Steve Cylka

I live in Toronto with my wife and three kids. I love to grill, smoke, bake, roast, fry .... anything that allows me to make good food!

Smoked Pork Loin with Apples

How to smoke a centre cut pork loin roast

Smoked pork is wonderful and I enjoy smoking so many different cuts of pork. Tenderloin, ribs, shoulder, and butt are all common cuts of pork to smoke.. Here are a few recipes links for smoking different cuts of pork: How to Smoke Pork Tenderloin in a Smoker How to Smoke a Pork Shoulder Roast – Picnic or Butt Smoked Pork …

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Vegetables

With the summer being over and the cold weather coming, I tend to move my cooking indoors and reduce the amount that I grill or smoke and roast food in the oven a whole lot more. Roasting pork tenderloin is a common dish in our house because it is an economical cut of meat and nice and lean. Plus it …

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Smoked BBQ Chicken Wings

How to long to smoke chicken wings is one of the most common questions I receive. Smoking chicken wings is very easy and seriously rewarding. The flavour of a smoked wing is so bold, smokey and great for game day snacks and party food. Over the years I have smoked wings using all kinds of different seasoning. Usually I toss …

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Skillet Corn with Sausage

Fried corn cut off the cob and sausage make a delicious side dish. How to make instructions using a carbon steel or cast iron skillet

Fried corn has become one of my favourite side dishes. I should not be surprised as I absolutely love corn on the cob. This takes the great taste of fresh corn and adds so much more flavour. This is not the first recipe for skillet corn that I made and here are a couple more recipes on my site. Skillet …

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Split Pea Soup Pressure Cooker

instant pot pressure cooker split pea soup

Split pea soup is one of those classic fall comfort food dishes and any time I have a ham bone I like making this soup. This creamy soup is hearty, healthy and very economical. I love any opportunity to stretch my grocery dollars! Pressure cookers are an excellent way to cook soup and split pea is a perfect soup for …

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Loaded Cauliflower Pizza Style

Cauliflower casserole with pepperoni green olives pizza sauce and mozzarella

I am always trying to come up with a new side dish and this loaded cauliflower bake is one of my new creations. I have often made  a cauliflower casserole with bacon, green onions and cheddar cheese. I have some friends who follow a keto diet, and they raved about it, so I gave the dish a try. Delicious! This …

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Rotisserie Chicken Minestrone Soup

Leftover rotisserie chicken makes a great broth and excellent for this delicious minestrone soup. Kidney beans, noodles and tomatoes with store bought chicken.

Leftover rotisserie chicken is a regular occurrence in our home. We love buying the rotisserie chicken from local supermarkets. They allow you to make a quick dinner and the chicken meat can be used in wraps, chicken caesar salad, chicken salad sandwiches and more. Making some soup with the chicken carcass is an excellent way to stretch a rotisserie chicken …

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Meatloaf – Classic Homemade Recipe

Easy meatloaf Recipe with Ground beef and ground pork

Meatloaf is one of those classic homemade meals that my mom used to make and I loved it so much! Meatloaf is classic comfort food and it is super simple to make with this easy recipe. This might be the best meatloaf recipe I have made, but it really is just a classic version of meatloaf. Over the years I …

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Pressure Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples

Braised red cabbage and apples is one of my favourite side dishes and it can be made super fast in a pressure cooker, like an Instant Pot. This classic German dish is perfect alongside pork chops, chicken, sausages and more. I even enjoy having red cabbage and apples as a side to my Traditional Ukrainian Pierogies. This side dish has …

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Smoked Shrimp and Pesto Linguine

Smoked Shrimp asparagus and Pesto Linguini

Pesto linguine is one of my favourite pasta dishes. This is one of those super quick meals to make and I tend to prepare them during the week when I do not have lots of time. Cook the pasta, sauté the vegetables and stir them in some pesto – that’s it! I usually toss some cubes of cooked chicken breast …

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