Jeff's Polka Jam

  • COOKING WITH CHEF(Jeff)

    Posted by Jeff Heinz

    Join Jeff Heinz on Sunday Mornings Polka Jamboree at 9:30 is COOKING With CHEF(Jeff). Each week, I will be cooking a different meat from Ski's Meat Market Hwy 10 in St Point. Using my Green Mountain Pellet Grill, Daniel Boone Model from Charlie's Hardware and Rental Hwy 153 Mosinee available in two different sizes and starting at $599. The pellets for the grill are from American Wood Fibers and are available in 5 flavors Mesquitte, Oak, Maple, Apple and Hickory..and can be purchased from Zillman's Meats Wausau, The Pool People, Charlie's Hardware, RA Miller Supply, R-Stores and Marathon Feed.

    This week was time for some great fish, Halibut, from Ski's Meat Market. This week Dave from Ski's MEat Market Hwy 10 in St. Point, gave me one of his awesome fish filet's. MMMMMMMM Good. I cooked the filet for about 35 minutes at 350, wrapping the fish in tin foil, using just plain old Lawry's salt and butter.  All I can say is tender and flakey.  I used my Green Mountain Pellet grill Daniel Boone model from Charlies Hardware and Rental Hwy 153, Mosinee. If you've never tried fish on the grill....do it today.

    Green Mountain Pellet Grill

     

     

     

     

    -This blog post is a paid endorsement for:

    • Ski's Meat Market
    • Charlie's Hardware
    • American Wood Fibers
  • Cooking with CHEF(JEFF)

    Posted by Jeff Heinz

    A New Feature on Sunday Mornings Polka Jamboree at 9:30 is COOKING With CHEF(Jeff).  week, I will be cooking a different meat from Ski's Meat Market Hwy 10 in St Point. Using my Green Mountain Pellet Grill, Daniel Boone Model from Charlie's Hardware and Rental Hwy 153 Mosinee available in two different sizes and starting at $599. The pellets for the grill are from American Wood Fibers and are available in  5 flavors Mesquitte, Oak, Maple, Apple and Hickory..and can be purchased from Zillman's Meats Wausau, The Pool People, Charlie's Hardware, RA Miller Supply, R-Stores and Marathon Feed.

    This week was time for some great Beef Top Sirloin from Ski's Meat Market. This week Dave from Ski's MEat Market Hwy 10 in St. Point, gave me one of his 18 Flavors of Brats Onion and Garlic. MMMMMMMM Good. I cooked them for 15 minutes at 450.   I used my Green Mountain Pellet grill Daniel Boone model from Charlies Hardware and Rental Hwy 153, Mosinee. If you've never tried bacon brats....do it today.

     Green Mountain Pellet Grill

     

    Onion & Garlic Brats

    Cooked Brats from Ski's Meat Market

    -This blog post is a paid endorsement for:

    • Ski's Meat Market
    • Charlie's Hardware
    • American Wood Fibers
  • Cooking with CHEF(Jeff)

    Posted by Jeff Heinz

     

    A New Feature on Sunday Mornings Polka Jamboree at 9:30 is COOKING With CHEF(Jeff).  week, I will be cooking a different meat from Ski's Meat Market Hwy 10 in St Point. Using my Green Mountain Pellet Grill, Daniel Boone Model from Charlie's Hardware and Rental Hwy 153 Mosinee available in two different sizes and starting at $599. The pellets for the grill are from American Wood Fibers and are available in  5 flavors Mesquitte, Oak, Maple, Apple and Hickory..and can be purchased from Zillman's Meats Wausau, The Pool People, Charlie's Hardware, RA Miller Supply and Marathon Feed.

    This week was time for some great Beef Top Sirloin from Ski's Meat Market. When Dave from Ski's Meat Market gave me the Beef Top Sirloin I was pretty pumped.  Well I was pretty impressed. I cooked the Beef Top Sirloin at 325 degrees for 10 minutes a side and they turned out just perfect Some great tasting steaks.   I used my Green Mountain Pellet grill Daniel Boone model from Charlies Hardware and Rental Hwy 153, Mosinee. If you've never tried bacon brats....do it today.

