Scott- Everest Base Camp

Meet Scott Robinson!

Neal Brothers has employees almost all over Canada, and Scott is responsible for the Atlantic side of things! Scott is also our in-house mountaineering, having been to various peaks all over the world, if he’s not working, you can most likely find him hiking! Check out Scott’s employee interview below :)

1. How long have you been working with Neal Brothers and what do you do here?

I have been working with Neal Brothers Foods for just over two years, and as mentioned, I am the Atlantic Sales Representative.

2. Why do you love working for Neal Brothers?

I love the products, the whole team, talking about good food all day, spreading goodness, and most of all I love how Chris & Peter tell everyone that they are my brothers.

3. Tell us one of your favourite stories working at Neal Brothers.

One of my favourite Neal Brothers times was during the Goodness Book tour. We got to tour the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre, meeting all of those wonderful people, and seeing the difference they were making in that area was amazing! Also, I loved how much the book tour brought together so many different groups (e.g. Sobeys; Lil Macpherson- Owner of Wooden Monkey, Halifax, NS; Canada’s Community Food Centres, and Neal Brothers) for a cause that is beautiful and heart warming. It made me so proud to work for this company!

4. What would you say is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?

I’d have to say buying a one way flight to Nepal with no plan other than to make it to Mount Everest’s base camp!

5. Wow! What other notable mountains/peaks have you climbed?

I have done quite a few! Kilmanjaro a couple of times, Everest Base Camp (pictured above), El Misti, Cotopaxi, Macchu Picchu, Kala Pattar, Low Penitentes, Patagonia, Anconcagua, Mt Katahdin, and

6. Now that we know what your vacations look like, what is your day off like?

I love getting up early, and enjoying the morning with a cup of coffee and a workout. Then I will spend time gardening, hiking, fishing, and/or hunting. Frank (my dog) is most likely by my side, and then to end the day, I’ll put together a nice dinner.

7. What is your Goodness?

My goodness is encouraging my community to be the best people they can be! Whether it is exercise, connecting with nature, education of food, or climbing mountains. The love the idea of leaving this world a better place!

8. Where is your favourite place to wine/dine in your city and why?

Primal Kitchen, in Halifax. I love their unique take on dishes including bone marrow and while game charcuterie. They also have an outstanding selection of local craft beers.

9. What is your favourite Neal Brothers product and how do you eat it?

There are so many to choose from! The top of my list is our Classic Mayonnaise and Organic Blue Tortillas w/Flax. I also love making one of the fish recipes from Goodness, you put Sriracha Mayonnaise on halibut and then crush up Neal Brothers BBQ chips followed by a pan fry. Finally, I love making nachos with the tortillas, oh and our BBQ sauces are wonderful!

Ingredients (Left to Right): Neal Brothers Blue with Flax Tortillas, Spinach- 2 Cups, Sea Salt- 1 Tbsp, Neal Brothers Classic Mayo- 1/2 Jar, Cauliflower- 1/3 Large, Onion- 1 Small, Balsamic Reduction (we use Nonna Pia's Garlic)- 1 Tbsp

Chris Neal’s Favourite Cauliflower Dip

This dip marries a few of our favourite Neal Brothers products. We hide almost a full head of cauliflower in delicious Neal Brothers Classic Mayo, caramelized onions, and sweated spinach. With football season right around the corner, this one is sure to please the neighbours!

