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COFFEE MAKERS

Thanks for the input, christopher1974. As you know, I purchased my Tassimo quite some time ago, & we are 110% satisfied with its functioning & the coffees it brews. We were looking for a specialty coffee machine & Tassimo fills the bill perfectly. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys espresso, lattes, & capuccinos. Thanks again for the feedback.

Jul 07, 2014
giaceats in Cookware
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COFFEE MAKERS

I compared my Tassimo to my brother's Keurig .... my tassimo makes much better coffee & more varieties, compared to Keurig, i.e. mochas, capuccinos, lattes. I'd recommend a Tassimo anyday, but then coffee taste is ALL SUBJECTIVE, isn't it? I wouldn't take anyone's word on taste (coffee, restaurants, connoiseurs, etc .... you have to TASTE/TRY it yourself to be the final judge!!

Mar 22, 2014
giaceats in Cookware

Making Chinese Black Bean Sauce

Sounds great .... I'm going to give it a try.

It's great to see so many hounds interested in authentic Asian. Help & advice is also exceptional. Warms the "black beans" & cockles of my heart!!

Jan 28, 2014
giaceats in Home Cooking

Making Chinese Black Bean Sauce

I tried so many black bean pastes, and found the best bet & best tasting is simple salted black beans, rinsed in warm water, then slightly crushed with a spoon ..... absolutely delicious!!

Dec 29, 2013
giaceats in Home Cooking

Can I make a flour slurry to thicken soup?

That's the ticket! ..... I use instant mashed potato flakes to thicken all soups & most sauces. It does NOT affect the flavor at all & thickens consistently, no matter how much fat is present. And it doesn't get watered down when refrigerated or cooled. Just what everyone needs!

Oct 11, 2013
giaceats in Home Cooking

COFFEE MAKERS

No response yet, so I went out & bought a Tassimo T-46 ..... brews great coffees, lattes & caps. They may not be as "good" as a specialty coffee house, but it's still darn good coffee!! I recommend the brew system highly.

Jul 08, 2013
giaceats in Cookware
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Making Chinese Black Bean Sauce

Good luck, I_Fortuna. I hope you find what you're looking for. Your quest is a bit over my head, but it sure sounds interesting. And I know how you feel ..... we folks will travel far & wide to get what we need to make our favorite recipes. I admire your fortitude & determination.

Jun 30, 2013
giaceats in Home Cooking

COFFEE MAKERS

I need a bit of expert advice here. I'm thinking of buying a single-cup coffee brewer, but I can't decide whether it should be a Keurig or a Tassimo. I've read both good & bad reviews about both. The biggest criticism seems to be the taste, yet a lot of people say the taste is great. I'm looking for something to brew many types ..... espresso, capuccino, lattes, hot chocolate, regular coffee, etc .... Is there anyone out there who can advise??

Jun 30, 2013
giaceats in Cookware

Making Chinese Black Bean Sauce

Try experimenting with your recipes. It's part of the fun & you can adjust foods & spices to your own taste. I never follow a strict recipe, but do something a bit different every time .... it adds a bit of mystery & adventure to what I'm cooking. Recipes should ONLY serve as guides anyway.

My favorite recipes using fermemnted black beans call for the beans themselves (rinsed, crushed), grated fresh ginger, soy sauce, mirin, and oyster sauce. You can add or delete as you see fit.

And I never keep my salted beans in the fridge. There's no need. Just store them in a tightly-sealed jar or container.

Bon appetit to you and all our Chowhounds!

Jun 30, 2013
giaceats in Home Cooking

Nostalgia for Old-School Parm

The crap in the green can??? .... I have lost all respect for those so-called chowhounds! It's not real cheese, but waxy sawdust! I do not understand how anyone can even "look" at a jar of the stuff after eating real parmegiano reggiano. What a shame!

Aug 31, 2012
giaceats in Features

Napoleons Without the Mess

I always eat a Napoleon upside-down, and that results in minimum ooze. I find that using a utensil (at home) just destroys the taste that the baker intended. But a fork with tines pointed down does indeed work well in a more formal setting.

