Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Old "yuumy" favorites

I was listening to a talk show CFRB (Toronto), the discussion was about what do you remember as a favorite yummy food that your mother used to make or buy when you were a kid, it could be baked good or a meal. (The mothers called in too saying what they used to make that the kids loved). One person called in saying his mother used to make rice crispie squares with cheeze whiz spread on top, (yuk), another one said they loved a peanut buttery/jam/ banana loaf.
What I remember was sometimes when my mother went downtown, she would come back with this pie/cake from Kresgies or Woolworth's, she said they called it Boston Cream Pie, but it wasn't a true Boston Cream, it had no chocolate. It was to die for, melt in your mouth and light as a feather. It was like a light sponge cake with a light whipped cream in between & on top, (I think).  I'd love to make one if I knew what was in it. Does anyone remember ever having this kind of pie/cake? 
What were some of your favorites as kid in Verdun?  Another favorite of mine was Hamburger Roll-ups.
 
Have a yummy day !
 
Carole

100 comments:

les__f MSN said...

Hello Claroleca,...........   Interesting ........      I Remember a few things that I liked,& I'm sure there were many,but a few I liked:     Tomato Soup Cake ( sounds weird,but it's like a spice cake,with some sort of white icing on it too)     another was  Apple Dumplings with either a white or brown sugar type of sauce............very sweet,...Yikes !!!     Dutch Apple Pie with a thick crust ( was it Brown Sugar??)    and also a Rice Pudding ,that had raisins in it ?                     ..................................................HF&RV           .............................Remember getting to lick the spoon,or the bowl, that the icing was mixed in........                           ..oh yea,.Butter tarts & the other Xmas goodies.............           hahahahaha Yikes ,. I guess I liked them all..................hahahahah                              HF&RV

claroleca0 MSN said...

Hi Les,   I like Tomato Soup cake too and have made it a few times.   My mother used to make a dessert, "Lemon Snow". It was a favorite too!   Of course there was tourtiere which was an oldy goody, but my dad always liked to have Heinz canned spaghetti with it, not a favorite of mine.   Carole      

the lad MSN said...

Hi   Go the Main's bakery on Verdun near Desmarchais next to Rossy's and having the pre maid pancakes,,how about the hamburgers or better yet the apple pie at Woolworth's.Remember the licorice pieces that came in squares and had different colors.I found some the other day at the store and took me all the way back..   Lad

louise19551 MSN said...

  Hi Carole   Boston Cream Pie is actually a cake.  It has two layers of yellow cake with a cream/custard middle.  It is covered with a chocolate ganache/glaze.  Was my favourite too!  There are many recipes on the internet.   Louise

les__f MSN said...

Lemon Meurange ( how do you spell that one).......  store bought stuff,.....Remember Mille Feuilles,.they were good , and the Apple Turnovers ,or the Meat Pies ( Muirs Pastry Shop) Strawberry Short Cake ( Gregory's Restaurant,....) or Strawberry Milkshakes,..........  or the .10 cent Vachon Sugar Pies,.....................hahahahah                                                      Sounds like a lot of sugar in the diet,........no wonder the cops couldn't catch us,we were speeding on sugar,(well at least until our teens,..then it may have been.....anyway never mind).......hahahah         hf&rv

claroleca0 MSN said...

mmmm, I love mille feuilles, I think they are called napolean's here or something close to that. The Scotch meat pies were the best too. Vachon pies and Mae Wests, you can buy Mae Wests here now. They used to be a favorite as well.  Lad, I'd love to see what those square licorice pieces are, licorice is one of my favorites.  So, what else was a favorite that your mother used to make?     Carole  

shirleyb-h MSN said...

The licorice squares are called allsorts and you can buy them at Walmarts with the candy or at Superstores here in bulk and off the peg at Safeways in bags - we hated the ones with the seed like candies on them pink and blue whe I buy bulk I dump those off there were also tube pieces all licorice or filled with white - My favourite were an ice cream pie it came in caramel and strawberry - sundaes at Woolworths in thos tall glass things - orangeade at Murrays on a hot day - Chicken pies at Steinbergs that came in glass pyrex bowls - my grandmother collected those.  Corn on the cob from the peddler $1 a dozen oozing butter- Christmas turkey dinner with irish potato dressing - spaghetti at an Italian friend - she came for Sunday dinner and we went for Spaghetti Thursdays. Boston Cream pie is just a sponge cake with custard in the middle and grenach (melted chocolate and heated 35% cream) cooled and poured over cake.  Dark pumpernickel bread from the main - I always but the rye and pumpernickel swirl bread when I find it on visits to Montreal. My fathers date and nut loaf - I make that sometimes lemon merangue pie - make that too Strawberry shortcake.  Pom oatmeal bread and Pom light fruitcake still love that.  

les__f MSN said...

Homemade Shepherd's Pie (Pate Chinois),.........piping hot Shepherds Pie,....the real stuff not the stuuff restaurants try to pass off as Shepherds Pie..............hahahahah or the poor mans ( or poor times ) somewhat like shepherds pie , Mulligan Stew.............hahahahah Those were always filling & warmed you up,...........                                              hf&rv

claroleca0 MSN said...

