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January 2012
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Ziti with Sausage and Fennel

(Ziti chi Sosizza e Finucchieddi)


This is my play off of a recipe I found on, theirs called for Parnod which is an anis flavored liquor (think absinth) which I did not what to get just for the recipe.  I add a dark beer to enrich the flavor a bit, and since I could not find “strong” beef stock at the store I added a bit more stock but cooked it down a little extra.  Oh and I added the fennel frowns too, In theory to add more fennel flavor and because I like how they look in the

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Pizza Crust Dough Made Easy

There is something ethereal about making a pizza from scratch, from the feeling of the dough as you knead it, to the satisfaction of putting whatever you want on it, the heavenly smell as it bakes in the oven but the best reward of all is savoring it to the last crumb.  Pizza is a treat loved by most and homemade is worth the time.

dough ready for some awesome toppings

The foundation of any great pizza is the crust, I must say, I am still questing for the best homemade pizza dough, this recipe is getting really close.  Close

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Baked Walleye with Dill Béchamel

Isn’t it great to be lazy on New Year’s Day? I think so, nurse your hang over, watch movies and play video games sounds good to me! As the day grew older I felt we needed to feed our soul with some light and healthy meal and fish was the perfect complement to a nice lazy day, easy and delicious even though there is that blasted fancy French term again, no sweet, it is EASY.

Walleye: Filets walleye as needed Salt and pepper to taste 2-3 per filets lemon slices, very thin

I really love walleye so I typically

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Beer Tour - Live Blogged

I am at Muddy Waters in the Lyn Lake neighborhood of Minneapolis and I am doing a little mini beer tour and I am going to live blog it (edit: almost all was live blogged until battery died).


First beer is Deshutes NWPA Northwest Pale Ale:

I am not a huge pale ale fan typically but this pale is a nice surprise, it is hoppy (60 ibu) as you typically find in Pale ales but it doesn’t have the over the top, hit you in the face cascade hoppiness that other  pa’s apa’s and ipa’s tend to have.  Cascade hops is my

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Green Chicken Tikka Masala

This is a nice twist to chicken tikka masala.  It has a nice fresh and bright flavor that will refresh your love for chicken.

2 cups cilantro leaves 1 cup mint leaves 1 jalapeno chopped 4 cloves garlic crushed ½ cup of water Juice of ½ of a lemon Tsp. of lemon zest 6-8 boneless skinless chicken thighs cubed 1 onion diced Glug of olive oil 1 ½ tsp. turmeric 1 tsp. garma masala ½ tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. cardamom ¼ tsp. clove 12 oz coconut milk Kosher Salt to taste

Put cilantro, mint, jalapeno, garlic, water, lemon juice

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Beef Soup with Fennel

Soup, perfect for a cold, winters day…

Originally I was gong to throw this in the Crock Pot, because lack of time it ended up on the Stove Top!

Chop the following;

1 medium stalk of Fennel

1 large White Onion

the Zest of 1 large Orange

Fennel, Onion and Orange Zest


In a heavy large Kettle saute the Fennel, Onion and Orange Zest in about 2 or 3 seconds of Olive Oil until starting to become translucent. Remove from Kettle into/ onto a Bowl or Plate, set aside.


Next I chopped up;

1 cup (

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