Wickedly Creative Cooking

Mike Isenberg

A couple of years ago my wife and I spent 2 weeks on a road trip through Germany. We had a great time during our vacation, and every restaurant in Germany we visited had some truly excellent sausages on the menu, however, delicious as they were, there were really only slight variations from sausage to sausage, area to area. The flavors were so familiar I felt I could have pulled almost any of these sausages off my grill back home. And it makes sense, seeing how much cultural heritage is shared between Germany and the USA.

After the vacation I set out to make sausages of my own. Not just to make a killer bratwurst, but I was inspired to make something unique that I couldn’t get anywhere else. So I bought a couple of books, a meat grinder, and did some research online and have been experimenting with fresh sausage making for almost a year now.

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Wickedly Creative Cooking

by Mike Isenberg

Mike from Wicked Cactus holds his Feast Your Eyes on This trophy

While neither a professional nor formally trained chef, I am a foodie and cooking TV junkie. Join me as I explore new things, letting you know what has worked for me, and hopefully inspiring you to get out there and try something new as well. I am owner of Wicked Cactus Sauce and love everything spicy.

I have a problem.

I love mushrooms. Sautéed mushrooms to be exact. The savory/earthy/meaty flavor, the versatility, the delicious transformation that comes from the simplest of cooking process*. I’ve made sautéed mushrooms before and ate them before the rest of the meal was done! I really, really love sautéed mushrooms.

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Zestfest Midwest 2013: On Stage with Mike Isenberg from Wicked Cactus Sauces

Mike from Wicked Cactus holds his Feast Your Eyes on This trophy

Right after I handed Mike Isenberg his Feast Your Eyes on This Spicy Cooking Challenge trophy at Zestfest Midwest, Mike entertained the crowd with a little of his cooking prowess. Showing a little of what him shine in our video contest, Mike shined on the main stage with a simple yet delicious chicken taco recipe. One of the bright moments from the Zestfest Midwest event shared with you now. Check it out and support Mike by checking out the Wicked Cactus Sauces website for some of the best hot sauces in your community.

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Preview of Zestfest Midwest 2013


Anyone who appreciates the zesty things in life is invited to indulge in a flavorful food experience June 28-30, 2013 as ZestFest Midwest brings together spicy exhibitors and tasty products from around the country for one exciting weekend in Columbus, OH. Featuring hot sauces, barbeque sauces, salsas, spices, condiments, snacks, sweets — specialty foods and beverages of all types to tantalize your taste buds.

ZestFest is the ultimate party for food enthusiasts. Produced by Spicy Food Productions, ZestFest Midwest will be action-packed! Cooking demos by celebrity chefs, live music, interactive contests and delicious foods and beverages to sample and purchase will make June 28-30, 2013 the zestiest weekend of the year!


Friday, June 28, 2013 1:00-9:00
Saturday, June 29, 2013 10:00-6:00
Sunday, June 30, 2013 10:00-5:00



Ohio Expo Center
717 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

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Johnny McLaughlin’s Chilehead Karaoke Rockaria Party 2012

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