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current toronto restaurant

Im planning a dinner for myself and a date in toronto this week - looking for a fun, hip place with some world-class food...prices are not a concern.

Sep 05, 2007
damadchef in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

cappucino @ hurontario and traders/aldridge

I like brewing some Kicking Horse Coffee when I'm at home. You can find it at Zehr's now i think.

Jun 23, 2007
damadchef in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What to do with Sour Cherries...

so does that have a lotta paprika in it or what..gotta love chilled soups - what's the recipe?

Jun 22, 2007
damadchef in Home Cooking

What to do with Sour Cherries...

Mmm, I like the idea of alcohol preservation. Drunken sour cherries with venison comes to mind not to mention the myriad of drink possibilities. Thanks!

Jun 22, 2007
damadchef in Home Cooking

Oops, bought 11 loaves of sliced whole grain bread

The breadcrumbs are definitely the way to go on this one

Jun 22, 2007
damadchef in Home Cooking

What to do with lots of chard?

After being quickly blanched, it is lovely wrapped thickly around a meat of some kind, could be fish, chicken or tenderloin of any kind, and then again wrapped in proscuitto,phyllo or puff pastry.

Jun 22, 2007
damadchef in Home Cooking

Garlic Bread

I agree with bitsubeats, but i like grilling the bread for that really crusty surface on which to scrape the garlic clove. To up the ante, after rubbing the garlic on the olive-oil grilled bread, cut a tomato in half & rub it on the bread - then top with preffered cheese & return to grill on upper rack to melt.

Jun 22, 2007
damadchef in Home Cooking

What to do with Sour Cherries...

I have a massive wild cherry tree in my yard which is currently full of ripe sour cherries. I'm thinking maybe sundried and preserved... Any suggestions on what to do with all these cherries?

Jun 22, 2007
damadchef in Home Cooking

I'll Pay You to Kill My Steer

We as a culture have come to use some pretty extreme solutions to appease our appetite for meat. The beef industry in North America has become a scary thing. The factory-style processing of beef has become soundly Orwellian in nature and scale & it is appalling to learn of the environmental, social & ethical costs associated with the feedlot environments from which most of our beef comes. Any method we can use to localize and scale-down beef production will be a benifit for us & our kids.

Jun 22, 2007
damadchef in Features

What else can I make?

How about a salad...Strawberries are just coming into season. How about an arugula salad with strawberry-balsamic vinaigrette with some local green onions, strawberries & goat's cheese?

Jun 07, 2007
damadchef in Home Cooking

BEURRE BLANC curdled what to do?

Most emulsions like this one as well as hollandaise can be re-homogenized by heating the sauce and whisking in a tsp. or two of water - beware, do this only a few minutes before you plan to serve your sauce as it is only a matter of time until your over-fattened sauce will break again.

Jun 07, 2007
damadchef in Home Cooking

How to de-bone a rattlesnake..help!

Yeah, make the snake cakes! A little cayenne in the cakes might be nice with a cool cucumber-yogurt dip. Let us know what you end up doing.

May 29, 2007
damadchef in Home Cooking

How to de-bone a rattlesnake..help!

One thing I might try is carefully grilling a section of it in foil & gently flaking meat from bones - like with whole-cooked fish. Then I'd take some breadcrumbs, herbs, egg and make snake cakes. Fry 'em 'till golden.

May 29, 2007
damadchef in Home Cooking

Eating dogs, cats, horses, etc.

You guys are right of course, I should've cooked that goose. It was the end of the day & i'd just gotten home from work...wasn't sure how fishy Canada goose would be considering their diet and that's alot of work defeathering those big birds. I've done defeatherings of small partridge & grouse in the big stew pot but I don't have a pot at home big enough to fit a Canada goose.
Is it legal to eat/ shoot a Canada Goose?

May 28, 2007
damadchef in General Topics

Eating dogs, cats, horses, etc.

Once my dog killed a Canada Goose & I was very tempted to try cooking & eating it but chickened out at the last minute. I often pass large frogs, leopard I believe on the way to the fishing hole and wonder if they are edible. Anybody know?

May 27, 2007
damadchef in General Topics

Ontario Wild Leeks (aka Ramps)

Wild leeks in southern Ontario can be found in large numbers in most deciduous woods beginning in april. They are getting quite fat at the base (bulb) now, and are currently peaking. You can pick 'em anywere you have permission from the landowner. I like them best fried in a little olive oil/ butter then seasoned with s&p They are also excellent cooked this way & added to mashed potatoes or blitzed & made into a flavored butter for meats.

May 19, 2007
damadchef in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

I have old bread & want to make croutons, but my oven is broken.

Butter-fried croutons rock. melt some butter in the pan over med., toss in the croutons and sautee, add a little more butter to finish coating them and fry till golden. Season with herbs/spices, s&p and empty onto a paper towel to absorb excess butter. Also is great with olive oil instead.

May 17, 2007
damadchef in Home Cooking

let's share a cooking "trick"

I wrap lean cuts of meat (tenderloins, breasts of fowl, some roasts) with caul fat prior to roasting...people wonder how the meat stays so moist...

May 17, 2007
damadchef in Home Cooking

Huron County food?

Sadly, Captain Jack's - the fish & chips place jayt was referring to is now gone.
Well, there is so much to do around this area. Bayfield had a great fishmarket where wild huron fish are available. Also the Little Inn in Bayfield has lots of local & well made food.
The goderich farmer's market happens on saturdays starting may 24. There is montefort dairy in the area as well with some nice cheeses.
Meeting-Place Organic Farm is not far from blythe & is a diverse & beautiful farm with organic meats & veggies, apple butter, maple syrup etc. for sale. They have horse-drawn wagon rides and fun events as well.
In kinkardine there is The Brasserie, as well as Victoria Park Restaurant (opening June 1st by me) In southampton there is Grovenor's - A nice restaurant.
Port Albert has one of the coolest beaches for kids.

Check out this website.
http://www.ontarioswestcoast.ca/PAGES...

Hope that helps

May 17, 2007
damadchef in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anybody finding morels yet?

When do these things appear in southwestern ontario? I've only found them once myself a few years back...

May 16, 2007
damadchef in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

My refrigerator died! HELP!!

first of all, have a party! Use up those perishables by getting together with some friends to chow. Secondly, try some bread, cheese,wine, a bit of cured meat and veggies that you will use in one day. Slice 'em up, a little olive oil & balsamic for dipping and you're happy as a Frenchman. Also, instead of spending money on an electric cooler, get out and enjoy some of the cheap delicious eats in to. It's only a few weeks.

May 15, 2007
damadchef in General Topics

what do you do with YOUR slowcooker?

Lamb Shanks, ox tails, duck legs (confit), brisket, shortribs, cabbage!

May 15, 2007
damadchef in Home Cooking

Grass-fed beef vs. Grain Fed beef

Everyone who likes steak loves a nicely marbled piece of meat. But what about grass fed beef... The flavor can be very different. Anyone who's tried grass-fed beef care to weigh-in?

May 11, 2007
damadchef in General Topics