Chef Mike Benningers Tasty Bits Blog http://chefmike.polohosting.ca Thoughts on Great Food, Food Safety and Living Large with Burlington's Celebrity Chef Michael Benninger CGFeedMaker 1.0.15 on CMS Made Simple mike@chefmike.ca (Chef Mike Benninger) penny@polodesign.ca ( ) Thoughts on Great Food, Food Safety and Living Large with Burlington's Celebrity Chef http://chefmike.polohosting.ca Chef Mike Benningers Tasty Bits Blog http://www.chefmike.ca/uploads/CGFeedMaker/rss.png Recipes http://www.chefmike.ca/Recipes Thu, 28 Jun 2018 11:16:00 -0400 http://www.chefmike.ca/Recipes Three Great Thanksgiving Turkey Tips http://www.chefmike.ca/Three-Great-Thanksgiving-Turkey-Tips Thanksgiving and Christmas are by far the most popular times of the year for North Americans to eat turkey.  In fact, most producers will do half their yearly business in October, November and December. Here are three great tips for... Thu, 05 Oct 2017 06:29:00 -0400 http://www.chefmike.ca/Three-Great-Thanksgiving-Turkey-Tips Easy Slow Roasted Pork for a Game Day Crowd http://www.chefmike.ca/2015/01/Easy-Slow-Roasted-Pork-for-a-Game-Day-Crowd Wed, 01 Feb 2017 21:00:00 -0500 http://www.chefmike.ca/2015/01/Easy-Slow-Roasted-Pork-for-a-Game-Day-Crowd 4 Tips for Keeping Picnic Food Safe http://www.chefmike.ca/2016/07/4-Tips-for-Keeping-Picnic-Food-Safe We know that food safety isn't the top concern when you go picnicking. Picnics can be romantic or a great way to spend time with family or friends; food safety discussions really don’t go with the mood. But trust me;... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:07:00 -0400 http://www.chefmike.ca/2016/07/4-Tips-for-Keeping-Picnic-Food-Safe 8 Tips for Hiring a Personal Chef http://www.chefmike.ca/2016/07/8-Tips-for-Hiring-a-Personal-Chef So you decided to hire a Personal Chef but you’re really not sure where to start, let me help… My team and I have been at this for nearly 12 years and over 1000 events, with at least half of... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 11:41:00 -0400 http://www.chefmike.ca/2016/07/8-Tips-for-Hiring-a-Personal-Chef 10 Common Grilling Mistakes http://www.chefmike.ca/2016/06/5-Common-Grilling-Mistakes Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:14:00 -0400 http://www.chefmike.ca/2016/06/5-Common-Grilling-Mistakes Top Six Reasons to Love Your Slow Cooker http://www.chefmike.ca/2015/11/Top-Six-Reasons-to-Love-Your-Slow-Cooker It’s Autumn, the days and nights are getting colder and that means it’s time to dust off your trusty Crockpot from its summer shelf. Dare I say it, your slow cooker might just be the perfect way to cook. Here’s... Fri, 06 Nov 2015 11:32:00 -0500 http://www.chefmike.ca/2015/11/Top-Six-Reasons-to-Love-Your-Slow-Cooker NYC - If you can make it there... http://www.chefmike.ca/2015/07/NYC---If-you-can-make-it-there Chef and author Anthony Bourdain famously said that “as soon as you live and work in New York City, if only for a year or two, you will be forever changed as a cook…” I never got that; I’ve lived... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:24:00 -0400 http://www.chefmike.ca/2015/07/NYC---If-you-can-make-it-there But It's Calorie Free, Gluten Free, Sugar Free... http://www.chefmike.ca/2015/01/But-It-s-Calorie-Free-Gluten-Free-Sugar-Free Recently we happened to stop at the David Roberts outlet store; they make gift baskets and snacks as well as some bulk foods. We were surprised to see a range of Walden Farms products – I had heard of the... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:44:00 -0500 http://www.chefmike.ca/2015/01/But-It-s-Calorie-Free-Gluten-Free-Sugar-Free Top 10 Christmas Presents for the Chef on Your List http://www.chefmike.ca/2014/12/Top-10-Christmas-Presents-for-the-Chef-on-Your-List With Christmas only a few weeks away, here’s a top 10 list of what to buy for that special chef in your life, be they a professional, a skilled amateur or just someone who likes to hang out in the... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:19:00 -0500 http://www.chefmike.ca/2014/12/Top-10-Christmas-Presents-for-the-Chef-on-Your-List Top 8 Dining Out Pet Peeves http://www.chefmike.ca/2014/11/Top-8-Dining-Out-Pet-Peeves Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:17:00 -0500 http://www.chefmike.ca/2014/11/Top-8-Dining-Out-Pet-Peeves The Death of the Cookbook http://www.chefmike.ca/2014/09/The-Death-of-the-Cookbook I have a few cookbooks around the house, maybe 100 or so, and truth be told, I will open only three or four of them more than once a month, and maybe another 5 or 6 once a year. The... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:49:00 -0400 http://www.chefmike.ca/2014/09/The-Death-of-the-Cookbook Review: Taste of Toronto Festival http://www.chefmike.ca/2014/08/Review-Taste-of-Toronto-Festival Recently my wife and I attended the opening night of the Taste of Toronto festival and overall, it was an okay experience. Given that it was the first year for the event they clearly have some basic issues to fix... Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:08:00 -0400 http://www.chefmike.ca/2014/08/Review-Taste-of-Toronto-Festival VIDEO BLOG - Dry Aging Beef at Home http://www.chefmike.ca/2014/07/VIDEO-BLOG---Dry-Aged-Beef I’ll admit it, I’m a carnivore and I like eating red meat. I like the taste, I like the texture, I like the process of cooking it, I like that it’s a great source of protein that has a place... Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:00:00 -0400 http://www.chefmike.ca/2014/07/VIDEO-BLOG---Dry-Aged-Beef 4 Rules for Food Safety and Summer Dining http://www.chefmike.ca/2014/06/4-Rules-for-Food-Safety-and-Summer-Dining For those of you who aren’t in the food service business, food safety isn't usually your top concern when you are out having a picnic, but the reality is not only is basic food safety really quite easy, it won’t... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:55:00 -0400 http://www.chefmike.ca/2014/06/4-Rules-for-Food-Safety-and-Summer-Dining Safe Summer Grocery Shopping http://www.chefmike.ca/2014/06/Safe-Summer-Grocery-Shopping It seems every week we hear heartbreaking stories of a dog or a child left in a car in a parking lot somewhere, eventually rescued by police or EMS. In case you’ve forgotten since last summer your car gets hot,... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:27:00 -0400 http://www.chefmike.ca/2014/06/Safe-Summer-Grocery-Shopping Food Deserts Coming to Canada? http://www.chefmike.ca/2013/09/Food-Deserts-Coming-to-Canada A recent article in the Toronto Star noted that Canada’s largest city has started to resemble what was a largely an American urban issue, the emergence of Canadian “food deserts”. So what is a food desert? Food deserts refer... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 15:15:00 -0400 http://www.chefmike.ca/2013/09/Food-Deserts-Coming-to-Canada Christmas in August? Yes, really? http://www.chefmike.ca/2013/08/Christmas-in-August-Yes-really Having just come in from three hours outside working in my 30C garage, the last thing on my mind was taking bookings for Christmas 2013. Then I remembered it seemed like it was yesterday that it was a very hot... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:57:00 -0400 http://www.chefmike.ca/2013/08/Christmas-in-August-Yes-really My first magazine cover http://www.chefmike.ca/2013/05/My-first-magazine-cover Fri, 31 May 2013 17:01:00 -0400 http://www.chefmike.ca/2013/05/My-first-magazine-cover Initial Thoughts on Cooking with Sous Vide http://www.chefmike.ca/2013/03/Initial-Thoughts-on-Cooking-with-Sous-Vide The term, "sous vide," or "under vacuum," is a cooking method where foods are vacuum pack sealed in heavy bags and then cooked for very long periods in a heated water bath. Despite being around since the 1970’s, the method... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:50:00 -0400 http://www.chefmike.ca/2013/03/Initial-Thoughts-on-Cooking-with-Sous-Vide The Power of Referrals http://www.chefmike.ca/2013/02/The-Power-of-Referrals With income tax season upon us, like many Canadian small business owners, I spent the weekend organizing my records and receipts for my accountant. I decided to stop for a few minutes to look at some “year over year” comparisons,... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:20:00 -0500 http://www.chefmike.ca/2013/02/The-Power-of-Referrals Easy Gourmet Inspired 3 Course Valentines Menu http://www.chefmike.ca/2013/02/Easy-Gourmet-Inspired-3-Course-Valentines-Menu So guys, want to impress your lady friend? Here’s a three course menu that almost anyone can make with the most basic kitchen tools that is sure to WOW her. Easy Escargot Start with escargot, an often maligned,... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:14:00 -0500 http://www.chefmike.ca/2013/02/Easy-Gourmet-Inspired-3-Course-Valentines-Menu Rescuing More Than Dinner http://www.chefmike.ca/2012/12Rescuing-More-Than-Dinner Driving home from my Mom's, after the family Christmas lunch yesterday, we came across a mini-van that just rolled into the ditch, having lost control on a country road in the freezing rain. I jump out of my car, telling my wife... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:32:00 -0500 http://www.chefmike.ca/2012/12Rescuing-More-Than-Dinner Groupon is in trouble?? http://www.chefmike.ca/2012/11/I-hear-Groupon-is-in-trouble So I read recently that Groupon and other “daily deal” companies are struggling . The fact is, even Groupon, the dominant player (50% market share) has seen their market cap drop more than 90% in a year since going public, and other... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:37:00 -0500 http://www.chefmike.ca/2012/11/I-hear-Groupon-is-in-trouble Thoughts on food safety http://www.chefmike.ca/2012/11/Thoughts-on-food-safety With the recent spike of food recalls in North America in the past few months, a number of writers and columnists have been using two terms interchangeably; those being “food safety” and “food security”. They are very different and need to... Fri, 02 Nov 2012 11:05:00 -0400 http://www.chefmike.ca/2012/11/Thoughts-on-food-safety