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Oct 8 / Kevin Piotrowski

Cavalcade of Food – Lemon Custard Cake Cups

This incredible dessert hits all the right buttons – flavor, texture and ease of preparing! Prepare in custard cups for handy individual servings – bake in a water bath – and you end up with a light, spongy cake on top and luscious, lemony, creamy custard on the bottom. This one is for lemon lovers everywhere!!

Oct 2 / Kevin Piotrowski

Cavalcade of Food – Panakako

We were told that this is a Finnish recipe for a breakfast custard, but have seen it spelled in a few other ways and it is present in areas beyond Finland. It is a light, sweet custard with just a few basic ingredients that bakes up beautifully in a glass baking dish.

Sep 4 / Kevin Piotrowski

Cavalcade of Food – BBQ Sauce

Making BBQ sauce at home is fairly simple, providing you have the ingredients. It also give you total control over the level of sweet, spicy and smoky. Use the spices I did here or include some of your favorites, but homemade sauce is just minutes away.

Aug 2 / Kevin Piotrowski

Cavalcade of Food – Annual Vintage Stove Exchange

Here is the stove exchange for 2018! We said goodbye to the 1966 Montgomery Ward Signature Menu-Matic range (made by Tappan), which performed extremely well over the past year. It was a pleasure to cook and bake with and very easy to clean. We moved in a 1961 Westinghouse Aristocrat range, a beautifully designed stove. Looking forward to a season of cooking and baking with this “new” range!!

As some of you know, I collect vintage appliances. Why I couldn’t collect postage stamps or Matchbox cars, I don’t know! But the real reason behind my collection is that it all relates back to the pleasure of cooking and baking, and perhaps simpler times when things were engineered and manufactured to last, and provide years of dependable service. These are the stoves that my mom and grandma cooked on as they lovingly nourished our family, and I think that is something worth collecting and celebrating!

 

Jun 12 / Kevin Piotrowski

Cavalcade of Food – Lemon Pepper Asparagus Chicken

This is an easy slow-cooker recipe. If you like lemon chicken, this provides a no-fuss option for preparing moist, tender chicken, asparagus and a wonderful sauce. Serve over rice and you have a complete meal.

May 21 / Kevin Piotrowski

Cavalcade of Food – Mushroom Spinach Curry Soup

We opened the cottage up for another season this past weekend and celebrated by making this delicious vegetarian soup. The entire dish takes less than an hour and full of mushroom goodness! Great with crusty bread and butter!!

May 7 / Kevin Piotrowski

Cavalcade of Food – Easy Chicken Ziti

This is a fast and tasty weeknight dish that combines ready-made ingredients with fresh ones. Cooked chicken, fresh mushrooms, artichoke hearts, sauce, seasoning and ziti. With a little planning, this starts and finishes in under a half hour. Serve with salad and bread and you’ve got a great meal!

Apr 23 / Kevin Piotrowski

Cavalcade of Food – Cranberry Pie & Vintage Appliance Tour

A very different kind of berry pie, and a great way to use fresh cranberries. Sweet with a tart bite, the cranberry pie infuses flavors of orange and cinnamon along with the tart fruit for a unique pie. Great with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, it is especially nice to serve during the holidays when everyone is feeling the cranberry love!

Apr 3 / Kevin Piotrowski

Cavalcade of Food – Easy Chicken Ziti

This is a fast and tasty weeknight dish that combines ready-made ingredients with fresh ones. Cooked chicken, fresh mushrooms, artichoke hearts, sauce, seasoning and ziti. With a little planning, this starts and finishes in under a half hour. Serve with salad and bread and you’ve got a great meal!

 

Feb 26 / Kevin Piotrowski

Cavalcade of Food – Butternut Squash Coconut Pie

For something different, we made a custard-based pie with butternut squash and coconut. The squash flavor came through in this silky textured pie and the sweet coconut added a little texture.