Articles from pete

  1. Steak-Tuscan Style

    I can’t believe how beautiful it was today, up here in Wisconsin. The sun was shining, the temperature hovered in the mid 60’s and the neighborhood was inundated with the aromas of people cooking out and enjoying the day. Not what I usually think of as a normal day in mid March. Not that I’m complaining. It was great! The best part is renewing old friendships that kind of go by the wayside during the winter months was most of us seem to hibernate as much as possible. Friends that we spend...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Udon Noodle Soup

    This is a recipe that I’ve had around for a few weeks and I just haven’t had the chance to post yet. As you’ve probably noticed over the last few months, I’ve been exploring and playing around with Asian foods. One of the problems with making Asian dishes is the fact that they often require special ingredients that one can’t find in many local supermarkets. The up side is that, all across this country, Asian communities have been on the rise and you can probably find an Asian market...
  5. 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...
  6. Grilling Tips and Tricks

    It's the first weekend in April, and although the "official" grilling doesn't start for another 7 week with Memorial Day weekend, I'm sure that there are plenty of people out there pulling out their grills already.  For us hardcore, year round grill jockeys this weekend is pretty much like any other weekend as we don't allow a little cold or bad weather keep us from our grills. To help start the season out properly I thought I’d offer up some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned over the...
  7. Steak Tartare

    WARNING

    This post is all about the consumption of raw meat and eggs. If the above and below images make you queasy then stop reading.
    If you are a militant vegan or vegetarian you might want to stop reading.
    If you are grossed out by eating raw foods you might want to stop reading.
    If you work for the USDA you might want to stop reading or at least take note of the disclaimer below.
    If you are a lawyer you might want to stop reading or take note of the disclaimer below.

    DISCLAIMER

    As much...
  8. Sopes con Carne

    Growing up in small town mid-America I wasn’t exposed to a whole lot of ethnic foods beyond the standard Americanized Italian, Chinese and Mexican. While I loved “Mexican” food, I really hadn’t realized that there was much more to the cuisine than tacos and burritos stuffed with either ground beef or chicken and served with a side of beans and rice. Sure, I encountered the occasional enchilada and even more rarely, the occasional tamale, but my experiences were rather limited. Once out of...
  9. Pan Seared Salmon with Roasted Asparagus

    The weather is still cold, rainy and generally pretty crappy, but despite the lousy weather I’ve been in the Spring mood. It might be nasty out but a walk through the local forest has already offered up the first ramps of the season, which I used not long ago on a previous post. I also went out and checked on our herb garden. The mint and Lemon Balm are already starting to emerge and take over (that means lots of weeding to keep them in check) and the tarragon already has 3-4 inch shoots.

    I...
  10. 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...
  11. Pickled Beets

    The first time I really enjoyed beets is when I finally gave in and tried my parents' pickled beets. They were a revelation. I couldn’t believe that I had disdained these bright red root vegetables for so long, although I don’t think at age 10 I actually used the word disdained. I doubt I even knew the definition of that word at the time. Well, for the first time in my life my parents did not have to force me to eat my beets. Since then, I’ve come a long way. I love beets, and find many ways...
  12. 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...
  13. Herb Pot de Creme with Rhubarb Compote

    The other day my wife took our daughter to see one of my wife’s clients, who she had become good friends with. Her friend has a small farm and my wife took Genevieve to ride the horses. Genevieve (aka Gigi) is 4 1/2 years old and just recently told us that she wants her own horse. This has created no end of amusement for my wife because ever since Gigi was born I have been writing letters to Santa that Gigi has “dictated” to me. Most of them revolve around the idea that she wants a horse by...
  14. The Humble Bratwurst

    One thing I’ve learned, living here in Wisconsin, is that this state is obsessed with Bratwursts. It’s a passion that seems on the verge of mania. If you think I exaggerate I invite any of you to drive through any number of towns on any given weekend and you will see plenty of evidence. On any weekend from May through October you would be hard pressed to find a town that doesn’t have at least one “Brat Fry” going on, and oftentimes larger towns will have 2, 3, 4 or more going on...
  15. Creamy Potato and Ramp Soup

    Last Saturday dawned gray and rainy, so my morning plans of fishing were put on hold. Yes, I admit it, I am a fair weather fisherman. To me it is more about the act of fishing than actually catching fish, though catching them is an added plus. Since this is the case, I prefer my fishing days warm and sunny, and usually accompanied by a few beers! But since we had canceled our fishing plans I decided to head to my favorite spot to pick ramps (wild leeks). The trees would keep the worst of the...
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