Cooking Class Recipes




2 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 cup milk

3/4 cup Waterloo Dark Beer (You can use ANY dark beer)

1 teaspoon dry mustard

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Hot sauce, to taste

12oz. smoked cheddar cheese, grated.

6oz. jalapeno jack cheese, grated

(Feel free to use a mixture of different cheeses to change the flavour)

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk and beer, increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a simmer. Add the mustard, Worcestershire and hot sauce and cook, whisking occasionally, until the mixture begins to thicken, 3 to 5 minutes.

Working in batches, add the cheese in large handfuls, whisking until each batch has completely melted before adding more. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with your homemade pretzels, or any other accompaniment you desire.



1 1/2 cups warm (110-115F) water

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 (1/4-oz.) package active dry yeast

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

vegetable oil

10 cups water

2/3 cup baking soda

1 large egg yok beaten with 1 tablespoon water


In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water, sugar, and kosher salt. Sprinkle the yeast on top and allow it to sit for 5 minutes or until it begins to foam.

Secure the hook attachment to the stand mixer and then add the flour and butter to the bowl and mix on low until the ingredients are combined.

Increase the speed to medium and kneed until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, 4 to 5 minutes.

Remove the dough from the bowl. clean the bowl and then grease it with vegetable oil.

Return the dough to the bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and place it in a warm place for 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 450F. Line 2 sheet trays with lightly oiled parchment paper.

Stir together the 10 cups of water and the baking soda in a large pot. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil. While the water comes to a boil, turn the tough onto your work surface and divide it into 12 equal pieces. No need to flour your work surface.

Applying even pressure, roll out each piece of dough into an 18 to 20 inch rope. Fold each rope in half, twisting the 2 pieces around one another and pressing the ends together. Twist the bottom end around the top, feeding it through the top hole and pressing to secure. Return the twists to the cookie sheet.

One by one, carefully place each twist into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove each twist from the water using a large slotted spoon or spatula and return it to the cookie sheet. Brush the tops of the twists with the egg wash and sprinkle with kosher salt (optional).

Bake the twists until golden brown in colour, 12 to 14 minutes, then remove from oven and allow them to cool for 5 minutes before serving.




18-20 jalapeno peppers

1/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot

2 tablespoons butter

1 garlic clove, pressed or minced

2 cups of rotisserie chicken, skin and bones removed, shredded

1 rib celery, finely chopped

1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles (feel free to substitute feta or another cheese)

1/4 cup cream cheese

kosher salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 425F

Slice the jalapenos in half lengthwise leaving the stem intact. using a small spoon or paring knife, scrape the seeds and ribs out of each jalapeno

Place a small saucepan over low heat. Add the Frank’s and garlic and whisk in the butter until melted. In a medium size bowl, combine the pulled chicken, celery, Monterrey jack cheese, half of the blue cheese and the cream cheese. Fold the buffalo sauce into the chicken mixture combing well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Scoop the chicken mixture into each of the peppers, filling them all up. Place the peppers in a baking dish and top with remaining blue cheese.

Bake the peppers until tender and heated through, about 14 minutes. Chef Patrick advised that the longer the pepper is cooked the milder it will get.




1 pound spicy Italian sausage, squeezed from casing

1/2 pound ground pork

1/2 pound ground veal or beef

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/2 cup of beef stock

8 tablespoons freshly grated Peccrino Romano cheese, divided

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup chopped onion

6 garlic cloves, chopped

1/4 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves

1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds

1 28oz. can whole peeled tomatoes

1 14.5oz. can crushed tomatoes

arugula leaves (optional)

18 small soft rolls, split horizontally


Mix all meats, panko, 1/2 cup beef stock, 6 tablespoons cheese, egg, egg yolk, 1/4 cup parsley, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper in a large bowl. Form into 2 inch meatballs or patties.

Heat tiny amount of vegetable oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches fry meatballs or patties until brown all over. Transfer to plate. Reduce heat to medium and add olive oil to skillet. Add onion, garlic, basil, and fennel seeds and saute until onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add all the tomatoes with juices. Bring to a boil scraping up the browned bits. Reduce heat to low, cover with lid slightly and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. NOTE: you don’t need to simmer for 30 minutes this just helps bring more flavours out, if you are in a hurry just get it done!

Puree sauce in processor until almost smooth. Return to the same skillet and add the meatballs or patties. Cover with lid slightly ajar and simmer until meatballs are cooked through, stirring occasionally, about another 30 minutes longer. NOTE: you can do all of this ahead and just reheat when ready to serve.

Top each roll with 1 patty or meatball and drizzle with some sauce and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons parsley and 2 tablespoons cheese.




