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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


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 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


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. 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.



Summer treats in Wisconsin

Summer in Wisconsin! 


Student Union Lakeside Brat Stand Photo by Rick Remeschatis

The University of Wisconsin Madison campus is in bloom, seniors have graduated and the brats are back on the student union lakeside terrace!  The outdoor grill is fired up and the students and alumni favorites are cooking.  Cold beer and ice cream too.

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Babcock Hall Dairy store Photo by Rick Remeschatis


The ice cream comes from the Babcock Hall Dairy operation and is made right there on campus by the agriculture education team.


Babcock ice cream Photo by Linda Remeschatis





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Looking out over the sail boats on Lake Mendota on a sunny afternoon is relaxing.  One of the nicer opportunities in Madison.   If you can’t get there yourself, you can still get the same brats that are served there and the ice cream too, both available for delivery to your door via the links above.

Grilling brats photo by Rick Remeschatis

Or perhaps you would like to fire up your grill and try a wider variety of our Wisconsinmade bratwurst.  A broad selection of brats and sauces are available at:

Bratwurst selection from

What are your favorite Wisconsin summer food treats?

German Food In Wisconsin: How To Get To Germany Without Buying a Plane Ticket

Growing up my dad was in the army so I got the once in a lifetime opportunity to live in Germany for four years. Even though I only lived there from ages four to eight, Germany has left it’s mark on me. I can spot an authentic German deli or smell a Nurnberger bratwurst from a mile away.

I used to go with my mom to the meat market.  The person behind the counter would always hand me a slice of smiley face bologna- yes, you read that right. The bologna had two different colors to it that made up the smiley face. At the time, I knew the words “danke” (thank you) and “bitte” (you’re welcome) but I couldn’t keep them straight so I would just say whichever one I thought of first. The butcher thought this was adorable and it would usually earn me a second slice of bologna.

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9 Words That Have a Totally Different Meaning in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, some words have different meanings than they do in the rest of the USA. Luckily, I’ve put together a fun and fabulous guide to Wisconsin words. Enjoy!

  1. Brat

What it usually means: A misbehaving child.

What it means in Wisconsin: A German sausage that is boiled in beer, grilled and served on a crusty bun. Brats can be found at every Wisconsin cookout, sporting event and celebration.

Shop for Wisconsin brats online.

2. Winter

What it usually means: The cold weather months of December through March.

What it means in Wisconsin: The cold weather months of October through April when you question your decision to live in a place where the air hurts your face.

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Memorial Day Weekend Fun in Madison, Wisconsin

Bratwurst Looking for fun things to do in Madison on Memorial Day weekend ? Here are some brat-tastic events going on around Mad-town.

Take Your Brat to Work Day –  Kick off the weekend by taking your brat (as in bratwurst, leave the naughty kids at home) to the office.   Take Your Brat to Work Day serves as the opening event to not only Memorial Day weekend in Madison but to The World’s Largest Brat Fest. The 5,000 Bratfest volunteers, working for the charity of their choice, set up a special bratwurst drive-thru from 6am to 9am on Friday, May 27th so hungry workers can grab brats for themselves and coworkers

The World’s Largest Brat Fest- Brat Fest has everything you and your family needs for Memorial Day weekend fun: rides, music, the Budweiser Clydesdales, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, the world’s largest grill, and of course BRATWURST, over 200,000 were sold last year. The fun lasts from 10pm to 9pm Friday- Sunday and 10pm to 6pm on Monday. Did I mention entry is FREE? Brats are only $1.50.

Alt-Bratfest –  The World’s Largest Brat Fest is buns of fun, but the brats are from Johnsonville, and you can get those anywhere in the USA.  For a more local selection of tasty food, take a trip to Orton Park on Sunday, May 29th from 11am to 6pm for Alt-Bratfest.  Enjoy the music and dishes from local restaurants (more than just brats).  Proceeds go to several charities including local food supporters REAP.

Now turn off the computer and go have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend!

Wisconsin Food

Wisconsin Food – So you’re from Wisconsin? What do you eat up there?

Goin’ to Chicago this weekend. Chicago Dad is throwing a party. It’s a pot-luck. Everyone’s supposed to bring something. Since I live in Wisconsin, I’m supposed to bring Wisconsin food.