I never thought of buying the licorice in bulk. Will do now! What about those ice cream sundaes in a plastic container, a little wooden spoon-thing came with it.  Irish potato dressing sounds very interesting!  Shepherds pie is an old fav - I make it every so often, actually we were at our nephews for dinner and had among other things vegetarian shepherds pie. It was very good. Mince stew was a goodie & sopjped it up with fresh bread, it was only made when my dad worked afternoons, he wouldn't touch it so it was real treat for the rest of us!     Carole  

claroleca0 MSN said...

that should have read: we sopped it up, not sojped it up. Ooops.

biking2006 MSN said...

Sausage rolls and H.P. sauce. I remember walking back to 2nd Ave. from a full day at the Natatorium. Ripping off a large chuck of crusty bread, smearing butter and peanut butter on it and washing it down with Kik Cola. Oh ya!
Bill

carver3570 MSN said...

Ice cream sandwith from Tassies (spl). Better if it was three flavours.  Ron.

maggie6697 MSN said...

Main's Scottish meat pies with mashed potatoes and gravy...pineapple upside down cake....the Christmas "pud" my Aunt would send from England and we looked for the tuppence and threepenny bits hidden inside....there was a bakery beside Woodland School and we used to get donuts from them, huge jelly ones for  nickle, I think!   Rumballs and the "french" pastries from a bakery somewhere pretty far east on Wellington street...mmmm

bobb MSN said...

My buddy, Paul Hein's mom used to bake the best apple pie ever. Way back in the 60's Paul and I would polish off an entire pie between us. Paul has sadly passed away now, but when I went to Montreal for his funeral 7 years ago, his mom made sure she had some apple pie for me. God bless her.

BobB

montrealgoodtimes MSN said...

Hello Les,   I remember rice pudding with raisins. Murray's Restaurant  served them every day. their Christmas pudding was great too! How about apple pie and dutch apple pie from A&P my dad was a baker for A&P in St Henri.   Ah the great old yimes in Montreal!   George    

les__f MSN said...

MontrealGoodTimes...............You bet Rice Pudding with Raisins.........absolutely great stuff,.......                        Dutch Apple pie .....love it    I Remember the pies from A&P ,.....but the store I recall going to was in the Point......they always had sales on pies,...... I think this was the start of buying 'rather' than making ,as Mom's all over started to be able to afford to buy a 'store bought pie' rather than from scratch,...it became cheaper .......and the were really good too !!  Remember the Old Joke about the sign in the window of the Bakery ?              it read:    "Pies like Mom used to Make-" $2.00 dollars         underneath that it read :     "Pie like Mom thought she Made-----$4.00 dollars"  hahahah              Sorry Moms everywhere ,it's a joke.......hahahahaha                                                                                       HF&RV

les__f MSN said...

Maggie6697,.................You are right girl,.Pineapple Upsidedown Cake..............loved the stuff,.& forgot all about it,         Thanks for the memory ...........mmmmmmmmmmm good  sorry for the plagerism,I guess that was Campbell's Soup..       hahahha.....................................................................hf&rv

sgwu731 MSN said...

Hot Dogs with Fries on them! from Bob's Soda Bar at corner of Verdun Ave & Moffatt (I think) circa 57-58. Richard's fish & chips - Verdun Ave & Richard - no need to worry about bones in that place; not like Kostas - Ha Ha   Ron Chapdelaine 

maggie6697 MSN said...

I've occasionally thought of making it, but I don't think I could match Mum's!  The other thing we used to get from Main's were the Bridies...they were Dad's favorites!

carver3570 MSN said...

Looking at metalman's picture 186 etc. i think i will drive into Verdun, Montreal tomorrow.   Ron.

maggie6697 MSN said...

Just thought of ....Honey Dew at Simpson's, grilled cinnamon buns at the Miracle Mart and little cakes shaped like animals - chicks and frogs, from the pastry counter at Simpsons - in those bags with the wavy blue stripes!

arbutus MSN said...

My mother's Porcupine Meatballs..... mmmmmmmmmmmmm

les__f MSN said...

Gary,.now those sound good,.i wanna try them,... This is all I've found so far ( are these even close to your Mom's dinner) ? December 4th, 2006 by mike d. in Yesterday I felt like cooking. I haven’t really made a homecooked meal in awhile and needed to feed that fever. So I pulled out the cook book that Theresa put together for me a few years back and decided to make my Nana’s famous Porcupine Meatballs. What’s fun about these little guys is that you put uncooked rice into the meat. After forming the meat into balls you pour some tomato soup over them, cover with aluminum foil, and bake for an hour at 350. The rice cooks and expands so that the meatballs look like little porcupines. The tomato soup adds a wonderful flavor and the surplus soup can be used as a sauce for the meatballs afterwards. This recipe is very fulfilling. I would recommend trying it out. Nana Folger’s Porcupine Meatballs Pre-heat the oven to 350 Mix in large bowl:
1.5 lbs ground beef
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup rice
1 small onion, diced
healthy dose of freshly ground pepper Form the meat into balls and put in a 9×13 pan. Mix a can of condensed tomato soup with the required amount of water* and pour over the meatballs. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees F. *Presumably you could also just use 2 cups of rich creamy tomato soup. I trust you’ll do what needs to be done. Enjoy! I'll try these if We get your Ok .....as to being close to your Mom's style?...............................................Always looking to try something new.................so a recipe from Ma Arbutus ,would be neat.......................                                                      hf&rv

claroleca0 MSN said...

