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What do you eat when you don't know what you want?

Know that feeling? You're hungry but nothing looks or sounds interesting. What do you go to in that situation?

Aug 17, 2014
rainey in General Topics

Need advice on a Bread Knife

I don't know the knives you're referencing but my rec is a good serrated blade with an offset handle. Offsetting the handle means that your knuckles aren't scraping when you get down to the cutting board.

Mine is a Shun and I'm very happy with it if that counts. Don't remember what it cost only that whatever it was, it's worth it.

Aug 13, 2014
rainey in Cookware

Lunch ideas near Lynn Valley or Park & Tilford?

I'm meeting my husband today and I hope there's someplace interesting to go.

We've tried the Indian in P&T. Had the White Spot. Looking for something a bit more pubby or bistro-ish.

Could go to Lonsdale if it was for someplace really enjoyable but we probably only have an hour or so.

Thanks in advance.

Aug 12, 2014
rainey in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Freezing seasoned meat?

Yup!

When I do sauerbraten I do two rounds in brine and put one -- with the brine -- in the freezer when I go on to roast the first one. The frozen one's always delicious and has lovely texture after months and months in the brine.

Aug 10, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking

Brining pork or chicken

My meat never tastes salty after brining and all I ever do is pat the surface dry for browning.

Could you say what ratios you're using and how long you brine?

Aug 10, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking

The Most Fabulous Candy Bar Ever

...about 25¢ worth of chunky vomit. Only it costs a ridiculous $8!!!

Aug 05, 2014
rainey in Features
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Looking for Mom's Bread Pudding Recipe

Have you tried experimenting with the amount of bread you use? The less you put in, the more custardy it will be and you'll find the ratio that still says "bread pudding" to you more than it does "custard".

Aug 02, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking

Soapstone sinks

Yup. My sink came from VT to SoCal. I had to have it installed by stonemasons who had never done soapstone before.

I was nervous but I trusted my GC who said he wouldn't let them rush anything or make any mistakes. I couldn't be there when it was being installed because I was a wreck but it all worked out just fine.

I suspect you're in my now and enjoying your sink. MAZEL TOV!

Aug 02, 2014
rainey in Cookware

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

Probably a great idea but I'm so coconut adverse I wouldn't even handle it for other people.

Thank you still. It's really a wonderful and practical idea.

Aug 02, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

No, I hadn't but that's just the kind of thing I was looking for!

Thanks so much!

Aug 01, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

Thanks, but the recipe says it makes 16 pieces. I need about 100-120.

I was sorta hoping for that kind of quantities along with practical tips for production baking in a home kitchen.

Jul 31, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking

The Most Fabulous Candy Bar Ever

Oh, be fair! There's NOTHING that could have made that look like anything but poseur bait.

Jul 30, 2014
rainey in Features
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Dried Mushrooms, OMG!!

Sure! Squeeze out that liquid but be sure to strain and save it. Use it in soup or gravy. Use it as part of the liquid for a braise. And if it's too hot for any of that now, freeze it. Sooner or later you'll be glad it was available to punch up the flavor of something.

It's really got a lot of flavor and, hey!, it's free.

Jul 29, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking
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The Most Fabulous Candy Bar Ever

You're kidding, right?

Jul 28, 2014
rainey in Features
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new to north shore

Forgot about the tiny bakery Flour in the village at Horseshoe Bay. I haven't tried her baguettes but her smaller items like cookies are very clearly made from real butter and eggs!!!

I also got a fig and walnut whole meal bread from her at the Thurs afternoon farmers market at the quayside. It was brilliant!

BTW, at that Thurs market there's a woman from the island who brings her preserves. I've tried her lemon curd and it's lovely. There's also a woman who does hand dipped chocolates. I didn't try them but my friend was very happy with the ones she got.

This is the only farmers market I've seen since I've been back to YVR. I'm delighted to see it since there's been such *serious* deterioration to the public markets in the last decade! I guess it's trade off for so many more grocery stores with more ambitious offerings and presentations but it's still sad since I have such vibrant memories of the public markets on Robson, Lonsdale and Granville from the 70s and 80s...

Jul 27, 2014
rainey in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

new to north shore

Hi-

We're recent arrivals to the North Shore too, tho we've been trying things since April.

