Category Food

Grocery basics cross border comparison

I was in Niagara Falls New York on the weekend and stopped into Tops Markets.  While wandering the aisles I noticed prices were about the same as Southern Ontario; that is until I started looking at staples. By staples I mean…

Big Green Egg Grill Extender

After a few sausage smoking sessions with my Big Green Egg and the Plate Setter I was happy with the results but found I was only fitting about fifteen sausages on the grill at one time.  Since it was a three…

Frugal Grocery Shopping

We’re dealing with two issues at home that have made a realignment in our grocery shopping: a limited budget and a desire to buy only Ontario produced food.  I should say up front that organic is not a target: we’re…

Preserving the easy way

I’m new to the whole food preservation game: curing and smoking meat has been my main activity in this area.  Strawberry season is in full bloom in Ontario and I picked up two flats at our local farmer’s market; twelve…

Buy whole animals and use all parts

Last weekend grade A turkeys were $1 a pound so I bought three fourteen pound birds.  I know a deal when I see it and normally only purchase meat when it’s on sale and then I try to get a…

Creme Fraiche

I still had a lot of 35% creme in my fridge so I was looking around for things to do with it and came across a recipe for creme fraiche.  Let me start off by saying I’ve never had creme…

Big Green Egg Plate Setter

A few weeks back I discussed smoking on my Big Green Egg and using indirect heat: I was able to accomplish this by using the Plate Setter.  For indirect cooking you remove the grate, insert the plate setter with a…

Chicken Confit

Delving further into Charcuterie I had been thinking about confit: slow cooking meat in a fat at low temperature.  Traditionally it’s done with duck legs in duck fat but I had neither so I used what I had: a big…

Smoked Hunters Sausage

Our freezer was getting overcrowded with pork so I decided to take out sixteen pounds and make some sausage over the weekend.  My family seems to like smoked sausage the best so I made Hunters sausage (forgot the German name, sorry). …

Homemade Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream was one of those items that pushed me into making things from scratch.  A few years ago my wife bought me an ice cream maker for my birthday: I tried a bunch of the recipes that came…