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Marieke Gouda – Wisconsin Proud

 Wisconsin made cheese sweeps US Championship!

Marieke Gouda

Marieke and her cheese

Here in Wisconsin we are proud to make cheese.  You probably already knew that, right.  But we not only make a lot of cheese – we make the very best cheese.  The US Championship Cheese Contest is held every other year.  This year it was held at Lambeau Field – home of the Green Bay Packers.  There were a record-breaking 2.303 entries from 33 states in this – the largest contest of its kind in the US.  More than 37,000 pounds in 101 classes were judged by 48 judges from 19 states.  They were assisted by over 100 volunteers.  So… how did the Wisconsin Pride logocheesemakers do in the contest you asked?  Well, it turns out that the top three cheeses; the Grand Champion, the first runner up and the second runner up were all produced by Wisconsin cheesemakers!  The Grand Champion was Sartori Cheese Black Pepper Bella Vitano.  First runner up was a one to two year aged Cheddar from Agropur in Weyauwega.  And the second runner up was Marieke Gouda Belegen produced by Marieke Penterman from Thorp Wisconsin.  Wisconsinmade.com is proud to help you find some of Marieke’s award winning cheese.  Her family farm is a great testament to hard work and their vision of producing delicious cheese.  Wisconsin Proud indeed!

Sweet Sixteen Proud!

Wisconsin Hooded Sweatshirt

The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team did it again!  They knocked off Virginia Tech in the first round and then the number one seeded Villanova to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.  The team has had five wins over the number 1 and 2 seeds in the past four NCAA tournaments and reached the Sweet Sixteen all four years and the Final Four twice.  Thanks to our talented seniors for a great season.  Seniors Vitto Brown, Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig and Zak Showalter led this team on a fun run and came up just short on a buzzer beater in overtime.  But we can all be Wisconsin Proud of these men, the team and the wonderful season they just completed.  Thank you to them all.

 

 Easter – Sunday April 16th

Easter Morning Sugar Cookie Gift Tin

Easter this year falls the day after normal “tax day” April 15th.  Bur since that is a Saturday, and the Washington DC Emancipation Day holiday observed on April 17 instead of April 16, 2017 Tax Day is on the following Tuesday April 18th.  But don’t spend Easter Sunday finishing your taxes.  Try some cookies, some hard boiled eggs and a little ham.  Hopefully it will be a beautiful spring day we can all enjoy.

Hope you are anticipating the spring flowers and warmer temps like we are.

Visitors are welcome at Wisconsinmade.com where all our items are Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

Holiday Shopping help

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Swiss Holiday Stollen

What is the difference between Holiday shopping at the mall and shopping online?

Parking lots, Slush, cold rain, Oh my!

Endless lines, delays, and fees, Oh My!

But there is help at hand.  Santa’s helpers and the elves at Wisconsinmade.com can make it all much more joyous, without the cold, lines and pain.  From the warmth of your home or office just log into Wisconsinmade.com and select from our broad choices of holiday food, apparel, books, cheese boxes and more.  Send them directly to your recipients with a gift card and holiday messages or send to yourself.  Specify the week you want it delivered.  All of your recipients can be processed in one order, check out and you’re done!  Oh My!

Meanwhile maybe a little Brahms or Beethoven in the background, fire in the fireplace, an adult beverage, some candles.  This is what shopping should be like.  Quiet, peaceful, private and done.

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Cranberry and cheese Christmas tree coffee cake and kringle combo

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hand decorated Christmas cookies

Did you pick the German Holiday Stollen, the Danish Kringle or maybe a tin of homemade cookies?  The beautiful tree coffee cake and kringle combo?  A spring flower bulb combo?  Or one of our popular traditional Wisconsinmade cheese and sausage gift boxes that fit as just right for those on your gift list?  All conveniently available 24 hours a day at Wisconsinmade.com, or during normal business hours you can call the elves directly and they would be glad to help.  877-WIS-MADE (877-947-6233)

So… less stress… more accomplished in less time .. delightful gifts easily delivered.  Life is good.

With all this extra available time you have saved…make yourself a treat.

Frosted Pecans

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound pecans
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  1. In a bowl mix together, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  2. Place pecans in another large bowl.
  3. In a separate small dish combine the egg white and water.
  4. Pour egg and water mixture over pecans and mix well.
  5. Pour dry ingredient mixture over pecans and mix until all pecans are well coated.
  6. Spread pecans on a cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 1 hour at 250 degrees, stirring every 15 minutes.

You have to make those yourself – we do not have them available on Wisconsinmade.com.

But for all of your quiet, peaceful holiday shopping needs we are ready to help with quality products that are all Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

 

Tourism in Washburn and Washington counties

Edible Antics is traveling this week to Washburn and Washington counties in Wisconsin.  One is Northwoods forest tourism and recreation area, the other is a tourism playground for urban visitors.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post for you our Edible Antics recommended stops for each county. Continue reading

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

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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 Wisconsinmade.com 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

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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.

