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  • 12 slices bacon, halved crosswise
  • 12 ounces chicken livers, halved
  • 12 whole water chestnuts or pineapple


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon sugar  Or Chines Sweet and Sour Sauce


Rumaki begins with the marinade, of course: Combine soy sauce, ginger, sherry and sugar in a small bowl. Add the chicken livers and water chestnut pieces and marinate them in the refrigerator for 1/2 hour.

Place 1 chicken liver piece and 1 chestnut/pineapple piece in the center of each bacon-half, wrap, and secure with a toothpick.

July 22, 2017

July 22, 2017

Favorites around the country



6 Large Michigan Potatoes
1/2 lb. good bacon
3 hard boiled eggs
1/4 C chopped sweet onion
1/4 C chopped fresh parsley
1/2 C Old World Olive EVOO (any flavor you like or plain)
1/2 C Old World Olive Vinegar/Balsamic (again, play with the flavors)
Sea Salt
Crushed Black Pepper
2 Cloves chopped Garlic
2 T Maple Syrup
2 T Nice mustard

Smoke the bacon for an hour, then add the potatoes to the smoker for another hour. Pull the bacon and potatoes to cool.
Mix up the vinaigrette (French spelling for German Style): Combine oil, vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, syrup, and garlic. Stir or shake and let set for at least an hour.
In a large bowl:
After potatoes and bacon are cool, cube potatoes and dice the bacon. Add to bowl with parsley and onion. Now re-shake the vinaigrette and combine all ingredients in bowl. Ready to serve



Run a sharpening steel directly through the center of the tenderloin until able to insert the serrano peppers with the stems removed.
Stuff with serrano peppers touching end to end
Season with salt and pepper and your favorite pork seasoning.
Bacon-wrap bullseye attaching the bacon to the pork with toothpicks.
Smoke until 130 degrees and bacon is looking good.
Glaze and put back on the grill until 145 degrees and glaze it tacky.
Remove and rest for 5-10 minutes.
Slice as medallions and serve, dressing with additional glaze and BBQ seasoning.
A perfect pairing to this pork dish is Grilled Corn with an Mixed Herb Butter.



1 cup fresh basil leaves. 3 cloves garlic, peeled. 3 tablespoons pine nuts. 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. 1/3 cup olive oil.



½ Cup Water
½ Tsp Salt
2 tbsp red or white wine vinegar
1 cup chopped parsley or cilantro
2 garlic cloves, minced (can do more garlic if you like)
Pinch Red pepper flakes (can do more depending on your taste)
2 tbsp olive oil
Black pepper to taste
Oregano to taste
Basil to taste

Combine the water and ½ tsp of salt in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir so the salt dissolves. Mix in vinegar, parsley, garlic, pepper flakes, oregano, basil, black pepper. Slowly drizzle in 2 tbsp of the olive oil, stirring to incorporate. Since the water is typically still warm, I usually put it in the fridge for about 20 minutes so it cools and everything “soaks in.” Everything here is to taste, so if you want to add more of something, or less of something, go ahead. I usually test it with a piece of bread to see if I got the taste right. Be careful with the vinegar though. I usually add 1 tbsp, then apply more if I need it

July 15, 2017

July 15, 2017

July 8, 2017

July 8, 2017

Grilling the tougher Foods

July 1, 2017

July 1, 2017

Independence Day is upon us

Steak Toppings

Steak Toppings

Buttery Cognac Mushroom Spread

Take one or two sticks of butter and let warm to room temperature.

In a bowl, mash the butter, parsley, garlic and Cognac; season with salt and pepper.

Generously apply Old World Olive Co. Garlic EVOO to fry pan on medium heat.  Place your favorite sliced mushrooms in and saute until desired effect.

Slice steaks on a double bias, spread butter, place mushrooms for garnish.

Caramelized Onion

Heat fry pan and add Old World Olive Co. Butter EVOO, add sliced sweet onions, preferably Vidalia, saute until translucent, add slight amount of OWOC 18 Year Balsamic.

Blue Cheese Garlic Butter

Take one or two sticks of butter and let warm to room temperature.

In a bowl, mash the butter, blue cheese, minced garlic; season with salt and pepper.

Spread or dollop onto whole or sliced steak.

Béarnaise Sauce

1/4 cup dry white wine

1/4 cup OWOC Grapefruit Balsamic vinegar

1 chopped shallot

3 large egg yolks

2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon

1 stick unsalted butter, cut into  pieces

1 T fresh lemon juice

Sea  salt and fresh ground black pepper


In a small saucepan, combine the wine, vinegar, shallot, and 1 tablespoon of the tarragon. Simmer 8 to 10 minutes.

Strain the vinegar mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a pyrex bowl. Whisk in the egg yolks.

Set the bowl over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture has thickened to the consistency of mayonnaise.

Whisk in the butter until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in the lemon juice, the other tablespoon of tarragon, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Serve hot.