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  1. When Things Go Wrong A Guide To Fixing Kitchen Disasters

    Written By Chef Peter Martin

    Let's face facts; we have all had our fair share of kitchen disasters, even us “professionals”, though we might not admit it.  From food being too salty, to scorched soups, to broken hollandaise, disasters do, and will, happen.  The good news is that many of these so-called “disasters” can be fixed relatively easily, with only a few that are beyond salvaging.  Below is a list of some of the most common kitchen disasters and how to fix them.

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  2. White Bread-Baking an Every Day Loaf

    With all the hype, in recent years, about artisan breads, sourdoughs, and preferments, you might get the idea that baking regular, old white has become a dying art. But if you look a little deeper at many baking sites you’ll see that the standard loaf of white bread still reigns supreme when it comes to home baking. With all the knowledge out there, why does this humble loaf still get so much attention, while at the same time often being maligned? The answer is pretty simple; it’s convenient...
  3. Wilted Mustard Greens Salad

    This past weekend we made it down to Madison to visit my brother, his wife and their newborn baby. As part of the trip we made sure to stop by the Dane County Farmer’s Market. As usual we picked up more veggies than we really should have, but I guess that’s a good thing as I am trying to eat a little better than I used to. Included in our haul this time were, golden beets, fava beans, red spring onions, baby potatoes, most of which were just larger than a peanut M&M, a number of different...
  4. Wilted Spinach Salad

    I have fond memories of Wilted Spinach Salad as a kid. It was the only way I would eat spinach. I wouldn’t touch the canned or frozen stuff if my life depended on it. Even today the thought of canned spinach makes me gag and while I do often use frozen spinach I only use it if it is an ingredient in a recipe. If I am sauteing spinach it has to be fresh or forget it. But as I kid I was even more prejudiced against spinach and Wilted Spinach Salads were the only way I’d eat the stuff. I’ve...
  5. Winter Warmers for the Holidays

    I wished that I lived in an era and society where we valued hot cocktails more than we do, nowadays.  Of course, that wasn't always the case.  For the better part of human history, warm, alcoholic beverages were a symbol of hospitality, at least in the cold, northern climes.

    The holiday season is a great time to revive many this custom once again.  There is nothing better, in my opinion, that walking into someone's house, after having braved the icy cold, winter conditions, smelling the...
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