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What Are You Enjoying From President's Choice Blue Menu (or Organics) Products ?

Don't know yet haven't had occasion to go to the store yet and get the prices on the no name versions, sorry.

Jun 26, 2013
rlinnington in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What Are You Enjoying From President's Choice Blue Menu (or Organics) Products ?

Update: the Blue Menu lower-fat cheeses are being brought back as members of the No Name line (as per info on PC facebook page). The reincarnation of the lower-fat mozarella as a yellow label no name product has now happened already.

Jun 26, 2013
rlinnington in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What Are You Enjoying From President's Choice Blue Menu (or Organics) Products ?

I was loving the Blue Menu lower-fat cheeses, BUT the idiots have discontinued them now as of June 2013. I'm really annoyed; I mean, thanks for Canada's great (NOT) dairy laws, it's not as though you can simply buy another competing lower-fat cheese, they were the only game in town as far as I ever found out for lower-fat cheeses. I am truly annoyed at the Blue Menu line. The Blue Menu Dill Pickles are soggy and have a too strong cinnamon taste, why didn't they discontinue those? Blech.

Jun 19, 2013
rlinnington in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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Two-level cooking in microwaves

That's what I'm afraid of, Jannie -- my Panasonic that died was 27 years old, lol. So I looked around to see what was new in microwaves these days, found out about this two-level (aka bi-level) cooking feature and went, "I want that!". I'll have a look at GE's.

Mar 25, 2013
rlinnington in Cookware

Two-level cooking in microwaves

That, I don't know Kaleo, sorry. It's mentioned a lot in the Panasonic microwave product descriptions, is all that I know of it.

Mar 25, 2013
rlinnington in Cookware

Two-level cooking in microwaves

Hi Kaleo,

They've changed the technology a bit in the past few years -- on some Panasonic and Kitchenaid models, to name a few, the waves now come from the sides of the oven instead of the roof.

There's a kitchenaid model with a second-tier rack whose waves come from the side -- but it's not what I can use, as it's one of those over the stove hood fan things.

Mar 25, 2013
rlinnington in Cookware

Two-level cooking in microwaves

Thanks Jannie -- can I ask what make and model of microwave you have? I'm finding that manufacturers really don't highlight this feature at all in their product descriptions, so it's very hard to search for! Thanks!

Mar 25, 2013
rlinnington in Cookware

Two-level cooking in microwaves

I'm researching "two-level cooking" (aka bi-level cooking) microwaves... Does anyone already have one? If so, am I understanding this correctly -- you can leave the metal rack in them when microwaving, so that you can microwave two things at once, such as two plates of food, one over the other.... ? Is that right? (The metal racks seem to be specially tuned to the microwaves in that oven, or vice versa.)

Mar 24, 2013
rlinnington in Cookware

Best Instant Coffee

Found it interesting that Julia Child always kept instant coffee on hand. She used it in a few recipes such as http://www.rushhour.org/chocolate-cake-recipe/ , and would serve it occasionally at least to visitors. https://twitter.com/therealsager/stat...

Aug 29, 2012
rlinnington in General Topics

cooking dried beans

i read that the water you soak beans in, instead of dumping it down the drain, to use it on plants. Now presumably they meant unsalted soaking water (as per some discussion back and forth about this above.) Read this on side of a box of Eden Organic Beans. Anyone else heard this before?

Jul 23, 2011
rlinnington in Home Cooking

Lizano Salsa? (Costa Rican Sauce)

Update -- as of summer 2011, you can get Lizano Salsa at the Mexican store in Kensington market, downtown Toronto.

8.95 for a HUUUUGE bottle.

write up here for those that don't know it:

http://www.cooksinfo.com/lizano-sauce

Jul 11, 2011
rlinnington in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Instant Coffee

omg poor you, why did you have to spend a year there again?

Jun 30, 2011
rlinnington in General Topics

Best Instant Coffee

There are some surprisingly good instants out there, despite what "foodie" consumers in North America think. Here's a piece that talks about that: http://www.cooksinfo.com/instant-coffee

May 19, 2011
rlinnington in General Topics

cooking dried beans

Hey Hamster, can I ask for your backup on the statement that "don't cook beans in salted water" is a myth that has been debunked? Do you have any sources for that statement?

Apr 06, 2011
rlinnington in Home Cooking

Help identifying this fruit and this gourd / squash, please?

I've compared that "yellow fruit" No 1. picture to coconut, and yep that would indeed appear to be it.

Now to identify the squash / gourd picture!

