THE AVOCADO & HOW TO COOK GREAT WALLEYE: Kim Holmes

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.

THE FISHING REPORT: Greg Lotysz & Bruce Nelson

Bruce Nelson

Friday, June 09 2017, Hour 2

Summer is here and fishing on the Red River is in full swing.  Bruce Nelson joins us to bring us up to date on the latest news from the Red River Valley Catfish Club, their  leagues and robust level of participation they’re experiencing this year.

Red River and Devils Lake fisherman Greg Lotysz talks pointers for fathers to get their kids fishing which can be a lifelong hobby.

Let’s talk fishing!  Great stuff from two local fishermen and community leaders.

Greg Lotysz

GREAT TACOS & SHIS KEBAB: Kim Holmes

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
Owner
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!

CINCO DE MAYO — DOWNTOWN GROCERY STORE — PAOLA’S BAKERY — START YOUR GRILL: Kim P. Holmes

Mac & Kim Holmes

In a wide ranging conversation Kim Holmes and Mac discuss (1) drinking tequila on Cinco de Mayo, (2) Kim’s longtime desire for a downtown grocery store in Grand Forks, (3) the opening of Paola’s Bakery in downtown Grand Forks and finally… (4) taking your grill out of hibernation and bringing it back to life for the year!

FLOOD RECOVERY & CHICKEN MARSALA WITH THE MACTALK CHEF: Kim Holmes

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.”

NICOLE’S FINE PASTRY: Mac & Kim Holmes talk pastries with the Nicole Hensen

Nicole Hensen
Owner
Nicole’s Fine Pastry

Nicole Henson, owner and operator of Nicole’s Fine Pasty in downtown Fargo joined MacTalk to discuss growing up in New Ulm, attending the University of North Dakota and her journey to become one of the finest pastry businesses in the region.

CHEF-TALK: Mac, Kim Holmes & Rich West of the Sky’s restaurant

Rich West
Co-Owner
Lounge Manager
Sky’s Restaurant

Rich West, part-owner and Lounge Manager at Sky’s restaurant in Grand Forks  joins Kim Holmes and Mac to talk about restaurant ownership and the bar business.

A Grand Forks native, a former employee of Kim’s and a goaltender for Red River High School, Rich is the quintessential Grand Forks guy who’s made good in his hometown.  You’ll enjoy the discussion.