Jun 24, 2012
giaceats in Features

Go Ahead, Store Onions in the Fridge

I have ALWAYs stored onions & potatoes in the fridge ... and in the same drawer. Never have had any sort of problem doing this, and I've been doing it for years!!

May 18, 2012
giaceats in Features

GENUINE ITALIAN groceries in the Amherstview, Kingston, Prince Edward County (or Bay of Quinte) area

xoxoxox ..... Thank you so much, freia ...... I really hope one day my wife & I can get to meet you over a nice plate of Italian food. You have been a big help in my search. Thanks again! (Jim)

GENUINE ITALIAN groceries in the Amherstview, Kingston, Prince Edward County (or Bay of Quinte) area

Thanks so much for the clue about Pasta Genova ...... I came across the store (called Pasta G) in downtown Kingston on Wellington Street, right opposite the parking lot near the corner of Queen. It doesn't have everything, but it will surely satisfy most of my cravings. It does have a wonderful assortment of Italian products, including great cheeses, olive oils, and balsamic vinegars. And their sandwiches (made for you on the spot) use frsh focaccia bread and any choice of cold cuts and cheese that you request ..... they're scrumptious!

They also carry home-made pasta, sauces, and a variety of products to suit a Montrealer's Italian palate. It took me a while to get downtown, but the trip was worth it. I want to thank you so much, and all the other Chowhounds who tried to help. All of your advice was happily taken, and it did pay off. Halleluliah!!!

The Deep, Rich Flavor of Birch Syrup

For any of you Chowhounds planning a trip to Quebec (where I lived for 66 years before moving to Ontario), you can find loads of birch beer in almost every store in the Oka region of Quebec. It's a sister-drink to spruce beer, but it tastes 10 times better. I've never seen the sirop, but the birch beer is a favorite!!

Mar 11, 2012
giaceats in Features

Portuguese custard tarts

Thanks to Silvertint & Nextguy .... I have recently moved from Quebec to Ontario, but on my next visit to La Belle Province, I will definitely try out both places. Thanks for the info!!

GENUINE ITALIAN groceries in the Amherstview, Kingston, Prince Edward County (or Bay of Quinte) area

Went to Quattrouchi's this morning (Sunday) .... place looked closed/deserted ...no cars around, but I'll try again during the week .... my next trek will be to Pasta Shelf & Pasta/Cafe Genova. I'll let youse all know if it has anything "interesting".

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Pasta Shelf
1749 Bath Rd, Kingston, ON K7M4Y1, CA

GENUINE ITALIAN groceries in the Amherstview, Kingston, Prince Edward County (or Bay of Quinte) area

Thanx for the info, Wiley1 ..... it "sounds" genuine Italian, but I'll check into it asap.

GENUINE ITALIAN groceries in the Amherstview, Kingston, Prince Edward County (or Bay of Quinte) area

Thank you so much, Freia ..... I hope I can return the favor some day.

GENUINE ITALIAN groceries in the Amherstview, Kingston, Prince Edward County (or Bay of Quinte) area

I'll drink to that!! ... BRAVO!!!

GENUINE ITALIAN groceries in the Amherstview, Kingston, Prince Edward County (or Bay of Quinte) area

Thank you so much, Freia ... you have supplied me with a real wealth of informaion, and you really understand what I'm looking for! I think some of the other Chowhounds are not "quite" sure what Italian products I was specifically looking for and that there is such a difference in QUALITY between "grocery products" and "imported" goods, like the REAL parm!....... maybe I was a bit unclear or didn't describe my quest well enough ..... not to demean them, but ONLY an Italian-food-lover would appreciate my quandry, and you have succeeded in doing that beautifully.

Since I have only been living in Amherstview a few months, I have not yet visited Pasta Shelf because I thought it was only a restaurant .... my fault for not experimenting, i guess. I'll try there within the next few days, you can be sure.

