Backyard Grilling – Pheasant Sausage and House-made Pickles

There is a primal satisfaction in lighting a fire and cooking outside once again in early spring after a long, cold winter. Winters here in the Great Lakes region can be bitter cold and heavily snow-covered. The days are short and the nights long. As the days start to lengthen, the snow recedes and we [...]

Hidden Springs Cheese Tasting – Winter 2015

We recently made a return trip to Fromagination in Madison, WI, to pick up selections to create a tasty winter cheese plate. Our last trip we detailed here and featured a Holland's Family Cheese offering, Marieke Gouda. This time we picked up two varieties of sheep cheese created by Brenda Jensen at Hidden Springs Creamery - Ocooch Mountain and [...]

Drifting through Madison, WI – Bavaria Sausage and Holland’s Family Cheese

With some free time in the Madison, WI area you can discover all sorts of lovely surprises, including two new additions to our Purveyors page. On a recent business trip to the area, a walk around Capitol Square brought me to Fromagination, a specialty cheese shop featuring Wisconsin cheeses and other artisan and local products. [...]

In Praise of Sausage – Bavette, Milwaukee

A recent lunch at Bavette in Milwaukee, WI created a growing sense of wonder. On her site, Karen Bell talks about "honoring time old culinary traditions as well as providing a direct link from farmer to consumer" which are deeply held values of Great Lakes Cuisine, but the particular bit of wonder on this particular [...]