Crunchy Chicken Strips


The best chicken strips I’ve ever had are served at The Chancery, a small chain of restaurants in southeastern Wisconsin, and they’re called Chicken Finger Crunch. At least that’s what they were called when I worked there back in 2005. What makes these chicken strips stand out above the rest is the breading. It’s thick…

Ancho Chili Ranch Dressing


To pep up your basic Ranch Dressing recipe, I added ancho chili powder and smoked paprika. This recipe is inspired by dressing served when I worked as a bartender at The Chancery in Wisconsin. My dad and I have been eating it for three straight days. ingredients. 1 c. mayonnaise 1/2 c. sour cream buttermilk, as…

Fried Mozzarella Balls


There are few better appetizers out there better than anything that has fried + cheese in the name of it. I grew up eating fried cheese. Fried mozzarella sticks, fried cheese curds … you get the idea. Hey, I grew up Wisconsin. What do you expect? Of course when my grandma sent me this recipe…

Homemade Ranch Dressing


Having spent 10 years working in the restaurant industry at two different restaurants each of which made its own homemade dressings, I’ve always been in awe of and drawn to homemade dressings. I can spot a store-bought dressing a mile away and can’t stand when I’m served store-bought dressing when I’m eating out. Especially Hidden…

Peanut Butter Pleasure Surprise Bars


This bar was inspired by a friend of mine who thinks peanut butter makes every baked good tasted better. In this case he was absolutely right. Think of this bar as a cross between Seven-Layer Bars and Peanut Butter Scotcheroos. I took these bars to work and literally had a coworker moaning with every bite….