Green thumbs go LIVE this Saturday from Garden & Landscape Expo 2019

February 7, 2019

The Hostas, Hydrangeas and Hyacinths are in hair and make-up standing by to go LIVE from the floor of the Garden &  Landscape Expo 2019 – this Saturday, Feb. 9 right here on! We’re extending a slice of our midwinter oasis to your laptops, tablets and smartphones as we livestream five of our expert-led and…

That’s a (Rough Puff Pastry) Wrap! The 2018 Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

October 16, 2018

The labor of the fall harvest – which in Wisconsin Public Television terms means the successful production of Quilt Expo 2018 in early September, the launch of brand new seasons (!) of Wisconsin Life and Around the Farm Table, and the premiere of our new documentary Hip-Hop U: The First Wave Scholars (loaded with digital extras) –…

Week 8 Biscuits Recap: The 2018 Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

August 29, 2018

Snap, Crack(le). . . Bake!  The poet Carl Sandburg’s Good Morning, America begins with 38 definitions of poetry. His memorable line, “poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits,”  is as scrumptious to speak as the 62 snappy crackers, stout tea cakes, and sturdy gingerbread structures submitted to our Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge: Biscuits Week (and by “week”…

Week 7 Sweet Dough Recap: The 2018 Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

August 7, 2018

Oh my,  Wisconsin Bakers! We sure do love your sweet, Sweet Buns!   The Tent tackled “sweet dough” during Week 7, which is baker-speak for beloved items like doughnuts, coffee cake and cinnamon rolls, as well as the loaded and elaborate breads that adorn our holiday spreads. But instead of using Grandma’s Christmas fruit loaf…

Week 5 Pies Recap: The 2018 Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

July 24, 2018

All eyes were on PIES this week in Paul and Mary’s tent, and our glorious Wisconsin bakers came through with over 80 heavyweight Wellingtons, American Sweets and some hair-raising Hand-Raising to rival them all. A quote from one of our bakers sums up Pie Week to perfection: “. . . butter, butter and more butter ….

Week 3 Tarts Recap: The 2018 Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

July 10, 2018

The Queen of Hearts indeed made some tarts, but our Wisconsin bakers staged a veritable overthrow of her crown as they whisked along with this week’s Great British Baking Show: TARTS! Devoted entirely to topless (gasp) pastry, Paul and Mary’s tent tormented contestants with a Classic French Tarte Tatin, Mary Berry’s (Very Own) British Treacle Tart…