Herb & Onion Potato Chip and Veggie Dip

Here’s a super tasty & easy dip for your favorite Chips or Veggies!

One of my weaknesses is potato chips! Ruffled, rippled, wavy or just plain old salted potato chips with a good dip! YUM!

Making a tasty dip is both easy and rewarding! Sour cream with a bit of mayo (for a bit of richness) and spices is it! Leave it sit for a bit and the flavour blends a bit and voila! Ready for that movie or game night!

Potato chips, also known as crisps in some parts of the world, are believed to have originated in the United States in the mid-19th century. The story goes that the first potato chip was created by George Crum, a chef at a restaurant in Saratoga Springs, New York, in response to a customer’s complaint that his French fries were too thick and soggy.

To teach the customer a lesson, Crum sliced a potato into very thin pieces, fried them until they were crispy, and seasoned them with salt. To his surprise, the customer loved the “Saratoga Chips” and they became a hit with other customers as well. Over time, potato chips became a popular snack food in the United States and around the world.


• 3/4 cup sour cream (lactose free is also an option!)

• 1/4 cup mayonnaise

• 1 Tablespoon dehydrated onion

• 1/2 teaspoon dried dill

• 1/2 teaspoon summer savoury

• 1/2 teaspoon oregano

• 1/2 teaspoon parsley

• 1/4 tsp garlic powder

• Pinch cayenne

• Salt and pepper to taste


1. In a mixing bowl, combine the sour cream and mayonnaise.

2. Add the spices and mix until well combined.

3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Chill the dip in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

5. Serve with your favorite chips or veggies.

Enjoy with your favourite chips or veggies!


Gluten-free Pizza Dough

Want to make awesome GF Pizza? Keep reading…. Like many families these days, we have a gluten sensitivity in our house. In fact my daughter has been eating gluten free for over 6 years. In that time we have played with many different recipes for pizza. If you have tried to make gluten-free dough before you will know it’s not always that easy. Well this recipe is relatively easy and with practice & the right tools you can make pizza shop quality pizza!

A few years ago I was told by someone in a big name weight loss program that you can do gluten free dough using equal parts greek yogurt and GF flour. At first I was skeptical but it worked!

What I learned over the coming few years were a few tweaks that ended up producing really tasty Gluten Free Pizza! They are captured in the recipe below!

Ingredients for one 10-12” pizza:

• 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (I like Bob Red Mills all purpose 1-1)

• 1 cup plain Greek yogurt

• 1 teaspoon baking powder

• 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning (I like Reedz BBQ Italian Pizza Seasoning available at https://reeedzbbq.com/products/italian-pizza-seasoning)

• Pinch of salt


1. Preheat your oven to 525°F

2. If you have a pizza stone you can preheat it now. I use the new Pampered Chef Medium Pizza Stone & Pizza Peel which is safe up to 550F.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the gluten-free all-purpose flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning and salt.

4. Add in the Greek yogurt and stir until a dough forms.

5. Kneed dough a few minutes in the bowl until all ingredients are blended and dough is soft & smooth.

6. Place dough on a sheet of parchment paper. Sprinkle dough lightly with All purpose Gluten Free flour.

7. Using rolling pin, roll dough into round base 1/4” thick (that thickness has worked best for me)

8. Edges may be cracked slightly. Working gently, you can pinch back into smooth round edge with your fingers

9. I like to cut the parchment to 1” outside the dough

10. Top the pizza dough with your favorite pizza sauce and toppings, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edges.

11. Bake the pizza (on parchment paper) in the preheated oven (on preheated stone or use pizza pan) for 10-14 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.

12. Remove the pizza from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before removing the parchment paper.

13. Slice & serve!

Enjoy your homemade gluten-free pizza!

Tip – make Garlic Cheese Fingers! You can use 2/3 of the dough for pizza base and save 1/3 to roll out into a small pizza base. Top dough with Garlic butter spread. Add cheese and sprinkle with chopped bacon (option). Cook following pizza instructions above (may be done sooner). Cut into fingers and serve with Donair sauce! Recipe for sauce can be found here: https://markbujold.ca/2022/02/19/east-coast-donairs/

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A preheated Pizza Stone allows for the pizza base to cook just like a traditional pizza shop pizza!
Gluten Free Garlic Fingers with cheese!

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East Coast Donairs

If you have ever been out on the town for a night in Halifax NS, there are very high chances your night ended at a Pizza shop on the city’s famous “Pizza Corner”!

I remember thinking to myself the first few times I had one – I’m not sure what this meat is made of but man it is tasty! And that sauce… YUM! 

If you have never had one – it’s shaved seasoned beef (traditionally shaped into a large cylinder shape and cooked on a spit) served on a warm pita, topped with chopped tomatoes, raw onions and a garlic sauce.

In recent years, I have tried a few different recipes (My friend Mel Chmilar Jr – Darkside of the Grill on IG – has a great one – that’s where the idea of summer savory came from. Matty Matheson has one. And many more. Most are very similar in terms of the spices used). In the end I landed on a seasoning ratio that I am very happy with… Chef Ted Readers seasoning really gives the meat a nice hint of heat. You can substitute it out for Cayenne in a pinch but I would highly recommend the Hot & Spicy Bonedust (careful, as it is truly hot and spicy so I would not add more than the recipe calls for).

