Posts Tagged ‘Stoughton’

Make Business a Pleasure.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

When business takes you to the south side of Madison, how about a ‘reverse commute’? Rather than fight traffic from downtown lodging to your destination, try a pleasant 15-minute drive from a B&B in Belleville, Verona, Stoughton, McFarland, or Cambridge. At the Cameo Rose (Belleville), innkeepers Gary & Dawn say: “Early breakfast options, evening wine and snacks, and free WiFi are just a few of our amenities, along with 120 private acres to explore with 4 miles of mowed hiking trails. The Badger State Trail is an easy hike from our door and a perfect route for your morning or evening walk/run.  Paoli’s fabulous dining/shopping is just 5 minutes away.  Escape to the country and make your business a pleasure!”

Your final appointment of the day - breathing in the fragrant flowers, listening to the flowing water, relaxing in the gazebo ... at Cameo Rose Inn, Belleville.

Your final appointment of the day – breathing in the fragrant flowers, listening to the flowing water, relaxing in the gazebo … at Cameo Rose Inn, Belleville.

No Nitpicking, It’s Strawberry Picking

Friday, June 8th, 2012

We’re not nitpicking by a day or two as to the readiness of the strawberry crop.  Usually the berries are ripe come mid-June.  Thanks to the unusually warm spring in Wisconsin, they’re already ripe.  The picking season is short too – just three weeks.  So if you like to pick your own, here’s a handy map of where to stop and stoop, courtesy of the Wisconsin Berry Growers Association.   The Strawberry Festival in Cedarburg is June 23-24, a good reason all by itself to visit this pretty little burg.  You can also expect some incredible strawberry treats from innkeepers this time of year, like the Cranberry/Strawberry Topped Cheesecake from Altemus Corners B&B in Stoughton.  The innkeeper there tells us her guests sleep great after this evening dessert – better than a glass of warm milk we suspect!

Cranberry/Strawberry Topped Cheesecake
Makes 1 Pie

“This cheesecake is served regularly at the Altemus Corners B&B.  The lemon taste is always fresh in summer or winter with berry topping and it’s always wonderful to have a dairy treat for the guests.  The sleep really great after an 8 p.m. dessert like this one!”  –Innkeepers, Altemus Corners B&B

1 (8 ounce) bag animal crackers, finely crushed
½ cup butter
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
½ cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
2 eggs
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1 ½ cups sour cream
Whipped cream 

¾ cup fresh cranberries
¾ cup water
2 teaspoons corn starch
¼ cup sugar
¾ cup fresh sliced strawberries 

Preheat over to 325°F. Melt the butter in a glass pie plate.  Add the cookie crumbs, mix, and press into the bottom of the plate and up the sides.  In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and ½ cup sugar.  Add the eggs one at a time.  Stir in the lemon and 1 teaspoon vanilla; mix to combine.  Pour the cream cheese mixture into the pie plate and bake 20 minutes, or until set. In a medium bowl, mix together the sour cream, 3 tablespoons sugar and ½ teaspoon vanilla.  Remove the cheesecake from the oven and top with the sour cream mixture.  Return to oven for an additional 10 minutes.  Cool and refrigerate.  Serve with whipped cream and berry topping. 

For the topping:  Boil the cranberries in the water for about 5 minutes.  The cranberries will pop.  Mix the cornstarch in a bit of cold water to make a thick slurry.  Remove the cranberries from heat and add the slurry and sugar.  Allow the mixture to cool 10 minutes before adding sliced strawberries. 

Picture yourself breakfasting in the morning or fire-fly gazing in the evening on the gazebo-porch at Altemus Corners in Stoughton. Innkeeper Marge promises the Cranberry/Strawberry Topped Cheesecake is served year-round.