Maggie, what are Bridies?   Les, what do you have with the porcupine meatballs, mashed potatoes?   Mom's meatloaf & baked potatoes smelled heavenly when they were in the oven baking, her meatloaf was the best!   Have a happy snowy day, it's a-blowing here!   Carole

les__f MSN said...

Hi Claroleca,.............  I really don't know,We'll have to wait & hear from Gary ( Arbutus) on that one,......but I would imagine ,you could any number of combiinations ??                                                                                  HF&RV

maggie6697 MSN said...

Hi Carole,   A bridie is another Scottish meat pie, seem to recall they were a bit spicier than the round ones.  The pastry was a circle, folded in half and crimped.   Lots of snow here too!  The car is parked and the dogs are loving it! Maggie

touchy826 MSN said...

How about the  Fish  &  Chip  stores, my favorite located on Verdun Ave.  close to Woodland school.  For  15 cents one could get a whole load of french fires, and  2   Pcs.of fish,    The other was Scoty's  on  Bannantyne close to  Wooldand St.   I have bought Brides  at Tigre stores.  Last October befor going south     Ron

the lad MSN said...

The Fish and Chip store on Willibrord at the lane near Wellington where you could bring your old newspapers and have your meal wrapped in them..Anyone remember the small size coke bottles and then the next one was the King Size for about a dime or so..and the best was the Family Size one..nowadays does not even come close..   One cent bag of chips,the Corona cola for 7 cents..and a double scoop cone of ice cream for a dime or 12 cents.. man a kid could have a meal for less than a buck...   Lad  

les__f MSN said...

Family Size ,........now that's a memory,......at home we always had the Family Size bottles, ( for obvious reasons ,.those glutton0ous sisters of mine ,would get some)........hahahahaha but that's what made it sort of more important when ,you got your own soft drink, coke ,orange crush ,mountain dew, or whatever,.....it was yours!      but Remember sharing with friends on a street corner ,everyone could have  a swig,.......hahahaha    Aside from the normal flavours ,...the ginger ales' the cream sodas,etc etc ,........I used to love Lime Rickey,.I don't know why but that was just good stuff,....of course you couldn't be fooled by that cheaper imitation ,Half & Half ....................(not very good,but would do in a pinch),.  I always referred to Half & Half ,as sort of Lime Rickey's Retarded Cousin,.....................hahahahahaha                                                                           HF&RV

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

I've been thinking of the food back in Verdun in the day at Frankie's, Kostas and Verdun Fish & Chips. We have a new morning DJ here in Calgary, Terry Dimonte late of CHOM.  I spoke to him the other day and we both agree that the food here is not as good as in Montreal. I`m hoping to be back in Verdun for a few days this spring.  I`m already thinking of the hot dogs.

les__f MSN said...

Ok just kidding ,it's not your well known Suzuki.........hjahahahhaha so I guess the planet's still in danger..............Do Your vest to save this Planet, Stop Eating anything ,right now...............................  let me know ,how you make out..........                                                                                        hf&rv

les__f MSN said...

we've had this article posted before,.but here it is again ,just for laughs?   Fast food for les boyz
Lafleur's 19 hot dog restaurants target blue collar men
http://www.peterdiekmeyer.com/040413.html   at least it's a story about Lafleur's .........HV&RV

shirleyb-h MSN said...

I have to admit that I have never had a hotdog in Calgary since I arrived here in 1978 unless I made the steamies myself and the fries that I do my own potatoes for fries - heat the oil hot then turn down low and put in the fries for about 6 minutes then turn the heat up and brown them.  I also make my own pizza because I prefer Montreal pizza and there are a few good restaurants in Calgary like Caesars and Hys which is now gone both good steak houses - but for hotdogs as soon as we hit Montreal first stop Atwater Market next stop since we are sort of in the neighbourhood Pauls on Charlevoix and Coleraine in the Pointe - we usually rent a place in Eastern Townships around Knowlton Landing so if I get a craving we drive to Sherbrooke and there is a place called Louis's that have great hotdogs and fries and for my taste buds better than Lafleurs although in a pinch they will do. If we drive from Eastern Townships to Brossards I stop at Lafleurs on Taschereau.  My sisters boyfriend used to own restaurants/deli in Montreal or Southshore and he would slice and vacupak a couple of pounds of smoked meat for me in half pound pouches keep one and freeze the rest.  But it is hard to even find decent rye bread here in Calgary. I have to say that my cooking repetoire improved dramatically when I arrived in Calgary and now my husband often says that much of what I make is better than any restaurant - I have to agree.  This has kind of sidelines dining out - finding good Chinese is not easy - I dont do Sushi or Mexican or Indian and my fav is Italian and there are a couple of good restaurants of the Italian gendre.  There is Joey's Only a fish and chip chain - adequate barely the fish is good but the fries - cripes I wanna give them a lesson totally tasteless.  Ditto for pastry places - there was a place Decadent Desserts - gone I think didnt last long Pssst Calgarians by and large know beans about cooking - a homemade meal in many many cases is a BBQ chicken from Co op and some crappy salads.  If I am pressed for time I will pick up the chicken and come  home and make the fries and St. Hubert or Swiss Chalet BBQ sauce and some frozen veg and voila a meal.

