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Food Moments I Missed While I Was Busy Cooking – July 2017

 Wow!  July was a busy month for me and as I reflect on what I did do, it dawned on me I should look to see what I didn’t do.  As you may have noticed, I sometimes use national food [...]

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The Art of a Picnic

I love picnics.  When I was a kid it seemed like we couldn’t travel anywhere that took longer than a couple of hours without stopping to have a picnic.  My parents had a Coleman picnic set [...]

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Fromage Fort (“Strong Cheese”)

We always have cheese on hand and usually lots of it.  I believe it may be law here in Wisconsin that you have to have at least some cheese on hand (or is it butter?).  When cheese goes on sale, [...]

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National Donut Day

I should have known this day was coming.  I try to stay current on important holidays but somehow this one slipped through the hole.  Thankfully, I was woken up just before sunrise by our [...]

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American Craft Beer Week

In honor of American Craft Beer Week I would like to make the following announcement: I like Beer.  I also like food.  And I really like beer with food.  And I find that sometimes food with beer [...]

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Leg of Lamb

I have many food memories that revolve around the procurement, preparation and pure enjoyment of eating lamb.  From cooking a whole spit-roasted lamb at the New Zealand embassy in Washington, DC, [...]

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Kids Summer Baking Workshop (5:30-8:00pm)

Fun class for kids who love to bake.  We’ll heat up the kitchen for baked treats so you don’t have to heat up yours.  This class will add to your kids’ baking repertoire with delicious new [...]

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Kids Summer Rolls Workshop (5:30-8:00pm)

Summer rolls are delicious and nutritious.  Fresh, not fried; filled with fragrant fresh herbs, rice vermicelli and protein; then wrapped in Vietnamese rice paper and served with dipping sauces, [...]

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Kids Dim Sum Workshop (5:30-8:00pm)

This traditional style of Chinese cuisine involves small bite-sized portions served on small plates.  It’s fun both to make and eat!  Kids will enjoy making and then sharing these tasty treats:  [...]

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Kids Chocolate Workshop (5:30-8:00pm)

Who doesn’t love chocolate?  Kids will make these scrumptious chocolate treats and will get to take some home to share (or not!).  On the menu:  Double Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies; White [...]

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Kids Hand Pies Workshop (5:30-8:00pm)

What could be better than a delicious dessert that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand?  Maybe a savory meal in the palm of your hand!  They’re versatile, fun, and oh-so-tasty.  Kids will [...]

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Kids Whoopie Pies Workshop (5:30-8:00pm)

Everyone loves this classic New England treat!  Kids will learn to make Classic Whoopie Pies and then will try some fun twists, including a savory Whoopie Pie recipe!  Kids will make, bake and [...]

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Kids Pizza! Pizza! Workshop (5:30-8:00pm)

Making pizza from scratch is a skill for life!  Once they get this down, you can have your children make pizza whenever they want.  Kids will work together in class to make classic pizza dough [...]

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Kids Knife Skills (5:30-7:30pm)

Empower your child to help with the cooking by learning real knife skills/techniques that will stay with them for as long as they cook!  Children are great at chopping, dicing and mincing when [...]

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National Orange Juice Day

Seeing that today is National Orange Juice Day got me to thinking about it.  Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s in Wisconsin we didn’t have access to a lot of fresh-squeezed orange juice.  Mom [...]

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Badgerchef Truffle Day

Yesterday started out so promising.  I found out it was National Truffle Day, or so I thought.  Turns out it was National Truffles Day–the chocolate kind.  Now I can enjoy a chocolate [...]

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National BLT Sandwich Month

One of my favorite memories from growing up was one summer evening when we had Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwiches with fresh tomatoes from our garden.  As I remember it was a classic summer [...]

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Garlic

As almost any kid who has taken one of my summer cooking camps can attest, garlic (and for that matter, onions as well) go into just about every dish except dessert. Garlic is versatile. It can [...]

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Top Ten Fine Dining Etiquette Fails

I rarely go out to eat.  Let’s face it, as an experienced chef, I can prepare pretty much anything we would like to eat, and chances are it’s going to be cheaper and better that what we can get [...]

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Activate!

“Activate is an expo-style event that will activate your mind, passion and future. Women are using science, technology, engineering and math to make their dreams come true and you could be [...]

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Happy Hanukkah!

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Merry Christmas!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I still find these tips and hints to be helpful for Thanksgiving, so I wanted to re-post these two blogs in case you find them helpful, too: THREE GREAT TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR THANKSGIVING DAY MEAL [...]

