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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

Or how about in french toast. That could be good!

Apr 16, 2014
cheesymama in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

How about baking cranberry bread or muffins? I always have a stash of frozen berries, so great to have on hand.

Apr 16, 2014
cheesymama in Home Cooking

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

Thanks Nevy, looks like a trip to Costco is in order. I want to try the maple milk, love your idea of using it in baking, I'll try it in my coffee too.
I like using the Boursin in my mashed potatoes and at the price I can't resist!

Apr 16, 2014
cheesymama in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Crazy Tomato Trattoria to become Fratelli Village Pizzeria

I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Apr 14, 2014
cheesymama in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Selling greek yogurt at farmer's market.. HELP CHOOSE TOPPINGS!

Since you are at a farmer's market I would make your fruit/veggie options seasonal and local. I would want granola, local honey and some kind of nuts.

Apr 13, 2014
cheesymama in General Topics
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What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

I just finished making rice krispie treats for an after school snack. And a batch of sugar cookies, cut out as trefoils and topped with blue sugar for a Girl Guide bake sale this week-end. That bake sale will also get some banana chocolate chip muffins that I made a couple of days ago and stuck in the freezer and cupcakes that I will make tomorrow with girl guide cookies in the base of the muffin liner before the batter goes in.
And since I had all of the stuff out anyway I decided to make corn cookies from the Milk Bar cookbook. Those will probably get baked up next week and taken to work.

Apr 10, 2014
cheesymama in Home Cooking

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

A new place called Chicago Eatery is opening on Pape near Mortimer where King's Bar and Grill was.

Apr 07, 2014
cheesymama in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

Wow, those sticky buns look great! And today is Coffee Cake Day, looks like you have that covered.

Apr 07, 2014
cheesymama in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

:-)

Apr 04, 2014
cheesymama in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

The weather here is miserable today, pouring rain, windy and cold. I decided I needed to bake. I didn't have much time between dropping the kids at school and heading to work so I settled on chocolate chip bars topped with a brown sugar meringue. Half were gratefully devoured at work and the other half fed my after school crew of kids.

A couple of weeks ago I took some brownies to work, they were made from the Ghiradelli mix sold at Costco with some espresso powder and kaluha added to the batter. A chef I work with, who has a Pastry Arts degree, asked me for the recipe. He was pretty darn surprised when I told him it was a mix! Sometimes I feel like I am cheating when I use a mix, but this made me feel better about my cheating.

Apr 04, 2014
cheesymama in Home Cooking
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PB & J Day

Thanks for all of the great suggestions. I've got a few ideas filed away for the future. After giving the girls a few options they opted for the monte cristo style pb & j. They both loved it and want to try other sandwiches made this way. Nice to know I have something up my sleeve for the next dinner on the fly.
We have a few more food days to celebrate this month.
I am looking forward to Coffee Cake Day on the 7th and Prime Rib Day on the 27th.
The kids are looking forward to Grilled Cheese Day on the 12th, Picnic Day on the 23rd and Pigs in a Blanket Day on the 24th.

Apr 02, 2014
cheesymama in Home Cooking
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PB & J Day

Tomorrow (April 2nd) is PB & J Day. The kids want to celebrate it. I cant send anything containing peanuts/nuts to school with them, so I guess well have it at dinner. Any suggestions aside from the boring (to me) pb & j sandwiches.

Apr 01, 2014
cheesymama in Home Cooking

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

I was hoping you would, this one is getting a little unruly!
But due to this thread I tried the kale salad - loved it, can't get enough and the mini frozen pastries, actually DH'sco-workers got those but they were enjoyed by alloy, tried the pasta Per line tonight and enjoyed that too, a nice delicate pasta.

Mar 31, 2014
cheesymama in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

DH has a big work thing on Friday and I have been enlisted as the baker to keep all of the troupes happy.
Breakfast will be a bunch of frozen mini pastries from Costco that I will bake up in the morning. For the homemade touch I will either make a coffee cake or mini doughnut muffins.
Afternoon treats will be brownies, RKT, and chocolate chip espresso bars from the Bakergirl blog,

Mar 26, 2014
cheesymama in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

I really like this recipe, the cookie butter flavour works really well with the oatmeal.
http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/bis...

