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How to Use the Drippings from That Roast Chicken

I deglaze the pan and use the chicken fat to make the roux for gravy and the chicken juices to turbocharge the stock I use to make the gravy.

Feb 26, 2013
bogie in Features

anyone else feel this way about pizza pizza from Rogers Centre and ACC V.S their stores?

Perhaps due to space restrictions at ACC, Rogers Centre and BMO Field, they are using a different equipment setup especially pizza oven than in their regular locations, and that would obviously make all the difference.

Jan 17, 2013
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Flavoured popcorn

Firstly, buy your popcorn locally:
www.ontariopoppingcorn.com

Jan 13, 2013
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best way to buy meat directly from farmers?

Like a couple of others, I would recommend West Side Beef. It is all grass-fed high quality beef from Dingo Farms. FYI the owners are also involved in new, highly-acclaimed restaurant Richmond Station. $150 for 20 pounds is a tremendous value in Toronto terms. It's not as much meat as you think. They vacuum-packed pieces individually, so it doesn't take up too much space in your freezer. Also, the packs often include bonuses like beef jus, stock or bbq sauce. I love the fact that the pack is always a little different and what they give you is what you would use during the particular season.

Jan 13, 2013
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mother's Pizza

Looks like the resurrection is imminent in Hamilton:
http://www.hcareers.ca/seeker/search/...

Dec 14, 2012
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Perogies in Port Credit area

I tell ya, there is a new brand of frozen perogies at Starsky's (and elsewhere) that are unbelievable. They are made by a company called Pelman Foods out of Missasauga. They are extremely delicate and as close to homemade as I've tasted. Great flavours too, including blueberry or cherry dessert perogies!

Dec 14, 2012
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cheesy Sausage Breakfast Casserole

It would be even better made with leftover Southern biscuits and homemade loose maple pork sausage. That's what I do!

Dec 14, 2012
bogie in Recipes

ISO of catering - social enterprise

www.fabarnak.com, for Fabarnak restaurant and catering. It is the social enterprise of 519 Church Street Community Centre.

Dec 01, 2011
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Quiet, old-school Italian in GTA?

Very suprised that nobody has mentioned our favourite yet, Vesuvio's Pizza on Dundas West. I actually think their pasta dishes outshine the pizza. Great carbonara, lasagna, cannelloni and homemade gnocchi too.

Nov 28, 2011
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Burger- Walking Distance from Eaton Center

Second on Bannock, it's an Alberta brisket burger that has an amazingly beefy flavor. It's served with root veg chips for a nice change.

Nov 24, 2011
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

unico premium san marzano tomatoes - where to find in TO?

Those Unico San Marzano "Type" tomatoes aren't too bad at all for the $1.29 you pay for them. However, I have seen the real thing lately at least at my Fortino's. They are the Pastene brand of DOP San Marzano Tomatoes in a yellow can with red lettering and DOP stamp for $4.99. It is a great brand and yes that does matter as I have bought other DOP tomatoes that are mostly juice, very little tomatoes in the can and a real rip off. If the DOP folks aren't more vigilant with some of the other brands, they'll ruin their reputation. BTW, my usual tomato is the excellent POMI strained Italian tomatoes in tetrapak. At $2.99 per they're an excellent price and make a really fresh sauce.

Nov 17, 2011
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Food in Hamilton?!

A few more places to mention,that my wife and I have tried since moving to Hamilton in April:

Gate of India on James St. N-Family recipes type of Indian restaurant. Excellent food and menu including some not often seen dishes like achar chicken, special mushroom chicken curry, egg curry, phall (incendiary, hotter than vindaloo). Very reasonable prices, most mains under $10.

Parkdale Fish and Chips on Parkdale-Old school chippery in business for over 40 years, with suprisingly light and delicate tempura-like batter. They even fry up fresh Ontario perch, and I can attest that it is mighty tasty. Brown-hued frying oil indicates use of beef tallow and is no doubt responsible for the outstanding chips. They have a fish of the day, often 2 pieces of cod and chips for an unbelievable $6!!!