Thank you for the clue on getting good parm at Costco .... never even thought i would find such a product there. It is a surprise. Perhaps some of the other Chowhounds can now sit down to a good home-made pasta meal and partake of the "cheese of the gods"! ... lol.

And thank you for info on the Bulk Barn .... been there and they have many good products at reasonable prices. Other Chowhounds have mentioned "Pig & Olive" .... another place for me to try soon.

I really appreciate the time and effort you and the other food hounds have spent on my query and I assure you that I will take all of your opinions & suggestions to heart. I guess I have been spoiled by simply being able to drive down to "Little Italy" in Montreal, where one can buy just about any imported Italian product his/her heart desires.

And a special thank you to you, Freia, for all your suggestions. Believe me, the time you spent answering this post will not go unnoticed or unappreciated. May your pantry always be filled and may the gods bless you with all the fruits and bounty this great country has to offer .... Buon appetito, cara amica!! Perhaps one day we can break bread together and discuss the merits of Genovese basil!

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Pasta Shelf
1749 Bath Rd, Kingston, ON K7M4Y1, CA

GENUINE ITALIAN groceries in the Amherstview, Kingston, Prince Edward County (or Bay of Quinte) area

My feelings exactly!!

GENUINE ITALIAN groceries in the Amherstview, Kingston, Prince Edward County (or Bay of Quinte) area

Thanks for the advice, friend!

GENUINE ITALIAN groceries in the Amherstview, Kingston, Prince Edward County (or Bay of Quinte) area

I'd like to shop in Kingston and environs.

GENUINE ITALIAN groceries in the Amherstview, Kingston, Prince Edward County (or Bay of Quinte) area

I've just recently moved from the Montreal area in Quebec to Amherstview, Ontario (just west of Kingston).

Can anyone help me to find a good AUTHENTIC Italian grocery or Italian store where I can get good Italian products, like pasta & parmeggiano reggiano cheese?? I know this is a far cry from the flavors of Montreal, but there must be somewhere within an hour's drive that caters to the Italian community .... or do i have to move back to Montreal??!!

Flour to egg ratio for spaetzle

Do you mean 1/2 "CUP"?

Oct 22, 2010
giaceats in Home Cooking

Grated cheese

While we're on the subject of cheese, now for my two-cents-worth. I'm Italian ... always have been, and I have always bought "fresh" parmegiano regiano & had it grated at the store (N.B. Italian stores ONLY!!). Then I divide it into sealable vacuum bags & store it in the freezer for up to a year.
You don't fool around with cheese like this that costs a fortune! Vacuum-sealing it this way causes NO (or unnoticeable) deterioration whatsoever in the finest cheese that money can buy. Believe me, if you taste the freshly-grated version & the vacuum-frozen cheese, even a gourmand/gourmet cannot detect the difference in taste or texture. And I know that "chefs" will usually argue the point just for the sake of "arguing the point". (You see, I taught for 33 years at a school that had a culinary institute, and most of those hundreds of chefs were a totally "different" lot!). Many "claim" to know more than you do, but they really DO NOT.

Oct 15, 2010
giaceats in General Topics

Making Chinese Black Bean Sauce

I have never had a commercially-made black bean sauce that I've liked. The best is made by Lee Kum Kee (China), and it is readily available.
But if you really want to appreciate Chinese food, flavor, and authenticity, go to Chinatown and buy fermented, salted black beans. They're a tenth of the price you'd pay elsewhere. All you do is put a teaspoonful or so in a small strainer, rinse in cold water, then crush them with a spoon or fork & add to what you're cooking. The odor when they're cooking is a bit strong, but the taste is sublime. And be careful, because you may find the occasionsl small stone in the beans ..... If you ever bite into one of those babies, you'll need a visit to the dentist!!

May 14, 2010
giaceats in Home Cooking

Where to buy a wok ring in Montreal

Glad I could help out.

Portuguese custard tarts

I'm looking for a good bakery where I can get "authentic" Portuguese custard tarts in the Laval area.