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Friday nights in Oshkosh

April 14, 2014 by braytonbb

Two great ways to spend your Friday nights in Oshkosh. Now that the weather is finally warming, we can get outside and experience even more ways to enjoy Oshkosh.

 

FREE Fridays at the Time Community Theater at 445 N Main.  Doors open at 7:30 and movie at 8:00. Cheap concessions and  great mix of movies from frightening, to family oriented to just plain fun. Check out the Times Facebook page for updates and movie presentations.

 

 

Picture courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors BureauStarting on Friday, April 25 through August 29th from from 7:00 PM -11:00 PM, at Sunnyview Expo Center, weekly racing every Friday night. Pit gates open at 4:00 with grandstands opening at 5:00. Regular races featuring IMCA modifieds, IMCA stock cars, IMCA sport modifieds, Grand Natioinals, Street Stocks and Dirt Devils. Admission is $10.00 for adults and Students (11-15) $5.00 and 10 and under are FREE with a paid adult. Pit admission is $25.00 and special races take place periodically.

 

 

Breakfast Grilled Cheese

April 10, 2014 by braytonbb

This breakfast grilled cheese is probably one of my new favorite recipes. It has a wonderful mix of sweet and savory with just the right amount of heat. This recipe was featured on channel 5 roadtrip segment a couple of weeks ago and was favored well, so we wanted to share our recipe with you. I considered entering this in the bedandbreakfast.com contest a month ago, but I figured it was not sweet enough. I may have to reconsider this one for next year.

I use very specific ingredients in this sandwich for a few of the items. You can tweak anyway you like, but I have found that using these key ingredients makes a big difference.

Festival Foods bakery cinnamon bread-unsliced, Butcher Block Raspberry pepper or Raspberry Japlepeno jam,( there are two companies that make this jam that Butcher Block sells. I forget the name, but they are both incredible, Hennings Mango Fire Cheddar Cheese sold at Butcher Block as well. If you have never been in Butcher Block, you should really check it out. A lot of specialty items only found in Wisconsin and really nice owners too!

breakfast grilled cheeseBreakfast Grilled Cheese – Serves 1

Two slices cinnamon bread, 2 Large eggs, 2 TB  Raspberry Pepper Jam, 2 slices maple bacon (fried), and 2 slices mango chipotle cheddar cheese and butter.

Scramble eggs and pour into a frying pan. Cook without scrambling, but flip to keep the eggs together. Set aside.

Butter both slices of cinnamon bread on one side. Lay one slice, buttered side down, in frying pan. Spread one TB of raspberry pepper jam on bread. Layer with eggs, bacon, and cheese. Slather the other 1 TB of raspberry pepper jam on opposite side of buttered bread. Lay the jam side down on the egg, bacon and cheese with butter side up. Flip to cook other side until desired doneness. About one minutes. Cut in half and serve with fruit.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cheesecake Bread Pudding

April 3, 2014 by braytonbb

Chocolate covered cherry cheesecake bread pudding. Wow, thats a mouth full! This is the recipe that I entered into the national bed and breakfast.com contest.  The criteria was make up your own, authentic “sweet” breakfast recipe. We made it to the top 16 but unfortunately, did not  make it past that, as competition was pretty stiff. I love bread pudding recipes because you can make them for a crowd or for just one. When making them for one in these cute little soufle bowls, they puff up so beautifully that I was hoping the picture alone would sway some voters. Though we did not make through, I wanted to share the recipe with you. I hope you enjoy.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Bread Pudding- serves 1chocolate covered cherry cheesecake bread pudding

4 TB. graham cracker crumbs,1/2 TB butter, 1 egg, 1/2 C milk, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, 1 Challah or Hawaiian bread, 3 oz. cream cheese, 1/4 Can cherry pie filling, 1/4 C sugar, and 1/4 C mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8oz. ramekin with non stick cooking spray.
Melt butter. Add graham cracker crumbs to melted butter and spoon into bottom of ramekin until it covers the bottom. Pat down.

Whisk together egg, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/3 of the sugar until combined and sugar is dissolved.
Tear bread into pieces (larger rather than smaller) and add to egg mixture. If too soggy, add a little more bread. Mix well.
Put half of the bread mixture on top of the graham mixture.

Combine cream cheese with 1/3 of the sugar (still having 1/3 left) until combined.
Spread cream cheese mixture on top of bread mixture.

Sprinkle about 10 or more chocolate chips on top of cream cheese mixture, depending how chocolaty you like it, you can always add more.
Add cherry pie filling over the cream cheese and chocolate chips.

