Georgian Bay Sunset

I wanted a “special drink” for my grandchildren that they could have during happy hour at the cottage. This is what I came up with. It has a mix of citrus flavours with those from the Ontario woods. The rosemary hints at the resinous aroma of pine. 1/4 cup...

Herbed Orange Tequilla Syrup

I recently hosted a dinner—a fundraiser, actually, where I auctioned off a “gourmet” dinner for four. Even though the high bidders were friends who would have probably been happy with hot dogs, I still wanted it to be a special meal. I served grilled...

Old man disease

Excuse me while I whine. It’s been a bad day. About nine or ten years ago (I’ve forgotten exactly when), while I was having dinner, I started to feel light-headed. I hadn’t had that much wine with my meal! Just to be sure, I pushed my glass away. But...

Ice Wine Glazed Chicken

Offering number two in the Great Ice Wine Recipe Resolution Too simple to even call a recipe. 1 tsp garlic infused olive oil (or oil plus 1 clove of minced garlic) 2 Chicken breasts, cut into 1″ cubes 1/2 tsp fresh thyme 1 stalk celery, cut on a angle 1/3 cup...

Ice wine infused cranberry appetizer

Here is my first offering in the great ice wine recipe resolution! It is adapted from Inniskillin Winery’s Ice Wine Infused Cranberry Boats. I didn’t have all of the ingredients the recipe called for and decided to do some “customization”. How...

A New Year’s Resolution

I”m not one for resolutions. But around the Christmas season, we took stock of our wine “collection” and made an interesting discovery. We have an extraordinary number of bottles of ice wine. Ice wine is nice—in its place, but I personally find it...

Seared scallops with Ice wine reduction

I’ve always loved scallops. They are sweet and succulent! This recipe is simple, but oh so delicious. I always use a cast iron skillet to cook them. You can’t get a non-stick pan hot enough and I haven’t been happy with the results in stainless...

A Fierce Love

I am in awe of my wife. Cathy’s father, Gord, has dementia. Once a proud man with a great intellect, he is a shell of his former self and prone to wandering. He now lives in a long-term care facility (a.k.a. nursing home) where he is cared for as well as any...

Tap, tap…

Hello? Tap, tap… Are you there? I mean, are you really there? Because, let me tell you, there are days I am totally convinced that I’m talking to myself – that someone listening to me may think I’m schizophrenic and hearing voices or talking to my ‘imaginary...

A love-hate relationship

Today I had to say good-bye to our dog, Griffin. I’ve been surprised by how sad I feel. You see, I never thought I really liked the dog. I could only describe it as a love-hate relationship. We got Griffin when he was about a year old, seven years ago. He...