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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

 

 

 

 

 

Ozaukee and Pepin Wisconsin Counties

Edible Antics is on tour in Wisconsin posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order.  Browse the rest of the blog for some of the Wisconsin counties we were touring in previous weeks.  We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post some background information on each county followed by specific links to our Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

This week we continue our Wisconsin counties virtual culinary tour in Ozaukee and Pepin counties looking for edibles and adventures.

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Kewaunee and LaCrosse Edibles

Edible Antics is currently posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Scroll down for some of the Wisconsin counties we visited in previous weeks. The prior counties visited are available in the archived links on the right side of your screen. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit.  Some background information on each county is followed with specific links to our Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

This week our Wisconsin county virtual culinary tour takes us to Kewaunee and LaCrosse Counties looking for Wisconsinmade edibles and fun places to visit.

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Juneau and Kenosha County Edibles

Edible Antics is currently posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Scroll down for some of the Wisconsin counties we visited in previous weeks or these prior counties visited are available in the archived links on the right side of your screen. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit.  Some background information on each county is followed with specific links to our Wisconsinmade artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.  The archives cover these counties:

This week we visit Juneau County and Kenosha County looking for Edible delights and adventures.

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Green and Green Lake County edibles

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Is it an Irish miracle we are in Green County and Green Lake County on St Pat’s Day?

This week we continue our Wisconsin County culinary tour in Green County and Green Lake County.  Both of these Wisconsin counties have major tourism activities to complement their economic base.

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Green County by David Benbennick

Green County

Green County hosts 36,800 people on 584 square miles.  The county seat is Monroe and other cities and villages include:

  • Broadhead
  • New Glarus
  • Monticello
  • Albany
  • Browntown

Green County is a heavily agricultural based community that is the largest cheese producing county in Wisconsin.  It has a strong Swiss and German heritage that offers visitors a chance to experience some of these old-world traditions.  Local festivals often feature yodeling, dancing, Alpen horns, flag throwing and Swiss and German dress.  The Green County Master Cheese-GruyereCheesemakers are well represented at the World championship Cheese contest in Madison, Wisconsin March 7-9th.  Champions from over 2,000 entries in 102 classes of cheese, butter and yogurt were selected with one of them crowned the Grand Champion best cheese in the world..  And that Grand Champion Cheese is…..the Roth Grand Cru Surchoix from Emmi Roth – Monroe, Wisconsin.  A Green County cheese won the Championship.

Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners in Green County include

  • Decatur Dairy known for their award winning Havarti, Brick and Muenster.  Just received third place in Class 37 Brick, Muenster for Steve Stettler’s Brick Cheese and first place in Class 59 Open Class: Smoked and Semi soft cheese for their Smoked Mediterranean Herb Havarti.  Try their Brick cheese with a glass of Merlot.
  • New Glarus Bakery featuring fine Swiss Pastries, breads and Holiday Stollen.
  • Emmi Roth Cheese Company known for their Swiss, Parmesan, and Buttermilk Blue cheese in addition to winning
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    World Cheese Contest entires

    the Grand Champion award at the World Cheese Championships also second place in Class 52 Smear Ripened Hard Cheese for their Roth Private Reserve; third place in Class 57 Open Class Pepper Flavored Cheese, Medium Heat for their Roth 3 Chile Pepper Gouda. Try their Gouda with a glass of Champagne.

  • Minhas Brewery and Distillery makers of fine beers and spirits and MInhas soda
  • Benesh Photography presents award winning images from outdoor Wisconsin
  • Winks Whoopie Pies These soft cake-like sandwiches with a creamy buttercream filling became an instant hit.

In addition to our Wisconsinmade artisan partners Edible Antics Green County recommendations include:

Cheese Companies

  • Chalet Cheese the last US maker of Limburger cheese
  • Edelweiss Cheese makers of fine Swiss and Muenster cheeses.  Swiss cheese pairs well a chilled Riesling.
  • Klondike Cheese makers of fine Brick cheese and Odyssey Greek Yogurt and Feta
  • Maple Leaf Cheese makes award winning cheddar.  Cheddar pairs well with Pinot Gri.
  • Depplers cheese known for their Baby Swiss cheese. Swiss cheese pairs well with Riesling.

