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Help Critique and Plan My Three Days in Toronto

They are wood fired montreal style bagels. Dense, delicious, often servedhot from the oven. They are bagel heaven in my opinion!

Help Critique and Plan My Three Days in Toronto

416 snackbar is in the area and great for snacks and cocktails. Bar fancy has the best fried chicken in the city. You could try Bar Raval, Bar Isabel's sister bar for either early day coffee and snacks or cava and some raw bar before moving on. Portland Variety at King and portland is by the same owners as le gourmand, and has more of a dine in focus. Delicious for brunch or lunch, best cookies in the city and wonderful small plates.

Second the recommendation for Anne's Magic kitchen. I'm there once a week lately. And if you're headibg into kensington a stop at seven lives for an octopus taco and some ceviche is a must. Bagels at NuBagel are also a great idea in kensington.

I could go on and on.

What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

I can never keep up with this thread so I don't participate as much as I read, but I have to share tonight's dinner.

I made a simple salad of Boston bibb, thinly shaved radish and cucumber, blanched sugar snaps. Tossed with the most amazing lemon caper dressing by April Bloomfield:

http://food52.com/recipes/16940-april...

I topped with butter braised japanese turnips. And for the second time this week, a lovely portion of salmon roasted in a low oven. This is the recipe:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

The salmon method could not be more perfect - medium rare and just delicious. So hands off. I used much less than 2tsp mustard on my portion though.

The lemon caper dressed salad was the perfect complement to this lovely mea and I couldn't recommend both recipes more highly.

May 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

Gurl is a typo but it's staying. LOL.

Apr 09, 2015
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May 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I have made so so many of her recipes from A Gurl and her Pig, and they always turn out above and beyond expectations. I just watched her whole "A Mind of a Chef" in anticipation of her new book and I just can't wait!

Apr 09, 2015
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May 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I'm not sure if this will get much traction, but with her new book out next week and her current book in my top 5, I would like to nominate for APRIL BLOOMFIELD MONTH including A Girl and her Pig and A Girl and her Greens.

Apr 09, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition!

I have to say I'm curious about the toronto star cookbook. Looking forward to your report (and finding out the origins of the chickpea curry!)

Apr 03, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition! [old]

I was shocked at this too. I'm a little annoyed by it to be honest - I really think it should be standard in a baking book.

I made the molasses bran muffins last night and they are amazing. I can't believe how great they are - so moist with very little oil, and very flavourful. A definite keeper of a recipe.

Unexpected weekend. Help please.

Bar isabel is my favourite place in the city. Enjoy!!

Anne's Magic Kitchen

Grabbed some takeout tonight. They are in the process of hiring a delivery driver, which will be very dangerous indeed.

I walked in around 8:50 to pick up an order placed at 8:30, ready to go.

Cucumber in spicy sauce - delicious. Smacked cucumber with plenty of spicy chili oil - packaged on the side.

Spicy cabbage - also fantastic. Love the sour and salty dish.

Green Onion pancake with beef - another fantastic dim sum item, good portion size.

Szechuan sauced pork with green onion- delicious and very flavourful

Fried green bean with pork - this is a favourite Szechuan dish of mine and theirs is the best I've had in toronto

Dan Dan noodles - the same hand pulled noodlea with cucumber and a spicy peanut sauce. I appreciated that the sauce came packaged on the side.

All told - around $40 for food that would have easily fed 4. I love this place and if they keep the price point, portion size and quality I happily eat here every couple of weeks - although lately, I've been here weekly. The best.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition! [old]

You best the drum so loud I had to pick it up. Any recommendations to try?

Mar 17, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition! [old]

Do you have another favourite book to recommend? Since my whole grain obsession started I have also acquired Tartine No 3, Huckleberry (which has many a whole grain recipe), and Flavour Flours. I'm planning to try the molasses bran muffins from Good to the Grain and the rye scones from Huckleberry next.

Mar 17, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition! [old]

I am a torontonian! I've heard rumours of whole foods up on avenue carrying King arthur flour but this is not first hand knowledge. I'm going to check it out because their whole wheat flour is a favourite of mine.

Mar 17, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition! [old]

I tried the bulk barn with no luck. I wonder if white whole wheat is caled something else here? There is an abundance of unbleached all purpose flours available.

Perhaps I'll try tracking down some King arthur flour this weekend, I've heard whole foods and fiesta farms carry it...

Mar 16, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition! [old]

For me, inspired by Piglet tournaments past and present and a new love of whole grains I pulled the trigger on an Amazon purchase I'd been resisting for some time: Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce (2011 piglet champion) and Flavour Flours by Alice Meidrich.

Now, where to find white whole wheat flour in toronto so I can make these famous chocolate chip cookies?

Mar 16, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition! [old]

I have both the Vij books. I like them both and really enjoy the authors voice (he seems like such a genuine, pleasant guy both in the book and on any TV show I've seen him appear in).

Mar 03, 2015
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Anne's Magic Kitchen

Popped into this little Dundas street gem yesterday for lunch and I had to post.

It's a second floor walk up - you might not notice it except for the tantalizing photos out front.

I ordered spicy beef soup with hand pulled noodles - this is face numbing, delicious, addictive, habit forming, crave worthy stuff here folks. At $7.99 you get a vat of delicious soup with plenty of tender beef shin, the best hand pulled noodles in China town, and a new addiction all in one. Possibly my favourite noodle soup in the city. The spicy is SPICY in the best way possible, laced with Szechuan peppercorns and broth that is thick with gelatinous goodness. I'm a convert.

