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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!

Alexander’s – near Ephraim, great food with a long fine food tradition in Door County

Wickman house – restored elegant farm house reopened and still a delight in Ellison Bay

Harbor Fish Market and Grill – always good food and service on the water in Baileys Harbor

Whistling Swan – B&B dining with class.  Reservations suggested.

White Gull Inn – in Fish Creek, always a family favorite.

As you tour beautiful Door County be sure to visit the state and county parks for unusual geology and seasonal vegetation variations.


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 that are available for shipping for your personal enjoyment.

Fall Recipe- Pumpkin Turkey Chili

pumpkin-turkey-chiliYou’ve probably had pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin beer, but how about pumpkin chili? This healthy recipe has lean turkey, protein packed beans and a whole can of pumpkin! Pumpkin has healthy nutrients like vitamin A, beta-keratin and fiber so you can feel good about sharing this pumpkin dish with your family. Just make sure to buy plain pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling or you will be in for a sweet shock, and not in a good way!

To take this chili to the next level of flavor, add a dollop of sour cream and some grated Wisconsin cheddar cheese. I recommend Cedar Grove cheddar, which you can find online at along with all of your other Wisconsin cheese favorites!


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Easter Dinner

The Christian holiday Easter is steeped not only in religious practices but in rich food traditions for Easter dinner.  From the Last Supper, which was the day that Jesus Christ and his apostles sat together for a final dinner, to today, Easter Sunday and the weeks leading up to it have been celebrated throughout the world with traditional meals and treats.

Food included in many Easter dinners are Easter Eggs, Easter Bread, Roasted Meats, Easter Candy and the legendary Easter Bunny. Below are some delicious Easter foods and treats for your traditional Easter dinner.

Easter Ham – Ham has been a longstanding Easter dinner main course tradition in many American households. Our Easter Ham is an, award-winning Applewood smoked ham. This smoked ham is accented by a hand-applied honey glaze that gives it a mild, sweet flavor.


Easter Pear Bread – Easter Pear Bread is a very traditional Swiss bread, made with many spices, dried pears and dried apples. This delicious pear bread will be a unique addition to your Easter dinner.


Easter Eggs –  The Easter Eggs Sugar Cookies are  hand decorated home-made egg shaped sugar cookies. When the Easter Egg hunt is over, enjoy a sugar cookie or two from the Easter Eggs Homemade Sugar Cookie gift tin.


Easter Bunny – As delectable as they are adorable, these Chocolate Easter Bunnies with a Bow are cute critters made of premium chocolate adorned with a ribbon of chocolate around their necks. A yummy Easter dinner dessert or treat.




Easter Meal Ideas

Easter meal ideas should celebrate the season and reflect the renewal and happiness of Spring. Also make sure your main dish, side dish, and dessert choices are family friendly so everyone can enjoy the fun of Easter dinner.


Ham – Ham earns the number one spot on my Easter meal ideas because ham just plain rules. When I was in college, I remember being excited to go home for Easter because we were having ham. Ham is a crowd pleaser- kids love it, adults love it, and the cook loves it since it is easy to prepare- just heat and eat. In the case of the spiral sliced versions, you don’t even need to slice the ham yourself. If that wasn’t enough, ham makes a variety of yummy left overs like omelets, casseroles and my favorite, ham salad.




Lamb– Lamb requires a little bit more effort to prepare but the results are juicy, flavorful, and a special treat worthy of an Easter meal. This one might be a little too adventurous for most kids and even some adults, so stick to ham if you’re unsure, or serve both.






easter-mealEaster Egg Bread Centerpiece– This golden Easter bread nest is filled with colorful Easter eggs and doubles as an Easter centerpiece. Follow the link to see the complete instructions for how to enjoy this kid friendly recipe at home.