When it comes to Donair sauce it doesn’t get much easier… I have tried a few different recipes – including one from a friend who is a chef and never had much success. Using Sweetened Condensed Milk is key for a thick sweet sauce!

Smoked Donair Meat


Donair Meat

·         2 pounds Ground Beef

· 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt

·         2 teaspoons Dried Oregano 

·         1 teaspoon Coarse Ground Black Pepper

·         1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning 

·         1 teaspoon Summer Savory 

·         1 teaspoon Garlic Powder 

·         1 teaspoon Onion Powder 

·         ½ teaspoon Ted Readers Hot & Spicy Bonedust 

·         1 Tomato chopped

·         1 Medium Onion chopped 

·         1 Package of Pita Bread 


Donair Sauce 

·         1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk

·         2 teaspoons Garlic Powder

·         4 tablespoons White Vinegar



  1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a small bowl
  2. In a large metal mixing bowl, sprinkle spice mixture over ground beef.  Knead the meat and spices well to ensure that you get even flavour.
  3. It is important to try to get all the air out of the meat mixture when you press into the pan.  If you do not – the final product will have holes.
  4. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.  Cut your paper to be equal to the long side of the pan and had enough length to overhang the sides.  It does not need to cover the sort ends so to speak.  The paper will allow your meat to release from the pan easier when you go to smoke the meat. 
  5. Place your meat into the lined loaf pan.
  6. Punch the meat down to remove any last air pockets then using a spatula you can flatten/smooth out the top of the meat. 
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator over night or for at least one hour.
  8. Pre-heat smoker to 350F
  9. Remove meat from loaf pan and place on the smoker.  Discard the parchment paper.
  10. Smoke until it reaches an internal temperature of 160F – about 60-90 mins
  11. While meat is cooking – whisk sweetened condensed milk, garlic powder and vinegar in a small bowl until well blended.  Cover and place in refrigerator.
  12. Remove Donair meat and allow to cool 20-30 mins. 
  13. Slice the meat using a meat slicer or sharp knife.  About 1/8” thickness is good
  14. Sautee meat in a large frying pan until browned (only using as much as you plan to use).
  15. While meat is cooking, you can place pitas in a single layer on top of the meat to warm them (flipping occasionally).
  16. Once the meat is browned and the pitas are warm, place the meat on the pita, top with chopped tomatoes, chopped white onion and the donair sauce.
  17. For the authentic experience, you can serve the donair wrapped in foil with a side of napkins.
  18. Enjoy! 

Note – any unused cooked meat can be frozen in portions and used later as a tasty snack!  Best frozen vacuum-sealed in unsliced portions.

Hot & Spicy Bonedust by Chef Ted Reader
Garlic Donair Sauce

Sautéed Veggie & Cheese Stuffed Peppers


  • 2 Medium Peppers
  • 8 Wedges Laughing Cow Cheese (21g each) 
  • 2 Cups Spinach roughly chopped
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms Sliced Thinly
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt (you can add a bit more to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese


  • Preheat Grill to 400F
  • Slice Peppers lengthwise and remove seeds & membrane.
  • Place peppers on the grill cut side up – cook for 10 mins – turning peppers over after 5 mins. (If doing in oven – roast on baking sheet cut side up for 10 mins). Leave cooked peppers rest (you can place in a baking dish and cover with plastic wrap to allow to continue to softened while making veggie mixture)*
  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, add oil sauté onions until soft – approximately 5 mins. Add sliced mushrooms, minced garlic, chopped spinach and spices. Cook for a few mins until spinach is wilted and mushrooms are softened.
  • Remove sautéed vegetables from pan and place in a mixing bowl. Remove Laughing Cow Cheese wedges from packaging. Using a rubber spatula or large spoon incorporate cheese into warm veggie mixture until combined.
  • Divide cheese and veggie mixture into 4 and spoon into cooked pepper halves.
  • Top each with grated parmesan cheese.
  • Return peppers to the grill for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Enjoy!
Mise en place for Sautéed Veggie & Cheese Stuffed Peppers


* Initial Cooking Time – I like it when the peppers still have a hint of crunch (a la dente). If you prefer a really soft pepper – you can cook the peppers up to an additional 10 mins. Just watch for charring.


Boursin & Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms


  • 2lbs medium mushrooms – I like using Cremini
  • 1 pckg (150g) Boursin Garlic & Fine Herb Cheese  
  • 3-4 pieces of cooked bacon – chopped into small pieces
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs*
  • 1 tablespoon southern style dry rub seasoning (https://markbujold.ca/2020/05/16/southern-style-dry-rub/)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil


  1. Preheat Grill to 375F (can also be done in the oven on a cookie sheet)
  2. Brush any dirt off mushrooms and remove stems (these can be kept and used in other dishes. E.g. omelets, etc…).
  3. In a medium bowl – Crumble cheese.  Fold in chopped bacon.
  4. Stuff caps with cheese mixture – will vary based on size of mushroom but likely 1 heaping tablespoon.
  5. In a separate bowl combine breadcrumbs with spice. Drizzle with olive oil.  Stir until combined.
  6. Top each stuffed mushroom with seasoned breadcrumbs.
  7. Carefully place mushrooms on grill over indirect heat – for 15-20 mins. 
  8. Once the mixture is heated through and tops have started to turn golden – remove from heat and let cool slightly. If cooking in the oven – place mushrooms on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes or until heated through and lightly browned
  9. Enjoy!

