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Marieke Gouda – Wisconsin Proud

 Wisconsin made cheese sweeps US Championship!

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Marieke and her cheese

Here in Wisconsin we are proud to make cheese.  You probably already knew that, right.  But we not only make a lot of cheese – we make the very best cheese.  The US Championship Cheese Contest is held every other year.  This year it was held at Lambeau Field – home of the Green Bay Packers.  There were a record-breaking 2.303 entries from 33 states in this – the largest contest of its kind in the US.  More than 37,000 pounds in 101 classes were judged by 48 judges from 19 states.  They were assisted by over 100 volunteers.  So… how did the Wisconsin Pride logocheesemakers do in the contest you asked?  Well, it turns out that the top three cheeses; the Grand Champion, the first runner up and the second runner up were all produced by Wisconsin cheesemakers!  The Grand Champion was Sartori Cheese Black Pepper Bella Vitano.  First runner up was a one to two year aged Cheddar from Agropur in Weyauwega.  And the second runner up was Marieke Gouda Belegen produced by Marieke Penterman from Thorp Wisconsin.  Wisconsinmade.com is proud to help you find some of Marieke’s award winning cheese.  Her family farm is a great testament to hard work and their vision of producing delicious cheese.  Wisconsin Proud indeed!

Sweet Sixteen Proud!

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The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team did it again!  They knocked off Virginia Tech in the first round and then the number one seeded Villanova to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.  The team has had five wins over the number 1 and 2 seeds in the past four NCAA tournaments and reached the Sweet Sixteen all four years and the Final Four twice.  Thanks to our talented seniors for a great season.  Seniors Vitto Brown, Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig and Zak Showalter led this team on a fun run and came up just short on a buzzer beater in overtime.  But we can all be Wisconsin Proud of these men, the team and the wonderful season they just completed.  Thank you to them all.

 

 Easter – Sunday April 16th

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Easter this year falls the day after normal “tax day” April 15th.  Bur since that is a Saturday, and the Washington DC Emancipation Day holiday observed on April 17 instead of April 16, 2017 Tax Day is on the following Tuesday April 18th.  But don’t spend Easter Sunday finishing your taxes.  Try some cookies, some hard boiled eggs and a little ham.  Hopefully it will be a beautiful spring day we can all enjoy.

Hope you are anticipating the spring flowers and warmer temps like we are.

Visitors are welcome at Wisconsinmade.com where all our items are Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

March and Spring are here!

Daylight Savings springs forward – Sunday March 12

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Daylight will last an hour longer, right?

Well at least the evenings will last an hour longer.  Mornings will be a little slower to arrive.  But the worst of winter is behind us, warmer sunny days are finally here and the grass is greening up everywhere.  March also brings High School basketball championships.  The gals in Green Bay March 11 and the guys in Madison on the 18th.  Good luck to all the competitors.

  Saint Patrick’s Day – Friday March 17

Irish Cream Kringle

 

The Irish heritage folks here in Wisconsin celebrate this day with green beer, corned beef and cabbage along with stronger versions of Irish adult beverages.  And since it falls on a Friday this year I expect the celebrations to extend into the wee hours Saturday morning.

This Irish Cream Kringle from Wisconsinmade.com would be perfect for breakfast on Saturday along with some good coffee.  Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to one and all.

 

National Chocolate Caramel Day – Sunday March 19

Chocolate, Caramel and Pecan Turtles

You mean to tell me you don’t celebrate this day?  I know Hallmark does not make a card for this day, but many of my friends think it should be a national holiday.  These Chcolate, Caramel and Pecan Turtles from the New Glarus Bakery are a perfect way to celebrate the day with their traditional Swiss heritage.  You don’t have to share.  Enjoy.

Spring arrives – Monday March 20

This Spring Bulb Basket from Wisconsinmade.com gives you a chance to get an early jump on the season and enjoy some indoor gardening too.

Spring bulb basket

So enjoy March in all its madness, basketball, chocolates and all things green.   And then it is April!

Join us next week as we continue to explore the very best of Wisconsin searching for people, places and edibles Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

Is it Spring yet?

