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The Traveller's Forecast 
Posted (2015-01-24)

So here's a story - when I was a kid, I watched a LOT of the Weather Network. We're talking probably more than any other channel one summer. Go outside and play? Nah, weather network!! Why? A meteorological fascination? Nooooo no no... I was ALL about the music. Yeah, you ...

Stir-Fried Chili Scallops with Baby Bok Choy 
Posted (2014-05-29)

I love scallops. They're amazing. I really do love them. I've never actually cooked them before though! I see people screw them up so often on Hell's Kitchen or other shows that I guess I've become afraid of trying. Well, no longer. Last night I cooked up this simple and ...

London Broil 
Posted (2014-04-03)

Have you ever had London Broil? Wikipedia defines it in a few different ways... what I had is the third option on this site, the regional Southwestern Ontario variety. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_broil It was DELICIOUS! And incredibly cheap. It felt like a cross ...

Grilled Cheese Experiments 
Posted (2014-03-31)

I had a real aversion to melted cheese when I was younger. Pizza was the exception, but otherwise any kind of cheese that gave off a smell when it melted was not ok in my books. I've evolved a bit since then, so now I get to play catchup on some of those foods that I really ...

Lemon Shrimp Linguine 
Posted (2014-03-27)

It's quite possible that I've blogged about and shared with you this recipe before, but it's so simple and so good that I felt the need to share again (with a better picture, for sure!) I call this "Poor Man's Shrimp Linguine" only because my mother makes another ...

Shanghai Shrimp 
Posted (2014-03-26)

When my mother told me that she'd found a great recipe in a Seattle TV station's cookbook, I was a little skeptical. But then she made it for me and my doubts were cast aside! I can't share this recipe because I can't for the life of me find it anywhere online. If you email ...

PIZZA #2 (aka PIZZA BALL) 
Posted (2014-03-21)

I mentioned in my earlier post about homemade pizza that of the four little pizzas that were made, three worked out well... but pizza #2 had some difficulties. The problem was not enough flour on the work surface during the topping phase to allow the completed pizza to ...

PIZZA 
Posted (2014-03-20)

Ladies and gentlemen... last night, I created what may the kitchen accomplishment of which I am most proud of in my entire life. I made homemade pizza, from scratch. Yes, scratch. Everything (except the cheese & pepperoni, I suppose) was made from basic raw ingredients. ...

Santa Claus Melon 
Posted (2014-03-14)

Last week while grocery shopping, I came across this odd looking fruit in the grocery store... imagine a tiny watermelon with pointy ends and a bit more texture down the sides. On closer inspection, I found that it was called a Santa Claus Melon! With a name like that, ...

Winter BBQ 
Posted (2014-03-13)

I'm not sure if there is a better way to really stick it to winter than to fire up your barbecue when the windchill is below -30. After the nice weather we had earlier this week, and then the sudden temperature drop, I felt that it was morally imperative that I do just ...

Hugh Carpenter Fish 
Posted (2014-03-07)

In my household, we have a bad habit of renaming recipes to a colloquial title that we remember easily, rather than the sometimes fancy title that it was originally called. This is fine in most practices except for when you forget the recipe and need to find it in its original ...

Grilled Crab and Shrimp Mini Sandwiches 
Posted (2014-03-06)

I was thinking recently about some appetizers that my mother made once that were essentially min-lobster rolls - the same sort of filling you'd expect in a lobster roll, except on these tiny little buns about 2" long. Once you get the idea of a lobster roll into your ...

In your FACE winter! 
Posted (2014-02-25)

No recipe to share here... I'm just taking a moment to let you know that I, Ian Solecki, now have a barbecue, and used it to make hot dogs on February 24th 2014. This is a big deal for me - I've never actually owned my own barbecue. I've always lived in rented apartments ...

Strawberry Shortcakes 
Posted (2014-02-21)

I don't do desserts very often... regular ice cream and chocolate are quite fine by me. Maybe a brownie, or a rice krispie square. But when Valentine's Day rolls around and you have a special someone to impress, it's always good to have a good dessert recipe in your back ...

Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia with Clams 
Posted (2014-02-13)

Have you ever had black spaghetti before? Me neither! Well, not until yesterday. My girlfriend had made this recipe for me before but when we tried it the first time, we couldn't find a few of the ingredients in this recipe (namely, the PC products it called for were not ...

New Years Eve Feast 
Posted (2014-01-02)

I decided to wrap up 2013 with a nice, big, hearty home-cooked meal. We ended up having French onion soup and Yorkshire puddings for starters (is it wrong to pair those things?) and then roast beef, roasted asparagus, and a special mashed potatoes recipe from one of Gordon ...

