Wednesday, February 4, 2015

In the cupboard beef stew

Have a bunch of canned veggies collecting dust in the cupboard? Turn them into a delicious dinner.

What you need:
Stewing beef
Beef broth
Onion - chopped
Whatever veggies are in the cupboard.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


2 measures vodka

1 1/2 measure peach schnapps

2 teaspoons peach juice

Champagne to top up

peach slices to decorate

Put the vodka, schnapps and peach juice into a cocktail shaker and shake well.
Pour into cocktail glass and top up with Champagne.
Decorate with peach slices.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A crazy kitchen gadget

I love gadgets, I walk through gadget stores all the time. Not a clue on what they are for half the time, or why most were even invented.

A melon baller for example, I have never desired to ball a melon. I am not one for design. I am a good cook but presentation is always lacking with the dishes I serve.

As much as I love gadgets, some shouldn't be in my drawer. You know that drawer? The one with all the gadgets that you might have used twice if it was lucky. A collection of kitchen gadgets, the 'must-haves' that find themselves drawered.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Chili Eh!

 This will provide fiber and tons of energy. Eat with toast or tortilla chips. You can add cheese if you wish but to keep it low fat, just eat it with a spoon or fork.

1 onion
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 can kidney beans
1 can red beans
1 can black beans
1 cup salsa
1/4 tsp cumin (or to taste)
3 tbsp chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 pinch of red pepper flakes

Friday, August 23, 2013

Awesome Coleslaw

I head of cabbage
4 carrots
3 stalks of celery
Chop/shred or dice whatever your texture preference

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Turkey Chili Pot

1 lb. ground turkey
2 cloves garlic
I med onion
1 green pepper
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 can kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp. chili powder
1 Habanero chili

Brown turkey, onion, green pepper and garlic.
Add the rest of ingredients and let stew for at least 30 min.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Super Bowl Chilli

This is a hot healthy chili that is sure to please during the Super Bowl.

Brown 1 lb. ground turkey with 2 chopped onions, 2 green chilies and 1 red bell pepper diced
Cook all above slowly for about 10 min.
Add spices, amount varies on preference of taste: Ground pepper, garlic, cumin, chili seasoning, paprika.
Leave over low to medium heat until most of the juice has gone.
Add 2 cans of tomatoes (14.5 oz)
1 large can of baked beans (28 oz)
1 can Kidney beans
1 can black beans
Simmer for 1 hour and serve

This recipe has no added salt and is high in fiber...enjoy!

Tangy Barbeque Chicken

Six 6 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 1/4 lbs)

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

4 tsp grated lemon peel

4 tsp coarsely ground pepper

2 tst Dijon mustard

3 garlic cloves, crushed

Chutney Cheese Spread

This spread is a perfect choice for a tasty appetizer when having a barbecue.

8 oz sharp low fat cheddar cheese, shredded

1 oz. package low fat cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup dry sherry

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp. curry powder

1 cup mango chutney

1/4 cup green onion, diced

The best grilled cheese sandwich

It is quick and provides protein and carbs for a balanced meal.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Herb and Garlic Vodka

This is great for Bloody Marys

Total Time: 2 days


  • 1 medium sized bulb of garlic
  • 2 large sprigs of basil
  • 750ml bottle of premium vodka
  • Infusion jar with tight-sealing lid

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Infusions - loving it!

Your infusion could take up to 2 weeks.
  1. First choose your spirit:
    Your base spirit will set the foundation for a good infusion.
  2. Choose your flavors:
    Herbs, spices and fruits are most commonly used for infusions. Fruit is very popular. For best results, use fresh ingredients only.
  3. The Beginning:
    Choose a clean, air-tight jar: quart sized mason jars work well. Using smaller jars will allow you to divide a liter of vodka into a few jars, giving you the ability to create small batches of a variety of flavors at once. Wash the ingredients, place them inside the jar and fill it with vodka. Shake a few times and cover tightly with a lid.
  4. Infusion Time:
    You will want to store your infusion in a cool, dark place and shake it 3-5 times a day for the duration of the infusion. On average the ingredients should stay in the liquor for 3-5 days. Some of your more intense flavors will only need 3 days, less intense flavors should stay in the jar for a full week or more.  You will want to do a taste test every few days to see if the flavors are sufficient.
  5. The Finish:
    Use a fine strainer or paper coffee filter to strain the vodka into another clean jar or bowl. You can return it to it's original jar if you would like, cleaning the jar thoroughly first. Store the finished infusion as you would any other liquor of it's type.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

What Type of Beer is your Type? Part One


Any beer made by bottom-fermentation. It is usually golden in color but sometimes can be dark. Lager requires a longer, colder fermentation than ale (which is a top-fermenting beer), and uses a different species of yeast, that tolerates cold temperatures well. The result of the cold fermentation is a lighter, crisper, smoother beer. Ale was the beer of England, and as the British colonized America, it was the beer of the Colonies. Lager beer was introduced to the U.S. during the German immigration of the early 1800s. It was immediately adopted and the country switched from being an ale-drinking country to a lager-drinking country. The only challenge was that brewing lager required a colder environment, 30°F to 40°F. Brewers would manufacture in caves or burrow into sides of mountains to find the right environment. Lager is the German word for storage place.

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Old English Pub

124 King St, Gananoque Ontario

Love it when a place gets it right. In the cozy down town of Gananoque this pub brings in a crowd with a great menu, friendly service and local beer.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Open Net Lounge

10 Romeo Avenue
Massena, NY 13662-2606

A neat spot in town. Many of the locals/regulars, where everyone knows your name, unless it is your first time. It would be quite creepy if they already knew your name at that point. Sports bar with TV's Pool table and great high tables so the people who do not sit up at the bar don't feel like the 'other people'. (Definition unknown, so make it up)

Food: unknown: but we offered crackers, cheese and pepperoni

Drinks: Bud Light bottle