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earthquake themed chili cookoff ideas?

Maybe include only ingredients which would be in your regular pantry? And name the chili something which references the survival kit ingredients?

Sep 13, 2014
KarenDW in Not About Food

HOW LONG WILL THIS CAKE LAST IN MY FRIDGE?

I'd wrap well and then freeze, if even for a few days. But, lacking freezer space... sure, transfer to an air-tight container, and keep in the fridge for a few days. If you don't have a large enough container, then wrap the entire box in plastic wrap or a heavy-duty plastic bag.

Sep 12, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

Remove a Cucumber’s Bitterness by Chopping and Rubbing the Ends

My mom always did the "rub cut end of cucumber" thing. I don't anymore, after working in a university sandwich shop for far too long :) Really, I haven't noticed any difference between our respective salads.

Sep 11, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

Olive Oil Tasting

... and there are similar set ups in Victoria, BC and Bellingham, WA. I thought the best value was in buying the sampler pack of 6 bottles, which can be filled with almost any of the oils or vinegars on offer.
Butter olive oil is a godsend for when I cook for vegan folks. No actual butter, just a buttery tasting olive for the oil.

Sep 09, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Soup pots

I like the Costco stock pot; heavy clad bottom, stainless steel body; 11L or something. Works with induction, too :) And dishwasher safe.

Sep 09, 2014
KarenDW in Cookware

What to do with LOTS of fresh basil?

"Winter/Fall is coming here in the Midwest USA, but my plants are still going gangbusters"
Are you thinking about moving the plants indoors, in pots? :)

Have you considered making a pesto with a bit of sesame oil and ginger, plus a generous amount of either olive oil or sunflower oil? Freezes well.

Sep 08, 2014
KarenDW in Home Cooking
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URGENT ADVICE PLEASE RE FREEZING PREPARED FOODS?

Totally safe to freeze. Texture may be softer after defrosting. Remember to defrost in the fridge :) or in an insulated lunch bag for immediate consumption. Eat within a few days of defrosting.
If the texture is completely unappealing after defrosting... make soup?

Sep 08, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics
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How to freeze a pizza without ruining it

A few thoughts:
• Vacuum pack or, double wrap the pizza slices before freezing. Cool the pizza in the fridge before wrapping and freezing.
• preheat the oven, hotter than you'd think -- maybe 450ºF?-- and a baking sheet, before heating the frozen pizza
• defrost frozen slices in fridge before heating
• ask your pizzaria to prepare "take and bake" versions, which you could wrap and freeze
The cast iron pan idea, and the cheese-on-the-side idea, mentioned up thread, are great suggestions.

Sep 07, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

Defrost frozen fish in original plastic packaging. Safe?

properly defrosted (i.e., in refrigerator or cooler) may not be dangerous, but changes in texture will occur

Sep 07, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

I concur :)
Love bread and pasta, but those things don't love me back. No bother w/ "gluten free" substitutes, as the digestive effects for my bod remain the same.
So, have chosen to eat milled-grain containing favorite foods in moderation.

Sep 07, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

Does it HAVE to be "pretty"?!?

It all depends... (as with many things)
Am I preparing a special meal for an occasion? Am I charging $100 pp for a dinner party? Then YES! It absolutely must be pretty.
Am I making stock? A dish with a dense sauce? Do I have time to trim off bruises and blemishes for everyday dinner? Then, much more latitude on appearance.

Sep 07, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

Olive Oil Tasting

Another event, at the Italian Cultural Centre, in collaboration with Slow Food Vancouver and The Modern Pantry, Oct. 6 at 6:30
http://italianculturalcentre.ca/event...

Hands-on class is comprised of two parts, a tasting of oils from California, Italy and France; then baking. The class starts at 6:30pm and it costs $55/person ($50 for Il Centro or Slow Food members).
For more information or special pricing: 604 430 3337.

Sep 07, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Lift -- Any Recent Experience

"kangaroo loin on offer - why don't more places serve this?"
Our place serves this :)

Sep 07, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Coffee by the gram

minimum is 200 gms

Sep 06, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver, Canada - General information about organic food

Several supermarkets sell organic produce, meats and dry goods. Save On Foods & Thrifty Foods both come to mind. There are definitely suburban locations of those chains. You could spend a lot of time (and fuel!) driving around looking for roadside produce stands.
Another option is to carefully order from a food delivery service, such as SPUD or Dairyland Home Service (Saputo).
I usually include the time/fuel cost in calculating the price of food.

Sep 03, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Food that can be packed & eaten 10 hours later?

Instant ramen, a tin of baby corn, and tin of tuna.
Soup, frozen in a microwaveable container. Will be perfectly thawed by suppertime. Best if in an insulated bag.
Dried fruit, nuts and cereal. Fruit leather. Homemade granola.
Cubes of cheese.
Juice and water.
And she can have a hot meal at home, later.
My kids danced and played soccer. There were a lot of no-fridge snacks. Individual sized tins of tuna, baby corn, and fruit were a lifesaver. [yes I know that it would be cheaper and more enviro-sensitive to buy bulk and repackage]

Aug 31, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

Amateur cooking classes in Vancouver?