Place the remaining bread over the top and sprinkle with remaining sugar.
Bake 45-50 minutes. Sprinkle more chocolate chips on the top when done baking. Serve immediately.

Big Weekend in Oshkosh

March 31, 2014 by braytonbb

 

April 11-13 is a big weekend in Oshkosh. You know when multiple events start happening in Oshkosh on the same weekend, that the weather must be warming up, right? Please tell me Spring is on the way!

Friday, April 11 is Dancing with the Little Stars. At 6:30 at the convention center registration, cocktails, Hors d’ oeuvres and a silent auction kicks off the night, followed by an award presentation and then a friendly competition among couples and groups of “local celebrity” dancers. Tickets are $50.00 pp and all proceeds from Dancing for Little Stars support Parent Connection, a parent education and early learning program that encourages, strengthens and supports families throughout Oshkosh and the Fox Cities.

Saturday, April 12 start your day at the Paine Art Center with the Maria Pinto Fashion Event. Maria Pinto, a Chicago based designer, is a Contemporary American designer and artist who creates beautiful, versatile fashions with a modern urban edge. She is best known for designing for First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. The fashion show will be held in the Paine’s conservatory at 12:00 with lunch consisting of a plated cheese course, marinated grilled chicken on a bed of greens with blood oranges, pomegranate, feta cheese, pine nuts and a citrus vinaigrette followed by dessert and wine choice. An interview and runway show will follow. Reservations can be made by April 7 at a cost of $60.00/$50.00 Paine members.

Later that evening from 7:30-10:00 PM, check out Oshkosh on Broadway at the Grand Opera House. In its eighth year, Oshkosh on Broadway continues to be the most talked about fundraiser for the community. Just under 100 community/celebrity members sing and dance, all to raise funds for the Grands educational and free community programs.

 

 

 

Photo provided by the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Photo provided by the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

Sunday, April 13th is the annual Oshkosh Half MarathonThis is the 10th season for the Oshkosh half marathon/5K run/walk and kids run which takes participants around scenic area, historic homes and by the river. There will be themed water stations and massage therapists at the finish line.The course begins on Ceape/Main, taking you past the historic Paine Art Center,  catches the Wiowash Trail, then heads south on the river-front trail. The final mile goes through the heart of downtown Oshkosh, catches the river trail behind the Convention Center and finishes inside the Leach Amphitheatre. The 5K course starts and ends at the same point. This event benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. and the Oshkosh Area Humane Society.

 

Mint Truffles

March 27, 2014 by braytonbb

Mint truffles. Yum! This really isn’t a new recipe, just an adaption of a previous one, but that doesn’t make it any less indulgent. Reading my old post, I commented that I had never tried it with mint Oreos or chocolate Oreos, so this seemed like the right time. Original recipe . Adapted recipe is slightly different. You don’t need as much cream cheese since for some reason the mint oreos are much softer.  Also include peppermint or mint extract and white chocolate.

1 package of Mint Oreos, 4oz. cream cheese, (add more if necessary) white chocolate, green food coloring, mint or peppermint extract. Set aside a couple of cookies so you can crumble cookie crumbs over the top. Oreo balls (mint)

Add the entire package of Oreos to the food processor. Process until crumbly. Add softened cream cheese and process again.

Scoop out Tablespoons of crumb mixture and form into a ball.  Put on a cookie sheet and store in the freezer until ready to coat with white chocolate. (It will be much easier when they are firm like this)

Melt white chocolate. Once melted add as much green food coloring as you want to get to the desired color. Then add your extract. If you really want to go crazy, add some peppermint schnapps! Dip the frozen Oreo balls in the mint chocolate or drizzle with the mint chocolate or both. Add cookie crumbs for a little more flair.

30-35 balls depending on the size you make them. Store in the freezer until ready to serve.

WineFeast

March 24, 2014 by braytonbb

WineFeast! What more can you say. Sign me up. 100% of the proceeds from WineFeast directly benefit over 4,000 youth at the Boys and Girls club of Oshkosh.

Saturday, April 5, starting at 7:00 PM at the Oshkosh Convention Center, sample a diverse selection of over 150 wines, domestic and imported beers, a wide variet of non-alcoholic beverages and delicious appetizers and entrees from over a dozen local restaurants.

A silent auction will be head with over 50 sought after items along with a wine raffle with a chance to win a bottle from an assortment of 1450 different bottles of wine ranging from $5.00 to $100.00.  You will also receive a complimentary Riedel white wine glass and be able to hear music from Janet Planet.

Tickets are $75.00 a piece or 2 for $125.00 or 4 for $200.00.

