Three walls, hold the floor
As far as cottagey icons go, boathouses rank right up there with canoe Paddles, s’mores, and loons. Which is odd, really, because these waterfront garages, whether grand or utilitarian, are actually a rarity on the lake scene,...
What permits do you need to build a boathouse?
Do I need a building permit to build a boat house?
Yes. And in most municipalities, boathouses need to be designed or approved by a structural engineer.
Do I need an MNR work permit?
Maybe. “If you’re working around water,...
2 grilling methods for large roasts
The cottage barbecue is often sadly overlooked when it comes to larger roast-sized cuts. This is a shame: Big cuts spend more time on the barbecue, and so they benefit most from the fantastic flavours only outdoor cooking can...
6 tips for helpful hosts
While we all know that good hosts should never serve unidentified wild mushrooms as a side dish, apparently there are some lesser-known offences by hosts that are driving guests nuts. The following is a list of practical tips for...
6 tips for good guests
In a perfect world, cottage entertaining is pleasant and relaxed, a simple and simpatico exercise where hosts take it easy with like-minded guests. No spats. No tears. No hurt feelings or bitter recriminations. How hard could it...
Guide: Outdoor ovens
Everybody loves good pizza, but the thin-crust version, cooked in as little as 90 seconds in an 850°F wood-fired oven,
sets a higher standard for goodness with its crispy base and blistered crust, and
How to buy, prep, and grill fish
At our home in the suburbs, dinner was a central event, much anticipated and consumed with the brutal efficiency of a pillaging army. Meals were everyday fare: healthy, tasty and, because we were a family of 10, pumped out in...
How to test fish for doneness
Previously accepted wisdom suggested that fish is cooked when it “flakes easily.” That dogma needs revising: Fish that’s flaking is actually overdone. And since cooking times are affected by grill temperature, wind, and the...
3 ways to grill fish
The convenient foil pack
Cooking in foil packages is a riff on the classic French technique of baking in parchment parcels, en papillote. The package creates a steam chamber, so while fish cooked this way won’t have an...