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Indian food in Ottawa

thank everyone!

Jul 09, 2012
SamA67 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Indian food in Ottawa

Thanks Deborah. I am actually a vendor there myself (Sam's Kitchen), but my hubby and I were hoping to go on a date afterward. Can you recommend anywhere (out of that neighborhood) in Ottawa with great Indian food? We live halfway between Ottawa and Mtl. and usually do Indian in Mtl., but I'd love to have an Ottawa option as well. (there is a couple who serve hot Indian food at the market, but I'm looking for more variety and it will be the end of the day) Any suggestions would be appreciated :)

Jun 28, 2012
SamA67 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Indian food in Ottawa

I'll be at the Main Market in Old Ottawa East this Sat., any recommendations for a great Indian restaurant nearby?

Jun 25, 2012
SamA67 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Freezing Potato Pierogi

Thanks. I've been reading chowhound for quite a while but just started posting - this is fun!

Mar 01, 2012
SamA67 in Home Cooking

Freezing Potato Pierogi

My pleasure, I'm sure you'll do great!

Feb 28, 2012
SamA67 in Home Cooking

Freezing Potato Pierogi

I would not use a pasta roller, you want to work the dough as little as possible and it will be plump and tender (not chewy). Roll it out as thin as you like, if it starts tearing it's too thin - sorry I can't be more specific. If your pierogi has too much excess dough when you fold it over you can just stretch it and pinch off the extra. I do this because it's impossible to get your dough perfectly uniform in thickness.

Re: cooking from fresh. put some flour on bottom of a dish or pan and cover with a lightly damp cloth while you work . Sorry I forgot to add, keep your completed pierogies covered with a slightly damp cloth while you work. If you close them well (esp. at corners - they shouldn't open)

Feb 28, 2012
SamA67 in Home Cooking

Freezing Potato Pierogi

My husband thinks I'm crazy to share my recipe since I sell these, but I know they're just too much work for most people to do!
FILLING: I've broken it down here, but I do 10 lbs. at a time
1 cup mashed potatoes (russet are best - no butter, milk, salt, etc.)SAVE POTATO WATER
1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper
3/4 c. medium cheddar cheese
1/4 c. sauteed chopped onions

Mix/mash together very well and refrigerate overnight.

DOUGH:
2 eggs, 1/2 c. sour cream (secret weapon!), 1 tsp. salt, 1 tbsp. olive oil, in a large measuring cup and top off with Potato water (make sure you mix it first or all the starch stays on the bottom) until you have 2 cups of liquid. I whisk it briskly together.

3 HEAPING CUPS FLOUR, MAKE WELL, ADD LIQ. WORK IN WITH FORK, KNEAD ONLY A FEW TIMES. PUT ON A PLATE, COVER WITH BOWL, LEAVE ON COUNTER FOR 30 MIN.

ASSEMBLING THE PIEROGIES:
take out your pot. mix - my trick: press lightly with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
roll out dough quite thin, use 3" cookie cutter or glass (wine glass works well). use aprox. 1 full tbsp. of mix - fold over dough and pinch together, then flip over and pinch again. This dough is fantasic - I never use water or a fork, it just works :) et VOILA - YUMMY!

Feb 28, 2012
SamA67 in Home Cooking

Pierogi's - Boil before Saute ??

Definitely boil them, but only until they float if you're going to saute as well (which is really the only way to go IMHO).

Feb 28, 2012
SamA67 in Home Cooking

Freezing Potato Pierogi

Homemade pierogies actually cook better when they're frozen! I make them fresh (and sell at a local farmer's market). I roll/shape them then lay them flat on a cookie sheet and freeze quickly. As soon as they're frozen, I toss them into zip lock bags. They never stick and I never "lose" any, a problem that occurs when they open up in the boiling stage. My customers always tell me it's better than their Boba's!

Feb 28, 2012
SamA67 in Home Cooking

Help, need gluten free dessert ideas

Thanks so much for the ideas. I will be cooking for this lady again, so I will keep all of these in mind. I couldn't get to the store so I eventually went with a VERY simple "Blueberry Fool" (??) Presented it in lovely oversize wine glasses and they thought it was terrific! To be honest, I was not too impressed but everyone was stuffed from the main meal anyway :)

Jan 15, 2012
SamA67 in Home Cooking

Help, need gluten free dessert ideas

This is a very good point (not making her feel like she gave me extra work).

Jan 15, 2012
SamA67 in Home Cooking

help need gluten free dessert ideas

We have a guest coming for lunch tomorrow who has a gluten allergy. any last minute dessert ideas would be greatly appreciated. thanks.

Jan 14, 2012
SamA67 in San Francisco Bay Area

Help, need gluten free dessert ideas

We have a guest coming for lunch tomorrow who has a gluten allergy. Any ideas of what I can serve would be greatly appreciated (I won't have time to shop but could quickly pick up a last minute item if the recipe is VERY simple). Thanks.

Jan 14, 2012
SamA67 in Home Cooking