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

The only exception that I have found on the Calgary scene is Trawlers.  A great place for fish & chips on 14th Ave and 15th St SW.  It is owned by a greek family who ran a restaurant in Montreal for years when they first arrived in Canada.

les__f MSN said...

Hello Shirley the Westcoast echo's your feelings of available food in Calgary,.but it has been getting steadily better over the years,..... As for variety ,I like lot's of different stuff,..which includes Mexican ( but you have to find the right place) & a little Indian,.However I can & do make some of each of that stuff,.mostly Mexican type stuff,in the way of Enchilada's both chicken or beef,....and some Curried dish's being Chicken or beef as well,... The Rye Bread deal ( well nothing ever seems ,just right,.but a few weeks ago I made some real Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwhichs,.and found some good rye bread,.of course I steamed everything,& I too had an already sliced - properly sliced- package of Smoke Meat 'en direct' from Montreal.......... Food is fun & always better when made at home rather than Restaurants,... don't forget almost all Restaurants have the same suppliers,& we've basically become 'cattle' in the way we line up at certain 'troughs' ( read in most restaurants ,nowadays) ...........but that's what makes the memory of certain foods from home ,.more appealing,......... Ahhhhh ,I guess were getting old hahahahahahah                                                       havefun&rememberVerdun

les__f MSN said...

Greeks Can Cook,........ ( sounds like the name of a Cooking Show).....hahaha,.....but most of montreal Restaurants ( or at least many of them ) were run by Greeks,......& most of them were good........(my opinion) as for Fish & Chips ,.or whatever seafood turns your crank,.it really is truly Hard to beat Fresh Stuff ,from either coast, Deep Fried hides the good stuff,but can still seem tasty,.However having Fresh Stuff,.really can't be beat,...I've had many friends visit us here on the coast,& most Montrealers' have or at least had never really had Fresh Stuff,.be it Chowder's ( sorry Archie ,Chowda's) or any type of fish,unless they caught it themselves..... I do not trust 'deep fried battered restaurant stuff' ....cause you don't need to mask fresh stuff ,regardless of what it is....................... ...I have to admit one fish ,I am no fan of is those ones on the trunk lids of some cars........................................hahahahahhaha        hf&rv

maggiemck MSN said...

Here is the URL to Trawler's website. Might be worth a visit if you are in the neighbourhood! http://www.trawlersseafood.com/

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

They are not limited to deep frying.  They do have some great fresh fish and seafood!   But be warned not to try any of the hot dog restaurants here in Calgary!  They have many types and ways of cooking hot dogs.  But unfortunately they can't seem to steam them.

shirleyb-h MSN said...

Hey Bigfellow I used to live on 14th ave near 13th Street before moving to Rosedale with my late husband.  Funny thing when I remarried 5 years later my husband was renting an apartment on 15th closer to 12th - by the way his barber is on 14th street just above 17th avenue SW place used to be called Pierre's (her father) now its called the Ritz (it aint) but if you want a very good haircut or beard trim or both Rita does a very good job - might have to check out Trawlers next time my husband gets a haircut.

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

I just started getting my hair cut by a lady who's been doing it for 30 years.  Her shop is across the street from Trwlers next to the russian deli.  Is that the same place?

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

The other day a friends son asked if we could go out for an ice cream cone.  We had to figure out where to go. Dairy Queen or Baskin Robbins and where the nearest one is.   As a child I just went to the nearest corner store.  Allard just above Buerling or on Manning just above Buerling.  A nickle a scoop.  Life was so much simpler then.  As a special treat in the summer, we might make a trip up to Elmer's Dairy.

les__f MSN said...

Yes , I Remember when some corner grocery stores started getting 'soft icecream machines' & you would get that pie plate deal with the holes in it ( paper plate with holes-) to carry 4 soft-ice cream cones to bring back home,. .a treat was always the DQ.over the bridge on Jolliceur?? or  a drive in the car over to Tachereau Blvd ( on the South Shore,which is really the e... never mind) ,.or a Drive out to Dickie Moore's DQ on the 2/20 in Lachine , but your right we didn't have to go far for a standard ice cream ( some with those double cones ,remember the isde by side cones).......and of course a trip up to UpperLAchine Rd ,....for an ice cream,.and see those 3d cows........\ ( don't get me started........hahahahaha,) Where are those Cows........yikes!!!                                                                                                    hf&rv

keithinbeeton2 MSN said...

