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Autumn in Wisconsin

September 29, 2014 by braytonbb

fall 2011There is nothing like Autumn in Wisconsin! Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a warm weather kind of girl. I love the hot temps, summer breezes and spending the day on Lake Winnebago on Scotty’s Pontoons. However, digging out those jeans, cozy sweaters, taking in the early morning sunrises, brisk walks in the evening and admiring the beautiful array of colors on the trees is a close seconds to those warm summer days.

We are so fortunate here in Oshkosh to have beautiful tree-lined streets that showcase the wonders of Fall and reflect off of Lake Winnebago. Menominee Park and South Park both showcase the colorful sanctuary that we should be so proud to display to our guests that come to our city.

Want to take a road trip though and experience all the colors of Wisconsin. Check out the Travel Wisconsin website to know how locally we are progressing along with the rest of the state.

We are heating up the apple cider and bringing out our pumpkin recipes for breakfast and desserts.Get all our latest and greatest recipes by following us on our Facebook page or on our blog.

Oshkosh Oktoberfest

September 22, 2014 by braytonbb

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The temps have dropped so that must mean its time for the fifth annual Oktoberfest on the corner of 6th and Oregon on Saturday, October 4th. with great German music, dancers , food and culture.

To start off the activities at 11:00 AM, there will be a beer run/walk utilizing the new River walk which runs for 1.25 miles. You are encouraged to dress in German costume. Prizes will be awarded for best costume for individuals and groups.   There will be four beer stops of course along the way and yes, you do have to be at least 21 to participate. Next join Oshkosh, Mayor  Burk Tower for the annual tapping of the keg at 2:00 PM.

Running of the wiener dogs is always a favorite as Dachshunds only are allowed to compete. Race starts at 3:00 followed by the Oshkosh Oktoberfest Olympics with several competitive games including barrel rolling, keg bowling, Masskrugstemmen (Beer stein holding) and stein relay races with a Frankfurter eating contest.

Copper Box will also be performing from 9:00-11:00 PM. This is a free community event, so enjoy the start of October at the annual Oshkosh Oktoberfest.

 

Sugar Cookie Brownies

September 11, 2014 by braytonbb

I usually only make sugar cookies around Christmas, but once in a while my daughter will get the craving and ask me for them before the season. So, I decided to switch it up a bit and try making a sugar cookie brownie. Here is the results.

Sugar Cookie browniesSugar Cookie Brownies

1/2 C butter, 1 (12oz) bag of white chocolate chip, 1 1/4 C flour, 3/4 C sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt, and 3 eggs

Frosting – 3 C powdered sugar, 6 TB butter, softened, 1 tsp.vanilla, 1/2 tsp. almond extract and milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8×10 or smaller pan (thicker brownies), and then sprinkle with flour.

Melt butter and white chocolate chips over low heat, stirring frequently. The mixture will seem lumpy but that is okay as long as all your chips are melted. When cooled slightly, stir in flour, sugar, vanilla, salt and eggs until well blended. Spread evenly in your pan of choice. Bake for 30 minutes and cool completely!

For the frosting, mix all the ingredients together until smooth. Add a little milk at a time to get to the consistency that you like. If you like more of a glaze rather than frosting, add more milk. It will be less sweet this way.

Strawberry Marscapone Stuffed French Toast

June 5, 2014 by braytonbb

I have been making this strawberry stuffed french toast recipe for as long as we have been open. I always let or guests know that they can go to our website, on our blog, and pull off any recipe they desire. I was surprised to find out, this was not included. Now, I will have to admit that it has been tweaked over the years for a couple of different reasons. I use to cream cheese, which works well, but I have this love for marscapone, since its lighter and I can make my own when I have the time.

I also have used several different types of breads. For the longest time, I got  my cinnamon bread from Richard and Sons in Fond Du Lac, but they stopped making it. Then I had to go on the hunt and got it from Simple Simon Bakery in Appleton. It was similar but just not he same. Pick  n Save, then started making something that I thought might work, but over the years it has really been compromised. Festival Foods have come to my rescue again. I currently use their Cinnamon bread from the baker (unsliced). This way, I can get a nice thick slice and carve out a pocket so everything stays inside nicely. With that being said, my measurements are not exact, but I think you will get idea.

Strawberry Marscapone Stuffed French Toast – Serves 1 

Strawberry Marscapone Stuffed French Toast

Cinnamon bread, milk, 1 egg, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, marscapone(homemade- see tiramisu recipe from past post, minus the coffee or store bought), strawberries (diced), strawberry jam and powdered sugar.

Slice one thick piece of cinnamon bread  so it is easy enough to cut a pocket into it.

Mix egg, roughly 1/2 C milk, a dash of cinnamon, 1 tsp. of vanilla, and a 1/4 C sugar together.

Use approx a half of container of marscapone and blend a few diced strawberries and approx. 1 TB of strawberry jam. I find that it is easiest to fill a pastry bag of the marscapone mixture and pipe the filling inside of the bread. Once completed, dip bread into milk mixture. Fry both sides and crusts of the bread until light brown. Cut in half and sprinkle with powdered sugar. I also like to warm a bit more jam up and drizzle it over the sandwich with a few more strawberry pieces. Serve extra filling if desired.

 

 

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.

 

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.

Creme Brule French Toast with Streusel Topping

February 17, 2012 by braytonbb

I have been working on a couple of new recipes this week that I was hoping to share with you, however neither one of them turned out. One was an overnight oatmeal recipe that went into the garbage and the other was a baked apple recipe that I am going to try again. You may see that one down the road. For this week though, it is creme brule french toast. It is a regular recipe around here that everyone really enjoys. Years ago, I found two recipes that I liked, but though they could be better, so I combined the two to make this one.

CREME BRULE FRENCH TOASTCreme Brule French Toast – Serves 4

1 stick of butter, 1 C brown sugar, 2 tsp. corn syrup, 1 loaf of cinnamon bread, 5 large eggs, 1 1/2 C half and half and 1 tsp. of vanilla

Streusel topping – 1/4 Brown sugar, 1/2 stick butter, 1/4 C old fashioned oatmeal, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 C chopped pecans(optional)

Heat 1 stick of butter, 1 C brown sugar and 2 tps. of corn syrup in a small saucepan until it starts to simmer and slightly bubble, stirring occasionally. Pour sugar mixture into an 8×8 casserole dish. Take 4 pieces of cinnamon bread and lay in the bottom of the 8×8 pan, making them fit. Do this 2 more times so you have 4 stacks of 3 high slices of bread.

Mix together the eggs, half and half and vanilla. Pour this over the bread mixture and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes. While baking, mix together the streusel topping. After 15 minutes of baking sprinkle the topping over the bread and bake an additional 10 minutes longer.

Serve with strawberry jam on the side.

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