What was it like growing up in Metamora, Illinois?
Glorious! It is a town of 2,000 people. All I ever wanted to do was play running back for our high school football team the Redbirds, and ride on the back of the garbage truck as a career. The first worked out…the latter, luckily not so much.
Was music always a big part of your life?
Yes, I’ve always loved to sing. I started picking guitar at 14 when I heard an older high school guy from my church, whom I really looked up to, play “Country Roads” by John Denver. That’s the moment I wanted to play guitar. I had great choir directors in Jr. High and High School, which really helped keep me interested in singing. I also did the musicals my Jr/Sr years and loved that.
Who got you interested in cooking? And whose cooking style is your biggest influence?
My Dad has always been a very good cook on the grill, and that is where I do most of my work as well.
Now that you are a “Southerner” what should every Southern kitchen be stocked with?
Cream of Mushroom! That stuff is amazing.
Southerners know good cooking’. What is your favorite comfort food?
Hot Wings. The spicier the better.
What’s your favorite family recipe?
My Grandmothers cream of mushroom pork steaks.
1. Brown the pork steaks in a frying pan.
2. Cover with cream of mushroom soup in a covered glass dish and bake at 350 for 90 minutes to tenderize.
3. Uncover and turn up the temp to 425 for 30-40 minutes to crispin them up. Add some twice baked potatoes and game over!
Where do you usually find your recipes?
Everything that I like to cook is hand me down recipes. I don’t ever actually follow anything written down. I guess I know what I’m good at and stick with it 🙂
What does your cooking music playlist look like?
I love to grill with some tunes on and a beer for sure! I like anything traditional country or some Texas Red Dirt.
If you could pick one food to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would that be?
After playing a late show, what is your guilty pleasure food?
Hot Wings! I am so weak.
What about a crazy cooking incident?
In college I tried ribs on the grill for the first time. Disastrous. I didn’t realize I had to boil them to tenderize. I just threw this huge rack on the grill and cooked it like a steak. Then of course they were terrible, but I had to choke them down because all my buddies were there and I had to save face.
Is there a secret ingredient that you love to cook with?
Lawry’s Seasoned Salt is a must have.
Do you ever experiment in your cooking and eating?
To my wife Katie’s disdain…not often. I will always choose what I know I love, over what I might like.
One food everyone tells you to try, but you just can’t get up the nerve.
Most memorable meal while touring. Where were you and what did it involve?
In Dallas, TX at Pappas Brothers Steakhouse. Best ribeye steak I have ever had. I also found out why you have a red wine with steak!
What is the one place you have always dreamed of dining?
Not sure it’s one place, but any steakhouse. Where I haven’t been, is where I want to go!
Being in Nashville awhile, you have seen the food and drink industry really boom. Name three food experiences visitors to Nashville should not miss.
1. Outlanders Chicken in Nolensville, TN. Best hot wings in/around Nashville! Great atmosphere with casual laid back dining and they serve Mill Creek Beer which is brewed in Nolensville, TN. My family eats there once a week whether we need it or not 🙂
2. The Palm. Upscale and worth it! Amazing side dishes and their steaks are the best.
3. Rippy’s downtown. Best bar food on lower Broadway. The pulled chicken salad is amazing and that’s coming from a guy who rarely eats rabbit food 🙂
What do you have going on musically? Anything big coming in 2017?
2017 is filling up with gigs very quickly. We will be making our annual run up to SK, Canada for the 5th year in a row. This year as the headliner for the first time at the Hawg-a-rama festival. Thankfully our gigs at Tootsies Orchid Lounge are going strong and looking good for next year. I also have a new album scheduled to be released in 2017! Been a long time coming.
Finally for Battered and Brewed, if you could have a drink with anyone, who would it be and what would you drink?
Besides Mary Ann and Christopher Griffiths…??? I honestly love to drink with my wife. We have five children so the opportunities are rare to just unwind without repercussion 🙂 I love a Jameson on the rocks after a nice cold Mill Creek Wood Shed beer.
About Jake Maurer:
Jake enjoys a mix of traditional and outlaw country while finding ways to insert original material. He likes to write songs that are his life and his current CD includes several of those. With his expanding family, he might start writing nursery rhymes or pick up heavy drinking just to stay sane.
Jake is not only a talented song-writer, but is also a gifted singer, plays acoustic guitar and his best quality just might be his natural ability to entertain. He loves to talk to the crowd and make them laugh by saying just about anything that might pop into his mind; the more ridiculous, the better. People walk into Tootsie’s for a beer and before they know it they have spent four hours with the Jake Maurer Project.
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