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Good Food in Hamilton?!

I believe in my previous eight or so posts I did in fact comment/recommend restaurants in the Greater Hamilton area. Although I have never heard of Hamilton being referred to this in this way. Sorry unturtlesoup for deviating for a moment with my post about chicken wings from a chain albeit 4 months ago. I guess I had better recommend a local restaurant in the hammer to keep within the rules. How about a shout out to the West Town on Locke for their all day breakfast? YUM!!!

Apr 26, 2012
02putt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What is one tip that you learned about cooking that was simple but made a huge difference? [old]

There are so many tips here I am not sure if this has been mentioned before. If it has it is worth repeating.
If you put a wooden spoon across a pot that is boiling it will never boil over. Trust me it works. I was skeptical as the tip came from my seventeen year old daughter that would live on Kraft Dinner (Mac and Cheese) if I let her. (I think it is a staple in any college kid's diet). But sure enough she showed me. Glad the college tuition is paying off! lol

Mar 23, 2012
02putt in Home Cooking

No Drinks = Bad Service

I fortunately have never experienced this. Maybe because I don't drink and my husband does or because I order a diet soda, smoothie or something else. Our drinking and driving laws are so severe here in Ontario that .08 (1 beer) warrants a 24 hour road side suspension and a hefty fine. .05 you are considered impaired. For drivers under 21 any alcohol in your system warrants a 24 hour road side suspension and if convicted a 30 day suspension and a fine. Remember the drinking age is 19. So maybe the servers here are use to it. Besides the mark up on non alcoholic drinks is huge. $3.00 for a pop that comes from a fountain? The mark up has to be at least 250%.

Feb 24, 2012
02putt in Features

New Appliances

Okay, we have purchased a Jenn-Air 30" Gas Cooktop. It is restaurant style which I love the look of. It was an amazing deal at $1200. We also bought a 30" Broan Elite Hood SS 550 CFM. We are now debating between the Bosch 30" Built in Oven with Micro convection oven 500 or 800 series. It really comes down to look. The 500 series has knobs whereas the 800 series is all touch panel. They are both separate units so if one goes the other will still work. Bosch seems to be the only company that sells the micro convection as a unit. I spotted a Whirlpool that was very highly rated but only available in the States. It would appear a lot of items offered in the States are not offered here in Canada. Now we are only 40 minutes to the border but the warranty is the issue. It will not be honored. We also discovered that the newer fridges are shallower so they look flush with the cabinets. I don't think this will be an issue as the fridge will have a wall on one side and the pantry on the other. The last item is the dishwasher. We are soon to be empty nesters so a heavy duty one is not required. We may run it once /week. We looked at the Bosch and they were nice but a bit pricy for the amount of time we are going to use it. Basically the requirements are quiet, tall tub or adjustable rack, delay cycle and preferably hidden controls and water sensors. We were told that Bosch has a very good reputation for their dishwashers but at $1100 I think there many be something similar but much cheaper out there. So now is the time to add your 2 cents worth of advice before we make our final decisions. I still don't understand why the built in oven with convection micro is not more popular. There are a lot of built in oven with micro options but the convection doesn't seem to be a sought after feature.

Feb 19, 2012
02putt in Cookware

New Appliances

Sorry dcrb, I think I got you a little confused. I was researching what to look for in a gas stove top. And yes, the site I looked at recommended the Blue Star. One of its features was the flame. I wish but a little out of my price range (no pun intended) as we have 6 other appliances to buy as well.

Feb 02, 2012
02putt in Cookware

New Appliances

I think I said it is recommended that you forgo that option. The rational is that it cuts down on the BTU's. But it does make the surface top easier to clean. I found this on a website that was rating other higher end stove tops. Bluepoint, DCS etc. Do you disagree? The site also said to look for clear flames and ones that comes out of the burner and then straight up to the pan/pot for the most heat. I have never been able to accomplish that restaurant style sear on my steak indoors and now realize it is because the stove top I currently have does not have enough heat. (It is an electric glass top).

