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Beery Good BBQ Sauce

We do have some store bought rubs and sauces and there are indeed some that are excellent and need no improving upon. However when our consulting chef, Michael :o), makes his own sauce the flavours are always way better. Here’s the latest version and what he’s putting on ribs later this week. So good.

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1 small onion
5 cloves garlic
1 stalk celery
1 tbsp olive oil
1 basket cherry tomatoes
1/2 package Metropolitan Chef steak rub
300 ml stout (we used Firehall Brewery Holy Smoke)
2 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp grainy mustard
pepper to taste

Dice onion, celery and chop garlic or put through garlic press. Saute on medium heat in olive oil for about 5 mins until onion is translucent. Add quartered cherry tomatoes and spice rub and further cook for another 5 mins. Add ketchup, brown sugar, stout and mustard and simmer for 1/2 hour to reduce. Let cool and then blend or food process until somewhat smooth. Some texture is all good.

ribs

Michael sous vide these ribs in the sauce for 24 hours on 60 degrees and then BBQ’d them up. A veggie-filled potato salad and our very own greens from our community garden with a splash of olive oil and balsamic completed this amazing meal. AND there’s still another rack in the freezer. Nice!

Gifts for the Foodies in Your Life – As Seen on Global TV December 13, 2014

It’s that time of year again when you’ve got to sort out your gift list. If you’ve got a food lover to please chances are one or all of these ideas will bring squeals of joy once pulled from under the tree. Some great stocking stuffers and host/hostess gifts too!

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Jackson Triggs Entourage Grand Reserve Sparkling Chardonnay made in the traditional champagne method.  Shuck some oysters and your night is almost complete.

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Locally made Whisky from Urban Distillers.  Unique because it contains part of an oak barrel.  Leave the wine to age more (each week would equal 6 mos in the cask) or drink now.

cajeta

OMG (Original Mexican Gourmet) CAJETA. Canada’s only traditional Mexican caramel spread made with BC Goat’s Milk. In Vanilla, Espresso and Rum!

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Terra Breads Pecan Fruit Crisps and house-made sauces and spreads $5-$10.

Presidents Choice

President’s Choice Mixing Bowl and Measuring spoons ($10/$6). Perfect for that college kid. Set them up with some tea towels and baking mix while you are at it.

Le Creuset

Le Creuset Dutch Oven.  Gorgeous colours, even heating, great for slow cooking and dishwasher safe. $150 at Williams & Sonoma. $255 BUT THIS WEEK 25% off until SUNDAY December 15, 2014

cocoa nymph

Cocoa Nymph’s new confections line. One of Vancouver’s BEST Chocolatiers has crafted everything from English toffee to chocolate  espresso local Agassiz hazelnuts. These are the bomb for sweet lovers!  $9

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Ugly Sweater Beer by Parallel 49. Great milk stout pair it up with The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook for an excellent host/hostess gift. Beer $15.75 at Legacy Liquor. Cookbook Books to Cooks $29.95.

Missing Ingredient

The Missing Ingredient Monthly Subscription box from Angie Quaale from Well Seasoned – foodie extraordinare!  Online 3 month subscription $150. Not just food, but recipes and ideas.  Expand that culinary repertoire.

Victorinox

Victorinox Knives from www.swissarmy.com $42 Ergonomic Swiss Classic handles. Set includes two serrated knives, two straight edge knives and a mini wood block. Perfect for the countertop.

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Vitamix – I have one and my goal is to make flour in it this year because it even grinds grain.  Williams and Sonoma 300 series $675.29

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Metropolitan Chef rubs – make any meal flavourful. Edible Canada $3.95 Perfect stocking stuffer or in a food basket.

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Gorgeous maple or walnut chopping boards/serving trays from Kate Duncan $75-$180.

tea cup

Tea cup/brewer from Treasure Green Tea Company in Chinatown – Vancouver’s oldest tea company.Throw is some tea and you are set.

Mollie Katzen

The vegetarian cookbook for all types of eaters from a woman who’s books taught me to cook when I was young, the talented Mollie Katzen. Full of vegetable recipes that will please everyone $45 Books To Cooks.

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From the foraging chef, Bill Jones, this excellent mushroom foraging and feasting cookbook. If you are in Duncan be sure to look him up and attend a class of his or head out foraging.  Mushrooms are hip and healthy. $29.95 Books to Cooks.