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Wisconsin State Fair 2015

The Wisconsin State Fair for 2015 runs from Thursday August 6th through Sunday August 16th. 4C_WSF_stacked_datedThe fair features large varieties of food, traditional rides and games and judging of animals, food products, crafts and art.  Wisconsin’s artisan cheesemakers and meat producers products are carefully judged and awarded ribbons for their quality products.

The results of the Cheese contest have been released. Congratulations to all the winning cheesemakers at the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair competition. This year there were 372 entrees in 28 classes from 146 Wisconsin cheesemakers.   The top three cheeses in each category received awards.  cheese-grouping-WMMB-cheese-infoThe 2015 Grand Master Cheesemaker will be named and recognized along with the other winning cheesemakers at the Blue Ribbon Cheese and Butter Auction August 13 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park.  blue ribbonThe winning cheeses will be auctioned off with the proceeds used to support scholarships for students pursuing dairy related degrees and in support of other milk marketing efforts.

A number of the cheesemakers that have won awards in the annual Wisconsin State Fair competition for 2015 have their company’s cheeses available on Wisconsinmade.com.  Many or these softer cheeses only ship in the cooler months, starting Oct. 1.

Winning cheesemakers that have cheeses seasonably available on Wisconsinmade.om are:

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Gary Grossen

Gary Grossen Master Cheesemaker at the Babcock Hall Dairy Plant on the University of Wisconsin –Madison campus won for his Brick cheese Class 05 Brick, Muenster – First Place.  Gary explains his cheese making process.  Babcock cheese is available seasonally on Wisconsinmade.com

Chad Duhal from Zimmerman Cheese in South Wayne, Wisconsin – Third Place Class 05 Brick, Muenster for his Muenster Cheese

Steve Stettler Master Cheesemaker from Decatur Dairy in Brodhead, Wisconsin took third place in Class 10 Flavored Pepper Cheese  for his Pepper Havarti cheese. He also took second Place in Class 20 Havarti (unflavored) for his Havarti cheese.  Decatur cheeses are available seasonally on Wisconsinmade.com

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Marieke Penterman

Marieke Penterman from Holland’s Family Cheese in Thorp, Wisconsin took third place in Class 12 Flavored Semi-Soft cheese – for Marieke Burning Melange Gouda.  Marieke also won second place in Class 22 Open Class for Semi-Soft Cheese (unflavored) for the Marieke Golden cheese.  A selection of Marieke cheese gifts are available on Wisconsinmade.com

Wally Hartwig from Zimmerman Cheese in South Wayne, Wisconsin took first place Class 13 Smoked Cheese – for Smoked Brick. 

Other Wisconsin State Fair award winning cheesemaker partners of Wisconsinmade.com include Emmi Roth USA, Pine River Cheese and Carr Valley Cheese.

Wisconsin artisans produce a broad variety of cheeses that continue to be recognized by judges and customers for superior quality.  Congratulations to all the winning artisan cheesemakers!

Wisconsin’s summer picnic

Summer in Wisconsin provides beautiful days that are just about perfect.  Temperatures in the 70’s, blue skies, light breeze – perfect for an outdoor picnic.

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Wisconsin Capitol building in Spring

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Evening sunset reflected on one wing of the Wisconsin State Capitol during a Concert on the Square

Many cities in Wisconsin host summer evening outings that involve music, food and a general picnic atmosphere.  Madison residents have organized a “group picnic” called Concerts on the Square.  The Square in this reference is the Capitol Square, a block in downtown Madison centered by the beautiful Wisconsin State Capitol building.  Thanks to many generous sponsors and individual voluntary contributions for six Wednesday evenings each summer the  Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra plays a free concert on the steps at one corner of the building while thousands of folks sit on blankets and folding chairs, enjoy the music and a picnic.  There are food and beverage vendors to provide a selection of local picnic fare, or many bring their own picnic baskets.  Upwards of 25, 000 people show up for this community picnic each week.

Each concert has a “theme” and usually a guest performer joins the orchestra.  A recent presentation featured songs from the rock group The Eagles performed by members of Jeans ‘n Classics, a Canadian group that melds popular music with orchestras.  They also did a nice version of Bolero on July 15, 2015.

If you are near Madison in the summer don’t miss the Wisconsin made picnic Concerts on the Square.

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.

Wisconsin’s Agriculture Production Ranking

How does the “Dairy State” farmer’s production rank?

Idaho has its potatoes.  Florida has its oranges.  Texas is known for its cotton production.  How does Wisconsin’s dairy production rank verses these well know other states production?  Which state do you think produces the most farm income from their lead agricultural product?Pride logo

It’s not even close! 

According to the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture:

Wisconsin produced $ 5 billion worth of milk

Texas produced $ 2.2 billion of cotton

Florida growers produced $ 1.4 billion of oranges

Idaho produced $ 964 million in potatoes.

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2014 World Champion Cheese Contestants

In addition Wisconsin farmers produced $ 2.2 billion of corn, $ 902 million of soybeans and $ 251 million of potatoes.  Hard working Wisconsin farmers help to feed America and the world..

29 Wisconsin Problems (But A Cheese Ain’t One)

If you’re saavy enough to be reading this awesome-sauce blog, you’re probably aware of #FirstWorldProblems, but you might not be aware of “Wisconsin problems”  (#WIProblems) because I just came with the hash tag. #WIProblems hasn’t made it big yet, but I’m confident that it will because I asked the Facebook fans of Wisconsinmade.com to share their favorite Wisconsin problems and there were 140 responses! 140 also happens to be the number of characters that you are allowed to use in a Twitter post. Coincidence? I think not! Tweet your favorites!

Here are a few problems that are unique to Wisconsin:

  1. My beer froze during the Packer game!
  2. I always have to explain what a cheese curd is and why they squeak.
  3. How do I turn my lawn mower into a snow thrower?
  4. So many good fish fry spots, so little Fridays!
  5. Shoveling a path to the grill to cook up some brats.
  6. Out of state bars don’t have brandy for my old fashioned!
  7. The bubbler isn’t working.
  8. It’s -20 degrees outside (or 3+ feet of snow) and school’s not canceled.
  9. Why is New Glarus beer only sold in Wisconsin?
  10. I’m late to work because I got stuck behind a tractor.
  11. I always have to explain what a butter burger is.
  12. Michigan gets mad at us when we say our state looks like a mitten.
  13. A Kringle has nothing to do with Santa Claus.
  14. It’s not “Wess-con-sin” it’s “Wis-con-sin” just like it’s spelled!
  15. Don’t call it ice cream, it’s frozen custard!
  16. I’m mad the price of fish fry went up by $1.
  17. How do you pronounce Eau Claire?
  18. Where is everyone? Why are the roads empty? Oh right, Packer game’s on.
  19. I’m trying to turn a corner and can’t see if any cars are coming because of the giant snow piles.
  20. It’s 40 degrees out! Where are my shorts?
  21. The lint catcher in the dryer is full of cardinal red (or Packer green) lint.
  22. You meet a nice person that you want to be friends with and you find out he/she is a Bears fan.
  23. There are more miles on my snow blower than my car.
  24. The plow truck plowed in my driveway with the heaviest snow ever.
  25. It just started snowing and I don’t want to go outside and shovel the driveway but I know if I don’t I will hate my life later.
  26. I need to be ready to leave for work 20 minutes early so I can clean the snow off and defrost my car.
  27. That one day in March when it’s kind of warm and you think winter is finally over, but NOPE!
  28. The air hurts my face.
  29. These Packer footie PJs are awesome, now why don’t they make them for adults?

What’s your favorite Wisconsin problem? Share it in the comments or on the Wisconsinmade.com Facebook page.

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5 Wisconsin Gifts to Get Your Boss On Boss’s Day That Will Probably Earn You a Raise

I know I’m early but I wanted to remind you that Boss’s Day is October 16. If you like your boss, you should start thinking about getting your boss a card or maybe even a gift. A good boss deserves a card because they at least complete the first two steps of being a good boss.

  • Remembering employees’ names, saying hi and making an attempt to get to know everyone.
  • Checking in on employees and making sure they have what they need to do their job.

And that’s it! It’s surprising how many bosses don’t even complete the first two steps to earn a card. Now, a few bosses are GREAT bosses, a great boss completes the first two points AND does one or more of the following:

  • Gives you regular constructive feedback on your work.
  • Makes you feel appreciated.
  • Makes you feel like you’re not afraid to make mistakes.

Does your boss make it into the gift category? Great! Here are some fun gift ideas, and there’s even a good chance the boss will share these with the whole office.

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Wisconsin Food Myths: True or Cow Poo?

Wisconsin Food Myths

 

Have you heard any weird myths about Wisconsin food lately? I have. How about the rumor that cheese is squeaky? Or the rumor that dairy cows outnumber people?

