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CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Chicken And Potatoes With Tomato Sauce

Potatoes and tomatoes. Many people might think that’s an unlikely pairing — you could probably count me in that group unless you were referring to french fries and ketchup — but there are some days when you just want to try something new. So when I came across the following recipe, even though my food radar didn’t exactly light up, …


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CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Scalloped Potatoes And Ham

Leftover ham lends itself to many uses. The simplest is a good old ham sandwich, perhaps made a few hours after the meat was featured as the main course on Easter Sunday. Or maybe fried ham and eggs or a ham and cheese omelet. And, of course, there is bean or split pea soup, depending on your preference. The entree …


CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Boiled Dinner

My dad was a heckuva cook, and boiled dinner was one of his specialties. He generally made it in the winter, when a bowl of something warm was the perfect answer to the cold weather. I have many fond memories of big bowls of boiled dinner, served with dash of vinegar. It was a meal in itself and one that …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — German Potato Salad

I’ll have to admit, traditional potato salad the way Mom made it and Therese’s version are high on my list of favorite foods. But a good German potato salad is hard to beat. Therese made the following recipe, an update of one in her Better Homes and Garden cookbook. It was the perfect complement to a ring of cooked beef …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Sauerkraut, Sausage and Potatoes

For most people, it’s hard to draw any comparisons to eating sauerkraut right out of the crock. That’s because making homemade sauerkraut is one of the things from the past that not may people do anymore. You can’t count my septuagenarian friend, Darrel Koehler in that group. Darrel has been making sauerkraut for years, something he learned from his parents …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Meatball Stew

There are a lot people who relish leftovers. But there probably are just as many who view them as a nuisance. You can count me among the former. I believe there are a lot of leftovers that are better the second day. Chili, for one, comes to mind. It’s also a food that can’t really be made in small batches, especially …

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 — 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 — Parmesan Pork Chops and Veggies

One-pot ― or one-pan ― meals are a boon to households where both parents work.  And this time of the year, when a lot of time and energy goes into baking holiday goodies, even those who are retired can find them a nice time-saver. They take very little time to put together, cooking time is minimal, and one-pot meals require a lot less …

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

Anyone who has enjoyed a day in the field in pursuit of ringneck pheasants knows how nice it is to return to hunting camp for a tasty home-cooked meal. I recently returned from my third trip to western North Dakota, where wily roosters did their best to outsmart me. Luckily, I was in pretty good company, so  a few birds …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Vamaschka

Hand-me-down recipes are among the most treasured gifts our parents or grandparents can pass on to us. I’ve always had an affinity for them, no matter if they are mine or someone else’s. That is why I was intrigued when seeing Yvonne Wasvick-Kalka’s post on Facebook the other day. Yvonne, who teaches English and speech at Grand Forks Central and also coaches …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Cajun Roasted Potatoes

Sometimes it’s hard to get kids to eat vegetables. But potatoes generally aren’t one of them. Show me a kid who doesn’t like almost any kind of spuds, and I’ll show you one who is fussy about just about everything. One of our favorite ways to prepare potatoes are roasted, coated with a bit of butter and olive oil and seasoned …