Wisconsinmade.com 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.

 

 

Merry Christmas

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Holiday Cookies

This year we here in southern Wisconsin are treated – not to a “White Christmas”- but rather a warm day with green grass and a little rain.  Unusual at best.

Santa’s helpers and the elves at Wisconsinmade.com are looking forward to a calm weekend with their families, a little spiced cider, some cookies and maybe a movie or two.

As we count our blessing this Christmas we are grateful for all of our families, our health, and the beautiful peace and tranquility of the season.  Our Artisan partners and all of us here at Wisconsinmade wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and best wishes for a joyous and prosperous New Year.santa

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.

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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 Wisconsinmade.com  “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.

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Wisconsinmade cheese and sausage

 

The available month clubs from Wisconsinmade.com include:

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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

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.®

Operation Gratitude

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Wisconsinmade is delighted at the support our customers and partner artisans have shown for our efforts to raise funds for Operation Gratitude.  Veterans Day November 11th is a great opportunity to remember those that have served our country.  military-1
Operation Gratitude seeks to send care packages to our troops and their families in an effort to bring cheer and appreciation to those that servesupport-1.  Wisconsinmade hopes to add enough new Facebook and Twitter fans to be able to donate $ 1,000.00 to this worthy organization.

Gratitude and thanks also form the basis for our Thanksgiving celebrations.  Wisconsinmade.com has many ways to help you with your Thanksgiving preparations.  But have you noticed that many folks and commercial establishments have already switched to the Christmas holiday decorations and products?  Trees, lights and toy lands are everywhere.  Still about 45 days away, but looking around the community it looks like it might be here next week.  If you would like to participate in this early shopping experience Wisconsinmade.com allows you to request a delayed delivery date for any of your gifts purchased on the site.

Veterans Day and Thanksgiving are days of gratitude for many of us.  We are grateful for many things including you our customers and fans of Wisconsinmade.com and for all our artisan partners who provide all these quality products that are available on Wisconsinmade.com that are all

Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving church

It’s a great day to be from Wisconsin!

Wisconsin families are grateful for many blessings this Thanksgiving.  A beautiful extended fall season, bountiful yields for most of our crops, an improving economy and of course our delicious seasonal foods.

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Cranberry Chutney

Thanksgiving dinner’s main course could include a ham assortment with cranberry chutney.  This chutney is a unique combination of cranberry chunks with a hint of clove mixed into a sweet cranberry sauce that goes very well with ham, turkey, pork, chicken or game meats.  I have also used it as an ingredient in a grilled cheese sandwich (sometimes with bacon!).  The three jar package on Wisconsinmade.com is perfect for family dinners – one jar on each end of the table and one in the middle. Highly recommended.

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Caramel Apples

For dessert there is the pumpkin cream cheesecake.  And for a hostess gift we have a pair of caramel apples, some pumpkin fudge or some fall cookies.

If the tryptophan kicks in get your nap in early because the Thanksgiving football game this year is the Green Bay Packers against their NFL North Division rival the Chicago Bears.  The Packers have scheduled a ceremony and celebration honoring Bret Favre with a planned appearance by Bart Star at Lambeau Field.  Wisconsinites are thankful for the contributions to Packers history made by both of them.  A great way to end our Thanksgiving Day.

We hope your Thanksgiving Day is filled with gratitude and family fun and that you find time to enjoy some of these great Wisconsinmade products that are all

Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

Green Bay Packers Tailgate

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Tailgating and Kroll’s Oct. 18, 2015

If you are lucky enough to go the Green Bay for a Packers game you are well aware of the traditional tailgating efforts of the fans of America’s greatest team.  Steaks, brats, burgers, fish, shrimp are all grilled and washed down with various adult beverages.  The clouds of smoke drifting over the parking lots smell wonderful.

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Bacon Cheddar Brats

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Green and Gold kringle

But there are also huge numbers of us Packer fans that must “tailgate” in front of our television and cheer from afar.  For these home bound folks Wisconsinmade has all the fixings.  For the grill there are the Packer Brats.

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Packers cooky tin gift

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3 gallon Packers Popcorn tin

But there are also green and gold kringle, Packer cookies, Packer cheese and sausage gifts, and Packers popcorn tin.  If there is room on your coffee table perhaps a little bit of each.

And if you have a young lady that needs a Halloween outfit – how about a Packer Cheerleader!  The Green Bay Packers are 6 and 0 going into the bye week so you have plenty of time to prepare for your next “TV Tailgate” party.  Wisconsinmade.com would be happy to help with some of these fine products all

Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

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Preschool Packer Cheer outfit

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