The Knotty Pine Cinnamon Bun

The Knotty Pine Cinnamon Bun

Knotty Pine Cinnamon Bun; Back in the 80’s I was shown by Jill Jacques this treasured recipe for the restaurants most delicious Cinnamon Buns. Now years later I still remember these pillow soft secret caramelized Cinnamon Bun as being a quintessential Knotty Pine experience. In the early 1950’s, the Kofe-Bar changed owners from the Graham’s to the Jacques and after a few years went from baking a couple dozen to a staggering amount per day as the bakery’s reputation grew in popularity and became one of a Mrs. J’s signature bake shop...
The Knotty Pine Banana Cake

The Knotty Pine Banana Cake

The Knotty Pine Banana Cake I have made this Banana cake recipe many times. It was one of the Jill Jacques originals and also was modified over the years! This cake is the more authentic one if you use just shortening  but using half shortening half unsalted butter is a more 70/80’s. All dry ingredients are done by weight and wet by fluid oz. Banana Cake Loaf ingredients are; Shortening 18 oz. White sugar 36 oz Real vanilla extract 1 tsp Eggs 16.2 oz. [9medium] Banana’s 32 oz Fresh flour 51.3 oz. Baking powder 1.2 oz Baking soda 1 oz salt .06 oz Buttermilk 3 cups. Method;...
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....
Mushroom Pepper Steak Sub.

Mushroom Pepper Steak Sub.

Mushroom Pepper Steak Sub along with some crispy Duck Fat Fries! When the New York Strip steaks come in bulk at a super price, I like to vac- seal and freeze. They are great to be first offerings on the bbq. The trusty cast iron skillet has a good collection of duck fat and the chunky fries will come out crispy crunchy. Another way to achieve the almost taste is to mix some duck fat with beef stock and spritz it on after frying in vegetable shortening. Slice up a few green bell peppers, a whole onion and 1/2 pound of mushrooms. I saute with butter and soya sauce. A nice...
Knotty Pine Express Blueberry Muffins

Knotty Pine Express Blueberry Muffins

 The one Item that I liked  at the Knotty Pine was Blueberry Muffins and cup of fresh brewed coffee! Jill Jacques would make these seasonal  mini-muffins for the Mrs. J’s outlets. Here is a quick recipe with good tasting results! You will need; 2 1/4 cups flour 2 Tbsp baking powder 3/4 tsp bicarb soda 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup sugar 1 fresh egg 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 6 Tbs oil 1/1/2 cups blueberries. fresh or frozen Pre-heat oven to 400 F. Prepare 1 dozen muffin cups by greasing and flouring, or use paper liners. In a bowl or 4 cup measuring cup, stir together dry...
Knotty Pine Willow Tree Hot Seafood Salad

Knotty Pine Willow Tree Hot Seafood Sala...

Hot Seafood Salad From The Knotty Pine Willow Tree Restaurant. Only a working chef knows how difficult it is to make good food consistently. Working at the New Knotty Pine Willow Tree Restaurant in Waterloo gave me the a most beautiful dinning room managed by Jim and Debbie Jacques. I had a very eager and talented team and the chance to show off some of my contemporary style of cooking.  Interesting food items that everyone would enjoy, handcrafted with passion and made to look and taste delectable. Here is one of the most ordered recipes for my famous mouth-watering Hot...