Warmer days – shorter nights

As Valentine’s Day approaches is chocolate the answer?  The temps are in the 40’s and this winter is looking like we might get by with minimal disruptions from Mother Nature.  The groundhog said six more weeks of winter, but it sure is feeling warmer, the days are longer and who knows – can the tulips be far behind?  Or has the winter just caused my brain to short circuit? Continue reading

Supper Club Scoring

Supper Club Score – Wisconsin’s Best

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You’ve seen those lists.  The 10 Best ______________ fill in the blank.   I have a number of them I’ll be sharing in the coming weeks.  But let’s try to find some of your favorites and why.  The Supper Club is a Wisconsin tradition.

Do you like the Wisconsin’s Supper Club tradition?  Do you have a favorite?  Do you go to more than one?  Can you rate them and score them for careful recommendations to others?  We’re here to help! Continue reading

Something Special From Wisconsin

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Are you searching for Something Special from Wisconsin for the Holidays?

And your Something Special from Wisconsin should come with easy ordering, shipping with no hassles, no parking problems, no traffic, no lines and friendly customer service?  Well Santa’s helpers and elves at Wisconsnmade.com can help you just like they have helped so many others that love to find and give Wisconsinmade gifts. Continue reading

Holiday Shopping help

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Swiss Holiday Stollen

What is the difference between Holiday shopping at the mall and shopping online?

Parking lots, Slush, cold rain, Oh my!

Endless lines, delays, and fees, Oh My!

But there is help at hand.  Santa’s helpers and the elves at Wisconsinmade.com can make it all much more joyous, without the cold, lines and pain.  From the warmth of your home or office just log into Wisconsinmade.com and select from our broad choices of holiday food, apparel, books, cheese boxes and more.  Send them directly to your recipients with a gift card and holiday messages or send to yourself.  Specify the week you want it delivered.  All of your recipients can be processed in one order, check out and you’re done!  Oh My!

Meanwhile maybe a little Brahms or Beethoven in the background, fire in the fireplace, an adult beverage, some candles.  This is what shopping should be like.  Quiet, peaceful, private and done.

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Cranberry and cheese Christmas tree coffee cake and kringle combo

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hand decorated Christmas cookies

Did you pick the German Holiday Stollen, the Danish Kringle or maybe a tin of homemade cookies?  The beautiful tree coffee cake and kringle combo?  A spring flower bulb combo?  Or one of our popular traditional Wisconsinmade cheese and sausage gift boxes that fit as just right for those on your gift list?  All conveniently available 24 hours a day at Wisconsinmade.com, or during normal business hours you can call the elves directly and they would be glad to help.  877-WIS-MADE (877-947-6233)

So… less stress… more accomplished in less time .. delightful gifts easily delivered.  Life is good.

With all this extra available time you have saved…make yourself a treat.

Frosted Pecans

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound pecans
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  1. In a bowl mix together, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  2. Place pecans in another large bowl.
  3. In a separate small dish combine the egg white and water.
  4. Pour egg and water mixture over pecans and mix well.
  5. Pour dry ingredient mixture over pecans and mix until all pecans are well coated.
  6. Spread pecans on a cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 1 hour at 250 degrees, stirring every 15 minutes.

You have to make those yourself – we do not have them available on Wisconsinmade.com.

But for all of your quiet, peaceful holiday shopping needs we are ready to help with quality products that are all Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

 

Operation Gratitude 2016

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Wisconsinmade is delighted at the support our customers and partner artisans have shown for our efforts to raise funds for Operation Gratitude.  Veterans Day November 11th is a great opportunity to remember those that have served our country.  military-1
Operation Gratitude sends care packages to our troops and their families in an effort to bring cheer and appreciation to those that servesupport-1.   Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits,  Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Wisconsinmade hopes to add enough new Facebook and Twitter fans to be able to donate $ 1,000.00 to this worthy organization.

Gratitude and thanks also form the basis for our Thanksgiving celebrations.  Wisconsinmade.com has many ways to help you with your Thanksgiving preparations.  But have you noticed that many folks and commercial establishments have already switched to the Christmas holiday decorations and products?  Trees, lights and toy lands are everywhere.  Still about 45 days away, but looking around the community it looks like it might be here next week.  If you would like to participate in this early shopping experience Wisconsinmade.com allows you to request a delayed delivery date for any of your gifts purchased on the site.

