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10 Best Wisconsin Fall Color Tours

What are the 10 Best Wisconsin Fall Color Tours?  Edible Antics has been on tour for over 9 months searching Wisconsin highways and byways for people places and adventures that are examples of our moto “Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin”.  Supper Clubs, bakeries, butcher shops, brew pubs, wineries, Bed and Breakfasts, parks and attractions, bike, hike and snowmobile trails and anything fun, beautiful, delicious or special.  Just so you can enjoy all the beauty that is Wisconsin.  Our archives link above can help you find our recommendations in all 72 counties.

Wisconsin’s Best

Over the next few weeks we will be featuring “Top Ten” listings from our 72 Wisconsin county research efforts.  These will be the best of the best.  Multiple examples of Wisconsin artisans that weekly put forth their best efforts that are Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.  This week we sort down our research to a specific category.  10 Best Wisconsin Fall Color Tours.  Where are the Wisconsin forests fall foliage best observed in the fall season?  And it would be helpful to identify a few lodging and dining spots to compliment the tours.  We are looking for quality food, outstanding service and an atmosphere worthy of a drive to each destination.

10 Best Wisconsin Fall Color Tours


“Wi Made” Miata on Hwy 70

It is fall in Wisconsin.  Days are shorter, nights are cooler and Mother Nature has broken out her paint brushes to add beautiful colors to the landscape.  Far Northern Wisconsin has already begun the display and the rest of the state will follow over the next few weeks.  Apples, cherries, cranberries and pumpkins are being harvested along with our traditional crops of corn, soybeans, potatoes, peas, carrots and green beans. Wisconsin provides a large contribution to the nation’s food pantry.

So if you have the time to take a short tour to enjoy this fall beauty, where would you go?  Here are our favorites: Continue reading

Wisconsins Door and Douglas Counties Edibles

This week we continue our culinary tour of Wisconsin counties with visits to Door County and Douglas County.

Door County


Map of Wisconsin highlighting Door County by David Benbennick

Door County is home to about 28,000 Wisconsin residents and covers 483 square miles. The County seat is in Sturgeon Bay.  Other villages include:

  • Egg Harbor
  • Ephraim
  • Forestville
  • Sister Bay
  • Bailey’s Harbor
  • Ellison Bay

The county has 298 miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan and Green Bay and is often called the “Cape Cod of the Midwest.”  The county is a very popular summer vacation destination with the population swelling to about 250,000 in summer with tourist visitors from Illinois, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison and Minneapolis. There are five state parks in the county; Peninsula, Newport Beach, PotawatomiWhitefish Dunes and Rock Island. County parks are also numerous with Cave Point being the most popular.  There are ten light houses, eight wineries, three microbreweries and one distillery.  As a major tourist destination the county has much to offer visitors with various recreational activities, camping, fishing, boating, biking and hiking.  Numerous Door Count Lodging options are available and the local shop owners and merchants welcome all.

The Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners located in Door County include:

  • Door County Confectionary maintains a number of shops in Door County featuring their chocolates.
  • Door County Coffee has many flavors all roasted in small batches in Door County
  • Trillium Herbal  is an industry leader producing organic lotions, soaps and oils
  • Brushstrokes provides the Log Teepee that is designed to hold firewood in an upright teepee style position for a better burning fire
  • Seaquist Orchards offers a variety of premier cherry products as well as other fruit and baked items

In addition to our artisan partners Edible Antics Door County recommendations include (please check ahead before your visit – some of these locations are closed in winter):

Restaurants we like and we think you will too:

Door County Bakeries worth a visit:

Cheese shops for you to visit:

Unique specialty shops with good food:

Door County Wineries include:

  • Door Peninsula Winery sells their own wines but also offers olive oils, vinegars, jams, sauces and more from Door County, along with being the only distillery in door County.
  • Door 44 Winery has award winning wines for you to try
  • Harbor Ridge Winery is one of the newer producers in Door County
  • Lautenbach’s is a country market and winery
  • Red Oak Vineyard has recently moved to a new location just south of Sturgeon Bay.
  • Simon Creek Vineyard and Winery has tastings, an outdoor deck overlooking the property and a gift shop to complement their wines.
  • Stone’s Throw Winery offers in addition to their wines olive oils and an outdoor dining setting to enjoy the wine.
  • Von Stiel winery in Algoma makes award winning wines and is the oldest licensed winery in Wisconsin