     Green Mountain Pellet Grill

     

    Top Sirloin Steaks

    -This blog post is a paid endorsement for:

    • Ski's Meat Market
    • Charlie's Hardware
    • American Wood Fibers
  • Cooking with CHEF(JEFF)

    Posted by Jeff Heinz

    A New Feature on Sunday Mornings Polka Jamboree at 9:30 is COOKING With CHEF(Jeff).  week, I will be cooking a different meat from Ski's Meat Market Hwy 10 in St Point. Using my Green Mountain Pellet Grill, Daniel Boone Model from Charlie's Hardware and Rental Hwy 153 Mosinee available in two different sizes and starting at $599. The pellets for the grill are from American Wood Fibers and are available in  5 flavors Mesquitte, Oak, Maple, Apple and Hickory..and can be purchased from Zillman's Meats Wausau, The Pool People, Charlie's Hardware, RA Miller Supply and Marathon Feed.

    This week was time for some great Marinated Pork Tenderloins in Garlic from Ski's Meat Market. Just ask for these as they are in a special place. When Dave from Ski's Meat Market gave me the Pork Tenderloins, just looking at them, made my mouth water.   Well I was pretty impressed. I cooked the tenderloins at 325 degrees for 20 minutes a side and they turned out just perfect. I was a little nervous when the outside looked a little dried out. But when I cut into them, the juice just ran out. I used my Green Mountain Pellet grill Daniel Boone model from Charlies Hardware and Rental Hwy 153, Mosinee. If you've never tried Marinated Pork Tenderloins....do it today.

     Green Mountain Pellet Grill

    Marinated Pork Tenderloins

    Cooked Pork

    -This blog post is a paid endorsement for:

    • Ski's Meat Market
    • Charlie's Hardware
    • American Wood Fibers
  • COOKING WITH CHEF(JEFF)

    Posted by Jeff Heinz

    A New Feature on Sunday Mornings Polka Jamboree at 9:30 is COOKING With CHEF(Jeff).  week, I will be cooking a different meat from Ski's Meat Market Hwy 10 in St Point. Using my Green Mountain Pellet Grill, Daniel Boone Model from Charlie's Hardware and Rental Hwy 153 Mosinee available in two different sizes and starting at $599. The pellets for the grill are from American Wood Fibers and are available in  5 flavors Mesquitte, Oak, Maple, Apple and Hickory..and can be purchased from Zillman's Meats Wausau, The Pool People, Charlie's Hardware, RA Miller Supply and Marathon Feed.

    This week was time for some great Ground Round  from Ski's Meat Market. When Dave from Ski's Meat Market gave me the pre-made burgers I was pretty pumped.  Well I was pretty impressed. I cooked the burgers at 300 degrees for 8 minutes and they turned out just perfect Some of the best tasting burgers I've ever had.   I used my Green Mountain Pellet grill Daniel Boone model from Charlies Hardware and Rental Hwy 153, Mosinee. If you've never tried bacon brats....do it today.

     Green Mountain Pellet Grill

    -This blog post is a paid endorsement for:

    • Ski's Meat Market
    • Charlie's Hardware
    • American Wood Fibers

     

     

     

  • Cooking with CHEF(JEFF)

    Posted by Jeff Heinz

    A New Feature on Sunday Mornings Polka Jamboree at 9:30 is COOKING With CHEF(Jeff).  week, I will be cooking a different meat from Ski's Meat Market Hwy 10 in St Point. Using my Green Mountain Pellet Grill, Daniel Boone Model from Charlie's Hardware and Rental Hwy 153 Mosinee available in two different sizes and starting at $599. The pellets for the grill are from American Wood Fibers and are available in  5 flavors Mesquitte, Oak, Maple, Apple and Hickory..and can be purchased from Zillman's Meats Wausau, The Pool People, Charlie's Hardware, RA Miller Supply and Marathon Feed.

    This week was time for some great Bacon Brats, one of his many varieties, from Ski's Meat Market. When Dave from Ski's Meat Market gave me the brats I was pretty pumped.  Well I was pretty impressed. I cooked the brats at 350 degrees for 10 minutes and they turned out just perfect Some of the best tasting brats I've ever had. I can't wait to try some of the other flavors.  I used my Green Mountain Pellet grill Daniel Boone model from Charlies Hardware and Rental Hwy 153, Mosinee. If you've never tried bacon brats....do it today.