Want a little more out of this experience. Elect to be a cellar select. For $125.00 pp,  you will receive a champagne reception starting at 4:00, a full access pass to WineFeast, a relaxing five course dinner, live auction, complimentary Riedel red wine glass and entertaining harp music by Virginia Rogers.

There are also several other packages as an upgrade or for a group. You can purchase your tickets at Festival Foods in Neenah and Oshkosh, Blue Moose convenience stores in Oshkosh or at FNB Fox Valley.

Breakfast Quesadilla

March 20, 2014 by braytonbb

A little Tex Mex for Breakfast, why not? This breakfast quesadilla is probably one of my favorite new recipes that I pulled off of Pinterest. Of course I tweaked it to make it my own, which is what you can do too.  Really easy to make, looks great on the plate, satisfying and completely creative that you can add whatever ingredients you want. You can’t see the avocado in the picture, but they are in there. ( My little hint of green for St. Patricks).

breakfast quesadilla unpublishedBreakfast Quesadilla – Serves 4

8 – 6″ flour tortillas, 6 eggs, 1 Kielbasa sausage (sliced), 2 avocados, sliced, 2 C shredded Mexican cheese, 1 onion, chopped, 1 red pepper, chopped, 3 med. potatoes, sliced, 2 TB. olive oil, 2 TB butter, salt and pepper to taste and salsa and sour cream (optional).

In a large skillet, heat 1 TB olive oil and cook the onion and the potatoes until the potatoes are tender. Set aside.

Add the other TB of oil to the skillet and fry the sausage until lightly browned. Beat egg and pour over sausage. Scramble eggs with sausage and cook until eggs are done. Remove to a plate and set aside.

In the same skillet, melt half TB of butter over med. heat and place a tortilla on your skillet. Layer with 1/4 C cheese, 1/4 potato mixture, 1/4 egg/sausage mixture and slices from half of an avocado. Add another 1/4 C cheese and top with second tortilla.

Carefully flip tortilla when one side is lightly browned and cheese is beginning to melt. Add more cheese to the top of tortilla and cook until bottom tortilla is lightly browned.

Slice the quesadilla into 4 wedges and serve with home made salsa (see previous recipe) and sour cream.

WPS Farm Show

March 17, 2014 by braytonbb

The WPS Farm show is happening March 25-27, beginning at 9:00 AM at the EAA grounds. The farm show will showcase the latest farming equipment, machinery, tools and service along with many seminars.  Ranging from the latest, money making alpaca raising information, to energy efficient uses on the farm.  This is a FREE event to attend with a silent auction.   The kids will love the adventure as well with a kiddie tractor pull on Wednesday at 1:00. There will be more than 700 booths and 400 vendors.

Cinnamon Yogurt Fruit Cup

March 13, 2014 by braytonbb

Cinnamon yogurt fruit cup. Refreshing, crunchy and good for you too. Plus there is some green fruit in here for my St. Patricks Day themed month.

Cinnamon yogurt fruit cupCinnamon Yogurt Fruit Cup – Serves 12 small fruit cups.

Dressing – 1/2 C lowfat yogurt, 1/4 C sugar, 1/4 C brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. lemon juice, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 Granny smith apple, cored and diced, 1 pink lady or red apple of choice, cored and diced, 1 pear, cored and diced, 1/2 C red grapes and 1/2 C green grapes and 1/4 C chopped walnuts.

Mix all the dressing ingredients together and put in the fridge while you are cutting up your fruit.

Once you have everything chopped up, pour your dressing over the fruit and stir.

Enjoy right away and refrigerate any leftovers, if you have some.

 

St. Patricks Day Parade and Tent Party

March 10, 2014 by braytonbb

Monday, March 17th is St. Patricks Day, but Oshkosh is celebrating it this Saturday all day and into the night with a tent party and parade.  Starting at 2:00 kick off Irish Cider School at Barley and Hops, who will introduce you to the wonderful world of cider from 2:00 pm – 3:00. Registration includes commemorative glassware, multiple samples of Irish and other UK Ciders, and a presentation on these tasty drinks and their popularity in America. Products to sample include Magners Original, Magners Pear, Hornsby’s Amber, Hornsby’s Crisp, and Blackthorn. Price is only $15 per person. Must be over 21 to attend. Sign-up at Barley & Hops 663 N Main St or online at www.OshkoshStPats.com.

At 4:00, just down the block at 547 N Main enjoy the beginning of a fun filled night tent party starting with the Irish band Dornan. For the next couple of hours have fun with the childrens reddest hair and freckled face contest, meet the Irish wolfhounds and join the Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance for a little fun.

At 6:30 starts the parade beginning on Main going to Ceape and ending at Irving. Watch for the Oshkosh and Convention and Visitors Bureau brand new Oshcar. You can’t miss it.  Richards School of Irish Dance will be performing around 7:30, follow by Sheamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys.

