Classic Salisbury Steak

Classic Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak is an easy dinner option that’s classic comfort food. The first step to making a mouthwatering Salisbury steak is to ask the butcher to grind you some fresh marbled chunks of sirloin for the meat patties. I like to use a 90% lean ground triple a range fed beef, because it has a lot of flavor but it’s not overly greasy. The meat is mixed with panko crumbs and simple steak seasonings, then formed into the oval salisbury steak. I use a well seasoned cast iron skillet to pan fry the patties to a mouthwatering golden brown. To the skillet making a simple...
Zucchini Chip Fritters and a Avocado Dill Dip

Zucchini Chip Fritters and a Avocado Dil...

Zucchini Chips with Avocado Dill Dip;  The rewards of having a small garden allow you to reap the bounty and when the Zucchini come to fruit, the flowers and baby ones are first to sample leaving lots of space and food to make a good amount of perfect gourd recipes. Sweet Zucchini relish, stuffed and baked can all be made easily and make a mighty tasty vegetable side dish. A good fritter is what I like to use all the left overs and frying them with good ingredients in olive oil, they become a very addictive snack. Here is a quick recipe and make twice as much because...
Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup. Back when I returned to Vancouver I took on a chef position cooking for the nightly performance of  the Tony N Tina Wedding in it’s new location at 1066 Hastings street. The menu was fashioned after a typical Italian Wedding Party fare which started out with the soup. Why is it Called Italian Wedding Soup?  Ever wonder how it gets its name? I always thought maybe it was a traditional meal served at Italian weddings, but in actuality, it has nothing to do with a real wedding.  The name actually comes from the way the flavors combine, like a...
Cheesy Buttermilk Scones.

Cheesy Buttermilk Scones.

Cheesy Buttermilk Scones. Buttermilk Scones /Cheddar Cheese The first scone that I remember tasting was made by Guthrie’s Bakery. This old fashioned British Isle styled bakery made the scones for over a hundred years serving most of the founders of Hespeler and Galt Ontario. Topped with some fresh strawberry preserves and sided with a good cup of coffee or tea, they made a great morning nosh. One of the most requested items at the old Knotty Pine Kofe Bar where I worked were the buttermilk scones that were made fresh each day by the hundreds. These flaky light biscuits...
Banff Hotel Watermelon-Ginger Fresca Elixir

Banff Hotel Watermelon-Ginger Fresca Eli...

Banff Springs. The summer of 1966 was just a round the corner. The Beatles tunes were filling the air waves, high school was behind me and I got my driver’s license. At 16 I had already worked 10 years cooking alongside dad and at other part time positions. I was mostly a weekend banquet, breakfast and lunch cook. The Iroquois Hotel, Loft Pancake House, Knotty Pine, Moffat’s, The Kitchener Market were just a few of the places that I cooked as a junior. I was learning short order cooking and became well organized and efficient at cooking breakfast and lunch fare. I was...
Skipjack Tuna Melt

Skipjack Tuna Melt

Skipjack Tuna Melt. Well it’s great that the local eateries are starting to reopen with out door seating and social distancing tables inside. Can’t wait to get back to the golf course and all the most excellent patios. Meanwhile back in the galley I had just purchased 2 tasty chive and onion scone from the local Cobbs. This skipjack tuna is line and poll caught and is packaged with due respect. Lightly smoked or cured with Low sodium, and hand cleaned vacuum canned using ecofriendly packaging. The thing I like is that identification labels and codes show no...