Note – * can be made gluten-free by substituting for Gluten-free panko breadcrumbs. You can also add sauteed chopped garlic scapes to the cheese mixture.

Drizzle oil into breadcrumb mixtture and stir until combined
Cook mushrooms until golden brown

Garbage Can Turkey

Where it all started 

For over 20 years now I have been cooking turkeys in a garbage can… What started it all you ask…

In the fall of 2000 I was attending the Moosehorn International Camporee an event put on by the Boys Scouts of America (BSA).  The event was hosted at the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge outside of Calais Maine. As a young adult leader, I was eager to learn what I could from the trip.  The BSA had many different traditions than Scouts Canada and one of them at this camp was a “Leader Cook-Off”.  The event was awesome…. Leaders from all over the USA cooking, using all kinds of methods I had not seen. Cast iron dutch ovens, tripods, charcoal chimneys, lump charcoal, rebar with columns of chicken wire filled with charcoal briquettes but the most intriguing was a group cooking in a garbage can! 

These leaders were using a combination of pails, foil and charcoal to cook a turkey in the woods! As most who know me well are aware, I like to ask questions… well I spent probably 20 mins talking to this group of leaders to understand how they were doing it.  Through this time they shared tips, tricks and key steps to success.  

The first attempt

My First Garbage Can Turkey – Fall 2000

Returning home I was keen to put my new teaching to use….  The following month the opportunity presented itself! We were attending a camp with our group and I decided to try making garbage can turkey for the troop! 

Off we went with a turkey in the cooler, a shiny new garbage can, new pail, some string, some foil and a bag of charcoal! The scouts were convinced that this project was going to be an epic fail… we spent the afternoon getting set up and following the guidance of my American colleagues (as best I could remember) it was time for the reveal…. To be honest I wasn’t sure exactly how this thing was going to turn out either.  With a group of doubtful teens and unsure leaders looking on, I lifted the garbage can off and pulled back the charcoal from the bottom of the inside pail.  Using oven mitts I lifted the bucket slowly only to reveal the best looking turkey I had ever cooked! The kids both young and old were amazed at how things turned out! Little did I know that moment started annual tradition that has continued for over twenty years! 

The first attempt was a success!

Turkey at the camp 

Thanksgiving turkey dinner outdoors at my father-in-law’s camp with the backdrop of fall foliage at its peak… What started as a scouting activity quickly became an annual family tradition.  The first year was a bit rocky as I felt the pressure of so many onlooking family members! Needless to say I made a few mistakes but did eventually get the bird cooked and it was tasty!  From that point forward, it became a day that we all looked forward to. In the early years we kept a log of things that went well and things to improve… the technique and tips outlined below are a summary of my experience cooking almost 50 turkeys this way over the years. 

Equipment/Items Needed

  • 70L metal garbage can (see notes)
  • 25L stainless steel bucket 
  • One 2×2 18” long wooden stake with one end pointed/angled 
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil (wide roll)
  • Hammer or axe
  • Butchers twine 
  • 2 charcoal chimneys 
  • Large bag of Charcoal (preferably briquettes)
  • 4 bricks 
  • Oven proof mitts 
  • Tongs
  • Olive/Canola Oil 
  • Material to start charcoal (egg carton/birch bark/paper)
  • 1/4 cup (or more) Cajun Seasoning (I use Emeril’s Essence – the recipe can be found below)
  • Ingredients for brine (see below)

The Process

Pre-Work – The Day Before – Brine the Bird

You can omit this step if you wish but it does make more a much more flavourful bird. Think of brine like a marinade… The one I use is at the bottom of this post – it’s by Emeril Legasse (one of my early culinary influences). I have also listed the recipe for his creole seasoning which I use for when cooking turkeys. The instructions and ingredients required are below.

Step 1 Light the charcoal

Fill two charcoal chimneys with charcoal briquettes. light bottom with birch bark/peice of egg carton or crumpled newspaper. Will take 15-20 mins to be ready. Use this time to complete the steps below.

Charcoal Chimney makes starting briquettes easy and fast

Step 2 – The Stake

Choose an area to cook the turkey. Ideally somewhere sheltered from the wind and without ground material that will catch on fire (ie gravel or sandy soil work will).

Drive stake into ground far enough that when you put your bucket over it there is 1-2 inches of space between the top of the stake and the bucket. Do this by driving the stake in the ground far enough for the bucket to be flush with the ground when you cover the stake. then remove bucket and drive the stake down 1-2″ more. this will create a stable base for the bird. You can also remove a bit of soil away from the base of the stake. this will allow place for the bird to go down a bit if it is a bigger turkey.

Firmly plant the 2×2 post in the ground & dry fit the 5 gallon bucket over the top to ensure the bucket touches the ground on all sides.

Step 3 – Foil the stake and cooking area under the bucket

Using the aluminum foil – tear a strip of foil 18-20″ wide. Poke a small hole in the centre of the foil. Carefully slide the foil down over the stake (the stake goes through the hole). Tear a second strip of foil 6-8″ wide to wrap the stake. Make sure foil it tightly wrapped. there should now be no ground or stake showing. Dry fit the bucket over the stake again to make sure the foil extends beyond the bucket. If your foil does not you can put another layer over the existing foil.

