Friday in the Woods!


Spring Break, Interrupted

Village Cheese Shanty at Fishtown, what a cool thing to experience…it’s like the Zingerman’s of the North…yes, it’s that good. They use fresh goods and amazing bread. The dressings are the secret weapon that puts these tasty gems in a higher class. I love a small local shop with a solid business model that includes great value (both given and more importantly, perceived.). Village Cheese Shanty serves a consistently flavorful menu with a deli-welcoming environment. If you have to push your way in through the door, do it…you’ll be glad you did!!

e were planning to get out of town for a well-deserved respite, when along came a late spring storm with all kinds of warnings. “If you go outdoors, you will surely die!”, they said. Given that tidbit of uncertainty, we cancelled our trip and bunkered in. Turns out it was a good choice! Skip ahead one week – let your thoughts be guided by the ensuing graphic images…food for the soul. Make sure to take a moment and look around…find the true joy that’s yours to choose at any given moment.

Pre New Years Eve snacks!!

Chicken tenders wrapped with bacon, seasoned with chile powder and brown sugar.  They taste even better than they look if that’s possible…Mrs chef Snausy scores again!!

New Art freehand through my onboard filter. I like the original, but this version is even better!!

Tailgating Chili!

There’s something about September, Farmers Markets and college football that screams “Make Chili!”. Well, that and a coworker’s comment and a quick review of chili cook-offs from the past. We scored a peck of Beefsteak tomatoes at the Rockford Farmers Market with the intention of canning a few quarts of diced tomatoes. Some of those lovely maters were reserved for a small batch of fresh sausage chili. We added some amazing poblano peppers from our ingredient quest last weekend, along with a bunch of secret items. Hopefully it turns out OK. The color of these tomatoes is testimony to the freshness of the homegrown fruit this time of year 🍅🍅🍅