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Edibles in Barron and Bayfield Counties

We continue our culinary focused tour of Wisconsin counties with Barron and Bayfield counties.  Both of these counties contain excellent examples of the food heritage of Wisconsin.

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Barron County by David Benbennick

Barron County

Barron County is home to about 46,000 people and occupies 862 square miles.  The city of Barron is the county seat.  Other cities in Barron County include Chetek, Cumberland and Rice Lake.  Recreational opportunities abound all year round in this classic “Up North” county.

Edible antics Barron County recommendations:

Bayfield County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Bayfield County by David Benbennick

In far northern Wisconsin Bayfield County is home to about 15,000 year round residents and occupies 1,476 square miles making it Wisconsin’s second largest county. The county seat is in Washburn.  Other cities include Drummond, Cable and Iron River.  This county along the south shore of Lake Superior is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Wisconsin.  It includes Madeline Island and is home to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.  It is home to a number of apple orchards and hosts a very popular Apple Festival the first weekend in October.  Restaurants and lodging facilities are numerous and offer a broad range of choices.

Edible antics Bayfield County recommendations:

  • The Old Rittenhouse Inn in Bayfield offers both lodging and fine dining.
  • Wild Rice is a very popular delightful fine dining just south of Bayfield
  • Maggie’s offers eclectic busy dining in Bayfield popular for the fresh whitefish.
  • The Bayfield Inn has accommodations and dining with a view.
  • Egg Toss Cafe in Bayfield is great for breakfast.
  • The Village Inn in Cornucopia has great fried cheese curds.
  • The Delta Diner offers a special diner treat in our north woods
  • Many good bed and breakfast locations in the area.

We hope you enjoy these suggestions.  Next week we visit Brown and Buffalo counties to find more goodies Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

Christmas in the Air

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Wisconsin State Capitol bulding rotunda Christmas tree

Here in Wisconsin winter is usually a bit longer than some of us would prefer.  But this year in mid-December the temps are in the 40’s.  There is no snow on the ground.  Walks outdoors around the neighborhood are pleasant.  And each pleasant day like this gets us one day closer to March.

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Wisconsin cheese and sausage gifts

Christmas decorations are up everywhere.  Holiday sales are in full swing.  All of Santa’s helpers and elves at Wisconsinmade.com are busy working on filling all of Santa’s wishes.

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Wisconsin Cheese Pride

Cheeses and cookies are some of Santas favorites.  Wisconsin is proud of its long tradition of producing the finest cheeses in America. Choose from a wide selection of cheese gift boxes all set for shipping for Christmas.

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New Glarus Bakery Butter Cookie assortment

 

 

 

 

 

 

And cookies too!

Do you make your own?

Do you make Snickerdoodles?

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Snickerdoodle cookies gift box

Snickerdoodles are best made with the help of a 5 or 6 year old assistant.

Here is the Betty Crocker version of the recipe for Snickerdoodle cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose or unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
 Directions
  • 1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
  • 2. Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, the butter, shortening and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  • 3.  Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • 4.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
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Christmas hand decorated sugar cookies

Do you make cut out decorated Christmas sugar cookies?  Someone once said that decorating sugar cookies is fun – up until the third cookie.  Wisconsinmade.com has a nice selection of handmade decorated Christmas Sugar Cookies for you.  No hassle, no cleanup.

Add a kringle and coffee cake Christmas morning treat.

And a nice hickory smoked ham  for Christmas dinner.

Over 2,000 gift ideas conveniently available 24 hours a day shipped directly to Santa’s designated delivery location.  Santa knows that all of this quality Wisconsinmade.com Christmas cheer is

Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.®

Holiday Shopping Nirvana – Peace

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New Glarus Holiday Stollen

What’s the difference between the shopping at the mall and shopping on line?

Parking lots, Slush, cold rain, Oh my!

Endless lines, delays, and fees, Oh My!

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Christmas Kringle Gift box

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.

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Wisconsin cheese and sausage sampler

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Christmas Ornament decorated sugar cookies

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 message 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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Wisconsinmade cheese of the month club

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Cranberry cheese coffee cake and kringle combo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 is 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

 

Fall in the Northwoods

 

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“WI MADE” in Wisconsin’s North Woods in Autumn

Wisconsin is America’s Dairy Land, right?  The southern two thirds of the state contains some of the most productive agricultural lands in America.  We have high production totals of milk, cheese, cranberries, apples, potatoes, cherries and of course corn and soybeans.