Ingredients (Left to Right): Neal Brothers Blue with Flax Tortillas, Spinach- 2 Cups, Sea Salt- 1 Tbsp, Neal Brothers Classic Mayo- 1/2 Jar, Cauliflower- 1/3 Large, Onion- 1 Small, Balsamic Reduction (we use Nonna Pia's Garlic)- 1 Tbsp

Ingredients (Left to Right): Neal Brothers Blue with Flax Tortillas, Spinach- 2 Cups, Sea Salt- 1 Tbsp, Neal Brothers Classic Mayo- 1/2 Jar, Cauliflower- 1/3 Large, Onion- 1 Small, Balsamic Reduction (we use Nonna Pia’s Garlic)- 1 Tbsp

Ingredients

Pantry:

  • Neal Brothers Blue with Flax Tortilla Chips- 1/2 Bag
  • Neal Brothers Maple Bacon Kettle Chips (not pictured)- 1/2 Bag
  • Nonna Pia’s Balsamic Reduction (we use Garlic)- 1 Tbsp
  • Sea Salt- 1 Tbsp
  • Olive Oil (not pictured)- 1 Tbsp

Produce:

  • Spinach- 2 Cups
  • Cauliflower- 1/3 Large
  • Onion- 1 Small

Dairy:

  • Neal Brothers Mayonnaise (Classic)- 1/2 Jar

Instructions

Step One- Heat oven to 350F. Line pan with tin foil, cut cauliflower in half. Place cauliflower on tin-foiled lined pan. Rub with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Place in oven for 10 minutes or until soft.

Place cauliflower on pan that is lined with tin foil. Rub olive oil on cauliflower and sprinkle salt. Place in oven (heated to 350F) for 10 minutes or until soft.

Place cauliflower on pan that is lined with tin foil. Rub olive oil on cauliflower and sprinkle salt. Place in oven (heated to 350F) for 10 minutes or until soft.

Step Two- Cut onion, place into pan with Nonna Pia’s (Garlic) Balsamic reduction and cook until soft and a bit charred (refer to photo).

Caramelized Onions

Caramelized Onions

Step 3- Remove onions from heat, place spinach in pan, sprinkle with salt. Watch carefully and remove when wilted.

Step 4- Remove cauliflower from oven, rice using a cheese-shredder or place into food processor.

Cooked Ingredients (Left to Right): Riced cauliflower, wilted spinach, caramelized onions.

Cooked Ingredients (Left to Right): Riced cauliflower, wilted spinach, caramelized onions.

Step 5- Place cooked vegetables in fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Step 6- Mix all cooked vegetables into Neal Brothers Mayonnaise (Classic).

Neal Brothers Mayonnaise (Classic)

Neal Brothers Mayonnaise (Classic)

Step 7- Enjoy with Neal Brothers Maple Bacon Chips and Neal Brothers Tortillas Blue with Flax!

Finished product! Enjoy with Neal Brothers Blue w/Flax Tortillas or Neal Brothers Maple Bacon Kettle Chips (or both!)

Finished product! Enjoy with Neal Brothers Blue w/Flax Tortillas or Neal Brothers Maple Bacon Kettle Chips (or both!)

Left to Right: 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, 1/4 Cup Salted Butter, 7 ounces (1 standard bag) Marshmallows, 1/4 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, 1/2 Cup White Chocolate Wafers, 7 Cups Neal Brothers Pink Salt Popcorn

Neal Brothers Popcorn Tuxedo Treats

Finished Product

 

Could you have ever guessed how versatile Neal Brothers Popcorn could be!? Did you know you can use the White Cheddar Popcorn for popcorn soup, or perhaps the Kettlecorn for a fun trail mix? While thinking all these up, we thought why not use the Pink Salt for a “Rice Krispie” style treat!? (Well, if we’re being brutally honest, many people have thought this up, we just adapted it a tiny bit) These treats are delicious, with just the right amount of sweet and salty! Enjoy :)

 

Left to Right: 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, 1/4 Cup Salted Butter, 7 ounces (1 standard bag) Marshmallows, 1/4 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, 1/2 Cup White Chocolate Wafers, 7 Cups Neal Brothers Pink Salt Popcorn

Left to Right: 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, 1/4 Cup Salted Butter, 7 ounces (1 standard bag) Marshmallows, 1/4 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, 1/4 Cup White Chocolate Wafers, 7 Cups Neal Brothers Pink Salt Popcorn

Ingredients (pictured above)

Pantry

  • Brown Sugar – 1/2 Cup
  • Marshmallows, big or small – 7 Oz Bag (250 g)
  • Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips- 1/4 Cup
  • White Chocolate Wafers- 1/4 Cup
  • Neal Brothers Pink Salt Popcorn- 7 Cups

 

Dairy

  • Salted Butter- 1/4 Cup

 

Directions

1/ Place brown sugar and butter into large saucepan, heat on medium high until melted

Heat butter (1/4 cup) and brown sugar (1/2 cup) in saucepan on medium high heat until melted.

