Dining

The delicious love child of potato salad and deviled eggs

Written by Alison Ladman,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:56

This recipe is what would happen if your favorite deviled eggs hooked up with a sinfully delicious potato salad. Rich, creamy, tangy, eggy and starchy, this is everything you want in a July Fourth side salad.

Ciders give America’s favorite fruits a chance to sparkle

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:45

If you hail from the Midwest, fresh-pressed apple cider makes you think of autumn — the season where a bountiful harvest results in something a little out of the ordinary that puts one of America’s favorite fruits in a glass. 

Wisconsin cheesemaker debuts 20-year cheddar at $209 a pound

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 02 June 2015 05:58

A Wisconsin cheesemaker is debuting a 20-year-old cheddar this week that's short in supply and big on price.

The cheddar from Hook's Cheese Co. of Mineral Point goes on sale Friday for $209 a pound. Most of the 450-pound supply is already spoken for, with orders coming in after the planned sale went public earlier this year, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

The fine art of the simple tossed salad

Written by SARA MOULTON,
Associated Press
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 15:45

Summer time is salad time. When it's hot out and the garden is bountiful, everyone's in the mood for a light and refreshing entree salad.

And what could be easier? You just toss together a bunch of lettuce with some cooked protein, add an excellent dressing, and boom! You're done. Or not. Turns out that if you pay a little more attention to the components of the salad, you won't need to rely quite so much on the dressing to provide all the flavor. In fact, it's easy to make something wonderful.

America’s favorite snack bursting with options

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:54

It can be light and fluffy, or crisp and nutty. Cover it with butter and salt or liberally dose it with caramel, cheese or other popular seasonings. Nothing delivers flavor with a crunch quite like popcorn.

Spice up your grilling season with stuffed avocados

Written by J.M. Hirsch,
AP Food Editor
Friday, 05 June 2015 17:54

There’s no real shocker here — avocado pairs delightfully with a rich and meaty chili.

But I decided to pair them in a fresh way that is just right for summer grilling season.

Greet warm weather with a selection of summer sippers

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 22 May 2015 12:42

Warm weather chases away the winter blues and so should summer cocktails, according to Mike McDonald, a mixologist with the Milwaukee firm Bittercube Bitters. He says there’s no time like the present to polish up the glassware, start grating citrus fruits and get down to some serious cocktailing.

Core issue: A recipe for pineapple core ceviche

Written by MELISSA D'ARABIAN,
Associated Press
Friday, 15 May 2015 05:57

Eating fresh pineapple always reminds me of balmy vacation nights in Hawaii. And since pineapples run a few bucks a pop, buying them frequently translates into considerable savings when compared to an actual trip to Hawaii, particularly when you're carting along four girls, as I would be. Admittedly, the pineapple is a tad less exotic …

Still, it's a great sweet summer treat.

A date-pistachio treat perfect for breaking a Ramadan fast

Written by Aarti Sequeira,
Associated Press
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:51

I still remember the anticipation of watching the sun sink closer and closer to the horizon. It was Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. My childhood hometown of Dubai held its breath as the fiery ball dipped lower, lower and then finally into oblivion.

Strange brews bring unique flavors to the beer world

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 07 June 2015 22:52

Rogue’s new Sriracha Hot Stout Beer.
— Photo: Rogue Brewing

Craft brewers apparently come equipped with vivid imaginations, creating a vast variety of uniquely flavored, exciting beers. In that regard, they may have created a whole new industry, or at least breathed new life and fresh ideas into a world awash in yellow factory suds.

Order up!
For National Hamburger Day!

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 08:59

Fire up the grill and uncork the condiments. May is National Hamburger Month and May 28 is National Hamburger Day, a time when even the healthiest among us honor the great American tradition of meat and bread and a whole stack of condiments between them.

Have fork, will travel to Wisconsin food festivals

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 07 May 2015 09:22

Summer in Wisconsin is “Outdoor Everything Season,” and that includes eating and drinking. After wearying winters and sloppy springs, Wisconsinites want to get out and play. If there’s food, so much the better.