Gourmet Food Gifts

Dad loves throwing parties, he calls them ‘swarms’. To his past ‘swarms’ I’ve brought Wisconsin cheese. It was a no-brainer, expected and enjoyed by my Illinois relatives. For the pre- and post-party meals, I’ve supplied Dad with Wisconsin ham, bacon, and brats.  Those are his favs. But time to bring something different to the party, something other than cheese.

Since I work at a place that specializes in selling gourmet Wisconsin food, I figured I’d look at the list of top selling Wisconsin foods and pick one of those. If so many folks regularly buy them, they must be good.

But then I was a bit surprised. Are the Illinois relatives ready for this menu of favorite Wisconsin food? Keep reading to see what Wisconsinites REALLY eat when they’re not eating cheese, brats, and beer.

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How To Cook Bratwursts – Dad’s Favorite Father’s Day Gift

Father’s Day gifts needn’t be difficult to find. Just remember the old adage, “The quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Even for wizened dads this remains true. Last week when I asked my dad what gift he wanted for Father’s Day, he replied, “Bratwursts“. And here I’d thought bacon was my dad’s favorite Father’s Day gift. I’d been giving him specialty bacon because mom wouldn’t give it to him. But she died first, so now he gets whatever meat he wants.

And dad asked for bratwursts. So how to cook bratwursts? Turns out, Wisconsinites have lots of bratwurst recipes. Perhaps too many. Could take a whole lifetime to try them all. But keep reading for some of Wisconsin’s favorites. They were written by Wisconsin gourmet chefs and people who earn their living making bratwursts.

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Father’s Day Gifts: Need Ideas For Dad? I Went To The Source And Asked The Big Kahuna Himself

Father’s Day gifts can be a challenge. What gift to get dad that he’ll really like? Are there any Father’s Day gift ideas out there that we all haven’t already thought of? Can there be an usual or unique Father’s Day gift? Or are we and dad all jaded in June?

My own dad is visiting this weekend, and with Father’s Day two weeks away I decided to ask the big kahuna himself what Father’s Day gift would actually please him? What gift would tickle his fancy and make him smile a genuine smile of thanks?

So I put it to Dad this way, “Dad, tell me the truth, as a dad, what do you think are the best Father’s Day gifts?”

“NOT TIES,” he answered emphatically. “But few men wear ties anymore anyway, so that’s probably not the overly-common gift it was,” he added.

“I agree,” I said, “No ties. But what do dads want?”

Dad got reflective, as if pondering one of our world’s more-complicated problems. He recognized that this pseudo-social, cultural holiday has historically caused angst in offspring with living fathers. Is there a solution? Keep reading for my dad’s thoughts. (Who knows, you might get some good gift ideas.)

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Recipes Using Cheese, Beer or Brats – Wisconsin Meets Spicy!

Four Cheese Chiles Rellenos

Taken from: The Eldorado Grill Cookbook

  • 1/4 pound feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 pound white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/4 pound Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1/4 pound cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 1/2 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 6 fresh poblano peppers, roasted and peeled
  • Canola oil, as needed
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup flour

Combine cheeses, lime juice, scallions, and black pepper in a large mixing bowl.

Cut a slit into one side of each pepper. Using a spoon, stuff each pepper with 2 ounces of cheese mixture and set aside.

Heat about 1-inch of canola oil in cast iron skillet or saute pan. While oil is heating, beat egg whites until stiff. Gently fold lightly beaten egg yolks into egg whites. Roll each chile into egg mixture, coating completely. Roll each chile in flour, coating completely.

Drop each chile into hot skillet and cook for 5-6 minutes. Remove and place on paper towel to drain excess oil.

Serve with salsa of your choice. Yield: 6 servings


Stump’s Hot Chili

This hot, hot chili recipe  adds a bottle of beer to a delicious, capsicum-packed combination of ingredients including a habanero pepper, a jar of hot salsa, spicy beans, chili powder, spicy hot olives, and green chiles. This chili tastes fabulous and is fast-to-fix. The recipe comes from Stump, aka. Jim, the creator of Stump’s Hot Olives.


Stump’s Quesadillas

Stump’s Quesadillas is the perfect green-n-gold party food to fix for a Green Bay Packer game. (Or any other sports match.) The quesadillas are spicy, cheesy, and all-in-all heartily satisfying. They’re also quick to make and easy to eat. You can adjust the heat to your taste, -just reduce or increase the number of hot olives you use. Click on the link for the recipe.


