Championship Tomato Ketchup

Championship Tomato Ketchup

I can still hear my father’s voice telling me that if I was ever going to be a good cook that I would have to learn a repertoire of recipes without the use of a cook book for reference. During my first 10 years learning to cook I refrained from using a book and found that hands on cooking with different chefs was the fastest way to learn popular recipes and pick up the appropriate tips. Very few relic chefs use a recipe to cook, but will read a cook book to polish up a favorite dish. As I gained a good collection of recipes mentally, I became more academic in finding new...
Mennonite Apple Dumplings

Mennonite Apple Dumplings

  Mennonite Apple Dumplings Being brought up close to a German Mennonite community in Waterloo County I was shown how the Mennonite farmers live off their land with meagre equipment and no power. They sure know how to grow a garden and orchards. I used to buy hundreds of bushels of apples from those area farms to make perfect apple pies for  commercial baking and dry storing a good Spy Apple was absolutely necessary to have a supply from season to season. The Spy Apple originating from The River Spey valley in Scotland is where this apple was first grown and was...
Creole Hush Puppy Surf and Turf BBQ

Creole Hush Puppy Surf and Turf BBQ

Creole Hush Puppy Surf and Turf BBQ; One of the best kitchenman back yard nibbles are my Creole Hush Puppies. I have wowed alot of people with these little pillows of joy. I would fry up big batches for shore lunches and back yard parties. They go so well with any seafood dish or bbq meats poultry of seafood. They are simple to make and can be made and refrigerated ahead time and will keep for up to a day. Using the pork belly lard is important and you will recall the tastes it brings out is similar to old school creole flavourings. They used the fat from the cooked...
Dad’s and Mom’s Potato Salad

Dad’s and Mom’s Potato Salad

Mom’s Nugget Potato Salad The taste of new potatoes and the dill weed when picked fresh from the ground makes this salad stand out. These thin skinned nuggets are the makings for a delicious old fashioned recipe potato salad. I prefer to cook my potatoes whole in steam. A lot less flavour loss and better control. They continue to cook so keeping a nice firm bite I douse with a few healthy spritzes of cider and white vinegar which will halt further cooking and add some extra zip. Pour off when cooled down In a bowl, add the sliced boiled eggs to the cubed potatoes;...
Home Comfort Chicken Pot Pie

Home Comfort Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie. The local super market was advertising a in store whole roasted range fed chicken for $8.00 as a new feature loss leader. The birds came out of the slick new combi roaster at 11:15 am as the ticket read. A whole range fed bird in the cooler was 18 bucks, so I did the math and had 8 great meals to show for it. First I made 2 fresh cut of the roast chicken sandwiches for lunch and then I stripped all the meat from the bones. I put these roasted bones, cartridge and skin in a pot and made a most delicious chicken stock. I cut up a large carrot, 2 ribs of...
Zucchini Carrot Cake

Zucchini Carrot Cake

Zucchini and Carrot Cake. Just about this time of year you come to realise you have an abundance of big beautiful zucchini and  carrots. Zucchini is and has become a very common ingredient. made into a sweet relish, stuffed and baked as well as being grilled and sautéed. In the summer the zucchini flower blossoms are most delicious dipped in a beer base tempura batter and quickly deep fried golden brown. Stuffed with sweet potato and ricotta cheese. Zucchini mixed with aubergines, tomatoes, onions and tossed with fresh herbs, olive oil and goat feta cheese makes a great...