Bunkycooks http://www.bunkycooks.com Finding the Best in Culinary Adventures Sat, 19 Dec 2015 14:31:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.13 Tomato, Potato and Leek Gratin – Chef Hugh Acheson http://www.bunkycooks.com/2015/12/tomato-potato-and-leek-gratin-chef-hugh-acheson/ http://www.bunkycooks.com/2015/12/tomato-potato-and-leek-gratin-chef-hugh-acheson/#comments Sat, 19 Dec 2015 14:31:59 +0000 http://www.bunkycooks.com/?p=22050

Tomato, Potato and Leek Gratin

December has had an interesting weather pattern so far this year. With temperatures ranging from the 50s to 70s and days feeling more like springtime than late fall or winter, it’s hard to believe that Christmas will be here in just a week.

Unconventional weather seems like the perfect opportunity to shake up our Christmas Day menu planning. It’s tempting to have a picnic or BBQ and dine outdoors, but I guess we won’t take it to that extreme. For now, we’re dining indoors and baked ham is on the menu, which is pretty traditional. However, I am changing things up by ditching my old standard side dishes to make way for new ones to liven up the meal. One of these is Tomato, Potato, and Leek Gratin.

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Togarashi Cheesecake http://www.bunkycooks.com/2015/12/togarashi-cheesecake/ http://www.bunkycooks.com/2015/12/togarashi-cheesecake/#comments Sat, 12 Dec 2015 15:30:32 +0000 http://www.bunkycooks.com/?p=22013

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With Christmas just two weeks away and the hectic holiday season in full swing, if you’re like me, you can still taste the leftover roast turkey and pumpkin pie following the Thanksgiving feast. So, after turkey overload, I’m sure many of you have the same desire as me, to change up the menu for the next holiday gathering.

Baked ham is usually the star of the show for our Christmas meal and oftentimes I’ll create a brunch menu featuring cheese grits, boozy sweet potatoes, and scalloped potatoes, along with a vegetable and/or spinach salad. I like to have the cooking done early, so the rest of the day can be spent with family and friends while nibbling on the leftovers, especially the ham and dessert.

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A Bajan Specialty – Flying Fish Cou Cou – The Sandpiper, Barbados http://www.bunkycooks.com/2015/11/a-bajan-specialty-flying-fish-cou-cou-the-sandpiper-barbados/ http://www.bunkycooks.com/2015/11/a-bajan-specialty-flying-fish-cou-cou-the-sandpiper-barbados/#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:29:24 +0000 http://www.bunkycooks.com/?p=21971

Flying fish Cou Cou

With Thanksgiving behind us and winter fast approaching, it’s time to start planning the next tropical escape. Once the first frost has hit and the heat is turned on in the house, I dread the chilly months ahead. This is the time my mind starts daydreaming about those warm Caribbean breezes, a ride on a catamaran, relaxing on white sandy beaches surrounded by sparkling turquoise blue waters, and a rum punch in my hand. This year is no exception.

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Where to Stay and Dine in Charlevoix http://www.bunkycooks.com/2015/11/where-to-stay-and-dine-in-charlevoix/ http://www.bunkycooks.com/2015/11/where-to-stay-and-dine-in-charlevoix/#comments Sat, 28 Nov 2015 18:06:51 +0000 http://www.bunkycooks.com/?p=21892

Le Germain Hotel Charlevoix

This is the last article in a three-part series of travel through the Charlevoix region of Québec.  The first article can be found here and the second one at this link.

Just an hour north of Québec City lies Charlevoix, a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.  This unique agriculturally rich area features what is known as the Flavour Trail.  A destination in and of itself, we visited the region between our time in Québec City and Montreal.  To fully experience Charlevoix, plan to stay several days or a week.

Where to Stay

Accommodations in Charlevoix offer a range of mostly smaller hotels, inns, and intimate B & Bs. Properties in La Malbaie offer some of the best scenery with picturesque views of the St. Lawrence River, with the largest and most impressive being the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu.

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Charlevoix – The Flavour Trail and Le Domaine Forget http://www.bunkycooks.com/2015/11/charlevoix-the-flavour-trail-and-and-le-domaine-forget/ http://www.bunkycooks.com/2015/11/charlevoix-the-flavour-trail-and-and-le-domaine-forget/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 22:50:18 +0000 http://www.bunkycooks.com/?p=21889

St. Lawrence (1 of 1)

This is the second article in a three-part series of travel through the Charlevoix region of Québec.  The first article can be found here.

Just an hour north of Québec City lies Charlevoix, a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.  This unique agriculturally rich area features what is known as the Flavour Trail.  A destination in and of itself, we visited the region between our time in Québec City and Montreal.  To fully experience Charlevoix, plan to stay several days or a week.

Travels through Charlevoix and the Flavour Trail

Traveling north on Highway 138 are some of Charlevoix’s finest food artisans.  Sheep and cows outnumber the residents and families have resided here for generations living in concert with the beautiful countryside that lends itself to an artisan’s way of life.

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