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    If you haven't realized by now that Fall is my favorite season and that apples are one of my favorite foods then either: 1. you haven't been paying attention, or 2. you are new to this blog and haven't yet read many of my previous posts. Either way I am not going to bore you today with a...
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    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 Wisconsin and that means the weather can change in a heartbeat. I'm just praying for more nice...
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    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 Wisconsin towns. I was determined that this year we would take the drive. With my work schedule about to...
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    A couple of weeks ago I posted about how we went grape picking and the numerous jars of jelly my wife made with them. I also mentioned that we had plenty of leftover grapes for pie making and for me to experiment with. For awhile now, I have had a renewed interest in making shrub, a classic...
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    It's Saturday, September 24th, and it's the perfect early Fall day. Sunny and warm with just a slight crispness in the air. It is, or was, the perfect day to head out and do a bit of grape picking, so the wife, the kid and I jumped into the car and drove down to the Madison area-Cottage Grove to...
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    It's that time of year, and the tomatoes have started popping up in our CSA share. I always look forward to these additions to our weekly boxes. For most of the year I'm not much of a tomato fan, mainly due to the fact that most supermarket tomatoes (those wrongly named vine-ripened included)...
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    The other day I received, from one of the supervisors who works for me, a bunch of fresh herbs from her garden. She gave me some sweet Basil, cinnamon basil, and fresh oregano. I was thrilled, as just that morning I had been out in our flower beds, at home, picking a few tomatoes. We don't have...
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    For the second week in a row we have been blessed with a good amount of cherry tomatoes in our CSA box. Last week, my wife got her hands on them and I never saw them again, so this time I made sure I grabbed them before she did. My goal was to place them into our dehydrator and turn them into...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    It's the middle of May and that means that the rhubarb I've been watching grow for the last 6-7 weeks is finally ready to start harvesting. That may not mean a whole lot to many people, but I get all excited just thinking about it. Yes, I know I need to get out more! But seriously, I love the...
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    It seems like nowadays there is a holiday for everyone and everything. Of these made up holidays, March 14th is one of my favorites - Pi Day; the day we celebrate the mathematical constant, Pi, by baking and eating pie. For those of you with no inclination towards math, Pi is the ratio between...
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    Apple butter is one of those foods that seem so daunting to those not in the know, but really apple butter is very easy to make. Nor does it take a lot of "special" ingredients. I've even made passable apple butter using store bought applesauce as the base, though starting from fresh apples will...
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    I have no idea why I decided to make Lime Marmalade today. The idea popped into my mind yesterday though I don't know why. I think the idea first took seed last Friday as we were sitting at our regular breakfast place, waiting for our food to arrive. On the table were those little packets of...
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    I don't eat breakfast a lot. I think I've said that before, but it is worth repeating. Sometimes I grab a quick bowl of cereal or a piece of fruit on my way out the door, or if I have to stop for gas I might grab a donut and a coke (healthy I know!!!!), but that is pretty much it during the...
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    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...
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    This is one the quickest fly by the seat of your pants desserts you can make. Here it pays to develop your knife skills. I use a Suntoku. If you were really badass you can use any knife like This guy. I'm not that good but still, this way saves a good amount of time. I like to slice my...
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    When it comes to holiday party planning, one of the things I look to do is make things as simple as I can once the party starts so that I can enjoy my guests and not have to spend the time mixing drinks, preparing food, etc. That means that I often look for drinks that I can pour into punch...
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    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...
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