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You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
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To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Please let us know if there is a topic that you'd like to have as an AMA and we'll look for a host!

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  • Fresh is best.....

    Ain't nothing like fresh produce....

    Getting ready to cook (note red wine), the ingredients for the roasted appetizer eggplant/peppers/onions dish and the ingredients for the red onions/honey balsamic....try that recipe, it's my favorite!
    sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!

  • #2
    Barcelona market

    Take a look at the photos I posted in the chit chat at the bottom....I love the european city markets!!
    sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!


    • #3
      Re: Fresh is best.....

      Great looking producer -- but that's not fair. You have access to a southern Mediterranean street market where the produce is GREAT.

      For folks who can't shop there (or Mercate Centrale in Florence, which is also pretty good), where do you find good produce?

      I would enjoy hearing where everybody shops, how the seasons impact your shopping, eating, etc. Where do you find the good stuff where you live???

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      • #4
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        Though it's nowhere near as extensive or fine as the Spanish markets, in Toronto I use the St. Lawrence Market (you can search it under St. Lawrence Market toronto, can't get my cut and paste to work today). This is a purpose-built market building dating from about 1880, although the site has been used this way since 1803. It's big, something along the lines of the old Reading Market in Philadelphia.

        There are two floors. The main floor is mainly dedicated to meats and fish, and also my personal bete noir, Alex Farms. I've bought cheese in many parts of the world, but I've never seen such an intelligent, extensive array anywhere outside NYC. Keep you credit card in your pocket, and don't go there when you're hungry. If you can find it, try St. Agur; it's a French blue cheese that's just wonderful and reasonably priced, also buffalo mozzerala, aged brie, Comte, and and and.... The lower floor is mainly devoted to fruits and vegetables, though they can be pricey in winter. Toronto is a very multicultural place, so you can find just about anything you need for just about any kind of cooking you could imagine: Thai to Russian.

        On the north side of the street is the Farmer's Market. In season, local growers (organic and otherwise) bring in their veg, chorizo, bacon, hand-made cheeses, etc., etc. It's a bit chaotic but fun. Go EARLY on a Saturday.

        I live in a farming area, so in summer it's easy to get fresh veg from roadside farm stands, that is for anything I don't grow in my own garden. Unlike Xabia Jim, though, my garden is under a fairly deep layer of snow at the moment, so I'm out of luck there .

        The one drawback, although there are lots of bread vendors, none of it is very good. Looking into changing that. There's not one wood-fired brick guy among them. Unfortunately, it's a fair drive for me to get there and fairly expensive to rent space.

        We'll see.

        "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827


        • #5
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          One of my favorite markets in Toronto is the Kensington market, and in pariticular I remember a cheese shop nearby where I had to peer through piles of cheese to make my order. Nearby was some of the best chinese food I've known.

          Toronto is a great city!

          sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!


          • #6
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            Should have added Kensington as well. I live to the east of the city, so the St. Lawrence is closer, although Kensington market is very fine too. My girlfriend, Wendy, swears by it. They're both very fine indeed. The Chinese food in the KM area is hard to beat anywhere. The Dim Sum joints are particularly good.

            "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827