Month: November 2012


Turkey Candy and Everything to be Thankful For!

Happy Cyber Monday everybody!  How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? I hope filled with as much fun, family, and food as ours was. Speaking of Cyber Monday, I’d much rather prefer Cyber Rewind Day. I could use another two days of vacation, a long weekend, and wonderful food feast just as bad as I could use the Powerball jackpot on Wednesday. Yes, that bad. Our spread (and surroundings) were quite something! Usually our Thanksgivings are spent in the northwoods of Wisconsin but this year we gathered at my aunt and uncle’s house and kept it local. It also allowed us to dabble in Black Friday…and boy was that an experience! Back to Thanksgiving. Doesn’t my aunt make you feel like you’re eating in a Pottery Barn catalog? You felt it too?  See, I knew I wasn’t the only one… We had beautiful weather, which was great for frequent trips out to our smoking turkey on the grill.  Read more about that and get the recipe here. This turkey was affectionately named Cheryl by my cousin.  I think it …


Winter Farmers Markets, Who Knew?!?

Saturday mornings used to be pretty typical. Wake up.  Hit snooze. Wake up again.  Look at these furry mugs and decide to get up.  Yes, this photo was literally what I woke up to one morning.  For reals. Let the dogs out.  Eat breakfast. Think about cleaning and/or laundry.  Make some tea.  Watch a cooking show.  Think about cleaning and laundry again…repeat x10 until you realize it’s noon and you still haven’t showered… No more!  After years of hemming and hawing, I finally checked out the local winter farmer’s market here in Milwaukee.  What’s even more pathetic to admit is that this market is a whopping 2.5 miles from my house…and it took me over 2 years to finally check it out. Until I heard about the market, I naively never knew such a thing existed.  I figured the end of summer signaled the end of farmer’s markets…not the start of another wave of fresh and local goodies!  If you’re local to southeastern Wisconsin and interested in checking it out, click here for their website. …

Brined and Smoked

Brined and smoked.  Enough said. The only way to do a turkey in my book. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I wanted to link back to my all time favorite way to make a Thanksgiving turkey that I posted last year. Cider Brined Smoked Turkey Regardless of how you prepare your bird, I hope everyone has a fun and family filled Thanksgiving! P.S. My apologies for the lack of finesse in the turkey images.  I didn’t know what I was doing back then–with the camera that is…not the bird!


Fall Visit to the Apple Orchard

My hands down favorite place to go in fall is the apple orchard. The hands down best orchard I’ve ever been to is the Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. We’ve been going to this orchard for several years now and one of the major reasons is their caramel apple pie.  It’s out of this world good.  Just ask the Wall Street Journal, Food Network, or Gourmet magazine. My Dad has a love for anything apple and I’m pretty sure has dreams about their pie.  In fact, it’s so good my Mom brought one from Wisconsin all the way back to London this summer for my Dad. Over the years we’ve developed an itinerary that we tend to stick to every year.  Here’s our winning formula for a stellar day at the orchard: Start with hot cider and cider donuts from the Donut Shack. Grab a basket and head to the orchard. Pick apples to your hearts content!  This year, because our summer drought was so bad, apples were placed in bins out in the orchard …