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…

Maple Run Emporium

Gourmet map to the Ottawa Food & Wine Festival

Maple Run Emporium
49 Market Street
Potsdam, New York 13676
Open: Monday to Sunday

On a recent little road trip to Potsdam, NY we discovered a quite unique and spacious gourmet shop specializing in all that is Maple! You’ve read right, maple this, maple that, maple everything!

When you walk-in to the shop your firstly impressed with the flow and the to die for maple floors. Cluttered is not a word that exist in this maple heaven, there are rows of what I call wired bakers racks, where the products are neatly and organically placed.

Baking supplies and more
Baking supplies and more

This best describes what they do:
(taken from the website)

Maple Run Emporium features an eclectic mix of gourmet and artisan foods, kitchenware, gifts, home furnishings, bath and beauty care, scented accessories, and grilling essentials – with an emphasis on maple. The shop specializes in maple products made by U.S. maple producers and internationally renowned makers of kitchen and pantry utensils,  furnishings, and cookware.

One really coolk thing I found on their website is a section dedicated to maple recipes! Check this out, these are easy to make.

This is something you don’t see every day, beauty products with Maple in them! You will find a wide selection of soaps, creams, scrubs and more (of course with maple).

I can’t wait to go back to this store, it was such a pleasure to visit (and the care to details on wrapping our purchases in orange tissue paper and brown craft bag was perfect).

Love and Maple…

Life’s Little Pleasures – Cornwall, ON

Life's Little Pleasures in Cornwall Ontario

Life’s Little Pleasures
108 Pitt Street
Cornwall, ON K6J 3P4
613 933-8595
HOURS: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed

This hidden gem of Cornwall, Ontario is the perfect place to find that special and unique gift! Owner Chris is one classy lady who knows her products and always greets you with a sincere and heartwarming “Hello”.

On top of offering a great selection of gifts, she also carries some pretty cool gourmet items: BBQ sauces, spreads, dip mixes, chocolates, cookies and more!


You will also want to check-out their assortment of ready-made gift baskets… perfect for any occasion!


Looking for a different kind of cookie? Well, they carry the oh so delicious Sprucewood Cookies! Known as typsy shortbread cookies, these are a perfect desert or wonderful treat! Made in Canada from all natural ingredients. Contains no yeast, trans fats or preservatives.

It’s always an adventure when visiting Life’s Little Pleasures, a great shopping/gourmet adventure I should say!

Peace and Pleasure