Articles from pete

  1. Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

    You would think that after years of having the Internet (yes, younger generation, there was a time before the Internet) I'd get tired of surfing the web.  But I still love to surf the web, fall down a rabbit hole and discover new things.  During one of my late night surfing sessions I came across a recipe for Cinnamon Roll Pancakes from Recipegirl.com. Now I have come across recipes for these tasty, sugar packed pancakes before, but seeing Lori’s post and beautiful pictures reminded me that...
  2. Cinnamon Rolls

    I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, “My wife rocks!!!!” I woke up this morning to the smell of cinnamon rolls baking, and there is no better smell in the world! I love the fact that my wife can cook so well, which, in this day and age, is saying something. I am constantly amazed by the number of people I meet that “can’t cook.” I know I’ve said it here before, but it never ceases to amaze me. Luckily, I think we are starting to see that trend change. Just look at all the good...
  3. Classic Cocktails- Whiskey Sour and Homemade Sour Mix

    I am a huge Bourbon fan. While I’ve never met a Whiskey I haven’t liked, over the years I’ve found that I prefer Bourbon to all other Whiskeys, including Scotch. I’ve always been a Bourbon fan, at least since my college days, when I drank copious amounts of Jim Beam. While in culinary school I discovered Basil Hayden and the rest of the Super Premium Bourbons and haven’t looked back since. Basil Hayden is still one of my favorites, although I can’t afford it often so my “go to” Bourbon is...
  4. Coca Cola Battered Cherries

    The original idea for Coca Cola Battered Cherries came about last year while I was working at my Kiwanis group’s annual fundraiser, the World’s Largest Walleye Fish Fry at Walleye Weekend in Fond du Lac, WI. Over the course of 3 days we will thaw, clean, bread, fry and serve approximately 2500 pounds of Walleye. While they are long days and a lot of work there is also quite a bit of down time during which I usually find myself getting into all sorts of trouble. My wife, who had come out to...
  5. Cocktail Party Food-Crab Cheesecake

    Now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is just around the corner.  For many people that means attending and/or hosting holiday meals and cocktail parties.  When I host a cocktail party one of the things that I try to do is make as much ahead as I can, so that I can enjoy the party and not spend too much time in the kitchen, or behind the bar.  For the bar that means making punches and large batches of pre-mixed cocktails, and for the food that means coming up with dishes that can be made...
  6. Confessions of a Sell Out Chef

    Written By Chef Peter Martin
    This past fall I found myself unemployed.  With the economy the in the middle of its downward spiral, this was not a good thing.  And being a chef in Wisconsin my prospects were few. 

    While job hunting I got a call from a friend who had recently made the jump from the restaurant world into the world of institutional foodservice.  He claimed that he was enjoying his job and the lifestyle it afforded him, and better yet, he knew of a position open in his company...
  7. Cooking For A Tailgating Party

    The sun is shining.  You lazily sip an adult malted beverage as the scent of meat, sizzling over a charcoal fire, wafts through the air.  The kids are happily playing a few feet away, when suddenly, from out of the charcoal fueled haze, a man appears, half naked and painted from head to toe in bright and gaudy war paint.  He screams his war chant at you and you retaliate with one of your own.  Amazingly, no one around you seems to even take notice.  You have left reality behind and have...
  8. Cooking with Kids - A Survival Guide

    Let’s face it, most kids love to cook. It’s fun, it’s messy, and it allows them to play with their food free of parental disapproval. Cooking with your kids can be a joyful experience, and a time for family bonding and teaching your kids a necessary life skill. It can also be a harrowing, exasperating experience which can leave you with more gray hairs than you started with. Hopefully, by following the tips and guidelines listed below you can increase your chances at the former while...
  9. Coriander Crusted Pork Chops with Lime Glaze

    It’s getting close to midnight and although I sat down at the computer about 2 hours ago I’ve now started to type up this post. Instead of writing I got sucked into yet another bunch of political debates….okay, arguments. Without getting into politics here on my blog, let me just say that some people really piss me off. Our country has become so divided between the right and the left, the liberals and the conservatives, I sometimes wonder if we haven’t passed the point of no return. Of...
  10. Corn Fritters with Peach Salsa

    It's August and that means that 2 of my favorite things are in season; corn and peaches.  Both peak at this time of year, but you rarely find recipes that use both of them, which I feel is a shame.  So I set out to remedy that situation.  Personally, I'd eat enough of these to make a full meal-they would probably make a great breakfast-but for most people, this would make a great side dish to any grilled chicken or pork that you might be doing.

    Peach Salsa

    2 peaches
    1/4 cup onion, finely...
  11. Cornbread Stuffed Squash

    Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and I can’t wait!! I love Thanksgiving; a day of cooking, eating, chilling in front of the TV, eating, playing board games, eating, hanging with family and/or friends, and eating. This year we are making the 5 hour trek to my parent’s house in Indiana which means I won’t have to do much of the cooking (a wonderful break, as any chef will tell you). I’ll still be involved and will gladly help out as part of the joy of Thanksgiving is having the whole family...
  12. Cowboy Candy-Sweet Pickled Jalapenos

    The other week, at one of the local farmer’s markets I got a really good deal on some red and green jalapenos. I was excited as one of the things I wanted to can this year was a couple of jars of Cowboy Candy-sweet pickled jalapeno slices. These spicy-sweet treats have become quite popular over the last couple of years and as a fan of spicy foods I’ve enjoyed my fair share, but had yet to make my own. The Internet if full of recipes for Cowboy Candy, most of which seem to be people sharing...
  13. Crab Stuffed Shrimp with Linguine and Ramps

    Last Saturday I took my daughter out to the woods. Not only would I get a chance to spend some time with my 3 year old as we stomped through the woods, but it also gave my wife a little quite time without the 2 of us. Besides, though a little early, conditions seemed pretty good for hunting down some morels. The trip was both a success and a failure. No morels were found, but the land around the creek was bursting with ramps (wild leeks) of which I grabbed a few handfuls. I’m planning on...
  14. Crabcake Benedicts with Bacon Hollandaise

    Once again we are just a few weeks from the Holidays, here in the US.  With both Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner many of us will be hosting family, sometimes for multiple day stays.  Usually I like to keep breakfast an easy affair when hosting family, whether it is bagels from the local bagel shop, overnight breakfast casseroles, or quick, and simple, breakfast breads such as coffeecake or muffins.  But occasionally, I like to pull out all the stops and do something that...
  15. Cranberry and Dried Cherry Chutney

    Cranberry relish is a staple of the Thanksgiving table, and for good reason.  It's tart bite makes a great counterpoint to all the rich, fatty foods that grace the holiday table.  It awakens the palate and brings a vibrant freshness to what can be a heavy meal.

    Cranberry relish comes in all different forms and flavors, from the canned jellied stuff (that is the guilty pleasure of so many of us) to ground berries only slightly sweetened to  thick, cloying sauces and the inevitable jello...
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