Please join in and vote. It is wine pairing in 6 different categories: chicken, beef, pizza. cheese, seafood, dessert. Click on each image below for each different category. I have nominated a wine in each of the categories.
If you tweet, use the hashtag #GCWM. Thanks!
Best Chicken Wine
Best Beef Wine
Best Pizza Wine
Best Cheese Wine
Best Seafood Wine
Best Dessert Wine
Thanks for your votes!
Note – There is a bit of confusion. The image for the Riverview is the same as the Ravine wine. That’s an oops I am trying to correct.
“You can do almost anything with soup stock, it’s like a strong foundation. When you have the right foundation, everything tastes good.” ~ Martin Yan
At any given time, Anselma House & Haven Houses’ 75 beds are full. That’s 75 women and children who have had the courage to leave an abusive relationship. That’s 75 women & children who have experienced hatred and pain from someone who was supposed to love and cherish them. Many left in a hurry with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Many left fearing for their lives. They all need food, clothing, protection and time to rebuild and restructure their lives. Anselma House & Haven House, women’s crisis shelters, do their best to provide just that.
A week ago I was honoured to join a group of women from Leadership Waterloo who organized a cooking event with The Soup Sisters. We were divided into smaller groups to make great big batches soups for Anselma House and Haven House. There was chicken noodle soup, hamburger soup, lentil soup and a few others. The group I was in made a delicious batch of hearty chilli.
It was such a fun night! Each of us paid $50 to cover the cost of the groceries and wine with our meal. First we were given cutting and chopping instructions and safety tips. Then we donned our aprons and grabbed our knives. We chopped, peeled, cooked, stirred and laughed the evening away. I was given the especially fun job of crushing canned tomatoes by hand! I felt like I Love Lucy in the grape stomping episode. If there had been an award for the messiest apron, I would have proudly won it.
When it was all done and the big pots were full and simmering on the stoves, we sat down for a group meal. We were served a bowl of the lentil soup that one group had made, some bread and a glass of wine. After our meal we poured our big pots of soups and chilli into storage containers for the Soup Sisters to deliver to the shelters.
When we were done, we learned we had made enough soup for two weeks of meals for those 75 women and children. It was wonderful to be part of such a soul-full evening. Abuse is sadly rampant in our world and it truly was an honour to be part of the healing. Thank you to the Culinary Studio for being the host kitchen.
Click here for the photos from the February 26th event. You will notice we had one Broth Brother with us.
If you suspect you or someone you know is in an abuse relationship, read this list of “Characteristics of Abusers” put together by Anselma House. Please know that people are available who want to help you or your friend.
“Love must be as much a light as it is a flame.” H. D. Thoreau
This past Saturday I shared Flaming Cherries Jubilee, a simplified version of “She’s a Trooper” Cherries Jubilee on the Cooking Stage at The Total Woman Show in Kitchener. On the Friday evening before I was practising my flambé skills – fortunately nothing was singed! – when I realized I was running low on Kirsch. I made a point of heading out early Saturday morning to buy another bottle only to learn the entire city of Cambridge was sold out!
I needed something with an alcohol content of 40% so it could ignite and one of the liquor store managers talked me into using marshmallow vodka. I had never bought or tasted it before, but I decided to take his word for it. I’m so glad I did!
When I arrived at the show I was so happy to find out my friend Jay Chagnon was hosting my segment. I was also relieved to have my friend Chef D of Chef D TV working nearby to help re-jig that cooking surface for me. Jay and I ended up inviting Chef D to join us on stage and we had a fantastic time. Much hilarity ensued and I just hope the audience had as much fun as we did.
Me and Chef D on The Total Woman Stage - Photo Credit K. Stenhouse
Deciding to add the marshmallow vodka at the last minute was certainly a risk, especially with a live audience there to taste it, but it was a wonderful surprise! In fact, it was so good that two of the volunteers who were helping afterward cleaned up the pan with their bare fingers! Yup, “finger licking good!”
If you saw us on stage, you know we joked about measuring the booze with a “wrist feel” where you pour until your wrist feels lighter, but for this post I’ll give you some more specific amounts. Feel free to add as much as you want. That’s all part of the fun and it’s especially timely for a Valentine’s Day dinner.
Flaming Cherries Jubilee
1 can cherry pie filling
2 ounces Cointreau
2 ounces marshmallow vodka
2 ounces Kirsch
vanilla ice cream
1. Pour the can of cherry pie filling into a large pan. Heat on high until bubbling.
2. Move the cherries to the side of the pan then pour the alcohol onto the scrapped side of the pan. This ensures the alcohol comes in contact with the pan directly and heats up quickly. Using a lighter with a long nozzle, ignite the alcohol.
3. Let the flames burn down then mix it into the pie filling. You can also douse the flames with the pan lid if you wish.
4. Pour the warm cherries and sauce over individual dishes of vanilla ice cream and serve.
*Tip* You will want to make this in the evening when it is dark to appreciate the glow of the flames.
I especially like this recipe because it is very simple, very showy and the cherries remain a nice red colour.
Cooking With Sin got a really nice boost this week. Natalie MacLean, our extraordinary Canadian sommelier and wine writer, invited me to become a wine reviewer on her site and to post some of my recipes there too.
The tents are down, the chairs and tables stored and the grounds have been cleared. It has been a few weeks since we held our 6th annual Best Bites 2012 fundraiser and the great memories linger on.
A year ago I committed to becoming more involved in my community here in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. I had been a vendor for the first time at Best Bites 2011 and really enjoyed it, so when Sue, the organizer, asked me to volunteer on the Best Bites committee I happily got on board. I am so glad I did.
Best Bites 2012 was held under 4 large white tents and featured 42 local food & drink vendors: 23 beverage companies and 19 restaurants/chefs/caterers. This year’s theme was Vegas and we were entertained by the great band Moebius and the phenomenal Aerial Angels. 350 attendees and our sponsors helped raised almost $80,000 that will go towards our purchase of an MRI for the Cambridge Memorial Hospital and the Rotary Club of Preston-Hespeler.