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    Jordandal Cookhouse

    Jordandal Farms Cookhouse in Verona Expands

    Jan 10 2015

    Farm-to-table fare is almost an expectation among diners these days, but farmer-to-table isn’t quite as common. After all, farmers have enough to do just growing and raising food; cooking great meals with their products and…

    Jordandal Farms Cookhouse in Verona Expands
    Hook's cheddar block with slices

    Hook’s 15-year Cheddar

    Nov 25 2014

    First published in Madison Magazine, Nov 2014 Americans are hooked on cheddar—it was the most popular type of cheese sold in the U.S. up until a few years ago. Though most producers age their cheddars only…

    Hook’s 15-year Cheddar
    Maple almond granola

    Maple Almond Granola

    Sep 19 2014

      I LOVE this granola recipe and make it at least once a month. Ingredients: ⅓ cup pure maple syrup ⅓ cup light brown sugar 4 teaspoons vanilla extract ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup vegetable…

    Maple Almond Granola
    Peach and pecan salad

    Peach-Pecan Salad with Blue Cheese

    Sep 04 2014

      Well that was easy. Fresh Door County peaches, Hook’s Little Boy Blue cheese, a few nuts from a lone package of Lala’s Nuts Bourbon Pecans I found in my freezer and baby arugula from…

    Peach-Pecan Salad with Blue Cheese
    Food and Drink tour group dining at long table

    Chef at the Market: Chef Patrick DePula from Salvatore’s Tomato Pies

    Jul 29 2014

    Chef Patrick tell us what great finds he’ll be taking home from the farmers’ market and how we’ll enjoy it at his restaurant, Salvatore’s Tomato Pies.  

    Chef at the Market: Chef Patrick DePula from Salvatore’s Tomato Pies
    Platter of blueberry frangipanes on display at local farm

    Farm to Feast Dinner Re-Cap

    Jul 02 2014

    On Sunday, June 8, I woke up to rain, gray skies and dark clouds. It didn’t last long; during the mid-morning drive west on 151 to Fall River, Wisconsin, the clouds gave way to sun,…

    Farm to Feast Dinner Re-Cap
    Produce vendor at Farmers' Market with table of greens

    Featured Farmer: Jaime Ortega, Natalie’s Garden and Greenhouse

    Jul 02 2014

    For many farmers, working the land keeps them close to their family, even if that family lives thousands of miles away. Jaime Ortega moved to Wisconsin from Tayahua, Zacatecas Mexico in 1994. At the time,…

    Featured Farmer: Jaime Ortega, Natalie’s Garden and Greenhouse
    Prosciutto

    Tyrolean Sausage Links Old and New (recipe included)

    Apr 30 2014

    Originally published in Madison Magazine, April 2014   One bittersweet aspect of writing is that I don’t know who, if anyone, reads what I write. I send my stories out to the world, like a…

    Tyrolean Sausage Links Old and New (recipe included)
    Grocer at African grocery store

    African & American Store Brings a Taste of Africa to Madison

    Apr 23 2014

    The African & American Store on Madison’s east side exists almost by accident. “I wanted to leave New York City to raise my family, but I didn’t know where to go,” says Mariama Diallo, co-owner…

    African & American Store Brings a Taste of Africa to Madison
    Plate of food

    Restaurant Re-creation: Forequarter’s Sprouted Lentils with Fried Oyster Mushrooms, and Salted Lime Curd.

    Apr 04 2014

    Every once in a while a dish I eat at a restaurant intrigues me so much I feel compelled to make it at home. Is it just me, or do other people do that, too?…

    Restaurant Re-creation: Forequarter’s Sprouted Lentils with Fried Oyster Mushrooms, and Salted Lime Curd.
    Plate of mussels

    Chef Tory Miller’s Seafood Fra Diavolo

    Mar 06 2014

    This simple yet elegant version of fra diavolo from the executive chef and co-owner of L’Etoile and Graze is inspired by the Italian Christmas tradition Feast of the Seven Fishes, but carries over perfectly into…

    Chef Tory Miller’s Seafood Fra Diavolo
    Staff at Tip Top Tavern

    Tip Top Tavern Re-opens on the Top

    Feb 21 2014

    Tip Top Tavern’s mystique and bad reputation precede its recent renovation and highly anticipated opening by Ben Altschul.  Altschul says that the purchase of the tavern, located on the corner of North Street and Commercial…

    Tip Top Tavern Re-opens on the Top
    Cherry cookies

    Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

    Jan 03 2014

    I’ve been told I’m a good baker, and I like to bake, but when it comes to cookies, I feel like my success is limited. I can follow a recipe for chocolate chip cookies off…

    Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies
    Candied nuts

    Candied Nuts

    Dec 19 2013

    You’re gonna love these nuts! A perfect snack for the holiday table, they are great to eat plain, or to top a salad. My version uses four simple ingredients, does not contain egg whites, and…

    Candied Nuts
    Guests toasting glasses at stop on food and drink tour

    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
    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
    Otehlia Cassidy stands in front of the WI State Capitol.

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