Map of Wisconsin highlighting Douglas County by David Benbennick

Douglas County

Douglas County is part of the “North Shore” of Wisconsin in the far northwest corner of the state on the south shore of Lake Superior and it occupies 1,309 square miles and is home to about 44,000 people.  The county seat is Superior.  Other villages in Douglas County include:

  • Lake Nabagamon
  • Oliver
  • Poplar
  • Solon Springs

Douglas County is home to the Pattison State Park with Big Manitou Falls that drops 165 feet and is the fourth tallest falls east of the Rockies.  Amnicon Falls State Park and the Brule River State Forest are also here.  The Brule River flows north into Lake Superior and is a challenging canoe river with substantial rapids and small waterfall ledges along the way.  Much of the county is wilderness and park lands with recreation opportunities.

Edible Antics recommendations in Douglas County include:

Did we miss your favorites?  Let us know.

Join us next week for the edibles in Dunn and Eau Claire Counties where we hurt for more goodies Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.


Door County Ski Weekend – Food and Friends

We are heading to Door County in January for a weekend ski trip.  It is 20 degrees in Wisconsin today. There is very little snow left on the ground from the big snow storm we had over a month ago. It rained earlier this month and much of the snow is gone now. And there are no significant snow predictions in the next week. We have our cross county ski trip planned up in Door County, with three other couples, but I am afraid we will not be doing much skiing. So what to do?  Lets see…we will probably do some hiking, eating, shopping, eating, reading, eating, talking, sightseeing, restauranting and oh! did I say eating?

Yes, eating and sharing food with friends is so much fun. Here are some goodies we are taking to share.   Cheese, sausage and crackers for sure.


They would be disappointed if we did not supply the cheese and sausage given our connection to Wisconsinmade.com where Cheese is King.  Each couple picks a meal to serve.  Rick and I are going to bring a breakfast to share. We are going to serve  Quiche, croussants and fruit. There will be a couple extra meals that no one is assigned to so we will just have to go out restauranting.

Door County here we come! I am looking forward to this short weekend trip to Door County to spend some time with our good friends and of course to get some exercise.  Yeah right!!

100 Wisconsin Food Facts

100 Wisconsin Food FactsI have put together 100 Wisconsin food facts, which is certainly the most epic blog post ever to be published on Edible Antics and maybe the most epic food blog post to be published on a Wisconsin food blog ever. All of these facts are accurate to the best of my knowledge and my sources are listed at the bottom of the post. If you believe any of the facts are inaccurate, or you would like to add your own Wisconsin food facts, please leave comments, I’d love to hear from you.




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Make Ahead!

Make ahead! – That’s my warning to you.

I’ve got my dander up on this one. Bully me with Thanksgiving dinner requirements and I push back with my Thanksgiving dinner mantra: make ahead!

Yes, heralds of the impending holiday season herald in my seasonal rant. Just because some Pilgrims happened to serve what was on hand, – turkey, squash, stuffing, corn, pies, etc. etc., is no reason that sane, 21st-century women have to scramble in the kitchen stuffing turkeys and side dishes into their cramped ovens in order for those Pilgrim foods to appear simultaneously on the Thanksgiving dinner table. Remember – those pioneer ladies cooked outside. And we’re not about to do that in Wisconsin! At least not in November.

So, when my family wants traditional Thanksgiving foods, I find new Thanksgiving recipes that I can make ahead. As much of the meal as is edibly possible, I assemble in the days, weeks, and months preceding the big T-Day.

Keep reading for my newest find. It’s a pumpkin roll with an identity crisis. It thinks it’s a canolli but it’s really pumpkin cake rolled around a sweet, cream cheese filling. It’s decadent, looks elegant, and tastes great. Plus, it’s pumpkin. So it fits all the requirements for a Thanksgiving dessert.

And the best part? It’s a make-ahead dessert. In fact you have to make it ahead of time. So sometime this fall, make it and keep it in the freezer until serving. How easy is that?! Keep reading for the recipe.

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Fun Things To Do With Kids In WI: Kids Plan Family Fun While Mom Bakes WI Bed And Breakfast Recipe

Fun things to do in Wisconsin! That’s the theme of our family vacation plan. Summer vacation starts in exactly one month, and last night my children listed all the fun places they’ve been in Wisconsin and want to return to. 

