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CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Leftover Lamb Hash

Growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, eating leftovers was a given for most blue-collar families, and roast beef hash was one of the dishes that many people point to as a go-to meal. As kids, my mom often would fix Dad, my brothers and I hash a day or two after having a Sunday roast beef dinner. To me, it …


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CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Spicy Beef And Cabbage

Have you ever eaten a dish that seems to be intoxicating? I’m sure we all can name a dessert or two that would fit into that category, especially if it contains alcohol. Perhaps a cake recipe with beer, an ice cream sundae topped with wine-soaked fruits, dessert cocktails, ice pops made with wine. And even ones without booze, such as Better Than …


CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Lentil Soup With Italian Sausage

Anyone who is familiar with farming and has hunted in northwestern North Dakota knows about lentils. Williams and Divide counties are among the top producers of the legumes in the country. I’ve been chasing pheasants in the area for years but yet have never done much cooking with lentils, which are among the most versatile and nutritious foods available. (Lentils are a powerhouse of nutrition. They are …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Three-Bean Chili

There’s been an argument simmering over the years about whether chili should contain beans. To make a long story short, it depends on who you ask. In Texas, there’s a saying, “If you know beans about chili, it’s that there’s no beans in chili.” In other parts of the country, particularly in the North, beans are a staple. And, of …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — West African Peanut Soup

Homemade soups are awfully hard to beat. And when eating out, there’s something soothing about knowing that a restaurant’s soup is made from scratch. Maybe the reason is that you are a soup maker yourself or your mom or dad was accomplished at that, too. Both are true in my case. I usually make a pot of soup at least three …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Party Mix

No holiday celebration would be complete without finger food. And one that you might find on a lot of snack tables is the traditional party mix made with Wheat, Corn and Rice Chex cereals, mixed nuts, Cheerios and other crunchy goodies. We always had a good supply of party mix when I was growing up. Mom used to make a couple …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Winter Borscht

Nothing takes the chill off a cold winter day than a big bowl of soup. That’s probably been true since early man started throwing meat and vegetables in a pot over an open fire pit. One soup that’s been around a long time is borscht, which is derived from an ancient soup originally cooked from pickled stems, leaves and umbrels …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Sweet Potato Pie

Traditions are what make holidays special. And food is a big part of that for most families. When I was growing up, Grandma — and later Mom — would make baked oysters for our big Thanksgiving Day celebration, which was attended by all my aunts, uncles and cousins on the Menard side of the family. Since then, the dish has become synonymous …

TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — Holiday Scammin’

Even during the holidays, online scammers continue their “work.” The ones who use a Facebook friend’s identity to try to get at your personal information. I had the following Facebook message conversation right around Thanksgiving Day. Here’s how it went. Scammer: Hello … How are you doing? Me: Hi … How are you? How’s Bill? Scammer: We are doing great we cannot complain Me: …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Cajun Three-Cheese Macaroni and Smoked Sausage

It’s hard to go wrong with mac ‘n’ cheese. That’s a saying that’s probably been said by many a mom when they’ve been contemplating what to make their kids for supper. One of the nicest things about this classic comfort food is that there are so many variations a cook will never run out options. Therese is generally the mac …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Crock-Pot Beef Stew

There’s hardly a better time to prepare a pot of stew than when bad winter weather is impending. And by the looks of the forecast here in the Northland, there’s no time to waste. Along with chili, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, just to name a few, there’s hardly a better comfort food for a blizzard than a bowl …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Cousin Tom’s ‘Goulash’

Talk to just about anyone who hunts, and they’ll probably tell you hunting is much more than shooting something. It’s about the camaraderie, about being outdoors. And in my case, it’s about watching how much fun my dogs have in the field when hunting upland game. But there is another part that’s not easily dismissible: the food that’s prepared — and eaten — …

JEFF TIEDEMAN: Straight From The Vest — The Perfect Puppy

Her name is Sadie. She’s a Golden Retriever puppy, about 13 weeks old. But she’s already acting like a big girl. Therese and I became the proud parents of Sadie last Tuesday. At the time, she was known as Charley, the name given to her by a too-busy couple from Grand Forks Air Force Base who made the hard decision to …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Slow Cooker Hamburger Stew

Fall can be a bittersweet time of the year for gardeners. Those who grow flowers and vegetables see what they’ve been caring for since late spring slowly — or quickly in the case of a hard frost — dying off. A couple of things can ease the pain a bit — the flower pots we bring in for the winter and …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Salmon Loaf With Creamed Peas and Potatoes

There are some foods that are made to go together. Bacon and eggs. Peanut butter and jelly. Hamburgers and fries. Macaroni and cheese. Mashed potatoes and gravy. I’d like to add another combo to the list: Salmon loaf with creamed peas and potatoes, a pairing that’s been part of my food repertoire since my youth. As are many of the …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Bean Soup with Pork Hocks

Anyone who has contemplated making bean soup for the first time and goes to the internet looking for a recipe will likely find one that suits his or her tastes. That’s because there’s hardly any limit to the number of bean soups that a cook can make. Perhaps the main reason is that beans come in all shapes, colors and sizes, and when you …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Slow Cooker Hunter’s Stew

Hunting season has arrived in the Northland. For many cooks, that means it’s time to start digging through their recipe boxes for some tasty wild game dishes. Over the years, I’ve listened to some of my readers complain about wild game recipes because they can’t “bear” the thought of eating magnificent Canada geese, which mate for life, or a Bambi, with whom they …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Grape Jelly … It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than Homemade!