     Green Mountain Pellet Grill

    Bacon Brats from Ski's Meat Market

    Bacon Brat's on Charlie's Hardware Grill

    Cooked Bacon Brats

    -This blog post is a paid endorsement for:

    • Ski's Meat Market
    • Charlie's Hardware
    • American Wood Fibers
  • Eddie Blazonczyk Sr. Passes at the age of 70

    Posted by Jeff Heinz

      

    History
    In 1963 Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones recorded their first album titled “Polka Parade” on the Bel-Aire record label. Over the past forty years and approximately 160 dates per year, this Grammy award-winning group is known for its modern blend of polka originals, covers and standards that have pleased people in over 6000 appearances, touring the USA, Canada, France, Austria, Mexico, and Poland.

    They have recorded over 60 albums and received over 125 miscellaneous awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), the International Polka Association, the United States Polka Association, the United Polka Boosters and the United Polka Association.

    Eddie Blazonczyk Sr. was born in Chicago in 1941, the son of immigrants from the rural Tatra Mountain region of southern Poland. His mother directed and sang in a Gorale (Mountaineer), music and dance ensemble in which he participated as a child. His father performed in a Gorale band on the cello. From a very young age, he was destined for a life in music. After a brief stay in Poland, Eddie returned to America where his parents operated the Pulaski Ballroom and the Mountaineer Tavern. Here, Eddie was exposed to some of the most influential polka musicians of the day. Artists such as Lil’ Wally, Steve Adamczyk, Eddie Zima, Marion Lush and America’s Polka King Frank Yankovic entertained here, on Chicago’s Southwest side. As a youngster inspired by his heritage, Eddie played accordion and sang with his childhood friend Chet Kowalkowski at many picnic groves and ballrooms.

    As a teen, Eddie spent his High School years in northern Wisconsin and turned his sights to Rock N Roll music and went under the name of Eddie Bell. He recorded for the Mercury record label and toured with such stars as Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent and Brenda Lee, as well as numerous others. His highlights included the hit single “Hi-Yo Silver” and a performance on the famed American Bandstand show with Dick Clark.

    Following High School, Eddie returned to Chicago and was reunited with his childhood friend Chet Kowalkowski. Chet convinced Eddie to join him in a local “up and coming” group. He would sing and place bass for this group called the “Versatones”.

    The Versatones career highlights include Eddie Blazonczyk Sr’s National Heritage Fellowship induction, the country’s most prestigious honor in the folk and traditional arts, presented by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in 1998, Eddie Blazonczyk Sr’s election into the I.P.A. Polka Music Hall of Fame in 1970 and in 1986 the Versatones received a Grammy for their “Another Polka Celebration” album. They have also been nominated for a Grammy 16 times by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science since the polka bracket first spun off from the folk category in 1985. In 1967, a Congressional Committee awarded the title “The Nations #1 Polka Band” to Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones and registered this title with the Library of Congress.

    The Versatones classic six piece format and multi-influential roots have developed from a mixture of past Rock & Roll experience, Country & Western, Cajun, and Tex-Mex music. But it’s the progressive sound which the Versatones have achieved with their six pieces which has modernized polka music. This, obviously is a different sound from the post-war Chicago polka style of the 40’s & 50’s.

    The Versatones have expanded their following over the years, mostly because of its own arduous efforts of booking their own shows, coordinating promotions and connecting with the mainstream music industry. They have fans clubs throughout the country and are the most sought after polka band in the music industry today. On some of their albums they have combined a country flavor with the traditional polka. As for the recent upswing of interest in the polka, the Versatones credit the willingness of artists to update the sound for standards and original pieces. The Versatones tremendous popularity attracts audiences ranging from 13 years to 80 and it’s split between young and old. You don’t have to be ethnically related to any of the 12 main styles which include Polish, German, Bavarian, Slovenian and Tex-Mex that are played in North America to appreciate the vibrant spirit of polka music and dance.

