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Steakin’ Out the Competition

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Okay, so there is no competition but for anyone out there looking for the ultimate in indulgence when it comes to steaks–look no further!

 

Mike went all out with this meal and you can bet we were rubbing our food babies satisfaction at the end of dinner.

 

The best part hands down was the bacon hollandaise smothered all over those perfectly cooked pieces of grade A Alberta beef!

 

Another awesome addition was the eggplant salad courtesy made by Theo’s Greek Kouzina booth from the downtown farmer’s market.

 

Stay classy,

 

~E

 

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Bro, Do You Even Cook?

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DSC_1067In the words of the Croods movie: Dah dah daaaaahhhh! To understand my reference check out the video here.

I invited a new friend and her man over for supper after their power went out. I am still amazed by how quickly Mike can pull together a quality dish in the span of a few hours. Yes, I am truly lucky to be dating a chef!

This is the beginning of our summer farmer’s market dishes and I am so happy to have fresh produce available every weekend.

Here’s the down low on what we ate:

– Lemongrass marinated grilled sword fish

– Bacon infused, three cheese baked scalloped potatoes

– Ranier cherry and blackberry ginger vinegar chutney

– Blanched & grilled asparagusand rainbow carrots with fresh herb paste picked right from our patio herb garden

The entire dish was served on our custom made cutting board and finished off with fresh picked microgreens

This meal took approximately 2 hours to create.

Stay classy,

~E

 

Good Wine, Great Friends

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Mike and I decided it was high time we had ourselves a dinner party! So, we rounded up a few friends and cooked up a storm. There was wine, champagne, delicious food and a lot of laughs, oohs and ahhs as the food was prepared and presented. One of the wines brought by a friend was a red called Balthazar which was sublime!

Mike decided on a 5-course variable menu throughout the night.

First course: Appetizers

*Lightly seared tuna tacos with grated carrots, beet relish, basil and a mexican lime olive oil vinaigrette

*Caramelized onions on a homemade fresh baked baguette

*Panko breaded then deep-fried goat cheese and fig balls

 

Second course: Soup

*Roasted corn and bacon chowder

 

Third course: Salad

*House salad (mixed greens, grated carrot, sliced cherry tomatoes, candied almonds, applewood smoked cheddar)

*Butterleaf salad (avocado, cherry tomato)

Accompanying dressings were:

*Raspberry lime vinaigrette

*Honey-lemon basil vinaigrette

 

Fourth course: Mains & Sides

Mains:

*Chili and herb marinated pork tenderloin

*Five-spice roasted whole chicken

Sides:

*Green & Yellow beans, peas and carrots steamed with butter and brown sugar

*Potatoes au gratin (3-cheese Scalloped potatoes)

*Roasted garlic lemon and herb risotto

 

Fifth course: Dessert

*Warm chocolate chunk brownie with roasted pecans, drizzled with vanilla bean caramel sauce and finished off with a sprinkling of Himalayan pink sea salt

A Pork Love Story

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Once upon a time…on a fateful but enjoyable Sunday…pork met a myriad of delicious food to become the ultimate union of yummy eats!

May I present to you Mr.Smoked Pork and Mrs.Braised Cabbage along with their respective families of Potato Wedge and Sweet Carrot.

On this special day our groom was smoked for an hour and a half on the barbecue, filled with the aromatic smoke of mesquite wood chips after being brined overnight and sported a smashing dry rub of herb and juniper berry.

Our bride was stunning in a crabapple juice, red wine vinegar, honey, brown sugar, juniper berry gown and accessorized with pan-fried bacon, shallots, leeks and garlic to create the ultimate culinary experience.

The guests from the carrot clan were steamed and pan-fried in butter, honey and seasoned well.

The potato family was tossed in olive oil, rosemary, pepper, salt and baked in the oven then sprinkled with chili pecorino cheese. Obviously they were competing for good looks and taste over the carrots.

After hours of preparation, a couple of heated situations in need of some rest time and a quick trip from the flame to the plate, the ceremony went off without a hitch.

Today we shared our love of food with our new roomie Mary and her awesome man Rory. Thanks for doing the dishes!

Stay classy,

~E

Happy Days!

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Happy Days!

I absolutely love sleeping in on the weekend. You wanna know what’s even better than sleeping in? Eating bacon!

My friends this is what dreams are made of. Or at least my dreams haha

Mike once again made a yummy meal for us to share in the morning. Perfectly cooked pancakes, bacon, fruit salad and caramelized peaches. Awww yeah!

Stay classy.

~E