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Tips on how to roast a Large Chicken (8 lbs)

Does anyone have an recipes or thoughts on how to roast very large chickens? My farmer's market guy grows whoppers! Thanks!

Oct 13, 2013
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Help! Cream cheese spread in Cheesecake?

I can't return 'em, sadly...

Feb 28, 2013
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Help! Cream cheese spread in Cheesecake?

I am looking to make a new york style baked cheesecake, but I picked up spread instead of the blocks. Is there any way for me to adjust the a recipe?

If not, does anyone have good recipes for the spread? I have so much spread!

Thanks guys!

Feb 28, 2013
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Canned Lobster - what do you think?

I think I will do this! It really is not the same as fresh I was just wondering if there was any good preparation for it.

Jun 28, 2011
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Canned Lobster - what do you think?

It's not the same as fresh, that's for sure. The flavour is there, but the texture - not so good, watery and chewy, I would say. Perhaps I will have to have the dh cook them for me, and shell them, so I can have lobster rolls.

Jun 28, 2011
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Canned Lobster - what do you think?

So I love lobster, but hate preparing it live. Is canned lobster a good substitute? Are there any ways of preparing it that really make it shine? I tired a lobster chowder and I was kind of underwhelmed. It was good, but not $15 a can good. Let me know what you think!

TIA

Jun 28, 2011
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Fudge failure

I am going to try again and take it to 235.

The weather was crazy for fudge -a thunderstorm coming in, but today is clear. My sugar was fresh as far as I know.

Sep 23, 2010
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Fudge failure

So I tried to make fudge today and all I have is a sticky gooey mess, which ended up in the garbage can. I was attempting maple fudge (2 cup sugar, 1 cup maple syrup, 1/2 cup light cream, 2 Tbs Butter), and boiled it to 241F which I thought was too high, but as I said it was gooey, so I am confused. I cooled it to 113F before I stirred it, and by then it was really thick and hard to stir, and I never got it to turn matte.

So if anyone can help me make fudge, I would appreciate it!

Sep 22, 2010
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Niagara on the lake resaturant reccomendations for a family friendly lunch and adult dinner

Thanks for all the tips everyone!

I think we will go to Ravine and About Thyme for lunch and Stone Road Grille for one dinner but I am trying to decide between Peller and la Cachette, because all the restaurants on my list are either closed or too far. Anyone want to sway me one we or the other?

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Stone Road Grille
238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

Jul 05, 2010
Alicia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Niagara on the lake resaturant reccomendations for a family friendly lunch and adult dinner

Ok, I have found at that the Olson foods is not a Ravine winery anymore...does anyone know if it is still good?

I have read good things about Peller Estates winery, Treadwell's, La Cachette at Strewn, Niagara Culinary Institute dining room, Pennisula Ridge, and About Thyme. Can anyone steer me to one family friendly lunch and a spot to go for dinner?

Thanks so much!

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Treadwell
61 Lakeport Road, St. Catharines, ON L2N 4P6, CA

La Cachette
1339 Lakeshore Rd, Niagara On the Lake, ON L0S1J0, CA

Jul 03, 2010
Alicia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Niagara on the lake resaturant reccomendations for a family friendly lunch and adult dinner

My husband and I are going on a lovely vacation next week and we are bringing our little girl (she's one and a half). We love well-prepared food, but feel a bit weird bringing a toddler to fancy restaurants. We have babysitting for dinner and will be going to the Stone Road Grille both nights (unless someone thinks we should really try somewhere else)! I was thinking of going to Olson Foods for lunch one day. Any ideas?

Thanks!!!

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Stone Road Grille
238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

Jul 03, 2010
Alicia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Niagara Region Wine Tour - Best for beginners

Thanks everyone for the awesome recommendations. We had dinner at the Stone Road Grill and it was the best meal I have had in a long time. It was a truly wonderful experience. What a great place, the food, atmosphere and service left nothing to be desired. I had the Caramelized shallot and ricotta gnocchi with Chantrelle Mushrooms, Autumn Squash, Braised Greens, Sage Brown Butter Sauce everything was cooked perfectly and sauce brought the dish together to a beautiful whole. My husband had Steak and Fries and it seriously was five star dinning minus the cost. The oysters were amazing as well, and an excellent local wine list.

We had lunch at Olson Foods, which was very good, as well, great recommendation, and we picked up The Upper Canada Cheese Company's Comfort Cream Cheese there, which was exquisite. We are definately stopping at the Upper Canada Cheese Company on our next visit.

For wine tasting we visited Thirty Bench, Fielding, Ravine, Chateau des Charmes, Caroline, and Tawse. My favorite wine tasting experience was a Thirty Bench, my husband and I shared the tasting so we got to try eight wines and it was wonderful to see the difference between the Rieslings. I loved their 2008 Traingle Riesling, it was amazing, just like the Alsatian wine that I love. I would go back to Fielding (their sparkling Riesling is superb) and Ravine, but I think that's it. We had a nice experience at Chateau des Charmes, but all there wines are available at the LCBO so we didn't buy any there. The attendant wasn't very nice at Caroline, but we did buy some wine because some of it was half-decent and a good deal. The tour was great at Tawse and the wine was good, but I think I just like the type of wine available at Thirty Bench more and it's similar quality, in my opinion. This a place to go for a good tour of a gravity flow winery and good serous wines. They were good wines, just not to my taste.

