I’m late to the party with my kale obsession, but better late than never. I know some people are bored of kale, but how could that be possible?! Here are five reasons why kale will always have a spot in the veggie drawer of my fridge.
1. Kale is a super healthy super food. If you’re like me, you probably say to yourself “I know kale is good for me, but why exactly?” You can stop wondering because I looked it up for you! According to NationalKaleDay.org, kale contains antioxidants that help lower blood pressure, folates that contribute to brain health, and the leafy green even has the “ability to stimulate natural detoxifying enzymes and reduces brain inflammation as well as the risk of breast and prostate cancer.” Wow! Who knew?
It’s official, I am crazy about frittatas. Don’t let the fancy name fool you- frittatas are super simple, like a baked omelette. Like omelettes, frittatas allow you to clean out your fridge because you can add almost any fillings you like (cheese, vegetables, meats…) but unlike omelettes, flipping is NOT required, so if kitchen skills like omelette flipping scare you, no worries! The frittata is for you! Serve it up with some greens tossed in balsamic vinaigrette and a slice of hearty, whole grain toast and you have a meal that is fit for a trendy brunch restaurant, without the hefty price tag. Continue reading to get the recipe!
When you think of Wisconsin you think of cheese and bratwurst, but maybe you should think of coffee! That’s right, Wisconsin makes some awesome java and other great coffee related treats. Here are 5 of my favorites.
1. Berres Brothers – Berres Brothers makes flavored coffees in every variety you’ve ever heard of, and some you haven’t. Enjoy classic flavors like chocolate mint or vanilla nut, or try something new like streusel cake or my personal favorite, Highlander grogg. A Berres Brothers samples makes a fabulous gift. Shop for samplers here.
2. Kringle- Coffee and Kringle are a perfect pair. Kringles have layers of flaky pastry, a sweet filling and icing on top. They flavor resembles the Danish breakfast pastries you’re used to, but the size will impress you… a Kringle can serve 8-12 people! Kringles ship nationwide at Wisconsinmade.com.
3. Wisconsin Coffee of the Month Club- A coffee of the month club subscription makes the ultimate gift for a coffee fanatic. Each month, the lucky recipient of the coffee club will get a package shipped to their door with a different type of Wisconsin coffee. Sign up the coffee lover in your life here.
4. Door County Coffee, now in K-Cups! – Coffee drinkers love the energy boost their favorite beverage provides, so it’s not surprising that many of them are on the go and want their coffee fast! That’s where the Keurig comes in. It’s a special coffee brewer that uses pre-portioned coffee containers called K-Cups. K-cups eliminate the need to measure grounds or use filters, making the coffee brewing process easier and cleaner. One of my favorite Wisconsin coffee companies, Door County Coffee, now offers their coffee in K-cups- shop here!
5. Espresso Oreo Ice Cream – The Chocolate Shoppe in Wisconsin prides themselves on the crazy flavors they come up with, and Espresso Oreo is the perfect example. This tasty concoction has espresso flavored ice cream and “heaps of oreos”. I don’t know about you but that’s my favorite way to eat Oreos- in heaps!
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!
This weekend the colder weather gave me an intense craving for a warming fall breakfast. I have a crockpot recipe for apple cinnamon oatmeal that I love, but it requires slow cooking overnight. I searched the Internet for a quicker version of this recipe and found one on FoodNetwork.com that even includes one of my favorite Wisconsin ingredients- maple syrup! I added a few of my own touches to the recipe – extra cinnamon and some raisins. The raisins are a tribute to my grandma because she always used to make oatmeal with raisins and I called it “Grammy oats”.
The results were exactly what I had hoped for – a creamy, hearty breakfast with comforting spices and the taste of my favorite state! Not quite as good as Grammy oats, but pretty close, but let’s face it, no one can beat grandma in the kitchen!
There’s a new place for coffee in Madison, Wisconsin and
it’s called Colectivo Coffee. When it first opened it was an Alterra coffee,
and I’m not sure why the name change or if they are still associated with
Alterra, but either way, I love this place! Here are five reasons why this is
one of my favorite spots in Madison.
1. Great place to work. If I need to get
some work done, I’m very particular about my working noise
level, especially when I’m writing. Too much noise and I can’t concentrate, too
little noise and I get antsy. A coffee
shop, and Collectivo in particular, makes the perfect noise level. Add in some
reliable wifi and some caffeine for fuel and I’m at my productivity max.
2. Inside seating, outside seating, and
halfway point. If you want to enjoy your coffee inside, there’s plenty of
tables and comfy spots, if you want to eat outside you can sit in one of the
colorful chairs that remind me of the nearby Union Terrace. Can’t decide?
Compromise with a covered but open area in between.
3. Coconut macaroons. Try one. Break your
diet if you have to, these are SO worth it.
4. Friendly baristas who are as excited about
coconut macaroons as I am. Since I work in customer service, I have high
expectations and in all of my trips to Collectivo Coffee I’ve never had a bad
experience, in fact, the baristas are as excited about the coconut macaroons as
5. More than just pastries. Coconut macaroons aren’t the only tasty treat on the menu. If you are in the mood for a more hearty breakfast, there are a variety of sandwiches available. They even use locally sourced food like Nueske bacon.
As you can tell, I love coffee shops and coffee in general. Check out some of my other blog posts about coffee:
Spring is almost here, but there’s still snow on the ground here in Madison, Wisconsin so it doesn’t feel much like spring. Since I won’t be frolicking in fields of wildflowers any time soon, I’m celebrating by finding fun ways to eat eggs, the symbol of spring and new life.
