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Peanut Butter survey!

I'm Canadian and the only brand of those three that is available to me is Skippy, and even then it's hit and miss. The most popular brand of peanut butter here is Kraft, based on availability.

Oct 29, 2014
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What is your favorite hard to find candy?

Those were Laura Secord French Mint bars, and they were my favourite. You can still get them at stand alone Laura Secord stores, though those are dwindling as well. http://www.laurasecord.ca/en/products...

Oct 16, 2014
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FREEZING BAGS OF MILK > SEEKING INSTRUCTIONS/ADVICE PLEASE

Canadian here. Since there are just two of us, we freeze bags of milk all the time; we just don't use it fast enough otherwise. We use skim but it should work for 2%. Take a bag out of the freezer a couple of days before you will need it as it takes a while to thaw. If you need to speed up the process, placing the bag in a sink of cold water seems to do the trick.

Just be sure to gently shake the bag before putting it in the pitcher and snipping the corner off.

Sep 29, 2014
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Heartbreaker List

I just saw Cheez Whiz Jalepeno Tex Mex in the grocery store (SW Ontario, Canada). I wonder if that's completely different from the one they claim is discontinued.

Sep 09, 2014
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To Tobermory via Hwy 6 or Hwy 10? Food wise, any advice?

Our favourite place in Owen Sound is The European Bakery. http://theeuropeanbakery.com/

Everything we've had there has been fantastic. Generous portions and reasonable prices, too.

Aug 06, 2014
Blush in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Who offers better food, Caribbean cruise or all inclusive resort?

My family used to cruise but when we discovered AI resorts we didn't look back. On a cruise I always felt like I was being herded. At an AI everything is at your own pace and you generally don't have to line up for ANYTHING. Plus, if you like to drink you are not stuck with an insane bar bill at the end of your vacation.

One thing to consider when looking at AI properties is what time of year you are going. If it's July-October, you may want to pick a resort that has a lot of air conditioned areas. If you are looking at other, more moderate temperature times of year, go for the ones with open air restaurants and bars.

My husband and I stick to adults only properties now, but we have been to a few family properties and in the DR I can recommend the Iberostar Bavaro. Gorgeous beach, lots to do, separate splash pad/pool for kids, decent food (Iberostar has good food across the board and it's consistent--even in Cuba, which is definitely saying something). The buffet and the lobby bar here are open air.

Even better than the IB Bavaro is the Iberostar Paraiso Lindo in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico. This property allows unlimited a la cartes (most resorts allow just 3 or 4 a la carte bookings per week and the rest of the time you are at the buffet). It also has a taco restaurant included in the price, as well as a creperie and ice cream place. There's a lazy river, wave pool, sports pool and of course a great beach. I would go back there in a heartbeat. The other nice thing is that all the restaurants are air conditioned as well as the lobby bar. Not so necessary in December or January, but much appreciated in the warmer months.

Good luck wherever you end up!

May 15, 2014
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wisdom teeth - experience preferred

I had mine out when I was 15, back in the early 90's. I was eating pudding and soup by nightfall the first day, and then scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, zoodles, smushed up mac and cheese for a few days after that. The swelling went down fairly quickly and the pain wasn't too bad. I only used the Tylenol 3's (with codeine) for the first day.

Good luck to you and your boys. What an experience to share with a sibling! ;)

Feb 13, 2014
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Secular grace

My husband and I will "cheers" each other before the start of a meal in recognition that we are able to share a meal together. He's on a rotating days/nights shift and it's a treat to sit down together. We like to acknowledge it.

Jan 17, 2014
Blush in Not About Food
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What DON'T you like in a sandwich?

Mayo or Miracle Whip (they are equally disliked by me)
Butter
Tomato

Nov 04, 2013
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What's your favorite apple?

My favourite is McIntosh. Not too sweet, not too tart, not hard as a rock, but still crisp. I also like Ida Red, Paula Red and Cortland.

The two I won't touch unless I'm really hungry and have no other options: Granny Smith (too hard) and Red Delicious (tasteless).

Oct 17, 2013
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by any other name

When President's Choice White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese came on the scene in the early 90's, we had to differentiate. It felt gourmet to our teenage selves!

I also remember babysitting some kids who insisted on "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle" packaged m&c. It was vile.

Oct 09, 2013
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by any other name

John, the fact that KD and Kraft Dinner are not terms generally used in the US is the reason I mentioned them in this thread. They seem to be specific to Canada, even in advertising. The tagline these days is, "Gotta be KD!"

Oct 08, 2013
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by any other name

KD simply refers to that specific brand: Kraft Dinner. If we're talking homemade, then it's referred to as "Macaroni and Cheese" or specifically in my family, "Homemade Macaroni".

Oct 08, 2013
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by any other name

I'm in SW Ontario, Canada. Around here it's

*grocery store (never supermarket)

*shop with a cart (unless you carry a provided plastic bin-- that's a basket)

*pop

*sucker

*dinner or supper (interchangeable)

*sub

*couch (although on furniture advertising you will hear sofa; nobody I know in real life says this, and older people still say chesterfield)

*Processed cheese (as opposed to "American cheese"

and the macaroni that comes in the blue box is called "Kraft Dinner", or KD for short.

Oct 07, 2013
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What do you appreciate when you come home from international trip?

We Canadians cook outside all year round too. Frankly, there's only a sliver of time in late spring or early fall when I will happily *eat* outside. Winter's obviously too cold, but summer in my neck of the woods is too humid and buggy. When I'm spending more time swatting than chewing it's no fun at all. Give me air conditioning and the knowledge that yes, that is a fleck of pepper and not a tiny ant.

