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  • Tramp with the Golden Crown

    A plant that Mother Nature scatters to the rich and poor alike, a notorious weed that has so many ways of getting ahead of us, is unquestionably recognized by more people than any other flowering plant in the world. It’s the “tramp with the golden crown,” the “lion’s tooth,” the scourge of suburban homeowners, the […]

  • Warm Up Autumn with Apple Cider

    When people think of fruit crops in Door County, what immediately comes to mind is, of course, cherries, but apples make up a significant portion of local orchards in our area as well. The harvest of many varieties starts in mid-September and lasts for about a month. When the colors on the trees start to […]

  • Door County Local Salad

    With fresh salad greens available year round from Cherrydale Farms and mostly year round from Pat’s Patch, a leafy, local foundation can be used to build any salad. This version of the Italian bread salad (panzella) can be made local with crusty bread from Crusty Uprising. This salad features sweet and sour Montmorency dried cherries […]

  • Fresh From the Farm

    Meg Goettelman recently discovered that her great-grandfather was a gardening fanatic. “Maybe it’s in my DNA,” says Meg, which could explain why she and her husband Adam launched a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm from their home in the Clay Banks area of Sturgeon Bay last summer. CSAs are a farming model in which community […]

  • Savory Leek, Gorgonzola, and Bacon Custards

    Leeks, with their mild and sweet onion flavor, do not often find their way onto our tables, except in soups, like potato-leek soup and its cool French cousin, vichyssoise. These rich, savory custards, however, showcase the subtle sweetness of leeks, brought out by the mellow tang of Gorgonzola cheese and the salty, smokiness of bacon. […]

  • But the Greatest of These Is Charity

    The genesis for Edgewood Orchard Galleries’ latest cookbook, An Artist’s Food for the Soul, lay in the past. “Twenty years ago my mom had the idea,” Nell Emerson Jarosh recalled, “and began gathering recipes.” But that project was eventually set aside. “[Our] 30th anniversary [in 1999] was really fun, with bands and tents,” she continued. […]

  • Bea’s Ho-Made Products: Start With a Picnic Table and a Coffee Can

    If a story is good, it is worth telling over and over again. Such is the case with Bea’s Ho-Made Products. In 1962, Beatrice (Bea) and Bob Landin were raising their two daughters and working their Gills Rock farm. Their elder daughter, Linda, put a picnic table out by the roadside and sold some cherries […]

  • Winter’s Harvest: Pure maple syrup

    A steaming hot stack of pancakes drizzled with pure maple syrup is one of the best breakfasts to enjoy on a cold Door County winter’s morning. Locally produced at a variety of “Sugar Bushes,” the proper name for a maple syrup farm, Pure Door County Maple Syrup is one of the unique treats found on […]

  • The Peninsula’s Golden Buzz: Gathering honey in Door County

    Ray Bradbury once asserted that all bees have a smell. And if they don’t, they should for, “their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” I roll this thought around in my head in slow motion, as I listen to the low hum of thousands of bees circling the three of us. We […]

  • Strawberry Season

    One of the best things about summer is cooking with fresh, local produce. All winter, I make do with vegetables and fruit that have traveled from afar – losing most of their flavor along the way. Come July, however, an array of brightly-colored and flavored offerings are available, the strawberry being one of my favorites. […]

  • Fireside Dining at Alexander’s

    Alexander’s, located at the Hotel Du Nord on the north side of Sister Bay, is open year-round. Beginning at the end of October, Alexander’s serves dinner on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 5:00 p.m. to close, and brunch on Sundays. Chef and owner Bruce Alexander changes his menu toward the end of October to reflect […]

  • Morel Mushrooms

    Spring and summer tend to arrive on the Door Peninsula somewhat later than they do in the rest of the country. People who pine for warm days before June are usually granted a few, but the 45th parallel that pierces through the middle of the county tends to repel eighty-degree weather until July. The cold […]