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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

Thanks, but that Gardner construction is really limiting my trips to the west end! I'll keep it in mind the next time I cave in on my San Remo apple fritter cravings and make the trek west.

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

Had a bunch of bananas getting really ripe, so some baking needed to be done! I have a loaf of banana choc chip bread cooling on the counter, either for breakfasts this week, or sliced and into the freezer for back to school snacks next week.
In the oven now is this recipe, I baked a bit of the batter in a small dish so I could do a taste test. http://www.crazyforcrust.com/2014/08/...
It will likely get frozen until family visits in the near future, I will frost it once it has thawed.

1 day ago
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

Thanks for the updates Nevy, love them!
Just got back from the Warden location, cold not find the La Perla snacks on the shelves there. If anyone has seen them there please let me know where to find them. Also, the ice cream treats were not on discount (yet) at this location.
Saw a new product in the fridge section, 18 cobs of pre cooked corn individually vac packed, for $6.49

Lay's Do us a Flavour - any good?

The kids love it. I think they like the gross ones best of all - they can tell all their friends about the disgusting chip flavour they tried.

Lay's Do us a Flavour - any good?

We tried all of the flavours last year and I didn't particularly enjoy any of them. Tonight we tried the bacon poutine and I actually like them, I had to put the bag in the cupboard or we would have eaten them all! Next up for us will be the cinnamon bun.

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

I haven't done much baking this month. The cool summer has been conducive to turning on the oven, but DH, the kids and myself have all been out of town at various times leaving almost no one to consume home baking!
My MIL came in for a quick visit so I finally got to scratch that itch. I made a pan of brownies, from the Ghiradelli mix with espresso powder and caramel added.
Also made a batch of these breadsticks to have with dinner last night. http://carmelmoments.com/easy-bread-s... It was the type of breadstick I have been craving lately. I plan on using this recipe to make a type of savoury monkey bread in the future.
And today I have a few girls around the house for lunch so I have made up some dough for pitas and will get them to roll them out. I think they will be impressed when they watch the puffing in the oven. Here's the recipe I used, but am extremely low on flour, so I halved the recipe and used 1/2 c whole wheat flour in place of some of the white. http://www.thefreshloaf.com/recipes/p...

Aug 22, 2014
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anyone else visit multiple stores to complete shopping trip?

I think she is referring to the Weston Bakery Outlet on Logan at Eastern. Great deals to be had on loaves of bread, buns, bagels, etc. If you go be sure to look in the freezers - you never know what you will find!

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 1 [old]

Please share that recipe when you get a chance - 2 of my favourite flavour!

Aug 11, 2014
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

Any Kirkland products in particular? I buy both the coffee beans and laundry detergent and they both go on sale occasionally.

Help me get Excited about Ottawa's Food Scene!

Thanks for the update. My family used to have a cottage not far from Forfar, but it has been quite a few years since I have been by there.

Help me get Excited about Ottawa's Food Scene!

For the eggrolls Golden Palace is the place to go. http://goldenpalacerestaurant.ca/
The Westport bakery is not likely on your way unless you are crossing the border in Buffalo? If you are then it is not too much of a detour if you leave the 401 at Kingston and take highway 10 to Westport. To get from Westport to Ottawa you will want to cut over to highway 15. If you decide to do this then you should also plan a stop at the Forfar Cheese Factory (just off highway 15) for fresh curds and some great aged cheddar. http://www.forfar.com/

What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2! [old]

I made Maple Brown Sugar muffins that others have posted on here before. I really liked them, as did the kids. I subbed in some whole wheat flour (1/2 cup) for the white and omitted the topping - the muffins seemed sweet enough and were great without the topping. These will become part of the regular rotation around here. http://cassiecraves.blogspot.ca/2011/...
Also tried a recipe for Oatmeal Choc Chip Cookie Soft Baked Oatmeal Squares. Something was lacking in the texture and I wont be making them again. They are tasty enough and will not go to waste. Here's that recipe http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/oat...

Jul 31, 2014
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Tzatziki on Pape

Probably, I haven't mastered links on my tablet. Thanks for the correction!

Tzatziki on Pape

This place is now open. Couldn't find a website or twitter account, but here's the dine to profile http://www.dine.to/wap/profile.phwp?i...

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

More savoury, a little on the salty side but that was part of the appeal for me. Definitely not an overwhelming sweet potato flavour. There were 2 bags per box.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

I was at an Ottawa area Costco on the weekend and they were sampling the sweet potato crackers. I will be picking some up on my Costco trip this week, I found them addictive, would be great with dips.
The Sahale mix is also really good and is actually a good deal compared to pricing for the small bags in other stores.

What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2! [old]

Those are calling my name!

Jul 23, 2014
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Need help with a picky eater

My DH has an extremely limited diet due to health concerns. I usually try to have one component of the meal that he can eat. It may be steamed veggies with nothing added or I cook the protein without seasonings or sauces. Sometimes I can remove a portion of something for him before adding in ingredients he can't have.
And sometimes we just want pizza/burgers/Risotto/sub your fav food here and he is responsible for his own meal.
You may find if you serve his meal "plain" and gussy yours up a little more he eventually becomes interested in try it your way, even if it's just a bite off your plate.

Jul 22, 2014
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Tzatziki on Pape

There is an ad for staff on kijiji. They are looking for a Greek cook.Based on what can be seen through the window it looks like they will be doing gyros.
Same owners as Macchiato Espresso Bar that just opened up at the back of that building.

What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2! [old]

DH is holding a workshop next week and wants to provide treats on the first day.
I am making the spicy buttermilk coffeecake from Café Beaujolais, the easiest one I have come across to throw together in the morning.
I will be making a glazed lemon loaf tomorrow. And last night I made this recipe ,http://buddingbaketress.blogspot.ca/2... half with coconut and half without. They will get baked tomorrow evening.
If I have time and supplies left I may make a batch of ginger cookies, or maybe brownies.

Jul 19, 2014
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2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Lots going on on Pape these days! Desert Rose restaurant and hookah bar just opened a couple of doors down from Folia.
There is a sign in the window for Goat Coffee Co at the corner of Pape and Sammon.
The Greek Boy (not yet open) is replacing the shawarma and pizza place at the corner of Westwood.
Tia's gluten and dairy free bakery opened their doors a couple of weeks ago just a few doors north of the Pape station.

Need ideas for cookies for a crowd

I love these blueberry crumb bars http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/0... and you could sub in different fruit or sub in a good jam for the filling.
These biscoff oatmeal cookies are good and add something a little different to a favourite. http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/bis...
Hello dollies/magic bars/seven layer bars are a quick and easy treat.

Jul 16, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2! [old]

I've got a batch of nothingswrong's yeasted coffee cake doing a slow rise in the fridge. I made a half batch as buns in an 8 inch square pan. They will be baked up in the morning to enjoy with friends coming for coffee,
My oldest celebrates her 11th b-day this Thursday and has requested an ice cream cake. I made a chocolate cake for the base and will top it with cookies and cream ice cream and a fudge topping.

Best Casual Ottawa Eats?

Will you be driving up the 416 from the 401? If you are then a stop in Kemptville to check out Grahames Bakery is worth while, they have been baking with a wood burning oven since 1885 at the bakery. http://www.grahamesbakery.com/

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Macchiato Cafe on Aldwych just steps east of Pape appears to be open.
The Pape frontage of the same building seems close to opening - Tzatziki, equipment indicates gyros will be on the menu.

Super simple recipes/ideas to involve kids in cooking

Things my kids have enjoyed making
Smoothies
Oreo truffles
Pizza
Lasagne roll ups - you cook the the noodles for them, they can mix up a cheese and veggies filling and roll them up

Recipes using pretzel sticks

Yes, just like that but the pretzels add more crunch.

Jun 25, 2014
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what are some good garnishes for butternut squash soup?

Sour cream or creme fraiche and crispy proscuitto.

Jun 25, 2014
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Recipes using pretzel sticks

This recipe is really good.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/salted...

Jun 25, 2014
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What are you baking these days? June 2014 edition, part 2! [OLD]

I put more of my rhubarb to use last night in a rhubarb sour cream pie from the Canadian Living site.
Later today I will get the kids to make Ritz squares, the cracker/Choc chip/sweetened condensed milk ones, for after school snack this week.

Jun 22, 2014
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