• Miscellaneous

    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 where I come into play. As a cook, It is my duty to pay homage to a carcass. The neck is a difficult piece of flesh by any standard. A small…

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    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, cooks and brew masters dare to take chances. Small plates, restaurants based on a single dish, beer tastings, and where does it end… does it have to end? And exciting time…

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    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 the banks of lake superior, Vertical roads winding though a historical district, the charming Aerial Lift Bridge located on the canal, and just across the harbor Superior can be made out…

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    Headcheese: Selfish Indulgences

    In Complete contrast to the most popular of beliefs, I have never had Headcheese containing Eyes and Brains, or cheese even… The Biggest obstacle in the production of a headcheese is simply developing your flavor profile. There are two different kinds of people in this world, Those who are familiar, realize and understand the beauty in what is being crafted; and those who base a recipe on it’s appearance and assume that you got all hyped on bath salts before turning on a pig… This…

  • Cooking Techniques

    Roasted Bison Marrow: Winter In Wisconsin

    I have been quite curious with the marrow fad. Never having cooked the stuff or served it in a restaurant I headed into this endeavor virtually blind. What I did indeed know, I read about in magazines and on menus of little bistros and in a couple of blogs and books where a marrow dish sporadically appears. What to do? What to Do?   Faviken… A Nordic Restaurant across the pond, inadvertently dictates how I handle my Marrow. “Treat it like a piece of meat…

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    Fried Tapioca Pearls : Kalamata Crisp

    About a week ago, I had a friend ask questions about Bubble Tea (A “Smoothie-esc” soft drink with saturated Tapioca Pearls to create a witty contrast in the beverages texture, quite often tea flavored). Unfortunately, this Article has very little (actually nothing) to do with Bubble Tea. However, it started with an interaction between two friends in which I received a large Ziploc bag full of Tapioca Pearls with a label instructing me to “Have Fun” And so I did. Inside Info: Tapioca is a…

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    Canele De Bordeaux: The Perfect Petit Four

    Although the exact history of this delicate cake is some what a blur, many of the back stories that I was able to dig up led to the belief that the little pastries were perfected by a convent of ancient nuns; as so many of the world’s finest treats usually are. A Canele is an elusive treat in our modernized culinary world. The single serving cakes have recently begun to make some what of a come back as chefs are looking into mastering traditional techniques…

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    Fabrication 101: The Anatomy of a Chicken

    For most of us, A chicken has been broken down into several familiar cuts such as the Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Strips, and Popcorn Chicken before we ever see the bird as a whole. Even the Chicken Basket at your Local KFC can be puzzling to try and piece together. Remember one thing when deciding how to regiment your diet: Eat Fresh – Eat Local! If you want to eat healthy, cleanse your body of all the Chemicals and Hormones that are put in your food…

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    Miche: A Beautiful Boule

    This traditional style of bread was taught to me by a Petite Artisan in the secluded Wisconsin North Woods. A Miche is almost this Primitive/Traditional European Boule with rustic / very hands on procedures. I have made many breads prior to cheapest viagra prices my introduction to the Miche, (Ciabbata, Brioche, Bageuttes, Focaccia and so on…) yet none seemed to be as simple and country. Before the Bread was ever made in the our kitchen, the Starter had to be well maintained, not to mention…