But the Northern one third of the state contains woodlands, wilderness, lakes and a more rural recreational atmosphere.  Camping, fishing, boating, biking in the summer and cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, snow shoeing in the winter.  In the fall it turns to a kaleidoscope of color attracting thousands of visitors (even that Miata “WI MADE”).

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Devil’s Lake Wisconsin

But these North woods offer us some unique Wisconsinmade gift options.  The seasons changes bring beautiful colors to the countryside.

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Wooden desk set

The woods also provide us with beautiful hardwood kitchen and office items, wonderful maple syrup, fabulous photography, treats from the kitchens of the woods and guide books to help us enjoy all the woods have to offer.

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Tourism, recreation, fishing, hunting, golf, boating, camping, biking, and all things outdoors are the fun and “living” part of Wisconsin.  One of our older state tourism bumper stickers was “Escape to Wisconsin” and it is still the moto of many Wisconsin residents and fans from nearby states that view Wisconsin as “My very own State Park”.

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North woods Fall reflection by Marilyn Collins

We travel the state from end to end to meet artisans that produce these fine products for Wisconsinmade.com.  We love the North woods color this time of year.  Watch for the little red convertible “WI MADE”  visiting a talented artisan in a North woods community near you.  And enjoy these beautiful gifts available on Wisconsinmade.com that have all been.

Made with Pride and Passion by the Artisans of Wisconsin.
signed by Rick at Wisconsinmade.com

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Classic Wisconsin Weekends

6 Wisconsin Ethnic Bakeries

Wisconsin’s European settlers came from a number of countries that were homes to delicious baking traditions.  As a result Wisconsin is blessed with surviving ethnic bakeries that carry on this tradition.  As you travel around Wisconsin stop and visit some of these.  I think six of the best are:

  1. Swiss traditional breads, cookies and Holiday Stollen shine at the New Glarus
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    New Glarus Bakery owner Angie with fresh bread

    Bakery in New Glarus Wisconsin. Busy favorite of locals and visitors alike,  Visit if you are nearby.

  2. Norwegian specialties like rosettes, krumkake, sandbakkel and berlina kranser are featured at the Fosdal Home Bakery in Stoughton, Wisconsin.
  3. German favorites like Black Forest Tort, dense breads, desserts and chocolate truffles are the core of a broad selection at Clasen’s European Bakery in Middleton, Wisconsin.
  4. Danish pastries and cakes are the favorites at O&H Danish Bakery in Racine, Wisconsin. Kringle has long been a Danish favorite and is also now a Wisconsin favorite.

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    O&H Pecan Kringle

  5. Czech pastries can be found at Tom’s Pastry Shoppe in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. You can find kolache’s and buhuite here along with other old-world goodies.
  6. Swedish items are the stock in trade at
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    Gnandma’s Swedish Bakery at Rowley’s Bay Resort

    Grandma’s Swedish Bakery located at the Rowley’s Bay Resort near Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. Open mid-May to mid-October their Swedish Limpa bread, cardamom coffee cake, Swedish Rye and their famous pecan rolls are all customer favorites.

If you can’t visit them some selections from the New Glarus Bakery and O&H Danish Bakery are available on Wisconsinmade.com.

Wisconsinmade.com bakery link

What are your favorite ethnic pastries?

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.

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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.

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.

5 Fall Treats That Are Better Than a Pumpkin Spice Latte

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I am sitting at a Starbucks writing this so I might get struck by lightening, but here goes.

I don’t like the pumpkin spice latte.

There, I said it!

Now, before an angry fall lover strangles me with a scarf or whacks me over the head with a gourd, hear me out. I love fall too, but have you tasted a pumpkin spice latte? It doesn’t taste like pumpkin. There’s some sort of squashy flavor in there sure, but I’m not sure what it is. My suspicions were confirmed when a investigative food blogger the Food Babe wrote this post to confirm: no pumpkin in the pumpkin spice latte. I’m not as extreme as the Food Babe, I try to eat healthy foods as much as possible but I do enjoy the occasional fall treats including my variation of the pumpkin spice latte- more on that later. Here are a few of the best:

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How to Wisconsinize Your Grits for a Wisconsin Brunch

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!

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7 Reasons Why Brunch Rocks!

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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!

  1. You get to enjoy breakfast foods without waking up early. 
  2. Drinking in the middle of the day is perfectly acceptable and even encouraged. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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?

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