Archive for January, 2014

Smokehouse Glenn Makes Breakfast!

Published by Rilee Waller on January 29th, 2014

The great thing about a meat market is that meat is the basis of every meal – breakfast, lunch or dinner. Smokehouse Glenn decided to show us how well his home-made sausage works for a breakfast casserole dish.

Today, Glenn brought in two variations of a family breakfast casserole dish using two different sausages – his breakfast and his chorizo sausage. One casserole was made with Glenn’s breakfast sausage cooked in his Upper Peninsula Olive Oil flavored Wild Mushroom & Sage. The balance of the dish consisted of scrambled eggs mixed with mushroom soup, sliced mushrooms poured over a baking pan layered with croutons; topped with shredded cheddar cheese.

Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole

The second casserole variation had home-made chorizo cooked in chipotle infused olive oil, the remainder of the recipe is the same as the first. Both dishes were delicious; my taste leans more to the chorizo recipe because of the added spicy taste yet both are easy to make and would be a great dish in the morning to serve for the family.


chorizo & chipotle infused olive oil

chorizo & chipotle infused olive oil




Currently, Smokehouse Glenn has 37 different varieties of flavor infused olive oils. I had mentioned in last week’s post, balsamic vinegar is not the same any more – there are a number of flavor varieties to select from these days.. Just like the vinegars sold at Smokehouse Glenn, there are different flavored oils. Glenn even has 5 varieties of plain olive oil from different types of olives. With that much variety, these flavors will expand your favorite recipes with numerous flavor combinations!


breakfast suasage & mushroom oil

Don’t forget, Smokehouse Glenn has meats that will boost your Super Bowl party celebration. From snack sticks, summer sausage to cheeses, brats and coney dogs, stop in and pick up your favorites before the Big Game!

Casserole sample

Casserole sample



Smokehouse Glenn is located in the Country Village, Ishpeming across from Cinema V Theaters and Ace Hardware. Store hours are M – Sat 10 to 6; Sundays 10 to 4 or call 485-4220!


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Balsamic Vinegar Gets Drizzled on…Ice Cream!

Published by Rilee Waller on January 22nd, 2014

The inventory of premium items continue to grow at Smokehouse Glenn’s and today we sampled something altogether different…and the die-hard meat whiners even tried today’s treat.

You will definitely find exquisitely home-made ice cream toppings on the Food Network but if you want unusual and expensive-tasting flavor toppings for ice cream, Smokehouse Glenn brought in something for us taste-balsamic vinegar on ice cream but not just any vinegar.

Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar & Ice Cream

Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar & Ice Cream


Several of Glenn’s lady customers suggested that he try a Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar on top of ice cream. What – vinegar on ice cream! Come on, most of us are Hershey’s Chocolate lovers; don’t ruin my dish of smooth, creamy goodness! Ah, but wait…sometimes you have to step outside the box and let your taste buds explore a little! OK, so Glenn topped french vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of his Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar. I dipped my spoon into my cup, little taste, another little taste, another taste – hey, these flavors taste good together! Sweet ice cream meets tangy balsamic vinegar with a hint of chocolate flavor in a delicious way!

WOW, what other flavors would work well on ice cream? Well, Glenn also has Strawberry flavored, Raspberry flavored balsamic vinegar AND Carra-Carra Orange Vanilla balsamic vinegar. There is nothing plain with balsamic vinegar anymore now that they are being infused with a wide range of flavors! Tonight, your recipe flavoring can expand to the nth degree with Glenn’s expanding inventory of balsamic vinegars!

Try it - you'll like it!

Try it – you’ll like it!



Glenn’s new “Test Kitchen” is in the finishing stages of completion. Soon he and guest chefs will be cooking dishes for sampling right in the store so customers can taste what flavoring sensations can be purchased and enjoyed.



Stop in and visit the expanding layout at Smokehouse Glenn located in the Country Village, Ishpeming. across from Cinema V Theaters and Ace Hardware. Store hours are M – Sat 10 to 6; Sundays 10 to 4 or call your “custom cut butcher” at 485-4220!


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Smoked Fish & Cheese Curds…Ahhhh, What a Pair!

Published by Rilee Waller on January 15th, 2014

 A marriage of two incredibly tasting items were sampled today thanks to the distinctive selection of our well known custom-cut butcher himself, Smokehouse Glenn!

Today, Glenn brought in several products from companies that hold quality in as high esteem as Northern Meats does. Horseradish Cheddar Cheese Curds from Yancey’s Fancy Artisan Cheese and three different types of smoked salmon from Susie Q Fish Company.

Smoked fish and cheese curds

Smoked fish and cheese curds

I love ANY type of cheese and these cheddar cheese curds with horseradish is loaded with zesty flavor. Not too much to give you that brain zing but just enough to get you coming back for more.


FISH – I’ve never ate a type of fish I didn’t like and the same goes with this smoked salmon. Sampling three different flavored fish, I couldn’t decide which flavor I liked the best. Classic smoked, Cajon smoked and Pepper smoked salmon. Each of these salmon portions are fully cooked, ready to eat with your favorite crackers, or simply a finger food snack. If you’re a smoked fish lover, stop in to Northern Meats and get a package of this delicious product.

Classic, Peppered and Cajon!

Classic, Peppered and Cajon!



Keep listening to Glenn on the Shopping Show, every Wednesday mornings. He said his test kitchen area is nearing completion and soon he will be preparing samples right in his shop for customers to try. His store will be fulled with the delicious aromas of recipes featuring his quality beef, chicken, pork and seafood products!


Store hours for Northern Meats are M – Saturday 10 to 6; Sunday 10 to 4. Premium quality products from your friendly “custom-cut” butcher – Smokehouse Glenn!


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Andouille with a New Smokehouse Twist!

Published by Rilee Waller on January 8th, 2014

Glenn’s home made andouille

Northern Meats has been expanding their store’s inventory over the past several months, adding to their product line flavored sea salts, flavor infused balsamic vinegars and olive oils. Today, Smokehouse Glenn decided to give my taste buds a tangy twist by giving his andouille a different seasoning spin!

Glenn’s andouille is fantastic tasting as it is; with his own recipe developed over 30 some years. However, today he decided to mix the flavors up a bit by hitting both ends of the taste spectrum incorporating sweet and spicy flavors.

Today, Glenn decided to saute his sliced andouille with olive oil infused with harissa. Harissa is a condiment from North Africa whose basic ingredients are chiles, garlic, coriander, cumin and salt. I’ve learned to taste the oils Glenn brings in to sample the straight up flavors used in his cooking. What a hit! This olive oil is nothing that I’ve ever tasted before – and the amount of heat the harissa added to the oil this name, harissa, I will add to my kitchen vocabulary.

Chow Chow and Harissa infused Olive Oil

Chow Chow and Harissa infused Olive Oil

On the other side of the flavor spectrum, Glenn used some pre-packaged Chow Chow from Troll Smokehouse. This particular cabbage relish contains cabbage, peppers, onions and sugar. A great compliment to the heat of the harissa olive oil that playfully swings your taste buds from heat to sweet.


Along with the best in beef, pork, chicken and seafood, Northern Meats now has an extensive variety of flavored balsamic vinegars, olive oils and sea salts assured to liven up any of your routine family recipes.

The delicious sampling!

The delicious sampling!

Northern Meats is located in the Country Village, Ishpeming across from Cinema V Theaters and Ace Hardware. Store hours are M – Sat 10 to 6; Sundays 10 to 4 or call 485-4220!


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