Heat butter (1/4 cup) and brown sugar (1/2 cup) in saucepan on medium high heat until melted.

2/ Add marshmallows and white chocolate wafers, stir until melted.

Add marshmallows (7 oz bag) to saucepan to melt.

Add marshmallows (7 oz bag) to saucepan to melt.

3/ Take off heat, and add popcorn, fully coating it.

Add Neal Brother Pink Salt Popcorn (7 cups) to pot. Evenly coat popcorn with mixture.

Add Neal Brother Pink Salt Popcorn (7 cups) to pot. Evenly coat popcorn with mixture.

4/ Pour into 9″ x 9″ pan with parchment paper, pat down, and let cool for 10-15 minutes.

Pour dessert into parchment paper lined 9" x 9" pan, gently pat down and let sit for 10-15 minutes.

Pour dessert into parchment paper lined 9″ x 9″ pan, gently pat down and let sit for 10-15 minutes.

5/ Either place into fridge for 10 minutes (then cut into squares) or roll into popcorn treats.

We formed ours into Neal Brothers Pink Salt Popcorn treats! (Make sure the mixture isn't still hot!)

We formed ours into Neal Brothers Pink Salt Popcorn treats! (Make sure the mixture isn’t still hot!)

6/ Melt semi sweet chocolate chips, 10 seconds at a time in a very clean/dry bowl. Drizzle chocolate coating over the treats in a fancy manner.

7/ Let cool in fridge for 10-15 minutes, enjoy!

Ready for it's close up!

Ready for it’s close up!

Francesca, Gianluca, and Marco

Meet Francesca Petti!

Everyone at Neal Brothers knows Francesca because she holds the title of managing payroll and if you have a dog (the one who gives out treats whenever you walk by- to the dogs that is!) However, we wanted everyone to get know Francesca a little more, so sit down with one her favourite snacks (Honey Mustard Pretzels) and enjoy reading about another one of the great team members we get to work with!

 

Francesca, Son (?) and Husband (?)

Francesca, Gianluca and Marco

  1. How long have you been at Neal Brothers and what do you do here?

I have been here for 1 year, and I take care of accounting and finances. I oversee accounts receivable and also manage payroll making sure everyone gets paid on time!

  1. Why do you love working for Neal Brothers?

The environment here at the office is contagious, every day you walk into all the smiling faces and friendly banter. The brothers are also lovely to work with; it’s very rewarding to work beside such awesome people every day!

 

  1. What would you say is the most adventurous thing you have ever done is?

Well we (my husband and I) travel a lot, and from all the trips the most adventurous thing we’ve done is hiking a few of the world’s gorgeous mountains. A few of the mountains we have hiked include Flat Top Mountain (Alaska) and an active volcano on the Big Island in Hawaii.

Francesca & Husband in ?

Francesca & Marco

  1. What are two of your spots you have traveled to and why?

To pick two is hard, but we loved Hawaii and Fiji. The beautiful scenery, the culture, and the people make these spots amazing.

 

  1. What does your day off look like?

Usually, running around after my two year old son! This includes taking him to activities such as gymnastics and swimming or out to the local park. My husband and I also own a pet store, Global Pet Foods in King City, so you can also find me there on my days off!

Francesca & Son (?)

Francesca & Gianluca

  1. Speaking of the pet store, do you have any pets at home?

Yes, we have a senior chocolate lab named Bruin. (Side Note: Francesca’s office is the stopping point for every office dog at Neal Brothers. She always has some tasty treats to offer them after they sit pretty!)

