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Farewell

After much thought and deliberation I have decided to shut done Once a Chef.  Due to many factors, with work being a large part of that, I have not posted anything new in over a year and as my...

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    Review: Mountain Dew Sangrita Blast

    For a limited time during Summer 2015, Taco Bell-exclusive flavor Sangrita Blast is available in packaged form. Taste fruit punch-inspired Dew flavor that isn’t overpowering.

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      Review: Pepsi Max Cherry Blast 16 oz. Can

      A standard cherry flavor extension for Pepsi Max, but unlike the flagship, this iteration is lacking the inclusion of ginseng. Worth a try.

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        On the Shelf: Monster Energy Ultra Sunrise & Monster Energy Unleaded

        Monster Energy looks to take on Mountain Dew Kickstart. And a caffeine free Monster? What's that all about?

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          Review: Mountain Dew Game Fuel 2014 – Citrus Cherry & Lemonade

          Mountain Dew's Game Fuel limited flavors are back for the 6th time, promoting Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Citrus Cherry returns once again, joined by a new flavor, Lemonade.

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            Bourbon Barrel Chili

            I was reminded recently that there can be disadvantages to being a chef. I belong to one of our local Kiwanis groups. The other week, another Kiwanis group, in a town a few miles away, decided to...

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              Review: Blk Water

              It's bottled water, but it's black. Why? Because people are dumb.

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                A Pair of Peach Preserves

                This post probably should have gone out about 2 weeks ago, as peach season as ended for most of us here in the US, but in case it hasn’t, or you find yourself with a bunch of leftover peaches then...

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                  Sauerkraut Soup-More Adventures in Fermentation

                  It’s Monday afternoon, and a cool, overcast, rainy, Autumn day. I worked all weekend so worked a couple of hours early this morning and am taking the rest of the day off. I’m not, normally, a huge...

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                    German Apple Pancakes

                    For years I have wanted to travel the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive in Autumn. It’s a beautiful drive that takes you through the Kettle Moraine State Park as well as a number of cute, little...

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                      Review: Surge (2014)

                      It arrived in the 90's. Challenged Mountain Dew. Failed. Grew a rabid fanbase. Now Surge returns 12 years after being discontinued. Is the fuss worth it?

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                        Review: Monster Energy Ultra Black

                        A black cherry-flavored Monster? That actually tastes good? And has zero calories? Where can I find it? 7-Eleven.

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                          Update: Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash 2014

                          For the 9th season in a row, Pepsi has brought back Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash as a limited time seasonal offering. For 2014, the packaging was redesigned with a new Sierra Mist logo... because...

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                            Mango Chipotle Chicken

                            It’s September and the kids are back in school. It’s hard to believe that summer is behind us, such as it was. I don’t know about your area of the world, but here in Wisconsin we didn’t get much of...

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                              Wayne’s Jerky

                              One of the things I love about living in Wisconsin is discovering all the great, little, local food producers around the state, from brewers and distillers, to cheesemakers, to farmers, to...

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