Here’s their list of Wisconsin tourist sites with activities fun for kids. The list is extensive and has us spending at least a month on the road. We’d start in Madison, Wisconsin, head east through Milwaukee, up to Door County, then into Wisconsin’s northwoods, over to Madeline Island and Lake Superior, and return home through the western side of Wisconsin, visiting the Mississippi River. I could have gotten tired just listening to their plans, but instead I focused my energy on baking the banana sour cream coffee cake recipe I found in the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association cookbook: Morning Menus Inn Style. Keep reading for the children’s list (with some favorite places added by me) and the coffee cake recipe.

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No Interference! Mother On Mission Bakes Holiday Cookies; Recipe For Swedish Pepparkakor

Squeak…squeak…squeak, squeak, squeak.

Squrrrrr!….EEEEEEEEE! Squrrrrrrr! Hrrrrrrrrrrrr! EEEEEEE!

Squeak, squeak, squeak…squeak, squeak.


“Lauren, PLEASE! Give that puppy something to chew besides that squeaky ball! And David, for the last time, will you GET THOSE WALKIE TALKIES OUT OF THE KITCHEN! That static is driving me nuts!”

“But Moooomm, I’m not doing it, the radio is. See, Mom? When I hold them next to the radio they make these sounds. Listen.” HRRRRRRRRR, EEEEEEEEE, HORRRR, SQURRRRRR. “Why do they do that?”

“They both use radio waves to transmit the voices and when the radio waves interfere with each other it sounds like static,” I answer, calling on the dregs of my reserve patience.

“But how, Mom?” EEEEEEEEE! Qurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! HORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!..EEEEEEEE!

“You’ll learn it when you take physics. Now OUT!”

No, I admit I’m not the holiday season’s iconic mother. No Bing Crosby croons in the background while I waltz about my sparkling kitchen baking Christmas cookies. No rosy-cheeked, angelic children watch in awe as I magically transform gooey dough into sweet, beautiful cookies. No, mine is not the mythical “Grandma’s kitchen” of yester-year. So why does an industrial aura cloud my holiday baking rather than the warm light of hearth and home? – Because, I signed up to bring 4 dozen cookies to the children’s school holiday party. And I have to bake them NOW! No interference, gang, I’m a mother on a mission.

But I didn’t completely shove aside holiday tradition; I just borrowed someone else’s. I found a Christmas cookie recipe for pepparkakor, – Swedish ginger crisps. This recipe was a favorite of the Peterson family, a Swedish family that lives in northern Wisconsin. Wanda Peterson Mango collected her mother’s and grandmother’s recipes and published them in the cookbook, Grandma’s Home Kitchen: Where lessons and life were mixed with love. Wanda’s grandmother was born in Sweden, and the cookbook contains many authentic Swedish recipes. The local farm community in which the Peterson’s lived enjoyed the family’s cooking and encouraged Wanda’s mother, Alice Peterson, to open a bakery. In 1970, the Peterson women opened Grandma’s Swedish Bakery in Door County, Wisconsin. The bakery is part of the The Wagon Trail Resort, and today a Grandma’s Swedish Bakery can also be found in Ellison Bay and Sturgeon Bay. Click on “continue reading” for the Peterson family’s recipe for ginger crisps, or as they would call them, pepparkakor.

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How to Host A Breakfast Party: Wisconsin Bed And Breakfasts Offer Recipes

Read this post if you have to host a breakfast party before your first sip of morning coffee. You may not expect to need this information, but if you have a daughter(s) between the ages of 7 and 17 you’d better read on. My own daughter is nine and currently educating me in “sleep-over etiquette”. In preparation of her sleep-over party, Lauren asked me what I intended to serve her friends for breakfast.  I could tell by her eager but serious expression that cold cereal and breakfast bars (our usual morning fare) would not do. A bit flummoxed, I let her voice over my silence with her recitation of the breakfast dishes she had recently enjoyed at others’ sleep-overs. Her list included banana pancakes, French toast, homemade cinnamon rolls….”What are you going to make, Mom?” she hopefully questioned. Lauren knows I write this blog and I’ve duped her into thinking I can cook. I couldn’t blow it now. So I grasped at thin air and pulled out a breakfast food and matched it to a flavor I know she likes.

