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Kewaunee and LaCrosse Edibles

Edible Antics is currently posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Scroll down for some of the Wisconsin counties we visited in previous weeks. The prior counties visited are available in the archived links on the right side of your screen. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit.  Some background information on each county is followed with specific links to our artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

This week our Wisconsin county virtual culinary tour takes us to Kewaunee and LaCrosse Counties looking for Wisconsinmade edibles and fun places to visit.

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Jackson and Jefferson County Edibles

Edible Antics is currently posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Scroll down for some of the Wisconsin counties we visited in previous weeks or these prior counties visited are available in the archived links on the right side of your screen. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit.  Some background information on each county is followed with specific links to our Wisconsinmade artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.  The archives cover these counties:

The Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network recently had a segment discussing items that are made in Wisconsin.  I was the guest and discussed with Joy and her listeners many of the high quality products produced in Wisconsin and featured on  We even had a chance to discuss this blog, Edible Antics.  You can listen to the program at the Joy Cardin Show archives.

We continue our Wisconsin County Edible Antics online culinary tour this week in Jackson County and Jefferson County Wisconsin.  Both counties have much to offer the visitor for their comfort and enjoyment.

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Iowa and Iron County Edibles

We are continuing our Wisconsin County culinary tour in Iowa County and Iron County Wisconsin.  At opposite ends of the state these two counties are about a five hour drive apart.  Northwoods wilderness and lakes are reviewed alongside rolling rich agricultural lands.

Iowa County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Iowa County by David Benbennick

Iowa County is 762 square miles and has a population of 23,700 with the County seat in Dodgeville.   Other cities and villages include:

  • Mineral Point
  • Avoca
  • Barneveld
  • Cobb
  • Highland
  • Hollandale
  • Linden
  • Rewey
  • Ridgeway

The current agriculturally based farming economy supports many of the jobs here.  The earlier history is preserved in Mineral Point.  The Wisconsin State Historical Society has preserved the Cornish mining history in the Pendarvis historical site.  This part of the state was a major commercial center before Wisconsin became a state.  The mining of lead and zinc were large industries in the early 1800’s.  Cornish pasties were popular lunch meals for the miners.  A folded pastry around a beefy stew center provided mid-day nourishment.  The county is home to three Wisconsin State Parks; Blue Mounds, Governor Dodge and Tower Hill State Park.  Tower Hill contains an 1831 “shot tower” off the edge of a cliff where molten lead was dropped from the top of the tower and it formed a round globular shape on the way down and fell in a vat of cold water at the bottom.  These lead balls were then used as shot for early rifles.  The Military Ridge State Trail also traverses the county. The west end of the trail is at Governor Dodge State Park.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partners in Iowa County include:

  • Little Creek Press is the Mineral Point publisher of a number of books for children and adults.
  • Walnut Hollow in Dodgeville has developed InGrained Art as a new line of wall décor using a revolutionary new process that allows wood surfaces to be enhanced with

    Wisconsin Capitol Lake View photo on wood

    high-resolution imagery. This process allows all of the natural grain and texture of the wood to show through while maintaining the quality, detail and resolution of the original image.

  • Wagging Tail Bakery  features a Sampler Gift Bag that is an assortment of homemade dog snacks

In addition to our Wisconsinmade artisan partners Edible Antics Iowa County recommendations include:

  • Taliesin was the home of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He first designed the home for himself in 1911. From that time until his death in 1959, Wright continuously changed the home and the surrounding landscape, which included buildings that he had designed for his family.  At the time of Frank Lloyd Wright’s death, “Taliesin” referred to the home, the surrounding 600-acre estate, and 4 other Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures.
  • Hook’s Cheese Company in Mineral Point has won numerous awards for their Parmesan cheese (try it with a nice Merlot), Cheddar cheese (with a glass of Syrah), Colby cheese (with a Malbec) and their Blue cheese (with a glass of Cabernet)
  • Uplands Cheese Company is the maker of award winning Pleasant Ridge Reserve. It is the most-awarded cheese in American history, having won Best of Show in the American Cheese Society’s annual competition three times (2001, 2005 and 2010), and having also won the US Cheese Championships in 2003. It is the only cheese to have won Best of Show three times, and the only cheese to have ever won both of the major, national cheese competitions.
  • Botham Vineyards is an original Wisconsin winery and one of only a handful with estate vineyards producing authentic Wisconsin wine.
  • Lake Louie Brewing in Arena provides quality beers including Tommy’s Porter, one of my favorites.
  • The Quality Bakery in Dodgeville provides sweets for all.
  • Brewery Creek brewpub in Mineral Point for good beers and historic lodging.
  • The Mineral Point Opera House began in 1915 as a vaudeville house. Over the years, it has been used as a movie theater and a venue for a variety of live performances.  After extensive recent restoration, it is open again.
  • Mineral Point Gallery night happens four times a year; the first for 2016 is April 2. Local galleries open for tours and visitors can see the artists at work.

Iron County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Iron County by David Benbennick

Iron County population is 5,900 people living on 757 square miles.  It is the third least populated county in Wisconsin.  The County seat is Hurley with other cities and villages of:

  • Montreal
  • Mercer
  • Manitowish

The northern border of the county includes some Lake Superior shoreline and the state border with the upper peninsula of Michigan.  The Gogebic Range of mountains is in the northern portion of the county and the Turtle Flambeau Flowage covers most of the southern portion of the county.  Here is another map of Iron County showing the extensive undeveloped land.

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Iron County Wisconsin

Edible Antics Iron County recommendations include:

  • In Mercer Claire d Loon weighs 2,000 pounds, stands 16 feet tall, and lends credibility to the town’s claim to be the “Loon Capital.”
  • The Plummer Mine Headframe is part of an iron mine that opened in 1904, the Plummer Mine shaft angles downward from the headframe following a vein of ore into the earth to a depth of 2,367 feet. The Plummer Mine closed in 1924 and is the last such headframe standing in Wisconsin. From an engine house, cables ran up over the wheels at the top of the headframe and were attached to elevator cars, lowering miners and equipment underground and pulling ore cars back to the surface.

Edible Antics continues our tour next week in Jackson County and Jefferson County where we are looking for people, places or edibles that are all Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

Forest and Grant County Edibles

This week we extend our Wisconsin county culinary tour to Forest and Grant Counties.  They are on opposite sides of Wisconsin – far northeast and far southwest.


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Forest County by David Benbennick

Forest County

This county is named after the dense forest that shares the territory. 9,300 people live on the 1,014 square miles with Crandon as the county seat.  Other towns include

  • Argonne
  • Laona
  • Moll Lake
  • Newald
  • Wabeno

Much of the northern portion of Wisconsin is part of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest  and it includes most of Forest County.  The county also includes the home of the Forest County Potawatomi Indians, who are the Keeper of the Fire.  There are many lakes and wildlife areas in Forest County.

 Edible Antics Forest County recommendations include:

TRAILS Pow-wow Mole Lake in Crandon March 12 – March 13 features dancers, drummers with a feast provided both days plus Native American craft vendors.

The Lumberjack Steam Train Cowboy Reenactment in Laona July 16 steps back in time where you come take part in a Wild West train robbery the authentic Cowboy Reenactment and robbery of the Lumberjack Steam Train. You are invited to come and ride the train.  At other times the Lumberjack Steam Train takes you out to “Camp 5”, the site of an old logging camp. Later it became the site of the Lumber Company Farm. When you arrive, you find some of the old buildings which were a part of the Lumber Company Farm.


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Grant County by David Benbennick

Grant County

This county in southwestern Wisconsin shares state boarders with both Illinois and Iowa.  The county seat is in Lancaster.  The county occupies 1,148 square miles and hosts 51,200 people.  Other cities in the county include:

  • Boscobel
  • Cuba City
  • Fennimore
  • Platteville

Villages include

  • Bagley
  • Bloomington
  • Blue River
  • Cassville
  • Dickeyville
  • Mount Hope
  • Patch Grove
  • Potosi
  • Tennyson
  • Woodman

Boscobel hosts the Boscobel Hotel  and Central House generally regarded as the home of the first Gideon Bible.

The lower portion of the Wisconsin River widens and joins the Mississippi River here.  Wyalusing State Park is high on a bluff overlooking the confluence of these two rivers.

Stonefield Village is a historic restoration of an early Wisconsin settlement near Cassville. artisan partners in Grant County include:

Martha’s Hot Mustard is a honey mustard producer in rural Grant County that has developed a fan base for her sweet-hot mustard nation-wide.  It’s great on crackers and cheese, ham, turkey, hot dogs, hamburgers – even popcorn! Everyone who tastes Martha’s Hot Mustard is sure to love it!

Edible Antics Grant County recommendations include:

In Potosi The Potosi Brewery and National Brewery Museum offers visitors a tour of a restored regional brewery, the National Brewery Museum, fine locally produced adult beverages, a beautifully restored back bar, a restaurant with good pub food, outdoor seating in the summer and welcoming Wisconsin hospitality year round.

Weber Meats in Cuba City offers a wide variety of meat products for their customers in south western Wisconsin and north western Illinois.

The Dickeyville Grotto on Holy Ghost Parish grounds are the works of Father Mathias Wernerus, pastor from 1918 – 1931. His handiwork, built from 1925 – 1930, is dedicated to the unity of two American ideals-love of God and love of country. It is a creation in stone, mortar, and bright colored objects collected from all over the world

Meister Cheese Company in Muscoda makes specialty cheeses in the old world fashion but with modern technology.

The Fenway House Hotel in Fennimore was built in 1918 and offers endless old world charm from the creek that runs thru the dining room to the original terrazzo floors.

The Cream Pitcher bed and breakfast in Blue River blends modern amenities with old-fashioned quality and comfort. The home is embellished with a large collection of antiques, including pitchers from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.

Here is the Burst O’ Lemon Muffin recipe from The Cream Pitcher B&B as listed in the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Cookbook:

Burst O’ Lemon Muffins (makes 1 dozen)

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup lemon yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine melted
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut


  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut, toasted

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda.  In a separate bowl beat together the yogurt, egg, butter, lemon peel and lemon juice until smooth.  Stir the mixture into the dry ingredients just until moistened.  Fold in the coconut and fill greased or lined muffin cups 2/3 full.  Bake 18-22 minutes or until golden brown and muffins test done.  Cool 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

For the topping:  I a saucepan combine the lemon juice and sugar.  Cook, stirring until the sugar dissolves.  Stir in the toasted coconut.  Using a toothpick poke 6-8 holes in each muffin.  Spoon the lemon coconut mixture over the muffins.  Serve warm or cool to room temperature.

More culinary treats next week as we visit Green County and Green Lake County in search of people, places and things that are Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.




Chippewa and Clark County Edibles

Edible Antics culinary tour of Wisconsin continues in Chippewa and Clark Counties.


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Chippewa County by David Benbennick

Chippewa County

About 62,000 people live in Chippewa County’s 1,010 square miles of territory.  The County seat is Chippewa Falls and the county includes the cities of Bloomer, Cornell and Cadott. .Chippewa Falls is home to the Leinie’s Lodge by the Jacob Leinenkugle Brewing company makers of “Leinie’s” family of beers.  The county is bisected by the beautiful Chippewa River.  It home to the Old Abe State Trail, Lake Wissota State Park, Burnet Island State Park and a portion of the Holcombe Flowage. artisan partner in Chippewa County is Roth Sugar Bush a producer of maple syrup.

Edible Antics Chippewa County recommendations include:


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Clark County by David Benbennick


Clark County

Clark County covers 1,215 square miles with Neillsville as the County seat.  Population is about 35,000.  Other cities in the county are Thorp, Greenwood, Abbotsford and Colby. artisan partner in Clark County is Marieke Gouda cheese from Holland Family Cheese in Thorp, makers of award winning Gouda cheeses.

 Edible Antics Clark county recommendations include:

Burnett and Calumet Edibles

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


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


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.





Brown and Buffalo County Edibles

Road Trip! Road Trip!

Our Wisconsin culinary tour visits our friends in Brown and Buffalo Counties.


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Brown County by David Benbennick

Brown County

Brown County is home to about 248,000 folks and occupies 529 square miles.  The county seat is Green Bay.  Brown County hosts the cities of Green Bay and De Pere and the surrounding suburbs but it known as “Title Town”  – the home of our championship football team the Green Bay Packers.  This metro based community has much to offer the visitor including over 400 dining opportunities, microbreweries, a distillery, recreation and cultural activities with abundant lodging.

Brown County is home to a number of artisan partners.  They include:

Edible Antics Brown County recommendations include:


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Buffalo County by David Benbennick

Buffalo County

Buffalo County is on the far western edge of Wisconsin and offers scenic and pastoral vistas.  It is home to about 13,000 Wisconsinites and is 684 square miles in size. The county seat is the city of Alma.  One side of the county is along the scenic Mississippi River and includes the cities of Fountain City and Mondovi.  While Buffalo County is a more sparsely populated county this rural area supports good dining, interesting lodging and a section of the Great River Road along the Mississippi River.

Edible Antics Buffalo County recommendations include:

Enjoy the hospitality and fine edibles from these spots and know that it is all Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

Check back next week for recommendations in Burnett and Calumet 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.


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


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.


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.


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.


Final Christmas push

Not done yet?  Still have a few more on your list?  What to do?

Shipping deadlines to arrive before Christmas for many items have pasted.


Pecan and Raspberry Kringles

But orders through Dec. 20th for Kringle will ship on the 21st and should arrive almost everywhere by the 24th.

Additionally the  “month club” gifts feature monthly deliveries of selected items and are announced to the recipient via a mailing that lets them know about the coming months gifts.


Wisconsinmade cheese and sausage


The available month clubs from include:


Wisconsinmade gift card

And the Wisconsinmade gift cards can be delivered by US mail or electronically via email in minutes.

The entire team at Wisconsinmade and all of our Artisan partners wish you and your families a Merry Christmas.  When you share these treats remember they were all

Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

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