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Caramel Filled Apple Dumplings

  • by PeteModerator

  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 rocks!!! I know I should be more humble but really, I really liked these when... read more

Chorizo Empanadas with Avocado Cream

  • by PeteModerator

  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 swing, and by the looks of things, there were plenty of plants just waiting for... read more

Crabcake Benedicts with Bacon Hollandaise

  • by PeteModerator

  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 will "wow" them, and this recipe fits the bill perfectly.   This dish is a... read more

A "No Turkey" Thanksgiving-Roast Pork

  • by PeteModerator

  It’s the beginning of  November and we are just a few weeks away from Thanksgiving, which means the foodie blogosphere is abuzz with all things Thanksgiving related. There are hundreds of recipes for turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sides, and all manner of desserts, but you don’t see a whole lot about alternatives for turkey. Sure they are out there, but they are certainly overshadowed by the number of turkey recipes available.   I know that there are people out there that won’t be eating turkey for Thanksgiving. Maybe you have a dislike for turkey, which I,... read more

Caramelized Cauliflower

  • by PeteModerator

  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 truly a pleasure to get to meet some of the people that supply us with our... read more

Holiday Entertaining-Cocktails

  • by PeteModerator

  The holidays are just around the corner and with the holidays usually comes lots of socializing.  Maybe you are will be heading out to a party or 2 or, just as likely, you will be hosting a party, or get together, or maybe just having some family over, either for an evening of eating and drinking, or for an extended period.  No matter what the occasion, you will probably be offering up a few drinks.    Of course, you can always stick with the classics.  There is nothing wrong with Rum and Cokes, Gin and Tonics, Whiskey and Gingers, etc. but sometimes you just want... read more

Spinach and Arugula Salad with Grapefruit

  • by PeteModerator

  It’s a typical March week here in Wisconsin. One day it’s up to 40°F (short sleeve shirt weather up here) and the next it’s cloudy, gray, foggy and snowy. But what do you expect, it’s Springtime in Wisconsin and that means the weather can change in a heartbeat. I’m just praying for more nice weather. I usually enjoy winter but it’s been a long, cold one and I’m ready for Spring, and not just the occasional teaser. I’m ready for some sustained nice weather.   Late winter-early spring can be a rough time to find good produce, even in this day and age of rapid... read more

Summer Vegetable Pasta

  • by PeteModerator

  Here, in the US, we have a tendency to, usually, serve pastas with heavy tomato sauces or white, creamy cheese sauces, but some of the best pasta dishes are simply pasta tossed with a good amount of olive oil (or butter) and some fresh or sautéed vegetables, especially come summertime when those vegetables are at their peak of ripeness.    I absolutely love the subtle anise (licorice) flavor of fennel and the fresh flavor it can bring to so many dishes. I will often shave it paper thin and make it into a little salad to accompany seafood or slowly cook it, like... read more

Apple Cranberry Leather

  • by PeteModerator

  I’ve recently be playing around with dehydrating as a form of preserving food, and making tasty treats thanks to my new dehydrator from Chef Talk. You can find the review of that dehydrator here  ​ In the past, dehydrating hasn’t held a lot of allure for me, but I am the curious sort (for both better and for worse) and am always looking to try new things and experiment with new, at least to me, techniques.   Of course, one of the first things I’ve tried is fruit leather (beef jerky will be this weekend) as I have always loved those fruit roll ups. I wanted... read more

Mushroom Risotto

  • by PeteModerator

  This past Saturday my brother and his wife came up to spend the weekend. The plan was for them to arrive in time for dinner on Saturday and then they and I would head out and hit one of the local haunted houses for a good scare. The wife opted to stay home and take care of our daughter. She may love a good scary movie, but haunted houses, with all the loud noises and people jumping out, at her, just isn’t her idea of a fun time. The weather was cool, bordering on cold and just a little rainy so I was looking to make something that was warming, soul satisfying, but... read more

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