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Recipie ideas for those Turkey leftovers

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

turkey leftovers ideas

The bird has been carved and served, you’ve indulged in Aunt Maggie’s famous pumpkin pie, waistbands have been loosened and the kids are already starting to talk about Hallowe’en. But before you start decorating with ghosts and goblins you need to do something with the leftovers from the Thanksgiving meal.

Many people don’t have the energy or the desire to deal with leftovers from a holiday meal and more often than not chuck the whole thing in the freezer only to throw it out at Easter. There are so many great uses for pre-cooked turkey, vegetables and left over mashed potatoes that it seems a shame to waste them. Not only will it save you time preparing meals in the week following a big holiday dinner but will also stretch your food budget.

If I still haven’t convinced you then at least divide your left over turkey into portions (about 2 cups) in freezer bags and pull out later in the winter when you can stand to look at turkey again… SuperBowl Turkey Chilli anyone?

Learn to love leftovers with these three great recipe ideas!


Entertain with ease this Thanksgiving

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Thanksgiving dinner
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many people start to feel anxious about how to host a large family dinner without becoming stressed in the process.

Too often, we lose sight of the reason we gather around a table because the nervousness of creating the “perfect dinner and atmosphere” is almost too overwhelming for many.

But unless you are a professional chef or a celebrity party planner, I’m going to guess that the reason people come over to your home is to spend time with you and the meal you provide them is merely an added bonus!

Give your nerves a break this year and take these simple tips and words of wisdom from me, someone who cooks and entertains for a living, but also does it for the pure joy in spending time with my loved ones! *


The Gentlemen’s Guide to Wine on Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Romantic Dinner at Home

In recent years, my wife has developed quite a flare for Valentine’s Day. Rose petals on the table, more baked goods than realistically imaginable, and glitter found where it normally is not; we have a 9-year old daughter – ‘fairy dust’ is a way of life. I’d also suggest that the reason for this new enthusiasm is the children, not my suave demeanour.  Not that I don’t enjoy the most romantic day of the year; I most certainly do.

Like most gentlemen, after 17ish years of marriage, I still find myself in search of answers to questions that I have yet to ask.  The reason, I believe, for her new fondness for February 14th, is likely the relatively relaxed atmosphere when compared to the marginal level of chaos that ensues during each of the other major annual holidays. There is also no need to race across the countryside in a mad dash to visit loved ones, in laws, outlaws, and all the ripe ones in between.

We also spend far too much time and effort trying to connect the dots that society seemingly mandates each day: lunches for the kids, traffic gridlock, inbox overload, and on-time performance. If only for a moment, can’t we make it stop? I know you want to – and on Valentines Day you both deserve a moment of unwavering passion.


Celebrate the New Year with a Seafood Menu

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Seafood Cioppino

Why not ring in 2014 with a delicious seafood meal that’s easy to make in the comfort of your own home?

Whether it’s New Year’s Eve or the first day of the New Year, this 3-course menu provided by Chef Mike Middlemost is both simple and delicious.

“I know many families that celebrate the New Year with a Seafood-inspired menu,” said Chef Middlemost.

“These selections are rotating featured items on the Walkers Fish Market menu and have proven to be customer favourites.”


Celebrate the Season with a Winter Picnic

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Picnics are synonymous with glorious sunny days, chilled drinks, yummy food and fun activities in a park or by the lake but don’t let the cold stop you from enjoying outdoor activities and the all-important warming snacks.

Although at first glance winter might not seem like the most ideal time of year to have a picnic, it truly is a wonderful season to get outdoors, burn off some energy and shake the cobwebs from your mind. Sledding, skating, snowshoeing, snowball fights and snowman making contests can be enjoyed by all ages and are great activities to not only burn calories but to bring family and friends together for an afternoon of old-fashioned fun.

Remember to dress in layers, bring along a washable thick blanket or sleeping bag to sit on and keep your refreshments simple to carry and enjoy. Use insulated vacuum bottles to hold hot drinks or soup, crockpots with locked lids, biodegradable dishware and an insulated and waterproof backpack for carrying your items. Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese is the perfect meal to snack on for winter days and my picnic friendly versions will have you planning your own outdoor event this coming weekend.