Pickled Eggs – Pickled eggs are an Easter tradition in my family, and no Easter meal is complete without them. We also eat them for breakfast with a sprinkle of salt. If making your own pickled eggs sounds like too much work, check out these pickled eggs from Milwaukee’s Bay View Packing Company.





easter-meal-2Carrot Cake– There are a ton of Easter sweet treats like marshmallow candies, chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs, but candies just won’t do at an elaborate Easter meal. Make your Easter dessert memorable with a fancy carrot cake! Who knows, maybe the Easter bunny will join you for dessert!

Gumbo Recipe with a Wisconsin Twist

gumbo-1The quick and easy gumbo recipe had been sitting in my “bookmarks” folder for a long time now and I had almost everything on hand to make it except for the sausage. I was about to head to the grocery store when I decided to hunt in the freezer for my final ingredient. The recipe called for a spciy andouille sausage but when I came across a package of Bavaria Sausage Kitchen bratwurst I decided to try those instead. I enjoy the taste of spice but I am a big whimp so the brats would be a welcome subsitution. The best part about this recipe? You can set it and forget it in the slow cooker. 

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Favorite Mexican Food Recipes from the Web

I wanted to post my favorite Mexican food recipes in time for Cinco de Mayo but due to some technical difficulties I couldn’t get it posted in time, but who cares! You can continue your celebration into the weekend and beyond because Mexican food is delicious any day of the year.  Check out some of my favorite Mexican food recipes from around the web.

Enchiladas Especiales Tacuba Style from Chef Rick Bayless – These require some work and make a big mess in the kitchen but, man oh man, they are so worth it! The sauce is made with spinach and poblano peppers so it tastes creamy and fresh.  I always make a big batch so I can enjoy the leftovers.

Huevos Rancheros from Jamie Deen– Jamie Deen (son of butter worshiper and master of Southern cuisines Paula Deen)  isn’t exactly the first person that comes to mind when you think of huevos rancheros but this recipe is spot on.  Huevos rancheros is one of my favorite things to order when I go out for brunch, so I’ve tried many different versions and this recipe has everything I love about the dish- meaty chorizo, creamy refried beans, fresh salsa- all topped with a yummy fried egg.

Smokey Chicken Tortilla Soup from Rachael Ray– This soup has a smokey broth with tomatoes and chicken, but the toppings make this soup stand out.  Top with sour cream, tortilla chips, fresh lime, and to give your Mexican food some Wisconsin flare add some Wisconsin smoked cheddar and chopped Nueske applewood smoked bacon.


Greek Style Turkey Burgers

greek-1 Greek style foods bring cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, and kalamata olives together into a delicious flavor combination. I have experimented in the kitchen with Greek salad, Greek pizza, and my new found favorite, Greek style turkey burgers.  Spinach, onions, garlic and Wisconsin feta cheese are mixed in with the meat, then the burger is topped with an olive spread, grilled red onions, tomatoes and cucumbers.  The veggies and lean meat make this burger a healthy option but it’s so delicious you will have your dinner guests shouting “Opaa!”.

Greek Style Turkey Burgers

Adapted by Amanda from Chicken or Turkey Spanakopita Burgers

 Serves 4



2 tablespoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves chopped

1 red onion, half diced and half sliced for topping

1 10oz box of frozen spinach, thawed

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 tablespoon Greek seasoning

1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles Recommended: Mt. Sterling Wisconsin Goat Milk Feta Cheese

1 package ground turkey breast (you can also use ground chicken)

4 crusty rolls, split


1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives

2 roasted red peppers drained

1/4 cup flat leaf parsley

2 sliced roma tomato

1 sliced cucumber

1. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cook the diced (not sliced) onions and garlic for 5 minutes.  Place the onions and garlic in a large bowl to cool.

2. Add the other tablespoon of olive oil and cooked the sliced onions for 5 minutes. Reserve for use as a topping later.

3. Put the defrosted spinach in a clean kitchen towel and wring out the excess water over the sink.  Add the spinach, oregano, grill seasoning, feta crumbles, and meat to the bowl with the onions.  Use your hands to mix everything together.

4. Form the meat into 4 1-inch thick patties.  Heat the skillet to medium high and grill the burgers for 6 minutes on each side. You can also do this on the grill if you prefer.

