Holiday & Entertaining

Celebration Spring Supper

Spring has finally sprung!   Time to get all of your family and friends out of hibernation and into the dining room to enjoy a special Spring celebration dinner.   This delicious menu also is terrific as an Easter buffet. … Continue reading

The Bundt Pan Revisited

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It’s round with a fluted top and a hole in the middle. It can transform a first-time baker’s cake into a masterpiece.    It even got a shout out in the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” when Andrea Martin’s … Continue reading

Cooking for the birds

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I have a special affinity for birds.   My father, Earl Reitz, along with my grandfather Mathew Reitz, ran a successful feed company in Hammond, Indiana when I was growing up.   Making bird seed blends for various national companies was one … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Recipes and Tips

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner.    Everyone seems to have their own opinions on what method makes the perfect bird.   Brining (both wet and dry), roasting, grilling, frying……. The list goes on.   And can be overwhelming for … Continue reading

Are you ready for some cheese ball?

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Cheese balls are back!    Try your hand at this fun pigskin cheese ball shaped like a football and encased in delicious, crispy bacon.    The recipe is below.  For hands-on training, take a look at the quick “how to” … Continue reading

Talking cherries

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It’s the question I am asked the most as a resident of Door County.   When will the cherries be ready? Door County, located on a quaint peninsula that juts 70 miles out into the waters for Green Bay and … Continue reading

Uncork Summer Recipes

RAW VEGETABLE SALAD WITH ISLAND ORCHARD HARD CIDER AND MAPLE VINAIGRETTE with walnuts and dried Door County cherries serves 8 Salad ingredients 5 cups shaved or julienne-cut vegetables (Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Fennel, Radish, Beets etc) use a mandoline slicer for … Continue reading

Roasted Wild Mushroom and Ricotta Crostini

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Mushrooms are definitely one of my favorite things.   With the wide variety and array of colors, it is often hard to narrow down my mushroom selection to just one or two. The mushrooms in the photo above are all from … Continue reading