    In 1997, after playing and singing alongside his father the previous 8 years, Eddie Blazonczyk Jr. took over the operations of the Versatones. In 2002, Eddie Blazonczyk Sr. semi-retired from the band due to health reasons. The following year, Eddie Jr. and the Versatones received their 14th Grammy nomination for their recording “My Father’s Shoes”. Today Eddie Jr. and the Versatones proudly carry on a legacy started over 40 years ago on the South Side of Chicago, the evolution and advancement of polka music and their heritage. To see Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones perform “live”, you will truly understand why they have been proclaimed the Nations #1 Polka Band!

    The Versatones officially retired from performing with their final show on New Years, December 31, 2011. However, their music and legacy will endure forever.
    Eddie Blazonczyk Sr. passes away on May 21, 2012 with his family by his side.  He was in his late 70’s. 
    Contact:
    http://www.versatones.com
    Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones
    7208 S. Harlem Avenue Bridgeview, Illinois 60455
    Phone: (708) 594-5182 Fax: (708) 448-5494
    Eddie Blazonczyk Jr.
    versatones@aol.com (815) 254-7624

     

     

     
      

  • Cooking with CHEF(JEFF)

    Posted by Jeff Heinz

    A New Feature on Sunday Mornings Polka Jamboree at 9:30 is COOKING With CHEF(Jeff).  week, I will be cooking a different meat from Ski's Meat Market Hwy 10 in St Point. Using my Green Mountain Pellet Grill, Daniel Boone Model from Charlie's Hardware and Rental Hwy 153 Mosinee available in two different sizes and starting at $599. The pellets for the grill are from American Wood Fibers and are available in  5 flavors Mesquitte, Oak, Maple, Apple and Hickory..and can be purchased from Zillman's Meats Wausau, The Pool People, Charlie's Hardware, RA Miller Supply and Marathon Feed.

    This week was time for some great Beef BRISKET from Ski's Meat Market. When Dave from Ski's Meat Market gave me a beef brisket I thought....what am I supposed to do with this. Well I was pretty impressed. I seasoned with a beef rub  which is available at both Ski's and Charlie's Hardware. I cooked the I slow cooked the beef brisket at 200 degrees for 4 hours and it turned out just like prime rib. I sprayed a special mix to keep it moist. Some of the best tasting meat I've ever had. I used my Green Mountain Pellet grill Daniel Boone model from Charlies hardware. If you've never tried a beef brisket....do it today.

     Green Mountain Pellet Grill

    Beef Brisket from Ski's Meat Market

    Beef Brisket In Charlie's Hardware Grill

    Cooked Brisket MMMMM Good

    -This blog post is a paid endorsement for:

    • Ski's Meat Market
    • Charlie's Hardware
    • American Wood Fibers

     

  • Cooking with CHEF(Jeff)

    Posted by Jeff Heinz

    A New Feature on Sunday Mornings Polka Jamboree at 9:30 is COOKING With CHEF(Jeff).  week, I will be cooking a different meat from Ski's Meat Market Hwy 10 in St Point. Using my Green Mountain Pellet Grill, Daniel Boone Model from Charlie's Hardware and Rental Hwy 153 Mosinee available in two different sizes and starting at $599. The pellets for the grill are from American Wood Fibers and are available in  5 flavors Mesquitte, Oak, Maple, Apple and Hickory..and can be purchased from Zillman's Meats Wausau, The Pool People, Charlie's Hardware, RA Miller Supply and Marathon Feed.

    This week was time for some great Chicken from Ski's Meat Market. I chose Berr Can Chicken using Ski's Meat Market's special wood can holder. I used Apple Grilling pellets and used a Chicken Rub which is available at both Ski's and Charlie's Hardware. I cooked the beer can chicken for 2 hours at 350 degrees and it turned out awesome. I also cooked some thigh's seperate and cooked them for about 1 hour. Just look below at how it looked. I used my Green Mountain Pellet grill Daniel Boone model from Charlies hardware.

