Kitchen Tools Chefs Can’t Live Without

One of Chef David’s favourite kitchen tools is his mini coffee grinder. Not just for grinding coffee beans, he uses it to fine-grind espresso for baking (adds a nice bitter touch and homogenizes with the flour better), grinding specialty peppercorns like Szechwan and making nut-paste purees (like peanut butter, pecan paste or almond butter). It’s perfect…

Day 6 of 12 days of gift ideas!

It’s our 12 days of Christmas at Trail Appliances!  We’ve got great gift ideas for your loved ones, big and small. Traditional charcoal grilling is easy with the Cart Model Charcoal Kettle Grill at your disposal. Whether you are a hardcore griller or someone who occasionally likes to try something different, this compact charcoal kettle grill…

Day 5 of 12 days of gift ideas!

It’s our 12 days of Christmas at Trail Appliances!  We’ve got great gift ideas for your loved ones, big and small. If you have a foodie in the family a Staub pot is an indispensable component in any kitchen. Staub has perfected this traditional vessel in their signature piece – La Cocotte. The self-basting spikes on the…

Day 1 of the 12 days of Gift Ideas!

It’s our 12 days of Christmas at Trail Appliances!  We’ve got great gift ideas for your loved ones, big and small. For the health nut in your house this Wolf Gourmet blender is the perfect gift idea! Be it a velvety chocolate milkshake, refreshing fruit smoothie or a creamy butternut squash soup, the Wolf Gourmet blender…

Chicken Barley Soup with Red Lentils

Stay warm with this delicious and nutritious soup recipe from Chef David. 2 pounds cooked chicken, diced small 2 onions, diced 1 carrot, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 3 tablespoons butter 9 oz pearl barley, soaked overnight 9 oz red lentils, soaked overnight 4 litres chicken stock 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 2 teaspoons thyme Salt…

National Guacamole day!

It’s National Guacamole Day! Here is a simple but delicious recipe that can be served on its own with chips or accompany any meal. 4 ripe avocados ¼ sweet yellow onion, diced (you can use red instead if desired) 3 cherry tomatoes, diced 1 small handful of chopped cilantro 1 clove of garlic, minced  1 jalapeno, diced…

Yellow Lentil & Pearl Barley Ratatouille

¼ cup dried lentils, yellow ¼ cup dried pearl barley 1 shallot, diced 1 ounce garlic, minced 1 heirloom tomato, diced 1 tablespoon sunflower oil ⅓ cup chicken stock or vegetable stock 2 tablespoons tomato paste ½ tablespoon oregano 1 teaspoon basil 1 teaspoon thyme Salt & pepper, to taste   Soak the lentils and…

National Taco day!

Carne Asada Taco by Chef Neil 1½ -2 pounds of flank steak Marinade: ⅓ cup white vinegar ½ cup soy sauce ½ cup olive oil 1 teaspoon cumin 1-2 teaspoons black pepper 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon onion powder 1½ teaspoon oregano 2 limes,…

Kitchen Tools Chefs Can’t Live Without

One of Chef Neil’s kitchen tools he can’t live without is his meat grinder. Being a professional chef, making sure your food tastes its best is a huge part of the job, and one clear advantage to grinding your own meat is the freshness. Having control over the quality and freshness of the meat can…

Lemon Cheesecake Pancakes

•8 ounces cream cheese, softened   •2 eggs, beaten •5 teaspoons all-purpose flour •1 ½ teaspoons white sugar •2 teaspoons butter, melted – divided •confectioners sugar for dusting •1 teaspoon lemon juice •½ lemon, cut into wedges Beat the cream cheese together with the eggs in a bowl until the mixture is almost smooth. Stir…

Cabbage Rolls

2 heads savoy cabbages or green cabbages, (each 2 lb/1 kg) 2 tablespoons butter 2 large white onions, sliced ¼ teaspoon caraway seeds, crushed ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed 2 cans (each 28 oz/796 mL) crushed tomatoes Filling: 2 tablespoons butter 3 white onions, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced…