Labor Day weekend. It’s the start of high school, college and professional football season. Cities all across Wisconsin have the dedication and verve to attend their home town high school football games on Friday nights. And Saturday the college teams from UW Whitewater to UW La Crosse and of course the University of Wisconsin Madison Badgers engage in gridiron battles. On Sunday (usually) the Title Town Green Bay Packers carry on the historic honor of the only community owned team in the NFL.
Well a large part of all these fans traditions relates to the fine art of “tailgating.” Hours before the game actually begins fans gather in parking lots, parks and homes to eat, share the excitement and prepare for the game. The coolers full of various beverages, the dips and chips, the veggies and fruit with assorted dips and of course the mandatory burned meat. Mostly sausages and hamburgers but occasionally steaks, fish, chicken and more.
gilling up some burgers and dogs
Many visitors to Wisconsin find specific meats that become favorites but are not available in their home markets. Ethic specialties and unique preparations that they miss and wish were available. Folks, who lived in Wisconsin, went to school in Wisconsin or vacationed in Wisconsin need to access these special meats for their tailgating parties.
Smoke Salmon sampler
Wisconsinmade.com to the rescue!
Wisconsinmade has a broad selection of grilling meats from a large variety – brats to hamburgers, steaks and smoked fish. And relishes, sauces, pickles, mustard, rubs, mushrooms and all the “fixings” can be delivered right to your door, even if you live in a place that doesn’t understand the tailgating tradition.
So….. fire up that computer, order all your fondest memories of the best tailgating treats from Wisconsinmade.com and then on that special evening (Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday) Fire up the grill and get your game on!
Make sure to enjoy your favorite winter fruits while they are still in season! Buying fruit in season is typically cheaper, but more importantly, tastier! Of course you can buy fruit when it’s out of season, but fresh fruit in season can provide a burst of flavor that no other food can rival.
Here are 5 winter fruits that will be out of season soon!
In Season: December – April
Different types of grapefruit may have different harvest times, but most grapefruit is best consumed in winter! Did you know that the United States is the top producer of grapefruit in the world?
In Season: October – April
Kumquats are native to south Asia and have an innate ability to survive cold temperatures, but they grow better in warm regions.
In Season: October – April
We don’t usually think of limes as a seasonal fruit, but they are! There are different types of limes grown all over the world in different seasons, but winter limes are something special.
In Season: September – January
There are so many types of olives and many have different growing seasons. But many of the olives you will find in grocery stores are prime for eating in winter.
In Season: February – April
Guavas are very rich in Vitamin C and are native to Mexico and Central America. India is now the top global producer.
Ah, summer grilling in Wisconsin! We love our brats and burgers, and after a tough winter we’ve earned some fun in the sun, but nothing will kill your summer buzz like a trip to the emergency room for a burn or a food born illness. Here are some tips to make sure your summer if full of tasty AND safety!
1. Use a different plate for raw and cooked meats. The juices from raw meat can contain harmful bacteria, and those hang out on the plate that you take out to the grill. Make sure to use a fresh plate for the cooked meat. Also, wash your hands and any surfaces that come in contact with raw meat.
2. Lock down the trash. This tip is mostly for our four legged friends. Corn cobs, chicken bones and other common cook out trash can be harmful to pets. Make sure the trash can has a fido and fluffly proof lid.
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?
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.
You’ve heard of cheese tastings but how about an olive oil tasting? A week ago I was having some friends over for dinner. Dinner was running behind (not a shocker in my house) so I looked around the kitchen to see what kind of appetizer I could make with what I had on hand. I had just acquired a few different kinds of olive oil and a giant baguette and my idea light bulb came on – let’s have an olive oil tasting! I cubed up the loaf and put it in a bowl, then poured three different kinds of olive oil into mini dipping blows. My fiance had the idea of using our cheese board to label them. Voila! Impromptu olive oil tasting!
I know I have a fancy-pants food blog but trust me, if I can do it, so can you! Continue reading for few tips for hosting your own olive oil tasting.
Wisconsin food is known for being on the heavier side, so lighten things up with these great appetizer ideas! Turn bratwurst, cheese, and other Wisconsin favorites in to one bite snacks. Whether you’re an experienced hostess on the look out for inspiration or you want to try having a cocktail party for the first time, these easy appetizers will make for a memorable evening. Even if you don’t live in or near Wisconsin, many Wisconsin foods can ship nationwide from Wisconsinmade.com.
Bratwurst Bites- You have probably never thought of a bratwurst as a delicate hor d’ourve but then again, you’ve probably never seen a bratwurst bite (that’s them in the picture). This Wisconsin finger food consists of a small, thin, lightly toasted slice of bread topped with a slice of grilled bratwurst and a dollop of sauerkraut and mustard. You probably won’t see these served and Milwaukee Brewer games, but hopefully this easy appetizer will make an appearance at your next dinner party. You can get bratwursts at most grocery stores, or find authentic Wisconsin bratwurst online at Wisconsinmade.com.
This week I had some friends over for dinner and I made my
signature pizza recipe. I didn’t
come up with the recipe but whenever I have a dinner party this is one of the
first recipes I want to make. The
pizza has fig spread, prosciutto and arugula, and it’s not a combination my guests
eat everyday, so it’s sort of my secret culinary weapon. After enjoying this amazing pizza my
friend asks me “Can I get the recipe? Or is it a secret?” I told her I don’t believe in keeping
recipes a secret and we debated the pros and cons of sharing recipes. I thought
this would make an awesome blog post, so here we are!
Wisconsin is lovely in January! Ok, not really. It’s actually miserably cold, grey and dreary. But Wisconsinites must look at the bright side of Wisconsin winters or the abominable snow man will get us.
What is the bright side of a Wisconsin winter? Having an excuse to cook a comforting meal and enjoy a relaxing night on the couch under the blankets. Here are some ideas for foods to enjoy while you hibernate until March… or maybe April.