Bruin & Son (nm?)

Bruin & Gianluca

  1. What is your Goodness?

My Goodness is my husband, who is my BFF, son, family, and friends. Also, at the pet store we meet some great people and pets alike! We aim to participate in various charities with the store as well.

 

  1. Where is your favourite place to wine and dine in your city and why?

Locale in King City, it has great homemade and rustic food, set in a great atmosphere.

 

  1. What is your favorite Neal Brothers product and how do you eat it?

Having to pick a favourite or two is definitely a tough job! But if I must, Cheese Puffs, Honey Mustard Pretzels, and the Srirachup Kettle chips! How I eat them? Straight from the bag and by myself!

 

It was so much fun getting to know Francesca! Hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!

Francesca & Husband

Francesca & Marco

Canada Day Bundle: One (1) Pink Popcorn, One (1) Organic Baked Cheddar Cheese Puffs, Four (4) Assorted Kettle Chips, Four (4) Assorted Snack Size Kettle Chips, Three (3) Assorted All Natural Salsas, Two (2) Assorted BBQ Sauces, One (1) Organic Pasta Sauce, Two (2) Organic Tortillas, One (1) Honey Mustard Pretzel, One (1) Neal Brothers Cooler Tote Bag.

Neal Brothers Foods Inc. Canada 150 Giveaway #2

It’s Canada’s 150th birthday (she’s getting up there eh?) and Neal Brothers wants to celebrate by giving away two wonderful prizes just in time for Canada Day weekend! All the information you need to know is posted below (ps. commenting somewhere may just get you a few more entries than others too!). Both giveaways include delicious goodies!

Giveaway #2

Canada Day Bundle: One (1) Pink Popcorn, One (1) Organic Baked Cheddar Cheese Puffs, Four (4) Assorted Kettle Chips, Four (4) Assorted Snack Size Kettle Chips, Three (3) Assorted All Natural Salsas, Two (2) Assorted BBQ Sauces, One (1) Organic Pasta Sauce, Two (2) Organic Tortillas, One (1) Honey Mustard Pretzel, One (1) Neal Brothers Cooler Tote Bag.

Canada Day Bundle: One (1) Pink Popcorn, One (1) Organic Baked Cheddar Cheese Puffs, Four (4) Assorted Kettle Chips, Four (4) Assorted Snack Size Kettle Chips, Three (3) Assorted All Natural Salsas, Two (2) Assorted BBQ Sauces, One (1) Organic Pasta Sauce, Two (2) Organic Tortillas, One (1) Honey Mustard Pretzel, One (1) Neal Brothers Cooler Tote Bag.

To enter, use the entry forms and prompts by going to: NEAL BROTHERS GIVEAWAY #2):

  • Visit Neal Brothers Foods Inc. on Facebook (1 Entry)
  • Follow Neal Brothers Foods Inc. on Twitter (1 Entry)
  • Tweet “@nealbrothers is celebrating #Canada150 w/ a huge prize pack #nealbroscanadadayprize”
  • Go to our website (link in profile) and comment on the contest blog post what your favourite Neal Brothers product is! (5 Entries)
  • Post a photo to instagram of you and/or you and our family enjoying your favorite Neal Brother Foods Inc products (ps. we LOVE pet photos too!) Make sure to include the hashtag #nealbrotherscanadadayprize!

GOOD LUCK!

One (1) Bundle: Four (4) Blue Jays Tickets- June 30th vs. Red Sox (First Pitch 7:07 pm), One (1) Organic Pink Popcorn, One (1) Pink Salt Kettle Chip, One (1) Pink Salt & Vinegar Kettle Chip, One (1) Honey Mustard Pretzel Nuggets, One (1) Organic Baked Cheddar Cheese Puffs, Four (4) Snack Size Maple Bacon Kettle Chips, One (1) Neal Brothers Tote Bag.

