6 Wisconsin Vacation Dining Treasures

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Door County Lake Michigan Sunrise – photo by Linda Remeschatis

Welcome to Wisconsin.  Here in Wisconsin we work our way through January and February in order to receive our reward – summer!  Wisconsin is among the best places on earth to enjoy June through October. During these months we host an influx of a horde of tourists that agree.  But the benefit is that we all (visitors and natives) support a vast number of food emporiums that treat us to their exceptional delights.  All over the fine state of Wisconsin there are hosts waiting to treat you to their finest food.  Some are oriented towards couples and quiet dinners (these used to be called supper clubs) and others are focused on families with children or those looking for value priced meals.  All of them welcome you with Wisconsin hospitality.

The vacation regions of the state include a number of destination cities or counties.  The “thumb like” peninsula that sticks out to your right as you look at a map of Wisconsin is Door County.  It is one of the favorite vacation destinations for many reasons.  Hotels, restaurants, parks, activities, lots of fun and adventure.  For foodies what are the destinations to consider in Door County?  Well, some are for adults and some reflect a more family (with kids) oriented atmosphere.  There are 184 dining establishments in Door County.  Do you have a favorites list?  Here are some of our adult oriented recommendations:

Adult dining venues in Door County:

Donny’s Glidden Lodge – on the Lake Michigan side, great view, great food, you’ll both love it!  Donnysgliddenlodge.com

Alexander’s – near Ephraim, great food with a long fine food tradition in Door County  Alexandersofdoorcounty.com

Wickman house – restored elegant farm house reopened and still a delight in Ellison Bay  Wisckmanhouse.com

Harbor Fish Market and Grill – always good food and service on the water in Baileys Harbor harborfishmarker-gille.com

Whistling Swan – B&B dining with class.  Reservations suggested. Whistlingswan.com

White Gull Inn – in Fish Creek, always a family favorite. Whitegullinn.com

As you tour beautiful Door County be sure to visit the state and county parks for unusual geology and seasonal vegetation variations.


Seaquist Orchards Market photo by Rick Remeschatis

For foodies there are numerous farm markets, bakeries, cheese shops and road side stops to explore.  The county is renowned for its production of Montmorency tart cherries used in baking.  Seaquist Orchards just south of Ellison Bay has a delightful visitor’s center and shop that offers their cherries and many other Wisconsin goodies.

In conclusion, it is pretty easy to find a good meal in Door County in summer.   Come join us for an “edible antics food friendly” visit here in Wisconsin.  Or if you cannot visit Wisconsin you can explore many of our artisan’s treats at Wisconsinmade.com that are available for shipping for your personal enjoyment.

Wisconsin’s Agriculture Production Ranking

How does the “Dairy State” farmer’s production rank?

Idaho has its potatoes.  Florida has its oranges.  Texas is known for its cotton production.  How does Wisconsin’s dairy production rank verses these well know other states production?  Which state do you think produces the most farm income from their lead agricultural product?Pride logo

It’s not even close! 

According to the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture:

Wisconsin produced $ 5 billion worth of milk

Texas produced $ 2.2 billion of cotton

Florida growers produced $ 1.4 billion of oranges

Idaho produced $ 964 million in potatoes.

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2014 World Champion Cheese Contestants

In addition Wisconsin farmers produced $ 2.2 billion of corn, $ 902 million of soybeans and $ 251 million of potatoes.  Hard working Wisconsin farmers help to feed America and the world..

Father’s Day Desserts

Every year my dad tells me, “Don’t get me anything for Father’s Day — I already have enough stuff”. But of course, I can’t really do that. So I always send a gift that is consumable. That way he has no reason to complain!

My dad has quite the sweet tooth, so my gift is usually a dessert of some kind. Here are a few great dessert gifts that can ship across the country!

