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Mexican Fries (in 3 easy steps)

Whether ordering Mexican Fries as a side dish, an appetizer to split with My Shirley or as a meal in itself, nobody makes them better than Jake's Place Restaurant or Roxie's Diner in Port Loring . I can't say one is better than the other, so you'll just have to drop into both Jake's and Roxie's sometime to decide for yourself. I'll be honest with you though. This recipe isn't quite as good as either, but sometimes when I want some Mexican Fries at home and just don't feel like ordering take-out, they are a close second and worth the effort. The recipe may seem long and a bit complicated when you first look at it, but when you tackle it just one step at a time, it's really pretty simple. Try it. Then visit Jake's or Roxie's and see how well you did. Prep Time: 20 min. Cook Time: 45 min. Total Time: 1 hour Serves: 2 Note: Preparation and cook times in all of my recipes are estimates at best and may vary depending on how fast you are i

Taco Seasoning

Whether you're making nachos, a taco dip or just spicing up some ground beef for a hamburger, you can make Taco Seasoning yourself. No need to run to the store to buy a pack of El Paso. Y ou likely already have these spices on hand in your cupboard. You can also use it to "spice" up some of your favourite recipes by adding it to chili, pizza, lasagna, stuffed peppers, soup and more. Stuff You’ll Need: 2 tbsp chili powder 1 ½ tsp kosher salt 1 tsp granulated garlic 1 tsp granulated onion 1 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp oregano ¼ tsp pepper Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional) Do This: Mix all ingredients together. Tip: Make larger quantities and store it in a small jar for future use. Make sure you shake the jar well each time before using.

Maple Raspberry Butter Tart Shooter (AKA: The Leah)

 As we headed toward the cash during our regular Beer run at the LCBO in Port Loring, I paused to make sure that I wasn't forgetting any liquor we needed to keep our bar stocked. "Have you tried our Butter Tart Liquor?" I heard Julia ask from the next aisle. I cringed as I turned to My Shirley. "We were this close," I said holding my finger and thumb apart to indicate the approximate size of Donald Trumps, uh, "thumb" size. "We were this close to getting out of here without being tempted to try something new." I like to kid Julia about her suggestions but I hope she never stops sharing them as Julia's suggestions are almost always winners.  There was that one  time that Julia suggested Cherry Vanilla Rum that I won't let her forget. But hey, you can't hit it out of the park every time. There's nothing inherently wrong with Cherry Vanilla Rum. I just find the typically Caribbean liquor mixed with Cherry as opposed to coconu

Published In The Great North Arrow, August 2021: If You Build It... They Will Come

- jim Young Even though Golf may not be my cup of “tee”, a recent NAVICOM study reported there are almost 5.7 million golfers in Canada. That’s about 15% of Canada’s population that look forward to getting out on the links to tee off. Avid golfers that live in or are visiting the Argyle area don’t have to go far to enjoy their sport since Northern Palms Golf Course opened in 2016. A little off the beaten path, you’ll find Northern Palms Golf Course situated halfway between Highway 69 and Highway 11 so it’s easy access no matter where you’re coming from.  Situated at 558 Clear Lake Road in Arnstein, the Par 3 Golf Course is owned and operated by Sandy & Rick Curry who welcome you seven days a week to their 9 hole course any time between the hours of 8:00 am and 7:00 pm. No reservations required. Scotland as you know is the birthplace of golf and both Rick and Sandy come by their love of golf honestly through their Scottish Heritage. While they were born and bred in Canada, Sandy’s

Published In The Great North Arrow, August 2021: The Game Of Golf

- jim Young “The trouble with Scotland is that it's full of Scots." - King Edward Longshanks in the movie Braveheart. I’m proud of my Scottish heritage.  I am a descendant of many great Scottish clans including the “fighting McGregors” and the Lyons (which allegedly link me to Royalty) as well as many other proud clans such as Dickson, Killah, Chalmers and more. My Great Grandfather Thomas John Dickson was a Gordon Highlander, one of the “contemptibles” that fought to successfully defeat the Kaiser in World War I. Thomas John Dickson My cousin is a descendant of the William Wallace Clan. FREEDOM! I love kilts, bagpipes (to the dismay of my dog) and Sir Harry Lauder singing “ A Wee Deoch & Doris”.  As a disc jockey, I even supported the Bay City Rollers when they were popular in the 70s. As a child I marveled at the workings of my toy steam engine that was modeled after the invention by Scotsman James Watt. I celebrate Robbie Burns Day and sing Auld Lang Syne every New Year

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