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  1. What makes up a great Chef Uniform?

    Take a peek inside any commercial kitchen around the country and you’ll most likely see at least somebody wearing something that resembles a traditional chef’s uniform.  This includes a white jacket, toque, and checkered pants.  This traditional uniform dates back to the mid-19th century and is a symbol of professionalism and pride within the culinary community. Many features of a traditional chef coat were born out of necessity of the job. Today’s kitchens are filled with chef coats in a...
  2. Funnel Cakes

    This week was the Fond du Lac County Fair so on Saturday we headed over to see what the fair had to offer. Our fair may not be the biggest or the best county fair out there, but it does offer up a lot of fun, excitement, and for my 6-year-old daughter, a bit of an education as she got to watch a calf being born right before her eyes. The fair has all the staples; a midway full of rides and games of chance-you know the ones where you pay a couple of dollars for the chance to win a stuffed...
  3. Bourbon Peach Slush

    If I haven't already stated if before, I am a huge bourbon fan.  It is, by far, my favorite liquor and at any time you can find, at least 4 or more different bourbons in my home bar.  That being said, I don't tend to drink much bourbon in the summer.  I find it to be too heavy and it often lends itself to flavors more associated with Fall and Winter.  That's not to say I don't enjoy the occasional glass of straight bourbon while sitting on the deck, enjoying the sunset, or one of the many...
  4. Pulled Pork

    Barbecue…barbeque…BBQ; no matter how you spell it, that word makes me giddy. I’m not talking when it is used, in the generic sense, meaning any type of cooking on a grill, or over an open fire, but real, god honest barbecue; the kind done slow and low that can turn some of the toughest cuts of meat into melt-in-your-mouth morsels, bursting with smoke flavor. Not that I’m against cooking out, in any of its forms. In fact, a rather large portion of the food I cook is done on a grill, but there...
  5. Barbecued Ribs

    It has been awhile since I last posted about ribs.  Well, it’s high time I posted again about them as you can never have too many rib, rub, or barbecue sauce recipes as far as I’m concerned. Besides, it gives me a chance to play with my smoker yet again. Man, I love that thing! While have gotten quite adept at barbecuing on my Weber kettle grill, life has become so much easier with my smoker. Now, instead of having to babysit my barbecue all day, I can load it up and let it go, checking it...
  6. Dried Cherry Tomatoes-Achieving Maximum Flavor

    For the second week in a row we have been blessed with a good amount of cherry tomatoes in our CSA box. Last week, my wife got her hands on them and I never saw them again, so this time I made sure I grabbed them before she did. My goal was to place them into our dehydrator and turn them into little flavor bombs. Freshly picked, perfectly ripe cherry tomatoes, on the own, pack a hefty amount of flavor, but dry them out a bit and you can up that flavor to epic proportions. It’s important to...
  7. Southwestern Chorizo Burger

    It’s hard to comprehend the shear mass appeal of burgers in the US. Fast food chains have created empires with burgers as their foundations, fine dining restaurants serve upscale “burgers” made of a variety of ingredients including Kobe beef, foie gras, and truffles. Some restaurants pride themselves on offering countless varieties of burgers, while other places vie for the title of “World’s Largest Burger.” Part of the reason for this mass appeal is the burger’s adaptability. The burger...
  8. Bacon Waffles

    So, I’ve been left to fend for myself this weekend. My daughter headed down to Grandma’s to spend a little time with her and my wife went down to Chicago, picked up a friend, and headed over to Michigan to see an old friend. That leaves me, the dog, the cats and the fish. The goal was to get a bunch of yard work done, but the weather has not cooperated with those plans. I was able to get the much needed mowing done, between raindrops and even got some of the flowerbed weeded, but when I went...
  9. Making Your Own Soda Syrups-A Trio of Recipes

    Well, it looks like Summer has finally hit Wisconsin, at least I hope it has. The weekend was warm and the last few days have been in the upper 70’s. And while I like all the seasons, it has been a long, cold, wet Spring and I’m ready for some warmer weather. In anticipation of the warmer temperatures, I mixed up a trio of syrups to make homemade soda with, although these syrups would be great in a variety of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. The main inspiration for making the...
  10. Kalua Pig And Cabbage

    Kalua Pig or Pork and Cabbage is a popular dish in Hawaii and honestly, it's a snap to make. You’ll find this dish at many “Plate Lunch” joints, especially on Aloha Fridays. In a previous “How-To” article, you’ll find and hopefully have already made a big batch of Kalua Pig. So, the list of ingredients are: 12oz. Kalua Pig ½ of a small head of Cabbage, chopped in large pieces ½ of a large White Sweet Onion, rough chopped ½ - 1 C. Water 1-2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil Here’s what you do:   ...
  11. Kalua Pork, Oven Style

    The Mother of all invention is need! Having moved away from Hawaii to the Desert SouthWest, Hawaiian Food is not plentiful.  When my husband and I first started coming here many years ago, there wasn’t much of anything, period. Then we moved here permanently.  We found a couple of restaurants that served, kinda-sorta’ Hawaii style food, but, MEH…  Next, we found a market that carried some of the ingredients to make the dishes from back home. My culinary adventure began! The featured dish...
  12. Beef and Mushroom Skewers with Onion Balsamic Glaze

    I came to a conclusion this weekend. I am terrible at keeping friends. It’s not that I am a mean or vile person. I am very personable and make friends quite easily, but I am terrible at keeping long term friendships alive. I have moved around alot in my life, both somewhat as a kid and more so as an adult and I have come to the realization that I tend to close out chapters of my life, when I move, to the point of letting old friendships fade away. You psychologist types out there would...
  13. Jerk Chicken

    As I stated in my previous post, work has been keeping me pretty busy the last few weeks. Not only am I working 6 to 7 days a week, but I am also working 10-12 hours each day. That has left precious little time to do much serious cooking, though I have occasionally found the time. Where it really hurts is when it comes to grilling. My grills (1 gas, 1 charcoal and a smoker) have all remained more idle, for the past few weeks, than I like. Summer usually finds me grilling out at least a few...
  14. The Florodora-A Gin Cocktail

    It’s been awhile since I’ve been in the gin mood. For the last year I’ve mainly been drinking rum and, my personal favorite, bourbon. But recently I was in a gin kind of mood. It was hot out, unseasonably hot. It was only the beginning of June but between the high heat and the lack of rain the grass, in our yard, has the brown, stunted look and sharp, prickly texture of August. I was in the mood for gin, but I didn’t want anything too heavy and aromatic and, for once in my life, wasn’t in...
  15. Grilled Shrimp Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

    It’s been a good summer, so far. My daughter joined her first Tee-ball league which I had to take her to. It was well worth it for the entertainment value alone. Watching a bunch of 4 and 5 year old's trying to grasp the fundamentals of baseball is a recipe for mayhem and hilarity. There were kids that cried the entire time they ran the bases after hitting a ball, kids who couldn’t grasp the concept of running to first base after hitting the ball, first base men who missed every ball thrown...
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