5 Seasonal Fruits for Winter

Make sure to enjoy your favorite winter fruits while they are still in season! Buying fruit in season is typically cheaper, but more importantly, tastier! Of course you can buy fruit when it’s out of season, but fresh fruit in season can provide a burst of flavor that no other food can rival.

Here are 5 winter fruits that will be out of season soon!

GrapefruitGrapefruit

In Season: December – April

Different types of grapefruit may have different harvest times, but most grapefruit is best consumed in winter! Did you know that the United States is the top producer of grapefruit in the world?

KumquatsKumquats

In Season: October – April

Kumquats are native to south Asia and have an innate ability to survive cold temperatures, but they grow better in warm regions.

LimesLimes

In Season: October – April

We don’t usually think of limes as a seasonal fruit, but they are! There are different types of limes grown all over the world in different seasons, but winter limes are something special.

OlivesOlives

In Season: September – January

There are so many types of olives and many have different growing seasons. But many of the olives you will find in grocery stores are prime for eating in winter.

GuavasGuavas

In Season: February – April

Guavas are very rich in Vitamin C and are native to Mexico and Central America. India is now the top global producer.

3 Tasty Super Bowl Party Foods

Super Bowl parties are always fun. Even if the Packers aren’t playing, your Super Bowl party can still have a tasty Wisconsin theme.

Wisconsin Cheese CurdsWisconsin Cheese Curds are a local Wisconsin favorite, made fresh everyday. Pop these cheddar curds in the microwave for a few seconds and you will have fresh-tasting squeaky curds. Your Super Bowl guests will love them.

 

 

Bacon Caramel CornBacon Caramel Corn is a delicious sweet and salty snack. It is made from scratch with bits of Applewood Smoked Bacon added for a unique, crispy taste! A perfect Super Bowl treat for your guests.

 

 

Super Bowl Cookie Gift TinThe Super Bowl Cookie Gift Tin is an assortment of delicious sugar cookies honoring this year’s Super Bowl contenders. K-Delights will complete your tailgate party every year with an updated set of cookies. All 20 sugar cookies are homemade and individually hand decorated in the shapes of helmets, footballs and the Lombardi trophy. Attractively packaged in the gift tin with a ribbon wrapped around it.

5 Food Trend Predictions for 2015

3125841124_2a877fca9b_zHere it is, my first and favorite blog post of the year. The blog post where I get to look ahead to the year in food and predict what flavors, dishes and treats will be popular in the year to come. Last year I predicted deviled eggs, waffles and buratta would pop up on restaurant menus and in foodie kitchens. Want to know what I think we’ll be eating this year? Read on!

  1. Old Fashioned Cocktails. Is the Old Fashioned the official cocktail of Wisconsin? If not, it should be. Wisconsinites LOVE a brandy Old Fashioned. But you know what’s also tasty? A bourbon Old Fashioned. According to my local bartender, drinkers are skipping the vodka and gin in exchange for bourbon and scotch. I’m predicting bourbon Old Fashioned cocktails will be the top cocktail of 2015.
  2. Pumpkin Seeds. I made a pumpkin soup recently and the recipe suggested I roast the seeds as a topping for the soup. I’d never roasted pumpkin seeds myself, but I’d tried them at restaurants before and I always liked them, so I decided to tackle this extra step. Taking the seeds out of the pumpkin guts was more work than I had hoped for, put after patting the seeds dry, tossing them with olive oil and salt, then roasting them in the oven for about 25 minutes, I came to the conclusion that roasting pumpkin seeds is SO WORTH IT! Yum! I snacked on so many they almost didn’t make it into the soup. You can also do the same thing with butternut squash seeds.
  3. Geek Yogurt for everything. There’s no denying Americans have developed a taste for Greek yogurt. It’s slowly but surely taking over the entire yogurt section at the grocery store. But if all you’re doing is eating fruity Greek yogurt as a snack, you’re missing out. Plain Greek yogurt makes a healthier substitute for sour cream. You won’t even notice the difference in taste when you use it to top tacos, baked potatoes, or even as a substitute for sour cream in dips.
  4. Cheese Grits. Grits are a traditionally Southern food that’s known for being bland, but melt in some Wisconsin cheese and top them with Nuekse bacon and you’ve got an amazing breakfast. You’re welcome South.
  5. Grilled Pizza. Attention pizza lovers- you must try grilling pizza! Grilled pizza is chewier and has a smokey flavor that oven pizza just can’t deliver. Read here for great grilled pizza instructions.

