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Pick me a sub-$30 wine to go with tomato sauce

oh yeah, i forgot about the arcanum. it's a good one. and so cheap for what you get! and really, just support your ontario farmers and winemakers....and think about the carbon footprint of your italian wines....

Pick me a sub-$30 wine to go with tomato sauce

oh, that's easy. Lailey Shiraz, Marynissen Cab Merlot, Henry of Pelham Merlot, Jackson Triggs estate Shiraz....all under $20 i believe and all ontario. support your local farmers!

Marc Bittman Toronto (moved from Ontario board)

wish i had....although it would be like preaching to the convereted....

Jan 23, 2009
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Where else do ladies who lunch lunch?

nah, you gotta have an open mind. i trained for a year under a mexican chef and i know what i'm talking about. i'm saying if you like good, authentic mexican food, chimi's is the place to go. who cares about decor? it's all about the mole poblano, carnitas and guac. and the atmosphere is not grungy at all. have you even been?

St.Catharines Foodie

Ooohhh, i disagree about Salah Thai. I always found Spicy Thai much, much better and the room is so pretty!

In virgil, the pie plate is the place to go. delish.

good old epicurean in notl is a fallback. and believe it or not, the prince of wales has some pretty good stuff happening, if you can pay hotel prices.

avoid the irish harp in notl at all cost. zest is nice, but zee's, ugh, stay away.

what's new and/or noteworthy (with simple food, good wine and ambiance)?

so, whaddya think?

Kaiseki Cuisine in the GTA

we use black cod at my place because it is sustainably fished and the population is not endangered.

Your Favorite Recipe for kale?

so how do you barbecue sliced kale?

Jan 16, 2009
likescrab in Home Cooking

Your Favorite Recipe for kale?

peanut butter and salsa? huh?

Jan 16, 2009
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Zucchini bread recipe?

any zucchinni bread is made better with chocolate. chocilate zucchini bread is delish!

Jan 16, 2009
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eggs, lentils, no frittata—go

cook the lentils so they are still al dente. poach your egg in red wine, soft. serve egg over lentils with sauteed kale/chard/cabbage.

Jan 16, 2009
likescrab in Home Cooking

Duck legs, ideas or receipes

confit! or a red wine braise, or a beer baised braise. but really, confit is the best way to go.

Jan 16, 2009
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Spent all night making eclairs... and they collapsed

It has been my experience that i do leave the oven door open after 5 minutes. always worked for me. keep an eye on your oven temp and calibrate it with an overn thermometer so you're getting an accurate temp.

Jan 16, 2009
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great breakfast at the goof

mmm. eggs benny, fresh fruit, home fries, hot coffee. what's not to like?

Where else do ladies who lunch lunch?

Coquine, Quince, One, Chimichanga's, Lai Toh Heed. To name a few...

beef cheek question

we had them at my rest in Dec and again for new years eve. a nice touch is braise them with star anise, cinnamon, nutmeg and red wine and beef or veal stock.

Jan 15, 2009
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creme brulee - how far in advance can i torch the top?

at my rest we never brulee them in advance. we pre-cook earlier in the day, hold cold then brulee at the last moment. it's nice if the custard in chilled and brulee is hot.

Jan 15, 2009
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Claudia Roden's Orange Almond cake

also joyce goldstein has a nice on in "Back to Square One"

Jan 15, 2009
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co-ed baby shower menu -- am I missing anything?

my goodness, that sounds absolutely delicious.

Jan 15, 2009
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Oranges! Salad ideas? And...?

crab and avocado. roasted candy cane beets in a sherry wine orange vinagrette with supreme of orange. oven baked orange chips. orange cake/muffin/quick bread.

Jan 15, 2009
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Chocolate Cake/pudding on the bottom

yeah, i got the recipe from the internet. it's so easy to make. and the kids love it.

Jan 15, 2009
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Egg yolk/whole eggs in buttercream

yup, that's the one i use when i make wedding cakes. it's fool proof.

Jan 15, 2009
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Help! Need a little Asian-flavored chicken salad for tonight.

i think you're on the right track and wouldn't add any mayo. keep it light, you could mash up the avocado a bit if you feel the need to bind it more. add some slivered carrot, cucumber, red pepper and bean sprouts and you're good to go.

Jan 15, 2009
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risotto--need complimentary course

i'd serve a roasted beet salad with cheeseand nuts and serve with the risotto with mushrooms sauteed in butter with chiffonade of sage deglazed with white wine (or red). mmm that sounds good!

Jan 15, 2009
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A Question About Stocks

yeah, it's a piece of cake to make and freeze in freezer cubes. they you have a stash all summer when you don't want to make stock.

Jan 15, 2009
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Best Chili Recipe

i swear by a pork chili recipe i got out of Fine Cooking over 10 years ago. It's quite wonderful using reconstituted dried chilies, cilantro, lime juice and melting tender pork shoulder. Same article also does a red chili and a green chili. They might be archived somewhere. if you like, i can look it up for you and send you the recipe. let me know.

Jan 15, 2009
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Do you toast your saffron?

never! i soak it in milk.

Jan 15, 2009
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Sweet Potato Oven Fries?

watch your oven heat and be sure to liberally coat them in oil. i wouldn't go higher than 325 or so.

Jan 15, 2009
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What kind of soup is bad to freeze, why, and what about mirepoix?

i wouldn't freeze any soup with veggies or pasta or rice in it, they'd go all mushy. I routinely make stock of any kind, freeze in ice cube trays, transfer to a freezer bag and just pull out stock as needed. That was you can make a soup anytime you like and also have that little amount you so often need.

Jan 15, 2009
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Recipe Idea... Is it good?

Oh, that does sound good. How about peanut butter? Red velvet?

Jan 15, 2009
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