different tea in Canada than in the US. I prefer ours :).

Jul 21, 2014
CanadaGirl in Food Media & News

Almost half of the world prefers instant coffee

Everyone I know who drinks instant coffee on a regular basis has the following in common:
1. Is an immigrant
2. Gets the instant coffee from the country they came from, and considers Canadian instant (which I assume is the same as American) to be gross.

Jul 18, 2014
CanadaGirl in Food Media & News

UK Government strikes deal for weaker wine in pubs

As I read it, they have agreed to offer a *house* wine with 12.5% abv or less. Nowhere do I read that all wines on offer will have a low percentage.

Jul 15, 2014
CanadaGirl in Wine

Bitter lemon?

I have recently seen a lot of Fever Tree Lemon Tonic at Winners. Delicious.

Jul 15, 2014
CanadaGirl in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Celiacs, Sacraments, and High Holy Days?

Our church offers special gf communion wafers. They are wrapped individually, blessed beside the regulars, and the priest reminds everyone as people are about to go to Communion to let him know if anyone needs them. So, someone is manufacturing them.

But, I do recall years ago when there were far fewer items for people with dietary restrictions that a member of our church used to just use a cracker. He gave it to the priest before Mass, and that was blessed.

Jul 15, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Looking for a odd restaurant in Nova Scotia

I'm unfamiliar with restaurants in the Parrsboro area, but what about emailing the town and asking? I found an email address on the town website: town@town.parrsboro.ns.ca

Jul 13, 2014
CanadaGirl in Atlantic Canada

House brands shutting down name brands?

I dot think so. All of the grocery chains in my area carry the same brands of milk and cream. Not all chains carry all brands, but there are no brands found at only one store for those products.

Jul 07, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

House brands shutting down name brands?

Yes, but I'm in Canada. We have different grocery stores :)

Jul 06, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

House brands shutting down name brands?

Nope. In fact, I don't know that I've ever seen store-brand milk or cream. I've seen store brand cheese and butter, but certainly not to the detriment of choice.

Jul 06, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Onions. Do you "count" them as a vegetable when planning a meal?

Depends on the amount. If I make fajitas, everyone ends up with a significant quantity of onion. But, if it is only a little bit, no. It doesn't have to be "on the side" for me to count it though.

Jul 06, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics
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What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

I haven't seen the recipes you've used, but I've never had a problem with the Leahy one. It definitely creates a good, chewy crust that has nice airy bits, and because it rises so slowly, the flavour is great. I shared it with many people that I know IRL, and all have succeeded. But, then all of the people I've shared it with used Canadian flour, which I understand to be different than American.

Jul 05, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

I'm 8 wks. pregnant and HATE FOOD. :) Need help...

As everyone has said, eat whatever you can and don't worry about it. Who knows what you will want tomorrow. I do era all really enjoying grape juice for a while. Heck, when I was pregnant with my first I NEEDED a mango. The world was going to end if I didn't get one. So, I started eating and it was awesome. About 1/2 way through the mango, I thought it was the most disgusting thing ever and I couldn't touch a mango for months. Pregnancy :)

Jul 02, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

No knead pizza dough! Super simple, minimal effort, excellent flavour. I ignore the part of the directions where it says to swap bowls, so I dirty one bowl and a spoon.

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

Jul 02, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

An alternative to sumac?

What?! All the poor, deprived non-Canadians!

Jun 29, 2014
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

I got a flask of beer, what to do?

I don't use beer in dessert, but I thought you said you did. I see in re-reading that post that you were talkng about alcohol in general, not just beer. Sorry :)

Jun 29, 2014
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

Why does the meat in my bolognese sauce completely absorb the tomato puree?

It is available at Costco in Canada.

Jun 29, 2014
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

I got a flask of beer, what to do?

It's a great beer, one of my husband's favourites. It is slightly caramelly, so would be good in your dessert recipes.

Jun 29, 2014
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

Do you dry your stainless steel sink?

I do wipe it out with a dry cloth. Not because I find water marks, but because the water itself looks messy to em and I feel like the kitchen isn't. REALLY tidy.

Jun 29, 2014
CanadaGirl in Not About Food

What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

For Christmas I want the stuffing the way it has always been made in my family. But, I've sometimes had StoceTop for a meal all by myself. Yum!!

Jun 29, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Leaving half doughnuts behind

I have no problem with this. People often cut baked goods I half at my work, usually leaving the knife behind. The presence of halves doesn't seem to bother anyone.

If someone doesn't want to eat a half, but that is all that is left, they wouldn't have had it anyway if the first person had taken the whole doughnut and then tossed half. So, I see no harm to leaving half.

Jun 28, 2014
CanadaGirl in Not About Food
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Portland, Maine - My Long Weekend Food Itinerary - Thoughts Welcome!

We are heading there in August. Thanks for starting a thread with info I will be able to use :)

Jun 28, 2014
CanadaGirl in Northern New England

What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

I have NEVER seen pumpkins anywhere near that cheap! One pie pumpkin usually cost $5 or $6 here. They are a local crop, so it's not some crazy transportation cost. I wonder why there is such a difference in retail price!?

Jun 25, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

I agree on the pumpkin. Starting with a fresh pumpkin was no better, no worse than starting with purée. But, it was much more expensive back to the can I go! (But, I disagree with the post above that all pumpkin pies taste the same. No way! Mine is WAY better than Costcos)

Jun 24, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

ever taken a paid for cooking class??

Yep. I've taken some great ones. A famous tv chef put one on at my local grocery store, and that was fun. I also went to one at a local Thai restaurant A pub near me has classes regularly; they fill so quickly I've only managed to get there a couple of times.

Jun 23, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

We are also in the natural texture camp, but I never thought of the apple. That is a great idea, will have to try.

Jun 23, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Moon Pie vs Wagon Wheel

Good to know. I guess I already know that I don't like Moon Pies then. But the name somehow intrigues me :)

Jun 23, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Bicks Zesty Onion Relish

I can't be of any help, but it. IS one of my favourite condiments. We go through so much of it.

Maybe the obvious answer is come visit us in Canada again ;)

Jun 23, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics