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Where Are My Napkins?

Me too. There is a BBQ place near me that has a very attractive sink very near the dining area, so you don't have to traipse to a washroom to wash off messy fingers! They also have the rolls of towel on the table.

Dec 15, 2014
CanadaGirl in Not About Food

How good is your butcher to you?

Mine is awesome. I am very fortunate to have a high-end grocery store near me, but with very reasonable pricing. I've never had a request denied, and they often suggest something that will make my life easier. But, I've never seen anything like that!

Dec 15, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Sweet Potato fries

Is the horseradish mustard something you bought or made? Sounds delicious.

Dec 15, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

What colour is your toaster, kettle, blender....,

I have mostly stainless, but my blender is bright red. I really like it. If the red makes you smile, I say keep it!

Dec 11, 2014
CanadaGirl in Cookware

Efficiency of Eating

I eat with the fork in my left hand (I'm Canadian, and many of us do). It is just fine for veggies and soft foods - I'm unsure why you think it might not.

Dec 06, 2014
CanadaGirl in Not About Food

Garlic Fingers

I like the ones from Martha's in Bedford. But I must admit to not having extensive experience - not an area where I deviate much!

Dec 06, 2014
CanadaGirl in Atlantic Canada

Rule #1...always...

That's why I store my pot holders in a drawer beside the oven.

Nov 23, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Rule #1...always...

Yep. My simple human motion activated soap dispenser just might be my favourite kitchen too,!

Corn chowder for Thanksgiving?

I almost always use frozen corn, and a m prfectly happy with it. I am currently using the frozen corn from Costco, and it is excellent.

Nov 20, 2014
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

Corn chowder for Thanksgiving?

I love corn chowder, and make it regularly. Here is my recipe:

- 4 slices bacon, chopped
- I med onion, diced
-1 tbsp flour
- 4 med potatoes (preferably red), diced
- 1 litre chicken stock
-1 bay leaf
- 1 cup cream (any type)
- 2 cups corn (frozen or fresh)
- salt and peppers or taste.

- crisp bacon in pot. Remove bacon to small bowl. Sauté onion in bacon fat until softened. Add flour, cook 1 minute
- whisk in broth. Stir in potatoes and bay leaf and salt. Let simmer until potato is mostly cooked, about 15 minutes.
- stir in corn. Simmer 5 minutes.
- stir in cream and reserved bacon. Heat through. Season to taste.

Nov 19, 2014
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

store bought premade pie dough

It's certainly better than mine. But, it's not nearly as good as either my mother's or mother-in-law's.

Nov 17, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

store bought premade pie dough

I use Pilsbury, because pie crust is my nemesis! It's fine, but it isn't nearly as good as a good homemade crust.

Nov 15, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Quick! How clean is "clean" for a knife?

I fill it all the way. I find it settles, and doesn't rise. And mine always looked underdone when it comes out of the oven - it sets up as it cools.

‘World’s first’ alcoholic olives launched

This brand makes many varieties, including vodka, gin, tequila, and more. I can't attest to the quality, but they have around for a while.

Nov 13, 2014
CanadaGirl in Spirits

‘World’s first’ alcoholic olives launched

Not the first. I've had olives in vermouth before. sable and Rosenfield makes them.

Nov 13, 2014
CanadaGirl in Spirits

Illicit indulgences

I do the cheese thing too! I prefer jalapeño havarti for said purpose....

Nov 07, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Egg Rolls with crispy burnt tips?

There is a restaurant in Haifax (King's Palace) that also makes that kind of egg roll.

Illicit indulgences

A big spoonful of dulce de leche that I buy at Costco. Also the frozen Chicken Kiev from the grocery store.

Nov 06, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Illicit indulgences

Ooohhh! How many chocolate chips? This sounds like it needs to become my new illicit indulgence.

Nov 06, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Butternut Squash, Kale, and Farro Soup

Very good, but much better when I added a bit of Parmesan

Nov 02, 2014
CanadaGirl in Recipes

Can you find frozen artichokes?

Great source for some, but I'm in Canada :)

Oct 31, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Can you find frozen artichokes?

Great source for some, but I'm in Canada :). I've never even seen Birds Eye products.

Oct 31, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Do you really eat less food if it’s higher quality?

I agree with most of the other posters that it depends. If the higher quality food is rich (read fat) then I will be full with less. For example, I could never eat a big bowl of homemade ice cream, as it is just too rich.

But, like the example used by another poster, I could easily wolf down a loaf of super high quality bread. But I like to think the effort that goes into chewing the crust balances that out ;)

Oct 29, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Sugar and yeast???

Sugar also contributes to browning.

Oct 29, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Sausage without fennel?

What about finding a recipe for Italian sausage and following it except for the fennel?

Oct 29, 2014
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

Can you find frozen artichokes?

Correct.

Oct 29, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Can you help me estimate the quantity of each ingredient in this picture?

Are the sauces not prepackaged? I've only ever seen them I little packets, like in the picture below.

Oct 28, 2014
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

Upsurge in Inanity

Yes.

Oct 28, 2014
CanadaGirl in Site Talk

Can you find frozen artichokes?

So many recipes assume that frozen artichokes are widely available. But, I can not find them very easily in my area. The only store I have found them at is a high-end grocery, and their frozen foods are very pricy; a 350g bag is about $7.

I can generally find almost everything quite easily in my local stores. Perhaps it's a U.S. vs Canada issue. Or maybe not.

I was wondering how widespread frozen artichokes are.

Oct 28, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Guest Calling the Shots

I think this is inappropriate. Perhaps calmly explains to your employees that there has been a fair bit of food and drink not consumed in years past* and to please only order what you will personally consume. Perhaps point out that they are free to order more food if needed.

I think I would flat-out ask that no rounds of shots be ordered, but that may just be me.

* I know I'm making an assumption here. But even if it's untrue, it could be said :)

Oct 28, 2014
CanadaGirl in Not About Food