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Holiday Food Traditions

Food plays a central part in many holiday traditions. This series honors the foods and meals that make the day.

Taking Stock

I was thinking about traditional foods of Wisconsin the other day.  Envisioning the immigrants who crossed choppy seas and rock ...

A History of Midwest Vines

Before California was the center of the American wine universe, the Midwest loomed large. Wisconsin had vineyards and wineries before ...

Lutefisk Supper

Lutefisk - cod that's been preserved in lye - is a Scandinavian delicacy. It's a polarizing dish; some people grow ...

Hunting Clan

Many Wisconsin families hunt for wild game. Writer Carol Guensburg grew up eating venison and wild birds, but she was ...

Wisconsin Skillets

We generally think of skillets as utilitarian objects, the work horses of the kitchen. But they can also be works ...

Lutefisk

Thanksgiving isn’t the only traditional fall feast. For those of Scandinavian descent, fall also means lutefisk suppers. Writer Eric Dregni ...

Squirrel Eating

Many Wisconsinites are serious about eating locally. Commentator Patti See’s family took things really local with a delicacy that some ...

Hunting

Thousands of Wisconsinites will take to the woods and fields this weekend for the nine-day gun deer season. Writer Michelle ...

Choucroute

When the leaves fall and the temperatures drop, our meals tend to get hearty, rich, and warming. Today, commentator Brett ...

Threshing | Hamlin Garland

Autumn is threshing time in Wisconsin. In celebration of the season and of the Wisconsin Book Festival, we bring you ...

Craft Cocktails

If you’ve lived in New York or San Francisco in the past decade, you’ve probably heard of a “craft cocktail”. ...

Jello Salad

Alongside the turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberries is another Midwestern holiday tradition: jello salad. If you’re lucky (or unlucky) enough ...

Greens

For many Wisconsin families, a Thanksgiving meal just wouldn't be complete without a big ol’ pot of greens. And for ...

Cranberries

It's hard to imagine Thanksgiving without cranberries. Unless you’re like Nodji vanWychen — born and raised on a cranberry marsh. ...

Trout Caviar

The word “caviar” conjures images of opulent luxury and the crashing waves of the Caspian Sea — not the lakes ...

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