Veterans Day and Thanksgiving are days of gratitude and reflection for many of us.  We are grateful for many things including you our customers and fans of Wisconsinmade.com and for all our artisan partners who provide all these quality products that are available on Wisconsinmade.com that are all Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

 

Wisconsin Plate

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Grilled Brats

It turns out that we are not the only ones having fun with Wisconsin foods.  Taylor Hicks is hosting a new series this fall called State Plate.  The winner of season five on “American Idol” is traveling to states to find specific foods for which each state is known.  He has recently visited Wisconsin looking for classic Wisconsin foods that represent our heritage and our iconic food items.  On his tour he had great fun meeting our state’s producers of five of our delightful edibles.  He has specifically explored our:

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Danish Kringle

  • Cheese curds
  • Sheboygan Bratwurst
  • German Sauerkraut
  • BooYah in Green Bay
  • Danish Kringle from Racine

As he travels around the states he plans to visit I am sure the Wisconsin treats will be his favorite.  We thank Taylor and the folks at State Plate for visiting our state and for presenting our special treats to their audience. Make sure to tune in this Friday at 8pm CT!

10 Best Wisconsin Fall Color Tours

What are the 10 Best Wisconsin Fall Color Tours?  Edible Antics has been on tour for over 9 months searching Wisconsin highways and byways for people places and adventures that are examples of our moto “Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin”.  Supper Clubs, bakeries, butcher shops, brew pubs, wineries, Bed and Breakfasts, parks and attractions, bike, hike and snowmobile trails and anything fun, beautiful, delicious or special.  Just so you can enjoy all the beauty that is Wisconsin.  Our archives link above can help you find our recommendations in all 72 counties.

Wisconsin’s Best

Over the next few weeks we will be featuring “Top Ten” listings from our 72 Wisconsin county research efforts.  These will be the best of the best.  Multiple examples of Wisconsin artisans that weekly put forth their best efforts that are Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.  This week we sort down our research to a specific category.  10 Best Wisconsin Fall Color Tours.  Where are the Wisconsin forests fall foliage best observed in the fall season?  And it would be helpful to identify a few lodging and dining spots to compliment the tours.  We are looking for quality food, outstanding service and an atmosphere worthy of a drive to each destination.

10 Best Wisconsin Fall Color Tours

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“Wi Made” Miata on Hwy 70

It is fall in Wisconsin.  Days are shorter, nights are cooler and Mother Nature has broken out her paint brushes to add beautiful colors to the landscape.  Far Northern Wisconsin has already begun the display and the rest of the state will follow over the next few weeks.  Apples, cherries, cranberries and pumpkins are being harvested along with our traditional crops of corn, soybeans, potatoes, peas, carrots and green beans. Wisconsin provides a large contribution to the nation’s food pantry.

So if you have the time to take a short tour to enjoy this fall beauty, where would you go?  Here are our favorites: Continue reading

Top Ten Wisconsin Waterfront Dining

Edible Antics has been on tour for over 9 months searching Wisconsin highways and byways for people places and adventures that are examples of our moto “Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin”.  Supper Clubs, bakeries, butcher shops, brew pubs, wineries, Bed and Breakfasts, parks and attractions, bike, hike and snowmobile trails and anything fun, beautiful, delicious or special.  Just so you can enjoy all the beauty that is Wisconsin.  Our archives can help you find our recommendations in all 72 counties.

Wisconsin’s Best

Over the next few weeks we will be featuring “Top Ten” listings from our 72 Wisconsin county research efforts.  These will be the best of the best.  Multiple examples of Wisconsin artisans that weekly put forth their best efforts that are Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.  This week we sort down our research to a specific category.  Wisconsin Waterfront Dining.  It can either be outdoors on a patio or deck overlooking a lovely Wisconsin lake or stream, or indoors with views of our state’s liquid assets.   We have about a seven month window for outdoor dining, but the Wisconsin beauty is visible from indoors all year round.  We are looking for quality food, outstanding service and an atmosphere worthy of a drive to each destination.

There are many qualifying entries located on Lake Michigan, the Wisconsin River, the Mississippi River, the Fox River, The Wolf River and others.  It was difficult to narrow it down to just 10, but here goes: Continue reading

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