Neal Brothers Foods Inc. Canada 150 Giveaway #1

It’s Canada’s 150th birthday (she’s getting up there eh?) and Neal Brothers wants to celebrate by giving away two wonderful prizes just in time for Canada Day weekend! All the information you need to know is posted below (ps. commenting somewhere might just get you a few more entries than others too!) Both giveaways include lots of delicious goodies!

Giveaway #1

One (1) Bundle: Four (4) Blue Jays Tickets- June 30th vs. Red Sox (First Pitch 7:07 pm), One (1) Organic Pink Popcorn, One (1) Pink Salt Kettle Chip, One (1) Pink Salt & Vinegar Kettle Chip, One (1) Honey Mustard Pretzel Nuggets, One (1) Organic Baked Cheddar Cheese Puffs, Four (4) Snack Size Maple Bacon Kettle Chips, One (1) Neal Brothers Tote Bag.

One (1) Bundle: Four (4) Blue Jays Tickets- June 30th vs. Red Sox (First Pitch 7:07 pm), One (1) Organic Pink Popcorn, One (1) Pink Salt Kettle Chip, One (1) Pink Salt & Vinegar Kettle Chip, One (1) Honey Mustard Pretzel Nuggets, One (1) Organic Baked Cheddar Cheese Puffs, Four (4) Snack Size Maple Bacon Kettle Chips, One (1) Neal Brothers Tote Bag.

To enter, use the entry form & prompts at this link here GIVEAWAY #1 HERE

  • Visit Neal Brothers Foods Inc. on Facebook (1 Entry)
  • Follow Neal Brothers Foods Inc. on Twitter (1 Entry)
  • “@nealbrothers is celebrating #Canada150 by sending you & friends to @bluejays” (3 Entries- Daily)
  • Go to our website (link in profile) and comment on the contest blog post what your favourite Neal Brothers product is! (5 Entries)
  • Post a photo to Instagram of you and/or you and our family enjoying your favorite Neal Brother Foods Inc products (ps. we LOVE pet photos too!) Make sure to include #nealbrotherscanadajaysgiveaway (5 Entries- Daily)

 

Finished Product: Serve with a side of 100% Maple Syrup and garnish with green onions!

Maple Bacon Chicken & Waffles

Finished Product: Serve with a side of 100% Maple Syrup and garnish with green onions!

Finished Product: Serve with a side of 100% Maple Syrup and garnish with green onions and Neal Brothers Maple Bacon kettle chips!

The chance of seeing chicken and waffles offered on a menu at your favourite low-key or gourmet restaurant is steadily growing! There are even chicken and waffle shops popping up across North America at a continuous rate. This dish is usually served one of two ways, with a chicken based gravy or with the liquid gold of maple syrup (we prefer the latter, because sweet and salty!). To amp up the usual dish even more, we thought we’d replace the usual breadcrumb coating with our delicious Maple Bacon Kettle Chips all crushed up (we threw some Srirachup in there too). Boy were we right, this is a easy oven baked treat that’ll taste just as good as its deep-fried sibling! Served best with your favourite Belgian Style waffle recipe.

**Make sure to grab a waffle recipe!

Makes: 2 Servings (Chicken Only)

Time: 1 hr 30 minutes

Ingredients (Left to Right): Flour with paprika, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, butter, egg, chicken strips, green onions, Neal Brothers Kettle Chips (Maple Bacon & Srirachup for a kick).

Ingredients (Left to Right): Flour with paprika, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, butter, egg, chicken strips, green onions, Neal Brothers Kettle Chips (Maple Bacon & Srirachup for a kick).