My Secret Santa Present! 
Posted (2013-12-20)

Well, here it is - my long-awaited Christmas present from my International Secret Santa! If you haven't been following along, I signed up for this exchange at www.redditgifts.com. They match you up with someone else in the world to send a Secret Santa gift too, and someone ...

Spaghetti with Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce 
Posted (2013-12-06)

It's hard NOT to make an awesome pasta sauce when you start with a few key ingredients. Still, this ended up being a particularly good mixture while remaining fairly simple and inexpensive to make! >> Here's the recipe, from Bon Appetit. The keys to this one, I think, ...
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Andrew Macintosh from Owen sound
i dont mind them{anchovies) im going to trick my gf now see if she notices! flavour trick!

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Thai Beef with Basil 
Posted (2013-12-05)

Well it's been a while since I gave a new recipe a whirl - but I saw this one in my latest Bon Appetit and I couldn't resist. I'm always looking for an opportunity to try and replicate some of the awesome Thai tastes you find at restaurants in my own kitchen. I usually fail, ...

Mushroom and Spinach Skillet Strata 
Posted (2013-11-25)

I'm not usually much of a breakfast guy when it comes to food I make myself. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a good hot breakfast - but when I'm cooking for myself I'm all about cooking large meals that have lots of leftover for future dates. You can't really do ...

Seafood Chowder 
Posted (2013-11-14)

I've made this very easy (and pretty cheap) seafood chowder a number of times over the last few years. This time, I accidentally defrosted some shrimp to throw in it before I realized shrimp aren't in the recipe. Well to hell with the recipe! In they went. Yum. The salad ...

Lasagna with Turkey Sausage 
Posted (2013-11-07)

My favourite lasagna recipe comes from a Martha Stewart cookbook, and the "secret ingredient" if you will is sausage meat. But what if you're cooking for someone who can't have pork? Thankfully, turkeys exist and they are also delicious!  I picked up some ...
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Curried Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce 
Posted (2013-10-22)

Tried a new recipe last night - simple but delicious! Kids will love this one but it's a bit more sophisticated than your average frozen chicken strips too, so everyone wins ;) Here's the recipe, from Fine Cooking: http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/crisp-curried-chicken-fingers.aspx My ...
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The Practically Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie 
Posted (2013-09-12)

I don't mean to be arrogant, but that's literally the name of this recipe that has been my family's traditional go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe for as long as I've been alive. It came from some publication, way back in the day, that I don't even know. For the first time ...

Chimichangas 
Posted (2013-09-10)

I never much cared for Mexican cuisine when I was a wee lad, mainly because the only Mexican cuisine I had access to was Taco Bell and Old El Paso. I've come a long way in changing that over the last few years, so when I stumbled across this recipe for Turkey Chimichangas, ...

Fajitas! 
Posted (2013-08-30)

Because, you have to say fajitas! with an exclamation mark every time, right? Fajitas! are of course a staple of many families' weeknight dinners but to be honest I've never really made them myself. This week, I put an end to that... and the results were delish! With ...

The Run 
Posted (2013-08-28)

I've already told you about this on the air, but a picture is worth a thousand words right? I successfully ran my first ever organized road race, the Bayshore Race 10k in Owen Sound on August 25th! As mentioned in a previous post and throughout the summer, this was something ...

The McLobster 
Posted (2013-08-20)

My food blogging has been lacking lately, and for that I apologize. Just too much to do and too much delicious food elsewhere to be eaten! Today, I decided it was finally time to try the McLobster. I realize I am 100 years behind everyone else on this. You must understand ...

Chicken and Rice Salad with Pine Nuts and Lemon 
Posted (2013-08-07)

This summer seems to be all about grain salads. You know, any cold dish based in rice or barley or quinoa or some other grain you've never heard of. Like they say, the nail that sticks out gets hammered down so I might as well go with the flow on this one. I stumbled across ...

I'm Running the Bayshore Race 10k... what?? 
Posted (2013-07-26)

If you're a regular listener to the show, you know I've been trying to improve my running ability this summer. I've had some decent success, managing to run 5k for the first time, then 7.5k, and now I've hit the 10k mark! Rather than going further, my immediate goal ...

Luck-know or Luck-now? 
Posted (2013-07-22)

If you're not from the area (well, even if you are) you might have had some trouble figuring out whether the town of Lucknow is pronounced Luck-KNOW or Luck-NOW. Well, NOW you KNOW, thanks to this catchy tune from Kevin Westphal. Check out the video below and put the debate ...

