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Gourmet Grocery Stores in the GTA with prepared foods

Want to
There seem to be a plethora of gourmet grocers:
McEwen Sunny's
Whole Foods Pusateri's
For those who frequent, can someone suggest where I go to purchase the following (if there are other places)
Breads (or other lace for French/Italian rustic breads - wood oven or other)
Prepared Foods
Fish (normally go to SLM - stick to there?)
Grocery Items (Italian, Greek, French and Spanish)
We'll have a car and can travel.

1 day ago
itryalot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dualit New Gen Toaster vs Other Dualits

Good to know; thanks!

Jul 23, 2014
itryalot in Cookware

Early or late options

Thanks all; they have a few recs and are good to to. Noted about the "rip off".

Jul 23, 2014
itryalot in Las Vegas

Early or late options

I would say stay under $50 pp. Also, they like Mediterranean and Mexican/south American or traditional American.

Jul 22, 2014
itryalot in Las Vegas

Early or late options

They really didn't say, but I know they are not willing to spend $70pp range. They are not drinkers but will order one drink if the food is good and a deal. Do you have to order drinks (I didn't know the answer when they asked) at HH where food/drinks are served?

Jul 22, 2014
itryalot in Las Vegas

Dualit New Gen Toaster vs Other Dualits

I didn't even know that page existed; if it says "used" does that really mean used. I read the whole thing and can't seem to say where it says if it's an open box or a store return.

Jul 22, 2014
itryalot in Cookware

Kenwood or KitchenAid food processor?

I was looking at a Kenwood too. What about Breville? There are different models of Cuisinart.

Jul 21, 2014
itryalot in Cookware

Early or late options

I am trying to help out a coworker. They are foodies but on a bear budget. I have limited knowledge for them. They are willing to eat late/early at a bar (strip restaurants only) to have some apps and drinks and like the idea of trying a lot of little things. Any suggestions?

Jul 21, 2014
itryalot in Las Vegas

Dualit New Gen Toaster vs Other Dualits

Good question; many friends of mine (round 2 of buying toasters after 20 or so years) are going with the Breville. I like the look of those Dualits.
I would just be happy to have HOT toast versus warm to cold really quickly.

Jul 20, 2014
itryalot in Cookware

Is it just me, or is my wall oven cooling down? Is it time to go to gas oven?

Wow, great info here. You learn something(s) new every day. Who would have thunk that you should not trust the beeping preheat button?
Also, good to hear it's not just my oven.

Jul 20, 2014
itryalot in Cookware

Is it just me, or is my wall oven cooling down? Is it time to go to gas oven?

/Really that easy???

Jul 19, 2014
itryalot in Cookware

Is it just me, or is my wall oven cooling down? Is it time to go to gas oven?

The gas kind that is part of the stove. Now I have a cooktop and wall oven, but all my other family who has the one piece loves it. My one sister who has the same as me has the same thing happening.

What is meant by calibration? Can someone do that? I used an oven thermometer and it is off by almost 30 degrees.

Jul 19, 2014
itryalot in Cookware

Has anybody installed a charcoal grill in their kitchen?

Who makes those kitchen grill crank machines for outdoors or like the use in some fancier restaurants?

Jul 19, 2014
itryalot in Cookware

Advice for baking and icing equipment purchase

Do you like the cloth bags for environmental purposes?

Also, are there different sized tips where the screw in or drop in part are or are they all standard?

Jul 19, 2014
itryalot in Cookware

Is it just me, or is my wall oven cooling down? Is it time to go to gas oven?

I have two Jenn Air wall ovens (electric). I used to have a Kitchen aid in my other house. I am so frustrated by the incorrect heat that I want to scream. I want to get another wall oven but DH is swearing never, ever again (plus, we love the taste and ease of cooking in a gas oven.
It seems like when I have to bake something at 350, I need to actually set it at 375-400! Then, it takes a while to heat up and I don't know....

Would you go to a conventional gas oven or keep an electric wall oven if you had a choice. Mine is only 5 years old.

Jul 19, 2014
itryalot in Cookware

Has anybody installed a charcoal grill in their kitchen?

This is a work of beauty! My dad (an iron worker) made us two pieces for our current wood burning fireplaces. We purposely put out fireplace higher (about 12" higher than the counter) in a corner of our dinette/kitchen area (open concept). He made us a very heavy duty large grill and we use fire bricks to adjust the height. We put chestnuts on steel pans cook steaks, beans in Tuscan crocks, etc. The smell is to die for and it is a huge conversation piece since it is visible from all areas of the house. We have been known to use the wood fireplace in our great room for smores for a large party (dad made a special stand for that too). Wood is amazingly flavourful. We have also made cedar planked salmon on there. We just place the soaked cedar plank on a disposable aluminum baking sheet and then pull the sheet near the end of cooking to make the cedar last longer.