Pickled Eggs– Eggs in liquid in a jar aren’t for everyone, but since my grandma makes beet pickled eggs every Easter, I’ve grown up eating pickled eggs. If you’re a pickled egg lover who isn’t lucky enough to have an egg pickling grandma, you can get pickled eggs online at Wisconsinmade.com.
Huevos Rancheros – The first time I made huevos rancheros for breakfast, I couldn’t stop thinking about them all day, so I made some more at dinner. They are a common brunch menu item, and every restaurant prepares them a little bit differently, but most consist of tortillas, salsa, some kind of beans and a fried egg on top. The huevos rancheros in this photo are from Daisy Cafe in Madison. They add their own special twist by topping the tortilla with grilled local veggies.
Eggs In Tomato Sauce- I wasn’t sure about the idea of eggs and Italian-style tomato sauce, but the waitress at a brunch restaurant in Chicago encouraged me to try it and I’m glad I took her advice. Eggs and tomato sauce go surprisingly well together, and dipping the toasted bread in the sauce and runny egg yolk is a delicious way to start the day.
Marshmallow Eggs – Alright, these aren’t actual eggs but since we’re getting to the end of the blog post, let’s talk dessert! These marshmallow Easter eggs from Buddy Squirrel are a Wisconsin favorite. The giant chocolate eggs come in milk chocolate or dark chocolate, and ship nationwide from Wisconsinmade.com.
Our top selling gourmet gifts, such as our Danish Kringle, make the perfect gift for all occasions. Whether it’s a birthday or anniversary gift, a thank you gift, a housewarming or hostess gift, a sympathy gift or just a gourmet treat for you or your family you can’t go wrong with our Danish Kringle.
A kringle is an exquisite coffee-cake made of many feather light layers of Danish pastry, filled with choice pecans, almond paste, or a variety of homemade fruit fillings. The pastry itself, requires a minimum of three days preparation. Layer upon layer of golden Wisconsin creamery butter is folded and rolled into the pastry dough. The result is a deliciously rich, yet feather-light and flaky pastry. Danish Kringle flavors include Pecan, Raspberry, Cherry, Apple, Blueberry, or Almond. Each Kringle serves 8-12 people. Danish Kringles can be frozen for 5-6 months. Kringles are oval and measure 10.5 x 13 in. To find all our Danish Kringle, visit our Kringle store on Wisconsinmade.com.
Our top selling gourmet gifts are selected based on volume of orders and also number of positive reviews. Our customers say it better than we can so here is what our customers have to say about our Danish Kringle:
“The recipient was very pleased and called me to say how fresh and delicious they were. They totally enjoyed them and I was totally pleased. Great gift.” Tony
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The year is almost over and I'm reminiscing about the best Wisconsin recipes from Edible Antics in 2012. Here are four of my favorites: Grammy's Beet Pickled Eggs, Breakfast Bratritos, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and the Discount Double Chicken Quesadilla.
Grammy's Beet Pickled Eggs– Pickled eggs in a clear brine are a popular food item on Wisconsinmade.com, but I'm used to seeing the red tinted beet pickled eggs made by my grandma. Growing up I didn't like them but she always made them for my Dad. I recently gave them another chance with my grown up taste buds and wow! They are amazing! Now Dad and I fight over them, and I often make them at home. Check out the recipe so you can too.
Breakfast Bratritos– I'm proud of this one since it is an original recipe with a fun name. I used to be a cereal for breakfast kind of girl, but once my friend told me eggs for breakfast give her a big energy boost I decided to try it, and now I can't start my day without the incredible egg. Since I don't always have time to make omelets from scratch I'm always looking for easy ways to get in my eggs, and making these burritos ahead of time gives me the perfect grab and go breakfast!
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich – I have tried recipes for buffalo chicken tacos, pizza, chili… but 2012 was the year of teh buffalo chicken sandwich. This creation involves chicken breast, buffalo sauce, butter and ranch dressing mix. Dump the ingredients in the crockpot and forget it. After several hours you can shred the chicken and use it to make sandwiches. Get creative with the toppings- try red onion, avocado, and plenty of Wisconsin blue cheese!
In honor of National Bratwurst Day (August 16th) fire up the grill and cook some Wisconsin bratwurst. Be sure to throw a few extras on the grill so you can use the leftovers to make some of the tasty bratwurst recipes found here on Edible Antics. I’ll even let you in on a little secret: in most recipes you can use bratwurst instead of whatever type of sausage is listed. Here are some examples of my original bratwurst creations:
Wisconsin Gumbo. Wisconsin meets Louisanna in this easy crockpot dish. I made it Wisconsin-y by adding bratwurst instead of the usual adouille sausage. My friend Patti tells me she uses duck broth and fish (instead of the shrimp broth and shrimp) in her Wisconsin-style gumbo. That’s why I love cooking, you can take the concept (a gumbo) and make it to fit the food that’s available (bratwurst).
Breakfast Bratritos. I am a breakfast fanatic, especially when it comes eggs. I also like to grab my breakfast and run out the door, so one Sunday I made a big patch of breakfast burritos with bratwurst instead of sausage and froze them to eat throughout the week. This also makes the perfect food for an early morning tailgate at Packer, Badger and Brewer games.
Looking for more Bratwurst recipes? Check out some of the creative bratwurst dishes I’ve found on Pinterest:
Bratwurst Pizza – Mark’s family is from Wisconsin, and apparently he passed the “put bratwurst on everything” theory on to his wife, Ana. They post on a blog called A Plus M.