Thanks again for the wonderful recommendations everyone, we had a great trip!

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Stone Road Grille
238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

Nov 21, 2009
Alicia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Niagara Region Wine Tour - Best for beginners

Does anyone know if there is Alsatian-type wine in this region? I ask because a wine I enjoyed very much was Pfaffenheim Tokay Pinot-Gris 2003 (we had it a few year ago). Thanks a bunch.

Nov 17, 2009
Alicia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Any suggestions for Kitchener-Waterloo restaurants?

If you head out Cambridge way Red Basil is a great choice for delicious, fresh Vietnamese food and it's affordably priced. The Crispy Duck is amazing

Nov 15, 2009
Alicia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Niagara Region Wine Tour - Best for beginners

My husband and I are heading up to Niagara for a day or two and would like to try a wine tour. I would love your recommendations for a place to go that is good for beginners. I tend to like sweeter wines and we both prefer whites to reds. We would like to go to one winery for 'regular' wine and one for icewine. Let me know what your best ideas are! We also have a 1 year old who we were hoping to have with us, does any one know if this will be an issue (to have the baby with us at a wine tasting)?
I would also appreciate restaurant reccomendations for a restaurant that is good value and casual enough to bring the one year old.
Thanks!

Nov 15, 2009
Alicia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pork Rib Roast - help!

Thanks guys! I did end up crock potting it, and while it wasn't shoe leather, it was rather dry.

I was wondering if you could help me with another issue I have. I used to live with Doctors and they instilled a fear of pink pork. Does anyone know exactly how dangerous it is to eat pink pork?

Thanks!

Sep 24, 2009
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Pork Rib Roast - help!

I bought a pork rib roast on sale and I would like to crock-pot it. Is this completely inappropriate; will it make if taste like shoe leather? Or will it be ok? Thanks!

Sep 24, 2009
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Overabundance of peaches!

I've been wanting to try this recipe: http://www.cookscountry.com/recipe.as...

Aug 16, 2009
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Uses for homemade relish

I just made cucumber relish and I don't know what to do with it (other then put it on hamburgers and hot dogs)! Any ideas?

This is the recipe I used: http://kathi-mygarden.blogspot.com/20....

Thanks!

Aug 16, 2009
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Caramel trouble

I am trying to make caramel for turtle brownies using the Cook's Illustrated recipe, and my caramel is gritty. Can I rescue it? If I try another batch how can I prevent this from happening again? The recipe includes corn syrup and I do not have a candy thermometer.

Thanks!

Dec 20, 2008
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French Food in Kitchener-Waterloo/ Cambridge?

I am looking for a nice french restaurant in the Kitchener area. I don't really care about the price, just good food. If there are none to be had, perhaps a recomendation for a place in Toronto?

TIA

Apr 30, 2008
Alicia in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

No self-respecting hound would go out to dinner tonight - what's on your home-cooked menu?

I'm making salmon baked with brie with a mango sauce, sugar snap peas, rice and a tokay pinot gris to drink. All of our favorite things in one meal! Simple and good. Homemade heart-shaped linzer cookies for dessert.

It is conviently blizzarding outside. A perfect night to share with great food, loved ones and a fire.

Feb 14, 2007
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Linzer Cookie Recipe Needed

I would like to make Linzer cookies for Valentines day. Although I cook and bake passionately, I've never felt particularily good at cookies. I have never made Linzer tarts (the closest thing I've ever made was gingerbread), so I could use and tips and tricks as well as a fool-proof recipe.

TIA

Feb 04, 2007
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Favourite pizza topping combos?

A homemade crust spread with olive oil, sliced garlic, and basil; then topped with feta, black olives, pickled banana peppers, cubed fresh tomatoes, and red onions (if you fancy them, I perper without).

Feb 01, 2007
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Can anyone recommend good Asian cookbooks?

I second Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table. I recieved it for Christmas and everything that I've tried has turned out really well. Many ingredients, but straightforward instructions. Delicious food.

Jan 24, 2007
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ISO Cheap, but elegant fare

I am hosting a farily informal afternoon tea for 10 ladies. I'm a poor university student, so I'm in search of ideas that will get me the most bang for my buck.

My ideas so far are sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and jam, maybe shrimp and fruit?

Jan 14, 2007
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Help with vegetarian beans for thanksgiving

Thanks! Do you hounds think this would compliment roast duck or should I be looking for a different style of beans?

Oct 06, 2006
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Help with vegetarian beans for thanksgiving

I am having a partially vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner and I want to make beans along with Duck and all the other trimmings. I don't make beans very often, but I was thinking boston baked beans or some sort of honey or maple glazed, however all the recipes that I have found seem to all call for some sort of pork.

Can you suggest a good vegetarian version of these recipes, or an alternative recipe involving white pea or navy beans? Or even better something that would compliment roast duck (but is still vegetarian).

Thanks in advance!

Oct 06, 2006
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What's the BEST ice cream you've made?

Limone (Lemon) Gelato. Absolutely delicious. I love the tart and sweet taste. However, with 4 egg yolks I don't think it's any healthier than a cream based one.

Sep 08, 2006
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Cookbook ideas for Newlyweds

You hounds are great. Thank you so much for all the thoughtful posts. I'm off to the library to look through a bunch of cookbooks. I think I am going to get something basic (like How to Cook Everything or The Way to Cook) and something fun (maybe a paris cookbook).

Sep 06, 2006
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