Many people have fond memories from their youth of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. For a lot of families, it was a matter of economics. Both peanut butter and jelly were relatively inexpensive compared to luncheon meat, making the sandwich combo a great alternative for snacks or school lunches. That’s the way it was at our house, although we were occasionally treated with …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Fresh Peach Pie

Where are the best peaches grown? That’s a question that isn’t easily answered. People from Georgia will insist their state produces the best peaches. After all, that’s the home of Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, Ty Cobb, aka the Georgia Peach. Still others might say California, South Carolina, Washington or Texas. My money is on those raised in Colorado, on the western …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Pork Chops in Creamed-Style Corn

Pork chops are one of those foods that appeal to cooks for a number of reasons, Besides being quite tasty and easy to prepare, they are very versatile. Pork chops can prepared in a number of ways, including baked, fried, grilled and breaded. They also are very budget-friendly. Like chicken, pork is cheaper than beef. Typically, a pig is ready for butcher after eight to nine months, …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Meatball Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff has become an extremely popular dish ever since it originated in 19th century Russia. In fact, there are probably as many variations of the dish as there are cultures in the world. For example, in Brazil, host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, it is known as estrogonofe, and chicken or shrimp sometimesis substituted for beef. The Swedes make a variation — korv-stroganoff — that …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Turmeric Dills

Many people will tell you that dill pickle recipes are a dime a dozen. Just ask anyone who’s purchased a quart of pickles — sometimes at a cost of up to $10 a jar — at a bazaar or food festival, only to discover they’re no better than the ones they can buy at the supermarkets. I’ve canned my share of dill pickles over the years, using …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Sauteed Zucchini With Onions And Sun-Dried Tomatoes

There aren’t many vegetables that get a bad rap. But zucchini is one of them that does. I once read somewhere that zucchini is the Rodney Dangerfield of vegetables. It doesn’t get any respect. One of the reasons given by people who don’t like zucchini is just that, it keeps on giving. Usually it’s gardeners who let their zucchini get out …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Lentil Soup With Sausage, Chard And Garlic

“Wouldn’t today be a great day for soup?” That isn’t what you’d expect to hear most cooks asking in the middle of July in the Upper Midwest. But those were my exact words to myself Wednesday, and I bet that’s exactly what a lot of other people have been querying the past couple of days with the cool, wet weather we’ve been experiencing. The …

JEFF TIEDEMAN: Straight From The Vest — Black Lives Matter

Anyone who’s picked up a newspaper, watched the TV news channels or followed social media the past two days probably has seen or read the accounts of two more young black men who were shot and killed by policemen. The first was 37-year-old Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., who was shot and killed early Tuesday morning after police responded to …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — 3-Minute Swiss Chard

Just about everyone has heard or read about the health benefits of green, leafy vegetables such as kale. It’s true, there is plenty of evidence that eating kale, which has high levels of folate and more calcium — gram for gram, than milk — is beneficial to your health. But kale isn’t the only healthy green around. Another that should …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Kale And Chorizo Soup

The idea of throwing together a pot of hot soup during the summer months may not appeal to everyone. But anyone who’s undertaken such a venture knows that the rewards greatly outweigh the prospects of a heating up the kitchen when outside temperatures typically reach the 80s and 90s. That’s because there’s hardly any winter soup that can hold a candle to …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Strawberry Rhubarb Cake

It seems people who love rhubarb just can’t get enough recipes that feature the pie plant. That’s especially so if you grew up eating tasty rhubarb desserts straight out of your mother’s oven. I was reminded of that today by Becky Leguee Siani, whose older brother, Rory, was a good childhood friend of mine, and her sister, Eileen, a grade school classmate, …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Potato And Sausage Skillet

Sometimes people can get into a cooking rut. You can bet that even well-known chefs get frustrated by the challenge to consistently create restaurant-yummy meals at home. Perhaps the best way to break out of a dinner slump is by making small changes to proven meals. I did just that last night. One of our go-to meals when our grandson comes for supper …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Rhubarb Sauce

