Ginger Beef Tataki

SAKE BOMBS and Ginger Beef Tataki…

Posted on June 25, 2017

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Spaghetti, Meatballs, and Italian Gravy

Spaghetti, Meatballs, and Italian Gravy. Mangia!!

Posted on April 23, 2017

Spaghetti is one of my favorite dishes. It’s hearty, comforting and like all pastas, it makes every sip of wine that much more enjoyable. “Gli spaghetti l’italiano sono molto amore! Here in America, people refer to Marinaras as… Sauce or Gravy”?. I suppose it is a sauce as the variations are endless. They really are all […]

Fusion cooking

Flirting with Fusion Cooking

Posted on March 1, 2017

OH MY GOODNESS. Dan Campo knocked it out of the park this time with his fusion, chicken stir fry. Experimentation is always fun.. especially in your culinary adventures. Exploring the world of fusion cooking provides an outlet to deviate completely from the exact science of recipes and measurements, to the personalized, intimate world of artistic expression. […]

Taco Tuesday at the SLL test kitchen

Taco Tuesday at the SLL Test Kitchen

Posted on February 15, 2017

There’s nothing better than a homestyle Taco Tuesday to get your week in gear. Pair it with the right beers and homemade taco beef filler and you’re running for the border!  Here we go.. If you have people over, you should make or buy your favorite salsa to share withe everyone. I recommend making one; it’s simple and […]

Meat Wrapped in Bacon

MEAT wrapped in BACON

Posted on February 10, 2017

Everything is better with Bacon. Right? We think so… Bacon pairs up nicely with just about everything; chocolate, berries, poultry, beef, other pork, cocktails, you name it. It’s the salty / sweet combinations that tease the palette and cause the typical mouthwatering “weak in the knees” response. On to the love affair… BROWN SUGAR GLAZE ¼ […]

From Spain with Love

From Spain, with Love!

Posted on January 1, 2017

When we want to pair wine with a great dish that can be shared with many friends, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. We cook Paella!  And we do it with a Chicken Chorizo Paella recipe from Kitchen Window in Uptown Minneapolis. Nothing says traditional Spain more than Paella. Paella is a saffron flavored rice dish […]

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Creamy Sherry, Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Posted on December 1, 2016

We live in Minnesota… It is inevitable that chicken, wild rice soup gets experimented with. I’m going to give you my mindset here, but not exact science. Many recipes I can break down into measurements, but because I learned to cook to taste and proportion at a young age under 3 chefs – I often […]

Angry Mussels Recipe

Angry Mussels, Chef SammyJ Style…

Posted on November 1, 2016

I actually got the inspiration for this recipe from Guy Fieri on his cooking program one day a long time ago while he was at JCT Restaurant in Atlanta, GA.  I’ve since adopted it, given it my own flair and I love to cook it. This dish takes about 10 minutes to prepare and it […]

"Just the Tip" Casserole

“Just the Tip” Casserole

Posted on November 1, 2016

This one’s for the dirty-minded! I call it “Just the Tip” because once you have just a little bit, you just can’t help going in for the whole thing. Nothing brings complete satisfaction on a cold, northern winter day (Currently -3 degrees outside), like this simple “Hot Dish”. I dare you to put this in […]

Dan Campo on PPL of MPLS

Meet Dan Campo

Posted on October 23, 2016

Dan Campo. Dan Campo is a wine guy… in fact, he has more wine than any person in Minneapolis. As owner of South Lyndale Liquors, Dan Campo is a corner stone to the neighborhoods in SW Minneapolis. You can’t miss South Lyndale Liquors – the prohibition themed, local-artist painted, Minneapolis business is home to the […]

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