We have our Thanksgiving in October in Canada. Like our American neighbours, it is a special day for traditional food and time spent with family. Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving to My American Friends.
Is there anything better than a good glass of wine and a fine meal? Continue reading Food and Wine
It is cold here. There is snow on the ground. I made andouille the
other day. Conditions were perfect for making gumbo!
This Cajun dish is delicious. A touch of spice, a deep dark texture and a mixture of shellfish, chicken and andouille. While I love this version, I apologize to all of Louisiana for my corruption of their recipe. Continue reading Gumbo, From Canada?
I love smoked cured sausage but it is so high in fat. At least the stuff I make myself is a little lower in salt and fat.
Andouille is made in different ways in countries around the world. My recipe is based on a Cajun style adjusted for my mild Canadian taste buds. It is moderately spicy with a nice onion, garlic finish.
If you would like to see more details on how I made it, you can seem my post on the Smoking Meat Forums. Continue reading Canadian Andouille
I have read lots of information on what to eat and not to eat. I have tried many diets and deprivations. The problem is that if I try to switch to a diet of twigs and branches, I feel like I am not enjoying life and I always fall off the diet. I just need some “real” food sometimes. Continue reading Food That Is “Bad” For You
This was originally posted November 23, 2013. It has been reposted due to a catastrophic back up failure by my web host.
I had to make scalloped potatoes when I made the smoked pork picnic shoulder last night. Scalloped potatoes were always served as a special occasion dish when I was growing up. They still seem like a real treat. Continue reading Scalloped Potatoes My Way
This was originally posted on November 23, 2013. It has been reposted due to a catastrophic back up failure by my web host.
I see people buying Hamburger Helper or packaged meals. I know they are busy and think that they are saving time. I just disagree.
Last night I made a smoked picnic shoulder. While it does take time, it is not a lot of work, it just cooks for a long time. Also, if you take the time to make at least one really good meal a week, you can make extra and prepackage your own convenience food.
I have four meals worth of ham frozen and we will have another meal of ham tonight.That is five nights that I just have to reheat some ham for dinner. Add some nice bread and a salad and you have a great meal that is quicker than most “convenience food” and will taste way better.
Please try at least one great meal a week and make your own packaged food! Your stomach and family will thank you!
The Old Fat Guy
This was originally posted on November 22, 2013. It is being reposted due to a catastrophic back up failure by my web host.
This dish is not technically a ham. A ham comes from the shank portion. However it tastes, looks and cooks like a ham. Continue reading Smoked Picnic Shoulder
This was originally posted November 22, 2013. It is being reposted due to a catastrophic back up failure by my Web Host.
We are having a bit of a fancy dinner today. The local supermarket had a sale on a smoked pork picnic shoulder. So, pork picnic shoulder and scalloped potatoes were called for. I will post on those efforts later.
I was also out of English Muffins and we needed groceries. It sounded like a full day. We headed off to buy groceries and She Who Must Be Obeyed wanted to go to Home Depot for Black Friday. We went and she found two light fixtures she wanted and asked me to put them up this afternoon.
I pointed out I already had pork picnic shoulder, English muffins and scalloped potatoes pending this afternoon. I didn’t think I’d have time. After input from the missus, it was determined I was wrong. So, as I take a brief break and type this, The ham is cooking, the English muffins are done and the light fixtures are in. I will start the scalloped potatoes shortly.
It was a good thing the missus was here to correct me.
The Fat Old Guy
This post was originally posted on November 19, 2013. It is being reposted due to a catastrophic back up failure by my web host.
We had a birthday this month. I took the opportunity to smoke my first turkey dinner. I posted my efforts in Smoking Meat Forums. The link is:
Smoking a turkey was a fun project. It is definitely a different way to prepare the bird and took longer. However, it is nice to have a different way to prepare it. Continue reading Winner, Winner, Smoked Turkey Dinner