From the category archives:


It is Lutefisk Season

October 8, 2009

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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Thanksgiving Prep Starts Today

November 25, 2008

Today officially kicks of Thanksgiving Prep 2008. I have all the shopping done (except the fresh turkey that I need to pick up tomorrow).

So, what’s on tap for today?

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Thanksgiving 2008 – The Frenzy Begins

November 22, 2008

When it comes to holidays, nothing surpasses Thanksgiving for tradition and for hours of time spent in the kitchen cooking. And this year will be no different than other years we’ve spent celebrating the holiday.  Twenty-some people will descend on the house like ravenous vultures, eating everything in site. Ok, that might be somewhat a […]

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Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pies… Or are they?

November 21, 2007
Butternut Squash

The pumpkin pies are done!  But, to quibble, I feel the need to point out that they are not pumpkin pies.  They are butternut squash pies. Thanks to my involvement in a terrific CSA, I learned years ago that good pumpkin pies… aren’t.  In fact, often the canned pumpkin that one buys in the store […]

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Cheese Sauce

November 21, 2007
Melting the butter

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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Countdown to Thanksgiving 2007

November 20, 2007

I’ll start with a quick look behind the scenes.  You see this picture?  Yes, the picture on the left.  The Thanksgiving-oriented picture.  Yes, that one.  This blog gets literally hundreds of hits a day around this time of year from people who are searching for this picture. Oh, they don’t know that this is exactly […]

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Tomato Tradition

July 7, 2007

The First BLT of the Season One of our favorite traditions revolves around the very first home grown tomato of the summer. We typically see this special tomato somewhere around the Fourth of July. This year, we saw it the week before that.We watch our plants in anticipation, awaiting the ripening, and planning it around […]

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Great Taste of the Midwest

May 7, 2007

A quick perusal of my blog stats tell me that many of you are hitting this blog right about now searching for tickets to the Great Taste of the Midwest. Pardon me for a moment while I rant. I will never again purchase tickets to another Great Taste of the Midwest. I won’t even use […]

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St. Patrick’s Day 2007

March 18, 2007

The Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage… (sort of…) I suspect that this is a picture that has shown up on almost every food blog in existance this weekend. Yes, it was St. Patrick’s Day, which means the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner. Or does it? There is a big difference between Irish American St. […]

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The End of Saint Patricks Day

March 17, 2005

Greg remembered to turn the oven on at noon, and I came home to a house that smelled like corned beef. He had strict instructions – take the corned beef out of the refrigerator upon arrival at the house. Preheat the oven to 500. Walk the puppy. Put the corned beef in the oven and […]

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The Start of Saint Patricks Day

March 17, 2005

The start of the traditional corned beef Happy Saint Patricks Day! While I found during my genealogical exploration that I wasn’t nearly as Irish as I had been told I was, quite to my shock I admit, we still prepare Corned Beef and Cabbage for the occasion. Because it falls on a Thursday this year, […]

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Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits

January 8, 2005

Though I was born and raised in Wisconsin, and my heritage and traditions are very German in nature, my family spent quite a bit of time in Arkansas. My father was born and raised in Hot Springs, AR, until he moved up north looking for work. His family has been in Arkansas since the land […]

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Sometimes it’s more about the tradition than the food

July 25, 2004

As I was growing up, my family spent many of our weekends at my grandparents home in a suburb of Milwaukee. We’d go and spend the night, and we’d somehow all fit into the old house that had been in my grandmother’s family for a couple of generations. It was always a fun time for […]

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