Union Burger-new location on Queenston-This is definitely an up and coming franchise, in a few smaller markets in SW Ontario already. Properly grilled medium and juicy 1/3 lb. cheeseburger on Ace Bakery bun with choice of toppings, Yukon Gold fries and a refillable pop for around $10. Let's face it, it's almost that much for the same meal at McDonalds now and there is no comparison believe me.

St. Vladimir's Ukranian Orthodox Church on Barton-Last Friday and Saturday of every month (except July and Aug), they sell homemade cabbage rolls and perogies as a fundraiser to rebuild their roof. Support them and get some good cheap eats.

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Gate of India
201 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R2L2, CA

Sep 23, 2011
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Food in Hamilton?!

Hillbilly Heaven, is very good I'm happy to report. I think the Burlington outpost has closed down, but this one seems very busy to me. My wife and I got a coupon from either Groupon or WagJag, I don't remember, and that prompted our visit. It is very much a casual place, with a busy takeout counter and seat yourself tables. We ordered a sampler for 2, regular price $32. It came with a 1/2 rack of side ribs, HUGE piles of smoked chicken, pulled pork and brisket, potato chips and 2 sides (we had coleslaw and beans). They have mild, medium and hot barbeque sauces on the table which are tasty and not overly sweet. It is genuine and tasty southern bbq for sure and what a pile of food! It was enough to feed us, as well we took home enough meats to assemble a further 4 large sandwiches over 2 meals. So the value is definitely there too. They have a good little selection of hot sauces for sale. We will definitely return and want to try a couple of their signature sides that were sold out, their smoked potato and also the burnt ends and black bean chili.

Sep 23, 2011
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Memphis Fire Barbeque Company - Stoneycreek

We ate there last weekend and I have to report that this is a very good and extremely busy place. My wife had the slider sampler which is one each of beef brisket, pulled pork and cheeseburger. I had a half rack of baby back ribs with sides of beans and mac&cheese. We couldn't resist sharing the Coney Island fries, excellent fries topped with Coney Island chili, melted cheddar and their sneaky cheese (kind of similar to pimento cheese but smoky). Everything was very tasty, with the superb beef brisket definitely the standout. Also, the pulled pork was served with a side of Carolina sauce, a wonderful mustardy vinegary concoction not often seen in these parts. My ribs were perfectly pull off the bone tender, moderately sauced and had a nice pink smoke ring. The sides were great, with the mac& cheese in a creamy rich sauce not dried out like so many. The beans were wonderful with meaty bits but perhaps a touch too much cider vinegar for me. They have an amazing selection of homemade pies, and we managed to share a slice of chocolate cream pie which was rich with dark chocolate and pleasantly non-gelatinous. The pie crust was perfect and I suspect judicious use of lard for sure. All in all a great experience, we will return many times for sure to try more of the menu. However, I have to admit I likely won't order the ribs too often as I actually prefer side ribs. Note that ribs are available Thurs-Sun only and fried chicken is offered Mon-Wed. I should mention that the service was attentive, friendly and prompt. Our server had excellent product knowledge and the manager stopped by to see if we enjoyed everything. I should also mention their interesting selection of fountain beverages, much like the old soda counters. Even though we only drank water as we were coming off a day of wine tasting, we will definitely try one of them next time.

Sep 23, 2011
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Grocery Chains - Favourites?

We love our Fortino's in Hamilton. It has an outstanding deli, meat counter and produce department. In addition they offer all of the best PC products, which is very convenient.

They even have a pizza oven and make a decent pie to go.

Sep 21, 2011
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Cheddar Cheese

I love the 7 year old Hammertown white cheddar, also their delicious smoked orange cheddar (I use it in my mac&cheese) from the cheesemonger at the Hamilton farmer's market downtown.

Sep 21, 2011
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mac & Cheese Take-out Downtown? Ideally in the Financial District?

