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Helpful tips for November 2020
In this issue:
Articles of the day
* how to clean and care for a smoothtop electric cooktop
* Cast Iron Skillets Making a Healthy Comeback
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* A review of the Eggs Frutti restaurant
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Scams of the month:
Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are some very valueable
You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.
Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.
Important scams of note for October:
1. The cottage scam!
Ccottages are advertised for rental but in truth and in fact there are no
cottages for rental.
Scammers put pictures of cottages from other websites under false ads, they
take your money, and then alas! No cottage for rental!
2. The pet scam!
Dogs are advertised on the Internet by scammers.
They are so very enticing for perspective owners and when you pay your money
up front and then go to collect your dog?
There is no dog!
3. The pay day loan scam!
Look out! These loans are 2 and 3 times more expensive than the ordinary
That is, the interest rates you need to meet.
Okay, it’s turkey time and here’s a nifty little thing for you to keep in
mind when eating turkey!
With American Thanksgiving fast approaching; just remember that a turkey
meal tends to make you feel fairly sleepy.
So just be ware of this when you sit down to eat your Thanksgiving meal!
Now that the clocks have been set back, here are 2 important tips to keep in
First, make sure that if you need to leave your house between the hours of
5:00 pm and 8:00 am, wear clothes that are light in colour so that you can
easily be spotted.
Next, always face towards oncoming traffic as you walk on the sidewalk.
Okay, you need to be careful when engaging contractors to help you with home
Make sure you check out their credentials before hiring them!
Keep tabs on your credit card!
Make sure that they remain active as some banks are either intermittently or
inadvertently cancelling them!
Dogs and dermatitis?
Yes indeed! Dogs sure do suffer from this!
About those scary grease fires in your home?
They occur through cooking.
Do not pour water over them to put them out.
Place a pot lid on them.
Most common fires in the home at this time?
Well, it is through cooking and smoking.
Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team
Contributed by Dan Thompson
how to clean and care for a smoothtop electric cooktop
when it comes to kitchen appliances, nothing says modern and sleek like a
beautiful new electric smoothtop ceramic or glass cooktop.
while a smooth top beats a coil element type cooktop in the style
department, it requires a different kind of proactive care to keep it
looking good while at the same time
preventing discoloration and scratching.
what not to do. with smoothtop cooktops, it’s all about prevention. if you
think of your cooktop as a delicate possession that requires your utmost
protection, you’ll be way
ahead of the game.
1. do not use cast iron or stone cookware on a smoothtop cooktop or range.
period. the bottom of these types of cookware can be rough, even gritty like
movement on that cooktop can leave permanent scratches.
2. do not drag heavy pots on the cooktop. always lift to another area of
the cooktop to reduce the risk of scratching.
3. never allow abrasive cleaners, scotch-brite sponges or metal pads near
4. do not allow spills to sit. clean up such spills and boil overs quickly
5. sugary substances, take care not to spill these on a smooth top cooktop.
a sugar substance can discolor the cooktop, leaving yellowish areas that are
impossible to remove.
clean up such spills quickly.
do not stand on top of the co
6. oktop to reach something high up or place anything
heavy on a smoothtop cooktop, even for a few minutes.
7. do not place stirring utensils on a warm cooktop while you cook. food on
these utensils can mark or burn the cooktop, leaving a mess that will
require a lot of time and
effort to clean.
8. do not place bakeware like casseroles, cookies sheets (from the oven) to
cool on a smoothtop cooktop. place these items on a counter to cool.
9. how to clean. here’s the rule: if you wouldn’t use it to clean your
eyeglasses, don’t use it on your smoothtop. always reach for a soft sponge
or cloth and a cream
commercial cream cleaners. bar keepers friend now makes a cooktop
cleaner (about $6 for a 13-ounce bottle) that gets rave reviews from
and smooth top owners as well. another highly recommended option is cerama
bryte cooktop cleaner (about $10 for 28 ounces).