It’s the beginning of June, and to a lot of people in the Northland, that means it’s the beginning of lake season. But for the folks at University Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, it’s time for rhubarb. More specifically, the church’s annual Rhubarb Festival. The church, located at 2122 University Ave., will be a beehive of activity from 10 a.m. …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Green Bean Chicken Hotdish

People who love hotdish or casserole usually have a preference if given a choice between rice and pasta. But there others like me who relish the taste of both. When it comes to the former, a combination of long grain and wild rice — Uncle Ben’s and Rice A Roni are two examples — is my favorite. However, when I have a recipe …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Quick Three-Bean Skillet

Planning weeknight meals can be quite a chore, especially when parents have put in a full day at work. And with school nearly out and summer upon us and the kids constantly on the go with sporting and other events on their plates, it’s even more of a challenge. Oftentimes, it’s easier to stop and pick up a bag of burgers, a …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Baked Salmon with Honey Mustard Sauce

Those of you who are old enough to remember the mid-1960s TV show “The Addams Family ” —  or the 1991 movie by the same name — might recall one of Gomez’s favorite lines: “Oh, Tish, I love it when you speak French.” The John Astin character (Raúl Juliá in the film) then proceeded to kiss the arm of Morticia — Carolyn …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Poached Halibut In Alfredo White Wine Sauce

If you’ve ever had a halibut meal in a restaurant or bought fillets in a supermarket, you probably remember it. That’s because halibut not only is tasty, it’s also pricey. In grocery stores or fish markets, halibut can go for up to $24 to $30 a pound. Partaking in a restaurant can mean up to $40 a plate, even in Alaska, where the …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Apple Bars

It’s still many months until home-grown apples will be ready for pies, crisps and the like, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook tasty recipes that feature the main ingredient of the aforementioned desserts. That’s what I did yesterday, pulling a 4- to 6-cup bag of cored, peeled and sliced apples out of the freezer to make a tasty 9-by-13-inch pan …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Hamburger Vegetable Soup

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to be able to make great soup. That’s what I’ve been telling my friends and acquaintances for years when they’ve inquired about why my homemade soups are so tasty. Actually, there is one thing that sets good soups apart from those that are just fair or mediocre: the stock. Of course, you can …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Slow Cooker Pork Chops

There are literally a million ways to fix pork chops. If you don’t believe me, do a Google search for pork chop recipes. What you will get is about 1.2 million results. A lot of those recipes are similar in the respect the chops are cooked in some sort of creamed soup, albeit mushroom, chicken or celery. That’s probably because the gravy …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Italian Dip Sandwiches

Are you tired of fixing that beef roast the same old way? I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with throwing a roast ― after it’s been browned ― in a Dutch oven with some potatoes, carrots and an onion for a couple of hours. That’s always a delightful meal. But if you’re up for a change of pace, a French dip is a …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Mom’s Rhubarb Crunch

Rhubarb is very likely the first vegetable — yes, it’s not a fruit — harvested in the spring by gardeners. It perhaps is also the most-awaited one by cooks who prefer making desserts above all else. Fresh rhubarb from the garden is still weeks away from being harvested, but that’s not stopping me from pleasuring my sweet tooth. That’s because I had …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Pea Soup, Quebec-Style

I like hearty soups. They can be full of all kinds of vegetables ― and meat (or not), too. It doesn’t matter. Usually, no two soups of mine are alike, since I save all sorts of vegetable stock ― i.e. liquid from mashed potatoes or any vegetables that have been steamed, blanched, etc. ― as well as broth made from chicken, beef or wild game …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Ham and Cheese Casserole

Ham and cheese is one of those classic food combos that never gets old. Just like bacon and eggs, hamburgers and fries, peanut butter and jelly and pretzels and beer, this dynamic duo is an American favorite. Always has been, always will be. Perhaps the simplest and most common of way is to combine the pair for the sandwich ― grilled …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Easy Meaty Lasagna

Dealing with leftovers sometimes can be a problem. Especially if you have picky eaters who don’t have an appetite for an entree the second or third time around. That’s not the case with food such as spaghetti, which is often better after it’s sat for a day or two. Whenever I make a pot of that Italian favorite, we usually …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Cheesy Chicken And Broccoli Pasta

Pasta and broccoli is a winning combination. And no matter what you complement those two with, the outcome is sure to be a palate pleaser. I have several favorite recipes that feature broccoli and pasta. One is Broccoli with Rigatoni, which comes from a cookbook by the late Dom DeLuise, “Eat This … It’ll Make You Feel Better!” DeLuise describes broccoli and rigatoni …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Mozzarella And Beef Layered Hotdish

What would you call a dish that’s a cross between a casserole and lasagna, two of the ultimate comfort foods? That’s a tough one, for which I haven’t come up with an answer. But there are three things that I do know: Some of these concoctions can be very nutritious, mighty tasty and pretty easy to make. The last quality is important for working parents who have …