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Honey Glazed Granola

  • by PeteModerator

  One of my favorite, year round breakfasts is granola with yogurt. While I love to eat it year round, for some reason I find that I only make homemade granola in the wintertime. I’m not sure why this is as granola is easy to make and doesn’t require much time, although it does require firing up the oven, which is something I don’t necessarily like to do more than necessary during the summer. Maybe I should try to figure out how to bake granola on one of my grills!!!   Granola has a reputation for being a “healthy” food. While even the worst of granolas are a good... read more

Sage Popovers

  • by PeteModerator

  Let’s face it, we all try to avoid breakfast on T-Day, in anticipation of the huge, gluttonous feast we plan on consuming later in the day, but if you are like me there is no way you will make it until then without any sustenance, especially as all those heavenly aromas waft through the air, igniting your hunger. Besides, as a host to those overnight guests I feel bad if I don’t offer up something for breakfast. These popovers fit the bill quite nicely. They are light, but flavorful. Just the thing one needs to just take the edge off of the hunger until dinner is... read more

A Duo of Beef Jerky Recipes

  • by PeteModerator

    A few years ago I received a food dehydrator that I wrote a review for, here on Chef Talk.  While it isn't a piece of equipment that I pull out often I do pull it out occasionally, usually to make fruit leather for my daughter, but has my wife is a big fan of jerky I do occasionally pull it out to make something for her.   This weekend I got a chance to play around, again, with making jerky, and I have to say, I was rather pleased with the results. It sure beats out most of the big name brand jerkys out there and is a heck of a lot less expensive than buying... read more

Start a New Tradition-The Thanksgiving Bloody Mary

  • by PeteModerator

    Back in 1993 I moved to Atlanta, a good 12 hour drive from Indiana and my family. Luckily, I wasn’t there long before I made many friends, many of them in the same position I was in with the holidays coming up and no family to spend it with. It was then that I decided that I would throw an annual Thanksgiving potluck get together. The premise was simple. I would cook a turkey, the dressing, and the gravy, and everyone else was to bring their favorite dish from their Thanksgivings at home.   The first year I did this we had a modest amount of people drop by. I... read more

Cornbread Stuffed Squash

  • by PeteModerator

    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 in the kitchen helping out, but I’ll also have a chance to chill in... read more

Cranberry and Dried Cherry Chutney

  • by PeteModerator

    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 mold.  No matter how it is served, I am a firm believer that it belongs on... read more

Gingered Cider-Bourbon Cocktail

  • by PeteModerator

  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 Champagne at dinner, or later that evening as you are winding down and... read more

The Mystery Basket or How a Chef Interviews for a Job

    If you have ever watched a show like chopped, then you have an idea of what a mystery basket is.  It is an assortment of random ingredients that a cook or chef will have to cobble together to make a dish in a limited amount of time.  This lends itself to dramatic television.  The thing is the mystery basket is a pretty standard way to interview potential cooks and chefs in the industry.  I recently had a job interview that involved a mystery basket and it is a harrowing experience.  There are several factors that make such a test difficult.    The... read more

A Small, Quiet Thanksgiving

  • by PeteModerator

    It's that time of year when food sites and food blogs turn their attention to the holidays and offer up all sorts of wonderful dishes for your holiday celebrations.  Unfortunately, the vast majority of these sites tend to focus on large gatherings and forget that, for many people, the holidays won't be filled with large family gatherings or parties  For many, it may just be them and their significant other, or just the few people in their immediate family.  Maybe they don't have any extended family, live too far away to get together, or maybe they are just... read more

From Athlete to Chef

            Why did I chose to become a chef? This is a question that I get often. It is a question I never really had an answer to. Many stories of chefs usually involve becoming turned onto food and cooking at a younger or sometimes later age by their mother or grandmother figure whom often cooked memorable meals that inspired them to immerse themselves in such a world. Some, however, have had troubled lives early on and found something that they love in cooking and turn that into a career.              I find that I had a very different approach and reasoning for... read more

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