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Orzo and Gran Queso Mac and Cheese, Risotto Style

Last December, my friend Nick from DudeFoods.com recommended me to Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board to contribute to the 30 Days 30 Ways With Mac and Cheese project. Since he had one of the most creative dishes from last year’s event with his Bacon crust mac and cheese pie he must have some clout since they […]

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MKEfoodies to Co-Sponsor Cherry Recipe Contest

  From Paul and Lori Fredrich of #MKEFoodies & Burp: Where Food Happens MKEfoodies to Co-Sponsor Cherry Recipe Contest On February 22, 2012, America will celebrate the 280th birthday of George Washington. Always closely associated with Washington is his connection to one of America’s Super-Fruits, Tart Cherries. The legendary tale of a young Washington chopping […]

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Italian Sausage

Ever since I bought Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn’s Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing I have wanted to start making my own sausage.  I decided to start with a universally loved sausage, the Italian.  In Charcuterie, the authors have two recipes; sweet Italians and spicy Italians.  I liked the ingredient list for the […]

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Crispy Sweetbreads with Coriander & Preserved Orange Mayonnaise and Pickled Jalapenos

Offal seems to be gaining more mainstream acclaim every year. Lori Fredrich of Burp Blog, #MKEFoodies, and OnMilwaukee.com wrote a nice article last fall about Milwaukee area restaurants offering more offal as diners become more adventurous. While we are not likely to see tripe puttanesca at Olive Garden or Duck Fries with dippin’ sauce at […]

Eating Well in Wisconsin Dells

The Wisconsin Dells may be the Water Park Capital of the world but its never been known as a food mecca.  For the most part visitors to the Dells are perfectly content eating uninspired, bland, and unhealthy fare in mass quantities at gimmicky restaurants or chains.  However if you do a little homework there are some gems […]

One Local Summer Week 8: Smoked Lamb Brats

There is nothing more Wisconsin than bratwurst (ok well maybe cheese) so for this week’s One Local Summer challenge I decided I would make bratwurst.  I am a huge fan of the Big Three Wisconsin brartwurst makers (Johnsonville, Usinger’s, and Klement’s) but I picked up some incredible smoked lamb brats from Greek Acres Farms at the Waukesha Farmers’ Market […]

One Local Summer Week 4: Vegetable Spring Rolls

Vegetable Spring Rolls Growing Power Sunflower Sprouts Mixed Greens Sugar Snap Peas Thai Basil Cilantro Carrots, julienned Red Pepper, julienned Green onion (optional) Rice paper spring roll wraps (avail. at any Asian market and some grocery stores ) Dipping Sauces (All store bought) Sweet Thai Chile Sauce (also great when mixed with mayo & sriracha Thai […]

One Local Summer Week 2: Poached Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Spinach and SarVecchio Parmesean

So Sunday morning while working in the yard I made a mental note that I absolutely had to get my One Local Summer blog post up and e-mailed to the regional coordinator in time for inclusion in this week’s mass posting after missing the deadline last week.  Then the day gets hectic and next thing […]