Pantry

  • Flour- 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp
  • Paprika- 1/2 tsp
  • Black Pepper- 1/2 tsp
  • Salt- 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic Powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Neal Brothers Kettle Chips (Maple Bacon & Srirachup)- 1/3 bag each

Dairy

  • Butter- 2 Tbsp
  • Egg- 1 Large

Meat

  • Chicken Breast, boneless- 1/2 lb, cut into strips

Produce

  • Green Onions- 2, chopped for garnish

Tools

  • Cutting Board- 2 (one for meat and one for green onions)
  • Knife- 2 (one for meat and one for green onions)
  • Ziploc Bag- to crush chips in
  • Bowls/Plates- 3 (for dipping stations)
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons

Directions (Chicken Only) 

1. Whisk together dry ingredients (except chips) in bowl.

2. Crush chips and place in bowl or shallow dish.

3. Grease a baking sheet or oven-safe dish and set aside.

4. Beat egg in small bowl.

5. Line up bowls/dishes beside each other.

6. Cut chicken breast into strips.

7. Dip chicken into flour mixture and cover completely.

8. Dip into egg mixture, then into crushed chips.

9. Place onto baking sheet or oven-safe dish.

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Prepared chicken (before cooking) with flour, egg wash, and crushed Neal Brothers Chips.

10. Repeat with remaining chicken strips.

11. Place chicken strips into fridge for 1 hour.

12. Prepare waffle batter.

13. Preheat oven to 400F.

14. Melt butter and drizzle over the top of the chicken pieces.

15. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until chicken reaches the appropriate temperature (165F breast meat and 180 dark meat).

16. Heat waffle maker, and prepare waffles.

17. Remove, place on top of freshly cooked (or toasted) waffles. Drizzle maple syrup over, add some hot sauce if you like, and sprinkle with chips (not from the raw chicken dish) and green onions.

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Dig in!

Check out these easy and quick-to-make Easter themed pretzel rods (using Neal Brothers Organic Pretzels, of course!)

Easter Pretzel Treats

Check out these easy and quick-to-make Easter themed pretzel rods (using Neal Brothers Organic Pretzels, of course!)

Check out these easy and quick-to-make Easter themed pretzel rods (using Neal Brothers Organic Pretzels, of course!)

The Easter Bunny is coming! How about whipping up these easy, but super tasty pretzel treats for him and everyone else you will be seeing this weekend!? Or hey, these are also a great lunch treat idea for yourself, your husband, your kids, or your co-workers (they will all appreciate you for them). These little rods of flavour use our super yummy and thick (holds chocolate better) organic pretzels.

These can be made for various holidays (using various colour combinations) or just using the classic dark and milk chocolate! Now, write down these ingredients, pick them up, and create this sure-to-please dessert or snack item.

Makes: 30 rods

Time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients (Left to Right): Rainbow sprinkles, dark chocolate wafers, candy covered chocolate eggs, white chocolate wafers, milk chocolate wafers, spring coloured sprinkles, spring coloured chocolate wafers, Neal Brothers Foods Organic Pretzel Rods.

Ingredients (Left to Right): Rainbow sprinkles, dark chocolate wafers, candy covered chocolate eggs, white chocolate wafers, milk chocolate wafers, spring coloured sprinkles, spring coloured chocolate wafers, Neal Brothers Foods Organic Pretzel Rods.

Pantry

  • Neal Brothers Organic Pretzel Rods- 30 Rods
  • Dark Chocolate Wafers- 1/2 cup
  • Milk Chocolate Wafers- 1/2 cup
  • White Chocolate Wafers- 1/2 cup
  • Candy Covered Chocolate Eggs- 1 tbsp, crushed
  • Sprinkles (round)- 1 tbsp
  • Sprinkles (flat)- 1 tbsp
  • Purple Chocolate Wafers- 1/4 cup
  • Yellow Chocolate Wafers- 1/4 cup
  • Pink Chocolate Wafers- 1/4 cup

Tools

  • Baking Sheet- 1
  • Parchment Paper- 1
  • Cooling Rack- 1
  • Small Microwave Safe Bowls (Ramekins)- 6
The thickness of these makes them ideal for making chocolate-covered pretzel treats!

The thickness of these makes them ideal for making chocolate-covered pretzel treats!

Directions 

*VERY IMPORTANT: Ensure that there is no water in the bowls, otherwise the chocolate will not melt properly!