Step 4 – Secure and Season the bird

Make sure to truss the bird with butchers twine. There are several videos on youtube on how to properly do this. Doing so will make your life much easier when you go to take the cooked bird off the stake and keep the legs/wings from touching the bucket. Rub the bird with olive oil and season generously with cajun spice.

Place bird on stake but putting the stake through the body cavity with the legs down. See picture below.

Truss turkey, rub with oil, season and place legs down over the 2×2

Step 5 – Cover the bird

Place the 5 gallon stainless pail over the bird on the stake. Make sure that no part of the turkey touches the bucket as that area may burn if it does.

Make sure the bucket touches the ground all around and that the bird does not touch the inside of the bucket

Step 6 Prepping for the charcoal

Tear 2 roughly 18-20″ pieces of foil and tear each of them down the middle. This does not have to be that precise. The pieces are placed at bottom of the outside of the bucket. place it with the long side down along the bottom of the bucket. Continue this until you have gone all around the bucket. This will prevent any ash and dust from getting on your turkey.

Now place the bricks on top of the foil – laying flat. stagger them across from each other (like four points of a compass around the bucket). This keeps the large can elevated and the charcoal still able to get air to burn.

Bricks are used to keep the large garbage can from going all the way to the ground and stopping supply of air to charcoal.

Step 7 – Adding the charcoal

At this point your charcoal should be starting to turn grey and is ready. using a fire proof gloves or oven mitts, place the first chimney of charcoal around the base of the 5 gallon pail (over the foil in step 5). Do the same thing with the second chimney keeping 6-8 briquettes for the top of the bucket.

Step 8 – Cover with the garbage can

Place the large garbage can over the 5 gallon pail with the charcoal. Make sure that it is touching the 4 bricks and the charcoal is still getting air. If there are any charcoal outside the large can – you can push them in gently under the rim so that the heat stays in the can.

Set a timer for 2 hours. during this time, carefully check the outside can periodically to ensure there is still heat. If you are cooking on a windy day you may need to add a 3rd chimney of lit charcoal after an hour but this is rare.

Charcoal should be under the large can where possible

Step 8 – Checking for doneness

After 2 hours most birds will be done. With oven mitts on, carefully remove the large garbage can and set aside. Using tongs move charcoal away from the outside rim of the inner pail. Pull back the foil around the can just enough to get the pail off to check the temperature of the turkey. Before you remove the inner pail, remove any remaining charcoal from the top of the pail and set aside. Brush any charcoal dust off the top of the can. Carefully remove the pail – it may be stuck to the foil on the ground in places so lift carefully. With the thermometer, check the temperature of the bird by placing the thermometer in the thickest part (without touching the bone). If it is above 180F you are good to pull it off (If it is not – carefully put the bucket back over the bird. move any charcoal back around the pail. then put the large can back over the inner pail and leave for 15-30 mins).

Use clean oven mitts and have someone help you take the bird off the stake and put on a platter then tent loosely with foil for 15 mins before carving.

Let the turkey rest tented with foil for 15-20 minutes


Additional Tips – from mistakes I have made!

  • Make sure Turkey is fully thawed 
  • Use a thermometer to check temperature 
  • Don’t try on frozen ground 
  • You will not get drippings for gravy
  • Tie the bird well
  • Bones makes best stock 
  • Don’t peak you will lose precious heat
  • Don’t be on a set timeline 
  • Use charcoal chimneys to light charcoal 
  • Use charcoal briquettes- as they more even heat 
  • Make sure to remove any plastic parts from the turkey
  • Warm water, soap and towel to wash up
  • if your large garbage can is new – you can pre season it the day before. Place 4 bricks on the ground (this will keep can off the ground and let charcoal breath. Light two chimneys of charcoal. Once charcoal is ready (15-20 mins), place the charcoal on the ground in the middle of the bricks then place the garbage can over the charcoal (opening down). This will burn off any residue from the manufacturing process.

Southwestern Turkey Brine


2 cup fresh lemon juice

1.5 cups fresh orange juice

2 cup kosher salt

2 cup packed light brown sugar

2 cup chopped yellow onion

4 oranges, halved

4 jalapenos, minced with seeds

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

4 tablespoons chopped garlic

2 tablespoon chili powder

2 tablespoon ground cumin

2 teaspoon dried oregano, preferable Mexican

2 Gallons (7.5L) Water

  • In a large non reactive container (I usually use a small cooler – this is the easiest but you need to wash well with warm soapy water when you are done.  You can also mix the brine in a large container then dump into doubled garbage bags as well), combine lemon juice, orange juice, kosher salt, light brown sugar, yellow onions, oranges, jalapenos, cilantro, garlic, chili powder, ground cumin and oregano with 2 gallon water.
  • Stir well to dissolve brine the sugar & salt.
  • Add the turkey to the brine, cover and refrigerate, turning occasionally, for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours. If using cooler – you can add reusable ice packs to the brine.

