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Beignets other than CDM

Cafe Beignet

Oct 24, 2014
TSAW in New Orleans

fresh chantrelles

There is a booth in the Crossroads Market in Calgary that sells all kinds of fresh mushrooms. I've bought chantrelles there before. It's in the newer addition. I think it's called 5th Element but don't quote me.

Oct 24, 2014
TSAW in Prairie Provinces

Passion Fruit Puree YYC

second on Unimarket. It was in the frozen section. And cheap..

Oct 20, 2014
TSAW in Prairie Provinces

Red Deer - Any good restaurants?

When I think of Red Deer I don't think of good restaurants. Any time I've been there it's mostly been chains or fast food.

Are there any restaurants worth checking out? I'll be up there in a few weeks having a bit of a girls get together. By 'girls' I mean middle aged ladies.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Oct 14, 2014
TSAW in Prairie Provinces

What do you think about 'mandatory' Valet Parking?

The only mandatory valet I ever experienced was in Hawaii at a restaurant that had very little parking in a relatively small lot. It was an efficient way to move people in and out. I'm glad I didn't have to circle and circle around until I found a spot. It seemed to work well and it was free.

Aug 22, 2014
TSAW in Not About Food

CALGARY, what's the latest in great dining?

Googs. This board, for Calgary, doesn't seem to have much action anymore for some reason.

I'm not sure what is great dining to you but a few things that are being talked about are, Goro and Gun Ramen noodle restaurant. Ramen places are popular on the west coast but not so much here. The other is Naina's stuffed burgers. They stuff them with everything - even poutine! Possibilities are endless. And lastly Anju, a Korean tapas restaurant which has been closed for some time, while they moved locations, has now reopened. So many great nibbles there!

Have fun! Good luck.

Aug 20, 2014
TSAW in Prairie Provinces

Picnic - Appetizers - Ideas Please

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions. I decided to stick with my first menu idea. Thanks to Tara57 for saying you’d be happy with that. It helped me realized it wasn’t that boring. However, I did decide to make a salmon pate as suggested. Seeing as it’s Pacific sockeye season (and I HATE canned salmon) I bought a fresh piece and BBQ’d it with spice rub on a cedar plank. Then I just let it cool and used that salmon whipped with clarified butter and whipping cream. I guess it was more of a mousse. And definitely NOT low calorie!! Really delicious.

I absolutely love Cherylptw idea with the grapes and ricotta. I’m saving that recipe for a cozy winter dish.

This was my first try at making ricotta. I watched some Youtubes and got the idea of how it should look. It was a little messy but boy was it worth it. I seasoned it with pepper and lemon rind. I’d highly recommend giving it a try.

Thanks again everyone the awesome ideas and for always helping me look like a Super Star with my Dinner Club. They have no idea you exist!!

Picnic - Appetizers - Ideas Please

Our Dinner Club theme this month is “Picnic”. I’ve been tasked with bringing appetizers. I know that with a picnic, appetizers aren’t really typical. But to keep things categorized we have other people bringing “meat/main”, “Sides/Salads” and Dessert.

I’ve struggling all week on what to bring as the ‘appetizer’. I cannot bring meat or a salad, as that’s assigned to someone else. Devilled eggs are out due to an allergy. To add to the limitations, everything must be prepared/cooked and kept cold. There is no facility for cooking. I was considering bringing a home made ricotta cheese, some fancy crackers, a drier cured sausage and maybe some spicy almonds. But that all sounds super boring to me.

Any brilliant ideas from fellow Chowhounds on picnic appetizers would be much appreciated.

Aug 05, 2014
TSAW in Home Cooking

Turkey Legs

Winters Turkey Farms (really nice big ones). They can also be purchased at Bon Ton meats. They aren't cheap though. I think a pack of two is about $12. I've also seen them at Coop but they were small. I did this last year. Brined legs overnight first then rubbed, then smoked for hours. They turned out really well.

Good luck!

Jul 09, 2014
TSAW in Prairie Provinces

Restaurant Pet Peeves

When I was trained decades ago by a lovely older waitress, her two major rules for me were; 1) Never go to the kitchen empty handed and 2) always keep your head up. Servers rarely practice these anymore. I don't know why they love to have to take thousands of extra steps, painstakingly handling one request at a time. I get so irritated when a server walks right past my table, with their head down, not noticing I'm trying to get their attention.

I also HATE when a server has just smoked and then handles my plate. That disgusts me and puts me off my food. Keep your smoke hands, breath and beard the hell away from me.

Jun 23, 2014
TSAW in Not About Food

Candlelight Breakfasts at Home?

please don't wake me at 4am. I hate even looking at food for at least an hour after waking. Although, a sunrise theme idea could be fun if planned and agreed on.

May 17, 2014
TSAW in General Topics

Don't ever wash raspberries - Good Advice??

Wha?? This seems so counter- intuitive! But greens? Wow.

May 17, 2014
TSAW in General Topics

I'm sorry you don't like what I ordered, but keep your thoughts to yourself

Basically he told Roz that it pissed him off. She should respect that and move on. There is nothing to be mad about. People make such dramas out of nothing.

Apr 17, 2014
TSAW in Not About Food

How To Eat An Apple

I have never seen anyone eat the core of an apple. EVER. Sounds a little too tough and fibrous for me.

Apr 17, 2014
TSAW in General Topics

what should I do with a giant bag of dry roasted hazelnuts?

I've been asking myself the same thing. Great suggestions here.

Apr 10, 2014
TSAW in Home Cooking

Any Baklava Makers Out there?

I just bought butter at Costco $3.69. Under $2 would be a dream here.