Meat markets

Restaurants and Supper Clubs

  • Baumgartner’s Cheese Shop and Tavern on the Square in downtown Monroe is the oldest cheese shop in Wisconsin and features local beers and cheeses. Try their liver sausage and Limburger cheese sandwich with a slice of raw onion on Rye.
  • Turner Hall in Monroe is steeped in the Swiss traditions and history of south-central Wisconsin, the Turner Hall of Monroe is a non-profit 501(c) (3) center of Swiss heritage and community activities. Established in 1868, it is believed to be the only
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    Turner Hall

    Turner Hall of Swiss origin left in the United States, and is likewise one of the oldest, continuously-running Swiss entities in this country. The building, a Swiss Emmenthal-style chalet designed by German architect Max Hanisch, is listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places and is handicapped-accessible.  An authentic Old World Ratskeller Restaurant, an elegant Grand Hall with the area’s largest wooden floor, and a “retro” 8-lane Family Bowling facility are all part of the Turner Hall of Monroe

  • Franklin Grove near Albany is opening for the season March 23 for Wed thru Sunday meals.  According to one reviewer: “Not a huge menu but an interesting one. Food has always been excellent. Loved the afternoon tea. We enjoy the ambience – you eat in the midst of an antique store. Good place to find an unusual gift.”
  • New Glarus Hotel serves patrons Swiss specialties like Geschnetzeltes, Cheese Fondue à la Neuchatel, Beef Fondue Bourguignonne, Rösti, and more!

Specialty shops and interesting stops

  • Chocolate Temptation is a chocolate shop with ice cream and coffee for you on the square in Monroe.
  • Esther’s European Imports Swiss shop in New Glarus has fondue and Raclette supplies, regional cookbooks, traditional Swiss folk wear, Swiss cow bells and more.  A little bit of Switzerland right here in Wisconsin.
  • Brenda’s Blumenladen is an amazing boutique with a great selection of home décor, giftware, flowers and fashion accessories, as well as a greenhouse and complete garden center.
  • New Glarus Brewing is a quaint little brewery nestled on the outskirts of New Glarus, Wisconsin. The brewery is run by an enthusiastic couple, Daniel & Deb Carey, who have successfully combined business management and brewing professionalism. Their philosophy is based on individuality, cooperation and the employment of 100% natural ingredients to produce world-class, handcrafted beers for their friends in Wisconsin.  Their beers are available “Only in Wisconsin”

Interesting Tourism attractions in Green County

  • The Swiss Historical Village & Museum presents the unique story of the founding of New Glarus in 1845 and traces the Swiss colony’s growth into a dairy farming community that continues to keep alive its ethnic heritage.
  • Green County Courthouse was built in 1891; it is the county’s second permanent courthouse. Architect G. Stanley Marshfield designed the Richardsonian Romanesque building. The courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
  • Catalog and online company Duluth Trading is headquartered in Belleville Wisconsin and has an outlet store for customers to search for bargains.
  • Catalog and online company Swiss Colony is headquartered in Monroe Wisconsin and has an outlet store for items from their eleven catalog divisions
  • The Sugar River State Trail follows an abandoned railroad line in south central Wisconsin for 24 miles from New Glarus to Brodhead.  The Sugar River State Trail  has fourteen trestle bridges cross over the Sugar River and its tributaries, while the trail passes by farmlands, woods, rolling hills, scenic meadows, remnant prairies and glacial topography. North of Brodhead, the trail goes over a replica covered bridge. The trail has also been designated as a National Recreational Trail.  The Sugar River Trail headquarters is in the restored 1887 railroad depot in New Glarus. The building is on the National Registry of Historic Places and houses displays of local culture and railroad history.
  • National Historic Cheesemaking Center in Monroe.  Discover the leadership and innovation that Monroe area cheesemakers have provided throughout the years, molding Wisconsin into the country’s premier quality cheese producer.
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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Green Lake County by David Benbennick

Green Lake County

The City of Green Lake is the county seat of this county that is home to 19,100 people and covers a relatively small 354 square miles.  Other cities include:

  • Princeton
  • Berlin
  • Markesan

Green Lake is the largest and deepest natural inland lake is Wisconsin.   Green Lake is known for its fishing and recreational tourist community during the summer months. Area activities include camping, biking, fishing, hiking, golfing, swimming, and boating. Green Lake is the home of the Green Lake Conference Center, which was founded by the American Baptist Churches USA in 1943. Also near the conference center is the Golf Courses of Lawsonia, built on the former estate of Victor F. Lawson, the owner and publisher of the Chicago Daily News.

