Lobster Shepherd Pie… A Unique Maine Classic

Lobster shepherd pie being with a spoon in the middle of scooping up.

David WilhelmRecipes

As my first post-collegiate job, I spent 4 years working at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston where I worked in a series of positions including restaurant manager, food & beverage controller and weekend resident manager of the hotel. The hours are long and intense working in hotels but I loved every minute of it. But when the weekend came, … Read More

Pistachio Tiramisu… An Italian Classic

Finished tiramisu with a ribbon tied around to be used as a gift.

David WilhelmRecipes

When I originally bought Sorrento Grilled in Laguna Beach the most popular dessert on the menu was the tiramisu. In fact, for a time it was a de rigueur dessert on every Italian restaurant’s menu that was worth its Sicilian sea salt but then for some unknown reason it began disappearing. Sorrento had been known as a pretty hard core … Read More

Bone Marrow… An Ancient ‘Flintstonian’ Delicacy Revisited

Finished Bone Marrow dish.

David WilhelmRecipes

The saying about all things old becoming new again is true. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors instinctively feasted on the marrow inside of the bones of their kill knowing intuitively that it was the most nutritious part of the animal. Years later, many ancient cultures still believed in the medicinal properties of marrow and used it as a special dietary supplement for … Read More

Pumpkin Patch Donut Holes

Cooked pumpkin patch donut holes.

David WilhelmRecipes

I don’t know… blame it on the tidal influence of the ‘Great Pumpkin’ rising. Just when I thought I was finished making yet another pumpkin something I watched the 50th anniversary of the Emmy nominated Peanuts Classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and I lost all self-control. All it took was sitting in front of a fireplace while the … Read More

Thanksgiving… My Favorite Holiday

J-Fat's Turkey and Stuffing Hash dish.

David WilhelmRecipes

No other holiday nurtures my soul like Thanksgiving, our one uniquely American day. It brings with it a confluence of so many things I love. To begin with, autumn has always been my favorite season. Having grown up in the Midwest it brought the beautiful turning of the leaves to brilliant reds and golds, a welcome chill in the air, … Read More

Brussels Sprouts – Redemption For A Scorned Cruciferous

Cooked brussel sprouts.

David WilhelmBooze & Bites, Recipes

Is it just too freaking weird for me to say that I have felt sorry for a vegetable? Brussels sprouts have taken a bad rap for so long. Like its red-headed sister broccoli, it’s been the subject of derision no vegetable should ever have to endure. Truth be told, broccoli’s reputation has been publicly besmirched even worse. The one time … Read More

Cornmeal Pancakes… And Some American History

Finished cornmeal pancakes.

David WilhelmRecipes

I’m a pretty early riser… usually up well before 6:00 so you’d think I’d be a breakfast person… I’m not. However, for some reason, I love cooking morning meals for a houseful of friends and family when the not so often occasion arises. I make some mean cheesy, ‘French style’ scrambled eggs and some duck fat and sage roasted hash … Read More

The Great Pumpkin… A Squash with a Rich History

A pumpkin patch with a lot of healthy pumpkins available.

David WilhelmRecipes

Bubba Gump Pumpkin … Pumpkin waffles, pumpkin doughnut, pumpkin pasta, pumpkin soup, pumpkin beer… Yup… this is the time of the year when all conversation turns to the iconic pumpkin. I mean, is there anything that speaks to the Fall season more than these bumpy orange globes? In fact, the season officially arrives when, as the saying goes, “There’s frost … Read More

Lowcountry Shrimp Boil

A steaming cup of shrimp boil.

David WilhelmRecipes

Before we get into talkin’ bout shrimp let’s chat a little about exactly what the term ‘Lowcountry’ means because it’s certainly a treasured area in this country’s vast variety of regional cuisines. According to John Martin Taylor, author of Hoppin’ John’s Low Country Cooking, Lowcountry is an area that stretches along the South Carolina coast from the Savannah River in … Read More