Hors d’Oeuvres

Chickpea Bites

This is a wonderfully tasty hors d ‘oeuvre, bursting with flavor in every bite. It’s versatile so you can make it with really any type of bean. I’m using canned chick peas, I like the texture and taste of the canned beans. It’s a personal thing, use whatever you like. It can also be made as a vegetarian burger – but packed with flavor.  You can also add or change up the spices – garlic powder, cayenne pepper – or add chopped raw spinach to the mixture (you already have the food processor out 🙂 ).   My food processor […]

By |January 25th, 2017|Appetizers, Food Blogs, Hors d'Oeuvres, Recipes, Soups and Sides, The Blog|Comments Off on Chickpea Bites

Smoked Duck Breast with Maple Caramelized Onions

I had the opportunity to do a dinner class for some wonderful folks that own King Cole Ducks. Really the dinner at their “Duck School” was open to the public. They have a lovely setup on Warden Road north of Aurora Road in Newmarket. These customers (23 of them) are a mix of new and repeat diners but they share one thing in common – they love duck! King Cole Ducks is a family run business – and I do mean family! In 1951, Jim and Marg Murby along with their son Bob started duck farming. Three generations later, the […]

Crispy Pork Belly! No, really crispy!

Hi, my name is Chris and I’m in love with crispy pork belly! Seriously, I could eat this every day – different healthy sides with it, but every day. Yes there is something about the crackle of that skin that just makes this dish one of my favorites. I’ve tried numerous recipes for getting this just right. I’ve even cheated and broiled the skin at the risk of drying out the pork just to hear that crackle in my mouth from each bite. Never quite happy with the result – always tasted great, but not always the right mouth feel. […]

By |July 14th, 2016|Appetizers, Food Blogs, Hors d'Oeuvres, Mains, Miscellaneous, Recipes, Tips and Trips|Comments Off on Crispy Pork Belly! No, really crispy!

Tahini, Goat Cheese and Eggplant Hors d ‘Oeuvre

Your new favorite summer hors d ‘oeuvres is here. Yes, as the outdoor entertaining season approaches, we want to get as much done in the kitchen as we can before our guests arrive. That way we can have more fun with them outside! I know this combination sounds odd, but believe me – you have to try it. A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to Salted Tahini Chocolate Chip cookies . So here’s another use for Tahini beyond the hummus and cookie idea. Chinese eggplants work best but really any eggplant will do. I like this recipe as […]

Superbowl Snack!

We are doing a Vendor Sponsored class this week at the PC Cooking Schools. Little Bear is the sponsor and we made a couple of dishes using Kale and Collard Greens. I know, we didn’t really need another way to serve Kale but none the less, it was good. I wanted to make the soup at home and picked up some Kale and Collard Greens and made the soup – delicious (of course I put a twist on it – recipe will follow). But then I had about 5 large Collard Green leaves left over – what to do, what […]

Salmon Puffs – An Hors d ‘Oeuvres for Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! So much to be thankful for isn’t there. Not the big things you have around you, but the things you can’t put value on – parents, siblings, kids (no matter how old, they will always be our kids) and good friends! Health, so much to be thankful for here, no matter how bad, it could always be worse. I know, sometimes it seems like it couldn’t get worse and it bogs you down, it is okay to feel that way! Just don’t get locked down there, come up for air every once in a while. So I’m […]

Mushroom, Goat Cheese and Genoa Salami Bites

I Chef’d a private party recently for some folks who really know their mushrooms. So much so, that they even supplied me with some. A whole bunch of mushrooms – fresh cremini, shiitake and oyster mushrooms as well as dried morels and porcinis – very generous of them, to feature in the evenings menu. Now I love mushrooms, always have, and I usually sauté them in a little olive oil, butter and chili flake etc., but I could only eat these for so long. So I needed an alternative for these gorgeous cremini mushrooms (a lot of them) that were staring […]

Cheesy Cauliflower Bread

As if the noble cauliflower weren’t already engrained into our diet. In addition to boiling, broiling and roasting, here’s another great way to enjoy this cruciferous vegetable. I’ve adapted this recipe from the Loblaw site. It tastes great as presented in the recipe but of course I made two batches and adapted one to my taste. Try both, try one, make your own additions, just eat more cauliflower. That’s what recipes are for. This recipe calls for the cauliflower to be processed to a grainy – rice sized grains, texture. Then combined with egg, grated potato and cheese – yes […]

By |April 23rd, 2015|Breads, Food Blogs, Hors d'Oeuvres, Recipes, Soups and Sides, Weeknight Meals|Comments Off on Cheesy Cauliflower Bread

What to do, what to do? Smoked Salmon Leftovers?!

At a recent celebration at our place, my niece brought over a delightful smoked salmon hors d ‘oeuvres (pictured below) to our house. Beautifully made phyllo pastry tarts, a container of sauteed leeks and sour cream. She assembled it on site so it would have a crispy crust, delightfully warm center and cool smoked salmon and caper topping. We thoroughly enjoyed every bite, but she left me with a whole lot of smoked salmon. So what to do with smoked salmon? There is only so much smoked salmon you can eat, and you can’t re-freeze it. So I wanted to […]

The many uses of Puff Pastry

I’m a big fan of puff pastry.  I love making it from scratch – I know, some people don’t – but I do, go figure! The texture of the raw dough, the butter, the dimples on the folds to tell you exactly where you are in the process, therapeutic and relaxing.  If you have not made it but fear it, don’t.  It’s just a long process but mostly because of the resting time between folds.  But this isn’t an article on making puff pastry, rather it is an article on what to do with the finished product. In my opinion this […]