     Green Mountain Pellet Grill

    Beer Can ChickenFinal Product Beer Can Chicken

    -This blog post is a paid endorsement for:

    • Ski's Meat Market
    • Charlie's Hardware
    • American Wood Fibers
  • Cooking with CHEF(JEFF)

    Posted by Jeff Heinz

    A New Feature on Sunday Mornings Polka Jamboree at 9:30 is COOKING With CHEF(Jeff).  week, I will be cooking a different meat from Ski's Meat Market Hwy 10 in St Point. Using my Green Mountain Pellet Grill, Daniel Boone Model from Charlie's Hardware and Rental Hwy 153 Mosinee available in two different sizes and starting at $599. The pellets for the grill are from American Wood Fibers and are available in  5 flavors Mesquitte, Oak, Maple, Apple and Hickory..and can be purchased from Zillman's Meats Wausau, The Pool People, Charlie's Hardware, RA Miller Supply and Marathon Feed.

    This week was time for some great Pizza's from Ski's Meat Market, Sun Dried Bazil and Double Beer Pizza . Cooked them on the Charlie's Hardware Green Mountain Pellet Grill at 450 for 14 minutes. Used Hickory Pellets and MMMMMMM GOOOD Pizza's.

     

     Green Mountain Pellet Grill

    Pizza From Ski's

    Pizza

    Pizza on the Pellet Grill

    Finished Pizza

    -This blog post is a paid endorsement for:

    • Ski's Meat Market
    • Charli's Hardware
    • American Wood Fibers
  • COOKING WITH CHEF(JEFF)

    Posted by Jeff Heinz

    A New Feature on Sunday Mornings Polka Jamboree at 9:30 is COOKING With CHEF(Jeff).  week, I will be cooking a different meat from Ski's Meat Market Hwy 10 in St Point. Using my Green Mountain Pellet Grill, Daniel Boone Model from Charlie's Hardware and Rental Hwy 153 Mosinee available in two different sizes and starting at $599. The pellets for the grill are from American Wood Fibers and are available in  5 flavors Mesquitte, Oak, Maple, Apple and Hickory..and can be purchased from Zillman's Meats Wausau, The Pool People, Charlie's Hardware, RA Miller Supply and Marathon Feed.

    This week was time for some great hamburger's from Ski's Meat Market Ground Round. Cooked them on the Charlie's Hardware Green Mountain Pellet Grill at 375 for 7 minutes a side. Added cheese and great flaover and taste.

    Green Mountain Pellet Grill

    Ground Round from Ski's Meat MArket

    Grilling Ground Round

     

    -This blog post is a paid endorsement for:

    • Ski's Meat Market
    • Charli's Hardware
    • American Wood Fibers
  • COOKING WITH CHEF(JEFF)

    Posted by Jeff Heinz

    A New Feature on Sunday Mornings Polka Jamboree at 9:30 is COOKING With CHEF(Jeff).  week, I will be cooking a different meat from Ski's Meat Market Hwy 10 in St Point. Using my Green Mountain Pellet Grill, Daniel Boone Model from Charlie's Hardware and Rental Hwy 153 Mosinee available in two different sizes and starting at $599. The pellets for the grill are from American Wood Fibers and are available in  5 flavors Mesquitte, Oak, Maple, Apple and Hickory..and can be purchased from Zillman's Meats Wausau, The Pool People, Charlie's Hardware, RA Miller Supply and Marathon Feed.

    This week we are featuring Bloody Mary Brats from Ski's Meat Market. The brats were cooked at 275 for about 25 minutes and turned out great. although the brats were a little spicey for me, Alex and Nicholas could have eaten more. They really liked them.

    Green Mountain Pellet Grill from Chrlie's Hardware

    Here are the "Bloody Mary Brats" from Ski's Meat Market on HWY 10 in St. Point just before I put them on the Charlie's Hardware Green Mountain Pellet Grill.

    Bloody Mary Brats froom Ski's Meat Market

    A look at the Bloddy Mary Brats on the grill.

    Bloody Mary Brats on the grill

    And here is what the finished product looks like! MMMMMM GOOD!

    Bloody Mary Brats Finished

     

    -This blog post is a paid endorsement for:

    • Ski's Meat Market
    • Charli's Hardware
    • American Wood Fibers