Jul 19, 2014
itryalot in Cookware
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The china saga continues-rimmed soup bowls?

Ditto on the rimmed bowls. We use ours A LOT! Pasta, risottos, even for some plated fish dishes that have a brothy sauce. Why not purchase a totally different plate so you are not so matchy poo poo. After selling my gorgeous matchy poo poo set of fine bone china (that's what happens when you register at the age of 23 before your "adult" tastes and lifestyle and entertaining preferences are fully developed), I went with Apilco white dinnerware and use my mom's (on loan) friendly village in the fall and winter to mix and match and I too, have some Limoges pieces that look nice with it, along with some of my grandmother's Italian pieces. I have two colours of chargers and use linens - it does give it a beautiful look...and is more affordable. Now, I think in pieces and get 16 if I find something I am really in love with that works well.

Jul 19, 2014
itryalot in Cookware

Fried Zucchini Blossoms

That's my family's preferred method of eating. I like stuffing of course, but we just had a family dinner last night where we lightly coated and fried over 100 zucchini flowers (plain), came out, drained and lightly salted. Family is from outside Rome in a little village which is how these were eaten. Batter is quite runny...

Jul 19, 2014
itryalot in Home Cooking

Advice for baking and icing equipment purchase

I can cook quite confidently but am not a confident baker. I like commercial type of equipment for its durability but also look at cost. I would like to get some good cake pans, sheet pans and cupcake pans. I am sure to use liners. I also want to learn how to ice and decorate so I would like to purchase some tips (set or individual of most common) as well as some icing bags - I understand most people use disposable.

I usually look to CI or ATK for recommendations but would like recs from those who actually use them.
I noticed today on Martha Bakes that her bags were labeled (couldn't see the name).

Jul 19, 2014
itryalot in Cookware

Update: Need a cherry pitter

Genius!!!!

Jul 17, 2014
itryalot in Cookware

Icing for watermelon cake

Do I have to bake it or torch it or is it delicious on its own? What about adding some mascarpone or cream cheese?

Jul 15, 2014
itryalot in Home Cooking

Icing for watermelon cake

That looks like it may be a good option.

Jul 15, 2014
itryalot in Home Cooking

Icing for watermelon cake

That would be good and especially if the watermelon is less than sweet.

Jul 15, 2014
itryalot in Home Cooking

Icing for watermelon cake

I have done carved fruit and similar ideas but wanted the illusion of a cake with some decadence.

Jul 15, 2014
itryalot in Home Cooking

Clear Gel - instant or not?

Found this recipe for homemade cherry pie topping and never used clear gel. I was going to order it from Amazon, but don't know - instant or not?
http://amandascookin.com/2010/07/home...

Jul 14, 2014
itryalot in Home Cooking

ISO help with recipe for boozy cherries - prefer Amarene

DH is asking about homemade cherry pie topping (like the filling). Can that be made?

Jul 14, 2014
itryalot in Home Cooking

ISO help with recipe for boozy cherries - prefer Amarene

I know that Amarene cherries are like San Marzano tomatoes - need to be grown in a certain place in Italy. However, I still would love to find a recipe to mirror that flavor. I have seen recipes for brandied cherries and vodka cherries and grappa cherries (may have to make some of those), but am looking for something more syrupy (sp?). Amarene cherries are delicious but I could drink the syrup. Anyone have any idea?
Anyone made boozy cherries that were good?
I saw this but don't know...
"half, pitting, and dusting them with sugar overnight. It was about 1 cup cut cherries and maybe 1/4 cup sugar. Then I took all the liquid from that the next day, mixed with about 1/4 cup campari, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 cup water. I cooked the syrup down till it was slightly thickened, then canned the cherries in a water bath. I got the cherries from the farmer's market and I know they were a little on the sour side, but not like Amarena. Morello maybe? Anyway, they turned out great, even if I didn't keep track of my exact ratios. "

Jul 14, 2014
itryalot in Home Cooking

ISO recipe for herbed ricotta filling for zucchini blossoms and questions

Cornstarch only? I have heard that rice flour makes it very light and crisy. I used ice cold carbonated water and flour. That mixture sounds delish.

Jul 14, 2014
itryalot in Home Cooking

Update: Need a cherry pitter

That's a nice bowl of cherries! I used my OXO and they came out impeccably! Very little squirting, although I did them in a large and deep SS bowl to minimize the mess. I will still look for your machine!

Jul 14, 2014
itryalot in Cookware

Update: Need a cherry pitter

OXO it is; thanks!

Jul 13, 2014
itryalot in Cookware