Emeril’s Essence Creole Seasoning

2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves

1 tablespoon dried thyme




  • 8 oz Cream Cheese – softened
  • ½ Cup Sour Cream
  • ¼ Cup Mayo
  • ¾ Cup Shredded Old Cheddar or Monterrey Jack Cheese (separate into ½ & ¼ Cup)
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Clove Garlic finely minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Siracha Spice*
  • ½ pound small cooked shrimp
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Combine softened cream cheese, mayo and sour cream until smooth
  3. Add lemon, minced garlic and siracha spice (or sauce) mixing until combined
  4. Fold in cooked shrimp and ½ cup of cheese
  5. Season with salt and pepper
  6. Spread mixture into a greased oven proof dish (small casserole or small cast iron skillet)
  7. Top with remaining ¼ cup of cheese
  8. Bake for 20-25 mins or until golden
  9. Serve warm with toasted baguette slices or crackers
  10. Enjoy!


  • * Siracha Seasoning – I use the one from les soeurs en vrac (out of Quebec). Can substitute for 1 Tablespoon Siracha Sauce
  • Can be made Lactose Free by substituting with Lactose Free cheese, sour cream and cream cheese



Crake Cakes

  • 6-8 oz of Crab meat
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • 2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ¼ to ½ Teaspoon Tabasco Chipotle Hot Sauce
  • ½ Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • ½ Teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 2 Tablespoons of Oil for cooking. 
  • Extra Chives for garnish (optional)


  1. Break up crab meat.  I use 1lb of Atlantic Snow Crab legs & clusters – cleaned and shell/cartilage removed which yielded about 7oz of meat. Kitchen shears work great for this.
  2. In a medium bowl combine crab meat, bread crumbs and chives.
  3. In a separate bowl mix mayonnaise, egg, hot sauce, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. 
  4. Fold mayo mixture into crab meat mixture. 
  5. Using ¼ cup of the mixture – form into cakes. Should make 6 appetizer sized cakes.
  6. Place crab cakes on a parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet (or plate) and refrigerate for minimum 30 mins.
  7. Heat oil over medium heat in a non-stick pan
  8. Cook crab cakes for 3-4 mins until golden brown then flip cooking an additional 3-4 mins on the other side.
  9. Serve topped with aioli or other sauce of your choice.  Garnish with chives.


  • Most cooking oils will work.  I typically use canola for this as it doesn’t add any flavor but I have used olive oil as well. 
  • Paneriso Gluten Free Panko Breadcrumbs are tasty and stay crispy.  Even those who do not eat GF will enjoy them.
  • Do not flip the patties too early while cooking as they may fall apart.
Fold mayo mixture into crab meat mixture.
Form cakes using 1/4 cup of the mixture.
Cook 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown.

Crispy Sweet Potato Fritters

Crispy Sweet Potato Fritters


  • 1 Large Sweet Potato (approx 1lb)
  • 1/4 Cup white flour – (if doing Gluten-Free use regular all-purpose GF)
  • 1 Tablespoon Ted Reader’s Bollywood Bonedust
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons of Oil for cooking.
  • Cilantro or flat leaf parsley for garnish (optional)

See https://markbujold.ca/2021/03/28/aioli-two-ways/ for a great sauce to top the fritters.


  1. Peel Sweet Potato.  Grate Potato into a large mixing bowl
  2. In a separate bowl combine Flour, Garam Masala and Salt
  3. Add flour mixture to the grated potato.  Mix well ensuring all flour is well incorporated into shredded potato.
  4. Using a measuring cup or scoop – scoop 1/4 cup of the shredded potato mixture.  Will keep the fritters the same size.
  5. Using your hands, squeeze the mixture into the flat round shape. 2-3” in diameter and ¼-3/8” thick.  Place gently onto a piece of parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Continue this until you have no mixture remaining.
  6. In a large nonstick pan heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil. 
  7. Once hot gently place the premade patties into the plan one at a time. You may need to cook in batches. If so you may need to add a bit of oil to the pan between batches. 
  8. Leave cook on one side until golden brown – will depend on how hot your pan is but typically 3-4 minutes.
  9. Once golden brown on one side – flip gently – then cook until golden brown on the other side.    
  10. Repeat this until all your patties are cooked.  If you cook in more than one batch – you can keep the cooked ones warm in a 200F oven on a cookie sheet. 
  11. Serve topped with Curry Aioli (https://markbujold.ca/2021/03/28/aioli-two-ways/) or other sauce of your choice.  Garnish with a cilantro or flat parsley leaf.


  • Most cooking oils will work.  I typically use canola for this as it doesn’t add any flavor but I have used olive oil as well. 
  • When forming the patties – you should feel a bit of moisture as it’s drawn out of the potatoes
  • Handle the patties gently as they can fall apart if you are not careful. 
  • Do not flip the patties too early while cooking as they may fall apart.
Peeled shredded sweet potato mixed with flour mixture.
Fritter patties made from the potato/flour/spice mixture. Set aside until ready for frying.


Cajun Deep Fried Calamari

A lot of people find calamari chewy and tough… well let me tell you – if you make your own you won’t think that any more!

Squid are fascinating creatures that change colour in an almost alien like way and they squirt black ink as a defense mechanism.  The fact they feed mainly at night and are attracted to light make wharfs and piers the ideal fishing location to jig for squid. 

