Author: Michael Martens

In Praise of the Tom and Jerry

A longtime holiday drink favorite of mine is the Tom and Jerry. This drink consists of a frothy meringue that floats in a mug of hot water, rum and brandy. Add a sprinkle of nutmeg on the top and you have the perfect holiday drink, warming the heart and the body at the same time. The Tom and Jerry is a uniquely American drink, tracing it’s roots to the early 19th century. The celebrity bartender Jerry Thomas popularized the drink in 1862 by serving it at his San Francisco and St. Louis bars and publishing the recipe in his 1862 bartender’s guide. The...

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GMFI: Local inspiration and motivation to inspire personal action

Let’s face it, motivational speakers are a dime a dozen. Just about anyone with a compelling story of ‘rags to riches’ or ‘overcoming tragedy’ will hit the circuit in hopes to inspire all who will listen. Now I’m not knocking these speakers- many of them are excellent and their inspiration can be models for us to follow. But one group feels that motivation and inspiration can happen at the local level. This group: The Global Motivational Force International (GMFI), finds local success stories to present at their monthly events. It all started with jumping out of an airplane. Back...

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Wausau’s Potter’s Fields

When the indigent, or unknown pass away, where do their bodies go? Historically, communities set aside potter’s fields- a common grave, or place of burial for the indigent or unknown. In the Pine Grove cemetery in Wausau, three such potter’s fields can be found, the largest of which is located in the far southeast corner, behind the Saint Joseph’s portion of the cemetery. The Potter’s Field gets it’s name from the biblical story of the death of Jesus Christ. Judas, who betrayed Jesus, was so remorseful after Christ’s death that he wished to repay the 30 pieces of silver received...

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Spatchcock Grilled Chicken

Ahhh, summertime. With the warm summer weather, it couldn’t be a better time to get out of the kitchen and fire up the grill to enjoy some outdoor cooking. Actually, I never put the grill away, but I certainly do enjoy grilling a lot more when it’s 78 degrees than 5 degrees. Chicken is a perennial favorite on the grill. It’s inexpensive and crowd pleasing. Plus there are so many different grilling methods, spices, and rubs available that you can easily adapt the flavor of chicken to please just about any taste. My favorite method is grill roast an...

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