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Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Dried Cranberries

  • by PeteModerator

  It seems to be a universal truth that kids hate brussels sprouts and who can blame them, especially if they were all served like my parents served them; cooked to death then drizzled with vinegar. It’s no wonder that many of us ever outgrow that hatred. That’s too bad because brussels sprouts can be a wonderful vegetable. Sure, overcooked they can be mushy, slimy and sulfurous, but when cooked properly they have a wonderful earthy quality about them and just a hint of a sharp bite that makes them lively.   While many people still prefer to blanch them whole, or... read more

Cranberry Old Fashioned

  • by PeteModerator

  I need to start this post with a disclaimer. I live in Wisconsin and here in Wisconsin drinking Old Fashioneds is a way of life. They serve them by the buckets full in Supper Clubs all across this state. But, Old Fashioneds, here in Wisconsin, are very different from those made in pretty much every other part of the country, so I discovered soon after moving here. First off, in Wisconsin, if you ask for an Old Fashioned it is going to be made with Brandy. That is the default liquor. Not Whiskey. Secondly, here in Wisconsin, they tend to build their Old Fashioneds... read more

Holiday Sangria

  • by PeteModerator

  When it comes to holiday party planning, one of the things I look to do is make things as simple as I can once the party starts so that I can enjoy my guests and not have to spend the time mixing drinks, preparing food, etc.  That means that I often look for drinks that I can pour into punch bowls or pitchers so that guests can help themselves.  As such, I often serve Sangria.   People usually associate Sangria with warm weather, and I agree it does make a refreshing drink in summer, but its adaptability really makes it suited to any season or any occasion. Be... read more

Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash-Thanksgiving Leftovers

  • by PeteModerator

  My family isn’t super big on breakfast, at least on the weekdays. It’s usually a grab and go affair as both me and my wife would rather spend the extra few minutes in bed than get up and make something substantial, although we always see to that our daughter gets a good breakfast. Things change on the weekends. If we don’t go out for breakfast then we will usually cook a substantial meal. My wife usually does the cooking in the morning as I am not much of a morning person, though I do a fair share of the breakfasts.   I love to make hashes of all kinds.  Hashes,... read more

Spicy Sweet Potato Gratin

  • by PeteModerator

  As a young kid I hated sweet potatoes. I had never tried one, but I just knew, deep down, that I’d hate it and so I did. I don’t remember when I got over this assumed hatred of them, but it wasn’t until I was at least 11 or 12, and even then I only learned to like them reluctantly. I look back at that time and wonder why. It made no sense as it combined 2 things I loved the most; potatoes and something sweet. While I may never understand why I didn’t like them, at least I got over it and now adore sweet potatoes. Not only are they great in their traditional uses but... read more

Roasted Beets with Garlic and Onions

  • by PeteModerator

   In the past few weeks I've posted a number of recipes that perfect for serving at your Thanksgiving meal.  For me, Thanksgiving is all about tradition and don't like to change up the menu too much.  I like my turkey, my gravy, my mashed potatoes, and stuffing...well, you get the picture.  I do try to add a new dish, though, every so often, just to change things up a bit.  Today's offering is a wonderful Autumn time side dish, Roasted Beets. Add to those beets some onion and a few cloves of garlic and you have a dish that delights both the sense of taste and... read more

Pumpkin Cranberry Coffeecake

  • by PeteModerator

  Well, it was another fun-filled, Fall weekend in our house. On Saturday, my daughter and I had a father/daughter day. We headed down to Milwaukee to see the “Discover the Dinosaurs” exhibit at the State Fairgrounds. My daughter loves dinosaurs so she had a blast seeing all her favorites come to life. It wasn’t cheap, but seeing as her birthday was just a few days away (October 31st) I figured it would make a good present and I wasn’t wrong. After that we grabbed a bite a A.J. Bombers for some of the best burgers in Milwaukee and a Root Beer float for her. We... read more

Hot Chocolate for the Family

  • by PeteModerator

  Today was the first big snow storm of the season. 12+ inches of wet, heavy snow, accompanied by high winds, shut down schools and businesses across Wisconsin and, according to news reports, across a good portion of the nation.   Living 45 minutes away from where I work, there was little chance that I would be making it in. A call to the jail administrator, where I work, confirmed that driving would not be in my best interests as long as I made sure there was enough staff on hand to feed the inmates. Luckily most of my staff lives much closer and they were able to... read more

Curried Squash Soup

  • by PeteModerator

  Well, it’s November 1st and I survived another Halloween, which is getting more difficult as my daughter gets older and becomes more of a force to reckon with when she’s hopped up on massive quantities of sugar. She turned 5 on Halloween (and yes, sometimes I think she truly is the spawn of the devil!) and I’m glad I wasn’t her teachers that day. She must have told me 20 times that morning that it was her birthday and that she was a big girl now. I can’t imagine how many times her teachers had to hear that line. More power to them, as a full day of that would have... read more

Tomato Braised Cauliflower Curry

  • by PeteModerator

  So I decided to sit down and write this post while my 3 year old daughter is in the bathtub. Big mistake. My office is right across the hallway from the bathroom and I leave the doors open so that I can keep an eye on her while I work. Unfortunately, she is a lot more interesting than anything I can think of to say, so I sit listening to her, trying to come up with something…anything to say, but each time I come up with some great culinary insight to impart, my thoughts are scattered as my daughter comes up with another classic one liner. Right now it is an argument... read more

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