“An Affair to Remember” Menu

These gourmet dishes all taste so, so good, but are really so, so bad and unhealthy for you (just as you may perhaps already know, affairs are)!

“An Affair to Remember” main course demo

‘One take’ Cooking Videos so forgive any faux pas & yes I know that I talk too much at times!
PS: If you’re enjoying the ‘Menu Mood Music’, please remember to pause or mute it before watching this Main Course Demo—unless you’re really into multi-tasking!

“An Affair to Remember” recipes

Ahhh. The classic poutine, invented in Quebec, Canada, with crispy French fries smothered with gravy & cheese is a transcendent culinary experience in every way! You’ll be tempted to eat it...
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A lip smacking quasi-Mexican finger food! Make your own Toasted Tortilla Chips—the foundation of nachos! Oh sure, you can purchase the salty 'cardboard' chips passed off as tortilla chips at...
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Makes 15 pretzels.Kitchen Confidence Rating Scale: Budget Rating Scale: --Pretzel Dough 1 ½ cups warm water 2 ¼ teaspoons dry active yeast 1 teaspoon brown sugar 4 cups bread flour 4...
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I can taste these spring rolls now, how delicious they are mmmm!Kitchen Confidence Rating Scale: Budget Rating Scale: --Spring Rolls 2 cups of ground pork or ground beef (your call) 1 cup...
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In this recipe, garlic is roasted in the oven, resulting in a mellow, somewhat smoky, caramelized treat that can be eaten as is, mashed into a paste for dressings, sauces or tossed in salads and of...
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Ahhh. The classic poutine, invented in Quebec, Canada, with crispy French fries smothered with gravy & cheese is a transcendent culinary experience in every way! You’ll be tempted to eat it...
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“An Affair to Remember” playlist

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“An Affair to Remember” menu shopping list

BEGIN: “Shhh, It’s a Secret” Gourmet Poutine

  • 8 large Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (it’s really good for you, refined coconut oil is without flavourless if you don’t want the flavour)
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 4 cups organic chicken or veal stock
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup (or omit of you prefer)
  • ½ tablespoon cider vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons whole green peppercorns
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese curds (or grated cheddar if you don’t have curds)
  • Coconut oil for frying

FOLLOW: “Pandora’s Box” Fully Loaded Gourmet Nachos

  • 4 6-inch fresh corn flour tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • Hand-made toasted tortilla chips (or a bag if you don’t have the time)
  • Medium salsa
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 red or green pepper, finely diced
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • Sliced olives
  • 2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese (traditionally a crumbled mild white fresh Mexican cheese is used) or shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Jalapeno peppers fresh and thinly sliced (or from a jar and sliced)
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole (recipe follows)
  • 1/2 pound crumbled, shredded or finely diced meat, such as ground beef, chorizo sausage, pulled pork, shredded chicken (or a combination)
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne powder (or chili powder for less heat)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

ESCORT: Chunky Avocado Guacamole

  • 3 ripe plum tomatoes, diced
  • Minced pickled jalapeno or Serrano chiles to taste (remove seeds for less heat)
  • Minced garlic (optional)
  • ½ medium red onion, diced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 large, ripe Haas avocados
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice to taste
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Pinch freshly ground pepper & ground cumin

ESCORT: Pico de Gallo/Salsa

  • 3 cups diced plum tomatoes
  • ¾ cup finely diced white onion
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh coriander
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • dash white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced pickled serrano chilies or jalapeño peppers (remove seeds for less heat)
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

FOLLOW: “Twist Myself Into a Pretzel To Make You Happy” Warm Soft Pretzels with Cheese Mustard Dipping Sauce

  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 large egg white
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • ¼ cup beer, dark if you have it (such as stout or porter)
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ cups Cheddar cheese, grated

FOLLOW: “Stop Sitting on the Fence” Deep Fried Asian Spring Rolls

  • 2 cups of ground pork or ground beef (select the meat you prefer)
  • 1 cup firm tofu
  • 1 cup white mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Napa green cabbage, finely shredded (soft leafy part)
  • ¼ cup carrot, finely shredded
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons grated gingerroot
  • ½ tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese chili sauce
  • ½ teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 egg (slightly beaten)
  • Package frozen spring roll pastry wrappers made with wheat flour, thawed
  • 1 egg yolk (slightly beaten)
  • About 2 cups vegetable oil (canola or coconut oil) for deep frying
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soya sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Pinch sea salt/freshly ground black pepper

FOLLOW: “Quid Pro Quo Butter Your Bread on Both Sides” Grilled Garlic Bread

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt, to taste, freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 6 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Tuscan Spice Blend
  • 8 slices Italian bread, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley

FINISH: “Playing Against Bad Odds Russian Roulette With the Heart” Frozen Grapes, Red Wine and Chocolate

  • 1 cup seedless green grapes
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • Extra Dark 80% chocolate, chilled
  • ‘A bottle of the best’ red wine (or a nice Chablis if you prefer)