This is a list of my favorite recipes, in no particular order.

Dave's Spicy Chili

2 lbs Hamburger 
1 Large Yellow Onion, diced
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 15oz Can of Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed
3 10oz Cans of Rotel Diced Tomatoes w/Green Chiles, not drained
1 6oz Can of Tomato Paste
1 15oz Can of Tomato Sauce 
2 4oz Cans of Diced Roasted Green Chiles, not drained (find in the ethnic foods area)
1/2 can of Old Milwaukee 
2 tsp Chili Powder
1.5 tsp Pure Ancho Chili Powder
1 tsp Ground Cumin

1 tsp Dried Oregano


Fritos Corn Chips
Shredded Cheese
Sour Cream
Diced Onion
Bacon, crispy and chopped
Diced Jalapeno
Buttered Bread

Brown and drain hamburger, then mix all ingredients in a large crock pot and simmer on low for at least 4-6 hours

 Dave’s Good Pretzels

16oz Bag of Pretzels
1 gallon Ziplock bag
1 cup Corn Oil / Vegetable Oil

2 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp Lemon Pepper Seasoning
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 Packet of Hidden Valley Ranch
1 tsp Dill Weed
1 tsp Garlic Powder
(Spicy - 1 tsp Cayenne)
(Butter Snap Pretzels 24oz)

▪️Chili Lime
2 tsp TajÍn Classico Chili Lime Seasoning
1 tsp Lemon Peel
1 tsp Coarse Black Pepper
1 tsp Garlic Powder

Combine seasoning and oil in a Ziplock and mix. Add pretzels, seal, and gently shake.

There are 2 different ways you can finish the pretzels:
1. Leave them in the ziploc bag and allow pretzels to soak up the seasoned oil for at least 6 hours, or ideally for 24 hours. Turn bag to shake up pretzels every few hours.
2. Bake the oil soaked pretzels in a 200 degree oven for about 1 hour, occasionally stirring them so they bake evenly.

Abbey's Grandma's Sugar Cookies

1/2 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix butter and sugar. Add eggs and then rest of ingredients. Chill for a bit. ( my grandma chills overnight I just chill for a couple hours)

Put flour on counter to roll out dough. Cook at 350 for 8 minutes. Cookies should be a little brown on the bottom.

Powdered Sugar Frosting

1/2 bag powdered sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter

Mix until it looks spreadable, add food coloring if you want to.

Dead Dave's Apple Pie

1 gallon Apple Juice
1 gallon Apple Cider
3 1/2 cups sugar
7ish Cinnamon Sticks
1 liter 190 Proof Everclear or any Grain Alcohol

Mix the juice, sugar, and cinnamon and bring to a full boil for 30 minutes. Pull it off the heat and let cool before adding the alcohol. If it hasn't cooled the alcohol will boil out.

Sometimes I add cut up apples for flavor and strain them back out after it boils. If you’re feeling squirrelly, sub one gallon for a different juice. Cranberry-Apple turned out really good!

The mixture is about 12.5% alcohol if my math is right. The longer you boil it, the stronger it gets. DO NOT boil after adding the alcohol.


12oz Beer
4oz Clamato or Bloody Mix
Tabasco To Taste
2 Ibuprofen
1 Cracked Egg

Pour ingredients in order into a glass and chug, then go about your day like it’s nobody’s business.

Tavern Style Pickled Eggs and Sausage

1 gallon glass jar
18 Eggs, hard boiled and peeled
3 packs Polish sausage, boiled


4 cups White Vinegar
2 cups Water
3 tablespoons Pickling Spice
1 tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper
1 tablespoon Crushed Garlic
1 tablespoon Dried Onion
1 teaspoon Pickling Salt
6-7 squirts Hot Sauce, to taste

Bring the brine to a boil and then let simmer. Layer eggs and sausage into jar and pack to top, then carefully pour the hot brine into the jar until full.
Let sit in the fridge for 7 days, shaking it to mix once or twice each day.

I made this without the sausage and added raw onion rings and raw jalapeño peppers, it fit perfectly in one 1/2 gallon mason jar. You might need more brine depending on your jar size.

I recently made the full recipe with eggs and Johnsonville Polish Sausage. It turned out really good, but would have turned out better with a higher quality sausage.

Pickled Northern Pike

Ideal size fish 28" or less

This one is brand new and untested.

Cut pike fillets into 1” chunks, leaving Y-bones. Freeze for at least 48 hours to kill potential parasites. I read online that this kills potential parasites, specifically tapeworm.

Defrost. Use pickling salt and refrigerate chunks in a saltwater brine. Soak for 48 hours, covered. Brine should be dense enough to float an egg, about 1 tbsp salt to 1 cup water.

Rinse with cold water. Soak in white vinegar for 48 hours, covered. Drain.


1 Cup Water
2 Cups Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 Cup Sugar
3 Tb Pickling Spice

Bring Brine to a simmer and let sugar dissolve, then let cool. Layer Pike in a mason jar with thinly sliced onions. Add Brine until full. Brine recipe will fill about 3 pint size jars when packed full of fish.

Seal and refrigerate for one week, shaking up the jar once a day.

Dave's Wapatui

5 Gallon Container
1 gal Hawaiian Punch Juicy Red
89 oz Jug of Simply Lemonade w/ Raspberry
1/2 gal Cranberry Juice
1/2 gal Apple Cider
1 L Flavored Vodka (Orange) 75 Proof
1 L Southern Comfort 70 Proof
750 mL Silver Rum 80 Proof

Add two cans of sliced pineapple and a jar of cocktail cherries. Add ice if desired.

Mixture = Roughly 8.5% Alcohol. 
Although I cannot claim ownership to all these recipes, I have made them all and proven them to be great! - CPS Dave