The county includes the White River Marsh and the Grand River Marsh state wildlife areas.  In summer these areas host some of the rare migratory Whooping Cranes.  Crane Fest that celebrates these cranes is scheduled for September 10, 2016.

Edible Antics Green Lake County recommendations include:

  • Heidel House Resort and its Grey Rock restaurant
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    Heidel House

    on the shores of Green Lake hosts their Brewfest March 19th with appetizers, live entertainment and over 100 microbrews from Wisconsin.

  • Beckwith House in Berlin is a historic hotel built in 1863
  • Russel Moccasin Company in Berlin has dedicated itself to providing hunters and outdoors men and women with the finest handmade, custom fitted moccasin style boots and shoes available anywhere…at any price.
  • Ellison’s Grey Lion Inn bed and breakfast in Princeton provides comfortable lodging for visitors to the famous Princeton Flea Market, craniacs visiting the White River Marsh or casual vacationers in the area.
  • The September 9 -11 Whooping Crane Festival in Princeton
  • Franks Hometown meat in Berlin is a local butcher shop with a full variety of meats available to locals and visitors alike.
  • Lenz’s Green Lake Meadows Farm for grass fed beef
  • Honey Creek Farm for beef
  • The Village Bakery in Princeton
  • The Angel Inn in Green Lake is a beautifully restored turn-of- century Greek Revival Mansion on the western shores of Green Lake.

Both Green County and Green Lake County offer visitors numerous opportunities to experience some of the Wisconsin heritage and the delicious treats that are available in these communities.  We invite you to experience all these people, places and edibles Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

Join us next week for culinary and tourism sights in Iowa and Iron counties.

Columbia and Crawford Edibles

The Wisconsin culinary tour continues into Columbia and Crawford Counties.  Can we find cheese, fudge and fun stops too?

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Columbia County by David Benbennick

Columbia County

56,000 people occupy 773 square miles with Portage as the county seat.  Other cities include Columbus and Poynette.  The Wisconsin River forms the western border of the county.  The Merrimac ferry, a free car ferry, crosses the river from a point in the southwest corner of the county.

Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners based in Columbia County include:

Edible Antics recommendations in Columbia County include:

 

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Crawford County by David Benbennick

Crawford County

About 17,000 folks occupy 572 square miles with Prairie du Chen as the county seat.  Other cities include Gays Mills and Soldiers Grove. A great recreational river, the Kickapoo River, runs south through the county.  The rolling hills and valleys of this county are classic driftless examples of the southwestern Wisconsin topography. The apple orchards and their shops are very popular in the fall harvest season especially the Apple Festival each year in late September.

Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners in Crawford County are:

  • Mt. Sterling Cheese makes goat milk cheeses
  • All County provides apparel with the multisport logo for the Packers, Brewers and Badgers

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    Wisconsin Sports sweatshirt

Edible Antics recommendations in Crawford County include:

Did we miss your favorite recommendation for Clark or Crawford County?  Let us know and we’ll add it the list for future recognition.

Tune in next week for Dane and Dodge county spots and recommendations of products 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.®

Holiday Shopping Nirvana – Peace

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New Glarus Holiday Stollen

What’s the difference between the shopping at the mall and shopping on line?

Parking lots, Slush, cold rain, Oh my!

Endless lines, delays, and fees, Oh My!

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Christmas Kringle Gift box

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.

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Wisconsin cheese and sausage sampler

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Christmas Ornament decorated sugar cookies

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 message 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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Wisconsinmade cheese of the month club

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Cranberry cheese coffee cake and kringle combo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 is 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

 

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