Herb Pesto Pasta – updated with Pesto Pizza

Pesto Pasta With more than a cup of pesto, my better half and I had to find ways to prepare more dishes with it, other than slather it on toast. Though Jenn had prepared a single serving of it the day before, we decided to make a couple’s-sized serving of pesto spaghetti for dinner. The preparation was quick and easy. Cook up enough pasta for two to the super “al dente” stage. That is don’t cook the pasta all the way through. It should be soft on the outside and pliable, but relatively under cooked... | Continue reading article

Picture Perfect Pizza from Naples Pizza in Gatineau

Google "pizza" Search In preparation for writing this entry, I googled the word pizza. When the web page rendered, Google’s coveted first entry leads to the Pizza Pizza website. The third, forth and fifth entries belong to Pizza Hut, Domino’s Pizza, and Boston Pizza respectively. I find this somewhat appalling. Though I like Pizza Pizza pizza and frequent an establishment in my neighborhood, I must say that the best slices that I’ve had were at small mom and pop restaurants. The reasons that my better half and I order Pizza Pizza pizza are because their... | Continue reading article

Allergy-free peanuts to be commercialized (July 26, 2007)

Ordinary Peanuts According to the “Researcher develops allergy-free peanuts” article by Jennifer Guevin of news.com, researchers from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University have developed allergen free whole, roasted peanuts. Tests with blood serum from people with severe peanut allergies did not react to the processed nuts. The process, however, is not documented in the publication from the university, but the technique for producing these peanuts claims to inactivate allergens without affecting the taste or quality of treated peanuts. The researchers are now looking for ways to commercialize allergy-free peanuts. The image comes... | Continue reading article


Quick Chilling Beer in 3 minutes or less!

Self Chilling Beer In 2004, a company called Tempra was profiled in a London, UK newspaper as having developed a self-chilling can for beverages like beer or soda. The technology, called I.C. Can, is marketed as a self-contained refrigeration device that, when activated, cools a beverage by 30 degrees Fahrenheit in three minutes. A 2005 press release from Tempra, further explains that the technology operates using a desiccant gel contained within a vacuum. When activated, the gel draws heat from the beverage through an evaporator into an insulated heat-sink container, leaving the beverage inside the... | Continue reading article

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Mixed Herb Pistachio Pesto

Pesto Crostini Anyone? Some time ago, I caught an episode of celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis’ Everyday Italian that focused on pesto. What surprised me was the sheer variety of pestos that could be made. The episode, aptly entitled “the Power of Pesto” included a spinach and pine nut pesto, a sun-dried tomato pesto, and a mushroom pesto. The reason this episode’s preparations surprised me was because I always thought that pesto had to be made with pine nuts, basil, garlic, olive oil, and parmesano reggiano. In other words, It had to be green. This... | Continue reading article

Ever Wonder What’s in a Working Cook’s Arsenal?

Working Cook’s Arsenal While wandering around the “Everyday Life” sub-forum of a popular online forum, I came across a posting, complete with picture, from someone who works in the restaurant industry. In his posting, the poster lists the contents of his “Working Cook’s Kit.” According to the posting, the starred (*) items are more for elaborate presentations and/or frequent entertaining. Here is an itemized list: 8″ Chef’s Knife Offset spatula Wave Edge Slicer Spatula Serrated Knife Spiral veggie cutter* Crinkle Cut Veggie cutter* Fish Spatula Channel Knife* 10″ Chef’s knife 7″ Santoku Knife* Candy Thermometer*... | Continue reading article

Forget Squares – Have fun with your rice crispies

Don and Jenn…Awww A Lion Several months ago, my better half’s younger sister, Jasmine, dropped by and we discovered that we all had cravings for rice crispy squares. After much discussion, consensus arose that those Kellog’s rice crispy bars in the blue foil wrap at the convenience counter just wouldn’t do, so we set about making rice crispy squares the old-fashioned way – butter, marshmallows, and puffed rice cereal. Snap, crackle, and pop indeed! The people at Kellog’s probably won’t appreciate my posting their recipe given their trademarks and patents. But, I’ll bet good money... | Continue reading article

3 Course Meal at the Metcalfe Golf and Country Club

Lush Greens 400 Year-old Oak Tree I recently attended a wedding that was held at the Metcalfe Golf and Country Club, located on 8th Line Road in rural Metcalfe, Ontario. The venue was literally spectacular. The lush greens, mature trees, and bright sun provided a picturesque backdrop for both the outdoor ceremony and reception. The ceremony was performed under the club’s spectacular 400 year old oak tree. It provided a natural and scenic setting for some beautiful pictures. The reception was held in an adjacent screened patio, where guests dined and celebrated with the newlyweds.... | Continue reading article