1. Set out a baking sheet, place parchment paper on it, and set a cooling rack on top.

2. Separate Neal Brothers Organic Pretzel Rods into 3 groups (10 in each).

Separate everything and melt the chocolate!

Separate everything and melt the chocolate!

3. Heat dark chocolate wafers in microwave safe bowl for 10 seconds at a time until they are smooth. Dip in 10 of the pretzel rods and place on the cooling rack to cool.

Set on cooling rack to cool, add sprinkles and/or candy covered chocolate eggs!

Set on cooling rack to cool, add sprinkles and/or candy covered chocolate eggs!

4. If you want to add sprinkles of crushed candy coated chocolate eggs on these rods, this is the time to do so, before they have cooled down.

5. Repeat step 3 & 4 with milk and white chocolate.

6. Next, if you want to add coloured chocolate to the rods, ensure that they have cooled adequately so the colours do not mix. Then repeat step 4 for each of the coloured chocolates.

All done! Enjoy with friend, family, and/or colleagues!

 

Time to enjoy!

Time to enjoy!

 

Meet Brian Burke, our very own in-house Boston Marathoner!

Brian Burke Marathon

Brian & Gail (daughter)

We love getting to know the people we work with, and even more, we love sharing some of their stories with you guys! This month (this weekend actually), Brian Burke- Warehouse Supervisor, is heading to Boston to run in the famous Boston Marathon! Therefore, this is the perfect time for everyone to learn a bit more about Brian.

Brian & Dianne

Brian & Dianne (wife)

Q: How long have you been at Neal Brothers Foods and what is your role here?

A: I have been at Neal Brothers Foods for 4.5 years now, and my role is Warehouse Supervisor.

Q: What is a day in the life of the Warehouse Supervisor?

A: My day consists of ensuring that our warehouse runs smoothly so that all of our accounts receive tasty Neal Brothers Foods products to sell!

Q: Why do you love working for Neal Brothers?

A: The people, hands down. Is it a big part of why I love coming to work every day!

Q: What would you say is the most adventurous thing you have ever done is?

A: I have ridden my bike across most of Canada. It’s a great way to see our beautiful country!

Q: What are some of your favourite spots you have ridden your bike to?

A: I have two places, the first is when I rode my bike across the prairies. The second is Quebec City, it was wonderful to discover its beauty and history!

Q: What does your day off look like?

A: I enjoy running, and listening to CBC Radio, “Ideas” is my favourite program. I also recently became a grandfather, so I love spending time with my grandson, my two daughters, and wife! I am also in the process of getting ready run the Boston Marathon, so I spend a lot of free time training for that right now.

Brian & Henry

Brian & Henry (grandson)

Q: Speaking of the Boston Marathon, when did you get into running? And, how long have you been training for the Boston Marathon for?

A: Probably about 5 or 6 years ago, and I guess you could say I have been training for Boston since then! However, it is usually about three months (or more) to prepare for a race of this magnitude.

Q: What race qualified you for the Boston Marathon? And, what was your time?

A: The Toronto Waterfront Marathon was my qualifying race, with a time of 3:29:24.

Q: Moving on from your impressive running skills, here at Neal Brothers Foods, we believe in living life with Goodness, what is your Goodness?

A: Being a father, hands down, I love every moment of it and family is everything! I am looking forward to taking on the grandfather role as well. The whole family is coming to Boston to watch me run, including baby Henry!

Brian & Karen

Karen (daughter) & Brian

Q: What is your favourite place to wine and dine in your city and why?

A: Well, whenever we visit Toronto, we make sure to head to Kit Kat on King St West. We stumbled upon it one day, and have been going back ever since. The family atmosphere, open kitchen, and food is unbeatable! I also love anywhere that makes a mean burger.

Q: Finally, what are some of your favourite Neal Brothers Foods products and how do you eat them?

A: I love the Organic Roasted Garlic pasta sauce, served over some good pasta. I also enjoy the WOW cookies we distribute, they are my treat!