Hi Folks,   Anyone have a handle on good steamies here in Toronto? There used to be a place called Paquettes in Brampton and another place on Centre St in Thornhill, but both have closed up.   Smoked meat we have with the Centre Street Deli, but I would kill for a good steamie and fries. Jet's on airport road has very good fries, but no steamies.   HELP- Wanna sucumb to steamie overload !!   Tks Keith Harrison        

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

The other thing that gets me here in Calgary are the few places that Claim to sell "Genuine or Real"  Montreal Smoked Meat.  Most are selling Montreal Smoked Meat Brand corned beef.  But try the bagel place at the farmers market at the old Currie barracks.  Mike, the owner gets a friend in Montreal to send  him a few briskets from Schwart's every week.  He will order for those who want more than a sandwich.   He also has great smoked salmon from the east coast.   Dam you all...I really need a steamie now!!!!LOL

oshayne MSN said...

keith   i heard there was a place in oshawa..   but that's quite far from me...   i'm also looking for one closer to orangeville   shayne

shirleyb-h MSN said...

There is Cafe Metro waaay down McLeod Trail that serves Montreal Smoked meat and there is another place near the Airport in Temple that guy comes from Montreal - he also sells steamies but  his fries are not so great and my friend from school says that the Cafe Metro is better and classier. The place in Temple is in a strip mall - too bad Dunns closed down in that Hotel on 16th Avenue near Deerfoot they used to also sell by the pound and had rye bread.  

shirleyb-h MSN said...

Just checked out the Farmers Market website and there seems to be a place in the Currie Barracks market called ChienChaud so perhaps they sell steamies.

claroleca0 MSN said...

Where on Airport Road is Jet's?  I've gotta try it.    An "all dressed hamburger" would be good right now too.   ShirleyB-H, how good is your pizza, just like Woodland's or Kosta's?  If it is, what is your secret?    Have a nice evening!  American Idol is on tonight.   Carole

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

I tried the place near the airport.  It is called Alberta Subs.  He has maps and pictures of Montreal on the walls.  They hand cut.  But they serve the corned beef disguised as smoked meat.   The two closest I've found are the Palace of Eats: www.palaceofeats.ca The other is Bev's Smoke House located across 4th st from Knox United at 5th Ave SW.    They both slice on a machine, but you can ask for hand sliced at the Palace of Eats.

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

ChienChaud has a location in the beltline.  They are owned by a Frenchman from France.  No steamies last time I checked though.  I guess I'll just start my steamer up and do what I can at home!

shirleyb-h MSN said...

Here is what I do - I dig out a tall potabout 7-8 inch diameter filled with 1 inch or so of water - place weiners in water top with a metal collander or top part of double boiler into which I place the buns and place lid on the pot - bring water to a boil but dont boil the crap out of the weiners or they will split - usually I have pot of fries in the vat at same time - top with your fav toppings and voila steamies.

shirleyb-h MSN said...

About my pizza well my husband says it is the best and others who have eaten it love it - one kid said that I make the best pizza and wings he has ever had.  Usually I buy the pizza shell at Safeways - I top with pizza sauce I buy it here in a squeeze bottle made by Primo - not too much sauce I spread it with a soup spoon add dash of oregano - top with 200 grams of pepperoni - I slice a very large green pepper and place the slices carefully in a large measuring cup8 cup size and just cover with boiling water (I have a hot tap) microwave for 5 minutes and drain and place on paper towel - layer the green pepper over the pepperoni - grab 5 large mushrooms or so and slice thin - top with about 1 pound of mozzarella cheese that I grate myself - meanwhile oven has been heating at 400 degrees I have a pizza stone and I have one of those perforated pizza pans.  While I have been preparing the pizza I have a tray of chicken wings in the oven at 350 degrees I use shake and bake honey garlic and I dont use the tips of the wings The pizza is a 12 inch and is very well dressed - I  remove the wings crank up the heat to 400 and bake in my convection oven for 12 minutes I might crank it up to broil and move the pizza to top shelf for 1 minute to give it that extra bubble cheese flavour - I buy the pizza shell and the cheese pepper and mushrooms & pepperoni and wings and come home and make dinner usually Friday night dinner with the wings and fries it is enough for 4 adults about 600 grams of wings without tips. Better than any pizza I have had in Calgary by a long shot.

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

So Shirley, when is dinner?  LOL

shirleyb-h MSN said...

Thanks for the links - boy Lent starts tomorrow very bad timing.  I will tell my husband about the place opposite Knox he works at 4th and 4th - he is a Brit but has had all the best Montreal eats.  There is a place up Edmonton trail that we had pizza in and that was pretty close to Montreal pizza the guy has a brick oven it isnt a pizza place but Ital grocery if I remember right its been a few years and I was only there once.  I am waaaay north in Church Ranches (off Crowchild and 12 Mile Coulee Road) I used to hit those close in places when I lived in Rosedale but will make a run to Linas on Center Street and 21st Ave NW to buy supplies for Pasta - I buy my dried oregano and tomato paste and tomatoes - she has Pastene brand.  Also great bakery if you like Italian Canoli pastry she has 3 kinds pastry chef came from Banff Springs Hotel.  I dont care for her pizza but if I am hungry and there is no pasta left..... usually I settle for Canoli and we have coffee great Cappuchino - by now you probably guessed that I am a foodie -   I also have catered to a Masonic Lodge when my late husband was alive - made Irish Stew for 150 and I also made Lasagne for 50 for one of their business meetings - also did Roast Beef dinner for 150 - had help for the Roast Beef  dinner as I only have a double wall oven. I could not even hold the Mozzarella - had a 5 lb block of it -  Stew cooked for 2 days in the oven on slow in two of the biggest turkey roasting pans I had.

shirleyb-h MSN said...

