Posts Tagged ‘wisconsin’

Kale Caesar Salad

September 14, 2017

This salad could also be referred to as a slaw depending upon the style of menu presented.  The heavy texture and bite of Kale stands up to the robust quality of the Caesar dressing covering the salad.  I chose Kippered snack herring to be used in the dressings, but can be eliminated if desired or switched to anchovy fillets or sardines if desired.  As always the quality of ingredients makes the dish, so do use wilted greens or off tasting oil as they will detract from the presentation and flavor.

Ingredients:

¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 can kippered snacks in oil (3.25oz)
2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 cup EVOO
½ cup shredded Parmesan, divided
1 hard boiled egg, finely chopped
Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
1 lb kale, cleaned, center stalks removed, thinly sliced crosswise to form ribbons.

Procedures:

Place first four ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.  While the blender is still running gradually add the oil in a slow stream to create a creamy dressing.  When fully combined remove from the blender and place into a small bowl and set aside.

Place kale into a large bowl and drizzle in ¾ of the dressing, combining to coat the kale evenly.  Add in a few grinds of salt and pepper to taste, then top with remaining chopped egg and remaining Parmesan cheese and drizzle with remaining dressing and serve.

Note – Dressing can be made up to 3 days ahead if kept in fridge.

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Avocado, Sausage, Onion and Wisconsin Jalapeno Colby Cheese quiche

January 17, 2011

1 Avocado – pitted and thinly sliced
¼ cup minced onion
6 oz Ground sausage (good quality)
1 oz canola or Grapeseed oil (if needed)
3 oz grated Widmer’s jalapeno Colby cheese
4 large eggs
¾ cup 2% milk
¼ tsp Salt
Dash of Ground Black Pepper (more if desired)
1-9” Pie crust

Preheat oven to 350˚F

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Toss in ground sausage and break apart as you cook. Stir and cook until it just starts to brown, still a bit pink. Add oil if there is not a lot of fat from the sausage and toss in onions and continue cooking until onions are lightly browned and sausage is completely cooked. Remove from heat and transfer sausage onion mixture to a separate bowl.

Take pie shell and line bottom with ½ avocado in a circle. Add in sausage and onion and top with grated cheese. Then layer remaining ½ avocado in a circle on top of the mixture making sure to press in slightly to stay below top.

In a separate bowl whisk together eggs and milk until well incorporated, stir in salt and dash of pepper. Pout egg mixture into pie shell and carefully place quiche onto a baking sheet and then into the oven, towards the bottom 1/3 of the oven.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until set and center no longer jiggles when checked. Remove from oven and allow to set for 5 minutes before cutting.

Irish Creme Moussecarpone Pie

January 4, 2011

This pie was created after working with Wisconsin Crave Brothers mascarpone in a variety of fashions including simply blending equal parts of mascarpone and chocolate. I took it one step further and created a crispy crust of fresh chopped pretzels, a little bit of butter and some brown sugar for sweetness.

It’s a nice dessert to have ready in a few minutes and that all it takes to make this delicious creamy dessert. You need about 6 minutes to cook the crust to set it and then about 5-8 minutes to blend the chocolate that you melted into the fresh mascarpone cheese. It really is that simple and your guests will think you went to great lengths; going to a bakery to purchase the pie or that you spent a lot of time in the kitchen creating this masterpiece.

Ingredients:
4 cups Pretzels – chopped into small pieces
1/3 cup Brown sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
10” deep dish pie pan or plate
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4 cups Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips, melted
4 cups Wisconsin Mascarpone Cheese, room temperature
¼ cup Irish Crème Whiskey, you can substitute any variety
1 tsp Vanilla extract, pure

½ cup chocolate chips reserved for topping
whipped topping

1. Preheat oven to 325˚F
2. Chop pretzels in blender or doubled zip lock bag until very small particles then place into pie plate. Add in brown sugar and melted butter and blend together then press crumb mixture evenly into pie plate.
3. Place into oven and bake for 6 minutes, then remove from oven and set aside.
4. While crust is baking, melt the chocolate until smooth and creamy, make sure not to get any water into the chocolate or it will seize up and get lumpy.
5. Blend vanilla and Irish whiskey into mascarpone, mix until incorporated, and then gradually add in melted chocolate and whisk together until smooth. If you can’t do it by hand then use a hand mixer on low speed until mixture is smooth.
6. Spread the mixture into the still warm piecrust. Press lightly into the plate; this allows the mixture to flow into the crust to bind it to the filling.
7. Sprinkle the ½ cup of chocolate chips onto the top of the pie and place into a fridge and allow hardening for at least 1-2 hours.
8. Slice and serve with whipped topping and enjoy.

WHAG-25 Live at Noon, Salads for your health

September 15, 2010

I will be on WHAG-25 at noon making two healthy fresh salads today. The first will be a steak and potato salad atop mixed baby greens, with sliced red onion, Wisconsin Smokey Blue cheese and a light Balsamic Honey Vinaigrette dressing. The second salad is a variation of a Greek salad with Wisconsin feta, kalamata olives, red onions, banana peppers, and the same balsamic Honey Vinaigrette dressing.