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Brian as much as we did here in the office. We wish him and his family a wonderful weekend and ALL the luck in the Boston Marathon. Go Brian!

Brunch is ready to go, enjoy with some crusty bread!

Eggs Shakshuka- Neal Brothers Style

Brunch is ready to go, enjoy with some crusty bread!

Brunch is ready to go, enjoy with some crusty bread!

Who does not love a good brunch!? Here at Neal Brothers, we use our products in so many different ways, and this deliciously breakfast staple showcases our pasta sauces with ease. Eggs Shakshuka is a traditionally spicy tomato sauce dish complete with poached eggs, basil, and melted cheese! Top that off with some good crusty bread, and this one wins brunch by a mile.

 

Serves: 1-3 (dependent on your hunger)

Time: 30 minutes

 

 

Ingredients (Left to Right): Chili Flakes, Cayenne Pepper, Oregano, Garlic Cloves, Eggs, Basil, Parmesan, Neal Brothers Organic Arrabiatta Pasta Sauce

Ingredients (Left to Right): Chili Flakes, Cayenne Pepper, Oregano, Garlic Cloves, Eggs, Basil, Parmesan, Neal Brothers Organic Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce

Pantry

  • Neal Brothers Pasta Sauce, Arrabbiata- 1 to 1.5 cups

Spice Cabinet

  • Oregano- 1.5 Tbsp
  • Chili Flakes- 1 tsp
  • Cayenne Pepper- 1 tsp

Fresh

  • Garlic- 1 Clove, minced
  • Basil- 1 Sprig
  • Eggs- 3
  • Parmesan- 2 Tbsp

Must Haves

  • Crusty Bread- several slices

Tools

  • 6″ Cast Iron Skillet (large enamelled pan)
  • Knife
  • Measuring Spoons

 

Directions

1.Place cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. If using the cast-iron skillet, pre-heat oven to 350F. If not using an oven-safe pan, you will cook the eggs on your stove top only.

2.Mince garlic, saute in pan heated over medium-high heat.

Garlic sautéing in a cast iron pan.

Garlic sautéing in a cast iron pan.

3. Add Neal Brothers Organic pasta sauce (we love the kick of Arrabbiata), chili flakes, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Simmer for 3-5 minutes.

Add Neal Brothers Organic Pasta Sauce (we love Arrabiatta), chili flakes, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Simmer 3-5 minutes.

Add Neal Brothers Organic Pasta Sauce (we love Arrabbiata), chili flakes, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Simmer 3-5 minutes.

4. Add in half parmesan and basil leaves, stir, and simmer 1 minute.

5. Carefully create three holes, crack eggs into the holes.

6. Cook eggs on cooktop (if using a larger non-oven safe pan) until egg whites are set and yolks are still runny.

7. If using a skillet, achieve same goal (as step 5), then with either method gently add parmesan and basil to the dish. The oven takes approximately 8 minutes to get to this point.

Place eggs into oven at 350F for about 8-10 minutes.

Place eggs into oven at 350F for about 8-10 minutes.

8. Continue to cook via stovetop until desired doneness has been reached. *If you prefer runny eggs, like us, then test eggs by gently touching yolks with spoon, you want them to still feel liquid-like underneath the pressure.

9. If using the oven, increase heat to broil (525F) and cook for 3 minutes to melt cheese. Remove from oven from your eggs have reached your desired consistency.

Place parmesan & basil on top of dish and place back into oven on broil (525F) for 2-3 minutes or until desired egg consistency is achieved.

Place parmesan & basil on top of dish and place back into oven on broil (525F) for 2-3 minutes or until desired egg consistency is achieved.

10. Cut up bread, scoop some delicious eggs on there, and enjoy!

Finished brunch- Eggs Shakshuka with Neal Brothers Organic Arrabiatta Pasta Sauce.

Finished brunch- Eggs Shakshuka with Neal Brothers Organic Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce.