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LCBO VINTAGES release Oct 25/14: some notes

I like barnyard pinot noirs, so often lacking except from burgundy. Good to see this recommendation from Chile.
The Muscadet and the Rioja round the values for me on this list.

about 2 hours ago
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

I have to ignore shopping local at Costco, but they do make an effort to have dairy, vegetables, eggs, bakery, some meat, and apples or potatoes from Ontario.
Their canned Italian tomatoes have been discussed ad nauseum by hounds, and as a result, I have ignored the flats of Aylmer tomatoes that come in every year. Time to revisit Aylmer when they come in again.

Loblaw health food carries Thomas Utopia , and Eden organic canned tomatoes. Both are sourced from the Kerr farm in Chatham, and canned in Essex. They appear to be identical, but the higher priced Eden has minimal BPA in the lining of the can.

about 17 hours ago
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Pacific Mall Recos

CCK knives and cleavers. A small shop near the north entrance door. The cleavers have a cult following, and are mostly under $50.

There is a hand made noodle shop on the second floor, west side. You watch them make the noodles without rollers or extruders, then prepare your order with a selection of sauces. I like it with duck.

about 17 hours ago
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Sterling Barrel Churned is usually available at Giant Tiger. This is the salted version of the butter that was highly rated by Saveur.

Oct 20, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What's your best yard sale or thrift store cookware find?

Bread machines are much maligned and neglected, but I use one for mixing and kneading bread dough. Then it's shape and bake in my oven.

Oct 19, 2014
jayt90 in Cookware
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Rachel's corned beef was in stock today at London (Wonderland). I think it will make a nice pastrami with Montreal steak spice rub and a slow smoke to 195 F. I think I recall Davwuud suggesting this.

Oct 19, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

I haven't had the eggplant, but the artichokes are fine, just drain and use, especially in salads. They are not sour, but taste like steamed artichokes without the bother or barbs.
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Oct 19, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Heritage/organic poultry

Costco sells a two-pack of organic chickens for <$28. They come from a farm in the Bradford - Holland Marsh area. I doubt if the quality - price ratio can be beat.

Oct 17, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Butter Coffee

This is jet fuel, and easy to prepare. A high speed blender helps, but it may be OK in a food processor.

For 2 cups:
4T fresh roasted coffee beans; put them into a Vitamix and blend 10 sec. at high speed.
Add 16 oz. boiling water, and 2 T butter. Non salted is preferred, but lightly salted, like Sterling, is fine.
Blend 10 sec. at high speed.
Filter into a carafe or huge mug with a pour over device and a Swissgold or SS filter.

This makes a great tasting creamy coffee with a substantial caffeine hit. It digests slowly so there is no crash, and no hunger pangs.

Oct 13, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Great Fall Drives and Food

Killarney Provincial Park is the crown jewel of parks with Group of Seven scenery everywhere. The leaves will be peaking now. Start early, as it is a several hour drive, and have lunch at the fish and chip take out stand, well known for their fresh lake fish.

Oct 13, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Your favorite canned vegetable and how do you eat it?

I add a can of Niblets to two cups Calrose or sushi rice. It is good as a rice side, or prepared for sashimi by folding in mirin, salt and rice vinegar as the rice cools.
I like to think the glycemic index and fibre are improved, so I won't have to go to brown rice as my nutritionist insists!

Oct 13, 2014
jayt90 in Home Cooking

Dailo

Trout or gigga trout (??) is mentioned in other reviews,
http://s3-media4.fl.yelpcdn.com/bphot...

The Chef was on CBC today (I think it was Ontario Morning) and expressed a preference for local food whenever possible, as well as umami from concentrated dashi.

Address is 503 College St. Several Yelp reviews are in, before Chow caught on!

Oct 11, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Manual Coffee Grinder

If I want to grind 6 oz at once, I use my VitaMix. It does a fine job, 10 - 12 seconds at high speed. My Zassenhaus is strictly reserve now, in case the VitaMix breaks down. (My regular grinder, Baratza Virtuoso, seems to break down or become finicky once a year, so I have shelved it.)

Oct 11, 2014
jayt90 in Cookware

Free Range eggs and fresh corn north of Bowmanville

Can you ( or Herne) ask what variety of corn they grow if you are in the area? I grew Silver Queen this year, but it didn't finish well. I like older sweet, tender varieties more than ultra sweet.

Oct 10, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

LCBO Vintages Sept 27 release, some notes

Dean, I got my mixed case of your selections yesterday, and opened one today while my back ribs are smoking: Terra d'Alter 2011 Reserva , $17.95, from southeast Portugal. It is a gold prize winner in Munich, and made by Peter Bright, an Australian developing an unknown wine area of Europe.

I am quite enamoured of this red wine. Light on the nose, with a grapey, fruity flavor and nothing off putting. Very well made wine. I know I'll like it with Q'ed ribs tonight.

There is still some available so I may go back for more, depending on the taste of the cheaper competition, Animus (Leite) at $13.95.

Oct 10, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Free Range eggs and fresh corn north of Bowmanville

Nice photo essay

Oct 08, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Wine discussion from LCBO

Vintages Classics has a few older vintages.

I looked over the list, and would choose Louis Jadot Corton Greves, a Grand Cru Burgundy from the heartier Cotes de Beaune area.
LOUIS JADOT CORTON GRĂˆVES GRAND CRU 2006, $92 in this list: http://www.vintages.com/classics/1403...

You could call Classics; they may have somethiong not listed.

Oct 07, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Food Basics has Rachel's, $13/kg.

Oct 05, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Pie Shells

Maple Leaf makes them, (Tenderflake) using non hydrogenated lard. Most large grocers have them.

Oct 05, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

The mushroom mix is fine when rehydrated, with the stems removed.

Oct 01, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

LCBO Vintages Sept 27 release, some notes

I began to collect well priced red wines from 1990 to 2005.
I buy a few current drinking wines from Vintages releases now.
Mostly steelly whites to adapt to RCSS seafood, or Purdy's perch and pickerel, which is adequate where I live.
My reds, going back to 1982 (Musar) are hit and miss, maybe 66% of them improving, the rest lacklustre or declining to vin rouge. Fortunately never vinegar but 33% are something of a waste.
This was my retirement cellar, and frankly, I like fresh young wines from Vintages instead.

Sep 29, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

LCBO Vintages Sept 27 release, some notes

Dean's reports are a regular item now, so I have ordered a mixed case from the list to be sent to my small town location. I'll get Perrin; Bestheim; Leite de Faria, and Peter Bright.
I seem to be bottom feeding, but this will give me an opportunity to see if Dean's notes are good for my table.
Many thanks for the opportunity, Dean.

Sep 29, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Wine discussion from LCBO

If we went back to 50 hectare family farms the urban areas could not be fed, and food would be brought in from China.

Sep 27, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Le Creuset - where is it made?

No idea where you are located. Look up the nearest LC distributor to you by Googling. They may want to see a photo. If the fault is yours (abuse, accident, or pro use), they will offer a new unit at a large discount.
If the crack appears spontaneously, they will send you a new frypan, from the current line.

Sep 27, 2014
jayt90 in Cookware

ISO 5kg box of steel-cut oats @ Costco in GTA

Petey,
You have to luck out with Loblaws in your area. I find the same basic products in RCSS (Real Canadian Superstore), YIG (Your Independent Grocer), and No Frills. All are well run, but this is typical in small town S.W. Ontario.

YIG is priced higher than the other two. I don't have a top of line store like Queens Quay or Maple Leaf Gardens or Yonge and York Mills, but I know they have higher mark ups.

Let us know about your experience with the two steel cut products.

Sep 27, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fennel Pollen

I have looked for it too, no luck.
It is easy to order on eBay, usually from California where it grows wild.
To get a similar taste, try grinding fresh fennel seeds and put them through a sieve to remove the hulls and chaf. This makes a remarkable spice, not available in the stores.

Sep 27, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO 5kg box of steel-cut oats @ Costco in GTA

I picked up Bob's today. Pricewise, at Costco they are around $1.50/lb, whereas PC Steel Cut at RCSS are $2/lb but in a smaller and more convenient package.

PC reccommend lengthy cooking, and Bob's stays with 7 minutes.

The appearance is strikingly different: PC is regular in shape, and toasted in appaearance.
Bob's is notably irregular, and lighter in color.

It will be awhile before I open the Bob's oats, because I am completely satisfied with PC Steel Cut mixed 50% with Quaker Quick oats (the huge $8 box at Costco).
This is so creamy and crunchy, nirvana at 7AM!

Sep 26, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Atlantic Tastes in Toronto

Diana's usually has large 96 oz cans of clam chowder base from Maryland in their store. Just add milk or cream.

Sobeys (large stores) should have fried clam strips in the frozen fish section. Also fish cakes and stuffed clams.

Sep 26, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Tasting of Vintage Ports from 1963, 66, 70

I had one bottle of Dow 1963 years ago when it was about 20 years old. The cost, on Market Street, was $16. Wish I had purchased a case.

Sep 25, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Low acid tomato sauce

Presidents Choice has a 14 oz. can of peeled whole yellow tomatoes, from Italy, in the Black Label section. In my area it is being remaindered in the Your Independent Grocer store, at $0.95, so you should hurry, or get on the phone to see if it is available in YIG or Superstore etc.

Yellow tomatoes are well known for their mild, slightly sweet, low acid flavor.

I make a quick sauce with 2 cans, plus 8 - 10 oz. frozen spaghetti vegetables, available in most supermarkets. If your tummy is tender, go easy on the olive oil and salt.

Sep 25, 2014
jayt90 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)