You can barbecue pretty much anything

I love, love BBQ season. Grilling our meals is a favourite in our household. True that I could eat burgers every day, but there are many other foods you can grill; vegetables, pizza, and even bacon and eggs!

I love asparagus on the BBQ, all you need to do is toss the asparagus with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar & season with salt and pepper… and yes, it takes about 8 minutes to cook directly on the grill (move them around about half way in to the cooking process).

The key to a successful BBQ meal is the prep of the meat or vegetable you’re cooking. When it comes to meats you want to season well with; salt, pepper, herbs and/or rubs & olive oil). As for vegetables a little bit of olive oil (or duck fat) & some seasonings (like salt, pepper, fresh herbs) and you’re off to the races. A ziplock bag will become your new best friend; for the meat you want to put everything in the bag with your seasonings of choice and allow it to marinate for a few hours (taste best if done the day before). As for the vegetables you only want to use the bag to allow for an even covering of your vegetables. Cooking the vegetables works well in a cookie sheet or in a BBQ pan (the ones with holes at the bottom).

Here’s a simple BBQ sauce you can make to either marinate and/or cook your BBQ meats:

Tony’s super simple BBQ sauce

1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 tbs. brown sugar (or maple sugar)
2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs. cider vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
¼ tsp. hot pepper sauce or cayenne pepper (optional)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. mustard powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Zest of 1 orange (medium sized)

Simply mix all of the above ingredients together and let sit in the fridge for a few hours (this will allow the spices to merge with the liquids), this sauce will keep for about 4 days in the fridge (in a sealed container). Feel free to experiment with this recipe, use what you have on hand… cooking is all about trying new things.

Love & BBQ…

We love love these spices

New to the store this week is a selection of Victoria Taylor’s Seasonings. From Toasted Onion Herb to Kansas City Steak Rub, you’ll find the perfect seasoning for your next foodie recipe adventures.

Victoria Gourmet Spices and seasonings now available at Love Love Food Gourmet Foods & Gifts

These 1.4 ounce tins also make a great stoking stuffer too. Have a look at all of these wonderful pairings:

Victoria Gourmet Toasted Onion Herb at Love Love Food

Toasted Onion Herb
Our Toasted Onion Herb Seasoning’s varieties of onion, garlic and herbs provide rich flavor to roasts, ground beef dishes and potatoes. It is the classic blend for meatloaf and onion dip. Victoria uses garlic and three different kinds of onions to give this seasoning its tangy and satisfying flavor. Try it in a pot roast with carrots and potatoes.

Victoria Gourmet Toasted Sesame Ginger at Love Love Food

Toasted Sesame Ginger
Victoria Taylor’s Toasted Sesame Ginger Seasoning is perfect for stir fry recipes and flavorful crusts on tuna and salmon steaks. It gets its flavor from two varieties of toasted sesame seeds, ginger, garlic and a hint of red pepper.

Victoria Gourmet Tuscanan Love Love Food

Tuscan Seasoning
The Tuscan Seasoning is beautiful to look at with shades of wheat, green and a hint of red pepper. The aromas of cool rosemary and nutty toasted sesame will make you close your eyes and imagine the flavor. The first bite of Tuscan Roasted Chicken will deliver the satisfying flavor of this seasoning blend. Victoria’s Tuscan Seasoning is a natural for pasta dishes and is also great in veal and pork dishes such as Stuffed Tuscan Pork Loin Roast.

Victoria Gourmet Cracked Black Pepper Love Love Food

Cracked Black Pepper Rub
The Cracked Black Pepper Rub has more black pepper, plenty of onion and garlic, and less salt than the classic grilling rub. Great for steaks, chops, and chicken.

Victoria Gourmet Kansas City Steak RubLove Love Food

Kansa City Steak Rub
Victoria Taylor’s Kansas City Steak Rub combines black peppercorns with brown sugar, paprika, garlic, mustard seeds and herbs to create the perfect rub for flavoring steaks and barbecue pork. The black pepper and paprika provide some blackening and the brown sugar caramelizes a bit during cooking to create a slight glaze on the meat.

Love and Victoria


Grilled Asparagus

It’s that time of the year!

Grilled asparagus from Love Love Food

When you cook asparagus on the barbecue, it needs little flavor enhancement (like a kick!), this is mostly because flavors are so specific on their own. Here is an easy and healthy way to prepare them. this easy recipe for grilled asparagus will surely become a family favorite!


  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Toss together all ingredients, making sure asparagus is well coated with salt and olive oil.
Place on the grill and allow to cook for at least 5 minutes, turning occasionally.
As a taste twist you can add a splash of balsamic vinegar before you cook them (the caramelization that forms is quite “sweet”).

Love and Asparagus…

Matt Dunigan: The Grill Master is coming to Cornwall

Get ready for some BBQ and Sports knowhow folks, Matt Dunigan, CFL Hall of Fame inductee and host of Road Grill on The Food Network will be in Cornwall on May 9 and 10, 2012.

Matt Dunnigan shares his love of the flame broiled as he and his team travel to find the best summer celebrations (related to one of our favorite foodie sports: BBQing!) His take on this culinary art is: simple, tasty and Oh so good! (and he does it in front of a live audience). We really like his motto “Have flame, will travel!”

The recipes featured on his show are just amazing! Stuff like: Smoked Shrimp BLTs, Hearty Beet and Fennel Salad and Smoked Rack of Pork with Black Cherry Sauce just to name a few.

About Mr. Grill Master: Matt Dunigan (born December 6, 1960 in Lakewood, Ohio) is a former quarterback, coach, and executive in the Canadian Football League who is currently a CFL sportscaster for sports television channel TSN. In 2006, on a dare from his family, Dunigan auditioned for the position as host of a barbecue TV series Road Grill, which premiered in 2008 with him as host. He has also became a cookbook author, using recipes based on the show.

In 2008 Matt released a cookbook: Road Grill Road Grill features barbecue recipes with a hip, fun twist. With more than 85 recipes, this easy-to-follow cookbook helps simplify the barbecue so you can wow your guests with delicious festive grilled meals. Chapters include Beef, Pork, Poultry, Lamb, Fish and Shellfish, Vegetables and Desserts. Author: Chris Knight, Matt Dunigan

Matt will be the guest speaker at two Cornwall events next week:

49th Cornwall Lions Sports Awards Banquet
Wednesday May 9, 2012 – 7pm  – 10pm
Best Western Parkway Inn & Conference Centre
1515 Vincent Massey Dr., Cornwall ON K6H 5R6
Tickets for this evening or entertainment, awards & prime rib dinner are only $60
Tickets available at
Gordon Jewellers
13 Second W Cornwall, ON K6J 1G3
(613) 932-8714

Team Cornwall AGM
Thursday, May 10, 2012 – 7:30am until 9:15am
Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre
805 Brookdale Ave., Cornwall, ON K6J 4P3
Tickets are $10 each.
You can reserve your ticket by sending an email or calling Julie Donkers at the Economic Development office. or by phone at 613-933-0074.
For more information on the AGM, please visit the Facebook event page or …