5. In a bowl, season the sliced cucumbers and tomatoes with salt and pepper.

6. Add olives, roasted red pepper and parsley to the bowl of your food processor.  Pulse a few times until you have a thick paste.

7. Spread the olive mixture on the top bun.  Put the burger on the bottom bun and top with tomatoes, cucumbers, and grilled onions.  Serve with fancy chips or fries.

Beer Cheese Soup

beer-cheese-1 I don’t know if Wisconsin has an official soup, but if it did, it would be beer cheese soup.  As a newbie Wisconsinite, I don’t have a tried and true recipe, so browsing all the options was a bit overwhelming.  I had to decide on the type of cheese, type of beer, and if I wanted to include add-ins from bratwurst to butternut squash. I settled for a combo of cheddar and swiss- cheddar for the flavor and swiss for the creaminess.  For beer, I picked a local brew of course.  I chose a recipe with some carrot, green onion, celery and potatoes, because let’s face it, we all need to eat our veggies and it is easy to get in your daily requirement when they are swimming in cheesy goodness.  Do you have a favorite beer cheese soup recipe? Post a link! Click continue reading to see my recipe.

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Easy Cheese Bread Recipe You Can Make Minutes Before A Dinner Party Or Open House

Here’s an easy cheese bread recipe I dug out of my mom’s recipe box. It takes 10 minutes to make and 45 minutes to bake. So just one hour before your dinner party guests arrive, you can pop bread dough into the oven that soon is ready to adorn the fanciest of party dinner tables.cheese-bread-1

This cheese bread looks elegant because it is in the shape of a crown. The bread is all puffed up and the cheese, once melted, gets baked on top. But better than this bread’s looks is its smell. It’s heddy with the scent of home-cooking that conjures feelings of safety, family, and love. There’s no better aroma than that of this homemade bread to greet guests as they enter your house. Definitely a recipe to make if you’re trying to sell your house by having an open house.

You can make this cheese bread with either cheddar cheese or parmesan cheese. My mom always made it with parmesan cheese. She used Kraft’s crumbled parmesan. That’s good. The other day I made it with shredded parmesan cheese made at a local Wisconsin dairy. That’s better.

And the dough? Keep reading, it may surprise you, unless you knew my mother.

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Easter Dinner: Whether Ham or Lamb, Make it Easy and Elegant and Stop Worrying About the Bunny!

Easter is now less than two weeks away and it has occurred to me that the 2 feet of snow in my backyard may not be melted in 13 days. So how am I going to make my size 7 1/2 boot tracks in the snow resemble those of a small rabbit’s? Even if I hopped, the tracks would look like Godzilla-bunny’s. And the children would have new nightmares for Easter. Can I hide the eggs and not leave any tracks? I doubt it. Should I just run around my yard willy-nilly leaving tracks everywhere the day before? Then the tracks would not appear out of place, nor lead to specific locations of the eggs. Ugh – the effort.

spiral sliced ham

I think I’ll switch to thinking about food and planning the Easter menu. Usually I serve a spiral ham. Nothing’s easier than a pre-glazed, pre-cut ham. And it’s really good, everybody in our house likes it. It looks elegant for company, and the left-overs are versatile enough to be used in sandwiches, casseroles, or soups.

But this year, I want something different. I remember a few years ago my mom served a crowned lamb. It had such a commanding presence on the table, was fabulously delicious and, most importantly to my mom, was very easy to prepare. We still talk about this meal. So my thoughts this Easter are heading in the lamb direction.

I’ve been looking through some gourmet cookbooks and found two lamb recipes that look awesome. The recipe for Rosemary Baked Rack of Lamb sounds relatively easy. The Leg of Lamb in Herb Sauce looks scrumptious, but would take a little more time in the kitchen. I’m going to give both recipes here, and continue vacillating over which to prepare.

For me, musing about food is easier than imitating wildlife. Who knows, I may get lucky, -it’ll rain instead of snow, and so we’ll let the Easter bunny come inside to hide the eggs. 

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