Turkey Tips

  You will want to count on approximately 1-1.5 pounds of raw turkey per person so a 20-pound turkey should feed 10-15 people. This should leave some for the all-important leftovers. To thaw a frozen turkey safely you should place in the fridge and allow it to thaw slowly. A 20-pound turkey will take at…

Candy Apple Scones

2 cups flour ½ cup sugar 2½ teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon cinnamon, ground ½ cup butter, frozen ½ cup whipping cream 1 large egg 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 whole fresh apples, diced medium ¼ cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons butter 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 teaspoons cinnamon, ground Pre-heat oven…

Spanakopita

½ white onion, diced 4 tablespoons sunflower oil 2 ounces spinach, wilted & chopped 1 cup basmati rice 1¾ cups water 3 eggs, large ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese Salt & pepper, to taste 16 sheets phyllo dough 4 tablespoons butter, melted Preheat oven to 350F on convection bake. In heavy saucepan with fitted lid,…

Rotisserie Pork Loin

2-3 kg centre cut pork loin tied with string to hold the shape Seasoning rub (store bought will do as well): 2 teaspoons coarse salt, Kosher or sea 2 teaspoons brown sugar 2 teaspoons black pepper, freshly ground 2 teaspoons sweet paprika 2 teaspoons onion powder 2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 teaspoons thyme   Using…

Irish Cottage Pie

Irish Cottage Pie We have all heard of Shepherds Pie….well this is similar but utilizes ground beef instead of lamb…leaving the “shepherd” out of the equation. 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 pound ground beef 1 large onion, diced 3-4 large carrots, diced 1 cup frozen peas 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped…

Ranges that WOW!

Miele introduced a few new products to their already impressive collection. Probably the most exciting thing to come out was the launch of their free-standing ranges.  Until now, you only had the option of cooktop/wall oven combination, but now anyone can enjoy Miele’s amazing cooking products without having to re-design their kitchen. One of their…

Wild Berry Parfaits

  300g granola 2 tablespoons coconut, medium sweetened 2 tablespoons graham crumbs 4 tablespoons rice crisps 250 mL yogurt, strawberry or raspberry work best 150 mL wild berry compote* To make wild berry compote, begin with 3 cups of “assorted berries” (blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry at 1 cup each works well). Place berries in a…

Seafood Paella

Seafood Paella 5 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon paprika 1 pinch of saffron threads 4 cleaned small squid, slice bodies into 1/4-inch-wide pieces & leave tentacles whole 1 red snapper fillet, cut into 4-6 pieces 1 4 ounce piece of tuna, cut into 4 pieces 8-10 large shrimp, you can leave shells or remove and…

Chocolate Balsamic Dressing

2 ounces sweetened chocolate, melted 2 ounces balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons honey 1 ounce pasteurized egg yolk ¼ teaspoon thyme ¼ teaspoon basil ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper 1½ cups sunflower oil   Melt chocolate on low induction burner setting, or use double boiler method. Let cool 2 minutes….

Whipped Chocolate Pave

Another delicious dessert idea from Chef David for Valentine’s day. 12 ounce semi-sweet baker’s chocolate ¾ cup butter, salted ½ cup white sugar 5 ounces (weight) pasteurized egg white 5 ounces (weight) pasteurized egg yolk ½ teaspoon white pepper Note: For safety reasons, it is important to use pasteurized egg yolks and whites for this…

Pasta Carbonara

How easy and delicious is this Pasta Carbonara recipe from Chef Lawntz! It’s the perfect main course to make for your sweetheart on Valentine’s day.  He even has included tips on how to prepare a day in advance, so you can enjoy more time with your loved one. Pasta Carbonara One handful of linguini noodles…

Raspberry Cocoa

It’s Groundhog Day and according to Balzac Billy, it looks like we will have to endure 6 more weeks of winter. So Chef David has whipped up some  Raspberry Cocoa to keep you warm! 1 cup 2% milk ⅓ cup white sugar 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa 1 tablespoon vanilla ¼ teaspoon salt 2 ounces semi-sweet bakers chocolate,…