Category Food

Smoke’s Poutinerie

I was in Toronto over the weekend and had a chance to try Smoke’s Poutinerie.  They only service poutine, that glorious French Canadian mix of fries, cheese curds and gravy.  Good things kept being said about the place so I…

Rendering Chicken Fat

Over the weekend I made a chicken dish with bone on thighs, backs attached.  It was $0.89 a pound so I purchased fifteen pieces.  After I tried to brown the first five pieces the skin fell apart so I removed…

Roasts for Sandwiches

At our house I try and make everything myself, and that includes luncheon meat.  I prefer to roast large pieces of beef and pork with a heavily applied dry rub.  Cooking at 300F in the oven or the barbeque, even…

Cheese Dreams

This is a carryover from my own childhood and always a favourite with my children: cheese dreams. Give any bun a thick swish of Cheez Whiz and add pieces of cooked bacon.  Put them under the broiler and you have…

My French Toast Recipe

I’ve waxed previously about my enjoyment of french toast but my recipe always seemed a little too simple: nothing to elevate it to wonderment.  Luckily that’s changed. I came across a recipe recently for pancakes that used brown sugar; I…

Caseless Sausage

If you don’t have a sausage stuffer it may feel like you can’t make sausage, but that’s just not so.  I enjoy sausage patties for breakfast so I don’t need my sausage to be in a casing.  My solution is…

Cartoons teaching something useful

This morning my daughter was awake as I went downstairs to make breakfast: she’s an early riser,she loves Naruto and she is the only one in the house who sees me leave for work standing there playing with her Naruto…

Freezing Stock

I try to make stock whenever there are bones available.  My favourite is turkey stock: it seems to work with any meat and always makes a terrific gravy. Trouble begins when I try to store it.  Large quantities are the…

Turkey Fat

Over the holidays I had a chance to roast a turkey and make gravy.  It was a twenty pound bird and I somehow ended up with just under a cup of fat in the roasting pan.  The fat was fairly…

Smoked Pork Picnic Shoulder

A few weeks ago a local grocery store had pork picnic shoulder for $0.77 per pound so I picked up eight: seven in the freezer and one for the barbeque.  Nice fatty pork shoulder is perfect for low and slow…