Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Ultimate Alcohol/Food Pairing

      This Labour Day Weekend Kyle, myself and a couple friends headed up to his parents' cottage on Manitoulin Island.  We always have a great time there, fishing, riding the ATV, all the best cottage country activities.
      One of my favourite things about heading up north is the FOOD. There's something about being in the middle of the forest at the end of a dirt road that makes grilled cheese, fried fish and other not so healthy, not so sophisticated fare taste AMAZING.
      I did most of the cooking for myself and my travel companions, Kyle, Chris and Tim. Over the course of the long weekend, I perfected a cooking method that I can almost guarantee will make whatever you cook a huge hit. It goes like this:
                    Ingredients:  Three   6-foot, 20-something males
                                          One     2-4 of Beer (preferably domestic, nothing fancy)
                                          One     26er Fireball Whiskey
Instructions:   Sit back and enjoy a few caesars while watching the males drink the beer and whiskey. This works best if the alcohol is ingested at a medium pace throughout the day, starting around   lunchtime. Encouracge some physical activity, such as games of frisbee, or walking to the kitchen to fetch you a glass of wine. At around 7:00 you may start to notice the males looking for bags of chips or talking about  how much they love Mcdonalds. At this point you may feed them pretty much anything and they will be sure to tell you it's The Best Thing They've EVER Eaten.
Pasta Dinner. Homemade sausage from the local butcher in the sauce, along with some fresh herbs from Kyle's mom Carol's Garden. And a lot of red wine. In the dinner and the diners.

Hello Dollies that I made before the trip. They're a really easy layered square with graham cracker crust, chocolate chips, coconuts and pecans. I got the recipe from food.com.         

Chili, made with ground beef also from the local butcher-who is found in a store that also sells booze. And moccasins. I'm not kidding.


  1. LOL!! Looks like the boys really enjoyed those delish munchies for dessert! With the other 1/2 of the group not making it up due to the ferry crossing being real rough, there was more munchies for you guys! Man this girl loves to cook!!! You should be in culinary school! Lc

  2. The sign on the wall, above the guys heeeds, "Wine a little it'll make you feel better" says it all!