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Camp KilikiWakaWikoo

I recently cooked for a Youth Fundraiser for our church, Midvale Community Lutheran Church, and the theme was camp life at Camp KilikiWakaWikoo.  It was a fun, challenging, and rewarding event, [...]

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Soba Noodle Salad

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week last week, I volunteered to prepare a pasta salad for the wonderful teachers and awesome staff at Thoreau, my daughter’s elementary school.  Originally [...]

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Mother Duck

It was so cute.  We were sitting on top of Monona Terrace high above beautiful Lake Monona enjoying the warm Mother’s Day afternoon sunshine with visiting friends when a hen mallard came [...]

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Everyday Cooking

I love to cook.  Even after a long day of teaching cooking classes, I still like to unwind with a cold IPA or other fermented malt beverage and make myself a bite to eat.  Most often the food I [...]

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The Pantry

The first food pantry I remember seeing was my Godparents Doc and Katherine’s pantry, in their larger-than-life home in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  It was a walk-in pantry with a [...]

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Pepper

Like salt, pepper was once used as currency.  Instead of saying pass the salt and pepper, you could have said pass the buck.  It was certainly nothing to sneeze at.  Finding pepper was the [...]

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Salt

I can’t imagine what it was like as a Roman soldier to get part of my wages paid in salt.  With my luck it would have been bargain brand.  I don’t pinch salt like everyone else does, [...]

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Zest

Zest is the great zeal and enthusiasm I feel about cooking.  I absolutely love to cook.  I also like to think about cooking, and even sometimes reminisce about things I have cooked.  But I [...]

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Yeast

Without yeast, there would not be two things that I truly love.  There would not be bread to make my favorite food which is any kind of sandwich, and there wouldn’t be beer.  Okay, okay I [...]

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Xenophile

According to Oxford Dictionaries a Xenophile is a person who is attracted to foreign peoples, manners or cultures.  I would consider myself a culinary xenophile as I am totally attracted to [...]

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Wild Game and Wild Birds

Wild animals that are deemed fit for human consumption are considered game.  That leaves a pretty huge spectrum if you look at the United States as a whole.  I love to cook and eat wild game.  I [...]

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Venison

Ask just about any Wisconsin native what deer meat is called and they will answer venison.  They will be correct.  But venison is more than just deer meat.  This term also broadly includes the [...]

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Everyday Cooking: Cooking without a Recipe

 In this dynamic, six-hour hands-on workshop, students will learn essential techniques that will build a culinary foundation for preparing a wide variety of dishes.  Chef Joel will cover: flavor [...]

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Tart

Tart.  Besides using it to describe a promiscuous woman (something Grandma might have thought but of course, never said, especially to Grandpa because he would have turned to look) or using it to [...]

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Stock

I wouldn’t want to cook without using stock.  It appeals to me on so many levels.  To begin with, it allows me the opportunity to not throw anything away.  I save it for stock.  Limp [...]

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RSVP

I think I have figured out a mystery that has puzzled me for years.  The mystery lies in the phenomenon that when you invite people to a social event, and ask that they RSVP, they do not.  They [...]

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Quail Eggs

Quail eggs are tiny little things, easy to overcook and too small to make a significant egg sandwich.  They also don’t seem to stay fresh very long after you get them, as the white part [...]

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Pasta

Every time I teach a pasta class I am asked if I make pasta all the time at home, since I make it look so easy in class.  My answer is I really should, but I actually do not.  The main reason [...]

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Octopus

One of my favorite ingredients to have when I eat sushi is Tako–otherwise known as octopus.  I love the chewy texture and sweet light flavor of the Tako, and it is fun to see the portions [...]

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Nuts

You don’t hear “Nuts!” much anymore, at least as an exclamation.  “Nuts!”  It feels kind of good to say it again.  It’s been a while.  I am going to try to remember to use it.  You can use [...]

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Meat

Ask me what my favorite food is and I used to say meat.  It is still up towards the top of my favorites list but I have rounded it out a bit.  I like a bit of sauce with my meat.  I know the joke [...]

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Lutefisk

It has been said that lutefisk is an acquired taste.  For those of you that do not know what lutefisk is I will tell you.  It is a gelatinous Norwegian/Swedish fish specialty made of white fish.  [...]

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Kids Cooking Classes

  Someone once asked me, “What is the difference between teaching kids and teaching adults?”  My answer: “Adults are taller.” But there are some differences.  What is great about teaching [...]

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