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Sticky BBQ sauce
August 29, 2008, 1:02 am
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Do you love BBQ or what! I have a killer recipe for homemade BBQ sauce that is from “Tylers Ultimate” by Tyler Florence. I have made this sauce several times and we have had it with chicken, ribs, and  wings. It’s sticky, sweet and damn delicious. The recipe calls for peach preserves but I always use apricot as I have a serious dislike for all things peach. I have also made it with strawberry which was excellent as wll but I still prefer the apricot.

BBQ Sauce

  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 bunch of fresh thyme
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, peeled
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 c. ketchup
  • 1 c. peach preserves (I prefer apricot) 
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molassas
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Wrap 2 bacon slices around 1 bunch of fresh thyme and tie off with kitchen twine to make a nice bundle. Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the bacon and thyme bundle and cook for 3-4 minutes to render the bacon fat and give the sauce a nice smoky taste. Peel 1/2 onion and 2 garlic cloves, and add to pan. Cook for 5 minutes. Add 2 cups ketchup, 1 cup peach preserves, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup molasses, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon dry mustard, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon ground paprika, and some freshly ground black pepper to saucepan. Give the sauce a stir and turn the heat down to low. Cook for 15-20 minutes to meld the flavors.

Store in the fridge in a mason jar or tupperware container. (I pick out the bacon before I store it)



Banana Cookie Bars
August 26, 2008, 10:46 am
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I made these bars a few weeks ago and they were really yummy, They aren’t really a summer square and would be good to make for a cookie tray at Christmas or in the fall. I halved the recipe and made it in an 8″x8″ pan and it turned out well. Have you ever noticed but even when you don’t LOVE a square recipe some how they always get eaten up……………

Banana Cookie Bars

1 1/2 c. flour
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1 c. butter, room temp.
3/4 c. icing sugar
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
3 bananas, mashed
2 c. milk chocolate chips
1 c. pecans
2/3 c. shredded coconut

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line or grease a 9″ × 13″ inch pan.
2. In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, beat butter and icing sugar till creamy. Beat the butter mixture with the flour mixture until combined.
3. Press into pan & bake 15 min.
4. In a bowl, mix condensed milk & bananas until incorporated. Once the crust has baked for 15 minutes, take out and pour the banana mixture over it. Combine chocolate chips, nuts & coconut & sprinkle over top.
5. Bake about 25-30 min. Cool completely. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour. Once chilled cut up. I stored these in the fridge.

Poppa and I
August 23, 2008, 7:39 pm
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This is one of my favorite photos take on my favorite day spent with Poppa, which over the course of my 33 years says alot. We were in Tobermory on one of our bi-annual trips, on a Zodiac headed over to Flowerpot Island where we went hiking and had a picnic by the water.

Hi there
August 23, 2008, 1:14 pm
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So it has been awhile since I have posted. No, I didn’t fall off the face of the earth.

My Poppa passed away July 26th, 2008 after a strong, heroic but short battle. I am not going to go into detail, but I will warn you that no one should get ill during the summer months or on weekends for that matter as the Medical system shuts down. You know – people have holidays to take and sick people just have to wait until they are back from frolicking in the sun. Do not get me wrong – everyone is entitled to their holidays – however – there needs to be a coverage system put in place. You can’t just walk away from people that are gravely ill and hope for the best.

My Poppa was an intelligent, loyal, strong and brave man. He was the root system of our family tree. As an adult I know how lucky I am to have spent so much time together and I will forever treasure my memories with the “Big Guy”.