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Best dishes in Calgary?

Forgot about the salt and pepper squid at Ho Won

Recommendations for Sunday buffet brunch YYC?

Hi. We have a small business in Airdrie. We are looking for a Sunday buffet brunch for our Christmas office party (about 13 people). Since most people live in Airdrie or north Calgary, we want the location in the north. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Best dishes in Calgary?

Mushroom and truffle oil pizza at Without Papers
Beef tartare at Living Room
Some sort of house special spicy pho at Pho Kim
Also the salted caramel ice cream from Village

Quality butter in yyc?

Just wondering what kind of butter you use in your baking and cooking. Butter is so expensive, I tend you use the cheapo brand. But I am about to try the recipe for Bouchon's caramels and would like to use the best ingredients. Has anyone found butter with 84% fat content vs. the usual 80%? I know that Stirling makes one but they are in the eastern provinces.
Thanks for your input!

Where to Find Buttermilk Powder in Calgary?

I buy mine at Bulk Barn

Truffles in Calgary?

Just found these at Home Sense in Beacon Hill. Product of Italy. 25 grams. The ingredients are summer truffle, water, and salt. There are about 5 small walnut sized ones in my bottle. It is $9.99.

Help with cupcake recipe

I made the cupcakes yesterday. Based on your replies, I took out the 2 yolks and replaced all the AP flour with cake flour. Much lighter! Thanks again for all your help!!

Jun 06, 2012
annabanana2000 in Home Cooking

Help with cupcake recipe

Hi Chowhounders:
I need help with the following recipe. I am a good baker in the sense that I can follow a recipe but I don't know how to tweek a recipe. I absolutely love the flavour in this green tea cupcakes recipe but I find it too dense. My girlfriend also made them and hers were dense too.
Thanks in advance for all your help!

May 30, 2012
annabanana2000 in Home Cooking

Standing Rib Roast- revisted

I have done the CI initial sear on stovetop and the Alton Brown suggested method of oven searing after (but at 500). I think they are both delicious but my only warning is that the oven searing after results in a very smoky kitchen. I don't know if this will happen at the temp of 450, though. So if I am feeling lazy and don't want to dirty another pan (which is the reason Alton Brown does it his way), then I follow the AB way. If I am having guests over, I do it the CI way.

May 06, 2012
annabanana2000 in Home Cooking

Shortbread Placecards

How about these for another option:

I have never used them so I don't know how easy/hard they are to do.

May 04, 2012
annabanana2000 in Home Cooking

making cake pops

Don't know if you are interested in Cake Pops for Cheaters. Check out the link
But you would need nut free timbits.

Apr 12, 2012
annabanana2000 in Home Cooking

need cookbook suggestion

Hi. I have made the Blueberry Flax Hot Cereal (very good), the tabbouleh (very good, I also add feta and chickpeas), Bocconcini and oregano salad (very good), beef vegetable quinoa soup (okay, I found the quinoa flavour overpowered the soup) and the Blueberry Sponge cake (This one would have been good if I wasn't a cheapskate and decided to try to make my own quinoa flour in a food processor. I wasn't able to make it fine enough, so it turned out quite gritty. ) Hope that helps!

Mar 09, 2012
annabanana2000 in Home Cooking

need cookbook suggestion

Quinoa 365, The Everyday Superfood is a great one.

Mar 01, 2012
annabanana2000 in Home Cooking

Dry pack scallops available anywhere in Calgary?

Not sure if they use phosphates, but give these guys a call too.

Colored popcorn

Here's another way. Have been meaning to try this for my kids...

Feb 18, 2012
annabanana2000 in Home Cooking

Its Cassoulet weather!

My husband and I were just talking about cassoulet today. I was just bemoaning my lack of incentive to make cassoulet because we have had such a beautiful, mild winter here in Calgary, Alberta. I think your post is a sign to make it anyways. I make Anthony Bourdain's recipe from his Les Halles cookbook.

Feb 18, 2012
annabanana2000 in Home Cooking


You inspired me to try it. Thanks for the link to clarify the instructions. I found her directions very, very confusing! Unfortunately, my kids weren't too fond of it so it's not worth the effort to do again. Definitely DO NOT tie the soba noodles together at one end. The end congeals together and doesn't cook properly.

Feb 16, 2012
annabanana2000 in Home Cooking


I make a blueberry onion sauced pork tenderloin. Super easy. I have never added the tomatoes. I always wanted the blueberries to be centre stage.