Various kitchen shops in Burnaby, Port Moody and Langley offer single-session cooking classes. All include sampling, some have wine; a few are hands on. I occasionally teach at Well Seasoned, in Langley.

Aug 29, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Propagating cilantro

To encourage the plant to make more roots, transfer to a much larger pot. Once the plants are established, trim the leaves and stems to just above the first leaf-pair. You want enough leaf to remain to continue photosynthesis, and for the plant to actually "work" at growing. Don't water too much, and the root will likely grow, looking for a water source.
Cilantro doesn't root propagate. But it does self-seed quite nicely.

Aug 29, 2014
KarenDW in Gardening
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Where do you get your chicken/ breasts?

Generally, I purchase a family pack of chicken at Choices Markets; sometimes on "markdown". Remove from package. Wrap individual portions. Freeze. Sometimes I even debone before wrapping.
But, if you use the whole chicken, stop in at either SaveOn or Whole Foods, and ask for a whole organic chicken to be cut up. They'll do it, if the store is not too busy.

Aug 26, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Looking for lunch in Steveston

Diner No 1 is no longer. Can't remember, just now, what the new format is.

Aug 24, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Gift for Friend? What does the US have that you don't?

Hello Mr. G. She is at Camberwell. I actually think she is pretty proud of making perogy by hand. Interestingly, none of her friends were even remotely familiar with the little potato dumplings.

Aug 20, 2014
KarenDW in Australia/New Zealand

Sealing Canned Tomatoes in a Hot Canning Bath

Some tips here, via homecanning.com
http://www.freshpreserving.com/tools/...

Aug 20, 2014
KarenDW in Home Cooking

Gift for Friend? What does the US have that you don't?

This thread reminds me of my Canadian-born daughter, living in MEL.
She misses perogies, the frozen sort. Now just makes her own.
Maple syrup and maple sugar can be very expensive in Aus., and I've never seen Birch Syrup there.
Some baking spices and flours have been difficult to find, in her own neighborhood, but now she shops farther afield.
Also, I find liquor to be much less costly in the US than in Aus. Not sure of the $$ comparison in NZ.

Aug 16, 2014
KarenDW in Australia/New Zealand

Fabulous brunch spots?

Heading to Catch 122 (122 West Hastings St., across from SFU Woodwards), and will report back. The website states that brunch is served until a civilized 4pm :) Have only had drinks/coffee there, thus far, but the room itself is appealing.

Aug 13, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Your Favorite Meat or Protein?

Fish, poultry (and eggs), shellfish.
Really. I could eat eggs, poached soft, on top of sauteed greens, nearly every day.
Don't need to eat meat very often, if I have fish. But now and again, that steak is really yummy.

Aug 12, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

What food do you wash that you're sure no one else does?

Given the time and opportunity, I wash most fruits and vegetables with water and a bit of dishwash liquid (or hand soap). Even bananas. I find this keeps the fruitfly population to a manageable level (removes surface eggs). Also, gets rid of aphids and such from the veggies.
W/ onions and garlic, I generally peel off the first outer layer before getting a knife into the rest. Or, wash the outside w/ soap and water.
At work, I do similarly, although the greens and herbs might not get a secondary wash. But we do get a lot of fruit from food recovery operations, and most items are handled by a number of people. So yeah, wash w/ soap and running water. Even strawberries.

Aug 12, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

Best wording to offer chef services as a gift to bride & groom

As a personal chef, I think your offer of an additional gift is lovely. Most of my clients understand that there are both the Service and the Supplies components in hosting a catered event. It's quite possible that the bridal couple is well aware of the cost of hiring a personal chef for a dinner party. And that they would appreciate your offer, as a family friend.
IMO, a separate card, with a certificate offering "Chef services for dinner party for up to 6 guests. We will plan the theme and menu together to suit your tastes. Your only obligation is to pay for food and wine!" It is up to the couple to accept or not accept your offer.
(I understand that your offer is in addition to a wedding gift; as per your OP)

Aug 12, 2014
KarenDW in Not About Food
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Need some fresh Mushrooms for Pasta in Coquitlam, BC

There are sometimes Chanterelles and morels in the gourmet mix of Ponderosa Mushrooms at Save-On or Choices.
Otherwise, check the farmers' market. Not sure that those items are still in season, though.

Aug 11, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

I just realized I need a pressure cooker for canning tomatoes

A pressure cooker is not suitable for food preservation for shelf stable storage. UNLESS the device is also a pressure CANNER.
Even so, it's not recommended to use the pressure canner for cooking food, as sometimes minute particles of food can become lodged in the valves, and cause inaccurate pressure readings.

The National Center For Home Food Preservation has a wealth of food-science-based information regarding canning, freezing and drying.
http://nchfp.uga.edu/

Aug 11, 2014
KarenDW in Home Cooking

I just realized I need a pressure cooker for canning tomatoes

If you add the proscribed amount of bottled lemon juice or citric acid, it is safe to use a waterbath. Check with your local extension office, or homecanning.com, or the national center for home food preservation. Tomatoes are totally fine to process with water bath, if the acidity is adjusted.

Aug 11, 2014
KarenDW in Home Cooking