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ISO Scallops in Edmonton

I often buy Costco's frozen scallops...they are huge and always great. After thawing, I place them in kitchen towels to soak up the extra moisture...makes for a better sear.

1 day ago
lainekerr in Prairie Provinces

Brunch help: Want to avoid using oven later than an hour before guests arrive

Is your grill an outdoor grill? If so, you could do the bacon on a baking sheet on the grill (15-20 min; put it on while the grill is heating), and could roast the potatoes on there too. I do that a lot in the summer so that the stove/oven doesn't heat up my house.

Jun 26, 2014
lainekerr in Home Cooking

Green papayas in Edmonton?

Does anyone know where I can find green papayas (not unripe regular papayas) in Edmonton? I want to make Thai green papaya salad with it. Thanks!

Jan 11, 2014
lainekerr in Prairie Provinces

How Do You Make Popcorn?

Ditto on the hot air popper. I recently tried topping it with a mixture of melted butter with a few drops of truffle oil, and grated parmesan. Yum! Very umami :)

Apr 28, 2012
lainekerr in Home Cooking

Stone Ground Grits in YEG?

After a few recent trips down to the states where I had fantastic grits, I'd like to try making them at home. Has anyone seen them in stores here in YEG? I'd like to find the good stone-ground variety...

Apr 28, 2012
lainekerr in Prairie Provinces

Fragrant Blueberry Jam

This recipe is fantastic - I've made this jam for the past two years, and the flavour is wonderful. Super easy to make (I'm new to canning), and I usually double the recipe. I find pretty labels for the jars and give them away as gifts over the holidays.

Apr 28, 2012
lainekerr in Recipes

What do you wipe your counters with?

I use biodegradable J-cloths (noticed them on the market about 9 months ago or so), so I feel less guilty about the fact that they're disposable. And I use a home-made, natural, all purpose cleaner that has tea tree oil in it (to disinfect).

Apr 28, 2012
lainekerr in Not About Food

Make Your Own Mozzarella

I've made this twice, and both times, the mozzarella balls started disintegrating in the water after being in there overnight and turned into a gloopy mess. What am I doing wrong?

Apr 28, 2012
lainekerr in Features

Best Sweetener for Homemade Frozen (Greek) Yogurt?

What about trying honey or agave nectar? I think the complex sweetness would be lovely. And even if it were swirled in as opposed to dissolved, that might be nice too!

Apr 21, 2012
lainekerr in Home Cooking

High fat Greek Yogurt? Edmonton

You might also want to try labneh (basically a strained, high fat content yogurt). I have gotten it from middle eastern grocery stores like Elsafadi brothers, and the one (name escapes me) on 163 St. and approx. 95 Ave. It's really nice and creamy, with a thick texture. I'm not sure exactly what the fat content is though.

Apr 21, 2012
lainekerr in Prairie Provinces

Small Black Bugs On My Tomato Plants

The stems (not leaves) on my tomato plants are covered with small black bugs. The bugs are very small but almost look as though they have small wings on them. They don't seem to be doing any damage (that I can see) but it still cant' be good. Any idea what they might be or how I can get rid of them? Does soapy water work to kill all bugs?

Jul 27, 2011
lainekerr in Gardening

New Restaurant on 109th Street - Pampa

Does anyone know if Pampa is open, or when it will be opening?

Dec 05, 2010
lainekerr in Prairie Provinces

truffle butter edmonton

I think I saw some at Paddy's cheese shop awhile back...can't be completely sure...but might be worth giving them a call.

Nov 14, 2010
lainekerr in Prairie Provinces

Girl's Weekend in Edmonton

I've been meaning to try Bistecca for awhile now, but it's not a convenient location for me unfortunately! I had an OK experience at Il Pasticcio and agree with cleopatra999 about lots of people liking SPK (I don't care for it myself).

Edmonton is definitely lacking great authentic Italian restaurants. But for friends visiting from Fort Mac, anything we have would beat Fort Mac hands down!!

