Mirin Soy Sauce

I don’t remember where I got this recipe or what the inspiration for it was but Mirin Soy Sauce is a delicious topping that you can use on almost anything.  In fact, I often say that it [...]


Tomato Ketchup

I grew up loving tomato ketchup, not to mention yellow mustard and Miracle Whip, which I always thought was mayonnaise.  At home, those were our three condiments along with Milwaukee’s Best [...]


National Catfish Month

In the summer of 1987 I moved back to Madison, WI from Boulder, Colorado.  And the summer was hot.  I had sublet an apartment on the 5th floor of an apartment building overlooking Lake Mendota [...]



My very first television appearance years ago was for a spot on a local Maryland Public Television show.  I can’t quite remember the name of the show, but I remember what the topic was.  I [...]


A Cook and Two Books Blog #1:  Death Comes in Through the Kitchen

I am so lucky to do what I do for a living.  It is as far away from having a “regular job” as I can get, and that has been my goal for many years–actually since Junior High School, but that [...]



I was on WKOW’s “Wake Up Wisconsin” show early this morning and thought I’d talk about pepper.  I love pepper.  It goes on anything but dessert for me (tho I know that black pepper ice cream is [...]

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