Suzy's Four Flavor Cheesecake SamplerSuzy’s Four Flavor Cheesecake Sampler offers you a delicious dilemma–choosing which of these Wisconsin Cheesecakes is your favorite! With Suzy’s Four-Flavor Cheesecake Sampler, you can enjoy three perfect slices each of New York Style Cheesecake, Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake, Black Forest Cherry Cheesecake and Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cheesecake. Order one 8 inch Cheesecake Sampler and enjoy four fantastic cheesecake flavors! This delicious Wisconsin cheesecake ships in crush-proof packaging.

Chocolate EclairsThese Chocolate Eclairs by O & H Danish Bakery are a delightful treat. Enjoy eight huge Chocolate Eclairs that are freshly baked, crispy light pastry shells packed full of cool butter-sweetened custard cream and covered with a thick layer of smooth chocolate fudge. Thaw and serve these amazing chocolate eclairs for a delicious treat you won’t soon forget. Each order of Chocolate Eclairs is shipped frozen in a special container to ensure safe delivery.

Babcock Hall Ice CreamUniversity of Wisconsin Babcock Dairy Ice Cream has been made for over 90 years on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Why not try a few of the most popular flavors and see why Babcock Ice Cream has frequently been voted Best of Madison by Madison Magazine. You can now have delivered to your door fond memories of the Union Terrace and your favorite Babcock Ice Cream. Select 4 flavors of Babcock Hall Ice Cream to be included in your variety pack: Blue Moon, Butter Pecan, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cookies and Cream, Mint Chocolate Cookie, Mocha Macchiato, Orange Custard Chocolate Chip, Strawberry, Union Utopia, and Vanilla.

Father’s Day Gifts

Fathers everywhere get their special day on June 21st.  This year Father’s Day falls on Sunday and is also the first day of summer.  All rolled into one!  It’s a day off, the longest day of the year and special treatment on Father’s Day.  Wow, the stars must be in alignment.  Is there anything special you do with your dad?  Or a special treat you get for him?  Wisconsinmade.com features many suggestions for that special dad:

Meats range fWisconsin badger packer brewer t shirtrom brats and bacon to buffalo and venison sausages.  Apparel includes the Brewers to the Packers and University of Wisconsin, too.  Choose from travel books, fishing books and all kinds of “dad worthy” items.

Happy Birthday Wisconsin!

Happy Birthday Wisconsin – the state. Wisconsin joined the United States 167 years ago on May 29th 1848 as the 30th state of the union. Known as the Badger state the robin is the state bird, White tailed Deer is the state Wild animal the Muskellunge is the state fish and the wood violet is the state flower.

Wisconsin was settled by immigrants from many parts of the World. Polish, German, Norwegian, Swiss, Danish joined the Native Americans who were already here.

The state is known for Wisconsin’s extraordinary people, who demonstrate innovation, spirit of service and work ethic. They are passionate about their trade and take pride in the quality products they produce. So Happy 167th Wisconsin! And you can see some of their work at www.Wisconsinmade.com the web site that features products made with passion and pride by the artisans of Wisconsin.
The state flag looks like this:

Brat Fest: Memorial Day Weekend

Brat FestAs we all remember and honor our fallen service members this weekend we thank them all for their service to our country. Brat Fest is an annual Memorial Day festival in Madison, Wisconsin where we celebrate the mighty bratwurst. It is a giant gathering of folks to listen to music, drink some beverages, eat some brats and raise funds for over one hundred local charities. It has grown over the last 30 years and now is three days long. Over 3,200 volunteers help at the grills, serve food, keep things clean and safe. They each earn $8 per hour, which is donated back to their charity of choice and the end of the event. Over the years more than $1.5 million has been raised. If you can’t be there in person a broad selection of Wisconsin brats are available at Wisconsinmade.com.

