Sunday, December 12, 2010

This week at the grocery store...

I got the the uncomfortable feeling that Galen Weston has been reading my diary.

You see, the new President's Choice™ holiday line is out and they really hit it out of the park. The highlights:

Vodka beet smoked salmon: The flavor is really subtle, so think of it as good smoked salmon in a vibrant magenta hue. More style than substance for sure, but I love novelty.

Macarons!: these are sold in the freezer section and should be kept frozen until 20 minutes before they are ready to serve. (Macarons have a shelf life of about 2 days, so this is brilliant and necessary. Fresh macarons all year long!) If you like macarons you wont be disappointed by these — they taste pretty authentic. My favourite flavours are the vanilla and the mocha.

The standout of the holiday line is the Red Velvet cheesecake. It's a hollowed out red velvet cake sitting atop a chocolate wafer crumb crust, filled with New York-style cheese cake and topped with cream cheese icing. I know it sounds like there's a lot going on, but trust me, it works. And the deceptively small looking cake can feed an army.

Before you think I've started vying for a shot at being the next PC spokesman, (which would be fruitless, because they'll never dump Galen) I'll try to balance this post with a not so favorable PC review.

It's a word of caution really: Just because you can make cheese souffles from a bag of frozen pellets...

...doesn't mean it's a good idea. (Give the PC Dine-In Tonight Emmental Cheese Soufflé™ a pass.)

Yes, it's been a long hard few weeks of eating packaged food. I'm eager to get back to cooking.

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