I am making italian chicken for dinner - my husband is on his way back from Abu Dhabi back around 4 tomorrow via Frankfurt so just me and the dogs for dinner but hey they L O V E  chicken but they love everything I cook even pizza not my smallest Maltese she doesnt eat pizza but the 3 boys love it - I cook for them they are very small dogs smallest female is size of kitten 5 pounds - one very large chicken leg and thigh feeds the 4 with a bit of dry kibble Iams.

keithinbeeton2 MSN said...

HI Carole,   Jets is south of Derry road on the east side of Airport Road. It is almost right across the terminal 3 and the Vista buildings. You can't miss it. Good parking on grounds as well.  Good prices.   Eat well   keith

trudyc-1976 MSN said...

There's a butcher in Mississauga (Derry Rd. & Lisgar) ex Montrealer - from the Point.  He has a steamer that he rents out.  Has Lester's hot dogs too.  And he'll make up some coleslaw for the steamies too.  I've rented it for my son's birthday party.  It was very good.   He also has some Montreal favourites too - bagels, bread pizza, La Belle Fermiere sausages.

claroleca0 MSN said...

Thanks Keith & Trudy, I'm going to check out both places, not sure when yet, but very soon!   Shirley, you make a lot of good food, my kind too. The next time I make pizza I'm going to try it your way. I should get one of those pizza stones though.  What is your Italian chicken?  I make chicken parmaseana (sp) and different Italian dishes.  I do make good wings too, in the oven on a rack with foiled pan below to catch drippings and keep turning them to get crisp. Then I toss them with a homemade buffalo sauce or President's Choice, last time I made a sauce out of ketchup, hot sauce & becel. The wings tasted really good.   Carole      

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

Why were most of the good italian restaurants in our youth run by greeks?

habsrule241 MSN said...

hi.. isn't that called Zets??.. with a Z instead of a J ??   maybe i am wrong it has been a while since i was in that area.   regards jd    

habsrule241 MSN said...

i remember my mon cutting up slices of bread into 2 x 2 squares and putting a slice of cheese on them. Then add a piece of bacon on top and put in the oven till the bacon is krispy.. just thinking about them makes my mouth water but then again just about anything my mom made had that effect on me. regards jd    

shirleyb-h MSN said...

Habsrule = I think those things were called Cheese Dreams - my favourites were scallops wrapped with bacon and placed in the oven until the bacon crisped - those were angels on horseback or something like that.

shirleyb-h MSN said...

Bigfellow we went to Trawlers for fish and chips tonight for dinner - not bad and certainly better than Joeys Only but not as good as the fish & chips we used to get in Montreal.  There was a fish and chip place in the West End just below St Antoine and Chatham fish and chips for .25 when we were kids.

stephenfredmond MSN said...

Shirley the Fish n Chips on Wellington street or the one on Banantyne ave. where good.Wrapped in newspaper. Steve

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

Shirley, I think that Trawlers is the best in Calgary.  But it just doesn't hold a candle to the fish & chips from Verdun.  I used to go to Verdun Fish & Chips on Banantyne, it was the best. Part of the problem today is everything has changed in making fish & chips.  Transfat free oil might be better for us, but it doesn't taste as good.

claroleca0 MSN said...

Habsrule, My mother used to make them too and slice them into fingers, but I forget what she called them, I don't recall cheese dreams, but it could very well be.     Carole

keithinbeeton2 MSN said...

Hi Trudy,   Thanks for the info. I was by there on Friday:   Shorty's Meat Company 6970 Lisgar Drive, Unit 1A Missisauga Tel 905 542 0002 Fax 905 542 8878   I spoke with Denis George who is the owner and from the Point. He carrys very good Creton (according to my french wife), McGary's sausages, homemade tortiere,  bernaise and a wide varity of different products from Quebec that you can't find here in Toronto. I dropped approx 50 bucks on different items and will report my findings, but I am very sure they are all good as the brands are well know from Quebec.   For those here in " The Big Smoke" , drop by and say hello. Gary says he gets a lot of demand for the goods and he willl let me know when his brother brings up his order of La Bell Fermiere sausages.   Nice shop, impeccably clean and worth the stop   rgds Keith Harrison

pd1645 MSN said...

Hi Carole and Shirley, This is "habsrule"'s sister.  After seeing Shirley's comment about "cheese dreams" I tried google and found this recipe.  It seems pretty close to what I remember our Mum making, except she used bread instead of English Muffins.  If John's lucky his resident chef, wonderful wife Janice, will take pity on him and make them for him.  I may try them too.  No better memory than good cooking.  .... and great idea for this thread.   Pat   CHEESE DREAMS

3 English muffins, split in half, buttered
6 slices bacon, cut in half
6 thick slices tomato
6 thin slices processed American cheese

Place sliced English muffins and bacon on rack under broiler.

Toast muffins on one side and take from rack.

Broil bacon until crisp.

Top each muffin with a thick tomato slice, 2 broiled bacon strips and 1 thin slice of processed cheese.

Return to broiler and broil 5 inches from heat until cheese melts. Serve at once.

