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Wisconsins Door and Douglas Counties Edibles

This week we continue our culinary tour of Wisconsin counties with visits to Door County and Douglas County.

Door County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Door County by David Benbennick

Door County is home to about 28,000 Wisconsin residents and covers 483 square miles. The County seat is in Sturgeon Bay.  Other villages include:

  • Egg Harbor
  • Ephraim
  • Forestville
  • Sister Bay
  • Bailey’s Harbor
  • Ellison Bay

The county has 298 miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan and Green Bay and is often called the “Cape Cod of the Midwest.”  The county is a very popular summer vacation destination with the population swelling to about 250,000 in summer with tourist visitors from Illinois, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison and Minneapolis. There are five state parks in the county; Peninsula, Newport Beach, PotawatomiWhitefish Dunes and Rock Island. County parks are also numerous with Cave Point being the most popular.  There are ten light houses, eight wineries, three microbreweries and one distillery.  As a major tourist destination the county has much to offer visitors with various recreational activities, camping, fishing, boating, biking and hiking.  Numerous Door Count Lodging options are available and the local shop owners and merchants welcome all.

The Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners located in Door County include:

  • Door County Confectionary maintains a number of shops in Door County featuring their chocolates.
  • Door County Coffee has many flavors all roasted in small batches in Door County
  • Trillium Herbal  is an industry leader producing organic lotions, soaps and oils
  • Brushstrokes provides the Log Teepee that is designed to hold firewood in an upright teepee style position for a better burning fire
  • Seaquist Orchards offers a variety of premier cherry products as well as other fruit and baked items

In addition to our artisan partners Edible Antics Door County recommendations include (please check ahead before your visit – some of these locations are closed in winter):

Restaurants we like and we think you will too:

Door County Bakeries worth a visit:

Cheese shops for you to visit:

Unique specialty shops with good food:

Door County Wineries include:

  • Door Peninsula Winery sells their own wines but also offers olive oils, vinegars, jams, sauces and more from Door County, along with being the only distillery in door County.
  • Door 44 Winery has award winning wines for you to try
  • Harbor Ridge Winery is one of the newer producers in Door County
  • Lautenbach’s is a country market and winery
  • Red Oak Vineyard has recently moved to a new location just south of Sturgeon Bay.
  • Simon Creek Vineyard and Winery has tastings, an outdoor deck overlooking the property and a gift shop to complement their wines.
  • Stone’s Throw Winery offers in addition to their wines olive oils and an outdoor dining setting to enjoy the wine.
  • Von Stiel winery in Algoma makes award winning wines and is the oldest licensed winery in Wisconsin
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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Douglas County by David Benbennick

Douglas County

Douglas County is part of the “North Shore” of Wisconsin in the far northwest corner of the state on the south shore of Lake Superior and it occupies 1,309 square miles and is home to about 44,000 people.  The county seat is Superior.  Other villages in Douglas County include:

  • Lake Nabagamon
  • Oliver
  • Poplar
  • Solon Springs

Douglas County is home to the Pattison State Park with Big Manitou Falls that drops 165 feet and is the fourth tallest falls east of the Rockies.  Amnicon Falls State Park and the Brule River State Forest are also here.  The Brule River flows north into Lake Superior and is a challenging canoe river with substantial rapids and small waterfall ledges along the way.  Much of the county is wilderness and park lands with recreation opportunities.

Edible Antics recommendations in Douglas County include:

Did we miss your favorites?  Let us know.

Join us next week for the edibles in Dunn and Eau Claire Counties where we hurt for more goodies Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

 

Dane And Dodge Edibles

We continue our culinary tour of Wisconsin counties with a visit to Dane and Doge Counties.  Both of them offer wonderful opportunities to enjoy Wisconsin’s special flare for food and fun.

Dane County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dane County by David Benbennick

About 490,000 people live in the 1,202 square miles that is Dane County. The county seat and also the Wisconsin State Capital are both in Madison.  Other cities in Dane County include:

  • Fitchburg
  • Monona
  • Stoughton
  • Verona
  • Middleton
  • Sun Prairie
  • and 18 more villages

The University of Wisconsin main campus with about 40,000 students is located in Madison.  Dane County is the second most populous county in Wisconsin, but it is also the most productive agricultural county in the state.  This output is in corn, soybeans, milk and meat.  Madison is a tourism and convention destination centered on the beautiful State Capitol building and the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Monona Terrace Convention Center

Convention Center and Wisconsin State Capitol

.  The supporting infrastructure is blessed with many restaurants, shops, bakeries, meat markets, wineries, breweries and supper clubs.