In summertime, they can been found swimming close to the surface after dark attracted to the light of the wharf in some harbours of Atlantic Canada. I have been lucky enough to catch fresh squid on a few occasions (they are a lot of fun to jig). Even if you don’t have squid in your area natively many supermarkets carry it frozen.  My suggestion is to speak to the staff in the seafood counter and ask if they have any.  Often they have it frozen and only take out a bit at a time to put in their display case. 

Cajun Deep Fried Calamari


  • 1 lb fresh (or previously frozen) calamari cut into 1/4“rings & keeping tentacles – see note below on cleaning and preparing.
  • ¾ Cup white all purpose flour (I use Bob Red Mills Gluten Free 1/1 flour)
  • ¼ Cup Corn flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Cajun Seasoning (I use Emeril Legasse’s Essence – the recipe can be found online)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • Kosher Salt & Dried Parsley for plating
  • Oil for frying (canola or other)


  1. Place calamari rings and tentacles in a medium glass bowl with the buttermilk and stir to combine.
  2. Cover the bowl and refrigerate.  Ideally for a couple of hours but minimum 30 minutes.
  3. Heat oil to 375 degrees F.  This can be done by using 3-4” of oil heated over medium heat in a large deep pot but it’s preferable to use a deep fryer.  If you are using the pot method make sure you have a thermometer that will monitor the oil temperature as hot oil can be very dangerous if you do not.
  4. Place the all purpose flour, corn flour, Cajun seasoning and baking powder in a medium bowl; stir to combine.
  5. Remove each piece of squid from the buttermilk (allowing the excess buttermilk to drip off) and dredge in the flour. Place coated squid on a plate.  A fork works well for this step.
  6. Repeat the process until all pieces are coated.
  7. Place 8-10 pieces of squid in the hot oil.
  8. Pay close attention as the squid will cook fast! Fry for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Remove the squid from the oil and drain on paper towels. Repeat the process with the remaining squid.
  10. Sprinkle Calamari with kosher salt and a pinch of dried (or fresh chopped) parsley.
  11. Serve immediately.

Cleaning and Preparing Squid

When it comes to cleaning and preparing squid to make calamari there are a few tricks that you need to know if you are getting whole squid.  The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife have a good post on how to do it.  For this recipe, I use the method illustrated in Method B in the link below.


Previously frozen whole squid
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Squid Tubes – cleaned and cut into rings.



Probably my favourite dry rub for doing chicken on the grill or in the oven! Tastes fantastic on everything from Spatchcock Chicken to Wings!


4 teaspoons Kosher Salt

4 Teaspoons Brown Sugar

2 Tablespoons Chilli Powder

2 Teaspoons Onion Powder

2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

2 Teaspoons Oregano

1 1/2 Teaspoons Paprika

1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin

1 Tablespoon Ground Black Pepper

Mix all spices in a small bowl. Store in a air tight container.

Grilled Chicken Wings with Southern Style Dry Rub



  • 1 lb Salmon Fillet  
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 2oz quality Spiced Rum
  • 1T Dehydrated Minced Onion (or minced shallot)
  • 1t fresh minced Ginger
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1t Soya Sauce
  • 1/2t Chili Powder
  • 1/2t Salt (preferably Kosher)
  • 1/4t Pepper
  • Coarse sea salt – for plank


  1. Soak cedar plank in water for 1-2 hours minimum (or overnight). You may have to weigh it down to stay in the water.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine Maple Syrup, Rum, Onion, Ginger, Garlic, Soya Sauce, Chili Powder, Salt & Pepper.
  3. Heat over medium-low heat until reduced by half, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool completely.
  4. Once cool place Salmon in Ziplock bag – pour in cooled glaze. Working gently, remove as much air as possible and place in fridge for 1hr.
  5. Heat grill to medium heat, about 400°F.
  6. Once preheated – place cedar plank on grill – leave for 5 mins to remove initial moisture.
  7. Sprinkle plank lightly with coarse sea salt – helps fillet from sticking and adds flavor.
  8. Carefully remove fillet from ziplock (reserving glaze)
  9. Place salmon, skin side down, on the cedar plank.
  10. Brush reserved glaze.
  11. Grill salmon 15 min, or until it is cooked to your desired doneness, brushing with sauce every 5 minutes or so.
  12. Remove from grill.
  13. Slide a thin spatula under the fillet to remove . Serve immediately.


  • Skinless fillets will work for this recipe as well
  • Dehydrated onion can be replaced with fresh minced shallot
  • This recipe can also be done in a cast iron skillet in the oven. Follow steps 2-4. Preheat oven to 400. Remove from ziplock place in cast iron skillet. Reserving glaze. Brush salmon with remaining glaze. Bake 15 mins or desired doneness. Slide a thin spatula under the fillet to remove . Serve immediately.

Pizza Sauce

Some canned sauces just have little to no flavour…  This sauce has both flavour and a dense consistency for a great Pizza!  It can also be frozen in ziploc bags in portions with the air removed.  


· Two 22 oz (680ml)cans Tomato Sauce

· One 6 oz (156ml) can Tomato Paste

·         1 Tablespoon Oregano

·         1 Tablespoon Basil

·         1 Teaspoon Onion Powder

·         1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder 

·         1 Teaspoon Salt

·         1 Teaspoon Chilli Flakes

·         1 Teaspoon Summer Savory (optional if you cannot find)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a deep sided skillet
  2. Over medium heat bring to a simmer
  3. Reduce heat leave simmer for 15 mins for flavours to blend
  4. Use it on pizza dough, pita, naan bread or as a dip!

