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Pear Mostarda from Madison at the Cream Top Shop

A taste of Italian tradition in Central Wisconsin We’ve got a great new spicy-sweet jarred bit of wonderful deliciousness on the shelves at the Cream Top Shop. The confection in question is a terrific old-school style Pear Mostarda made in the style of Cremona in northern Italy. It’s made by the crew at Quince & […]

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Making “Tunisian Pimento Cheese” in Your Kitchen

Handmade Tunisian Harissa combined with handcrafted Creamery Cream Cheese Fifteen years or so ago, we did a T-shirt at the Roadhouse to promote our then-new Pimento Cheese. In a bit of one-line visioning, we wrote “Pimento Cheese Capital of the Midwest.” (The T-shirt is a Zingerman’s classic and one of my favorites, and as of […]

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Five Easy Appetizers for Your Entertaining

Great tastes made with two ingredients in under two minutes If you’re having folks over to watch football or celebrate the New Year, are making something for someone special, or just want to treat yourself to some great flavors, here are five appetizers you can put together in minutes and eat with your fingers: Anchovies […]

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Bellwether Farms Jersey Cow’s Milk Ricotta at the Creamery

A wealth of wonderful creamy cheese to enrich your table I’ve been eating and loving the ricotta from the Callahan family’s Bellwether Farms for probably fifteen years now. For most of that time, I could only get it when I was out in the Bay Area. Happily, a few years ago we started to have […]

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2023 Jelly Bean Jump Up Calendars Raise Money for SafeHouse Center

Local canines and cats star on this annual calendar! This week marks the start of the 8th annual Jelly Bean Jump Up, our yearly fundraiser for SafeHouse Center. The bulk of the event will actually take place in the winter—February and a couple really cool events in March—but we’re getting things moving now by putting out […]

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Chocolate Sprinkles Arrive from the Netherlands

The classic way for Dutch kids to start their day Although it’s not a combination that has historically been given much thought on this side of the Atlantic, the practice of eating bread and chocolate in tandem has long been hugely popular in Europe. The Pain au Chocolat I wrote about last week is one of the […]

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