Kim Holmes
Head Chef
MacTalk Cafe

The MacTalk Head Chef joined to discuss the wonders of the Avocado and how to cook great walleye.  

Kim Holmes makes us smart about how to pick avocados out of a pile, how to ripen them after you get them home and his favorite uses of one of the world’s great fruits (that’s right, the avocado is a fruit!) and a couple of tricks to preserve it after you’ve used avocados to make guacamole.

We also discuss preparing one of the upper Midwest’s great regional treats:  WALLEYE.  Kim discusses his preference for Wondra Flour over All Purpose Flour when preparing walleye and how to cook it.


Kim Holmes
Official Chef
of MacTalk

Friday, June 09 2017, Hour 1

The MacTalk Head Chef Kim Holmes joins us to talk (1) WHAT MAKES A GREAT TACO AND (2) SHISH KEBAB… a favorite summer… and favorite ingredients to include in TACO IN A BAG!

SHISH KEBAB — what kind of beef, chicken,  pork or even fish?  Favorite marinade?  Vegetables & fruits?  Cooking instructions?

We cover it all!

Friday, June 02 2017 – Hour 1: “ELY’S IVY” RESTAURANT — Scott Franz & Kim Holmes

Scott Franz
Ely’s Ivy

Scott Franz and Kim Holmes join the program to talk about “ELY’S IVY” — the new restaurant that will go into the “Sander’s Building” on 3rd Street in downtown Grand Forks.

A Grand Forks native and a Central High graduate, Scott and his wife Rachel will open a pub style restaurant before the end of 2017.  Listen as Scott talks about their vision for Ely’s Ivy, their road to opening a small business in downtown Grand Forks and where the idea for the name came from!


Kim Holmes
Head Chef
MacTalk Cafe

Quite by accident we discuss the Flood of 1997 and it’s impact on Kim as a business owner.  From the decision to reopen Sanders 1907 as soon as possible after the flood to the decision to move the restaurant back downtown… this conversation is an interesting look at how one business coped with “the flood.”

AND… we talk Chicken Marsala,  check out the recipe and pictures of what Kim discusses while you listen here — all are labelled “Chicken Marsala.”

BECOME A GRILL MASTER: Kim Holmes Tells You EVERYTHING You Need to Know

Kim Holmes
Head Chef
MacTalk Cafeteria

The ALL MARINE RADIO Chef, Kim Holmes, gives you the BEST advice you’ll ever need about grilling.  If you’ve always wanted to be a GREAT griller then is advice you need

THE PREP:  meat selection, bringing meat to room temperature, oiling and seasoning.

Setting up your grill:  both direct heat and indirect heat will be required for the PERFECT steak.

Searing:  why it’s important to sear and how you do it.  How to cook the exterior of the steak to perfection and this won’t take long!  Once seared, we move the steak to “indirect heat” (no flame underneath) for the duration of it’s time on the grill.

Using a Meat Thermometer:  ESSENTIAL to the process!  With a BLUETOOTH digital meat thermometer and the associated app on your cellphone, all you do is select the meat (or poultry, fish etc) and the desired endstate (rare, medium rare etc) and you’re done.  Your phone gets warnings and monitors the internal temperature of the steak!  It’s a think of beauty.

Listen to the full interview in order and NEVER mess up grilling again.

Bon appetite!

Chef Roundtable: KIM HOLMES & JOE HANSON

Joe Hanson
Head Chef
Sky’s Restaurant
Kim Holmes
Head Chef
MacTalk Cafe










The former owner of Sanders 1907, Kim Holmes and the Head Chef and owner/partner of Sky’s Restaurant Joe Hanson join MacTalk to have a great discussion about ITALIAN FOOD.   Favorite dishes to eat… Favorite dishes to make… Favorite Italian meats… Marinara secrets… GREAT STUFF is your love food!