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Would you/have you put stainless steel counters in your kitchen?

I have stainless steel counters on each side of my stove. Had it for 11 rust, big scratches it because I put hot pots on it without any worries.

Aug 05, 2015
Deborah in Cookware

Food Cities beyond Montreal & Quebec City?

Have a look at Val David which is close to Montreal and Tremblant. Small very pretty town with 32 restaurants. Lots of activities for families. Biking, hiking and lake activities.

Smoking chicken?

We smoke chickens on our Green Egg. Temperature 250 and for 5 hours. Skin is crispy and chicken falling off bone and totally moist. We use wild cherry wood ( which we gather from dead wild cherry trees) and saw into 2" hunks. The chicken has a nice smoke flavour that pairs well with a homemade preserved mango chutney.

Le Filet Review

My husband and I enjoyed excellent service upon arrival for our 6:30 reservation (not our choice, we would have liked later) and throughout the evening. There was one long time lapse between courses, but it was more of a problem with the kitchen not the fault of our waiter.

We did not find the noise level excessive even though the restaurant was mostly full.

We are from out of town and had many restaurants to choose from. What attracted us to Le Filet was the eclectic sounding menu and the small plates concept. Their small plates are perfect for sharing as there was always two of everything on the plate...easy to portion out.

We simply couldn't decide so went ahead and ordered six plates which normally would be excessive for our appetites.
Every dish was beautifully presented. We simply had no complaints about any of the dishes and enjoyed, what we thought, was well balanced paring of different ingredients in each dish.

Tuna Tartare,egg confit,nori tempura
Grilled octopus,Israeli couscous,Meyer lemon coulis
Cavatelli,foie gras,veal cheek
Sweetbread,lobster,squash gnocchi,porcini
Mushroom tart,snails,bacon,arugula pesto
Beef ribs

The wine list was comprehensive, but in our opinion a little over priced.

Duck Tartare

There was a discussion on this particular subject on this board a couple of years go. Duck can be served very rare whereas it is not recommended for chicken. The reason I am looking for recipe ideas is because I have been enjoying duck tartare at different restaurants . Duck processed differently then chicken.

May 19, 2013
Deborah in Home Cooking

Duck Tartare

Does anyone have a good recipe for Duck Tartare or a tartare recipe that I could use with duck? Also, is there any reason that you couldn't use previously frozen duck breasts to make tartare.

May 19, 2013
Deborah in Home Cooking

Ottawa - foodie itinerary

Your list looks good! Zen Kitchen, just in case you don't know, is vegetarian....mostly vegan. The food is fantastic. If you want to stay in the market area for lunch you might like Domus which is on Murray Street.

Looking for B/L/D recs in Scottsdale

We really enjoyed our dinner at Cowboy Ciao on Stetson Dr. In Old Scottsdale. Lively place. The Mission is another good and lively restaurant in Old Scottsdale. Upscale Mexican food. Tommy V's Urban Kitchen and Bar in Old Scottsdale.

Jan 17, 2013
Deborah in Phoenix

Are there a traditional news years eve or new years day foods? thanks

I would love your recipe for braised cabbage. Thank-you.

Jan 02, 2013
Deborah in General Topics

Best vegetarian restaurants in USA?

I thought the restaurant would be great. Six of us were excited to have the opportunity to have lunch at Moosewood this past summer. Not one of us thought our lunch was anywhere near above mediocre and some thought their lunch was awful. Such a disappointment.

Dec 11, 2012
Deborah in Vegetarian & Vegan

Happy Halloween! What kind of candy did you/do you buy?

We live in the country in a neighbourhood of about 25 homes. We get a call each year to ask if we are home to hand out goodies. The kids are pulled by a tractor in a large wagon. We get 40 to 50 young children at one stop. We hand out bags of the miniature chocolate bars.

Oct 31, 2012
Deborah in General Topics

Pork Hocks and Pickled pigs feet

Realize this is an old thread but might be fun to hear how people cook their pork hocks.....which are one of our favourite "very fatty" treats. We buy ours fresh from a Chinese market. We smoke them on our Green Egg with cherry wood at 225 to 250 degrees for 6 hours and the meat falls off the bone.

Sep 05, 2012
Deborah in Home Cooking

Can you slow cook in two phases?

I see no problem continuing to cook the pork butt. If it was cooled and refridgerated with in 2 hours there should not be a problem. I would bring it back to room temperature and continue cooking. If you want pulled need to cook to 190 to 195 at 195 degrees.

