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Miso Marinated Salmon with Soba Noodles

  • by PeteModerator

  In my effort to try eating healthier meals on a more regular basis, to please my doctor, I’ve rediscovered miso paste. For those of you not familiar with it, miso paste is a fermented soybean product, from Japan. There are many varieties of miso paste, many made from rice or various grains, though the white and red soybean miso is probably the most popular. Most Americans are probably most familiar with miso in miso soup, a dish often served at sushi bars, in this country, as a first course.   Like many fermented products, miso contains live cultures that are said... 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

Squash Autumns Ambassadors

The envoys of fall arrive to greet us well before the autumnal equinox.  Gourds, which include pumpkins, winter squash, and those warty, odd-shaped decorative miniatures, begin showing up in supermarkets and roadside stands in late summer.  Appearing even before the leaves start changing, they're a distinctive harbinger of autumn.  For the gourmet, they're a key ingredient in a variety of seasonal dishes. Squash is the fruit of plants from the gourd family.  Squash originated in the western hemisphere and was being consumed by man at least 5,000 years ago, probably... read more

Homemade Marshmallows

  • by PeteModerator

  It's wintertime, and since I have a 9 year old daughter that means we drink a lot of Hot Cocoa in our house.  I'm not talking the weak, insipid instant mix, but good, old-fashioned, made-from-scratch Hot Chocolate.  And you can't have hot chocolate without marshmallows. Sure some people like to top their cocoa with whipped cream, but for pure comfort factor you can beat marshmallows!   Homemade marshmallows are a thing of beauty. They taste so much better than the store bought ones, can easily be customizable, and aren’t overly difficult to make. While vanilla is... read more

Duck and Butternut Squash Hash

  • by PeteModerator

  I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. Ours was fantastic!!! Fun yet mellow. Not quite as relaxing as I had hoped it would be but it never is when you have a 5 year old. She was so wound up for the morning that she expected us to entertain her all day, a theme that has been playing out more often recently. I’m not sure what it is; it isn’t that she doesn’t have an expansive imagination. I’ve watched her carry on 4 way conversations where she plays the part of each one of her dolls. I guess it’s just easier to have Mom and Dad do the... read more

Fermented Veggies

  • by PeteModerator

  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. If you haven’t had salad turnips before, and you probably haven’t, you... read more

A Pair of Peach Preserves

  • by PeteModerator

  This past Fall my wife was out and about and had stopped at this little Amish farm that also runs a bakery out of their house. She loves to stop there to pick up their Bacon-Cheese Bread, Pecan Sticky Buns and their soft Pretzels. This day they had a number of boxes of peaches sitting outside with a sign telling people that they were free. Word was that they had gotten partially frozen and now weren’t any good for what they needed them for. Well Wanda picked up a box and brought them home. They ended up being quite mealy in texture so they weren’t very good for... read more

Baking Bread-Making a Classic Batard

  • by PeteModerator

  Awhile ago I had promised myself to do more baking to regain some of those skills I lost due to not using them much over the last many years. While I have done more baking since I started this blog, I haven’t done nearly the amount I want, so I’ve made that promise to myself again and hopefully will stick with it.   The bread I baked the other day is the first loaf I’ve baked in quite some time, and I realized just how rusty those skills become without use. Don’t get me wrong, it turned out fine, but I do need a little work on my skills to get my breads to the... read more

Triple Fruit Oatmeal Souffle

  • by PeteModerator

  A few days ago, I got it into my mind that I wanted to try making an oatmeal souffle for breakfast. I know this is not an original idea, but for the life of me I couldn’t think where I had heard of this concept before. Luckily we have the Internet, that bastion of all knowledge. I figured that the web would be full of recipes and that I’d be able to get the general gist of how to make one and then come up with my own recipe, although I had already pretty much figured out how I would do it.   ***RANT ALERT**** Okay, I’m going to rant a little about something that... read more

Quest for Zippy Mac Salad Recipe via kaneohegirlinaz

By Kaneohegirlinaz   So some of you may have been reading, I have been trying to get the correct proportions of a recipe from a restaurant in Hawaii. Zippy's is an institution on Oahu to be specific, they have many menu item at their fast food take-out locations as well as casual diners. One side dish that has been long coveted is their Macaroni Salad. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, yeah, so what? Why don't you Google Zippy's Mac Salad and see how many hits you'll get from us forlorn Islanders who have moved away to the Mainland. I have been searching the... read more

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