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July 2011
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Lyndale Tap House review

Ok, this is not really a review of the place in general, but a review of the special I had there last night, it was to DIE for.

In all fairness to the Tap, I should cover what their shtick is, after all I frequent the place enough.

To quote them:

“The Tap House specializes in Baltimore Style Pit Meat. This preparation involves rubbing a high-quality piece of meat with a special housemade spice mixture and allowing it to marinate for three days. The meat is then seared on a specially installed pit grill which chars the outside and

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Pear and Toasted Walnut Tart

This is a really quick and easy recipe that can be made a hundred different ways! The recipe I’ve altered is my Mom’s Lemon Dream Bar recipe. Start by making a basic Short Bread Crust; 1 Stick Butter (never, never, never use anything other than butter, I will never, never, never talk to you again if you do.) soften butter in microwave for 30 Seconds. Mix in 1 cup Flour, 1/4 cup Powder Sugar and 1/8 teaspoon Salt. Mix until a nice ‘Pastry’ like dough forms.

A Nice 'Pastry' Like Dough

Lightly press dough into a Buttered 8

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Update on Mom's Apple Waldorf Salad

This is a lighter, thus healthier version of a salad my Mom makes for most Holidays. Her version is dressed with Mayonnaise and Heavy Cream. She would also use raisins instead of dates and sometimes add Miniature Marshmallows! I truly loved my Midwest upbringing.

Apple Salad before Dressing


I’ve chopped into bite size pieces two large Red Apples, one Green Apple and about six stalks of Celery Root. I sprinkle over the Apples Lime or an other Citrus Juice, this helps keep the fruit from turning brown.  Add about one cup of Walnut pieces which you have

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Bounty from the farmer's Market; Tomato, Peppers, Celery,,,

Farmers Markets are bountiful this time of year. My latest incursion netted Tomato, Red, Orange and Yellow Sweet Pepper, Passilla Pepper, Celery Root, and Yellow Onion.

Bounty From The Farmer's Market


now to turn these sumptuous veggies into Dinner!

I started by browning Chorizo in a little Olive Oil. After browning I added all the appropriately chopped veggies except the tomato. Adding the tomato last, after the other veggies have sauteed  helps them retain some of their shape. I like my food somewhat crisp and chunky, if I were to cook the tomato as long as the

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Grilled Chicken Sammies w/ Apricot Chutney

This is not another boring chicken recipe!  This is a bold and tasty chicken sandwich that is easy and fairly quick to make, you will be like damn sam!


4-6 boneless skinless chicken thighs 1 part Chili powder 1 part Garlic powder ¼ part Cheyenne powder (or more) Salt/pepper to taste


3 apricots halved and pitted 1 Tbls. Light beer, hard cider or dry white wine, reserve rest for the cook! (use water is ok too) 1 Tbls. Cider vinegar 1 Tbls. Dijon mustard 2 cloves garlic

Photo by Pexa

Mix together the spices (make

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Fajita love’n

Fajitas are a taste and fun meal to make.  I have several ways I like to make them (go figure) here’s one fast and easy way that can be done with a protein of choice.  First off for the best taste, make your own fajita season mix (spice rub as it were)

2 tsps cumin 2 tsps chili powder, if you like it more smoky use ancho chili powder 1tsp paprika, again try different ones of variety (I like sweet or hot) 1 tsp sugar ½ tsp onion powder ½ tsp garlic powder ½ tsp oregano ¼ tsp cayenne,

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Stir Fry and Sauce

Stir fries are easy and diverse meals that have an anything goes attitude.  Here are some tips to make a great stir fry:

If you don’t have a wok use a cast iron pan or other heavy pan Wok or pan should be really hot Use a light oil like canola or peanut oil, olive oil does not work well under high heat Cook meat first, set aside till veggies are almost done then add back in Cut meat really thin, for easy cutting put meat in freezer for 15 minutes before Start cooking veggies that take longer to

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