Bagpipers, cultural displays, Fox Valley hurling Club, Irish food, merchandise, silent auctions and raffles will be held throughout the day.

Want to celebrate even more? Meet up at the Roxy every Sunday in March for an authentic Irish breakfast.

Kahlua Mint Cupcakes

March 6, 2014 by braytonbb

Mint cupcakes, just in time for St. Patricks Day. I figured since I devoted the month of February to chocolate, why not devote March to green. That leaves it to Mint and avocado in my opinion. The only green food that looks appetizing is mint and there is only so  much you can do with mint that is not redundant and that is mostly in dessert format and well, avocado,  a lot more variety, just not as much for breakfast, but I will try to sneak in both.

This one is so darn pretty though that I couldn’t wait to share it with you. Now, I think box devils food cake is great, so if you are short on time, do the box. If you like to put in a little extra effort, use this recipe. I have tried many but really like this one and if you don’t care for mint, try a chocolate buttercream with these little darlings. Scrumptious too.

Kahlua Mint Cupcakes – Makes 24 regular cupcakesMint cupcakes

2 C sugar, 2 C flour, 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda, dash of salt, 3/4 C  hot chocolate powder, 2 sticks butter, 3/4 C Kahlua, 2 eggs, 2/3 C sour cream, and 1 TB vanilla

Mint Filling- 1/2 C chocolate chips, 4 TB heavy cream, 2 Tsp. mint extract. and 1/2 C powdered sugar.

Melt chocolate chips and heavy cream together in the microwave. Stir in mint extract and then powdered sugar. Fill insides of cupcake with filling.

Mint Buttercream – 8 oz. cream cheese, 6 TB butter (softened), 4+ Cups powdered sugar, 1 TB heavy cream, 1 tsp. mint extract and green food coloring.

 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a regular size muffin tin with cupcake liners and fill about 2/3 full of batter.

In a large bowl whisk together sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in Kahlua and simmer. Remove from heat and whisk in hot chocolate until smooth. Let cool slightly. Once cool, beat in eggs and sour cream. Pour into muffin liners and bake for about 15 minutes. Let cupcakes cool completely.

Once cupcakes are cooled, scoop out the middle with a baby spoon and fill with mint filling.

For buttercream, beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, heavy cream and mint extract. Add a couple drops of green food coloring and stir. Pipe butter cream over cupcakes. Drizzle with any mint filling you had left and top with and Andes mint.

 

Hops & Props at EAA

March 4, 2014 by braytonbb

Hop & Props

Photo provided by Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Hops & Props is back again for another year at the EAA grounds. Hops & Props is the premier event for beer connoisseurs and fine food tasting this Saturday, March 8 from 7:00-10:00 PM. You can be part of a VIP experience prior to the general session. More information coming soon.

If you have never had the chance to attend this event, there is sampling of over 250 different  beverages provided by micro-breweries and distributors from across the world. You will learn about the brewing process, history, and become a distinguished  beverage taster.  You will also have the opportunity to meet master brewers and understand the different characteristics of ales, lagers hybrid or mixed styles of beers, wheat beers, fruit beers, stouts, English Bitter, porter and meads. You will defiantly get a chance to try something new and perhaps find a new favorite. 

Great music from several live bands, food, coffee and sweets also add to this incredible event!

Funds raised support  museum activities offered by EAA. Admission price includes museum entrance, commemorative beer glass, tasting guide, hors d’oeuvres, live music and a lot of fun.

Rooms of Blooms

March 3, 2014 by braytonbb

 

The Paine Art Museum brings back Rooms of Blooms for the fifth year. Rooms of Blooms is the greater Fox Valley floral show. The lead presenters will be House of Flowers, Hrnaks and Fleur Couture here in Oshkosh and Buds ‘n Bloom Design Studio from Green Bay.

If you have never been, March 6-9, talented designers and artists will showcase their talents in the interior of the Paine Art Museum. Interior rooms will be filled with fresh flowers in artistic arrangements from table settings, to large scale settings and entire room showcase filled with floral aromas. March 7th and 8th, educational programs will be held in the new carriage house.