10. homemade cream cleaner. make a paste of 50/50 baking soda and blue dawn
dishwashing liquid. stir until smooth. using a sponge to work this cream in
circles over the
entire cooktop. when you’re done, rinse with a wet towel followed by a
microfiber cloth to polish the glass surface.
11/homemade heavy-duty smoothtop cleaner. this is for tough spots and any
stuck on food that spilled while cooking. combine one cup water and one cup
white vinegar in a spray bottle. add 10 drops of lemon essential oil. shake
once the cooktop has cooled, sprinkle baking soda directly on the tough
spray the baking soda with the vinegar mixture. wait until the baking soda
stops fizzing and wipe clean with a very soft cloth or sponge, using the
texture of the powder to
scour off the grease. this will not scratch the surface. repeat as needed
until you’ve taken care of any tough spots.
12. remove discoloration. the natural oils and acids in food cooked on the
stovetop can leave behind dark or light stains on the surface. restoring
discoloration from a
ceramic cooktop involves proper cleaning.
follow these steps
to get your cooktop back to looking new.
a. apply a cream ceramic cooktop cleaner (see above)
b. once the area cools. rub using a soft scrubbing pad made for this
purpose (the cerama bryte ceramic cooktop cleaner kit comes with 5 cleaning
pads), rubbing deep into the
abrasive nature of a scrubbing pad that has been designed specifically for a
glass cooktop helps release the stain to remove stubborn discoloration.
c. wipe the area with a wet paper towel or microfiber cloth.
13. remove scratches. it’s best to never allow your cooktop to get
scratched. still, if you have scratches that are visible and visually
annoying, you may be ready to bring
out the big guns. an automotive scratch remover (you won’t find anything
better than meguiar’s ultimate compound) is designed to remove scratches and
leave a clear-coat,
glasslike finish. apply the automotive scratch removing
compound with a soft cloth, and buff the scratch gently. allow the scratch
remover to dry, and then wipe off the compound with a dry cloth.
by mary hunt on 01/21/16
Contributed by Dan thompson
Cast Iron Skillets Making a Healthy Comeback
Cast Iron Skillets Making a Healthy Comeback
By Mary Hunt
I must have been all of 8-years old the day I decided to surprise my mother
by cleaning her old black cast iron skillet. It embarrassed me that over the
years it had become so gross. Apparently, she’d fried just a few too many
eggs and browned too many Sunday roasts in it without restoring it back to
clean, “shiny-ness” with a copper bottom—like the rest of our pots and pans.
I started with household cleanser and steel wool. I scrubbed on a single
spot for what seemed like hours. I couldn’t break through that burned on
save my soul. Finally, I just gave up.
What I wouldn’t realize until years later was that I was working on a fine
piece of cast iron—a skillet on which I’m sure I managed to un-do years of
coveted “seasoning” that makes a cast iron skillet virtually nonstick.
In the years since then I’ve had quite a relationship with cast iron— from
all-out hate, moving into tolerance and finally to true love. And I’m not
only one. Cast iron skillets are making a big comeback among home cooks.Many
people shy away from cast iron because of the weight. Surprisingly, they
the muscles to handle the load once they realize how well cast iron conducts
heat and goes from stovetop to oven with no problem.
Cast iron skillets never buckle, you don’t have to worry about the finish
being scraped off; cast iron is virtually indestructible, lasting for
even at the hand of an 8-year-old wielding cleanser, steel wool and sharp
And did I mention the health benefits? Food cooked in cast iron is fortified
with iron—up to 20 times more iron than when cooked in a steel or aluminum
vessel. When you cook in cast iron you use less oil. Cast iron is a
chemical-free alternative to nonstick pans.
Whether you are lucky enough to inherit or find a cast iron skillet at a
yard sale, or decide to buy it new, the first thing you need to do is to
season it—make it
(some new cast iron skillets come pre-seasoned).
Seasoning a cast iron pan is easy. Rub it down with a thin coat of flax seed
oil (inside and out if it’s the first seasoning) and bake it in a 350 F oven
This produces the first “non-stick” layer. The skillet is now seasoned.
