The Wisconsin State Fair starts its annual 10 day run on August 4th. Cream puffs, cheese curds, ice cream, brats, corn on the cobb and lots of food on a stick are all here. Judging of cattle, horses, pigs and feathered friends can be enjoyed each day.
Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puffs
The Wisconsin State Fair certainly has a reputation for unique and unusual foods, which is why they created an Annual Food Competition, The Sporkies. Each year eight finalists are selected from several dozen entries, and a panel of celebrity judges chooses the recipients of three Golden Spork Awards
The first Friday in August, this year it is the 5th, is International Beer Day. In Wisconsin it is not yet a state holiday but is celebrated with gusto reflecting our German heritage and long brewing history. Wisconsin’s largest brewers are Miller in Milwaukee, Minhas in Monroe, New Glarus Brewing and Stevens Point Brewing. However the craft beer industry is growing and Wisconsin is now home to 70 members of the Wisconsin Brewers Guild.
August 6th is National Mustard Day and will be celebrated in downtown Middleton, Wisconsin at the National Mustard Museum.
August 10th is National S’mores Day celebrating that wonderful creation enjoyed around campfires all across Wisconsin.
Oshkosh, Wisconsin has just completed the annual Experimental Aircraft Association show that draws hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of airplanes. Aircraft enthusiasts love the opportunity to experience the aviation marvels. The EAA grounds also are the location of an aircraft museum.
Edible Antics is traveling this week to Sheboygan and Taylor counties in Wisconsin and the Wisconsin State Fair. We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit. We’ll post for you our Edible Antics recommended stops for each county.
Edible Antics is currently posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Scroll down for some of the Wisconsin counties we visited in previous weeks or these prior counties visited are available in the archived links on the right side of your screen. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit. Some background information on each county is followed with specific links to our Wisconsinmade artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county. The archives cover these counties:
The Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network recently had a segment discussing items that are made in Wisconsin. I was the guest and discussed with Joy and her listeners many of the high quality products produced in Wisconsin and featured on Wisconsinmade.com. We even had a chance to discuss this blog, Edible Antics. You can listen to the program at the Joy Cardin Show archives.
We continue our Wisconsin County Edible Antics online culinary tour this week in Jackson County and Jefferson County Wisconsin. Both counties have much to offer the visitor for their comfort and enjoyment.
Everything is better with bacon, right? Fall in Wisconsin is starting and it is the season of festivals. Many of them food related. We will cover some of them over the next few weeks. This weekend it is the River Falls Bacon Bash. This festival features all things bacon, pig-themed activities, live music, merchandise from local artists and bacon vendors over the September 19-20 weekend. There will be sampling of bacon related products from River Falls restaurants and food vendors. About 40 vendors will be showcasing their products such as specialty sauces, ice cream, arts, crafts and novelty items.
TheKinnickinnic Riveris a world-class trout stream with over 8,000 trout per mile in some stretches. The “Kinni” flows through the City of River Falls and provides a beautiful backdrop to the Bacon Bash.
All over Wisconsin you can find small meat markets that supply local residents with fresh beef, pork, chicken, fish and game meats. Bacon is a staple for most of them.
The Wisconsin State Fair is underway with all the treats and attractions you can imagine.
A wisconsin State Fair Cream Puff pastry
There is of course the world famous Cream Puffs. As you move through the line you can observe the production process as it happens.
Of course there are brats and beer. But there is also a large selection of more exotic foods. Shark bites and alligator bites are two of them.
And how about those items that are “on a stick?” Ok, so here are a few:
Chocolate covered cranberries on a stick
Chocolate covered bacon on a stick
cheesecake on a stick
Something for everyone!
How about deep fried bacon wrapped tater tots on a stick!
“Lug Nuts” – bacon wrapped tater tots
The winners in the annual Wisconsin State Fair meats competition have been announced. Congratulatins to Tim Haen of Haen Meat Packing in Kaukauna for his first place bacon and another first place for his Jalapeno Cheese Summer Sausage.
It seems everyone agrees that if it has bacon – it’s better. Wisconsinmade.com agrees and includes a smoked bacon sampler and more from Jones Dairy. One pound of each – cheerywood smoked and hickory smoked bacon. Yum!
