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 9 Patisserie Recap: The 2018 Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

September 3, 2018

Ça va, mes amis? Here we are in the semifinal week, and as much as Mel, Sue and your humble recapper might like to lighten the mood with French that is, how you say, pas mal, the mood is tense. So let’s get right to it, non? Our four remaining bakers delved into the precision…

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”…

A New Kind of TV Dinner

October 5, 2016

There’s a lot to enjoy about October: fall is officially here, new episodes of Wisconsin Life are airing every Thursday, and a brand-new season of Around the Farm Table kicks off this Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Cooler temperatures always inspire me to cook a hearty meal and spend an evening with some of my favorite shows,…

Wisconsin Girl Treated To “State Dinner” at the White House

August 31, 2016

Eating healthy paid off in a big way for Wisconsin’s Raya Al Hajjar. The eight-year-old submitted a recipe to the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids’ “State Dinner” that was so good, it earned her a dinner with First Lady Michelle Obama last month. The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge promotes cooking and healthy eating by asking kids…

Add Asparagus to the Grill

June 10, 2015

Asparagus is in season in Wisconsin. After you’ve enjoyed it boiled, broiled, steamed, roasted and raw, consider tossing those green stalks onto the grill. Grilling asparagus is only slightly more complex than grilling a hotdog or bratwurst. Add a little oil, salt and pepper, and your asparagus will be just as flavorful. If you want…

Healthy Eating has its Rewards

April 23, 2015

A little creativity could earn you and your kids a seat at a state dinner in the White House. The 4th annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” is seeking out original recipes that are healthy, creative, affordable, delicious and original. One recipe from each of the 50 states will be chosen, and the…

Food Worth Traveling For

January 8, 2015

Wisconsin Foodie is back for a fifth season on Wisconsin Public Television, and I’m excited because that means it’s time to start planning new culinary adventures. As the title indicates, “Foodie” is a show about food, but the program also fits nicely into the travel genre. Each episode, host Kyle Cherek visits restaurants, bars, creameries,…