Stone jug delivers elegance and excellence

Hand carved stone buildings are rare in Newfoundland. Quick spaghetti sauce Carbonear has one of the oldest, a 160 year old structure that was originally the Rorke Mercantile Store. Spaghetti sauce from tomato paste It was in a dilapidated state for a long time.


Quick easy spaghetti sauce Then in 2007 the Stone House (as it was known) was purchased by Bruce Brannon and things started looking up for this important part of our built heritage.

In 2009 Brannon began a massive renovation of the entire building. Pasta sauce for spaghetti Literally everything but the four stone walls of the building was removed. How to freeze spaghetti sauce with meat Painstaking work began to completely rebuild the interior of the Carbonear landmark. Spaghetti sauce from scratch Brannon’s goal was to create a tasteful, attractive interior in keeping with the style of the building.

The result, after five years of hard work (and some frustration, according to Brannon) is a lovingly rendered, brilliant reinvention of the 1860 structure where the smallest details have been perfectly executed. Recipes that use spaghetti sauce Even the swinging sign bearing the building’s new (and original) name, Stone Jug, is a work of art. How to make easy homemade spaghetti sauce A pirate skull and crossbones in black and gold, with clashing swords, is wreathed in a meandering vine of delicate coal black roses.

Stone Jug’s three levels are connected by a beautiful period staircase fashioned from hardwood. Best jar spaghetti sauce 2015 Floors, too, are of dark hardwood. Spaghetti sauce recipie Ceilings have been finished to resemble the pressed metal or tin tile wall and ceiling coverings popular in the nineteenth century. Spaghetti sauce recipe for canning Hanging at appropriate intervals throughout the building are glittering chandeliers, all imported from Europe and all different yet comparable in size and elegance. All day spaghetti sauce recipe They bring energy and spirit to every quarter.

Most of Stone Jug’s tables and leather covered chairs, as well as the 85-foot bar that borders the open kitchen on the ground floor, were made from reclaimed wood from a building that Brannon bought in Russia.

Brannon, knowing nothing of Newfoundland, came here in 2007 as a translator for a group of Chinese investors. Awesome spaghetti sauce He speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, German and English. Spaghetti sauce ground turkey He was born in Russia (his mother was Russian) and grew up in Vienna, Austria. Spaghetti sauce brand names Educated at Stanford University (where he learned to speak perfect English) Brannon ended up working in China for much of his adult life. Sauce a spaghetti mijoteuse At the same time he has managed to pursue a passion for restoring old buildings. Best pasta sauce for lasagna He’s also restored buildings in Vienna and Macau.

When Brannon decided to open a restaurant in Stone Jug he reached out to Chef Steven Pynn, a Newfoundlander who spent 12 years working at Toronto’s famous Canoe, located at the top of the TD Bank Tower. Sauce spaghetti mijoteuse coup de pouce Pynn’s sous chef is Crystal Bourne who formerly worked at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

Although Stone Jug’s dinner menu looked interesting (management told me that Pynn makes a mean baked cod) we visited in the afternoon before dinner was being served. Best meat sauce spaghetti recipe Much of the menu is pub fare: burgers, BBQ, pizzas, deli style sandwiches and poutine (called Irish Poutine and with house curry sauce).

Owner Brannon and Chef Steven Pynn are both passionate about local ingredients. Sauce spaghetti bolognaise Twice a week Roots Country Farm of Bay Roberts delivers produce. Meat sauce for spaghetti Four Brothers Cheese is used in several dishes and an effort is being made to utilize local beef.

Seafood chowder, called “Round da Bay Chowder” was a traditional dairy based stew. How to make spaghetti pasta sauce Thickened liquid tasting of the sea surrounded pieces of cod, shellfish and other tender seafood. Spaghetti & meat sauce Joined by a slice of grilled bread and glass of white wine it got even better. Scratch spaghetti sauce Of course, a good tasting snack or appetizer makes you hungry for more, more of the same or for more food.

Stone Jug makes a very credible Reuben. Spaghetti sauce recipe del monte Grilled rye bread held together juicy, pink smoked meat, red cabbage sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island sauce. Good spaghetti sauce recipe Just listing those ingredients makes me hungry, especially for smoked meat. How to make spaghetti sauce with tomato soup And, it all comes down to the quality of the smoked meat and the amount of it.

When my Margherita pizza was placed before me I immediately thought of the cover of Bon Appétit or Saveur magazine. Homemade spaghetti sauce with meat It could have graced the cover of either, with no photo-shopping required. How to make spaghetti sauce out of tomato paste The personal size, thin crust pizza was covered in tomato sauce, mozzarella (and possibly Parmesan or other cheeses) sliced tomato, fresh basil and drizzle of olive oil. Spaghetti sauce nutrition It tasted as good as you’re probably thinking it did.

Lean and juicy ground turkey formed into a generous patty was the star of Stone Jug’s turkey burger. Best spaghetti sauce recipe from scratch It had just enough of that smoky taste of char to make it taste adventurous. Homemade spaghetti sauce using tomato sauce Pickle mayo, guacamole and cranberry condiments made me entirely forget about ketchup and mustard. Spaghetti sauce low carb Excellent potato wedges, spiced and roasted, made a cheerful partner and welcome change from fries.

Fruit crisps and bread puddings are staple desserts in Newfoundland and restaurants like Stone Jug are right to serve them. Spaghetti sauce slow cooker We tried a rhubarb crisp and Stone Jug’s chocolate blueberry bread pudding. Meals with spaghetti sauce Both were delicious. How to make spaghetti and sauce The chocolate competed a little too much with the blueberries but the rhubarb was tart and bright.

Bruce Brannon told me that he worked and lived in Asia for 22 years. Spaghetti sauce simple “As much as I adapted to living in Asia,” he said, “you never think you’re going to live there your whole life. Spaghetti without sauce When you start turning 60 you ask yourself, where should I be? Where should I go?”

He’s lived in Newfoundland since 2014 but still isn’t sure this is where he wants to settle permanently. Homemade spaghetti meat sauce recipe Though, he did admit (smiling) that he’s purchased a house in a secluded area overlooking Conception Bay. Spaghetti sauce too sweet Whether it turns out to be a permanent or part-time abode, let’s hope Bruce Brannon’s Stone Jug remains a thriving business in Carbonear. Homemade spaghetti meat sauce It’s wonderful.

Beverages: A small wine selection includes three whites and three reds: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Sangiovese and Zinfandel. Spaghetti sauce from canned tomatoes Wines can be purchased in a standard pour, large pour or by the bottle. Slow cooker spaghetti sauce Beers come on tap or by the bottle. Sauce spaghetti au four ricardo Tap beers include choices like India Lager, Creemore Premium Lager and Murphy’s Stout. Sauce for spaghetti noodles Bottled choices include Coors Lite, Black Horse, Corona, Tankhouse Ale, Barking Squirrel Lager and many more. Sauce spaghetti coup de pouce A wide range of spirits and liqueurs is also available.

Karl Wells is an accredited personal chef, author of “Cooking with One Chef One Critic” and recipient of awards from the national body of the Canadian Culinary Federation and the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. Spaghetti sauce recipe fresh tomatoes slow cooker Contact him through his website: www.karlwells.com