Archive | 2008

Vashon Island

…COMPLETES THE TRIFECTA – FOOD, WINE AND DOGS. Usually we like to get away the weekend after Labour Day. The weather is still nice. The summer crowds have dissipated. Up to this point, Whistler has been the destination of choice. This year we threw a change-up and decided to visit a friend who lives on […]

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Grilled Sea Scallops on Forest Mushroom Risotto

Grilled Sea Scallops on Forest Mushroom Risotto is classic combo. Kind of like Wieners and Kraft Dinner, only more gourmet, savoury, delicious, tastier, better for you, more …  Okay it’s nothing like KD & Wiens except that it’s a combo. Scallops are easy and quick to cook.  I just toss them in a little olive oil […]

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Jer’s BBQ Rub

It seems as though I took June off, from posting that is. T and I have both been very busy on the work front, but now it’s time to get back to serious business: Eating, Drinking and Playing with my Dog.  We went to a friend’s house for a little Canada Day Celebration.  It was […]

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Wine of The Night – Masi Grandarella 2004

My friend Andy turned me on to Amarone wines when he took me out for dinner to a great Italian restaurant in Yaletown called Amarcord.  We had the Tommasi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico.  Wow, what a beautiful, full bodied, smooth red.  But at $59.98, I’m not cracking a new bottle seven nights a week so I […]

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Goat Cheese and Pancetta Quesadillas

A little bit of pancetta adds a lot of flavor to a recipe. You can lay it over your roast turkey or baked chicken breast.  If you’re barbequing beef tenderloin (filet mignon) sit it on top of your steak instead of wrapping it in traditional bacon.  I fry pancetta in olive oil before browning a […]

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French Toast

Sunday morning quickie – French toast is easy and almost foolproof. Add crispy bacon and you’ll be saying “What Hangover?” The French bread is better if it’s a day old. If T has made her Caesar Salad the night before, it’s the perfect way to use up the rest of the loaf we had for the […]

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Wine of the Night – Burrowing Owl 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

We love their wine and we’ve been patiently saving this one. We went back to my hometown of Nelson a couple of years ago and made sure we drove through the Okanagan wine country on the way back. We wheeled into Burrowing Owl Estates Winery and were immediately impressed. It’s a beautiful set-up on a hill right in […]

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Wine Braised Beef with Tripolina Lunga

YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS! This is definitely one of my signature dishes.  As I mentioned in my first posting, this recipe is a perfect example of my obsession and love of food and cooking. Inspiration: It started with braised short ribs at Cioppino’s, then a Wolfgang Puck recipe, and over to a  Giada de Laurentiis […]

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Wine of The Night – Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon

Out of all of the Napa Cab-Sauvs we’ve tried in the $20ish dollar range, the Avalon is my new favorite.  I really enjoy the Liberty School and the Ravenswood as well, but the Avalon is more of a mouthful. Please give it a try if you haven’t already. It’s $23.78 at the B.C. Liquor Store. If you don’t like it, […]

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A Caesar Salad (like no other)

I love this Caesar Salad.  It’s T’s invention.  She goes through the same process as I do.  Start with a traditional recipe, add your own ideas and flavours and keep toying with it every time you make it until it’s so good you actually have to write down the ingredients and the preparation and stop […]

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