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 [...]

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. [...]

Smoked Venison Pastrami with Black Currants and Cabbage

On a recent weekend, Venison Pastrami and Smoked Pork Belly became friends on the smoker together. The Smoked Pork Belly has been detailed here. Now we share the Venison Pastrami (hint: it's the one wrapped in bacon). The basics of preparing pastrami are fairly simple: brine a two to three inch thick slab of meat [...]