Apr 08, 2014
TSAW in Home Cooking

Supermarket pricing.......can someone explain this to me?

Boneless skinless breast for around $2/lb?! That sounds like a problem I'd like to have.Wow! Here in Calgary, Canada the boneless chicken breasts at Costco are $13.99/kilo, which roughly translates to $6.30/lb. The packages contain no less than 8 breasts - so yes that's a bulk price. The regular grocery stores prices are usually more, some times $5/lb on sale.

Apr 08, 2014
TSAW in General Topics

cutting avocados??

My SO hates avocado and I can't justify eating at entire one, that much fat, good or bad. It doesn't fit into daily my calorie/fat allowance.

I have tried all of the suggestions, for saving the other half, with very little luck. You can make it work if you eat it the next day, otherwise forget it. Avacados just don't last any longer.

Apr 07, 2014
TSAW in General Topics

crack the Galatoire's code

Domenica has a great happy hour (3-6pm). You could get some small plates for everyone to try, if your kids are adventurous. We had pig tails, spiced cracklins, tuna crudo and red fish collars ($7 each). I don't really consider that 'Italian' food. Everything was really good.

American Sector, over at the World War 2 Museum, also has a great happy hour. Meat pie and pork sliders for 75 cents - and quite large in size. The duck wings, although not on HH, were delicious and different.

Apr 04, 2014
TSAW in New Orleans

Khao San Thai kitchen YYC

We ordered the Poung Chom-Poo. I nearly screamed when they came to the table. The purple colour, and the dough like exterior didn't interest me much. But was I ever mistaken, they were delicious. We also had the Salmon Panang and loved it too. The pad thai was nice.

This is a great place! But always so busy.

Apr 04, 2014
TSAW in Prairie Provinces

Bars/Squares Ideas

Nanaimo bars! It's a 3 layered bar: chocolate/wafer/coconut/nut bottom, firm vanilla custard middle and then a light topping of melted chocolate. They can be done days ahead and DO NOT require baking!! However, they do require a custard powder. They are versatile enough that they can be flavored with mint, mocha, orange, etc but I would stick with the original.

These are a national favorite here in Canada. Maybe something new your guests haven't tried.

Just an idea...

Mar 19, 2014
TSAW in Home Cooking

Tahini, where to buy in Calgary?

I picked up 454ml container at a Lebanese grocery store in the SE called Green Cedars. I think I paid $5. I know it's probably not that convenient to go to Forest Lawn but I always use it as an excuse to pick up a tub of their of their most wonderful homemade hummus, which always sells out early every day.

Mar 11, 2014
TSAW in Prairie Provinces

Albertson's Taking Over the World?

I'm in western Canada. A chain called Sobey's purchased the Safeways here in the early fall. They announced that they will decide what to do with the stores and manufacturing facilities by the end of Spring. It sounds like some will be sold, some shut down and some turned into Sobey's. I wonder if this has been on the horizon for some time now because the Safeway stores have slowly been turning into dumps over the past few years.

Mar 08, 2014
TSAW in General Topics

Big Taste 2014 YYC

Is anyone trying any where new or interesting for Big Taste this year? I'm going to only try places I've never been to before. There sure looks to be a lot of hanger steaks and short ribs on the menus this year. Sorry I can make that at home so I don't feel the need to dine out for them. There is also a lot of fish/seafood but again, not much vegetarian.

I'm set to try dinners at Rush and Avec. I wish my budget and waist line allowed for a lot more!

Mar 08, 2014
TSAW in Prairie Provinces

Best Burger in Calgary?

Scary Bill - you didn't eat there, even at the old location?

I've been waiting for about 2+ months for Rockies to re-open. Last week I was at the Crossroads. A friend and I picked up some lunch; we sat near the back east side to eat. While eating my friend says 'the burgers those people have look fantastic'. There were a lot of people noshing on burgers, fries, and onion rings. Looks like Rocky's was indeed open. Unfortunately, I had already eaten! I better try again this weekend!

Mar 04, 2014
TSAW in Prairie Provinces

Any Baklava Makers Out there?

Thanks everyone for the tips and suggestions. I made this using a recipe from All Recipes magazine. The first attempt was dreadfully sweet and had too many nuts (maybe too coarse). The second attempt turned out better but I still felt it was a little 'heavy'. I used only simple syrup and did use orange water.

I think I'll find a new recipe and continue again. It was pretty simple.

Thanks again all!

Mar 01, 2014
TSAW in Home Cooking

Anyone cooking or making cocktails with blood oranges right now?

No helmut not yet. You?

Mar 01, 2014
TSAW in Home Cooking

Small Town Road Trip Suggestions?

Didsbury - k&w drive in is ok for burger, fries, shake. There is a bit of debate between them and Burger baron in Carstairs. You be the judge. I'm not saying they are 'gems' but worth consideration. Affordable.

Feb 20, 2014
TSAW in Prairie Provinces

Cooking Ministry - Where can I do it???

A church in my area does something like this. The reason is different though. This is a class to teach immigrants (typically women/mothers) to stretch a dollar in our economy and learn about North American style foods. I believe they make up a week (or 2) worth of food to freeze.

The local community hall kitchen is used. The church is in the community so the hall donates the weekly use, assuming all clean up is done by the participants. Maybe your church can help broker some free use of a local hall as well?

Feb 14, 2014
TSAW in Not About Food

Any Baklava Makers Out there?

"50-50 sugar to honey". So no water? Thanks I don't think I'll require the entire recipe just tips, like this one! thanks.

Feb 14, 2014
TSAW in Home Cooking