Which Wisconsin food myths are true and which are just cow poo? Read this blog post to find out!

Cranberries grow in water.

PooWe’ve all seen the cranberry commercial with two guys standing in the cranberry bog, but the truth is, cranberries grow on vines that lie low to the ground. Cranberry farmers flood the fields and the berries float to the top for easy harvesting.

 

 

Cheese curds squeak when you eat them. 

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Mostly true anyway, FRESH cheese curds squeak when you chew them. It’s hard to describe if you haven’t ever tried a fresh curd. It’s sort of like chewing on a balloon. I know that’s not the most appetizing analogy, but it’s the best I can do. Try a cheese curd to see for yourself!

 

 

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Wisconsin Sports Stars Take the Ice Bucket Challenge

By now you’ve probably heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge. If you haven’t, it’s a sensation that’s taking over the social media world. Participants donate to the ALS Association, video tape themselves getting drenched with a bucket of ice water, and then challenge friends to do the same. So far, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $15.6 million according to a recent Time magazine article.

I know it doesn’t have much to do with food, but it’s certainly resulted in some crazy antics that are well worth sharing – so I thought I would write a post about it for the Edible Antics blog. Here are some of your favorite Wisconsin sports stars taking the challenge!

University of Wisconsin Men’s Basketball coach Bo Ryan thinks he got lucky, but not so fast! Your move Bucky Badger!

 

Green Bay Packer Quarterback Aaron Rodgers continues to prove he’s awesome by taking the icy plunge.

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers states the obvious – “that was cold!”

Meanwhile, Bob Uecker says “Why’d you waste the ice on those guys? Some cocktails would have been nice!” Click here to watch. 

What’s your favorite ice bucket challenge video? Post it in the comments!

4 of the Craziest Foods at the Wisconsin State Fair in 2014

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Time to put on your stretchy pants and head over to the Wisconsin State Fair for some fair food indulgences. This year, food vendors put their best plate forward in attempt to win a Golden Spork Award. Here are 5 of my favorite winning dishes!

Bacon Wrapped Cherrywood Smoked Pork Belly On-a-Stick- I know what you’re thinking. “Wait, isn’t pork belly bacon? So essentially we’re talking about bacon wrapped bacon?” Yes. Bacon wrapped bacon. YUM!

If you want to try some cherrywood smoked bacon, head over to Wisconsinmade.com.

Chicken-N-Waffle Cone (pictured)– Foodies adore chicken and waffles, but sticky syrup and greasy chicken don’t make proper portable fair food, until now! Water Street Brewery came up with a creative culinary solution- make the waffle into a waffle cone. Genius!

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Christmas in July! 5 Wisconsin Food Gifts That Bring Joy All Year

Remember Christmas season last year? There was a Polar Vortex and sub-zero temps, and I bet you stayed inside and ate some fabulous holiday food. But how come Christmas hams, gingerbread men and other holiday favorites are reserved for the winter? Here are 5 Wisconsin food gifts that can bring joy all year round!

1. Nueske Ham– When I was in college my fellow students couldn’t wait to go home for a holiday meal because….HAM! I’ve learned a lot since then, including that ham is easy to make. Especially applewood smoked hams from Nueske. They come fully cooked so all you have to do is cook and eat. You can enjoy ham on sandwiches, in omlettes, even in ham salad- so don’t limit ham to the holidays!

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2. Cheese of the Month Club– Month clubs are one of my favorite gifts because they keep on giving. In fact, if you purchase a 6-month club in July, your gift recpient will still be receiving cheese gifts in December.

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3. Gingerbread– Fans of these adorable gingerbread men say they can’t stop eating them, and since they can get them year-round, they don’t have to!

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4. Cranberry Chutney– Wisconsin produces more cranberries than any other state, so there are plenty of cranberries for us to enjoy in the summer months. Cranberry chutney is a perfect pairing with cheese like brie or gouda, so serve some as an appetizer at your next summer barbeque!

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5. Kringle– As soon as the calendar hits December, Wisconsinites all over the USA get a Kringle craving.  It’s easy to see why- these decatant pasties ship freshly baked from Danish bakeries in Racine so they’re perfect to fill that holiday sweet tooth craving.  But why do we limit Kringle to the holidays? In July, you can even get special flavors like Key Lime, but only for a limited time. Visit Wisconsinmade.com to get shopping for Kringle!

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