The Wisconsin State Fair is a wonderful day of fun and treats for all. If you are in the Milwaukee area in early August plan to spend a day here. If you can’t make it, many of the fine items Made with Pride and Passion by the Artisans of Wisconsin are available on Wisconsinmade.com.
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 from 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.
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!
I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t this a Wisconsin food blog? Why is there a blog post about grits?
Because with a few additions grits can be as Wisconsiny as a cheese curd! In this recipe the grits serve as the creamy but neutral base for your favorite Wisconsin flavors. Stir in a heavy handed portion of Wisconsin white cheddar, then top with a fried egg and Wisconsin-made applewood smoked bacon crumbles (as always, I recommend Nueske bacon!). You can even add some cooked spinach to get in your healthy greens.
This recipe was inspired by my all time favorite cheese grits, the gouda grits at Crema Cafe in Madison. See, I’m not the only Wisconsinite who enjoys grits! Try this recipe and I bet you will too!
I enjoyed a lovely trip out to brunch this weekend at the Bassett Street Brunch Club, and this trendy new spot made me reflect on all of the reasons why I love brunch. Here are the top 7!
You get to enjoy breakfast foods without waking up early.
Drinking in the middle of the day is perfectly acceptable and even encouraged.
Bloody Marys. Confession- I do not like bloody marys but I want to like them so badly. I get jealous when all of my friends have drinks with cheese sticks and bacon and pickles sticking out of them and all I have is a dinky mimosa. I’ve been known to order bloodys and eat all of the toppings out of them and leave the tomato juice. For the best bloody mary mixes and fixens around, check out Wisconsinmade.com.
Since you’re eating two meals (breakfast AND lunch) you can eat twice as much. And the calories don’t count! Right?! Please tell me there is scientific evidence to back this up.
Poached eggs! The only time I ever get poached eggs is at brunch because despite my love for cooking I can never get these right!
BACON! I hope you aren’t thinking “bacon is way over” because I’ll never get tried of bacon.Bacon on the side, bacon in pancakes, bacon on the donuts, bacon in the Bloody Mary, bacon everywhere! For the best bacon around, try some Nueske bacon.
Giant plates of sweet pancakes or french toast or crepes with whipped cream and chocolate are an acceptable meal! It’s a sweet tooth’s dream come true.
What’s your favorite thing about brunch? What are your favorite places to eat brunch in Wisconsin?
Most of the weird cooking tips you hear are bogus, but some weird cooking tips actually work! The only way to know for sure is to try them yourself, so here are 5 weird cooking tips that I can personally vouch for.
1. Instead of adding milk and sugar to your coffee, try adding a spoonful of vanilla ice cream. I learned this tip from a fan on the Wisconsinmade.com Facebook page. Ice cream does the job of milk, sugar, and an ice cube- adds creaminess, sweetness, and brings the temperature down to drinkable range. So next time you make a cup of coffee, head over to the freezer for some ice cream, you can even have a few bites, I won't tell!
2. Plain, non-fat greek yogurt as a substitute for sour cream. My husband was skeptical of this tip, but once he tried it he was hooked. Now we never buy sour cream and use greek yogurt to top baked potatoes, chili, and tacos. Greek yogurt tastes just as good as sour cream and has less than half the calories.
3.Broccoli stalks are tasty! Have you been throwing away the stalks of broccoli all of these years? Stop! Just peel the tough outer layer away with a vegetable peeler or remove it with a knife (like in this video), cut in to bite size pieces and cook along with the rest of the broccoli, or enjoy it raw with vegetable dip.
If you didn’t have your fill of fall flavors at Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll love this fall breakfast hash recipe. I’ve enjoyed hash as weekend brunch at restaurants, but this recipe was my first attempt to make breakfast hash at home. I like how you can add in almost anything you want. In this case I was inspired by a recipe I found on Pinterest and I used a sweet potato, red onion and the always winning combination of bacon and brussels sprouts. The bacon makes the leaves of the brussels sprouts flavorful and crispy. If you think you don’t like brussels, you’ve probably never had them cooked in bacon with a fried egg on top!