This year, for the first time, The Paine will also offer the opportunity to have brunch among the floral display in the conservatory on Saturday, at 9:00. March 8th (reservation is required). On Sunday, musical ensembles will perform live music in the conservatory as well. For pricing and the brunch menu, you can visit the Paine Art Museum

Chocolate Chip Egg Bread

February 27, 2014 by braytonbb

Chocolate chip bread. The last of the chocolate recipes for February, but defiantly not the last that you will ever see, not even soon.  Two recipes for you two choose from this week. The first recipe is just an adaption from a past recipe. Remember the Crusty Bread recipe I shared with you last year? Its one that I use all the time for a lot of our wine and cheese socials. I am always playing around with different ingredients and this time I threw in some chocolate chips and a little extra sugar in it. Last week, I cubed up the bread and used a mascarpone cheese spread with it. Delicious! You can grab the recipe by clicking on the crusty bread link above. The next recipe is a bit different. I got it from my Taste of Home cookbook that I have had for years. Its a little sweeter and does not have the crunchy outer shell. I would say this is more of a dessert bread. It would be fun to hear which you prefer. I know my favorite.

Crusty Chocolate Chip bread.- Cut into cubes and serve with honey butter, cinnamon butter or mascarpone.

crusty chocolate chip bread

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Chip Egg Bread – 2 loaves

3 1/2 C flour, 1/4 C sugar, plus 1 TB divided, 3/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 TB yeast, 3/4 warm water, 3 TB oil, 2 eggs, and 4-5 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips.

Egg wash – 1 egg and 1 tsp. water

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Whisk flour, sugar and salt in a stand mixer.  In another bowl whisk 1/2 TB sugar, yeast and water together. Set aside for 5 minutes until foamy. Whisk in oil and eggs. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Beat first until blended. Then use your dough hook and knead until incorporated. Knead in chocolate chips by hand.

Divide dough in half and place in two separate greased bowls, turning dough to coat. Cover and allow to rise about 90 minutes until doubled in size.

After 90 minutes, roll each each a smooth round loaf. Place both loaves on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover an let rise until doubled or proof in the oven until happy with the size.

Beat egg and water. Brush over loaves. Sprinkle remaining sugar over the top of each loaf. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Cover with foil and bake and additional 15 minutes until golden. Cool before cutting.

25 things to do in Oshkosh for under $10.00

February 24, 2014 by braytonbb

25 things to do in Oshkosh that are under $10.00? How many times have you said there is nothing to do or I am broke. Well here is a list compiled by our wonderful convention and visitors bureau of 25 things to do this winter and upcoming spring. I thought it was so worthwhile that I had to share. Many items are available as a discount with the complimentary Convention and Visitors Bureau coupon book.

Bowling Sign

1. Enjoy our winter farmers market at the Washington Hall (formerly The Eagles Club)

2. Check out the WIOUWASH Trail ( walk, cross country ski, snow shoe or bike)

3. Visit the art galleries on the UW Oshkosh campus.

4. Sled down Garbage Hill at Red Arrow Park

5. Grab a day pass at the YMCA and go ice skating, rock climbing, swimming, and so much  more. ( Youth and high school $10.00, adults $14.00.

6. Enjoy a budget movie at the Time Community Theater.

7. Visit the Nativity collection inside the Algoma Blvd. United Methodist Church

8. Explore the Oshkosh Public Museum

9. Visit the Paine Art Center and Gardens

10. Enjoy Gallery Walk and AfterWalk inside the Grand Opera House.

11. Take your dog to the free dog park at  Winnebago Community Park

12. Get your laugh on at the Backlot Comedy House on Main St.

13. Tour the historic Morgan House

14. Catch a show at the Fredric March Theater on the UW Oshkosh Campus

15. When is the last time you went bowling? Oshkosh has 4!

16. Go to a parade, including the St. Patrick’s Day parade coming up soon.

17. Pick up a comic book or board game from House of Heroes

18. Pick up a book at the Oshkosh Public Library

19. Check out the EAA Air Museum.

20. Play some pool at The Magnet

21. Go treasure hunting at one of our thrift and antique stores.

22. Grab some coffee and a sandwich at Caramel Crisp, Planet Perk, New Moon or Piloras

23. Attend Tuesday night $5.00 movies at the Marcus Cinema

24. Grab some great chili at Dr. Benzie’s.

25. Enjoy a frish fry at South Shore Ice Yacht Club.

 

 

Cookie Dough Brownies

February 20, 2014 by braytonbb

Cookie dough brownies! What else is there to say. The best of both worlds, right? Fudgy brownies for the base and raw egg less cookie dough for the top. I had this recipe that I had planned to share with you this week but I think its going to have to wait since I promised a few people that I would post this after sharing with my Valentines couples last weekend. I wanted something very special for Valentines weekend and this one had been calling my name for awhile. It came off of Pinterest from recipegirl.com. I give her a lot of credit for the genius idea except next time I make these I will be using my own cookie dough recipe. Why I didn’t to begin with? Well, I like trying to new things. The cookie dough is tasty but the texture is pretty grainy but I think cutting back on some of the sugar would help. Needless to say, they are quite over the top. One bite for me was enough many had seconds. 

