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    Artisan Tour 2013 Recap

    Dec 19 2013

    The Second Annual Holiday Artisan Food Tour made me want just one thing.  A Third Annual Tour. We started at the Madison Enterprise Center, run by Commonwealth Development (CWD), at 100 S. Baldwin where the…

    Artisan Tour 2013 Recap
    Chefs doing demonstration

    Better with Beer

    Dec 18 2013

      Marc Stroobandt, master beer sommelier from Stella Artois, and chef Michael Feker from Il Mito in Milwaukee, quickly won over a large crowd during their beer and food pairing demo at the Kohler Food…

    Better with Beer
    Stuffed squash

    Squash Stuffed Manicotti

    Nov 25 2013

    It’s time for my annual tribute to squash: I love you, squash. You are utterly adaptable—you work equally well in a dessert or a savory dish; you are not afraid to flaunt your brightest orange,…

    Squash Stuffed Manicotti
    Apples in barrel

    Cider Season

    Nov 07 2013

    Fresh apple cider helps make the transition from fall into winter so much easier.  Here are six of my favorite apple cider recipes ranging from drinks to dinner. What are yours? 1. DRINK IT Hot…

    Cider Season
    Butternut squash soup

    Butternut Soup with Apple Confit

    Oct 10 2013

    I am truly thankful for our neighbors. We live in the kind of neighborhood where we entrust each other with house keys, pets and children. We have the kind of neighbors you can ask for…

    Butternut Soup with Apple Confit
    Cashier at counter of Englewood Local Foods

    Featured Farmer: Englewood Local Foods

    Oct 10 2013

    I love taking road trips, but finding decent food to eat along the way is not easy. Given the choice of fast food or packaged gas station food, I prefer M&Ms. So imagine my utter…

    Featured Farmer: Englewood Local Foods
    Beef dish

    Fall Food Fun!

    Oct 09 2013

    Next to my picture in my high school yearbook are words that classmates used to describe me. “Loves winter” is among them. As an adult, I still love winter, but for different reasons. The encroaching…

    Fall Food Fun!
    Farmers holding butterbean squash

    Featured Farmer: Butterbean Community Farm

    Sep 11 2013

    Farmers Sarah Luetzow and Dan Neely of Butterbean Community Farm bring the country to the city each week, setting up a market-style pick up for their CSA members in the backyard of their eastside Madison…

    Featured Farmer: Butterbean Community Farm
    Quiche with salad greens

    Brunch on Bikes!

    Sep 11 2013

    by Melissa Faulkner, originally published in Madison Bcycle Blog June 8, 2013 Truffle quiche and radish salad Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, and this will definitely be true of this post. I…

    Brunch on Bikes!
    Slice of chocolate cake

    Favorite Things Birthday Cake

    Aug 24 2013

    It’s too darn hot. But what can I do? It’s birthday month around here. My daughter celebrated hers August 11, and my husband’s birthday is August 22. For me birthday means cake. Let me just…

    Favorite Things Birthday Cake
    Server at Chocalatarian Cafe display counter

    Chocolaterian Cafe

    Jul 16 2013

    I didn’t realize there was a name for the dietary practice I have enjoyed for years–a Chocolaterian. Luckily, there’s also a place, the Chocolaterian Cafe, a small French-style cafe and patisserie located in the historic…

    Chocolaterian Cafe
    Farmer with buckets of strawberries in strawberry field

    Strawberry Jam: A Farm to Jar Movement

    Jul 09 2013

    Originally printed in Madison Magazine – July 9, 2013 http://www.madisonmagazine.com/Blogs/Local-Flavor/July-2013/Summertime-Jams/ I would not consider myself a math lover. On the contrary, the only time I get excited about math is when I am counting my…

    Strawberry Jam: A Farm to Jar Movement
    Plate of salad greens, salsa, and breakfast wraps

    Kids in the Kitchen- Puff Pastry “Empanadas” with Chorizo and Spinach

    Jun 28 2013

    Sometimes you get lucky. Maybe you unexpectedly have a good hair day. Or your spouse surprises you with flowers. Perhaps you find money in a pair of pants you buy at a thrift store. Or,…

    Kids in the Kitchen- Puff Pastry “Empanadas” with Chorizo and Spinach
    Server at Mermaid Cafe

    Mermaid Cafe: a small cafe with a broad mission

    Jun 11 2013

    No one does local quite like Lisa Jacobson of Mermaid Cafe. Stop in to try the popular Bahn mi, featuring Jordandal Farms rare roast beef on Madison Sourdough baguette, topped with house-pickled carrots and radish,…

    Mermaid Cafe: a small cafe with a broad mission
    Madison Eats Food Tours founder Otehlia Cassidy with Mom

    Cooking with Mom

    May 19 2013

    Originally printed in Madison Magazine – May 2013. http://www.madisonmagazine.com/Blogs/Local-Flavor/May-2013/Cooking-with-Mom/ Mother’s Day is behind us. Selfishly, I believe every day should be Mother’s Day. I know I’m not a perfect mom; sometimes I send my kids…

    Cooking with Mom
    Jar of salsa

    Grilled Mango-Habanero Salsa

    May 19 2013

    Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing, but not when it comes to grilled and roasted salsas! I love the combination of sweet fruit with hot peppers, and acidic tomatoes; mango is…

    Grilled Mango-Habanero Salsa
    Group communal eating out of a large bowl at table

    The Art of Communal Eating

    May 19 2013

    For some of us, managing to sit around a table with friends or family is as close as we will come to communal eating. In much of Africa eating together is an important part of…

    The Art of Communal Eating
    Enchilada sauce on plate

    Oscar’s Enchilada Sauce

    May 19 2013

    Had I known how easy it was to make enchilada sauce, I would have made it years ago. Or, at least, I would have tried before now. On my recent excursion to Isla Mujeres, Mexico,…

    Oscar’s Enchilada Sauce
    Otehlia Cassidy stands in front of the WI State Capitol.

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