Articles from pete

  1. Fermented Veggies

    Thanks to my wife, we once again, belong to a CSA. It has been a couple of years since we last belonged to one and a few winters ago my wife decided it was time we joined another one, and this time she didn’t want to pay for it so she decided that she would give up 4 hours a week to help at the farm in return for a worker’s share. So thanks to her we have plenty of produce filling up our fridge this summer. THANKS HONEY!!!!!

    For a few weeks we were getting salad turnips in every delivery....
  2. Forgotten Christmas Candy - Divinity and Angel Food Candy

    I love Christmastime!  I is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love the sights, the sounds, the smells, and just about everything that comes with the holiday....and yes....even the snow.  For me, it's not really Christmas if it isn't a White Christmas.  And, of course, I love the foods of Christmas!  You know the ones, those cookies and candies that only get made once a year, no matter how much you love them and crave them.  Those treats that just don't seem right when made in the...
  3. French Toast with Bourbon Peach Sauce

    I don’t often eat breakfast. On days that I work I leave the house too early to even think about eating. It’s not that I dislike breakfast fare, it’s just that I’d much rather spend the extra few minutes in bed than take the time to eat breakfast, besides, if I eat too early I just feel sick to my stomach. That’s not the case on weekends though, when I can get up at a decent hour and slowly adjust to being awake. Then I’m ready for breakfast….well brunch, considering the time, but let’s not...
  4. Fresh Mozzarella & Tomato Panini

    It’s that time of year, and the tomatoes have started popping up in our CSA share. I always look forward to these additions to our weekly boxes. For most of the year I’m not much of a tomato fan, mainly due to the fact that most supermarket tomatoes (those wrongly named vine-ripened included) are tasteless and have the texture of cardboard and water. But come the end of July and the beginning of August that all changes as local, truly vine ripened tomatoes start showing up at the farmer’s...
  5. 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...
  6. Game Day Eats-Tamale Casserole

    It's that time of year again-football playoffs!  And that means Game Day snacks.  When I'm hosting game day I like to make sure that I am offering up more than just the regular old chips and dip, and chili.  I like to change it up regularly, and will often do a food theme based around what teams are playing.  But, I have to admit sometimes I don't have the time or energy to get too creative.

    This recipe is one of my favorites when I'm feeling lazy or less than inspired. I love tamales, but...
  7. German Apple Pancakes

    For years I have wanted to travel the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive in Autumn. It’s a beautiful drive that takes you through the Kettle Moraine State Park as well as a number of cute, little Wisconsin towns. I was determined that this year we would take the drive. With my work schedule about to get crazy again, yesterday was our only opportunity to do it, so, despite the low clouds and almost constant drizzle we loaded up the van and took the drive.

    The northern end the drive starts about 45...
  8. Gingerbread Pancakes

    Are you burnt out on gingerbread flavored foods this holiday season? Hopefully not as I have a wonderful “gingerbread” bread recipe to share today. I first made these gingerbread pancakes a few years ago and fell in love with them. For pancakes, they are a little on the dense side but it seems appropriate considering the punch of flavor that these offer. I know you are probably already saying to yourself that you’ve had enough “gingerbread” to last you until next Christmas (and we’re still a...
  9. Gingered Bourbon Sour

    Like most of the people in the upper Midwest, I can’t believe the weather we are having. We’ve had almost a full week of 70-80° temperatures and it’s barely the middle of March. Of course, we’re all holding our breath, just waiting for winter to make one last bid for supremacy. We watch the news religiously expecting to hear that the season’s worst blizzard is heading our way and that this weather is nothing but a short tease before we are plunged back into sub zero temperatures.

    That...
  10. Gingered Cider-Bourbon Cocktail

    When it comes to Autumn and Winter one of my favorite beverages is Hot Spiced Cider, usually with a shot of bourbon in it.  But, I'm not always in the mood for a hot drink and so I created this cocktail, that has become quite popular at my family gatherings.  I can't think of a more American cocktail than this, combining bourbon with sweet cider and maple syrup.

    This cocktail would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving Day menu, whether as a pre dinner drink, an option, beyond wine or...
  11. Grape Jelly

    It’s Saturday, September 24th, and it’s the perfect early Fall day. Sunny and warm with just a slight crispness in the air. It is, or was, the perfect day to head out and do a bit of grape picking, so the wife, the kid and I jumped into the car and drove down to the Madison area-Cottage Grove to be exact-to visit Door Creek Orchard where we knew we’d be able to get out in the vineyard and pick our own grapes. My wife and I discovered Door Creek Orchard a number of years ago and had a great...
  12. Grapefruit Sorbet

    Years ago, while working as a sous chef, one of the restaurants I worked at lost their pastry chef. It fell on me to cover pastries until the owners decided if they wanted to hire a new pastry chef or do without. Now, I can hold my own in a pastry shop, but I have to admit it is not one of my favorite things to do. Sure, I love playing around and baking every now and then, but to do it for 8-10 hours a day, day after day is not something I really enjoy all that much. There was one exception...
  13. Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

    Don’t adjust your computer monitor, the sauce on the pizza, in the picture is yellow. Don’t worry, it’s supposed to be that way! In general, I am not a big fan of BBQ pizzas. To me, and I know this is strictly a personal preference, something just doesn’t taste quite right about a pizza crust slathered with BBQ sauce. It’s strange that I feel that way as I am a huge fan of both pizza and BBQ, but together I’m not so keen on it. That is unless it is BBQ Chicken Pizza done my way.

    I hate to...
  14. Grilled Shrimp Ceviche

    I remember 15 years ago when hardly anyone knew what ceviche was. Unless you were well versed in Latin American cuisine or were following the pioneers of Nuevo Latino cuisine in the US then it was not a word or a dish that you came across. Nowadays, the dish is everywhere and on the verge of being passe. Just look at the last few episodes of “Top Chef.” There have been numerous ceviches offered up. It’s too bad that the dish is in danger of becoming a cliche because it is a wonderful, light...
  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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