The new O&B restaurant Bannock, at Bay and Queen has a tasty sounding one on their menu.

Sep 21, 2011
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Duck Confit sauces

I'd use my grandma's rhubarb relish recipe for sure! It's rhubarb, diced onions, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon and cloves, salt and pepper to taste.

Aug 10, 2011
bogie in Home Cooking

What to cook with cast iron skillet in oven?

In Real Cajun, Donald Link does a Cajun version of the classic Italian sausage and peppers in a cast iron skillet. In a nutshell, andouille sausage on a bed of mixed peppers (throw in a few hot ones) and onions with garlic, creole mustard and white wine (or beer would work, I'm sure). I've made this at home several times to rave reviews!

Aug 10, 2011
bogie in Home Cooking

Making jam with or without pectin?

My main issue with using pectin is the price (I'm cheap, OK?), so I avoid it whenever possible.

I have a couple of tips for you:

1) Adding some diced rhubarb to your jam works well because the fibre helps to thicken it and it adds a bitter taste component that I love.

2) A couple of years ago, I started to think "why not use icing sugar in my jam, after all it contains some cornstarch and that should help thicken my jam?" Well, it worked like a charm and I used much less sugar than you would have to with pectin jams. I use a ratio of 2 cups of diced fruit, 1 cup of icing sugar and 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice for anything I make.

What do you think?

Aug 10, 2011
bogie in Home Cooking

Memphis Fire Barbeque Company - Stoneycreek

Nope, Hamilton location, which is up on the mountain. The WagJag was for sale just last week.

Aug 09, 2011
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fall LCBO release

I was extremely lucky to get 2 bottles of that 2006 Todos, can't wait to try it!

Aug 09, 2011
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fall LCBO release

Yes, anybody who thinks that because LCBO has "fair" business practices because it's a govt org is seriously deluding themselves. I distinctly remember becoming totally incensed one Friday night, because I saw a customer at the Dupont store walking out with a whole case of Opus One (to be released the next day and in very short supply) AND there was a memo for employees in the Vintages section specifically directing them to not sell or put out any of it until 9am Saturday!!! Of course, when I asked for one precious bottle they refused me.

Aug 09, 2011
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Memphis Fire Barbeque Company - Stoneycreek

We didn't make it out this past weekend, but they're still on our radar and we'll report back. We also bought the WagJag for Hillbilly Heaven, so look for review of it soon.

Aug 08, 2011
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Challah bun for burgers

Silversteins at 195 McCaul St. has a good egg bun for burgers, not challah strictly speaking.

If you can travel to midtown then Epi Bakery on Bayview has great challah buns, it's what Nota Bene uses for their burger.

Pusateri's on Bay St. carries products from many different bakeries and is also worth a look.

Aug 04, 2011
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Memphis Fire Barbeque Company - Stoneycreek

I think I'll check it out this weekend, too!

Jul 28, 2011
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Patio by the water

If you don't mind the short drive to Burlington, you can't beat this IMO:
www.spencers.ca

Jul 12, 2011
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

'QUATRE-FOODIES' trying out 'QUATREFOIL' ( long with photos )

Hear, hear! As a fellow Hamilton resident I couldn't agree more. BTW, I would add the new NaRoma Pizza on Locke to your list. No pizza I've had thus far in the GTA can touch it IMO.

Jul 05, 2011
bogie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good chow near Fleetwood/Reading?

Thanks for the tips! I will probably try the Muddy's Barbeque truck as well as one of the Italian restos in town, probably Olyvia's. I have had Pa Dutch before, but I might grab some to take home too.

Jul 05, 2011
bogie in Pennsylvania

Good chow near Fleetwood/Reading?

I'm coming down from Toronto to take a knife sharpening class in Fleetwood. Are there any chow-worthy eating experiences that I shouldn't miss while I'm there? I will likely be staying in Reading, so any can't miss recommendations there would also be welcome. Thanks!

Jun 29, 2011
bogie in Pennsylvania