Feb 13, 2012
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Do you love Banana Bread? What's your favorite banana bread?

Thanks for sharing this Trish! I just made this tonight. Neither my hubbie or I really like banana bread but we both loved this. I added chocolate chips. I baked it in an angel food cake pan since I don't have a bunt cake pan. It turned out perfectly. Really moist. My little kids asked for seconds of it without asking for more ice cream that I served with it

Feb 07, 2012
annabanana2000 in Home Cooking

Flanken Style Short ribs

I am making these tonight. I use the following recipe for the marinade and substitute with the flanken style short ribs. I try to at least marinate overnight. The five spice adds such a lovely flavour!

Feb 06, 2012
annabanana2000 in Home Cooking

Please help me learn to love kale......!!

This is my favourite recipe. Braised Kale with red wine and chicken stock
Maybe you will enjoy it too since it is cooked a little bit longer (15 mins) than other recipes, making the kale more tender.

Feb 02, 2012
annabanana2000 in Home Cooking

Have you ever tried to cook quinoa? How do you cook and serve it? What recipe do you like the best?

There's a natural outer layer of saponin on it. The saponin helps protect the quinoa, otherwise the birds eat it while it is growing. The saponin is responsible for the bitter taste. Rinsing gets rid of the saponin.

Jan 30, 2012
annabanana2000 in Home Cooking

Have you ever tried to cook quinoa? How do you cook and serve it? What recipe do you like the best?

I seem to have more bitter taste buds, so I am more sensitive to the slight bitter taste to quinoa. So I cook the quinoa like pasta, which decreases the bitterness. Cook the quinoa in water (about 4 parts water to 1 part quinoa) for about 15 minutes. Drain well. Transfer the quinoa back into the pot, cover with a kitchen cloth and pot lid for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork.
My favourite recipe is Tabbouleh with the quinoa substituting the bulgar.

You should check out "Quinoa, 365" by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming. The recipes look great. I just haven't had the time to cook from it.

Jan 29, 2012
annabanana2000 in Home Cooking

tasty, freezable cassersoles -- please help if you can

I have made this many times. Penne, sausage, beans and spinach casserole. It is really tasty and super filling.

It was originally published in Calgary Swerve magazine by Julie Rosenthal.

Jan 24, 2012
annabanana2000 in Home Cooking

Charpop - Calgary

I found this on

Grant Van Gameren teams up with Top Chef Canada’s Connie DeSousa for Calgary pop-up

Grant Van Gameren, former chef and owner of The Black Hoof and currently the chef at Enoteca Sociale, has teamed up with Connie DeSousa, the second runner-up from season one of Top Chef Canada and co-executive chef and owner of Charcut, for what is apparently Calgary’s first pop-up restaurant, Charpop. The full-service restaurant will operate at a secret Cowtown location for three days only, from January 15 to 17, serving “an à-la-carte menu that promises to surprise and satiate with creative, memorable items,” according to John Jackson, Charcut’s other co-chef and owner. Menu items will include lardo-topped rabbit pie, bison heart steak and cinnamon buns baked in cast iron with spiced rum and raisin gelato. Aviv Fried, a Calgary baker who delivers his artisanal loaves by bicycle, is also involved. Reservations for the 60 bookings went on sale today, and a return flight to Calgary can be had for a mere $518 at the moment.

by Andrew D'CruzJanuary 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm
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Buther's Twine in the NW

It took me forever to find too. I finally found it last week. It is at Superstore in the tools section. I was looking in all the kitchen gadget sections in different stores. I bought a ball of "ToolMaster Heavy Duty Butcher Rope". It is made from food safe, 100% biodegradable cotton.

St Andre Cheese

I have gotten it at Lina's too.

Anyone know where to find decorative oil dispensers in Calgary?

I bought them years ago as a gift at Lina's. Can't remember what they looked like, but they had metal spouts and were of good quality.

malted milk powder in yyc

I have bought the Horlicks brand at Superstore. I can't remember what aisle. It is either with the hot chocolate powders or in the Asian aisle. I have also seen it at T & T.

Where to buy: LOBSTER (Calgary)

I just bought some last week from T&T. They have had them on sale for the last couple of weeks (from Fri-Mon only) for $7.99/lb. The "smaller" ones only, 1-1 &1/2 lbs each, which, in my humble opinion, are the perfect size. They were delicious. I think T & T sells a lot of seafood, so it would be fresh. I don't know about buying them from Safeway or other grocery stores, as I wonder about the possible slow turnover.