Note – if freezing, allow to cool completely. Place portions in freezer bags, remove air and place in the freezer.

Homemade Pizza Sauce just tastes better!
Use the full batch for a pizza party night!



  • 1 Cup Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • ¼-½ Teaspoon Salt  
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon Baking powder
  • ½ Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Greek Style Yogurt*
  • ½ cup Sugar (for coating)
  • 1-2L Canola or Vegetable Oil for Frying will vary based on what you are using to cook in

Makes ~12 small donuts (depends on cutter size)    


  1. Combine Flour, Salt, Baking powder & Cinnamon in a medium bowl and mix until combined.
  2. Add yogurt to the dry ingredients and mix until the dough forms
  3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth
  4. Shape into a ball
  5. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a min of 30 mins
  6. Preheat oil to 350 degrees.  You want 1 ½ to 2 inches of oil in a heavy deep pot, deep cast iron pan or deep fryer.  Do NOT leave oil unattended.**
  7. Roll chilled dough out onto a lightly floured surface to 1 cm thick
  8. Using a donut cutter or other small round cutter (you can even use a small glass for the outside and an apple corer for the inside) make as many donuts as you can. Keep the whole donut shapes and donut holes. 
  9. Remove any excess dough from around the donuts & holes and put to the side.  You can make a ball out of the excess and repeat steps 7 and 8 until you have used all the dough.
  10. Carefully place 3-4 donuts in the preheated oil.  Watch not to get oil splattered on you.  You can put the donut on a slotted spoon and slowly place it in the oil.
  11. Move the donuts around in the oil to prevent the dough from sticking to the bottom. 
  12. Turn them over at least once.  Remove from the oil when golden brown and place in a metal bowl
  13. Sprinkle the warm donuts with sugar and toss gently to ensure they are well coated.
  14. Repeat steps 10-13 with the donut holes.  Note they may cook a bit faster than the donuts.
  15. Enjoy!


  • *can be made Lactose Free by substituting for Lactose Free Greek Style Yogurt
  • **Very important to use a thermometer to monitor the temperature of the oil as it can cause fire if not monitored. Never leave unattended.

Using a donut cutter or other small round cutter (you can even use a small glass for the outside and an apple corer for the inside)

Aioli Two Ways

Curry Aioli


  • 1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/3 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon Curry Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • pinch of Salt or to taste


  • Combine Mayo, Yogurt, garlic, curry powder, lemon juice and salt in a small bowl. Mix until all ingredients are well blended. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Mango Aioli


  • 1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/3 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh mango – diced small
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • pinch of Salt or to taste


  • Combine Mayo, Yogurt, mango, lime juice, cilantro and salt in a small bowl. Mix until all ingredients are well blended. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.


Big Mac Sauce     


  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 Tablespoons French Dressing
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon sweet relish
  • 2 heaping Tablespoon dill pickle relish*
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoon dehydrated minced onion**
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • Pinch kosher salt

Makes 1 Cup of Sauce                     


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl & refrigerate overnight (or a few hours if you are in a pinch)
  2. Stir before using. 
  3. Enjoy!


  • *not all stores have dill relish but you can likely substitute for sweet relish if you also add a tablespoon of dill pickle juice.
  • **can be substituted for finely minced fresh white onions.




  • 3 Tablespoon Butter
  • 3 Tablespoon Flour (all purpose or Gluten Free*)
  • 3 Cups Milk
  • 2 Cups your favorite dried Pasta (regular or Gluten Free) you can use macaroni, penne, fusilli, shells or other pasta.
  •  2 Cups Shredded Old Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Cup Shredded Smoked Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Cooked Bacon
  • 1 Tablespoon Chipotle Hot Sauce


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F
  2. Cook Pasta according to directions on package and drain.
  3. While Pasta is cooking – in a medium sauce pan over medium heat melt butter.
  4. Sprinkle in flour
  5. Working with a whisk combine melted butter and flour to make a roux.  Continue to stir & cook 1-2 minutes.
  6. Slowly pour in Milk while stirring continuously.  Stir until sauce starts to thicken.  May take 2-3 mins. 
  7. Once sauce has thickened, remove from heat and immediately add cheeses, chopped bacon and hot sauce to the sauce pan.  Stir until cheese has melted.
  8. Add cheese sauce to the cooked pasta
  9. Pour mixture into a large casserole dish
  10. Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes
  11. Serve


  • *if using Gluten Free flour – roux will be more smooth and bubbly vs thick and firm when using regular all purpose. 
Mac & Cheese Mise en Place

Brown Sugar Maple BBQ Glaze – For Roasted Ham

Brown Sugar Maple BBQ Glazed Ham



  1. Place ham in a preheated 325°F (165°C) oven or grill and bake for 1¼ to 1½ hours.
  2. While ham is roasting, combine ingredients for glaze in a medium sauce pan over medium heat
  3. Reduce heat to medium low
  4. Whisk continuously until butter is melted and sauce is well combined.
  5. Remove from heat once combined.
  6. Remove the ham from the oven/grill brush the glaze onto the ham. Return to the oven and continue to bake for another 20-30 minutes or until internal temperature of ham reaches 160°F (71°C).
  7. Allow ham to rest for 15 minutes before serving.




