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ACADIAN FRIED TURKEY
Warning: Don’t Try This At Home

By Clyde Van Arsdall / November 25, 2020 / Comments Off on ACADIAN FRIED TURKEY
Warning: Don’t Try This At Home

Thanksgiving Day t-minus 5 hours, the countdown has started. Coffee in hand, I settle into my turkey day routine. I pull up YouTube and type in “fried turkey fails” and I scroll down looking for the must-see video of a frozen turkey being put into the fryer. The video goes a little something like this:…

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Sheboygan Hot Tub
The Art of Making Beer Brats

By Clyde Van Arsdall / October 25, 2020 / Comments Off on Sheboygan Hot Tub
The Art of Making Beer Brats

Traveling in Germany, you can smell the sausages grilling as your train pulls into the station. Once on the platform, one is greeted with the sounds and smells of the sausage venders hawking their goods. What they are selling is simple grilled sausage, some amazingly fresh bread with a smear of good mustard and perhaps…

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What’s Brewing?

By Clyde Van Arsdall / October 24, 2020 / Comments Off on What’s Brewing?

October has always been my favorite month for two reasons, my birthday and beer. October is the month Germans, and so many others around the globe celebrate Oktoberfest which is the world’s largest beer festival. Beer is worth celebrating, it is the oldest recorded recipe in the world. The ancient Egyptians documented the process of…

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Hail Caesar

By Clyde Van Arsdall / September 24, 2020 / Comments Off on Hail Caesar

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears, I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.” Seriously, I cannot be the only one who wonders why we assassinated the great Caesar Salad? The Caesar Salad is without a doubt one of the most popular salads in the world today, but it bears only a slight…

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Fish Tacos Baja Style

By Clyde Van Arsdall / August 25, 2020 / Comments Off on Fish Tacos Baja Style

In Southern California tacos and serving have always gone hand in hand. There is no food more synonymous with surfing than the Baja fish taco. Roadside stands dedicated to this regional treasurer dot the west coast of Baja and act as fueling stations for surfers traveling from one surf break to the next. When I…

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Happy Hour

By Clyde Van Arsdall / July 25, 2020 / Comments Off on Happy Hour

There have been references to “Happy Hour” dating back to Shakespearean times, but it was not until prohibition that term associated with alcohol. Speakeasies serve customers looking for a drink before they went out to eat because restaurants could not serve alcohol, so the drinking was done the hour prior. The pre-pandemic happy hour what…

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Iron Skillet Pizza

By Clyde Van Arsdall / June 25, 2020 / Comments Off on Iron Skillet Pizza

Lately, life has been giving out lemons so I have decided to start making lemonade. I am the father of three wonderful children, one of whom is high school senior. The lemons have come from the pandemic: school ending abruptly, working from home, graduation and prom being canceled for my high school senior and college…

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The Kentucky Derby

By Clyde Van Arsdall / April 25, 2020 / Comments Off on The Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby has always been a fun excuse to throw a party. Who knows when we will be able to throw parties or run grand races again? We can always celebrate whether alone or with others. Colonel Meriweather Lewis Clark Jr. had adventure in his blood. His father was a classmate of Robert E.…

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Devilishly Decadent

By Clyde Van Arsdall / April 25, 2020 / Comments Off on Devilishly Decadent

Surprising ingredients give traditional recipe new twist Eggs are a big part of spring celebrations all over the world. In ancient Rome, eggs symbolized new life and reproduction. In some Asian cultures, the egg is a symbol of luck and wealth. Easter and Passover both feature eggs as part of their celebration. The tradition of…

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St. Patrick’s Day
CLASSICS

By Clyde Van Arsdall / March 25, 2020 / Comments Off on St. Patrick’s Day
CLASSICS

Corned beef and stew traditional comfort food In Ireland’s lake region of County Cavan, in the town of Virginia, Geoffrey Thomas Taylour, Lord Head fort, one of the richest men in all of Ireland, built a hunting lodge. The lodge has been many things over the past century, but when I lived and worked there…

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