The Wisconsinmade.com partner artisans located in Dane County include:

In addition to our Artisan partners Edible Antics Dane County recommendations include:

  • Dane County cheesemaker Bleu Mont Dairy’s cheddar cheese with a glass of Syrah or Pinot Gri.
  • Dane County cheesemaker Babcock Hall Dairy Gouda cheese with a glass of Beaujolais, Champagne or Potter.

Dane County Bakeries:

Dane County Meat Suppliers:

Dane County beer and wine producers:

Dane County Supper Clubs and Restaurants

And if you prefer the newest food stops in Madison try:

Dodge County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dodge County by David Benbennick

Dodge County occupies 882 square miles and is home to about 89,000 Wisconsinites.  The county seat is in Juneau.  Other cities in the county include:

  • Beaver Dam
  • Fox Lake
  • Horicon
  • Mayville
  • and parts of Watertown and Waupun

The vast Horicon National Wildlife Refuge is in Dodge County and is home to 268 species of bird, including ducks, cranes, herons and shore birds plus numerous marsh dwellers large and small.  It is a favorite migratory stop in the fall for an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 Canada geese and other migrating birds.  It is the nesting grounds for many species birds and is a favorite stop for over 400,000 travelers per year.

Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners in Dodge County include:

In addition to our Artisan Partners Edible Antics recommends:

  • Widmer’s Cheese Cellars in Theresa.  No other US plant produces smear-ripened, aged, foil wrapped, tangy Brick cheese.  Try their Colby cheese with a glass of Malbec, Riesling or a Pilsner beer
  •  Crave Brothers  Farmstead cheese is known for their award winning sweet Mascarpone cheese and their fresh mozzarella.  Try the mozzarella with a glass of Chianti or Pinot Gri.
  • LeRoy Meats in Horicon features the freshest cuts of meats combined with award winning homemade sausage products.
  • The Audubon Inn in Mayville is a historic inn and is close the Horicon Marsh.
  • Feil’s supper Club in Randolph

Did we miss any of your favorites?  Tell us about them.

Join us next week to find Edible Antics in Door and Douglas Counties,

We are very fortunate to live in Wisconsin, a state that has so many good places to eat, sites to see and people to meet.  We hope you get a chance to try some of these recommendations that all are Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

 

 

Columbia and Crawford Edibles

The Wisconsin culinary tour continues into Columbia and Crawford Counties.  Can we find cheese, fudge and fun stops too?

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Columbia County by David Benbennick

Columbia County

56,000 people occupy 773 square miles with Portage as the county seat.  Other cities include Columbus and Poynette.  The Wisconsin River forms the western border of the county.  The Merrimac ferry, a free car ferry, crosses the river from a point in the southwest corner of the county.

Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners based in Columbia County include:

Edible Antics recommendations in Columbia County include:

 

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Crawford County by David Benbennick

Crawford County

About 17,000 folks occupy 572 square miles with Prairie du Chen as the county seat.  Other cities include Gays Mills and Soldiers Grove. A great recreational river, the Kickapoo River, runs south through the county.  The rolling hills and valleys of this county are classic driftless examples of the southwestern Wisconsin topography. The apple orchards and their shops are very popular in the fall harvest season especially the Apple Festival each year in late September.

Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners in Crawford County are:

  • Mt. Sterling Cheese makes goat milk cheeses
  • All County provides apparel with the multisport logo for the Packers, Brewers and Badgers

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    Wisconsin Sports sweatshirt

Edible Antics recommendations in Crawford County include:

Did we miss your favorite recommendation for Clark or Crawford County?  Let us know and we’ll add it the list for future recognition.

Tune in next week for Dane and Dodge county spots and recommendations of products Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

 

 

 

Burnett and Calumet Edibles

The Edible Antics culinary tour explores the best spots in Burnett and Calumet Counties in Wisconsin.

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Burnett County by David Benbennick

Burnett County

Are we “Up Nort” yet?  About 15,000 people live in Burnett County.  It occupies 880 square miles.  Meenon is the county seat and it includes the villages of Grantsburg, Siren and Webster.  The county includes a number of Wisconsin State Wildlife areas, many lakes, the Saint Croix Indian Reservation and its western border is the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway.  Outdoor recreation and tourism are features of Burnett county.