The dressing is very light and refreshing and even though there is steak and potato on the first salad it’s not a lot, just enough for some great flavor and to give you the feeling of eating a steak and potato dinner with a nice salad. Think of it as a deconstructed Steak dinner at Outback without all the fat of blooming onion but with loads of fresh flavor mirrored with crisp fresh greens.

The Cheeses of Wisconsin: a culinary travel guide

August 5, 2010

This book is a great read even though it’s not a real in depth study of cheese. It was never meant to be an in depth study but more so a road-map on how to get to a variety of really great Cheese Makers that are spread across the state of Wisconsin. You get information on the cheese and cheesemakers and what styles of cheese they create along with their website, phone number and address.

It’s an excellent culinary travel guide and one that is certainly worth purchasing. To round out the book you are given Day trips to Cheesemakers, a Wisconsin map of the Cheesemakers, how to shop for Wisconsin cheese, resources if you are interested in cheesemaking, beverage pairing with cheese, how to serve cheese in “flights”, and finally recipes using Wisconsin cheese and suggestions for cooking with cheese. You simply can’t go wrong if you are heading to Wisconsin or are interested in Wisconsin cheese. California may have Happy Cows, but Wisconsin has Happy Cows and Happy Customers.

The Great Big Cheese Cookbook

August 5, 2010

As a newly appointed Chef Ambassador to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board I’ve been working overtime incorporating a variety of Wisconsin cheeses into my menus. It’s been great to have this collection at my fingertips to go through and see what has already been created utilizing the wonderful flavors and varieties of Wisconsin Cheese.

This inspired collection of recipes are every bit as good as their pictures and descriptions. I’ve made several recipes, most notably the Chocolate Moussecarpone Tarts which were well received at our last Catering function. The simply addition of rich creamy mascarpone cheese to melt chocolate gave a velvety richness to the tart as well as a beautiful presentation platform atop the chocolate tart shell. That’s just one of over 300 classic and modern recipes presented within the cookbook from celebrated chefs across the country. Classics such as fondue, or Wisconsin Cheese Straws blend well with Steak and Gorgonzola Thyme Crust followed up with Wisconsin Cheddar Peach Shortcakes.

Cooking with cheese comes easy if you follow the opening pages of the cookbook. It walks you through choosing, handling, storing, freezing and cutting and trimming the cheese. You are also given a “Perfect Pairing” guide at the end to help with pairing cheese with suggested wines and beer. There is even a Cheese substitutions guide to assist if you are in a bind. If you don’t have Brick then try Havarti or Muenster and if your Pasta dish is lacking in Parmesan then try grating on some Asiago.

Where cheese comes from truly matters, and unless you have quality milk you can’t produce quality cheese. No matter how happy the cows are in California; the difference is that Wisconsin has Happy Cows AND Happy Customers.
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The Great Big Cheese Cookbook

May 24, 2010

As a newly appointed Chef Ambassador to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board I’ve been working overtime incorporating a variety of Wisconsin cheeses into my menus. It’s been great to have this collection at my fingertips to go through and see what has already been created utilizing the wonderful flavors and varieties of Wisconsin Cheese.

This inspired collection of recipes are every bit as good as their pictures and descriptions. I’ve made several recipes, most notably the Chocolate Moussecarpone Tarts which were well received at our last Catering function. The simply addition of rich creamy mascarpone cheese to melt chocolate gave a velvety richness to the tart as well as a beautiful presentation platform atop the chocolate tart shell. That’s just one of over 300 classic and modern recipes presented within the cookbook from celebrated chefs across the country. Classics such as fondue, or Wisconsin Cheese Straws blend well with Steak and Gorgonzola Thyme Crust followed up with Wisconsin Cheddar Peach Shortcakes.

Cooking with cheese comes easy if you follow the opening pages of the cookbook. It walks you through choosing, handling, storing, freezing and cutting and trimming the cheese. You are also given a “Perfect Pairing” guide at the end to help with pairing cheese with suggested wines and beer. There is even a Cheese substitutions guide to assist if you are in a bind. If you don’t have Brick then try Havarti or Muenster and if your Pasta dish is lacking in Parmesan then try grating on some Asiago.

Where cheese comes from truly matters, and unless you have quality milk you can’t produce quality cheese. No matter how happy the cows are in California; the difference is that Wisconsin has Happy Cows AND Happy Customers.

Working with Phillips Crab Meat & Wisconsin Cheese

March 31, 2010

Crab is so flavorful and exciting to work with, from the special to jumbo lump and even up to colossal, if you get the right brand then you have sweetness in a can! I’m looking forward to putting together some truly awesome recipes utilizing Phillips crab meat and Wisconsin cheeses!