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Would you buy dessert sauces at a farmers market?

I have, and will continue to purchase an amazing caramel sauce in our local farmers' market. The product is shelf-stable until opened, after which refrigeration is recommended.

about 2 hours ago
KarenDW in General Topics

Birthday dinner in Vancouver- steakhouse or place with good steak

We've enjoyed our 3 visits to Tableau (2 lunches, 1 dinner, in 6 months!) Service is always attentive w/o being overbearing. Wine list interesting. Frites EXCELLENT. I should go back for more research.

Jun 27, 2015
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

When to get lunch/a snack on this trip?

Are you quite certain that you'll be able to eat in the car which is picking you up at Buffalo?
If you are not, then I'd recommend purchasing something at Regan, which you can eat on the plane. Bring your own sealing container, napkin and cutlery. I had trouble on one flight, when a very nice, fresh, healthy wrap leaked out of the disposable paper box provided by the deli. My traveling companions might laugh at me, but I pack a sandwich container, cloth napkins, chopsticks, and bamboo spork into a ziplock bag in my cabin baggage.

Jun 26, 2015
KarenDW in General Topics

Your pick for happy hour in Vancouver (food and drink)

I'm keen to check out Provence Marinaside "Tappy Hour", http://www.provencemarinaside.ca/wp-c...
which seems to be 3-5 daily...

Jun 23, 2015
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

This.
When I was learning to cook family meals, I knew to choose to cook on days my father would not be home for dinner :) He was a very particular eater, and I was a particularly sensitive cook at age 11.
As a parent, I offered my children the option of making their own sandwich from ingredients on hand, if either couldn't tolerate the prepared supper. But I also would not have made a menu entirely of items which one child could not abide. Because I am a kind parent.

Jun 22, 2015
KarenDW in Not About Food
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guests not offering to do dishes, is it rude?

make sure the dishwasher is empty before the party? and have totes/bins available to contain the dirty dishes.

Jun 20, 2015
KarenDW in Not About Food

Cooking and being friendly to planet earth

1. Washable, reusable cloth bags for shopping.
2. Re-use paper or cloth bags for small items such as mushrooms, beans, etc. Larger items, such as apples, don't get their own bags.
3. Buy beer and cider directly from the maker, and use refillable bottles.
4. Make our own sodas using fruit syrups and fizzy water from a soda siphon. (fewer single-use soda bottles)
5. Use boxes or totes, rather than bags for shopping.
I agree with another poster that using what you have, and not wasting food or discarding edible items, is earth-friendly.

Jun 13, 2015
KarenDW in General Topics

Could really use some guidance - I need to start cooking at home

When I make extra meatloaf for the freezer, I cut and wrap individual portions. Freeze separately, THEN package for longer storage. The freeze & thaw cycles will be more efficient. Also easier to have ready for a quick meal, because the smaller pieces defrost quickly.

Jun 11, 2015
KarenDW in Home Cooking
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Jam not setting!!

10 cups of fruit sounds like a HUGE batch to be cooking down in one (household sized)pan. Would probably take 1 to 2 hours to be thick enough to gel without pectin.
Try dividing into 2 pans, to reduce more effectively.
Basically, when making "cooked" jam (i.e., without added pectin), what we are doing is to evaporate out the juice from the fruit, so that what remains will be a thick pulp.

Jun 11, 2015
KarenDW in Home Cooking

What would you do if you dropped dinner on the floor?

<<It's a shame to read that so many would just trash the food.>>
For some, the term "trash" is used to indicate that the fallen food would not be consumed. I use the terms "trash," "toss," "bin," and "compost" interchangeably, depending upon circumstance.

Jun 11, 2015
KarenDW in General Topics
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Need GF Chinese resto recc in Richmond ......

Even w/ hot pot, you'll want to inquire as to whether soy sauce, miso or oyster sauce were used in the broth. Wheat and barley products are so pervasive!

What's your ??????????

I keep a landline because that's the only phone which will keep working during a power failure.

How do you solve problem when you are hungry while traveling, but don't know what to eat?

Depends.
If I have "time", then I walk around the block to see what's what. Read menus, walk inside, and if I like the aromas, order something.
If I am in a hurry, then I hope that I've packed a snack in my bag :) Usually a meal-replacement bar (people call them Clif?) or nuts.
It helps to have water with you, as sometimes I feel "hungry", when what I really am is "thirsty".
Happy travels.

Jun 06, 2015
KarenDW in General Topics

Salt-preserved lemons and food safety?

