Plagued By Dumbasses

May 9, 2008

If it looks like a duck…

Filed under: Culinary Chronicles — by Gwen Resmer Patchett @ 2:05 pm

They both come individually packaged.

They both contain flour, sugar, butter.

They both come in Carrot, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate and Banana varieties.

So I ask you – what the heck is the difference between a muffin and a cupcake??

Let’s be honest – if I am eating a Triple Chocolate Muffin – I am just eating a chocolate cupcake….without frosting.  Calling it a muffin doesn’t make it any better for me but I will admit that those “muffins” are pretty tasty.

April 29, 2008

The power of Christmas

Filed under: Culinary Chronicles — by Gwen Resmer Patchett @ 12:48 pm
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Yes, I am aware that it is April and my title is about Christmas but there is a reason for that.  Last night I was struck by an urge to bake while watching a Christmas episode of Melrose Place.  (Um, yeah – Jason and I watch old episodes of Melrose Place on the DIVA channel weekdays at 7PM…such bad acting and the clothes are hilarious!)  It wasn’t all the TV’s fault as I was also feeling a craving for something sweet but the carols certainly pushed the idea along.  So I broke out the cookbook and whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies.  Yummy!!

Jason says he will be putting on Christmas carols at random throughout the year now just to see if he can get me to bake.  Nice!

April 18, 2008


Filed under: Culinary Chronicles,Social Subjects — by Gwen Resmer Patchett @ 12:22 pm
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Jason and I went to a cheese tasting last night that was put on by the McMaster University Alumni group/association/whatever at the Faculty Club at U of T.  It was really good actually.  Jason went to Mac and gets invites all the time to these kinds of events but we have never attended any.  We are glad we decided to check this one out though as it was a fun time.  We had some appetizers and then the Dean of the Cheese Education Guild…yes, there is actually a Dean of the Cheese Education Guild…walked us through 5 different kinds of Quebec cheeses.  Mmmmmmmmm…..cheese!

It was pretty fun and we have been wanting to get out and do different things and so this was a perfect way to spend a couple of hours.  In May the Alumni is hosting an event at Woodbine Racetrack.  I can’t wait for that one.  I’ve always wanted to go see the ponies but I’ve never been. 

In other news, in exactly 6 months from today at about this exact time I will be preparing to walk down the aisle on my way to becoming a married woman.  It is very exciting but a little stressful as well as I know how many things I still have to do before that wee walk.

October 10, 2006

So much to be thankful for

Filed under: Culinary Chronicles,Health Highlights,Social Subjects — by Gwen Resmer Patchett @ 1:58 pm

Another successful Thanksgiving is behind us and I have the fridge full of leftovers to prove it.  Thanks to a full weekend of work-outs I don’t think I gained any weight but I will admit I certainly didn’t lose any either.  But that is a small price to pay in order to enjoy the cornucopia of treats available.  Especially the all important and oh so necessary, PUMPKIN PIE!!!!  MMMMMMMMM!!!!

The weather was gorgeous this weekend and I was able to get in a bike ride on Sunday down by the waterfront as well as a long walk around my neighbourhood on Monday.  I just couldn’t let the nice weather pass without getting out to enjoy it.  We may not see many more days of those temperatures this year – it would be a shame to waste them.

October 7, 2006

One more sleep…

Filed under: Culinary Chronicles,Random Ramblings — by Gwen Resmer Patchett @ 8:22 pm

One more sleep until pumpkin pie time – WOOHOO!!  Today was scheduled to be my pie baking day but I almost had a panic attack due to a lack of ingredients.  I guess I wasn’t the only one in my neighbourhood that was baking pumpkin goodies this weekend because I had to go to three stores to find the pumpkin puree I needed.  When I saw it there on the shelf at Whole Foods I breathed a huge sigh of relief.  I would have scoured the city until I found it – I can’t go without my pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.  That would be so wrong!!

So now I have 4 pumpkin pies sitting on my counter waiting to be devoured (not all by me of course).  One more sleep, one more sleep!!

September 12, 2006

Hot, smooth and green

Filed under: Culinary Chronicles — by Gwen Resmer Patchett @ 10:00 pm

MMMMMM, broccoli soup.  There is something very comforting about a big bowl of homemade soup on a cold and rainy evening.  It was such a cold and dreary day today that I needed something to pick me up and on my way home I decided that a nice bowl of homemade broccoli soup was just the thing I needed.  Yummy!

April 20, 2006

Not tonight – I have a headache

Filed under: Culinary Chronicles,Work Whatnots — by Gwen Resmer Patchett @ 9:43 pm

I was in the office for 11 hours today. It was non-stop from the moment I walked in until the moment I walked out. On my way home I remembered that I had promised to bake a cake for tomorrow, so while my dinner was cooking I whipped up a chocolate raspberry torte. Believe me, it sounds harder than it really is. It just came out of the oven and now I just need to relax for a bit before I crawl into bed. My brain is just too tired to find anything interesting to say tonight so this is all you get today peeps. My day starts at 6AM again tomorrow so sleep is my priority. Yawn!

March 20, 2006

Cure for the Monday blues

Filed under: Culinary Chronicles,Social Subjects,Work Whatnots — by Gwen Resmer Patchett @ 8:15 pm

Today I discovered a great way to make Monday the best day of the week. What’s the secret? Spend the afternoon at a cooking school making gourmet dishes with your co-workers. Today a group of us went to the Calphalon Culinary Center for a team building event. I have always wanted to take a class there and I finally got to do it. I was not disappointed – it was a great time. And just to make you all jealous here is what was on the menu.

Mushroom Strudel with Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese
Dijon & Herb Crusted Strip Loin with Ratatouille and Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Raspberry Chocolate Torte with Maple Cream and Raspberry Coulis

Throw in two glasses of champagne and two glasses of white wine and you have the makings of one hell of an afternoon!! And a really good reason to get my ass on the treadmill tomorrow morning.
[tags]Calphalon, culinary center[/tags]

February 27, 2006

Simple, quick and tasty – 3 of my favourite things

Filed under: Culinary Chronicles — by Gwen Resmer Patchett @ 9:13 pm

A while back I was faced with an empty fridge and an empty stomach. I had chicken, cauliflower and little else. So I fried up the chicken, threw in the cauliflower and then went in search of something to add some flavour. I happened to have some really good corn salsa kicking about so I poured some into my chicken/cauliflower blend. I let that cook up for a bit, dumped it into a bowl and sat down to eat. I was expecting a mediocre meal that would satisfy my hunger but not my taste buds but I was pleasantly surprised. This very simple mix was really good. I’ve had it a few times since then (including tonight) and I quite enjoy it. It may not sound like a gourmet meal but it is quite satisfying really.

February 5, 2006

A great way to perk up a rainy day

Filed under: Culinary Chronicles,Social Subjects — by Gwen Resmer Patchett @ 3:44 am

Tonight I experienced Winterlicious for the first time. I went to a little French restaurant a short distance up the street from my house called Matignon Restaurant for dinner tonight. It is very cosy little restaurant. The food was good but I would have been disappointed if I had been paying full menu prices. Their standard entree rates are about $30 – for that I want better than just good food. However, for a fixed price of $25 for 3 courses, I was very satisfied. Next year I need to get on the Winterlicious train a little earlier. There are some great restaurants that take part in Winterlicious and they have great dinners for great prices. Wow – something to actually look forward to in Jan-Feb.
[tags]Winterlicious, restaurant[/tags]

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