Edible antics Burnett County recommendations:

  • The Burnett Dairy Cooperative store and bistro for cheese.  The Coop store stocks over 100 varieties of cheese and wines and makes handmade sandwiches to order.  Their cheese brands include Wood River Creamery, Burnett Dairy and Cady cheese.  The store is a fun stop when you are in the area.
  • Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway This is a national treasure.  The river has carved deep channels and offers beautiful canoeing, hiking and fishing.

 

Calumet County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Calumet County by David Benbennick

Is home to about 49,000 people and it occupies 320 Square miles.  The county seat is Chilton and it includes the cities of Brillion, New Holstein and parts of Appleton and Menasha.  High Cliff State Park is in Calumet County along with the Brillion Wildlife Area and the Killsnake Wildlife Area .  There are over 30 supper clubs in the county that calls itself the Supper Club Capital of the Midwest.

Edible antics Calumet county recommendations:

These stops in Burnett and Calumet Counties offer you some of the best edibles that are all Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.  Check back next week as our culinary tour continues in Chippewa and Clark Counties.

 

 

 

 

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.

Wisconsin’s “edible” destinations

The State of Wisconsin has been settled over the centuries by Native Americans, Europeans, Asians, Africans and various mixes of these cultures.  They have all brought their own dining preferences and dishes to Wisconsin to enrich our “foodie” choices.  From apples to zucchini Wisconsin is blessed to host many dining taste treats along our highways and byways.  Over the next several months edible antics will chronical foodie destinations around Wisconsin and make specific recommendations for your enjoyment.  It will be done by county and point out unique road tours, stops for cheese shops, meat markets, Bakeries, other food destinations, restaurants, breweries, wine makers shops, and unique hotels or bed and breakfast stops.    So stay tuned for the edible antics Wisconsin foodie tour.  This week we start with Adams and Ashland counties.

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Wisconsin’s Adams County

Adams County 

Located in central sands section of Wisconsin Adams County is home to about 20,000 people and is 645 square miles in size.  The county seat is in Friendship, Wisconsin.  Bisected by Wisconsin State Highway 13 the county includes cities of Adams, Rome and Big Flats.  It is also home to Roche-A-Cri State Park, established in 1948, protects a 300-foot-high rock outcropping and Native American petroglyphs and pictographs. The name “Roche-A-Cri” comes from French words meaning “crevice in the rock.” The park has 41 rustic campsites and five miles of hiking trails within a forest of large oaks and pines.

In Adams County Edible Antics recommends:

High Rock Cafe in Wisconsin Dells for your dining pleasure.

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Wisconsin’s Ashland County

Ashland County

In far northern Wisconsin on the south shore of Lake Superior Ashland County is home to about 16,000 hardy souls and occupies 1,043 square miles.  Ashland is the county seat and other cities in the county include Butternut, Glidden, Clam Lake and Mellon.  The county includes the Copper Falls State Park and the Bad River Indian Reservation.  The Whistle Stop Blues and Brews Festival is held in October with other events scheduled throughout the year.

Edible Antics recommends:

The city of Ashland makes a great base for the “Apostles Country” 143 miles road tour that is one of 30 spectacular auto trips featured in Gary Knowles The Great Wisconsin Touring Book.

In Ashland the South Shore Brewery and Deep Water Grille  for fine hand crafted micro brews and good food.  Sixth Street Market for a broad selection of local meats and seafood. Ashland Baking Company for bread and croissants. The Hotel Chequamegon  offers historic accommodations with views over the Lake Superior harbor.

If we missed some of your favorite foodie stops in Adams or Ashland Counties let us know your recommendations.

Next week we explore Barron adn Bayfield counties.

 

Merry Christmas

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Holiday Cookies

This year we here in southern Wisconsin are treated – not to a “White Christmas”- but rather a warm day with green grass and a little rain.  Unusual at best.

Santa’s helpers and the elves at Wisconsinmade.com are looking forward to a calm weekend with their families, a little spiced cider, some cookies and maybe a movie or two.

As we count our blessing this Christmas we are grateful for all of our families, our health, and the beautiful peace and tranquility of the season.  Our Artisan partners and all of us here at Wisconsinmade wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and best wishes for a joyous and prosperous New Year.santa

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

 

Operation Gratitude

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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 seeks to send care packages to our troops and their families in an effort to bring cheer and appreciation to those that servesupport-1.  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 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

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