Seasoning can be done as many times as necessary throughout the skillet’s
which is pretty much eternal. A cast iron skillet can never have too many
layers of seasoning. My skillet must have 1,000 layers of seasoning by now.
will never be enough. After use, never wash a seasoned cast iron skillet
with soap. Simply scrub it with a stiff brush or the Ringer and hot water,
If you’re in the market for a cast iron skillet, but don’t have time for
yard sales or flea markets, you can find them at kitchen stores and discount
department stores. Keep in mind that manufacturers of smooth top electric
cooktops warn that cast iron can damage the surface of the stove. You can
iron safely on these
beautiful cooktops as long as you are careful to never drag the pan against
1. The New Cast Iron Skillet Cook Book: 150 Fresh Ideas for America’s
Favorite Pan, by Ellen Brown. Oh my, how many ways can I thank Ellen Brown
this thorough, beautiful book. It is a cookbook, but it’s more than that. It
is a how-to book for every possible question and instruction for how to own,
maintain and cook in cast iron. It is an art, and a lovely activity, too. My
cast iron skillet is 40 years old.
I bought it at Gemco in Southern California (anyone remember that?). It was
part of a set and a cheap set at that. It is the only piece that survived my
brutality and abuse. Thanks to Ellen, my skillet is totally restored. I’ve
followed her precise instructions and could not be happier. I am pretty sure
now built up 1,000
layers of seasoning. It glistens, it is so beautiful. And oh, the recipes in
this book! It is also a beauty. $12.
2. Flax Seed Oil. Cast iron, in order to be useful and by that I mean your
favorite cooking vessel of all time, must be continuously seasoned. With
not just any oil. According to our expert Ellen, flax seed oil is the oil of
choice and for many reasons. You want to be careful to use only food-grade
seed oil. This certified
organic, cold-pressed and unrefined flax seed oil will last for many years.
That’s how little is required to get the job done. $13.
3. Natural Bristle Brush. The thing that stymies most people when itcomes to
maintaining and using cast iron is having to clean the thing. It’s so easy,
but you need the right tool. And this is one option. Ellen Brown will teach
you exactly how to use it, too. $12.
4. Ringer. Back to cleaning cast iron. A natural bristle brush works well,
does this stainless steel tool called a “Ringer.” Love this thing! I just
wad it up like a piece of chainmail fabric and go to work on anything stuck
cast iron. It doesn’t scratch or remove the seasoning. $16.
5. Utopia Cast Iron Skillet. Why bother learning about the benefits of cast
iron without owning a lovely piece of cast iron cookware? This 12-inch
and a valuable addition to any kitchen. $29
By the way, while I could never come up with only one favorite thing I make
in my cast iron skillet, I will tell you that the Potato Pancakes on pages
certainly be in the running. These beautiful pancakes are wonderful
especially when served with sour cream and applesauce.
And now I am officially hungry.
From the pages of Donna’s diary
A review of the Eggs Frutti restaurant
At the end of February 2017 I dined with my friends Char and Jennifer at a
wonderful restaurant in Montreal where we had a sumptuous and delicious
This was the Eggs Frutti restaurant.
So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 5
Assistance at restaurant – 5
Access to the restaurant was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired
person and navigating among the tables was not very difficult.
The waitress went out of her way to ensure that I knew what was on the menu
and her manner was friendly and very accommodating.
So you can see that I was thoroughly satisfied. Both with the customer
service and with the food!
I had the eggs Bennie and it was probably the best eggs bennie that I have
A huge plate of eggs bennie garnished with fresh fruit, hash browns, and I
added 2 large mugs of hot chocolate to my sumptuous breakfast.
Maybe there could be a wee bit more space between tables and how about
making the restaurant a big bigger if possible?
So in case you would like to check out this restaurant they are located at:
Eggs Frutti restaurant
Breakfast & Brunch
6710 rue St Jacques W
Montreal, QC H3C 0E9
On my next visit to Montreal I’ll be looking forward to my next visit to
Eggs Frutti restaurant.
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