Servings: 6
Source: Betty Crocker's Cookbook for Boys and Girls MSG URL:  http://www.recipelink.com/msgid/3138332

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

Today I made myself an old favorite, corned beef hash.  My Granny used to make it for my uncle, my friends and I.  To me it is a reminder of my childhood.  The ultimate comfort food for me!

claroleca0 MSN said...

Bigfellow, how do you make your cornedbeef hash?       Thanks,  Carole

stephenfredmond MSN said...

Steve

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

I make it a couple of ways. 1)  I take diced potatos that were boiled the night before.  I fry them in a pan.  I then add a can of corned beef and a diced onion.  I fry the mixture together stirring frequently.  For a variation I sometimes add diced peppers.    2) I take mashed potatos and mix in corned beef and onions.   I either form them into patties or just fry the whole mixture as is.

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

I was at Alberta King of Subs today and they are now searving steamies, potine in variations as well as smoked meat.  The smoked meat is not the greatest, but the hot dogs weren`t bad at all.   It is on Temple Dr at 52nd ST NE.

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

Before I forget, they also have white cream soda and spruce beer.

metalman108 MSN said...

hi- bigfellow   living in calgary back in the late70's, there was this take out called MR DRUMSTICK bob, was the one of the first to start delivery of fast foods. i wonder if its stil there??  

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

I looked it up in the phone book and on google, but I didn't see it. John

metalman108 MSN said...

bigfellow   the big franchises must of crushed up mr drumstick with the rest of the little mom and pop service.  

fresco750 MSN said...

Popdog, I guess when it came to big franchises Mr Drumstick didn't have a leg to stand on-Fresco

claroleca0 MSN said...

Thanks Bigfellow. Sounds good, I will be making it hopefully sometime this week. Good comfort food.     Carole

trudyc-1976 MSN said...

Keith   Glad you found Shorty's.  I love going there - not too far for me.  I live in Milton.  He has a good business going and lots of favs for us ex-Montrealers.  If you're ever having a crowd in and craving some steamies I would recommend renting the hot dog steamer from him.   Trudy

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

Okay, I broke down today and bought a restaurant counter top steamer... Now where are the hot dogs?... Time to order a brisket of smoked meat from schwartz's!!!!

shirleyb-h MSN said...

Wow you must really love hot dogs - what brand is it or can you post a picture or a link.  Might have to get one of these. Every once in a long while I get a craving for toasted hot dogs - well just the buns the weiners are always boiled for a minute or two - It is almost impossible to find those white on both sides hotdog buns - I did find them once before Christmas perhaps it was November but I have no idea where to find them again in Calgary. I have a panini press to make grilled cheese and toasted hot dogs. OK I have never made grilled cheese as I am not a fan of cheese and my husband doesnt consider kraft cheese slices real cheese.  I only cook with cheese - like swiss or monterey jack or creamed cheese and I might grate cheese on a casserole and of course mozza on the pizza lots a mozza but that is it for cheese for me.

les__f MSN said...

Hi ShirleyBH,....try looking for a Weston's Bread Store,(distibutor) ,......Years ago I happened across a Weston's Bread Store ,that sold those Toated Hotdog buns,........here in Victoria ,I hadn't seen them in many years,.So of course I bought them & made some steamies, the old fashion way witha pot of water and a steamer/collander type top)...............hahahahaha They come out just fine,........However the old Weston Store disappeared & I have not seen them here for at least ten years or so.....but maybe in Your Neck of the Woods ,.you may be more successful,.....HF&RV  

maggiemck MSN said...

Hot dog buns. I buy the store baked buns (Co-op) that are not sliced. Slice them half-way down the middle and down each side in between. That makes them good "toastable" buns.

shirleyb-h MSN said...

Les I just googled counter top steamers and the ones that popped up were 3-4K - yup I guess I will be doing it the way I always did it - pot and collander and dont forget to watch the weiners so that they dont split - I usually fold up a linen tea towel and cover the buns so that they steam quicker. But ya gotta watch that the tea towel doesnt catch fire - dont ask me how many I singed. I think that I might have bought the쨍buns at Super Store (Presidents Choice) Usually I have hot dogs and homemade french fries with Coke of course but when I make toasted hotdogs I have coffee with cream and sugar and what we called shallots as kids (green onions) or spring onions.  My husband is not a big fan of hotdogs unless we are in Montreal and he knows I need several fixes - first one immediately upon arriving.

les__f MSN said...

Hi Shirley (3 or 4 K) for a Steamie,.I'll stick to the same method,..hahahaha  but Do you Remember that most Montreal Steamies were always topped with shredded cabbage,and slight pinch of cayenne ......  'tout garnie avex chou' ......of course the Fries were a must & a coke for sure,.then load up salt & vinegar .............................................All this talk of food & I have a Chicekn on the Rotisserie ,as we speak,& I have to go keep an eye on it,....( ni fries with it though,...Rice todat).........hahahahaha but I do have a packet of Swiss Chalet Powder to make a Sauce,..they are fine in a pinch,.but not like the old StHubert Sauce.........................................HF&RV

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

I have a friend who sells owns the Bagel place at the Farmers Market.  He sells smoked meat there.  I think that I've mentioned him before.  He had an extra steamer that he had only used once or twice.  I paid $500.  They are expensive.  But I work as Chef so this is an investment for me until I open my own place. as I said you can use it for hot dogs and smoked meat!

shirleyb-h MSN said...

