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Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

  • by PeteModerator

  Don’t adjust your computer monitor, the sauce on the pizza, in the picture is yellow. Don’t worry, it’s supposed to be that way! In general, I am not a big fan of BBQ pizzas. To me, and I know this is strictly a personal preference, something just doesn’t taste quite right about a pizza crust slathered with BBQ sauce. It’s strange that I feel that way as I am a huge fan of both pizza and BBQ, but together I’m not so keen on it. That is unless it is BBQ Chicken Pizza done my way.   I hate to say it is “my way” as I was introduced to this style of BBQ pizza back... read more

Coca Cola Battered Cherries

  • by PeteModerator

  The original idea for Coca Cola Battered Cherries came about last year while I was working at my Kiwanis group’s annual fundraiser, the World’s Largest Walleye Fish Fry at Walleye Weekend in Fond du Lac, WI. Over the course of 3 days we will thaw, clean, bread, fry and serve approximately 2500 pounds of Walleye. While they are long days and a lot of work there is also quite a bit of down time during which I usually find myself getting into all sorts of trouble. My wife, who had come out to help, had brought along some snacks. Included in those snacks was a bag of... read more

Strawberry Freezer Jam-Jelly Making Made Simple

  • by PeteModerator

  One of my favorite ways to preserve food, besides making pickles, is to make jams and jellies. There’s nothing more rewarding, in wintertime, than to open a jar of jam that was made with fruits picked at the height of their ripeness during the summer. We make a lot of jam and jelly, in our house. I like to make spicy-sweet jellies with Raspberry-Jalapeno and Sweet Pepper-Habanero being two of my favorites. Every year my wife puts up numerous jars of homemade Concord grape jelly and Strawberry Freezer jam, another favorite around our house.   Everyone should have... read more

Indian Inspired Grilled Chicken with Rhubarb Chutney

  • by PeteModerator

  I am a big fan of Indian food, although I have to admit that my knowledge of cooking that cuisine is rather lacking.  Often I find myself just kind of playing around, inspired by the flavors of that country. I can’t really call this an authentic Indian dish for a couple of reasons, the biggest being that I have never come across an Indian recipe that includes rhubarb, but the flavors, as well as some of the techniques were inspired by my limited knowledge of Indian cooking.   Indian Inspired Grilled Chicken serves 6   6 each Chicken breasts, boneless, skinless... read more

Barbecued Ribs with Bourbon BBQ Sauce

  • by PeteModerator

For many of my friends, Labor Day weekend signals the end of summer, and with that, the end of many summery past times. For some of them that means closing up the cabin, winterizing the boat, emptying the pool, and for some that even means contemplating the end of BBQ’ing for the season. Me, I’m just getting started. While I grill throughout the summer, I look forward to cooler temperatures, when I can enjoy sitting outside, tending a slow fire, without having to worry about passing out from heat stroke. Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but I really do prefer... read more

Summertime Gin and Tonics

  • by PeteModerator

  Years ago, when I attended New England Culinary Institute there was a little, local distillery that made a cucumber flavored gin. We had discovered it by accident, but I was glad we had as it made the greatest Gin & Tonics I had ever tasted. While the juniper flavor was still there it didn’t overpower and the combination of the cucumber, lime and tonic created a wonderfully refreshing beverage meant for chasing the heat of summer away. Veranda Gin was well ahead of its time. It was one of the few well crafted gins being created in small batches and using flavors... read more

Spicy Shrimp Marinated in Beer

  • by PeteModerator

As a food writer and blogger, a few years back, I received an email inviting me to create a recipe using and/or pairing with one of New Belgium Brewery’s beers.  The hardest part to this whole assignment was choosing which of their beers to use to create my dish. Let’s face it, New Belgium Brewery has a number of really great beers from which to choose from. I was, originally all set to use their “1554,” one of my favorite beers, but on the day that I was planning out my recipe I ended up heading out to do some Ramp picking. For those reader’s who have been following... read more

Grapefruit Sorbet

  • by PeteModerator

  Years ago, while working as a sous chef, one of the restaurants I worked at lost their pastry chef. It fell on me to cover pastries until the owners decided if they wanted to hire a new pastry chef or do without. Now, I can hold my own in a pastry shop, but I have to admit it is not one of my favorite things to do. Sure, I love playing around and baking every now and then, but to do it for 8-10 hours a day, day after day is not something I really enjoy all that much. There was one exception though, and that was the making of ice creams and sorbets. I absolutely... read more

Gingered Bourbon Sour

  • by PeteModerator

  Like most of the people in the upper Midwest, I can’t believe the weather we are having. We’ve had almost a full week of 70-80° temperatures and it’s barely the middle of March. Of course, we’re all holding our breath, just waiting for winter to make one last bid for supremacy. We watch the news religiously expecting to hear that the season’s worst blizzard is heading our way and that this weather is nothing but a short tease before we are plunged back into sub zero temperatures. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been out, enjoying this early preview of summertime.... read more

Chicken Rhubarb Stir Fry

  • by PeteModerator

  It’s been a tough spring so far, for gardening. We had a long, cold, wet spring and the summer has been very wet also. This year we had decided, in place of a CSA share we would rent a plot in the community garden and grow some of our own vegetables. Due to all the rain, we go the garden in late and since then haven’t been able to work on it very much. With storms rolling through the area, on average, every other day, the ground has not gotten dry enough to work, especially the clay based soil found in so much of our area. In fact, at least twice when I went to try... read more

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