  • 1lb Ground Turkey (or Chicken)
  • 1/2 Cup shredded Old Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon Dehydrated Minced Onion (can substitute for minced fresh onion or shallot)
  • 1 Tablespoon finely minced fresh Jalapeño pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Fresh Cracked Black Pepper


  1. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients with ground turkey mixing well with a rubber spatula.
  2. Form burger patties using 1/2 cup of the mixed burger. A burger press works best for this task.  Spray the press lightly with oil to prevent sticking in the press (will also help prevent sticking when grilling).  If doing by hand – moisten hands with water lightly to shape burgers. 
  3. Place shaped burgers on a platter and chill until ready to grill.* 
  4. Grill over medium heat 5-6 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches at least 165F    
  5. Serve immediately.


  • * Cut squares (4-5”) of parchment paper or wax paper to place burger on.  This will allow you to put them on the grill more easily.
  • The Pampered Chef Burger & Slider Press works great with this recipe – check it out here Burger & Slider Press


The Pampered Chef Coating trays work great for coating the fish fillets.  Available here: Coating Trays



  • 3 Tablespoon Olive or Canola oil
  • 1 lb Haddock Fillets (will work with most white fish e.g. Cod, Sole, Tilapia, etc)
  • 1/2 Cup white all-purpose flour (or all-purpose Gluten-Free)
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning*
  • 2 Eggs Beaten
  • 3/4 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs**
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh grated parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Prepare fish.  If using frozen fillets make sure they have thawed fully.  Fillets can be cut into smaller portions if needed – ie cut in portions roughly 4-5” (10-12cm) long.
  2. You will need 3 shallow bowls/trays***
  3. In the 1st bowl combine flour and Cajun seasoning.
  4. In the 2nd bowl beat 2 eggs.
  5. In the 3rd bowl combine breadcrumbs, dried parsley and parmesan (if using).
  6. One at a time, dredge the fillet in the following order:
    • Flour mixture – coating evenly
    • Egg mixture – ensure all areas covered with egg
    • Press in Bread Crumb mixture – ensuring evenly coated with bread crumbs
    • Set coated fillets aside on parchment or wax paper (to prevent sticking to the working surface)
  7. Heat large skillet over medium heat.  Once hot add oil and allow oil to come to temperature (30 secs). 
  8. Working carefully as oil will be hot – add coated fillets one at a time to the skillet.  Continue until the pan is full leaving space between fillets – note you may need to cook in two batches.
  9. Cook 2-3 mins per side or until golden brown. Take caution when flipping fillets as they will break if you are not careful.  A Fish spatula is ideal for this.****
  10. Serve immediately.


*For Cajun Seasoning I like Emeril’s Essence – the recipe can easily be found online

**l like the Paneriso Gluten Free – adds nice crunch

***The Pampered Chef Coating trays work great for coating the fish fillets.  Available here: Coating Trays

****The Pampered Chef Fish Spatula works great for this. Available here: Fish Spatula

Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce

Easy sauce to pull together that is great for Ribs, Beef & Chicken.  I have tried a number of different recipes over the years and could never find one I liked.  They were either too vinegary or too running.

What I discovered is that I liked the ones with the Molasses the best! It likely had something to do with molasses bringing me back to my childhood when my grandparents would let me cut a slice of the bread that had just came out of the oven.  The butter would melt with the heat and then it was dipped in a pool of molasses I had poured on my plate! Yum!

In this sauce the molasses & brown sugar gives it a wonderful dark colour and a rich flavour while they cayenne & chilli flakes give it a touch of heat.

Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce


  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Chopped White Onion
  • 2-3 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 2 Cups Ketchup
  • ½ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 14 oz Can Tomato Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 3/4 Cup Molasses
  • ½ Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Dried Chilli Pepper Flakes
  • ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke (You can skip this but it is better with it. It can be found in most major grocery stores. It comes in a bottle about the size of a typical hot sauce)


  1. Preheat a medium sauce pan (e.g. 3L) over medium heat & add oil
  2. Sautee the onions til translucent – 4-5 mins. Stirring to prevent browning – you want them soft and clear not caramelized.  Once onions are soft – add Garlic continue cooking for 1 additional minute. 
  3. Add Ketchup, Apple Cider Vinegar, Tomato Sauce, Tomato Paste              stirring until the mixture comes to a simmer.  If it starts to bubble – reduce heat slightly.  Simmer for 5-6 mins uncovered.  Stirring often. 
  4. Add remaining ingredients – stirring well to ensure that all ingredients are dissolved. Bring mixture back to a simmer (not boiling).     
  5. At this point you want to blend the sauce to ensure a nice smooth consistency.  I use a handheld immersion blender in the pan.  Working carefully to remove any chunks from the hot sauce.  Work carefully as hot sauce will hurt if you get it on your hand and will also make a mess on your stove if you are not careful. 
    You could also use a regular blender – transfer the hot sauce – pulsing it in the blender until smooth – then return to the sauce pan.
  6. Once smooth – cover and allow sauce to simmer 20 mins.  This will allow the flavours to blend.
  7. Store in mason jars in the refrigerator.  Will keep for several weeks. 
  8. Cool before using.