Feb 02, 2012
02putt in Cookware

New Appliances

Well I never thought I say this but I am "applianced out." Every store we go to it seems like they have their own personal preference and prices vary. You might get one appliance at a great price but then all the others are not deals. Needless to say I stumbled upon a Jenn-Air - JGCP430ADP gas cook top which seems like an incredible steal at $1200. It has the commercial appearance yet is for residential use. The next priced similar style is about $2000. I have searched in vain on the net for reviews and this is what I have found. It is a discontinued model (hence the deal). I could find no reviews. It comes with a warranty and parts are available. Although I am hoping not to need them. It is 30" 4 burner with the larger burner having 17000BTU's. Continuous grates. Sealed burners for easy clean up (although it is recommended you forgo this option). Porcelain for easy cleanup. Does anyone know anything about this particular model?

Feb 01, 2012
02putt in Cookware

New Appliances

We are in the process of redoing our kitchen which means the purchase of all new appliances. Now I wish we could afford top of the line Wolf, Dacor etc. but this is not an option. We have already decided on a bottom mount Samsung fridge. I would like a built in oven with the built in micro/oven as opposed to a double wall oven and then a microwave. Any thoughts on this design set up would be appreciated. Also, I am looking for a stove top. Should I go gas, ceramic/glass, or induction. Induction is so much more expensive but I can't get over the benefits. The dishwasher is not really a big issue and any quiet brand will do. There is only 2 of us now that the kids are grown. So it doesn't need to be heavy duty. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. We have had issues with LG in the past and refuse to purchase anything with their name on it. Thanks!

Jan 27, 2012
02putt in Cookware

Servers Drinking on the Job

As long as it does not affect the server's ability to do their job I don't see the problem. Many professions "drink" on the job. Think lunch meetings, client meetings etc. The fact the person commented not only on the servers breath but also commented on their tattoo sounds like they were trying to get the server into trouble in what I think is a cowardly way. If the customer had a problem with this they could have easily spoke to the manager and requested a new server. The server must not smoke or I'm sure the customer would have complained about that too.

Jan 19, 2012
02putt in Features

What is one tip that you learned about cooking that was simple but made a huge difference? [old]

When you have to use chicken or beef drippings for a sauce I put all the drippings in a bowl and add a handful of ice cubes. After 5 minutes all the fat has risen to the top is easily scooped out. The really neat thing about this is that the ice cubes for whatever reason do not melt so you sauce is not watered down.

Jan 14, 2012
02putt in Home Cooking

What is one tip that you learned about cooking that was simple but made a huge difference? [old]

That is so cool. I use fresh garlic all the time but especially a lot of garlic when canning. This will definitely save a lot of time.

Jan 14, 2012
02putt in Home Cooking

Don't Be a Diet Bore

It would appear to me that this is not the first time Slim by Spring has brought up the diet topic and people are tired of listening to her. The writer quoted the co-worker as saying "no one wants to hear ANY MORE about your diet" leading me to believe she has talked about it non stop. And frankly whether it is diet, smoking, drinking etc.etc. it is no ones business and Slim by Spring should keep her opinions to herself. Hmmm, I wonder if she realizes how many calories and fat and sugars are in restaurant salad dressings? They can actually be worse than a meal. Be careful of what you preach it will come back to bite you later. Just wait to the diet is a memory in Slim by Springs mind. It definitely won't be in her co-workers. She will live to eat her words.

Jan 12, 2012
02putt in Features

Good Food in Hamilton?!

Well since you approve of Jack Astors (which means we have similar criteria in the wing department) I'll definitely check out WW. Thanks for the tip!

Jan 06, 2012
02putt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Food in Hamilton?!

I know wings are personal preference and everyone argues about who makes the best just like who makes the best bbq. But for some reason I am seriously addicted to Jack Astor's wings. There fresh bruschetta with feta is also excellent. I don't really care for anything else on their menu. They took the Chop Stick Salad off the menu which was extremely disappointing.

Jan 05, 2012
02putt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

edgewater restaurant stoney creek

The food, service and ambiance are very good. Is it my top choice? No. Based on what you described above I would recommend Blacktree in Burlington or Twisted Lemon in Cayuga. Not saying the Edgewater Manor isn't worth a try but I personally prefer the other two I mentioned. Both are absolutely fantastic. Dress can be fancy or smart casual and the menu changes regularly. Both have websites you may want to check out.

