Our Milwaukee Brewers are beloved here in Wisconsin, but we also have an affinity for the Class ‘A’ clubs – namely the Appleton Timber Rattlers (the Class A affiliate of the Brewers) and the Beloit Snappers (the Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins). Their games are not only a bargain, they’re great fun and you get to see the stars of tomorrow. For Rattlers’ games, stay at The Roost B&B or Franklin Street Inn. If you’re taking in a Snappers’ game, try the Scarlett House in nearby Janesville.
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The Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association has put out seven editions of its cookbook and each time it has sold out. So thought you’d be pleased to know we’re whipping up edition No. 8. This one will have a real emphasis on signature recipes – the ones guests ask for all the time. And it will cover everything from soup to nuts or, more accurately, breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Right now it’s looking like we’ll have our new cookbook in time for holiday giving and entertaining. Until then, enjoy the top vote getters in our statewide recipe cook-offs from years past.
Wine and cheese and B&Bs has such a nice ring to it. Many of our member inns provide complimentary tastings in the evening, featuring Wisconsin artisan cheeses and Wisconsin wines. Yes, that’s right, we have some incredible wineries in Wisconsin, including one that took top honors at this month’s San Diego International Winery Competition. Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac was named 2012 Winery of the Year, beating out entries from Napa Valley and 13 countries. What an especially nice honor during Wollersheim’s 40th anniversary year, although the vineyards there date back to the 1840s. Take of tour of the historic buildings here – you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to Europe – and allow time for tastings. Then spend the night at a B&B in the Madison area or nearby Wisconsin Dells.
Some might call it a classic combination – tomato soup and grilled cheese. Of course, with it being Wisconsin, we always suggest making the sandwich using an artisan cheese. Download the brochure of artisan cheese varieties and think about pairing two or three cheeses. Then whip up this recipe for Italian Basil Tomato Soup from Green Fountain Inn in Waupaca and you will feel warm and cozy no matter what the mercury reading is outside. Here’s one more idea: Search for B&Bs that offer rooms with fireplaces (wood-burning) and enjoy a warm-you-up breakfast made for you.
Italian Basil Tomato Soup – makes 4 servings
1 pound Italian sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 (14.5ounce) cans diced Italian tomatoes
1(8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/4 c basil, chopped
1/2 c lemon juice
2 TBL sugar
1TBL Worchestershire sauce
1 t salt
3/4 teaspoon hot sauce
Heat a bit of oil in a heavy-bottomed soup pot over med-high heat. Remove sausage from casings & crumble into the pot. Add onion & celery and cook until meat is browned and vegetables are tender. Add in the tomatoes and puree together using a blender (regular or immersion). Add remaining ingredients and reduce heat to low. Cook just until heated. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and/or croutons.