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Ain’t Wisconsin Grand?

It is Lutefisk Season

October 8, 2009
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It’s that time of year again, when the crisp fall temperatures stir the hearts of Wisconsin’s Norwegian brethren. The aroma of rotting fish and rutabagas is in the air.

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Wisconsin State Fair

August 21, 2009
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Wisconsin State Fair Food – for your viewing pleasure, a photo tour of a sampling of the food stands I encountered on my way from the entrance of the fair to the location to buy the famous Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puff.

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Bratfest 2008 Breaks Records!

June 1, 2008
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Memorial Day weekend has special meaning in Madison, Wisconsin.  For the last several years, it has marked the weekend for Bratfest, the biggest Bratwurst-eating orgy in the World!  Thousands gather to buy bags of brats at bargain prices.  And that’s not all, there are major celebrities on hand, as shown below:   Yes, the Johnsonville […]

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Cheese Sauce

November 21, 2007
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One of the side dishes that disappears fast at our Thanksgiving table is the Cheese Sauce.  In many ways, it is really a side of a side dish, served up alongside the broccoli and cauliflower, though I will note that in reality it gets poured over almost everything on the plates, very much like a […]

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Wisconsin Gourmet

October 13, 2007

A Cuisine Capers viewer pointed us in the direction of a very funny (and far too close to true) Wisconsin Gourmet video. Take a look.  It is on target, right down to the picture of Brett Favre over the stove.  Thanks Chris! From Crackle: Wisconsin Gourmet

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A Uniquely Madison Sunday Morning

October 29, 2006

Trader Joe’s has opened in Madison. But more about that harrowing tale in a moment… The balmy Sunday weather (35 degrees and sunny!) encouraged me to go out early this morning and roam around a bit. I started out at the Monona Farmer’s Market. This is actually a routine Sunday morning stop. You might think […]

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That’s One Smart Kraut!

August 21, 2006

I’ve figured out why I will never amass a fortune. I don’t act on my impulses and create obscure, targeted niche marketing products. What caused this epiphany, you may ask? Well, there I was, wandering around Jenifer Street Market in Madison one day and lo and behold, what should I come across but one of […]

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I Love Animals….They’re Delicious

February 6, 2005

The fall season has special meaning here in Wisconsin. Changing colors, crisp evenings, football (Go Packers) and of course hunting. As a card carrying member of PETA (People Eating Tasty Animals – Get your bumper stickers here and here), I venture into the woods each fall looking to kill 4 legged creatures with sharp pointy […]

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Snowed In

January 21, 2005

Being January in Wisconsin, it should come as no surprise to be snowed in on a Friday night, with 9+ inches of snow coming down. With no real ambition to cook an elaborate meal after a couple of really long weeks, I turned to the freezer for inspiration. Lo and behold, what should I find […]

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Kringle!

January 10, 2005

I had mentioned in a previous entry that one of the perfect Christmas gifts is a Kringle from O & H Bakery. This year was a hectic year, as we moved into our new house and got settled in. I remembered a bit too late that I still needed to order the traditional Christmas Kringle. […]

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How to spend lots of money without even trying…

December 10, 2004

It’s easy! Just make a quick trip to your local German Specialty store! I live in a state that was settled by the Germans. At one point Milwaukee had four German newspapers. The Kino, a German language movie theatre, was showing German films well into the 70′s and 80′s (and may still be doing so). […]

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A Trip to Tubular Meat Mecca

November 7, 2004

Recently my wife and I had the occasion to head to one of the holy lands of tubular meats. Sheboygan Wisconsin. A two hour drive from Madison, Sheboygan is home to the greatest Brats in the world. For those who don’t speak sausage, “Brat” rhymes with hot, as in horseradish mustard, and is short for […]

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Looking for that perfect Christmas gift?

October 6, 2004
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What? Christmas already? That’s what I thought too when the O & H Kringle catalog arrived in my mailbox. If it arrives in your mailbox I highly advise that you think twice before opening it. It should come with warning labels. O & H Kringle has been around for four generations. They produce authentic, hand-made […]

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Football Fare

September 20, 2004

Sunday. Green Bay. The Packers. Lambeau Field. Da Bears. 75+ degrees and sunny. A perfect day, no? NO! I will not mention the score of the game here except to say that the BEARS STILL SUCK. And so we’re not going to talk about stinking football this week. We’re just going to talk about food. […]

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Thwarted!

September 8, 2004

Alas, the brat-consuming record was not broken this Labor Day weekend at Brat Fest. The goal: 200,000 Bratwurst The reality: 162,234 Bratwurst But don’t despair! This still beat the previous Labor Day record by 39,000 brats. And really, if you consider that The Taste of Madison and a home UW Football game was going on […]

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