John’s Beer Cheese Soup

Taken from: Drink Your Beer and Eat It Too!

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 12-ounce can flat beer, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Minced parsley, garnish

In large saucepan, melt butter. Add carrots, celery, and onion and saute. Add chicken broth and beer; heat to simmer until vegetables are cooked. Add flour, dry mustard, and Parmesan cheese and continue cooking at low to medium heat until mixture thickens, 5-7 minutes. Add grated cheddar cheese and seasonings. Cook until cheese is melted. Serve garnished with minced parsley. Serves 6-8


Ginger Bread:

Taken from: Drink Your Beer and Eat It Too!

  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 cup margarine, softened, (I use butter)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Bring beer to boil. In large mixing bowl, pour beer over margarine. Add sugar, molasses, and eggs. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Add to beer mixture, beating with electric beater until smooth.

Pour batter into greased and floured 9 x 13-inch cake pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for approximately 35 minutes, until cake tester comes out clean. Serve with Lemon Sauce. Serves 12 – 16.

Lemon Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup beer
  • 2 Tablespoons margarine
  • 2 Tablespoons grated lemon rind
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-2 drops yellow food coloring

Over medium heat, in 1-quart saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; gradually stir in beer. Stirring constantly, cook until mixture comes to boil; boil and stir for one minute. Remove from heat and add margarine, lemon rind, lemon juice, and food coloring. Can be served hot or cold.

See: Gifts of the Garden: Flowers, Spices, and Beer for a Happy Mother’s Day! for the story of my improvisation on this lemon sauce.


Bratwurst and Onions

Taken from: Drink Your Beer and Eat It Too!

  • 1 1/2 12-ounce cans beer
  • 2 pounds bratwurst
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 4 peppercorns
  • 4 Tablespoons margarine
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Pour beer into large saucepan and add bratwurst, onions, and peppercorns. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain, reserving bratwurst and onions.

Grill bratwurst on grill until browned. Brown onions in melted margarine in skillet with Worcestershire sauce. Serve bratwurst and onions on brat rolls or similar hard roll. Serves 6-8.


Brats and Kraut
Taken from Drink Your Beer and Eat It Too!

  • 6 bratwurst patties, grilled
  • 1 16-ounce can sauerkraut
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 cup beer 

    Place grilled bratwurst patties in aluminum foil pan and cover with sauerkraut and onions. Pour beer on top. Simmer over charcoal grill or in oven for 30 minutes. Serve patties, sauerkraut, and onions on buns. Serves 6.



Wisconsin Goes to the Superbowl, but as a Bratwurst Sausage


Don’t these brats look scrumptious?  Don’t they conjure up images of mouth-watering satisfaction, good times with friends, and of hot, sunny days grilling outside?  Don’t they shout out all that is right with the world?  YES! YES! GIVE ME BRATS! they scream, which is why the marketing department of the New England Patriots has chosen them to be the team’s official game food.  In a move to reap more profits from loyal fans, the Patriots are sponsoring their “own” line of meats – “four lines of bratwurst, three of sausage, and two of hot dogs”, as reported in the Boston Globe. But where does New England get these wonder meats from? – You guessed it, WISCONSIN!!! Now that’s a kicker.  Our Packers didn’t make it to the Superbowl, but our brats sure did!

The Patriots’ marketing staff taste-tested 10 varieties of brats from meat suppliers throughout the U.S.  They report that, “the new line immediately stood out, said David Wheeler, executive director of food and beverage for Gillette Stadium. “I remember thinking that I loved the flavor,” he said, “It was juicy.”

These flavorful, juicy brats have been made ‘the Old World Way’ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin since 1954.  Brewers and Bucks fans enjoy them at every game in Miller Park and the Bradley Center.  They are even the exclusive sausages sold at the Minnesota Twins baseball games!

And now these brats have been adopted as ‘their own’ by the New England Patriots.  The Patriots will be chowing down on them at their training facility, and their fans will be enjoying them in Gillette Stadium. You can get these brats and other meats made the Old World way from Then even though Wisconsin’s Packers won’t be at your Superbowl party, the taste of Wisconsin will be there.

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