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 Ham, Onion and Cheesy Quiche

Knotty Pine Ham, Onion and Cheesy Quiche

Some of you may remember having a slice of the Knotty Pine Quiche. It was very popular and made a great meal. I love a slice of a good egg pie served with a tasty side salad. Here is that simple recipe using the pillsbury store bought pie pastry found in the grocery cooler. In a bowl crack; 4 large eggs, 1 cup 10% cream, 1/4 cup flour, 1 tbs baking powder, salt pepper, mix well. 1 cup of cubed cold ham, 1 cup of chopped green onion, 1 cup of aged grated swiss and cheddar che…ese. Follow the direction on the pastry box, Heat oven to 400. Flour a deep dish cake pan or...
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 in Waterloo gave me the a beautiful dinning room managed by Jim and… Debbie Jacques. I had a very eager and talented team and the chance to show off my contemporary style of cooking. Interesting food items that everyone would enjoy, handcrafted and made to look and taste delectable. Here is one of the most ordered recipes for my infamous mouth-watering Hot Seafood Salad From The Knotty Pine Willow...
Knotty Pine Butter Tarts

Knotty Pine Butter Tarts

            Knotty Pine Butter Tarts One of my first priorities with the Knotty Pine was to get Waterloo up and running. Wes and Debbi Moore along with Jim Jaques. Great team. The restaurant was one of the most stunning in Waterloo looking out over the undeveloped Willow Wells property. In my estimation Debbi made the best butter tarts at both Preston and Waterloo. She had her way with these flaky, sugary tarts dotted with plump sultanna’s. Debbi and Wes later opened their own restaurant in St Jacobs. Butter and Maple Butte Tarts still...
The Knotty Pine.

The Knotty Pine.

The Knotty Pine was a family run Family Style Restaurant with a Famous Steakhouse. The Preston Ontario restaurant carried a lot of history and The Jacques Family, mother father, four sons and there mates made the Knotty Pine a well known destination consistently serving great food for over five decades. I took over as the Executive chef in 1983 and continue to this day using the recipes and rehearsed cooking skills. The familiar neon sign and beautifully manicured landscaped grounds was a photographic setting for  family reunions and wedding pictures. The upstairs...
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...