1 1/2 cups white flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed

1 large egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups mixed chocolate chips (ie/ milk chocolate, dark chocolate, skor, butterscotch)

3/4 cup cherry jam


Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8″x8″ baking dish and line with parchment paper, leaving enough overhang to grip and remove the bars after they’ve cooked. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the peanut butter, butter, and brown sugar. beat until creamy, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the egg and beat until well-incorporated. Mix in the vanilla extract. With the mixer on medium low, gradually add the flour mixture. Mix until almost incorporated, then add the chocolate chips. Mix until incorporated.

Press 3/4 of the cookie dough in the bottom of the prepared pan. layer the tam on top of that.

Grab handfuls of the remaining cookie dough and break it up over the top of the jam so you have crumbles everywhere. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is golden in colour.

Coll completely, then grab the edges of the parchment paper and lift straight up to remove from the pan. Cut and serve.

Cooking class


Last night my friend Donna and I headed up to the Sobey’s on Ira Needles to participate in a cooking class/demonstration. It wasn’t hands on we all sat at tables while the chef walked us through 4 recipes: Waterloo Dark & Smoked Cheddar Dip, Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers, Meatball Sliders, and Chocolate PB & J Bars. Please let me know if you want me to post the recipes and I will edit this post to add them. Included but not shown was Soft Pretzel Twists.

The chef for the evening was Patrick Mathieu (Twitter: @StationHouseCCo) I didn’t get the chance to sit down and chat with him maybe the next time I will do a Q&A with him but according his bio listed on Twitter (and verified by Donna) he is a firefighter with a catering business on the side, he does the Sobey’s cooking classes at least 2-3 times a month. On February 14th, 2015 he will be on an episode of one of my favourite shows Chopped Canada! Will be rooting all the way for him.


Chef Patrick & I

This was my first time doing anything like that, Donna and her mom are frequent visitors and really enjoy the various classes, which was what got me excited to attend one. The theme of the evening was tail-gating food and this was in preparation for the upcoming Superbowl festivities. Who are you rooting for? I’m totally not a fan of American Football but I have to confess I’m a huge fan of the food.

First up was the beer dip, I was surprised to see how quickly it came together and how versatile it was. If you thin out the recipe you can make in to a cheese & beer soup or use it as a base for mac & cheese. I did enjoy it but I’m not sure I liked the undertone flavour of the beer, either I would try to put less beer in and substitute for some broth or I would keep trying different dark beers to see if I found one that changed the flavour more to my liking.

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Progress shots of the cheese dip in progress, sorry no smell-o-pics!


Finished product! Was good!

The Buffalo Jalapeno poppers were up next, he had already had the peppers cut length wise and all cleaned out of the seeds and the pith, ready and waiting for the scrumptious filling. I never realized buffalo sauce was so easy, I’m not usually one to go for that type of cause but I can imagine using it for a whole host of other dishes, great dipping sauce for a sandwich, a coating for boneless chicken bites….oh so good. Again this recipe was super quick, Chef Patrick said that all of these are great to make ahead of time, the sauce will stay in the fridge for weeks! This was the first time that I’ve ever had blue cheese, I’m still not brave enough to try it on its own but have to say if it is cooked in something like these poppers, I wouldn’t shy away from it, but would only stick with the brand he used so that I’m comfortable with the flavour.

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Progress shot, really good!


Finished product, Donna’s and mine side-by-side before the were gone….

Chef Patrick took time while the poppers were in the oven to start the dessert but I’m going to talk about the sliders. Wow I think I would say my favourite dish of the night and surprisingly so easy and pretty quick. I learned how to make a home made kick ass marinara sauce which I can’t wait to try to make on my own, the sliders themselves were juicy and just the right size. The next time you make meatballs or burgers try using panko instead of traditional breadcrumbs and also add sausage to the ground beef to give the meat more flavour also the extra fat that it needs to keep your balls or patties moist.


Patties looking awesome!

Not a lot of pictures for this one as it was mostly done up at the cook top you see in the background. Also in the background is the very awesome Emily!


Finished product, didn’t last long!

I couldn’t eat it like a normal burger due to issue with my jaw because of the recent tooth extraction but I took to it with a fork and knife and devoured it!

And last but not least the dessert! Chef Patrick, used a cherry jam I think I would go with a raspberry jam but can’t argue with the way it turned out so good. I love that the base of this bar is a peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie dough that would make amazing cookies or go good paired with ice cream…yum…

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Progress shots, so good!

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The finished product.

If you live in the area I highly recommend looking up the February classes (I’m going to one on the 16th) and signing up for one. So great, they also do a lot of kids classes which I think is awesome. For those reading all around the world try and find something like this in your area, great way to meet new people, have great food, and have a really great night.