This recipe is a little putzy but only because you have to let the chill before proceeding. Other than that, its pretty easy.  Yields 16 brownies.

cookie dough brownies2Brownie Layer

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips. I used melting chocolate here since that is what I had on hand.
1 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour

COOKIE DOUGH:
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature or almost melted
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk or cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup miniature chocolate chips
additional miniature chocolate chips, if desired (to garnish the top)

Directions:

Prepare the brownie layer- 
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×9-inch pan with nonstick spray, then line with a strip of parchment paper so that it covers the bottom and comes up two sides of the pan. Spray the parchment with nonstick spray too. (This is a must)
2. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave in 30 second bursts to melt butter and chocolate together until all is melted and smooth. Whisk in the sugars, then whisk in the eggs, vanilla and salt. Sift flour into the bowl and stir. Scrape the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the brownie layer is cooked through (toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean). Place the pan of brownies in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process (or cool at room temperature and add the cookie dough layer later).

Prepare the cookie dough layer:
3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter, sugars and salt until soft and creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Mix in the milk and vanilla. Sprinkle in the flour and mix in until combined. Stir in the 1 cup of chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for about an hour. When ready, scoop the cookie dough onto the top of the brownies and spread onto the brownie layer. Brownies must be cool to do this! Wet your hands or spray them with nonstick spray and pat the cookie dough on top in a even layer. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips on top to create a nicer, visual appearance. For easy, clean cutting, chill the brownies (wrap the brownies with plastic wrap and chill until firm- 1 to 2 hours).
4. Cut the brownies: Run a knife along the sides of the brownie pan and then use the parchment paper to lift the brownies from the pan and onto a cutting board. Slice the brownies with a sharp knife, wiping the knife with a paper towel between cuts. If you’d like all of your slices of brownies to look clean-cut without edges, use the knife to cut the sides of the brownies off before cutting pieces. Keep brownies slices covered and chilled until ready to serve.

Source: RecipeGirl.com

Battle on Bago

February 17, 2014 by braytonbb

Battle on Bago (Winnebago) is here again this Friday February 21 and Saturday February 22nd. It is the largest ice fishing tournament around with over $160,000 in cash and prizes to be given away.

For those that don’t know, Lake Winnebago is 10×30 miles, 88 miles of shoreline and an average of 15 to 21 feet deep.

How safe is it to be out on the ice with the tent, thousands of people, cars and music? Great question? This year is one of the best with the brutal cold temps we have had. Clear, solid ice around 2″-3″ thick only is sufficient to hold one person walking. This year though the ice is about 30+ in thickness and the has been great fishing conditions. Sturgeon Spearing which is usually a two week season, was called short last week due to the large number of sturgeon speared last week. First time in years.

Pack

The tournament begins at 6:00 AM Friday morning, with a fish fry from 5-10 PM and the band, Road Trip playing from 7:30-11:00 PM.

Now as exciting as all this is, for me it just won’t compare to last year when we had a few of the Packer alumni staying with us for the tournament. This picture was from last year, but it was probably one of my most memorable times to date.

 

Oreo Cheesecake Bites

February 13, 2014 by braytonbb

February is chocolate month, so as promised another chocolate recipe. Oreo Cheesecake Bites are so simple to throw together when you need something quick. They are also a great single serve item so its easy not to give yourself too much. At least if you can restrain yourself from not having more than one.

oreo cheesecake for twoThis recipe is only for two, but you can double, triple or make as much as you want.

2 oz. cream cheese, softened, 1 TB sugar, 1 square semi sweet baking chocolate, melted, 1/2 C cool whip and 2 Oreo cookies(mint is really tasty too).

Beat cream cheese, sugar and melted chocolate in a medium bowl with a whisk until blended and smooth.

Add whipping topping and mix well.

Place one cookie in the bottom of a paper muffin cup. Scoop or pipe cream cheese mixture over the cookie.

Serve right away or refrigerate for later.

What to do for Valentines Day weekend?

February 10, 2014 by braytonbb

So you want to do something special for Valentines Day but have limited funds? Well lucky for you, Oshkosh has some great events going on that won’t cost you much but will score you some big points all close to the inn.

Big Heart of Art - 1000 Visual Mashups

Friday evening (Valentines Day), Chef Mike at Beckets restaurant on the Fox River, will be serving up some wonderful entrees exclusively for Valentines Day. Janet Planet, a jazz vocalist, will also be playing by the roaring fire. Sounds wonderfully romantic to me. Beautiful atmosphere on the river, great food and free live music!

