Dad’s Special Potato Salad

#RecipeUpTop (Details below): Six large Maine potatoes (or a dozen small red); Four rashers of bacon; 1/4 large red onion; 1/2 cup cider vinegar; 1/2 cup sour cream; 1/4 cup deli-style mustard; 1/4 cup mayo; Salt (to taste) Parsley flakes (to taste); Mustard seeds (to taste); Method: Cut the potatoes into bite-sized pieces, toss withContinue reading “Dad’s Special Potato Salad”

The Classic

No #RecipeUpTop for this one because, well, it’s a cheeseburger. It’s not that complicated, and it’s not really a recipe. It’s more akin to our discussion about steak; some tips and tricks, some things to avoid, and some personal pet peeves. As I’ve mentioned before, we generally only buy two cuts of beef: whole ribeyeContinue reading “The Classic”

Spring Carrot and Ginger Soup

#RecipeUpTop (details below): Four (4) large carrots; One (1) tablespoon minced fresh ginger; One (1) rib of celery; One (1) medium yellow onion; One (1) quart of chicken stock, or water; Salt (to taste); Black pepper (to taste); Sugar (to taste): Method: Sweat the celery and onion, then add the carrots and ginger and coverContinue reading “Spring Carrot and Ginger Soup”

Split Pea Soup

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 1 ham bone or smoked ham hock; 1 bag of dried split peas (16oz); 1 yellow onion; 1 celery rib; 1 large carrot; Water (to cover); Salt (to taste); Pepper (to taste); Method: Dice the mirepoix, and add to a large soup pot with the ham bone and split peas, then coverContinue reading “Split Pea Soup”

Cozy Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 500 grams bread flour; 300 grams water; 50 grams sugar; 50 grams vegetable oil; 50 grams raisins; 1 large egg; 10 grams salt; 5 grams yeast; Extra veg oil, cinnamon, and sugar for sprinkling Method: Combine the ingredients (except the raisins) and mix until sticky. Add the raisins, and turn out ontoContinue reading “Cozy Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread”

Extra-Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Tenders

In a break from tradition (at least for this site), I’m not listing an abbreviated recipe at the top here, for a couple of reasons. First, while this meal is super easy, it is almost entirely dependent on specific technique, and a couple of important details that, if ignored, will lead to disaster. And, well,Continue reading “Extra-Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Tenders”

10 Chickens Pot Pie

#RecipeUpTop (Details below): 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) 2 cups of whole milk (have more on hand) 4 stalks of celery 2 large carrots 1 medium sweet potato (or 1 russet potato) 1/2 of a large yellow onion 1/2 bag of frozen peas 4 tablespoons butter 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour Salt (to taste) Pepper (toContinue reading “10 Chickens Pot Pie”

Chicken Gyro Burgers with Peppercorn Ranch and French Bread Buns

#RecipeUpTop (details to follow): For they gyro-style chicken: 500 grams ground chicken (dark meat, with skin, preferably home-ground); 1 egg; 1/4 cup bread crumbs; 10 grams salt; Rosemary (to taste); Thyme (to taste); Black pepper (freshly cracked) (to taste); Fennel seed (to taste) (optional); Method: combine the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, cooking aContinue reading “Chicken Gyro Burgers with Peppercorn Ranch and French Bread Buns”

10Chickens Sport Sausage with Fennel and Mustard Seed

It’s high school basketball tournament week here in Maine, meaning everyone is out of school and all eyes are on the arena in Bangor. That also means it’s time for some sports food, and this time of year I can’t think of anything better than some hot sausage and cold beer. I hesitate to callContinue reading “10Chickens Sport Sausage with Fennel and Mustard Seed”

Beer-Cheese Sandwich Rolls

#RecipeUpTop (details to follow): 500 grams bread flour; 300 grams beer (slightly less than one 12oz can); 50 grams cheese powder; 10 grams salt; 5 grams yeast; Method: Warm the beer in the microwave, then combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Thoroughly incorporate all ingredients until homogeneous, then turn out on to aContinue reading “Beer-Cheese Sandwich Rolls”