Vanilla Orange Cream Cheese Carrot Cake

Vanilla Orange Cream Cheese Carrot Cake

Vanilla Orange Cream Cheese Carrot Cake. My Mom made an excellent carrot cake. I don’t remember the amount of times that I sat waiting to lick the icing spatula. This recipe makes a delicious cake and is simple to construct. If you can let the food do the talking and use fresh ground spices and the better the ingredients the better the results. Set the oven temperature and get out all the ingredients in one area. This makes a quick recipe quicker and easy cleanup after. Now get your mixer and bowl and shortly you’ll be enjoying the rewards of good home baking....
The Saviour Pot Roast.

The Saviour Pot Roast.

The Saviour Pot Roast. I remember my college years and the amount of energy spent making the day count. There was lots of pressure to be in more then one place at a time. Loads of studies to undertake and without a computer back then tons of research was done at the library or study hall. The first college year was at Conestoga food and beverage coarse then more at in Alberta Institute. Here I was starting a new chef position at Panorama Resort. All my friends and family were all back in Ontario.  Moms home cooked meals were miles away. You soon miss the hands on endless...
Gingerbread Person Cookies

Gingerbread Person Cookies

Ginger Bread Cookies. One of the first cookies that I remember my great aunt would bake was gingerbread men. Every Christmas she would make a full array of seasonal holiday cookie treats. I like the taste of ginger and it is most satisfying to the taste bud. When I was baking Xmas cookies in mass amounts for a restaurant bakery. The traditional Christmas baking was all done with hands on passion following original family recipes. Each batch of dough was hand crafted and the cookies that came from the dough batch were all slightly different with no two cookies looking the...
Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake.

Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake.

Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake. I remember as a kid being taken around to all the relatives during the holidays for a visit. My mom and dad had lots of siblings in the area to visit. All my mom’s sisters would measure my dad’s sisters on their meal served and visa-versa. All hell would break loose the next day if you were not served a tasty dessert at the end of any meal. It was sure madness. What kind of a person does not offer some dessert, does she not like us. All I remember is make sure that when you invite any relatives for a visit, be sure you have a...
Riddim & Spice Jamaican Oxtail, Goat Curry

Riddim & Spice Jamaican Oxtail, Goa...

Riddim & Spice Jamaican Oxtail and Goat Curry On my last Holiday at Trelawney Beach Jamaica, I hosted a beach party that was held beside our hotel having a large pit beach fire with help from a well experienced true Jamaican grand mother native chef cooking up a serious feast to celebrate our friendship. I was told she was the best cook on the Island and has catered many weddings and parties during the many decades. I watched her closely as she masterfully made dumplings in her experienced hand for the oxtail stew that were pillow soft. She put her expert touch on a...
Toffee Apples and Maple Praline Nutty Brittle

Toffee Apples and Maple Praline Nutty Br...

Toffee Apples and Maple Pralines Back when I was a kid Halloween was a favourite friend get together with the neighbourhood kids all participating in the celebratory activities. Each adjacent house would decorate some part into a scary ghoulish stage to try and scare the living daylights out of you!  Back then the costumes were simply homemade from a cut out cardboard box silver painted robot to a red paper mache robe and your sisters blue leotards for the Superman look. An old pillow case was the chosen candy tote for the night and trying to fill it with many treats was...