Mar 23, 2014
cheesymama in Home Cooking

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

Saw someone checking out today to with the Moov wild blueberries, so they are still there, for now anyway.

I also noticed Angies tri-coloured popping corn (kernels, not popped). It was a 3kg bag for $10.99.

Mar 21, 2014
cheesymama in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

Only a couple of hours laying out on the counter (flipped occasionally). But I didn't do it any differently than I normally do.

Mar 16, 2014
cheesymama in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

I wasn't impressed with how this bread worked as french toast. The structure of the bread is different than a sandwich loaf, the crumb is more tender. I really enjoyed it toasted and that is how I will continue to have it. FWIW the kids liked the french toast.
For comparison my favourite loaf for french toast is Harbord's sweet challah.

Mar 16, 2014
cheesymama in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Favourite sweet pie??

Either pecan pie or sour cream blueberry with a crumble topping. Must be a pie crust, crumb crusts are for cheesecake!

Mar 15, 2014
cheesymama in General Topics

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

I picked up a loaf of the maple strudel loaf there earlier this week. So far I have only had it toasted with butter - very tasty. I'm looking forward to making french toast with it this weekend.
They had a whole table in the bakery section devoted to maple treats. I remember there was a maple coffee cake and also some type of maple twist, looked like it was made with puff pastry and was more palmier texture than danish texture

Mar 14, 2014
cheesymama in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

It's a snow day here and march break. My original plans of taking the kids out for the day have been adjusted to stay entertained indoors and shovel a lot of snow!
My girls (8 and 10) like to bake, so I had them make Hello Dollies, half to go to my oldest's BFF's tomorrow and peanut butter bites with hershey kisses for a treat for friends who are coming for a fondue and card night tonight.
I decided to get a head start on Pi day and made pizza dough and pie crust, both of which are resting in the fridge. We'll all make our own pizza pie Friday night and then have apple pie for dessert.
My youngest has gotten into various food days, I think because of Pancake Tuesday and Pi day. So, we printed off a calendar, who knew there were so many food holidays!? I told her we'll have to pick and choose which to celebrate. This coming Tuesday is oatmeal cookie day, so a batch of those will be in our future.
If you're interested here is the link.
http://foodstoriesblog.com/food-holid...

Mar 12, 2014
cheesymama in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

Their challah makes the best french toast! Love the cheese Danish too, although it has been a couple of years since I had one.

Mar 09, 2014
cheesymama in Home Cooking

Special request - Garlic Spare Ribs?

Not downtown, but Guest House on Donlands does a good version. Take out only.

Mar 09, 2014
cheesymama in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Maple Syrup.

I add a little to balsamic vinaigrette, great on greens with goat's cheese. I recently had a curried maple butternut squash soup that was fabulous.

Mar 06, 2014
cheesymama in General Topics

Maple Syrup.

His maple caramel is divine! I've topped supernatural brownies with it or simply warmed it and used it as a dip for fresh fruit.

Mar 06, 2014
cheesymama in General Topics

What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

I'll be giving this recipe a try tomorrow - Tues is national pound cake day!

Mar 02, 2014
cheesymama in Home Cooking
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Best Doughnuts/Donuts in Toronto: 2014

That maple one sounds too good!

Mar 02, 2014
cheesymama in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Doughnuts/Donuts in Toronto: 2014

And today it's a new tiramisu doughnut!
https://www.facebook.com/VonDoughnuts...
Hope DH gets home from work in time for me to pick up some to eat while watching the Oscars.

Mar 02, 2014
cheesymama in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

Made a loaf of banana bread for the kids and their sleep over friends to have at breakfast. I added mini Choc chips to entice them to eat it and subbed half whole wheat flour so it would be healthier. My husband thinks I'm fooling myself!

Mar 01, 2014
cheesymama in Home Cooking

Kitchenware store in Toronto that won't break the bank

Thanks for the update. Glad to hear I have a few more weeks to get there.

Feb 27, 2014
cheesymama in Ontario (inc. Toronto)