Dec 31, 2011
02putt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Balsamic Glaze

Thanks alkapal! I am the queen of lists. Grocery Store, To Do, Honey Do (my personal favorite), Chores. I am lost without one. I am like that with receipts as well. Now that the kids are grown they get an envelope at Christmas with all their receipts in it in case something has to be returned and that way they can do it on their own. I hope to bring back some great recipes from St Martin I can share.

Nov 22, 2011
02putt in General Topics

Strange Pairings that Taste Uncommonly Good

Geez, I must have been living under a rock! Here I thought I was onto something!

Nov 21, 2011
02putt in General Topics

Strange Pairings that Taste Uncommonly Good

I have had Hamburger Helper and it taste like dog food to me. It has a very paculiar taste. And Chocolate covered potato chip around for 25 years? I have never seen them. Other than Trader Joe's now selling them per Emme I have never heard of them available commercially. Where did you see them?

Nov 21, 2011
02putt in General Topics

Balsamic Glaze

Oops can you tell I am hurrying? Getting ready to head south for 3 weeks before Christmas and have a million things on my mind. lol Thanks for the recipe. The balsamic vinegar does offset not only the tomatoes but the feta as well.

Nov 21, 2011
02putt in General Topics

Balsamic Glaze

Hi alkapal no problem to give you the recipe but did you want the roasted tomatoes that I freeze or the ones for the Bruschetta? The ones on the Bruschetta are fresh. Just let me know which one you would like and I will provide it no problem.

Nov 21, 2011
02putt in General Topics

What is one tip that you learned about cooking that was simple but made a huge difference? [old]

You read my mind John. Our diners were always informal. Only requirement was hands and face must be washed and clean clothes. Christmas was a little more formal with table linen etc. I don' think I ever remember my father wearing a suit to the dinner table unless he was not eating because my parents were going out to a dinner dance/banquet etc. We always ate as a family and had to be asked to be excused. I have to admit unless someone had to be somewhere (work, soccer practice etc.) we still ate together. We still eat as a family, wait until everyone is finished and the kids always ask to be excused. Something that seems to have been lost over time which is shame because dinner time is when you really find out what is going on with your kids. No distractions except for the food!

Nov 20, 2011
02putt in Home Cooking

Strange Pairings that Taste Uncommonly Good

Potato Chips and Chocolate. One chip, one small piece of chocolate. With all the strange flavors of chips these days (Chicken Wing, Smokey Ribs) I am surprised no one has come up with this. Why not you can get chocolate covered pretzels right? I also ate a lot of Macaroni and Cheese and left over Taco Meat mixed together when I was in university. (On a budget). My room mates would request I make it and dubbed it Tacoroni. Told my daughter about it and she begged me to make it. She loved it. I thought to myself how did I live on this stuff? But when you are young, really don't know how to cook and broke it tasted wonderful! lol

Nov 20, 2011
02putt in General Topics

Balsamic Glaze

I love Bruschetta with fresh diced tomatoes, feta cheese, fresh basil, with a drizzle of garlic Parmesan dressing and balsamic reduction. I use a condiment bottle ( like the ones used by the sub shops) and drizzle a "Z" on each piece. It looks prettier than plan Bruschetta. I also love warm Apple Balsamic Reduction dressing on grilled veggies.

Nov 20, 2011
02putt in General Topics

Learning to Like Foods You Hate

Absolutely. I detested Brussel Sprouts, Mushrooms, and Roast Beef. Why? I think it all had to do with the way it was cooked. As an adult I was free to experiment with different flavors and cooking methods to determine what tasted best to me. I also think as you grow up so do your taste buds. They also change over time. I still have a few items that the smell of it makes me ill because of either a bad experience or just a dislike. But I will try just about anything once whereas I remember saying as a kid I didn't like something just because.