Apple Bratwurst

Apple Bratwurst

Sheboygan Brats

Sheboygan Brats

Bacon Cheddar Bratwurst

Bacon Cheddar Bratwurst

Mushroom Swiss Cheese Brats

Mushroom Swiss Cheese Brats

International Bratwurst Sampler

International Bratwurst Sampler

Apple Bratwurst

Apple Bratwurst

University of Wisconsin Union Bratwurst

University of Wisconsin Union Bratwurst

Packer Bratwurst

Packer Bratwurst

Mother’s Day Breakfast Basket

Mother’s Day is almost here, but it’s not too late to send a gift. Does anyone in the world deserve a gift more than your loving mother? (hint: grandmothers love gifts, too!)

Gift baskets make great gifts because they offer variety and charm. Why not gift a Nueske Breakfast Basket this year? Whether you plan to deliver the gift in person or send it across the country, your deserving mother will love the treats inside.

Nueske Breakfast Basket

This gift basket includes everything you need to prepare a great tasting traditional breakfast around two best selling bacon specialties from Nueske’s. Packaged in a charming gift tin, this breakfast assortment includes thick sliced Applewood smoked bacon, sliced Canadian bacon, pancake mix, and Wisconsin maple syrup.

Absolutely delicious.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

Interested in celebrating Cinco de Mayo, but don’t want to cook? Brighten up the party with a unique Fiesta Sugar Cookie Assortment!

Kids and adults alike will be impressed with these gorgeous treats.

Fiesta Sugar Cookie Assortment

A perfect treat for your Cinco de Mayo festivites. Choose assortments in three sizes: 30, 50, or 75 cookies. Each assortment includes colorful cookie shapes including Mexican sombreros, margarita glasses, cacti, peppers, limes and burro pinatas. Most cookies are a generous 2-3 inches. The delicious sugar cookies are packed in layers in a white box.

My Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake

Cheesecake has been my favorite dessert for as long as I can remember. My dad used to make cheesecakes when I was little, with his own recipe that had been refined over the years. Eventually I was given the recipe and learned the trade.

Unfortunately my childhood experience has ruined almost all restaurant cheesecake for me. I’m constantly amazed when my friends order cheesecake and exclaim how amazing it is, only for me to taste it and think to myself, “you paid for this?”

Now I am not here to share my family’s cheesecake secrets, and quite frankly our recipe can be found on numerous websites with just a few slight modifications. However, I would like to share the one cheesecake I have ever tasted that I have to admit is better than my dad’s: Suzy’s Four Flavor Cheesecake Sampler.

Suzy's Four Flavor Cheesecake Sampler


This cheesecake caught my attention at a party, as all cheesecakes do. I had to try it. I started with the plain New York Style cheesecake. I typically prefer plain cheesecakes so I can appreciate the simplicity and truly judge the quality. Well, it was delicious — firmer than my dad’s, but just as creamy.

I moved on to each of the other flavors, one by one: Chocolate Amaretto, Black Forest Cherry, and Chocolate Caramel Pecan. Each flavor is so unique and tasty.

The cheesecake sampler is beautifully presented and perfect for parties. It is with an awkward mix of embarrassment and awe that I recommend Suzy’s cheesecake and remind myself that I still have a thing or two to learn about my favorite dessert.

Hand-Decorated Easter Sugar Cookies

Easter is almost here! Hand-decorated Easter-themed cookies put a smile on everyone’s face — for both kids and adults! Here are a few fun decorated cookies for Easter:

Easter Sugar Cookies Assortment“I received a thank you note from my cousin in Virginia. He told me the cookies were almost too pretty to eat, but they polished them off in two days. I think they were a hit!” — Lori on the Easter Sugar Cookies Assortment


Easter Morning Sugar Cookie Gift Tin“Wow… what beautiful cookies, and the taste wonderful. My grandchildren just loved them.” — Mary Ann on the Easter Morning Sugar Cookie Gift Tin


Flower Garden Sugar Cookie Crisp Gift Box“Bought these as a get well gift for my mom. She was very happy with them.” — Anonymous on the Flower Garden Sugar Cookie Crisp Gift Box