Eat & Drink your way through the Stanley Cup Playoffs

If you opt to forgo paying for expensive Stanley Cup playoff tickets and remain home to watch the games on a big screen TV, there are endless food and drink options outside the usual ‘sports’ food choices. Get serious and liven up your  Stanley Cup Playoff viewing experience with creative and delicious culinary menus. ♦♦ BEER…

Recipes: Russian Borscht for a Cold Day

Borscht is a delicious, earthy soup with many variations ranging from heavy to light, depending upon your taste and preference. After testing a number of recipes over the years by far my favorite Borscht recipe is this version shared by a Russian hockey player. This healthier, lighter version tastes incredibly fresh and vibrant, and has…

Recipes: Swedish Meatballs

When interviewing hockey players we invariably talked about cooking and food since many of these players were from Europe and had never lived in North America before. Their food traditions and comforts of home are very different from North American food traditions, and eating some of their favorite family foods made the distance from family and…

Recipes: Poutine

Poutine is an odd thing. It originated in rural Québec in the 1950’s and it basically consists of french fries, a brown gravy and curd cheese. It seems to be the Canadian equivalent to America’s comfort food Mac and Cheese. It is primarily found in Canadian fast food chains and diners — cantines or casse-croûtes. Poutine variations can also contain meat, beef, pulled pork, etc., but that just seems to be gilding the lily I think! There are many variations on the theme — Mexican Poutine, Italian Poutine, Mushroom Poutine, etc. You get the picture.

Recipes: Cooking with Unibroue

Unibroue, the Québec beer maker has provided a wonderful group of recipes made with their special beers. Give them a try! The beer maker has also supplied a very nice list of cocktail recipes. Blanche de Chambly Blanche de Chambly Chicken Marinade Blanche de Chambly–Poached Salmon with Homemade Salsa Glazed Pears with Blanche de Chambly Glazed…

Recipes: Coconut Maple Porter Ice Cream

Recently, my local pub has been offering fruit ale cheesecakes — strawberry, apricot and raspberry . Traditionally they have offered Oatmeal Stout and Chocolate Stout cheesecakes but they have bumped it up a notch this summer with their fruit ale flavored cheesecakes. It is light and fluffy, not as heavy as your traditional New York…

Recipes: Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Cake This recipe is adapted from a Pumpkin Blondie recipe — I added a bit more flour and baking soda and omitted the White chocolate chips. It makes a very delicious, light and moist cake! Ingredients 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice 1 ¼ tsp. baking soda ¾ tsp. salt 16 tbsp….

Recipe: Infused Cherry-Orange Bourbon

I love to experiment with infused liquors and this caught my interest immediately since I am very partial to both sour cherries and bourbon. And the two together are a wonderful combination. Throughout the fall season I will post more drink recipes to go along with the infusion since it lends itself so well to…

Recipe: Tartre au sucre – Québec Sugar Pie

The French-Canadian culture has an extraordinarily rich culinary history and I hope to explore it more fully in the hockey season to come. In honor of our Québec hockey fans, I give you the traditional Québec Sugar Pie, Tartre au sucre.  It is similar to a pie in the American south, the Chess Pie, or even a Pecan Pie,…

Recipe: St. Louis Chicken Spiedini

St. Louis Blues Chicken Spiedini Yield: 4 servings ¼ cup lemon juice 3 tablespoons minced fresh garlic 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, to taste ¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, minced 2 pounds chicken, cut into 1 ½-inch cubes ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 cup Italian-seasoned fine, dry bread crumbs, divided 2 cups…