What foods do you think will be popular in 2015?

5 Wisconsin Food Gifts with Free Shipping

I’m done with shopping in stores. Why wait in line and fight crowds when so many gifts are just a click away online? In fact, if you look hard enough, you can even find online gifts with free shipping. I’ve done the leg work (or should I say click work?) for you and found these fabulous gifts with free shipping. Happy shopping! Order soon to ensure delivery by Christmas.

1. Bacon Caramel Corn – Salty and sweet, crispy popcorn and chewy caramel with chunks of pork candy mixed in. How can it get better? Free shipping! That’s how!

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5 Best Wisconsin Cheeses for Christmas

Some people don’t consider cheese a Christmas food, but those people are not from Wisconsin. For those of us who love America’s Dairyland, no celebration is complete without a cheesey appetizer or side dish.  Here are 5 of my favorite Wisconsin cheeses for Christmas, all of which you can find at Wisconsinmade.com!

1. Holly Berry Cheddar Cheese Bowl - Say goodbye to “cheese” spread from a can and say “Happy Holidays!” to 100% real Wisconsin cheddar cheese.  It’s shredded, blended with some secret ingredients and packed into a festive holiday bowl. All you have to do is order it from Wisconsinmade.com and we’ll ship it to your door anywhere in the USA for you and your holiday guests to enjoy.

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Christmas Old School Style- St. Nicholas Day!

6003-pewter-figurine-old-world-santa-LI lived in Germany when I was a younger and my family has retained some of the traditions that we learned during our stay there. When I was a kid my favorite German tradition was St. Nicholas Day because…presents! What kid isn’t in love with presents? On the night before St. Nicholas Day, I would put my shoes by the door and hope for a visit from friendly St. Nick. He would usually bring candy and small toys. It was like having a small taste of Christmas a few weeks early.

What is St. Nicholas Day?

As I started doing some research on St. Nicholas Day, I realized my previous understanding of the holiday – shoes = candy – is extremely shallow. St. Nicholas, after all, was a saint- he had to do something great to get that title, right? The story of St. Nicholas says that he was a rich child whose parents died in an epidemic. Instead of squandering his parents’ money on an iPhone 6 and pizza delivery, like I probably would have done, St. Nick gave his parent’s riches to needy people. Stories say that St. Nick protected children, cured famine, and even prevented ship wrecks. You can read these stories and more at StNicholasCenter.org. 

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7 Tips To Get the Most Out Of Your CityTins

5273-citytins-milwaukee-restaurant-gift-cards-2015-LFor the last few years, Wisconsinites in Madison and Milwaukee have enjoyed one of the coolest holiday gifts around- the CityTin. Foodies dream of CityTins because each tin contains 20 coupons for local restaurants. Want to get the most of your CityTins? Check out these CityTin tips!

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5 Ways To Add Wisconsin Food And Flare To Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving-smoked-meats-MFP The ultimate foodie holiday, Thanksgiving, is right around the corner so of course I have to write a blog post about it. But I’m not just any foodie, I’m a WISCONSIN foodie, so I’m here to tell you how to make a Thanksgiving dinner that celebrates everything Wisconsin.

1. Start with a cheese plate. When festive smells fill your kitchen but dinner’s not ready, you’ll want to give your guests something to munch on, so put together a nice cheese plate. Include some of your Wisconsin cheese favorites like cheddar, Havarti or gouda plus fall inspired pairings like apple slices and pumpkin butter. You can even prepare the cheese plate a day ahead, just remember to take it out of the fridge an hour or so ahead so the cheese can get to room temperature for maximum flavor impact.