Jan 09, 2011
rlinnington in General Topics

Coffee Bowls in Toronto

Oh, see the secret with this exact shape of bowl is that (a) the ridges help diffuse the heat; and (b) your hand doesn't actually touch the bowl, per se. Instead, your thumb goes on the top ridge, which is not hot, and a few of your fingertips go on the bottom footed ridge of the bowl, which is not hot either, and then to sip you raise it to your mouth and just kinda tilt your wrist towards you a bit... it's hard to explain, I'd have to have the equipment to make a video lol. But anyway, though the coffee is nice and piping hot, there are lots of "cool" spots on the bowl, and those are the ones you handle -- you never hold it by its sides.

Jan 06, 2011
rlinnington in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help identifying this fruit and this gourd / squash, please?

Jan 06, 2011
rlinnington in General Topics

Coffee Bowls in Toronto

I'm looking for (what I think of) as a classic French coffee bowl -- ridged sides to help hold the bowl with the heat, and trimmed around the top in dark red, or blue....

Such as pictured here:

http://fotobank.ru/image/SF14-3837.html

The ones I have are on their last legs, all chipped etc, and it's time to replace.

Has anyone spotted these exact bowls at any store in Toronto?

Dec 11, 2010
rlinnington in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

cast iron skillet in toronto

Just found Lodge Cast Iron in downtown Toronto! In the kitchen store that is in the centre of St Lawrence market. If you've come by TTC, be prepared to spring for a cab home -- a few purchases of these babies makes for a heavy trip home otherwise :}

Sep 11, 2007
rlinnington in Cookware

cast iron skillet in toronto

Hey everybody. Found this thread through Google. Hope it's okay for me to jump in.

wow lagatta. you're right. Canadian Tire sells a Lodge Skillet. Kewl. Who knew? (Betcha never in stock tho, hehe.)

My family has used cast iron for 3 generations. I tried some overseas made cast iron a while back and kinda gave up on it.

My interest in it was revived by reading this on Practically Edible.
http://www.practicallyedible.com/edible.nsf/pages/castiron

I learnt from it that Lodge is the last North American cast iron cookware maker.

I went to Lodge's site, and found that they make cast iron griddles.

https://secure.lodgemfg.com/storefron...

My life is now incomplete.

(I don't think I'd use the ribbed side; would just rather throw food on grill for that effect.

)

Question pls: has anyone seen these cast iron griddles in Toronto, preferably downtown Toronto, preferably Lodge? I know I could mail order, but the customs brokers these days charge an arm and a leg, and plus, I can imagine what the postage would be on a hunk of cast iron, lol.

Jul 17, 2007
rlinnington in Cookware

Cash-Poor, Food-Rich?

>> But if the “average” across the pond is anything like the average American diet (and anecdotal evidence suggests that it is)

'cept for the cheese. The quality of the cheese is to die for in England. Oh, and the bacon. Oh, and the lamb. Oh, and the potatoes. Oh, and the cream ... (grin).

Jul 17, 2007
rlinnington in Features

What's Your Favorite Bottled Water?

maybe an old joke, but what's evian spellt backwards?

Jul 31, 2006
rlinnington in General Topics

Best Instant Coffee

Excellent instant coffees, though sadly to my knowledge not available in North America, only in Europe are:
Alta Rica (nescafe)
Cap Columbie (nescafe)
Kenjara (nescafe)

Alta Rica is very strong, dark roasted. Also just as excellent is Carte Noire, a brand popular in France (though it's made in Germany). Don't try serving these to your auntie from the farm in Iowa, she'll think you're trying to kill her.

Kenco in the UK also makes some excellent freeze-dried instants.

But all of these are pricey -- they're not your average North American's instant coffee -- they are premium, gourmet makes, often from single beans, and so you'll pay accordingly. These instants are so good that even though I enjoy coffee from my Delonghi, and my good old-fashioned flip-over caffeteria neapolitana that I bought while going to school in Italy, I also really enjoy these instants. But do you think I can even get another person here to even try a sip? Nope, their minds are closed based on what we have here. Might as well offer them a cup of boiled tripe (grin).

I know where they're coming from, though: I'm unable to drink unfortunately any instant I can find here in North America, even Taster's Choice. Just can't do it. North American instants are to European instants what white vinegar is to certified modena balsamic.

p.s. not trying to convert anyone to instant; I jealously guard mine as I have to reimburse friends the cost and postage to get these shipped over regularly. Just wanting to say, there's a whole different world of instant out there that we don't know about.

Jul 30, 2006
rlinnington in General Topics