Cheese Piroghi

Total Preparation Time – About 1.5 HoursTime Spent Waiting – 30 MinutesCook Time – About 5 Minutes per Batch The Holiday Season was an interesting time for my wife and me. We decided to try to establish our own traditions, not being completely dependent on our families. We borrowed things from both families. One ofContinue reading “Cheese Piroghi”

Nut Roll

Total Preparation Time – About 4 HoursTime Spent Waiting – About 3 ½ HoursCooking Time – About 40 Minutes Growing up in a predominately Slovak household, one of the holiday treats was Nut Roll and Poppy Seed Roll. We had these rolls at Easter, Christmas, and sometimes Thanksgiving. I remember, at a young age, myContinue reading “Nut Roll”

Smoked Turkey

Thawing Time – 72 – 96 HoursTotal Preparation Time – About 24 – 48 HoursTotal Time Spent Waiting: About 24 – 48 HoursCooking Time – About 3 – 4 Hours (Depending on Turkey Size) For the last few years, I have smoked a turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner. Before this year, I have never really brinedContinue reading “Smoked Turkey”

Yeast Doughnuts

Total Preparation Time – About 3 HoursTime Spent Waiting – About 2 HoursCooking Time – About 3 Minutes Per Batch I have always wanted to take a crack at making Yeast Doughnuts. I don’t know of many people who aren’t fond of a good Doughnut. Doughnuts come in many different shapes and sizes. You haveContinue reading “Yeast Doughnuts”

Witch’s Fingers

Total Preparation Time – About 2 HoursTime Spent Waiting – About 1 HourCooking Time – 8 Minutes Per Batch I was talking with Lady Di about a fun Halloween Food that can be pretty impressive, if done correctly. Back in October 2000, I remember seeing Martha Stewart making Witch’s Fingers and thought that those wouldContinue reading “Witch’s Fingers”

Soft Pretzels

Total Preparation Time – About 2 HoursTime Spent Waiting – About 1 HourCooking Time – 8 Minutes per Batch In the quest for trying to do something different, we decided to tackle Soft Pretzels. Soft pretzels are fun and versatile. You can make straight, twisted, and traditional shaped pretzels. There’s not really a wrong wayContinue reading “Soft Pretzels”

Apple Fritters

LadyDi and I consulted on this week’s cooking project and settled on Apple Fritters. As with all my projects, I started with a goal in mind, then started reviewing different recipes to identify common pitfalls and to determine the ideal approach. The thing that surprised me is the differences in recipes for Apple Fritters. TheContinue reading “Apple Fritters”

Smoked Brisket and Ribs

In addition to baking, I sometimes get requests to make BBQ. It’s funny, a coworker of mine is from Texas and swears that what I make isn’t real BBQ because I don’t use a wood fire to cook my meats. I think what’s important is the end result and that people enjoy it. Besides, whatContinue reading “Smoked Brisket and Ribs”