grew up in Buffalo, NY, lived in Pittsburgh for a long time, married a Canadian and now living in a little college town an hour outside Toronto. Missing Wegmans.

  • Location: Peterborough, ON
  • Favorite foods: aloo gobi, banh mi, sushi, bagels with lox, mccain smiley face fries (for sad days), pumpkin ice cream, crusty bread, potato soup, fatoosh, apple tart, mashed potatoes
  • Last bite on earth: aloo gobi with basmati and a side of garlic naan, mango lassi and a big glass of water with lime and cucumber. maybe some rice pudding with pistachios for dessert.

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white wine substitute?

thanks for the suggestions everyone!

I ended up cooking them with butter, garlic, shallots, tarragon, lemon and a nice blonde lager. Husband says he really enjoyed them, and while mussels are texturally a little weird for me, I enjoyed dipping baguette into the broth.

Next time I will definitely try them with a coconut milk broth!

Kosher recipe ideas?

@bareneed haha, it's not quite as small as the town on LMOtP! It's a Unitarian congregation of about 100 families, and since we have services on sunday, and the synagogue has service on friday/saturday, it made a lot of sense.

@gator pam thanks for the link!

the synagogue is sort of multi-denominational. There are some conservative Jews and some more reform. They don't have a full time rabbi or regular services, since there are only about 30 Jewish families in the area. Which is a large part of the reason they share the space with the Unitarians. We rent from them and help with building maintenance, and they're able to stay open. Hopefully they'll be able to increase their numbers, but it seems like a lot of families have moved to the bigger cities (Toronto, Ottawa) over the years.

So, they're okay with using pre-cut carrots and salad, but aside from that, they're pretty strict on making sure that things carry a kosher symbol. I can't being anything from home that has been opened, and no utensils.

Slice Poll: Do You Make Pizza at Home?

I suppose some people might feel like it's cheating, but ever since we bought a bread maker last year, we're eating a lot more pizza. It's nice to be able to mix in my ingredients and have the machine mix and knead and have it rise perfectly every time. I usually make the dough fresh that day if we're having pizza, but since it takes only 55 minutes for the machine to mix the equivalent of 2 medium thickness pizzas, I could spend a little time on the weekend measuring and have a freezer full of dough.

Do You Hate Popcorn?

I feel that the smell of popcorn in a theatre is part of the experience. Without it, it would seem a little empty. (I accept being brainwashed by marketing)

however, I do prefer cooking my own at home.

Dinner Tonight: Chipped Beef Gravy

my father used to make this for us on weekends sometimes, and I just hated it. It was too salty and the gravy was too bland for me.

Taste Test: Baked vs. Fried Buffalo Wings

as a born and raised Buffalonian, I declare this article sacrilege! if you bake the wings, they aren't Buffalo wings anymore. ;) You're allowed to enjoy them and eat a dozen at a time, but no calling them Buffalo wings.

Poll: What Do You Call Cola Drinks?

reading through the comments...really you guys? poison? anything outside of moderation is bad for you, but soda, er, carbonated beverages, are probably less bad for you than antibiotic laden bacon. We all know you love your bacon, Serious Eaters.

Poll: What Do You Call Cola Drinks?

I say soda, even though I grew up in Buffalo and now live in Canada, both of which are Pop-lands. I just always hated the way 'pop' sounded.

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Vegan Substitutes?

I got one 'wrong' but I know it's right. it's about the egg substitute. it gives you the 'correct' answer, and then the explanation tells you why the 'correct' answer is wrong. does that make any sense at all?

Are Heirloom Wheat Varieties the Next Big Baking Trend?

red fife wheat is all over the place here in Peterborough, Ontario where it originated in North America, and it produces a nuttier, denser bread. It's great that local bakers are making use of it, but I find that it often just ends up making the bread very expensive. and in a college town like this, local bakers could not rely on it solely.

Fewer Waiters Going Penless These Days

I'm surprised at the hostility. I've served tables for years, and unless an order is extremely complex or it's a very large party, I don't need to write it down. It's not because I'm filled with 'badassitude' (at least not for that reason), but simply it seems to make things go faster. In all these years, I can't think of a time when an order was messed up because I forgot something. It's all about knowing your own limit on information retention.

DVD Giveaway: Food, Inc.

My family has cut a lot of meat out of our diet and when we do consume meat, we make every effort to be educated as to where it comes from. It makes the occasional indulgence of a pepperoni pizza from the local parlor less guilt ridden.

Can't eat it anymore

Newfoundland food. It's mostly awful mush.

Help me name my food blog (yes, another one!)

these are all amazing suggestions! now I'm torn with too many choices!

Onigiri fillings

I usually use tuna and umeboshi, but I've also made some with smoked salmon and cream cheese.

Pumpkin seed oil

@salpico - that does sound amazing. Husband is excited to try it.

@pooch - yeah, I know I can't hear it, and I think that's why I'm having such a hard time finding a use for it.

You live where?

Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, but I consider Pittsburgh to be my second home.

I will be moving to Peterborough, Ontario (about an hour NE of Toronto, toward Ottawa) within the year.

Cook the Book: 'Kneadlessly Simple'

A beautiful, simple loaf of country white. Makes the whole house smell amazing.

How Old Is Too Old To Trick-or-Treat?

My younger sister is 22 and went out trick-or-treating this year. I thought that was kind of pathetic.

Vegan Crepes for Breakfast

The angry vegan police are going to jump out of the woodwork any moment and declare these non-vegan for having honey in them.

However, they look amazing and this vegan would totally scarf them down.


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