2. Have a side of macaroni and cheese. Growing up my mom never included macaroni and cheese in the Thanksgiving side dish line up but now that I’m in charge of my own Thanksgiving dinner, mac and cheese is a must! My favorite recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving because it’s completely stove top so it doesn’t need to compete for valuable oven space.

3. Get fancy with the cranberries. You probably have cranberries every year, and even if all you do is open a can, those cranberries are most likely from the Badger State since Wisconsin is the number 1 cranberry producing state in the USA. To really pay homage to the cranberry, skip the can and try some Wisconsin Wilderness Cranberry chutney.

4. Add a Wisconsin Kringle to your dessert spread. Keep the usual desserts like pumpkin and apple pie to avoid griping from the turkey day traditionalists, but add in something unexpected like a Wisconsin kringle. Kringles come in a variety of fall flavors like apple, pumpkin and cranberry.

5. Serve a Wisconsin-made turkey. You might have heard of Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon, but have you heard of Nueske Applewood Smoked Turkey? Yep, it exists! And you can have one on your dinner table by Thanksgiving if you shop at Wiscnosinmade.com. Or if you’re feeling lucky, head over to our Facebook page before 11/11/14 to try and win a turkey.

Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

29 Wisconsin Problems (But A Cheese Ain’t One)

If you’re saavy enough to be reading this awesome-sauce blog, you’re probably aware of #FirstWorldProblems, but you might not be aware of “Wisconsin problems”  (#WIProblems) because I just came with the hash tag. #WIProblems hasn’t made it big yet, but I’m confident that it will because I asked the Facebook fans of Wisconsinmade.com to share their favorite Wisconsin problems and there were 140 responses! 140 also happens to be the number of characters that you are allowed to use in a Twitter post. Coincidence? I think not! Tweet your favorites!

Here are a few problems that are unique to Wisconsin:

  1. My beer froze during the Packer game!
  2. I always have to explain what a cheese curd is and why they squeak.
  3. How do I turn my lawn mower into a snow thrower?
  4. So many good fish fry spots, so little Fridays!
  5. Shoveling a path to the grill to cook up some brats.
  6. Out of state bars don’t have brandy for my old fashioned!
  7. The bubbler isn’t working.
  8. It’s -20 degrees outside (or 3+ feet of snow) and school’s not canceled.
  9. Why is New Glarus beer only sold in Wisconsin?
  10. I’m late to work because I got stuck behind a tractor.
  11. I always have to explain what a butter burger is.
  12. Michigan gets mad at us when we say our state looks like a mitten.
  13. A Kringle has nothing to do with Santa Claus.
  14. It’s not “Wess-con-sin” it’s “Wis-con-sin” just like it’s spelled!
  15. Don’t call it ice cream, it’s frozen custard!
  16. I’m mad the price of fish fry went up by $1.
  17. How do you pronounce Eau Claire?
  18. Where is everyone? Why are the roads empty? Oh right, Packer game’s on.
  19. I’m trying to turn a corner and can’t see if any cars are coming because of the giant snow piles.
  20. It’s 40 degrees out! Where are my shorts?
  21. The lint catcher in the dryer is full of cardinal red (or Packer green) lint.
  22. You meet a nice person that you want to be friends with and you find out he/she is a Bears fan.
  23. There are more miles on my snow blower than my car.
  24. The plow truck plowed in my driveway with the heaviest snow ever.
  25. It just started snowing and I don’t want to go outside and shovel the driveway but I know if I don’t I will hate my life later.
  26. I need to be ready to leave for work 20 minutes early so I can clean the snow off and defrost my car.
  27. That one day in March when it’s kind of warm and you think winter is finally over, but NOPE!
  28. The air hurts my face.
  29. These Packer footie PJs are awesome, now why don’t they make them for adults?

What’s your favorite Wisconsin problem? Share it in the comments or on the Wisconsinmade.com Facebook page.

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