Oct 16, 2010
lainekerr in Prairie Provinces

Girl's Weekend in Edmonton

If proximity is key, you might consider Packrat Louie, which is just off Whyte. It's been around forever and is quite good (albeit not Italian)

http://www.packratlouie.com/

If you're willing to cross the river downtown, Sorrentino's would be a nice Italian choice.

http://www.sorrentinos.com/sorrentino...

Other non-Italian downtown restos that the girls might enjoy would be Wildflower Grill, Hardware Grill, Moriarty's (more casual but beautiful interior), MRKT (also more casual but a cool spot), and I know I've been meaning to try The Marc as well.

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Packrat Louie
10335 - 83rd Ave, Edmonton, AB T6E 2C6, CA

Wildflower Grill
10009 - 107 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1J1, CA

Sorrentinos
4208 Calgary Trail South, Edmonton, AB T6J 6Y8, CA

Oct 16, 2010
lainekerr in Prairie Provinces

Movie Night Menu recs?

Couple ideas: homemade grilled pizzas (the pieces will be tasty hot or at room temp). I love making the roasted red pepper feta dip on this site (I also add a clove of garlic)...sooo good...everyone always loves it. If you have the time/desire, vietnamese salad rolls are always a hit (with peanut sauce).

Oct 15, 2010
lainekerr in General Topics

Besides the obvious pies, what will you serve for Thanksgiving dessert?

We celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving this past weekend, and made pumpkin parfaits for dessert...sooo delish! Basically a standard pumpkin pie filling (with the addition of some dissolved gelatin to help it hold) with whipped cream folded in, layered in parfait glasses with crushed gingersnaps and whipped cream as well.

Oct 15, 2010
lainekerr in Home Cooking

Wok Box in Edmonton

I see that Oodle Noodle is opening a new location on Jasper Ave and 109 Street in October...will be a welcome addition to the take-out scene in the area.

Sep 15, 2010
lainekerr in Prairie Provinces

Salted fish goodness: how are they used in other food cultures?

Salted cod is pretty popular in some Caribbean cuisines. A friend's mom (from Trinidad) makes a delicious salted cod recipe that consists of rehydrated salted cod (shredded) mixed with fresh tomatoes, hot pepper sauce, cilantro, onion, olive oil, salt & pepper, and lemon, served on bakes (or toast) with sliced avocado and sliced hard boiled eggs. Yum!!

Sep 10, 2010
lainekerr in General Topics

Make-ahead oatmeal -- help with texture?

I'd suggest trying steel cut oats instead of traditional rolled oats. I've always had the same texture issues with reheating traditional oatmeal, but the steel cut oats reheat wonderfully in the microwave and retain their original slightly-chewy texture (in a good way).

Sep 10, 2010
lainekerr in Home Cooking

Hominy in Edmonton?

I bought some dried hominy kernels recently at Paraiso Tropical. I think it was about $4 for a bag.

Paraiso Tropical
118 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB T5B 0V1
(780) 479-6000

Sep 09, 2010
lainekerr in Prairie Provinces

Crisp Pancetta and Egg Salad Sandwich

SOOO delish!! Great recipe for egg salad...love that there's very little mayo and the dill pickle adds the perfect amount of saltiness. I made this with bacon instead of the pancetta, and it was fab. Also used challah bread because the bakery didn't have brioche, and it was lovely too. Will definitely make again!

Sep 06, 2010
lainekerr in Recipes

Bulk Barn in Edmonton

There is another location on the north siiiiiide as well. Roughly 42 Street and just north of 137 Avenue (a few blocks away from the Superstore).

Sep 05, 2010
lainekerr in Prairie Provinces

ramen in Edmonton

I read about a new restaurant called Noodle Maker in the latest issue of The Tomato (old City Palate) and stopped by tonight after work for a quick bite. They have several different types of ramen on their menu, including teriyaki chicken, braised pork tenderloin with onions, and others that escape me right now. You can choose between light miso or butter soy broth with your ramen. They also have many kinds of chinese ramen bowls as well.

