Articles from pete

  1. Featured

    Caramel Filled Apple Dumplings

    If you haven’t realized by now that Fall is my favorite season and that apples are one of my favorite foods then either: 1. you haven’t been paying attention, or 2. you are new to this blog and haven’t yet read many of my previous posts. Either way I am not going to bore you today with a rehashing of my previous sentiments. Read a few earlier posts from the last few weeks and you’ll get the picture.

    The only thing I will say, before moving on to the recipe for today is that this recipe...
  2. Caramelized Cauliflower

    Tonight we picked up our last box, of the season, from our CSA. Well, technically the last regular season box was delivered a few weeks ago, but we had also opted for the late season storage share. I can’t wait to eat my way through all the killer produce that was delivered. But, before I go on, I really should thank Nicole and Joe, and family, of Good Earth Farm. Through their hard work and tremendous efforts my family was supplied with a bounty of produce all summer and fall long. It was...
  3. Cheese and Bacon Souffle

    Souffles have fallen out of fashion, at least in regards to home cooks. I have hundreds of cookbooks spanning back over 120 years. In many of those books, dated from the 50’s through the 70’s and even 80’s, you’d find recipes for all sorts of souffles from sweet to savory. In the 80’s their popularity started to wane and now it is rare to find a new cookbook with a souffle recipe in it. That’s too bad as I think every decent home cook should know how to make a soufflé.

    There seems to be a...
  4. Chicken Breast in Puff Pastry

    Puff pastry should be a staple in everyone’s freezer nowadays. It can be found in virtually every grocery store, in the freezer section so there’s no excuse to not keep some around. Of course, if you are feeling ambitious you can make your own, but it is a time consuming endeavor. Making your own is well worth the time as anything you would make at home will always trump the stuff that you can buy, but in today’s age it can be hard to find the time, and it is certainly something you can’t do...
  5. Chicken Pot Pie

    Chicken Pot Pie is one of those great comfort foods I remember from my childhood. Unfortunately, they often came frozen, from a small blue box, you remember the ones. I can remember my Mom making a number of different “chicken topped with some kind of pastry” casseroles, but I don’t ever remember her making actual Chicken Pot Pie. Too bad for me, because I imagine if she had set her mind to making a chicken pot pie it would have been a pretty good one.

    Chicken Pot Pie is not difficult to...
  6. Chicken Rhubarb Stir Fry

    It’s been a tough spring so far, for gardening. We had a long, cold, wet spring and the summer has been very wet also. This year we had decided, in place of a CSA share we would rent a plot in the community garden and grow some of our own vegetables. Due to all the rain, we go the garden in late and since then haven’t been able to work on it very much. With storms rolling through the area, on average, every other day, the ground has not gotten dry enough to work, especially the clay based...
  7. Chicken Salad - A Lesson in Presentation

    One of the most important lessons I learned as a young, professional chef was that presentation is everything. Even in the finest of restaurants you can serve the most mundane of foods if you create a spectacular, or beautiful, way to present it. Soups were a classic example of this. Many of the soups we made, at some of the best restaurants, I worked at, in Chicago, Atlanta and New Orleans, were soups that people make at home every day. The only difference was in the presentation....
  8. Chinese Bao-Breathing Life into Leftovers

    My wife will tell you that I’m not a big fan of leftovers. It’s true, while I don’t hate leftovers, I am usually not a fan of eating something 2 or 3 days in a row. I will agree that certain things are definitely better the second or third day. Soups, stews, and most braised dishes fall squarely into this category. And who can resist a meatloaf sandwich the day after? Or a roast turkey sandwich the day after Thanksgiving? But these are the exceptions. To really get excited about leftovers, I...
  9. Chipotle Spiked Chili

    Winter and the holidays are just around the corner. I love the holidays but it dawned on me the other day that they just don’t hold that same feeling, for me, as when I was a kid. There’s that sense of awe and fascination, the giddiness that comes with anticipation, the joy of being so caught up in the moment. I still have many of the same feelings, but they are no longer all-consuming as when I was a child. I watch my daughter, during the holidays, and I see in her all those feelings and...
  10. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

    Okay, it finally happened. I succumbed to the holiday cookie mania sweeping blogs and the web this time of year. I feel guilty… and kind of dirty, like when you fall prey to one of those forbidden pleasures, but these cookies are so good I have to share them with everyone. Rich, chewy, decadently fudgy, with a crisp exterior and a soft, moist crumb, what’s not to love? Just writing about them makes me feel a little sinful.

    Seriously, these are great, little cookies, eaten as is or...
  11. Chorizo Empanadas with Avocado Cream

    So we finally had a beautiful weekend, and just in time. This weekend was the first farm event, of the season, for our new CSA. After not joining a CSA for the last few years we decided to get involved again and chose Good Earth Farm, in Oakfield, WI as our new CSA. The event, this past weekend, gave us a chance to meet Nicole, one of the owners, along with a couple of people working for a share. While not much is happening in the fields yet, except for garlic, the greenhouse was in full...
  12. Christmas Cocktails-The Christmas Kiss

    Christmas is just around the corner.  I love this time of year.  There are so many traditions around the holidays and while I am not strictly bound, or tied down, to traditions, I love the comfort that they bring.  Each and every family has their own traditions, some dating back for generations and some recently created.  To me they are both meaningful.

    One of my favorite, new traditions is our yearly “St. Nicholas Reindeer Brunch” at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake. We get all dressed...
  13. Christmas Traditions-Egg Nog

    The holidays just aren’t complete without, at least, 1 batch of Egg Nog. I have had a love-hate relationship with the stuff over the years. As a kid I loved the stuff, but then somewhere along the line I lost my taste for it and wouldn’t be caught dead drinking it. But, in recent years, I’ve come to enjoy a glass or 2 during the holidays. It’s still not something that I could drink every day, but a few glasses, to celebrate the holidays is something I enjoy, especially if spiked with a bit...
  14. Cider Glazed Root Vegetables

    I hate to admit it but I am not a huge fan of vegetables. Oh, sure, they’re all right, but I would much rather fill up on starch and proteins. I know, I’m such a Midwesterner! In my defense, I have been trying to consume more vegetables in the past few months, but I still have a long way to go. There are notable exceptions to this though. Fresh, in season tomatoes, fennel, and asparagus are just a few I like and I have always loved many of the vegetables from the Brassica genus. This...
  15. Cider-Autumn's Elixir

    Autumn-my favorite time of the year.  It’s that time, at least in North America, when Mother Nature shows us her most colorful side as trees turn from verdant green to every imaginable shade of red, yellow, and orange; a time when the hills and valleys become ablaze with color.  The aroma of wood smoke fills the air for the first time in months as wood stoves and fire places are once again lit to ward off the chill that starts to pervade the night air.  Everywhere you look the sights,...
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