Saturday from 9:00-12:30 the indoor Saturday Farmers Market at Washington Hall will be hosting Tin Sandwich. Enjoy great music while checking out beautiful crafts, canned goods, pottery, soaps, and so much more.

Saturday evening Dockside Tavern, just across the river from Beckets, will be hosting Piano Bar with Michael Massey at 6:00 PM. Free champagne with every entree purchase and two 4 one martinis all night long.

You have to eat sometime, so why not choose one or both of these great restaurants on the Fox River, just blocks from the inn, hear some amazing music for free and check out the indoor farmers market if you have never been. I hear it is supposed to warm up here the next few days, so by this weekend it will be the perfect romantic weekend.

 

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

February 6, 2014 by braytonbb

February is chocolate month, right? Well, it should be. I think it is my obligation to test out as many chocolate recipes as I can and present you with the very best. Now, personally, I have shown you some of best in some previous posts of mine like the Fudgy Cherry Cake brownies, Black and White brownies, Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins and Crock Pot Hot Chocolate. Just some of my favorites, but its always fun to try something new. So this week and I will try every week in February to come up with a new chocolate recipe.

This week is the chocolate, chocolate chip cookie. No, I did not add chocolate twice. It really is chocolaty. Now, I like chocolate just like the next person, probably even more but these are really over the top. It kind of tastes like a brownie or a truffle but has a meringue top which gives it a nice sheen and a little crunch with being moist on the inside.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies -30 Large cookies

16oz. dark chocolate (70%) is best but use whatever you can get your hands on. -chopped. Chocolate Chocolate chip Cookies
1/4 C butter, room temp.
1 1/4 C sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8oz. dark chocolate chips (Ghirardelli is perfect) but if you can only find Nestle, thats okay too. Better chocolate, better cookie.

Melt 16oz. chocolate and butter in top of double boiler over simmering water, (not boiling) stirring until smooth.  Remove from heat.  Beat sugar and eggs in a bowl with a electric mixer until thick and smooth.  Add melted chocolate and vanilla slowly to eggs.  Mix well.
Add flour, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl, then stir into chocolate mixture.
Add chocolate chips and stir to combine.  Refrigerate batter about 20 minutes. Any more than that, they get too firm.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Very important. Even if you spray your pan, they will stick because of the minimal amount of flour. Trust  me!  Drop heaping tablespoons of batter onto prepared baking sheets.  Bake in pre-heated oven 350 until tops crack, about 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool completely.

Valentines Day/ Month Special

February 5, 2014 by braytonbb

I know we are already 5 days into February and I am a bit behind the ball when it comes to Valentines Day and doing something romantic, fun, and special but here is the thing. Most  bed and Breakfasts’, including ourselves, offer those romantic touches everyday. We make reservations for you at that special restaurant, we can pick up that bottle of wine that is your favorite, we offer fresh flowers in the room for that special occasion, we are fortunate to have Hughes and Oaks Chocolates so close by that we put those in our packages often as well, plus we advertise that if you want to do something really over the top, just ask. We will go out of our way to make

Valentines Day

your special day unforgettable. Therefore, trying to come up with “something out of the box” for this romantic holiday puts us both at an advantage and disadvantage since we already do these things all the time.

Speaking of “out of the box” I decided to do just that. I picked up these cute little heart shaped boxes, painted them up, and stuffed them with chocolate and a gift inside. Just like our ornament promotion and Easter egg promotion, we thought since our guests loved this idea so  much, why not do it for Valentines Day or better yet, every weekend in February.

When you check in, you will see a basket of heart shaped boxes. Pick the one that calls your name and see what your gift is inside. We have added a Brayton B&B coffee mug, Wisconsin bed and Breakfast cookbook, Hughes Chocolates, 10-50% off  one night stays and one FREE night stay! Just stay with us any weekend this February and see what cool gift you will walk away with.

7 Re-Discovered Tiffiany Windows

January 27, 2014 by braytonbb

I am honored to present the The Oshkosh Public Museum this week. Beginning February 8 through May 11, the museum will showcase the full set of Tiffany’s stained-glass window series “Angels Representing Seven Churches,”.

Created by Tiffany Studios at the beginning of the 20th century, the windows once adorned a church sanctuary in Ohio but spent decades packed in crates, nearly forgotten, after the church was demolished. In 2001, the angels were found – miraculously, all seven survived intact.

This exhibit educates us about the historical and artistic significance of the works, and archives their evolution and journey. The real beauty though is when the windows are backlit and light streams through the stained-glass which reveals their real beauty.

The significance of this exhibit is that it is here in the historic 1908 residence of Edgar and Mary Jewell Sawyer. Their interior decorations and furnishings of the home were executed by Tiffany Studios, including the bronze grilles, light fixtures and tapestry wall coverings. One of the most recognizable and beautiful Tiffany features is the iridescent landscape themed stained glass window on the landing of the grand staircase.

The In Company With Angels exhibit includes not only the dramatic Tiffany windows, but is accompanied by Living With Tiffany, an exhibit showcasing a collection of lamps, desk sets and other decorative objects created by Tiffany Studios for the home and everyday living.

I am so excited to be able to tour this exhibit and proud that Oshkosh has brought this to our community

 

Can you guess what this is?

January 23, 2014 by braytonbb

Can you guess what this gadget is? This week, no recipe, but a gadget that helps me in the kitchen. I will give you a few hints.

grapefruit cutter

1. It is used a lot at breakfast at our inn.

2. You can buy one of these yourself very inexpensively.

3. This tool makes eating this breakfast item much easier

4. This tool makes preparing this breakfast item much easier.

5. People that did not know this tool existed always ask me how I am able to prepare this one item so perfectly. Then they find out how and are amazed at this little gadget. I think Williams and Sonoma should send me a thank you card for the sale of this item.

To find the answer, you will have to go back to this previous post in our Blog.  If you don’t get it by looking at the picture, email  me. It will be fun to see how many will know.

EAA Skiplane Fly-In

January 20, 2014 by braytonbb

Courtesy of EAA- The Spirit of Aviation

EAA Airventure is months away as I am now thinking of warmer weather. If you are getting that itch though to catch a glimpse of a few planes, or should I say skiplanes, the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In is approaching. Traditionally it has been in January, but the date has been moved to  Saturday, February 8, at EAA’s Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, to increase the likelihood of sufficient snow to host flying activities.

This incredible winter event, which has welcomed more than 30 skiplanes in the past, celebrates  skiplane flying as well as the anniversary of the first-ever meeting of the Experimental Aircraft Association which was on January 26, 1953.

In the unlikely event that snow and weather conditions do not permit aircraft arrivals at Pioneer Airport on February 8, other activities will continue as planned, including complimentary chili and cake served beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The Skiplane Fly-In runs from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is free of charge to the general public. Signs will direct visitors to the skiplane area upon arrival to the museum. Shuttle services will also operate from Basler Flight Service and Orion Flight Services for those landing at Wittman Regional Airport. Regular admission rates apply for guests visiting the museum itself.

 

Chocolate Fudge Brownies

January 16, 2014 by braytonbb

My friend, who is a chef in Napa Valley, is incredible when it comes to his homemade pasta dishes and tiramisu recipes. I was shocked when he called me the other day and asked for for a traditional brownie recipe. The first thing I told him is that I am sure that whatever he came up with would be amazing. I am sure he knows that as well, but he insisted I share with him whatever I had since my sister raved about them. I have not made traditional brownies in some time. If you have followed my blog you will know that I have posted all sorts of brownies such as Blondies, Lemon Brownies Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Peanut Brownies,  Fudgey Chocolate Cherry Cake Brownies, and  Black & White Brownies  but never traditional brownies. Traditional brownies, though scrumptious as they are, are a lot like scrambled eggs. When I have guest that asks if I can do just scrambled eggs, I say of course, but we always do so much more than just scrambled eggs for breakfast. If that is what a guest wants, then that is what we will do, so I present to you the traditional brownie. I like to think of these as a refrigerator brownies. Even though it is hard not to dig into them as soon as you pull them from the oven, they are so much better once they are chilled. Dense and fudgey. Try them for yourself. Let me know what you think.

Brownies, chocolate fudgeChocolate Fudge Brownies - 1/4 C flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 C butter, 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, 1/2 C  light brown sugar, 1/3 C sugar, 2 large eggs, 1 large egg yolk, 1 tsp. of espresso powder and 1/2 C dark chocolate chips.

Frosting- 1 C dark chocolate chips, 4 TB butter, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, pinch of salt, 1/2 powdered sugar and 1-2 TB milk.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 pan.

Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a double boiler, add a couple of inches of water. To the top pan add butter, unsweetened chocolate. Melt chocolate and butter. Once melted remove top pot from bottom and whisk in brown sugar and granulated sugar. Whisk in egg, yolk and vanilla. Add flour mixture and fold in chocolate chips. Pour in 8×8 pan. Bake 30 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

For frosting, melt chocolate chips and butter. Stir in vanilla and salt. Stir in powdered sugar and then add milk a little at a time until smooth, creamy and shiny. Spread on brownies and refrigerate. Serve when firm.

 

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