Gourmet Style: Garlic Crack

So I know what you’re probably thinking, how can you take a boring and unheralded staple like garlic to the next level. Well my friends it is possible with some time, dedication, and careful attention. As fate would have it, a family trip to a local farm netted me a half-dozen heads of choice heirloom…

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…

Tasting Notes: Mad & Noisy India Pale Lager

So this afternoon I happened to be in the hinterlands of southern-Ontario visiting family,  and the rolling hills of Simcoe County are known primarily for two resources; christmas-trees(a little too early for that), and craft-beer. If you ever find yourself about the area of the tiny village of Creemore, you absolutely should stop in to…

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…

Tasting Notes: Kingsgate Reserve Apera

Although you’ll often see me beer-in-hand at parties, or sipping rye-whisky out of antique cut-crystal glasses at home, those who know me, know that I also have a taste for wine. Most specifically white-wine, but for those times when I feel like something richer and more complex, I reach for a sherry;  well, I guess…

Tasting Notes: Nickel Brook Head Stock

As we are faced with unseasonably warm temperatures in the North for this far too brief time I felt that a beer post was in order, being the venerated May 2-4, an obscure backwoods Canadian tradition of drinking beer in honour of Queen Victoria, for the freeing of our people from bondage. It is in…

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…

So You Wanna: Drink Whisky

So maybe you already enjoy a fine dram of the water of life; and it wouldn’t surprise me if you do, but perhaps you are just a little bit confused about the whole thing. Is it spelled ‘whisky’ or ‘whiskey’? Well both actually. What about Bourbon, Scotch or Rye is there a difference? Blended vs….

Tasting Notes: Holsten Festbock

So summer is finally here, and as the temperature in the north begin to creep up to somewhat near pleasant, for those few brief months of warmth each year, and you’d probably develop quite a thirst as you survey the early summer landscape. So today after a pleasure walk to the local ale vendory I…

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…