Celebrity Lookalike 
Posted (2013-07-05)

Every so often there is a rash of people posting photos of their celebrity lookalikes on Facebook, etc. Some are pretty uncanny, others not so much. I've never been convinced that everyone has a celebrity lookalike, mainly because I've never felt that I have one! Yet, ...

The Pizza Diet 
Posted (2013-07-02)

Florida man loses 24 pounds eating only pizza for 30 days. Sounds like a National Enquirer headline, right? Well, according to this page, it happened: http://www.thatsfit.com/2010/07/01/the-pizza-diet-florida-man-eats-pizza-for-30-days-loses-24-pou/ I'd understand if you ...

Fresh Tagliatelle with Sausage, Red Peppers, and Arugula 
Posted (2013-06-21)

It's been awhile since I tried something new in the kitchen... the more into summer we get, the busier it gets (and the hotter it gets inside!) That's no excuse not to experiment though, so off I went to a new recipe I've been sitting on for a few months now. There's nothing ...

Journey of the Blog 
Posted (2013-06-20)

I was chatting with a friend of mine last night about how I have a pretty severe garbage conscience. What I mean is that while I wouldn't consider myself an ardent environmentalist, I do think long and hard before throwing out something that could be recycled or composted, ...

Manual or Automatic? 
Posted (2013-05-28)

I'm off to see the new Fast and the Furious movie tonight. I don't expect an amazingly fantastic piece of filmmaking; however I do expect to see lots of gear shifting. Case in point: That video makes me a little self conscious about my own gear shifting... but that ...

ICE CREAM BREAD 
Posted (2013-05-23)

OK - DROP WHAT YOU'RE DOING RIGHT NOW. Now, go to the grocery store and buy a pint (about 2 cups) of your favourite ice cream. Also pick up some self-rising flour if you don't have any at home. Then go home; you don't need anything else. Unless you don't have a bread pan... ...

Vegetable Lasagna with Sausage! 
Posted (2013-05-08)

Because... why not? I think I've told you about this recipe before but I may never have documented it on the blog. So, here's the picture and the blurb. It's a Martha Stewart recipe - one of my favourites from her. I modify it a fair bit - namely by adding meat to the vegetarian ...

Classic Beef Stroganoff 
Posted (2013-05-02)

One of the first recipes I think I ever shared with you on this blog was a chicken stroganoff recipe I found from Fine Cooking. I've been sitting on this beef one for months waiting for the right time - finally gave it a go the other night. http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/classic-beef-stroganoff.aspx All ...

Linguine with Hot Chile, Caramelized Onion & Gremolata 
Posted (2013-04-30)

The culinary geniuses over at Fine Cooking delivered this little recipe to my inbox yesterday... since I hadn't made my meal plan yet for the week I decided to make it last night. Description looked great - I'm always a fan of caramelized onions, and I had some left over ...

Spicy Beef with Peanuts and Chiles 
Posted (2013-04-24)

From pancakes to...Thai food! Why not? I was pretty pleased with how this turned out, and it was pretty easy to make. Like most stir frys, really helps to have everything cut up and prepared before you turn on the heat because the cooking process probably takes 5 minutes ...

Blackberry Farm Griddle Cakes 
Posted (2013-04-23)

If you have a gluten intolerance of some kind... I don't know how you're still alive. Not because there's nothing you can eat, but because sifting through all of those crazy different kinds of ingredients must drive you nuts! I jest, of course, but getting all the parts ...

Hoisin Pork with Napa Cabbage 
Posted (2013-04-17)

Haven't made anything new in awhile... I've been lazy. No longer! This one has been on the list for awhile and looked pretty easy/healthy. I wasn't wrong! Once again from the good folks at Fine Cooking, here's the recipe: http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/hoisin-pork-napa-cabbage.aspx First ...

Dynamic Stretching 
Posted (2013-04-16)

Preface: I am not a doctor and am not certified to speak definitively about any of this! When I was younger I tried to get into running, and was actually doing it pretty regularly for a good distance. I started to hurt myself though... shin splints, groin problems, knee ...

What do you do with your Facebook when you're dead? 
Posted (2013-04-14)

It's an unfortunate reality that as long as Facebook has been around, there have been dead people on Facebook. As in, people who have passed away unexpectedly, leaving their online profiles to carry on as a sometimes pleasant, sometimes very unpleasant reminder of their ...

