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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.

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.®

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.

Mother’s Day Breakfast Basket

Mother’s Day is almost here, but it’s not too late to send a gift. Does anyone in the world deserve a gift more than your loving mother? (hint: grandmothers love gifts, too!)

Gift baskets make great gifts because they offer variety and charm. Why not gift a Nueske Breakfast Basket this year? Whether you plan to deliver the gift in person or send it across the country, your deserving mother will love the treats inside.

Nueske Breakfast Basket

This gift basket includes everything you need to prepare a great tasting traditional breakfast around two best selling bacon specialties from Nueske’s. Packaged in a charming gift tin, this breakfast assortment includes thick sliced Applewood smoked bacon, sliced Canadian bacon, pancake mix, and Wisconsin maple syrup.

Absolutely delicious.

How to Wisconsinize Your Grits for a Wisconsin Brunch

I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t this a Wisconsin food blog? Why is there a blog post about grits?

Because with a few additions grits can be as Wisconsiny as a cheese curd! In this recipe the grits serve as the creamy but neutral base for your favorite Wisconsin flavors. Stir in a heavy handed portion of Wisconsin white cheddar, then top with a fried egg and Wisconsin-made applewood smoked bacon crumbles (as always, I recommend Nueske bacon!). You can even add some cooked spinach to get in your healthy greens.

This recipe was inspired by my all time favorite cheese grits, the gouda grits at Crema Cafe in Madison. See, I’m not the only Wisconsinite who enjoys grits! Try this recipe and I bet you will too!

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How To Make An Awesome Frittata

awesome-frittataIt’s official, I am crazy about frittatas. Don’t let the fancy name fool you- frittatas are super simple, like a baked omelette. Like omelettes, frittatas allow you to clean out your fridge because you can add almost any fillings you like (cheese, vegetables, meats…) but unlike omelettes, flipping is NOT required, so if kitchen skills like omelette flipping scare you, no worries! The frittata is for you! Serve it up with some greens tossed in balsamic vinaigrette and a slice of hearty, whole grain toast and you have a meal that is fit for a trendy brunch restaurant, without the hefty price tag.  Continue reading to get the recipe!

 

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Fall Breakfast Hash with Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes

fall-breakfast-hashIf you didn’t have your fill of fall flavors at Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll love this fall breakfast hash recipe. I’ve enjoyed hash as weekend brunch at restaurants, but this recipe was my first attempt to make breakfast hash at home. I like how you can add in almost anything you want. In this case I was inspired by a recipe I found on Pinterest and I used a sweet potato, red onion and the always winning combination of bacon and brussels sprouts. The bacon makes the leaves of the brussels sprouts flavorful and crispy. If you think you don’t like brussels, you’ve probably never had them cooked in bacon with a fried egg on top!

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Breakfast Burritos with a Wisconsin Twist: Make-Ahead Breakfast Bratritos!

As an avid food blog reader and writer, I have noticed some foods are seriously under celebrated. The perfect example is the breakfast burrito. You can make a big batch on Sunday and freeze them so you have a healthy, filling, portable, quick and satisfying breakfast all week.

Even a food as versatile as the breakfast burrito can’t have it’s own post on Edible Antics without a Wisconsin twist. That’s where the breakfast bratrito comes in. You can chop up leftover brats from a weekend cookout, or open up the casing of some fresh brats and grill up the meat inside like you would ground beef. Continue reading for the recipe as well as instructions on how to freeze and reheat this tasty Wisconsin breakfast.

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Good Coffee: Tips from a Coffee Snob

Wooden Coffee ScoopsFor me, good coffee is hard to come by, I confess I am a big coffee snob. During the week I grab a quick cup on the way out the door but on the weekends the snobbery is in full force.  I grind my own beans, use a French press instead of a drip coffee maker and slowly slurp while I contemplate the acidity and earthiness of my coffee. See, I told you I was a snob! Coffee is a hobby for me. There are so many ways to make it, so many varieties to try and making a cup of good coffee is an adventure! If you want to discover the wonderful world of coffee, here are a few tips to get you started.  The tips get progressively harder and more time consuming so start with number 1and work your way up to 5!

1. Make sure you use the right amount of grounds.  Not enough grounds will make your coffee taste bitter. Make sure you use 2 heaping tablespoons for 6 ounces of water.  A coffee scoop that holds 2 tablespoons (like the one pictured above) will make it easy to get the right amount each time.

2. Find the variety that you like. I didn’t like coffee for the longest time and then I started to realize I enjoyed certain types of coffee. I prefer coffee with less acidity and an earthy flavor.  Many people prefer more acidic coffees and some people think that “earthy” coffee tastes like feet.  Everyone has a different preference so find the coffee that’s right for you. Try a coffee sampler gift basket with many small bags of different varieties, or join a coffee of the month club to have different types of good coffee delivered to your door each month. You’ll discover a favorite in no time.

3. Buy whole beans and grind your own. Once the coffee beans are ground they start to lose flavor so it is best to grind your coffee right before you start to brew. Coffee grinders come in many different sizes and price ranges, and you can usually find a small one that will do the job for $20 or less. Just make sure to use your grinder for coffee only! Grinding spices in your coffee grinder will change the flavor of the coffee. If you don’t have a grinder, grind it at the grocery store or have a coffee shop do it for you.

4. Try using a French press.  A French  press is a carafe that you can make coffee in.  You just add the grounds, pour in boiling water, let the coffee sit for 4 minutes and then press down a plunger that holds the grounds at the bottom so they don’t end up in your cup.  This takes more time than a drip coffee maker so it isn’t very practical for the grab-and-go coffee drinker, but makes a great weekend treat.  The French press method allows for more of the oils in the grounds to get into the coffee, making it taste much better than the drip version.

5. Roasting your own beans.  This is the next step in coffee snobbery for me. Wisconsinmade.com offers a  coffee roaster and bags of un-roasted beans for roasting your own coffee in your oven at home.  I haven’t tried this yet, but so far the lesson I learned is the more time you put into your coffee the better it tastes! I will definitely be trying this soon so check back for more blog posts about coffee.

5 Things To Do With Juusto

Juusto oven baked cheese Now that you know all about Juusto , you need ideas for how to eat it.  Between the suggestions I received from Facebook and Twitter  friends to the ideas from the cheesemakers at Pasture Pride Cheese, I have more ideas than I can fit in just one post.  So here is a list – you know how I love my top five lists– of ways to enjoy Juusto with minimal cooking. I’ll test out some of the more cooking intensive (but still easy of course) recipes at home and report back in future posts, but for now enjoy these simple preparations. All of these ideas taste best with warmed Juusto- to warm it, place it in a skillet, microwave or oven for a few minutes.

1. Breakfast- Drizzle warmed Juusto with honey, maple syrup, or jam– you get bonus points if your drizzle is made in Wisconsin! Enjoy the Juusto with your morning coffee.  Some cheeselovers even dip it in the coffee, yum!

2. Appetizer- Cut the warmed Jalapeno Juusto in to strips and serve with salsa– no one will miss the chips!

3. Pizza Lover’s Delight- Cut warmed Juusto into strips. Dunk the strips in pizza sauce.  Kids will love this one, especially with Italian flavored Juusto.

4. Go Vegetarian- This is probably my favorite Juusto tip! Use in the place of meat for a real cheeseburger.  Warm up a burger sized hunk of Juusto then put it on a bun with your favorite burger toppings.

5.Go Low-Carb- Take a full piece of Juusto and carefully slice it in half so you have two thin peices that are the same size as the original piece. Use the cheese as your bread- add mustard and ham for a low-carb ham sandwich.

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