The Best Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup steaming hot.

It was a chilly autumn day sixteen or seventeen years ago. I was thirteen or fourteen and had been doing yard work for an older French Canadian couple in my area to make a little spending money. I would pick weeds, move wood piles, help the husband build fences, move dirt piles, and do pretty much anything that required a strong young back. In return they would pay me around $15 and feed me lunch. At the time, this was a pretty good deal. On this particular day they fed me something that changed my perspective on food entirely and forever.

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I love fall

Golden tree in Autumn.

There is something in the air. You can smell it, feel it, and if you look closely enough you can see it. The days are getting shorter as darkness creeps ever quicker into the once blue sky…

Fall is on it’s way.

Fall is by far my favourite season for a multitude of reasons. It is not hot, and it is usually not too cold. It is a moderate season which I prefer. Tree leaves change all kinds of beautiful colours, the air becomes crisp and carries with it a unique refreshing smell signifying the end of the hot humid days of summer. Mostly, the thing that I love about fall, which should come as no surprise, is the food. Autumn vegetables in my opinion, are the best vegetables. They are root vegetables, hearty greens, squashes and many more. They are versatile, mostly easy to store, nutritious, and of course delicious.

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Salad Dressings 101

Why you should never buy store bought salad dressing again.

Finished vinaigrette in a glass jar.

I don’t eat salad very often. I know I should, and I do much more than I used too, but still not nearly enough. You maybe be wondering why I would write a post about salad dressing when I don’t really eat salad. Well, there is a simple answer. My fiancée made me do it. Well, she suggested it. Maybe it was a hint from her that I should eat more salad, I don’t know. What I do know is how to make a killer salad dressing. How do I know how to do that when I don’t really eat salad? I know how because that is my job. So join me in my…

Salad dressings 101

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Let’s Talk About Pizza Baby

 Slice of Margherita pizza fresh out of the oven

“Pizza is like sex, even when it’s bad it’s still pretty good”  Mel Brooks

I don’t know about you, but I f***ing love pizza. Okay, I can make an educated guess and say that you also love pizza. I mean, who doesn’t? In my opinion pizza is the perfect food. I believe this for a number of reasons including but not limited to the fact that the base of any pizza is an edible plate. As someone who only recently fell to the trappings of time and was spit out the wrong side of their twenties, I can tell you, having food that has a built in plate is a bonus. There are of course other things that make pizza perfect which we are about to get into.

Let’s talk about pizza baby

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Being A Professional Cook

Being A Professional Cook

I have been a cook for over fifteen years. I work when you don’t. Rush hour traffic means nothing to me because I am always going in the opposite direction. My 9 to 5 is anywhere from 3 to 1, 12 to 12, or 8 to 6. If I’m lucky it’s only eight hours. Holidays, weekends, all that means to me is we are going to be busy. When you are spending time with your family, I am at work. When you are asleep, I am awake. While you are relaxing and enjoying the finer things in life I am getting my ass kicked for ten straight hours. My weekend can be any day of the week, usually a Sunday and a Wednesday. Why am I telling you this instead of giving you a recipe for the perfect sauce to put on that pork chop? I am telling you this and the things I am about to tell you because I think it is important for you to understand me, in order to understand this blog.

Imagine you are locked in a small, hot (40°c/104°f), noisy room with five other people. One of them is a drug addict, one is an alcoholic, one is a criminal, and one is a movie nerd. Each of you is given ten separate sets of tasks. Some of your tasks may be completely yours, but for some of them you may need components from one or more of the other people. Over the next ten hours the five of you will be given no food, and you will not be allowed to sit down. You will be given an order every minute for a different combination of all of your tasks and all five people must complete their part of the order at the same time, keeping in mind that some of the tasks require more than one person to complete. You have a time limit of twenty minutes per order and their are constantly people coming in and out of the room to ask you questions. To top it all off half of everything you touch is scorching hot, and a quarter of everything else is razor sharp. You cannot stop if you cut or burn yourself. Also, did I mention that when you complete a task, let’s say task five, it has to be the exact same as every other task five you have done and will do. It’s the same for tasks one through ten. Continue reading

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A Quick Meal After Work

Last night I got home from work around 12:15am, sounds late I know, but it’s pretty early for me. I was hungry, and craving something hot, tasty, and relatively good for me. After rooting around in my fridge for a few minutes I came up with an idea for what I was going to eat.

The post below is not about teaching you how to recreate what I made for myself last night. The post below is going to demonstrate the point that I always try and make which is that eating well, is not difficult, and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time. As I will show you in just a minute, as long as you have a few basics laying around you can almost always make something good to eat.

So, what did I eat last night? Not much, just…

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Rainy Day Soup

I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but where I am it’s a rainy, dreary day. For me this says one thing, soup. What better way to spend a rainy summer’s day then by making a beautiful summer soup? Soup is great all year round, but the bounty of summer vegetables available right now makes summer soup one of the best soups you can make. The first step for today is going to the local market and letting what produce they have dictate what goes in my soup. So, come along and join me on this rainy day as I make my favourite…

Rainy Day Soup

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Top 10 Things I Love To Cook on My Days Off

Most people think that Chefs eat amazing restaurant food all the time. In reality, we usually eat scraps and garbage. There are a few reasons for this. The main reason is that we are too busy to eat anything substantial. In a ten hour shift I may eat one or two pieces of shredded chicken, maybe a piece of bread, and maybe one or two pieces of cold pasta. That really is all I have time for. When I get home at 1 am the last thing in the world I want to do is cook. Instead of cooking I will order takeout, have a sandwich, or just tell myself that I will eat tomorrow. So, on work days, we eat garbage, on our days off, it’s a completely different story. Here are my…

Top 10 Things I Love To Cook on My Days Off

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Top 10 Food Questions From The Internet

I have spent the last week searching the internet for the most asked questions about food and cooking. The list below is what I found to be the top ten most asked out of all of those questions. I hope that the below information is useful to you and if you have a question about food or cooking feel free to leave it in the comments section below and I will do my best to answer it. So here are my answers to the…

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Top 5 Ways To Change Your Burger Game Forever

Our nation’s birthday is upon us. What better way to celebrate then with some burgers? Seeing as it is a special occasion and all why not try something different? Below I list a few things you can do to that will change your burger game forever.

Top 5 Ways To Change Your Burger Game Forever

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