The 21st Century Lighter 
Posted (2013-04-12)

If you went to a lot of concerts back "in the day," you no doubt remember pulling out your lighter when a great ballad came on and waved your hand in the air along with thousands of others to create a very cool crowd lighting effect! Of course, those days are ...

Ride Karma 
Posted (2013-04-11)

I wouldn't say I'm an exceptionally spiritual person, but I won't deny that it's fascinating how the universe has a habit of making things right. My sister and I, in line for a roller coaster during our trip to California recently, had two teenage girls ask whether they ...

DON'T DROP IT DON'T DROP IT DON'T DROP IT 
Posted (2013-03-28)

...the title of this post is what I would think while holding this egg. The largest egg ever laid by anything that we can determine is up for auction in the UK. Apparently it was some kind of giant bird in Madagascar that went extinct some centuries ago. Sidebar - have ...

The Dishwasher is the Single Greatest Invention of Mankind 
Posted (2013-03-27)

Seriously... is there anything better? I mean the wheel, agriculture, fire, the computer... sure, those were all great discoveries, but do any of them wash and dry your dishes? I thought not. I, however, do now own a dishwasher... so I can merely look on in envy at those ...

When was the last time you used a payphone? 
Posted (2013-03-26)

A friend and I were strolling downtown this past weekend and it occurred to us that neither of us had used a payphone since, probably, high school. Both of us have had cellphones since our college days. (not to mention, I'm notorious for not carrying change!) It's sad (because ...

Costanza Wallet? 
Posted (2013-03-20)

I've been told my wallet looks like George Costanza's from Seinfeld. i.e. it's a little too think. yes, it hurts to sit on for long periods of time... so I usually take it out and slap it on the table. That's when I get all the sneers and jeers! I don't feel like I have ...

Shrimp Casseole Harpin 
Posted (2013-03-19)

Let's just address two things immediately: 1) I know, I am not a food photographer. That is why most of the food I post on here looks the same colour. I swear, it's actually quite varied! 2) Yes, I like dishes that involve shrimp and rice. Shrimp was on sale all this week ...

Roasted Onion, Bacon, and Potato Soup 
Posted (2013-03-13)

This one comes from the Best of Bridge cookbook which was given to me by my mother. Since the recipe is in a book, I won't share it here on the page, but if you're interested, let me know and I'll send it to you. In short, you roast a bunch of peppers in the oven, then ...

Kid-Friendly Chicken and Potatoes 
Posted (2013-02-28)

I don't have kids, but both parts of the meal I made last night would be pretty favourable for kids, I think. If you have trouble getting your little ones to put away chicken and potatoes, this is an easy way to turn some boring standards into slightly more kid-friendly ...

Big, Easy... and Delicious! 
Posted (2013-02-21)

I've had a craving for some time now to try my hand at making jambalaya. Now, understand that I have never been to New Orleans or ever even had what most people would consider real, authentic jambalaya. The ingredients list alone though has always appealed to me! As I understand ...

Superbowl Deliciousness REDUX! 
Posted (2013-02-06)

If you dare to make the roast pork shoulder I shared with you yesterday, you will have a lot left over. If you don't... I am in awe of you. If you do though, not to worry! You can totally shake it up into something delicious and different. Check out this pork and potato ...

Superbowl Deliciousness! 
Posted (2013-02-05)

One of my ongoing goals in the kitchen is to get better at putting together full meals. I live alone so I tend not to do this for myself much, but when I have people over for a meal, I like to balance things out like you might with a normal family. What better occasion to ...

Fired over $6.29? 
Posted (2013-02-03)

The "tipping debate" was reopened this week across the US and Canada after news broke that an Applebee's server south of the border lost her job after posting a guest's check online. On the bill, the guest wrote "I give God 10%, why should I give you 18?" ...

Spicy Calabrese-Style Pork Ragu 
Posted (2013-01-30)

Here's my other latest pasta attempt! I honestly think I enjoyed the bacon and leek one better but this definitely had a unique, very meaty, and just spicy enough flavour! http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2013/02/rigatoni-with-spicy-calabrese-style-pork-ragu First thing's ...

Creamy Bacon and Leek Fettuccine 
Posted (2013-01-29)

After Fine Cooking, my other favourite food publication is Bon Appetit. I find Bon Appetit can be a little too fancy for my tastes some times... harder to find ingredients, harder to make recipes, etc. I like cooking but I'm only one man!! I did get a subscription to Bon ...

Chopped Steak Sandwiches 
Posted (2013-01-15)

After my peanut butter pasta fiasco last week, I felt the need to try something a little simpler with more of a guaranteed taste to regain my confidence in the kitchen. What better than a tasty sandwich to do so? Discovered a little gem from my favourite recipe website ...