“How about pumpkin muffins?” I asked.

“Great!” she exclaimed, “I love pumpkin!”

“Great,” I thought, “Now to find a pumpkin muffin recipe that uses minimal brain cells, utensils, and cooking time.” I turned to the experts. I have a cookbook called Morning Menus Inn Style: Menus and Recipes from the Innkeepers of the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association. I figured that bed and breakfast proprietors are the chefs most likely to have perfected recipes for delicious breakfast dishes that can be made quickly for and by sleepy people. Sure enough, I found The Blacksmith Inn’s recipe for pumpkin pecan muffins. Click on “continue reading… “for the recipe and more about The Blacksmith Inn. Continue reading

Does Race Matter? Kitchen Politics in the Election of White Versus Dark in a Chocolate Coconut Cake

Does race matter? My kitchen radio keeps broadcasting this question. Perplexed interviewers repeatedly put it to pundits and people too busy to be pundits, – people like me. Of course, they’re all discussing November’s election, – pretty much what they’ve been doing for the past four years. But this year’s presidential politics has a new twist. Now they’re conversation spins on race versus age.

As one who likes to consider how many years I have ahead rather than behind, I’d like to think that age is irrelevant. And if not irrelevant, at least manageable, thanks to physical therapists, opticians, podiatrists, beauticians, skin care companies, and their health-care compatriots. So when my eyes inevitably catch a glimpse of my image in the mirror, I just mutter TV Laura Petrie’s response to her mirror, “Snow White lives.” and get back to life, just as she did. John McCain probably does the same.

I wonder what Barak Obama says to his mirror? I wonder why media folk refer to him as black when his mother was white. My beloved dog is half Labrador retriever, half German shepherd. I don’t call him a lab. I call him a mix, and vets tell me how much healthier mixes usually are.

These idiosyncratic American political spins are making me dizzy. A little unbalanced, now I’m looking at two chocolate bars and wondering, “Does race matter?” I’m reading a cake recipe that I think my daughter, Lauren, would enjoy for her ninth birthday. It’s for a chocolate cake with coconut and whipped cream icing. Lauren loves chocolate, coconut, and whipped cream. (So do I.) The recipe is from the cookbook The White Gull Inn: More Favorite Recipes From Our Kitchen. The White Gull Inn is a renowned gourmet restaurant in Door County, Wisconsin. Stories of its other-worldly meals spread from the U.P. to Iowa. Even Chicagoans know to visit the White Gull Inn when they trek to Door County. So I’m absolutely confident that any White Gull Inn cake is to die for, especially a chocolate one.

But here’s the quandary. The recipe is White Chocolate Coconut Cake. And Lauren and I don’t like white chocolate; we’re prejudiced in this way. In fact, my snacking chocolate is 85% cocoa. So if I substitute dark chocolate for white chocolate will the cake still reach White Gull Inn standards? 

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Family Fun – Wisconsinites Tap Sugar Maples and Sweeten Life with High-Quality Maple Syrup!

Can you guess Wisconsin’s state tree? – That’s right, -the SUGAR MAPLE! And our governor has declared March 15 to April 15 as MAPLE MONTH! We all can revel in the fun of tapping the maple trees, catching the trickles of sweet, sticky sap, watching it boil down into delicious maple syrup, and feasting on maple syrup-coated pancakes and french toast, maple muffins, maple scones, maple candies, maple-flavored meat glazes, and any other maple-inspired food which the creative cook can create! Check out the S & S Sugar Bush maple syrup farm, where visitors can take hayrides through the maple woods, eat pancakes and maple-syrup sundaes, drink maple root beer, and win free bottles of hand-crafted maple syrup. This map from the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association shows the abundance of ‘sugarbushes’ (maple-tree farms) throughout the state.

What a wonderful way to connect kids to Wisconsin’s past. For centuries the Chippewa, Menominee, and Winnebago peoples set up spring sugaring camps in the Great Lakes region to tap the maple trees and stock up on the delicious sweetener. They later showed European settlers how to tap this natural delicacy. And since then, the family-farm, artisanal crafting of maple syrup has become a defining feature of Wisconsin’s culture.

White Gull Inn Cookbook

The White Gull Inn in Door County, Wisconsin serves up maple decadence for breakfast with their homemade, maple butter spread on homemade maple pecan scones. Keep reading to learn their recipe.

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