We just had a lovely meal at Bravo Cucina on Lonsdale. It's a small, quiet, comfortable room. The prices are moderate. The veggies were prepared and served with care and I had a really wonderful piece of salmon.

Next door is the Portly Chef. Haven't tried that yet but we plan to.

Canyon in Edgemont Village is really lovely. Again, a very small room but food thoughtfully and deliciously prepared. I didn't get the check but I think that was also moderately priced. Whatever. I look forward to going again. Lunch & dinner.

I am told (but I haven't tried it) that some of the best sushi in YVR is in that little neighborhood mall at Westview and the Upper Level where the Safeway is. I plan to check it out sometime this week.

We're close to Horseshoe Bay so I'm not sure the places we frequent will be right for you. We like them but they might or might not be worth a drive. Anyway here goes.

The Beach House on the water at Ambleside is very pleasant. The food is nice -- not outstanding but nice. The prices are a little high but it's got a great view and pleasant ambiance and we always enjoy ourselves. They make a sort of lobster roll from a variety of local seafood and it's fun. Haven't seen that anywhere else up here.

On the informal and cheap side I don't think you can beat Trolls in the village at Horseshoe Bay. It's a coffeehouse. But they make really good fish & chips, have a window overlooking the park and ferry comings and goings and the staff are friendly and welcoming. It's one of our go-to places but then we're only up the hill. I also love their fish pie for serious comfort food.

Next to Trolls is Anchor and Olive (or something like that). Moderate prices. The room is utilitarian comfy and busy. The staff are friendly. The oysters are great. So are the fish & chips (they're probably my husband's favs).

For more formal and pricier dining there's the Salmon House. Fabulous view. Nice ambiance. Good food.

At the top of Grouse is The Observatory. This is really pricey and the food is haute but well done. The real reason to go there, of course, is the spectacular ride up in the gondola and the gorgeous sunsets over the entire harbor and westward view. Even so, for special occasions and entertaining out of town guests, it hits all the marks.

Hope there's something there you'll enjoy and I hope you'll share what you find that you like. I look forward to learning about more.

Jul 27, 2014
rainey in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

Hooray! I went to the local restaurant supply and got a Big Daddio professional scoop. This thing is built to last and the gearing that operates the sweep is a serious mass of metal.

I think the skipping gears that ends up in frustration is over even for the heavy doughs. YAY!!!!

Jul 19, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking
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Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

Wow! So many options! Thanks.

Jul 17, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

Yum!

Jul 17, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

Thanks for those suggestions. Snickerdoodles are my son's faves.

I also love her Salted Butter Breakups: http://doriegreenspan.com/2013/05/jam... They're the essence of simplicity but I don't think you can beat the flavor with a ton of sexy add ins.

Jul 17, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

Mmmmm! Browned butter! Gonna try some of those!

As for creaming butter, I soften the butter overnight and it takes a load off the mixer's motor and works quite well even in large quantities.

Jul 17, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

The cookies are for an adult crew.

Thanks for the link to the utility. Can I use to to increase my own recipes?

Jul 17, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

I'd love to brownies and I'm sure they'd be appreciated.

If I did them in a half-sheet pan, is there a trick to ensuring that the centers are fully baked before the edges dry out too much?

Jul 17, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

I hear ya! Thanks.

Jul 16, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

Thanks. If you have any high volume recipes I'd love them.

Right now I'm tripling and quadrupling recipes. When you throw in the possibility of a math error and the cost & frustration of having to toss a bad batch and produce a good one it gets a little intimidating.

Jul 16, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

I do one recipe per week. That works out best for eliminating frustration. You see, I can barely manage one 4" cookie per person so tempting people to have more by having multiple options would not be helpful in this case.

Jul 16, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

Thanks!

Jul 16, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

That's a big family favorite! ; >

Jul 16, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

Thanks for the tip of multiple batches.

So far I don't hear my motor overworking. The bigger prob is bits of flour at the bottom that don't get incorporated if I'm not diligent about scraping, scraping, scraping during the mix.

Wish there were a paddle with a silicone sweep for the Cuisinart...

Jul 16, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

I hear ya! But so far, the scoops aren't holding up well. They work for something soft like PB cookie dough but the sweep arm skips on the heavy chocolate ones.

The #24 is ideal for my project.

Jul 16, 2014
rainey in Home Cooking