Gourmet Style: Firecracker Guacamole

It’s about time for a recipe post. I had been feeling inspired yesterday after picking up a few things from the market in the early morning. As I was preparing this dish it occurred to me that somehow I haven’t posted a single of my many gauc recipes, which is strange since it’s somehow become…

Gourmet Style: 12-Chili Split-Pea & Lentil Soup w/ Bacon

You know sometimes my kids are extraordinarily lucky. Lunchtime around my house just might end up being something worth writing about.  When daddy offers up soup just about the only kitchen tool I don’t need is a can opener.  Those who know me know that as the season starts to turn to autumn(which is quickly…

Gourmet Style: Ultimate Umame Meatloaf

So as much as I have been into other things lately, it strikes me that I haven’t done a recipe post in what seems like forever. Part of that; of course; is that no matter the lengths that I go to, the best I can hope for is a “mmmmm!” from my toddler and an…

Gourmet Style: Dragon-fire Oil

Do you like to spice things up? Are you hard-core? Perhaps you’re even a real chili-head; and it actually would surprise me if you were; maybe you even know what a Carolina Reaper is, or maybe you think Jalapeno is a walk on the wild side…If you like to know for 45 mins afterward that…

Gourmet Style: Huevos Rancheros

So you probably have heard of the Queen, heck if you’re Canadian; and I suspect that you may be; you might have even been required by-law to swear an Oath of Allegiance to Elizabeth II and her successors, as I twice have in the course of my attendance to the public governance. Now just because…

Gourmet Style: Cafe Canadiano

So it’s a cold, snowy winter’s day in February, in the Great White North. and as you slog through the whirling curtain of fluffy flakes you’d probably get to dreaming, for some it’s California Dreamin’; or so the song goes; but for me it’s a lust for the home of all warmth and fine-cigars, Cuba….

Gourmet Style: Stewed Lamb Shoulder Chop

South-East Asian Inspired Stewed Lamb Shoulder Chop with Mint Sauce Ok so this is the last installment of MasterChef practice dishes. I started with an inexpensive cut of lamb, blackened in a pan and slow cooked it in a eclectic south-east Asian inspired sauce until it literally fell off the bone. Chili and Lime, Curry…

Gourmet Style: Pan-Seared Rib-eye

Pan-Seared Rib-eye with Braised Radicchio Gratin So maybe your tired of all the sweet, salty, and tart in today’s cuisine. Maybe it’s time to dust off your bitter buds and assail them with a gourmet ass-kicking. This dish is not for the faint of heart. If you like your greens so bitter that they screw…

Gourmet Style: Chicken Apera

So you got 2 weeks to cram as much gourmet food knowledge into your head as possible. Week 1’s test dish…Chicken Breast with Sweet Sherry Sauce with Mushroom Risotto and Grilled Eggplant Wrapped Asparagus. This dish is inspired by Chicken Marsala, but with Fine Old Canadian Sherry in lieu of Marsala. Some mushrooms and onions…