Chicken Stock: Back to the Basics

Chicken Stock: Back to the Basics

It is quite an interesting episode, the interactions between a person who is raised in a kitchen and a person who is not. Everything from their character, their heart, their presence, their look, their stature, their “jargon”, it is all so very distinctive. They are a different breed, those who flood the culinary institutes andContinue Reading

Cooking With Acorns

Cooking With Acorns

In late fall of last year I found myself sitting in the midst of a dying garden. My presence alone in the garden brought an overwhelming sorrow for I knew to well that the months to follow would bring great amounts of ice and the crisp darkness that a Wisconsin winter promises annually; I prayedContinue Reading

Maple Syrup: The Precarious Production

Maple Syrup: The Precarious Production

It took five minutes of tuning into a Wisconsin Public Access channel to peak my interest. A change of season influences many dynamics in how we conduct our lives while living in junction with a truly uncontrollable world. I walked away from my television confused as to why the price of my locally sourced MapleContinue Reading

Fabrication 101: Boning a Lamb Leg

Fabrication 101: Boning a Lamb Leg

Fabrications of the beast, an absolute must for any line cook in a halfway decent kitchen… set yourself apart! Today, given the swing of seasons and the Rebirth of Spring, we are going to prep a Lamb Leg.  Lamb: Defined by it’s infancy,  a lamb is identified as any sheep under a year of age.Continue Reading

Table Scraps: Oxtail Consommé

Table Scraps: Oxtail Consommé

Much to be said about an Oxtail… A beautiful appendage mimicking what I recognize to be a linked chain; The Tail of a somewhat “praised” bovine has been used traditionally around the world for centuries. The tapered piece of flesh is known characteristically as a tough, fatty, gelatinous cut full of flavor and destined toContinue Reading

Corned Beef & Cabbage : Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Corned Beef & Cabbage : Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Growing up gypsy, there are often customs and traditions observed by a family that, as children raised under such circumstances, simply make sense without hesitation. As long as I can remember, I have been fed black-eyed peas and collard greens on new years eve, I have made an effort to consume fish throughout lent… regardlessContinue Reading

Somewhere over the Rainbow… Trout!

Somewhere over the Rainbow… Trout!

Snow covers the rolling pastures lining an un-shoveled back road as icicles invade the trim of an old farmhouse… Winter is an increasingly difficult time for any chef… To cook under the restraints of a ruthless, often barren season calls for a cook to showcase his talents and creativity in different ways. This time, thisContinue Reading

Table Scraps : A Lamb’s Neck

Table Scraps : A Lamb’s Neck

In all animals, there are specific pieces of flesh or intricate assemblages of bone and joint that increase the difficulty in handling of such a cut, so much so, that people often don’t. In a perfect world, every animal would be utilized at it’s full potential… Unfortunately, the world is simply imperfect, which is whereContinue Reading

Bru Brewing: Discovering a Quality in Craft Beer

Bru Brewing: Discovering a Quality in Craft Beer

Crafting a beer worth drinking is an art in it’s own right. In a world looking for diversity and a people yearning for unique experiences, a new kind of dining scene has begun to emerge. The Gastro-Pubs, the Food Trucks, the Pop-up Restaurants, Micro-Breweries… The bold and the restless, where young chefs and craftsmen, cooksContinue Reading

Day Trip: Duluth

Day Trip: Duluth

Discovering Northern Minnesota. My first impression of the city is a frozen cascade of streets and antique buildings making up the downtown area. Through the duration of my stay, I become convinced that this is a city built with the sole purpose of creating an inviting panoramic from any given perch. Downtown stretching to theContinue Reading