• Milwaukee’s Growing Power hosts winter market

    Since mid-fall, the fourth annual Growing Power Winter Market has been taking place in Milwaukee. The second half of the 2016-17 winter market season will begin Jan. 7 at 5500 W. Silver Spring Drive. Growing Power, an urban farm, has earned national recognition for its mission to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for all people in the communities in w.... Read More
  • Brewing company in Chippewa Falls creates anniversary brew

    The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., is reaching into its past as it plans for its future. Looking ahead to next year’s 150th anniversary celebration of when founders Jacob Leinenkugel and John Miller first began brewing beer in Chippewa Falls, the brewery is honoring its family’s roots by creating a collaborative beer with Hofbräu München, a German brewery that’s even older, dating back .... Read More
  • On the menu: Breaded cauliflower cutlets

    Let’s say that one of your New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthier and lose some weight. Join the crowd, right? In practice, what we probably mean — among other things — is that we plan to eat more vegetables and less meat. It’s a challenge. But if you try this dish — a wonderful vegetarian version of breaded veal (or pork or chicken) cutlets swimming in a marina sauce — .... Read More
  • La Masa’s success rises with dough

    Megan Todd knows that it’s the dough — la masa in Spanish — that lies at the heart of great empanadas. Dough is also at the heart of La Masa Empanada Bar, which she and brother Brad opened about 18 months ago on Milwaukee’s Brady Street. La Masa’s menu contains a dozen or so empanadas, each filled with creative combinations and all wrapped in the same dough — created from a secret rec.... Read More
  • Unusual times call for unusual sparkling wines

    With a nod to the old Chinese proverb, we are all living in interesting times — more interesting for some of us than for others. Such an unusual era calls for unusual wines. Sparkling wines — whether Champagne from France’s Champagne region or bubblies from other parts of the world — often run the risk of sameness. But there are sparklers that offer delightful diversity to even the most .... Read More
  • Olde Madrid is tops in tapas

    When you run the only restaurant of its kind in a community, you have a natural corner on the market. But it helps enormously if you do an excellent job in the execution. Credit Manny and Natalie Salinas for capitalizing on their culinary strengths, as well as recognizing a need among Racine’s restaurant goers. The couple’s Olde Madrid is the only place in the city that serves Spanish tapas.... Read More
  • Red wine to sip with Santa

    If you flew through a cold winter’s night in a sleigh, circumnavigated the globe and slid down sooty chimneys from Wisconsin to Siberia, would you be happy with a few crumbling cookies and some tepid milk? Nope. And Santa Claus likely prefers something more fortifying. Spirits might be too strong for a strenuous evening and beer would add to his bloat. Given his traditional ensemble, nothi.... Read More
  • Gifts for those who cook and those who just eat

    Southern foods expert Elizabeth Karmel rounded up her favorite products of the year and suggests these gifts for those who cook — and those who just like to eat. Gifts that give back Williams-Sonoma has teamed up with Share our Strength and celebrity food folks — including Ina Garten, Chrissy Teigen and Trisha Yearwood — to create artwork for the No Kid Hungry Kitchen Spatula. Proceeds.... Read More
  • Birders, brewers form flock

    In the worlds of birders and craft beer lovers, there’s a new paradigm, and it involves searching for ales along with the eagles, pairing stouts with swans and enjoying some bocks in tandem with buntings. Tours and events aimed at attracting both beer nerds and bird enthusiasts are popping up all over the country, attracting bearded microbrew lovers, field-guide-wielding bird buffs and folks .... Read More
  • Saffron harvest offers jobs, opportunity in Afghanistan

    It is early morning in a saffron field outside the western Afghan city of Herat and dozens of women are harvesting the delicate purple flowers, working quickly to gather as many as they can before the sun gets too hot. Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world, selling for as much as $1,200-$1,800 a kilogram, and has long been seen as an alternative crop to opium poppies for poor farmers.... Read More