Turkey Sloppy Joes 
Posted (2013-01-08)

Who doesn't love sloppy joes?! Well... actually... this guy right here. At least, I didn't when I was a kid. I was a picky eater, alright?? I've grown up though, and my tastes have refined. Not only can I eat sloppy joes now, but I actually find them rather plain. Sure, ...

Lockout over! Are you happy? 
Posted (2013-01-07)

Word is out that the NHL lockout is over and we can look forward to major league hockey returning to action in a matter of days. My love for hockey has grown gradually over many years... it doesn't stem from actually playing hockey or even watching it as a child. I still ...

My New Years Resolutions 
Posted (2013-01-02)

...because we all have them, right? Even cats! I figure by writing a bit about my resolutions here on this blog, I'll be able to hold myself to them... they are written and out there on the Internet now; there's no taking it back now! I hate to be cliche but as always, ...

Chicken Stroganoff 
Posted (2012-12-23)

I decided to make THIS last night and ohhhhhh nelly... it was delish. I've never had anything Stroganoff before (I guess it's usually beef, but this recipe went with chicken). It's not too hard to make, doesn't take too long, and the result is pretty decadent. >> ...

Not what it looks like... 
Posted (2012-12-16)

My sister has taken to making her own marshmallows (it's actually pretty fun and easy to do!!) This time around, she decided to add some red food colouring to her peppermint marshmallows to make them sort of like candy canes. Great idea in principle, right? Check out ...

Dogs That Can Drive?!?!! 
Posted (2012-12-09)

Sorry I've been absent on the blog lately, I've been busy... TEACHING MY DOG TO DRIVE. WHAT?! Check out this story from the BBC out of New Zealand: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20614593 Yup... it's not April Fools, those Kiwis are teaching dogs how to drive. Once ...

Best Reheated Food? 
Posted (2012-11-20)

I warmed up some leftover pizza in the oven last night and as it was cooking, and my living room was filled with the most spectacular aromas, I thought to myself - is there any better reheated leftover food than pizza? Briefly, my mind wandered to lasagna. Sometimes it ...

Mickey Mouse Politics 
Posted (2012-11-15)

Now that the US election is over and life can return to normal for us political junkies, it's kind of nice to see a country not taking themselves so seriously as they prepare for their own elections. One of my best friends hails from the small island of Bermuda, where elections ...

First World Problems... Aren't Real Problems 
Posted (2012-10-24)

Earlier this week, I forgot to put my garbage out early enough to get picked up for the second week in a row. As I was cursing myself, I took a moment to hashtag my thought #firstworldproblem. If you've spent some time on Twitter, you're probably aware of this phrase by ...

Sweet Tomato Sauce 
Posted (2012-10-10)

Finally procured a blender-like device for my slowly-becoming-better-stocked kitchen. I decided to celebrate by making my own tomato sauce! The recipe comes from my friend Julia who writes a lovely food blog here: http://culinarycurator.tumblr.com/post/32047992316/roastedcamparitomatosauce ...

It's that colourful time of the year again... 
Posted (2012-10-02)

The older I get, the more I try to find the joy in the things that I generally dislike. Fall is no exception... it means winter is coming with all of its associated snow and ice and grossness. On the bright side, the trees are really pretty! This is something our area excels ...

Great Anti-Harassment Ad 
Posted (2012-09-26)

There are plenty of anti-harassment videos out there, but I thought this video was really well done. Especially considering people USED to be really ridiculed for being left-handed. We've moved past that as a society... I like to think we're well past that when it comes ...

$9 Cardboard Bicycle 
Posted (2012-09-19)

Yes, you read that right. A bicycle made out of cardboard that costs $9. Oh, and it can support 485 lbs of rider.  http://www.fastcodesign.com/1670753/this-9-cardboard-bike-can-support-riders-up-to-485lbs Check out that article and the associated video - this thing ...

Don't Mess with the Bruce Power SWAT Team 
Posted (2012-09-12)

We've all heard about how amazingly good at butt-kicking the Bruce Power Nuclear Response Team (let's call them the SWAT team) is... they regularly attend SWAT team competitions in North America - and they WIN. So, naturally, I was intrigued to see how they'd fare in a ...

Back on the greens! 
Posted (2012-08-26)

For the first time in two years, I played a round of golf this weekend! Actually I played two, so now I'm averaging once per year. Now that I have 36 behind me, I think it's safe to say that I've now realized what I've been missing. Two beautiful afternoons with some great ...

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