Also got the pork soup dumplings which were delicious. I saw them make my order at the little table by the kitchen - 6 dumplings for $5.99. Delicious soup and tender pork filling, pleasantly chewy dumpling skin.

A complementary starter of salty, vinegary cabbage was welcome - I could eat a whole plate of it.

The tables nearby filled up with delicious looking plates - next time I will be sure to come with a friend so I can sample more of their dishes.

The interior is CLEAN with nice modern bathrooms - a nice upgrade from my previous noodle soup and soup dumpling haunt, Chinese Traditinal Bun.

This is my new go-to for quick, delicious soup and soup dumpling fix.

Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

A wonderful and thorough review. He clearly baked extensively from both books in his consideration of a winner - I love him so much, his cookbook is a favourite of mine.

Mar 02, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition! [old]

2 new ones:

Huckleberry - I picked this one after the piglet review and dkennedy's strong recommendations put it on my mind.

Tartine No 3 - after I bought an exceptional dense, Danish style seeded rye loaf from Blackbird Baking co in Toronto, I can't get this style of bread out of my head!! I'm hoping this book will help me on my quest to make my own.

Road trip to Toronto, weird shirts, art, coffee, and doughnuts.

Agree with poutinis. Smokes makes a terrible poutine not worthy of being called a poutine but poutinis is the bomb.

In kensington, you could grab Moo Frites (delicious Belgian style frites) and a coffee/shirt from Jimmys across the street. Love my jimmys.

The new Epicurious

Looks like they did a massive site redesign! It looks great, the old one was getting tired. I hope they are on to something here - some of my favourite all time recipes are found in the epicurious archives.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Valentine's Day 2015 edition! [OLD]

I love that porridge! Hers is a favourite cookbook of line. The baked eggs with anchovy cream sauce is just delicious. The oatmeal cookies are another favourite of mine - just a good oatmeal cookie for tea. The chickpra and lentil salad is wonderful, even with all the steps. And the devilled eggs!!! The Caesar salad!!

So many great recipes. I can't wait for her new cookbook.

Feb 02, 2015
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Japanese House Curry (brand) .... how can I make it taste better?

I usually add a big squirt of bulldog sauce (Japanese Worcestershire) to my curry roux, and sometimes a dash of mirin and soy. I also like a blend of S&B and House curries (50/50) and make sure to carmellize my onions well to make the curry a little richer.

Daikon, carrot, potato, meat of choice, and a grated Apple are usual additions.

Japanese curry is a favourite comfort food of mine. Not one I grew up on but it's one I crave now and I make it at least once a month! No Recipes website has a great curry roux from scratch if you want to make your own, but I'm fond of the blocks.

Jan 27, 2015
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Looking to spend about $500 for 4 people on a Saturday in two weeks?

Borealia. On ossington. Two thumbs up.

Dialo and Branca are two other places I've been recently that would also fit the bill.

Dinner Party Help

I would lean towards the garlic leg of lamb, as I like a savoury meat with a sweet pickle. My mom always served a sweet homemade relish with her roast beef and gravy, and it was the best thing when the salty gravy and sweet pickle ran together. Anything you could make a savary pan jus or gravy with to finish would get my vote.

Jan 24, 2015
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Baked Potatoes for a Crowd

Thanks for the tips. I think I'm going to cook for 40 minutes at 350, finish off the ham and cauliflower then pop back in at 400 for 20 minutes to finish off while the ham rests.

I agree with greygarious that the potatoes have the most to lose from a texture perspective and don't want to compromise the fluffy interiors I'm after!

Jan 24, 2015
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Baked Potatoes for a Crowd

I wouldn't reheat from cold, but rather bake for the last hour before turning the heat up to 450 for the cauliflower and ham glaze. I'm just not sure the potatoes would hold at temperature for as long as 45 minutes out of the oven so reheating would be necessary I would think?

Jan 23, 2015
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Baked Potatoes for a Crowd

I'm hosting a little get together this weekend. The menu with be a large baked ham, whole roasted cauliflower with beer cheese sauce, baked beans, baked potato bar. The green sides will be supplied by friends.

I will bake the beans most of the day and the ham for several hours at low heat before glazing and cranking the heat. The cauliflower and ham will be roasted at 450 for the last 30 minutes before serving.

Can I bake the potatoes at 350 earlier in the day and pop in the oven for 15 minutes at 450 to warm or will that compromise the texture of the potato? Does anyone have any experience with baked potatoes for a crowd? I love when baked potatoes are hot and fluffy from the oven, but not such a fan of the texture of cooled and reheated potatoes that you can sometimes get at a lacklustre steak house.

Any hints would be appreciated!!

Jan 23, 2015
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Are crispy eggs a culinary no no?

I can't remember if it was bon Appetit or saveur, but one (both?) of those magazines ran an article on crispy fried eggs last month. They are anything but no no, I think they might be en vogue.

POULTRY SOUP! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (January 2015)

I made this once last winter as well!! So a repeat, if that makes any difference. I believe it was the cover of a bon appetit last winter and khao soi is my favourite dish at my favourite thai place. This was a great version.

Jan 13, 2015
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