I found St Hubert BBQ sauce in packs and cans at Walmarts.  Ha we are having chicken tonight too with rice and will make some St Hubert BBQ Sauce and vegs. Dogs love chicken and so do I.   Good buy on that Steamer - it was too cold to go to Farmers market on Sunday but for sure next week I am off to check out the bagel guy might just have to have smoked meat too.

shirleyb-h MSN said...

Les another thing that I found at Walmarts but cant find any more is Dainty Chinese rice comes in a can and there is a packet of seasoning that you mix with half cup of water.  I cut up some celery thin and some mushrooms and nuke it in a cup of water then add that with some frozen peas to the rice - kind of gives it that homemade touch and I use the half cup of water usually that all that is left after boiling the celery etc and add that to the rice and seasoning. Sobeys (IGA) had it for $2 it was .99 at Walmarts - another thing to add to my things to bring back from Montreal list.

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

Arthur Kent is running for MLA in my riding, Calgary-Currie.  I will post the date of a blitz that we are having for the riding because afterwards we will be having free smoked meat sandwiches for the volunteers from bagel place (I don't know the name of it).   Collecting kitchen and cooking equipment is my hobby and profession. 

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

Do you know any good places for tortiere here in Calgary?   Zeller's also has St Hubert stuff in some of their stores in Calgary.

shirleyb-h MSN said...

Collecting kitchen stuff is my hobby too that and collecting sewing stuff.  Some things I had to have - vitamix mixer with extra hopper for grinding my own grain. Also my Zojirushi bread maker - also love the meat slicer not that I use it often but had to have it.
Can you buy rye bread from the bagel guy too.

shirleyb-h MSN said...

Bon Ton Meat Market - 403-282-3132
I make my own tortiere but the only place I can think of that might have it is the BonTon meat market in Stadium Shopping Center (north side of 16 ave NW opposite Foothills) My husband wanted me to make a Lancashire Hot Pot - recipe calles for lamb kidneys and either lamb neck or shoulder lamb chops - I would use the shoulder chops but that Bonton place is where I would try to find the kidneys. 

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

I make my own at Christmas and at work.  But sometimes I just like to buy one and eat it at home.  Thank you.

shirleyb-h MSN said...

Before Christmas I saw some Tortiere frozen not sure if it was Sobeys or CoOp or Superstore and it might have been Amaranth Health Foods - I dont think that I was at Safeways at that time so I will check out those places and let you know if it was just a one of before Christmas thing or what.  I found some Smoked Boneless Duck Breast made by Brandt and thought that I would splurge for New Years eve - $32 - we never got through it all and I was afraid that it would go off so I froze the rest - must dig it out and give it another go. One thing that I discovered was that duck livers are delicious - not that I know personally but I bought a huge package at the Brome Lake Duck place last year when we were in Eastern Townships - I planned to cook them for the dogs but while my husband was cutting up the sautéed livers he tried some - had to slap his hands to keep him from having more than a taste.  I DO NOT eat liver and usually we BBQ it for the dogs and I have dehydrated pork liver for my first Maltese Dog - boy what a stink - did it in the garage.  Dont give them liver very often because it is too strong for the smallest two (they weigh 5 and 6 pounds) sometimes gives them the trots so they get it maybe every 2 months.

bigfellow6633 MSN said...

Brome Lake duck pate is fantastic!!!!  I buy it whenever I go home.  Duck liver is wonderful.  It is my second favorite after fois gras.    

kyshalady MSN said...

Regarding your tortiere pies, I have not seen any here in Calary, so I made my own like I usually do.I made 20 this Christmas and they were so good. You should make some, they are not hard to make, just time comsuming.   DB ( Kyshagirl)  

claroleca0 MSN said...

Shirley, I'm not a fan of cheese (dairy) either. Never have been and most people I know don't understand my thing with cheese, I don't like the texture, smell & taste,  and it doesn't settle well with me either. Mozzarella for pizza used in moderation is the only time I eat it. I'm not sure if there are any Loblaws affiliated stores in Calgary, but that's where I have bought those hot dog buns, they are made by Wonder. I still have some in the freezer. I found Dainty Rice at Zellers on sale, sometimes I find it for .99 at Food Basics. Do you have A& P? They usually have it in stock. I like rice pilaf the best and it's the hardest to find.   Carole      

navigatorbob MSN said...

Okay   Need to know how to make the coleslaw that is put on steamies.   Have tried all sorts of things - nonne work.   help?

les__f MSN said...

basically it's shredded cabbage,.add some 'coleslaw dresssing' if you need to ,....but generally shredded cabbage,.and a sprinkle of Cayenne...Most coleslaw (shredded cabbage ) wasn't too soggy ,so it's up to you from there........... HF&RV Remember 'toute garnie avec chou' ( sorry for the spelling ,if that's not right)..................  have a spruce beer though & that might make up for a weaker Steamie.......... a dozen molson,.......& who cares......Yikes !!!      hf&rv