It is ok that the lemons ferment slightly.
The whole point of salting lemons is to extend their useful lives without refrigeration!
Was there mold? Highly unlikely, though, since lemons are generally pretty acidic.
Total salt for a pint jar might typically be about 1/4 to 1/2 cup, depending upon the size of crystals.
No matter how hard you might try, some stubborn lemon will rise to the top. It will discolor. But will still taste fine.
As for using Meyers, I usually don't, as the rind is quite thin, and the rind is the part most often used in recipes.

Jun 06, 2015
KarenDW in General Topics

How do you solve problem when you are hungry while traveling, but don't know what to eat?

Are you referring to situations where you are in your hometown/near your home? Or is your "hungry moment" while you are in an unfamiliar location?

Jun 05, 2015
KarenDW in General Topics

Baby-Friendly Restaurants?

To be honest, I don't mind Tap and Barrel in the village. It's been solid, although not exceptional, each time we've been. The outdoor tables have access to the other areas in the plaza, so easy to get up and walk around. There are lots of children about. Will be fine for a close-to-home meal.
If you find yourself craving Vij's, you could try an early lunch at Rangoli next door; open 11am-10pm, 7 days. Avoid peak hours, as not a lot of seating.

May 31, 2015
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Who owns the doggy bag in a host's refrigerator?

For some folks, you really do need to call, "Dibs"; each and every time! Sigh.

May 29, 2015
KarenDW in Not About Food

Store-bought vs. homemade grated Parmesiano Reggiano

In our region, the "per pound" price is not lower for block than grated. But the purchase price of a tub of grated/shredded cheese is less than that of a (heavier) block. When all I want/need is a small amount of shredded parm for a topping, I'll pick up the small tub of pre-shred.

May 24, 2015
KarenDW in Cheese

Week in Vancouver late May

Coffee to take home... I happen to like the 9Bar beans, available from Espressotec on Clark near Venables. Not a coffee shop, but an equipment distributor. Closed Sundays.

May 24, 2015
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Store-bought vs. homemade grated Parmesiano Reggiano

My experience is that for the same cheese, pre-grated and grate-your-own will taste nearly the same in a finished dish. Unless you have a side-by-side tasting.

May 24, 2015
KarenDW in Cheese

Garlic Flowers/Spears?

I make pickles; sometimes separating the bud from the stem, or leaving the stem long. Great on a relish tray, or for garnishing savory cocktails.

May 18, 2015
KarenDW in Home Cooking

Graduation Open House - How much to make?

Whatever you decide to make and freeze, remember to freeze in small packets; no more than 10-12 servings each. Smaller packets will freeze through, and thaw, more quickly than larger ones.

May 17, 2015
KarenDW in General Topics
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Recipes for Impromptu Casual Summer Entertaining?

At our house we generally have on hand: a couple of cheeses, one or two salami; olives; good tuna or other tinned fish; pasta; rice; diced tomatoes; eggs; frozen peas; wine (!); chicken stock.
So... pasta putanesca, primavera or carbonera; or risotto, are easy choices. There is usually some sort of boneless chicken in the freezer, too; this can be defrosted in 20 min in a bowl of cold water.
Tinned beans + shallot + sausage/chicken/meat from the freezer could yield an ersatz cassoulet. Bring on the bread!

Recipes for Impromptu Casual Summer Entertaining?

Burgers can go from freezer to grill easily :)

What Oil for Mayo?

I've been happy w/ results when using gmo free/expeller pressed/cold pressed olive, sunflower and canola. Haven't tried corn oil yet. A touch of mustard helps the emulsion. Also patience.

May 17, 2015
KarenDW in Home Cooking

Appetizer suggestion? (Chicken enchiladas/main)

martinis
margaritas
or... a light gazpacho?

May 17, 2015
KarenDW in Home Cooking

La Brasserie

maybe a mini 'down is in order?

May 02, 2015
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where to buy powdered buttermilk in Burnaby?

Did you call your local SaveOn Foods yet?

May 01, 2015
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Nice but less expensive wedding locations?

Vancouver Museum (or... new name, Museum of Vancouver) has a function space, and could bring in catering. Nice view.

May 01, 2015
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Pork Loin freezer meals.

Heats up similarly to frozen chicken strips ;P
But really... schnitzel should reheat ok in the oven = about 15 min., 375/400-ish. (180/200ÂșC.
I've frozen the coated pieces uncooked, and they do crisp up nicely. If you've defrosted the whole loin IN THE FRIDGE the whole time, then no safety reason to avoid re-freezing the single portions. Texture of the meat may be a little soft, but you're going to pound it anyways!

Apr 29, 2015
KarenDW in Home Cooking