Nov 10, 2011
02putt in Features

Trick-or-Treating in the Rich Neighborhood

I read this article with amusement. My first reaction was what gluttony! I can see it if the house is all decked out. There are some amazing houses out there where the owners went wild with imagination and must really dig the whole Halloween thing. Just check You Tube. But to drive your children to another neighborhood just to get bigger/better candy is sending the wrong message to our kids. For one who says the more affluent give out better candy? I have some pensioners on my street that love the seeing the kids all dressed up and are more than happy to fill their bags. I know some really affluent people who are as frugal as the single mom who has 4 kids to feed. I also know some that have the huge house, big brand new car, etc. etc. but are so far in debt it makes me shiver. Our kids never eat all their candy anyway. It ends up going stale and gets thrown out before Christmas. All I can say go ahead and teach your kids to overindulge, assume rich people are generous and think the middle classes are a bunch of poor people. You are teaching your children that you and your neighborhood are not good enough. Quite frankly buy them a huge chocolate bar and save the gas money for a coffee.

Oct 28, 2011
02putt in Features

can i freeze a whole, roasted chicken? (also, any make-ahead meat-based dishes that freeze well?)

Yes, but I leave the cheese off until I am ready to reheat it otherwise it tends to dry out and you have to add more. I was thinking of some more things I could suggest. We don't eat deli meat for various reasons. Sodium, nitrates, and quite frankly we think they are slimy and don't taste like real meat rather enhanced with flavoring. Anyway, any leftovers (steak, chicken, pork, ham) I slice really thin and measure them in 90 gram ziplocks and use them during the week for sandwiches in lunches. Just take a bag out the night before and put it in the fridge. It will be defrosted by morning. Everyone, hubby, kids picks out their own. I use mayo and put some Italian dressing in a small side container. The kids swear it is just like sub sauce. I put it in a container because the kids say this way the sandwich doesn't get soggy. I even buy the low sodium ham quarters specifically for this purpose. I usually chop some up for pizza toppings as well.

Oct 21, 2011
02putt in Home Cooking

can i freeze a whole, roasted chicken? (also, any make-ahead meat-based dishes that freeze well?)

Chicken Pot pie, Chicken Tikka Masala, Stew, Italian Sausage with Onions and Peppers, Cooked Bacon comes in handy for lots of dishes. Chicken Parmesan, Cabbage Rolls. Breaded Chicken, Pork, Veal etc., Pulled Pork The list is endless.

Oct 21, 2011
02putt in Home Cooking

Asking your guests to bring their own plates and silverware for large/r dinner parties...

Tacky to the max! You can rent plates, cutlery, table clothes, napkins and anything else imaginable for a large party. Dishes and cutlery are super cheap and you don't even have to wash them. Just rinse them under hot water and put them back in the box they came in. Table clothes and napkins don't have to be washed either. You just return them. Asking your guests to bring their own is something that would never occur to me because logistically it doesn't make sense. Do you expect them to put their names on the bottom? Wash their own? Please, do us all a favor and just don't bother having a party if you feel it is too much of an effort!

Oct 13, 2011
02putt in Not About Food

Is Registering for a $2,400 Espresso Maker Rude?

Here's a novel idea. Get married at City Hall and use the money you saved on the wedding to buy the espresso machine yourselves. Not only are you tacky and greedy you are downright crass! The idea of having people help you celebrate your special day is just that. Not a gimmie presents party. Let's see as a mature adult (second wedding and all) I am inviting you to drink and eat mediocre standard wedding fair food for free while sitting through boring speeches and listen to lame wedding music. Oh and for all this you can buy me a gift as well. Wedding presents are designed for first time married couples to help them get set up in life. Not 2nd or 3rd time goers to cash in. And I don't even have to guess your probably having a shower as well right. Think of baby showers. Where I come from no one has a shower for the 2nd or 3rd child only the first. I wouldn't attend your wedding out of principal.

Oct 07, 2011
02putt in Features

Favorite copycat recipe?

I love the Olive Garden House dressing, Mrs. Fields cookies, and KFC coleslaw. I wish there were more Canadian chain restaurant recipes available. They all seem to be chains based in the US which are great but there are some Canadian restaurant chains that I would kill for the recipe.

Sep 25, 2011
02putt in Home Cooking