They have a facebook page (and twitter feed) with menu specials:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Edmonto.... I also found this blog which had a very favourable review: http://beyondumami.blogspot.com/2010/...

I had the teriyaki chicken ramen with butter soy broth. Very tasty and quite a complex flavoured broth (the broth came out perfectly seasoned once the teriyaki chicken was added into it...it comes separately on a plate). I would definitely go back to try a few other flavours :)

Jul 22, 2010
lainekerr in Prairie Provinces

Should You Tip on Takeout?

I disagree with tipping for takeout (unless it is delivered). Tips are a reward for good service. IMHO, packing my order into a take-out box is a cost of doing business.

"When the person taking your order is a server and the restaurant is busy, there’s an opportunity cost for him in taking your order. While he’s wrapping up your Peking duck or burger and curly fries, he could be serving customers at a table and earning a real tip." If restaurants really see take-out orders as an inconvenience or an opportunity cost, then don't accept them! Easy as that. I was a server at one time, and I would have been shocked to be tipped on a take-out order.

I feel as though in North America, we've been conditioned to feel as though we have to tip for everything, which is an excuse for restaurant owners to under-pay their staff. It's self perpetuating (staff don't make enough so I feel that I have to tip them; when I tip them, it's an excuse for the owner to pay them less...).

Jun 27, 2010
lainekerr in Features

What simple cooking mistake inspires disproportionate rage?

I hate when I let a frying pan get a bit too hot and my butter browns/burns. Don't get me wrong, brown butter can be great...but not with everything :s

Now I usually mix a bit of olive oil in with the butter to prevent this from happening, because it drives me nutso.

Jun 09, 2010
lainekerr in Home Cooking

YEG - Dutch Treats and Farm Fresh Meats

Has anyone tried this new shop? Evidently it just opened a week or so ago. What did you think? Good selection? How were the prices?

The Journal had a brief write-up about it and evidently they carry certified organic eggs, poultry and turkey as well as a selection of all-natural beef, celiac-safe sausage and award-winning cheeses (including Sylvan Star products).

Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/D...

May 31, 2010
lainekerr in Prairie Provinces

Kabuki Sushi & Grill

I actually haven't eaten at the Kyoto across the street (I usually go to the downtown one), so I can't really compare.

Apr 12, 2010
lainekerr in Prairie Provinces

Kabuki Sushi & Grill

Yes, I tried it last week. It's quite small inside but very cozy. There's a giant fake cherry tree in the middle, with small tables around it - quite a unique setting. It was quite busy when I went, but I was able to get a table right away. There were a number of japanese university students there when I went, which I considered to be a good sign.

The menu is pretty extensive - many different kinds of maki, including a section of deep fried maki (not really my "thing", but interesting no less). They also have a pretty decent selection of sake, including premium cold sakes. As I recall, the cold sakes were only available by the bottle, but of course the hot sake could be ordered in various sizes.

I was on my own, so just had their "Hot Night" maki (tempura shrimp, salmon, spicy tuna, avocado) and a couple pieces of salmon nigiri. Both were fresh and tasty (nice presentation on the maki). Prices seem pretty standard for any sushi place in E-town. I still consider Wasabi, Mikado, Matsuya, and Kobe to be my favourites in the city, but Kabuki was pretty decent and conveniently located, so worth checking out.

Apr 11, 2010
lainekerr in Prairie Provinces

What is one tip that you learned about cooking that was simple but made a huge difference? [old]

I always used to be afraid about over-moistening pie/tart dough when making it in a food processor. The result was dough that was very difficult to roll out . I recently learned to add a touch more water than I thought I should, and it makes a world of difference when it comes time to roll out the dough.

Jan 11, 2010
lainekerr in Home Cooking