How to make Mr. P’s Kettle Chips

Posted on December 17, 2011 at 12:02 am by Chef Shelby

Got the old Flip camera out today, freshly installed batteries and a desire to make a video of something…anything really.  We’ve (I’ve) been wanting to start posting videos to our blog, but really didn’t want to have my well-aged, chubby face spread all over the screen.  Every time I bring up making a video, Mr. P seems to disappear, so I decided to have a go at it myself today.  Took me a few attempts working the camera and trying to make the chips at the same time.   In advance, please accept my apologies for the amateur camera skills.  But at least I’ve confirmed I can successfully film something, even if in pieces, and paste it all together.  I won’t go so far as to call it a “movie,” but it could at least rate as video content.  :-)


Shop local for edible treats and foodie gifts, oh and they’re gluten-free!

Posted on December 13, 2011 at 10:47 pm by Chef Shelby

Mr. P’s may be a smokehouse, but don’t forget about Kitchen Therapy.  Together, we’ve got a bunch of amazing holiday gifts that make it even easier to shop local!  And since foodie gifts are all the rage, we’ve got a few to choose from that are freshly made and available today. 

Sweet Chipotle Walnuts
Candied walnuts with a little dash of chipotle and other spices for a sweet, savory and crunchy snack.  $6

Honeyed Rosemary Almonds
Raw almonds are candied in honey and fresh rosemary for a treat that is a little salty, a little sweet, very aromatic and flavorful.  $6

Cake Truffles
Just about any cake flavor you can imagine, hand-rolled into a truffle, dipped in Belgian chocolate and topped with a variety of awesome goodies like crushed candy canes, chocolate sprinkles, almonds, candied hazelnuts, coconut and the list goes on and on.  We have Chipotle Chocolate, Citrus Cake, Bacon Bourbon and some assorted boxes as well.  If you have a favorite flavor of cake or cookie, I can make it into a truffle – no extra charge for special orders although I do ask for at least 24 hour notice please!  Eight cake truffles in a gift box $10

What is divinity you may ask?  Divinity is a cross between a meringue and fudge, often flavored with fruits and/or nuts.  Sweet and sometimes a little taffy-like, it’s a throwback to old school Christmas when we got the likes of hard ribbon candy and root beer barrels.  All ready to go in a holiday gift tin.  $8

Chocolate Espresso Snow Caps
Dense, fudgy cookies that are rolled in confectioner’s sugar before baking and when they get hot, they crinkle and crack, no two are the same.  Packed in a holiday gift tin.  $8

Mr. P’s Gift Baskets
Two baskets to choose from.  Although they aren’t really baskets, more of a galvanized bucket to go with the rough and tumble world that is barbecue.  The $25 basket includes a bottle of House Sauce, Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Hot Sauce, Mr. P’s House Rub, and sample of Sweet Chipotle Walnuts.  The $50 basket includes everything listed above plus a large bag of Sweet Chipotle Walnuts, a bottle of Sweet Sauce and a Mr. P’s “Everything’s Better with Bacon” Apron.  Baskets are wrapped in clear cello wrap and are ready to give. 

Mr. P’s House Rub
Available for the first time!  A rub is a versatile blend of spices that can be used hundreds of ways in the kitchen.  We use this spice blend on the pork shoulders, rope sausage and even the Portobello mushrooms before they go in the smoker, and we use a variation of it for the brisket.  We just started using it as a seasoning for our fresh cut fries; the kettle chips get a healthy dose of this rub when they come out of the fryer.  The other night, I sprinkled it on fresh popcorn.  It can be used with beef, pork, chicken, veggies; I even mixed it with some homemade caramel to make spiced popcorn balls.  $12    

Don’t forget about the special gift certificate offer….purchase a $25 gift certificate and get a free bottle of Mr. P’s sauce, a $5 value.  Keep it for yourself or give it to that barbecue or hot sauce junkie in your life.  You know they want it.  Offer expires December 15, 2011. 

And of course, everything is gluten-free!

Divinity, Popcorn Balls, Snow Caps and Cake Truffles. F u Weight Watchers.

Posted on December 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm by Chef Shelby

Tomorrow is a big day in Schroon Lake, Santa arrives at the Strand around 6.  It seems like there’ll be activities going on all over town tomorrow, the Chamber has something, the fun starts at the Strand around 4, and not to be left out, we’re doing some goodies for tomorrow too. 

 This week has been a week of prep work, not just for Santa’s arrival, but for the holiday sugar season in general.  Time to dig out the family recipes for candy, cookies, cakes, stocking stuffer treats and pretty much anything else that could be described as a “FDD.”  What is FDD, you may ask?  Frosting delivery device for the amateurs out there. 

 Just doing a quick status check.  Popcorn balls:  75+ completed, including caramel and red.  Bacon and green still left to do.  Chocolate espresso snow cap cookies:  done.  Divinity:  done (pure sugar mixed with dried cherries and almonds.)  Kind of the consistency of fudge.  Chipotle chocolate cake truffles:  100+ truffles formed and waiting to be dipped in chocolate.  Almost forgot the gingerbread cupcakes with eggnog crème filling and eggnog frosting I made yesterday.  Christmas is the marathon of all baking holidays, with a little more than 2 weeks to go. 

 Plan for tonight:  wrap the popcorn balls, dip the truffles in chocolate, make honeyed rosemary almonds, some assorted flavors of cake truffles and maybe a batch of some other cookie flavor.  Attempt to eat something green for dinner that isn’t made of frosting.

Tis the season for Gift Certificates!

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 6:05 pm by Chef Shelby

Mr. P’s is offering a special deal on gift certificates from Dec 1 through Dec 15:  Purchase a $25.00 gift certificate and receive a complimentary bottle of House Sauce, Sweet Sauce or Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Hot Sauce, a $5 value.  All of the sauces are gluten-free, dairy-free and contain no meat products (can’t forget about the vegetarians!)  Give it to your barbecue aficionado or keep it for yourself!  Gift certificates can be used for food, market items or Mr. P’s gear.  Coming soon….watch for new holiday gift baskets including Mr. P’s House Rub and sweet treats from Shelby’s Kitchen Therapy coming soon.