Coffee Crumb Cake with Apple and Rhubarb

Coffee Crumb Cake with Apple and Rhubarb

            Coffee Crumb Cake with Apple and Rhubarb Some mornings especially when it’s cold and damp outside a little sweet pick me up is needed instead of the regimented yogurt, fruit and grains. Hey you got to live it up once and a while. My dad first got this recipe from a baker who worked in Toronto that he became acquainted with. Before I was born my father was working for the Recommended by Duncan Hines seal Hotels in the early 40’s at the Royal York, the Royal Connaught and the Iroquois. These old stellar hotels had many chefs working...
Rolled & Stuffed Spare Ribs

Rolled & Stuffed Spare Ribs

Dad’s Rolled and Stuffed Ribs Breslau Hotel Style.               Procedure: I learned how to do this recipe blindfolded before I was 15. My dad was in charge of some large Oktoberfest feedings at the Pennsylvania Kitchen and Rolled Ribs and Pig Tails were made by the thousands. At the old Breslau Hotel buffet it would be normal to do 500 portions on a Friday Night. Once you have 4 split racks of side ribs or baby back ribs depending on your budget. In my opinion the side ribs taste the best because of the fat seams and cartilage...
Otto’s Russian-Style Hearty Cabbage Soup

Otto’s Russian-Style Hearty Cabbag...

                Russian-Style Hearty Cabbage Soup When I was living in Invermere BC I did lots of sightseeing into the mountainous back country adjacent the Purcell, Selkirk and the Rockies mountain ranges. I remember being shown the many off the beat and track valley rivers and trails that were once transportation routes for the many mines that were situated all through this area. Some of the mines had natural hot springs and gardens that flourished to bath and feed the hungry miners. This one particular backwoods mine still had a...
Dill Pickled Beets

Dill Pickled Beets

Dill Pickled Beets My Aunt Marie was a founding church member that helped raise money by selling her home preserves. She was one very serious canner. I remember many visits to her house and smelling the delicious cooking aromas that lingered in the air. This next recipes was one of her best offerings and she would produce several batches which were presold each season. I remember as a lad helping her pick, clean and peel several baskets of fruit and vegetables for this purpose. She taught me lots of things about canning that I later found very useful in my career as a...
Drunk on Scotch BBQ Salmon Salad

Drunk on Scotch BBQ Salmon Salad

Drunk on Scotch BBQ Salmon. 1955 My dad would take us fishing down to the Hespeler Speed Dam. These small Sun Fish from the Pumpkin Fish strain were what we would catch most all day next to shiners and chubs’. My dad told me way back then that these small fishes would feed you better than a big old bass. The pumpkin fish have more good omegas and nutrients in larger volumes than any other fresh water species that he told us back then. Like perch they can be grilled on open fire, battered deep fried or pan fried. Dad would pay me a nickel for every pound me and my...
Baked Brown Sugar Custard

Baked Brown Sugar Custard

Baked Brown Sugar Custards.           The hotel bakers were the first to arrive before my dad. Toni was the one who I would spend most of the morning with and she unknowingly taught me how to bake. She would turn on the ovens and get the big stainless steel urns of coffee on the go and start baking  the fresh proofed bread, scones, parker house rolls and sweet buns first thing. She was a very meticulous pastry chef and made every step count. I think about her now and when I was around five, she must have been in her late fifties. She would always...