Aug 31, 2012
Deborah in Home Cooking

Pickling error -- is this serious?

applgrl: Thanks for your explanation. Now I understand. Have been pickling for over 30 years and never had any "volcano-ing". I agree about following the recipe and processing the proper amount of time. I only use recipes out of reliable books. And, I confess, I don't like receiving homemade pickling gifts from people because I am not sure if they have followed the proper procedures.

Aug 16, 2012
Deborah in Home Cooking

Pickling error -- is this serious?

You processed the pickles long enough. I do a lot of pickling every year and use quite a few different books for recipes. Many do not tell you to leave the jars in the canner for 5 minutes after processing. I gather this is more of a safety issue in that the bottles are less likely to break if not taken out of the boiling water and the heat has been turned off for 5 minutes.

Aug 12, 2012
Deborah in Home Cooking

August 2012 Home Cooking Dish of the Month: Voting Thread


Jul 26, 2012
Deborah in Home Cooking

What am I doing wrong? Dried beans / garbanzo / chick peas / lentils

With chickpeas the cooking time can vary from less than an hour to way over an hour. I test by tasting and if I think they are soft enough, I cut one in half. If done it should be yellow coloured the whole way through. If there are any white patches, they need more cooking.

Jul 15, 2012
Deborah in Home Cooking

Post-Paris withdrawal?

adrouault I know exactly how you feel. I do like to get back to my home cooking with lots of vegetables and salads but I do miss the excitement of the outdoor markets......was there this spring and couldn't get over the lovely baby vegetables, chacuterie, fish and meat. I also miss sitting outside at a cafe, sipping a glass of wine and watch all the chic women stroll by.

Jul 04, 2012
Deborah in General Topics

Indian food in Ottawa

If you mean the farmers market on Main street there are no Indian restaurants near by. The only restaurant near by is a great vegetarian restaurant called the Green Door and it is right across the street from the market. Also, there are vendors selling different kinds of food at the market.

Anyone Making Homemade Fruit Based Hot Sauce?

"Hottest sauce in North America" I'll bet it is! Ingredients look good but wonder about the yellow mustard.

Jun 27, 2012
Deborah in Home Cooking

Anyone Making Homemade Fruit Based Hot Sauce?

Querencia this looks good and you are right, there would be lots of margin to experiment. Might replace red pepper with a habanero and pineapple with mango.

Jun 27, 2012
Deborah in Home Cooking

Anyone Making Homemade Fruit Based Hot Sauce?

Sam, thanks for the advice. The recipes I have perused have what I would consider too many habaneros in them. The hot sauce I loved had habaneros but just had a lovely kick to it and the mango added sweetness. I had planned on one and also would seed it.

LNG212, funny the recipes for mango habanero hot sauce had carrots in them too.

Jun 27, 2012
Deborah in Home Cooking

Anyone Making Homemade Fruit Based Hot Sauce?

Love a mango hot pepper hot sauce but can no longer buy it so would like to make my own. I have checked recipe boards but would love to try a recipe from a chow hound. I am open for any ideas but would prefer a fruit based over a tomato based hot sauce.

Jun 26, 2012
Deborah in Home Cooking

Report from a Weekend in Ottawa

Thanks for taking the time to write such a great review. You chose well!

Menu help for retirement party

We prefer bison burgers to beef. The trick is to not overcook them or they will be dry. Why not take a practice run before your event and see how you like them. We cook our 5 oz. patties on medium high barbecue for 6 min. total.

Jun 08, 2012
Deborah in Home Cooking

Looking for ideas for radishes and cilantro (don't have to be together)

For medium to large radishes.....slice into 3 or 4 pieces....toss in a little olive oil and wrap in foil. Grill on medium low (lid of barbecue closed) for 20 to 25 minutes. They have steamed and browned a little at the same time. Delicious!

Jun 03, 2012
Deborah in Home Cooking

Smoked Turkey Legs - Help ? [moved from General Chowhounding Topics]

jilkat25....if you have a smoker why aren't you just going to smoke the legs on low temperature....250-degrees for at least 3 hours and they will be cooked and falling off the bone.

Jun 01, 2012
Deborah in Home Cooking

Open bar & tipping...

cacruden I believe you posted with "tongue in cheek"

Apr 28, 2012
Deborah in Not About Food

Vegetarian and Vegan Cookbooks

goodhealthgourmet I second the Rebar modern food cookbook. Rebar is a vegetarian restaurant in Victoria British Columbia that serves breakfast, brunch and lunch. Their book is full of well seasoned interesting vegetarian/vegan dishes which delight the taste buds. One of my main books for inspiration.

Apr 24, 2012
Deborah in Vegetarian & Vegan

Hazan's "Roman style" fava beans... shelled, and then the skin?

If they are really young fava beans (spring ones) then you don't have to skin them.

Apr 23, 2012
Deborah in Home Cooking