Oct 04, 2013
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Support group for those unexcited by pumpkin-related seasonal products.

I like pumpkin seeds, but pumpkin pie and pumpkin pie-esque products are not for me.

Sep 30, 2013
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What do you appreciate when you come home from international trip?

I always crave a local Canadian Macintosh apple--tart, sweet but not too sweet, crisp but not crunchy. I find that when I'm traveling, if I can find an apple it's usually a (mealy, too sweet, bland) Delicious or (break a tooth) Granny Smith.

Sep 24, 2013
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Kelseys...what to order?

I have access to (some) amazing produce in the summer time and I cook it at home. In the winter time we pay a premium for crappy produce and make do. We don't go out very often at all; it's just not worth an hour's drive.

Sep 10, 2013
Blush in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Kelseys...what to order?

I'm not talking about "the 'burbs". I'm talking rural Ontario--where each town has a Tim Hortons and maybe, if you're lucky, a diner (where yes, a lot of the food is trucked in but if you're lucky there are some local treats). Where the nearest Starbucks (not that I'm a fan of Starbucks; I'll take Coffee Culture any day) is 140 km away.

I'm just saying, be happy for choice. When you don't have an abundance of choice, you can't afford to be as picky.

Sep 10, 2013
Blush in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Kelseys...what to order?

I enjoy the Sonoma Valley salad with chicken.

I do think that some of you CH-ers who live in urban areas should be thrilled that you have so much choice available to you, and the perceived right that gives you to trash various restaurants. I dare you to live in rural Ontario for a couple of years; you would probably jump at the chance to go to Kelsey's. Or Swiss Chalet for that matter.

Sep 10, 2013
Blush in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Breakfast Cereal from Your Childhood

I did and still do love Life cereal, and agree with above commenters that it needs to be allowed to soften in milk.

Come to think of it, I still love all my faves:
Shreddies
Spoon Size Shredded Wheat
Sugar Crisp (it's still called Sugar Crisp in Canada; not Golden Crisp)
Corn Flakes--yes I loved them then and now.

My brother's faves were decidedly more sweet and I didn't touch his cereal (Froot Loops, Honeycomb, Cinnamon Toast Crunch). I also remember he loved Pro Stars; Wayne Gretzky was on the box.

Sep 09, 2013
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What time does the dinner bell ring and a few other ?s

1. 6 pm-ish
2. Canada
3. Small town (we have a restaurant, an ice cream store in summer, and a lighthouse--that's it)
4. Late 30's

*I work from home. When I used to commute dinner would be later and I'd have a snack in the afternoon. Now, no snack. Also, my husband works shift, so this is when I eat, and when we tend to eat when we're together. His workday eating times are all over the place.

Aug 29, 2013
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Do you wash your dishes before you place them in the dishwasher?

It's actually better for the dishwasher if you don't pre-rinse. Dishwasher repair people will tell you that the detergent needs something to work on, and if there's not enough food/dirt on the dishes, detergent will eat away at parts of the dishwasher, namely hoses.

Jul 05, 2013
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Blue Jays Fans! Whaddaya eat when you're at Rogers Centre?

We always eat before a game and I usually take a chocolate bar in my purse in case I get the munchies. No way will I pay those prices!

Jul 04, 2013
Blush in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Care package for my friend in Ontario Canada

Hmm. My mom and dad are off to the States this weekend but all I could think to ask for was pop; specifically diet Vernor's and diet grape flavour. Those would be expensive to ship! I will put on my thinking cap, though.

Jun 28, 2013
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Do you put Ketchup on your Hot Dogs or Hamburgers?

Yes to both. Ketchup and onions on both; sometimes cheese or pickles on a burger. No mustard, no relish, no mayo. For me, mustard goes on only ham or roast beef sandwiches. Relish and mayo never ever on anything.

Jun 25, 2013
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What is the worst wedding reception dinner you've ever had?

I don't actually remember the food that was served at the worst wedding reception meal I've attended. Instead I remember the lesson of following my instincts.

It was a morning wedding for a cousin. My dad was involved in the ceremony somehow and so he and my mom went to the church early. I was 17 or 18 and was tasked with getting my younger brother and myself to the church, and then driving the two of us out to the "lunch" reception, at the bride's parents' house. My brother and I were already hungry, and also feeling a bit rebellious. Figuring nobody would notice if we were a bit late, we stopped at McDonalds for lunch. We laughed to ourselves, thinking we were clever and mischievous.

When we arrived at the house, my parents were looking for us and my mom playfully swatted us in mock horror after we told her where we had been. But as the hours passed before we all finally sat down to lunch, people were muttering to each other about the lack of food...and my parents started quietly sharing how smart their kids were for stopping at Mickey D's.

What to you miss from your neighborhood "old school" Bakery?

We do have an old school bakery nearby (well, it's 40 km away, but for me, that's as nearby as it gets). Culbert's Bakery has been open for 134 years, apart from the few months it was closed after a tornado ripped through the town of Goderich in August, 2011, destroying most of the downtown.

From my childhood, though, I do miss the cinnamon danishes we could get at the bakery in Lucan, Ontario. That was a Saturday morning breakfast ritual.

May 29, 2013
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Sadly, I'll probably never eat it again...

I think johnny101golf meant that Jos Louis cakes are too chocolatey. I don't find them to be that way, but I am fairly addicted to chocolate. ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos._Louis

May 01, 2013
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Your Bottom Five Vegetables

Turnip
Lima beans
Brussels sprouts
Certain preparations of squash

And because I can't think of any other vegetables I hate, I will give you a whole category of fruit: any kind of melon.

Apr 24, 2013
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