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After years of working in high end restaurants in New Orleans, Atlanta and Chicago, Chef Peter Martin found himself living in Wisconsin, and working as a foodservice director for a county jail system. While he enjoyed the freedom of finally having weekends and nights off, to spend time with his family, he started to miss the creative aspects of the culinary world. Thus, Onceachef was born. Peter takes a practical, down-home approach to cooking and is a firm believer that anyone can cook wonderful food with just a little guidance. His love of comfort foods is very apparent, though you will find recipes that span the spectrum from simple to complex. Nor is he shy about extolling the virtues of his new home state, Wisconsin, and its rich agricultural and culinary heritage. From barbecue to Indian cuisine, Peter explores it all, and in doing so shares his passion for the foods we eat.

Most Recent Blog Posts from Once A Chef Always A Chef

Raspberry Pie

It’s July, and all around this country that means that raspberries are in season. While I love all berries, I am especially fond of raspberries, especially black raspberries, which are becoming...

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Coca Cola Battered Cherries

It’s been a while since my last post, but I hope that all is forgiven once I share this fun recipe with you. The original idea for Coca Cola Battered Cherries came about last year while I was...

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It’s Grilling Season!!!

I’ve been a slacker this winter, I have to admit. I am usually a year round griller, but this year I didn’t do much grilling. It might have been because Wisconsin had a record 54 days below zero....

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Steak Tartare

WARNING This post is all about the consumption of raw meat and eggs. If the above and below images make you queasy then stop reading. If you are a militant vegan or vegetarian you might want to...

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Cafe Hollander-A Review

It was Saturday morning and neither me, or my wife, felt like cooking breakfast, nor was I in the mood for just cereal and/or bagels. I wanted something substantial, which meant gathering everyone...

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Spinach & Arugula Salad with Grapefruit

It’s a typical March week here in Wisconsin. One day it’s up to 40°F (short sleeve shirt weather up here) and the next it’s cloudy, gray, foggy and snowy. But what do you expect, it’s Springtime in...

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An Ode to Guinness

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and I feel like such a loser. My wife cooked up a big pot of Corned Beef and Cabbage yesterday, but after a long day of work, I dug into it without taking any pictures. Both...

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Thai Kale Soup

It seems that every year I make a New Year’s resolution to eat better, lose weight and get healthy, and every year, by about 2 week I’ve given up and failed. As I was thinking about my New Year’s...

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Once a Chef on ChefTalk-The Thanksgiving Edition

In the years that I’ve been writing for Cheftalk.com I’ve written a number of articles for Thanksgiving. This year, I wanted to take things back to basics so I created The First Timer’s Guide to...

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Foodie Festivals & Fairs-October 2013

It’s hard to believe that October is almost here and the year is almost over. It seemed to just fly by. But, I guess that’s what happens when you get older. I remember as I kid, the summers seemed...

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Once a Chef on ChefTalk

As I pointed out at the beginning of the summer, this year Once a Chef has a sponsor; my good friends over at Cheftalk.com. I am thrilled to have them sponsoring my blog for many reasons, the...

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Foodie Festivals & Fairs-September 2013

September is a great month for foodie festivals and fairs. Not only do a number of states have their State Fairs this month, but all across the nation harvest season is in full swing which means...

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Computer Crash

Greetings from my cell phone.  It’s been awhile since I posted.  Unfortunately, my computer took a crap and is sitting in the shop.  Hopefully, I’ll have it back within the week and I’ll be posting...

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Foodie Festivals & Fairs – August

Starting this month I am adding a new monthly feature to the blog entitled “Foodie Festivals & Fairs.” I want to highlight some of the great events, found around the country, that I think would be...

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Funnel Cakes

This week was the Fond du Lac County Fair so on Saturday we headed over to see what the fair had to offer. Our fair may not be the biggest or the best county fair out there, but it does offer up a...

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