Category Archives: Food & Drink

Merlot and Beef Tenderloin


By Davies Wakefield All wine lovers who have seen the movie “Sideways” remember the famous scene where Miles says, “If anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any f***ing Merlot.” That line and Miles fascination with Pinot Noir caused sales of Merlot in the US to decline by two percent; while sales and the pricing power of Pinot ... Read More »

A Beer Holiday


BY LEE REIHERZER This time of year, a visit to any beer aisle worth exploring confirms that we’ve reclaimed yet another piece of our beer heritage. You’ll see that winter and holiday seasonal brews have returned and en masse. Once the highlight of the year for beer lovers, the custom of drinking beer specially prepared for the holidays and cold ... Read More »

Spatchcock Your Christmas Turkey


BY PATRICIA DERGE When you think of Christmas dinner, you probably envision a huge, round, whole-roasted turkey trussed up and set at the center of your dining room table. It’s a beautiful sight, but is it really the best way to prepare the iconic holiday bird? No, definitely not. Spatchcocking is a superior method in virtually every way. But what ... Read More »



BY JAMIE LEE RAKE Soul food, though a term commonly associated with cuisine deriving from the stalwart constitutions of antebellum slaves who could concoct deliciousness from ingredients deemed inferior for the meals served on the masters’ table, can mean more than that. One of my favorite questions to ask friends is, “What is your personal soul food?” That is, what ... Read More »

Food in Review


Ride with me, by proxy via my taste buds, along a stretch of Highway 151 as I look at a duo of eateries, won’t you? By request of my editor, this month it’s a double-header of culinary critique. Not only do both locales share a motorway, but they connect to Wisconsinite’s eating habits by unique angles. Starting southerly, let’s first ... Read More »

New Zealand Wines


BY Kimberly Fisher Have you ever felt like you were on an island? Isolated? Alone? You are not alone. Many of us have felt this from time to time, but think of yourself as a grape, trying to survive on an Island. How would you adapt to your surroundings? Would there be enough for you to survive? New Zealand, known ... Read More »

Guilty Pleasures


BY Tricia Derge We all have our guilty pleasures. For some of us, those forbidden comforts happen to be food: guacamole and chips, bowls of popcorn, or pints of a favorite brew. Guess what? Today’s your lucky day! From avocados to beer, these eight guilty pleasures are both delicious and nutritious. 1. Avocado We’ve always been told to skip the ... Read More »

Bringing Fall Colors to Your Table


Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes ⅔ cup all purpose flour 15 oz pumpkin puree ¾ cup sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla ¾ cup evaporated milk 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda Whipped cream Preparation: Line a 12-cup muffin tin with lightly cooking spray foiled or silicone liners. Preheat oven to ... Read More »

Shakin’ It Up with Smokey Tomato Salsa


Spanish paprika is nothing like the flavorless red powder used to decorate deviled eggs, and it is even a step away from the delicious but decidedly different Hungarian paprikas. Spanish paprika is smoky and earthy — like having a little bit of wood fire in a can. Ingredients 1 cup distilled white vinegar 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar 3 ... Read More »

Happy Birthday Pop-Tarts!


BY Tricia Derge Believe it or not, Pop-Tarts just celebrated their 50th birthday! And our favorite toaster pastry is still selling and tasting better than ever! And with every great product, there’s a great backstory. With some help from the folks at Kellogg’s I found out about the toaster pastry’s somewhat controversial beginnings to the fame it enjoys now as ... Read More »

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