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4 Wisconsin Foods To Help You Survive the Polar Vortex

I live in Wisconsin so I expect a crazy winter, but the past few months have been harsh even by Wisconsin standards. I grew up in Virginia, and one winter day my mom came outside while I was blowing bubbles. She asked what on earth I was doing. I told her that I heard if it’s cold enough, bubbles will freeze. She laughed and told me it had to be a lot colder than 40 degrees. At the time, I remembered thinking I would probably never be anywhere cold enough to freeze bubbles.

Fast forward 20 years and here I am! I never forgot that day, nor my dream to make a frozen bubble, so I mixed up some soap and went to open my 3rd floor balcony door…. and it woudn’t open! Upon closer inspection, the door was crusted with ice on the INSIDE. Wow. Ice prevented me from completing my ice experiment!

So the bubble experiment is on hold, so here I am writing a blog post instead, and trying to come up with Wisconsin foods to keep me warm. Here are four of my favorites:

Day at the Beach Sugar Cookies – If you can’t go on a vacation to somewhere tropical, bring the tropics to you with beachy foods like these Day at the Beach Sugar cookies. A margarita would also do the trick.

Beer Cheese Soup– I shared this recipe a few years ago and it’s one of the most popular posts on this blog! I have a theory that people in Wisconsin need beer cheese soup to survive. If you’re really in need of some soup comfort, serve this soup in a bread bowl. YUM!

Engine House 19 Chili Mix – Chill does not taste the same in the summer, so make as much as you can before the snow melts! This chili mix from Engine House 19 has all the spices you need ready to go in a convenient package. Be sure to try Engine House 19’s other tasty food mixes like beer bread mix and hunter stew mix.

Coffee and Mug Gift Set – When it’s this cold out I have a hot drink with me almost 24/7, and to me, hot drinks just taste better out of a ceramic mug. This gift set includes two bags of coffee and a mug, so it makes a fantastic gift for anyone who is dealing with the polar vortex, which I heard on the news today includes everyone in the USA except for South Florida and Hawaii.


What foods do you eat to keep warming durning the polar vortex?

Nuts to Comfort Food and Wisconsin Snow – Electing Fruit-ful Change Now!

YUCK! I have had my LAST peanut butter sandwich! I have maxed-out, no – correction! – I have OVER-maxed-out on peanut butter sandwiches.  You may remember in a previous post I extolled the soothing powers of the All-American comfort food, the Peanut Butter Sandwich.  Well, today I renounce the peanut-butter sandwich-comfort myth. Any comfort it gives is brief and shallow. Peanut butter on wheat bread does not go the distance.  It’s only mid-February and we’ve broken the Wisconsin record for annual snow fall! It still snows, and March, our snowiest month, is yet to come.

But will I cower inside nibbling some decadent, fattening food that my hips will display at the beach in July? No! I defy high-calorie tranquillization. Action, – action and change are what I want.

Tomorrow Wisconsites will vote in the presidential primaries. Like me, the democrats call for CHANGE! – But what change, we Wisconsinites wonder? I say – How about changing the weather?! To clarify a possible misunderstanding, I’ll explain that when Wisconsinites bemoan climate change, we’re referring to climate change in the tropics and the arctic.  Naturally, we feel sorry for the polar bears! But admit it fellow Wisconsinites – don’t deny our secret whisperings. It’s true confession time, – more Wisconsinites than is politically posh to admit, embrace climate change. There, I said our dark secret. Shorter, milder winters? We say, why wait decades? Barak and Hillary, – if you want to bring meaningful change to Wisconsin – bring SUMMER! 

But we Wisconsities are known for our independent spirit, our grass-roots activism.  We don’t bide our time waiting for government crumbs. We act locally, and change globally. Therefore, as a Wisconsinite, if summer won’t come to me, I’m going to summer. I’m going to the local fruit market where I will purchase papaya and limes, oranges, berries, bananas, cherries, melons, plums, and anything else that grows in zone 9.

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